Natural Thyroid Treatment For Hypothyroidism

A thyroid disorder called hypothyroidism means you have an underactive thyroid gland. If you have trouble losing weight no matter what you do, it could be because you are hypothyroid. There are almost 30 million Americans with thyroid disease and women are 7 times more likely than men to have it. Hypothyroid is the most common thyroid disorder and often misdiagnosed by doctors.

Thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland located directly below the Adams apple. This gland swells up accompanied by an inflammatory sensation, when not working properly. This can be seen as a small bulge in the area. Doctors might feel the size of the gland by keeping hand around your neck and making you swallow.

Because thyroid disorder causes so many other degenerative diseases, a thyroid that functions properly can restore health in so many other areas of your body. When you neutralize the acids in your body and eliminate acid-forming substances from your diet, you give your thyroid a chance to heal. Improved thyroid function will, in turn, help your other body organs function properly.

To neutralize acids and restore your bodys pH balance, you need to reduce or eliminate consumption of acidic foods and other acidic substances. Adding more alkaline foods and minerals to your diet can help restore thyroid disorder. As your acid level falls, you'll find that your thyroid function will increase.
The thyroid takes in iodine and combines it with tyrosine, an amino acid that then converts it into the hormones T3 and T4. If your thyroid is normal, 80% will be T4 and 20% T3. Both of these hormones travel through the bloodstream, converting calories and oxygen into energy. If this process doesnt work properly, then the calories and oxygen cannot convert the energy properly and you have weight gain or inability to lose weight.

Diagnosis may be carried out through a series of blood tests but since many doctors remain unaware of thyroid problems or recent changes in medical definitions of normal range, many women still struggle to be taken seriously. If you are not satisfied with your doctors diagnosis, always remember that you have the right to a second opinion. Online research can also help you locate doctors in your area who specialize in thyroid disease. Ask for a thyroid antibody test, as well as the other selection of thyroid function tests usually offered. Once a doctor has diagnosed a thyroid problem, you can begin appropriate treatment.

The thyroid, typically enlarged, pale yellow, and lumpy on the surface, shows dense lymphocytic infiltration, and the remaining thyroid tissue frequently contains small empty follicles. The goiter (gradual painless enlargement of the thyroid gland) is usually asymptomatic (no symptoms), but sometimes patients complain of dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) and a feeling of local pressure.

Thryroiditis is the general term used to describe three different disorders in which the thyroid becomes inflamed. Most commonly, the inflammation takes the form of a chronic, progressive disease known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease. This condition may be so mild that it may go unnoticed for many years, but eventually it may destroy so much thyroid tissue that hypothroidism develops.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural treatments for hypothyroidism?
    When I went to the doctor recently, she told me that my blood tests showed high TSH. No other markers for thyroid disorder were high or low (i.e. my T3 and T4 were normal). My doctor thinks that I'm developing hypothyroidism. I REALLY don't want to have to take supplemental hormones for the rest of my life, so if anyone knows a natural way to balance out my thyroid again, please let me know.

    I am a 20 year old female. I eat healthy, most of the time, and I exercise regularly. I am a healthy weight (5' 8", 130lbs). I take a multivitamin every day. I'm on birth control pills, as well.

    • ANSWER:
      change your diet avoid goitrogens in foods which blocks/inhibits thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3, T4) can lead to HYPOthyroid conditions=low thyroid AVOID:
      Cabbage, broccoli, rutabaga, cauliflower, kale,
      Brussels sprouts, watercress, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, millet, turnips, turnip greens,
      cassava root (tapioca), spinach, peach, pear, grape,
      mango, pea, and all soy (the worst) products.
      Peanut butter has had the goitrogens killed off
      because the making of it requires such high heat, BUT
      eating too much leads to the production of oxalic
      kidney stones.
      SOY products elevate T4 without modifying T3=weight
      gain, low ch'i, low fertility=early menopause, PLUS
      the plant based estrogens in soy can inhibit
      absorption of zinc and other essential minerals, cause
      stomach and intestine distress, AND is highly harmful
      for children whose sex organs and immune systems are
      still in the developmental stages.
      MILK: if you are hypothyroid, then avoid milk as the
      protein casein in cow's milk is 300% more potent than
      human breast milk and also disrupts thyroid function,
      try rice milk instead, not soy milk. A nice cup of hot
      milk before bed for calming the nerves is even worse
      than cold raw milk.
      FLUORIDE: avoid toothpaste and water which contain
      fluoride, as well as iodine (table salt and seaweeds)
      as both compounds irritate the thyroid gland=auto
      immune non functioning and it attacks itself. Too much
      iodine can result in hyperthyroid conditions such as
      weight loss, rough skin, acne, mental and emotional
      problems, and a 'spacey' feeling.
      SUGAR: refined sugars burn out the thyroid gland as
      well as the adrenal glands.
      If the thyroid is 'off', so, more than likely will be the parathyroid
      glands that cluster on the thyroid like little grapes,
      everyone has between four and eight of them. If they
      are not working properly, then calcium will not be
      assimilated or distributed properly=weak sagging
      muscles, loss of elasticity, heart attacks, and the
      muscles will then suck calcium from the
      bones=osteoporosis problems of 'aging' women, as
      muscles get calcium first in the food chain within the
      human body. AND if you have Adrenal gland
      insufficiency, it will affect your thyroid. So…treat
      adrenals first, then thyroid, then parathyroids in
      that order for any type of thyroid Rx to work, or your
      own gland without medication, via the foods you eat …

      In terms of Traditional Oriental Medicine, the thyroid
      gland is associated with Heart energy and a
      GallBladder flow imbalance can lead to thyroid
      tumors... working acu-points Stomach 9 (on either side
      of the Adam's Apple), Conception Vessel 22 (base of
      throat dent), Large Intestine 4 (in each hand:
      Forbidden Point during/desiring pregnancy), and
      Bladder 15 (between the shoulder blades)...will all
      help to balance out HYPOthyroid problems and the
      energetic atomic weight gain, associated with thyroid
      disease.
      Blueberries, strawberries and virgin coconut oil rev
      up a slow metabolism, and are great for the desired
      weight loss by fat HYPOthyroid people.
      DEMAND a Reverse T3 blood test, it shows how much T3 your body can use out of what is made FOR use. often a big difference showing you are not normal but clinically hypo. good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    Switching from synthyroid to natural desiccated thyroid or just add a T3?
    I have hypothyroidism. I've been taking synthyroid for 5 months. Doc. says my TSH is normal. I still have symptoms. I've had a mysterious case of tendinitis (tennis elbow) that has persisted for over a year. It goes from one elbow to another and makes a crunching sound when I bend it palm down. I've read that hypothyroidism can cause inflammation and that treatment should relieve the tendinitis. I am still tired, mood swings, and experience symptoms of hypoglycemia(not sure if it's related) after eating foods high in carbs (palpation's, lose of sight when I stand up, falling asleep and extreme irritability), despite a normal blood glucose after eating. Anyone out there have any insight? Should I use the natural thyroid or try to get a rx for a T3 in addition to my T4? I'm batting my brains out looking for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi James,

      I personally would just continue the Synthroid medicaition,especially if your doctor told you your TSH is normal. I think your other symptoms are absolutely unrelated to hypothyroidism. You should discuss these with your doctor and maybe he/she would like to check some tests to further evaluate.

      In regards to thyroid supplements, Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is the preferred treatment. I don't know if you realize that Levothyroxine is T4 and the body converts it to the active form of T3. T3 supplementation is only used in rare circumstances and is not superior to T4 supplementation in 99.9% of patients. T3 also leads to fluctuating levels during the day. So no, I don't think this is an appropriate option for you. In regards to natural thyroid, I do not know a single doctor that has ever prescribed or recommended this. The problem with natural thyroid is that we don't know the potency or strength of it. Therefore we don't know exactly how much T4 (thyroid hormone) you are actually getting. So basically the best treatment for hypothyroidism is Levothyroxine aka T4 aka Synthroid. I do not think changing your hypothyroid regimen will change your symptoms, because I very much doubt they are related to your thyroid disease. You should of course discuss this with your personal physician. I hope this helps you.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to make thyroid pills?
    so this is probably a waste of points. but im a big "survive apocolypse" type person. I'm diagnosed with hypothyroidism... is it possible for me to produce my own natural thyroid meds kinda like Armour.

    I read somewhere that thyroid treatment has been available since the 1800's... how did they make it?
    On the actual Armour website it basically says this:

    they take thyroid glands out of pigs.
    they dry the thyroid glands
    they crush the thyroid glands into a powder
    then they put the crushed glands into a pill format.

    seems easy enough. anyone out there who has some knowledge on this??

    • ANSWER:
      best resource might be someone like dr lowe (drlowe.com) who makes his own and others who makeit.
      BTW the herbalists already know the herbs you would need, talk to them
      also the vitamins andminerals you would need dearpharmacist.com suzie cohen is a renegade pharmacist telling people what drugs do to them and how to counter them and what vitamins /minerals they need

      best wishes, these thoughts i have had also.

      way to go medicine

  4. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I'm 15 and i've had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they've given me horrific insomnia, and it's so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i'm so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn't even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it's not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don't really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you told the doctor that the tablets gave you insomnia ?

      I would seek a second opinion from another doctor, it sounds like you are getting too much thyroxine if you can't sleep. Ask for a repeat thyroid function test.

  5. QUESTION:
    Anyone with thyroid disorder have luck with gluten-free?
    I found out a few months ago that I have Hypothyroidism and so I have been trying out some different natural forms of treatments, such as acupressure, adding coconut oil to my diet, and cutting out certain foods from my diet. I've been reading that gluten intolerance/Celiac disease has been "linked" to Thyroid disorders. It's hard to know what to believe these days as far as what is good for you and what is the best treatments for this and that,etc. But I've tried various things and have noticed that cutting the gluten out of my diet seems to help with my thyroid symptoms the most.

    Just curious if anyone else out there with thyroid trouble has tried a gluten free diet and what kind of effects did you get?

    • ANSWER:
      That is good to know that you are seeing results from it. Thanks for sharing. That could help others out, because this disease can be hard as heck to deal with. I have been considering buying this book on this website I buy my supplements from, because it has a hypothyroidism cookbook that comes with it. I haven't tried it yet but I think I am going to have to give it a go. I'm not sure if it is gluten free of not, but it would be nice to have recipes to follow.

  6. QUESTION:
    I need some advice on how to help treat hypothyroidism?
    When I first met my fiancee, he was 21, quite a thin guy, healthy though, except for the smoking part. After he quit smoking, he suddenly gained a lot of weight (I mean, like... 30 pounds in a few months). At first I thought it was because he wasn't smoking anymore, but a year goes by and more symptoms appear... after a visit to a doctor, looks like he has an under-active thyroid.

    I'm in a holistic health program right now, and I'm just learning, so I don't know much about how to treat this. I have an idea of a homeopathic treatment, I have the idea that a weak liver could cause hypothyroidism... so I'm just wondering, is there any natural ways that I can help him? I don't want to put him on drugs, or have him popping a pill for the rest of his life. Is there something we could do to, maybe, help his thyroid for good? Any diets or anything?

    Thanks for any insight!

    • ANSWER:
      I think this article might be of some help:
      "...One of the key amino acids involved in the manufacture of the thyroid hormones is tyrosine. This nutrient, by the way, has been used to help cocaine addicts kick the habit by helping them avoid the worst of the withdrawal symptoms, including tiredness, depression, and irritability. It is also one of the active agents in a new formulation called Thyro Boost, which will help too. It includes kelp, which provides iodine (the other nutrient needed to make thyroid hormones) in the form of iodide and energy-boosting Co-Enzyme Q10. Thyro Boost is available by mail order from the Nutri Centre (0800 –587 2290)...."

  7. QUESTION:
    Treating Adrenal Exhaustion & Hypothyroidism?
    I would like to hear from others who have had to treat Adrenal Exhaustion (& hopefully have hypothyroid as well.)

    I esp want to know about which are the most effective, yet most affordable herbs/supplements/combos.

    I've been reading a lot of info from stopthemadness.com.

    I'm on a low dose of Armour for my thyroid. When I went up a bit on the dosage, had terrible reaction with all the symptoms of Severe Adrenal Exhaustion (which I knew I had a while ago but did not know how to treat.)

    I would like to avoid seeing an endocrinologist, simply b/c so many of them don't even believe in Adrenal Exhaustion and IF they do, want to treat it with steroids. I want to go the NATURAL route.

    I'm also wondering how long it usually takes to feel a difference (when taking supplements.)

    Currently, I am taking The adaptogen herb, Rhodiola (200mg) and Eleuthero (1000mg)--Siberian Gingseng, I believe.

    All this came about due to diagnosis to "treatment resistant depression." (And a lot of my own research.)

    I really appreciate anyone's help with this! Thank you. (Any links to info or products will also be greatly appreciated.)

    • ANSWER:
      I treated mine with isocort.
      http://www.modernherbalist.com/products/isocort.html
      There are plenty of other places you can get it, just shop around for the best price.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I'm 15 and i've had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they've given me horrific insomnia, and it's so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i'm so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn't even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it's not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don't really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      I would go back and have a tlak with the Dr. - not all thyroid replacement pills have the same side-effects - you may respond better to another one -- as far as the insomnia is concerned - your Dr. should be able to give you something for insomnia - or you could try OTC Sominex or Tyelnol PM for temporary use . If you have been taking the meds for 8 months - you should be accustomed to it by now -
      I would be leary of trying an uregulated drug -- this is a condition that you will have to take meds for the rest of your life -- not something that is going to go away ---
      The symptoms you mentioned are not exclusive to hypothyroidism - and if the meds are not helping - you need to let your Dr. know --
      If your Dr. is no more help - get a second opinion -- or go to an Endocrinologist ---

  9. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I'm 15 and i've had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they've given me horrific insomnia, and it's so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i'm so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn't even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it's not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don't really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      To me sounds like you need a second opinion and a dosage adjustment and a Rx for a sleep medication such as Ambein or Lunesta


Natural Thyroid Treatment Doctor

The one gland that causes havoc with weight, allergies, and energy, can be the relatively easy to fix. However, it is usually the gland that is most often overlooked. This gland is your thyroid. The thyroid gland produces hormones T4 and T3, whose main purpose is to "run the body's metabolism". The thyroid gland is located in the neck and weighs less than one ounce. It is hard to imagine that a gland this small affects almost every organ and system in the body, from the rate of your heart beat, to your mood and energy levels; and even to how fast you burn calories.

When your body does not produce enough thyroid hormone, its normal rate of function slows, causing mental and physical sluggishness. This underproduction is known as Hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism are vast and range from fatigue, headaches, depression, anxiety, weight gain, joint pain, infertility, heart disease, irritability, impaired memory, poor circulation and the list goes on.

The good news is that Hypothyroidism is easy to correct, if it is detected. Most physicians recognize the significance of testing TSH to check thyroid levels. When your TSH is high, thyroid function is proportionally low. Measuring TSH levels is a good start but it doesn’t give a complete picture. It is also important to check T3 Free, and T4 Free levels. Testing T3 Free and T4 Free gives a better sense of which hormones needs adjusting.

In some cases, patients will present with symptoms of an under active thyroid, but all labs TSH, T3 Free and T4 Free are normal. In this case, I believe it is important to treat the patient’s symptoms on an empirical basis. When the blood work does not show a problem with the thyroid gland, I may utilize another form of testing known as the Biological Terrain. It is also important to test other hormones for dysfunction. When thyroid hormone is dys-regulated it may be compensating for other hormonal imbalances such as your adrenals or insulin status. Until medical technology creates a more precise lab to gauge the activity of the thyroid gland, we cannot overlook symptoms the patient is experiencing.

Many doctors will prescribe synthetic T4, such as Synthroid or Levoxyl, in response to labs that indicate a high TSH level. This will work if the patient has no difficulty converting T4 into T3. For those who have problems converting T4 to T3, adding Cytomel, which improves T3 levels, may be beneficial in correcting the problem.

Another option is to use prescription natural thyroid (eg. Armour Thyroid) which replaces both T3 and T4. It is made from desiccated beef or pork thyroid glands and is fully standardized by USP (United States Pharmacopeia). Armour natural thyroid was the most common form of thyroid replacement in the 1970’s, until synthetic alternatives became available. It is still used today and often yields great results. Another option I may use is Thyroid Complex, an enzyme based supplement that offers a natural solution. This product contains thyroid proteins rather than the actual hormone.

The overall treatment goal is to restore balance to your body’s metabolic function. Assessing the entire picture and taking into consideration both lab values and patient symptoms to customize a treatment plan, yield the best results.

Dr. Varsha Rathod is a Board Certified Rheumatologist and Internist at Preventive Medicine in the Westport Plaza area of St. louis, MO. The Practice has focused on a combination of traditional and holistic medicine since 1967.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I suspect I have low thyroid, but want to treat it as naturally as possible, not with synthetics drugs. Doctor
    I want natural treatment and natural hormones if necessary. Does anyone have knowledge or experience with this, such as if I can still buy a mercury thermometer to measure basal body temp. in the morning under armpit. Also any experience with natural treatment and doctors? I have read Dr. Broda Barnes' book and I feel that many tests that even an endocrinologist would suggest are not really necessary. If basal temperature is low than it seems safe to assume that so is the thyroid, especially when symptoms are present. I want to find a mercury thermometer, then if low temp. is confirmed I want to take armour thyroid and then monitor temp. and any changes in symptoms. If someone has knowledge of natural medicine and treatment which could support me even better than this idea, without costing a fortune, I would most appreciate the info, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I know how you feel. Being diagnosed or getting on the medicine is scary and overwhelming. I had this and I was just like you. I opposed drugs, medicines, synthetics until I learned that thyroid hormone is an absolute must in our bodies in fact it goes into ALL of our cells to regulate metabolism, temperature, moods, nerves, absorbtion and a whole buntch of many things. Then I had a blood work, and another and saw that not taking the meds making my labwork worse! I recommend you to focus on getting the right diagnosis first instead of trying to find shortcuts or ways that you are not helping your body, yourself and your health. We can not live without thyroid hormone - this is a fact! Also, there are no "natural thyroid hormones" like something that you get from a plant, a tincture, a vitamin, or food. If you are thyroid is not producing enough hormone - you need to supplement it. Think about a diabetic who requires insulin (type 1). Would you think it is smart not to take the synthetic insulin shots to keep your blood sugar in control? Of course not - people dont die of diabetes but its complications like heart disease, organ failure and so many more. Same thing applies to your thyroid - you would be crazy to deny your body of something that it needs! So here is what I recommend. Get a comprehensive thyroid panel blood test and look where you stand. Get checked for: TSH (should be under 2 even though the range lists that up to 5.5 is OK - it is not), T4, T3, FreeT4, FreeT3, T3 Uptake, TPO antibodies. When you get the results in your hand - go to about.thyroid.com and check the ranges again. If you are in range - your symptoms could be due to other factors. If you have an underactive thyroid or possibly an autoimmune underactive thyroid (Hashimotos) you NEED medicine. You can denied this from yourself, but why would you? Without the drug you further deteriorate in your health. An untreated thyroid will leave you miserable along with can lead to coma. You can take synthetic drug called Synthroid (T4 only) - it is ok, but many do better on a combination therapy of synthetic T4 and T3, or take pig thyroid supplement as I do and feel like your old self again. I took synthetics before. Please do not confuse yourself synthetic female hormones (HRT) with thyroid hormones. All the mess you hear on the news about Hormone Replacement are about menapausal women getting synthetic estrogens and progesterones. That is not about thyroid treatments! Thyroid hormone replacement therapy has NO side effects if doses correctly and will help you to live a better and healthier life. It is your work to find out if you do better on the synthetic or animal derived product. I know some people say that eating kelp or doing yoga reversed their underactve thyroid condition which may be true in some cases - if their condition is not severe enough where they can function without symptons. Many of us can do all the yoga we want and we still have to take our meds. I wish you good luck and great health!

  2. QUESTION:
    Help! One doctor says low thyroid the other says it's normal?
    My GYN did bloodwork to check my thyroid because my hair has been falling out like crazy. It's been coming out in clumps! I did just have a baby in January, so not sure if it could be related to that, but anyway my GYN said the results showed that it was low and to make an appointment with my family doctor to talk about treatment. My family doctor looked at the results and said it was normal and that I do not need any treatment. What's going on here?! Anything natural I can do for the hair loss? Or should I seek a second opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Do you know what your test results were? The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recently changed the upper limit of "normal" TSH from 5.0 down to 3.0. Many doctors are still not aware of this.

      Most people feel best when their TSH is 1.0-2.0. Also, another important test is Free T4 which indicates how well your body is making/using the hormone.

      Best thing for you is to see an endocrinologist. Family doctors don't know too much about thyroids (they are Jack of All Trades, Master of None). Endos are trained specifically in thyroid disease.

      As for the hair falling out, it's very common after having a baby. I've found that eating fish helps a lot. We try to eat fish at least 2-3 days per week. I think it's probably all that omega fatty acids.

      Other signs of an underactive thyroid, in addition to the hair falling out are feeling cold, dry skin, dry hair, feeling tired and lethargic, loss of memory, inability to concentrate, slow metabolism, weight gain, constipation. A lot of these sound like pregnancy/post pregnancy don't they?

      Good luck.

      regards,
      mari

  3. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with Hoshimoto's thyroiditis, but told there was not any treatment necessary?
    I have many of the symptoms, joint pain, unable to stand cold, headaches. The doctor says that all of my thyroid levels are normal, including my t4, so no treatment is necessary. My thyroidglobulin level was 346. That is what caused my diagnosis. She said that my tyroid will be fine.I feel tired all the time. I walk and eat right. Does anyone have a further suggestions as to how I might treat this from home or with natural remedies since I require no thyroid at this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Read this article it may help you. It depends on your levels as to whether it needs treatment or not.
      http://www.useless-knowledge.com/1234/may/article378.html

  4. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural treatments for hypothyroidism?
    When I went to the doctor recently, she told me that my blood tests showed high TSH. No other markers for thyroid disorder were high or low (i.e. my T3 and T4 were normal). My doctor thinks that I'm developing hypothyroidism. I REALLY don't want to have to take supplemental hormones for the rest of my life, so if anyone knows a natural way to balance out my thyroid again, please let me know.

    I am a 20 year old female. I eat healthy, most of the time, and I exercise regularly. I am a healthy weight (5' 8", 130lbs). I take a multivitamin every day. I'm on birth control pills, as well.

    • ANSWER:
      change your diet avoid goitrogens in foods which blocks/inhibits thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3, T4) can lead to HYPOthyroid conditions=low thyroid AVOID:
      Cabbage, broccoli, rutabaga, cauliflower, kale,
      Brussels sprouts, watercress, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, millet, turnips, turnip greens,
      cassava root (tapioca), spinach, peach, pear, grape,
      mango, pea, and all soy (the worst) products.
      Peanut butter has had the goitrogens killed off
      because the making of it requires such high heat, BUT
      eating too much leads to the production of oxalic
      kidney stones.
      SOY products elevate T4 without modifying T3=weight
      gain, low ch'i, low fertility=early menopause, PLUS
      the plant based estrogens in soy can inhibit
      absorption of zinc and other essential minerals, cause
      stomach and intestine distress, AND is highly harmful
      for children whose sex organs and immune systems are
      still in the developmental stages.
      MILK: if you are hypothyroid, then avoid milk as the
      protein casein in cow's milk is 300% more potent than
      human breast milk and also disrupts thyroid function,
      try rice milk instead, not soy milk. A nice cup of hot
      milk before bed for calming the nerves is even worse
      than cold raw milk.
      FLUORIDE: avoid toothpaste and water which contain
      fluoride, as well as iodine (table salt and seaweeds)
      as both compounds irritate the thyroid gland=auto
      immune non functioning and it attacks itself. Too much
      iodine can result in hyperthyroid conditions such as
      weight loss, rough skin, acne, mental and emotional
      problems, and a 'spacey' feeling.
      SUGAR: refined sugars burn out the thyroid gland as
      well as the adrenal glands.
      If the thyroid is 'off', so, more than likely will be the parathyroid
      glands that cluster on the thyroid like little grapes,
      everyone has between four and eight of them. If they
      are not working properly, then calcium will not be
      assimilated or distributed properly=weak sagging
      muscles, loss of elasticity, heart attacks, and the
      muscles will then suck calcium from the
      bones=osteoporosis problems of 'aging' women, as
      muscles get calcium first in the food chain within the
      human body. AND if you have Adrenal gland
      insufficiency, it will affect your thyroid. So…treat
      adrenals first, then thyroid, then parathyroids in
      that order for any type of thyroid Rx to work, or your
      own gland without medication, via the foods you eat …

      In terms of Traditional Oriental Medicine, the thyroid
      gland is associated with Heart energy and a
      GallBladder flow imbalance can lead to thyroid
      tumors... working acu-points Stomach 9 (on either side
      of the Adam's Apple), Conception Vessel 22 (base of
      throat dent), Large Intestine 4 (in each hand:
      Forbidden Point during/desiring pregnancy), and
      Bladder 15 (between the shoulder blades)...will all
      help to balance out HYPOthyroid problems and the
      energetic atomic weight gain, associated with thyroid
      disease.
      Blueberries, strawberries and virgin coconut oil rev
      up a slow metabolism, and are great for the desired
      weight loss by fat HYPOthyroid people.
      DEMAND a Reverse T3 blood test, it shows how much T3 your body can use out of what is made FOR use. often a big difference showing you are not normal but clinically hypo. good luck

  5. QUESTION:
    Improving thyroid health without medication?
    For about two years now I have been seeing a doctor to keep an eye on a nodular thyroid goiter. I am six foot one, age 20, and female. The doctor has found nothing seriously wrong, but has advised me to lose a bit of weight and improve my overall wellness to help my thyroid continue its good, albeit swollen, health. Does anyone have a tip on good food or an exercise program that improved their thyroid function? Thank you so much for your answers. I am looking for a natural solution here, so please try not to recommend pills of any type, etc. I do see the doctor on a regular basis to make sure that there is not a need for any serious treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      You need a new doctor.

      If you have goiter, you obviously need treatment. You don't grow a goiter for no reason. And as I understand you statement, your doctor is withholding treatment?

      Have you have the nodule biopsied? Is it hot or cold? Those are very serious questions, and If you doctor has not answered them, you need another doctor who will.

      And lastly, your doctor is quite confused. There is no exercise program in the world that will help a goiter, or any other aspect of thyroid disease. There is no natural way to improve thyroid function.

  6. QUESTION:
    What should i do about the side effect of my tablets?
    I have an under active thyroid so i have to take Levothyroxine. Ever since i started taking it, it has stopped me sleeping and it gets worse when i increase the dose. I have had this problem for 8 months now and i have not got more than an hours sleep every night for months. I have been to see loads of doctors, a lot of them say it is the thyroxine causing it but i have to stay on it because there is no alternative treatment. I also had a sleep study done at a sleep clinic and they said the thyroxine is keeping my brain awake but all they suggested i do is take melatonin and go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday which i have been doing for 3 months now. The melatonin doesn't really work. I am sick to death of putting up with thi, it's ruining my life! I'm too exhausted to leave the house, it ruined christmas for me as well. Also, i found that the tablets dont even get rid of my other symptoms, despite my blood tests being normal i still have hair loss, cold hands and feet and constipation. No doctors will listen to me. I would like to go on Natural dessicated thyroid hormone but no doctor will prescribe it to me as it is not licsenced in the uk. I dont know what to do!! i cant take it anymore. please help

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry to hear this.melotonin didn't work for me either. Eat grapes and oatmeal for the constipation.I lnow that if ypur sysyem gets backed up its it makes things worst.drink lots of water too if you can do some exercise.

  7. QUESTION:
    Seeing my doctor again tomorrow because I don't feel any better?
    I am a 21 year old woman. I eat extremely healthy (an all organic well balanced diet) with no junk food ever, take vitamins and nutritional supplements, I don't take any prescription or OTC medications at all, I exercise, get about 8 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of water and don't drink alcohol or do drugs. About a year and a half ago, I suddenly started feeling really run down all the time, started getting acne on my face, chest and back (which I never had before), extremely swollen lymph nodes in my neck (like the size of small eggs swollen), and white firm balls of smelly stuff that comes out of my tonsils. I went to my old GP, couldn't actually see him, then passed off by his rude nurse who gave me some antibiotics and basically told me to go away. So I just delt with it, up until about 3 months ago, when my boss started noticing me falling asleep at work (I have "episodes" that last about 10 minutes where I physically cannot stay awake no matter how hard I try, then I black out, then I come to and feel normal again). I decided rather than go back to my GP's surly nurse, I would see a naturopath instead since I believe in treating things naturally anyways.

    My new doctor is a very nice man, he comes highly recommended, and in my opinion takes a very sensible approach to natural medicine (he isn't off in the twilight zone and uses traditional medicine when applicable). In my initial visit, he spent an hour listening to what exactly my issues were, tested me for strep in his office (negative), reviewed all my supplements (and he made some suggestions on what to change and add) gave me a b-vitamin shot, and sent me for some blood tests (thyroid function, white blood cell count, mono, iron and calcium levels). Everything was pretty normal, my iron was a little on the lower end of the normal range. He put me on a light iron supplement every other day and told me to take a different liquid multivitamin to see if that helped, and told me to come back in 2 months to discuss how I feel, and he explained that this may be a very long haul to find out what's wrong, and that he will figure out the problem before giving me any type of treatment (I like that idea). It's been 3 months, I still feel like absolute crap, my acne is worsening, my tonsils still have smelly white crap coming out and my lymph nodes still look like eggs in my throat. My appointment is tomorrow afternoon. What do I say to him? I'm in the same condition I was 3 months ago, and actually feel slightly worse (I will admit the portion of my skin that the acne isn't on, like my belly and legs, looks significantly better after taking the liquid multi so it had some effect). Are there any suggestions you all may have to ask him about? Or ideas what may be wrong so I can ask him to test me for it? I like that my doctor isn't going to treat me before he knows what's actually wrong, but I feel like hell every single day, and the sooner we can figure this out, the sooner I can feel alive again.
    I forgot to add, when he did the mono test, he also tested for epstein-bar virus. I was negative for both.
    I do not care to use acne creams to cover it up, I want to figure out what is CAUSING the acne. I do not want internal birth control either. I am getting married in October, and we want to have kids in the next few years (yet another reason I'm trying to be healthy and feel better). I think it is unnatural to do that to your body, probably damages your reproductive organs in some way, and I refuse to do so. And I certainly don't want to see any more doctors who pass off my problems with a band-aid prescription without getting to the root cause. My doctor has also told me, if he feels it necessary, he will refer me to a specialist, but he will check in with that specialist to make sure I am getting proper attention, not just shoved pills to treat symptoms without a diagnosis.

    • ANSWER:
      Swollen lymph nodes means you are fighting some infection or virus . The tonsils are forming tonsil stones called tonsillith's which are usually very hard stones and when broken really do stink. The can form in anyone with tonsils A friend removed one and I still remember the smell, and it was years ago. I would want to be tested for any STD's or anything that would lower immune system functioning. You may be suffering from a few small conditions and looking to connect them in to one large one that is not there. I am more concerned about the lymph nodes than anything else. They are the one sure sign of something going on that should not be. As nice as you physician is I would want a definitive diagnosis and not a trial and error search. This can be done even if you have to check into a hospital. It has been going on too long and you have real symptoms. There is no point in being alarmed as there are so many things that can cause this so don't jump to conclusions. Even parasites can cause all your symptoms.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I'm 15 and i've had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they've given me horrific insomnia, and it's so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i'm so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn't even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it's not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don't really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you told the doctor that the tablets gave you insomnia ?

      I would seek a second opinion from another doctor, it sounds like you are getting too much thyroxine if you can't sleep. Ask for a repeat thyroid function test.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do some people with autoimmune diseases have a problem with supplements that strengthen the immune system.?
    My husband has Grave's disease. He was put on methimazole (tapazole) to combat the hyperthyroidism. He's been on it for over a year now, starting at 30 mg., then 20, then 10, then 5, back to 10 and then off the medication. The medication controlled his symptoms but the thyroid stimulating hormone level was virtually zero for a long time. Then on the last two blood tests, while taking 10 mg. the hormone level was in the normal range for both the T3 and T4. This gave us hope. Then the doctor told my husband to go off the medication and come back in one month. In just one month the levels changed drastically - zero, and high (showing hyperthyroidism again). When trying to figure out why going off a low dose of the medication would have such a drastic effect, we remembered that we tried a new supplement that is supposed to greatly inhance the immune system. Grave's disease is an autoimmune disease. I heard that the medication (tapazole) actually suppresses the immune system. We are now thinking that the new supplement that my husband was taking messed up my husband's thyroid levels. Why is this so? And is there any other natural treatment for this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Autoimmune disorders are caused by the immune system being hyperactive in a way - instead of attacking germs, they attack the body. Taking something to INCREASE the immune system is the last thing that someone with an autoimmune disorder would typically want to do....especially anything that increases macrophagic*** activity...

      So yes, suppressing the immune response - would be what you want to do...

      Stop taking anything that would increase immunity for 3 months and then follow your doctors suggestion for the hormone titration.

      *** macrophages are part of the immune system that stimulate interleukin-1, it sounds the trumpet for the immune system to be on high alert - and in the case of those with autoimmune disorders, that means a sharp increase in symptom aggravation.

      In case you want to learn more...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrophage

      Herbs that would do that include Astragulus, echinecea, guggul, nettle, (and gobs of others), and vitamins A, C and Zinc, and the amino acid arginine - those are just off the top of my head. Sorry about the spelling - its way past my bed time.

  10. QUESTION:
    I need help with an alternative treatment to hypothyroid?
    Hi,
    I'm 28 and have hypothyroid, I've been taking levoxyl per my endrocon and I really am not seeing any results. If anything I feel like I'm getting worse. It's been over a year and I started off taking 25mcg and now I'm at 120mcg.
    Lately I've been having chest pain and had two echo's done and both tech's said they saw liquid around my heart.
    The first doctor said it wasn't liquid and it was normal and I'm waiting for the results for my second test.
    I did some on line research and found that some people who have hypo thyroid and/or take levoxyl can get liquid around their hearts.
    I'm concerned and would really love a natural approach for this condition.
    To top it off my cholesterol is out of control, nearly 300. My doctor says it's due to my genes and thyroid.
    So I try to eat very healthy, dark greens, spinach, salads, whole grains and such, but from more research am finding these foods are bad for a thyroid condition.
    I'm really confused and don't know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a natural alternative to your medication, which has been found to be just as effective.
      Sold by prescription only under the name Armour Thyroid®, it's an extract of pig thyroid, and contains both T 4 and T 3.

      Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    How the heck can I manage HYPERGLYCEMIA and thyroid disease?
    I am 12 weeks pregnant with my fourth child and have been diagnosed with thyroiditis a few years back. After going completely loopy on the meds prescribed I weaned myself off and started changing my dieting and exercising as well as taking a liquid "Dulse" supplement.
    I discussed my other problems and concerns with my doctor and she thinks I also have hyperglycemia. I have no clue what to do.
    I am often tired and blurry can't think or function. Sometimes I cannot breathe and have shortness of breathe.
    If I even touch a drop of sugar I crash immediately and could fall asleep standing. I have to lay down until I can reboot. I can't eat carbs either. I have had an ongoing yeast infection that will not go away even will tons of treatment. It has been 3 years now and my last one before that lasted 2 years.
    Being pregnant I'm afraid to do a complete cleanse. I want to go all natural if possible and am having trouble.
    I exercise 30 minutes a day to get my heart rate up (that's a MUST for me)
    I eat only high protein, natural foods with little to no carbs.

    If I give up carbs completely I noticed I get extremely unhealthy and was down to 104lbs.
    I have no clue how to manage this or erase it, any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Hyperglycemia is elevated blood sugar and this can occur in pregnancy related to hormonal changes. If the blood sugar is elevated to a certain point, then it would be gestational diabetes. All pregnant women should be screened for hyperglycemia and gestational diabetes around the 26 week of pregnancy or sooner if warranted. This is usually done with an oral glucose tolerance test, which you should have had in your prior pregnancies. It is important to identify hyperglycemia/gestational diabetes, because it is associated with congenital anomalies, large baby size (macrosomnia) and other issues. Controlling the blood sugar is associated with improved outcomes.

      The treatment for this depends on how high the blood sugars are during the pregnancy. Sometimes dietary modification alone is enough to control the blood sugars. All pregnant women with gestational diabetes should meet with a nutritionist to determine the appropriate caloric intake and allotment. If dietary modification is not enough to lower the blood sugar, then insulin may be needed. Many oral medications for diabetes are not safe in pregnancy. Performing a complete cleanse would not help with this issue. Recurrent yeast infections can occur with Diabetes. Discuss this all with your doctor to determine the appropriate evaluation and treatment. Good luck with your pregnancy.

  12. QUESTION:
    My son is going to be evaluated for ADD...?
    I was usually the one who always commented on the ADD/ADHD issue with-"I don't believe in ADD, I think it's a diagnosis used for parents who simply have very active kids." Well, I should have done a little more research. According to my son's 1-3rd grade teachers, he needs to be tested for ADD. NOT the hyperactive kind, just the one where they can't focus, can't pay attention, can't stay on task. I see the same problems at home. He forgets things, loses things, has to be re-told almost everything. He has a hard time retaining information. There's just a lot of issues he's having because he just can't focus. He's in 3rd grade, and at the teacher conference, she tells me he's at a 6th grade reading level. And that he's ridiculously smart, but doing independent work is very difficult for him. So, Ok, here's the question: anyone have kids on something OTHER than Ritalin? The side affects seem awful. And my boy is already on a thyroid medication, asthma medication and allergy medication. I want to go to his appointment with something more than the attitude of "Well, the doctor knows best". I want to know about alternative treatments, natural meds, all that.
    I guess I should have put this:

    My boy is playing in his 3rd season of little league football. He's has 3 practice days a week, plus games on Saturdays. HE IS VERY ACTIVE. Loves to play with toys like Legos, plays "pretend" with wrestlers, little action figures. Quite frankly, I think he enjoys toy play over video games. Yes, occasionally plays the nintendo wii, but I hate video games...so that is limited to 20-30 minutes, when he's done particularly well with his school work. Maybe once a week. Yes, a little tv when he was small, well, more like Baby Einstein videos, but I refuse to believe that that is why he's having so much trouble. Who hasn't grown up watching tv. I know I did!

    He is not HYPERactive. This will be testing for the attention deficit only. What I mean by "HE IS VERY ACTIVE" is that he isn't a couch potato that plays video games and watch tv all day.

    • ANSWER:
      I work with special needs children... and that term covers a WIDE range of issues including ADD. Several of the children i work with are on medication or special diets for this condition. My own child also has similar issues. I would love to just tell you what he should take but Im afraid it is just not that simple. There are pros and cons to every solution and no matter how good any of them are they will not work for everyone. I will start with the diets. I have seen several of them and as a whole I do not see that they work very well at all. I tried them and I have seen many others try them. They do help some but not nearly enough. As for medication... Ritalin is very rarely given now because of the same concerns you have. It is now mostly reserved for extreme cases or bad doctors. My best advise to you is to go to the doctor and tell them your concerns and insist on trying meds only on a short term trial basis and researching the specific drug as soon as you get it for all the side affects the doctor will not tell you about it. But most importantly remember that no matter what the doctor says YOU are the parent and the cannot made you give your child a medication that you dont want to give them. Good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    What do you think ---- hypothyroid or low progesterone?
    First of all - I am trying to find a new dr so I can get some testing --- if anyone knows of a dr in philly who is open to recommending natural treatments AS WELL as conventional/western medicine -- please recommend.

    I've gone my entire life with symptoms that point to hypothyroid. Lifelong depression, cold hands/feet, low blood pressure, hormone issues. Everytime they test my thyroid, they tell me I am fine. Twice two different doctors tested my tsh levels and said "nope you are fine" this year. I also had all bloodwork done and tests were all "normal."

    Now my periods are late - but very heavy, low libido, angular chelitis, colitis bouts, fatigued all the time, depression and anxiety, and I am putting on weight for what feels like no reason. this can't all be stress?!

    I take enzymes (gabba, phenyalanine, 5-htp) for depression, sublingual b-12, multi vitamin, cal/mag/vit d, and probiotics daily. I don't know how much more I can possibly to do help myself. I am so frustrated.

    I am adding progesterone creme to the list to attempt to help the low libido.....I don't know what else to do. I quit birth control pills hoping the low libido would regulate --- it didn't. it got worse.

    Thoughts?

    Any thoughts? recommendations? i know I need bloodwork - I'm working on that...

    • ANSWER:
      my mom has what you have (the hypothryroidism). it took FOREVER for the doctors to actually realize what she had! get the blood work done, do some research, and find a doctor that know what they are talking about! good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    my hair has been falling out for a couple years. What can I do?
    Please don't tell me that its because I dye my hair because when it started falling out my hair was all natural and it was/is not dry.
    I didn't have real thick hair but it was thick now its thin.
    The time it started to fall out was before I was prescribed birth control for a treatment use
    and I have been taking ammoxicilin or however you spell it for years.
    A year later I was put on Lexapro.
    I have been to the doctor to check my thyroid and I have a small goiter but it does not grow very fast. They said it isn't harming me in any way (yet) so they are just watching it.

    How can I keep it from falling out as much as it does?

    • ANSWER:
      Any thyroid condition, including goiter can cause hair loss. Birth control is a common cause of hair loss but it sounds like your hair loss started before using birth control. Long term antibiotic use (that is not countered with probiotic) can make a person more susceptible to certain condition in which hair loss is a symptom. This is especially true if birth control and antibiotics are used together. Candidiasis albicans and low-level systemic inflammation can lead to diffuse hair loss. Both these conditions can be brought about by antibiotic use. I used essential oil scalp treatments very successfully for my own hair loss condition. You can learn more about the types and causes of female hair loss and about using essential oils as a hair loss remedy at the links below.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my hair from thinning?
    I'm a 20 year old girl and two years ago my hair started thinning,now I have really thin hair and you can really see the roots.This makes me so depressed because I always liked to do my hair and now I don't even like to look in the mirror:(
    What can I do to make my hair healthier and to stop the thinning??I think I'm really careful with my hair,I wash it with cold water,I let it dry naturally and I've been washing it with an more natural shampoo.Right now I'm using a keratine treatment to make my hair stronger but I don't know if it's a good idea.I've already been to a dermatologist and did a three month treatment that didn't worked at all and right now I can't afford a doctor:( I don't have any thyroid problems but I suffer from extreme anxiety which I know can cause hair loss.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there,

      There are many things that can bring upon hair loss from genetics to stress, hormone problems, etc, but the only way to know for sure before spending any more money is to schedule a free consultation with an expert physician, like those at Bosley Medical.

      These physicians are hair loss experts who can diagnose the specific cause of your case & recommend appropriate treatment options. The consults at Bosley Medical are conducted free of charge so at the very least you receive the information you need to move forward in addressing your problem. Best of luck to you

  16. QUESTION:
    I need some advice on how to help treat hypothyroidism?
    When I first met my fiancee, he was 21, quite a thin guy, healthy though, except for the smoking part. After he quit smoking, he suddenly gained a lot of weight (I mean, like... 30 pounds in a few months). At first I thought it was because he wasn't smoking anymore, but a year goes by and more symptoms appear... after a visit to a doctor, looks like he has an under-active thyroid.

    I'm in a holistic health program right now, and I'm just learning, so I don't know much about how to treat this. I have an idea of a homeopathic treatment, I have the idea that a weak liver could cause hypothyroidism... so I'm just wondering, is there any natural ways that I can help him? I don't want to put him on drugs, or have him popping a pill for the rest of his life. Is there something we could do to, maybe, help his thyroid for good? Any diets or anything?

    Thanks for any insight!

    • ANSWER:
      I think this article might be of some help:
      "...One of the key amino acids involved in the manufacture of the thyroid hormones is tyrosine. This nutrient, by the way, has been used to help cocaine addicts kick the habit by helping them avoid the worst of the withdrawal symptoms, including tiredness, depression, and irritability. It is also one of the active agents in a new formulation called Thyro Boost, which will help too. It includes kelp, which provides iodine (the other nutrient needed to make thyroid hormones) in the form of iodide and energy-boosting Co-Enzyme Q10. Thyro Boost is available by mail order from the Nutri Centre (0800 –587 2290)...."

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my excess sweating? Please help!?
    I have had it since puberty in my hands, under my arms and in my feet. I can deal with the first two, but the feet thing is really annoying! Winter is espically probablimatic as my feet become quickly wet, cold and they get sores on them from the constant hot/cold changes. I wish I could say it was caused by my thyroid, however it's not so in that case my doctor said there is not a whole lot I can do about it as it, and that botox injections is the only really reliable "treatment," which I have heard is also in painful in the feet area. Has anyone found a treatment that actually works? I think I have tried everything natural so far, and a load of different deoderants. I'm sick of having to pack a suit case of dry clothes, sox and shoes just to go out foe the day!! Thanks very much!
    Also, can anyone tell me if there is a medication for excess sweating that does not have weight gain as a side effect? Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      I found a blog that explains how to stop excessive sweating. There are a few things on the blog that will help you.

      I'll leave a link to the blog below.

      hope this helps...

  18. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever gotten pregnant after not having a period for a year or longer???
    I went without a period for 1 1/2 years being only 20 this was not normal for me. My periods have always been irregular and ranged from 1-4 months or so but this was by far NOT NORMAL..So i went to my doctors she tested my prolactin levels, thyroid( found that i had a slight hyperthyroid but not enough for treatment) liver/ kidney function, LH and FSH levels ect and everything was in the normal range if not in perfect working conditions, so she tried progesterone challenge on me 10mg for 7 days to see if it would induce my period and it did, so then she suggested i use a natural progesterone cream for 10 days starting from day 14 of my cycle well I had too regular periods since using the cream, but I am now 1 week late on my period and experiencing slight tender breasts, light cramping here and their, had some very light light brown spotting for about 2 days when my period should have came but that us about it..
    have you ever went without, gotten pregnant when you started up again??

    • ANSWER:
      I've had irregular periods all my life and one time no period for a year!! I was married for 7 years, never got pregnant, I had a boyfriend with 3 kids, never got pregnant with him either, then I met the man I'm with now and we were together only 5 months and I got pregnant, I'm 37 now with a 2 year old daughter! So there is hope, just keep on having sex daily, don't miss a day and maybe in 5 months you'll get prenant too!! Do it EVERY day thats the key! Becuz there is only one day in the month you can conceive, so do it daily!!

  19. QUESTION:
    What should i do about the side effect of my tablets?
    I have an under active thyroid so i have to take Levothyroxine. Ever since i started taking it, it has stopped me sleeping and it gets worse when i increase the dose. I have had this problem for 8 months now and i have not got more than an hours sleep every night for months. I have been to see loads of doctors, a lot of them say it is the thyroxine causing it but i have to stay on it because there is no alternative treatment. I also had a sleep study done at a sleep clinic and they said the thyroxine is keeping my brain awake but all they suggested i do is take melatonin and go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday which i have been doing for 3 months now. The melatonin doesn't really work. I am sick to death of putting up with thi, it's ruining my life! I'm too exhausted to leave the house, it ruined christmas for me as well. Also, i found that the tablets dont even get rid of my other symptoms, despite my blood tests being normal i still have hair loss, cold hands and feet and constipation. No doctors will listen to me. I would like to go on Natural dessicated thyroid hormone but no doctor will prescribe it to me as it is not licsenced in the uk. I dont know what to do!! i cant take it anymore. please help

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps you could take a kelp tablet every day instead of Levothyroxine.

  20. QUESTION:
    What should i do about the side effect of my tablets?
    I have an under active thyroid so i have to take Levothyroxine. Ever since i started taking it, it has stopped me sleeping and it gets worse when i increase the dose. I have had this problem for 8 months now and i have not got more than an hours sleep every night for months. I have been to see loads of doctors, a lot of them say it is the thyroxine causing it but i have to stay on it because there is no alternative treatment. I also had a sleep study done at a sleep clinic and they said the thyroxine is keeping my brain awake but all they suggested i do is take melatonin and go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday which i have been doing for 3 months now. The melatonin doesn't really work. I am sick to death of putting up with thi, it's ruining my life! I'm too exhausted to leave the house, it ruined christmas for me as well. Also, i found that the tablets dont even get rid of my other symptoms, despite my blood tests being normal i still have hair loss, cold hands and feet and constipation. No doctors will listen to me. I would like to go on Natural dessicated thyroid hormone but no doctor will prescribe it to me as it is not licsenced in the uk. I dont know what to do!! i cant take it anymore. please help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Pinkgirl. You are not alone. I have hypothyroidism, and i haven't slept for 3 years. I'm so exhausted every day, i can't function. If i'm lucky, i'll get 3 hours of sleep a night. Some nights, i don't sleep at all. I don't think it's your medication, it's probably more from having a thyroid problem. I take Natural dessicated thyroid medication, and have all the same issues you do. People say it works so much better, well, not always. I've also lost 70% of my hair, and it's never grown back ( another thing that isn't suppose to happen on natural medicine ). I haven't left my house for months because i'm almost bald, and i'm too embarrassed to go out in public. I did not celebrate Christmas this year, i spent the day in bed. it has totally ruined my life also. My husband left me because of this, i'm in debt from going to so many doctors to try to get better ( none of them ever cared that i'm exhausted, or losing my hair ), i'll probably never be able to go out in public again because of the way i look, and i now have severe depression from all of this. I don't even want to live anymore. I wish i had an answer for you, but i don't know how to get better. I've been on 6 different medications, in 3 years, and none of them have helped. I just keep getting sicker. I know how horrible it is to live like this, and i'm really sorry you feel so bad. I hope you find something that will help you feel better. Hang in there <<>>

  21. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I'm 15 and i've had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they've given me horrific insomnia, and it's so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i'm so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn't even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it's not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don't really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      To me sounds like you need a second opinion and a dosage adjustment and a Rx for a sleep medication such as Ambein or Lunesta

  22. QUESTION:
    How the heck can I manage HYPERGLYCEMIA and thyroid disease?
    I am 12 weeks pregnant with my fourth child and have been diagnosed with thyroiditis a few years back. After going completely loopy on the meds prescribed I weaned myself off and started changing my dieting and exercising as well as taking a liquid "Dulse" supplement.
    I discussed my other problems and concerns with my doctor and she thinks I also have hyperglycemia. I have no clue what to do.
    I am often tired and blurry can't think or function. Sometimes I cannot breathe and have shortness of breathe.
    If I even touch a drop of sugar I crash immediately and could fall asleep standing. I have to lay down until I can reboot. I can't eat carbs either. I have had an ongoing yeast infection that will not go away even will tons of treatment. It has been 3 years now and my last one before that lasted 2 years.
    Being pregnant I'm afraid to do a complete cleanse. I want to go all natural if possible and am having trouble.
    I exercise 30 minutes a day to get my heart rate up (that's a MUST for me)
    I eat only high protein, natural foods with little to no carbs.

    If I give up carbs completely I noticed I get extremely unhealthy and was down to 104lbs.
    I have no clue how to manage this or erase it, any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Hyperglycemia is elevated blood sugar and this can occur in pregnancy related to hormonal changes. If the blood sugar is elevated to a certain point, then it would be gestational diabetes. All pregnant women should be screened for hyperglycemia and gestational diabetes around the 26 week of pregnancy or sooner if warranted. This is usually done with an oral glucose tolerance test, which you should have had in your prior pregnancies. It is important to identify hyperglycemia/gestational diabetes, because it is associated with congenital anomalies, large baby size (macrosomnia) and other issues. Controlling the blood sugar is associated with improved outcomes.

      The treatment for this depends on how high the blood sugars are during the pregnancy. Sometimes dietary modification alone is enough to control the blood sugars. All pregnant women with gestational diabetes should meet with a nutritionist to determine the appropriate caloric intake and allotment. If dietary modification is not enough to lower the blood sugar, then insulin may be needed. Many oral medications for diabetes are not safe in pregnancy. Performing a complete cleanse would not help with this issue. Recurrent yeast infections can occur with Diabetes. Discuss this all with your doctor to determine the appropriate evaluation and treatment. Good luck with your pregnancy.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I'm 15 and i've had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they've given me horrific insomnia, and it's so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i'm so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn't even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it's not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don't really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      I would go back and have a tlak with the Dr. - not all thyroid replacement pills have the same side-effects - you may respond better to another one -- as far as the insomnia is concerned - your Dr. should be able to give you something for insomnia - or you could try OTC Sominex or Tyelnol PM for temporary use . If you have been taking the meds for 8 months - you should be accustomed to it by now -
      I would be leary of trying an uregulated drug -- this is a condition that you will have to take meds for the rest of your life -- not something that is going to go away ---
      The symptoms you mentioned are not exclusive to hypothyroidism - and if the meds are not helping - you need to let your Dr. know --
      If your Dr. is no more help - get a second opinion -- or go to an Endocrinologist ---

  24. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever gotten pregnant after not having a period for a year or longer???
    I went without a period for 1 1/2 years being only 20 this was not normal for me. My periods have always been irregular and ranged from 1-4 months or so but this was by far NOT NORMAL..So i went to my doctors she tested my prolactin levels, thyroid( found that i had a slight hyperthyroid but not enough for treatment) liver/ kidney function, LH and FSH levels ect and everything was in the normal range if not in perfect working conditions, so she tried progesterone challenge on me 10mg for 7 days to see if it would induce my period and it did, so then she suggested i use a natural progesterone cream for 10 days starting from day 14 of my cycle well I had too regular periods since using the cream, but I am now 1 week late on my period and experiencing slight tender breasts, light cramping here and their, had some very light light brown spotting for about 2 days when my period should have came but that us about it..
    have you ever went without, gotten pregnant when you started up again??

    • ANSWER:
      yes this happened to me i was 2 years without a period and fell pregnant ,she is 25 now,i didnt know i was pregnant just felt really yuk then felt flutters i went to doctor and said i am pregnant and i sure was 15 weeks

  25. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever gotten pregnant after not having a period for a year or longer???
    I went without a period for 1 1/2 years being only 20 this was not normal for me. My periods have always been irregular and ranged from 1-4 months or so but this was by far NOT NORMAL..So i went to my doctors she tested my prolactin levels, thyroid( found that i had a slight hyperthyroid but not enough for treatment) liver/ kidney function, LH and FSH levels ect and everything was in the normal range if not in perfect working conditions, so she tried progesterone challenge on me 10mg for 7 days to see if it would induce my period and it did, so then she suggested i use a natural progesterone cream for 10 days starting from day 14 of my cycle well I had too regular periods since using the cream, but I am now 1 week late on my period and experiencing slight tender breasts, light cramping here and their, had some very light light brown spotting for about 2 days when my period should have came but that us about it..
    have you ever went without, gotten pregnant when you started up again??

    • ANSWER:
      Periods can come anywhere from 21-30 days, so being a few days "late" really isn't late at all. Wait another week. If it doesn't come, get a pregnancy test if you're sexually active.

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever gotten pregnant after not having a period for a year or longer???
    I went without a period for 1 1/2 years being only 20 this was not normal for me. My periods have always been irregular and ranged from 1-4 months or so but this was by far NOT NORMAL..So i went to my doctors she tested my prolactin levels, thyroid( found that i had a slight hyperthyroid but not enough for treatment) liver/ kidney function, LH and FSH levels ect and everything was in the normal range if not in perfect working conditions, so she tried progesterone challenge on me 10mg for 7 days to see if it would induce my period and it did, so then she suggested i use a natural progesterone cream for 10 days starting from day 14 of my cycle well I had too regular periods since using the cream, but I am now 1 week late on my period and experiencing slight tender breasts, light cramping here and their, had some very light light brown spotting for about 2 days when my period should have came but that us about it..
    have you ever went without, gotten pregnant when you started up again??

    • ANSWER:
      With pregnacy, anything is possible..


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are Some Natural Treatments for Thyroid Disease?
    What is the best Form of Iodine?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.naturalways.com/thyroid.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    Natural treatment for an overactive thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Try energy work, it can be done long distance, so you don't even have to leave your home.
      However I always say to follow up with the doctor, and you should have blood levels drawn.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the natural treatments for hypo thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you need natural iodine from seaweed such as kelp and/or dulse to start. It's also important that you consider a heavy metal cleanse. The following is a product that has been extensively tested and consists of nothing more than brown seaweed from the Ukraine. It removes heavy metals and radiation (it was extensively used on Chernobyl victims) as well as supplying the body with lots of iodine. It's the best single supplement for hypothyroid issues.
      www.modifilan.com

  4. QUESTION:
    Overactive thyroid treatment without pills?
    My doc has diagnosed myself with having an overactive thyroid however the tablets prescribed (thyroxine) made my heart beat irraticly and made me panic. So I have decided to abandon taking the pills, how else can I control this problem? Any natural remedies? I feel great the day I exercise, it really sorts out my energy levels but then im so low for 2 or 3 days after. Also my dad has this too and takes the same tablets, im 28 so can I ignore it for a while or is it best not to?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Something is wrong here Nacho-Nick, Thyroxine, though now always prescribed as levothyroxine, is the management of UNDERACTIVE thyroid! Assuming that this is your correct diagnosis, then in appropriate doses you should get neither panic nor palpitations if the drug dose is correct. If you have just started medication then it is possible that your doctor has started you an too high a dose too quickly and dropping back the dose would allow you to function normally.

      Bad news the condition is manageable, not treatable and there are no alternatives to medication.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can acupuncture eliminate nodules in the thyroid gland? Any natural remedies or treatments you can suggest?

    • ANSWER:
      KELP IS A VERY GOOD SOURCE OF IODINE WHICH THE THYROID NEEDS TO FUNCTION. TRY IT IT WORKS.

  6. QUESTION:
    Tired of taking pills...Any natural treatment for hypothyroid disease?
    Been taking meds for 6 years off and on and i am so tired of it. is there any natural treatments that will help regulate my thyroid????
    I just prefer natural medicine to popping pills that are full of chemicals. thanks for the comment though.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been on hypothyroid meds for decades and that is just the way it is...if it does not work then nothing will fix it...the meds you take force your body to produce the thyroid you need to stay as healthy as possible...

      What is the difference what sort of pill you take and trust me that tiny thyroid pill is nothing compared to the boatload of GIANT casules you will be taking if you go the natural route(been there-done that) to say that natural is better or safer is absurd; IF it works then the action is chemical---whether it is digitalis from foxglove for your heart or phytoestogens from soy or red raspberry for menopause or serotonin solutions like 5-htp or St John's Wort for depression.. IF it does something it DOES it...your body has no clue where it comes from..

  7. QUESTION:
    Natural Treatments for Under-active Thyroid?
    Hiya guys, just want to know if any people have had any success with treating their thyroids without drugs. I'm trying magnetic therapy at the moment and so far so good, of course if it all fails just wondering what to try next. I don't need people answering me with suggestions they've read about or Dr's telling me natural cures don't exist. I'm only interested in other sufferers, what they have tried and what results they had with it. Thanks for reading : )

    P.S I know Iodine is meant to be good I have tried that but no success, I also know I'm not iodine deficient, I don't know if brand makes a difference? Mine was from Holland and Barratt.
    Thanks to those who have answered so far with their experiences, to the Dr's and people of the medical profession your ignorance and arrogance astound me. I have all the symptoms of thyroid but my tests come back normal and despite there being substantial evidence that these tests are not reliable many people like myself leave the Dr's suffering all the symptoms that user (Dr Frank) has so kindly listed without any treatment. What are we meant to do? Go through life suffering these symptoms, my life is barely worth living at the moment and I'm just trying to make the best of it by searching out natural remedies. I know that some people have cured themselves using magnets after much scepticism from the Dr's so why can't I try? No one of the medical profession is offering me any better option, I only asked to see what others had tried, if you do not like my question do not answer it, I only hope you wake up with these symptoms and receive no help, see how understanding u are then. Thanks
    Well it's been documented that results aren't sensitive enough or reliable all the time and that many people are suffering with an undiagnosed thyroid conditions. I didn't wake up one morning and decide I had skin and hair changes etc and so many other symptoms - I haven't imagined them getting worse - it's just hell, but yes basically when I go to the Dr's I just get the nonsense you're feeding me here that it def isn't! How would you know? You've read yr med book - I posted this question for sufferers who know what it's like to experience this, unless you had you couldn't understand. And Dr Frank it isn't placebo because I've tried numerous things with the same hope and not had any results, it's been a week and a couple of days and the magnetic therapy is working wonders - I hope it will work all the way cz then I can live a drug free, pill free and best of all Dr free life. Unless someone is dying Dr's do not care at all. I also believe God put natural things on this earth to cure.

    • ANSWER:
      well said ,,
      study what edgar cayce had to say on this matter --google search
      spiritual healing can help as well
      here is some info
      Glandular imbalances

      Each individual's case may be a little different. Different contributing
      causes, different solutions. However, in Cayce Medicine we might say
      that any illness in the body is created by one or more of these three
      factors:

      1. mental-emotional stress,
      2. pressure upon nerves (often at the spine),
      3. toxicity (localized or systemic).

      Glandular problems are no exception. In the case of the thyroid, we
      might ask if the body is toxic overall, or perhaps just locally. If so,
      what would we do to clear this up?

      Since the thyroid is located at the base of the throat, we might check
      the neck and shoulders to see if they are tense. If so, perhaps the
      tension is disrupting the circulation of blood, lymph, and nerve
      energies to the area - creating the abnormal thyroid activity. Should
      this be the case, it is best for the tension to be relieved.

      Are the mind and emotions being chosen in such a way that they might
      express poorly through the thyroid gland? Are the mind and emotions the
      cause of tension and disrupted circulation in the neck and shoulder
      area? Are other glands possibly involved?

      These sorts of questions can begin to focus us on what has gone wrong
      and what needs to change in order to restore a healthy balance.

      Typical suggestions for addressing hypothyroid issues might include:

      1. Neck and shoulder massage, castor oil pack at neck, and/or
      spinal manipulation,
      2. Atomidine on a 1-2-3-4-5-0-0 drop schedule (which detoxifies
      the glands),
      3. Meditation to change patterns of doubt to belief, worry to
      faith, feeling overwhelmed to dwelling in harmony, wariness to
      peace, and impatience to patience.

      Atomidine can be given in a series this is to balance the glands one drop daily in half a glass of water for five days stop for three days then to two drops daily for five days stop for three days. Then back to one drop daily then a rest and start the regime again.
      A cleansing of the glands was the first priority, a drop of atomidine in half a glass of water in the morning before any meal is taken for 5 days, and then 2 drops for 5 days then leave off entirely

      Cayce found a lack of activity of the thyroid glands, which causes this disturbance in the body where apparently for no cause, there are patches on the body that are bald. These come from circulation and from the lack of certain elements in the diet.

      For the glandular forces give small quantities of Atomidine to purify the glandular system. In the beginning take one drop in half a glass of water before the morning meal, each day for three to five days; leave off five days, then take again for five days. Then leave off.

      At the beginning of the second rest period from the Atomidine, start massaging the body of evenings when ready to go to bed on those areas of scalp and where the baldness appears, using Pure Hog Lard. Massage this thoroughly into the areas and bind up. The next morning bathe off, and then in the evening apply again. Do this for three to four days in succession, then leave off for a week - during which period another series of Atomidine would be taken.

      1904-1 F 52
      Cayce found disturbing conditions This needs attention to stop other problems. The disturbing forces arise from, primarily the glandular system; caused by an unbalancing in the chemical reactions in the system and not sufficient iodides , also pressures upon the nerve system were found - to cause a disturbance in the locomotion of the body at times.

      The blood supply has also become unbalanced, so that there is insufficient vitamins in the blood as assimilated through these glandular disturbances to produce the proper capillary circulation. A cleansing was required , to help the glandular forces .begin first with taking small doses of Atomidine..For the first seven days, take one minim (drop) in half a glass of water each morning before any meal is taken. Then leave same off five days. Then begin taking TWO minims each morning for seven days. Then leave off five days. Then at the third series take THREE minims in half a glass of water (not more than this) each morning for the seven days. Leave off three to five days.

      26
      How can I regain my hair (which I have been losing since my late teens - thought by a doctor to be due to a sickness, which I had for several years with earache, fever and headache)?

      4056-1 M 26
      Cayce found a lack of activity of the glands in the thyroid area. This causes a weakness in the activities to nails and hair over the body.
      Take small doses of Atomidine to purify in the thyroid activity. Take one drop each morning for five days in succession. Then leave off for five days.

  8. QUESTION:
    thyroid sufferers?
    I am hypothyroid and lost my thyroid from radiation treatments for cancer. I've been on a synthetic replacement, levothyroxine, for almost five years now. I've heard that natural thyroid meds are better than synthetic. Does anyone know the difference? Have any of you taken the natural and had success? (I hear it comes from thyroid glands of pigs.) My synthetic thyroid meds have always given me too many adverse side effects, namely irritability...even when I'm in target range. Could natural thyroid treatments be the better option? (oh, and I do have an appointment to discuss this with my doc in November...just looking for opinions.) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have been on both synthetic and natural. I find the natural to be much better providng it is adjusted correctly by free t4 and free t3, not by TSH. When I switched to Armour thyroid almost all of my symptoms went away. The only symptoms I have now are cold feet at night and ridged fingernails. I had almost every textbook symptom when on Levoxyl. Below are some links that may help with your decision. Keep in mind though its very difficult to get a doctor tp let you try Armour. They have all been told that the synthetics are better by the drig companies that sell them.

  9. QUESTION:
    Underactive thyroid, conventional treatment or alternative treatment?
    I am thinking of doing an alternative method b/c I mean lets face it, at the end of the day, vitamins and natural aides are better on the body and if I can see/feel improvement w/o meds that might hurt something else then why not? But I figure the conventional method is tried and true, I am not the 1st person to have underactive thyroid and dr's know what has been proven for other patients...what do you think? Go natural or go with conventional?

    • ANSWER:
      I have hypothyroid as well. I got blood samples processed about a year ago after my friend who is a doctor thought I might have hypothyroid. When the blood came back, I was within normal ranges although the levels were low. My doctor decided not to do anything about but my friend is a Naturopathic doctor and she gave me an herbal tincture to take. Within a few days I started sleeping through the night, woke up earlier each day, was able to fall asleep at night and stay asleep and I wasn't as cold all the time.

      I haven't been able to afford a refill of my tincture so I decided to take some herbal supplements. I've been taking L-Tyrosine for about four months now and it has the same effect on me that the herbal tincture did.

      I think it works because L-Tyrosine is supposed to help your body synthesize thyroid hormones. If my levels were within normal limits, then its possible my body just wasn't able to use it until the L-Tyrosine.

      But I'm not a doctor and what works for me may not be safe for you. If you want to go natural, which is safer and healthier than harsh synthetic drugs, seek out a Naturopath in your area. But make sure they went to college and not an online college. Some states don't regulate this kind of doctor. My friend calls them Un-D's instead of the proper N.D. for Naturopathic Doctor. To find a legitimate doctor, here's the website for all nationally recognized N.D.'s

      http://www.naturopathic.org/

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the best websites on thyroid problems?
    What are the best websites that explain the different types of thyroid problems, thyroid tests and appropriate levels, the link between thyroid and mental health problems, and the natural and medical treatments for thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Stop the Thyroid Madness is the best website on the net for thyroid problems and how to treat them correctly. It's totally a patient site and tells you what works, and what doesn't, based on successful patient experience. http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

      Here's info on why Synthroid and other T4 meds don't work: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work

      Here's what does work: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101

      Here are labs you should get: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork

      And there's a lot more so check it all out.

  11. QUESTION:
    Freezing,all the time.In the fall and winter.Hands and feet are always cold.Do you no of any natural treatment?
    I`m sure

    • ANSWER:

      I would like to suggest to try to get as much information as you could before making up your mind,here http://www.healthinsurance-onlinetips.info/health-insurance-for-free.htm is a very resourceful
      one.

  12. QUESTION:
    Switching from synthyroid to natural desiccated thyroid or just add a T3?
    I have hypothyroidism. I've been taking synthyroid for 5 months. Doc. says my TSH is normal. I still have symptoms. I've had a mysterious case of tendinitis (tennis elbow) that has persisted for over a year. It goes from one elbow to another and makes a crunching sound when I bend it palm down. I've read that hypothyroidism can cause inflammation and that treatment should relieve the tendinitis. I am still tired, mood swings, and experience symptoms of hypoglycemia(not sure if it's related) after eating foods high in carbs (palpation's, lose of sight when I stand up, falling asleep and extreme irritability), despite a normal blood glucose after eating. Anyone out there have any insight? Should I use the natural thyroid or try to get a rx for a T3 in addition to my T4? I'm batting my brains out looking for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi James,

      I personally would just continue the Synthroid medicaition,especially if your doctor told you your TSH is normal. I think your other symptoms are absolutely unrelated to hypothyroidism. You should discuss these with your doctor and maybe he/she would like to check some tests to further evaluate.

      In regards to thyroid supplements, Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is the preferred treatment. I don't know if you realize that Levothyroxine is T4 and the body converts it to the active form of T3. T3 supplementation is only used in rare circumstances and is not superior to T4 supplementation in 99.9% of patients. T3 also leads to fluctuating levels during the day. So no, I don't think this is an appropriate option for you. In regards to natural thyroid, I do not know a single doctor that has ever prescribed or recommended this. The problem with natural thyroid is that we don't know the potency or strength of it. Therefore we don't know exactly how much T4 (thyroid hormone) you are actually getting. So basically the best treatment for hypothyroidism is Levothyroxine aka T4 aka Synthroid. I do not think changing your hypothyroid regimen will change your symptoms, because I very much doubt they are related to your thyroid disease. You should of course discuss this with your personal physician. I hope this helps you.

  13. QUESTION:
    low thyroid, toxic metals, adrenal insufficiency, hypoglycemia...natural treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      For low thryoid take a mixture of potassium iodine, elemental iodine and selenium (an important co-factor for iodine). Work up to 50 to 100 mg per day until you have replenished your body's probable iodine deficiency.

      To get rid of toxic metals, cilantro and chlorella work well. Also, methionine, N-Acetyl Cysteine.

      For adrenal insufficiency:

      Avoid stress. Prolonged stress is one of the greatest risk factors for causing AI. Unrelenting periods of stress mean your adrenals eventually become unable to match your requirement for the 'stress' hormone cotisol. Stressful situations cause your body to adopt a 'fight or flight' response, causing your adrenal glands to pump out increased amounts of adrenaline in order to prepare your body for action, which further weakens your adrenal glands.

      So take active steps to relax - gentle exercise such as yoga has been shown to be an effective stress-buster. However, it's important that you don't partake in any strenuous exercise, such as aerobics, as the physical strain will only tire weak adrenals and delay your recovery. In addition, avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, which tire overtaxed adrenals further.

      Following a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet is extremely beneficial. Too many refined carbohydrates means your pancreas has to produce excess insulin, causing your blood glucose levels to crash. This forces your adrenals into a cycle of pumping out surplus cortisol to unlock back-up stores of glucose in your liver as an emergency fuel source. Over time this causes your adrenals to become exhausted. Proteins digest slowly and release energy over many hours - this spares your adrenals from having to carry out extra work.

      Natural remedies can help exhausted adrenal glands recover faster

      The B vitamins are critical for helping your adrenals manufacture the important corticosteroid hormones, cortisol and aldosterone. Take vitamin B3 (as niacin 50-500mg/day), vitamin B5 (as the coenzyme panthethine 300mg/day) and B12 (as the coenzyme methylcobalamin 5mg/day). A vitamin C deficiency has also been linked to adrenal weakness. Take 1,000mg of vitamin C a day.

      For hypoglycemia:

      A diet that is very low in sugar should help alleviate the problem, along with GTF Chromium. One 200 mcg chromium tablet in the morning is usually all that is needed, although a second dose may be necessary after a high sugar intake, such as eating candy, cake or other dessert. Heavy physical activity or working in the sun can also call for a second dose.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to make thyroid pills?
    so this is probably a waste of points. but im a big "survive apocolypse" type person. I'm diagnosed with hypothyroidism... is it possible for me to produce my own natural thyroid meds kinda like Armour.

    I read somewhere that thyroid treatment has been available since the 1800's... how did they make it?
    On the actual Armour website it basically says this:

    they take thyroid glands out of pigs.
    they dry the thyroid glands
    they crush the thyroid glands into a powder
    then they put the crushed glands into a pill format.

    seems easy enough. anyone out there who has some knowledge on this??

    • ANSWER:
      best resource might be someone like dr lowe (drlowe.com) who makes his own and others who makeit.
      BTW the herbalists already know the herbs you would need, talk to them
      also the vitamins andminerals you would need dearpharmacist.com suzie cohen is a renegade pharmacist telling people what drugs do to them and how to counter them and what vitamins /minerals they need

      best wishes, these thoughts i have had also.

      way to go medicine

  15. QUESTION:
    Do U know that Canola Oil isn't Vegetarian? It is made with Couchgrass , wheat grass & chemical derived from
    the thyroid of a pig! The FDA can't disapprove of it cause it's the exact chemical they allow to make pills for T3
    and T4 thyroid corrects in human! This is
    what they call natural thyroid treatment!
    So I guess if U have been using Canola Oil you are not a complete Vegetarian. Same if U take those Natural Thyroid Pills! Although I no longer use Canola Oil it's hard to find a product that it isn't in! And I am unfortunately on thyroid pills! Know what messed my thyroid up? It was Canola Oil!
    Some call couchgrass Rapeseed
    My Info Comes from US made Canola Oil cause that is what popped up in the Search Engine!
    Actually it was an Eye Doctor told me to stop using Canola Oil. I was causing blindness in my left eye!
    I don't lie I just say what I read or was taught! I hate those that accuse me of lies! they get flagged!
    If My info is wrong that The Mayo Clinic is wrong! yahooers mention gentically altered but you don't mention all the details. there are different grades of canola oil, what is couch grass if that isn't rape seed? U don't want to deal the main part that the chemical from a pigs thyroid is used to help genetically alter the grass or rape seed! Maybe they use both couch grass and rape seed if they are 2 different plants!

    • ANSWER:
      I knew Canola Oil was made from RAPE SEED which is toxic. I had no clue about the other stuff. Thanks.

  16. QUESTION:
    I suspect I have low thyroid, but want to treat it as naturally as possible, not with synthetics drugs. Doctor
    I want natural treatment and natural hormones if necessary. Does anyone have knowledge or experience with this, such as if I can still buy a mercury thermometer to measure basal body temp. in the morning under armpit. Also any experience with natural treatment and doctors? I have read Dr. Broda Barnes' book and I feel that many tests that even an endocrinologist would suggest are not really necessary. If basal temperature is low than it seems safe to assume that so is the thyroid, especially when symptoms are present. I want to find a mercury thermometer, then if low temp. is confirmed I want to take armour thyroid and then monitor temp. and any changes in symptoms. If someone has knowledge of natural medicine and treatment which could support me even better than this idea, without costing a fortune, I would most appreciate the info, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I know how you feel. Being diagnosed or getting on the medicine is scary and overwhelming. I had this and I was just like you. I opposed drugs, medicines, synthetics until I learned that thyroid hormone is an absolute must in our bodies in fact it goes into ALL of our cells to regulate metabolism, temperature, moods, nerves, absorbtion and a whole buntch of many things. Then I had a blood work, and another and saw that not taking the meds making my labwork worse! I recommend you to focus on getting the right diagnosis first instead of trying to find shortcuts or ways that you are not helping your body, yourself and your health. We can not live without thyroid hormone - this is a fact! Also, there are no "natural thyroid hormones" like something that you get from a plant, a tincture, a vitamin, or food. If you are thyroid is not producing enough hormone - you need to supplement it. Think about a diabetic who requires insulin (type 1). Would you think it is smart not to take the synthetic insulin shots to keep your blood sugar in control? Of course not - people dont die of diabetes but its complications like heart disease, organ failure and so many more. Same thing applies to your thyroid - you would be crazy to deny your body of something that it needs! So here is what I recommend. Get a comprehensive thyroid panel blood test and look where you stand. Get checked for: TSH (should be under 2 even though the range lists that up to 5.5 is OK - it is not), T4, T3, FreeT4, FreeT3, T3 Uptake, TPO antibodies. When you get the results in your hand - go to about.thyroid.com and check the ranges again. If you are in range - your symptoms could be due to other factors. If you have an underactive thyroid or possibly an autoimmune underactive thyroid (Hashimotos) you NEED medicine. You can denied this from yourself, but why would you? Without the drug you further deteriorate in your health. An untreated thyroid will leave you miserable along with can lead to coma. You can take synthetic drug called Synthroid (T4 only) - it is ok, but many do better on a combination therapy of synthetic T4 and T3, or take pig thyroid supplement as I do and feel like your old self again. I took synthetics before. Please do not confuse yourself synthetic female hormones (HRT) with thyroid hormones. All the mess you hear on the news about Hormone Replacement are about menapausal women getting synthetic estrogens and progesterones. That is not about thyroid treatments! Thyroid hormone replacement therapy has NO side effects if doses correctly and will help you to live a better and healthier life. It is your work to find out if you do better on the synthetic or animal derived product. I know some people say that eating kelp or doing yoga reversed their underactve thyroid condition which may be true in some cases - if their condition is not severe enough where they can function without symptons. Many of us can do all the yoga we want and we still have to take our meds. I wish you good luck and great health!

  17. QUESTION:
    How to treat under active thyroid problem naturally?
    I want to try a natural treatment if possible before going to prescribed meds since they most of the time make matters worse.
    I am asking this question because I know a few Dr's here that are turning more to natural treatments(herbal treatments)as opposed to drugs.I also did some research about Virgin Coconut Oil and I have heard lots of good things about it helping with the thyroid(under active or over active0

    • ANSWER:
      I also have a hypo thyroid problem... this is very important i am also a nursing student your thyroid is very important to keeping homeostasis in your body. you need to get on the medication. cynthroid is very close if not identical to the hormone your body makes. There isnt going to be a way to control it other wise. Trust me on this once you are on your thyroid medication you will think why did i not do this years ago i felt 100 x better. I'm not trying to scare you just let you know how important it is and make sure you remember to take your medication every day. If you do not take the medication, by your choice, you can have some side effects later on because the thyriod gland is so important.

  18. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy Thyrocare in Australia?
    It's a natural, herbal Thyroid support treatment. Anyone heard of it?

    • ANSWER:
      www.thyrocare.aus/sales

  19. QUESTION:
    Natural/Alternative treatment for HypERthyroidism (Grave's Disease)?
    I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease 8yrs ago and have been on and off medication with excellent results. My thyroid levels are going high again after the birth of my last child and I'm looking for alternative treatments to usual antithyroid medication. Does anyone have any experience/knowledge about this?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd try homeopathy. My homeopath started studying homeopathy when her husband was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He did not undergo any western medical therapies; and he is still alive, and still has his thyroid.

      You can check with your local health food store to see if there is a homeopath they recommend. You can also check the link below. They have them listed by state on their web site. You can also track down Soul Doctor on Answers. He offers free, knowledgeable advice on homeopathic remedies. You can find him here: http://answers.yahoo.com/my/profile?show=AA11612867.

      If you'd like to give herbal supplements a shot, I would schedule a visit with a naturopath. They would be able to help you balance your thyroid without a bunch of time- and money-wasting trial and error. If your health food store does not have a naturopath they recommend, you can check the second link below. I have worked with their graduates and found them to be very knowledgeable regarding supplemental therapies.

      Please feel free to email me if you have questions.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is there another alternative way to treat thyroid dysfunction?
    I am currently taking the "natural" thyroid hormone Armour, which for immunity and energy has been amazing. However, I am generally very allergic when it comes to various foods as well as prescription meds. Almost all prescription pills, with the exception of Lunesta and a few others, cause me to have a mild but uncomfortable interstitial Cystitis. It must be a filler (even a natural one) in many prescription products. I received the DMSO treatments, however, the problem comes back with meds. Always, and without exception. Does anyone please have any ideas on alternative thyroid treatments? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Most doctors who prescribe Armour should be aware that most people also need an adrenal steroid given at the same time. This could be in the form of hydrocortisone, prednisone or prednisolone...etc. The fact that you are experiencing allergies and intolerance to medications (and possibly alcohol that would be another clue) is indicative of mild adrenal insufficiency.

      This could have been especially mild before treatment with Armour, but because Armour speeds up the adrenal steroid metabolism, symptoms of allergies may appear worse on treatment. This is why most people start of with a small dose of steroids each day temporarily with their thyroid medication and slowly taper off the steroids after their own body's production of steroids takes over. This may take a few weeks or even months.

      Your doctor SHOULD know this, but obviously it looks like he doesn't. Try to find a good doc that recognizes MILD adrenal insufficiency as part of your thyroid replacement therapy. Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with Hoshimoto's thyroiditis, but told there was not any treatment necessary?
    I have many of the symptoms, joint pain, unable to stand cold, headaches. The doctor says that all of my thyroid levels are normal, including my t4, so no treatment is necessary. My thyroidglobulin level was 346. That is what caused my diagnosis. She said that my tyroid will be fine.I feel tired all the time. I walk and eat right. Does anyone have a further suggestions as to how I might treat this from home or with natural remedies since I require no thyroid at this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Read this article it may help you. It depends on your levels as to whether it needs treatment or not.
      http://www.useless-knowledge.com/1234/may/article378.html

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    Explain causes of cysts, esp thyroid please?
    1. does anyone really know what would cause a thyroid cyst? Is it a deficiency or did the person breathe in something or was exposed to toxins or what...? :)
    2. any natural ways to shrink thyroid cysts or any cyst I suppose in general? any other natural treatments, such as apply heat or would that explode it? etc ? :)
    it is big (someone said you can't see them, but yes, you can), takes up the whole left side of my thyroid, but my thyroid is still working fine, so I don't see a need to cut out something that is still working and doesn't seem to be cancerous. (they did try a FNA but ended up sticking me in wrong spots and only getting blood ..it was quite painful, I had to get extra pain medicine, and it caused a hemangioma I think they said (big blood clot basically) it was NOT a nice procedure!! so I'm not going back unless it feels bigger.
    Help! & thanks a bunch

    • ANSWER:
      Cycts are sacs that contain either fluid, air, puss or other matter. I do not believe that anyone knows what causes these to develope in some people more then others. Personally, I have cysts in my thyroid, liver, breasts, ovaries and some that were on my skin. The cysts in my thyroid, actually called nodules, did not cause the function to change for many years so I choose to leave it alone. However, once I went hyperthyroid it was recommended that my thyroid be removed. The surgery went well and I am now maintained on synthroid. Family history of thyroid problems probably plays a bigger role in developing cysts or not. Many women in my family have had thyroid problems so I wasn't surprised when I developed a goiter.

  24. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural treatments for hypothyroidism?
    When I went to the doctor recently, she told me that my blood tests showed high TSH. No other markers for thyroid disorder were high or low (i.e. my T3 and T4 were normal). My doctor thinks that I'm developing hypothyroidism. I REALLY don't want to have to take supplemental hormones for the rest of my life, so if anyone knows a natural way to balance out my thyroid again, please let me know.

    I am a 20 year old female. I eat healthy, most of the time, and I exercise regularly. I am a healthy weight (5' 8", 130lbs). I take a multivitamin every day. I'm on birth control pills, as well.

    • ANSWER:
      change your diet avoid goitrogens in foods which blocks/inhibits thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3, T4) can lead to HYPOthyroid conditions=low thyroid AVOID:
      Cabbage, broccoli, rutabaga, cauliflower, kale,
      Brussels sprouts, watercress, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, millet, turnips, turnip greens,
      cassava root (tapioca), spinach, peach, pear, grape,
      mango, pea, and all soy (the worst) products.
      Peanut butter has had the goitrogens killed off
      because the making of it requires such high heat, BUT
      eating too much leads to the production of oxalic
      kidney stones.
      SOY products elevate T4 without modifying T3=weight
      gain, low ch'i, low fertility=early menopause, PLUS
      the plant based estrogens in soy can inhibit
      absorption of zinc and other essential minerals, cause
      stomach and intestine distress, AND is highly harmful
      for children whose sex organs and immune systems are
      still in the developmental stages.
      MILK: if you are hypothyroid, then avoid milk as the
      protein casein in cow's milk is 300% more potent than
      human breast milk and also disrupts thyroid function,
      try rice milk instead, not soy milk. A nice cup of hot
      milk before bed for calming the nerves is even worse
      than cold raw milk.
      FLUORIDE: avoid toothpaste and water which contain
      fluoride, as well as iodine (table salt and seaweeds)
      as both compounds irritate the thyroid gland=auto
      immune non functioning and it attacks itself. Too much
      iodine can result in hyperthyroid conditions such as
      weight loss, rough skin, acne, mental and emotional
      problems, and a 'spacey' feeling.
      SUGAR: refined sugars burn out the thyroid gland as
      well as the adrenal glands.
      If the thyroid is 'off', so, more than likely will be the parathyroid
      glands that cluster on the thyroid like little grapes,
      everyone has between four and eight of them. If they
      are not working properly, then calcium will not be
      assimilated or distributed properly=weak sagging
      muscles, loss of elasticity, heart attacks, and the
      muscles will then suck calcium from the
      bones=osteoporosis problems of 'aging' women, as
      muscles get calcium first in the food chain within the
      human body. AND if you have Adrenal gland
      insufficiency, it will affect your thyroid. So…treat
      adrenals first, then thyroid, then parathyroids in
      that order for any type of thyroid Rx to work, or your
      own gland without medication, via the foods you eat …

      In terms of Traditional Oriental Medicine, the thyroid
      gland is associated with Heart energy and a
      GallBladder flow imbalance can lead to thyroid
      tumors... working acu-points Stomach 9 (on either side
      of the Adam's Apple), Conception Vessel 22 (base of
      throat dent), Large Intestine 4 (in each hand:
      Forbidden Point during/desiring pregnancy), and
      Bladder 15 (between the shoulder blades)...will all
      help to balance out HYPOthyroid problems and the
      energetic atomic weight gain, associated with thyroid
      disease.
      Blueberries, strawberries and virgin coconut oil rev
      up a slow metabolism, and are great for the desired
      weight loss by fat HYPOthyroid people.
      DEMAND a Reverse T3 blood test, it shows how much T3 your body can use out of what is made FOR use. often a big difference showing you are not normal but clinically hypo. good luck

  25. QUESTION:
    Cholenergic Urticaria - do you know of any natural remedies/ treatments?
    My teenage daughter has suffered with heat rash and hives to the point of being disabled with it. She cannot do any physical activity and her emotions (any fluctutation, either happy or sad or mad) will set off an episode. She was very active in sports, and has now become depressed because of her limitations. We have exhausted medications and medical resources: specialists, paediatricians, counsellors, allergists, you name it!

    Her rash consists of a prickly, heat rash that covers her entire body except the palms of hands and soles of her feet - she looks 'scalded' from it. The hives then cover her whole body and the itch is unbearable. She takes an antihistimine every day to prevent the hives, and yet she still gets the heat rash.

    If anyone has information regarding the causes that they know about (ie: thyroid dysfunction), PLEASE let me know! She is desperate to either treat the symptoms or get to the root of what is causing it.

    • ANSWER:
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      • Angioedema; Dermographism; Hives; Prickly Heat
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      • None
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      • Acupuncture; Food Allergen Elimination Diet; Quercetin; Vitamin B12; Vitamin C

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      Urticaria, commonly called hives, is an inflammation of the surface layers of the skin, and is characterized by small, itchy red or white welts (called wheals). Urticaria is usually caused by an allergic reaction; however, the allergenic trigger is often unknown. When a cause can be identified, it is frequently something taken by mouth, such as shellfish or other fish, dairy products, peanuts or other legumes, chocolate, fresh fruit, or medications. Sometimes other allergens such as pollens, molds, or animal dander can produce hives. Hives can also be caused by heat (cholinergic urticaria or "prickly heat"), cold (cold urticaria), pressure (dermographism and pressure urticaria), light (solar urticaria), exercise, and certain infections such as hepatitis B.

      In most acute cases, urticaria disappears within hours or days without any treatment. Sometimes, however, it may continue for a prolonged period, or recur frequently. Such chronic cases are often very difficult to treat.

      Urticaria is closely related to another condition called angioedema, which involves swelling in the deeper layers of the skin. When swelling occurs in the throat or tongue, angioedema can be life-threatening.

      Urticaria and angioedema are also closely related to anaphylaxis, an extremely dangerous condition that can lead to death within minutes or hours. Anaphylaxis is an overwhelming allergic reaction that may lead to swelling of internal organs, collapse of blood circulation, shock, or suffocation. It may be caused by all the same factors that trigger hives; one of the most well-known causes is bee sting allergy.

      Conventional treatments for urticaria and angioedema include avoidance of triggering factors, antihistamines, and, occasionally, corticosteroids. When breathing is threatened, epinephrine shots and possibly hospitalization may be needed.

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      Proposed Treatments for Urticaria
      Food Allergen Elimination Diet

      Because urticaria may be caused by food allergies, food allergen elimination diets have been tried as a treatment for chronic symptoms.

      There are many forms of the elimination diet. One of the most common involves starting with a highly restricted diet consisting only of foods that are seldom allergenic, such as rice, yams, and turkey. Other proponents of the elimination diet allow a greater range of foods at the outset. If dietary restriction leads to resolution or improvement of symptoms, foods are then reintroduced one by one to see which, if any, will trigger urticaria. (For more information see the article on food allergies.)

      The results of preliminary studies suggest that the elimination diet can be effective in some cases of chronic or recurrent urticaria. 1,2,3 However, this is an arduous approach that is not for the faint of heart. Various forms of allergy testing have been advocated to make matters easier; the idea is to identify specific offending foods only, rather than eliminating practically everything. Unfortunately, food allergy testing appears to be somewhat unreliable when it comes to identifying foods that cause urticaria. 4

      Acupuncture

      In China, urticaria is often treated with acupuncture; however, the evidence that acupuncture works for this condition is far too weak to rely upon at all. 5

      Other Natural Treatments

      Vitamins C and B 12, and the flavonoid quercetin, have also been suggested, but there is no evidence as yet that they really work for treating urticaria.

      http://www.jigsawhealth.com/nat.aspx?&chunkiid=21467

  26. QUESTION:
    what is the link between polycistic ovarian cyst and hyperthyroid?
    She tested her thyroid last year and it was a bit high the she saw a Gynecologist this year and was told she has multiple ovarian cyst. What is i good Natural home remedy for treatment

    • ANSWER:
      I'll give you a link to a website that has a very effective natural treatment for PCOS and ovarian cysts. A lot of women have tried this and have had great results.

      Good Luck

  27. QUESTION:
    Do we have anyone who believes in chinese medicine?
    I have read several remedies for curing thyroid
    problems with chinese herbs. Has anyone tried such treatments or have any advise for natural healing of the thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      always ask your doctor---about holistic--or natureopathic--healing--if he cant refer you--then check out the white pages--caution--always check with your doctor-----

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the adverse effects when a person does not take thyroid medications after a complete thyroid removal?
    My mother has a history of mental illness and refuses to go back to the endocrinologist after having full radiation treatment on her thyroid. The thyroid has been completely dissolved and I am worried that she needs to be on synthroid. What will happen if she continues to go without medication? Are there any natural products(not pills) that she can drink or eat that will help with this problem? I have noticed that she has become increasingly irritable, depressed at times, and very anxious. Is this the result of going without synthroid medications?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone got any thyroid problems and tried Singapore's 'HealthGuard T18'?
    the T18 health ppl there r very nice and the licensed natural herb can cure thyroid problems as again one of my aunts trying that too in Singapore. The eye irritation symptom has been affected her job and daily life very much... :(
    Now that shes on her her 2nd treatment, she feels alot better, improving... ^ v ^
    Let me know the good result of yours if you are taking the healthguard T18 as well?
    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you ned thyroid hormone, no supplement can replace it. While some supplements can help with the conversion of T4 into T3, they don't do the whole job. The best bet is iodine if one is iodine deficient or a natural thyroid medicaton like Armour thyroid. In some countries Armour is a supplement.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the Normal TSH Level ? is it 5.) and up is it right ?
    here Mine TSH Is 2.14 and Is that Low.. I believe that is Low thyroid Cuz My hands get cold and I feel depressed and Lost weight and easily brusied.. and irregular menstrual cycle every Month.. so Do I need treatment for that and Take the Natural Thyroid ? to raise and produce my hormone levels

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you need to seek treatment. Did you know that an untreated thyroid condition can do major harm to your body and even lead to death? You'll probably have to take synthroid, which is harmless.

  31. QUESTION:
    Help! One doctor says low thyroid the other says it's normal?
    My GYN did bloodwork to check my thyroid because my hair has been falling out like crazy. It's been coming out in clumps! I did just have a baby in January, so not sure if it could be related to that, but anyway my GYN said the results showed that it was low and to make an appointment with my family doctor to talk about treatment. My family doctor looked at the results and said it was normal and that I do not need any treatment. What's going on here?! Anything natural I can do for the hair loss? Or should I seek a second opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Do you know what your test results were? The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recently changed the upper limit of "normal" TSH from 5.0 down to 3.0. Many doctors are still not aware of this.

      Most people feel best when their TSH is 1.0-2.0. Also, another important test is Free T4 which indicates how well your body is making/using the hormone.

      Best thing for you is to see an endocrinologist. Family doctors don't know too much about thyroids (they are Jack of All Trades, Master of None). Endos are trained specifically in thyroid disease.

      As for the hair falling out, it's very common after having a baby. I've found that eating fish helps a lot. We try to eat fish at least 2-3 days per week. I think it's probably all that omega fatty acids.

      Other signs of an underactive thyroid, in addition to the hair falling out are feeling cold, dry skin, dry hair, feeling tired and lethargic, loss of memory, inability to concentrate, slow metabolism, weight gain, constipation. A lot of these sound like pregnancy/post pregnancy don't they?

      Good luck.

      regards,
      mari

  32. QUESTION:
    Anyone with thyroid disorder have luck with gluten-free?
    I found out a few months ago that I have Hypothyroidism and so I have been trying out some different natural forms of treatments, such as acupressure, adding coconut oil to my diet, and cutting out certain foods from my diet. I've been reading that gluten intolerance/Celiac disease has been "linked" to Thyroid disorders. It's hard to know what to believe these days as far as what is good for you and what is the best treatments for this and that,etc. But I've tried various things and have noticed that cutting the gluten out of my diet seems to help with my thyroid symptoms the most.

    Just curious if anyone else out there with thyroid trouble has tried a gluten free diet and what kind of effects did you get?

    • ANSWER:
      That is good to know that you are seeing results from it. Thanks for sharing. That could help others out, because this disease can be hard as heck to deal with. I have been considering buying this book on this website I buy my supplements from, because it has a hypothyroidism cookbook that comes with it. I haven't tried it yet but I think I am going to have to give it a go. I'm not sure if it is gluten free of not, but it would be nice to have recipes to follow.

  33. QUESTION:
    Improving thyroid health without medication?
    For about two years now I have been seeing a doctor to keep an eye on a nodular thyroid goiter. I am six foot one, age 20, and female. The doctor has found nothing seriously wrong, but has advised me to lose a bit of weight and improve my overall wellness to help my thyroid continue its good, albeit swollen, health. Does anyone have a tip on good food or an exercise program that improved their thyroid function? Thank you so much for your answers. I am looking for a natural solution here, so please try not to recommend pills of any type, etc. I do see the doctor on a regular basis to make sure that there is not a need for any serious treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      You need a new doctor.

      If you have goiter, you obviously need treatment. You don't grow a goiter for no reason. And as I understand you statement, your doctor is withholding treatment?

      Have you have the nodule biopsied? Is it hot or cold? Those are very serious questions, and If you doctor has not answered them, you need another doctor who will.

      And lastly, your doctor is quite confused. There is no exercise program in the world that will help a goiter, or any other aspect of thyroid disease. There is no natural way to improve thyroid function.

  34. QUESTION:
    Advice and recipes for All Natural high protein homemade dog food ?
    My dog was just diagnosed as having thyroid cancer and I have been doing a lot of research in relation to his diet, supplements etc and would like to ask people for their own advice, secrets, petfood recipes and general guidance and information.

    Because of the location of his tumor, surgery is the not really an option. He will be undergoing a treatment of oral radiation which will not give him any symptons or side affects except leave him a little radioactive for a short period of time.

    I have another 2 dogs and am going to totally change and re-vamp all their diets to one that is using only Raw, natural homemade foods that are free from chemicals and over processing. The use of Raw, natural foods keep coming up as one of the most important things to do in the fight against your dogs cancer, the second most important is the use of herbal/natural supplements daily.

    I have been reading that a high protein diet 95% protein and 5%carbohydrates is required for dogs with cancer as carbohydrates can often fuel and fed the cancer.

    I would be so appreciative if you guys would share your knowledge, recipes, stories of encouragement and advice that will help me help my little man to recovery and many years of a healthy and happy life.

    Thanks
    I totally agree with you about speaking with my vet before any changes are implemented. I am hoping to work very closely with my vet and a holistic vet to see how we can best help my little man. My main aim is to boost his immune system to make him able to fight this horrible disease. Thanks everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      Just feed raw meaty bones from the grocery store or butcher(bones must be edible!) and organ meat. (bravo raw dog food brand sells a ground beef organ blend). You can give veggies as a treat. Like blueberries,yogurt,eggs,finely chopped carrots and apples. Dogs with cancer should NEVER be fed grain.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why do some people with autoimmune diseases have a problem with supplements that strengthen the immune system.?
    My husband has Grave's disease. He was put on methimazole (tapazole) to combat the hyperthyroidism. He's been on it for over a year now, starting at 30 mg., then 20, then 10, then 5, back to 10 and then off the medication. The medication controlled his symptoms but the thyroid stimulating hormone level was virtually zero for a long time. Then on the last two blood tests, while taking 10 mg. the hormone level was in the normal range for both the T3 and T4. This gave us hope. Then the doctor told my husband to go off the medication and come back in one month. In just one month the levels changed drastically - zero, and high (showing hyperthyroidism again). When trying to figure out why going off a low dose of the medication would have such a drastic effect, we remembered that we tried a new supplement that is supposed to greatly inhance the immune system. Grave's disease is an autoimmune disease. I heard that the medication (tapazole) actually suppresses the immune system. We are now thinking that the new supplement that my husband was taking messed up my husband's thyroid levels. Why is this so? And is there any other natural treatment for this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Autoimmune disorders are caused by the immune system being hyperactive in a way - instead of attacking germs, they attack the body. Taking something to INCREASE the immune system is the last thing that someone with an autoimmune disorder would typically want to do....especially anything that increases macrophagic*** activity...

      So yes, suppressing the immune response - would be what you want to do...

      Stop taking anything that would increase immunity for 3 months and then follow your doctors suggestion for the hormone titration.

      *** macrophages are part of the immune system that stimulate interleukin-1, it sounds the trumpet for the immune system to be on high alert - and in the case of those with autoimmune disorders, that means a sharp increase in symptom aggravation.

      In case you want to learn more...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrophage

      Herbs that would do that include Astragulus, echinecea, guggul, nettle, (and gobs of others), and vitamins A, C and Zinc, and the amino acid arginine - those are just off the top of my head. Sorry about the spelling - its way past my bed time.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do i get out of this terrible situation? please help?
    I'm 15 and i've had an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) since March this year. I take tablets called Levothyroxine, and ever since i started them they've given me horrific insomnia, and it's so bad that i only get 10 minutes sleep a night and i cant function normally because of it and i cant even stand up i'm so exhausted. So basically i got told by my doctor that there was no other alternative treatment and so i had to stay on them for all of this time, which meant 8 months of severe insomnia. I even had a sleep study done at hospital and they said it is the tablets causing it but they did nothing about it! Also, the Levothyroxine doesn't even work! I still have all of my symptoms, like hair loss, freezing cold hands and feet,constipation etc.. So i ask myself WHY am i still taking them? But i know there are other brands of thyroxine but they will probably be exactly the same, so i heard of this natural thyroid hormone drug called Armour thyroid, but it's not licensed in the UK and no doctor will prescribe it to me. How can i get it? i don't really want to buy it off the internet its too risky. Please help, this is destroying my life and it will destroy my christmas if it continues.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you told the doctor that the tablets gave you insomnia ?

      I would seek a second opinion from another doctor, it sounds like you are getting too much thyroxine if you can't sleep. Ask for a repeat thyroid function test.

  37. QUESTION:
    Trying to help elderly neighbour's dog. Pomeranian-symptoms incl excessive hunger & hair not growing back ...?
    Serious answers only please- this is my neighbour's dog and i'm trying to help her.

    My neighbour has a pomeranian, i think she's about 5-6 years old. Her hair was clipped late last year and just never grew back, vet checked her and results were inconclusive- possibley thyroid related but thyroid treatment did not help. Over the last couple of days she has been acting strangely, excessively hungry/thirsty and urinating alot... she has been back to two different vets, one didn't know what was wrong and one concluded that it was 'cushing's disease'. He has told her that she will need to be on expensive medication for the rest of her life. My neighbour is distraught as she is finding it difficult to pay for this and does not want her dog unnecessarily medicated if there is a chance she doesn't need to be.

    I know from past experience that vets aren't always 100% right, and there is sometimes a natural alternative or other explanation that does not require heavy medication.

    I would appreciate help from anyone who has been through similar symptoms with their dog or who is qualified to give advice.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog had cushings disease he was a german shepherd.There are medications a vet can prescribe but for me it was very expensive.I wish you the best of luck.Sadly I had to put my baby down jan. 26-09
      The treatment did not work for him.I hope it will work for you I am truely very sorry and may god bless you.Please feel free to contact me if you need any more information.The vet I went to done blood work that told me he had this.

  38. QUESTION:
    Girls How can I make my feet look great again?
    I use to have really nice feet,I mean the skin of my feet were great,no dry skin or anything,my husband use to compared my feet with baby feet,I use to use sandals all the time and now I can't anymore because my feet look horrible because of the dry skin.So I went to the doc and they told me that because I have thyroid problems my skin is dry so I need help from you girls to tell me how can I have great skin and great feet again to wear sandal on this summer.Any natural treatment if is possible.
    Thanks!!
    I did all that but they they look better just for couple hrs

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Can a slightly over active thyroid, make it hard to get pregnant?
    Im 30 years old, and my husband and I have been married for 9 years. Since we got married, we stopped using birth control, and just said whatever happens...happens. Now that we are in our 30's, we have been actively trying for 9 months with, no luck. I had an ultrasound a few years ago, and everything seems to be normal (no cysts, endometriosis, etc), and I have regular 28 day cycles. My husband had a sperm count, and that too was within normal range. My GYN, and his Urologist say there is no reason why we couldn't conceive on our own. But now after 9 months of trying, and 9 years of not preventing...Im getting really nervous. And unfortunately, we do not have insurance that covers fertility specialists, and we cant afford to go through fertility treatments without insurance. Do you think it could be my slightly over active thyroid making it difficult to conceive? And if so, are there any natural methods in controlling it without medications (diet, exercise, herbs, etc)?

    • ANSWER:
      yes. i'm in remission for graves' disease/hyperthyroidism, and unfortunately, when i was younger it caused miscarriages, among other things. i didn't know i had this disease at the time. a routine blood test for thyroid would always come back normal. but when the doctor checked for antibodies to graves/hashimotos, it was positive. hope you do ok!

      and elaine moore's website has many women asking questions about pregnancy and thyroid.

  40. QUESTION:
    world arthritis day-12102011-Wednesday-contribution by Acupressure & Indian natural remedies.?
    Rheumatism*/Arthritis*/Paralysis/Stroke : Frequent colds, mostly due to excess heat in the body or improper digestion, damage the working of Thyroid and parathyroid glands leading to inadequate digestion of calcium in the body. This in turn damages the working of Gonads/Sex glands which control the digestion of phosphorus. The combined effect is that the internal heat of the body reduces giving way to water level in the body to increase. Now, when the internal heat of the body is reduced in old age or due to weakness or continuous cold, there is pain in small joints called "Rheumatic Arthritis". Sometimes there is swelling in big joints and if not cured, it has a bad effect on the heart and so it is called "Rheumatoid Arthritis". When these problems of joint pains are tried to be suppressed by more and more powerful drugs, it impairs the nervous system. Moreover, damage to Thyroid, Parathyroid and Sex glands leads to damage to Adrenal gland which causes less oxygenation in the body. As a result of all these plus tension leads to stroke/paralysis.

    Now, when we know the root causes of this painful chronic disease, it can be easily prevented by taking treatment on all endocrine glands and curing the cold in the beginning by understanding its root cause.
    Treatment: This disease can be cured by the following treatment:
    ( 1) Take treatment on all points of both the palms, five minutes on each palm twice a day.
    ( 2 ) Roll the soles on wooden rollers five minutes-twice a day.
    (3 ) Take treatment on all the endocrine glands 2/2 minutes on each point twice a day.
    (4) Drink 2 glasses of gold/silver/copper charged water reduced from 8 glasses of water, lukewarm if possible.
    ( 5 ) Rub nylon brush (big one used for washing clothes) on each sole 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening till the soles get warmer than the head.
    ( 6 ) Take half a teaspoonful of Mahasudarshan powder + half a teaspoonful of turmeric powder with water once in morning and once in evening. Avoid sour things totally from the diet.
    ( 7 ) (a) Make a mixture of
    Calc. Phos 200- ] + Calc. FL -200- I I oz each + Nat. Mur-200- + Fer. Phos-200- J
    and take 4 pills in the morning and 4 pills in the evening for 10 days and then once a week.
    (b) Make a mixture of Calc. Phos-6x,
    Calc. FL-6x or 12 x-, Nat. Mur-6x, Fer. Phos-6x. an oz each take.
    After 10 days take daily 4 pills in the morning + 4 pills in evening for two months.

    ( 8) Take red light on the affected area (not head) for 4 to 5 minutes on each part. Then take blue light for 5 to 6 minutes on each affected part + on head also. Take this light twice daily till the disease is cured.
    In such cases rolling of feet for 5 minutes on wooden roller has been found beneficial.

    Have U ever tried it seriously?

    • ANSWER:
      Great contribution for world arthritis day.
      Noted assists in more than 'just' arthritis.
      Wonderful for all immune system issues, and works well for the auto-immune problems as it does not 'stimulate' in the sense that a herbal may.
      Personally if I'm run down and feel a cold coming on I use Fer. Phos.
      The Rheumatic Arthritis is referred to in North America as Rheumatism.
      Take care,

  41. QUESTION:
    I need help with an alternative treatment to hypothyroid?
    Hi,
    I'm 28 and have hypothyroid, I've been taking levoxyl per my endrocon and I really am not seeing any results. If anything I feel like I'm getting worse. It's been over a year and I started off taking 25mcg and now I'm at 120mcg.
    Lately I've been having chest pain and had two echo's done and both tech's said they saw liquid around my heart.
    The first doctor said it wasn't liquid and it was normal and I'm waiting for the results for my second test.
    I did some on line research and found that some people who have hypo thyroid and/or take levoxyl can get liquid around their hearts.
    I'm concerned and would really love a natural approach for this condition.
    To top it off my cholesterol is out of control, nearly 300. My doctor says it's due to my genes and thyroid.
    So I try to eat very healthy, dark greens, spinach, salads, whole grains and such, but from more research am finding these foods are bad for a thyroid condition.
    I'm really confused and don't know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a natural alternative to your medication, which has been found to be just as effective.
      Sold by prescription only under the name Armour Thyroid®, it's an extract of pig thyroid, and contains both T 4 and T 3.

      Good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    How the heck can I manage HYPERGLYCEMIA and thyroid disease?
    I am 12 weeks pregnant with my fourth child and have been diagnosed with thyroiditis a few years back. After going completely loopy on the meds prescribed I weaned myself off and started changing my dieting and exercising as well as taking a liquid "Dulse" supplement.
    I discussed my other problems and concerns with my doctor and she thinks I also have hyperglycemia. I have no clue what to do.
    I am often tired and blurry can't think or function. Sometimes I cannot breathe and have shortness of breathe.
    If I even touch a drop of sugar I crash immediately and could fall asleep standing. I have to lay down until I can reboot. I can't eat carbs either. I have had an ongoing yeast infection that will not go away even will tons of treatment. It has been 3 years now and my last one before that lasted 2 years.
    Being pregnant I'm afraid to do a complete cleanse. I want to go all natural if possible and am having trouble.
    I exercise 30 minutes a day to get my heart rate up (that's a MUST for me)
    I eat only high protein, natural foods with little to no carbs.

    If I give up carbs completely I noticed I get extremely unhealthy and was down to 104lbs.
    I have no clue how to manage this or erase it, any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Hyperglycemia is elevated blood sugar and this can occur in pregnancy related to hormonal changes. If the blood sugar is elevated to a certain point, then it would be gestational diabetes. All pregnant women should be screened for hyperglycemia and gestational diabetes around the 26 week of pregnancy or sooner if warranted. This is usually done with an oral glucose tolerance test, which you should have had in your prior pregnancies. It is important to identify hyperglycemia/gestational diabetes, because it is associated with congenital anomalies, large baby size (macrosomnia) and other issues. Controlling the blood sugar is associated with improved outcomes.

      The treatment for this depends on how high the blood sugars are during the pregnancy. Sometimes dietary modification alone is enough to control the blood sugars. All pregnant women with gestational diabetes should meet with a nutritionist to determine the appropriate caloric intake and allotment. If dietary modification is not enough to lower the blood sugar, then insulin may be needed. Many oral medications for diabetes are not safe in pregnancy. Performing a complete cleanse would not help with this issue. Recurrent yeast infections can occur with Diabetes. Discuss this all with your doctor to determine the appropriate evaluation and treatment. Good luck with your pregnancy.

  43. QUESTION:
    Hyperthyroid Question?
    I am soon going to be undergoing Radioactive Iodine treatment to destroy a portion or all of my thyroid, due to Hyper-thyroidism with a goiter. I am very overweight at about 280 lbs. Up and down with weight for years, actually. But have gained 80 lbs in 5 years. I have been told that the reason I gained weight, instead of the typical weight loss with hyperthyroidism, is because I have a goiter. My question is this; After the treatment, I will be automatically hypo thyroid and will be put on a hormone replacement. Is it possible that I will lose weight once my metabolic rate is normalized after this treatment? Since the hyperthyroidism was thrown off by the goiter, the goiter will obviously be killed off as well...and I wonder if my metabolism will speed up once I get dosed properly with Synthroid or whatever they give me...(truly trying to get the natural based Armour Thyroid meds instead of the synthetic meds), but either way...whatdya say? Thanks for all input!
    I am truly worried that I will gain even more weight!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Nope ...sorry to say. I was 100 lbs when i was diagnosed with that and I also did the Radioactice iodine. I had a child and since then I was overweight. I weight up to 180 and that was after the baby also. Your thyroid is kinda a tricky little shit and it takes forever to get normal. but some people are different. This was back in 2000 I was 20 years old then. and barely in the summer of 2005 it became normal since they finally found a dosage thats works for me and since then I have lost about 60lbs. But it can take awhile. The radioactive iodine just kills but its the meds that will help you, once they have the right kind for your body.
      I have change to hyper to hypo back to hyper and now im so confused i dont even know what I am anymore, I just take the medicine thats making me lose weight like crazy. Time will pass and soon everything will be fine.

  44. QUESTION:
    What should i do about the side effect of my tablets?
    I have an under active thyroid so i have to take Levothyroxine. Ever since i started taking it, it has stopped me sleeping and it gets worse when i increase the dose. I have had this problem for 8 months now and i have not got more than an hours sleep every night for months. I have been to see loads of doctors, a lot of them say it is the thyroxine causing it but i have to stay on it because there is no alternative treatment. I also had a sleep study done at a sleep clinic and they said the thyroxine is keeping my brain awake but all they suggested i do is take melatonin and go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday which i have been doing for 3 months now. The melatonin doesn't really work. I am sick to death of putting up with thi, it's ruining my life! I'm too exhausted to leave the house, it ruined christmas for me as well. Also, i found that the tablets dont even get rid of my other symptoms, despite my blood tests being normal i still have hair loss, cold hands and feet and constipation. No doctors will listen to me. I would like to go on Natural dessicated thyroid hormone but no doctor will prescribe it to me as it is not licsenced in the uk. I dont know what to do!! i cant take it anymore. please help

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry to hear this.melotonin didn't work for me either. Eat grapes and oatmeal for the constipation.I lnow that if ypur sysyem gets backed up its it makes things worst.drink lots of water too if you can do some exercise.

  45. QUESTION:
    What do you think ---- hypothyroid or low progesterone?
    First of all - I am trying to find a new dr so I can get some testing --- if anyone knows of a dr in philly who is open to recommending natural treatments AS WELL as conventional/western medicine -- please recommend.

    I've gone my entire life with symptoms that point to hypothyroid. Lifelong depression, cold hands/feet, low blood pressure, hormone issues. Everytime they test my thyroid, they tell me I am fine. Twice two different doctors tested my tsh levels and said "nope you are fine" this year. I also had all bloodwork done and tests were all "normal."

    Now my periods are late - but very heavy, low libido, angular chelitis, colitis bouts, fatigued all the time, depression and anxiety, and I am putting on weight for what feels like no reason. this can't all be stress?!

    I take enzymes (gabba, phenyalanine, 5-htp) for depression, sublingual b-12, multi vitamin, cal/mag/vit d, and probiotics daily. I don't know how much more I can possibly to do help myself. I am so frustrated.

    I am adding progesterone creme to the list to attempt to help the low libido.....I don't know what else to do. I quit birth control pills hoping the low libido would regulate --- it didn't. it got worse.

    Thoughts?

    Any thoughts? recommendations? i know I need bloodwork - I'm working on that...

    • ANSWER:
      my mom has what you have (the hypothryroidism). it took FOREVER for the doctors to actually realize what she had! get the blood work done, do some research, and find a doctor that know what they are talking about! good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    Alternate Ways Of Treating Graves' Disease?
    I know all about Graves' Disease except that I would like to know about alternate ways of treatment. I know that Graves' Disease can be cured by removal of the Thyroid, but I don't consider going that direction. I also know that by ingesting radioactive iodide pills will help slow the production of the thyroid hormone and other pills that do roughly the same actions.

    However, I'm looking for a cheaper, more safe way of treatment, something natural maybe, or something that can be purchased at a drug store (OTC - Over-the-counter). I'm wanting to do this to see how it help, if at all, before doing anything more drastic such as radioactive iodide/surgery. I'm sure there has to be something!

    Either way, thanks for reading -- best answer shall be chosen!

    Robert

    • ANSWER:
      An alternate way is to take anti-thyroid drugs(such as methimazole and propylthiouracil).These drugs inhibit many steps in the production of the thyroid hormones.The treatment should be at least 6 months and up to 2 years.After the treatment there's a possibility that the disease will relapse.

      Most important adverse effect is neutropenia(low neurtophils in the white blood count) which can lead to serious infections.During treatment with anti-thyroid drugs temperature must be monitored carefully,blood work should be done regularly,and in any sign of infection the patient must visit his doctor.

  47. QUESTION:
    I have an 11 1/2 year old toy fox terrier who has been plagued by chronic ear infections and skin allergies?
    This has been going on for many, many, years! I have taken her to specialists, checked her for allergies, been on numerous medications (antifungal and antibiotics - you name it!) bought special shampoos, creams, ointments, ear cleansing solutions, natural, apple cider vinegar treatments, boric acid washes, and the list goes on. Her current vet thinks she is hypothyroid - looking back over records from a specialist I took her to in British Columbia Canada (we live in the states) her T4 was 9.5. My understanding is the normal range is 13-44 proving she does have low thyroid levels!! The specialist did not even mention this to me, instead wanted more expensive and elaborate tests!! Sorry for the long spill but I hate to see that my precious pet has suffered because of this so called specialist!!! My question-does anyone else have a dog diagnoised with hypothyroid? How did they respond to the medication and are there side effects?
    Does anyone have a dog with similiar symptoms especially the chronic ear/skin infections? After taking meds for hypothyroid did the symptoms clear up? Is your dog much happier and energetic?
    Vet prescribed soloxin .05 twice a day. He halved the regularly prescribed dose because of her age.
    Hoping this will help her and not cause any medication side effects. I'm a little OCD about medication for my little dog! :)

    • ANSWER:
      consider Canidae dry dog food, all life stages, for your dog to possibly eliminate the skin allergies....many yahoo answer people have said that their dogs had skin problems and other maladies that seemed to DISAPPEAR after switching to Canidae dry dog food, all life stages, which is an ALL NATURAL, NO BY-PRODUCTS, NO GRAINS OR FILLERS, ALL HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENTS, NO BEET PULP OR SALT, AND IS REASONABLY PRICED AND AFFORDABLE !!...IN MY OPINION, THE BEST DRY DOG FOOD, AVAILABLE ANYWHERE, ALL USA INGREDIENTS, MADE IN THE USA, WITH A MONEY BACK GURANTEE IF UNHAPPY !!.....check it out at Canidae.com for more information, and a list of dealers by Zip code.....MANY BREEDERS RECOMMEND CANIDAE, AND MANY YAHOO ANSWER PEOPLE SWEAR BY CANIDAE, AND HAVE USED IT FOR MANY YEARS WITH GREAT SUCCESS AND SATISFACTION !!..try it, what have you got to lose, and maybe your dog's skin allergies will disappear !!???...good luck to y'all !!!

  48. QUESTION:
    I have hyperthyroidism and my dr told me aspirin would calm it down however Im reading aspirin induces it?
    3wks ago, out of the blue 1 day, I started feeling weird..memory loss, no energy, was sleeping over 1/2 of the day, confusion, No touch sensation.I went 2 the hospital...after some bloodwork all they could tell me was I had hyperthyroidism and was a little anemic.I went 2 the dr. the next day and after they did the same blood work and waited a week 4them 2get it back. All the dr. told me 2do was 2take a aspirin everyday?! Dr. didnt tell me anything more...no appt w/ thyroid specialist, no treatment, nothing! I am finding that aspirin actually throws off your throid and can cause a thyroid storm, is this true? And if I am a little anemic I thought aspirin was bad? I still feel in and out of it, still want to sleep all of the time, still have no energy or will power to do things that I normally would do, still feel fuzzy and confused.ugh! I just want to feel 'normal' again! I would love to find out some natural remedies. Any advice would be more helpful than you'd ever know.thank you sooo much!!

    • ANSWER:
      Neither of those things are true. An aspirin will not help hyperthyroidism at all. But it won't induce it either, and it doesn't cause thyroid storm.

      That being said, you need to first of all fire this doctor, then call the medical board and report him. And you need a new doctor. You need new blood tests, and you need a diagnosis (hyperthyroidism is only a symptom, it is not a diagnosis.) Then you need to get into treatment.

      There are no natural remedies for any thyroid diseases. There is only prescription anti-thyroid drugs.

  49. QUESTION:
    My son is going to be evaluated for ADD...?
    I was usually the one who always commented on the ADD/ADHD issue with-"I don't believe in ADD, I think it's a diagnosis used for parents who simply have very active kids." Well, I should have done a little more research. According to my son's 1-3rd grade teachers, he needs to be tested for ADD. NOT the hyperactive kind, just the one where they can't focus, can't pay attention, can't stay on task. I see the same problems at home. He forgets things, loses things, has to be re-told almost everything. He has a hard time retaining information. There's just a lot of issues he's having because he just can't focus. He's in 3rd grade, and at the teacher conference, she tells me he's at a 6th grade reading level. And that he's ridiculously smart, but doing independent work is very difficult for him. So, Ok, here's the question: anyone have kids on something OTHER than Ritalin? The side affects seem awful. And my boy is already on a thyroid medication, asthma medication and allergy medication. I want to go to his appointment with something more than the attitude of "Well, the doctor knows best". I want to know about alternative treatments, natural meds, all that.
    I guess I should have put this:

    My boy is playing in his 3rd season of little league football. He's has 3 practice days a week, plus games on Saturdays. HE IS VERY ACTIVE. Loves to play with toys like Legos, plays "pretend" with wrestlers, little action figures. Quite frankly, I think he enjoys toy play over video games. Yes, occasionally plays the nintendo wii, but I hate video games...so that is limited to 20-30 minutes, when he's done particularly well with his school work. Maybe once a week. Yes, a little tv when he was small, well, more like Baby Einstein videos, but I refuse to believe that that is why he's having so much trouble. Who hasn't grown up watching tv. I know I did!

    He is not HYPERactive. This will be testing for the attention deficit only. What I mean by "HE IS VERY ACTIVE" is that he isn't a couch potato that plays video games and watch tv all day.

    • ANSWER:
      I work with special needs children... and that term covers a WIDE range of issues including ADD. Several of the children i work with are on medication or special diets for this condition. My own child also has similar issues. I would love to just tell you what he should take but Im afraid it is just not that simple. There are pros and cons to every solution and no matter how good any of them are they will not work for everyone. I will start with the diets. I have seen several of them and as a whole I do not see that they work very well at all. I tried them and I have seen many others try them. They do help some but not nearly enough. As for medication... Ritalin is very rarely given now because of the same concerns you have. It is now mostly reserved for extreme cases or bad doctors. My best advise to you is to go to the doctor and tell them your concerns and insist on trying meds only on a short term trial basis and researching the specific drug as soon as you get it for all the side affects the doctor will not tell you about it. But most importantly remember that no matter what the doctor says YOU are the parent and the cannot made you give your child a medication that you dont want to give them. Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any alternate treatments for lyme disease?
    I have been in treatment for about a year now, and have had it for fourteen. I want things to move faster... I don't know if there is anything else to do but I am on oral anti-biotics, mepron, thyroid, other things that treat the egg not the chicken, and some supplements. I do not need to hear anymore beep faces telling me about how long-term anti-biotics are harmful to your system. I had no immune system before I started them, and I am alot better now than I was. I also have babisia, clomtia pneumonia (not the std another strand), Mycoplasma, I was in treatment for the last two for a year or so before I started treatment for the babisia, and the borrilia. I also have bartonella.... Which I am in treatment currently also... Anything, natural or otherwise that could help please. Thanks <3

    • ANSWER:


Natural Remedy For Hypothyroidism Reviews

Cats are often infested with external parasites, no matter if they live indoors or outdoors. Fleas can infest your cat easily, because of their high reproduction rate and their rather clever life cycle. Immature forms, such as the pupa stage are not only designed for the metamorphosis from a larva into a ready flea, but also for the survival of hard times, at least for about 5 -6 months. Dormant flea pupae will awake within seconds through vibrations sent out from passing by animals or humans. Once hatched, the adult, young flea is ready for its first blood meal on the new, unlucky host.

Adult fleas lay eggs, which will hatch 7 - 10 days later. They live as larvae preferably in pet bedding, carpets, furniture and upholstery or outside in the garden or yard, if they find hiding places. Only a few days later they spin a cocoon, turn into a pupa and later into a proper, adult flea.

It is worth to have a closer look at the different developmental stages of a flea until it reaches adulthood, will reveal how much effort is needed to put into effective cat flea control.

Home remedies for cat fleas will work quite well as preventative measures, if the grade of infestation is fairly low. Be aware that you need to treat the area your cat is living in as well as your cat directly, otherwise the whole effort is of no use.

A lot of home remedies use botanical insecticides are plant-based extracted oils, like citrus oil. Pine or cedar shredding used as pet bedding and various pads and cushions filled with herbal mixtures contain volatile oils and substances.

These oils are toxic to adult fleas and larvae, but will usually not harm flea eggs and pupae. This means you need to repeat treatment depending on the grade of infestation a few times in a regular interval of 5 - 10 days to reach new adult flea generations before they start to lay eggs.

Pyrethrins in sprays are relatively low toxicity, botanical insecticides that kill adult fleas and larvae.

A disadvantage of plant-based insecticides is the fact that some cats (especially certain breeds) may develop more or less heavy allergic reactions towards these substances.

Another kind of natural anti-flea remedy attacks the wax layer of a flea's exoskeleton, leads to dehydration and finally destroys these insects.

Again, several follow-up treatments are necessary to eliminate finally a large proportion of a current flea population.

Diatomaceous earth and borax powder can be sprinkled on and worked into flooring, carpets, furniture and upholstery and left there for about 24 hours.

Thorough vacuum cleaning is required to remove these powders completely from all surfaces.

These substances are fairly effective insecticides. Try to avoid getting them onto your or your pet's skin, because they can cause dry skin and itchiness. These remedies are not intended for long-term usage and should be avoided altogether, if young children or infants live in your household.

Mild acidic substances, like diluted apple cider- or white vinegar can be used in spray-form as a topical treatment of a cat's fur and bedding. Effectiveness is questionable, some people think it works, some disagree.

Bathing your cat with a mild soap and a small amount of vinegar or a special cat flea shampoo will kill fleas on your pet fairly well.

It is a good idea to use a flea comb to catch fleas and flea remainings and to control the effectiveness of your flea-eliminating schedule.

Brewer's yeast is recommended by some authors, but tests have shown that it does not eliminate fleas on pets.

Garlic is said to be a very good home remedy for various kinds of health problems and is used in different forms by humans. For cats and dogs the brimstone derivatives in garlic and onions, such as thiosulphate, are toxic, because felines and canines lack the enzyme that breaks these substances down.

If used for a longer time or if over-dosed they will suffer from serious health problems, such as anaemia, which will require veterinary treatment. Cats are in general more sensitive.

To decrease and control a current flea problem it will be crucial to follow a proper cleaning schedule: vacuum-clean all surfaces and flooring in the living area of your pet.

Wash pet bedding and cushions at a hot temperature regularly in a weekly - fortnightly interval, best in your washing machine.

Clean up your yard and garden, remove potential flea hiding places, like brushes and undergrowth. Ants (fire ants) and other insects eat flea larvae, but will not be able to control a flea infestation completely.

Mechanical flea traps that attract fleas via randomly blinking green light or entrap them onto a sticky surface, can be integrated in a flea control program. On their own they are unlikely to solve the problem.

As a conclusion it can be said that heavy flea infestations will require a combination of topical pet treatments and sanitation of your cat's living area indoors and outdoors and is initially better treated with chemicals to kill adult fleas and the different life stages effectively.

This will help to make your cat feel more comfortable and stop the blood sucking activity of adult fleas. It will reduce the need of veterinary treatments of hot spots, general skin allergies through flea bites and secondary bacterial skin infections.

Natural home remedies for fleas in cats can be used successfully as preventative measures or in cases of light flea infestations.


Natural Remedies Hypothyroidism Weight Loss

"Pai You Guo" is a natural ingredient that helps you to keep your body healthy. By using "Pai You Guo Capsules" you can lose your body weight and look slim too. It helps you to nourish the skin and reduce the maximum amount of fat content stored in the body. This product is made of meal fiber and apple extract. Some of the ingredients used in "Pai You Capsules" are as follows: vitamin E, vitamin B2, low polysaccharide, vitamin E, river giant arum rhizome powder, tucks hoe, malt, meal fiber extract, and chitin. Kiwi and apple are the two Ingredients which will inhibit the body to produce more fat. Active ingredients like potato, giantarum increases the fat content in the body.

How Pai You Capsules are beneficial for us we will come to know by reading next few lines: It eliminates 85 percentage of Dietary Fat; it contains herbal essences with no preservatives. It also increases the metabolism speed, fights fatigue and also maximizes the energy level in the body. Carbohydrates and sugars conversion into fats can be prevented by using this Pai You Guo. Pai You Guo prevents the maximum absorption of calories. Advantages for this product are many like it is easy to lose weight once you start taking this capsule, there are no side effects.

Precautionary Measures to be taken are as follows: This Product must be kept in cool room under dark conditions and in dried places. This product can be consumed after or before breakfast. Dosage of one capsule per day is enough for the body. People suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and even pregnant women's must not use this product. This product is especially meant for people who are overweight or obese. People above eighteen years of age can use this product. This product is also known for skin improvement because of the multivitamins present in it which nourishes the skin. After consuming this product we can expect results for weight loss this product is not intended to cure treat or prevent any diseases.

Consumption of Pai You Capsule will help a lot in reducing weight. People who are working and don't have time for workouts can go for this as there is no commitment of time needed here. Pai You Guo capsules contain natural herbs with no preservatives so it is nowhere harmful to the body. Pai You Guo is well acknowledged product in USA and Europe.


Natural Remedies For Underactive Thyroid

Women have a tendency to always look smart and stylish and to accomplish this they regularly do research on new products for skin and hairs. Sometimes these products may produce harmful effects on their hairs and skin. There are numerous herbal remedies for women to get rid of hair loss problem. If you are a woman and willing to go for trusted medical cure for hair loss issue then following tips are for you.

The below given tips are intended for women to reduce the loss of hairs and grow healthy hair that is not only beautiful but also easy to maintain. There are natural herbal remedies which don't involve any chemical substances and proved to be very beneficial which are often ignored by many of us. So just read the following tips and make your dream of getting long and shiny hairs right now.

Do not apply direct hair straightener to your hair more than once a week, heat can be prove very harmful to our hairs if applied directly. Our hair is simply not meant to face the intensive heat that sometimes needs to be applied to achieve straightened hair once a day. It is good on short term use but long applications may result in hair fall problems. You must avoid the application of heat as much as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    any natural remedies for underactive thyroid, Im not to keen on taking thyroxine for rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      None that I know of, but it is vital you take your thyroxine as it is necessary for your body's metabolism regulation otherwise all functions will slow down and you will feel lethargic and your weight may increase.

  2. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies/herbs for a sluggish thyroid?
    I believe I may have a underactive thyroid. I have many of the symptoms, but I don't want to go on a synthetic drug and be stuck on it for the rest of my life. Is there anyone here who has tried any natural or herbal remedies for a sluggish thyroid? Did it help? Thank you for any responses.

    • ANSWER:
      hi there :)

      everyone has given great advice, and the bladderwrack really is the best. i was recently diagnosed with endometriosis, and according to my blood tests, my thyroid level is fine but is on the low end and i have been having hypo symptoms as well. i am genetically wired to have hypothyroid--my mom, grandma and great grandma all have/had it (my ggma died of goiter!), so unless i take some action it will only get worse. yesterday i went to see a naturopath, and she immediately knew i had low thyroid and put me on a bladderwrack/wild lettuce/irish moss tincture, along with some other supplements since the thyroid is involved in hormone production which has been part of my endometriosis problem. they're all connected.

      i would suggest, if you can afford it, to get your thyroid checked with your regular doctor, and then take those results to a naturopath. most insurance does not cover the naturopath, but it cost me less than 0 to see one (not including the supplements). most are willing to work with you, because they are genuinely concerned about your health. by seeing the naturopath you can make sure you're getting exactly the amounts you need so you dont cause other problems! i definitely think it is worth it to have the advice and guidance of someone who understands how our bodies work a little better than we do.

      good luck and best of health to you!
      ~josey~

  3. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problems and natural remedies?
    I have an underactive tthyroid and take Levothyroxine every day. This is something I have been told by my GP that I may have to do for the rest of my life. I am however trying to learn more about my condition so that I can maybe treat it and improve the function of my thyroid through natural therapies or remadies. Any one with some ideas about how I could do this ... any suggestions about websites or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      There is absolutely NO possibility of dealing with your thyroid deficiency using anything other than replacement thyroid hormone and levothyroxine is now the international standard drug. Attempts to avoid this will of course be detrimental to your health.

  4. QUESTION:
    i have a thryoid condition (unmedicated) does anyone have any natural remedies?
    i had a right thyroidectomy over 8 years ago and am showing symptoms of an underactive thyroid in the last few months i have an appointment at a specialist (not to nov 08 - they are all very busy people) looking at natural therapies for diet or lifestyle or natupathy if anyone has any life stories that would be great too!
    to the person who said i am "just fat" im actually not "just fat" yet i am trying to prevent that so get your facts straight

    • ANSWER:
      Kelp is a good idea for a start. If you go to a qualified naturopath they can also give you herbal tinctures that will help your thyroid function. Avoid those foods [Vegetables in the genus Brassica] that interfere with iodine absorption, such as:

      Bok choy
      Broccoli
      Broccolini (Asparations)
      Brussels sprouts
      Cabbage
      Canola
      Cauliflower
      Chinese cabbage
      Choy sum
      Collard greens
      Kai-lan (Chinese broccoli)
      Kale
      Kohlrabi
      Mizuna
      Mustard greens
      Rapeseed (yu choy)
      Rapini
      Rutabagas
      Tatsoi
      Turnips

      There are foods that will help with iodine absorption, such as avocado and coconut.

  5. QUESTION:
    Eltroxin or a natural remedy?
    Are you supposed to take Eltroxin for life and what negative effects on the body does it have? Is there a natural remedy that you can take for an underactive thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      You can take synthetic hormones (like Synthroid) or hormones from pigs called Armour. Over 95% of people who took both will tell you that Armour worked better for them. Why? Simple. Armour has all the thyroid hormone in them (T4, T3, T2, T1), and synthetic only has the main one (T4). Eltroxin is the synthetic name (one of the many names) for the thyroid medicine drug people take when they do not produce enough thyroid hormone. THERE ARE NO natural remedies for a thyroid especially when you have autoimmune thyroiditis. Even if you dont, and you have low thyroid without an autoimmune disease you still need drugs to supplement what you do not produce. NO plant, remedy, tincture, vitamin, or food can provide you with the thyroid hormone you need. It can only be supplemented from a synthetic or animal thyroid hormones. Some synthetic hormones add T3 or you can take a T4 med with a T3. The reason Armour is great because it has all in it. Good luck to you.

  6. QUESTION:
    please could someone in the medical proffesion please answer this question for me?
    i am polysymptomatic numerous illnesses i have chronic fibromyalgia,severe,anxiety,i'v had 2 cardic arrests i'm 31 i have diverculosis,zollinger ellison syndrme,gastric osophical reflux,underactive thyroid gland,adenomiosis,endometriosis,pernicious anaemia i was bed bound for months due to the pain from the fibromyalgia, so the doctor put me on several different strong drugs as tour tollerance to them is extremely high in fibromyalgia due to the excessive pain i was on fentanyl actiq lozenges at 1600mcg 8 times per day 100mg of diazepam,60mg of temazepam,zoton fast tabs,cyclizine,thyroxine,and the femedene pill taken with no breaks for the endometriosis vit b12 injections this probably seems deadly to you but i could function normally pain free on a regular basis because the doctor was getting so much stigma attatched because of it i volunteerd to drop mydosage and get off the lozenges so now i,m on 90 mg of diazepam 20 mls of oramorph/ 40mg vit b12 injections zoton fasttabs thyroxine femedene taken constantly the oramorph upsets my stomache because of the alcohol content i cant tollerate alcohol i did drop the lozenges very quickly and substituted it high doses of morphine that as you can see but it was still extremely difficult my doctor says i was pain free on the lozenges because of the anaestetic and magniesium plus the fentanyl but the fentanyl is addictive now i am reverting back to my old state and feel i'm going to be bed bound again well i know the pain is intollerable is there any other medicines for fms i have tried most anti depressants and natural remedies is there any other muscle relaxants as i have had to change doctors due to a move and the other doctor wants to take me off everything with no replacement if he does that i might aswell be dead so i'm seeking help elsewhwere i think my body kills off the tablets b4 they enter my bloodstream because of all the stomache acid or i bring them bk up is ther a medicine that contains anaestetic without the fentanyl ?also do you think there is something more sinister behind all these illness i had septaceamia and was suspected to have lupus and lymes disease but they put a question mark to this they also think i have problems with my endocrime system inc my adrenal glands please please help and try to shed some light on this as no one seems to either cant or wont help i'v asked for an advanced blood screening to break everything down my hormones all that stuff and i'm still waiting to get the bloods taken if you can help i will be sooooo grateful thanks cat
    my punctuation would be fine if i wasn't in so much agony i feel sorry for your patients if you was doctor you would have answered truthis yoo many big words 4 u you try typing with pain at a ten punctation has nothing to do with you just dont know the answer how uncompationate are you ?
    we didn't all go to eaton dont you treat patients who cant fill there prescription in to because maybee they was not blessed with a good family and education arrogant get go on take the mick guess there's just no doctor clever enough to answer me?
    thanks isabelle for taking me seriusly can you believe a doctor wont answer my question coz of my punctuation i'm in agony there's a chance i'v got bone marrow cancer too how malicious some peiple can be on here shocks me thanks again i appreisiate it cat x
    thaks for your answer angela but i'm allergic to amitriptaline also anti inflamitories fibromyalgia gives you a very high tollerance the substance p that saturates your spinal cord sends messages telling your brain your constantly in pain so it's not just when you hurt yourself it's constant and causes blood vessel and muscle and ligament damage i really appriesiate your anser some points i think are very true i think its getting alot worse
    THANKS YASIE YOUR SO WISE FOR 12 YOU'L GET A THUMBS UP 2 XX
    HI CAZ THANKS FOR YOUR ANSWER BUT THE DRUGS MANED AT THE TOP I'M NO LONGER ON I; ONLY ON DIAZEPAN AND 20MLS OF ORAMORPH NOW PLUS MEDS FOR OTHER ILLNESSES NOT ADDICTIVE ONES THOUGH THANKS FOR YOUR ANSWER THOUGH CAT XX

    • ANSWER:
      hi
      i am a doc
      basically a neurologist i will try to answer the question
      after having gone through your history all my sympathies are with you and this is the first time i ever come across some one with such huge medical conditions i am really concerned about your health
      however after going through your prescrioption i have not any more thing to offer but have your tried gabapentin or any of its new product. secondly have u tried TENS therapy
      ,
      second injection therapy in the tender points do work and i have tried in few of patients , not to mention it work in one of my female patients like a miracle
      however i must add at the end y need to be examined by a board of doctors and then a team effort be done to help u
      my prayers with u

  7. QUESTION:
    Irregular Periods?
    Ok so I've been having periods since I was Eleven or Twelve. I was pretty regular at first. Then about 6 to 12 months into it I started missing a few months here or there,sometimes having an ordinary cycle, had a time where I missed four months, and now I'm usually on once every two months, with the rare occasion of having a normal two months.

    I'm eighteen now, so technically my cycle should have calmed down. When I was sixteen I had tests for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and two other things , i think one was overactive thyroid or underactive, not sure. I also went on the pill at that time for like a week but it gave me a bad stomach so i ceased it. The problem is I never know when im going to be on so i can't organise things.
    Any idea what's up with my body? and perhaps whats the natural remedy or something?. I know you can't tell anything definate, im just curious at the moment

    • ANSWER:
      Apparently its not natural to have periods once a month, its something to do with western stress. I read in 'new scientist' that many women in the East have like four periods a year, or at least not once a month. I don't think its unnatural or that there i anything wrong with you, especially if you have already had tests. Just see it as a good thing that you don't have it every month like a lot of girls. As for the unpredicability, my girlfriend misses her periods by a couple of weeks some times and it almost never starts at the same time. Its the same with other girls I've known, so even if you did have regular periods once a month you wouldn't exactly know when they would happen anyway. Its a good thing. They used to believe in the 16th century that you needed to have periods for your health, but they also said that about men (they called bleeding out of anywhere menstration). Little off topic but the point is you don't need a remedy since its not a problem.


Natural Remedies For Underactive Thyroid Symptoms

The hair is regarded as the crowning glory of an individual. After all, it is the first thing that gets noticed by the people around you. The hair is said to be one of the proofs of beauty alongside with the teeth and the nails. But then, here comes the truth about hair loss. Those who experience hair loss at a very tender age somewhat get panic-stricken. Hair loss becomes very obvious and if it continuously gets ignored, the worst should be expected. It is none other than baldness. You would not want to get bald most especially if you are under the age of 30! How can you go on with your daily routine with a little hair on your head? How can you face the world when in fact you’ve got the biggest problem in your life?

Hair loss is literally an accepted fact these days. As in the case of men, they have accepted that at a certain age they will be facing hair loss problems. But then it is a different case with women. There is nothing scarier than realizing that you are suffering from hair loss. How would you face your everyday habit with a bothersome hair loss dilemma? When you start noticing that your hair gets thinner everyday, you start to panic. But before you take some drastic measures; be sure to first research about its possible causes. Some of the most common factors that prompt hair loss are aging, heredity, poor blood circulation, weight loss, hormones, faulty immune system, stress, vitamin deficiency, under active thyroid glands, and diabetes. If you suffer from any of these, you can probably trace the root cause of everything. If you are unsure of the real cause of your hair loss, why not get professional help?

The hair is a clear mirror that shows whether the human body contains enough nourishment or not. An oily hair indicates vitamin B insufficiency, a dry or brittle hair shows that there is fats deficit, a dull color of the hair and its poor growth visibly signal the lack of zinc and the frequent hair loss may indicate that there are vitamin C, lysine, iron, and vitamin B1 deficiencies.

There have been several recognized factors that are associated with hair loss. One of which is an under active thyroid gland. There are many cases wherein the thyroid gland is the main root of all. As everybody knows, the thyroid gland is a major component of the endocrine system. It is responsible for producing various hormones that motivate the diverse functions of the body. Now if what you have is an under active thyroid gland, the necessary hormones that will keep the hair healthy and strong will not be produced.

Hair loss is typically related to fluctuations in the hormone production. Both men and the women are subjected to hair loss especially if their thyroid glands fail to work double time. Often referred to as hormonal hair loss, this dilemma is set permanently for the males than for the women. The hair loss problem can be solved by the application of the rightful treatments. Therefore, if the cause of the hair loss is a thyroid disease, make sure that you undergo a series of therapy to correct whatever it is that needs to be straightened out. You should not also drastically use hair loss shampoos if you are not sure if it will work for you. It will not do you any harm if you get the help of the expert. It may cost you some dollars but there is no better way that it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies/herbs for a sluggish thyroid?
    I believe I may have a underactive thyroid. I have many of the symptoms, but I don't want to go on a synthetic drug and be stuck on it for the rest of my life. Is there anyone here who has tried any natural or herbal remedies for a sluggish thyroid? Did it help? Thank you for any responses.

    • ANSWER:
      hi there :)

      everyone has given great advice, and the bladderwrack really is the best. i was recently diagnosed with endometriosis, and according to my blood tests, my thyroid level is fine but is on the low end and i have been having hypo symptoms as well. i am genetically wired to have hypothyroid--my mom, grandma and great grandma all have/had it (my ggma died of goiter!), so unless i take some action it will only get worse. yesterday i went to see a naturopath, and she immediately knew i had low thyroid and put me on a bladderwrack/wild lettuce/irish moss tincture, along with some other supplements since the thyroid is involved in hormone production which has been part of my endometriosis problem. they're all connected.

      i would suggest, if you can afford it, to get your thyroid checked with your regular doctor, and then take those results to a naturopath. most insurance does not cover the naturopath, but it cost me less than 0 to see one (not including the supplements). most are willing to work with you, because they are genuinely concerned about your health. by seeing the naturopath you can make sure you're getting exactly the amounts you need so you dont cause other problems! i definitely think it is worth it to have the advice and guidance of someone who understands how our bodies work a little better than we do.

      good luck and best of health to you!
      ~josey~

  2. QUESTION:
    i have a thryoid condition (unmedicated) does anyone have any natural remedies?
    i had a right thyroidectomy over 8 years ago and am showing symptoms of an underactive thyroid in the last few months i have an appointment at a specialist (not to nov 08 - they are all very busy people) looking at natural therapies for diet or lifestyle or natupathy if anyone has any life stories that would be great too!
    to the person who said i am "just fat" im actually not "just fat" yet i am trying to prevent that so get your facts straight

    • ANSWER:
      Kelp is a good idea for a start. If you go to a qualified naturopath they can also give you herbal tinctures that will help your thyroid function. Avoid those foods [Vegetables in the genus Brassica] that interfere with iodine absorption, such as:

      Bok choy
      Broccoli
      Broccolini (Asparations)
      Brussels sprouts
      Cabbage
      Canola
      Cauliflower
      Chinese cabbage
      Choy sum
      Collard greens
      Kai-lan (Chinese broccoli)
      Kale
      Kohlrabi
      Mizuna
      Mustard greens
      Rapeseed (yu choy)
      Rapini
      Rutabagas
      Tatsoi
      Turnips

      There are foods that will help with iodine absorption, such as avocado and coconut.


Natural Remedies For Hypothyroidism Treatment

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects about 46 million Americans. The most common type is osteoarthritis, which is often age related, although it can be the result of wear and tear on the joints from fitness or sports. In Australia, a type of arthritis, gout, took center stage in the media when the socceroo Harry Kewell was thought to be suffering from it in the 2006 World Cup.

Injury and age are not the only causes of arthritis however. Crohns sufferers often develop arthritis in one or more of their joints. This is a result of permeability in the gut wall due to damage from chronic inflammation. Bacteria and infections can also cause arthritis in other conditions. And rheumatoid arthritis, another common form, is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its' own cells.

What Can You Do About It?

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for hypothyroidism in women?
    Are there any natural remedies or herbs for hypothyroidism out there? Or is the only solution to be on synthetic drugs the rest of your life?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two articles that I suggest you checkout...

      #1 - Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism
      http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/natural-remedies-for-hypothyroidism.html

      #2 - Herbs for hypothyroidism
      http://www.hypothyroidismexposed.com/herbs-for-hypothyroidism.html

      These should give you a basic understanding of some natural things you can do for treatment of hypothyroidism. I also suggest checking out the "Eliminate Hypothyroidism Problems Report" that is available in those articles.

      I hope this helps...

  2. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and received a treatment that worked well? If so what was the?
    the treatment and dosage. I'm asking this because I have been battling this and doctors for 7 yrs without relief. I was under the impression that the synthetic or natural supplement would restore life to normal. But normal seems to get further and further away. My blood tests have always been within normal range since I started treatment, so getting them to up or alter my treatment is next to impossible. Better yet, has anyone had success with a natural remedy used in combination with the prescribed treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      More than likely it is rooted in liver malfunction. I know it can be frustrating going to doctors and finding little help with conventional treatment. There is tons of information out there for anyone willing to do the research. I tend to stay away from the conventional med. sites. They usually have the same answer --throw drugs at it and hope the symptoms are suppressed. Google some of your symptoms such as, Liver and Hyporthyroidism, Liver weakness and thyroid imbalance etc. Not sure if sensiblehealth.com will have anything on thyroid but it is a great place to start. Terrific articles and you can rabbit-trail from there. God Bless.


Natural Remedies For Hypothyroidism Uk

Myxedema coma is a loss of brain function as a result of serious, long hypothyroidism. Myxedema coma is considered a life-threatening complication of hypothyroidism and is much more serious side of the range of thyroid disease. Under certain conditions, become underactive thyroid and produces less amounts of hormones, a situation called hypothyroidism. People have problems with hypothyroidism, which reflect underactivity of the organs of the body. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include weakness, confusion, feeling cold, low body temperature , swelling of the body and difficulty breathing

People who are in myxedema coma or close to a coma and unable to function normally. There are many causes of myxedema coma. Injuries and other injuries, such as accidents, falls, burns or can trigger an attack. Medicines used to treat anxiety, pain or depression, or not taking medications in accordance with the directives thyroid may also cause this condition. Some other factors may trigger sudden myxedema coma in a person with poorly controlled hypothyroidism. These include infection, stroke, trauma, heart failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, hypothermia, and not take thyroid medications as prescribed.

The treatment will depend on his case, the patient 's age and health, and its level of thyroid hormones. Intravenous fluids is also useful for this condition. Thyroid hormones are typically administered through a vein to quickly correct the low blood levels of thyroid hormones. Cortisol or other adrenal hormones intravenously. Warming coverage if the body temperature is low. Glucose supplements if blood sugar is low. Electrolyte replacement if necessary. Broad-spectrum antibiotics is also recommeded. Adjustment of the dose of a drug to compensate for the decrease in renal perfusion, metabolism of drugs, etc.

Myxedema Coma Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Electrolytes replacement as necessary this condition.

2. Cortisol or other adrenal cortical hormone intravenously.

3. Warming blanket if body temperature is low.

4. Glucose supplements if the blood sugar level is low

5. Physical therapy may be useful for patients who are debilitated.


Natural Remedies For Underactive Thyroid Gland

The hair is regarded as the crowning glory of an individual. After all, it is the first thing that gets noticed by the people around you. The hair is said to be one of the proofs of beauty alongside with the teeth and the nails. But then, here comes the truth about hair loss. Those who experience hair loss at a very tender age somewhat get panic-stricken. Hair loss becomes very obvious and if it continuously gets ignored, the worst should be expected. It is none other than baldness. You would not want to get bald most especially if you are under the age of 30! How can you go on with your daily routine with a little hair on your head? How can you face the world when in fact you’ve got the biggest problem in your life?

Hair loss is literally an accepted fact these days. As in the case of men, they have accepted that at a certain age they will be facing hair loss problems. But then it is a different case with women. There is nothing scarier than realizing that you are suffering from hair loss. How would you face your everyday habit with a bothersome hair loss dilemma? When you start noticing that your hair gets thinner everyday, you start to panic. But before you take some drastic measures; be sure to first research about its possible causes. Some of the most common factors that prompt hair loss are aging, heredity, poor blood circulation, weight loss, hormones, faulty immune system, stress, vitamin deficiency, under active thyroid glands, and diabetes. If you suffer from any of these, you can probably trace the root cause of everything. If you are unsure of the real cause of your hair loss, why not get professional help?

The hair is a clear mirror that shows whether the human body contains enough nourishment or not. An oily hair indicates vitamin B insufficiency, a dry or brittle hair shows that there is fats deficit, a dull color of the hair and its poor growth visibly signal the lack of zinc and the frequent hair loss may indicate that there are vitamin C, lysine, iron, and vitamin B1 deficiencies.

There have been several recognized factors that are associated with hair loss. One of which is an under active thyroid gland. There are many cases wherein the thyroid gland is the main root of all. As everybody knows, the thyroid gland is a major component of the endocrine system. It is responsible for producing various hormones that motivate the diverse functions of the body. Now if what you have is an under active thyroid gland, the necessary hormones that will keep the hair healthy and strong will not be produced.

Hair loss is typically related to fluctuations in the hormone production. Both men and the women are subjected to hair loss especially if their thyroid glands fail to work double time. Often referred to as hormonal hair loss, this dilemma is set permanently for the males than for the women. The hair loss problem can be solved by the application of the rightful treatments. Therefore, if the cause of the hair loss is a thyroid disease, make sure that you undergo a series of therapy to correct whatever it is that needs to be straightened out. You should not also drastically use hair loss shampoos if you are not sure if it will work for you. It will not do you any harm if you get the help of the expert. It may cost you some dollars but there is no better way that it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    please could someone in the medical proffesion please answer this question for me?
    i am polysymptomatic numerous illnesses i have chronic fibromyalgia,severe,anxiety,i'v had 2 cardic arrests i'm 31 i have diverculosis,zollinger ellison syndrme,gastric osophical reflux,underactive thyroid gland,adenomiosis,endometriosis,pernicious anaemia i was bed bound for months due to the pain from the fibromyalgia, so the doctor put me on several different strong drugs as tour tollerance to them is extremely high in fibromyalgia due to the excessive pain i was on fentanyl actiq lozenges at 1600mcg 8 times per day 100mg of diazepam,60mg of temazepam,zoton fast tabs,cyclizine,thyroxine,and the femedene pill taken with no breaks for the endometriosis vit b12 injections this probably seems deadly to you but i could function normally pain free on a regular basis because the doctor was getting so much stigma attatched because of it i volunteerd to drop mydosage and get off the lozenges so now i,m on 90 mg of diazepam 20 mls of oramorph/ 40mg vit b12 injections zoton fasttabs thyroxine femedene taken constantly the oramorph upsets my stomache because of the alcohol content i cant tollerate alcohol i did drop the lozenges very quickly and substituted it high doses of morphine that as you can see but it was still extremely difficult my doctor says i was pain free on the lozenges because of the anaestetic and magniesium plus the fentanyl but the fentanyl is addictive now i am reverting back to my old state and feel i'm going to be bed bound again well i know the pain is intollerable is there any other medicines for fms i have tried most anti depressants and natural remedies is there any other muscle relaxants as i have had to change doctors due to a move and the other doctor wants to take me off everything with no replacement if he does that i might aswell be dead so i'm seeking help elsewhwere i think my body kills off the tablets b4 they enter my bloodstream because of all the stomache acid or i bring them bk up is ther a medicine that contains anaestetic without the fentanyl ?also do you think there is something more sinister behind all these illness i had septaceamia and was suspected to have lupus and lymes disease but they put a question mark to this they also think i have problems with my endocrime system inc my adrenal glands please please help and try to shed some light on this as no one seems to either cant or wont help i'v asked for an advanced blood screening to break everything down my hormones all that stuff and i'm still waiting to get the bloods taken if you can help i will be sooooo grateful thanks cat
    my punctuation would be fine if i wasn't in so much agony i feel sorry for your patients if you was doctor you would have answered truthis yoo many big words 4 u you try typing with pain at a ten punctation has nothing to do with you just dont know the answer how uncompationate are you ?
    we didn't all go to eaton dont you treat patients who cant fill there prescription in to because maybee they was not blessed with a good family and education arrogant get go on take the mick guess there's just no doctor clever enough to answer me?
    thanks isabelle for taking me seriusly can you believe a doctor wont answer my question coz of my punctuation i'm in agony there's a chance i'v got bone marrow cancer too how malicious some peiple can be on here shocks me thanks again i appreisiate it cat x
    thaks for your answer angela but i'm allergic to amitriptaline also anti inflamitories fibromyalgia gives you a very high tollerance the substance p that saturates your spinal cord sends messages telling your brain your constantly in pain so it's not just when you hurt yourself it's constant and causes blood vessel and muscle and ligament damage i really appriesiate your anser some points i think are very true i think its getting alot worse
    THANKS YASIE YOUR SO WISE FOR 12 YOU'L GET A THUMBS UP 2 XX
    HI CAZ THANKS FOR YOUR ANSWER BUT THE DRUGS MANED AT THE TOP I'M NO LONGER ON I; ONLY ON DIAZEPAN AND 20MLS OF ORAMORPH NOW PLUS MEDS FOR OTHER ILLNESSES NOT ADDICTIVE ONES THOUGH THANKS FOR YOUR ANSWER THOUGH CAT XX

    • ANSWER:
      hi
      i am a doc
      basically a neurologist i will try to answer the question
      after having gone through your history all my sympathies are with you and this is the first time i ever come across some one with such huge medical conditions i am really concerned about your health
      however after going through your prescrioption i have not any more thing to offer but have your tried gabapentin or any of its new product. secondly have u tried TENS therapy
      ,
      second injection therapy in the tender points do work and i have tried in few of patients , not to mention it work in one of my female patients like a miracle
      however i must add at the end y need to be examined by a board of doctors and then a team effort be done to help u
      my prayers with u