Raw Juice Therapy for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

fresh-vegetablesRaw juice therapy is a method of treatment of disease through an exclusive diet or use of juices of fruits and vegetables. It is also known as juice fasting, when this is the only thing you consume. It is the most effective way to restore health and rejuvenate the body, but with Graves’ Disease and hyperthyroidism you have to be very careful. While I believe that raw juice therapy may be very useful, I don’t recommend the raw juice fasting for the cases of Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease. The problem is that raw juice therapy (used by itself only) has tremendous cleansing properties and if you have Graves’ disease and Hyperthyroidism you already have high metabolism and lost a lot of weight. In this case, if not monitored by a qualified practitioner,  it can easily exhaust your organism. But you can safely add 1 or 2 juices every day to your diet. However, if you are Hypothyroid right now (due to RAI, thyroidectomy or any other reason) and struggling with weight issues raw juice therapy, I believe, can help you tremendously.

The Gerson’s Therapy

Gerson’s Therapy, named after its inventor Dr. Max Gerson, relies exclusively on Raw juices (a coffee enemas) to treat and help conditions like cancer and other serious disorders and illnesses. The therapy approach was developed in 1920′s and now the non-profit organization is managed by his daughter, Charlotte Gerson. The book about Gerson’s therapy is available on Amazon, and the Gerson Institute itself is located, to the best of my knowledge in California, but had licensed clinics only in Mexico and Hungary. I will not go in details why the clinics are not in the USA, it’s a pretty ugly story, but if you have Netlix, or even on YouTube, there are numerous documentary videos about this issue. The only thing I know that this is a great loss for the American population and many people travel from the USA to Mexico, specifically to be treated for many diseases in this clinic. The link to their website is at the bottom of that page.

As juices are extracted from vegetables and fruits, they have certain medicinal characteristics that may benefit certain conditions. Besides specific medicinal virtues, raw fruit and vegetable juices have an extraordinary revitalizing and rejuvenating effect on all the organs, glands and functions of the body. For more detailed information, check on the links below.

How it works with Vegetable and Fruit Juices?

6 Main types of Fruit and vegetable juices 

10 General Recommendations for Raw Juice preparation

Fruit Smoothies and Raw Juices by Mariquit Losaria Orendain 

Mariquit

Mariquit Losaria Orendain is my guest writer for this week on my blog. I invited her to share her Raw Juice and Smoothies recipes with all of us. She is  is from Philippines, 47 years old and she suffered from Hyperthyroidism for many years. I have the pleasure to present a few of her smoothies/ fresh raw juices which are very simple to make and the fruits/vegetables can be found anywhere in the world. You may experiment your own combinations as well. Enjoy!

Carrots, Orange, Green apple, and Pears Fresh Raw Juice

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Carrots and Pineapple Juice

N.B. Carrots are good for the eyes, because they contain Vitamin A in large quantities. Pineapple has anti- inflammatory properties and is also good for inflammation of the eye tissue.

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My smoothie of fruits combination..  Papaya, Banana and Cantaloupe ( Chinese Melon ) Taste good ..

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Vegetable and fruit combination for a juice in the afternoon.. Cucumber,Green Apple and Pears..  Cheers!

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Happy Juicing!

Do you have a favorite recipe that you found tasty or beneficial? Share it with us!

Want to be my guest writer? Please, contact me!

P.S. This is the link to Gerson Institute

Cleaning the Emotional Bathroom of Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

 

stressedlady1I have a confession to make; I was a life time worrier. When it comes to worrying there was no other person in the world that can do that job better than me. I could worry pretty much about anything and any time, day or night. I guess I inherited this precious character trait from my mom who still likes to worry about everything.

 Anxiety has been my dear companion all my life, but that’s a personal trait that will never go completely away and I am very aware of that fact.

But when I was sick with Graves’ disease some 10 years ago, anxiety and negative emotions just bloomed like a flower, watered with care every day during summer. See what I am talking about? Along with the anxiety other “nice” emotions will show their ugly faces: I’ll also feel angry (1), resentful (2), annoyed (3), irritated (4), bitter (5) upset (6) or (7) all of the above, to the point where I get pissed off of myself.  Then my “monkey mind” decides to start feeling sorry for itself and just for a change, the self-pity, pessimism and guilt will come along. Which will be replaced, sooner or later, again, by obsessive worrying, irritability, crying and sassing, snapping people  with words, blaming,  and not always in that particular ugly order. You can safely add to this list emotional liablity, nervousness, irritability and you can get a pretty nice picture of Graves’ disease condition. Not that I didn’t have any positive emotions, but they would manifest so rare that I don’t even remember them.

How fun this was? You may ask my friends and family members back then when I was sick with Graves’ Disease…. And I am pretty sure that you have experienced some of these emotions (if not all)  at least once, if not on a regular basis, if you have Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism. Have you?

And yes, it’s Graves’ disease and all thyroid hormones to blame for these emotions to a very big extend. We ask family members and friends to understand; we write heartbreaking letters to them and seek for the right words, hoping that they’ll somehow comprehend what is going on with us and that we are the victims of our own bodies. And they may, or may not. They’ll try to be compassionate and empathetic but they’ll still want this Mary, David, Christina, Alexandra etc. (insert your name here) they knew from before Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. They do not want the “insane” person we’ve become, but the previous, precious, version of you, not the “downgrade”.

So, how do I keep all these emotions under control? Emotions feed your thoughts and thoughts feed your emotions. That’s a never ending circle and you can either chose different emotions or different thoughts to break that vicious circle.

I want to share 4 simple tips how you can deal successfully with the negative emotions, associated with Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism. 

5 tips to deal with  your negative Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism emotions

And as always, if you have your own strategies, please share them here on this blog. You can not believe how many people this will help!

Carbohydrate or Gluten Free diet for hyperthyroidism?

Carbohydrate or Gluten Free diet for Hyperthyroidism?

(What to eat or not to eat, that is the question!!!:)

Hyperthyroidism, as we all know,  is a complicated disease. Unfortunately, the traditional methods known today are not enough to deal successfully with this problem. To identify a drug that is safe, affordable and effective is a challenge to modern medicine today. In fact, it seems un-achievable. Thus, an effective diet when treating specific disorder is of great importance, or at least I think so. So here we go today:

Real Food for Hyperthyroidism Patients

Real Food for Hyperthyroidism Patients

In 1928 Henry Moll, MD writes an article about the different hyperthyroidism symptoms, and some of them he believes, to whatever reason, are overlooked by the present medical society. He insists that there are important reciprocal actions between the thyroid gland and the gastro-intestinal tract of which we have little knowledge yet, but which nevertheless demand a closer study of dietary in hyperthyroidism. Clever man!

For example dyspepsia (known also as indigestion, characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen and sometimes accompanied by bloating, nausea or heartburn) is found to be one of the precipitating and most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism, often preceding the manifestation of the other well-known symptoms like palpitations, mental emotionality, moodiness and exophthalmos (Moll, 1928).

Dyspepsia in Graves’ disease patients can often be accompanied with hypochlorhydria (when the stomach is unable to produce hydrochloric acid) or achylia (absence of gastric juice or other digestive secretions). The achylia is also responsible for the fast stomach discharge, typical for hyperthyroidism patients. Dr. Moll suggests a diet, which is rich of carbohydrates.

This diet is of a caloric value of 2,700 calories, and consists of about 80 grams of proteins, 60 grams of fat, and 440 grams of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are typically found in whole grains, whole wheat, whole rye, brown rice, bulgur, wheat berries, vegetables, fruits and beans.  Easily digested refined carbohydrates from white bread, white rice and other refined grains, pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods may cause weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and lead to diabetes and heart disease (Moll, 1928). Well, this diet is quite the opposite of the Gluten-free diet, well known today. But, as you may have noticed already, many things were different back in 1928.

The improvements as a result of this carbohydrate diet diet should be mostly a reduction of mental symptoms, i.e. emotional instability, decrease of pulse rate, palpitations and by significant increase of weight. Which is ok with me, because I know how difficult can be to deal with all of them. And the diet also makes sense, because the products listed by Dr. Moll are considered “grounding”, specifically in mental aspect.  They also help maintaining the weight, if you lost too much.  (There is a link at the bottom of this post for the whole article, so feel free to read it).

Fresh Food for Graves' DiseaseNow, the opposite of this diet is the Gluten- Free Diet and it also makes sense to me. Dr. Moll lived almost a century ago when no pesticides were used for the crops and genetically modified foods were practically unknown. The soil and the waters were clean and not contaminated with mercury, copper and other harmful for our health substances. All the foods were “organic” and “natural”. Not so today.

 So, what would I do, if I were you? I will try both, gluten free and carbohydrate diet and I’ll see what works better for me. At least, we have a choice here. I am personally  more inclined to try the carbohydrate diet first. I like bread and all related products. I make and bake my own bread and I can’t leave without it. But- it’s your choice!

 So let’s see why gluten free diet might be applicable for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism patients as well (click on that particular link). I write there about Celiac disease, leaky gut syndrome and all related problems…

The Gluten Free Diet

Reference:

Moll, H., A carbohydrate diet for hyperthyroidism. Retrieved: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2456150/

Meanwhile, as always, you are welcome to share your opinion!

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Simona’s story from Australia..touched my heart!

Ok, this will be a very short post today….

Graves' disease and overweight problems

Graves’ disease and overweight problems

I recently posted an article on my website about weight gain in hyperthyroidism. Many people responded with their stories, thank you so very much! I chose to publish one of them on my website, it touched my heart…This is Simona’s story (with the permission of the author of course!). I am sure you can learn a lot from this story, it has a lot to teach us all!

I’ll also be more than happy to publish your own story (anonymously or not), so other people can learn from experience as well. It doesn’t matter if you have Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s or hyperthyroidism. On the bottom of that same web page there are links to similar stories people donated for the purpose of sharing their own experience and success. Happy reading! Click on the link below (or on the picture).  Here we go:

Simona’s Story

Can hyperthyroidism cause weight gain?

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Are you gaining weight instead of losing it?

Honestly, dieting is not my favorite activity and I’ve never been good at that particular sport. I am just not a serious “dieter” but I have never been seriously overweight either.  This, however, may not be the case for other people diagnosed with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism.

Patients, diagnosed with Graves’ disease, thyrotoxicosis, or hyperactive thyroid typically don’t have any dieting issues, I mean regarding gaining weight. Quite the opposite: one of the symptoms of thyrotoxicosis/hyperthyroidism (induced by whatever reason) is the uncontrollable weight loss. They are typically skinny, with high metabolism, enhanced craving for food (different foods) and very active, particularly in sports and all kinds of other activities.  They’re nearly always hungry,  at least I used to be when I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism 10 years ago.  My friends often  joked with me that I am just wasting the food and I am so very lucky for not gaining weight at all. I would not go in details how I felt back then though…But in their eyes, I was fortunate..

Anyway, several thyrotoxicosis/ hyperthyroidism patients (including Graves’ disease, hyperthyroidism, nodules etc.) recently reported precisely the opposite- gaining weight. Hyperthyroidism weight gain isn’t so rare nowadays, unfortunately. How this is happening though, if the metabolism is so accelerated due to the excessive release of endocrine/thyroid hormones in the blood? Why then many of us gain weight instead? For example:

“Hi, just wanted to find out what do you think about weight gain. When I first found out that I had a hyperthyroid I weighed a hundred and twenty lbs. Now, after about a year I can’t seem to loose any weight. I am up to one hundred fifty and I am sick of gaining more even though I work out like crazy. Doesn’t seem fair and I need some advice please!”

I receive numerous emails like this. And honestly, I can only guess why this is so…

Western medicine has no explanation about this phenomenon, because, in fact, there is no logic. But not everything is logical, right? Here are some of my ideas why this might be happening:

1. The clinical representation of the hyperthyroidism condition is different. “Clinical description” concerns the most typical symptoms, according to which the doctors determine their diagnosis (hopefully). For example, the classical clinical picture of celiac disease, which includes persistent diarrhea, has changed recently. Graves’ disease symptoms also can fluctuate; initially the patient can be diagnosed with certain symptoms that may change over time, become more or less serious, or new symptoms can appear and others to fade.

2. It is well known that the appetite of hyperthyroid patients increase dramatically and they eat more than usual. The problem is with the content and quality of the consumed foods. If a decade ago the foods were not so genetically modified and very close to “natural” or “organic” they can be easily discharged from the body, due to the increased metabolism. But in the past years it is well known that we consume foods that have no nutrients and are grossly genetically modified; they also contain a lot of processed sugars and artificial coloring, to name just a few of the substances causing troubles. The body, unrecognizing these materials as food, may store them, as it does with the aspartame. They are simply stocked in the body, regardless of the increased metabolism. This may dramatically cloud the clinical picture of hyperthyroidism and many people may remain undiagnosed due to this reason.

3. Medication: patients who are treated with medication (PTU or Methimazole) are still  considered hyperthyroid, and may be affected with this symptom because almost all anti-thyroid medications slow down the metabolism and block the thyroid hormone overproduction. To unknown irrational reasons some doctors may keep their patients on the same dosage anti-thyroid medication regardless of the fact that their thyroid tests are reading “normal” or even “hypo”. Probably just in case???

The other problem is that thyroid tests today (even the usual thyroid panel) may cost over $1500 (depending on insurance, deductibles, hormones tested,  etc.), which really shocks me, because just 10 years ago they cost $50-$60. I don’t really know what became so expensive to justify that dramatic increase. And if you are in acute hyperthyroidism state these tests should be performed every 4-6 weeks to adjust the medication, which it is very rarely done today by doctors because simply the insurance would not pay. That creates a risk for the patient to take medications that are not necessary or the dosage is not appropriate any more.

So, if you are gaining weight, regardless of the reason, these are my short and simple suggestions to control your weight:

vegetable-fairy1. Eat HEALTHY in order to help symptomatology of hyperthyroidism or Grave’s Disease. Try an elimination diet, or gluten free diet for that matter (more about that in the next post).

2. Try probiotics, they are known to enhance the “good bacteria” in  the intestines and to help the elimination of substances that no longer need to be present in your stomach.

3. Consume a lot of fibers, or foods containing fiber. Try cleansing the body with dieting, oil pulling or other methods.

4. Grow your own sprouts, and eat them of course, they are the best source for vitamins and minerals.

5. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas.

6.  Eat less meat, more green leafy vegetables (I am not saying you have to become vegetarian).

7. Exercise regularly. For example I try to swim twice a week, dance tango once, play volleyball and do meditation and yoga (to balance the active part). But I don’t have the palpitations now, so if you do, stick with yoga and meditation.

Of course, these are general suggestions, but if there isn’t anything else you can do or don’t know how, at least you can do your best.

And by the way, do you have any experience  with a similar problem? What food makes you feel good and what makes you feel bad, or loose/gain weight?

Share your thoughts and secrets with us- it may help other people as well!

If fact, I just finished the update of my book “Ultimate Diet Secrets for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism”, with the newest research on the subject, including the gluten free diet and carbohydrate diet for hyperthyroidism (that’s an old one from 1928), why you should use probiotics, new herbs found to help hyperthyroidism, etc.  So speaking, that’s what I have been doing the past two months…

So here we go:  (Click below on the book)  to get your own copy of the updated August, 2013 version).

Ultimate Diet Secrets for Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism

Can Low Dose Naltrexone or Colostrum Lower Thyroid Antibodies?

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Many people today suffering from different autoimmune disorders  are looking for methods to fix their immune system and specifically their antibodies, which in cases with fibromyalgia, diabetes type 1, Rheumatoid arthritis, Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s disease for example,  are acting “really weird”.  In some of the cases the autoimmune system can be overactive (with allergies and asthma), not active enough (cancer or tumors) or “disorganized” (as with the above mentioned disorders). But in all cases, it is unfortunately somewhat  “messed up”.

I don’t know a pill that can fix that issue overnight and lower for example the thyroid antibodies in the cases with Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s disease. However, it seems that there are some products today on the market (pharmaceutical or natural) that are very promising in this aspect and can boost the immune system. Two of these products, that recently draw my attention, are Low Dose Naltrexone and Colostrum.  So:

What are these products?

Are they safe?

Are they working?

Can they be used for children as well?

Are they expensive and where we can find them?

I decided to just write an article for my website and post whatever I know there. Feel free to check this out:

Low Dose Naltrexone and Colostrum for Autoimmune disorders

Since I don’t have any personal experience with either one of the products, I’ll appreciate if you have any experience or information to share that on the blog, or on my facebook page so other people can benefit from that information as well:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graves-Disease-Cure/108552104493

Thank you very much!

Rethinking Graves’ Disease and any other autoimmune disease for that matter

Rethinking Graves’ Disease, and any other autoimmune disease for that matter

img5The science keeps silence regarding what is the cause of Graves’ disease and similar autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s disease, Lupus, Diabetes type I, Rheumatoid Arthritis and many others. We, the public and the affected, speculate at large what caused our autoimmune disorders and probably we’ll never know for sure, neither will our doctors. Especially when the disorder is a possible combination of numerous factors: chemicals like fluoride (even though some decades ago it was used in fact for treating hyperthyroidism), pollution, the genetically modified foods we consume every day, heredity, exhausted adrenal glands due to massive and chronic stress, single traumatic events or mycoplasma bacterium (as noted by some clinicians). The pure physical causes may vary depending on circumstances and conditions, but chronic autoimmune diseases are, in fact, systematic malfunctions caused by collapses in the body chemistry balance. How is that happening? How our otherwise perfect body structure will allow this to happen?

img1There is almost 150-year history of hypothesizing that hyperthyroidism is a condition in which adaptive-defensive style and personal or environmental stressors are  significant predisposing and precipitating factors for the development of this disease. And that’s no surprise, because hyperthyroidism presents itself in a wide variety of behavioral symptoms such as active expression of emotional distress and instability in speech and behavior, all possibly suggesting mental illness. Graves’ Disease patients also seem to have significantly higher anxiety as a constant personality characteristic. Hyperthyroidism, in fact, is often confused with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), menopause, generalized anxiety, panic attacks and bipolar disorder. I am not familiar in details about the mental symptoms of the other autoimmune disorders but I am pretty sure that there are such, which suggests that mind and body worked hard together to create the complicated clinical picture of that particular disorder. Why would we think then that just by feeding the body with pharmaceuticals would solve entirely our medical problems? Do you think that our bodies are sick because they medications?

The result of all of the above factors, or even just one of them, is that our immune system is severely affected; it is not acting properly and is grossly disorganized. It cannot recognize the invaders anymore and starts attacking its own cells and different organs, as it is the case with Graves’ Disease. I believe we can take measures to improve our biochemistry through proper nutrition, different naturopathic methods or traditional measures like medications, but is this enough?

Sickness in any form, I believe, is always a reflection of inner, spiritual problems that interrupt the body’s naturally powerful immune system. Autoimmune diseases begin in the spirit and end up in the body, manifesting themselves in different chronic disorders. Same may not be true for acute illnesses even though I suspect a psychosomatic factor there as well.

Unresolved issues, energy blockages and suppressed emotions play an equal role in the initial setting of any disorder and they may interrupt the natural bio-repair process in the body. The healing process may stop or not work at all unless we also pay attention to our emotional detoxification and spiritual development. The mind and the spirit play a significant role in that healing process and should not be disregarded. They may boost the natural defense mechanisms to reverse the underlying cause of the disease in such a way that no medication can accomplish. Nurturing the body chemically (with proper food, not pharmaceuticals), structurally (meaning exercise), energetically, emotionally and spiritually is the best strategy for approaching Graves’ Disease and any other autoimmune disorder.

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So, what’s your soul craving for?

If you could, what would you change in your life?

How could you love more, or take better care of yourself ?

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