Thyroid treatment

• Thyroid treatment is first to start with understanding the cause of this problems with the thyroid gland.

• Doctor McDougall says for hypothyroidism:
"Hypothyroidism can be the result of iodine deficiency, medications, surgery, and radiation, but the most common cause in Western populations is a person’s own immune system attacking his own thyroid gland...The cause is considered to be unknown, but as with other autoimmune diseases (type-1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.), the rich Western diet is the likely source.

• (The immune system is tricked by animal proteins that people consume to attack their pancreas, joints, brain, thyroid and other tissues by a process known as molecular mimicry.)"

Now, is it everything solved with the medications

• Long use of thyroid medication can weaken the bones or result in breast cancer.

• For hypothyroidism: Medical treatment includes the taking of thyroxine from animals, or synthroid. This is generally 3-9 grains each morning. An excess will cause increase in heart rate and shaking of the extended arm.

• The active ingredient in synthroid and other synthetic thyroid medications, is levothyroxine. It can cause a loss of as much as 13 percent of bone mass. An estimated 19 million people in the U.S. take this drug for thyroid problems or thyroid cancer.

• Thyroid supplementation can cause cardiac arrest in those whose hearts are not strong enough for the increased activity the thyroid dosage places upon it.

• Thyroid medication can have a similar effect on the adrenals. They may be working poorly, as a result of years of low thyroxine. The medication can cause adrenal insufficiency. Diabetes can be made worse by the thyroid pill. Anticoagulants can be upset.

• In newborn infants, synostosis can occur if they are given thyroid. The skull bones close prematurely and the brain does not develop properly.

• Thyroid supplementation also increases the need for insulin and, in some, for antidepressants as they become extremely agitated.

• Thyroid medication can produce arrhythmia, angina, and tachycardia, or hair loss.

• After menopause, a smaller dose of thyroid medication is often needed by women.

Problems Caused by Overactive and Underactive Thyroid

• The thyroid gland affects every cell in the body because thyroid hormone affects the metabolism of all body tissues. An overactive thyroid, a condition known as hyperthyroidism, is manifested by an increase in body temperature and pulse, occasional bouts of diarrhea, fatigue, a large appetite in the presence of a loss of weight, and often a mental state resembling mania.

• Under-function of the gland, called hypothyroidism, affects about ten percent of women sometime in their lives, most commonly after the age of 50.

• Signs include any of the following: mental sluggishness, poor memory, weakness, coarse and dry skin and hair, brittle nails, thinning of the hair, intolerance of cold, puffiness of the face and extremities from fluid retention, and decreased sweating. Such persons may gain weight, talk and move more slowly, and have slow reflexes and a slow pulse. Constipation and muscle cramping are common. Hoarseness may occur, and they may suffer from depression. Young women with this condition may develop menstrual irregularities.

• Less common causes of hyperthyroidism include a focus of overgrowth of the thyroid called adenoma, the hyperthyroid phase of acute thyroiditis, and hyperthyroidism due to hydatidiform moles (tumors of a retained placenta) or choriocarcinoma.

• Rare causes are excess TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone from the pituitary) and excessive intake of thyroid hormone supplements.

Thyroid treatment

• Hyperthyroidism should not be regarded as irreversible, as many cases can be treated with non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical remedies.

• The experts say to only eat in moderation the cabbage family (broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens), for they tend to suppress the thyroid function. The same is said to hold true for peaches and pears.

• Cruciferous vegetables can potentially be goitrogenic (inducing goiter formation). They contain enzymes that interfere with the formation of thyroid hormone.[2][3]

• Cooking for 30 minutes significantly reduces the amount of goitrogens and nitriles. At high intake of crucifers, the goitrogens inhibit the incorporation of iodine into thyroid hormone and also the transfer of iodine into milk by the mammary gland.[4]

• I had one colleague, she is former hypothyroid patient, but after 9 mounts of natural Thyroid treatment, she accomplished no more problems with the thyroid gland!

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