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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thyroid Natural Cures

This blog thanks to Tracy, New York.
What is a thyroid?
The thyroid gland is located near the base of the neck. It is one of the largest endocrine glands and controls (through the production of thyroid hormone) how quickly the body burns energy and makes proteins.

It controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones and also regulates the metabolism of the body. Rottweilers may be tested to reveal a properly functioning Thyroid. Hypothyroidism can lead to poor coat condition, lethargy, obesity and fertility problems. For treatment, the dog is given hormone replacement to help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. People with an overactive thyroid tend to be lean or underweight and people with an under active thyroid tend to be overweight.

Thyroid hormones also directly affect how most of your organs function. So if your thyroid isn't operating properly, you can have problems in lots of other parts of your body. I read on the internet that 59 million Americans have thyroid problems.
The most common problems that develop in the thyroid include:
  • Hypothyroidism -- An underactive thyroid.
  • Hyperthyroidism -- An overactive thyroid.
  • Goiter -- An enlarged thyroid.
  • Thyroid Nodules -- Lumps in the thyroid gland.
  • Thyroid Cancer -- Malignant thyroid nodules or tissue.
  • Thyroiditis -- Inflammation of the thyroid.
How do I know if I have a thyroid ‘challenge’?
Some signs to know if you have thyroid issues are if you have aches and pains in your muscles and joints, carpal tunnel, swelling in the neck, hair loss or hair becomes brittle and dry, skin becomes thick dry or scaly, bowel challenges like constipation, irritable bowel and diarrhea, menstrual irregularities or fertility problems.

How to do a thyroid neck self-check, thanks to thyroid.about.com

Here's How:
  1. Hold the mirror so that you can see the area of your neck just below the Adam's apple and right above the collarbone. This is the general location of your thyroid gland.
  2. Tip your head back, while keeping this view of your neck and thyroid area in your mirror.
  3. Take a drink of water and swallow.
  4. As you swallow, look at your neck. Watch carefully for any bulges, enlargement, protrusions, or unusual appearances in this area when you swallow.
  5. Repeat this process several times.
  6. If you see any bulges, protrusions, lumps or anything that appears unusual, see your doctor right away. You may have an enlarged thyroid, or a thyroid nodule, and your thyroid should be evaluated.
Tips:
  1. Don't get your Adam's apple confused with your thyroid gland. The Adam's Apple is at the front of your neck, the thyroid is further down, and closer to your collarbone.
 Why does this happen?
Some possible causes are heavy metal poisoning (especially mercury), exposure to radiation, adrenal fatigue, food allergies and celliac disease. 

There are actually some foods that can cause low thyroid levels. They are called goitrogenic foods and include Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, turnips, cabbage, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, millet and kale. Goitrogens are naturally occurring thyroid inhibiting substances found in these foods.

Mike Adams the editor of Natural News says “Everyday consumables such as flour products, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, synthetic perfumes, drinking water, and toothpaste contain halogens. Halogens are a group of highly active chemical elements that include bromine, chlorine, fluorine, and iodine. Bromine, chlorine, and fluorine readily displace iodine; this makes iodine less available to the thyroid gland for the production of thyroid hormones causing hypothyroidism. These halogens may also mimic the actions of iodine; this leads to the production of excessive thyroid hormones, leading to hyperthyroidism. Chlorine and fluorine are commonly found in tap water, toothpaste, and non-stick cookware. Bromine is a chemical frequently used in pesticides/fungicides, fire retardants, and many flour products. Eating unbrominated flour products and organic foods, reducing the use of synthetic chemicals and non-stick cookware, and purchasing a good filter to minimize chlorine and fluorine from drinking water are simple ways to lessen halogen exposure and ensure optimal thyroid function. Cancer patients who receive radiation of their thyroid glands by being given radioactive iodine are highly radioactive for up to a week following their release from the hospital -- and they end up irradiating not just hospital rooms but also other patients, friends and family members. Radiation levels are so high in these people that they have set off radiation alarms designed to detect terrorist threats, says a congressional report.”

What are the ‘suggested’ medications?
They include surgery, hormone replacement drugs, and radiation. Levothyroxine is the suggested pharmaceutical drug to take reccomened by the FDA – but they also come with many side effects including weight loss, tremor, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, excessive sweating, increased appetite, fever, changes in menstrual cycle, sensitivity to heat, temporary hair loss, particularly in children during the first month of therapy, chest pain (angina) and rapid or irregular heartbeat or pulse. Sounds like taking a drug like that increases more diseases in the body!

What are natural remedies to cure any thyroid disease?

Eat less goitrogenic foods that include Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, turnips, cabbage, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, soy millet and kale. Goitrogens are naturally occurring thyroid inhibiting substances found in these foods.

Eat gluten free foods and a majority of raw foods.

Reduce or stop your use of perfume, especially spraying it in the neck area.

Eat organic foods that are chemical and pesticide free.

Use bentonite clay –
drink 1 teaspoon in water daily. Also use it as a clay mask and smooth it over the neck and allow it to absorb all toxins. Available for purchase at THE EARTH DIET WEBSITE. 

Do a heavy metal cleanse, read the blog I wrote ‘Natural Cures for Radiation Exposure’.

EAT:

Iodine -- Kelp is rich in iodine and is affordable. There used to be plenty of iodine in vegetables and fruits but the soil is very iodine depleted in most areas today. Foods that contain iodine are organic eggs, meat, fish and other seafood, parsley, potatoes, himalayan salt, navy beans, and gluten free oats. 

Tyrosine -- Tyrosine is an amino acid needed by the body to manufacture thyroid hormones from iodine. Eat avocados, almonds, bananas, pumpkin seeds and lentils.

Bladderwrack -- Bladderwrack is a seaweed that is a rich source of iodine. Traditionally it has been used for weight loss and hypothyroidism. It also contains the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, etc. Bladderwrack is thought to stimulate the thyroid gland increasing metabolism.

Coconut Oil - Most of the oils that we use to cook food and those used in commercially-prepared foods also have a negative affect on the thyroid. These are known as polyunsaturated or vegetable oils. They may in fact be the worst villains in the spread of thyroid diseases. Diseases of the endocrine system (thyroid) are mostly caused due to production disorders that lead to inadequacy or excess of hormones or inappropriate response to hormones by tissues. Unsaturated fats inhibit tissue response to thyroid hormones. The benefits of coconut oil are seen in the merger of similar functions. The thyroid hormones are mainly responsible for metabolic activity in the body. Coconut oil also promotes metabolism. The fusion of the two work to the benefit of the body and help in maintaining optimum metabolic rate. To explain it in simple words, coconut oil serves as high octane fuel for the internal combustion engine in the car. An efficient fuel (coconut oil) makes the car (thyroid) perform better and last longer. Swallow 2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil daily or use it in salads or cooking.




With love, Liana


52 comments:

  1. Please be very careful of convincing people to go all natural for thyroid disease. This is a life threatening disease. It can kill people if left untreated. Trust me, I know this for sure. I have Hoshimoto's Disease and there is no other "cure" but modern medicine.

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    1. What led you to the conclusion that only modern medicine can cure Hashimoto's disease? I would expect that treatment with dietary methods and/or the various energy medicines would offer cures. Drugs always work to inhibit the body's natural function in some way (usually inhibiting an enzyme), whereas natural approaches work by restoring the body's balance. No matter what dis-ease I may develop, I am confident that the cause was not due to a deficiency of any drug.

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    2. Maybe it's just that you don't have enough information regarding Biological or Functional Medicine. I had Hashimotos for 2 years, the only treatment conventional medicine gave me was Levothyroxine which is not a cure & brought me problems with reverse T3 & my health in general. I found answers in Functional Medicine & now my thyroid antibodies are normal, my autoimmune disorder was cure or controlled. I'm now helping my thyroid to go back to work, with a natural treatment also. Blessings

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    3. modern medicine cannot cure hashimoto's. it can only manage it with thyroid supplementation. i had hashimoto's (properly diagnosed by tests) and took medication. at the same time, i did everything to address the cause of the autoimmune reaction. several years of experimentation taught me that i must be gluten free and take care to get my mineral requirements, particularly iron. in addition, i eat high raw and low fat, and avoid dairy and soy (i was already vegetarian). and still there is more good food to eat in this world than i can experience in this lifetime. i have no more disease to manage.

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    4. Not true at all. Tried modern medicine and it made the situation much worse. Went natural and I feel entirely better. Not everything in modern medicine works. In fact very little in the array of drugs actually do work.

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    5. Actually dear anonymous The Leading Expert in the field dissagree. Doctor David Brownstein "Overcoming Thyroid disorders" it explains what's needed. Also he wrote "Iodine: Why you need it, Why you can't live without it.
      Many so called diseasez ARE manufactured. others ARE proven symptoms of deficiencies. Cancer proven cured by diet Dr. Max Gerson. AMA is a political front. We all are being lied too, including New Doctors. GOOD LUCK

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    6. I just bought a book called "They Thyroid Solution Diet". Written by an Endocrinologist, it's a great source of information. I agree that you need to go to a Doctor to have certain things done, but depending on where you are with Thyroid issues will dictate how much of the natural route you will want to take.

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  2. Thanks Liana, a very informative article.
    I am currently taking a Bladderwrack supplement not cos I think I have thyroid problems but because I am blood typeO. I was told that Bladderwrack is beneficial. IS there any harm in taking it, even if my thyroid is fine?

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  3. @ Anonymous - thank you for your comment. I am in no position to offer official advice regarding what is the best thing for you, I can only share natural cures and you can choose to try them or not.

    @ Helsbels - From what I have learned and read Bladderwrack can be part of your lifestyle to maintain a consistent and healthy body :)Yes you are right it is extremely beneficial to the body and helps keep the thyroid in working order, combats obesity, and nourishes the body with essential vitamins for cleansing heavy metals. Overall - how do you feel? :)

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  4. For getting rid of thyroid here is some tips:-
    1. Use coconut oil in the preparation of your daily food.
    2. Do exercises and yoga regularly
    3. Take dairy and wheat products
    4. A hot ginger tea

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  5. One way to check if your thyroid health is improving is to take your temperature daily when you first wake up in the morning and taking some bovine thyroid, it can help balance your hormone levels. .

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  6. This was a wonderful article. I would love it if you would come onto my blog and comment on the article I just wrote about Thyroid issues. It is an article about a friend of mine who controls her Thyroid with diet and essential oils. Between the two articles it seems as if there are many natural ways to help those who struggle with their thyroids. I came across your blog when researching an article for my blog. I was writing an introduction to a testimonial given by a friend of mine who has controlled her Thyroid numbers and symptoms with diet and essential oils. I thought you might be interested in reading it. http://www.e-oils.blogspot.com/2012/09/finally-off-my-thyroid-medication.html

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  7. Nice article. Natural treatments are the best for thyroid disease. Use of coconut oil is good for thyroid patients. Thyroid patients should also avoid soy based products.

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  8. Thyroid disease can be cured with natural thyroid treatments. Thyroid patients should use coconut oil and avoid soy based products as these products affects the production of thyroid hormones.
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  9. I have been on a gluten free diet for two months. Have Hashimoto's thyroid disease. Labs from two months ago were normal as my usual for thyroid. Continued thyroid meds as instructed - to my surprise, i had overdosed on thyroid medicine at no fault of my own. Ended up in the ER unable to walk straight, disoriented, unable to sign my name - it was scary! This happened two weeks ago. The same dosage i have been taking for years all of the sudden poisioned me! Have been taken off of meds temporarily until dr schedules new labwork. He had to wait for ER papers before more testing. New labwork next week will be interesting. I thought my nutritionist was a little coo coo when she told me i could reverse my Hashimotos (yeah, right crazy woman). Come to find out she was onto something :)

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  10. I have Hashimotos, and I have to tell you that natural remedies, and food have absolutely made a difference with my condition, however, it depends how damaged your thyroid already is as to how much you can bring it back.
    http://hypothyroidsymptoms-signs.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hallo ! I have the same and take L- thyroxine probably the wrong dose my doctor really dasent care at all ... Please what do you mean how damaged it is ? How do I know that ?

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  11. if you all have hashimotos, then tell me how to help my daughter, 20 yrs old. My mom 75 has struggled for years, quit taking her pill supposed to take daily. Now struggles with great anxiety, on Xanax. Myself, 49, began struggling with major panic attacks a year or two ago. Now taking citalopram 20mg. Is not helping. My daughter, 20 yrs old, taking same meds I am, and is pale, weak, and has nodules on her thyroid. Ben diagnosed with Hashimotos. Please talk to me. There has to be something better to do. Citalopram is not the answer.

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  12. hello, I have a huge goiter, multiple nodules. ALL testing shows my thyroid is currently working fine. but it is pushing aside my windpipe on one side & separating an artery from... I forget what is supposed to be next to it, on the other side. the only solution I've found is surgery to remove the whole thing. there don't seen to be any natural alternatives for me:(

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  13. I am 57, and have been on synthroid since age 15. I have been eating healty and exercising....in the best health I have ever been in. Also eating seaweed and coconut oil now and then. I noticed that when I quit taking the medication, I felt soooo much better because I was having pulpitations and pounding w/in my body, and couldn't sleep unless I took lunesta. I'd be up all night because I couldn't sleep. Got off my meds and feel soooooo good again.

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  14. Once you have the swollen thyroid glands / nodules, is it possible for it to go down? reduce in size? my thyroid levels are good, but i have the growth on my neck - had 2nd ultra sound in 6 months, find out this week if they have changed in size at all - just curious if anyones has reduced in size

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  15. Hi There, can you please suggest natural supplements/treatments for hair loss/balding associated with hypothyroidism. Thanks!

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  16. I am hypothyroid want to bring thyroid up to normal levels naturally. My Dr. said my thyroid will not work and wants me to go on cynthroid

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  17. "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal." Read it! Western and naturopathic medicine both have their place. Find what works for you with the support of a professional.

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  18. I was diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and after testing the term Hashimotos was used to identify it. I am not on any meds but I do have an appt in a couple of weeks for ultra sound and follow up appt after 1 yr. I am new to this coconut oil regimen and also am compiling all the data on the Paleo diet. I am planning on doing both.
    I would like to know if just cooking with the coconut oil is enough or do I need to ingest a certain amt every day. I am also on warfarin. I looked up and as far as I can see there really is no major interaction with warfarin and coconut oil.

    I have been on warfarin for 9 years now and so I am cautious about my intake of Vitamin K foods. I try to eat the same amt everyday. This is why I would like to know about the coconut oil and how much to take and if I need to take anything else.

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  19. I have taken levothyroxine for almost 9 years.I started eating healthy after the flu bug knocked me down this winter.I also felt compelled to get off my thyroid pill.Had routine bloodwork done and the doctor tried to up my dose.I started a weening off it and made a Dr appointment.I could not get in to see her for a month and a half.I was surprised she was okay with me wanting off that medicine.I explained I had been doing alot of research on it and wanted to handle it naturally.By the time I seen her at that appointment I had not had a pill for two weeks.She tested my levels last Wednesday and when I received the results this Monday I was excited.My tsh had went down, without the pill.All natural is the way to balance my hypothyroidism.I feel so much more energy and the bonus of losing pounds and inches weekly is the opposite of what that pill was doing to me.I did have some anxiety through this, afterall, I quit a medication I was told my thyroid would need forever.Come to find out, I do NOT need that pill.Getting my thyroid to function properly naturally with food and herbs feels great.I eat and crave most of what is on your list.I am starting the clay to detox even more.Thanks so much for this article.It only confirmed the path I am on.<3 Tia

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  20. I have being researching about thyroid conditions and treatment and reading your blog, I found your post very helpful.

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  21. Doesn't coconut oil speed up metabolism, which would then be counterproductive for hyperthyroid conditions?

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  22. I have thyroid nodules and cysts. Will following this reduce these nodules and cysts? I am due for surgery for a thyroidectomy in a few weeks. I am a vegan. Thanks

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    1. Did you have surgery? How has the outcome been? would you do it again or do you have regrets?

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  23. Many people usually don't get aware of the thyroid disease. I appreciate this article because if many people are going to read this, they can get informed to this kind of diseases. Me and My alternative treatment for cancer clinic like this post so much!

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  24. interesting post. thanks

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  25. Would this work if you have no thyroid?

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  26. I have hashimotos and my immune system and thyroid have settled down but after eliminating lugumes, please be aware that lentils can be very bad for your thyroid. I had already eliminated soy, collard greens, gluten, dairy & sugar.

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  27. Diet is the first treatment protocol to focus on and is one of the most important for healing thyroid issues. I love coconut oil not only for my thyroid but also for it's many other healing qualities and metabolism booster.
    Thyroid Health Guide

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  28. Hypothyroid problems are such a big pain, you can’t ignore that issue. I always prefer naturopathic hypothyroid treatment for Hypothyroid problems.

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  29. Homeopathic treatment is the best way for many diseases, especially for thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism is common disease in pregnant women. Homeopathic treatment for hypothyroidism is the best way to cure many thyroid problems.

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  30. I am a naturopathic doctor and I'd love to offer some clarity about Hashimoto's and thyroid conditions that should be quite helpful.

    First of all, Hashimoto's is an autoimmune problem where your body attacks the thyroid. If left untreated then yes, all viable cells may become damaged to the point that they are rendered useless.

    This is very different than a primary thyroid condition where the thyroid is not producing thyroid hormone.

    Modern medicine does not have a treatment for autoimmune thyroid, they do the best they can to support the patient and control symptoms through meds (hormone replacement).

    However, alternative and natural medicine works with the whole body to rebalance the immunity so the body STOPS attacking the thyroid gland and its cells.

    The quality of the food that is readily available to us as consumers is so poor that our bodies don't even recognize it as food. From a nutritional standpoint, most of it is nothing more than a "food-like substance" that our bodies consider to be foreign invaders, thus attacking these "food" particles and our own bodies.

    Cleaning up the diet is the number one thing you can do immediately to halt the attack. This site has some great insight into this.

    As for thyroid disease, most hypo-type problems are secondary to adrenal and blood sugar issues as mentioned above. Heal the adrenal, balance the blood sugar and the thyroid heals itself.

    Now thyroid hormone is converted into a usable form in the liver. So, if your liver isn't working properly because you've overworked it with an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, then you still won't have a good thyroid hormone response.

    Detox and clean eating are imperative to restoring health. There are other things involved in total healing, but even with hundreds of dollars in supplementation per month, the thyroid patient WILL NOT have long-term relief unless they commit to healthy eating.

    Your body is WAY smarter than you. This I promise! And it will heal virtually ANY condition under the proper environment. Your body created the disease, it can uncreate it. I've been in private practice of the healing arts for nearly 20 years. I've seen it all. Miracles are possible. Eat God's food!

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  31. i am certain my hyperthryoidism is caused by a food allergy. what foods or drinking can cause my thryoid to be inflamed and produce hyper symptoms?

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  32. Thank and bless all of you for this precious info , you are all life savers here ....cheers to your roads to recovery xo Stacie

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  34. Wait, I actually have most of the symptoms mentioned except for menstrual challenges and bowel constipation. Anyway, what do you think are the chances for women to acquire thyroid cancer, and what’s the most effective holistic approach to cancer treatment when it comes to Thyroid Cancer. Your insights will be really helpful, thank you!

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  38. Have just found out that I have Hashimoto's Disease so am looking for as much info as possible. The Dr has me on Thyroxine but am eager to find what diet and a natural cure can do for me. So thank you for your blog.

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  39. have not seen any informaion on how to naturally get rid of thyroid nodules - I am also, trying to avoid a thyroidectomy - if anyone has any information that would be wonderful! Thank you!

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