Is There A Cure For Hyperthyroidism

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to cure hyperthyroidism without medication?
    I'm 17 and just found out I have hyperthyroidism. I have an overactive thyroid. Anyway, at this point the military is my only option, specifically the Navy. The doctor's say I'll probably have to have surgery, removing the thyroid, and will have to take medication for the rest of my life. Which means I won't be able to join the military. I'm coming here as my last option, can anybody tell me a way to cure/take care of this without me being dependent on medication. PLEASE and thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Get more endocrine system tests, including estrogen levels. You can take a drug to lower TSH and be okay. You do not need surgery. Thanks for trusting Yahoo!

  2. QUESTION:
    What cures are there for hyperthyroidism?
    im going to consult my doctor as i believe i have hyperthyroidism.
    i was wondering what type of treatments will they offer? pills? natural advise? or anything else
    i'd like to know so i know what more to expect when i go there.

    • ANSWER:
      I had hyperthyroidism, you really need to go to the doctor, untreated hyperthyroidism can be really bad, I ended up in hospital with a thyroid storm because when I first found out I had it they never gave me medication.

      Also stay away from Kale because it contains lots of iodine

      vegetables like brocolli, calliflower and spinach is good as it can suppress thyroid hormone cos with hyperthyroidism your thyroid is producing too much

      You really do need to see a doctor though.

      from
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/hyperthyroidism-faq.htm

      For most forms of hyperthyroid disease, no, they will not go away. Not treating most forms of hyperthyroid can be very dangerous. Initially it can lead to an irregular heat beat, worsening heart failure, and chest pain. Eventually it can lead to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, overly strong and fast heartbeats, possible severe emotional disorders, and even heart failure. When the hyperthyroid condition gets this bad, it's called a thyroid crisis or thyroid storm. Stay out of the bad thyroid weather - don't ignore this disease! It can kill you. Get it taken care of.

  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:
    What is the cure for equine hyperthyroidism in the UK?
    I think my horse had it so I was wondering what the treatment and price of it was and can you ride whilst my horse has hyperthyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      If you only THINK your horse has this very rare problem then you need to get the vet to run blood tests.
      More likely it has Cushings.

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      Freeze Frame ids reading something she found on the net but read this article before you do anything.

      Either way, you need the vet to run bloods and tests.
      http://www.equinechronicle.com/health/facts-and-myths-about-equine-hypothyroidism.html

      Every one of the symptoms mentioned are also symptoms of Cushings.

      Get the vet to test.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can hyperthyroidism be cured or get rid of without surgery?
    I'm going to the doctor to see if I have hyperthyroidism and if I do will they be able to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      One of three methods (incl RAI) are used to 'kill off' the thyroid, rendering it HypO, then it is treated as if had been hypO all along.

      Please make sure before they say for sure that is hypER, that they test for antibodies to see if it might be just a hypER swing if Hashi's.

      God bless

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural way to treat hyperthyroidism in an old cat?
    Hyperthyroidism causes my 20 year old cats metabolism to speed up like crazy. He's hungry all the time and getting thinner. The vet cure is an operation to remove his thyroid gland, but he is too old to have surgery. (Most likely wouldn't wake up.) There is also radioactive iodine which is extremely cost prohibitive, especially on such an old cat. The pills the vet gave haven't helped. Is there maybe a natural remedy I could try? Anyone have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      No there are no natural remedies for hyperthyroidism in cats. If you can't afford the Iodine, or the surgery, (and I agree with you, too big a risk at that age), You may have to face the fact that it's time to let go. I know cats can live more than 20 years, but if you can't regulate with the medication, the surgery or iodine are your only other options. I hope you find something that might help.

      Edit: While admittedly there are those who would give advice designed to harm through malice, there ARE those who truly DO care and give sound advice. I have not been in the field for 3 years now, and have not worked directly with a holistic vet, however; I have worked in concert with an Internist who cared for several animals who were in the care of a holistic vet. I am all for alternative medicine, I practice holistic living in my own and my cat's care.
      But, at 20 years old, your cat is nearing the end of his life. To have a cat live that long is not unusual, but it is not typical. That speaks to the outstanding care and love you have given your cat.
      Euthanasia is never a decision made lightly. One must take into consideration the pet's quality of life with the disease affecting it, and what VIABLE options are available in treating the disease. You could try contacting a holistic veterinarian, and if there is some treatment that can help your cat, by all means; try it. But you should also be prepared in the event that there is NOT any other alternative.
      I wish you and your cat the best.

  7. QUESTION:
    what kind of natural remidies can I use for hyperthyroidism?
    I have hyperthyroidism and am trying to find out the foods I can and cannot eat. Also if there might be a natural cure instead of surgury.
    I hope someone has some answers thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Acupuncture can help treat your hyperthyroidism. You may also want to purchase a diode chain to wear around your neck. There is a master acupuncturist in Newton, MA named Kiiko Matsumoto, and you can buy the chain from her website. You would wear the chain as a necklace. You can also call her clinic and send email to get more information. I posted the link to the website where you can find info on the diode chain. Any acupuncturist in your area should be able to help you, but the diode chain would be an added bonus. Hope this helps!

      First off let me say that there is no single cure for hyperthyroidism in traditional or western medicine. They can both treat the condition, however if cruellaramzee wanted to take prescription medications then the question wouldn't be posted in the "Alternative Medicine" section. Now, prescription drugs have at best a 200 year history, whereas acupuncture has been refined for over 2000 years. All prescription drugs are metabolized by the liver, and the damaging effects of these drugs on the body are not yet fully understood. Here is some reference information for those who have "read no evidence" that acupuncture will help. It's too bad so many people are closed minded to the effectiveness of acupuncture.

      Zhang Y, Wang X. Treatment of 51 cases of hyperthyroidism by puncturing effective points. J Tradit Chin Med 1994 Sep;14(3):167-70.

      This was taken from the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine website.

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/archive/20040823/pubs/cbm/acupuncture.html

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone out there had hyperthyroidism and or Graves Disease?
    I have hyperthyroidism and now Graves disease, I have been on Tapazole medication and it just isn't working for me so now I am scheduled to have radio iodine treatment that kills the thyroid has anyone out there had this treament and if so I would like to know how it worked for you. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same. I have been on methimizole (Tapizole) for 2.5 years now. It is working great.

      What leads you to believe that the Tapizole isn't working for you? I've never heard of that. I've only heard of doctors who prescribe it inappropriately.

      Please reconsider the radioactive iodine thyroid ablation. You need your thyroid to live. There are extreme negative consequences to your health from this treatment. And it's NOT a cure for Grave's disease. After the treatment, you will still have Grave's disease. Plus you will have a new disease - hypothyroidism. You will have to be treated for hypothyroidism for the rest of your life.

  9. QUESTION:
    What kind of Herbal or Vegetables that can help to lower the iodine produce by the overactive thyroid gland?
    Im still have hyperthyroidism and until now i dont have a planned to go to the doctors and treated by radioactive iodine due to the financial problem. I really need your suggestion regarding this matter

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      OK, several points to straighten out here.

      The thyroid does not produce iodine. It uses the iodine that you eat and turns it into thyroid hormones. So eat less iodine. First of all, you need to give up iodized salt completely. Also seafood, seaweed, carageenan, and dairy are all high in iodine. Beyond that, don't worry about it too much. You have to have thyroid hormones in order to live. And your thyroid needs iodine in order to produce thyroid hormones. Therefore you must consume iodine. Just try not to consume excess iodine. Stay away from the really high iodine foods, and don't worry about the rest of your iodine intake.

      There are substances called goitregens that interfere with the thyroid's ability to product thyroid hormones. Some goitregens are soy, and crucufirous vegitables like brocolli. Increasing your intake of these foods could lower your thyroid levels slightly.

      Next, hyperthyroidism is only a SYMPTOM. It is not a disease. What is the cause of your hyperthyroidism? Is it Grave's disease?

      You have made one good decision so far. Never, never, never have RAI for Grave's disease. It will ruin your health permanently. It isn't a proper treatment for Grave's disease, because if you have RAI, you will still have Grave's disease. This is the part doctors don't tell you. They tell you that RAI is a cure, and it isn't. RAI does not cure Grave's disease. RAI can actually make Grave's disease worse. RAI can make Grave's disease attack your eyes. So you will still have Grave's disease after RAI, plus possibly Grave's opthalmopathy, and also an additional disease - iteragenic hypothyroidism. And the hypothyroidism will make you miserable for the rest of your life.

      However, you can also ruin your health permanently by letting your Grave's disease go untreated. Or you can die of a thyroid storm or heart failure. You need treatment. The correct treatment for Grave's disease is methimizole (or PTU in the UK). And methimizole is as cheap as drugs come. So you need a new doctor who knows this, and you need a prescription for methimizole.

  10. QUESTION:
    what kind of natural remidies can I use for hyperthyroidism?
    I have hyperthyroidism and am trying to find out the foods I can and cannot eat. Also if there might be a natural cure instead of surgury.
    I hope someone has some answers thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good site with lots of great information on naturally treating hyperthyroidism. http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Nutrition/clements63.htm
      I hope that you find something on this website that is helpful to you..
      God Bless

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some natural or homeapathic remedies for hyperthyroidism?
    I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and now taking Methamazole. I'm looking for some homeopathic medicine to help out to cure it. Any suggestions? Thanks, and no stupid answers please.

    • ANSWER:
      not a stupid question at all... I take thyromin from young living, its all natural... it helps regulate your thyroid plus your pituitary and adrenals.. I have to take in the morning because it makes me stay up at night, cause your adrenals give you energy.. I know alot of people on this, its pretty amazing.. oils2cure.com item number 3246 its kind of pricey, but really it dont hurt any other organs in the process of helping you.. you can also use an essential oil called endoflex on your big toe.. I havent tried that yet, but have seen a few people recommend it.. its from the same company by young living.. I signed up as a consultant because the oils saved my life 2 years ago.. the thyromin comes in a capsule, the endoflex comes in an oil.. if you have any questions my email and # will be on the website. hope this helps
      Misty

  12. QUESTION:
    Did anyone here have trouble getting pregnant with hyperthyroidism?
    I have hyperthyroidism. We've been TTC for 4 years. My levels are finally going to normal, and the doctor thinks I'll be cured in the New Year. That means I should be able to conceive, right? (If it is the only reason why we haven't conceived yet)

    I was just looking for some other peoples experience with the same issue. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have HYPOthyroidism, and I know for a fact that if your thyroid isn't balanced, it's harder to conceive and the risk of miscarriage is higher. I think it will definitely help getting your thyroid balanced. I have some other fertility issues, but I become pregnant the first month my thyroid levels were finally in the normal range. I think that had a lot to do with a boost to my fertility. I know my friend who has hyperthyroidism had her doctor suggest that she maintain her levels for three months before TTC, and she was pregnant within two weeks after that deadline.

      I hope the same happens for you. Good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the safest treatment for hyperthyroidism in cats?
    Our cat was just diagnosed with hyperactive thyroid & my parents want to do the methimazole treatment. I heard that there are lots of side effects including liver & kidney damage. I prefer the radioactive iodine cause I heard it's a cure for the disease.

    Anyway, if you have a cat with hyperthyroidism, what course of action did you take? Which do you recommend if safest method?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry I can't help specifically, but wanted to suggest another source for info that might be helpful to you. Although I haven't joined any for feline hyperthyroid, I do know from first-hand experience (feline cancer group) that these specialized groups typically have a lot of information about the conditions, treatments, etc. and the folks are very friendly and helpful. These three Yahoo Groups specifically mention feline hyperthyroid, the first is dedicated to that specific condition:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feline-hyperT
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline_Hypertension
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FelineDiabetics

      Hope this helps & best of luck to you and your cat!!

  14. QUESTION:
    what kind of natural remidies can I use for hyperthyroidism?
    I have hyperthyroidism and am trying to find out the foods I can and cannot eat. Also if there might be a natural cure instead of surgury.
    I hope someone has some answers thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Kelp is very good for the Thyroid and helps speed it up because it contains natural iodine.You will also want to include plenty of other seafoods and sea vegetables such as dulse,nori,arame,and ocean fish.Avoid goiterogenic foods that suppress thyroid function such as Cabbage,Soy products,Raw broccoli and Raw cauliflower.Increase protein intake as its essential for thyroid function.And be sure to include plenty of green vegetables.L-tyrosin is also a good one for thyroid function.Many people have success with the natural thyroid Armour rather then synthroid.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can my wife be on mystery diagnosis or can someone here help?
    My wife has been sick for nearly a year suffering with numbness in extremities, discolored toes, bruises easily, shortness of breath, fatigue, joint pain, migraines, has nodules on her thyroid but blood tests do not indicate hypo or hyperthyroidism, she tests on borderline for lupus, but not definitively enough for doctors to make a diagnosis. They try to tell her its just stress, but we can't see that she would have constant stress for an entire year to cause all of this. Has anyone experienced anything similar?

    • ANSWER:
      Your wife is very fortunate to have a husband that cares about her as much as you do - you are wonderful to be helping her search for a cure/treatment for her problems.

      I STRONGLY recommend that she see a physician that specializes in hormone treatments (doesn't necessarily need to be an endocrinologist). This seems like a classic hormone imbalance situation and it can get even worse than it is now. It's very possible to have a thyroid or other hormone imbalance and not have it show up in blood tests. A physician experienced with this will be able to explain to you why that's the case.

      A good route to finding a physician that knows a lot about this is to find one that specializes in bio-identical hormones. Here are links to two sites that might be helpful:

      http://www.drerika.com/ - one with a lot of information that treats patients through phone consults nationally

      www.hotzehwc.com/ - a clinic in my area that has had a lot of success with these cases - it's probably not close to you - but, the site has some good information.

      I wish you and your wife the best of luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    Can starting Thyroid medication for hypothyroid (Levoxyl) cause your eyes to swell or hurt?
    I had Grave's disease (hyperthyroidism) and had past eye problems. I received Radioactive iodine 6 years ago and my thyroid became normal along w ith my eyes. Now this year I became mildy hypothyroid TSH alittle over 7.40 and everything else normal. I was put on .25 mcg of Levoxyl which I stated taking almost a month ago. Now I am experiencing soreness, burning painful eyesballs. Can the medication be doing this? Its such a small dose and I dont know if the graves eye disease is coming back.

    • ANSWER:
      HI LilJay

      NOt sure about the medication, but here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Abnormal immune response is believed be a possible cause of hypothyroidism. The exact cause is not known, but certain antibodies from the immune system will launch an assault on the thyroid, disturbing hormone production. Lumps or tumors that form on the thyroid also disrupt hormone production. Temporary hyperthyroidism can be caused by infection or inflammation, and certain prescription drugs.

      Hyperthyroidism is less common than Hypothyroidism, yet for both diseases, women appear to be more susceptible than men. Be aware that a malfunctioning thyroid may be the cause of recurring illnesses.

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

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that naturally suppress excess thyroid hormone production. Such foods include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peaches, and pears. Eliminate dairy products, over consumption of wheat products, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.

      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. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedy Thyroidium is very helpful in assisting in proper thyroid regulation.

      Juice Therapy: Drink carrot, celery, spinach, and parsley juice; or juice made from a combination of cabbage, watercress, and spinach.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help regulate thyroid function: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, choline, trace minerals, iodine, kelp, and thyroid glandulars.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hyperthyroidism: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

  17. QUESTION:
    What's the average life span for a cat with kidney failure?
    My 8 year old cat was just diagnosed with stage 2 kidney failure (late stage 2). We also found out a month ago that he has hyperthyroidism. How long do most cats with kidney failure live?

    • ANSWER:
      With treatment (almost all of which can be done at home), to help keep the toxins flushed out and supplements to help manage imbalances or meds to deal with symptoms ( not all prescription meds, includes some over the counter things that can be helpful, like Pepcid AC for stomach acid) most cats with the disease caught at this stage live at least a year and many are surviving several years. I know of some who have lived 6+ years or after diagnosis. It depends on various things. It is definitely worth it to give your cat a chance and see how he does.
      This may be something you want to read about the stages etc. "How Bad is it?" http://felinecrf.org/how_bad_is_it.htm

      Doing the sub-q fluids at home, at the point that the cat needs it, is absolutely worth it I think. Most people are able to do it and most cats learn to tolerate it very well. I think they find out that they feel so much better soon after getting their fluids. and there are a lot of tips to make it easier.

      On the hyper-T, for a cat with concurrent renal disease, it is better to put them on the methimazole oral medication than to get the radioactive iodine treatment or surgery that would totally cure the hyper-T but can make the renal disease worse. By using medication you can do your best to balance the 2. ( Maybe you already did get the Radiocat treatment and that was how you discovered the renal disease. In that case there's no going back. but it is actually lucky he is not worse than Stage 2. )

      There are very different ideas on diet now. It used to be they just automatically put them on a low protein diet like Hill's k/d but this causes some problems of its own - anemia and muscle wasting and inappetance. The body starts breaking down its own tissues for protein. and then the kidneys have to deal with THAT protein. Sometimes these things have then been blamed on the disease itself progressing....
      The vets at our cat only hospital no longer put a cat on a food with protein as low as k/d except in some cases at the end stage.
      In recent years some vets think that the reason that the reduced protein diet has sometimes shown some good results is really more because of the lower phosphorus in those diets They say that it is important to focus on the phosphorus -- using phosphorus binders as needed like aluminum hydroxide dry gel powder added to the food -- and the _quality_ of the protein, feeding a diet with moderate-high protein from easily digestible (for cats) protein sources like muscle meat from chicken, turkey or rabbit.
      This page mentions some of the dietary thought and has links to some papers on these issues http://felinecrf.com/managd.htm
      Either way of looking at the protein issue, it is best for the cat to be on wet food, since dehydration is a problem.

      I would definitely recommend you to join one of the Yahoo groups for feline chronic kidney disease. and there will very probably be some members who have experience dealing with both kidney disease and hyperthyroidism.
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-crf-support/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-CRF-Support/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/FelineCRF/

      Also there are some very informative websites . 2 with almost the same url.
      One is http://felinecrf.org
      The other is http://felinecrf.com/

      I'm sorry your cat was diagnosed with this. I hope that he will be one of the ( relatively) lucky ones and with your help he will be able to have several more happy years with you.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for Hyperthyroid eye disease^?
    I was diagnosed with Graves disease a year ago and underwent radioactive iodine treatment 5 months ago. I am now hypo and just started taking synthroid. for the past 2 weeks however, one of my eye has become much more prominent than the other and the bulging has not gone down. I am running tests with the optometrist because my vision has slightly deteriorated and we think it's due to the disease. What's the best way to cure my bulging eye?

    • ANSWER:
      Graves disease is an auto-immune disease. It means that your immune system attacks your own body.

      You initially had hyperthyroidism. Now the connective tissue in your eye is being stimulated by the same antibody that "gave" you hyperthyroidism.

      Unfortunately, the only way to make it better is using immunossuppressive therapy.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do all patients with graves disease get bulging eyes?
    How long does it take for doctors to establish a treatment for graves disease? How long does it take for the eyes to get bulgy? My brother was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and Graves disease. His eyes still look normal but his neck is already getting very swollen.. I'd like to know if he'll be back to normal in a couple months or will there always be secondary effects after the treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      No. My husband did not. He went into thyroid storm & was in the hospital several days. I have seen many people w/ bulging eyes & are skinny as a rail & you know they are Hyperthyroid & you think ... do they have a regular doctor ... why doesnt he/she help them!?! The neck can be swollen whether hypO or hypER. There is no cure for either. For HypER, doctors use one of three methods (usually RAI) to render them hypO then they are treated accordingly ... meds for life ... usually Synthroid & Cytomel.

      God bless

  20. QUESTION:
    I currently found out that I have Hyperhidrosis, and I want to know if anything works?
    I've been sweating like crazy in my palms and feet. I want to know if there is any other way to cure or at least decrease the sweating other than surgery and injections. I mean its so bad that I can't even shake someone's hand or even hi five them without them getting sweat on them. I'm 14 and is there any kinda deodorant that will work? will Right Guard work? and Is there any other ways that would decrease the sweat?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Stonecold,

      Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes extreme sweating. The sweating may occur under the arms, on the feet or on the palms of the hand. The exact cause is not known. However, it appears to be a problem with the sympathetic nervous system, which controls sweating. The excess sweating can be so severe it can cause dehydration, interfere with daily activities and may cause embarrassment. There are treatments for hyperhidrosis that can help.

      Step 1:
      Rule out other medical conditions. See your physician who will take a medical history, complete an exam and do blood work. This will help rule out other conditions which may cause an increase in sweating such as hyperthyroidism.

      Step 2:
      Apply an ointment. Over the counter product are sold which may help mild hyperhidrosis. Look for products that contain aluminum chloride. They help dry up sweat glands. Some individuals may develop a rash as a side effect.

      Step 3:
      Take medications. Since it is believed to be a problem with the sympathetic nervous system which regulates our body temperature, medications which affect this system may help. Some physicians prescribe antidepressants, sedatives or beta blockers.

      Step 4:
      Try electrical stimulation. A small battery powered device is used to send an electrical stimulation to the affected area of the body. This is thought to interfere with sweat production. Treatments are needed several times a week to be effective.

      Step 5:
      Get an injection. Botox is not just for wrinkles. To treat hyperhidrosis it is injected into the area affected. The toxins may be able to block nerves which stimulate sweating. Treatment usually needs to be repeated in six months.

      Step 6:
      Undergo surgery. If hyperhidrosis is severe and other treatments have not worked surgery may be an option. A specific part of the sympathetic nerve may be clipped or removed. With technological advances this surgery is able to be performed through an endoscope.

      Hope that helps,
      Ice

      http://johnnysweat.com/

  21. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me something more abouth hormonal disorders at women?
    Out of curiosity. What are the most usual hormonal disorders; What usually cause (which) hormonal disorders; What are simptoms; how do you cure a hormonal disorder; What to do/ not to do to get a hormonal disorder?...

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the 3 most common hormonal disorders in women:

      Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
      Thyroid Dysfunction.
      Adrenal Fatigue.

      Here's a brief description of each:

      ♯ Common Hormone Disorders: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
      The most common hormonal disorder among women is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which affects an estimated 7 percent of women. However, many cases may go undiagnosed, so as many as one in 10 women may be affected.

      "This is a syndrome, which means it is a collection of features," said Dr. Ricardo Azziz, chair of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's department of obstetrics and gynecology.

      Two-thirds of women with PCOS are overweight and most are insulin resistant. Symptoms include:

      ♦ Irregular or absent periods
      ♦ Unusual body hair growth
      ♦ Unusually severe acne
      ♦ Darkened skin patches
      ♦ Rapid weight gain

      Although the cause of PCOS remains unknown, researchers are looking into its connection to obesity, genetics and insulin production.

      Lifestyle changes, including eating a healthy diet and exercising, are often "prescribed" for patients with PCOS. This is because weight loss has been found to cause an improvement, or even a remission, of symptoms. Sometimes medications, including birth control pills and fertility drugs, are prescribed to help with symptoms.

      ♯ Thyroid Dysfunction:
      Over 20 percent of menopausal women in the United States are diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction, according to Marcy Holmes, NP, Certified Menopause Clinician, and Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN N.P. However, studies suggest that millions more may be suffering from subclinical problems, but remain undiagnosed.

      Most women are affected by hypothyroidism, a sluggish or "underactive" thyroid. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

      ♦ Fatigue
      ♦ Weight gain
      ♦ Depression
      ♦ High cholesterol

      Other women may be affected by the opposite, hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid. A person with hyperthyroidism may:

      ♦ Have trouble sleeping
      ♦ Feel anxious
      ♦ Be irritable
      ♦ Feel overheated
      ♦ Experience weight loss (with an increased appetite)

      Hormonal imbalances, which could be caused by stress and nutritional deficiencies, trigger thyroid disease. Hypothydroidism may also occur at other times your body may be more prone to hormonal imbalance, such as during perimenopause, menopause and pregnancy.

      ♯ Adrenal Fatigue:
      Your adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) act as control centers for many hormones. One of their most important tasks is to get your body ready for the "fight or flight" stress response, which means increasing adrenaline and other hormones.

      This response increases your heart rate and blood pressure, slows your digestion and basically gets your body ready to face a potential threat or challenge.

      While this response is good when it's needed, many of us are constantly faced with stressors (work, environmental toxins, not enough sleep, worry, etc.) and are in this "fight or flight" mode for far too long -- much longer than was ever intended from an evolutionary standpoint.

      The result? The adrenals become overworked and fatigued. Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction are varied, but include:

      ♦ Fatigue and weakness
      ♦ A suppressed immune system
      ♦ Muscle and bone loss
      ♦ Depression
      ♦ Hormonal imbalance
      ♦ Skin problems
      ♦ Autoimmune disorders

      You can support healthy adrenal function by:

      ♦ Resting more
      ♦ Reducing stress in your life
      ♦ Eating a nutrient-dense diet

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I get my husband to get help with his hyperthyroidism?
    He has lost over 40 pounds and he says his eyes are starting to bother him. He won't do any of the treatments and thinks he is just fine. He looks way sick though. How can I convince him that he needs help?!

    • ANSWER:
      does he know anything about thyriod storms???? they can kill!!

      just go tell him to drink the radioactive drink thingy... its a one time deal and usually cures hyperthyriodism.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does all seafood contain iodine?
    I need to avoid anything with iodine (salt, dairy, etc..) (yes they clean the dairy vats with iodine) due to hyperthyroidism until I am treated for it (hopefully by next month). I did a search online and didnt get my answer, so I'm asking all you smart people if you know. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Some foods that contain iodine that you may want to avoid are listed below:

      Iodized salt, sea salt, and salty foods.
      All dairy products (milk, sour cream, cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream)
      Margarine
      Egg yolks
      Seafood (fish, shellfish, seaweed, kelp)
      Foods that contain carrageen, agar-agar, algin, or alginate - all of these are made from seaweed
      Many prepared and/or cured meats (ham, bacon, sausage, corned beef, etc)
      Fresh chicken or turkey with broth or additives injected
      Dried fruit
      Canned vegetables
      Commercial bakery products
      Chocolate
      Molasses
      Soy products (soy sauce, soy milk, tofu)
      Any vitamins or supplements that contain iodine
      FD&C red dye #3 - this appears in many foods or pills that are red or brown, including colas
      http://www.thyrogen.com/patient/resources/p_pt_res-iodine_diet.asp

      Low Iodine Recipes:
      SOUP, SALAD, SIDES, ENTREES, DESSERT and OTHER
      http://www.checkyourneck.com/cookbook.asp

  24. QUESTION:
    Is medication honestly the best cure for anxiety and depression?
    Im scared to take medication for my problem. Please serious answers only
    @Karen: Ive gone through that route with Xanax and had even worse panic attacks and i also thought i was going crazy..

    • ANSWER:
      Medication for anxiety and depression should be used only when all other things have not worked! Here are some general tips for dealing with anxiety: -

      i) Many different things can cause anxiety. The causes can be physiological or psychological or both. It helps to understand the actual causes of one's anxiety. The first thing that you might want to do is to consult a doctor and rule out physiological causes (e.g. hyperthyroidism, mitral valve prolapse, Cushing's disease, side-effects of some medicine, etc.)

      ii) It helps to take a balanced diet rich in all nutrients required by the body. It is important to avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, junk foods, and foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG). Caffeine is present in coffee, black tea, colas, and the so-called "energy drinks". Consuming foods rich in vitamin B complex, magnesium, inositol, tryptophan, alpha-linolenic acid/omega-3 fatty acids might also help anxiety.

      iii) You might want to take sufficient exercise and sleep, and follow a regular time-table for sleep, work/studies, recreation, exercise, etc.

      iv) We usually think something before we feel anything. By changing our thoughts we can change our feelings. Sometimes anxiety is caused by maladaptive thought patterns; we can deal with anxiety by re-examining our thought patterns. Cognitive behavior therapy is based on this idea.

      v) You might want to examine the evidence of certain beliefs that might be causing you anxiety. You might want to learn how to substitute negative thoughts with positive thoughts. For example, you might be worried about something bad happening to you, but the probability that something bad will actually happen might be quite low--so low that you can ignore such thoughts and concentrate on your positive actions rather than on feared negative outcomes that are very unlikely to occur.

      vi) You might want to talk to your friends and/or family.

      vii) You might want to talk to a psychologist. A psychologist might use techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), relaxation training, hypnosis, systematic desensitization (for phobias), etc.

      viii) You might want to learn some relaxation techniques, e.g. deep breathing exercises, visualization techniques for relaxation, Jacobson's progressive muscle relaxation, Herbert Benson's relaxation response, self-hypnosis, meditation, yoga, autogenic training, etc. Lots of information about these techniques can be found on the Internet.

      ix) You might want to set realistic goals and expectations, schedule your priorities, manage your time effectively, and avoid procrastination.

      x) You might want to try some alternative remedies such as aroma-therapy, herbal remedies for anxiety, massage-therapy, listening to relaxing music, etc.

      xi) If nothing else works, you might be prescribed anti-anxiety medicines by a psychiatrist. These might include Alprazolam (Xanax), Clonazepam (Klonopin/Rivotril/Rivatril), Diazepam (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan/Temesta), SSRIs, etc. In most cases they work very well, but they should be used as a last resort since they are very addictive.

  25. QUESTION:
    Any Teas out there to help Hyperthyroidism and/or Anxiety?
    There's no gareentee that I have this condition but just in case, are there any teas or other natural ways to ease or "cure" it? I also have anxiety which is something I'm trying to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      Zoloft tea :)? Just kidding, I recommend exercising 10 minutes+ a day get your heart pumping. Meditate 10 min+ a day, let your mind settle, sit relaxed I like Indian style and think of whatever you want. Another option go to the doctor, they will probably give you zoloft or prozac. There iss a herb called saint Johns wort. The herb didn't help me but everything else I listed did.

      Feel better :)

  26. QUESTION:
    is there a cure for goiter? what foods are good and bad for goiter?
    I have nodular goiter for years now, I would sometimes exprience sudden changes in my weight, falling hair, dry skin and always catching my breath whenever i climb the stairs.

    • ANSWER:
      yes. 98% of goiter are curable. You're lucky that your goiter is nodular. Unlike Hyperthyroidism which is far worse than nodular because of a lot of complications, nodular goiter can be cured by taking substitute pills for T3 & T4 like Levothyroxin.

      Avoid too much stress.

      Consult your Endocrinologist, though.

      Good luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    After suffering from an over-active thyroid from a young age. I have been left with Graves disease of the eyes
    I am now in my thirties. Has anyone else had this problem and what treatment if any did you receive to cure it?
    Thank you for your answers.
    Thank you Doctor Frank.
    Thank you Doctor Frank.

    • ANSWER:
      I am afraid treatment for hyperthyroidism does not correct the exopthalmus. The cause of this is not clearly understood, but is due to a substance called LATS, long acting thyroid stimulator. As far as I know the only way to improve the eye problem is still by using plastic surgery.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some cures for excessive sweating while sleeping at night?

    • ANSWER:
      While these night sweats can be a hassle, it can also be a sign of a serious medical condition. First, I know you have fixed the problem of the room being too hot, because then it wouldn't be a mystery so here are some other possibilities:
      1. Menopause
      2. Idiopathic hyperhidrosis
      3. Infections
      4. Cancer
      5. Medications
      6. Hypoglycemia
      7. Hormone Disorders
      8. Neurologic conditions

      Now the idiopathic hyperhidrosis is a fancy way of saying someone sweats at night for no apparent medical reason. Sometimes when we have infections we get fevers that are usually not detected, called low grade fevers in which the temp only goes up by a degree or two, but just like with a 103 degree fever we sweat. My uncle used to have bad night sweats and he was later diagnosed with diabetes, which in turn meant he got hypoglycemic at night (low blood sugar). Depending on you medications, they may be the cause. Neurologic disorders such as autonomic dysreflexia, post-traumatic syringomyelia, stroke, and autonomic neuropathy can cause severe night sweating. A horomonal disorder such as hyperthyroidism can also be the cause.

      As for curing it, find the cause and cure the cause or manage it in some cases.

  29. QUESTION:
    Have you heard that people living with Hep C and has had treatment may have organ failure?
    Did you hear this that it can affect the organs? That the person will be weaker due to the interferon and the harshness of the treatment. Is it the treatment that is harsh or the Hep C itself. And is it ever really cured if it doesnt show on the blood test?
    But if the Hep C is not showing anymore isnt that a possibility?
    Catmama..I wish your sister continued success

    • ANSWER:
      No, I haven't heard this...I've been through treatment and I am fine. Healthy and no sign of HCV. The horror stories you hear on the web are just that.

      Don't get me wrong here I am not discounting people who had to stop treatment, some people's genetic makeup make them very sensitive to the treatment...but interferon is nothing different than what your body is already used to making on its own. It's basically an oversupply of interferon added to the body to overpower the speedy replication of Hep C. If anything, its usually the Ribivirin that tends to make people "sicker".

      I would be interested to hear some stories of folks who had any kind of organ failure, but I would think that it is usually due to late stage HCV.

      The newer Pegylated Interferon can cause kidney problems since the plastic molecules added to the interferon can clog up the system. It can also invoke hyperthyroidism since extra Interferon overtaxes the balance of your metabolism.

      You also need to realize that many of those "bad treatment" stories you hear are from pre-pegylated interferon days - Prior to 2003, you had to take Interferon every 1-2 days a week so it really was harsh, back then. Now you take it once a week.

      If you are obese or already unhealthy from some other disease then I recommend to others that they do not start treatment until they fix those issues first.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have borderline hypothyroidism and allergies. Can Claritin D cure both?
    I noticed people with hyperthyroidism should not take Claritin D and that all the negative side effects are consistent with hyperthyroidism, so I wanted to know if taking Claritin D would fix hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      there is no cure for hypothyroidism. once u start taking meds to treat it u will take it for life. and claritin d will not affect it. i know i have bad allergies and graves disease, hyperthyroidism. good luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol?
    Also, what are the foods I should be eating to help with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) :-

      Head remedy; with nervousness (during pregnancy use with care) Rauwolfia S.Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly

      With depression; suicidal tendency; cardiac symptoms Aurum Met 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      With arteriosclerosis and senile paresis Aurum Iod 30X, 6 hourly

      With senility and senile behavioural changes Baryta Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Systolic pressure high and diastolic pressure very low Baryta Mur 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      With constriction in heart region and anginal pain Cactus G.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X, 3 hourly

      For fat and flabby patient; sweat on head, palms and soles, craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      In old age;old bachelors and old maids Conium Mac 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Palpitations in slight exertion; dyspnoea, insomnia and gastric complaints Crataegus Ox.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X 4 hourly

      Due to shock (broken love affair etc) emotional disturbances Ignatia 200X or 1M 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to congestion in brain; severe headache, lassitude and dizziness Glonoine 3X or 6X, 1/2 hourly

      Due to syphilitic origin; lancinating pain in head and bones Kali Iod.30X or 200X 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to gastric origin; flatulence; craving for sweets and warm food; worse 4 - 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Due to shock or grief; hyperthyroidism, goitre, addision's disease, diabetes ,etc. Desire for salt preparations Natrum Mur 200X or 1M 10 min (3 Doses)

      In syphilitic cases; angina pectoris; vertigo, dyspnoea and endocarditis Natrum Iod.30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      In tall, intelligent, hypertensive people; craves for icy cold things; fear of dark and stroms, etc. Phosphorus 30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      With sclerotic degeneration specially of spinal cord Plumbum Iod 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Due to grief; apprehension, dullness, loss of thirst etc. Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

      During menopausal stage; worse after sleep; great loquacity Lachesis 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Bursting pain in head; better by cold application, pressure, vertigo; palpitation of heart; worse when alone; sleeplessness with heaviness in head; oedematous swelling on face and legs Boerhaavia Diffusa Q (Mother Tincture) or 6X , 4 hourly

      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

      Homeopathic Treatment for High Cholesterol Levels : -

      1.PHYTOLACCA DECANDRA 30C
      2.PHOSPHORUS 30C
      3.CHOLESTERINUM 30C
      Three Drops Each in a sip of water half an hour before meals three times a day, Half an hour before or after meals, always take them on an empty stomach.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage. 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 (Cures Par Excellence)

      Best of Health to you and your family.

      Take Care and God Bless !

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some effective high blood pressure medications?
    I have untreated high blood pressure (usually around 144/99). I am taking my blood pressure each day to monitor the situation and establish what level I am at. I know I need to go on medication, but I want a medication that will have few side effects. I am particularly concerned about sexual side effects and I would still like to be able to have a couple drinks now and again.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) :-

      Head remedy; with nervousness (during pregnancy use with care) Rauwolfia S.Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly

      With depression; suicidal tendency; cardiac symptoms Aurum Met 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      With arteriosclerosis and senile paresis Aurum Iod 30X, 6 hourly

      With senility and senile behavioural changes Baryta Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Systolic pressure high and diastolic pressure very low Baryta Mur 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      With constriction in heart region and anginal pain Cactus G.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X, 3 hourly

      For fat and flabby patient; sweat on head, palms and soles, craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      In old age;old bachelors and old maids Conium Mac 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Palpitations in slight exertion; dyspnoea, insomnia and gastric complaints Crataegus Ox.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X 4 hourly

      Due to shock (broken love affair etc) emotional disturbances Ignatia 200X or 1M 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to congestion in brain; severe headache, lassitude and dizziness Glonoine 3X or 6X, 1/2 hourly

      Due to syphilitic origin; lancinating pain in head and bones Kali Iod.30X or 200X 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to gastric origin; flatulence; craving for sweets and warm food; worse 4 - 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Due to shock or grief; hyperthyroidism, goitre, addision's disease, diabetes ,etc. Desire for salt preparations Natrum Mur 200X or 1M 10 min (3 Doses)

      In syphilitic cases; angina pectoris; vertigo, dyspnoea and endocarditis Natrum Iod.30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      In tall, intelligent, hypertensive people; craves for icy cold things; fear of dark and stroms, etc. Phosphorus 30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      With sclerotic degeneration specially of spinal cord Plumbum Iod 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Due to grief; apprehension, dullness, loss of thirst etc. Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

      During menopausal stage; worse after sleep; great loquacity Lachesis 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Bursting pain in head; better by cold application, pressure, vertigo; palpitation of heart; worse when alone; sleeplessness with heaviness in head; oedematous swelling on face and legs Boerhaavia Diffusa Q (Mother Tincture) or 6X , 4 hourly

      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 !

      P.S
      Dr.Schumaker would you please give us the details of the side effects of the medicines you have suggested, for us users information. It would be much appreciated by myself and I am sure by other users too. And are they non-addictive.
      Thank you very much !
      Take Care and God Bless !

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to supplement with Vitamin D?
    There's hardly any sun where I live all winter, and I'm really trying to be healthier in general, including my diet. I'm taking a daily multivitamin+mineral, which provides 100% of DV for vitamin D, but I'm sure not all of that gets absorbed. I'm interested in adding some other sources of vitamin d. What is the best way to do it, in terms of best absorption, cheapest, and easiest? Absorption is most important though, if the others must be sacrificed. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The RDA is *much* too low.

      Country Life Vitamin D3 -- 5000 IU - 200 Softgels .62

      http://www.vitacost.com/Country-Life-Vitamin-D3-5000-IU-200-Softgels

      This is the one I recommend. If you send me your email address, I will send them a new customer referral & they will send you a coupon for off first purchase. They have free shipping with order

      I recommend this one specifically because it's packed in MCT oil - this is an extract of coconut oil & is a saturated fat. VitD3 requires saturated fat to be assimilated into the body structure. Suggestions are made to eat with a meal containing saturated fats but I like that it's prepackaged in it & MCT have benefits of their own as well.

      Only the liver of cods have any appreciable amounts of natural vitD - other foods are fortified with vitD2 (the wrong kind)

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system, bones & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems. Many researchers claim that optimized vitamin D levels are more effective than a flu shot in preventing viral infections.

      With Vitamin D3 deficiency becoming an epidemic, it is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun. Or simply that people are washing daily, if you wash skin exposed to the sun within 48 hours, you wash off the oils where the vitamin D production starts. In northern latitudes (above that of Atlanta, Georgia) the sun is at too low an angle for half the year to provide sufficient UV radiation. If even available, UVB rays are only accessible while the sun is directly overhead. Most people need to take vitamin D, especially seniors, as the ability to synthesize vitamin D in the skin declines with age.

      With exposure to sunlight in the summer, the body can generate up to 20,000iu of vitamin D per hour with no ill effects. In addition, no adverse effects have been seen with supplemental vitamin D intakes up to 10,000 IU daily.

      Always take your vitamin D with a fat-containing meal to ensure absorption.

      http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400676/More-Vitamin-D.html

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. U.S. RDA are much too low. Current recommendations from researchers are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not replenish depleted stores.

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

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

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

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression & other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for Graves disease?
    Cure is there one for Graves disease ?

    • ANSWER:
      For the most part, Graves' disease is not completely curable. However, it is treatable. This is so perhaps because of the fact that it is a particular type of autoimmune disease, much like rheumatoid arhritis or gout.

      The main treatment options for Graves' disease include anti-thyroid drugs, surgical removal of the thyroid, and radioactive iodine. Anti-thyroid drugs specifically block the action of thyroid hormone synthesis, and reduces its hyper-production (since this disease is one of the major causes of hyperthyroidism); surgery affords the removal of the thyroid itself, with basic premises that must be met first prior to actual removal of the thyroid, such as preoperative treatment with some anti-thyroid drugs; radioactive iodine is basically the use of another iodine isotope (essentially "radioactive"), perhaps involved in thyroid radiation.

      Each treatment options have their own advantages and disadvantages, although some treatment options are used first until resorting to the final one (which is usually radioactive iodine--mainly due to the scare of the word "radioactive").

      Here's a link for more info:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graves-Basedow_disease

      For more treatment options, you can look at this site:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/graves-disease/DS00181/DSECTION=6

      Hope this helps!

  35. QUESTION:
    I know someone who has hyperthyroidism and the doctor gave them 2 suggestions:?
    1)Take a radioactive iodine to destroy the thyroid gland, but may get hypothyroidism and end up on life long medication
    or
    2)Take the same medicine before as a delay for the radioactive iodine.

    Which one should the person do?

    • ANSWER:
      Before considering 1 or 2, Get a proper diagnosis. Hyperthyroidism is NOT a diagnosis. Hyperthyroidism is only a symptom.

      If you have cancer (unlikely) have the radiation, have surgery, do anything you have to to get rid of it.

      If you have Grave's disease (extremely likely), do NOT have radioactive iodine. As you already know, it will ruin your health for the rest of your life. You will be hypothyroid for the rest of your life. Plus you will be at higher risk to develop thyroid eye disease. plus you will STILL have Grave's disease. Radioactive iodine is NOT a cure for Grave's disease. Fire any doctor who tells you that it is, and RUN away as fast as you can.

      The correct treatment for Grave's disease is methimizole.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is unintentional weight loss not actually due to dieting something to worry about?
    I am not trying to lose weight. I am not dieting. I don't notice anything different in my eating habits.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Unintentional weight loss can be from anything from a thyroid disorder (hyperthyroidism) to diabetes.

      My brother had lost 15 lbs in 3 months and was not on any diet. He had Hodgkin's Disease. He is cured and feeling healthing.

      Any unexplained weight loss needs to be presented to your doctor. He will run the appropriate blood work and other tests to rule out any disorders.

      Another cause of unintentional wt. loss is Depression.

  37. QUESTION:
    What specific risks are involved in high or los thyroid output?
    I'm not sure which this thyroid works if it's too high or too low, so I would like a prognosis on each problem.

    • ANSWER:
      HYPERTHYROIDISM- SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
      1) weight loss despite increased appetite
      2) increased heart rate and blood pressure
      3) nervousness and sweating
      4) swelling at the base of the neck(goiter)
      5) increases in the frequency of bowl movements, sometimes diarrhea
      6) muscle weakness
      7) irritability
      SERIOUSNESS: varies in severity. in some people , a brief cycle of treatment procedures a complete and permant cure. in others relapse occur and a second or even third round of treatment is necessary. if lert untreated, the disorder is potentially fatal.in most cases of hyperthyroidism, however normal health can be restored.
      HYPOTHYROIDISM-SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
      1) lethargy characterized by slowed physical and mental functions
      2) slowed heart rate
      3) intolerance to cold temperatures
      4) constipation
      5) dry skin and hair
      6) goiter ( in some patients)
      7) heavy and prolonged menstrual periods
      8) decreased sexual interest.
      SERIOUSNES: is neither chronic or progressive, and its treatment results in a normal life.
      Good luck and best wishes, I hope this is the info you were looking for. I have to take thyroid medicine everyday for the past 10 years. I had to have my left thyroid removed. They were suppose to to remove both sides completely but it took them 3 and a half hours just for that one side since i had a goiter and another growth blocking my traceia. And my neuro. said I should not be under very long due to other health problems. good luck and best wishes.

  38. QUESTION:
    What can cause low vitamin D besides no sunlight and celiac disease?
    I've been having consistent low vit. D for about five years now, very low, and it hasn't seemed to change no matter what I do. Sunlight, hours of it, calcium, supplements...

    Is there any other illness or disease that can cause this to happen?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun. Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low.

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1560518#i
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  39. QUESTION:
    Can Vitamin D be absorbed by the body through glass during the long cold winters?
    I know someone who has been advised to do this by a Dr as we line in the northeast USA and he really is badly depleted of vit D. The doctor claims he can take all the supplements he wants to as his body will just pee them out. I will appreciate any helpful answers.

    • ANSWER:
      The sun at any time of the year is only possibly useful *IF* the sun is directly overhead - unless you're talking about glass in the roof - windows don't count. Indirect sunlight doesn't count.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low. It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun.

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems.

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1560518#i
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx

      25(OH)D test level is between 50–80 ng/ml (125–200 nmol/L), summer and winter

      http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health/deficiency/am-i-vitamin-d-deficient.shtml

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  40. QUESTION:
    How do doctors make a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia?
    Is there a blood test or other?Thanks for taking the time to answer.

    • ANSWER:
      When all other options have been eliminated.

      I have Fibromyalgia -Vitamin D3 supplementation has cleared the constant muscle pain (for the most part). I did high levels for 3 weeks & was pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu's a day & a week later the pain was back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again after 3 days.

      I personally did 35,000iu per day for 2 months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.

      I originally did B12 injections daily for a couple of years & then I tried guaifenesin (Dr.St.Amand's protocol) for 10 years but discovered vit.D3 supplementation only recently & that has worked better than anything else!

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS (& maybe even FMS)

      I don't think that FMS, cancer, MS, etc. is a vitamin deficiency but being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems.

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low. It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun.

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1560518#i
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the future consequences of having a low vitamin D level?
    My mom is trying to make me take Cod Liver Oil >.< everyday because of my low vitamin D level and I really cannot describe the horrid taste of it but I will say that it is not a daily pleasant experience. someone help?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend vitD3 which have no taste. Although I highly recommend cod liver oil, there is not enough vit D to raise deficient stores.

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system, bones & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems. Many researchers claim that optimized vitamin D levels are more effective than a flu shot in preventing viral infections.

      With Vitamin D3 deficiency becoming an epidemic, it is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun. Or simply that people are washing daily, if you wash skin exposed to the sun within 48 hours, you wash off the oils where the vitamin D production starts. In northern latitudes (above that of Atlanta, Georgia) the sun is at too low an angle for half the year to provide sufficient UV radiation. If even available, UVB rays are only accessible while the sun is directly overhead. Most people need to take vitamin D, especially seniors, as the ability to synthesize vitamin D in the skin declines with age.

      With exposure to sunlight in the summer, the body can generate up to 20,000iu of vitamin D per hour with no ill effects. In addition, no adverse effects have been seen with supplemental vitamin D intakes up to 10,000 IU daily.

      Always take your vitamin D with a fat-containing meal to ensure absorption.

      http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400676/More-Vitamin-D.html

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. U.S. RDA are much too low. Current recommendations from researchers are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not replenish depleted stores.

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

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

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

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression & other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  42. QUESTION:
    How soon do you feel the effects of vitamin D?
    I have a vitamin D deficiency and have been prescribed 50,000 units of vitamin D twice a week. Will there be any immediate effects when I start taking it? Or do you just start to feel better gradually?

    • ANSWER:
      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.

      This is the cheapest D3 I've found - for 1,800,000iu & would be best for high dosage use. I recommend using this with saturated fats to maximize absorption into the body structure.

      http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Vitamin-D-Drops

      This is the form I recommend but can be expensive at high doses, it includes saturated fat as a base.

      http://www.vitacost.com/Country-Life-Vitamin-D3-5000-IU-200-Softgels

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low. It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun.

      I have Fibromyalgia -Vitamin D3 supplementation has cleared the constant muscle pain. I did high levels for 3 weeks & was pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu's a day & a week later the pain was back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again after 3 days.

      I personally did 35,000iu per day for 2 months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.

      I originally did B12 injections daily for a couple of years & then I tried guaifenesin (Dr.St.Amand's protocol) for 10 years but discovered vit.D3 supplementation only recently & that has worked better than anything else!

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1560518#i
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx

      25(OH)D test level is between 50–80 ng/ml (125–200 nmol/L), summer and winter

      http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health/deficiency/am-i-vitamin-d-deficient.shtml

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  43. QUESTION:
    How do I treat hyperthyroidism naturally ?
    Is canned tuna a form of iodine ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism has nothing to do with iodine deficiency. You need medications to prevent your thyroid from producing to much hormone. So no there are no natural remedies, and there is no cure. Hyperthyroidism is serious, it can negatively affect your eyesight, which is why you should get treated as soon as possible by a doctor.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is medication the only way to ease/rid hyperthyroidism?
    My mom can't really afford to take me to the doctor anymore. Visitation fees are too high and I don't have the money to pay for it myself. I'm 16, had hyperthyroidism since I was 8. Is medication the only way to ease/rid it? Could changing my diet do anything, like decrease caffiene intake? Thank you for answers in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      My wife takes chlorophyll, and a couple ounces of pure Pomagranet juice (100percent pure) e ery morning. There are also some very good herbs at the health-food store that can help very much. Go to a health-food store and ask some questions and do some online searches about it, I'm sure you can find some natural remedies. Not cures, but something that may help a little.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I lower the chances of getting diabetes?
    I recently had a school vacation and during that time I was very inactive and had a poor diet. I am now starting to have symptoms of early stages of diabetes. I was just wondering if there was something I could do to lower these risks or is it to late? I haven't been to a doctor yet so I'm not sure if I really do as of now.

    • ANSWER:
      Well first you might want to learn more about diabetes as first it's not the result of what you eat no more than a high fever causes the flu, although obesity can contribute to insulin resistance. I doubt very much if you know what an "early symptom" might be.

      Your body regulates many things and the glucose level in your blood is one of them, if the glucose level is high as it would be after a meal, the pancreas releases insulin which allows the cells to absorb the glucose and the cells can either use the glucose for energy or store it as gylcogen, glycerides and fats. If the level is low, the pancreas releases glucagon which tells the liver to release glucose from it's store of glycogen and glycerides.

      Diabetes is when the ability of the pancreas to release enough insulin to deal with the glucose intake that you have is insufficient. This may be because it can no longer produce insulin as in type 1 diabetes or it can not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced isn't as effective as they should be which is type 2 diabetes. There is also gestational diabetes where the mother isn't producing enough insulin for her pregnant state.

      Imagine type 1 as a house with no furnace so it can no longer keep warm, type 2 as being a house with two small a furnace, and gestational as being when you've opened the garage door to heat the garage but the furnace isn't large enough. Obviously, there are various degrees of not being able to produce enough insulin, if the furnace is only just a little small, it can still heat up the house just more slowly, and as the house ages the furnace can get weaker or the insulin less effective, this is pre-diabetes.

      Diabetes treatment can be oral medication which helps the furnace work or insulates the house more, or insulin which is like dragging in external heaters temporarily.

      It's all a balance. Diet and exercise can lower and spread out the amount of glucose that you absorb so that your pancreas doesn't have to work as hard, this is often touted as preventing or curing the disease but it isn't, it merely manages diabetes. It's not like Diabetes is like a cold or flu, it's a condition so you can't really lower the chances of diabetes.

      Type 1 is an auto-immune condition where your immune system destroys your insulin producing cells, yes a strong immune system is bad for you and can cause many problems like allergies, hyperthyroidism and diabetes among other conditions; it usually takes a severe illness to kick the immune system into overdrive so you can avoid getting sick. Type 2 can be when you're not making enough insulin, the insulin you make is somehow defective or the insulin that you make is no longer effective, with the latter, it's known that fat cells have a role in disabling the effects of insulin because the body really doesn't want to be too fat so fat cells can reduce the effectiveness of insulin if you are obese. So the only two things you can really do to "lower your chances of getting diabetes" is don't get sick to avoid type 1 and don't get fat to avoid type 2, otherwise you can only minimize the glucose load with diet and exercise.

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what to expect symptom wise about the radiation pill taken to kill the thyroid?
    I would like to know if the patient is able to go outside after this treatment and how they might feel. What would happen if the patient wasn't feeling good and needed help. Would we have to wear special suits to come in to the home and help? Does this treatment affect the appetite. Do we have to do anything to bedding, dishes etc. they used while in home... disinfect?

    • ANSWER:
      I hope you haven't had this treatment yet. If you are scheduled for it, please reconsider. What I'm saying does not apply to thyroid cancer, but if you have Grave's disease, this is not an appropriate treatment. Doctors push it and push it because it's simpler for the doctor, but the doctor doesn't have to deal with the negative consequences to your health for the rest of your life. Please know that this is NOT a cure for Grave's disease. You will still have Grave's disease after the treatment. The only symptom that you will be rid of is the hyperthyroidism due to Grave's disease. And you will only trade it for a new disease - medically induced hypOthyroidism. You will have to be treated for hypOthyroidism for the rest of your life. And it is very difficult to get good treatment, and it is a miserable disease to have. Do not let your doctor give you this disease.

      If you treat your Grave's disease with methimizole, there is a chance that it could go into remission naturally at any time. If you have RAI, you don't have this chance.

  47. QUESTION:
    How long can you go with Graves Disease without being treated?
    I went to a specialist last week - she diagnosed me with Graves Disease. It makes sense, I have all the symptoms. I am not happy with the office's response rate. The doctor told me I should get the radioiodine this week and no one is calling me back. There is another endo in the area, but they are booked through April. Can I wait that long?

    • ANSWER:
      You should not. Find another doctor, one who is actually concerned for your health. The first doctor should have at the very least given you a beta blocker. A beta blocker is a temporary, emergency treatment for Grave's disease until the treatment kicks in. You should also have been given an anti thyroid drug. In the US, they give you methimizole.

      Once you have the methimizole, you don't need radioactive iodine. RAI is not a cure for Grave's disease. It only treats one symptom of Graves disease - the hyperthyroidism. Plus it gives you an additional disease - hypothyroidism. If you don't want this, don't have the radioactive iodine.

      So see another doctor. Any old GP will do, if they are willing. You don't actually need an endo. As long as you can get the right blood tests, (free T3 and free T4) and methimizole, you will be fine.

  48. QUESTION:
    What vitamins should a healthy 40-yr old female be taking?
    I currently take a multi-vitamin and vitamin D 1000mg. I don't smoke & I rarely drink.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress B-complex would be good if you need energy. I would highly recommend increasing vit,D3 to 5000iu of oil based D3 per day. I highly recommend researching iodine supplementation (especially for women), but kelp will do. I highly recommend chlorella & spirulina daily also.

      Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS (& maybe even FMS)

      I don't think that FMS, cancer, MS, etc. is a vitamin deficiency but being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems.

      The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023693

      Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low. It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun.

      I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1560518#i
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/10/Vitamin-D-Experts-Reveal-the-Truth.aspx

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      * Reversal of advanced coronary disease
      * Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant!
      * Cure of multiple sclerosis
      * Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
      * Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
      * Improvement in allergies
      * Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon, brain tumors, leukemia, myeloma, etc
      * Reversal of osteoporosis
      * Prevention of influenza
      * Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
      * Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism

      In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

  49. QUESTION:
    Once treatment has begun, how long does it take for hyperthyroidism to be cured?
    In an AVERAGE and COMMON case. Please no answers like "it depends" or simply trying to earn points.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had it for years and have been on meds for it.When all your blood tests come back normal that's when they start considering it.I have the nodule type.Some people have their thyroid removed and must take a med for the rest of their life

  50. QUESTION:
    What have you found to work for insomnia?
    I am already aware of Valerian root and melatonin, any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      firstly, identify on what kind or causes of insomnia it is, for you to be able to cure it effectively. well, it might be transient insomnia or intermittent insomnia & chronic insomina. the difference between the three is that: Transient & intermittent insomnia generally occur in people who are temporarily experiencing one or more of d following: stress, environmental noise, extreme temperatures, change in d surrounding environment, medication side effects, sleep/wake schedule problems such as those due to jet lag while Chronic insomnia is more complex & often results from a combination of factors, including underlying physical or mental disorders. One of d most common causes of chronic insomnia is depression. Other underlying causes include arthritis, kidney disease, heart failure, asthma, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, Parkinson's disease & hyperthyroidism. However, chronic insomnia may also be due to behavioral factors, including d misuse of caffeine, alcohol, or other substances; disrupted sleep/wake cycles as may occur with shift work or other nighttime activity schedules; & chronic stress. also, ff. behaviors help perpetuate insomnia in some people: expecting to have difficulty sleeping & worrying about it,
      ingesting excessive amounts of caffeine, drinking alcohol before bedtime, smoking cigarettes before bedtime, excessive napping in d afternoon or evening, irregular or continually disrupted sleep/wake schedules---- These behaviors may prolong existing insomnia, & they can also be responsible for causing d sleeping problem in d first place. Stopping these behaviors may eliminate d insomnia altogether...
      **Treatment: transient & intermittent insomnia may not require treatment since episodes last only a few days at a time. for example: if insomnia is due to a temporary change in s sleep/wake schedule, as with jet lag, d person's biological clock will often get back to normal on its own. However, for some people who experience daytime sleepiness & impaired performance as a result of transient insomnia, d use of short-acting sleeping medications may improve sleep & next-day alertness. However, while many doctors prescribe sleeping pills, as with all drugs, there are potential damaging side effects & d risk of addiction. the use of over-the-counter sleep medicines is not usually recommended for d treatment of insomnia...

is there a cure for hyperthyroidism