Goiter

How eating kelp can prevent (and heal) goiter
(NaturalNews) Goiter is the medical name for the swelling of the thyroid gland and surrounding tissue The root cause of goiter eludes conventional medicine, but most naturopathic nutritionists agree that in many cases, it's prompted by a severe imbalance in thyroid function caused by an iodine deficiency.

While individual cases may vary from this pattern (be sure to check with a naturopathic physician before self-treating any thyroid condition), most cases of goiter can be greatly improved or entirely eliminated through nutritional therapies involving iodine. One of the best sources for this important trace mineral is kelp.

Here's a collection of supporting statements about kelp and goiter as published in top natural health books:
How help (and iodine) helps prevent goiter

Kelp Description: Kelp is a type of sea vegetable that's rich in iron and several minerals. It is used as a supplement to support thyroid function. Indications: Goiter Hypothyroid Precautions: People with any type of thyroid disease should check with their doctors before supplementing kelp. Dosage: Take 2 to 4 capsules daily, or take as directed on the label or as advised by a health-care professional.
- Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies Including Diet and Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Bodywork, and More by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

You've heard of kelp and seaweed, but what about bladder-wrack? That's the name of the kelp most often used medicinally, a name under which kelp products are often found. Bladderwrack is a tremendous source of iodine, which is essential for a healthy body. In children, a lack of iodine can result in delayed mental development or retardation. In adults, a deficiency of iodine can lead to hypothyroidism, a condition resulting when the thyroid operates at too low a level. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include extreme fatigue and lethargy, weight gain, and development of a goiter.

Long-term excessive dietary intake of iodine (1,000 to 2,000 micrograms daily), while less common than iodine deficiency, can occur in people who eat large amounts of kelp and other sea vegetable and can also cause goiter. A number of commonly eaten foods have been shown to interfere with the use of iodine by the thyroid, thus reducing production of thyroid hormone and causing goiter. These foods, known as goitrogens, include vegetables in the Brassica family such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and mustard, millet, soybeans, pine nuts and some seed meals used in animal feeds. - The Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Natural Treatments for Common Health Conditions by Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., Forrest Batz, Pharm.D. Rick Chester, RPh., N.D., DipLAc. George Constantine, R.Ph., Ph.D. Linnea D. Thompson, Pharm.D., N.D.

However, eating iodine-rich foods, such as dulse and kelp (sea vegetation), is a more indirect and safe way to increase iodine and shrink goiters. Detoxified iodine is certainly a better choice, since it has not shown to produce hypothyroidism. The famous Edgar Cayce used to treat goiter and other thyroid conditions very successfully by giving his patients detoxified iodine. There are three products that meet his requirements: Magnascent, Atomic Iodine, and Atomidine. The latter two seem to be nearly identical.
- Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within You by Andreas Moritz

Kelp, either fresh or powdered, is the richest source of organic iodine. It helps correct mineral deficiencies and is a good protective food, valuable in overcoming poor digestion, preventing and overcoming goiter, and rebuilding and maintaining the proper function of all the glands. Kelp has been reported to be an aid in brain development; it offsets deficiencies of an inferior diet; it is beneficial for those suffering from impotency, anemia and emaciation.
- Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds for Healthful Living by Dr. Joseph M. Kadans, N.D.

Because of its rich content of iodine, kelp is well-known in many lands as a remedy for preventing or treating goiter. However, some practitioners have reportedly found it to be helpful in normalizing a weak or enlarged prostate gland, and certain other male disorders. For example, Dr. Eric Powell of England says: The action of kelp on the prostate is to improve the nutrition of the organ and the circulation of the blood through the tissues.

For many years people with iodine deficiency have used tablets made from the kelp variety of seaweeds. These seaweeds are relatively rich in iodine, deriving it from the seawater in which they live. They are also rich in minerals and B-group vitamins, providing a nicely balanced mineral supplement to the body in a form that is easily assimilated. However, it is the iodine content that has been the important component for people suffering from goiter, the other valuable components simply being a bonus.
- Health from the Seas: Freedom from Disease by John Croft

Excessive quantities of iodized salt, taking too many kelp tablets, or overuse of potassium iodide expectorants such as SSKI can cause some problems, but regular elevated intake of iodine is needed to produce toxicity. Some people have allergic reactions, mainly as skin rashes, to iodine products. Iodine supplementation may also worsen acne in some cases. Deficiencies of iodine have been very common, especially in areas where the soil is depleted, as discussed earlier. Several months of iodine deficiency can lead to goiter and/or hypothyroidism.
- Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine by Elson M. Haas, M.D.

T4 levels often increase slightly with 6 kelp tablets once a day at lunch. Other varieties of seaweed are also natural sources of iodine and can serve as beneficial dietary additions in cases of hypothyroidism. It is important to moderate your dietary intake of iodine-rich foods, especially when taking prescription thyroid medications. An overdose of iodine can interfere with thyroid tests and can even lead to hyperthyroidism or a goiter.
- The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic Herbal Treatments by Alan Keith Tillotson, Ph.D., A.H.G., D.Ay.

Foods rich in iodine include seaweeds such as kelp, fish, shrimp, lobster, clams, oysters, some other animals (thyroid gland) and iodized salt. Those restricting their salt intake and at the same time not eating any of the above foods are vulnerable to iodine deficiency. Cruciferous foods such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, rutabaga and others may confer protection against certain types of cancer and so it is good to include them in our diets. However, these vegetables contain goitrogens, substances which may cause goiters and hypothyroidism.
- The Doctor's Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia by Sheldon Saul Hendler

Iodine was first discovered in 1812 in kelp. Elemental iodine was extracted from the seaweed and was named iodine because of its color, which means violet in Greek. Iodine occurs naturally as iodide or iodate salts. It is a crucial part of the thyroid hormones, which, in turn, play a vital role in the production of energy. Iodine deficiency is still the major cause of hypothyroidism in the world. Deficiency of thyroid hormones really slows you down. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, apathy, dry skin, intolerance to cold, weight gain and enlargement of the thyroid (goiter).
- The Doctor's Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia by Sheldon Saul Hendler

It is found in many vegetables, such as kelp. These hormones are necessary for normal cell metabolism to be carried on. The shame about iodine is that it has proven again and again to be an effective fighter against viral infections, yet nothing has been done to test whether it will have any devitalizing effects on HIV. Let me note some of the many benefits that have been found from iodine treatment. Iodine has been used in the treatment of goiter, hypothyroidism, fibrocystic breast disease, and other diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Goiter???????
    Goiter

    its like something with thiroid

    do you kno like the size's on how big they should be or shouldnt

    is it treatable??????

    and how can u stop it????

    • ANSWER:
      Goiters are inflammations of your thyroid gland. Goiters can be caused by a lack of iodine in you system. Now days salt contains iodine if you don't eat enough iodized salt then a goiter may develop. Another thing that can cause goiters is an increase of a thyroid stimulating hormones. You shouldn't have a goiter at all. If one developed talk to your doctor and they can give a new diet or a thyroid hormone pill that can control the goiter. Small goiters can be fixed with medication. Large Goiters can only be removed by surgery.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to develop a goiter?
    I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which resulted in a goiter (Hashimoto's Disease). Does anyone know how long it would have taken for it to develop after being infected with an autoimmune disorder? My thyroid is 2-3 times larger than the normal size. How long has my goiter been developing? Months? Years?
    Please, help. Thanks to everyone who answers.

    I would reallllllllyyyyyyyyyyy like to know!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a goiter for about 5 years,from what i remembered my neck started swelling uop from nowhere when i was out with my friend and then it went down on its own again. However before the swelling i noticed major changes in my mood and craving for alot of food. I thought nothing of it...and a couple of weeks later the goiter finally formed and it was huge.long story short i controlled it with medicine and radioactiive but neither worked as my body threw out the radioactive. so ten days ago i finally decided to have surgery and removed my entire thyroid because i simply could not control it with mediciation anymore and taking herbs and natural remedies did not work for me either. i feel great after the surgery,my heart is not longer pounding,no more breaking out in hives etc. I found an excellent surgeon who did not destroy my voice and my calcium levels were a little low after the operation but its back to normal now. however if u get save ur thyroid n radioactive works for u,then great,surgery should be your last option for graves disease.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the possibility of getting goiter in 4 years old child ?
    We don't history of goiter in our family. Doctor asked us to go for test,but I am worried about how serious is it ?

    • ANSWER:
      depends on where you live, but overall its EXTREMELY unlikely... for instance in America there is a .05 percent chance that he could have it... so yeah....

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the risks if a woman having an active toxic goiter will undergo a Cesarean operation?
    my wife is having an active toxic goiter and she is on her 5th month of her pregnancy now. Her doctor told her she has to undergo cesarean delivery because of her goiter. On the other hand, the doctor told her that her recovery after the operation will be difficult also due to the same condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Nobody should go through pregnancy with an "active toxic goiter". So your question is moot. Get your wife treatment for her health problems! She need to be on PTU, pronto.

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent goiter or hypothyroidism if I have an iodine allergy?
    I suffered two anaphylactic shocks in the past 13 months due to consumption of foods that contained iodine. I don't want to develop a large neck (due to goiter or hypothyroidism), so how can I stay healthy with an iodine allergy?

    • ANSWER:
      That is a question that you should take to your Physician, or go to the Health Food store and ask for their recommendation. There are also Nutritionist that should be able to direct you, to what may be available for you instead the Iodine. I am just trying to be helpful, and wonder if you are aware that there is a white
      iodine, and that perhaps you may be able to tolerate, better that the regular brown iodine. I wish you the best, by finding a specialist that treats Thyroid disease

  6. QUESTION:
    What kind of treatment can I get for a Goiter when I am allergic to iodine and donot want surgery?
    OK... I was just (5 minutes ago) diagnosed with Goiter (enlarged thyroid). I have had the blood work and ultrasound so it is definitly the problem. I have read up on it when I was warned it may be problem but I cannot find anything about treatment for someone who is ALLERGIC to IODINE. I can have it in very small amounts (I can eat seafood a couple times a month spread out) but if I have large doses or even cook with it daily my throat swells, I get hives and have breathing difficulties. Once I passed out after I ate too much seafood and my airways were blocked because of the reaction and and I had to be admitted to the hospital because of it. I would prefer a natural remedy but I am open to all suggestions and information. Thank You.
    I was told by a nurse from the clinic I went to. I have no insurance at my job, so I have been refered to the local Charity Hospital Surgery Center and they can take a month or more to get back to me. I have a friend that used to work there and it is not the place I would want to be. They have been known to perform proceedures that were unnecessary.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a registered nurse, that knows of a natural supplment for thyroid disorder. It REALLY works. contact me angiecamz@triad.rr.com

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a goiter grow back after being removed?
    I had one side of my thyroid surgically removed along with the goiter growing on that side. How likely is the other thyroid to develop a goiter now that it is working all by itself? How can I prevent a goiter from recurring?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common cause for goitre in the world is iodine deficiency (E01); this condition is commonly called endemic goitre. It is curable by mass food-supplementation with iodine (in the form of iodide or iodate), and today remains a problem only in the least affluent countries which lack economic resources to fortify foods with iodine as part of public health programs.

      You must identify how and why you got a Goitre

      A "diffuse goitre" is a goitre that has spread through all of the thyroid (and is contrasted with a "simple goitre", "single thyroid nodule" and "multinodular goitre").
      "Toxic goitre" refers to goitre with hyperthyroidism. These are derived from inflammation, neoplasm, and some kinds of activating autoimmune disease (Graves' disease).
      "Nontoxic goitre" (associated with normal or low thyroid levels) refers to all other types (such as that caused by lithium or certain other autoimmune diseases).

      Other causes are:

      Hashimoto's thyroiditis
      Graves-Basedow disease
      Juvenile goitre due to congenital hypothyroidism
      Neoplasm of the thyroid
      Thyroiditis (acute, chronic)
      Side-effects of pharmacological therapy

      Iodine is necessary for the synthesis of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxine (T3 and T4). In conditions producing endemic goitre, when iodine is not available, these hormones cannot be made. In response to low thyroid hormones, the pituitary gland releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Thyroid stimulating hormone acts to increase synthesis of T3 and T4, but in excess it also causes the thyroid gland to grow in size as a type of compensation.

      Goitre is more common among women, but this includes the many types of goitre caused by autoimmune problems, and not only those caused by simple lack of iodine.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the relationship of iodine and goiter in hyper/hypthyroism?
    I am trying to understand the concept of the relationship of iodine and goiter in both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Does there need to be an equilibium of iodine to maintain homeostasis of the thyroid? I think I am understanding deficiency but I am having a hard time making the relationship with too much iodine.

    • ANSWER:
      Indeed the relationship between iodine levels and certain pathophysiological conditions is a little complicated at first glance.

      So lets just make things simple and say what can happen if there is too little iodine and what can happen if there is too much. Goitre to the best of my understanding generally occurs in conjunction with hyperthyroidism as the thyroid undergoes hyperplasia to produce more hormone.

      I'm going from memory here and anatomy & physiology classes were a while ago, so forgive me if I'm rusty.

      TOO LITTLE:
      Not enough iodine, paradoxically, can cause both hyper and hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism in the case that the thyroid accumulates iodine, 'holding onto it' if you like, while hypothyroidism occurs when there isn't enough iodine to produce enough thyroxine. Hypothyroidism is much more common in iodine deficiency. The hows and whys of it causing hyperthyroidism you would have to look into more.

      TOO MUCH:
      Too much can lead to, again paradoxically, hypothyroidism as the thyroid halts hormone production. It can also lead to auto-immune thyroid disease as I believe high iodine levels can initiate the infultration of thyroid tissue by lymphocytes.

      Hope that helps. It's a bugger of a thing the thyroid!

  9. QUESTION:
    Because of a goiter I cannot eat much fish,iodine is the problem. What food fish has the lowest iodine level?
    Because I have a goiter I became ill after eating salmon. I am trying to find out what food fish has the lowest iodine level so I can see about adding it to my now fat and sodium restricted diet. Had a severe attack of pancreatic disease with level higher than anyone at my local hospital had ever seen. Also, could use help designing a fat reduced diet. Janet

    • ANSWER:
      YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT ANY FISH FOR A LOW IODINE DIET
      BECAUSE THE LEVELS ARE NOT KNOWN...
      http://216.109.125.130/search/cache?p=FISH+WITH+LOW+IODINE+LEVELS&prssweb=Search&ei=UTF-8&fr=sbc-web&x=wrt&u=www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient_education/pepubs/lowio.pdf&w=fish+low+iodine+levels&d=NdmLZUaqMy3Y&icp=1&.intl=us

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if I am growing a goiter?
    A nurse friend of mine said the swelling on my neck looks like that of a goiter growing. How can I tell? What are the usual signs? I will go to the doctor soon but does anyone have any thoughts on this?

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid neck check self exam advised by AACE(2002) can be helpful to detect the goiter. In short, if you have mass on the neck which is prominent when you tilt your head back and is moving up when you are swallowing, then the thyroid swelling is indicated and this needs to be evaluated by the doctor

  11. QUESTION:
    how can goiter affects a fetus or a baby inside a pregnant mother with goiter?
    how can goiter affects a fetus or a baby inside a pregnant mother with goiter?

    I'm a nursing student.. i have to research on the present and past illness and related illness of my patient!

    help me!

    • ANSWER:
      i developed a goiter during pregnancy. at 2mths pregnant. no doc ever checked my neck or my thyroid. during my whole pregnancy i had graves disease. my son came out completely healthy. but, i could of passed the graves to him. Hyperthyroid. now im 7 wks pregnant and hypo cause of the Radioactive treatment i received a yr ago. my goiter is almost completely gone. but, you can be hypo and have a goiter like my sis in law. with hypothyroid, you can have the meds regulated everytime you go to the doc by a blood test. with hyperthyroid however, you can be checked out, but really cant do much because the meds can go to the fetus. but my goiter didnt affect my pregnancy or my son. but in nc, where he was born, its required my law to get the newborns thyroid levels checked. so immediately after being born, he was tested. but, if the goiter is affecting the mother, rarely, but could happen, they will remove the goiter while pregnant. hope that helped.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the risks involved with goiter removal?
    My mom is having surgery to have a goiter removed in a few weeks. I'm not exactly sure how big it is, and what constitutes "big" in the field, but it's sizable enough to sometimes cause her to have issues breathing or tilting her head down.

    She hasn't talked much to me about the risks involved; I don't know if she just doesn't know, or if she's just not telling me anything.

    Is this a risky sort of surgery?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it wrong if my girlfriend loves licking the goiter on my neck?
    Some people think it's a double chin, but it's not--it's a goiter, a big one.

    • ANSWER:
      No, not at all. I bet it feels really good. Does she suck on it too?

  14. QUESTION:
    Goiter is a swelling of the thyroid gland due to inaufficent dietary iodine, why do you think that iodine defi?
    goiter is a swelling of the thyroid gland due to inaufficent dietary iodine, why do you think that iodine deficiency causes the thyroid to swell?

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid gets bigger so it can try and trap any tiny source of iodine so it can try to properly function.

  15. QUESTION:
    what is the latest treatment for goiter and what food can help in its treatment?
    The goiter worries my landlord's wife. I just want to help her get some answers to this question.
    Please help her.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      She should go see a medical doctor first!! Her MD will run tests to find our WHY she has the goitre and will be able to advise her about surgery, medications, dietary and lifestyle changes.

      If the MD is not helpful, she should DEFINITELY consult a **registered dietician** (NOT a 'nutritionist' or a non-accredited 'diet specialist').

      For your information:

      Our thyroid uses Iodine to create important hormones (T3, T4). She needs to be very careful about her Iodine intake (ie iodized salt, seafood). Since her thyroid is enlarged, it may be like a giant sponge for Iodine and this can be **dangerous** if her Iodine intake is increased too quickly.

      Next, she would be very wise to limit her intake of soy and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, etc). Scientific studies have demonstrated that these foods interfere with Iodine uptake by the thyroid. For the same reason, avoiding products with 'rapeseed' is important too. It is very, very difficult to find any foods or oils that contain rapeseed now so this shouldn't be a major concern.

      ALSO, she should ** NOT become pregnant**; it puts a major stress on her body AND her children will have major birth defects (known as cretinism).

      Hope this helps!
      :)

  16. QUESTION:
    is there a cure for goiter? what foods are good and bad for goiter?
    I have nodular goiter for years now, I would sometimes exprience sudden changes in my weight, falling hair, dry skin and always catching my breath whenever i climb the stairs.

    • ANSWER:
      yes. 98% of goiter are curable. You're lucky that your goiter is nodular. Unlike Hyperthyroidism which is far worse than nodular because of a lot of complications, nodular goiter can be cured by taking substitute pills for T3 & T4 like Levothyroxin.

      Avoid too much stress.

      Consult your Endocrinologist, though.

      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    How much iodine you need to treat goiter?
    I wanted to know the amount of iodine needed to treat goiter.
    Thanks in advance for the help

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.iodine4health.com/ortho/debate_ortho.htm
      Good Luck!!

  18. QUESTION:
    I have a multinodule goiter. Why do I have this and why does it continue to grow?
    I have had biospy done, it is benien. My TSH was .5 and my T3 and T4 were in the high end of the normal range. I am a fifth generation woman to have a goiter in my family. I am a 30 years old female. I am trying to figure out why this runs so heavily in my family and by the way my family has a history of autoimmune disease such as R.A. and Reiter's Syndrome (I am the first to have Reiter's syndrome in my family) and so on. I am trying to make since of all of this since my goiter continues to grow. I am having another ultrasound next Tuesday. I live in the US so iodine is not the issue. There has to be a reason even a hidden one because this goiter issue just runs to hard on the family to be just simple gentics-except maybe a certain thyroid or pitutary disease.

    • ANSWER:
      From what you wrote, I guess you've already read extensively regarding multinodular goitre (MNG) and other autoimmune diseases.

      All i can tell you is this: the more it runs in the family, the more likely that this is due to genetics. Autoimmune diseases have a tendency to occur together (ie. if you have grave's disease, there's a higher likelihood that you'll have other autoimmune problems like reiter's and RA.).

      My advice is for you not to search too hard for some other cause of the hereditary MNG. It may be difficult for you to blame it all on genetics, but that's the way it is.

      Besides iodine, you should ask your doctor about other alternatives. Many centres in the world will offer a total thyroidectomy for MNGs that continue increasing in size, as there is a possibility that one of the nodules may turn malignant in the future. The downside of surgery is that you'll have to be on thyroid replacement medication for life. On the other hand, radioactive iodine can sometimes make one more prone to cancer, and will also eventually lead to hypothyroidism and need for thyroid replacement.

  19. QUESTION:
    What would cause me to get Lipomas, a Ganglion and now a goiter on my Thyroid?
    Several years ago I started getting Lipomas on my body, then a ganglion on my wrist and now I have found a Goiter on my thyroid. Sonogram on neck shows 4 lumps on one side of neck and 1 lump on other side.

    • ANSWER:
      It's obviously some sort of lymp systems problem.

      Make sure you are getting enough iodine for that goiter and have your thyroid panel run to check for thyroid disease.

      I am thinking Grave's disease or lupus actually. But maybe you are just prone to fluid masses and nothing more.. good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does an enlarged goiter effect your voice?
    For the past 5 years I been having a weak voice. According to my doctor, my vocal cords are in good condition however I have an enlarged goiter. You think thats the cause for my weak voice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's possible. You might want to consider having it removed. It can even effect your breathing.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/goiter/DS00217

  21. QUESTION:
    What did your vet say about enlarged thyroid / goiter / grass gland?
    I've heard different things that vets have said about enlarged thyroids in horses (also known as goitres/goiters/'grass gland')

    If your horse has had it, what did your vet tell you about it? To treat or not to treat?

    Just interested to hear different opinions from vets.

    • ANSWER:
      Enlarged thyroids are almost always non-pathogenic (of little or no significance) in older horses, caused by a thyroid adenoma. In cats enlarged thyroids are usually associated with hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid), however in horses this is virtually unheard of. So in an older animal (over 7 years) I would leave well alone unless the growth is so large that it is pressing on other local structures eg trachea or larynx.

      In younger horses (especially under 2) an enlarged thyroid can be associated with a dietary imbalance of iodine, in which case I would suggest investigation starting with diet and a blood sample. Ultrasound of the region can also be helpful to confirm the location of the enlargement. These cases do require treatment according to the cause, as thyroid adenomas are not seen in such young animals.

  22. QUESTION:
    What does a goiter have in relationship to thyroid?
    NOTE- I am only in 9th grade please be simple with the biological terms. thx!

    We are learning about chemicals in the body. We learned that a mess up in the body can do things like cause a goiter. I was looking up goiter and saw that thyroid was coming up a long with it. How do they relate. ALSO what is the difference between a goiter and tumor?

    Thank you so much :D

    • ANSWER:
      An inadequate dietary intake of iodine can lead to an enlarged thyroid gland, or goiter. Your body needs iodine to produce thyroid hormone. Goiters are rare in developed countries as many foods are supplemented with iodine - most commonly, salt.

      A thyroid tumor is very different to a goiter. It can be either benign or malignant and often presents as a small, painless lump in the neck.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of goiter? Feeling there is block in the thyroid means i have a goiter?
    I feel that when i swallow there is something block on my thyroid and i easily get fatigued, feel nervous and sometimes experienced hard of breathing.

    • ANSWER:
      A noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck, that is often associated with iodine deficiency.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can a goiter grow on only one side of the neck?
    Or is it evenly distributed? Is it at the hollow of the throat or higher up? Thanks.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I've seen picture of it on one side of the neck but I think the whole thyroid is still enlarged, not just one side.
      It isn't at the hollow of your neck. My doctor explained it to me as the part that moves when you swallow. It's a little bit lower than the bone in your throat. You should be able to feel it.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does having a thyroid goiter affect your weight?
    I have always had low energy, even as a child. At one point I was anemic. My maternal grandmother had her thyroid removed. I found out about 3 years ago that I have a multi-nodule goiter. I'm wondering if this would affect why I can't keep weight off? I tried dieting and exercise for months and lost minimal amount of weight. I also never have any energy, even with a full night's rest. Is this all related? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Having a goiter can cause a person to gain weight and/or have a hard time taking it off. Was your TSH, free T4 and free T3 checked - what were the levels? Depending on the blood test levels, it may indicate that you are hypothyroid, and you might need to take a levothyroxine pill to bring you back to the normal range.

  26. QUESTION:
    WHAT HAPPEN IF YOU GET A GOITER IN YOUR HEART?
    my autie told me that she get a goiter in her heart, and so I try to search for it on the internet, but cannot find information about it. How do we treat it, is there anything thta we can do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Right, goiter is a thyroid condition in which the thyroid is enlarged.

      Your auntie may mean that she has an enlarged heart (hypertrophy) or there is a tumor in the heart. You can see a Dr with her and ask the Dr about it.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can a goiter shrink without surgery?
    Can a goiter be reduced in size without surgery? Can you recommend doctors in New York City that specialize in goiters and natural remedies. Any success stories with before/after goiter pictures would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      goiters can be reduced in size with treatment. thyroid hormone (levothyroxine) will sometimes allow the enlarged thyroid tissue to return to normal size, because demand is not being made of the tissue to produce endogenous hormone. Look for an endocrinologist or call the local medical society or ask your doctor to recommend someone. many endos require a referral anyway so as not to waste their and your time.

  28. QUESTION:
    How big is the average goiter?
    I recently learned that I have one, and while looking online I realized that none of the sites had actual measurements for them. Help is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think there is an 'average' size. They are all so different.

  29. QUESTION:
    Could your lifestyle affect whether you get goiter or not?
    Goiter can be risk can be reduced if you have a diet high in iodine, but what could you do with your lifestyle to deminish the risk of goiter?

    • ANSWER:
      i have hypo thyroid symptoms normal thyroid and i am multi goitor so my diet is not lacking iodine , its a gland that is raising havoc and i have dangerously low vit.. d my goitor was found almost choking to death on bacon.. so watch for symptoms i guess?

  30. QUESTION:
    My sister 25yr, hypothyroidism and thyroid scanning reveals diffuse goiter. Can somebody explain me everything?
    age 25yr
    Continuous weight gain
    hypothyroidism, T4= .04 and TSH= >100
    thyroid scan shows diffuse goiter with no nodules.

    I want to know, is it really a serious matter. And regarding treatment? Does it lead to surgery? Is it curable?

    • ANSWER:
      my thyroid went under active by 75% around your daughters age and i take a synthetic hormone called thyroxine i have to take them for the rest of my life i don't have a goutier neck but you can get it with thttp://www.btf-thyroid.org/his condition i am a member of the British Thyroid Foundation
      IF YOU JOIN IT THEY SEND YOU NEWS LETTERS AND ITS A GREAT WAY OF LEARNING ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS !
      DONT WORRY ABOUT IT AS THEY CAN CORRECT IT BUT YOU ARE ON MEDICATION FOR LIFE ! its an auto immune disease the body attacks itself but they can put it right
      ALSO YOU GET FREE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR ALL YOUR MEDICATION WITH A THYROID CONDITION good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a goiter and underactive thyorid using herbs?
    In need of ways that work with out using prescription meds !

    • ANSWER:
      Read these articles they will teach a load of good things about treating Hypothyroidism a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to "run the body's metabolism", it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/hypothyroidism-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/hyperthyroidism-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      I hope it helps. Take care and God bless

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy of having a toxic goiter? Medication or Operation?
    I need help cause my mom has a toxic goiter and I dont want her to undergo in a operation, I dont want her to suffer in pain and I really love my mom.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends upon the situation. Is this the same as a thyroid crisis? I had a thyroid crisis after the birth of my first child. My thyroid was very overactive for just a few days. Then it slowed down to normal on its own. Now it is underactive. If it is staying overactive, she may need surgery.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the proper type doctor to see if you suspect a goiter problem?
    Do you know the course of treatment? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    is goiter more difficult to see in men due to the adams apple?
    think i may have an overactive thyroid and i am just wondering is it more difficult to see goiter (swollen thyroid gland) in men due to the adams apple and enlarged voice box? thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      A goiter is caused by an iodine deficiency not an overactive thyroid. If you think your thyroid is that swollen you just need to see the doc and get a professional opinion.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do i know the difference between lymphoma and goiter?

    • ANSWER:
      A goiter is an enlarged thyroid, which is located in the front of your neck just above your clavicle. Sometimes people with a goiter notice difficulty swallowing, increased pressure on the throat when laying on their back, and a raspy voice.

      Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system, which is different from the thyroid and does not cause a goiter (but sometimes lymphoma patients end up with a thyroid dysfunction because of radiation).

      Seeing a doctor is the best way to determine what you have.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a goiter the size of a tennis ball growing in my neck?
    yes, I did just give birth. I heard that it could be possiably from child bearing, but it seems hereditary in my family to have hyperactive thyroids. being so my mother and older sister are on medication, without the swollen gland! I do not understand why all of a sudden this would appear. Any logical explanations out there?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a similar problem, so I will tell you my story(hope it helps and doesn't bore you to death). This all happened after I had my daughter...I don't know if pregnancy caused it or if it was just coincidental. I first found out about my enlarged thyroid when I was sick. I went to the doctor for being sick, and she told me my thyroid was enlarged and wanted to run tests. I had felt it, but it wasn't that large at the time, so I just thought it was a swollen gland from infection. I had my thyroid levels checked, and they were normal. I went to an endocrinologist and he checked my levels again...normal. At that time, he told me that my only option was to have it removed because he couldn't treat it with medicine if my levels were fine. It wasn't very noticeable then, and I couldn't bare the thought of having my throat cut(he also told me insurance would not cover it because they would consider it 'cosmetic'). Anyway, over the course of the next 2-3 yrs, it gradually grew bigger and bigger. I had my levels checked several more times and they were always normal. I finally went to a new doctor, and she immediately referred me to a surgeon. The first time I saw him, he said it needed to come out. He said the larger it gets, the more chance there is of getting cancer in it. He measured my thyroid and my left nodule was 6cm wide. In January of last year, I had my entire thyroid removed leaving nothing but my parathyroid glands. My thyroid had grown so large that it wrapped around my esophogus and surgery lasted 6 hrs. I now take thyroid replacement hormones daily. If it does not go down, I would highly recommend seeing a specialist. The scar is barely noticeable. They make the incision so that it fits right in with the wrinkles in your neck. I hope this gave you a little insight. By the way, I was never diagnosed with anything other than a simple 'goiter'.

  37. QUESTION:
    can someone explain what a goiter means?
    I developed a goiter after I became pregnant several years ago, but it has never gone away. Blood tests for thyroid problems apparently came back normal. My doctor does not seem to be too concerned. Why do I have a goiter and do I need to be concerned? I have often had health difficulties that are brushed off as stress and anxiety,

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Where in the world is the disease goiter most common?
    I need to find out where Goiter is most common (prevalence in the world or country) And the source where u got the answer (i.e website...)

    • ANSWER:
      In countries where there's lots of red meat, fatty & fried food & alcohol consumed. Men more likely than women
      More prevalent in countries with high standards of living.

      Google: what countries have most cases of gout....look at 3rd site: arthritis.ca

      Good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a mass and a goiter in the thyroid gland?

    • ANSWER:
      Goiter is universal enlargement of the ENTIRE thyroid gland, but a thyroid mass is a loculation of tissue in the thyroid gland that could be: fluid/fluid+cellular component/or cellular component only; also, thyroid mass could be benign versus malignant ( regarding to the pathology result ) .

  40. QUESTION:
    I am married and has thyroid problem for 4 and half years,Is it possible for me to get pregnant having goiter?
    I had undergo surgery with my goiter 4 and half years ago and it came back again. My menstrual period is just 1 heavy flow day and 1 regular day, means i only had 2 days period every month for a year now. I just want to know if it is possible for me to get pregnant with my current health problem. Anyone can give an advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem. After 5 miscarriages, I got pregnant with my daughter. This was after I was told I wouldn't be able to have children. Your body will decide, not a doctor. Good Luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with a Substernal Goiter, Im supposed to have surgery soon?
    I was diagnosed with a Substernal Goiter, Im supposed to have surgery soon within the next couple of days I want to know if surgery is the only option and if I need to remove both my glands since only the left one is enlarged, is there a treatment to avoid my right gland to swell as well? I just dont want to remove a healthy gland for no reason except it will possibly grow in the future

    • ANSWER:
      A Sub-sternal goiter is when a thyroid will grow downward rather than up and out within the neck. When this happens, the thyroid will grow down the trachea into the chest. This can become an even bigger problem since the chest is surrounded by a very rigid bone structure (the chest cavity). The top of the chest cavity is made up of the spinal column in the back, the first and second ribs on the sides, and the collar bones (clavicles) and breast bone (sternum) in the front. When a thyroid gets enlarged within this rigid bony structure, it will compress those structures which are soft such as the trachea, lungs, and blood vessels (the bones will not give way). This is what makes sub-sternal thyroids a special case which deserve special attention. I had my thyroid removed 5 years ago and am doing very well on synthroid. If your doctor feels that it is better to remove the entire gland then I would not argue.

  42. QUESTION:
    How much is the radioactive treatment for toxic goiter in the Philippines?

    • ANSWER:
      Your conversational partner has disconnected.

  43. QUESTION:
    I have a Thyroid Goiter how often is this cancer ?
    I am 34 and i have a Thyroid Goiter i was wondering how often this turns out to be cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no increased risk of thyroid cancer with a thyroid goiter.

  44. QUESTION:
    I was told I had a goiter, was put on meds and was fine for like 6 months. Now I have had bumo?
    I was told I had a goiter, was put on meds and was fine for like 6 months. Now I have had bumos in my throat for a month and has started having headaches, cramps, numbness, and irratibality. What is going on?!
    I meant bumps not bumos.

    • ANSWER:
      Unable to answer your querie, as BUMO not part of medical nomenclature....reacquaint yourself with the doctor and get his opinion on your bumos?

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of a diabetic goiter?
    A few weeks ago I was diagnosed as diabetic.
    I was given medicine for a few days, but my right leg and right foot are just as bloated as before.
    Am I not getting enough exercise?
    Or am I not following the diet correctly?

    While I'm on the line, is there a good forum for diabetics on the Internet?

    • ANSWER:
      Start with
      www.diabetes.org
      This is the American Diabetes Association. They are one of the driving forces behind diabetes research and education. They have ALL the answers.

      The diabetes and the swelling are related, but not directly. The swelling is caused by OTHER problems (possibly congestive heart failure or kidney failure). THESE diseases are caused by diabetes, but diabetes by itself does not cause swelling in the feet.

      YOU MUST SEE A DOCTOR!! Your condition is serious, and if not properly treated it will incapacitate you. The most probable treatment is "water pills" to cause you to pee more and drain the excess fluid from your system.

      Ultimately, you MUST get your diabetes under control! Get your blood sugars to NORMAL (Take insulin if need be) and KEEP THEM THERE!. Cooperate with the doctor to find the root cause of the swelling, and get that treated, too.

      [I had a similar problem. My foot swelled up to about the size of a canned ham, and I walked like something from "Night of the Living Dead"! I was given "water pills", which worked. Six months alter, I was hospitalized with "Acute Kidney Failure" (acute = sudden onset). THAT was treated. Six months after that, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Disease, and eventually received a transplant.]

      GET TO THE DOCTOR

  46. QUESTION:
    How does hyperthyroidism lead to goiter formation?
    Can someone explain this to me?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't answer your question, as I myself have been searching the internet on answers for thyroid cysts. I had a car accident a few weeks ago, and with all the MRI's, CT's, and Myleogram, that is how they found the 'growth?' on my left thyroid lobe.
      If you are able to find out anything regarding your question, please pass it on to me so I know where to find an answer. I'm going in this Thursday for a biopsy. (Hopefully negative)
      But good luck with your search.

  47. QUESTION:
    what would be the possible effects and complications of hyperthyroidsm, multinodular goiter to my baby?
    i'm 29 year old and was dignosed to have hyperthyroidsm, multinodular goiter. i havn't started any medications yet. i just found out that i'm a couple of weeks pregnant. i'm scared of what my disease could cause my baby.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an expert by all means, however I do Have a son that has a thyroid condition that has been since birth. Since there are several types of this disorder, find out exactly what it is and what the treatments are. Tell your doctor you are pregnant, NOW!!!. I heard there are risks in exposing your child to radiation under 20 weeks gestation. I would also find out if this is a cause of your iodine intake. I would also check with your local and state regulations as to the newborn screening tests and make sure your baby is tested for both hypo and hyperthyroidism AT BIRTH!!!

  48. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid antibodies cause a goiter?
    I have a goiter and three different types of antibodies, tpo, thyroglobulin, and trab. But my tsh is normal and t3 and t4. I'm not difecient in iodine, so what's causing the goiter?

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  49. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between hypo and hyperthyroidism, also what causes goiter?

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland produces less hormones, hyperthyroidism means it produces too much. Goiter referrs to an enlarged thyroid, regardless of it's activity, the most common cause is iodine deficiency, though, other things might cause it.

  50. QUESTION:
    Food networks Alton Brown really needs a rat to gnaw off the goiter on his cheek doesn't he?
    He's got a good show, gets a bit anal and such but it can be fun to watch since TV sucks mostly anymore. But really don't you think he should get the Alton Brown spot on his left cheek removed?

    • ANSWER:
      Ha! Ha! I love the skits they do on Good Eats. Its a good show and I've learned a lot about cooking from watching this show. As for a rat gnawing off the goiter, that would be great PPV. Good question!!