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Success Stories by Thyroid Sufferers

As one Cree storyteller said: Stories are Beings. You invite them to live with you. They will teach you what they know in return for being a good host. When they are ready to move on they’ll let you know. Then you pass them to someone else.

Stories will also sustain you in times of challenge, frustration, and failure and it will confront you in times of confusion, pain, and loss, as they do with me.

When it comes to success stories about people battling thyroid disorders, including Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s, you can not find many. Not because there aren’t, but probably because they are not written in paper yet…But here are some that I want to share with you…To lift your spirit, to give you hope and assure you that there is always a way out:

MargaretMeyerWeb11. “My name is Margaret, am 62 years young, mother of 4 terrific daughters, and I live in Australia in a rural countryside. Have been a medical pathology technologist for 20 years but have always done all sorts of creative art leading to having an art supplies and teaching shop till 4 years ago…..Click here to read her success story:

2. ” My name is Sue. Perhaps I am a-typical because I first started with Graves Disease symptoms in 2001, diagnosed in 2002 when I first consulted my GP.   My journey therefore has been a long one.  I was told it was hereditary and my mother was hypo-thyroid so I didn’t delve further at that point into why I was affected”….  Click here to read more…

3. “Simona’s story..10 years ago I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. I went to see my doctor after I’ve put on 10 kilos (~22 pounds) in the space of 2 months. I knew something was wrong, since I’ve always been very, very active, athletic, toned and never overweight. I was my doctor’s first case of someone gaining weight with an overactive thyroid”…..  See more at:

JanArmstrongWeb4.  This is Jan A.. She is 61 years old and has 3 sons. She was born in England and immigrated to Australia in l976.  She is a psychologist and enjoys countryside, riding, yoga, dogs, cinema, reading, drawing, gardening, walking, friends, family, travel, creativity, writing and alternative health. But one day….Read more about her journey here:

I have many more to share…and if you have a success story you want to share, let me know, I’ll be happy to publish it!

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02/19/2014, Wednesday at 2 PM EST.

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Grounding Energy for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

 Many of us, diagnosed with Graves’ Disease and hyperthyroidism suffer from different  debilitating symptoms such as loss of concentration, feeling vulnerable, mental impairment,  memory lapses, diminished attention span, irritability, fatigue, insomnia (inability to get enough  sleep), restlessness, tachycardia (rapid heart rate: 100-120 beats per minute, or higher),  increased energy, very emotional, or just feeling plain crazy. 

 There is a simple explanation of this phenomenon which includes our sympathetic and  parasympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic nervous system is responsible for Charging and  Expression, and Parasympathetic Nervous system is responsible for Winding Down and Rest.  This is called Vasomotoric Circle and is first discovered by the Norwegian psychologist Gerda  Boysen.  In the past the first was used usually to describe the “fight or flight” response, but today we simply use it for “hurry and worry”. In a few words when we experience excessive levels of stress–whether from internal worry or external circumstance–a bodily reaction is triggered, called the “fight or flight” (hurry and worry) response. 

Originally discovered by the Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon, this response is hard-wired into our brains and represents a genetic wisdom designed to protect us from bodily harm. This response actually corresponds to an area of our brain called the hypothalamus, which, when stimulated, initiates a sequence of nerve cell firing and chemical release that prepares our body for running or fighting. In many people diagnosed with hyperthyroidism this area- the sympathetic nervous system is actually overloaded. We never make it to the other cycle, winding down and rest. And we need something that will bring us to the equilibrium and harmony, with which we are initially born.

There are a few exercises that I usually suggest, especially of you are feeling restless, too energized or too “charged”, that may bring you close to the “winding and resting cycle”. I know how impossible is at this point to just sit and meditate, which will be the best scenario. However, there are other things that can be done to “slow” you down and keep you in the reality:

1.   Grounding exercise: Get on your knees and hands,  place your palms and knees on the ground. Imagine the excess energy flowing out of your palms and even pouring out of your head. You’ll release only the excess energy to the Earth, simply “grounding” yourself. As you release this energy you can place the intent that such energy is used for healing the Planet. If you cannot reach down (let’s say you are in your office and it will be a little weird to kneel down), you can just imagine the energy flowing out of your hands and feet into the ground.

2.  Hug a tree. If you are lucky enough to have a back yard, or a park nearby, you can do a similar exercise. Imagine the tree taking the excess energy for its own healing, grounding it through the roots. You can even imagine yourself as a tree and let the energy drain through your own roots.

3Keep it simple. Eat simple foods, do simple things, live simple. Be less complicated. Ask yourself: “Is this too complicated for me”, if it is, just drop it.

4.  Progressive muscle relaxation techniques, where you contract and then relax each muscle group moving progressively from the toes to the head. You can use some relaxing music.

5.  Mindfulness meditation- that’s simply noticing what you’re doing, and how are you doing it. Observing and noticing what surrounds you, and paying attention to details. “I’m stepping on the floor, the floor is cold, my left feet hurts, my right hand is touching the walls, they are smooth and pink”, etc.

6.   Finally- dance slowly..I am posting a poem, which I received from one of you, I believe it is written by a cancer  patient, but it says everything I ever wanted to say:


 SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a
butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the
fading night?


You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask : “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say, ‘Hi’

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry
through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.
Here are some other techniques for “slow dancing”
or yoga and breathing exercises:

23 Foods to help Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease

Diet is a big selling word worldwide..There is a diet fro pretty much everything.Most of us suffering with thyroid problems believe that eating the right food or avoiding the wrong one will cure us from hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease.

This is true and not really true. No matter what you eat the next 24 hours it will not cure your hyperthyroidism overnight. But maintaining a proper diet in a long-term plan will cut a lot of your symptoms, will help your immune system to fight the over active thyroid and basically will improve in natural way the performance of your thyroid.

Accordingly, any food that naturally inhibits the thyroid overproduction is good, especially if you are diagnosed with overactive thyroid/ hyperthyroidism. These foods are called goitrogens, they can act as antithyroid drugs (like PTU and methimazole).

This is a short list of foods that may help your hyperthyroidism, some of them are called cruciferous vegetables, some of them are just fruits that do a similar job.

Cruciferous vegetables and goitrogenic fruits:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard greens
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Millet
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Mizuna
  • Garden cress
  • Water cress
  • Daikon
  • Wasabi
  • Bok choy
  • Komatsuna
  • Rapini
  • Soybean and soy products, including tofu
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches


The above listed vegetables and fruits are enough to cover any food diversity for a week, you can mix and match, add meat, or river fish (this is not dangerous as it does not contain iodine), or anything else that comes to your mind.

Why not give a boost to the thyroid medication? But yes, just eating the above foods will not be enough..

Please, feel free to share any recipe, or diet suggestion, or idea you may have regarding hyperthyroidism diet.

Miracles happen every day..Doctors still don’t care..

Below I am posting one of the emails I’ve received, just because I think it may help somebody. Julie shares her personal experience and doesn’t mind if somebody writes to her. So here it is:
“Dear Svetla,
It has been three months since my initial blood tests ordered by my family doctor & the diagnosis of Hyperthyroid was given. I had ultrasound and thyroid scans done, with the diagnosis being Graves Disease. The endocrinologist wanted to start me on tapazole to trick the thyroid into producing less hormone, then follow with radioactive iodine treatment. I had already begun a regime of natural healing with vitamins, herbs, and diet taken from “Prescriptions for natural Healing”,a great reference manual for all conditions. The doctors were telling me it would not work and that supplements were not regulated and therefore probably would not work. They did not want to discuss diet (both doctors the same!!). Anyway, I said no meds and the endocrinologist agreed to recheck my blood work in 6 weeks, but she was sure I would need radioactive iodine. So, I found your site and got your book. I kept up all my supplements, a long list, and went on a liver cleansing diet for 2 months. I ate cruciferous veggies every day as well as carrot juice, beet juice and lots of fresh fruits. I will be happy to pass on the diet to anyone. My aching dry eyes (not protruding) totally cleared up after 4 days of sublingual b-12 drops from my chiropractor – 1000mcg 4 x’s a day!! I went back for my blood work and return visit to the endocrinologist after 7 weeks and my condition was gone…TSH and T4 are normal. She was amazed but still did not want to discuss my healing regime.
So, I will have the work done again in 3 months and continue my supplements and careful diet. I feel blessed, and thank you for the book and all the encouragement I got from it and your web site.
Please post my email address in case anyone wants to connect with me. I will continue to follow your techniques. God Bless.
Jullie
Utah USA

butch646@gmail.com

New Blog about Graves’ Disease and Hyperthryoidism..is open now

Welcome to my Blog about Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism. Many of my clients asked me thousands of times to create a support group or a blog, where they can discuss  different topics and questions about Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism or Thyroid Eye Disease.  Now this is a fact- and I really hope that this blog can help many people in the world with similar problems.

Now is the time to ask your questions and share your experience. Be my guest.

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