How To Cure Hypothyroidism Without Medication

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can you cure depression without medication?
    I think I may be depressed. I refuse to take the medication they give out to people with depression though. Is there anyway to make myself feel better without medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Try therapy & self-help strategies. Meds are not a good solution. Antidepressants are no better than placebo in most patients (google antidepressants kirsch placebo for one source of information). I give you these tips, but for me, they were not enough, and I am disabled by bipolar disorder, but the meds only made it worse after many years of trying them. I have nothing good to say about meds.

      Generic Practical Depression tips (PRINT THEM):

      Check out your library for self-help books on depression.

      Could a prescribed or over the counter medication be causing or worsening your depression? Consider birth control, blood pressure, pain, acne, antipsychotic, anxiety (benzos) or sleeping medications, alcohol and illegal drugs and MANY others.

      Hypothyroidism is a depression mimic. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea, or interrupted sleep (crying baby, barking dog), or burning the candle on both ends, can cause depression.

      **Lack of sleep is thought to be a major cause of depression and/or anxiety.

      If your depression is worse in winter, try using a light box ( Sunray is one good brand). I have extra windows, painted the walls yellow & have a skylight. More info at psycheducation.org.

      Try meditation like progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery. See The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne. Free 15 minute guided imagery at healthjourneys.com.

      Go out with friends, & if you don't have any, join a club e.g. hobby club, bowling league & MAKE yourself go. “Isolating” makes depression worse!

      Exercise 1/2 hour a day, & anytime you feel depressed or anxious. LOTS OF RESEARCH SUPPORTS THIS as the most effective depression treatment of all.

      Insomnia?: Go to bed & get up the same time each day. Don't use your bedroom to watch TV, read or use the computer. Don't do stuff that revs you up before bed, like exercising & using the computer. Light from computer screens & TV wakes you up. Blue light is the worst – dim the lights and use an old-fashioned incandescent bulb the last hour. Make the bedroom very dark. Use a noise machine (makes wave sounds etc.) to cover up disturbing sounds. Avoid caffeine after noon. Try soundsleeping.com for free relaxing sounds.

      Put colorful, happy things around the house. Do nice things for yourself. Make a list of things that make you happy, like: bread fresh from the oven, the crisp sound of a saltine cracker breaking, fresh sheets on the bed, etc. Read that list when you are down. Use comforting scents. I like vanilla & cloves.

      Cut back on responsibilities so you can spend more time with friends & family. Ask for help with chores until you feel better.

      DON'T listen to sad music!

      DISTRACT yourself. Read a novel, watch a comedy, go out with friends, play cards or play with your dog or cat.

      Volunteer. Helping others makes you feel better about yourself & you make a difference. If you are religious, your religion may help you.

      Put a half-smile on your face. Changing your expression helps change mood.

      Cognitive Behavioral therapy is the most proven kind of counseling. Try free computerized CBT at moodgym.anu.edu.au. Also, if you have an abuse history, it is likely to be a major cause of your depression.

      PS the idea that a simple chemical imbalance causes mental illnesses has been disproven altogether. Still today, nobody knows what causes mental illnesses. the only chemical imbalance is what happens when you take a drug of some kind.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for me to die without my medication?
    So I was born without a thryoid (congenital hypothyroidism). I need to take synthroid every day for it. I'm 17 and I'm thinking about my future a lot lately. In the event that my medication runs out or I can't afford it, how long will it take me to get sick and die?

    I really hope they find some sort of cure for this before any of that happens.

    • ANSWER:
      With Synthroid it is needed, my son takes it daily. The generic is on Walmarts plan always try t o make sure you save enough to see your endocrinologist because without them you will not be able to get your medicine. Get a job with insurance or save the couple hundred dollars to see them once or twice a year for your tsh and t4 levels. This is a medicine that most assistance programs will help to make sure you have it. Above all else never be too proud to ask for help with that particular medical issue.

  3. QUESTION:
    do you have to go to an endocrinologist for postpartum hyperthyroidism?
    i am looking for natural cures or treatments for postpartum hyperthyroidism...i dont go to doctors often, nor to i get on a medication without trying natural remedies first! thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatments for Thyroid Disorders, (Thyrotoxicosis:- The state produced by excessive quantities of endogenous or exogenous thyroid hormone, and for, Hypothyroidism :- Thyroid gland synthesize, store and secrete two hormones - Thyroxine and tri-iodo thyroxine; iodine is an essential constituent of these hormones. The decreased function of thyroid gland is called Hypothyroidism. The main symptoms are Oedema, weight gain and thickening of skin and mental derangements, it is more common in ladies during the age of 30 to 50 years.

      Thyrotoxicosis :-

      Though eats well but losses weight Iodium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Eats well but losses weight; worse after a shock or grief Natrum Mur 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, 4 hourly.
      ______________________________...

      Hypothyroidism :-

      Lack of self confidence; absent minded; easily offended; loss of memmory; feels better after eating Anacardium Or 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Shy; childish behaviour; aversion to strangers; chilly patient Baryta Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      History of abortions; weight gain; oedema of extremities and face Pyrogenium 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      In chronic cases; as an intercurrent remedy Tuberculinum Koch 1M, once fortnightly (3 Doses)

      In unmarried persons; forced to celibacy; old bachelors and maids Conium Mac 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Melancholy, irritabilty and restlessness; desires sweets, cannot stand opposition Thyroidin 3X or 30, 4 hourly

      With restlessness; eats well yet emaciates Iodium 30, 4 hourly

      Fear of darkness and thunderstroms; delicate, anaemic patients, craves for cold and salt preparations Phosphorus 200, once weekly (3 Doses) .

      For hot patients; sweats easily; worse in warm damp weather. Better from any motion, exercise and at sea Bromium 30, once weekly (6 Doses).

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you make yourself feel better when your feeling down?
    Recently, ive been feeling a bit depressed because ive been ridiculed in school for soemthing i did. somehow, people found out and now im just very depressed. What can i do to make myself feel better. Please dont say things like "go out with friends" or "get out of the house" because i really dont want to be around people at the moment.

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm..

      If you have ever struggled with depression you know that it feels like it overshadows everything you do. Several years ago when I was battling depression, I knew this feeling well. In my situation, I could even feel it coming on. Fortunately, even the most severe forms of depression are treatable. With therapy, medications, lifestyle changes and herbal alternative medicine it is important to realize that you do have hope and you do have options. Learning what those options are and applying them to your individual situation is the key to recovery. There is no "one size fits all" cure when it comes to dealing with anxiety and depression. However, a combined approach tailored to your individual needs will generally be the most helpful.

      Discover all you can about your anxiety or depression. If you are dealing with an underlying medical condition, it is very important that you treat that condition first. Hypothyroidism and anemia can both contribute to depression as can many prescription medications and nutrient poor diets. Also keep in mind that the severity of your depression should dictate the intensity of the treatment that you pursue.

      Treating depression and anxiety takes time. In my own situation there was a lot of trial and error involved before I found what would best support my own condition. The important thing is to realize if something doesn't work for you, you haven't failed. You are just that much closer to finding something that does work. If you are seeing a therapist that is not working out, find a different one. If you decide to use something herbal for depression, remember to give it time to work. If you have made some lifestyle changes keep in mind that it takes time to regain health. It just doesn't happen overnight. Be open to change and remember that sometimes these transitions take time.

      Do not depend on prescription medications alone to cure your depression. While these medications can be very helpful and necessary in certain situations, they do not treat the underlying cause of your condition. In my own case, the unwanted side effects made me look for herbal alternative medicine for the help I needed. In severe cases, prescription medication definitely has its place, but for me using something herbal for depression along with lifestyle changes set me on the road to recovery.

      Don't underestimate the power of your support network. Your friends and family can provide important social connections that are essential to your recovery. It is not a sign of weakness that you need their help; it is actually a sign of strength when you let them know your needs.

      Implement lifestyle changes. For my own depression, exercise combined with herbal remedies for depression made a huge difference. Walking and lifting weights became my exercises of choice. Start slow but try to do it every morning the very first thing. Work up to 30 to 60 minutes a day. It is amazing how much better your body feels if you move it every day.

      Diet is another area that can make a real difference in the way you feel. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that our brains need for normal function. Many studies have shown that people who are low in omega-3 fatty acids are far more likely to suffer from depression. Supplementing with fish oil capsules can help provide these necessary nutrients to our brains.

      Don't suffer another day without making some positive changes. With herbal alternative medicine and changes in my lifestyle, I am now fully recovered. Regaining your health is essential to living a full life. Don't wait another day - your life is waiting.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of severe nausea and stomach pain without any medication what so ever.?
    I ate way too much food- like way and now I feel so sick.
    Also I gained 10 pounds. Help me please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      •OBESE*:
      1. 1. Now-a-days, even girls & boys are becoming the victims of hypothyroidism vis-a-vis the interlinked obesity.
      2. Here is a remedy: Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That point is acupressure point for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3, and T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.

      3. HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT FAST? No Anorexia/No Constipation? No hunger?
      Contributing factors – McDonald’s Pizzas, Burgers, KFC’s deep- fried chicken, ghee butter, chocolates, excessive consumption of rice, Calorific value of intake is more than output, etc.
      Last week I lost 6 Kgs weight just in 6 days. I'm 64 yrs., young, male, 70 Kgs., to 64 kgs.
      4. Acupressure techniques- it is a MUST. to activate each and every internal organ to work up to optimum levels, by purging toxins through natural drainage systems.
      5. ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:
      Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular meness and also many other most dreaded diseases---Dr.Devendra Vora has analyzed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.

      . Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
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      Dorsal side of Palms & soles:

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      6. Aloe Vera Juice, Noni Juice, Wheat grass powder, sprouted seeds, like horse gram, green gram; and ground nuts [all submerged under water overnight]; 1 cup of black tea and 1 cup of green tea. + an apple or a banana or a mango daily & RAITHA/SALADS..
      7. Cooked food, salt and baking soda banned from my diet.
      8. Buttermilk with black salt was taken daily once.
      I had neither hunger nor weakness nor anorexia nor constipation. I participated in all my daily chores.
      • Dhanurasan---Lie down on the stomach. Hold the legs with the hands.Pull up the abdomen as shown in the figure [no scope to upload the figures in the absence of any software-support from Yahoo Answers].
      Useful to burn belly fat, the whole sciatic nerve, digestive organs and lungs.
      Halasan---Lie down on the back take the stretched legs behind to touch the ground as shown in the figure [no scope to upload the figures in the absence of any software-support from Yahoo Answers].. Useful to spine, digestive organs and the abdomen.
      In the absence of figures, U may contact any Yoga guru or physiotherapy centre in Ur vicinity.

      PS. If U r benefited, U may inform others to join ‘Yahoo Answers’ for their health issues.

      •Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are natural cures for depression?
    sometimes i get lonely and feel very depressed. does anyone know of any natural cures? i find myself eating healthy and exercising daily but for some reason i still feel sad. please help. thank you. by the way, i refuse to take any medications. so only natural cures please.

    • ANSWER:
      Identify the cause, if possible. Was there a triggering event? If so, it is probably reactive (situational) depression: counselling, psychotherapy, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is indicated. Or, was it a more gradual thing, with no apparent cause? (a nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, environmental toxicity, or reactions to some medications, such as Advil etc., becomes more likely as the cause). Antidepressants work quicker than the following; 2 - 6 weeks, but you may have to adjust dosage, or types. St. John's Wort helps most people; tolerance doesn't develop, and the few side effects don't occur often, and even then are normally not severe (neither antidepressants, nor the wort, nor supplements should be relied on as a sole treatment). It doesn't cause sleeping problems, or weight change, and usually takes at least 2, and generally 4 - 6 weeks to become effective, but can sometimes work quicker than antidepressants. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10759336?dopt=Abstract A recent, independent German double blind study showed it to be as effective as a commonly prescribed antidepressant, in cases of major depression, with far fewer side effects, and those were generally better tolerated, with a lower rate of discontinuation. Unlike antidepressants, where sexual dysfunction is a common side effect, it is far less of a problem with SJW. A multidimensional approach to treating depression without medication follows. All except for no. (7.) are safe to use with medication, but not SJW, because of interactions, and it's sensible to check out anything else first, like Ginkgo Biloba, Gotu Kola, or supplements, such as SAMe, 5-htp, or L-phenylalanine, with your doctor.

      (1.) Take at least 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or its FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it! In the winter months, if not getting sufficient daily exposure to strong light, see http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/16/my-one-hour-vitamin-d-lecture-to-clear-up-all-your-confusion-on-this-vital-nutrient.aspx Go to a doctor and ask for a 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, blood test. When you get the results, don’t follow the typical “normal” reference range, as these are too low. The OPTIMAL value that you’re looking for is 45-52 ng/ml (115-128 nmol/l)". The company which tests your levels has to be one of those using the correct form of test, and this topic is addressed via the searchbar at Mercola.com - "vitamin D3; testing". Also take a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin; the deficiency in vitamin B9 (folate, or folic acid) that most depressed people have, is known to cause depression. Around 30% - 40% of depressed people have low vitamin B12 levels. (2.) Work up slowly to at least 20 minutes of daily exercise, or 30 - 60 mns, 5 times weekly in daytime, outside. Too much exercise can cause stress; unwanted when dealing with depression. (3.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain).

      (4.) Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as: (free) http://www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.html or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm or http://www.wikihow.com/Meditate or Yoga Nidra, (no flexibility required) at http://your-mental-health.8m.com/blank_11.html Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Give the EFT a good tryout, to see if it helps you. It is free via the searchbar at http://www.mercola.com "EFT" & "EFT therapists" - Professional is best. There is a version for use in public places, (you could claim to have a headache, as you use the acupressuremassage/tapping on your temples. (5.) Initially, at least, some form of psychotherapy or counselling; later, perhaps either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, (a free E course in it, which may well reduce the time needed in therapy, as should *, & ** is at: http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome ) or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy for up to 6 months. (6.) Maintain a mood chart, and daily activities schedule**. (7.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St. John's wort, (get a German variety, if possible; local ones may vary in effectiveness. Jarsin, Perika, and Kira brands have been recommended as being effective. Take with a meal), Supplements, such as SAMe, 5-htp, L-phenylalanine: see: http://www.indepression.com/depression-natural-remedy.html (from vitamin and health food stores, some supermarkets have old/inferior types, or mail order: Google: " ... ; supplies"), Gotu Kola, etc. 80% of people in the Western world have low magnesium levels; which may cause depression.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I cure my Agitated Depression without medicines and without the help of a therapist? Thx?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask yourself: "Why do I feel depressed, and when did I first start to feel this way: can I associate this with any recent change in my life?" (if so, it is probably reactive [situational] depression: counselling, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be indicated, but most of life's adverse situations are resolved within 16 weeks, yet the medical criteria for depression, and the prescription of antidepressants is only 2 weeks!). Or, was it a more gradual thing, with no apparent cause? (a nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, environmental toxicity, or reactions to some medications, etc., becomes more likely as the cause). Antidepressants work quicker than the following; 2 - 6 weeks, but you may have to adjust dosage, or types. St. John's wort helps most people; tolerance doesn't develop, and the few side effects don't occur often, and even then are normally not severe (neither should be relied on as a sole treatment).

      It doesn't cause sleeping problems, or weight change, but usually takes at least 2, and generally 4 - 6 weeks to become effective, but can work quicker than antidepressants, sometimes. A recent, independent German double blind study showed it to be as effective as a commonly prescribed antidepressant, in cases of major depression, with far fewer side effects, and those were generally better tolerated, with a lower rate of discontinuation. Unlike antidepressants, where sexual dysfunction is a common side effect, it happens much more rarely with St. John's wort (I have noticed no effect in this area). A multidimensional approach to treating depression without medication follows. All except for no. (7.) are safe to use with medication, but not St. John's wort, because of interactions, and it's sensible to check out anything else first with your doctor.

      (1.) Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or grapefruit, or their FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it. In the winter months, if not getting sufficient daily exposure to strong light, see http://www.mercola.com/ SEARCHBAR: enter: "vitamin D3", & Go to a doctor and ask for a 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, blood test. When you get the results, don’t follow the typical “normal” reference range, as these are too low. The OPTIMAL value that you’re looking for is 45-52 ng/ml (115-128 nmol/l)". The company which tests your levels has to be one of those using the correct form of test, and this topic is addressed via the searchbar at mercola.com - "vitamin D3; testing". Also take a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin; a deficiency in vitamin B9 (folic acid, or folate) is known to cause depression. Around 30% - 40% of depressed people have low vitamin B12 levels. Depressed females using the contraceptive pill may benefit from vitamin B6 supplements.

      (2.) Work up slowly to at least 20 minutes of exercise, or 30 - 60 mns, 5 times weekly in daytime, outside. Too much exercise can cause stress, which isn't wanted when dealing with depression. (3.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain). (4.) Use daily, a relaxation method* and/or yoga*, and/or Tai Chi*.(5.) Initially, at least, some form of psychotherapy or counselling; later, perhaps either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, (a free E course in it is at: http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome ) or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy for, say, 6 months. (6.) Maintain a mood chart, and daily activities schedule**. (7.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St. John's wort, (get a German variety, if possible; local ones may vary in effectiveness.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a natural cure for depression?
    i feel low...and looking to feel better...the natural way....any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Identifying the cause often leads to the best course of action. Was there a triggering event? If so, it is probably reactive (situational) depression: counselling, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be indicated, but most of life's adverse situations are resolved within 16 weeks, yet the medical criteria for depression, and the prescription of antidepressants is only 2 weeks!. Or, was it a more gradual thing, with no apparent cause? (a nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, environmental toxicity, or reactions to some medications, such as Advil (ref: Mercola.com) etc., becomes more likely as the cause). Antidepressants work quicker than the following; 2 - 6 weeks, but you may have to adjust dosage, or types. St. John's wort helps most people; tolerance doesn't develop, and the few side effects don't occur often, and even then are normally not severe (neither antidepressants, nor the wort, nor supplements should be relied on as a sole treatment). It doesn't cause sleeping problems, or weight change, but usually takes at least 2, and generally 4 - 6 weeks to become effective, but can sometimes work quicker than antidepressants. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10759336?dopt=Abstract A recent, independent German double blind study showed it to be as effective as a commonly prescribed antidepressant, in cases of major depression, with far fewer side effects, and those were generally better tolerated, with a lower rate of discontinuation. Unlike antidepressants, where sexual dysfunction is a common side effect, it happens much more rarely with St. John's Wort (I didn't experience any).

      A multidimensional approach to treating depression without medication follows. All except for no. (7.) are safe to use with medication, but not SJW, because of interactions, and it's sensible to check out anything else first, like Ginkgo Biloba, Gotu Kola, or supplements, such as SAMe, 5HTP, or L-phenylalanine, with your doctor. (1.) Take at least 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or its FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it! In the winter months, if not getting sufficient daily exposure to strong light, see http://www.mercola.com SEARCHBAR: enter: "vitamin D3". Go to a doctor and ask for a 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, blood test. When you get the results, don’t follow the typical “normal” reference range, as these are too low. The OPTIMAL value that you’re looking for is 45-52 ng/ml (115-128 nmol/l)". The company which tests your levels has to be one of those using the correct form of test, and this topic is addressed via the searchbar at Mercola.com - "vitamin D3; testing". Also take a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin; the deficiency in vitamin B9 (folate, or folic acid) that most depressed people have, is known to cause depression. Around 30% - 40% of depressed people have low vitamin B12 levels. (2.) Work up slowly to at least 20 minutes of daily exercise, or 30 - 60 mns, 5 times weekly in daytime, outside. Too much exercise can cause stress, which isn't wanted when dealing with depression.

      (3.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain). (4.) Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as: (free) http://www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.html or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm or http://www.wikihow.com/Meditate or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. (5.) Initially, at least, some form of psychotherapy or counselling; later, perhaps either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, (a free E course in it, which may well reduce the time needed in therapy, as should *, & ** is at: http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome ) or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy for, say, 6 months. (6.) Maintain a mood chart, and daily activities schedule**. (7.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St. John's wort, (get a German variety, if possible; local ones may vary in effectiveness. Jarsin, Perika, and Kira brands have been recommended as being effective. Take with a meal), Ginkgo Biloba, Gotu Kola, or supplements, such as SAMe, 5HTP, or L-phenylalanine: see: http://www.indepression.com/depression-natural-remedy.html (from vitamin and health food stores, some supermarkets have old/inferior types, or mail order: Google: " ... ; supplies").

  9. QUESTION:
    Best way of treating hypothyroidism is using english medicines or homeopathy or ayurveda?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid*Symptoms
      T3 Normal-RANGE 0.790-1.490 UNITS NG/ML
      T4 Normal- RANGE 4.5 - 12 UNITS UG/DL
      TSH Normal RANGE 0.45 - 4.7 UNITS uiU/ml
      In the case of overactive thyroid, it could be accompanied by heart flutters, tremors, or fatigue. An undera ctive thyroid can cause constipation or fatigue. That's why this very treatable problem is often mistaken for bowel or nervous system disorders

      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.
      At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism symptom may include:
      •Fatigue
      •Sluggishness
      •Increased sensitivity to cold
      •Constipation
      •Pale, dry skin
      •A puffy face
      •Hoarse voice
      •An elevated blood cholesterol level
      •Unexplained weight gain
      •Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
      •Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
      •Muscle weakness
      •Heavier than normal menstrual periods
      •Brittle fingernails and hair
      •Depression.

      •Instant diagnosis of Thyroid Problems with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & CURE in 45 days. We cured several cases and details follow----------------
      Acupressure maps are published not only for diagnosis but also for cure from symptoms of hypo-thyroid. U may study them, discuss with Ur family members, friends and acquaintances to understand the concept, which is very easy to perceive and implement for Ur self and for others.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That points are acupressure point [point no.8 thyroid and point no. 16 –lymph ] for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3, and T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.
      Cure:-1. Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      1.Take one tsp of health drink powder [3 parts amla powder +1 part ginger powder] with 1 tsp honey in an empty stomach for 45 days.However, this combination in the form of capsules is available in the market.Dosage-2 t.d.s.
      2.
      ThyroidMemory Plus - 1 Cap morning & evening.
      Immuno Plus - 1 Cap morning & evening.
      LiverTone Plus - 1 Cap after meals [lunch & dinner].

      •Patented Ayurveda Food & Nutrition Supplements manufactured in India and USA, approved by USFDA, KOSHER, HALAL, GMP, ISO ETC., and made available at Stores in your vicinity in 40 countries all over the globe. No Side Effects.

      •PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue

  10. QUESTION:
    my T4 IS HIGHER THAN NORMAL almost reach on last stage and TSH is 0.1 what is the name of disease?
    and T3 is 19.10pg/ml and T4 is 286ng/dl plz tell me the problem name and is it cureable ? is it serious problem ?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid*Symptoms
      T3 Normal-RANGE 0.790-1.490 UNITS NG/ML
      T4 Normal- RANGE 4.5 - 12 UNITS UG/DL
      TSH Normal RANGE 0.45 - 4.7 UNITS uiU/ml

      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.
      At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism symptom may include:
      •Fatigue
      •Sluggishness
      •Increased sensitivity to cold
      •Constipation
      •Pale, dry skin
      •A puffy face
      •Hoarse voice
      •An elevated blood cholesterol level
      •Unexplained weight gain
      •Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
      •Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
      •Muscle weakness
      •Heavier than normal menstrual periods
      •Brittle fingernails and hair
      •Depression.

      •Instant diagnosis of Thyroid Problems with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & CURE in 45 days:
      Acupressure maps are published not only for diagnosis but also for cure from symptoms of hypo-thyroid. U may study them, discuss with Ur family members, friends and acquaintances to understand the concept, which is very easy to perceive and implement for Ur self and for others.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That points are acupressure point [point no.8 thyroid and point no. 16 –lymph ] for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3, and T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.
      Cure:-1. Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      2. Take one tsp of health drink powder [3 parts amla powder +1 part ginger powder] with 1 tsp honey in an empty stomach for 45 days.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      •Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  11. QUESTION:
    Question about Thyroid levels and medicine for it?
    My T4 levels on my Thyroid test showed that they were really low, the doctor is putting me on medicine that I will be starting tonight, how long does it take before I start feeling better?

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone deficiency. It is diagnosed by clinical features such as a typical facies, hoarse slow speech, and dry skin and by low levels of thyroid hormones. Management includes treatment of the cause and administration of thyroxine.
      Normal Results of T4 test:-
      A typical normal range is 4.5 to 11.2 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL).
      Lower-than-normal levels of T4 may indicate:
      * Hypothyroidism (including Hashimoto's disease and several other disorders involving an underactive thyroid)
      * Illness
      * Malnutrition or fasting
      * Use of certain medications
      Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Without this hormone, the body cannot function properly, resulting in poor growth, slow speech, lack of energy, weight gain, hair loss, dry thick skin, and increased sensitivity to cold. When taken correctly, levothyroxine reverses these symptoms. Levothyroxine is also used to treat congenital hypothyroidism (cretinism) and goiter (enlarged thyroid gland).
      Levothyroxine controls hypothyroidism, but does not cure it. It may take several weeks before you notice a change in your symptoms. Continue to take levothyroxine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking levothyroxine without talking to your doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    Best cure/diet/weight loss idea for someone who is Hypothyroid, WITHOUT taking medication?
    I dont want to take prescribed meds, so how can i help my thyroid condition naturally? I need to lose weight and increase my energy level.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, you have to take the prescribed medicine in order for the thyroid gland to function properly. I have had "hypothyroidism" for years, & I have never missed taking my medicine or getting the bloodwork done to check the levels in the thyroid gland. You are asking for trouble, plain & simple, if you don't take the prescribed medicine. Be thankful that you have a condition that can be corrected by taking one pill each day. Many people would envy you. Since you want to lose weight, you can eat healthy & exercise daily. Those two things will definitely raise your energy level. Take the medicine & avoid some serious problems.

  13. QUESTION:
    does anyone have thyroid( hypothyroidism)and is not taking prescription drug to cure it?
    i currently have hypothyroidism and am not taking my syntriod i want to get pregnant is it going to be impossible for me to get pregnant without my pills...has anyone out there has thyroid and is not undertreatment and has sussesefully gotten pregnant..

    • ANSWER:
      Having your thyroid functioning at the right level is crucial to your baby's development, especially in the first few months. It may or may not be difficult to get pregnant but it's important for your baby's health that you start taking your medication again.

      Specifically here is why it's important, you can find more info at the link below - The fetus doesn't start making its own thyroid hormone until about 12 weeks; early on it is dependent on the maternal thyroid hormone. Low concentrations of maternal thyroid hormone may lead to delayed neurodevelopment, lower IQ scores, and poor fetal growth.

  14. QUESTION:
    Do i have thyroid based on the lab results?
    Free T3 3.98 pg/ml ref range 2.3-4.2
    Free T4 1.69 ng/dl ref range 0.69-1.60
    ULTRA TSH 0.65 mIU/ml ref range 0.5-4.6
    vit b 12 457 pg/ml ref range 211-946
    do i have thyroid problem?

    • ANSWER:
      ***Many of the questioners on this ‘most benevolent Yahoo Answers site’ don't care to peruse answers and react. If every questioner is benefited and reacts, there shall be more and more enlightened & benevolent souls to help mass visitors.* **

      Thyroid*Symptoms
      T3 Normal-RANGE 0.790-1.490 UNITS NG/ML
      T4 Normal- RANGE 4.5 - 12 UNITS UG/DL
      TSH Normal RANGE 0.45 - 4.7 UNITS uiU/ml

      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.
      At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism symptom may include:
      •Fatigue
      •Sluggishness
      •Increased sensitivity to cold
      •Constipation
      •Pale, dry skin
      •A puffy face
      •Hoarse voice
      •An elevated blood cholesterol level
      •Unexplained weight gain
      •Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
      •Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
      •Muscle weakness
      •Heavier than normal menstrual periods
      •Brittle fingernails and hair
      •Depression.

      •Instant diagnosis of Thyroid Problems with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & CURE in 45 days:
      Acupressure maps are published not only for diagnosis but also for cure from symptoms of hypo-thyroid. U may study them, discuss with Ur family members, friends and acquaintances to understand the concept, which is very easy to perceive and implement for Ur self and for others.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That points are acupressure point [point no.8 thyroid and point no. 16 –lymph ] for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3, and T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.
      Cure:-1. Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      2. Take one tsp of health drink powder [3 parts amla powder +1 part ginger powder] with 1 tsp honey in an empty stomach for 45 days.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      •Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' Vol.I & II, available in all Indian languages all over the globe, by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can i tell i have an?
    underactive thyroid if i have just these symptoms, weight gain, lethargy, and feeling the cold. Are these symptoms enough to tell me i have an underactive thyroid or would i need more to suggest i have this problem? I'm not keen on going to the doctor about it. Can it be prevented or cured without medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, if these symptoms have been ongoing for a while, you'd be best to go to the doctor. I know you said you're not keen but it's the only way to find out if you have a thyroid problem. They'll do a simple blood test to see if your thyroid levels are normal. If the results come back normal, the doctor might want to check to see if you have any other condition that could be causing these problems or they might just leave it at that and possibly do the test again if you're still getting the symptoms. A repeat test will usually be 3 months after the first one. They'll also do a repeat test if your levels are a little low but not low enough to diagnose hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). If your test comes back saying that your thyroid is underactive, the doctor will prescribe some medication. You take one tablet a day (probably for the rest of your life) and they will keep an eye on your symptoms, and maybe take more blood tests, to make sure you're on the right dosage of medication.
      You can't prevent or cure thyroid problems without medication ... and you'd really be best going to see your doctor. It's a very common problem and very easily treated. Chances are that you don't have it though - the symptoms of it are very common or could be caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency. There's no harm in seeing your doctor just to make sure!! If you do have an underactive thyroid and get it diagnosed and treated now then it will prevent it from getting any worse.

  16. QUESTION:
    has anybody gotten pregnant with no trouble having hypothyroidism and was not taking medicine to cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism refers to the signs and symptoms which are due to the production of too much thyroid hormone. An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) often has its onset in younger women. Because a woman may think that feeling warm, having a hard or fast heartbeats, nervousness, trouble sleeping, or nausea with weight loss are just parts of being pregnant, the symptoms and signs of this condition may be overlooked during pregnancy.

      In women who are not pregnant, hyperthyroidism can affect menstrual periods, making them irregular, lighter, or disappear altogether. It may be harder for hyperthyroid women to become pregnant, and they are more likely to have miscarriages. If a woman with infertility or repeated miscarriages has symptoms of hyperthyroidism, it is important to rule out this condition with thyroid blood tests. It is very important that hyperthyroidism be controlled in pregnant women since the risks of miscarriage or birth defects are much higher without therapy. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available. Antithyroid medications cut down the thyroid gland's overproduction of hormones and are reviewed on another page on this site. When taken faithfully, they control hyperthyroidism within a few weeks. In pregnant women thyroid experts consider propylthiouracil (PTU) the safest drug. Because PTU can also affect the baby's thyroid gland, it is very important that pregnant women be monitored closely with examinations and blood tests so that the PTU dose can be adjusted. In rare cases when a pregnant woman cannot take PTU for some reason (allergy or other side effects), surgery to remove the thyroid gland is the only alternative and should be undertaken prior to or even during the pregnancy if necessary. Although radioactive iodine is a very effective treatment for other patients with hyperthyroidism, it should never be given during pregnancy because the baby's thyroid gland could be damaged.

      Because treating hyperthyroidism during pregnancy can be a bit tricky, it is usually best for women who plan to have children in the near future to have their thyroid condition permanently cured. Antithyroid medications alone may not be the best approach in these cases because hyperthyroidism often returns when medications is stopped. Radioactive iodine is the most widely recommended permanent treatment with surgical removal being the second (but widely used) choice. It is concentrated by thyroid cells and damages them with little radiation to the rest of the body. This is why it cannot be given to a pregnant woman, since the radioactive iodine could cross the placenta and destroy normal thyroid cells in the baby. The only common side effect of radioactive iodine treatment is underactivity of the thyroid gland, which occurs because too many thyroid cells were destroyed. This can be easily and safely treated with levothyroxine. There is no evidence that radioactive iodine treatment of hyperthyroidism interferes with a woman's future chances of becoming pregnant and delivering a healthy baby. For more information on the treatment options of hyperthyroidism see our page on this topic.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is this good to lose weight or not enough?
    I had broccoli when I got home from school, I had special K cereal for dinner and I just had a salad. is this good or not enough?

    • ANSWER:
      People can't tell you what's good enough for your diet because it's -your- diet and your life, we don't know how physically active you are or how strong your metabolism is.. Plus we can't give you a diet that may or may not work, because the root problem for people with obesity is the first step-which is control, without it, any advice anyone gives about your diet or daily workout routine is moot.

      If you're taking diet drinks/pills/foods/condiments I urge you to stop immediately, these all contain substitutes for fat and sugar, those of which like aspartame can destroy your metabolism and hurt your ability to stay thin and lose weight.

      Most people don't know this, but hypothyroidism (causes obesity/lethargy/low body temp/difficulty concentrating) is a silent epidemic in the States and Great Britain.. Even when a doctor does diagnose this condition they -only- prescribe a medication that blocks the more serious symptoms that can cause death, it doesn't fix your thyroid, it just prevents you from dying from the condition (your thyroid is a huge chunk of what your metabolism is made of).

      Below is a link to an article that explains hypothyroidism and how to cure it naturally, read it carefully and dose regularly and within 6-8 months your metabolism should kick into gear.

      http://healthmad.com/nutrition/iodine/

      Best of wishes, you -will- lose and keep weight off after curing your hypothyroidism.

  18. QUESTION:
    what is the best Homeopathic medication for Hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatments for Thyroid Disorders, (Thyrotoxicosis:- The state produced by excessive quantities of endogenous or exogenous thyroid hormone, and for, Hypothyroidism :- Thyroid gland synthesize, store and secrete two hormones - Thyroxine and tri-iodo thyroxine; iodine is an essential constituent of these hormones. The decreased function of thyroid gland is called Hypothyroidism. The main symptoms are Oedema, weight gain and thickening of skin and mental derangements, it is more common in ladies during the age of 30 to 50 years.

      Thyrotoxicosis :-

      Though eats well but losses weight Iodium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Eats well but losses weight; worse after a shock or grief Natrum Mur 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, 4 hourly.
      ______________________________...

      Hypothyroidism :-

      Lack of self confidence; absent minded; easily offended; loss of memmory; feels better after eating Anacardium Or 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Shy; childish behaviour; aversion to strangers; chilly patient Baryta Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      History of abortions; weight gain; oedema of extremities and face Pyrogenium 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      In chronic cases; as an intercurrent remedy Tuberculinum Koch 1M, once fortnightly (3 Doses)

      In unmarried persons; forced to celibacy; old bachelors and maids Conium Mac 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Melancholy, irritabilty and restlessness; desires sweets, cannot stand opposition Thyroidin 3X or 30, 4 hourly

      With restlessness; eats well yet emaciates Iodium 30, 4 hourly

      Fear of darkness and thunderstroms; delicate, anaemic patients, craves for cold and salt preparations Phosphorus 200, once weekly (3 Doses) .

      For hot patients; sweats easily; worse in warm damp weather. Better from any motion, exercise and at sea Bromium 30, once weekly (6 Doses).

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  19. QUESTION:
    Side effects from Hypothyroid medication. What's your experience?
    I'm about to start on hypothyriod pills (the doctor hasn't told me which one's yet).

    I'm wondering if anyone out there has any advice and stories of their experiences before and during the beginning of their medication.

    Did you see a big difference? Did you have any side effects? Was there any else you did that I should do or prepare for?

    I heard from one person that I should expect to become really hungry a week or two after I start my pills, is this common?

    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have never taken any thyroid medications myself, but am a nurse and administer them all the time. I haven't had any complaints when giving them to my patients. I do have a list of possible side effects for you, though. These side effects occur most frequently when a patient is taking very high doses. They include: insomnia, irritability, nervousness, headache, changes in heart rhythm, very fast heart rate, chest pain, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, hair loss in children, increased sweating, hyperthyroidism, menstrual irregularities, weight loss, and heat intolerance.

      Like I said, though, you are more likely to experience side effects if you are on a very high dose and most doctors start you out on a low dose. And, I have never had any patients complain of any of these side effects.

      You should take this medication at the same time every day. If you forget it, take it as soon as possible. It is important to do this so your thyroid levels in your blood remain stable. If you miss more than 2 or 3 doses, notify your doctor and never stopped taking the medication without consulting them first.

      The medication is best taken before breakfast to prevent insomnia at night.

      It is a good idea to monitor your pulse while resting. If your resting heart rate is fast, generally above 100 beats per minute, let your doctor know.

      These medications also do not cure hypothyroidism, they just provide the hormone that you need to keep your levels stable. You will need to be on this medication for the rest of your life. It also isn't a good idea to switch the brand of your medication without consulting your doctor, but the pharmacist should already know that.

      Do not take any other medications at the same time you take your thyroid medication without first talking to your doctor about it, to make sure it is okay.

      Call your doctor if you have a headache, nervousness, diarrhea, excessive sweating, heat tolerance, chest pain, increase pulse rate (generally above 100 beats per minute), if you feel like your heart is skipping beats or fluttering in your chest, if you lose more than 2 pounds per week, or experience any other unsual symptoms when taking this med.

      Also make sure you keep all your follow up appointments with your doctor so they can monitor how well the therapy is working for you. You will also need to have yoru thyroid function tests performed at least yearly (probably more often when first beginning the med).

      Good luck to you! I hope my answer was useful!

  20. QUESTION:
    Thyroid hashimoto chinese treatement ?
    I apologize because I speak little english.I am an Italian woman, I'm looking for information on a site that had found a friend of Chinese medicine for the treatment of Hashimoto's thyroiditis. or, if anyone can advise me on how to treat the disorder without the use of hormone replacement therapy (for example, synthetic levothyroxine). You can answer in Spanish or French, I speak better English. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is not a cure for it.
      I DO NOT recommend synthetic hormones (like levothyroxine) mostly all the doctors however will recommend it and want to prescribe it. I recommend she use NATURAL thyroid hormones. She will need thyroid hormones Hashimoto is Hypothyroidism which means her thyroid does not make enough hormones on its own so she needs replacement hormones. Synthetic hormones however ONLY HAVE T4 in them a thyroid makes T1, T2, T3, and T4 on its own ALL of which are important to your body. Natural thyroid medication has all of the important T's in it I get my medication made specifically for me at a compounding pharmacy.

      I also recommend she goes to a Gluten free and Soy free diet. Another poster said about avoiding red meat, that is a BAD idea, red meat is full of iron, iron is important to your body and there are a few things a person with Hashimoto tends to run low on Iron is one vitamins A, and D and calcium are some others.

      She should also look into Dr Datis Kharrizian and his book "why do I have thyroid symptoms when my lab tests are normal" He has great treatment plans and many people after following his protocol find they no longer need thyroid hormones!

  21. QUESTION:
    my tsh is 13 ,if it is hypothyroidism then my weight is not gaining nor lossing..?
    my tsh is 13 ,if it is hypothyroidism then my weight is not gaining nor lossing...it remain constant from many years am worried abt my weight...

    my age is 25 yrs and am only 35 kgs...not look nice with it
    and i do have a constipation and anemic but not the irregular mensus....
    plz help me thanks everyone

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid*Symptoms
      T3 Normal-RANGE 0.790-1.490 UNITS NG/ML
      T4 Normal- RANGE 4.5 - 12 UNITS UG/DL
      TSH Normal RANGE 0.45 - 4.7 UNITS uiU/ml

      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.
      At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism symptom may include:
      •Fatigue
      •Sluggishness
      •Increased sensitivity to cold
      •Constipation
      •Pale, dry skin
      •A puffy face
      •Hoarse voice
      •An elevated blood cholesterol level
      •Unexplained weight gain
      •Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
      •Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
      •Muscle weakness
      •Heavier than normal menstrual periods
      •Brittle fingernails and hair
      •Depression.

      •Instant diagnosis of Thyroid Problems with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & CURE in 45 days:
      Acupressure maps are published not only for diagnosis but also for cure from symptoms of hypo-thyroid. U may study them, discuss with Ur family members, friends and acquaintances to understand the concept, which is very easy to perceive and implement for Ur self and for others.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That points are acupressure point [point no.8 thyroid and point no. 16 –lymph ] for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3, and T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.
      Cure:-1. Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      2. Take one tsp of health drink powder [3 parts amla powder +1 part ginger powder] with 1 tsp honey in an empty stomach for 45 days.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source:'Health In Ur Hands' Vol.I & II, available in all Indian languages all over the globe, by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  22. QUESTION:
    I am feeling very suicidal, lots of anxiety,loss of sleep and i feel empty and depressed?
    Can someone put their email so I can email them,people are cruel and I can't find anyone to turn to,please help, I feel so scared and lost.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there

      I know what you are going through. I have been there myself, and this really helped me get through it. Today I no longer suffer from depression.

      These are the 5 steps you should take to cure you depression without medication

      Step 1

      Read a book. It is important to learn as much as you can about depression and the different symptoms associated with its various types. This will allow you to seek the most effective self-treatment methods. “Depression for Dummies,” by Laura L. Smith and Charles H. Elliott is an excellent book for anyone diagnosed with depression. It discusses everything from the symptoms and types of depression, to methods and techniques you can use to cope with your condition.

      Step 2

      Visit your doctor. The next step you need to take is through the door of your doctor’s office. He can examine you and determine if there is an underlying medical condition which may be responsible for your depression. According to Dr. Jeanne Segal, psychologist, if you are suffering from a specific health condition, you will be unable to cure your depression until the medical condition is treated.

      Some of the most common conditions responsible for depression include epilepsy, stroke, diabetes, Lyme disease, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, brain trauma and multiple sclerosis.

      Step 3

      Keep in touch. Isolation can aggravate depression. To combat this, make plans with friends and family, volunteer at a local church or community center or join a support group. These activities will keep you active and socializing with others rather than alone with your thoughts, which can be detrimental to your condition.

      For the last to ways to cure your depression please refer to my blog.

      Good luck. I know you will get through this.

      Regards

      Neil

  23. QUESTION:
    Is CBT the best cure/treatments for anxieties/depression?
    I heard it was CBT (cognitive-behaviorial therapy), is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, or REBT, below. Ask yourself: "Why do I feel depressed, and when did I first start to feel this way: can I associate this with any recent change in my life?" (if so, it is probably reactive [situational] depression: counselling, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be indicated, but most of life's adverse situations are resolved within 16 weeks, yet the medical criteria for depression, and the prescription of antidepressants is only 2 weeks!). Or, was it a more gradual thing, with no apparent cause? (a nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, environmental toxicity, or reactions to some medications, etc., becomes more likely as the cause). Antidepressants work quicker than the following; 2 - 6 weeks, but you may have to adjust dosage, or types. St. John's wort is effective for most people, tolerance doesn't develop, and the few side effects don't occur often, and even then are normally not severe (neither should be relied on as a sole treatment).

      It doesn't cause sleeping problems, or weight change, but usually takes at least 2, and generally 4 - 6 weeks to become effective, but can work quicker than antidepressants, sometimes. A recent, independent German double blind study showed it to be as effective as Sertraline (marketed in the USA as Zoloft: a commonly prescribed antidepressant) in cases of major depression, with far fewer side effects, and those were generally better tolerated, with a lower rate of discontinuation. Unlike antidepressants, where sexual dysfunction is a common side effect, it happens much more rarely with St. John's wort (I have noticed no effect in this area). Remember back to a time when life was full of promise, or a day when you felt particularly good, or possibly excited from a good result. Emotional states are associated with memories, and if it isn't major depression, this method can help. A multidimensional approach to treating depression without medication follows. All except for no. (7.) are safe to use with medication, but not St. John's wort, because of interactions, and it's sensible to check out anything else first with your doctor.

      (1.) Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or grapefruit, or their FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it. In the winter months, replace 2 Omega 3 with a teaspoonful or so of cod liver oil, if not getting sufficient daily exposure to strong light (http://www.mercola.com/ SEARCHBAR: enter: "vitamin D"). More about this, here**. Also take a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin; a deficiency in vitamin B9 (folic acid, or folate) is known to cause depression. Around 30% - 40% of depressed people have low vitamin B12 levels. Depressed females using the contraceptive pill may benefit from vitamin B6 supplements. ~~~

      (2.) Work up slowly to at least 20 minutes minutes of exercise, daily, or 30 - 60 mns, 5 times weekly. Too much exercise can cause stress, which isn't wanted when dealing with depression. ~~~(3.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain). (4.) Use daily, a relaxation method* and/or yoga*, and/or Tai Chi*. ~~~ (5.) Initially, at least, some form of counselling, preferably either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy. ~~~ (6.) Maintain a mood chart, and daily activities schedule**. ~~~ (7.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St. John's wort, (get a German variety, if possible; local ones may vary in effectiveness. Take with a meal) or supplements, such as SAMe, or Inositol (from vitamin and health food stores, some supermarkets, or mail order: view section 55).

      If 5HTP is used to boost serotonin levels, (which are low in depressed people) it is best taken with a high carbohydrate, minimal protein meal, like pasta, with tomato & basil, and avoid protein for 90 minutes, before, and after, to maximise the amount crossing the blood/brain barrier. Also, 80% of people in the Western world have low magnesium levels, and these are known to cause depression & anxiety. Try the magnesium supplement types shown in http://www.real-depression-help.com/ Some of these will be available in pharmacies, or supermarkets. Low levels of calcium, and potassium can also cause depression. Have your blood tested, and correct any deficiencies, preferably through improved nutrition. An improvement can be noticed in as little as a week, if a deficiency is the cause. Also, use iodised salt, as many people are deficient, affecting thyroid function (one of the treatments in books on depression is iodine drops). View section 2, on the first 3 pages*, and also pages R**, C, I, and section 11, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris

  24. QUESTION:
    Can pregnancy fix hypothyroidism?
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a couple years ago and was taking Synthroid up until a year ago. I didn't have insurance, so I went unmedicated. I am now 14 weeks pregnant and my doctor checked my thyroid levels and said they were normal. I was under the impression that there was no "cure" for a thyroid problem, so how could this be possible without medication?

    • ANSWER:
      I have hypothyroidism too and I take Synthroid :) Well no its not possible for pregnancy to fix it but it could be that your thyroid just started working properly again, that sometimes just happens.

  25. QUESTION:
    my wife thyraid problem lost 18 years can cure homeopathy tretments?

    • ANSWER:
      Only homeopathy may not be enough.

      Thyroid*Symptoms
      T3 Normal-RANGE 0.790-1.490 UNITS NG/ML
      T4 Normal- RANGE 4.5 - 12 UNITS UG/DL
      TSH Normal RANGE 0.45 - 4.7 UNITS uiU/ml
      In the case of overactive thyroid, it could be accompanied by heart flutters, tremors, or fatigue. An undera ctive thyroid can cause constipation or fatigue. That's why this very treatable problem is often mistaken for bowel or nervous system disorders

      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.
      At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism symptom may include:
      •Fatigue
      •Sluggishness
      •Increased sensitivity to cold
      •Constipation
      •Pale, dry skin
      •A puffy face
      •Hoarse voice
      •An elevated blood cholesterol level
      •Unexplained weight gain
      •Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
      •Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
      •Muscle weakness
      •Heavier than normal menstrual periods
      •Brittle fingernails and hair
      •Depression.

      •Instant diagnosis of Thyroid Problems with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & CURE in 45 days:
      Acupressure maps are published not only for diagnosis but also for cure from symptoms of hypo-thyroid. U may study them, discuss with Ur family members, friends and acquaintances to understand the concept, which is very easy to perceive and implement for Ur self and for others.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That points are acupressure point [point no.8 thyroid and point no. 16 –lymph ] for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3, and T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.
      Cure:-1. Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      1.Take one tsp of health drink powder [3 parts amla powder +1 part ginger powder] with 1 tsp honey in an empty stomach for 45 days.However, this combination in the form of capsules is available in the market.Dosage-2 t.d.s.
      ThyroidMemory Plus - 1 Cap morning & evening.
      Immuno Plus - 1 Cap morning & evening.
      LiverTone Plus - 1 Cap after meals [lunch & dinner].

      •Patented Ayurveda Food & Nutrition Supplements manufactured in India and USA, approved by USFDA, KOSHER, HALAL, GMP, ISO ETC., and made available at Stores in your vicinity in 40 countries all over the globe. No Side Effects.

      •PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue

  26. QUESTION:
    Do I put her down or follow my vet's advice?
    Daughter (her name) means everything to me. She is an 11 year old cat, rescued at 6 months. I fell in love with her immediately. She stopped eating and is diagnosed with pancreatitis, CHRONIC irritable bowel disease, which both caused a fatty liver (hepatic lipidosis) since she stopped eating a few weeks ago.

    I've spent a mere .2k so far, for top quality care (tests and a feeding tube put in TWICE) and will readily put myself on the streets to save her. She means everything to me, without question. I've been combing the internet in seek of help, and the majority tell me that it's time to let her go. The (very) few "friends" I have, say the same, insinuating that I'm insane for spending so much money on vet bills.

    I brought this issue to my vet, and she claims that she wouldn't pursue the protocol that we are running unless she thought it can (reasonably) save her life, and potentially give her 5 years to live (she is 11 now). We haven't scratched the surface of what treatments can help my Daughter, whether it be a cure, or quality of life. So I'm currently following my EXPERT vet's advice.

    But when I go online, I'm admonished severely, on countless fronts. People tell me that I'm cruel to put her through this treatment, and that I should humanely kill her. Others say that I'm not doing enough to see to her illness, as if I shouldn't have got a cat if I can't sufficiently care for her. This seems, to me, like a false dichotomy. But when so many people say the same thing, I'm inclined to second guess my actions.

    My first reaction is that people are simply jerks, nothing more. Because they seem to find reasons to discredit me, in spite of everything I've done to make things better for my baby Daughter.

    In the end, I'm astonished more than I can simply ignore. I don't know what I should do when EVERYONE tells me that I'm wrong. Maybe I am, but I'm asking for more feedback from fellow cat lovers, before I tell my vet that it's time to give up.

    Daughter does not appear to be in pain, and she is doing better than before, despite her being emaciated. I and my vet say there is definitely hope, and we agreed that if Daughter was suffering, we'd each let the other know. This hasn't happened, yet. But I can't get over the fact that dozens of people tell me that my vet is lying, suggesting that a fatty liver is CERTAINLY fatal shortly. But I'm still torn because so many others will say, "take her to a vet!" or other such things.

    Tell me what you think? I'm sorry for the endless banter. I thank you very much for any opinion you can offer, no matter what it is. Thanks so much.

    Please point me in the "right" direction? I feel awful, as it is, but I really need guidance. Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There
      I'm going to copy and paste some things from a site I belong to, It is a diabetic cat site called Diabetic cat care http://diabeticcatcare.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=3 A lot of Diabetic cats sometimes get pancreatitis, even though your cat is not diabetic, you might want to join this fourm,because diabetic cats are prone to getting pancreatitis they are up on a lot of the treatment and are some of the smartest people I know when it comes to treating cats.
      So what to do?

      Supplements

      Sylmarin is a wonderful liver support, also recommended for FD cats by Dr. H in her book. Recent studies have shown that sylmarin works to regenerate liver cells. SamE is also excellent support for both liver and pancreas. Denemarin or Sam-E 100 both contain both Sam-E and Sylmarin. Denosyl is plain Sam-E, while Milk Thistle Tincture is just sylmarin. There is also plain Sam-E for humans on the market, but the tablets are usually too large for cats. SamE has an enteric coatiing and must be given on an empty stomach.

      Denemarin and Denosyl are both vet products that come as enteric coated tablets which cannot be broken. They must dissolve in the gut and therefore must be given on an empty stomach.

      Milk thistle – the active ingredient in milk thistle is sylmarin. It comes in powder and liquid form. The challenge with powder forms is that rice flour and other carbs not suitable for FD cats are usually added. If possible, liquid milk thistle (tincture) is a better choice. Look for the highest amounts of sylmarin extract you can find (70% or more), and the lowest count of ethanol (alcohol) – ideally under 5%.

      Choose only one of the above mentioned supplements, not all of them. Milk Thistle (sylmarin) can be given along with Denemarin.

      Taurine – preliminary recent studies indicate that taurine is also capable of regenerating cells of the liver, as well as pancreatic cells. This is exciting news! The maximum dose of taurine is up to 500mg per day.

      L-carnitine – this amino acid helps the system break down fats to process them through the system. Acytel Carnitine or D-carnitine are NOT at all suitable for cats. You will want to make sure you get the purest form of L-Carnitine you can find. Nature’s Way has a suitable L-Carnitine product for cats, available through Vitacost at a very reasonable price. Daily dose 250mg. Here’s a great article on the benefits of LCarnitine, follow the links to “learn more”…the sidebars have great info on the use of LCarnitine in cats as well.

      In humans, the use of L Carnitine is not recommended for those who have seizures, are using blood thinners, or have hypothyroidism. Similar caution for use in cats is recommended.

      Agaricus Blazeii mushrooms – available in capsule form, and also available in liquid form (called Super Bio liquid from Atlas World). Dr. H highly recommends all FD cats get this supplement. It is an overall immune system support. In fact, her instructions to me were “give your cat a quarter capsule a day and take the rest yourself”.

      Acidophilus – this probiotic is very helpful when it comes to malabsorption issues, which are very common for cats with pancreatitis. Daily recommended dose is ¼ capsule a day. Make sure that there are no sugars or FOS in any probiotic you choose. While the argument is that FOS does not cause resistant BG or other health issues in humans, experience on forum so far indicates FOS does cause problems for our cats. Country Life makes a dairy free version with no sugars, suitable for FD cats.

      Slippery Elm Bark Powder – is very helpful when it comes to malabsorption issues. The standard dose is 1/8 to ¼ tsp once a day. This supplement must not be given with any other supplements or medications as it renders them useless. It is best to give Slippery Elm two hours apart from any other supplementation/medication.

      Vitamin B-Complex – this supplement is beneficial in times of stress. In the event of an attack of acute pancreatitis, add this supplement to food when syringe feeding. Look for B Complex which has a low amount of inositol and a good amount of folic acid.

      Pepcid AC (must be AC - active ingredient famotadine) is also very helpful when dealing with a cat with pancreatitis. Ideally given 20-30 minutes before feeding, the dose is 1/4 tablet twice a day (BID).

  27. QUESTION:
    is an overactive thyroid (graves disease) a serious condition and whats the best way to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      Graves disease is a serious disease. I have been diagnosed with it in August, and I was very bad. After my last blood test my doctor ordered me to stop taking PTU this week, I am better now. Hope that it will stay like this.

      Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder which means that antibodies are attacking the thyroid and stimulating it continiously. The result is that then there are too many thyroid hormones in the body provoking rapid heart beat, sensitivity to light, weak muscles, nervousness etc. There are some other symptoms that can occur, the antibodies can affect the eyes (TED), the skin of the legs etc.

      Here is a very good introductory for learning more about this disease:

      http://www.suite101.com/course.cfm/19330/seminar

      There is no treatment on this earth to cure the autoimmune disease so far. However the the overproduction of the thyroid can be reduced by medication. Here in the US doctors still do favor RAI (radio iodine ablation). In Europe this treatment is not recommended for Graves disease since this can provoke or worsen the eye disease (TED).

      Excerpt:

      "It has been reported that almost 70% of the members of the American Thyroid Association prefer the ablative approach as a first option for treatment of Graves' patients. Physicians claim that the correct amount of I131 (Radioactive Iodine, RAI) can be administered to create a euthyroid or "normal" condition. Physicians try to adjust the dose of radioactive iodine to destroy only enough of the thyroid gland to bring its hormone production back to normal, without reducing thyroid function too much; others use a larger dose to completely destroy the thyroid. Most of the time, people who undergo this treatment must take thyroid hormone replacement therapy for the rest of their lives. (Merck Rx).

      Nonetheless, a longterm study from 1965-2002 that included over 2000 patients, and was published in Clinical Endocrinology 2004, concluded that; RAI treatment of Hyperthyroid Graves' patients resulted in 82% developing Hypothyroidism between 1 and 25 years post treatment. In 17% of patients in the study multiple radio-active iodine treatments (from 2-6 additional treatments) were needed to achieve a "euthyroid" or hypothyroid state. The ablative therapy leaves the patient without any alternative treatment options and a lifetime of hormone replacement therapy.

      Anti-Thyroid Drug (ATD) therapy involves the prescription of immunomodulatory drugs like Methimozole (MMI) or Propylthiouracil (PTU). These strategies allow the patient to maintain their own Thyroid, and 30-55% of patients will become euthyroid following ATD therapy, an option lost to those who no longer have their Thyroid. The standard school of thought has been 12-18 months of treatment and then the removal of the ATD therapy. However, in a paper published Clinical Endocrinology 2005 a study of patients that remained on ATD for an average of 4 years (some as many as 10 years) had a remission rate of 88%. Additionally, another study found in Thyroid 2000 vol. 10 demonstrated that GD patients that exhibited a "smooth" decline in their antibody levels, or population, after ATD therapy was said to be a predictor of remission. In 36 out of 44 patients, or 82%, exhibiting a "smooth" decline of TSI levels were antibody and symptom free 1 year after the removal of the ATD therapy.
      It has been reported that almost 70% of the members of the American Thyroid Association prefer the ablative approach as a first option for treatment of Graves' patients. Physicians claim that the correct amount of I131 (Radioactive Iodine, RAI) can be administered to create a euthyroid or "normal" condition. Physicians try to adjust the dose of radioactive iodine to destroy only enough of the thyroid gland to bring its hormone production back to normal, without reducing thyroid function too much; others use a larger dose to completely destroy the thyroid. Most of the time, people who undergo this treatment must take thyroid hormone replacement therapy for the rest of their lives. (Merck Rx).

      Nonetheless, a longterm study from 1965-2002 that included over 2000 patients, and was published in Clinical Endocrinology 2004, concluded that; RAI treatment of Hyperthyroid Graves' patients resulted in 82% developing Hypothyroidism between 1 and 25 years post treatment. In 17% of patients in the study multiple radio-active iodine treatments (from 2-6 additional treatments) were needed to achieve a "euthyroid" or hypothyroid state. The ablative therapy leaves the patient without any alternative treatment options and a lifetime of hormone replacement therapy.

      Anti-Thyroid Drug (ATD) therapy involves the prescription of immunomodulatory drugs like Methimozole (MMI) or Propylthiouracil (PTU). These strategies allow the patient to maintain their own Thyroid, and 30-55% of patients will become euthyroid following ATD therapy, an option lost to those who no longer have their Thyroid. The standard school of thought has been 12-18 months of treatment and then the removal of the ATD therapy. However, in a paper published Clinical Endocrinology 2005 a study of patients that remained on ATD for an average of 4 years (some as many as 10 years) had a remission rate of 88%. Additionally, another study found in Thyroid 2000 vol. 10 demonstrated that GD patients that exhibited a "smooth" decline in their antibody levels, or population, after ATD therapy was said to be a predictor of remission. In 36 out of 44 patients, or 82%, exhibiting a "smooth" decline of TSI levels were antibody and symptom free 1 year after the removal of the ATD therapy."

      Full article:

      http://autoimmunedisease.suite101.com/article.cfm/causesofhyperthyroidism

      This article is on the long term effects of the RAI destruction of the thyroid

      http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/graves_disease/60453

      Sorry for all this information, I did a lot of research on this since I really want to get better and I just hope this might help you understanding this disease better. Everybody with Graves should reduce his iodine intake (bread - potassium iodide for example and dairy are high in iodine), since the body takes all the iodine it can find and uses it to produce thyroid hormones. The less iodine, the better one gets... I did...

  28. QUESTION:
    is aurvedic medicine good for thyroid problem?
    i am 24 yrs old girl and i've got thyroid so i m just thinkng of using aurvedic

    • ANSWER:
      It is a wise idea to have permanent cure. Details follow-------------------

      Thyroid*Symptoms
      T3 Normal-RANGE 0.790-1.490 UNITS NG/ML
      T4 Normal- RANGE 4.5 - 12 UNITS UG/DL
      TSH Normal RANGE 0.45 - 4.7 UNITS uiU/ml
      In the case of overactive thyroid, it could be accompanied by heart flutters, tremors, or fatigue. An undera ctive thyroid can cause constipation or fatigue. That's why this very treatable problem is often mistaken for bowel or nervous system disorders

      The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.
      At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism symptom may include:
      •Fatigue
      •Sluggishness
      •Increased sensitivity to cold
      •Constipation
      •Pale, dry skin
      •A puffy face
      •Hoarse voice
      •An elevated blood cholesterol level
      •Unexplained weight gain
      •Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
      •Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
      •Muscle weakness
      •Heavier than normal menstrual periods
      •Brittle fingernails and hair
      •Depression.

      •Instant diagnosis of Thyroid Problems with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & CURE in 45 days:
      Acupressure maps are published not only for diagnosis but also for cure from symptoms of hypo-thyroid. U may study them, discuss with Ur family members, friends and acquaintances to understand the concept, which is very easy to perceive and implement for Ur self and for others.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That points are acupressure point [point no.8 thyroid and point no. 16 –lymph ] for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3, and T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.
      Cure:-1. Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      1.Take one tsp of health drink powder [3 parts amla powder +1 part ginger powder] with 1 tsp honey in an empty stomach for 45 days.However, this combination in the form of capsules is available in the market.Dosage-2 t.d.s.
      2.
      ThyroidMemory Plus - 1 Cap morning & evening.
      Immuno Plus - 1 Cap morning & evening.
      LiverTone Plus - 1 Cap after meals [lunch & dinner].

      •Patented Ayurveda Food & Nutrition Supplements manufactured in India and USA, approved by USFDA, KOSHER, HALAL, GMP, ISO ETC., and made available at Stores in your vicinity in 40 countries all over the globe. No Side Effects.

      •PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue

  29. QUESTION:
    I have the "shivers" problem. It is very serious. I get it when I go out from indoors to outside.?
    When I get the shivers I feel as I am going to collapse and have to run to warm myself thoroughly with an old fashion gas heater. It takes 20 minutes of warming myself to be OK. If there is no gas heater I feel I am going to die. It so serious that I stopped going out visiting at night. What is the cause and the cure please?

    • ANSWER:
      I know exactly what you mean. I had that one winter a few years ago where I was so cold I thought I was going to die. It turned out I was low in iron. Other reasons for cold intolerance are hypothyroidism, not eating enough food, Cold Agglutinin Disease, and medications like betablocker drugs for high blood pressure and cold medicines like sudafed. As tempting as the gas heater is, be careful not to get too close as repeated heat exposure can toast the skin even without a burn. Go to a doctor and get a good physical done.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have graves disease and a large goitre. I am a singer and worried about having a thyroidectomy, any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      So don't have a thyroidectomy. The most common adverse outcome of a thyroidectomy is paralyzed vocal cords or cut vocal cords. You will be asked to sign a form acknowledging that this is a risk of the surgery, and that you accept that risk. If that's not a risk that you are willing to accept, don't sign, and refuse the surgery.

      There are two other treatments for Grave's disease. I can't believe that your doctor even suggested surgery. That just isn't done in the US.

      What almost any doctor in the US will do is kill your perfectly good thyroid with radioactive waste. Yes, there is not a thing wrong with your thyroid. It is perfectly healthy. It is just following faulty instructions. If you kill a perfectly healthy vital organ like your thyroid, you are going to ruin your quality of life, forever. The damage can not be undone. First of all, no matter what your doctor tells you, this will not cure your Grave's disease. You will still have Grave's disease. And since the Grave's disease won't have you thyroid to attack any more, it can attack other organs, such as your skin, or worse yet your eyes. Plus you will be given an additional disease - iatrogenic hypothyroidism. You will have to be treated for the hypothyroidism every day for the rest of your life in order to live.

      And the last of the three treatments is a simple, cheap, generic prescription medication called methimizole. As soon as you get your condition under control with methimizole, the goiter will begin to shrink. You'd have to give it time to see how much it shrinks. Usually it will go back to normal, but you say that you have a "large" goiter. I'm imagining something like the goiters people used to get from lack of iodine. Like this:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goiter

      I don't know if a goiter like that will ever completely go away without surgery.

      But be honest, you don't have a goiter like that, do you? I'm sure you will do just fine on methimizole.

      Now, remember that there is no cure for Grave's disease. That means that methimizole is not a cure either. But if you take the methimizole, your Grave's disease could someday go into remission on its own.

  31. QUESTION:
    hypothyroidism cure without meds?
    I've just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and the idea of taking a pill for the rest of my life doesn't appeal to me. I believe in the saying Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food....

    Anyone out there ever cure this condition without the use of medication? Thanks for any comments/suggestions.

    I'm f/50 years old....

    • ANSWER:
      there is no food or natual remedy for hypothyroidism. I suggest you get over not wanting to take a pill. its a small pill ONCE a day. it makes a world of a difference in your life once your TSH gets back to normal. you can totally choose not to take the pill. Just don't expect sympathy when your body starts to wear down and you can't move because your body hurts and your exhausted even though you could have slept for 12-16 hours... gain weight by just LOOKING at a damn twinky... or gain weight from eating nothing but vegitables... and be pissed off all the time for no reason... or depressed and eventually commit suicide because your levels are so jacked up that you literally go out of your mind... you have no idea how important the thyroid is UNTIL its gone. either way, left untreated you will ultimately die whether by your body breaking down or your own volition.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment for Pcos?
    I am pcos patient.can we completely cure this decease?....what is the treatment for that?.

    • ANSWER:
      Diagnosing & Treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
      Because polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the leading cause of infertility in women, those who experience any symptoms of this condition should consult a physician to get a proper diagnosis and begin treatment immediately.
      Keep in mind that PCOS and the presence of polycystic ovaries (enlarged ovaries that have a number of small cysts present on the ovarian follicles) are not necessarily mutually exclusive: While those who suffer from PCOS may have polycystic ovaries, women can suffer from PCOS without their ovaries being polycystic. Similarly, others can have polycystic ovaries without necessarily suffering from PCOS.
      Keep reading to learn more about diagnosing and treating polycystic ovary syndrome.
      Diagnostic Tools for PCOS
      Currently, there isn't a set method for diagnosing PCOS. While a variety of tests may be used in the diagnostic process, doctors are continually debating which are more effective. As a result, the medical community officially characterizes polycystic ovary syndrome as a syndrome and not a disease.
      The main tool used to diagnose PCOS is a pelvic ultrasound (also known as an ultrasonography) that provides gynecologists with images of a woman's ovaries. An ultrasonography renders a visual image of internal structures that can help doctors identify the presence of diseases, lesions, cysts and other health problems. However, because the pelvic ultrasound alone isn't sufficient to officially diagnose PCOS, doctors use other tests as well, including:
      a fasting biochemical screen that diagnoses insulin resistance, a factor that is associated with the presence of PCOS
      * hormone-measuring tests that evaluate the levels of testosterone, LH, FHS and SHBG hormones that a woman has in her body (While high levels of LH, FHS and testosterone indicate PCOS, low levels of SHBG are associated with this condition.)
      Other Problems Associated with Diagnosing PCOS
      Another complication of diagnosing PCOS is the fact that, along with the above tests, doctors also have to administer tests to rule out the possibility that general symptoms aren't the result of some other disorder. These so-called exclusion diagnostic tools include tests to make sure that symptoms aren't caused by the following disorders:
      * congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a disorder marked by an excess or deficiency in sex hormones, thereby disrupting proper developments of sex organs
      * hyperprolactinaemia, a condition marked by high amounts of the hormone prolactin, which is responsible for lactation
      * hypothyroidism, a disorder characterized by an under active thyroid that can't properly regulate the body's hormone concentrations.
      Because polycystic ovary syndrome is related to hormone production, insulin levels and the structure of the ovaries themselves, it's easy to see why diagnosing this condition is a complicated process.
      PCOS Treatment
      Once a physician has officially diagnosed a patient with PCOS, proper treatment that is designed with an eye toward a woman's goals can begin. The treatment courses can help a woman:
      * minimize or eliminate hirsutism (male pattern baldness)
      * prevent cancers related to continued lack of estrogen, namely cancer of the uterus
      * restore ovulation and promote fertility.
      While doctors prescribe oral contraceptives to treat hirsutism and prevent certain cancers related to estrogen deficiency, they generally administer injections of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) to promote ovulation and prevent infertility.
      Because polycystic ovary syndrome is closely associated with insulin resistance (the inability of the body to properly use insulin, creating high levels of insulin in the blood), doctors may also prescribe medications that lower patients' insulin levels. Along with regulating insulin levels, the following medications can also promote regular ovulation:
      * metformin hydrochloride, brand name Glucophage®
      * pioglitazone hydrochloride, brand name Actos®
      * rosiglitazone maleate, brand name Avandia®.
      Although each of these medications has associated side effects that generally disappear within two to three weeks, available slow-release versions of them are easier on the body. Potential side effects of the above medications include:
      * diarrhea
      * loss of weight
      * upset stomach.
      Last-Resort Treatments for PCOS
      Unfortunately, not all patients respond to insulin-lowering medications. If PCOS doesn't respond to the above treatment options or appears to worsen over time, then PCOS surgery or hormone therapies may be necessary. The following last-resort treatments may be invoked:
      * Laparoscopy Electrocauterization: Similar to laser cauterization, laparoscopy electrocauterization is the process using a laparoscope (a long, thin tube that contains a small video camera at the end of it) and an electric pulse to destroy harmful tissue, namely malignant cysts on the ovaries.
      *

  33. QUESTION:
    if its safe to take a flagystatine suppository two times a day?

    • ANSWER:
      Manufacturer:
      Aventis Pharmaceuticals
      Alternate Names:
      Flagystatin Cream (metronidazole/nystatin), Flagystatin Suppository (metronidazole/nystatin)

      What is Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) used for?
      Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) is used to treat mixed vaginal infection due to due to Trichomonas vaginalis and Candida albicans (vaginal moniliasis).
      When should Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) not be taken?
      Do not take Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) if you are allergic to any ingredient in Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) if you have neurological disorders or a history of blood dyscrasia, hypothyroidism or hypoadrenalism
      What precautions should I follow when taking Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) ?
      Before using Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin), tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding if you are taking any other prescription medicine, nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement if you have impaired kidney or liver function, if you have heart or lung problem
      What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin)?
      Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) may not be effective in bacterial vaginal infections and should not be prescribed unless there is direct evidence of trichomonal infestation.
      What are the side effects of Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin)?
      Most severe: Allergic reaction (rash, itching, redness, burning)
      Most common: Vaginal burning and granular sensation; bitter taste, nausea and vomiting,
      Other: Spots on the skin around the knees, welts all over the body, aching and swelling of wrists and ankles, pruritus, headache, coated tongue and fatigue.
      How should I take Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin)?
      How much medicine you take and how often you take it depends on many factors, including the condition being treated and the age and weight of the patient. If you have any questions about the amount and/or frequency of Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) you are taking, talk with your health care provider. Do not stop taking Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin) or change the dose without checking with your health care provider. This could have serious adverse effects. If after 10 days of treatment a cure has not been achieved a second 10 day course of treatment should be given. If Trichomonas vaginalis has not been completely eliminated, oral metronidazole 250 mg should be administered twice daily for 10 days. Patients with previous medical conditions should talk with their health care provider before taking Flagystatin (metronidazole/nystatin). Do not take any other over-the-counter or prescription medications without talking with your health care provider. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. If more than one dose is missed, contact your health care provider or pharmacist.

  34. QUESTION:
    Help I'm very lazy what should i do?
    I'm lazy as fuck I can't even read something or go outside for a walk Is not that i don't want to but is that I can't do it because i find everything extremly hard and I don't have any energy at all. I NEED HELP, what should i do? is there any medications?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps your fatigue problem is due to anxiety and stress.

      One of the most common fatigue causes is anxiety, which is known to effect 40 million U.S. adults each year. Anxiety is a state of fear of real or imagined danger, which is manifested as increased heart rate, trembling, panic, weakness, extreme fatigue and stomach or intestinal discomfort. Disorders of this nature make up the largest mental illness diagnosis in the U.S.

      In women of reproductive age, anemia is fairly common. It can be the result of heavy menstrual periods or having a baby. Anemia is one of the more common fatigue causes in women. When you don’t have enough iron in your body, your hemoglobin isn’t strong enough to carry the necessary amounts of oxygen to your body. Consume more iron-rich foods. As iron supplements can be potentially dangerous, they should be consumed with caution, or preferably in consultation with a suitable natural health practitioner.

      Your thyroid may be the cause of your fatigue. If you have hypothyroidism, this means that you have a slow metabolism, and this could be preventing you from getting the energy your body needs from the foods you eat. This can leave you feeling sluggish and even a little depressed.

      There are also many lifestyle problems that can increase your chances of feeling fatigued, including inactivity, heavy alcohol consumption, excessive physical activity, lack of sleep, antihistamines, stress and unhealthy eating habits. For most of these, identifying and solving the problem is usually the best course of action.

      Depression can also be a fatigue cause, as a poor mental and emotional state can translate to physical lethargy.

      You may have a urinary tract infection and not even know it. Often, the only symptom can be fatigue.

      Too much caffeine can actually be making you feel constantly tired. If you think that this might be the cause of your fatigue, try to do without it for a while and see how you feel.

      Food allergies can also be behind your fatigue. Since even a slight intolerance can be at the root of what’s making you tired, you should start eliminating foods from your diet to see how you feel. Slowly reintroduce the food after a time and see if it affects you.

      Another common fatigue cause, especially in today's toxic world, is the accumulation of too much toxins in one's body. An improved diet, regular exercise, as well as suitable detoxification protocols would help a great deal.

      As you can see, there are many different possible causes of your fatigue. If your fatigue has gone on for a long time, you should consider getting a check up, as you may have a more serious problem, such as chronic fatigue syndrome or other problems such as kidney failure or sleep apnea.

      Only by addressing your underlying fatigue causes, can true and total curing of your condition be effected.

      You can see further information in a web search for "common fatigue causes".

  35. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed hypothyroid after my first child, now had my second and?
    I think I might be cured.
    My doctor ran some bloodtests before my second pregnancy and came back saying I would most likely have hypothyroidism for the rest of my life.
    However, 5 days before I got my last TSH checks i stopped taking my medication and the two first days I felt terrible but on the third day I felt so much better, like before I got sick.
    And today I went to my dr and the bloodtests came back normal.
    Does this mean I am cured cause I had normal TSH levels 5 days without my medication and the bloodtests before was too high TSH levels and got higher dosis, surely 5 days without medication would of made the tests saying I need more medication instead of normal TSH levels.
    Can I say this to my doctor? That I didnt take my medication for 5 days before last TSH check-ups?
    I am a bit embarrassed of telling my dr.

    • ANSWER:
      The half life of thyroid medication is 7-8 days, so it takes a good 14 + days to really see if you don't need the medication anymore. I do not think it's wise to adjust your medication yourself, that needs to be left up to the doctor. You should go to your doctor and left them know that you'd like to try a period without any medication (6-8 weeks) and see if you can stop it.

  36. QUESTION:
    Apple cider vinegar question?
    Am a hypothyroid patient presently on thyronorm 100mg medication for 5 years, am 28years old . I would like to know how this apple cider vinegar helps or worse the thyroid, i want to loose wait and also with severe hairfall with pale skin and puffy eyes with pigmentation. Apple cider vinegar is safe to use for a hypothyroid patient.Does ACV solve the above problems and give clean and fair youthful skin and hair, is there anyone with the same condition.Is it harmful to drink vinegar

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think that ACV works for Ur symptoms.

      OBESE:
      1.1. Now-a-days, even girls are becoming the victims of hypothyroidism vis-a-vis the interlinked obesity.
      2.Here is a remedy: Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That point is acupressure point for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3,T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.

      3.HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT FAST? No Anorexia/No Constipation?
      Contributing factors –McDonald’s Pizzas, Burgers, KFC’s deep- fried chicken, ghee butter, chocolates, excessive consumption of rice, Calorific valueof intake is more than output, etc.
      Last week I lost 6 Kgs weight just in 6 days. I'm 63 yrs., young, male, 70 Kgs., to 64 kgs.
      4.Acupressure techniques- it is a MUST. to activate each and every internal organ to work up to optimum levels, by purging toxins through natural drainage systems.
      5.ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:
      Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes,irregular meness and also many other most dreaded diseases---Dr.Devendra Vora has analysed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.

      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels.

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune sytem gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      6. Aloe Vera Juice, Noni Juice, Wheat grass powder, sprouted seeds, like horse gram, green gram; and ground nuts [all submerged under water overnight]; 1 cup of black tea and 1 cup of green tea. + an apple or a banana or a mango daily & RAITHA/SALADS..
      7. Cooked food, salt and baking soda banned from my diet.
      8. Buttermilk with black salt was taken daily once.
      I never had hunger nor weakness/anorexia nor constipation. I participated in all my daily chores.

      If U r benefited, U may inform others to join ‘YAHOO ANSWERS TEAM’ for their health issues.

  37. QUESTION:
    My dr. recently said i may have fibromyalgia does anyone know what this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Kat b nailed the answer right on the head. I was diagnosed in 1991 after months of chronic right shoulder pain that started out as tendinitis, but ultimately became bursitis which was so painful I had to go to the ER for 2 shots of pain medicine, and was put on oral pain medicine. It took a cortisone shot to finally calm it down. Ever since then my shoulder has never been the same. Due to poor ergonomics at my job, and the fact that my humerus bones and femur bones are 4" longer than they should be according to my torso length. This made it impossible for me to work at my desk without hunching up my shoulders keeping them constantly tensed up. I went through months of Physical Therapy, anti-inmlammatory medication, etc... and it never really got better. By the time the Fibromyalgia diagnosis came along I was numb down the backs of both arms and both legs, with chronic pain in all of my tender or trigger points. I was put on Elavil for sleep, and as a muscle relaxer, and Naproxin for the pain. They also put shoulder rests on all the phones at work and had to buy new chairs, and make a few other changes to accommodate me.

      To this day, I have chronic pain, and it does progress, even if you do stay active, and eat right and all the supplements they had me try. It slowed the progression, but it still progressed. Probably because I have to keep working, and it is difficult to find a job that does not aggrivate it in some way. Weather is a big factor for me. I have no tolerance to cold what so ever. Anything that causes me to tense up equates to muscle spasms and pain. I have knots under both shoulder blades and they are both basically frozen down. I can't afford regular massages and all the supplements, so I have prescription medication for the pain and anxiety. I don't abuse it, and it keeps me comfortable. I do not look forward to having to go back to work again. (Thanks to the economy) but I must. I am not ready to claim disability at 48.

      Hopefully because you were just diagnosed and with improvements in treatment since I was diagnosed, you will have better luck. I am still searching for that magical cure so I can get off all the meds. I don't know, I may be too far gone. My massage therapist, when I do get the chance to get one, says my back and shoulders are like concrete. I use a heating pad a lot for the spasms and I use meditation as well.

      Good luck, I'm sending a link for a resource that has helped me a lot, and when I can afford it, I want to see the Dr. in this center.

      By the way, I have gone through extensive blood testing, and x-ray, and MRI's from my brain to my tailbone. They have found no physical reason for me to be in the pain that I am in. This disease can also run in families, as my grandmother, an aunt, and my mom all had it to one degree or another. I already see evidence of it in both of my daughters. It is considered to be an auto-immune disorder like Lupus, but not as disabling. I think there are a lot of cases where a Dr. mis diagnoses Fibromyalgia, before putting the patient through extensive testing. I also have hypothyroidism, but that was only recently diagnosed a couple of years ago. They do believe there is a connection between the thyroid and fibromyalgia however, they don't know what. Hypothyroidism is often missed as a diagnosis, and women will be put on blood pressure medicine, heart medicine, antidepressants, etc...depending on the symptoms. I was lucky, because I have always had a fast metabolism, I had not yet gained a lot of weight, and a very astute PA notice a goiter in my neck when I went in for a sinus problem. She ran the tests, and it was my Thyroid. The link I included also covers info about the Thyroid.

      Again, good luck to you. This is a controversial subject, so you really have to do your research.

  38. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problems and weight loss/weight gain?
    Is it true that people with hyperthyroidism have difficulty gaining weight, and that people with hypothyroidism have difficulty losing weight, despite being on the correct medication?
    To clarify, the question is: even when taking the correct medication, is it true that people with thyroid disorders STILL have difficulty losing or gaining weight? Or should the medication actually eliminate all symptoms of hyper- or hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatments for Thyroid Disorders, (Thyrotoxicosis:- The state produced by excessive quantities of endogenous or exogenous thyroid hormone, and for, Hypothyroidism :- Thyroid gland synthesize, store and secrete two hormones - Thyroxine and tri-iodo thyroxine; iodine is an essential constituent of these hormones. The decreased function of thyroid gland is called Hypothyroidism. The main symptoms are Oedema, weight gain and thickening of skin and mental derangements, it is more common in ladies during the age of 30 to 50 years.

      Thyrotoxicosis :-

      Though eats well but losses weight Iodium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Eats well but losses weight; worse after a shock or grief Natrum Mur 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, 4 hourly.
      ______________________________...

      Hypothyroidism :-

      Lack of self confidence; absent minded; easily offended; loss of memmory; feels better after eating Anacardium Or 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Shy; childish behaviour; aversion to strangers; chilly patient Baryta Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      History of abortions; weight gain; oedema of extremities and face Pyrogenium 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      In chronic cases; as an intercurrent remedy Tuberculinum Koch 1M, once fortnightly (3 Doses)

      In unmarried persons; forced to celibacy; old bachelors and maids Conium Mac 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Melancholy, irritabilty and restlessness; desires sweets, cannot stand opposition Thyroidin 3X or 30, 4 hourly

      With restlessness; eats well yet emaciates Iodium 30, 4 hourly

      Fear of darkness and thunderstroms; delicate, anaemic patients, craves for cold and salt preparations Phosphorus 200, once weekly (3 Doses) .

      For hot patients; sweats easily; worse in warm damp weather. Better from any motion, exercise and at sea Bromium 30, once weekly (6 Doses).

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  39. QUESTION:
    Natural treatments for depression?
    Apart from exercise and talking to people are there any other natural cures for depression e.g. food etc.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Identify the cause, if possible. Was there a triggering event? If so, it is probably reactive (situational) depression: counselling, psychotherapy, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is indicated. Or, was it a more gradual thing, with no apparent cause? (a nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, environmental toxicity, or reactions to some medications, such as Advil etc., becomes more likely as the cause). Antidepressants work quicker than the following; 2 - 6 weeks, but you may have to adjust dosage, or types. St. John's Wort helps most people; tolerance doesn't develop, and the few side effects don't occur often, and even then are normally not severe (neither antidepressants, nor the wort, nor supplements should be relied on as a sole treatment). It doesn't cause sleeping problems, or weight change, and usually takes at least 2, and generally 4 - 6 weeks to become effective, but can sometimes work quicker than antidepressants. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10759336?dopt=Abstract A recent, independent German double blind study showed it to be as effective as a commonly prescribed antidepressant, in cases of major depression, with far fewer side effects, and those were generally better tolerated, with a lower rate of discontinuation. Unlike antidepressants, where sexual dysfunction is a common side effect, it is far less of a problem with SJW. A multidimensional approach to treating depression without medication follows. All except for no. (7.) are safe to use with medication, but not SJW, because of interactions, and it's sensible to check out anything else first, like Ginkgo Biloba, Gotu Kola, or supplements, such as SAMe, 5-htp, or L-phenylalanine, with your doctor.

      (1.) Take at least 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or its FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it! In the winter months, if not getting sufficient daily exposure to strong light, see http://drbenkim.com/vitamin-d-facts.htm & http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/16/my-one-hour-vitamin-d-lecture-to-clear-up-all-your-confusion-on-this-vital-nutrient.aspx Go to a doctor and ask for a 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, blood test. When you get the results, don’t follow the typical “normal” reference range, as these are too low. The OPTIMAL value that you’re looking for is 45-52 ng/ml (115-128 nmol/l)". The company which tests your levels has to be one of those using the correct form of test, and this topic is addressed via the searchbar at Mercola.com - "vitamin D3; testing". Also take a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin; the deficiency in vitamin B9 (folate, or folic acid) that most depressed people have, is known to cause depression. Around 30% - 40% of depressed people have low vitamin B12 levels. (2.) Work up slowly to at least 20 minutes of daily exercise, or 30 - 60 mns, 5 times weekly in daytime, outside. Too much exercise can cause stress; unwanted when dealing with depression. (3.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain).

      (4.) Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as: (free) http://www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.html or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm or http://www.wikihow.com/Meditate or Yoga Nidra, (no flexibility required) at http://your-mental-health.8m.com/blank_11.html Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Give the EFT a good tryout, to see if it helps you. It is free via the searchbar at http://www.mercola.com "EFT" & "EFT therapists" - Professional is best. There is a version for use in public places, (you could claim to have a headache, as you use the acupressuremassage/tapping on your temples. (5.) Initially, at least, some form of psychotherapy or counselling; later, perhaps either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, (a free E course in it, which may well reduce the time needed in therapy, as should *, & ** is at: http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome ) or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy for up to 6 months. (6.) Maintain a mood chart, and daily activities schedule**. (7.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St. John's wort, (get a German variety, if possible; local ones may vary in effectiveness. Perika, Jarsin, and Kira brands have been recommended as being effective. Take with a meal), Supplements, such as SAMe, 5-htp, L-phenylalanine: see: http://www.indepression.com/depression-natural-remedy.html (from vitamin and health food stores, some supermarkets have old/inferior types, or mail order: Google: " ... ; supplies"), St. John's Wort, etc. 80% of people in the Western world have low magnesium levels; which can cause depression.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there no cure for thyroid (dogs)?
    Plz help.This is titu from India...My pet is suffering from Thyroid(as said by local doctors),from past 8months!! It is 7 year old pomerian(cross breed).. Its' body extremities are badly becoming sensitive and turning reddish, in such a way that, it cannot move. It became so weak from past one month! Firstly its four paws got badly infected, then the inner part of the both ears...then its lips.. we are using Ofloxacin 0.1% w/w,minoconazole Nitrate I.P 2.0% w/w,Clobetasol Propionate B.P 0.025% w/w, Base q.s lotion,which is a Anti Fungal,Anti Bacterial and Anti Inflammatory. This Lotion is temporarily curing the infected, but in the very next few days...another body extremity (may be ears, lips etc) are getting infected!! Local Doctors say that there is no cure for this!!

    Is there NO CURE? if it cant be wiped off permanently, then, will it atleast be temporarily cured with better medicines than the one which i mentioned above?

    What should i do now?? PLz doctors help me out!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism
      Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

      Hypothyroidism is a common problem in dogs, but rarely occurs in cats. The thyroid gland has a number of different functions, but it is most well known for its role in regulating metabolism. Hypothyroidism is the condition that occurs when not enough thyroid hormone is produced. Hypothyroidism causes a wide variety of symptoms, but is often suspected in dogs that have trouble with weight gain or obesity and suffer from hair loss and skin problems. Hypothyroidism is easy to diagnose with a blood test that checks the level of various thyroid hormones including T3 and T4. Most hypothyroid dogs respond readily to treatment with synthetic thyroid medication such as Soloxine. Many dogs suffer from a low thyroid hormone level for years without treatment. If your dog has chronic recurrent skin problems, she may be suffering from hypothyroidism.
      What causes hypothyroidism?

      Hypothyroidism results from the impaired production and secretion of thyroid hormone. The production of thyroid hormone is influenced by the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, and the thyroid gland. Although dysfunction anywhere in the complicated hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid pathway can result in hypothyroidism, more than 95% of all cases occur as a result of destruction of the thyroid gland. About half of the causes of thyroid gland destruction are suspected to be caused by the dog's own immune system killing the cells of the thyroid gland. The other half is caused by atrophy of the thyroid tissue and resultant infiltration of the tissue by fat. The cause for this form of the disease is unknown.

      Who gets hypothyroidism?

      Although the onset of clinical signs is variable, hypothyroidism most commonly develops in middle-aged dogs between the ages of 4 to 10 years. The disorder usually affects mid to large size breeds of dogs, and is rare in toy and miniature breeds of dogs. Breeds that appear to be predisposed to developing the condition include the Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Irish Setter, Miniature Schnauzer, Dachshund, Cocker Spaniel, and Airedale Terrier. German Shepherds and mixed breeds appear to be at a reduced risk of contracting the disease. There does not appear to be a sex predilection but spayed females appear to develop it more often than intact females.

      What are the symptoms?

      Thyroid hormone is needed for normal cellular metabolic function. A deficiency of thyroid hormone affects the metabolic function of all organ systems. As a result, the symptoms are usually variable and non-specific. There is not a specific symptom that is diagnostic for hypothyroidism. There are, however, several symptoms that when combined together make the veterinarian more suspicious of the likelihood of the animal having the disease. A study on hypothyroid dogs revealed the following information on the variety and frequency of symptoms seen with the disease:

      Clinical Symptoms Percentage of Dogs Showing Symptoms
      Lethargy/mental dullness 70

      Hair loss 65

      Weight gain/obesity 60

      Dry hair coat/excessive shedding 60

      Hyperpigmentation of the skin 25

      Cold intolerance
      15

      Slow heart rate
      10

      High blood cholesterol 80

      Anemia 50

      How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

      There are several different tests used to diagnose hypothyroidism in the dog. The test chosen will depend on the symptoms and the availability of different tests to your veterinarian.

      Baseline T4 Test: The most common test run is the baseline T4 test. A blood sample is drawn and tested by radioimmunoassay to determine the level of T4 thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. The T4 hormone is produced only in the thyroid gland and dogs with a failure of the thyroid gland will have a lowered level of this hormone. However, there are other conditions that can cause a lowering of T4 so if this screening test is positive for hypothyroidism another more specific test is often done to confirm the diagnosis.

      Baseline T3 Test: Another screening test that can be run is the baseline T3 test. T3 is another form of thyroid hormone found in the bloodstream. This test can be used as a screening test instead of T4. The T3 test is not as accurate in early cases of hypothyroidism and occasionally will be normal when the T4 level is reduced. For these reasons, this test is often used in combination with the T4 test or with the TSH stimulation test.

      TSH Stimulation Test: The TSH stimulation test is the most definitive blood test available for diagnosing hypothyroidism in the dog. If a dog has a low T4 or T3 level, this test may be performed to confirm a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. A small amount of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is injected into the vein. After 6 hours, a blood sample is drawn and the T4 level is checked. A dog without thyroid disease that may have other conditions causing a low T4 will have a high T4 level after the TSH injection. A dog with true hypothyroidism will not have an increase in T4 after the injection.

      As mentioned earlier, 95% of thyroid disease is caused by destruction or loss of the thyroid gland function. If hypothyroidism is suspected but not confirmed by these three described tests, then it is possible that the condition may be caused by one of the other 5% of conditions that cause hypothyroidism. To diagnose those problems, one or several of the following tests may be used: TSH stimulation test, serum total reverse T3 concentration (a radioimmunoassay), serum free T4, and serum free T3 concentration.

      How is hypothyroidism treated?

      A hypothyroid dog will need to be on thyroxine for the rest of his life.

      One of the nicest things about this disease is that it is easily treated. Treatment consists of putting the dog on a daily dose of synthetic thyroid hormone called thyroxine (levothyroxine). There are numerous brand names of this drug. The dose and frequency of administration of this drug varies depending on the severity of the disease and the individual response of the animal to the drug. A dog is usually placed on a standard dose for his weight and then blood samples are drawn periodically to check his response and then the dose is adjusted accordingly. Once therapy is started, the dog will need to be on treatment for the rest of his life. Usually after the treatment is started, the majority of the symptoms resolve.

      References and Further Reading

      Bonagura, J. Kirks Current Veterinary Therapy XII. W.B. Saunders Co. Philadelphia, PA; 2000.

      Bonagura, J. Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XIII. W.B. Saunders Co. Philadelphia, PA; 1995.

      Ettinger, S. Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. W.B. Saunders Co. Philadelphia, PA; 1989.

  41. QUESTION:
    how can i cure hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      There is not "Cure" but there is treatment. The thyroid hormones that are lacking must be replaced via medication and levels must be checked periodically to ensure that treatment is effective. People with effective replacement therapy lead healthy full lives without complication. Lack of replacement therapy can cause cardiac and neurological issues, long term hypothyroidism if left untreated can lead to Nero damage and over time even death.

  42. QUESTION:
    I have a thyroid problem (details below). Pls suggest medication?
    Latest reports revela that I have Triiodthyroinin (T3) level of 32 ug/ml, Thyroxine (T4) level of 1.3 ug/dl, and Thyroid Stimulating Hormones (TSH) 64.6 uIU/ml.

    Problems: over weight (95 kg), breathing inconvenienec and high blood pressure (in the range 150 /120 to 120/90)

    Medicines using: THYRONRM -50 and RAMISTAR-H5

    I had anemia in 1996 and 2004 and got cured with medication. I have normal level of HB count at present without medicines.
    But the Dcotor now opines that thyroid could have been the root cause for the anemia too. No one detected thyroid previously.

    I would be grateful if anyone suugests proper medication for my problem. Thanks in advance.

    Ravi
    Male, age 44 years

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have hypothyroidism (your body doesn't produce enough T4). Thyronorm is a replacement for T4. That is probably why your T3 is low and TSH is high but T4 is mostly normal. It sounds to me, based on this information, like you need to increase your Thyronorm dose. Discuss it with your doctor and see if he agrees before you make any medication changes.

  43. QUESTION:
    Underactive Thyroid for a 14 year old male?
    I went to the doctors about a week ago, because I was tired of being so fat. I never had any energy at all, barely enough to get out of bed and go to school. I finally decided to go to the doctors and see about a diet. I had to get a blood test done, and supposily they told me that one of my thyroid hormones are working, and the other one is all weird, and like doesn't work. They're not going to put me on the pills for it yet, because they want me to have an ultrasound done on my thyroid first. I'm really scared. Will I stay fat forever? I thought I was fat because I eat so much, and I have been fat (not just 10-20 lbs overweight) since I was around 3 years old.. (I had pheumonia when I was 2, and it seemed after I got over it I started to get a huge appitite)..

    Would anyone be able to recommend anything?
    Will I alwyas be fat?
    Once I take the thyroid pill, and see the dietitan about a diet plan/exercise plan that works for me.. will I eventually loose weight?? [I'm 5'11 and 14]

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Adam

      Here are some ideas to heal your condition. It will take some work and education on your part to learn some of these methods, but they work without using drugs which Surpress the issue instead of healing it.

      Cause: Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful. Great Idea to do a colon and liver cleanse to push out the toxins in the blood.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Best of health to you

  44. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problems gone?
    I've been on thyroid medication since I was 8 for hypothyroidism, recently I stopped taking my medication for a reason, and within two weeks I had lost 10 pounds! When I used to go a day or two without my medicine I would have thyroid pain in the side of my neck, now I don't have that pain, I haven't been taking my medicine for weeks and I'm doing fine, have I lost my thyroid problem? By the way I have not gained the weight back either.

    • ANSWER:
      Unless you were misdiagnosed (not likely) to start, I think this is just a coincidence. I think you will soon start to have problems if you do not start back on your meds (even if you do, for the # of wks you were off of them). The meds are slow acting. There is NO cure. The meds are for life. Rarely is one found to HAVE the disease when they do NOT ... it is usually vice versa.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      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

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      God bless you

  45. QUESTION:
    Mystery illness! Can you diagnose it? (It's stumping doctors)?
    Hello all; I realize that you are not all doctors, but doctors have come up empty, so I thought I'd pick your brains.

    This is a mystery illness which has probably been present entire life, but which only started affecting patient strongly enough to seek an answer 3 or 4 years ago. Specialists, testing, ultrasounds, doing all kinds of testing, et cetera, and nobody can solve it.

    28 year old female; no children, married, weight normal

    Symptoms:

    +low-level headache which only rarely goes away (made better by avoiding the 8 common allergens)
    +Body ache like the flu
    +Muscle soreness without exercising or unusual activity
    +Chronic fatigue - was extreme fatigue before, but treatment for systemic yeast infection and avoiding 8 allergens helped recover to about 30% of normal energy
    +Sudden, overwhelming exhaustion requiring patient to lie down or fall down. MUST lay head down. Typically lasts 4 hours to 3 days. Has to sleep it off. Comes on without warning and with no discernible cause
    +Eyesight varies daily, from very bad to pretty good (had LASIC; vision is 20/12, or was before this started)
    +Swollen and inflamed ear canals, sinus cavities, nasal passages, throat, digestive system - helped somewhat by ibuprofen, helped more by benadryl, helped most (but not gone) by nasal decongestive medication - phenyl...something
    +Mild "Allergic" reactions to various medications, and then no reaction next time - rash and itching, mostly,
    +diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, brain fog, exhaustion caused by 8 allergens, soda, potatoes, etc (diagnosed with IBS at 14...but I think it's connected)
    +acidic stomach; gas and requiring tums with every meal
    +Feeling of burning and/or fullness in bladder, urges to go often (not a UTI; diagnosed as interstitial systitis two years ago; extreme inflammation seen in examination - burning sensation disappears with benadryl)
    +Vague, dull pain in lower back, both sides, not always noticeable (kidney and liver function normal)
    +Difficulty swallowing and feeling of throat being pressed on at thyroid (thyroid ultrasound normal; not oversized)
    +Chronic, mild pain in lymph nodes on sides of throat, comes and goes
    +One incident of weight gain; gained 30 lbs mostly in abdomen; went from 135-155 in 5 months; after treatment for systemic yeast infection and change in diet to avoid 8 allergens, weight dropped back off without effort
    +Previously diagnosed as Depression with Anxiety, now believed to be bipolar disorder
    +Insomnia
    +Slow healing; a pinprick is still visible a month later - improved somewhat after treatment for systemic yeast infection - before illness, typical healing was twice or three times average
    +Occasional, unexplained but fierce itching on palms, wrist, soles of feet; no visible change in skin
    + Sweating/very hot episodes much like hot flashes lasting from 10 minutes to 2 hours
    +Typically very cold even in warm weather
    + "bones" hurt sometimes (Is that possible?)
    +B12 deficiency treated with shots; better after treatment for systemic yeast infection
    +Chronic Anemia - vegetarian but on iron supplements. It's a little low but can dip extremely low (to a 6)
    +Lightheadedness
    +protein in urine
    +nausea/poor appetite
    +Lifelong fast resting pulse - 102
    +Very low blood pressure - down to 50/80
    +Benadryl causes wakefulness
    +hair loss

    Diagnoses which have been ruled out:
    ++Underactive/overactive thyroid. T3 and T4 regular, no thyroid antibodies present, ultrasound of thyroid shows no abnormalities
    ++ultrasound of kidneys normal, functional
    +UTI - only one actual occurance of UTI ever verified; all other tests negative
    +Treated for Systemic yeast infection - 3 courses of three day diflucan
    +B12 deficiency
    +diabetes
    +HIV/Syphillis
    +Detailed Allergy panel negative; mold allergy panel negative
    +Pregnancy

    Test results:

    CBC
    WBC 7.5
    RBC 3.46
    HGB 10.4
    HCT 31%
    PLT 305
    MCV 30.1
    MCHC 33.6
    GRAN% 48.9%
    GRAN# 3.6
    LY% 42.1%
    LY# 3.1
    MO% 7.9%
    EO% .9%
    EO# .1
    BA% 0.3
    BA# 0
    RDW 13%

    Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
    NA 138
    K 4
    CL 106
    CO2 26
    ALKP 58
    AST/GOT 12
    T.BILI .4
    CA 9.3
    CREAT .679
    BUN 10
    GLU 82
    ALB 4.2
    T. PROT 6.6
    GFR >60mL/MIN/1.73MS

    TSH, Serum
    TSH 2.08

    HCG, Qualitative
    Negative

    RPR / VDRL
    RPR nonreactive

    B12 LEVEL 838

    Folate 24.7

    Ideas, anyone?
    FAMILY HISTORY
    Heart problems (hear attack/bypass)
    Paranoid Schizophrenia
    Bipolar with Delusions, Grandiosity
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Probably much more; father deceased at 44 from heart attack; definitely suffering from some mental issue; father's brother died around same age, definitely delusional.
    Autism
    Parkinson's
    Extremely rapid healing from injury/illness (3x normal)
    Pain felt more mildly than appropriate
    Sleep Apnea
    Asthma
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Excema

    MEDICATIONS
    Mirena
    Lamictal 50mg
    iron supplements
    benadryl as needed for symptoms
    ibuprofen as needed
    Allegra for inflammation
    Sudafed for congestion/swelling
    I answered the age already and others; female menses is regular but heavy and painful, much lighter with Mirena, yes, sexually active with a single partner.

    I forgot to mention that there is wrist and arm pain like carpal tunnel, and that mother and brother seemed to have some of the same symptoms at the same age
    Diet is EXTREMELY healthy; fresh fruits and vegetables, good protein, no candy, no sugar, no soda, no smoking, no alcohol.

    If it is your belief that this is an imaginary condition, kindly save your time and your typing; replying that it's imaginary won't help either one of us.
    Dear Gabriel; I realize that this is your belief and I don't want to disrespect it, but I cannot believe you have ever suffered illness or known anyone who has. You may be blessed with good health, but not all people are. Relatives don't repeatedly die in their 40s if there isn't something wrong. They don't lose touch with reality and hallucinate and they don't gain and lose weight without any changes in diet or habits. This is not caused by poor diet or worrying. Diet was very healthy, patient was very active, exercised, led a full and happy life, and felt very healthy and blessed indeed, was not sitting home worrying about illness or feeling sorry for self.
    @Merry

    Yes; I was actually tested for allergies (not potatoes or soda; I just know they make me sick) and I show none at all. I went to an allergist and they scratched my back and everything. They made the point that I can be intolerant without being allergic, though, which made me more open to the idea of cutting those foods out of my diet. Drinking soda and eating potatoes WILL make me sick even though I don't show allergic, so I avoid them.

    My diet was, for about 3 months, completely free of all allergens. Everything from scratch, no peanuts, no fish, no dairy, eggs, no anything. I am extremely attentive, so I do know that for at least that time, I was completely free of all allergens. Yes! I ate 5 things only. I am a vegetarian, so I had kidney beans instead of turkey.

    Digestive trouble and mental fog largely disappeared with that diet, and weight dropped off. After 3 months free of problems, and with much better, but still very low, energy, I thought that was long
    enough to rule it out as a primary cause and slowly started reintroducing some foods (I no longer avoid corn oil, but I still don't eat corn; I began eating a healthy, gluten-free cereal blend because my energy levels were so low) again. I do not currently react to the reintroduced foods, but I am eating very small amounts, and do not intend to try sugar, soda, wheat flower, etc. again.

    I checked the numbers on my thyroid myself (having read about how they get misdiagnosed) and they were perfect; I do not have the test handy but I will check to see if it's FREE T4/T3 when I can get to them. I really appreciate this point; I was astounded when it wasn't my thyroid as I have family history (oops, forgot to mention that) and every single symptom matches. I hope that's all it is!

    My B12 levels *were* very low before, but now they are good at 800; I have stopped losing it so quickly since the diflucan. Yeast consumes B12 so I imagine that was why it had been so low. I did
    not get a test on the level before the shots, so I can't say what they were, only that when I tested after that they were progressively higher; before diflucan, B12 would make me feel better for 2-3 days, then 4-5 days, then a week, etc., but after treatment it steadily remained at high levels.

    My diet is free of grains and sugar since the yeast diagnosis; I felt it was better to be safe than sorry and so I have continued to avoid those things.

    My body temperature is always and has always been low; that's interesting. As a child I had all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, and now I have all the signs of hypothyroidism. Just not the diagnosis.

    Birth control....well it's an IUD, not a pill, but....I *am* married, and he *does* pay all the bills since I'm unable to work and.....well, I will get it out if I absolutely have to.

    Allergy pills are new; I started them when I kept not breathing at night. It was really terrifying and they help keep the swelling down so that I
    breathe, and relieve the very unbearable inflammation. I do try to use them as-needed, though. I will have to think about my diet again if that could be the culprit so that I don't need the pills.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and reply; this has just been a nightmare and it's awful not finding a reason. If you will allow anonymous messaging, I will tell you if the thyroid pans out.

    Did the yeast still make you tired for the year? Was it gradually better? Because I am doing better, just not normal.

    • ANSWER:
      First, is your diet 100% free of allergens? Eating any tiny bit of an allergen can cause all of these symptoms.

      Second, I didn't see results of your T3, T4, and antibodies thyroid tests? Some doctors aren't aggressive enough about treating hypothyroidism. I had a normal TSH and until they ran FREE T3 and FREE T4, not just T3 and T4, they never saw how sick I actually was. High pulse + low BP is very suggestive of low thyroid. As is hair loss.

      Third, your B12 doesn't look low at all. You didn't list the ranges (which you need to because everything varies by lab), but I've never heard of any lab tagging an 800 B12 as low.

      Forth, Diflucan can be helpful for systemic yeast, but if you read message boards, it rarely cures it in the long run. Nystatin and a sugar-free, low carb, grain-free diet are the best solution. And it could just be ongoing Candida that is causing all these things.

      Bottom line: You have a lot of symptoms, but your blood work looks pretty good. You probably are not careful enough with your diet. I have profound food allergies and when I eat perfectly, I feel perfect; when I deviate the slightest bit, I can swell up and be in pain in an hour and it can last for weeks. Unfortunately, it's not a cool mystery diagnosis which can be cured with a pill. You just have to make all your food from scratch and get all sugars, starches, dairies, molds, grains out of your life.

      I had symptoms similar to yours, but worse in the sense I was vomiting blood several times daily and had leaky heart valves. I went to a medical nutritionist who ran her own tests and I literally lived on six things for a year (turkey, potatoes, avocado oil, plain cashews, Smart Water, sea salt). At the end of that year, my blood work was perfect, I never threw up, and all my pain was gone.

      I'm really questioning whether you had actual allergy testing done. You should do that. Allergy tests don't test for "soda" and potatoes are incredibly low on the allergy list relative to wheat, corn, dairy, soy, salicylic acids, etc...

      And birth control pills are awful for someone with your problems. As are OTC allergy meds. They add to your overall toxicity big time and you should probably wean off those ASAP.

      Treat the yeast (with perfect diet and Nystatin, NOT more Diflucan), eat perfectly, and make absolute sure your thyroid tests are all well within normal range--not borderline. If you take your temp under your arm every morning before you get out of bed and it's under 98, you can bet you'd feel better with thyroid medication.

      Good luck.

      EDIT ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      You most likely have hypothyroidism. If you have a family history with your symptoms, you need to be medicated. Have an antibodies test done if you haven't. It will show if you have Hashimoto's Disease (hereditary) which can skew the other tests into looking normal, but can be diagnosed if you have high antibodies.

      I felt PERFECT after a year because I let my body rest and didn't eat anything I was allergic to, anything hard to digest, anything spicy, etc... I mean, it was brutal.

      IUDs are fine as long as they are the copper non-hormone ones. They don't tax your body at all.

      I will never eat grains again...they're inflammatory, bad for your health (everyone), and have no real nutritional value you can't get in other places. And once you have candida, if you aren't pretty close to perfect, it can come back with fury any time. Just keep away from yeast, grains, sugars, molds, etc...no cheese or wine!

      A low body temp is how doctors use to diagnose hypothyroidism before blood tests. You have every sign and symptom and some don't cross over into other ailments. Go to an alternative doctor (you can look up doctors of osteopathy on Google for a list in your area) and ask for a trial of Armour (NOT JUST SYNTHROID). They'll start with a small dose, and I'm telling you, you sound enough like me five years ago, that I'd willing to bet you fifty bucks it'd change your life.

      One more thing you might consider eliminating is salicylic acid. It's in many fruits, green peppers, peppermint, store tooth pastes, etc. A lot of people are developing allergies to SA and many times, feel better when they are removed from the diet. Here's a helpful list: http://salicylateintolerance.blogspot.com/2007/12/simple-salicylate-food-list.html

      my email is merrymistletoes@ymail.com. Please keep me updated! You're like my health woes twin :)

  46. QUESTION:
    I feel so depressed but i don't know why. Help me please.?
    I don't see anything wrong with my life but i randomly get really depressed and feel like everybody hates me. Most of the time i fight back to what people say to me and i don't take it to heart. but lately i have been taking it all it and feeling like crap. How do i figure out why i get upset or at least ways i can feel better?

    By the way; i'm not so depressed i need to see a councilor so please don't suggest that, tar. x

    • ANSWER:
      If you have ever struggled with depression you know that it feels like it overshadows everything you do. Several years ago when I was battling depression, I knew this feeling well. In my situation, I could even feel it coming on. Fortunately, even the most severe forms of depression are treatable. With therapy, medications, lifestyle changes and herbal alternative medicine it is important to realize that you do have hope and you do have options. Learning what those options are and applying them to your individual situation is the key to recovery. There is no "one size fits all" cure when it comes to dealing with anxiety and depression. However, a combined approach tailored to your individual needs will generally be the most helpful.

      Discover all you can about your anxiety or depression. If you are dealing with an underlying medical condition, it is very important that you treat that condition first. Hypothyroidism and anemia can both contribute to depression as can many prescription medications and nutrient poor diets. Also keep in mind that the severity of your depression should dictate the intensity of the treatment that you pursue.

      Treating depression and anxiety takes time. In my own situation there was a lot of trial and error involved before I found what would best support my own condition. The important thing is to realize if something doesn't work for you, you haven't failed. You are just that much closer to finding something that does work. If you are seeing a therapist that is not working out, find a different one. If you decide to use something herbal for depression, remember to give it time to work. If you have made some lifestyle changes keep in mind that it takes time to regain health. It just doesn't happen overnight. Be open to change and remember that sometimes these transitions take time.

      Do not depend on prescription medications alone to cure your depression. While these medications can be very helpful and necessary in certain situations, they do not treat the underlying cause of your condition. In my own case, the unwanted side effects made me look for herbal alternative medicine for the help I needed. In severe cases, prescription medication definitely has its place, but for me using something herbal for depression along with lifestyle changes set me on the road to recovery.

      Don't underestimate the power of your support network. Your friends and family can provide important social connections that are essential to your recovery. It is not a sign of weakness that you need their help; it is actually a sign of strength when you let them know your needs.

      Implement lifestyle changes. For my own depression, exercise combined with herbal remedies for depression made a huge difference. Walking and lifting weights became my exercises of choice. Start slow but try to do it every morning the very first thing. Work up to 30 to 60 minutes a day. It is amazing how much better your body feels if you move it every day.

      Diet is another area that can make a real difference in the way you feel. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that our brains need for normal function. Many studies have shown that people who are low in omega-3 fatty acids are far more likely to suffer from depression. Supplementing with fish oil capsules can help provide these necessary nutrients to our brains.

      Don't suffer another day without making some positive changes. With herbal alternative medicine and changes in my lifestyle, I am now fully recovered. Regaining your health is essential to living a full life. Don't wait another day - your life is waiting.

  47. QUESTION:
    how can thyroid be cured easily?

    • ANSWER:
      Eliminate Soy: Soy suppresses thyroid function, imbalances hormones and has been shown to cause goiters (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) in previously healthy individuals.
      Adhere to an Alkaline Diet: This is extremely helpful when curing any chronic disease. Use our pH food chart to guide you on alkaline/acidic foods.
      Balance Estrogen Levels (Women): Excess estrogen slows down the thyroid gland. This means eliminating birth control medications, increasing the fiber in the diet, and avoiding all non-organic meats. Growth hormones in meats lead imbalance in the hormones. Reduce dairy intake, because milk often contains lots of estrogen; primarily because cows are milked frequently during pregnancy.
      Exercise: Without regular exercise, optimal health can never be reached. Find a physical activity that you enjoy, and do it often. We believe that exercise could half the cure time.
      L-Tyrosine: Tyrosine is a natural amino acid which helps the body produce its own thyroid hormone. This is also known to help with the depression, which usually accompanies hypothyroidism. Most naturopaths recommend 500 mg. taken 2-3 times day.
      L-Arginine: Arginine is known to stimulate the thyroid and its hormones. It also improves immune function, improves fertility, and alleviates erectile dysfunction.
      Avoid ALL SOURCES of Fluoride: As already mentioned, fluoride suppresses the thyroid, and is likely to be the leading cause of hypothyroidism. Drink spring water, avoid soft drinks, use fluoride-free toothpaste, use a shower filter, and throw away your non-stick pans.
      Eat a natural diet: To help your body to heal itself, you need to remove strains on its immune system. This means that all processed foods, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, white flour, white sugar, "table" salt, hydrogenated oils, aluminum, high fructose corn syrup, and etc. should be eliminated from the diet. Organic food is always the ideal. Do not trust marketing that reads "All Natural", because this phrase is unregulated, and thus anyone can use it for practically anything. Read the ingredients to verify.
      Iodine: The thyroid needs iodine to function properly, and lots of people now suffer from iodine deficiencies. To test yourself, place some Iodine (we use 2%) on your stomach. Make a dot the size of a silver dollar (or twice the size of a British 50p). If it disappears within 12 hours, then you are iodine deficient. Keep adding iodine in this way, until it no longer disappears in a 12-hour period. This works due to the fact that the body absorbs iodine at the rate at which it is needed. Do not use povidone-iodine and do not orally consume iodine. This is especially an important precaution for those with Hashimoto's.
      Pears: The ancient Chinese discovered that pears have a powerful tendency to balance hormones; especially in women. Try our pear juice recipe, and drink it regularly.
      Red Marine Algae: Red Marine Algae will increase your iodine intake safely.
      Zinc and Selenium: Studies indicate that severe zinc or selenium deficiencies can cause decreased thyroid hormone levels. Never take zinc on an empty stomach.
      Coconut Oil: You should buy organic, cold pressed, coconut oil from a health food store. Take around 1 teaspoon of it daily. You can also use it to cook with, but be warned that it smokes at low cooking temperatures. Unlike most modern oils, its smoke is not poisonous. Coconut oil speeds the metabolism, encourages production of the thyroid hormone, and kills candida.
      Avoid Canola Oil: Canola oil interferes with the production of thyroid hormones, amongst its many other dangers. Treat canola oil like the God-forsaken, genetically engineered, poison that it is.
      good luck and God bless you

  48. QUESTION:
    married since 3 years.we hav unprotected sex till date.but not yet conceived.hypothyroidism is detected now.?
    fertility investigation says that he was normal with 50million sperm count.And i have normal uterus,fallopian tube but ovaries r with mild pcos.iam having periods once in 35 days.i gonna checkup with thyroid tests.T3,T4 is normal and TSH is high and this is named as hypothyroidism.Now iam taking tablet namely Thyronorm 75mcg daily in empty stomach for past one month.my question is do this medication for hypothyroidism will cure my PCOD and promotes pregnancy?did anybody get conceived in such cases and within how long u got preggy? in case i got conceived and delivered,is that compulsary to take that thyroid medication for my life long or it may b stopped?

    • ANSWER:
      i dont think it cures pcod but surely it'll help promoting pregnancy...without taking medicine...u may not get pregnant or stay pregnant...it causes miscarraiges...inadequate thyroid hormone affects baby's mental growth and also it is compulsory to take medication all your life orelse body doesnt function normally. but there is another option...try homeopathy...it is 8 months course, and also yoga simultaneously, after making sure it got completely cured then only u can try to get pregnant. i'm hypothyroid and taking 75mcg thyronorm. when i started taking medicine i dont know about homeopathy..no one suggested me.i heard about this a lot in india, but i had no personel experience on how homeopathy works.

      i got hypothyroid after delivery. but one of my friend took medication before conceiving and throught pregnancy and soon after delivery her thyroid came to normal and then she stopped taking. it depends...we cannot guess.
      i think it takes 3 months to get conceived after taking thyroid medine...body needs to adjust medication. u should wait 6 weeks after taking medication and check it once again(blood test) make sure hormone levels are in range and then try for pregnancy.
      thyroid hormone plays major role in pregnancy and also baby's mental health...it should not be neglected. and also after u get pregnant your thyroid needs to be checked frequently.

      http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/hypothyroidism/overview.html

  49. QUESTION:
    What is this? Is it because of my depression and how do i cure it?
    Yea so ive been suffering from depression for a bit. like a couple months now. So it has gotten to a point where im suffering from vertigo and im constantly feeling sick. Now to the point of my question..
    Recently like the last 3 weeks ive been coughing out blood. Like not a lot of blood but like 3 to 5 drops would fly out. It hurts when it comes out. Id cough like periodically about 2 to 3 times every 2 days.

    Besides fixing depression how can i cure the blood coughing? What is this blood coughing anyway?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask yourself: "Why do I feel depressed, and when did I first start to feel this way: can I associate this with any recent change in my life?" (if so, it is probably reactive [situational] depression: counselling, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be indicated, but most of life's adverse situations are resolved within 16 weeks, yet the medical criteria for depression, and the prescription of antidepressants is only 2 weeks!). Or, was it a more gradual thing, with no apparent cause? (a nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, environmental toxicity, or reactions to some medications, etc., becomes more likely as the cause). Antidepressants work quicker than the following; 2 - 6 weeks, but you may have to adjust dosage, or types. St. John's wort (Hypericum Perforatum) helps most people, tolerance doesn't develop, and the few side effects don't occur often, and even then are normally not severe (neither should be relied on as a sole treatment).

      It doesn't cause sleeping problems, or weight change, but usually takes at least 2, and generally 4 - 6 weeks to become effective, but can work quicker than antidepressants, sometimes. A recent, independent German double blind study showed it to be as effective as Sertraline (marketed in the USA as Zoloft: a commonly prescribed antidepressant) in cases of major depression, with far fewer side effects, and those were generally better tolerated, with a lower rate of discontinuation. Unlike antidepressants, where sexual dysfunction is a common side effect, it happens much more rarely with St. John's wort (I have noticed no effect in this area). Remember back to a time when life was full of promise, or a day when you felt particularly good, or possibly excited from a good result. Emotional states are associated with memories, and if it isn't major depression, this method can help. A multidimensional approach to treating depression without medication follows. All except for no. (7.) are safe to use with medication, but not St. John's wort, because of interactions, and it's sensible to check out anything else first with your doctor.

      (1.) Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or grapefruit, or their FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it. In the winter months, replace 2 Omega 3 with a teaspoonful or so of cod liver oil, if not getting sufficient daily exposure to strong light (http://www.mercola.com/ SEARCHBAR: enter: "vitamin D"). More about this, here**. Also take a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin; a deficiency in vitamin B9 (folic acid, or folate) is known to cause depression. Around 30% - 40% of depressed people have low vitamin B12 levels. Depressed females using the contraceptive pill may benefit from vitamin B6 supplements. ~~~

      (2.) Work up slowly to at least 20 minutes minutes of exercise, daily, or 30 - 60 mns, 5 times weekly. Too much exercise can cause stress, which isn't wanted when dealing with depression. ~~~(3.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain). (4.) Use daily, a relaxation method* and/or yoga*, and/or Tai Chi*. ~~~ (5.) Initially, at least, some form of counselling, preferably either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy. ~~~ (6.) Maintain a mood chart, and daily activities schedule**. ~~~ (7.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St. John's wort, (get a German variety, if possible; local ones may vary in effectiveness. Take with a meal) or supplements, such as SAMe, or Inositol (from vitamin and health food stores, some supermarkets, or mail order: view section 55).

      If 5HTP is used to boost serotonin levels, (which are low in depressed people) it is best taken with a high carbohydrate, minimal protein meal, like pasta, with tomato & basil, and avoid protein for 90 minutes, before, and after, to maximise the amount crossing the blood/brain barrier. Also, 80% of people in the Western world have low magnesium levels, and these are known to cause depression & anxiety. Try pharmacies & supermarkets for the magnesium supplement types shown in http://www.real-depression-help.com/
      Low levels of calcium, and potassium can also cause depression. Have your blood tested, and correct any deficiencies, preferably through improved nutrition.An improvement can be noticed in as little as a week, if a deficiency is the cause. Also, use iodised salt, as many people are deficient, affecting thyroid function (one of the treatments in books on depression is iodine drops). View section 2, on the first 3 pages*, and also pages R**, C, I, and section 11, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris

  50. QUESTION:
    Born without a thyroid......Help?
    I'm 19. Born without a thyroid. I take 150 Mcg of Levothyroxine once a day. I have a hormone in-balance. Diagnosed with ADD when I was 6. Recently diagnosed with Anorexia and Bulimia as well. Asthma also. Oh AND diagnosed as prediabetic.So my birth mother never really took it as seriously as she should've. Especially after she saw clear signs of it. (She's an idiot.) I'm finally starting to take charge of my own life and take care of myself. Previous to now I never really looked into my condition because my whole life my birth mother literally shrugged and said. "Eh, it's nothing." Out of curiosity, I started looking it up.I found that most people like me can't have babies. I mean there ARE a majority of them who has had kids, but some can't. I saw a statistic from one person saying their chance of having a baby is 0-3%. Does that mean I'm going to have the same statistic? My periods are extremely abnormal due to the hormonal in-balance. I am currently keeping an eye on the cycle because apparently I am in risk for .......Uteral cancer I think it was? Darn memory. So does that mean I can't have kids? I always feel like my medication dose is too low. I used to take 137 mcg but my doc recently bumped it up and it's a good thing cause I think it was causing my depression. Also, does me not eating effect me more than it would to someone who has both thyroids or does it effect it less? My doctor said I should be drinking milk, a lot so I'm assuming I'm lacking Iodine. And I recently read that they somehow get milk in our salt? Strange,so does that mean I should eat more salty things? Tell me everything anyone knows about anything to do with a thyroid! Even if it doesn't directly pertain to me! I wanna know. Even if a crumb effects me! I wanna know what to look for. I googled but it mostly talks about people with overactive or underactive thyroids! Even if the weather effects me, I wanna know, please and thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      In short, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism....the former, persons gain weight VERY easily, due to SLUGGISH underactive thyroid, poor memory as one advances in age, brittle nails, constripation...The latter, very high metabolism. The food consumed, is processed immediately, toooo fast and the person loses weight quic kly, even though they are consuming their calories daily....Your doctor is right to advise you to drink milk, as any type of THYROXINE MEDICATION, OVER TIME, robs the BONES of CALCIUM, and over time, say 40 years from now, you DONOT want OSTEOPOROSIS, a thinning of the bones, sometimes seen as a curvature of the spine on elderly persons. You will be on our medication for a lifetime, and the doses will be adjusted accordingly..No doubt you are having regular blood tests, for either TSH, T3,T4 t3 uptake...Close monitoring of the blood work tells the doctor iff the dose you are presently on is within normal limits for you.. You are young enough to make things right, pertaining to your thyroid condition....Read up on asmuch literature as you can...Knowledge is power, and who knows down the road, if modern science will come through with state of the art cure pill...In the interim, see below for thyroids as a whole My best to you.... ps. No thyroid equals HYPOTHYROIDISM

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