All Natural Remedy For Underactive Thyroid

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid problems be treated with yoga?
    I have an underactive thyroid and my doctor says that the tablets are for life. Now im hearing that after some yoga sessions you may not need to take any tablets!

    • ANSWER:
      I have an underactive thyroid (hypoactive). I was initially diagnosed with hypothyroidism 3 years ago- my TSH level came back at 497! So they called me in to redo my blood tests the next day- it was 387 that time. My father also had Grave's disease, had the iodine cocktail, and now of course, has hypothyroidism since he has no thyroid, and is on a very high dose of Synthroid forever. For the next 2 years, I was tested on different dosages of Synthroid (the generic did not work AT ALL for me), with my highest dose being .175 every morning. About a year ago, I decided to try the "natural remedies" without taking Synthorid and see if it improved on its own. A year went by, and I have just had my TSH checked this week and after not being on any medications and adjusting what I eat (there is a great book called "The Thyroid Diet") and doing pilates and regular exercise, my body became healthier on its own. However, my TSH level is at 150 after one year of no medication. So, I am a firm beleiver that a thyroid problem is a chemical problem, and no matter what you eat or how you exercise, it will still be a chemical problem. I am a firm believer that someone with thyroid problems probably needs the medication with appropriate diet and exercise. That would be the ideal way- I think the diet and exercise help your entire body become healthier, not to mention keeping a healthier weight wich is always a task with thyroid problems. So, maybe one could live on taking lower doses of medication - rather than a higher dose with poor thyroid nutiriton and no/little exercise. I have also noticed that when I am taking Synthroid, my hiar doesn't fall out as much, my skin isn't as dry, and my nails are not as brittle. All the yoga, exercise, pilates, and great nutiriton in the world will not take away the dark circles...Synthroid did help with this problem somewhat. I am starting back on my medication as we speak, so I will give you an update in a few months and let you know the difference! Hope this helped. :)

  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:
    home remedies for underactive thyroid hormone imbalance?
    can anyone suggest any home remedies for thyroid that are underactive, as i go to gym and diet but still not losing weight.

    • ANSWER:
      There are no home remedies although kelp tablets which have iodine in them are very good. The thyroid needs iodine but the tablets are not enough on their own. Don't listen to the doctors as they know nothing except thyroxine which does more harm than good.

      What you need is Armour Thyroid which helps reduce weight and gives you loads of energy. I and thousands of other use armour thyroid. I used to do triathlons before I was diagnosed with a low active thyroid. I am a male 6ft and my weight went up to 16 and a half stone and I could not loose much on thyroxine.

      Unfortunately you have to pay for it, but then how much is your health worth?

      Don’t worry you can feel better without that synthetic chemicals.

      First off all if you are in the UK, 99% of doctors do not know how to treat thyroid disease. They only know about Thyroxin which is a synthetic CHEMICAL and should not be in your body. It has many side affects, many don’t feel well on thyroxin as you may well find in a couple of months...weight gain, extreme fatigue, frequent bowel movements, puffy eyes and dry skin, and many others.

      People with under active thyroid glands who take Synthyroid (thyroxine) should be warned that this drug stimulates osteoclast activity, accelerating bone resorption, and leading to osteoporosis. Natural thyroid medication is available in most countries and is far superior.
      Thyroid disease has become epidemic, due to our stressful lives and ill-conceived diets. Soy, in particular, which is used so widely now, suppresses thyroid function and should be banned in all its forms.

      In the long term it leads to osteoporosis. In time you will experience these side affects, so please keep the information that I am about to tell you as you WILL need it. You can treat your thyroid by natural medication with NO side affects. The medication is called Armour Thyroid and is derived from pig’s glands that have a great success rate. They actually used to prescribe it in this country for people with thyroid disease. Yet most doctors don’t even know that, in fact most doctors will not have heard of it and advice you against it while not being able to give you scientific evidence why you shouldn’t! That’s because it’s all about money not health. Their problem with natural products is that nobody can patent them, so the government cannot have exclusive ownership. But they can by making up synthetic chemicals.

      What you need to know is that about 85% of people are unable to transfer T4 into T3 when they use Thyroxin. T3 is essential to the function of the main organs of your body. Armour thyroid naturally has T4, T3 and T2 and T1 and it make you feel well with no side affects. Tyrosine does not have T2 & T1. Once you research it at the site below you can order it from the recommended site -http://www.internationalpharmacy.com/en/home

      I was on Thyroxin for two years and did not feel well on it I had absolutely no energy and my weight ballooned up to 19 and a half stone. I started my Armour in April this year and I am now 15 and a half stone with loads of energy. Armour Thyroid helps increase your metabolism where thyroxin slows it down. As you don’t know me, don’t take my word for your health go to http://www.tpa-uk.org.uk/ Sheila Turner (expert on thyroid disease) runs this thyroid patient advocacy site which will inform and educate you on your disease. There are over six hundred other people on that forum who are taking Armour Thyroid and can give you advice. Pretty soon you will see that doctors know absolutely nothing about treating the thyroid. The are ignorant about it.

      In the early 1960s, desiccated thyroid hormones (thyroid extract) began to be replaced by synthetic levothyroxine (T4), or by combinations of synthetic T4 and T3. Replacement occurred faster in the United Kingdom than in North America, but by the 1980s more patients were being prescribed synthetic levothyroxine or T4/T3 combinations than desiccated thyroid extract.

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I make my hair grow faster?
    First off I'm 17 and suffer from underactive thyroid which I've been told can affect how fast hair grows. Over the past 5 years my hair has barely grown at all and is now a bit longer than shoulder length. I keep it healthy and clean, don't straighten too often but I'm trying to grow out my bangs and it's literally taking years! I'm not allowed to get hair extensions or anything like that. Is there anything I can do to speed up the process and grow out my awkward hair? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      1- Use a brush with natural boar bristles.
      2- Don't braid or put your hair in a ponytail when it is still wet.
      3- cut on the chemical treatments such as bleaching, perms, coloring or highlighting.
      4- Minimize heat styling with things such as hot combs, hair dryers and curling irons.
      5- Although the best thing to do, is to avoid using heat styling, it is still important to dry your hairs roots after washing it.
      6. Maintain a healthy diet - Eat eggs/meat/ fruits/vegetables/etc
      7. Keep it trimmed
      8-Massage the scalp - It helps the circulation going on your head
      9. Don’t wash your hair every day
      10. Comb after wash it - Dont Brush it
      11. Always Use Heat Protectant when heat styling.
      12- use a deep conditioner once a week
      13- apply Moroccan oil or Argan oil on your hair every night before you go to sleep (They can be found in pretty much any store)
      14- brush it once everyday to get the natural oils from your scalp to your hair so it makes it more healthier
      15- Wash your hair with a Sulfate free shampoo and conditioner
      16- Do braids in your hair before going to sleep, it also helps with the growing process
      17- Home remedies could also help.
      18- Never use elastic bands to secure hair unless they have fabric covering them.
      19- Wash your hair with warm water and do a final rinse with cold soft water, it locks your hair's shine

  5. QUESTION:
    Does having graves disease qualify you for a disabled parking permit?
    I was diagnosed about 3yrs ago and up until recently I had bin able to manage the disease. I didn't regular treatments so hav bin using more natural remedies but because my metabolism is so fast I'm losing muscle mass and bone density so I'm finding it more and more difficult to get around. Even just a short walk and my legs can't cope so I just wondered wat my chances were of getting one if I apply?
    *i didn't respond to regular treatments

    • ANSWER:
      Regular treatment is one of three methods to 'kill off' the thyroid rendering it underactive (HypOthyroid) then is treated accordingly like w/ Synthroid & maybe Cytomel. Apparently you have not had this done so I doubt that you would get a parking permit until you have. I wish you well.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies and herbs to enhance or regulate my thyroid? I have had unexplained weight gain
    over the last year i have sudden weight gain with a good diet and regular exercise, in fact its now up to 55 lbs.. first i gain weight 20 lbs in 1 month and freak out, and now over the past year with trying every diet my doctor can think of i gain more weight, and more and more and more!!!! they dont think itsm y thyroid but im skeptical, im going to get a 2nd opinion next week.. i am wondering though what are some natural herbs and remedies to regulate my thyroid and speed it up? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The thing about the standard thyroid test is it stinks. They use a test called TSH. TSH isn't even a thyroid hormone and it changes throughout the day. It's it at highest point while we sleep, so if we suspect hypothyrodism (underactive thyroid) then we need to test firest thing in the morning. Another problem with this test is that the guidelines changed in 2003, but most labs still have thelab ranges at the old numbers. What this means is if yur doctor is unaware og the change he/she may say your TSH is normal when it isn't. Ask what your TSH was. If its over a 2.0, your thyroid is slowing down. If its over a 3.0 you need treatment. I know thus stuff because I had believed for years I was hypothyroid. The first test was taken in the afternoon and I did not get diagnosed. Within a year my symptoms got worse and the test finally showed I was hypothyroid by the old standards. New range is 0.3 to 3.0.

      Supplements you can take for the thyroid are Lytrosine, zinc, and selenium. Stay away from soy, peanuts, brocolii and fluoride.

      Website below about thyroid conditions. Read up on it before you see the doctor again.

      If you test again, make sure its first thing in the morning. Ask for more than a TSH. Have a free t4, free t3, and a thyroid antibody test

  7. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies or ways of dealing with an underactive thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Eat food with a good supply of Iodine (any food to do with the sea, really) Best sources are seaweed (you can buy kelp tablets, if you don't like the taste), and make sure to use sea salt.

      Another thing that you should be doing is stimulating teh thyroid. The best way to do this, and the easiest, is with one yoga move, the sarvangasana. Lie on your back. Raise you legs and you buttocks off the floor, until your body is straight in the air and you are supporting it on your neck. Your chin should be pressed against you chest, and you support your back with your hands. Every time you breath, your thyroid will be massaged, and this will help to normalise it.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to boost metabolism?
    Arre there any natural remedies to boost metbolism? I think I'm in starvation mode any need a meal plan. I'm a 15 year old girl, 5'2, 106/`07 pounds. Also, are there any natural laxatives?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!
      Senna, dry fruit and prunes are natural laxatives, but you do not need them.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for low thyriod?
    I don't really like taking drugs...

    • ANSWER:
      I don't really know if there are any natural remedies. I have an underactive thyroid as well, and even if you don't like taking drugs, they really do help. I do know that if you don't take care of it well enough, you can develop serious health problems.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why have I maintained and not lost weight?
    Ive been jogging for an hour a day for the past 3 weeks, 5 days a week, and eating a pretty well balanced diet, but Ive just managed to maintain my weight, not even lose 1 or 2 pounds! Im a little discouraged :( Anyone know what Im doing wrong? Im 5'4 128 lbs. if that makes a difference. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Jogging an hour a day is quite an accomplishment. Perhaps you have a slow metabolism or an underactive thyroid. There are other medical possiblities, so you might want a general checkup with your doctor.

      I found with my own weight loss that my weight might remain steady for weeks, but then I would lose a bunch of pounds all at once. Then I would hit another plateau, and then lose weight all at once. I don't understand why.

      Please avoid the acai berry craze for weight loss, no matter how many ads you see. To make a long story short, avoid any acai free trials (they are scams).

      I CANNOT offer you any guarantees, but what helped me lose about 20 pounds in 3 months is an old, very inexpensive natural remedy that might sound very strange to you. Put 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and 1 tablespoon of honey in 8 ounces of warm water and drink this mixture. Do this two (or possibly three) times a day. It may take a while to get used to the taste. If you really don‘t like the taste, add extra honey.

      Use Bragg's ACV or other brands from a health food store, not stuff you buy in a regular grocery store. Also avoid the ACV capsules sold in grocery stories and drug stores. They are a waste of money. As I said, the ACV did work for me. For the 3 to 4 weeks, I don't think I lost an ounce, but maybe my metabolism was speeding up. In the second and third month, the weight started to come off.

      ACV has been used for hundreds of years for a variety of health issues, so this is not the latest fad diet. If you want more info, google “apple cider vinegar health benefits.”

  11. QUESTION:
    How to cure a really dry face?
    A couple weeks ago my face started to get really dry, but moisturizing it would usually work, but now its constantly dry, and it doesn't matter if i apply moisturizer every 10 minutes. Its really embarrassing, so if you have any ideas on how to help please do tell. Thanks.

    & i use aveeno moisturizer and a foam cleanser

    • ANSWER:
      Jessica,
      Some of the causes of dry skin may include - The oil glands do not supply enough lubrication to the skin. As a result, the skin becomes dehydrated. Skin gets exposed to the elements especially in winter. Dry skin could be due to a genetic condition. Poor diet. Nutritional deficiencies, especially deficiencies of vitamin A and the B vitamins, can also contribute to dry skin. Environmental factors such as exposure to sun, wind, cold, chemicals, or cosmetics, or excessive bathing with harsh soaps. Conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhoea. Dry skin can be a sign of an underactive thyroid. Serious skin complications can arise for people with diabetes. Certain drugs, including diuretics, antispasmodics, and antihistamines, can contribute to dry skin. Avoid the use of tap water when cleansing dry skin. The deposits are too drying on the skin. And never, ever use hot water. Use mineral water to freshen your face. Don't use a washcloth-a rough texture can irritate. In the morning, apply a spray of mineral water on your skin misted on with a plant sprayer. (Do not use a sprayer that had been used for spraying insecticides.) Lightly pat dry. Dry skin needs plenty of thorough but gentle cleansing, regular stimulation with massage and generous quantities of oil and moisture. It also needs extra careful protection. Washing dry skin with soap and water not only removes grime but also the natural oils protecting the skin. A moisturizer increases the water content of the outer layers of the skin and gives it a soft, moist look. Use nondetergent, neutral-pH products to cleanse your skin. Avoid using any commercial soap. And always touch your face gently. Double-cleanse with a cream, leaving a light, thin trace of it on the skin after the second cleansing. Follow a bath or a shower with a mild application of baby oil. Massage your face with home-made nourishing cream every night before retiring. Be generous with the cream in the areas surrounding the eyes where tiny lines and crow’s feet are born. Avoid coming in contact with highly alkaline soaps and detergents like washing sodas and powders which contain highly alkaline and drying ingredients. Moistening with water, then applying a thin film of air-excluding moisturizer, restores the suppleness of the dry skin. Every morning 15 minutes before taking your bath Mix the following ingredients together and apply on your skin.1 egg yolk. 1 teaspoon orange juice. 1 teaspoon olive oil and a few drops of rose water with a few drops of lime juice. Try this beauty mask for dry skin -1 egg. 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and few drops of rose water. Mix them thoroughly and use as a mask. If your lips chap, peel or crack then the best remedy is to massage them with a little cream of milk to which a few drops each of rose water and lime juice has been added every night before going to bed. Before applying lipstick, use a soft piece of towel for removing rough bits of chapped skin and rub a piece of raw beetroot gently on them. After applying lipstick add a little vaseline to keep your lips soft and pretty. Stay out of overheated rooms; avoid sudden changes in temperature; protect yourself from wind and sun. Remember, your face is fragile. If you don't have a good, strong moisturizer on your face on a cold, windy winter day, don't go out! Cold will cause any moisture on your skin to evaporate. The wind will just accelerate the process. At night, use a very creamy cleanser or oil (baby oil is perfectly all right). Remove residue with a spray of mineral water. Follow up with a night cream applied at least a half-hour before retiring. If you lie down immediately after applying cream, it will "puff-up" delicate tissues around the eyes. Once a week, use a facial mask to clarify the skin and remove dull, dry surface skin cells. Blend together well -1 teaspoon green clay powder and 1 teaspoon raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, then rinse well with lukewarm water. While your skin is still slightly damp, apply a natural skin oil or liquid moisturizer.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I add a link with more details of this subject

      http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/
      homeremedies_dryskin.htm

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  12. QUESTION:
    What, if any, are the natural remedies for an under-active thyroid?

    It's not my thyroid, sry. I should have made that clear. It was a friend of mine at the office who has had trouble losing weight and was told by his naturopath that his thyroid was underactive.

    • ANSWER:
      i have low thyroid. if you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: can you see the floor of your house? that was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      anyway, the signs are:fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      if you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are:increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. there's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. i hope i've helped you!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    natural remedies for hair loss/fall, pimples too.?
    Is there any natural remedies for hair loss/fall, coz everytime is comb and take a bath is just alot of hair came off me and my scalp is visible already.

    how bout pimples it keeps on coming back usually on my nose and its painful!!!! i need some natural remedies, please help thanks

    • ANSWER:
      For hair loss look at possible causes yourself so you can work on dealing with them yourself, as well as with the help of your doctor. Normally you'd look at stress as a possible cause, if you do suffer from stress address that and try to avoid stressful situations or plan ahead to be able to deal with them better. As a note B-vitamins are helpful for dealing with stress, as too is St. Johns Wort although it can't be taken if you are using oral contraceptives as it can make them less effective. Hormones are another aspect, an underactive thyroid gland can lead to reduction in production of the hormone thyroxine – iodine-rich foods can help. Diet is a big factor, if you have a poor diet including using fad diets, have recently become vegetarian or suffer from an eating disorder these will all seriously effect your hair, specifically a sudden drop in iron or too much vitamin A. For healthy hair keep a healthy diet with a lot of protein-rich foods such as fish, chicken, dairy, pulses and nuts – multivitamins can be helpful, so too can flaxseed oil in capsule form taken daily.

      I'm a strong advocate for head massage, it improves health of your hair and scalp through improved circulation, and this will also help with hair loss. Mix together 2 drops basil essential oil, 2 drops rosemary essential oil and 10ml of avocado oil, pop it in a little dark glass bottle then when ready to use it heat the bottle up in a bowl of warm water. Before washing your hair massage this mix into your scalp in small, gentle circular motions and leave for 30 minutes – it's easy to do and will help, it's worth trying for the hair loss and will improve your hairs health in general.

      For spots then I LOVE OCM as washes strip away natural oils which actually causes skin to produce more oil which clogs pores, instead Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) maintains natural oils keeping skin healthy so prevents acne. For OCM mix half extra virgin olive oil to moisturize and half castor oil to cleanse, also try adding a little tea tree oil which is antibacterial. Massage into your face then put a hot face cloth over your face for a minute to open pores, then wipe off oil, any trace amounts are absorbed into skin so won't be greasy. http://www.moogoo.com.au/category13_1.htm Be sure to use your own face cloth and towel, keeping them clean and dry to avoid bacterial growth, also follow cleansing with moisturizing, as long as it's not greasy it won't cause spots instead it'll keep skin healthy – remembering oil is good for skin try Bio Oil to moisturize and heal scars.

      Once a week steam to open pores, do this by putting your head over hot water with a towel over it, but don't do this dueing breakouts as it stimulates blood flow and oil glands. Exfoliate weekly to scrub off dead skin, use something with rounded beads to avoid damage to your skin which can cause more spots, or you may want to try cosmetic vinegar which also promotes circulation, regulates skins pH and is antiseptic. Mix 500ml of apple cider vinegar, 3ml lavender essential oil, 3ml rosemary essential oil, 2ml rosewood essential oil, and 2 tablespoons glycerine, place into a glass bottle, use as cleanser by adding 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup of water. Try masks too, there are many easy recipes online, see Make Your Own Cosmetics http://www.makeyourcosmetics.com or Pioneer Thinking http://www.pioneerthinking.com try this strawberry acne mask; mix together ½ cup fresh strawberries, 1 egg white, and 2 teaspoons of honey until smooth. To use spread over face and leave for 15 minutes, rinse off with cool water and pat dry. This one is good as strawberries are rich in salicylic acid which is commonly used in acne treatments, honey is also antibacterial.

      Keep yourself healthy, diet is a big factor so get a healthy diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and lots of water, but also avoid salty foods as iodine aggravates acne, also try a good multivitamin - vitamins A, B6, zinc and chromium help to clean up acne (FYI chromium also helps suppress sugar cravings). Get plenty of exercise, sleep and stay stress-free, also pay particular attention to skin during harsh weather when it's more prone to damage, that includes using sunscreen at all times. Make-up isn't a problem if you use mineral foundation which has great coverage but doesn't clog pores, also keep your make-up clean as dirty sponges or hands in make-up will cause bacteria which in turn causes spots. Avoid products like hairsprays with synthetic polymers such as vinyl or other plastics, that is because if it gets onto the skin on your face, as it does if spraying all over your head even if aiming for your hair, it will clog pores particularly where there are larger pores such as on the chin or mouth.

  16. QUESTION:
    I want to accelerate my metabolism! How?
    Any methods? Pills? Home remedies? Anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  17. QUESTION:
    What natural remedies can I use for a sluggish thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Regularly check the area of your neck just below the Adam's apple for any bulging, which may be a sign of thyroid problems.

      If you have an overactive thyroid, eat plenty of raw cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and collard greens, which contain a natural thyroid blocker. Avoid iodized salt and iodine-containing foods, including saltwater fish and shellfish.

      If you have an underactive thyroid, stay away from cruciferous vegetables and eat iodine-rich foods.

      If you have hypothyroidism, ask your doctor about natural thyroid hormone. Most doctors prescribe a synthetic thyroid hormone because dosages are well standardized; it consists of a single hormone, known as T4, that is converted in the body to its active form, called T3. But not everyone has adequate amounts of an enzyme needed for this conversion.

      Natural thyroid (extracted from cows) may be superior for some people because it contains both T4 and T3. Though dosage strength may vary from batch to batch, many patients, especially older ones, improve significantly when switched from the synthetic to the natural form.

      Some doctors are concerned about the safety of natural thyroid hormone because they think it may be contaminated with harmful viruses. Although there's no clinical evidence that natural thyroid hormone has caused disease, a synthetic thyroid hormone called liotrix, containing both T4 and T3, may be an acceptable alternative.

      Don't smoke. A team of Swiss researchers found smoking can significantly increase the severity of hypothyroidism.

      How Supplements Can Help
      The supplements listed below may be beneficial for those with thyroid disorders, including people already taking conventional drugs. But always check with your doctor first, because some of these nutrients may alter your prescription drug dose. It may take a month or so to notice benefits.

      Vitamin C
      Dosage: 1,000 mg a day.
      Comments: Useful for both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

      Vitamin B Complex
      Dosage: 1 pill each morning for hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
      Comments: Look for a B-100 complex with 100 mcg vitamin B12 and biotin; 400 mcg folic acid; and 100 mg all other B vitamins.

      Kelp
      Dosage: 10 grains of powdered kelp a day.
      Comments: Should supply 300 mcg iodine.

      Tyrosine
      Dosage: 1,000 mg L-tyrosine a day.
      Comments: After 1 month, add a mixed amino acid complex.

      Zinc/Copper
      Dosage: 30 mg zinc and 2 mg copper a day.
      Comments: Add copper only when using zinc longer than 1 month.

  18. QUESTION:
    Do I take iron for low thyroid ?
    What do I take for low thyroid ? Any natural remedies ? Vitamins ? Vegtables ? Helpppp !!

    • ANSWER:
      If you have an underactive thyroid, you must take thyroid medication. Nothing else will fix it. See your Dr.

  19. QUESTION:
    what is the best natural remedy for thyroid problem?
    specifically for hypo & hyperthyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are asking about both hypo and hyperthyroidism, I assume you are not about to treat yourself.

      Both hypo- and hyperthyroidism can be very serious (life threatening) conditions, so need to be taken seriously!

      There are many natural forms of treatment that can assist in management of thyroid conditions.

      Many herbs can be used to help manage symptoms, and others can help tone the thyroid. The herbs chosen depend to a large extent on the cause of the condition eg iodine deficiency/autoimmune/pituitary problem etc.

      Hypothyroidism:
      Fucus versiculosis (Bladderwrack) is the main herb for an underactive thyroid. Nettle seeds can also help.
      Liver herbs such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Globe artichoke can help by increasing liver metabolism, which generally helps metabolism.
      Globe artichoke can help the hypercholesterolaemia common in hypothyroidism.
      Yellowdock (Rumex crispus) can help the associated constipation.
      Exercise and avoiding brassica vegetables are important.
      Skin brushing before showering can help
      Increasing warming foods like chilli, ginger, cinnamon can help increse metabolic rate, and help that feeling of being cold.

      Hyperthyroidism:
      Bugleweed is the herb most commonly used for hyperthyroidism.
      For the symptoms:
      Motherwort for anxiety and palpitations.
      Lemonbalm for the digestive problems and nervousness.

      Withania is used for general toning of the thyroid.

      The presentation of thyroid conditions is quite varied, so for best treatment, would need to know the symptoms, not just the condition.

      I hope this helps adn wish you all the best.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have just been diagnosed with Graves Disease and am thinking of trying natural remedies, any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      As a graves disease sufferer, I would say no. You can help your body by reducing the amount of iodine in your foods, but there isn't anything natural that I know of to stop the disease.

      The 3 main problems with prolonging treatment are:
      1. Your heart rate will get faster and faster and may go into an irregular rhythm, causing you to have a stroke,
      2. your bones may develop osteoporosis, and
      3. your body is producing antibodies to your thyroid, which will eventually destroy it and cause you to have an under active thyroid.

      If you want natural, an underactive or surgically removed thyroid is better. You take hormones that your body produces naturally, but you may have to take these for the rest of your life. This is what my doctor recommended if I want to get pregnant, as the medication may be harmful to the baby but the hormones will not.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but I can't take thyroid hormone supplements. Does anyone...?
    have any suggestions as to what I could do to help with my thyroid problem? Thanks for your help.
    I can't metabolize the thyroid hormone evenly. It creates great anxiety which causes intestinal pain symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Tips for Natural Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) Treatment:

      Consume Plenty of:

      * Seafood, dark green leafy vegetables, deep yellow or orange fruits and vegetables, fortified cereals and low-fat dairy products for iodine and vitamin A

      Cut Down On and Avoid:

      * Alcohol and caffeine
      * Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale) as these contain a natural thyroid blocker
      * Smoking
      * High-dose kelp supplements

      Conventional hypothyroidism treatment usually involves daily synthetic or animal derived thyroid hormone medication.

      The most common prescription drug used to treat hypothyroidism is Levothyroxine. Treatment is life-long and if the correct dosage is not administered, side effects can occur, like heart palpitations, shakiness, an increased appetite and insomnia.

      Other hypothyroid treatment options are available for an under active thyroid gland. These include alternative, natural hypothyroidism remedies, free of the side effects associated with prescription drugs.

      Natural hypothyroidism remedies can help promote steady hormone levels, as well as maintain and restore thyroid gland health.

      For more info and where to purchase, visit the below cited webpages:

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    Do I have an Underactive Thyroid?
    After reading a few articles on the internet and the information that my natural health therapist has informed me of, I've come to the conclusion that I have an underactive thyroid...i think-that is why i'm ask you! =) My natural health therapist has told me that my thyroid is out of whack and something something about my white blood cell count and that I am depressed. I'm only 20 years old, I used to be active in sports, but since I graduated it's all gone down hill. I've always been "bigger" and fit, but not fat-and well now I am... =( In two months, I gained 20ish lbs with no explaination. So here are my symptoms on why I think I have an Underactive Thyroid: Headaches(every day), mood swings, back and neck are always sore, irratibilty, weight gain, heart palpitations, tender skin, been told I have low white blood cell count and I go in spurts where I am always tired. God, I sound like I'm falling apart...haha but these are the reasons =) Let me know what you think---And if that is that case, I'm going to try using some natural drops that is supposed to balace a thyroid--it's called Thryoid Assist by Native Remedies--I refuse to use antibiotics from the doctor....any thoughs? =) Sorry so long.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it sounds like you have an underactive thyroid. Get it checked out. A blood test will tell the levels of throid hormone in your body. Low white blood cell count could mean you are anemic. Heart palpitaions are serious though. They can cause a blood clot to form and cause a heart attack or a stroke. Don't fool around with so called natural cures. See a doctor about this as soon as possible.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. QUESTION:
    dog skin problem after pregnancy?
    my dog developed skin problem during and after her pregnancy. she get itchy all the time and her hair been falling near her butttt to her stomach. her skin looks normal except lately her skin has tiny red swells. when she scratched the tiny swells, as big as an acne, it bleeds. vet is far from my place and i wanna try if i can fix it by buying natural or artificial remedy that i can buy near my place... does anyone know what i can do to my dog? i'm worried of the puppies which might get the skin problem too if i wont be able to cure her skin problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Since this forum is for answering questions, not slinging mud, I'll answer with what you requested. There's a site that lists things you can use that are "natural", but the site owner (and I) urge you to get her to a vet for a diagnosis first. I'm thinking it's probably a thyroid problem (underactive or low). There's something you can get for that without a vet (and feel free to email if you need to later), but I think you need to try some other things first.

      It may be a nutrition problem that showed up when the pregnancy began making huge demands on her body. Without knowing whether she's been wormed with a full spectrum wormer like Drontal, what breed she is, what she's being fed, how many puppies she had, and a myriad of other questions, all anyone can do is guess. I don't think it's something contagious,or she would have shown evidence of having it before she got pregnant, however.

      I'm going to start with the most obvious, and that is, she probably isn't getting enough of the nutrients she needs from what she's being fed. If you're feeding her a cheap grocery store dogfood, that's probably a large part of the problem. The food value in these types of dogfoods is about that of a cardboard box. You'll probably see a dramatic improvement if you change what you're feeding her to a higher quality brand of food. Check the site below for the rank of most dogfoods sold in the USA. I'm now feeding my dogs Wellness, and it's hard to believe how much difference a high quality dogfood will make until you try one.

      I could tell you a story of a rescued/starving mother dog I have, but that isn't necessary. If you want to know it, email and I'll send you a link back to one of the many posts I wrote that included it.

      If you are wanting something to help soothe this right away, check the other site below the first one. I can also guarantee those 2 products, and so can a lot of other people.

      There is a website that has a load of effective "natural" remedies, and I'm including the link but I really think her problem is related to a poor diet and possibly being wormy. You can get Drontal or a generic equal to it from the 3rd website, and you don't have to have a vet prescription to get it.

      One last bit of advice, please do your dog a favor and have her spayed after she weans her puppies. It will spare her from more dangerous illnesses than just skin problems. Pyometra is a killer and a horrible way for a dog to die. If you don't have a lot of money, get CareCredit, contact SpayUSA for help or call around to see if there is a county program where you live available to help pay for it.

  28. QUESTION:
    is there a natural cure to male baldness?

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly you need to take a multi-vitmian+
      2 grams of Vitmian C & 2 grams of zinc extra( there'll be vtmian C &b zinc in the multi-vitamin but take the extra dose as directed until hair begins to grow normally).
      Please get a good quality one from health shops, the ones in Boots,Holland & barret are not that good & donot work & thus ar a waste of money, the only one I know is good from Boots is 7 Seas Multi-Bionta. Solgar is good, amongst others.

      Also hair loss may be due to an underactive thyroid gland. thyroid hormones are made from iodine and the amino acid, tyrosine. These hormones regulate metabolism in every single cell and your doctor can do a simple basal body temperature test to find out if this is your problem. If it is, supplements of a sea vegetable called kelp can help since it is a very rich natural source of iodine. It also contains potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. (Take according to the directions on the bottle. )

      Another cause is when we are tesne, our muscles tense up, the same happens with our hair follicles, when we stress or are tense, our scalp tenses,squeezing the hair follicles out.
      One thing one can do is massage the scalp with olive oil or almond oil & "tell" your scalp to relax (sorry if this sounds strange)! do this every night until necessary.

      There's also a product called Superior Hair, which is made by the US manufacturer, Foodscience of Vermont, which not only works to redress the underlying hormonal imbalance triggering this condition but is half the price of other hair loss remedies. It will also save you money in the long run since it includes some of the agents, specifically MSM, zinc and essential fatty acids, that he is currently taking as individual supplements to try and slow down the rate of hair loss.

      Newer to the UK natural health market is Retane; a spray that has been formulated, again by an American manufacturer called Nutrica, (makers of the best-selling ActivClear for acne), which is applied topically to the scalp to improve both the condition of the skin and existing hair. I rate this spray because it includes an adaptogenic herb called tribulus terrestris which works in the body to rebalance levels of the male hormone, testosterone and its chemical derivatives which are believed responsible for triggering male pattern baldness.

      You can order these from the UK specialist supplier, Victoria Health. Superior Hair costs £19.95 for 90 vegetarian capsules. You should take three capsules daily. Retane costs £19.95 for a 473ml spray which should last two months. To use the spray, simply hold the bottle three inches from the scalp and spray the worst affected areas liberally with short, even bursts

      http://www.victoriahealth.com/
      (I'd order online as it is free p&p ordering online; if u order over the phone u have to pay extra postage)

      I hope this helps!
      xx

  29. QUESTION:
    slow thiroid need speed up to loose weight?
    been given wrong medicine(i think) for loosing weight, been told that its far to slow. Im going to sleep at all times I sluggis always tired, my work is phyisical but not that much that Im knackered. should be around (max) 16 stone but Im 20 stone, any advice or help please

    • ANSWER:
      Under active thyroids are so hard to deal with.
      Thyroxine doesnt work for everyone and I wouldnt recommend it when you are so heavy anyway, as thyroxine can affect your blood pressure and your heart rate.

      The only way to get weight down is to eat power foods - and even then this wont work until something can be taken to affect the thyroid itself.

      It does not seem to be an easy thing for doctors to treat. Over active isnt a problem - underactive is.

      All I can advise you is to rest when it is needed - trying to carry on through it doesnt work. Sleep well at night - this totally helps.
      Keep stress to a minimum as this definitely adds to the tiredness.

      There is something called Armour Thyroxine which apparently is a natural based product that is available from America - so you could try looking into the benefits of that and see if it is suitable for you - and be sure to tell your doctor if you take this or any other remedy for your thyroid.

      Remember that taking short breaks of five minutes here, ten minutes there will help you through the day.

      Other than that - like thousands of other sufferers you just have to keep on waiting until they find a cure.

      Have you looked into Lightning Therapy? Some say this has helped them with chronic fatigue and underactive thyroid.
      Again - inform your doctor if you undertake this therapy.

      Wishing you well.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    whats wrong with me.......?
    I was diagnosed with depression last september, and also have recently been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. I have medication for both the depression and the thyroid.
    I feel really bad as I have no energy, am constantly tired and also want to sleep all the time.
    I am on incapacity benefit at the moment and have only been taking the thyroxine for 6 days. Any advice will help. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Ok please visit the site below and it will help you greatly.
      First of it’s almost impossible for you to feel well on thyroxin. You body needs essential hormones T4, T3, T2, and T1. Thyroxin only has T4, the doctors will tell you that T4 transfers T3 into your body, but this only works for very very few. That’s why you feel unwell thyroxin lacks basic hormones that your body needs. The doctors do not tell you of the many side affects of thyroxin, which you will eventually suffer - bloated feeling, weight gain, no energy, depression, dry skin, puffy eyes and it eventually leads to osteoporosis!

      Doctors to not know enough about the treatment of the under active thyroid. There is a natural remedy that you can take, I was on thyroxin for two years and felt unwell gaining 4 stones in weight. Once I researched natural remedies I started on it in April this year. I have now lost 4 stone and have lots of energy, feeling great. I take armour thyroid, as thousands of others do too. But unfortunately most doctors are ignorant of it.

      This is despite it being prescribed in America and it used to be prescribed in the UK before the 1960's. It was replaced by a more profitable synthetic chemical that makes people unwell. After all you cannot patent a natural remedy from plants and animals. Once you start armour thyroid get off the depression medication, doctors want you to be hooked on drugs because the pharmaceutical companies are the second biggest money making rackets after war and oil. They will not licence armour thyroid in the UK (not enough profit in it). Go to the site below and you will get the help of many experts on the thyroid gland much much more knowledge than from your doctor, but don’t believe me visit the site if you want to feel well and research armour thyroid for yourself. www.tpa-uk.org.uk

      Once you decide to take it, it can be purchased from Internetionalpharmacy.com
      Good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    My Hair is falling out... What can I do?
    I haven't "colored" my hair. I'm only 17 and my hair is falling out like crazy and It's getting thinner too.

    Any treatment? Suggestions? Advice?

    Thank You all :)

    • ANSWER:
      I understand what you're going through right now, because hair is so often such a huge part of a girl's identity. When I was seventeen, the same thing started happening to me. This was the first year I was in college, and at that point, I had never colored my hair or used a straightening or curling iron, but every time I took a shower, tons of hair fell into the drain. My doctor told me it was from stress. This could be what's happening to you. Later on, though, I learned that I actually had hypothyroidism. One of the symptoms is really brittle hair that falls out easily. You can ask your doctor about getting tested for an underactive thyroid the next time you go. Right now, to remedy the hair problem, I'm trying to straighten my hair a lot less. I am also trying to eat healthier and drink a lot of water. I have also heard that Vitamin B is really good for hair and nail growth, so that is also worth looking into. I would suggest you look into natural remedies and see if any of that helps. In the meantime, you can try volumizing shampoos and thickening conditioners. I recommend Ojon, which you can buy at Sephora. Also, Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick shampoo. Mostly, though, don't worry! Good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedies to boost fertility (PCOS)?
    I was diagnosed with PCOS a couple of weeks ago, and I was reading different herbs can boost your fertility. I've heard that Vitamin D, Calcium, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitex, Maca, Tribulus, Chromium, Omega 3 EFA, White Peony, Cinnamon, DIM, Saw Palmetto, Royal Jelly, and Bee Propolis can all be beneficial. Anyone know of any dosages for these, which ones to take, to avoid, etc? Husband and I have been trying to conceive now for 8 months with no luck. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Your best option for PCOS & TTC is a low carb way of eating (even if you don't need to lose weight),

      I highly recommend a fat based diet to maximize health & balance hormones. All carbs >9g per hour trigger insulin.

      Insulin is considered the "bully" hormone. While it dominates the bloodstream, other hormones aren't allowed to function properly, especially sex hormones & human growth hormone. This creates a major imbalance in the body which creates a lot of defenses that we call symptoms (excess fat accumulation, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, etc.)

      This is an example of items founds in a high fat diet - I don't recommend this as the sole source of foods but with the addition of eggs, dairy, vegetables & cold water fish (sardines, mackerel, herring or salmon) - it would be much closer to ideal.

      1750 calories 23g of net carbs (65g of fiber) & 80% of total calories from fat-

      3oz sunflower seeds
      3oz chia seeds
      1oz flax seeds
      2oz almonds
      1oz Brazil nuts
      2oz Olives
      half avocado

      The Barnes Basal Temperature Test (BBTT)is a simple test anyone can undertake at home in order to assess their thyroid function. It is most often used to detect undiagnosed hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) but will also provide evidence of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

      I recommend optimizing vit.D levels & starting a low carb lifeplan.

      PCOS forum -

      http://forum.lowcarber.org/forumdisplay.php?f=46

      Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the wide set of disorders associated with metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), as well as to PCOS. In a study published in 2004, the authors saw a 60% improvement in insulin sensitivity in healthy, vitamin D replete adults

      http://www.womentowomen.com/healthynutrition/vitamind.aspx

      They don't know if insulin resistance creates PCOS or if PCOS creates insulin resistance. I believe it's just another side effect of insulin dysfunction. Long term ingestion of refined carbs "burn out" the insulin receptors on muscle cells, so calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition.

      Most people get overweight because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. Fat storage is a symptom of the disease state. When your muscles become insulin resistant, then calories go directly to fat cells instead of to glycogen stores & you become overweight fast. It's nearly impossible to lose weight at this point without minimizing carbs because the body no longer is able to process carbs. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn't promote fat loss. Fructose, the sugar in most fruits is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb & creates triglycerides which "trap" fat in fat cells.

      Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes because it was rare that people had it til they were in their 50s. They had to change the name because now it's common in children. Now they add high fructose corn syrup to infant formula & we have an epidemic of obese 6mo old infants who become diabetic as children.

      The whole purpose of carbohydrates is to put the body in fat storage mode so we can gain as much fat as possible to survive winter & famine. Carbs trigger an insatiable appetite so you can eat as much as is available. Carbs were only suppose to be available during harvest season, not year around.

      The body doesn't "need" carbs for energy. Carbs may provide quick energy but fats provide sustained energy. A low carb diet is a high fat diet, protein shouldn't be more than 30% of daily calories on any diet & preferably 20%. Coconut oil is the only fat to provide quick energy like a carb (but without the rise in blood sugar or insulin).

  34. QUESTION:
    Social Anxiety Treatment?
    I have recently taken several on line tests from which i have found out that i may have social anxiety disorder. I have no insurance, or doctor that i can go to. What would you recommend for me to do in order to get examined and if diagnosed to get some treatment? I live in Illinois close to Chicago. I would greatly appreciate your advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Why not treat it with a combination of vitamins, exercise and possibly some calming herbal supplements?

      While for the vitamins, going to a good doctor would be helpful as they can do a blood test and determine if you have any vitamin deficiencies or any other underlying causes of how you're feeling (such as an underactive thyroid, hormonal imbalance or a lack of certain amino acids) you might want to start by taking some good multi-vitamins.

      If you’re not exercising regularly, beginning a regular program of exercise is another way you can combat anxiety. Evidence suggests that exercise postively affects the levels of certain mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain. Exercise may also boost feel-good endorphins, release tension in muscles, help you sleep better and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also increases body temperature, which may have calming effects. All of these changes in your mind and body can improve such symptoms as sadness, anxiety, irritability, stress, fatigue, anger, self-doubt and hopelessness.

      And finally, here are some herbal supplements that may help you (herbs are available at the corner drug store and at health food stores):

      Kava (Piper methysticum) is a member of the pepper family that has been cultivated by Pacific Islanders for over 3000 years for use as a social and ceremonial drink. The first description of kava came to the west with Captain James Cook, who traveled through the South Seas in a number of celebrated voyages. To this day, when village elders or others in the Pacific Islands come together for a significant meeting, they begin with an elaborate kava ceremony. Currently, kava is used in Europe and increasingly in the United States to treat stress, anxiety, and insomnia.

      Valerian: Nature's valium. Another favorite for the treatment of anxiety is valerian. Derived from the dried rhizomes and roots of this tall plant, which grows in wet soil in many countries, valerian has been used for thousands of years as a folk remedy. As a natural relaxant, it is useful for several disorders including restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, menstural problems, and "nervous" stomach. Valerian acts on the brain's GABA receptors to produce a tranquilizing action that is similar to Valium-type drugs, but without the same side effects.

  35. QUESTION:
    Found out I have Thyroid Probs..Will I be fat for life ??HELP!?
    Hey I called my DRS to get my blood test results and the receptionist said my thyroid tests came back with problems and I must book an appointment with the DR (But there is none till FRIDay!)
    So I am just a bit worried about this .. I am overweight and am sleeping 12 hours a day at the moment so I guess we can guess which way there is a problem.. underactive?
    But Im worried cause my mum, and everyone else I have met with this has been really big all their adult life and say its really REALLY hard to lose weight.. does this mean that im going to end up fat forever??
    I am overweight at the mo but i think i lose weight quite quickly, im 21 though..
    is this something you can get rid of ? Thanks for any info..

    xX

    But at least hopefully this explains why im always soooo tired?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Lau VOn

      Here are a few testimonials on how to heal the issue.

      8/26/2007: rischa from seattle, WA writes: "I began taking coconut oil about June 1st this summer, primarily for my long term hypothyroidism. Now not yet 3 months later I am completely off my synthroid and cytomel. I was on more than 300 mcg for about 7 years. It has changed my life. I feel so much better than I did on the thyroid meds. I am not cold, I am sleeping better. It made a herpes outbreak completely dissappear in 4 hours when applied topically. my periods which have been abnormal all my life are normalizing,(I am 45) and I am finding that I am eating smaller meals and more satisfied and not hungry. I swear I can hear the click in my head that says I have had enough to eat! Ive lost 10 lbs. I attribute it all to 4tbsp VCO a day(2w bfst/1w lunch/1w dinner) and also trace minerals, and fish oil. none or very little bread and refined carbs. I did have a day of scary high blood pressure symptoms, after which I reduced my meds by 1/3rd, and the symptoms went away. A wwk or so later when I began feeling the same things again, I reduced my meds again and again until I quit all together. the last step is to get my blood levels tested by my doc, just to confirm I am doing as great as I feel, tho I am starting to think it is not necessary, except to gloat to my dr."

      KELP
      4/25/2006: Karen from England writes, "I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Feb 2006. I had lost weight, my hair was thinning and I had appalling sweats. I was given medication to regulate the thyroid function, beta blockers to control the rapidity of my heart (up to 139 btm) and to stabilise atrial fibrillation and Warfarin (coumadin) to prevent stroke. After six weeks I was advised by the hospital to have radioiodine treatment (which would make me radioactive for two weeks) and cardioversion to jolt my heart back to the correct rhythym. I know that these prodecures are commonly used and are fairly effective. I definitely didn't want them! I decided to look at homeopathic treatments, which, oddly led me to my local doctor's practice. In my session he prescribed a different natural remedy (the main ingredient being unrefined sea salt). He also said sometimes the iodine is depleted with hyperthroidism. I went home and dug out some kelp that my partner had stopped using. I had only 3 tablets in single doses and my heart beats have returned to normal. I have to admit that they have actually become rather low with a resting beat of 46 btm. I think this is caused by me continuing to take the prescribed medication as well. I have stopped the kelp. I would like to stop the prescribed medication now but need to see the doctor first. My appointment is not for six weeks. I definitely believe that the iodine in the kelp has helped me."

      Best of health to you

  36. QUESTION:
    i always feel tired and every thing i do make me more boring.how can i be fresh and settle this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      As a previous answerer said, there is not much detail to your letter. There are many possible reasons for your problem.

      Since you wrote this question in the Mental Health section, I would say your symptoms seem to point to depression. An MD can check your thyroid level and give you other tests to rule out any physical issues. An underactive thyroid can make you feel tired and depressed.

      If you have no physical problems, there are many ways to treat both fatigue and any possible depression. I can only name a few here. Exercise and some form of relaxation have helped me a lot with depression and fatigue. There are many helpful modalities in alternative medicine, like nutrition, herbs, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc. I know people who have been helped a lot using these techniques. However, what works for one person may not work for someone else.

      If your problem is depression and nothing above helps, you can consider a consultation with a psychiatrist for medication. I have been on antidepressants, but I suggest starting with natural remedies first. If possible, it would probably help to see a professional in alternative therapy rather than trying to figure it out yourself. I hope this helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    Anyone heard of WelChol? Are meds absolutely necessary for cholesterol?
    My health is excellent, but...my cholesterol is high. It has been high all of my life. The HDL is 60, but the LDL is 191. Triclycerides are 166.
    My diet is good and I am NOT overweight. I do not eat fatty foods or foods high is cholesterol. I walk almost daily, except when the weather doesn't allow. I do not smoke, and I do not have high blood pressure.
    Doctors have been trying to prescribe me a statin for over 30 years. I have refused. The side effects and long-term liver damage proven from statins have kept me away. I did try to take a statin once, and on the 4th day I was too nauseous to continue.
    I don't take any medications, except a small dose of Levoxyl for a slightly underactive thryoid. (before I did that, my cholesterol jumped to over 300, which is why I agreed to take the thyroid med about 5 years ago)
    Now the doctor is trying to convince me to take WelChol. It is not a statin, but blocks bile and inhibits cholesterol from being made. Side effects don't look quite as horrific as a statin, but it can cause bowel blockages and worse.
    Oh and yes, I have tried red yeast rice (got serious leg cramps after 4 months), but I do continue to take 'cholesterol support' vitamin w/ gugulipids, policosonol, garlic, niacin, etc. etc. None of these things have lowered the LDL, but they have helped with the HDL.
    I would prefer to take NO medication. However, the doctors are scaring me with the idea of a stroke or heart attack.( My carotid artery test came out fine.) As I am getting older, I am worrying more about this one problem area of my health. Ideas please?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand why you have such an aversion to medication. Sometimes they simply fix what isn't working right on its own, say for example, your thyroid (and good choice to go with the medicine on that one). Nobody ever really wants to take meds. It's just a necessity at times. So you avoided long term liver damage you may never have gotten, but you left yourself vulnerable to a stroke. Do you think that will improve the quality of your life? I'm sorry, but that just doesn't make sense to me. I do not know the effects of WelChol, but as with ALL medications, if it causes a side effect that is serious enough, then that condition, too, can be dealt with. You want a totally natural life? Well, OK, but that means that bodily organs and functions wear out. You can suffer with that or take a simple medication. I had a patient once who absolutely refused to take any of her needed medications. She had to be told point blank that if she refused, she would die. She refused and she died. She chose to live a short life instead of a long one. It was her choice, but in my estimation, not a very smart one. Her family suffered as well. Now you can do as you please, but there are significant checks and balances in place to make sure the medications we use help us, and that any associated risks from using them are minimal compared to the benefits. If you were to become constipated on WelChol, there are simple remedies for that: more fluid in your diet and more exercise--both good for you on many levels. There is a way to lower cholesterol without medication, but you need to plan to live your life in the bathroom. Increase the fiber in your diet until you live in diarrhea constantly. There's a quality of life for you. Your body is not doing what it should regarding cholesterol. It needs help. Since it cannot correct itself, if you don't do it, you probably will have a stroke...and then, when you can no longer speak or lift your arms or open your mouth, docs will insert a feeding tube into your stomach and prescribe a statin for you. By then, you might not live long enough to get that liver damage, and that's only on the extremely slight chance you were ever going to get it. Good luck with that.

  38. QUESTION:
    Kapake................................?
    Is kapake relatively safe to take for pain relief ? Im paranoid im gonna have some hugh side effect
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Paracetamol 500mg, Codeine Phosphate 30mg (Co-Codamol).

      Paracetamol is a simple painkilling medicine used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Despite its widespread use for over 100 years, we still don't fully understand how paracetamol works to relieve pain. However, it is now thought that it works by reducing the production of prostaglandins in the brain and spinal cord.

      The body produces prostaglandins in response to injury and certain diseases. One of the effects of prostaglandins is to sensitise nerve endings, causing pain (presumably to prevent us from causing further harm to the area). As paracetamol reduces the production of these nerve sensitising prostaglandins it is thought it may increase our pain threshold, so that although the cause of the pain remains, we can feel it less.

      ***The Warnings for this drug are:

      _This medication may cause drowsiness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcoholic drink.

      _Do not take this medicine with any other products that contain paracetamol. Many over-the-counter painkillers and cold and flu remedies contain paracetamol. It is important to check the ingredients of any medicines you buy without a prescription before taking them in combination with this medicine. Seek further advice from your pharmacist.

      _An overdose of paracetamol is dangerous and capable of causing serious damage to the liver and kidneys. You should never exceed the dose stated in the information leaflet supplied with this medicine. Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose with this medicine, even if you feel well, because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage.

      _Alcohol increases the risk of liver damage that can occur if an overdose of paracetamol is taken. The hazards of paracetamol overdose are greater in persistant heavy drinkers and in people with alcoholic liver disease.

      _If this medicine is taken regularly for long periods of time, the body can become tolerant to it and it may become less effective at relieving pain. With prolonged use, the body may also become dependent on the codeine. As a result, withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness and irritability may occur if the medicine is then stopped suddenly. If you find you need to use this medicine all the time you should consult your doctor for advice.

      _Taking a painkiller for headaches too often or for too long can actually make the headaches worse.

      ***Use with caution in:

      _Elderly people.

      _Weak or debilitated people.

      _Decreased kidney function.

      _Decreased liver function.

      _Asthma.

      _Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

      _Epilepsy.

      _Underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).

      _Underproduction of natural steroid hormones by the adrenal glands (Addison's disease).

      _Low blood pressure (hypotension).

      _Narrowing of the urethra, causing difficulty passing urine.

      _Enlarged prostate gland (prostatic hypertrophy).

      _People at risk of bowel obstruction, eg due to constipation.

      _Inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

      _Biliary tract disorders, eg recent surgery on the biliary tract.

      _Myasthenia gravis.

      _Kapake effervescent tablets contain sodium. They should be avoided in people with kidney problems and those on a low sodium diet.

      ***Answer to your question: Yes, it is relatively safe when you are taking it conjunction with consulting your physician.

  39. QUESTION:
    HELP PLEASE!!! Havent had my period for 7 months or so!!!?
    I havent had my period for like 7 months.. im 19, and not pregnant and the doc says that everything is fine and he doesnt know whats going on.. I have an appointment to see a gyno on the 22 of July but I want some help now any suggestions will be great (serious answers please) and again im not pregnant!!! and im married and we are trying to have a baby so I dont want to go on the pill or any kinds of birth control, and i have gained like 70 lbs in like a year so please help me!!!!!!!!
    The doc did blood work and i have had ultra sounds and he says there is nothing wrong

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in mind that this is merely a possiblity, but you may want to discuss the possiblity of hypothryoidism with your doctor. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body does not have enough thryoid stimulating hormone (TSH). What this means is that you have an underactive thyroid causing your body's metabolism to slow down which can result in weight gain. One symptom (out of many) is abnormal menstrual cycles. Your thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck just above the collar bone, if it is swollen you may be able to palpate it, but this is best left to a doctor's discretion. I personally would try for more natural remedies to this problem because prescription drugs, such as Levothroid, are merely synthetics that don't treat the root of the problem. Levothroid will synthetically produce levothyroxine (T4), a hormone in the body, but this doesn't "fix" the real issue- why isn't the body producing this hormone naturally? Anyway, this was a really long answer for a complicated issue. I would carefully monitor any other physical changes that you notice and this will help your practitioner to more effectively help your body heal itself. Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I replace my Xanax with TLC when there's no TLC to be found?
    Today, I had a 3-hour anxiety attack, and I was lying down on the floor in school. This condition really sucks. The counselor ended up stopping the attack as I spoke with her. She said I need TLC, tender-loving care. You know, people actually die from this kind of anxiety. I need a tender-loving care nurse. Any volunteers?

    I walked to a nurse's office after school and told her about the anxiety attack; that I never had the stomach pain for 3 hours before, It used to go away in less than 10 minutes. I then told her some of my extremely depressing past. It must have sounded as if I was making it up, with all the suicide attempts. Anyway, I'm OK now with Himalayan mucuna puriens, magnesium and Cell Food, but she reacted like I was crazy. She calls the ayurvedic medication I take 'fruit.' She prescribed me Xanax (Jan. 25). I get the prescription filled tomorrow. She said I can continue taking my fruit pills; the Xanax will help me not be a spaz and it'll help me sleep.

    SHE'S WRONG! The sleep thing is strictly PHYSICAL and can only be cured with some TLC. Doctors don't know that. She wants to send me to a shrink too. I'M NOT CRAZY!!!!! This stuff causes an imbalance in the brain that takes a very long time to heal - almost a Pandora's Box. What do I do? I know TLC is the answer, and I've known that since I was born -- before I had the slightest bit of anxiety. I don't want to be on Xanax. I want to be on some tender-loving care. That's the ONLY thing that's ever worked; not freaking pills.
    @Melina; Oh, GOD! Thank you Melina. I know that in this life, if we don't ascend (righteous) and end up descending, we end up in a worse world than this one, and if we ascend, we go to an improved world. That's a fact for me, so no matter how much I want to end it all, I cannot force my own hand to carry it out. Please -- I NEED all the hugs you can send. I'm literally dying for them. That's what the attacks feel like; dying.
    @Music; thanks, for I was thinking of my thyroid for a few months now, and want to boost its performance of producing T-Cells since what I have has no cure. A boost in T-cells would be more of a help than a hindrance and may actually smite what's causing the hypersensitivity. Someone also recommended a behavioral health center to me once. It's such a tragedy that TLC can't be found anywhere, but instead, people who need it all have to be herded together to share it in a place like a behavioral health center. I suppose those who are in the darkness like me see the truth (the light) a lot more evidently and there are so few of us that it comes down to just some people in a room who all need TLC and a way to forget about problems with some human interaction. Of course, anxiety attacks are probably more common than I think and more people are seeing the light of each other.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to know about the anxiety attack you had earlier today. You are right - Xanax pills won't help. I have taken Xanax before a few times around 2005-2009 when I was experiencing stress symptoms such as heart palpitations. It only gave temporary relief, and it caused me to experience mild withdrawal symptoms after that. Yes, the counsellor has a good point - TLC can help you, though I am not sure how you could find TLC - perhaps the counsellor can help suggest some solutions, such as support groups?

      I also learnt that natural remedies to anxiety, stomach tightness and insomnia, such as chamomile tea, may help you. You can read more about its health benefits in this Natural News article. http://www.naturalnews.com/034454_chamomile_anxiety_depression.html

      Drinking more water may help too, since water is a great "anxiety quencher", according to a holistic health website. http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water-education3/21-water-and-depression-stress-anxiety.htm

      Try taking naps in the afternoon if you do not have enough sleep at night. I usually take naps in the afternoon to catch up on sleep if I have not slept well the night before. Napping is a good way to catch up on rest and promote overall health and wellbeing.

      Last but not least, you could get a thyroid test done because anxiety attacks could well be due to an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. I learnt that someone who has hyperthyroidism can manage the disorder by monitoring his diet (like avoiding gluten, processed soy, eggs, sugar; and eating anti-inflammatory foods and cruciferous vegetables), taking Vitamin D supplements (or getting natural Vitamin D from sunshine) and avoiding environmental toxins.
      http://www.understand-andcure-anxietyattacks-panicattacks-depression.com/thyroid-function-test.html
      http://www.naturalnews.com/004300.html

  41. QUESTION:
    Questions about hypothyroidism?
    Today I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on synthroid. I'm not sure about the dosage. I'm only 18 (19 in Jan) and weigh 125lbs. Over the last two years I've gained about 15 pounds because I started eating out too often and eating a lot of fried food but about 6 months ago I stopped eating fried food and stopped gaining weight. Since I now have hypothyroidism but am on medication will I gain anymore weight, stay the same, or lose weight? I don't normally exercise and was wondering if I'm going to need to start exercising every day just to keep my weight the same? I didn't get a lot of answers about the condition because my doctor is very busy and the nurse called me to tell me that I was being put on the medication, I didn't ask many questions because she had a strong accent that was hard to understand. Can anyone help me with these questions?

    • ANSWER:
      Conventional hypothyroidism treatment usually involves daily synthetic or animal derived thyroid hormone medication.

      Treatment is life-long and if the correct dosage is not administered, side effects can occur, like heart palpitations, shakiness, an increased appetite and insomnia.

      Other hypothyroid treatment options are available for an under active thyroid gland. These include alternative, natural hypothyroidism remedies, free of the side effects associated with prescription drugs.

      Natural hypothyroidism remedies can help promote steady hormone levels, as well as maintain and restore thyroid gland health.

      Correct use of an herbal hypothyroid remedy may allow patients to take less medication and achieve greater symptomatic relief. Discuss with your doctor, homeopath or naturopath, who will be able to recommend a natural underactive thyroid treatment option.

      Tips for an Underactive Thyroid

      Consume Plenty of:

      * Seafood, dark green leafy vegetables, deep yellow or orange fruits and vegetables, fortified cereals and low-fat dairy products for iodine and vitamin A

      Cut Down On and Avoid:

      * Alcohol and caffeine
      * Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale) as these contain a natural thyroid blocker
      * Smoking
      * High-dose kelp supplements

all natural remedy for underactive thyroid