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Goiter, thyroid nodules and thyroiditis of the thyroid gland

Thyroid structureMany people today are confused with the different complicated thyroid terms, used by the doctors to classify their condition and the situation gets worse when they are sent home without further explanation. Recently, I received a lot of emails from patients, stating that they have a goiter and don’t know what to do to improve their condition.

First, we need some clarification here. Goiter is not a “thing” that people have, like cancer. Goiter is a thyroid condition, and more specifically an enlargement of the thyroid gland. That enlargement can be very visible, like a small ball, or invisible to the human eye. It can cause pain in the neck, tenderness and sensitiveness when touched, hoarse voice, pain the throat, coughing etc. If you feel uncomfortable or sensitive in this particular area it is advisable to schedule a preventive check-up with your doctor.

The thyroid enlargement also could be due to different reasons, some of them contradictory, so they have to be explored with caution. For example, the goiter/ goitre can be caused by underactive thyroid gland (known as Hashimoto’s thyroditis or hypothyroidism), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland), different nodules ( cancerous or not cancerous) or thyroditis (general inflammation of the thyroid gland).

The causes for the goiter condition need first to be assessed before proceeding with treatment, change of diet or looking for alternative treatments on Internet. The diagnostic procedure may involve thyroid scan, biopsy of the nodule (if there is one), thyroid tests and thyroid ultrasound. It is a complicated, but necessary procedure to determine the origin of this thyroid condition.

If the cause is underactive thyroid, then medication like L-thyroxine can be prescribed. If it is due to overactive thyroid, then the patient could be offered medication, RAI or surgery. Nodules can also be treated surgically or with radioactive iodine (which generally shrinks the thyroid gland), but that procedure is even more dangerous than surgery as it may affect other organs as well. Since in some countries the goiter is due to a diet which lacks enough quantities of iodine, then a change of diet could be recommended.

My point here: if you are told by your doctor that you have a goiter, then the next step will be to determine the origin of your enlarged thyroid, before proceeding or agreeing to any treatment. Guessing is not an option, or it may cause further negative health consequences. For more information on goiter, check here:

http://gravesdiseasecure.com/goiter-causes-and-treatment/

If you have any experience with thyroid diagnostic procedures, different treatments or just your experience, please, do not hesitate to share.

Thyroid Hair Loss- 7 Suggestions for Better, Healthier Hair.

Natural treatment methods

Many patients diagnosed with Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism experience numerous devastating symptoms related directly to the disease (as a result of the disrupted thyroid hormone production) or as a result of the medication they have been prescribed to treat the disorder (considered as a typical side effect).

One of these symptoms is hair loss- very frustrating and frightening symptom not only for women, but also for men, regardless if they are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. However, not all people suffering from a thyroid disorder experience this symptom, but if you notice more hair under the shower or on your brush chances are that this is due to Graves’ disease or your medication, specifically overdose of Methimazole (Tapazole)/ Propylthiouracil.

The good news is that after your thyroid test results become within the normal ranges your hair condition will improve and grow back on its own, in most cases. Many other symptoms will also disappear and the hair loss is not an exception. Unfortunately, it may take months and many people are impatient to get their hair back, especially women. So, what can you do to improve the situation even while on thyroid medication?

First, contact your physician and discuss if this is the right medication dosage for you. Usually the medication could be adjusted a few times, until the doctor finds out what is the  right dosage for you.

Second, contact a dermatologist to conduct an evaluation and see if you have some nutritional deficiencies that can be corrected with supplements. In fact, there are a few supplements proven to help hair loss in thyroid patients:

  1. ForeverBCarotineVitamin E– it is an important antioxidant that counterbalances free radicals in the body. It is found in foods like avocado, broccoli, almonds, green leafy vegetables and most of them act also as natural thyroid hormone inhibitors; thus, they have dual benefits for hyperthyroid patients when consumed in a raw form. Vitamin E can be taken also as a supplement, or applied directly to skin and hair.
  2. Vitamin A– even though the opinions about the effect of this vitamin on hair loss are contradictory, I personally have used it in hair masks with an excellent result. Applied externally, Vitamin A will improve almost any skin condition (including eczema and psoriasis) because of the retinol it contains. Naturally it is found in many foods like eggs, whole milk, butter and meat. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) dosage for adults is about 1300 mcg/day. ForeverLiving.com already has a product, which is a combination of both Vitamins, + Selenium.
  3. Biotin for Thyroid Hair lossBiotin is actually water soluble Vitamin B complex (known also as vitamin H or coenzyme R). It is found, again, in foods like avocados, egg yolks, liver, brewer’s yeast, bananas etc. The recommended dose for people suffering from hair loss is 5000 mcg daily (and some people take it twice, as it doesn’t have side effects). It is also known to convert the fatty acids into energy and in general improves the performance of the nervous system. As a good side effect it may approve also the condition of your nails.
  4. Nettle Tea– it is well known as a folk remedy for all hair problems. You can drink the tea every day instead of water, no contraindications.nettle
  5. Evening Primrose oil can be applied externally as a scalp massage, hair mask or conditioning treatment to nurture hair follicles, to improve the circulation of the blood to the scalp and to promote healthy hair growth. It also can be taken orally in the form of capsules. For hair masks, applied a few hours before washing the hair, it can be combined with jojoba oil, or almond oil and a few drops of rosemary oil and lavender oil.
  6. Mira Hair Oil- this is actually a combination of an ancient northern Indian herb, miracle fruit and 12 other herbs, which are believed to double the rate of hair growth, stop hair loss and hair thinning. When it comes to secrets of the beautiful Indian hair, it definitely calls for my attention. The oil seems a little pricey, however, if this is what it takes to get my hair back I will not hesitate even a minute. The supply lasts for 60 days, and there is no need to use a conditioner. The good thing is that suppliers give also 60 days guarantee for their product and also provide a free herbal shampoo with every purchase. At least, it is worth the try. To access more details about Mira Miracle Oil, click here:
  7. Biotique Bhringraj Therapeutic Oil or Brahmi Oil – Ayurvedic medicine is often considered one of the best when it comes to treating your hair or scalp. Use as prescribed on the label.

Here is a hair mask, which I found in folk medicine and have used for years, it is very simple to make at home and you can find every ingredient in your refrigerator:

 Hair mask for any type of hair:

 1 yolk

1 table spoon olive oil

1 table spoon yogurt (regular, no fat- free, no fruits)

1/2 t spoon fresh lemon juice, (I mean fresh)

1 table spoon honey

3-4 drops rubbing alcohol, or any alcohol (for the purpose of warming up the roots of your hair and to allow the ingredients to act faster).

Mix all ingredients and apply generously to  dry hair. Cover with a plastic cap and stay as long as you can (the more the better). Wash as usual. Repeat once or twice a week.

Additional suggestions:  Brush your hair a few times before going to be bed- the brush acts as a massager and improves the blood circulation to your blood. Also- try to avoid stress to the best you can, because this also contributes to your hair problems.

If you have a special hair mask, or hair treatment you want to share, please do so. We can always learn from each other’s experience.

Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism Treatment..The Psychological Approach

How are you treated from Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism? Mental disorders versus physical disorders treatment and what’s the difference?

Graves' DiseaseAny mental disorder is considered “abnormal” functioning of cognition, mood, emotions or behavior. “Abnormal” means out of the norm established by the majority of people. Abnormal is characterized by the 4 D’s- deviation, distress, dysfunction and danger. Any physical disorder, regardless if it is physical or autoimmune disorder is also abnormal- it deviant from the “health” norm, it causes distress and dysfunction and it could be dangerous, I mean, yes, you can die.

 

Why I am bringing up mental versus physical disorders treatment? Because, regardless of their origin, they should be treated with similar understanding and similar approaches. How’s that?

All mental disorders are discussed by scientists in the frame of different models, to be more specific there are about 400 therapy approaches, including biological, all aiming to treat mental disorders. So why the physical disorders should be approached and treated only in accordance with the biological model- i.e medication, RAI or surgery for Graves’ Disease for example?

Many mental disorders are discussed as a result of biological and chemical dysfunctions: low activity of the neurotransmitter gamma- globulin acid (GABA) may lead to anxiety disorders, schizophrenia is explained with dopamine overactivity and depression is linked to low serotonin and norepinephrine levels. Hormones are the other factor, found to influence some mood disorders, especially the cortisol, the stress hormone. And this hormone affects people with Graves’ disease as well! Accordingly, the supporters of bilogical model apply drug therapies, electroconvulsive therapy or even brain surgeries in attempt to correct these abnormalities. Very similar to the conventional treatment options for Graves’ disease, as you see: your hormones are not right and we will fix that with drugs (or RAI or surgery). These are the only approved by the conventional medicine methods of treatment, not only in the USA, but worldwide.

Mental DisorderHowever, mental disorders, luckily, are not treated only in accordance with this biological- medication method. As I already mentioned, 400 different psychotherapies are used worldwide as well. So, then why an autoimmune disease like Graves’ disease cannot be treated equally, with other available options? Let’s make a parallel between different models and treatments:

Psychodynamic model: The three forces that define abnormal behavior, according the father of this theory Sigmund Freud are the instincts (ID), rational thinking (or Ego) and moral standards (Super Ego). The Id functions on the pleasure principle and includes instinct needs, sexual impulses and desires. The ego is connected with the experience acquired through the years and it acts on the reality principle, and provides information regarding whether or not it is safe to express impulses generated by the Id. Superego represents the moral authority and individual’s values and ideals. Those three forces are adjusting and developing through the years and if these adjustments are successful, that leads the individual to normal psychological development. If the process fails, the person gets fixated in certain stage of development and that leads to abnormal behavior and abnormal functioning. How about we consider as well Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism as a result of this conflict between ID, Ego and Superego, but it manifests itself not on a mental, but physical level?

Behavioral model supports the theory that all actions are result of certain experiences in life and how the individual responds to the surrounding environment. Accordingly, the behavior can change in response to the environment. Behavioral theory distinguishes a few forms of conditioning that can shape human behavior: operant conditioning, related to receiving rewards for certain behaviors, classical conditioning, based on the associations made by the individual when two events occur simultaneously and modeling, which pertains to the observation of certain behavior in others. Behavioral approach seeks what particular behaviors are causing the abnormality and tries to replace these behaviors by applying the principles of modeling, operant conditioning and classical conditioning. How about we consider Graves ’ disease as a result of the environment and your behavior is causing that physical “abnormality” called Graves’ disease?

Cognitive model explains abnormality as a result of inaccurate assumptions, thoughts, attitudes and conclusions that may lead to abnormal behavior of the individual. Another reason found by cognitive model that may result in abnormal functioning is the illogical thinking and overgeneralization. People often follow illogical ways of thinking and draw self- harming conclusions, which sometimes result from one single, small negative event. How we consider Graves’ Disease as a result of these inaccurate assumptions and actions and according to them people get  sick with Graves’ disease, instead of depression?

Humanistic- existential model suggests that when children are not raised in positive environment they create inaccurate view of themselves and their life experiences, which may generate psychological problems later on in their lives as adults. Abnormality is viewed by existentialist as lack of responsibility regarding life and clients are encouraged to take responsibility of their lives, chose a different course, different actions and greater meaning. How about redesigning your life and taking different course and action, different from the one that caused Grave’s disease on a very first place?

These are just few examples of different approaches regarding mental disorders, but why not the same models be applied to physical disorders like Graves’ disease? If you consider just the biological approach and interpretation, I believe that you are grossly reducing your chances of recovery. Because the body is not a machine, which parts, when not functioning properly, should be changed, repaired or worst of all, removed or destroyed to fix the problem.  Why people cannot realize that they are way more complex than machines and the brain and mind play an equal role for the onset of Graves’ disease? So, let’s look at the ‘whole person”, not just part of it that needs to be repaired.

Then I believe the healing will begin!

Quick Reference List of 15 Natural Remedies for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

When talking about or considering Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism natural remedies, please, have in mind that they cannot substitute any medication and that’s not their purpose. The goal of using hyperthyroidism natural remedies is to complement and help your healing process.

  1. Lemon Balm

    Lemon Balm

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). The “officinalis”, in all plant names stands for “officially recognized as a medicinal herb”. Lemon balm has been used for centuries to relieve anxiety and sleeplessness; it has mild sedative effect, relieves menstrual cramps, fights cold sores, relaxes nerves, and eases indigestion. The flavonoids and polyphenolics found in the Lemon balm have been identified as inhibiting the excessive thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Drink as tea, or buy in capsules. Your choice.

  2. Chamomile Tea. Chamomile tea boosts the immune system and fight infections associated with colds, reduces menstrual cramps in women, relaxes the nerves, reduces inflammation. Chamomile tea helps relieve rheumatism as well. You can drink it cold or hot. The chamomile tea bags (refrigerated) are used to relieve swelling associated with Thyroid Eye Disease/ Graves’ eye disease. It’s great for sleeping problems (insomnia) and anxiety.
  3. Valerian Roots Tea (Valeriana officinalis, Valerianaceae). The tea is used as a sleeping aid, and it has a sedative effect, so make sure you are not drinking it before driving. It can be mixed with other herbs as well, but really be careful regarding its sedative effect.
  4. nettleNettle tea for your nerves and your hair. This is one of my favorite teas, very pleasant to drink cold or hot. After preparing I just put in bottles and keep it in refrigerator. I drink that instead of water, no sugar added, but you can add some honey if you can’t drink it just like that. Nettle is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, anti-cancer selenium, immune-enhancing sulphur, memory-enhancing zinc, diabetes-chasing chromium, and bone-building boron. A quart of nettle infusion contains more than 1000 milligrams of calcium, 15000 IU of vitamin A, 760 milligrams of vitamin K, 10% protein, and large amounts of most B vitamins, as reported by Susun Weed, one of my favorite herbalists. You can also use nettle tea for strong hair (internal and external). It also helps regulating the menstrual flow, especially if you have amenorrhea. It restores mood, replenishes energy, and guarantees sound sleep. Who doesn’t need that?
  5. Cruciferous vegetables and goitrogenic foods. Isoflavones and isothiocynates, found in goitrogenous foods and cruciferous vegetables appear to naturally inhibit the thyroid hormone overproduction, so really- start eating them, and the sooner and the more the better. An example of such food products are: Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Peaches, all leafy green vegetable.
  6. Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera contains a very important substance, called acemannan, found in its sugar part and it acts as an immune modulator, especially for the thyroid antibodies. It has the power and ability to slow down or enhance the immune system response. In our case- should be able to manage the immune system to recognize its own cells and not attack them. It acts however it is required by the immune system! It also has a huge anti-inflammatory effect regarding Thyroid Eye Disease.Motherwort
  7. Motherwort (Leonurus cardiac) – it is a member of the mint family. You can find this plant pretty much everywhere on the planet, in all continents. It can be also cultivated in your garden. Motherwort balances the hormones generally and helps palpitations; it strengthens the heart beat without increasing the pulse.
  8. Hawthorn (Crataegus species) has been used to treat heart disease   as far back as the 1st hawthorn century. By the early 1800s, American doctors were using it to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. It’s found to be beneficial for heart muscle weakness, for pressure, tightness in the chest and for mild arrhythmia.
  9. Vitamin B complex (all Vitamins in B group); Vitamin C- for the immune system; Vitamin A and Vitamin E for your hair and skin. Make sure you take it with food or after meal.
  10. Selenium– according to the researchers, selenium deficiency appears to contribute to the development and maintenance of autoimmune thyroiditis because of its effect on the function of selenium-dependent enzymes, which can modulate the immune system. Selenium supplementation with 200mcg of sodium selenite may improve the inflammatory activity seen in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis, but whether this effect is specific for autoimmune thyroiditis or may also be effective in other organ-specific autoimmune diseases remains to be investigated. Selenium supplementation may lower free radical activity, which contributes to inflammation.
  11.  L- Carnitine.  The most recent discoveries regarding L- carnitine for hyperthyroidism are done by the Italian endocrinologist Dr. Salvatore Benvenga and his colleagues in 2004. By examining the results of supplementation on group of patients, the researchers studied the ability of carnitine to treat the effects of hyperthyroidism. To date, clinical trials have shown that doses of 2,000-4,000 mg/day of L-carnitine are helpful in individuals who suffer from hyperthyroidism. Future studies may uncover similar benefits of other carnitine formulations such as acetyl-L-carnitine, acetyl-L-carnitine arginate, and propionyl-L-carnitine, along with the doses needed to match the efficacy provided by 2,000-4,000 mg L-carnitine.
  12. Copper. Although supportive data is limited, a report from a study group of hyperthyroid women suggests that copper status should be investigated in women with Hyperthyroidism. As it was reported “Virtually all patients in the hyperthyroidism group have found that copper supplementation reduced their symptoms, usually within hours or a few days at most. Most have reported that within three to six months of beginning copper supplementation, they have been able to significantly reduce their intake of antithyroid drugs. While copper is the big story in hyperthyroidism, it is not the whole story. If it were, it would have been discovered years ago. Proper copper metabolism interrelates with and depends upon many other nutrients.” [John Johnson, iThyroid.com]
  13. Flax seed oil– it is the most abundant plant source of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid omega-3. The seeds and oil of the flax plant contain substances which are known to promote good health. Flax seed oil is good for: Circulatory System, Immune System, Reproductive System, Nervous System. There are a lot of reports that it can help your Thyroid Eye Disease and practically you can see results in 1 or 2 weeks. The recommended dose is 2 capsules of 1000 mg per day (at least). Flax Seed and Flax Seed oil are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that appears to be beneficial for a lot of diseases.
  14. Honey. One of the safest natural cures for Grave’s disease that I regularly use for all purposes is honey. Honey helps the nervous system and not only. Lemon juice and honey is a good remedy in cases of hypertension, insomnia, and nervous conditions. Dissolve a spoonful of top quality honey in a glass of mineral water and add the juice of half a lemon. The beverage is pleasant and nutritious. Honey and insomnia: mix a cup of warm milk with a spoon of honey before going to bed. Sleep like a baby.
  15. bugleweedBugleweed (Lycopus europaeus, Lycopus virginicus) is used to balance the levels of thyroid hormones (TSH) (hyperthyroidism). It is also used to treat premenstrual syndrome; breast pain; nervousness; trouble sleeping (insomnia) and bleeding. Extracts from this herb are thought to aid in normalizing heart rate, which is indicative of its potential as an alternative treatment for tachycardia. Bugleweed herb is commonly used as a natural treatment for some symptoms of Grave’s disease, such as palpitations.

Enjoy you natural remedies, but before taking or making any of them make sure you are not allergic, especially of you consume them in tincture (it may contain alcohol). If in any doubt, please consult an herbalist or your physician. Most of the remedies can be found in organic food stores, or even in regular food stores over the counter. Supplements- please, be extra careful with them and first do a test and check if your body is lacking any of them or not. Don’t forget that we are all different and need different things, and at different dosages to feel well.

Have in mind that this information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended, nor should be interpreted as medical advice or directions of any kind. You are strongly advised to consult your own medical doctor/ endocrinologist for all matters involving your health and medical care.

Management Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists regarding treating Hyperthyroidism and other causes of Thyrotoxicosis

The below recommendations have been issued by those two reputable organizations to assists endocrinologist in treating hyperthyroidism conditions. To some reason, they are overlooked by many clinicians or just ignored. The purpose of this article is to give you some general information about how you should be treated, depending on your particular case. The outlined recommendations represent what the 2 organizations believe is current, rational, and optimal medical practice. It is not the intent of these guidelines to replace clinical judgment, individual decision making, or the wishes of the patient or family.

Thyrotoxicosis  is  a  condition  that has  multiple  etiologies, manifestations, and potential therapies. The term “thyrotoxicosis’’ refers to a clinical state that results from inappropriately high thyroid hormone action in tissues generally due to inappropriately high tissue thyroid hormone levels (hyperthyroidism). The most common causes include Graves’ disease (GD), toxic multinodular goiter (TMNG), and toxic adenoma (TA). GD is an autoimmune disorder in which thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAbs) stimulate the TSH receptor, increasing thyroid hormone production. In overt hyperthyroidism, usually both serum free T4  and T3 estimates  are  elevated,  and  serum  TSH  is  undetectable; however, in milder hyperthyroidism, serum T4  and free T4 estimates can be normal, only serum T3 may be elevated, and serum TSH will be <0.01 mU/L (or undectable).  I will not go in more details about diagnose procedures I’ll assume that this is already done by your physician. Let’s get to the treatment recommendations.

# 1. Beta-adrenergic blockade (i.e beta- blockers) should be given to elderly patients with symptomatic thyrotoxicosis and to other thyrotoxic patients with resting heart rates in excess of 90 bpm (palpitations) or coexistent cardiovascular disease. Beta- blockers should be considered in all patients with symptomatic thyrotoxicosis. So, if your pulse is over 90bpm, your doctor should prescribe a beta-blocker. Effects of beta- blockers: propranolol, atenolol, metoprolol, or other beta-blockers leads to a decrease  in  heart  rate,  systolic  blood  pressure,  muscle weakness, and tremor, as well as improvement in the degree of irritability, emotional lability, and exercise intolerance. (it’s not recommended though for patients with asthma).

# 2. Patients with overt Graves’ hyperthyroidism should be treated with any of the following modalities: 131I therapy, antithyroid medication, or thyroidectomy. In the United States, radioactive iodine has been the therapy most preferred by physicians. In Europe and Japan, there has been a greater physician preference for ATDs and/or surgery. Once the diagnosis has been made, the treating physician and patient should discuss each of the treatment options, including the logistics, benefits, expected speed of recovery, drawbacks, potential side effects, and cost. This sets the stage for the physician to make recommendations based on best clinical judgment and allows the final decision to incorporate the personal values and preferences of the patient.

Factors that favor a particular modality as treatment for Graves’ hyperthyroidism:

a. 131 I (RAI) : Females planning a pregnancy in the future (in more than 4-6 months following radioiodine therapy, provided thyroid hormone levels are normal), individuals with comorbidities increasing surgical risk, and patients with previously operated or externally irradiated necks, or lack of access to a high-volume thyroid surgeon or contraindications to ATD use.

b. ATDs (drugs): Patients with high chance of remission (patients, especially females, with mild disease, small goiters, and negative or low-titer TRAb); the elderly or others with comorbidities increasing surgical risk or with  limited  life  expectancy;  individuals  who are  unable  to  follow  radiation  safety regulations; patients with previously operated or irradiated necks; patients with lack of access to a high-volume thyroid surgeon; and patients with moderate to severe active GO (Graves’ ophtalmopathy).

c. Surgery: Symptomatic compression or large goiters (80 g); relatively low uptake of radioactive iodine; when  thyroid  malignancy  is  documented  or  suspected (e.g., suspicious or indeterminate cytology); large nonfunctioning, hypofunctioning nodule; coexisting hyperparathyroidism requiring surgery; females planning a pregnancy in <4-6 months (i.e., before thyroid hormone levels would be  normal  if  radioactive  iodine  were  chosen  as therapy), especially if TRAb levels are particularly high; and patients with moderate to severe active GO. (Graves’ ophtalmopathy).

Contraindications to the different treatment options for Graves’ hyperthyroidism:

  1. 131 I therapy (RAI): Definite contraindications include pregnancy, lactation, coexisting thyroid cancer, or suspicion of thyroid cancer, individuals unable to comply with radiation safety  guidelines  (more on that later) and  females  planning  a pregnancy within 4-6 months. Patients with Graves’ hyperthyroidism and active moderate-to-severe or sight-threatening ophthalmopathy should be treated with either methimazole or surgery.
  2. ATDs:  Definite contraindications  to  long-term  ATD therapy include previous known major adverse reactions to ATDs.
  3. Surgery: Factors that may mitigate against the choice of  surgery  include  substantial  comorbidity  such  as cardiopulmonary  disease,  end-stage  cancer,  or  other debilitating disorders.

Bottom line: if you have TED (or Graves’s ophtalmopathy) it is advisable to go with Anti-thyroid medication or surgery, not RAI, because it may worsen the symptoms. The reoccurrence of Graves’ disease is 0% after total thyroidectomy (because your thyroid is completely removed) and only 8% for subtotal thyroidectomy.  Methimazole should be used in virtually every patient who chooses antithyroid drug therapy for GD, except during the first trimester of pregnancy when propylthiouracil is preferred, in the treatment of thyroid storm, and in patients with minor reactions to methimazole who refuse radioactive iodine therapy or surgery.

The above are just few out of the 100 Recommendations listed on the American Thyroid Association website. More to follow on particular types of treatment.

Reference:  Hyperthyroidism and Other Causes of Thyrotoxicosis: Management Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; The American Thyroid Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Taskforce on Hyperthyroidism and Other Causes of Thyrotoxicosis; Rebecca S. Bahn (Chair), Henry B. Burch, David S. Cooper,Jeffrey R. Garber, M. Carol Greenlee, Irwin Klein,Peter Laurberg, I. Ross McDougall, Victor M. Montori,Scott A. Rivkees,Douglas S. Ross, Julie Ann Sosa, and Marius N. Stan

http://thyroidguidelines.net/hyperthyroidism

20 Secrets of Natural and Holistic Healing for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism, or any disease for that matter

Many people today are disappointed by the traditional medical approach, if they feel sick or have any medical problems. They are tired of taking drugs that have more negative effects, than healing your organs and your body. They don’t want to poison themselves any more with chemicals, that may, or may not work.

Turning to natural and holistic approaches however will require some basic knowledge, when treating different ailments.

Understanding the secrets and foundation of the holistic and natural healing can help you not only in the battle with Graves’ Disease or Hyperthyroidism, but any disease for that matter.

  1. Authentic healing will often involve radical changes in how you live. So, be prepared to change not only what you drink and eat, but how you view the world as well.
  2. Old habits and attitudes that supported the development of the disease will fall away, to be replaced by new ones that go with a new way of being in the world.
  3. Crisis of the body are ultimately expressions of underlying crises of the spirit. Which means generally that something went wrong on a pure emotional and mental level and is just manifested through your body. It is just asking for you to pay attention to whatever is going wrong in your little world!
  4. Healing requires letting go what is familiar and stepping into the unknown.
  5. Healing may mean challenging belief systems and daring to break taboos.
  6. Healing is about getting past the ego, that is what out culture is build on.
  7.  Healing involves reconnecting with lost aspects of oneself, some of which exist in other than our “familiar”reality.
  8. Effective holistic medical therapy depends on self-awareness.
  9. You make major decisions about your own treatment according to what creates a sense of well- being, what boosts your energy or what brings clarity of mind.
  10. Your lab is your body. Experiments going on there constantly allow you to find out what suits you and what doesn’t.
  11. Herbs are used most often to affect organ systems, Homeophatic for re-balancing the overall “vital force”and flower essences (Bach flower essences) for addressing dilemmas of the mind.
  12. Cell salts (Schuessler salts) are working in a horizontal way, affecting the structural components that run through many organs in the body.
  13. Herbs are exerting their effect more vertically, tending to affect selectively one or more organ systems.
  14. Generally herbs can be divided in 4 major groups- Chinese, Ayurvedic, European and Native American herbs. It is your choice which methods you choose, or a combination of them for best results.
  15. There is no “magic” herb, or method that will work overnight- for any disease. It takes time.
  16. Many holistic methods will “bypass”the diagnose and work directly on the symptoms and affected organs. The  diagnose is not of primary matter, as it can shift from one to another, or can be easily mistaken.
  17. Any holistic and natural treatment will involve physical exercises, diet, cleansing and detoxing and resolving psychological issues as well.
  18. Parts of the body, especially if they are “damaged” in some way by a disease, tell us about the whole- your life in general.
  19. Perhaps the simplest definition of healing is “to make a whole”.
  20. Whenever you start to feel as a whole,body, mind and spirit together, then your healing process is over. Your healing became a way of life. Congratulations!

 

Petition for Better Thyroid Disease Testing and Education

Yesterday I was asked b via email by a fellow Thyroid advocate to forward this Petition to my subscribers, which I am doing right now. Please, read the Petition and sign it if you feel you should support it. It will be send to 24+ Thyroid Associations around the world, not just in the USA.  I was about a time. See below, I am copying and pasting it:

” Dear Fellow Thyroid Advocate and Website Owner:

Please consider signing the thyroid-care petition below and sharing with your group list.  Change is needed and we would love to have a global representation with as many signatures as possible!

As you know, millions of people are suffering from undiagnosed thyroid conditions because of doctors who fail to stay current in thyroid testing.  The petition will be sent to numerous professional endocrinology and thyroid organizations world-wide.  The petition site’s host guarantees anonymity and any personal Information will not be shared with third parties without consent.

Sixteen doctors later in 3 different states, I finally received a diagnosis.  I know there are many more who share my story.  It is truly a crying shame and I ask you to please consider signing and sharing this petition.  Thank you in advance.
Petition link here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/endocrinologists-patients-with-thyroid-dysfunction-demand-better-care

Sincerely,
Denise Fleming
Thyroid Patient, Advocate
Memphis, TN (USA)”

Stay well.

Svetla

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