Natural Treatment For Low Thyroid Levels

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Have all the symptoms of low thyroid but my blood test was normal?
    Can anyone relate to this? I have many of the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism but I don't have low thyroid. I just got the call that my blood test showed normal. I have been living with these awful symptoms for two years now, what do I do now?
    Thank you everyone for your responses, very helpful. My symptoms are: very bad muscle aches, headaches, cold intolerance, memory problems, FATIGUE, concentration problems, dry skin, dry hair, low sex drive, and some others I can't think of because of memory problems :-)

    • ANSWER:
      What are the symptoms? Are you seeing a proper endocrinologist, or just a regular physician? They've narrowed the range that is "normal" so your doctor might be looking at the old range. They're much more aggressive with treating thyroid. (I take thyroid meds and I never had symptoms, it was because of my blood test). Be AGGRESSIVE with your doctor -- YOU are the client, remember!

      Hypothyroidism

      Clinically apparent hypothyroidism usually warrants treatment. In case the hypothyroidism is due to dietary minerals and iodine, supplementation with these may obviate the need for hormonal treatment, but only if iodine deficiency has been documented, which is very rare in the Western world. Whilst subclinical hypothyroidism is thought to have long-term consequences, such as atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease risks,[1] there is no current consensus as to the benefits of treatment in this group.[2][3]

      Treatment is usually with levothyroxine (starting at 50 μg/day), a synthetic thyroxine analogue. There is no evidence suggesting that there is any need to substitute T3 as well.[4][5]

      Symptoms as well as TSH levels are used to monitor effect of substitution; a high TSH level suggests treatment is not yet adequate and that dose adjustments are necessary. A low ("suppressed") TSH may indicate the dose is too high. Some patients prefer a pig thyroid extract, natural desiccated thyroid hormones, which contains T3 as well as T4 and traces of T2, T1 and calcitonin.

  2. QUESTION:
    What if your thyroid levels are normal and you are still depressed?
    My levels we're way off before but now I'm taking medication and the doctors say my levels are fine but my depression is very much the same.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common cause of hypothyroidism is hashimoto's thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroidism). This condition causes genetic issues with vitamin D absorption. To confirm hashimoto's - thyroid antibodies tests (TPO - elevated in 90% of hashimoto's patients and TgAb) will be higher than normal. Low vitamin D levels are well known to cause depression. Anyone with hashimoto's thyroiditis is recommended to take between 5000 - 20 000 IU of vitamin D daily.

      Deficiencies commonly seen with hypothyroidism are vitamin B12, folate, vitamin D, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium. Low levels of vitamin B12 can also lead to depression.

      T4 synthetic medication doesn't address the antibodies attacking the thyroid and many find they do not get rid of their symptoms with a T4 only medication. Some feel better on a combination of T4 and T3 synthetic medication and others feel better on natural desiccated thyroid extract. 200mcg of selenium daily (supplements or a few brazil nuts) has shown in studies to lowers TPO antibodies and a gluten free diet also lowers thyroid antibodies. Natural desiccated thyroid extract can lower antibodies if high enough. An excerpt from Stop The Thyroid Madness....

      "And what do uninformed doctors do for the symptoms you continue to have on T4-only meds? They put you on anti-depressants, statins, pain meds, and all sorts of bandaid medications to cover the effects of a poor thyroid treatment—chronic low grade depression, high cholesterol, “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”, “Fibromyalgia”, bi-polar, anxiety, hair loss… to name just a few. When you mention your poor energy levels, they tell you to exercise more. When you mention your weight problems, they tell you to eat less.

      And the worst thing they’ll say when you continue to have symptoms of a thyroid disorder? “It’s not your thyroid. Your TSH is normal, and you’re optimally treated.” That, friends, is not so… and has lead most all thyroid patients into continuing agony and self-doubt." >>> http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

  3. QUESTION:
    husbands blood work shows his thyroid level was 37 what could that mean?
    The dr. did a complete blood work on my husband. His sugar is low, colestrol is high and his thyroid level was 37. What is the level suppose to be and what could this mean. Dr. wants to see him again.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common thyroid test is the TSH, AACE changed the range a few years back to 0.3 to 3.0, though labs like Quest still have the range at 0.3 to 5.5. Anyway, a TSH over 2.0 causes problems within the body. A TSH of 37 suggests that your husband is hypothyroid, meaning his thyroid gland is underactive and not producing enough thyroid hormone.

      Symptoms of the condition can include; weight gain, constipation, brain fog, depression, increased cholesterol levels, fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint aches, low body temp, low blood pressure, and decreased sex drive.

      Treatment is thyroid medication either synthetic or natural.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are good anti hair loss treatment products for african hair?
    I have relaxed hair that used to be long, healthy and strong. Since I've recovered from thyroid disease, my hair's been thinning and falling, not too drastically but it's growing super slowly. I eat healthy, drink lots of water and stopped wearing extensions. What are good hair treatment for hair loss? I heard René Furterer bulbs were good but do you have good suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Most hair loss treatments can be brought over the counter. Some of them can be very expensive. But you can save a lot of money by considering natural hair loss treatments over these costly remedies. While there is no sure fire way of getting all your hair back, there are ways of stopping the balding process and regaining some of your hair naturally. Consider these natural hair loss treatments before buying those expensive medications.

      Onion bulbs - With onion bulbs, there is no need to hunt down exotic ingredients for healthier hair and scalp. This can be found in most kitchens and can help with hair loss problems. When using onions for hair loss treatments, simply rub the juice directly to the hair and let sit for up to 1 hour. This will help in boosting hair growth as well as making hair strands stronger.

      Cayenne Pepper - Applying cayenne pepper to the scalp stimulates hair follicles and blood circulation. You can make cayenne pepper paste by mixing it with some water. Apply to your hair directly and let sit for 30 minutes. This will help in hair re-growth.

      Soy - Soy is a good source of isoflavone which are said to have anti-oxidant properties similar to Vitamin E. The use of soy for hair treatments averts hair loss.

      Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil cleanses the scalp and helps stop the production of sebum. Too much sebum in the scalp leads to slow hair growth. It also contains anti-oxidants which prevents hair damage, rejuvenates and makes the scalp healthy. This is one of the most commonly used hair loss treatment ingredient.

      Pumpkin Seed - Lower DHT levels in the body naturally with pumpkin seed. These contain natural oils that stop hair thinning. They work by producing delta-7-sterine which inhibits DHT levels.

      Ginko Bilboa - Ginko Bilboa is an ancient Chinese remedy that spans generations. It is primarily used to regulate blood circulation. It is especially beneficial to the scalp as increased blood flow will help in hair re-growth and help maintain a healthy head of hair.

  5. QUESTION:
    Do you know a natural remedy for severe depression?
    I have tried many pharmaceutical drugs, but they have intolerable side effects for me (either severe headache, nausea lasting 24+ hours, swollen stomach and hands, or skin itching). How long should I try a natural remedy before deciding if it is actually working for me?
    I'm just explaining the facts here, (not indulging in a pity-party). I am depressed because I have had Fibromyalgia for 18 years and am in pain every day, and can't get the pain under control. I am no longer able to do all the things I used to enjoy...even typing, writing or driving causes additional pain. I can no longer walk, but I've got a neat red, electric scooter. I was diagnozed with moderate to severe depression, but the psychiatrist didn't want to see me anymore, after I was unable to take the Rx he prescribed. I go weekly to a Mental Health group where I can share with others. I enjoy that. The depression is bad, though, because I've become very withdrawn and "paralized" mentally. I don't even e-mail my old friends anymore. I feel like I need something to help me "snap out of it" , so that I can become interested in life once again.

    • ANSWER:
      I experienced chronic, low-grade depression for many years. I also experienced chronic fatigue (which is similar and possibly even related to fibromyalgia). Since I did not want to take medicines for it, and I strongly believe in holistic treatment, I tried many more natural ways of helping it. This is what I found to be very helpful:

      1. Cut back or eliminate refined sugar. Something about eating too many sweets has always caused me to feel depressed and anxious. I've heard this from other people too.

      2. Cut back or eliminate white flour products. These turn to sugar.

      3. Make sure to get enough protein - I try to get 1/2 my weight in grams of protein per meal and this really helps - try it for 2 weeks and see if you notice a difference. If you are a vegetarian (which I used to be) it can be very difficult to get your protein unless you eat a lot of the packaged fake meats out there. I found out about the protein connection through a book called Sugar Addicts Total Recovery Program

      4. 5HTP - I found this to be very helpful for times I would cry for no apparent reason - back when I tried to be a vegan, I wasn't getting enough protein and I had to take 3 tabs of 100 mg of 5HTP to function emotionally. I was on 5HTP for over a year - once I started getting enough protein, I was able to stop. I noticed that 5HTP works in about 20-30 minutes to help lift the mood. I now take it on those rare occasions where I don't get enough protein and my mood drops.

      5. I believe I have blood sugar imbalances and have started making sure that I eat at regular times - I try to not let more than 5 hours go between meals - this seems to help with depression. It also helped greatly with insomnia.

      6. Flax Oil - I started taking 2 TBSP of Flax Oil per day about a year ago and although the things I mentioned above helped my depression a lot, I still had ocassional bouts of it, it seemed to virtually disappear after adding the Flax Oil. The flax oil also helped with insomnia. The flax oil probably works similar to fish oil - I'd do a lot of research before taking fish oil though, due to the toxicity of fish. There is some controversy regarding flax oil and it's stability, so you might want to research that too - but it helped me immensely.

      7. The book Feeling Good by David Burns - I noticed that others have mentioned this book. It is an excellent book that I tried and it works really well. I highly recommend it.

      8. Avoid alcohol - alcohol turns to sugar. I've noticed on those infrequent occasions when I have a few drinks I have a little more depression.

      9. 12-step groups - if you have any kind of addiction, try joining a 12-step group for it (alcohol = AA, food = OA, etc, if you know an alcoholic = Al-Anon, anyone = CODA ). There is a 12-step group out there for everyone and they do a lot to help build friendships, self-esteem and give more meaning to life.

      10. Make sure you don't have a thyroid problem. I do and I think that at least part of my depression had been caused by that. I found no alternative treatment for thyroid that worked and did start taking Synthroid for that. I noticed when my levels were off, the depression would increase.

      11. Evening Primrose Oil- I think this has been the thing that helped me the most with my chronic fatigue. After starting to take this and flax oil, my chronic fatigue is not almost gone. I've never read anything about evening primrose oil helping with fatigue, but it did. I started taking this and the flax oil based on recommendations in the book - The Fat Flush Plan - she recommends taking about 400 mg of GLA daily from either Evening Primrose, Borage Oil or Black Currant Oil. I take mine from the Evening Primrose. I switched to Borage once my fatigue came back.

      I hope that helps and good luck to you. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message. If you try any or all of the above recommendations, you should know within about 2 weeks of taking them if they help.

  6. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if hair starts to fall out in more heavy clumps than just single strands?
    Can this just be stress - or thyroid problem maybe?
    My thyroid blood test came out fine a few years ago but I didn't trust they got to the bottom of it. I have other symptoms of underactive thyroid too.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Carmen: Hair that falls in this manner is a sign that the body has recently gone out of balance. Any time the body experiences a change, disturbance or imbalance in which it has a difficult time dealing with, the hair growth cycle can become disrupted. More hairs than usual retreat to the resting (telogen) phase where they will be shed 1-3 months later. It may be helpful to think back to the months preceding the hair loss for clues. Even a minor disturbance can cause this reaction. Some common causes include vaccination-including flu shot, infection, medication. medical procedure, extreme stress, illness, extreme dieting, low ferritin/iron levels. etc.
      I lost most of my hair from this condition when I was 32 years old. I was able to regrow my hair using essential oil treatments which I blended myself. You can learn more about the types and causes of female hair loss and about using essential oils for hair loss at the links below. I have included a link to my story which was published in Natural health Magazine.

  7. QUESTION:
    hipo thyroid is what my wife has, can somebody help me?
    She takes levo thyroxine but steel she is often depressed, sleeps way to much mood changes and alwise fatige. Does any body knows natural remedies, or food - fruits to fight this?

    • ANSWER:
      Skep Doc is partially right, but missing some of the details. Hypothyroidism is by definition a condition where the body's metabolism that is controlled by the thyroid, too low. There are many symptoms that doctors look for and since they treat symptoms rather than "root causes," generally prescribe a synthetic or natural hormone treatment to supply the body with the hormone that the thyroid gland is not producing enough of. This does not solve the problem, but acts like a band aid that causes the thyroid to slow down and even stop producing it's own hormone and then relys on the drug instead. This is a life long sentence of taking the drugs instead of fixing the problem that is causing the thyroid to not function properly. There have been about 3 progressively produced ideas as to the cause of this problem. The first one was that the body is deficient in iodine. Most Americans today are deficient in iodine, contrary to what some have said here. There is a very simple test to see if that is the case with you. Just buy a small bottle of "tincture of iodine" from your local legal drug pusher store (pharmacy) and paint a 2" x 3" patch on your forearm or on your chest. Note the time of day. Note the time of day when you do not see the patch anymore. If you are NOT deficient in iodine, the patch will still be visible in 24 hours. If you take a shower, don't use soap on the area, it will skew the test.

      If you are deficient in iodine, you can correct that before running out and getting medication. It takes a few months to get your body built up with the iodine. Fluoride is the main culprit in depleting the body of Iodine. Eliminate ALL fluoride from your body, including tooth pastes, water containing that garbage, sodas, beer, etc. Your thyroid only uses about 4% of the iodine you take in. If you are deficient, your whole body will benefit by getting rid of that deficiency.

      The hypothalamus gland is responsible for monitoring the feed back loop from the thyroid to determine your metabolic rate. If it sees that there is not enough T3 and T4 hormone in your blood, it will send a hormone to your pituitary to send a hormone called TSH to your thyroid to produce more T3 and T4. The T4 hormone must be converted to the T3 hormone that is 4 times more active than the T4 to up regulate the metabolism of your cells. The T4 hormone is made up of 3 parts iodine and 1 part Tyrosine amino acid. The T3 is created when the T4 gives up the iodine molecule using Rubidium to do this. These cofactors are critical to make this all happen.

      There is a disease called "Wilson's" disease that is a result of the body not being able to easily convert the T4 hormones to T3. In this disease, your TSH levels will appear normal, but your thyroid will not be working correctly.

      The second thing that was discovered is that it was thought that there was an autoimmune issue causing the thyroid tissue to be attacked. This is actually a result of infection. The body doesn't attack itself, but in an effort to get rid of the infection, some tissues are destroyed in the process and this is labeled autoimmune. Drugs, like antibiotics drive the germs deep into tissues and the body's immune system is persistent.

      The third issue is the adrenal glands being exhausted can cause the thyroid gland to be compromised and not function well. The thyroid is part of an endocrine system that is a system of complex relationships and to address one organ in this system, without addressing the other organs will simply not work in an overall health regimen. This is why simply giving a synthroid drug to solve this issue is not the answer, but only a band aid, leaving the root cause to create other problems.

      There are natural remedies to fight this. I used to have a thyroid problem and was on synthroid. I have been off it now for over 1 and 1/2 years and no more symptoms. The solution is a combination of things, but it can happen. You have to make your whole body healthy in the process. It does work, I'm living proof.

      It sounds like your wife has several issues that could be contributing to her symptoms. But again, to just treat the symptoms would not be the best route typically. You need to get to the root cause of her problems. I suggest that she go to a Certified Nutritional Therapist that can test her for specific nutritional deficiencies and create a good diet plan and supplementation that is geared to her specific issues and not a bunch of guess work.

      good luck

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there options to treat my Hypothyroid without taking prescription medications?
    I am drowning in medical debt, and to get either Synthroid or Armour Thyroid I have to go through hoops of lab work which I can not afford. Not to mention having to meet with the doctor to read the results and prescribe the medicine. I dont have medical insurance and dont qualify for assistance. I really believe there has to be a more natural method for treating this.

    • ANSWER:
      Below are some supplements that might help improve your thyroid health. Always remember to also include a good multivitamin supplement to make sure you are not deficient in any vitamins.

      Iodine -- You can increase your iodine intake through diet and kelp supplementation. Kelp is rich in iodine and is very affordable. I buy it in tablet form with 225 mcg. of iodine per tablet. I had low levels of iodine because I didn't like to salt my food. Now I use natural sea salt that doesn't have iodine in it and so I supplement with kelp tablets. There used to be plenty of iodine in vegetables and fruits but the soil is very iodine depleted in most areas today. Foods that contain iodine are yogurt, eggs, meat, fish and other seafood, radish, parsley, potatoes, oatmeal and bananas.

      Selenium -- Many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism were found to be selenium deficient. Selenium is required to convert the T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 form. As an example, the selenium containing enzyme type-I-iodothyronine-deiodinase is important for the conversion of T4 to T3. So selenium deficiency can reduce the activity of the thyroid hormones.

      Tyrosine -- Tyrosine is an amino acid needed by the body to manufacture thyroid hormones from iodine. And so the use of tyrosine as a dietary supplement increases production of thyroid hormones.

      Thyroid Glandular -- Thyroid glandular supplements have been used since the beginning of thyroid treatment. Usually it is only sold through your practitioner or by prescription (like Armour) but there are some over-the-counter thyroid glandular supplements available.

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

      Dulse: A reddish and chewy seaweed that grows on rocks in the North Atlantic and Northwest Pacific oceans. It’s a plant rich in protein and is a great natural source of iodine. Dulse is a sea plant that helps support thyroid function naturally by providing the essential trace mineral, iodine. It also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and calcium potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, chromium and zinc.

      Avena sativa: It comes from the wild oat plant and is used as a nerve tonic. It’s used in herbal remedies for anxiety, eczema, hypothyroidism and high cholesterol.

      Coleus forskohlii: Studies conducted in laboratories show that coleus stimulates metabolism. In a recent study, six women took 25 mg of coleus forskohlii twice a day for two months and at the end of the eight-week trial they had lost an average of ten pounds and reduced their percentage of body fat by almost 8 percent. What’s more, coleus has proven to increase thyroid hormone production and the release thereof.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the effect of a pacemaker after aortic valve replacement surgery?
    My father, aged 46, had open heart surgery on Wednesday and had his aortic valve replaced with a mechanical valve.

    His heart has not yet started up again on it's own (although he is awake) and they are now going to put in a pacemaker on Monday.

    I don't really know what all this means. Is it common? What risks are involved? The doctors seem fairly relaxed about the procedure and have ensured us there is nothing to worry about.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      "His heart has not yet started up again on it's own (although he is awake) and they are now going to put in a pacemaker on Monday."

      Your Dad's heart is a muscular organ with four chambers designed specifically to work efficiently , reliably, and continuously over his lifetime. the muscular wall thereof contract on a regulated sequence, which then pumps blood as required by the body while expending as little energy as possible during each heartbeat.

      The contractions of the muscle fibers in the heart itself is controlled by electricity that flows through the heart in a precise manner along distinct pathwaysand at a controlled speed.

      The electrical current that begins each and every heartbeat originates in your Dad's natural pacemaker, that is the sinus or sinoatrial node, which is located directly at he top of the upper right heart chamber or right atrium. The rate at which your Dad's natural pacemaker discharges its electrical current determines his heart rate. This rate is influenced by nerve impulses and by levels of certain hormones in his bloodstream.

      In adults at rest, the normal heart rate is usually between 60 and 100 beats per minute. However, lower rates are possible in young adults, especially if physically fit. Yet, the heart rate is considered by doctors to be normal ONLY when the heart rate is inappropriately fast or is irregular, but also when the electrical impulses travel along abnormal pathways.
      Age-related changes in the heart's electrical system make make some arrythmias more likely, possibly as in your Dad's case. An overactive thyroid gland, sometimes...no cause can be found to identify one.

      Most arrythmias neither cause symptoms nor interfere with the hearts ability to pump blood, and pose little or no risk, although they can cause considerable anxiety if someone becomes aware of them. However, some , harmless in in themselves, can lead to more serious arrhythmias. Thus, any arrhythmia that IMPAIRS THE HEART'S ABILITY to pump blood adequately is serious stuff. How serious depends on whether the arrhythmia originate in the natural pacemaker of the heart, in the atria, or in the ventricles. Those that originate in the ventricles are more serious than those that originate in the pacemaker. However there are exceptions....

      Your Dad's aortic valve replacement may possibly have been due to abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias) that are also known as sequential heartbeats that are irregular, too fast, too slow, or conducted via an abnormal electrical pathway through the heart. For with harmless arrhymthmias, reassurance is treatment enough. In your Dad's case, which I deduce is serious, an artificial pacemaker has been decided to help him regulate his heartbeat.

      Please note that sometimes the area of the natural pacemaker were your Dad's surgeon intenionally felt safe to cut into sometimes gets damaged in heart surgeries. ...as all heart surgery are purported to be the taking of risk ...and in a risky situation, some things just happen ...unknowingly and without malice.

      The natural pacemaker of your Dad's heart, the sinoatrial node, has two places involved, where when one portion of this natural pacemaker is damaged, the other takes up the slack. Sometime this 'slack' isn't strong enough or does not occur. Thus a pacemaker implant is the decision of the Doctors that will act in place of your Dad's own pacemaker to his benefit. They implant it surgically under the skin, usu. below the left or right collarbone,...then connect it to the heart by running wires inside of the brachiocephalic vein. It's low-energy circuitry and battery designs now last a patient about 10-15 years undesturbed.

      When you Dad's heartbeat, after placement, slows below a certain threashhold set by the doctors on the pacemaker, the electronic pacemaker will begin immediately by firing the necessary electrical impulses to assist your Dad in increaseing his heart rate accordingly.

      I hope this helps...
      Much Love and Respect

      N.B.:

      I agree with POPO: Your best answers are going to come from the cardiologist who is caring for your father, don't be afraid to ask.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I stop cold sores from developing?
    I had a cold last week so typically this morning I woke up with a cold sore :(
    Anyway whenever I get one, another always seems to follow a few days later, so how can I stop any more in their tracks before they arrive?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Marbles

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  11. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a cold sore?
    When I get stressed out, I tend to get a clutster of cold sores around my lips, they are little bumps, but I can feel them. When is the fastest ways to get rid of them. I also have been using carmex lip balm, but I need a faster solution.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rose

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the Functions of Pregesterone and Selenium in T4 to T3 Conversion?
    Why are " Progesterone" & "Selenium" needed in the biochemical conversion of T4 to T3?

    • ANSWER:
      "Other problems can also present. T4 can be converted into Reverse T3, which is another form of thyroid hormone that has no thyroid activity and will actually inhibit the activity of T3. Again, I seldom see Reverse T3 levels checked, but it is an important aspect of thyroid function. If Reverse T3 levels are high, it needs to be addressed. Patients may also have thyroid receptors that do not function well, which often occurs when there is poor balance between estrogen and progesterone. In these cases, the patient may have enough T3 available, but the hormone cannot complete its tasks because it cannot activate poorly functioning thyroid receptors. All of these issues can lead to symptoms of an under active thyroid and may go undiagnosed unless T3, Reverse T3, and sex hormone levels are checked along with TSH and T4 levels.

      A comprehensive evaluation is also necessary to help direct effective treatment. Most conventional treatment revolves around the common medications, Synthroid or Levothyroxine. These are essentially T4 hormones. If a patient has a high TSH or low T4, most doctors prescribe a T4 medication to boost T4 levels. This will help lower the TSH back to normal and increase T4 levels, but it may not help the patient with their symptoms. As stated previously, T3 activity is the key. If a patient has difficulty converting T4 to T3, they may not benefit from receiving more T4. Although some patients do well on these medications, not all do. I often see patients who had their TSH and T4 levels improve after starting Synthroid, but they don’t feel much better. If a patient is doing well, I leave them on their current medications. If they aren’t, I will do further testing as I mentioned above.

      I will first look at their T3 level. If it is low, I consider adding T3 hormone to their regimen with Liothyronine (a T3 medication) or a natural T4/T3 thyroid preparation, such as Armour Thyroid. I could also have a customized combination preparation compounded to meet a patient’s specific needs. In addition to this, there are other factors that influence the conversion of T4 to T3. Adequate levels of certain Vitamins (A, E, and D) and optimal cortisol levels are needed to facilitate T4 conversion to T3. Also, Selenium is needed for this conversion and also to prevent the production of too much Reverse T3. If I find high Reverse T3 levels, I suspect my patient has a selenium deficiency and prescribe a selenium supplement. As always, I listen to the patient when implementing treatment. Tests are important to ensure that therapy is managed safely, but they are not the only guide for therapy. Making numbers look better doesn’t always mean the patient feels better. Medication may be adjusted based on patient symptoms, or if they do not respond to thyroid therapy, other causes for their symptoms may have to be investigated."

  13. QUESTION:
    My son was diagnosed with low thyroid at 2 weeks old?
    Can anyone give me any info on it. Hes on meds which are steroids and ive read things online but I just am scared hes going to have a rough life. What should I expect?

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of cold sore?
    My boyfriend has a cold sore and it has already broken open. Now his lip is swollen and he wants it to go down. What can he do to make the cold sore dry up and go away and make his lip go down to normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi HotMomma

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  15. QUESTION:
    Anyone here been treated for low testosterone?
    What were the symptoms beforehand? What treatment did you have? And what effect did it have?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 23 years old and I dealt with low testosterone since i was 19.

      Symptoms before were:

      Very low libido
      Weak erections
      Inability to get an erection for sex about 50-60% of the time.
      Bouts of depression
      lack of interest in socializing
      Low energy
      Feeling exhausted after a few minutes of working out
      Unable to put on much muscle from intense weight lifting
      Very prone to soft tissue injuries (hurt knees, ankles, lower back, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck)
      Memory loss and confusion
      Unable to lose body fat
      Gaining weight easily (bodyfat)
      Very irritable sometimes. Sometimes getting mad for no reason at all!
      Extreme anxiety

      I recently got treated for my low testosterone. I have been on bio-identical testosterone treatment for 6 weeks now.

      First three weeks:

      Sex drive dramatically increased
      Erections were strong and long lasting. Got an erection for sex 100% of the time
      Felt more manly and aggressive (good aggressiveness, not bad)
      Had a much better positive attitude for things
      My mood was much better. Things that normally mad me mad didn't bother me at all.
      I had no anxiety issues
      My old injuries didnt bother me anymore!
      Felt stronger
      My cardiovascular condition improved
      My muscles got more defined, lost a few pounds of body fat on my stomach
      Just an overall feeling of well-being

      Last 3 weeks:

      Gradual decline in overall well-being
      Felt very emotional. Cried one night about how bad i felt
      Joints started to hurt.
      Felt very very tired, especially an hour after I applied the testosterone cream.
      Insomnia
      Complete loss of erections and sex drive!!!
      Horrible brain fog
      Feelings like i was going to black out and faint
      Body aches that you get when you have the flu
      Horrible depression
      Anxiety

      The last three weeks have been caused by an estrogen issue. An important thing you need to know when getting testosterone treatment is that you HAVE TO CONTROL ESTROGEN!!! Men's bodies convert their testosterone into estrogen from an enzyme called aromatase. Aromatase is present in all men, but men that have noticeable body fat have MUCH MUCH higher levels of aromatase enzymes! Aromatase lives in body fat.

      Estrogen has many elements, but the one that harms testosterone therapy is estrodiol, E2 for short. This HAS to be monitored before and during the whole treatment, which is usually for life.

      I am 6'6 and I weigh 285lbs. I am about 25% bodyfat, so i have a good amount of aromatase. My body initially took in the testosterone from the cream, but over the next couple of weeks, the enzyme started converting the testosterone into estrogen, and everything got out of wack.

      Basically in my case, the testosterone from the cream was converted to estrogen, that then caused my NATURAL testosterone production to decline, so i was left with high estrogen and low testosterone. This left me WORSE than what i was before, since i had a much better testosterone to estrogen ratio than before. Also, high estrogen causes more sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) to be made. SHBG binds to testosterone and causes it to be inactive. This is why when you go to the doctor, you need to have your Total Testosterone and Free Testosterone checked. The free testosterone is the actualy testosterone that the body can use. A man needs a healthy amount of free testosterone, and a good amount of total testosterone. Total testosterone is sort of the body's supply. You need alot active, and alot of supply. So the estrogen drove down my free testosterone. Also, high estrogen causes the thyroid hormones to decline. So estrogen (estrodial) is a huge factor in testosterone therapy.

      I started taking an herbal supplement, and an aromatase inhibitor on saturday night and I am already feeling the improvements!

      I wrote this out so long because testosterone therapy is not as simple as some think!! It doesnt just involve getting a shot once a week. You need to take something for estrodiol, and you also need to think about taking HCG to stimulate the testicles to make its own supply. Without HCG, the testicles will shut down. That means no more sperm production!

      If you need to know more, email me at diezel008@yahoo.com

  16. QUESTION:
    Why is my Bearded Dragon being lazy and twitching allot?
    It is about 4-5 months old. and isn't eating or pooping at all. it is twitching allot and sleeping all the time. sometimes it has these spazz attacks and like is twitching everywhere on its body even its mouth. i am worried really bad and want the best advice of what i should do too help it plz help.
    ~tay and selzar.

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely it's a calcium deficiency. Here is the text of an article I am working on for my website that will explain everything to you in great detail. This hasn't been published yet, so you'll be the first one to see it, but it is very relevant to your case....

      Introduction

      Calcium deficiency in captive bearded dragons can be a major health concern. If left untreated the condition can lead to death. In the vast majority of cases calcium deficiency is a result of improper husbandry practices. What that means is that it can often be prevented from occurring in the first place. Most keepers know that their bearded dragon needs calcium to keep its bones strong and healthy. What they don’t realize is that calcium plays important roles in proper muscle and neurological function as well.

      While fully understanding the complexities of reptile anatomy and physiology are not required to keep a captive bearded dragon healthy, a basic understanding will show why certain husbandry practices should be followed or avoided as the case may be. At BeardedDragonCareSheet.Org, our goal is to not only help bearded dragon owners know what to do, we want them to understand why they do it. We believe that this type of knowledge makes it much easier to make good choices when it comes to husbandry.

      Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency

      With proper husbandry, the chances of having a calcium deficient reptile drop dramatically. In rare cases, even with proper husbandry a calcium deficiency can develop due to natural causes such as thyroid disease or disease of the intestines. In the early stages of calcium deficiency, nerves and muscles begin to malfunction and may present some of theses symptoms:

      •Jerky or shaky movements of the limbs
      •Tremors
      •Lethargic behavior
      •Anorexia
      •Constipation

      If left untreated and allowed to spread eventually metabolic bone disease (MBD) sets in. MBD will usually result in the slow, painful death of the lizard if not treated. Once MBD has set in and damaged that bones the damage is irreversible. With treatment, the spread may be halted and the MBD may go away but any deformities or damage to the bones is permanent and irreversible. Symptoms of an advanced case include:

      •Bowed legs or other deformities of the bones
      •Soft or swollen jaws
      •Receded lower jaw
      •Broken bones
      •Paralysis of the limbs
      •Inability to support body weight (can’t stand up)

      Calcium Supplements Alone Are Not Enough

      Having been active in several reptile forums and on line communities for many years I have seen countless people ask what’s wrong with their dragon and then go on to list some combinations of symptoms. They are shocked when they find out their dragon most likely has metabolic bone disease (MBD) as a result of calcium deficiency.

      But I dust all his food with calcium powder. How can he have a calcium deficiency?

      Simply providing a source of calcium is not enough. The body must go through a series of processes to be able to use the calcium the dragon consumes. In order for the body to absorb calcium it needs vitamin D3.

      Ok but my calcium supplement contains D3 so why did my dragon get sick?

      The process isn’t quite that simple. Reptiles generally cannot absorb vitamin D when ingested. They must synthesize it within their body. To do this, they must be exposed to UVB light. In the wild dragons get their UVB from the sun. In captivity it is provided by a UVB lamp. When the skin is exposed to UVB, the body produces the natural form of D3 called cholecalciferol. The cholecalciferol enters the blood stream through the liver. From there, it reaches the kidneys and intestines. In the kidneys, it is converted to calcitriol which is a hormone that regulates calcium blood levels. In the intestines, it is converted into a hormone that triggers the release of proteins needed for the absorption of calcium. Without UVB, these processes cannot take place. The nature of this process is what makes a quality UVB source an absolute must for the prevention of MBD.

      Proper Diet

      In order for supplements to be effective they must be part of a varied diet. Dietary needs vary with the age of the dragon. A detailed discussion of those needs is beyond the scope of this article. However, bear in mind that as dragons grow from hatchling to adulthood, the level of protein they need decreases. While many keepers know this, they often do not know the reason why this is important.

      If the diet does not contain enough protein over long periods the body may be unable to absorb calcium because the hormones in the intestines are not able to release enough protein to facilitate calcium absorption. In older dragons a diet that is too high in protein can cause liver and kidney damage. If the liver and kidneys are damaged they may not be able to process vitamin D and therefore the dragon is at risk for calcium deficiency because the body may have trouble completing its natural cycles.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is my doctor doing all he can for my thyroid?
    A couple of weeks ago I had blood work done and was told I have an overactive thyroid. I have almost every symptom (hair loss, fatigue, depression, anxiety, chest pain, unclear thoughts). My doctor wanted me to wait a month to run more tests. I insisted that I couldn't wait that long and got them within two weeks. They didn't say anything new. Now my doctor wants to wait another 6- 8 weeks to take more tests. I have my two little boys to take care of and can't possibly go on this long with these symptoms. Should I switch doctors or should I just wait to get more blood work done? Any help and knowledge on overactive thyroid would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Daisy

      Here are some answers and some ideas to start the healing process.

      Hyperthyroidism

      Definition
      Hyperthyroidism is a health condition caused by overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

      The thyroid is one of your body's "master" glands, meaning that it influences and regulates overall metabolism and the overall health of most of the cells in your body, including helping to form protein RNA (the building blocks of life) for every cell and to increase oxygen consumption by most cells. Located at the base of the neck, the thyroid gland consists of two lobes, one on each side of the windpipe (trachea).

      Symptoms
      Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include rapid heartbeat, enlarged thyroid (goiter), moist skin, trembling or tremors, erratic pulse pressure levels (too high or too low), fatigue, anxiety, weight loss, bulging eyes, excessive sweating, increased appetite, low tolerance to heat, diarrhea, chest pain, and gastrointestinal disorders. In older people with hyperthyroidism, however, the opposite of the above symptoms can occur. Overall, hyperthyroidism is much rare than hypothyroidism (under active thyroid function).

      Hyperthyroidism may be associated with and often is called Graves' disease, a condition characterized by an enlarged thyroid, bulging eyes bulge, rash and swelling in front of the lower leg.

      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. I 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

      Cheers

  18. QUESTION:
    Anything out there that is natural, and will make me sleep?
    I hate sleeping pills and drugs in general, but I need to get some sleep! Was hoping someone knew something natural, and not habit forming?

    • ANSWER:
      Sleep problems.... can be caused by :
      thinking about things too much.... find a relaxation technique
      room temp too high ....try putting a fan on low setting
      blood sugar too low ....this often wakes people up .. often people have some milk( natural tryptophane source)/yogurt and honey to up sugar levels and increase rem sleep
      noise/light disturbing you in the home or outside. darker curtains and a white sound generator... one of those little machines that makes natural sounds...costs 20 to 30 bucks ... turn off inside lights...
      caffeine / other stimulants... don't drink coffee cola tea after a set time in the day/evening....at least 3 to 4 hrs before going to sleep

      stimulating herbs... ginseng, gotu kola, ma huang, and other herbs may be very stimulating.

      thyroid problems.....see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.

      drug addiction... get treatment.... join a 12 step program...stick with it.

      exercise late... this revs up some peoples' metabolism and makes it difficult to sleep... exercise earlier... if it effects you in this way

      physical pain... learn methods to reduce pain that are appropriate, and safe for what is bothering you.

      all that said... many people say that several gentle herbs are helpful: valerian, passiflora, and chamomile...

      In the realm of homeopathy, many people say that "calms forte' " helps them relax and sleep easier.

      do NOT mix sedating herbs or over the counter sleep meds with alcohol or sedating prescription meds...

      check with a pharmacist to see how what you take.... either over the counter or prescription will interact with new herbs/meds/homeopathics

      the idea that the big dose is the way to go... is addictive and dangerous thinking. Always begin with a very small dose and then IF you need more, add more slowly... follow guidelines, and professional advice... from a Pharmacist, N.D., M.D., D.O., ARNP, PA, etc

  19. QUESTION:
    why low sperm count in beagle dog?
    4 year old male beagle dog with low sperm count, can this be corrected?

    • ANSWER:
      First, you shouldn't rely on one test. Some dogs might test perfectly normal on a subsequent test.

      Routine checking of thyroid levels should be done on any dog with a low sperm count.

      If this level is low (or on the lower limit of normal), thyroid replacement is necessary and should be commenced as soon as possible.

      Once the thyroid level is back in the normal range, wait 6-8 weeks before re-checking the sperm count.

      If the sperm counts are still low, then specific hormone treatment may be required. This would apply to those dogs with low sperm counts and normal thyroid levels.

      The hormones used to stimulate spermatogenesis are gonadotropins (follicle stimulating hormones FSH), which act indirectly to stimulate sperm production and as a side effect,
      also produce natural testosterone which stimulates the libido. These hormones are given for 4-6 weeks and then the semen is re-evaluated. If this fails to sufficiently increase sperm production, the possibility of other hormone imbalances may need to be further investigated.

      Injections of testosterone are contra-indicated in fertility problems in the male. Giving injections of testosterone directly to a dog will not stimulate sperm production and, in
      excess, can act as a contraceptive by lowering sperm production.

      Edit: I also agree with the above poster and don't breed dogs with thyroid problems since it is hereditary.

  20. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies to assist metabolism and hormone levels?
    I've been advised that I have a disfunction of the hypothalamus gland, and after ready some information on the subject, I'm concerned with how this will effect my body in the near and distant future. My physician recommended taking hormone replacement medication, but I rather not due to the possible known side effects. Are there any natural aids that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      There are tons of natural treatments out there, you could look into the following "womens herbs":

      *Black Cohosh
      *Dong Quai
      *Vitex

      and a product called thyrosense sounds right for you because it:

      Supports Optimal Thyroid Health, Improves Energy and Metabolism

      What to expect from this product:

      *For those with low thyroid:
      *Supports thyroid health
      *Improves conversion of T4 to T3
      *Enhances weight loss
      *Improves energy
      *Supports proper hormone balance
      *Improves sensitivity to temperature

      http://www.thyrosense.com/

  21. QUESTION:
    What is going on with my thyroid?
    I was diagnosed with a low thyroid 3 months ago and was currently taking medication. I go in for a check up and my doctor (endocrinologist) did blood work and stated that my thyroid level is too high. However, my dry skin affects me everyday and it's the only symptom that bothers me (I also have acne). All my doctor does is take a blood sample and never asks me any questions. Should I go to another doctor? How should I treat my dry skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Loving
      There are a many new school ideas for treatment of thyroid levels. Some of the new thoughts on it, is that doctors should treat the symptoms not the levels from thyroid level blood tests (unreliable).

      My first advice is to find a doctor that includes you in the treatment. That includes talking and explaining things to you. My doctor listens to everything I have to say before she ever calls for tests or makes a decision. She always includes me in the decision making process. See list below for help finding a great doc in your area.

      Next I would advise you to read a few books on the subject so you will understand what your endocrinologist is talking about and take a part in your own healing. Thyroid Power by Richard and Karilee Shames. The second is The Thyroid Solution by Ridha Arem. Both of these books will give you a handle on how testing helps but is not the end all for thyroid treatment.

      Here is a link to doctors that others with thyroid disorders have found helpful. It is updated frequently. Hopefully you will find someone in your area. http://www.thyroid-info.com/topdrs/#us

      I know your only dealing with dry skin at the moment but hypothyroid is no joke and the issue can grow into other things. It may stem from other issues such as adrenal fatigue or.... If you have insurance or lots of money I would see a naturopathic doctor and see if your able to track down the cause.

      Our medical community is taught to diagnose and prescribe/operate, but often times there are underlying issues that cause our illness and the cause go's untreated, then develops into more serious issues later in life. I would suggest you to also educate yourself on the issue with the books recommended or others your attracted to. I don't think we live in a world any longer where you can not be responsible for your own treatment. With all the bad things happening to people from prescription side effects and botched operations it just makes sense for you to be educated and involved in the choices that are made about your body. You only get one body, mistakes are costly.

      Another idea that strikes my mind is there are 2-3 different thyroid replacement hormones. Armour is the natural one made from powdered pig thyroid. You might find the dry skin would be affected by changing meds. Myself and many others had to try a few before we found what we like. The generics didn't work well for me, nor did my first choice armour. The good news is once you find the correct fit it won't change unless the med company changes the mix. If your doctor gives you any flack about trying the different meds or makes a face then find a new one.

      Best of luck to you.

  22. QUESTION:
    what are the precautions to be taken for my health(thyroid) problem?
    I have thyroid from many years.but we don't know about it upto now.
    I have 238(thyroid).due to this i have many health problems like heavy weight,hairfall pigmentation problem,obesity,depression,body pains so many problems like this.please give the solution for my problem to my
    e_mail id nukareddy@rocketmail.com

    • ANSWER:
      Many thyroid malfunction cases that are caused by a thyroid cancer are treated surgically. This involves invasive surgery that is conducted to remove the cancerous tissues.

      Most patients that are treated surgically are asked to undergo radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) a few months later. This therapy is recommended since radioactive iodine suppresses the growth of thyroid cells. It is administered in the form of a liquid or a pill.

      A lot of precaution needs to be taken for any treatment that involves radioactivity. This is specifically true for RAI treatment. These precautions can be extremely lengthy, tiresome and difficult to follow.

      In most cases, the physician stops all traditional thyroid medication before the RAI treatment. The physician may also ask the patient to stop any natural thyroid medication that he may have been taking. In cases where hormonal supplements cannot be discontinued, the iodine levels in the body are reduced artificially by injecting recombinant TSH.

      Patients are asked to adhere to a low iodine diet for nearly two weeks before the actual treatment. A low iodine diet does not mean a total ban on iodine. The American Thyroid Association recommends that a minimum of 50 mcg of iodine a day is acceptable even if a low iodine diet is being maintained.

      The diet regulations are similar to those that are provided by alternative thyroid treatments. These diets that are prepared especially for those who have a malfunctioning thyroid ensure that the specific items listed on the diet chart allow only the recommended levels of iodine.

      Patients should increase their consumption of these foods:

      Fruits
      Raw or freshly cooked vegetables
      Unsalted nuts
      Patients should limit their consumption or avoid these foods:

      Meats
      Grains, cereals, and rice
      Iodized salt and sea salt
      All seafood
      Milk and milk products
      Chocolates (cocoa and some other chocolates are permitted)
      Soybeans and soy products (except soy oil and lecithin)
      The radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) treatment is a simple outpatient procedure. The majority of the radioactive iodine is absorbed by the thyroid. Any unabsorbed radioactive iodine is discharged in the next couple of days through urine, feces, saliva and sweat. Certain precautions are necessary to ensure the safety of those that come in contact with the patient:

      Keep away from children and pregnant women for at least eight days.
      Do not let any one come closer than 3 feet for more than one hour in a day. This precaution needs to be taken for the first five days.
      Flush the toilet more than once after every use.
      Take extra care of personal hygiene. Men have to take extra care to avoid any spill over while urinating.
      Nursing women need to stop breast feeding totally.
      Doctor’s consultation is necessary before starting a pregnancy.
      Even though the process involved in this thyroid treatment is simple, hospitalization may be required in some cases. This becomes necessary if there is an infant at home who needs to be protected from contamination. Patients are generally kept in isolation until the hospital is satisfied with regards to all safety concerns. All communication with staff and visitors is through an intercom.

  23. QUESTION:
    What happens if you don't treat hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Yankee

      Here are the answers you need.

      Hyperthyroidism

      Definition
      Hyperthyroidism is a health condition caused by overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

      The thyroid is one of your body's "master" glands, meaning that it influences and regulates overall metabolism and the overall health of most of the cells in your body, including helping to form protein RNA (the building blocks of life) for every cell and to increase oxygen consumption by most cells. Located at the base of the neck, the thyroid gland consists of two lobes, one on each side of the windpipe (trachea).

      Symptoms
      Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include rapid heartbeat, enlarged thyroid (goiter), moist skin, trembling or tremors, erratic pulse pressure levels (too high or too low), fatigue, anxiety, weight loss, bulging eyes, excessive sweating, increased appetite, low tolerance to heat, diarrhea, chest pain, and gastrointestinal disorders. In older people with hyperthyroidism, however, the opposite of the above symptoms can occur. Overall, hyperthyroidism is much rare than hypothyroidism (under active thyroid function).

      Hyperthyroidism may be associated with and often is called Graves' disease, a condition characterized by an enlarged thyroid, bulging eyes bulge, rash and swelling in front of the lower leg.

      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. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      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. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  24. QUESTION:
    Im 15 and may have an under-reactive thyroid: Why?
    I went to a naturopath today and they said there is problems with my thyroid, hypothyroid, but it isnt confirmed yet though i fit the symptons. Usually women over 40 get this; why am i and what can i do to help it?

    Thanks for any useful answer :)

    • ANSWER:
      I am almost 70 years old. I have been hypothyroid (low thyroid) since I was in my teens. Anyone can become low thyroid at any age, even young children! Usually it is caused by an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. This means your body thinks your thyroid gland (which is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck) is a foreign object and your immune system tries to kill it off, making your thyroid not work right. Your thyroid is one of your "master" glands, in that it produces substances called "hormones" that every cell in your body needs for you to be healthy. If your thyroid doesn't work right, your body isn't getting the proper amount of these hormones and you will start to feel ill and have problems (like being tired, cold, dry skin, hair falling out, weight gain, depression, memory loss, etc.). Being low thyroid (hypothyroid) is a serious thing and should not be ignored. Left untreated for many years it can cause problems with your heart. So you need to treat it. Treatment is a lifelong thing. Once you are low thyroid, you will have to take your medication for the rest of your life. The way a low thyroid is diagnosed is through a simple blood test that does not hurt. Your doctor (it’s best to go to a doctor that specializes in treating thyroid problems called an “Endocrinologist”) and his lab will know what the proper range your hormone levels should be at and what is considered too low. Once diagnosed, you will be treated by being prescribed a thyroid hormone replacement. The majority of doctors prescribe Synthroid or a generic of Synthroid like Levothyroxine. You will not immediately feel better. It takes about six weeks for your body to full adjust to the medication. Your doctor will start you on a low dosage of medication and slowly work you up to a dosage that is right for you. Everyone’s body is different and some people need more or less thyroid medication. Throughout the years you will need to come in on a regular basis like every three months, or six months or once a year and have your blood test. You may have to have your thyroid medication adjusted higher or lower off and on throughout your life as your body changes with time. Although Synthroid and Levothyroxine are the standard medications for treating low thyroid, many people don't feel as well on Synthroid/Levothyroxine. That is because it only has one of the hormones your thyroid produces, called T4. The theory is that your body will convert T4 (the inactive hormone) to the active hormone T3 which is the hormone all your body's cells need to make you well. The problem with this theory is that if your thyroid isn't working right, it can't possible convert T4 to T3 so although once on Synthroid or Levothyroxine you may test your thyroid hormone levels and be in the "normal" range, but you may still have hypothyroid symptoms like feeling tired or depressed or have memory problems. The best way to solve this problem is to take a thyroid hormone replacement that has both T4 and T3 in it like a natural thyroid hormone replacement like Nature-Throid. Nature-Throid is a prescription medication and has been around since the 1930's. It is safe and effective and in my opinion works far better than Synthroid or Levothyroxine. The problem is, you may have a difficult time getting your doctor to prescribe Nature-Throid because many doctors are convinced that the dosage strength isn't as reliable as Synthroid or Levothyroxine. That is not true. Nature-Throid is tested on a regular basis by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Some doctors have never even heard of Nature-Throid because many medical schools only teach about Synthroid. And many insurance plans and HMO's will only cover Levothyroxine or Synthroid and not Nature-Throid, yet Nature-Throid is cheaper than both Synthroid and Levothyroxine. I highly recommend you print this out and take it to your doctor. I highly recommend you read the book, "Living Well with Hypothyroidism" by Mary J. Shomon. This book is easy to read and will really educate you on your thyroid problem. You can buy it cheap on Amazon.com or at a book store. If the book store doesn't have it, have them order it for you. Good luck honey and I hope you feel better soon.

  25. QUESTION:
    how i should decrease my lower abdomen size as my overall body looks quite normal?
    my weight is 63.5 kg my body size and face structure are quite smart looking but i got my belly big as it should synchronize with my other parts of body..my diet is also v normal or somewhat less than normal but i couln t understand this increased tummy..how should i lower its fat

    • ANSWER:
      Just, try this regimen for a week and see the amazing results for Urself.

      •OBESE*:
      1. 1. Now-a-days, even girls & boys are becoming the victims of hypothyroidism vis-a-vis the interlinked obesity.
      2. Here is a remedy: Just press hard Ur right hand palm just below the base of Ur right thumb--with the help of left thumb and vice versa. That points are acupressure point [point no.8 thyroid and point no. 16 –lymph ] for Ur thyroid/parathyroid glands. Similarly U must press Ur big toes in the soles just below the base of big toe. If all these points are painful/tender; then U have to go in for T.S.H., T-3, and T-4 tests to know the real picture. If the results reveal anything, don't worry. Acupressure techniques & natural remedies can cure it in 45 days.
      •Acupressure maps are published not only for diagnosis but also for cure from symptoms of hypo-thyroid. U may study them, discuss with Ur family members, friends and acquaintances to understand the concept, which is very easy to perceive and implement for Ur self and for others.

      3. HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT FAST? No Anorexia/No Constipation? No hunger?
      Contributing factors – McDonald’s Pizzas, Burgers, KFC’s deep- fried chicken, ghee butter, chocolates, excessive consumption of rice, Calorific value of intake is more than output, etc.
      Last week I lost 6 Kgs weight just in 6 days. I'm 64 yrs., young, male, 70 Kgs., to 64 kgs.
      4. Acupressure techniques- it is a MUST. to activate each and every internal organ to work up to optimum levels, by purging toxins through natural drainage systems.
      5. ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

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

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0
      •6. Aloe Vera Juice, Noni Juice, Wheat grass powder, sprouted seeds, like horse gram, green gram; and ground nuts [all submerged under water overnight]; 1 cup of black tea and 1 cup of green tea. + an apple or a banana or a mango daily & RAITHA/SALADS..
      7. Cooked food, salt and baking soda banned from my diet.
      8. Buttermilk with black salt was taken daily once.
      I had neither hunger nor weakness nor anorexia nor constipation. I participated in all my daily chores.•
      •Dhanurasan & Halasan—for details of procedure of these asans/yoga exercises-- U may contact any Yoga guru or physiotherapy centre in Ur vicinity.
      PS. If U r benefited, U may inform others to join ‘Yahoo Answers’ for their health issues.
      Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' Vol. I & II-available in all Indian languages all over the globe, by Dr.Devendra Vora,DSc.,MD.,FRCP. an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of gential warts on my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jean

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  27. QUESTION:
    What foods will prevent a gout attack and what foods will counteract one?

    • ANSWER:
      It is well known that gout can be helped with cherry juice and cherries. The reason that cherry juice and cherries help prevent and reduce symptoms of gout is because cherries contain flavonoids which help reduce high uric acid levels. High uric acid levels may lead to the development of gout. In addition, when uric acid crystals start to accumulate in the joint, flavonoids prevent substances which cause inflammation from entering the joint.

      People have been reporting the beneficial effects of cherries and cherry juice as a natural gout cure. You can use canned cherries or fresh cherries and it does not matter if you use sour or sweet cherries. All cherries have been reported to be a natural gout cure. The amount of cherries to eat a day is between ten cherries and up to one half pound. Some people also found taking cherry juice concentrate (1 tablespoon per day) can help cure gout.

      Natural home remedies to cure gout

      * Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and other nutrients that help to reduce serum uric acid. Take 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams daily in tablet or capsule form. Helps to cure gout.
      * Bilberry extract is a good source of anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins-powerful antioxidant compounds.
      * Apply cayenne (capsicum) powder, mixed with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste, to affected areas to relieve inflammation and pain. This may cause a stinging sensation at first, but with repeated use, pain should diminish markedly. Cayenne can also be taken in capsule or liquid form.
      * Lime is also used as a remedy in gout vitamin C is known to prevent and cure sore joints by strengthening the connective tissues of the body. The juice of half a lime, squeezed into a glass of water, should be taken twice daily. One of the best home remedy to cure gout.
      * Bananas have been found beneficial in the treatment of gout. A diet of bananas only for three or four days is advised. A patient can take eight or nine bananas daily during this period and nothing else.
      * Try using chamomile, lady's mantle (yarrow), peppermint, or skullcap, in either capsule or tea form.
      * Boswellia and turmeric (curcumin) have powerful anti­inflammatory properties.

      Considerations and prevention tips

      * Drink plenty of fluids (especially water).
      * Follow a balanced diet.
      * Exercise regularly
      * Maintain a healthy diet and healthy body weight.

      Gout Diet: Foods To Avoid

      High levels of uric acid can cause gout. High purine foods in a diet can increase uric acid levels in the body. Therefore, the gout diet usually limits food with high purine. Diet is one of the most important ways of preventing gout attacks.

      * When an attack of gout strikes, eat only raw fruits and vegetables for two weeks. Juices are best. Frozen or fresh cherry juice is excellent. Also drink celery juice diluted with distilled water-use distilled water only, not tap water. Blueberries, cherries, and strawberries neutralize uric acid and have antioxidant properties, so eat lots of them. Also include grains, seeds, and nuts in your diet.
      * Maintain a diet low in purines at all times. Purines are organic compounds that contribute to uric acid formation. Purine-rich foods to avoid include anchovies, mackerel, shellfish, asparagus, consomme, herring, meat gravies and broths, mushrooms, mussels, sardines, peanuts, baker's and brewer's yeast, mincemeat, and sweetbreads. Thyme and thyroid extracts can also pose a problem if taken for long periods of time.
      * Enjoy foods like rice, millet, starchy vegetables, green vegetables, com, cornbread, fruit, cheese, eggs, nuts, and milk.
      * Eat no meat of any kind, including organ meats. Meat contains extremely high amounts of uric acid.
      * Do not eat any fried foods, roasted nuts, or any other foods containing (or cooked with) oil that has been subjected to heat. When heated, oils become rancid. Rancid fats quickly destroy vitamin E, resulting in the release of increased amounts of uric acid.
      * Avoid rich foods such as cakes and pies. Leave sugar products out of your diet.
      * Avoid the amino acid glycine. Glycine can be converted into uric acid more rapidly in people who suffer from gout.
      * Alcohol, especially beer, should be avoided. Limit alcohol consumption to 1 drink 3 times a week.
      * If you are overweight, lose the excess pounds. Obesity can result in increased uric acid production by the body. Follow a well-balanced diet to lose excess body weight. Do not follow a high-protein low-carb diet as this can worsen gout conditions.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any natural treatments for Hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi "meeeohmyyyy",
      Reduce soy consumption. Soy can depress thyroid function and has been shown to cause goiters (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) in healthy individuals.

      Alkalinize the body! This may help to prevent thyroid dysfunction in the first place.

      Get rid of the saturated fats from your diet. Saturated fats have been found to inhibit thyroid function.

      Work to balance your estrogen levels. Estrogen slows down the thyroid gland.

      Eat organically raised meats to avoid meats that are loaded with added hormones that have been introduced to increase the weight of livestock prior to sale.

      Begin a hormonal balancing program using progesterone cream to help bring your body back into balance.

      Vitamin B3, (niacin), which is often taken to reduce cholesterol levels, has been shown to also lower thyroid hormone levels.

      Gentian is known to normalize the function of the thyroid gland.

      Incorporate kelp and other sea vegetables that are high in iodine. Iodine is needed by the body to produce thyroid hormone.

      Radishes have historically been used to treat thyroid problems and have been known to keep the levels of thyroid hormones balanced.

      If depression due to hypothyroidism is a problem, try taking St. John’s Wort to help elevate your mood.

      Chronic constipation can be addressed by adding additional dietary fiber such as psyllium to your diet. Herbal laxatives, such as cascara sagrada or Nature’s Sunshine’s LBS II can also be used as required.

      Try supplementing with zinc and selenium. Studies indicate that severe zinc or selenium deficiencies can cause decreased thyroid hormone levels.

      Coconut oil stimulates the thyroid gland and is a good choice for those suffering from an under active thyroid.

      One of the most effective supplements for hypothyroidism is desiccated thyroid gland that comes from pigs. It was used long before synthetic forms of thyroid medications became available and is processed by the body more naturally.
      Please look full text article: http://www.askedweb.com/askedweb/Are_You_Suffering_From_Hypothyroidism/
      Jason Homan

  29. QUESTION:
    I have an 11 1/2 year old toy fox terrier who has been plagued by chronic ear infections and skin allergies?
    This has been going on for many, many, years! I have taken her to specialists, checked her for allergies, been on numerous medications (antifungal and antibiotics - you name it!) bought special shampoos, creams, ointments, ear cleansing solutions, natural, apple cider vinegar treatments, boric acid washes, and the list goes on. Her current vet thinks she is hypothyroid - looking back over records from a specialist I took her to in British Columbia Canada (we live in the states) her T4 was 9.5. My understanding is the normal range is 13-44 proving she does have low thyroid levels!! The specialist did not even mention this to me, instead wanted more expensive and elaborate tests!! Sorry for the long spill but I hate to see that my precious pet has suffered because of this so called specialist!!! My question-does anyone else have a dog diagnoised with hypothyroid? How did they respond to the medication and are there side effects?
    Does anyone have a dog with similiar symptoms especially the chronic ear/skin infections? After taking meds for hypothyroid did the symptoms clear up? Is your dog much happier and energetic?
    Vet prescribed soloxin .05 twice a day. He halved the regularly prescribed dose because of her age.
    Hoping this will help her and not cause any medication side effects. I'm a little OCD about medication for my little dog! :)

    • ANSWER:
      consider Canidae dry dog food, all life stages, for your dog to possibly eliminate the skin allergies....many yahoo answer people have said that their dogs had skin problems and other maladies that seemed to DISAPPEAR after switching to Canidae dry dog food, all life stages, which is an ALL NATURAL, NO BY-PRODUCTS, NO GRAINS OR FILLERS, ALL HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENTS, NO BEET PULP OR SALT, AND IS REASONABLY PRICED AND AFFORDABLE !!...IN MY OPINION, THE BEST DRY DOG FOOD, AVAILABLE ANYWHERE, ALL USA INGREDIENTS, MADE IN THE USA, WITH A MONEY BACK GURANTEE IF UNHAPPY !!.....check it out at Canidae.com for more information, and a list of dealers by Zip code.....MANY BREEDERS RECOMMEND CANIDAE, AND MANY YAHOO ANSWER PEOPLE SWEAR BY CANIDAE, AND HAVE USED IT FOR MANY YEARS WITH GREAT SUCCESS AND SATISFACTION !!..try it, what have you got to lose, and maybe your dog's skin allergies will disappear !!???...good luck to y'all !!!

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm 19yr old boy,my height is 5.7 but i'm thinking to become 6 feet,so any chance to increase my height in thi?
    Plz help me,any tips tat u've..THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      This is my best answer on the subject. QuoteYou need to read my answer on the subject of height. See the link at the end to calculate your height based on your parents height and other factors which determine ones height. Quote

      "Yes exercise and good nutrition can help till you around 18 after that as the more time lapses it will be difficult to gain further height. Make a kind of loop swing (take PVC rope and 18 to 24 inches length of one inch PVC pipe, put through the PVC rope and tie it both sides at something higher at about 7 feet plus level in the house) and daily hang and swing your body from it several times as much time as you can. The way to do is jump or with the help of stool catch firmly the pipe with your hands then kick the stool aside and hang on.In addition to this exercise, have enough sleep and protein. Consult a doctor for hormones which might help height. For updated information on height read my answer below on the same subject given to 21/23 yrs old questioners. Quote " Dear Pritam I just answered a question on height by a 21 years old questioner. I will repeat it for you to gain insight into the height of humans.Quote "Dear Sachin You have passed the age when growth in height may have been repeat may have been possible. The best age to think about it and do some thing about it is adolescent age and not 21. Even as late as 18 someone can try but not 21. I will give you the picture of height determination gimmick in humans as briefly as possible to give you insight as to how difficult is your goal.
      About 60 to 80 percent of the difference in height between individuals is determined by genetic factors (in Asian populations much lower), whereas 20 to 40 percent can be attributed to environmental effects, mainly nutrition. You will notice the environmental effects by correlating genetic similarity between relatives (twin, siblings, parents and offspring) with their similarity in height
      Height is partially determined by the length of the long bones of the legs, on which there growth plates that allow bone length (and height) to increase. The hormones that help this growth to continue are,cortisol and thyroid hormones.
      There are a few natural ways to ensure that a person will at least grow to their “normal” height, and at the top of the list is sufficient and good-quality sleep. Research indicates that growth hormone works best during “deep” sleep and lack of sleep can decrease the hormone produced.
      Other natural ways to ensure for a person to reach maximum height include good nutrition, a generally healthy life and regular exercise that is appropriate to a person’s general health. Regular use of nutrition supplements, vitamins, protein supplements and calcium may have a positive effect.
      In recent years, some medical personnel have used a therapy in which an insufficient level of the hormone is supplemented through injections or oral intake. A less common method of attempting to increase height is acupuncture (sometimes referred to as reflexology). This may be followed by a traction process that attempts to lengthen the legs.
      As an alternative to costly hormone therapy, acupuncture and limb-lengthening, with possibly negative effects on health, some have tried the homeopathic route. This method offers natural, patient-focused medicines for stunted growth and delayed growth. Some homoeopathic practitioners state that there are ways to enhance adolescent growth without injections or other hormone treatments." Quote You can go this site below and put in the figures of mom and dad's height. Fill in date of your height and age. The calculator will calculate your eventual height. Goodbye.

      http://www.calculator.net/height-calcula…

  31. QUESTION:
    Overactive thyroid treatment without pills?
    My doc has diagnosed myself with having an overactive thyroid however the tablets prescribed (thyroxine) made my heart beat irraticly and made me panic. So I have decided to abandon taking the pills, how else can I control this problem? Any natural remedies? I feel great the day I exercise, it really sorts out my energy levels but then im so low for 2 or 3 days after. Also my dad has this too and takes the same tablets, im 28 so can I ignore it for a while or is it best not to?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Something is wrong here Nacho-Nick, Thyroxine, though now always prescribed as levothyroxine, is the management of UNDERACTIVE thyroid! Assuming that this is your correct diagnosis, then in appropriate doses you should get neither panic nor palpitations if the drug dose is correct. If you have just started medication then it is possible that your doctor has started you an too high a dose too quickly and dropping back the dose would allow you to function normally.

      Bad news the condition is manageable, not treatable and there are no alternatives to medication.

  32. QUESTION:
    Have any Ideas of natural ways to heal hypothyroidism?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few extracts which help in better functioning of thyroid.
      Kelp, is a sea vegetable which is a prime source of iodine - crucial in preventing thyroid problems. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years, especially in traditional Chinese medicine. Apart from its beneficial effect on thyroid functioning, it is also used as a metabolic stimulant and can be found in many slimming remedies. When using kelp medicinally, always make sure that it is sourced by a reputable and trusted company. Kelp harvested from the beach or near to the coast may be contaminated with industrial waste, sewerage, lead, mercury or other toxins. Kelp used in Native Remedies

      Avena sativa is derived from the wild oat plant and is a well known restorative and nerve tonic, used to treat depression, low libido and lack of energy, as well as hypothyroidism. More recently it has also been shown to be effective in reducing high cholesterol levels.

      Coleus forskohlii is a well respected and often difficult to obtain Ayurvedic (Indian) remedy, traditionally used to treat high blood pressure. It also acts to stimulate the thyroid to release thyroid hormones and is therefore beneficial in the treatment of hypothyroidism.

      Some foods, including cabbage, peaches, radishes, soybeans, peanuts, and spinach, can interfere with the production of thyroid hormones. Anyone with hypothyroidism may want to avoid these foods.

      The Shoulder Stand yoga position (at least once daily for 20 minutes) is believed to improve thyroid function.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it normal not to be hungry all day?
    I was just wondering if its normal not to be hungry but i also sick .. so is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Boredom? Stress? Sometimes your apatite will be affected by your period

      Hunger is a natural instinct and plays an important part in human survival. However, some people feel excessively hungry, which is a condition called polyphagia. This can be caused by a variety of mental and physical conditions. Always contact a doctor immediately with any concerns about excessive hunger, as some of the underlying causes may be serious.

      Excessive hunger is typically the result of underlying medical or emotional issues. Medical conditions may increase the body's metabolism, thereby spiking appetite and the desire for food. Emotional conditions may cause a spike in appetite as well. Treatment for polyphagia depends on the underlying cause.

      Excessive hunger can be a sign of diabetes, particularly undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes. Diabetes is a reduction or failure of the ability to handle sugar in the blood. Nearly 8 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Excessive hunger can occur when blood sugar levels are extremely elevated and are not controlled through insulin or food control.

      Hypoglycemia is a condition caused by low blood sugar. The condition is common with diabetics but also exists independent of diabetes. Hypoglycemia may be characterized by shaking, irritability, and a sudden, overwhelming need to eat.

      Brain injury occurs through a sudden impact on the head, resulting in damage to the brain. Symptoms of brain injury include severe headaches, nausea, cognitive difficulties and sudden changes in appetite, including extreme hunger.

      Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid is producing excessive hormones, which can result in the feeling of extreme hunger and resulting weight gain. Hyperthyroidism can typically be treated with medication, surgery or radioactive therapy and the appetite can be brought back into a more normal range.

      Bipolar disease, which is characterized by manic and depressive stages, often results in extreme hunger when the person is in a manic phase. The manic phase may also be characterized by feelings of euphoria and extreme well-being. Bipolar disease is best treated by a combination of medication and therapy.

      Excessive hunger is not considered to be abnormal if it follows periods of starvation or is a normal behavior for someone with a typically large appetite. Other considerations that may play into treating excessive hunger include the mental state of the person experiencing the disorder, any significant weight gain or loss, whether the person is purging after eating large amounts of food and whether the person is ingesting any medication, drugs or alcohol on a regular basis. Consult a doctor for more information

  34. QUESTION:
    I have major hot flashes, Can anyone give some advice on natural herbal remidies?
    Help! I have tryed so many things and nothing seems to help. I dont want the prescription stuff.
    Thanks in advance
    I want to thank all of you for all of this wonderful information. I will continue to read and follow some of this advice.Many Thanks to all.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Natural Cure. If you are through Menopause.

      Symptoms: During the menopause, the entire chain of endocrine glands is disturbed, particularly the gonads, thyroid and pituitary. In a really healthy woman, the menopausal change takes place without any unpleasant symptoms. The only sign that the "change" taking place is the cessation of menstrual flow. There are, however, many women who do not enjoy good health due to dietetic errors and a faulty style of living. In these cases, the menopausal change often leads to all kinds of distressing physical, emotional, and nervous symptoms and manifestations. Hot flashes, night sweats, nervous tension, menstrual disturbances, insomnia, diminished interest in sex, irritability, and depression are the typical symptoms of menopause. Other symptoms are chilly feelings, fatigue, palpitation, dizziness, headaches and numbness. Not every women will get these severe reactions. The severity or otherwise of the symptoms depend on a variety of factors such as general health, previous surgery and radiation. Menopause and its problems are usually over when menstruation stops.

      Causes: The annoying symptoms associated with menopause arise from the fact that the ovaries are no longer producing their normal amount of estrogen, the dominant female hormone. Anything which interferes with the normal functioning of the ovaries may also bring about these symptoms. The same strange feelings may occur if the ovaries are removed by surgery because of disease. This can also result from heavy X-ray therapy or the use of radiation. A lack of normal hormone balance may also result in a severe backache. This is caused by thinning of the bones arising from the low level of estrogen in the bloodstream. Unless properly treated, this may eventually lead to a collapse of one or more of the vertebrae.

      Treatment: Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional programme, special supplements and the right mental attitude. When a woman is affected by the menopausal change to any marked extent, it is a sure sign that her body is in a toxic condition and in need of a thorough cleansing. For this purpose, she should undergo a course of natural health building treatment. Diet is of utmost importance in such a scheme of treatment. In fact the problems at menopause are often much more severe than that at puberty largely because the diet has been deficient for many years prior to its onset, in many nutrients such as protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, E, and pantothenic acid. The diet should be made up from three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts, and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. The emphasis should be on vitamin E-rich raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasteurised high quality milk and homemade cottage cheese and an abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should also be included in this diet.

      All processed, refined and denatured foods, such as white sugar, white flour and all articles made with them, should be completely eliminated. Take special supplements such as vitamins C, B6 and pantothenic acid, which have a specific property of stimulating the body’s own production of estrogen or enhancing the effect of the existing estrogen. During menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones can result in a severe calcium deficiency. For this reason, a larger than usual intake of calcium may help greatly. Vitamins D and F are also essential for assimilation of calcium. Any woman having difficulty at this time should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 5000 milligrams of magnesium and two grams of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one quart of milk. During the menopause, the need for vitamin E soars 10 to 50 times over that previously required. Hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause often disappear when 50 to 100 units of vitamin E are taken daily. The symptoms recur quickly if the vitamin is discontinued.

      Of late, it has become popular to take estrogen to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. Although hormone therapy is apparently successful and will, in many cases, help the patient to feel and act younger, it cannot be recommended in all cases because of its carcinogenic effect. If, however, estrogen therapy is undertaken, it should never be administered at the same time as vitamin E therapy. Ingestion of estrogen and vitamin E should be separated by several hours. Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time thrice a day. It has proved much more permanently helpful than the degenerative effects of drugs or synthetic hormones. Carrot seeds have also been found valuable in menopausal tension. A teaspoonful of the seeds should be boiled in a glassful of cow’s milk for about 10 minutes and taken daily as a medicine in this condition.

      Plenty of outdoor exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, horse riding, or cycling, is imperative to postpone menopause. Other helpful measures in this direction are avoiding mental and emotional stress and worries, especially worry about growing old, sufficient sleep, and relaxation and following all general rules of maintaining a high level of health. The healthier a woman is, the fewer menopausal symptoms she will experience.

      The menopause can be made a pleasant affair by building bodily health and a sane mental outlook. From puberty to menopause, a woman has been somewhat of a slave to her female glands. At specified intervals she was inconvenienced by her menstrual periods. She bore children, enduring the pain and discomfort of pregnancy. Menopause relieves her of this bondage to her femininity. She can now experience some of the happiest days of a woman’s life. A whole new life is given to her, if she is wise enough to prepare for it and accept it as such.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    I have Graves disease (thyroid) and I don't like taking the medicine for it.I lose my hair and get sick from
    I don't like being a guinni pig,I think I should take natural remedies rather than other prescriptions. Plus not to mention the doctor bills, I can't afford. What would you do ?

    • ANSWER:
      Graves' Disease is a type of autoimmune disease that causes over-activity of the thyroid gland, causing hyperthyroidism. This over-activity is also sometimes called "toxic diffuse goiter." The thyroid gland helps set the rate of metabolism, which is the rate at which the body uses energy. When the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. High levels of thyroid hormones can cause side effects such as weight loss, rapid heart rate and nervousness. This is an uncommon disease that affects 2 percent of all women at some time in their lives.
      These are the most common symptoms of Graves’ Disease and hyperthyroidism:
      --trouble sleeping
      --fatigue
      --trouble getting pregnant
      --frequent bowel movements
      --irritability
      --weight loss without dieting
      --heat sensitivity
      --increased sweating
      --muscular weakness
      --changes in vision or how your eyes look
      --lighter menstrual flow
      --rapid heart beat
      --hand tremors
      Graves’ Disease is the only kind of hyperthyroidism that is associated with swelling of the tissue around the eyes and bulging of the eyes. And rare cases, patients will develop a lumpy reddish thickening of the skin in front of the shins called pretibial myxedema. This skin condition is usually painless. The symptoms of this disease can occur slowly or very suddenly and are sometimes confused with other medical problems. Women can also have Graves’ Disease and have no visible symptoms at all.
      Graves' disease can be caused by a group of different factors that come together to cause thyroid problems, including heredity, your body's immune system, your age, sex hormones, and possibly stress.
      There are three treatments for Graves' Disease:
      --Medicine. There are some medicines called antithyroid drugs that can lower the amount of thyroid hormones made by the thyroid, causing it to make, normal levels. A doctor must give these medicines to you. Some patients who take an acute thyroid drug for 1 to 2 years have a remission from Graves’ disease; their thyroid function may remain normal even without medication.
      --Radioactive iodine. The radioactive iodine damages thyroid cells, shrinking and eventually destroying the thyroid gland in order to reduce hormone levels. Like surgery, this condition usually leads to hypothyroidism, so that thyroid hormone supplement medication is needed for the rest of the patient's life.
      --Surgery. All of the thyroid gland will be removed. In most cases, people who have surgery for Graves' Disease will develop an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism, the opposite of hyperthyroidism), and will have to take thyroid replacement hormones for the rest of their lives.
      After a diagnosis is made and a treatment is chosen, you should return to your doctor for regular follow-up visits every year to make sure that your thyroid levels are normal and for adjustments in your medicine dose if need be. (It may take some time before your levels are accurate...even if you get it taken out, you will still need medication to "fake" your body into thinking it has a thyroid)
      NOW READ THIS!! If left untreated, Graves’ Disease can lead to heart problems and problems in pregnancy, and an increased risk of a miscarriage. Severe, untreated Graves’ Disease can be fatal. Thyrotoxic storm is a rare life-threatening condition that develops in cases of untreated hyperthyroidism. It is usually brought on by an acute stress, such as trauma surgery or infection. Symptoms are severe, with a pounding heart, sweating, restlessness, shaking, diarrhea, change in consciousness, agitation and confusion. Congestive heart failure can develop rapidly and lead to death.

      You can find out more information about Graves' Disease by contacting the National Women's Health Information Center (800-994-9662) or the following organizations:

      Graves’ Disease Foundation of America
      P.O. Box 8387
      Fleming Island, FL 32006
      Internet address: http://www.ngdf.org

      The American Thyroid Association
      6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 550
      Falls Church, Virginia 22041
      phone: 703 998-8890
      fax: 703 998-8893
      e-mail: admin@thyroid.org
      Internet address: http://www.thyroid.org

      Thyroid Foundation of America, Inc.
      One Longfellow Place
      Suite 1518
      Boston, MA 02114
      phone (toll-free): 800 832-8321
      phone: 617 534-1500
      fax: 617 534-1515
      e-mail: info@allthyroid.org
      Internet address: http://www.allthyroid.org

      And, if you're interested, here's some info about me, and for anyone else who may come across your question & needs more information about thyroid problems:
      I have low thyroid. If you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: Can you see the floor of your house? That was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      Anyway, the signs are:fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      If you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are: increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. There's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. Again, as I mentioned before, it may take some ups & downs until the medicine gets where it needs to be for you. I hope i've helped you!!

  36. QUESTION:
    What causes, prevents, and cures cold sores?
    I've been getting them since I was really little, I don't get them often but when I do get them it hurts!!! HELP

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Laci B

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  37. QUESTION:
    HELP, what can i do to produce more hair strands on my head?
    okay so what can i do to produce more hair strands on my head? i mean im only 16 and in some spots my hair is thinning because SOME shampoos killed my hair. what can i do, eat, drink to produce more hair strands?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone loses between 40 and 120 strands a day, depending on how much hair you have, your age and your hair's growth cycle. People with fine hair tend to have more of it and therefore will lose more of it than their thicker-haired sisters and brothers. Your hair also thins as you get older, particularly after menopause for women. But unlike aging men, the thinning tends to stop after awhile.

      Here are common causes of thinning and hair loss:

      1. Seasonality. You'll lose the most hair in the fall -- typically November and December when hair reaches maturity in its growth cycle.

      2. Diet. Hair loss can occur through poor dieting. According to dermatologist George Cotsarelis, M.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania Hair and Scalp Clinic, iron deficiency may be the cause. He states in the April 2006 issue of "Ladies Home Journal," it might be worth checking your levels with your doctor and take a supplement if they're low.

      3. Aging. Marc Avram, MD, a Manhattan hair transplantation specialist, told Elle Magazine, "As we get older, follicles shrink, producing skinnier, shorter strands; then the follicles start to die off. That rate and the extent of that process is a matter of genetics."

      3. Pregnancy Some women experience hair loss with pregnancy or as part of post-pregnancy hormonal changes. Other women experience hair loss when going on or off (usually off) the birth control pill.

      4. Illness or intense stress Sometimes hair loss occurs as a result of illness. Stress, excessive weight loss, iron deficiency and thyroid problems can also cause hair loss.

      If you're really worried, ask your doctor, however, experts say you really only need to worry if your part is getting wider or you can see your scalp through your hair. For severe cases, you might consult a "trichologist," a physician who specializes in hair loss.

      Extra tip: If you're a woman you won't experience male-pattern baldness. Women's hair tends to thin all over. The only FDA-approved hair loss treatment is minoxidil. Minoxidil works in 60-70 percent of cases by improving the follicle's ability to produce hair.

      Natural Cures for thinning hair - http://www.ehow.com/how_2165837_natural-cures-thinning-hair.html

      Cure For Hair Thinning On Vertex - http://www.ehow.com/way_5368426_cure-hair-thinning-vertex.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art

      Vitamins - Biotin, Pre-natal Vitamins

  38. QUESTION:
    Underactive thyroid, conventional treatment or alternative treatment?
    I am thinking of doing an alternative method b/c I mean lets face it, at the end of the day, vitamins and natural aides are better on the body and if I can see/feel improvement w/o meds that might hurt something else then why not? But I figure the conventional method is tried and true, I am not the 1st person to have underactive thyroid and dr's know what has been proven for other patients...what do you think? Go natural or go with conventional?

    • ANSWER:
      I have hypothyroid as well. I got blood samples processed about a year ago after my friend who is a doctor thought I might have hypothyroid. When the blood came back, I was within normal ranges although the levels were low. My doctor decided not to do anything about but my friend is a Naturopathic doctor and she gave me an herbal tincture to take. Within a few days I started sleeping through the night, woke up earlier each day, was able to fall asleep at night and stay asleep and I wasn't as cold all the time.

      I haven't been able to afford a refill of my tincture so I decided to take some herbal supplements. I've been taking L-Tyrosine for about four months now and it has the same effect on me that the herbal tincture did.

      I think it works because L-Tyrosine is supposed to help your body synthesize thyroid hormones. If my levels were within normal limits, then its possible my body just wasn't able to use it until the L-Tyrosine.

      But I'm not a doctor and what works for me may not be safe for you. If you want to go natural, which is safer and healthier than harsh synthetic drugs, seek out a Naturopath in your area. But make sure they went to college and not an online college. Some states don't regulate this kind of doctor. My friend calls them Un-D's instead of the proper N.D. for Naturopathic Doctor. To find a legitimate doctor, here's the website for all nationally recognized N.D.'s

      http://www.naturopathic.org/

  39. QUESTION:
    i noticed when i take synthroid i get depressed why is that? im takibg antidepressents too?
    is there another drug that wont interact?

    • ANSWER:
      Depression is listed as one of the 6966 side effect of synthroid (T4 synthetic medication). >>> http://www.ehealthme.com/se/synthroid/D?page=7

      This is not the most common symptom of the drug however. A more common reason is T4 medications are not that effective to eliminate all hypothyroidism symptoms.

      "And what do uninformed doctors do for the symptoms you continue to have on T4-only meds? They put you on anti-depressants, statins, pain meds, and all sorts of bandaid medications to cover the effects of a poor thyroid treatment—chronic low grade depression, high cholesterol, “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”, “Fibromyalgia”, bi-polar, anxiety, hair loss… to name just a few. When you mention your poor energy levels, they tell you to exercise more. When you mention your weight problems, they tell you to eat less.

      And the worst thing they’ll say when you continue to have symptoms of a thyroid disorder? “It’s not your thyroid. Your TSH is normal, and you’re optimally treated.” That, friends, is not so… and has lead most all thyroid patients into continuing agony and self-doubt.

      So what’s the solution? Patients and their wise doctors are returning to a medication that was successfully used from the late 1800’s onward: natural desiccated thyroid hormones, more commonly known as Naturethroid, Erfa’s Canadian “thyroid”, Armour, etc. They are made from pig glands, meets the stringent guidelines of the US Pharmacopoeia, and gives patients EXACTLY what their own thyroids give them—T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin.

      Additionally, patients who are working with certain wise doctors are not dosing by the TSH. Instead, they raise their desiccated thyroid according to three criteria (and not in any particular order): 1) the elimination of symptoms 2) getting a mid-afternoon temp of 98.6 using a mercury thermometer, while maintaining a normal, healthy heartrate, and 3) getting their free T3 towards the top of the range (in the presence of healthy adrenal function).

      On a T4-only medication, we have noted that the majority of patients have a less-than-optimal free T3, a mid-afternoon temp lower than 98.6, and/or the continuation of some hypo symptoms for the rest of your life, no matter how high your doctor raises it."

      T4 meds don't work >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

  40. QUESTION:
    What makes a 4 year old's TSH level high, but not the T3 and T4?
    She hasn't gained much weight over the past year and has some eye problems. I know these are all signs of hyperthyroidism, but her hormone levels were normal, but not her TSH. She's going to the doctor Friday.

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism

      Definition: Hypothyroidism is caused by under active production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

      Symptoms: It is a very common but often overlooked condition with symptoms that include fatigue, weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability, sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions, headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems (such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning, and calcium metabolism problems. In children, hypothyroidism can also retard normal growth and development. If undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause or contribute to many other recurring or otherwise non-responsive health problems.

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

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

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

      Caution: If you suspect you are suffering from Hashimoto`s disease, consult a physician immediately.

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      Natural Cures

      Broda Barnes Home Thyroid Test: The following simple test was developed by Broda Barnes, one of the first physicians to recognize the widespread incidence of hypothyroidism. Place a thermometer by the side of your bed before you go to sleep. In the morning before getting out of bed, lie still and place the thermometer under your armpit for 15 minutes, then check your temperature. A temperature below 97.5° F may indicate a problem with the thyroid gland. Take the temperature in this manner for three days, except for the first few days of the menstrual cycle and the middle day of the cycle, and calculate the average temperature. If it is consistently low, it is an indicator that your have hypothyroidism. The lower your body temperature is, the greater your degree of hypothyroidism.

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

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

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

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

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

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

      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 hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

  41. QUESTION:
    Is there really a cure for baldness?
    With all the technology today, have they found a cure for baldness that actually works, or is it just wish-wash babbling to get our money?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Juliette

      Here are some ideas to help solve hair loss.

      Cause
      Hair loss can occur due to low thyroid functioning, poor digestion, parasites, nutrient deficiencies such as iron or biotin, hormonal problems, aging, trauma, post-pregnancy, skin disease, diabetes, chemotherapy, and stress. All of these factors must be considered and ruled out to be sure hair loss is not part of a more serious, underlying condition.

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

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: For temporary or severe hair loss, massage lavender, rosemary, thyme, or sage essential oils directly onto the scalp.

      Ayurveda: The Ayurvedic herbs ashwagandha and amla can help stimulate hair growth in cases that are not due to genetic predisposition.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet high in potato (with skins intact), green and red peppers, sprouts, and unpeeled cucumbers. Such foods are high in silica, which gives strength to hair and nails. Foods high in iron, such as some lean meats and raisins, are also important. Sea vegetables such as kelp are also good for the hair and support proper thyroid function. Be sure to check for and eliminate any foods to which you may be allergic or sensitive.

      Herbs: Massage the scalp nightly with an oil made of one part rosemary oil and two parts almond oil.

      Homeopathy: Sepia, Arnica, and Acidum nit. are useful homeopathic remedies.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the combined juice of carrot, beet, spinach, nettle, and alfalfa, adding a bit of onion.

      Lifestyle: Circulation to the scalp is important and can help prevent hair loss. Increase exercise, scalp massage, and try lying on a slant board for 15 minutes a day.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following supplements are essential for healthy hair growth: flaxseed oil, biotin, niacin, vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin B5, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), silica, iron, trace minerals, and zinc. Free form amino acids, especially cysteine, can also be helpful, as can kelp tablets, desiccated liver, and thyroid glandulars.

      Although elevated levels of copper can lead to brittle hair and split ends, low copper levels can also result in hair loss, and should therefore also be considered.

      Topical Treatment: Rub castor oil into the scalp for ten minutes, then apply a hot damp towel for 30 minutes, and then cover your head with a plastic shower cap and keep in place overnight. The next morning, wash out your hair. Do this for two nights, then, repeat this using extra virgin olive oil for two nights, then use wheat germ oil for two nights. Rest one night and repeat seven-day cycle.

      Apple cider vinegar used as a hair rinse can also help stimulate hair growth.

      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 of hair loss: Acupuncture, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  42. QUESTION:
    is there a natural medication for your thyroid better than synthroid?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. Hypothyroidism is caused by lack of thyroid hormone. Synthroid is just a synthetic version form of thyroid hormone. It is replacing exactly what you are missing. There is no natural form of thyroid hormone. Even if there were, thyroid treatment requires close monitoring so your levels don't get too high or low.

  43. QUESTION:
    I don't have the urge to have sex like at all and I think it's ruining my relationship!?
    I really and truly don't ever have the urge to have sex. My boyfriend and I just got engaged a month ago. We've been together for 6 and half years and just the past year and half I have just not had the urge at all...does this mean I am not interested in him anymore or what? I really want to make this work and I don't want to be with anyone else but this is really tearing us apart!

    • ANSWER:
      Tandy offers some very good advice.
      It may have nothing to do with him at all!

      I didn't want to have sex for an entire year when I was on Depo Provera. In fact, I was Satan in high heels. If you're on a hormonal birth control that could very much be the problem. Hormonal birth controls can also contribute to vaginal dryness, making any sex you do have uncomfortable. Speak with your doctor about your lack of sex drive and they can pin-point the issue.

      It could also be a lack of physical activity. When you work out more you have endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. They also make you feel sexy. Feeling sexy makes you want to get naked. Yoga is a proven libido-booster, so sign up for a yoga and pilates class. Not only will you go home with legs to die for, but you'll have fun when you get back. If you're feeling a little blah, get out for an hour long walk. Being outside will boost your Vitamin D levels, too. Vit D will leave your skin and hair super nice (you can buy a bottle if you want soft skin) and it'll also act as a natural mood booster.

      Have you had your thyroid tested? Go for a quick blood test, especially if thyroid problems run in your family. That could explain your lack of libido.

      Depending on your age, it could be a hormone problem. There are testosterone treatments available if your doctor believes this to be the cause.

      It could also be your diet. If you're severely over or underweight you'll feel a lack of libido. You'll also feel a lack of libido if you're malnourished or eating a poor diet. Start eating fruits and veggies and take a multivitamin.

      If you are a heavy drinking you can blame the bottle for your lack of mood.

      Anaemia will also contribute. If you're anaemic then work with your doctor to boost your iron levels.

      Stress, anxiety, depression, and being overworked can also contribute.

      Loss of sex drive is INCREDIBLY common in women. Don't think it means you're not attracted to your partner or not in love with your partner. You've been together for so long that you're used to each other. Try something fun you've never done before. A little kink goes a long way for spicing up a dead sex life, and you might even find something you like.

      You may not be getting enough attention, either. Women can't just roll over and have sex on a whim. It takes most women at least fifteen minutes of foreplay to become aroused. It also takes women significantly longer to reach orgasm. Have him stimulate you with his hands / mouth / toys before you actually have sex. That way you'll both be aroused, and you'll climax mutually.

      First things first, speak with your doctor and narrow down the cause of your low drive.

      Next, switch to a healthier lifestyle. A little more fruit and a little more exercise goes a long way.

      For now, explain to your fiance that it's not him, and it's not you. You have a medical condition that needs sorting out. Send him a sexy text or email during the day to keep his confidence up. He may feel a little incompetent at the moment.

      You'll get it all sorted soon enough!

  44. QUESTION:
    What is hormonal Imbalence?? And does it creat anxity?
    How to you get cured? Cause I get depressed and have bad anxiety promblem. What are the cures.
    What are the cures? I get bad anxiety and deppresion is that's becuse I have a hormonal imbalence?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Alley,

      Hormones impact everything in our body and mind and yesssss it can cause depression and anxiety (just ask any menopausal woman). There are specific blood tests to read hormone levels, and a doctor needs to order these tests for you. You would go a laboratory where blood drawn would be drawn and tested. Depending on your age, of course, certain treatments of hormone replacement therapy would be given to correct the problem. There are also natural remedies that the doctor can suggest if a synthetic hormone is not wanted. But all this depends on your age and if you have a medical problem. As an example, a person with a low thyroid would have a hormone imbalance caused my her thyroid not producing enough of a specific hormone that the body requires. A prescription for a synthetic hormone would be given to regulate the person.

  45. QUESTION:
    what are the side effects for women using testosterone cream for loss of libido?

    • ANSWER:
      Testosterone Therapy for Women Printer friendly page

      Women normally have circulating in their blood 3 major sex hormones: oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Each of these is produced by the ovaries. Oestrogen is also made throughout the body but particularly in body fat. Testosterone can also be made in other parts of the body from hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) that are produced by the adrenal glands.

      At the time of natural menopause or surgical removal of the ovaries oestrogen and progesterone levels fall precipitously.

      Testosterone and DHEAS levels however fall more gradually with increasing age such that a woman in her forties has on average only half of the testosterone and DHEAS circulating in her bloodstream as does a woman in her twenties. After a woman has her ovaries removed by surgery testosterone levels can fall by up to fifty percent. However testosterone does not change across menopause, although this varies somewhat between women.

      Testosterone and other related hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) in the body (also known as androgens) have known physiological roles in women. Firstly, oestrogen is actually made from testosterone and DHEA, and without the ability of our bodies to make testosterone we cannot make oestrogen. Testosterone and DHEA appear to have direct independent effects in different parts of the body, and some women may experience a variety of physical symptoms when their blood levels fall. Such symptoms may include:

      impaired sexual interest (loss of libido or sexual desire), and lessened sexual responsiveness

      lessened wellbeing, loss of energy.

      Testosterone therapy may be beneficial for some women who have had their ovaries surgically removed or in some cases who have significant symptoms in the form of loss of libido, fatigue and diminished wellbeing.

      Caution
      Testosterone therapy will not be the answer for someone who has a poor partner relationship, depression or poor wellbeing due to other causes.

      Measuring Testosterone
      All women should have a blood test to measure their testosterone level before starting any testosterone replacement mainly to exclude higher levels of testosterone.

      There is no set level of testosterone below which suggests or guides treatment, but it is essential that women with normal or high levels are not misdiagnosed and treated with androgens.

      Women should also have thyroid disease and iron deficiency excluded as possible causes of their symptoms by having a blood test for these conditions.

      Most methods for measuring testosterone are fairly imprecise and become even more inaccurate when blood levels of testosterone are low. Blood should be taken ideally between 8:00am and 10:00am as testosterone levels vary throughout the day. For women who have regular cycles, blood should not be taken during the menstrual phase as testosterone levels are low at this time in most women and thus the result may be misleading. Thus blood should be drawn at least 8 days after the start of menstruation.

      Recent Jean Hailes research has shown no relationship between testosterone levels and loss of libido and sexual dysfunction. Therefore levels cannot be used to diagnose androgen insufficiency, only to ensure levels are not elevated. Levels of testosterone also cannot guide replacement of testosterone.

      The factors that do influence libido are discussed by psychologist Dr Amanda Deeks PhD, in her "10 tips for understanding and improving your libido".
      [More on the 10 tips is available at Libido]

      10 tips for understanding and improving your libido
      1. What influences your libido? We all have our own individual levels of sexual desire or libido. More...
      2. Assess your own libido How would you describe your level of sexual desire? Do you desire sex frequently, sometimes, every now and then or never? A low libido is only a problem if you perceive it to be a problem. More...
      3. Why do you have sex? There are many reasons for having sex and lust is only one of these. More...
      4. Check your desire switch When we first get together with our partner there is often a lot of sex and a lot of intimacy. You just can’t keep your hands off each other! At the beginning of a relationship we want to impress and make a greater effort to please our partner. Over time this level of desire might drop away. More...
      5. Understand the physical We often jump in to sexual relationships without really understanding or knowing what actually happens to our bodies when we become intimate. More...
      6. Accept your libido may be
      different to that of a man Just as there are individual influences on our sexual libido there may also be some differences between men and women when it comes to desire. More...
      7. Stop comparing We often think that everybody is having more sex than we are, or that young beautiful, thin people have lots of sex. We want to know the average number of times couples have sex so we can compare where we are at. More...
      8. Watch out for depression and
      anxiety 1 in 5 adult Australians will experience an anxiety or depressive disorder. As you can imagine mood disorders impact negatively on libido. More...
      9. It’s okay not to always feel
      desire when you have sex Some women feel that they should desire sex every time they have it. They say they would feel fake if they have sex and they don’t feel desire. So, if they don’t feel desire then they don’t have sex. It’s okay to have sex even though we don’t feel desire. More...
      10. Seek help if you need to If you have thought about your libido and are worried about something or it is causing you problems then it is important to do something about it. More...
      Dr Amanda Deeks PhD, The Jean Hailes Foundation

      For those women with persistent low libido in whom lifestyle and relationship issues have been addressed, testosterone therapy may be appropriate. Therapy may improve libido, especially in oophorectomised women.

      However with libido and testosterone therapy in women, there are areas that need further research, these include:

      defining the clinical features of androgen insufficiency in women

      appropriate testing/investigation

      appropriate testosterone preparation availability for women

      safety data on longer term use.

      If Testosterone Therapy is used
      Testosterone can be taken as tablets, by injection, as an implanted pellet, as a skin patch, gel or spray.

      Currently no form of testosterone therapy is officially approved in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for women. However for many years testosterone has been in used in public hospital specialist clinics, and in private practices for postmenopausal women with low testosterone levels. Decisions on use need to be made in partnership between women and their doctor.

      For many years the most commonly used form of therapy for women has been with a testosterone implant pellet. This is a very small pellet which is implanted in the fat of the front lower abdomen, using a small incision (less than 1cm). The procedure takes approximately ten minutes to perform. The pellet releases testosterone over a period of 3 to 6 months, after which time it needs to be replaced. We most commonly recommend the use of 50 mg of the testosterone implant, although rarely 100 mg is required.

      Testosterone tablets (Andriol®) are available on prescription however they are only available in a dose form developed for men, and much less is known about their action in women or about what is the most suitable and effective dose. The use of testosterone tablets by women can not be recommended.

      Testosterone injections can also be used, however these result in very high levels of testosterone as they were developed for use in men, and little is known about the actual release dynamics of the injections in women. Their use cannot be recommended other than for a very short term trial of administration to guide the likelihood that chronic therapy will be effective.

      Testosterone skin patches have been developed and are now undergoing research trials which are addressing their safety and efficacy. Similarly studies are underway evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a testosterone gel and a skin spray in women.

      A testosterone cream is available in Western Australia that has been approved by Western Australian health authorities for use in women. It is called Androfeme®. This cream has been used in some short term studies, however there is no long term safety information regarding its use.

      Some physicians and pharmacists are promoting the use of testosterone and DHEA (another androgen) in the form of lozenges (also called troches), which are sucked in the mouth or given as creams. These have been labelled as being "bio-identical" however they are no more bio-identical than the other forms of testosterone that are available or undergoing research. The lozenges result in extremely high blood levels of testosterone, well above those appropriate for women. There is no research evidence that they are safe or even effective, and their use cannot be recommended.

      A recent well-designed trial of two years of DHEAS therapy suggests no benefits on well-being, libido, sexual function, cardiovascular risk factors and other ageing related endpoints. More research is needed. DHEAS is currently banned from importation into Australia and is not approved for use.

      Side Effects of Testosterone Treatment
      Short-term side effects of testosterone therapy appear uncommon when testosterone is used in appropriately selected women and given in the appropriate dose. However side effects will occur in any woman if the dose of the testosterone is in excess of her needs. Such side effects include masculinisation with acne and excess body hair, scalp hair loss, fluid retention, deepening of the voice, enlargement of the clitoris and adverse effects on blood cholesterol. It is our experience that these side effects are rarely encountered if the appropriate dose of testosterone is administered and blood levels are regularly monitored.

      Women with severe acne or severe excess body hair, or with thin scalp hair should not use testosterone. Women with very low levels of SHBG may be at increased risk of side effects of testosterone and therapy should be used very cautiously with careful monitoring. Similarly, testosterone should not be used by women who are pregnant or lactating or who have a suspected cancer. Some studies have shown that high levels of testosterone are more common in women who develop breast cancer, however there is no data to indicate any association between testosterone replacement and breast cancer.

      Testosterone levels must be monitored during treatment and blood levels achieved with therapy should be kept within the normal range for women.

      The current settings in which testosterone therapy may be beneficial in women include
      Early ovarian failure.

      Symptoms due to menopause following surgical removal of the ovaries, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

      Symptoms in women with premature spontaneous menopause

      Warnings
      Any woman using testosterone during child-bearing years must have reliable contraception as testosterone may result in virilization of a female foetus if it is used after conception.

      All women using testosterone cream should have a blood test after 3 weeks use and should be reviewed at 6 to 8 weeks by their doctor.

      No woman should continue treatment beyond 6 months if a clear benefit has not been achieved.

      There is no information regarding the safety of the use of testosterone in women long term.

      Testosterone is not currently approved for use in women by the TGA and FDA pending further research.

      Useful Resources

      Hormones

      Until menopause, a woman produces three different natural female hormones.

      Hormone Therapy Benefits

      Short term use of hormone therapy (HT) may be useful for women experiencing more severe symptoms of menopause.

      Hormone Therapy Side Effects

      Some women may experience nausea, fluid retention, breast enlargement and discomfort, particularly during the first few months of taking HT.

  46. QUESTION:
    Cold Sores spreading to other parts other than your mouth?
    I kinda have a weird situation. My husband has a cold sore right now on his lip, I have never had cold sores at all in my life either! But anyways... I woke up this morning with a red rash looking thing on the areas that he kissed that night. It started off on my neck area ( a bunch of red bumps ) then like a couple hours later my chin and lips broke out... Its like where ever he touched I have this awful looking rash thing. I have two blisters on my lip that hurt, and I know these arnt pimples at all. Does this sound like it can happen? This can spread to other parts of the body... its just weird its in the spots that he kissed, and no where else? Please help me out here.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi JW

      Here is the answer you need, plus some remedies to correct the issue.

      Cold sores are very contagious, and can be spread from the mouth to the genitalia via oral sex.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

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

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      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.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Lifestyle: Manage stress and generally stay rested.

      Nutritional Supplementation: There are many alternative cures for herpes breakouts. Choose from the following options. During times of outbreak L-lysine cream applied directly on the blisters, and L-lysine supplements (4 grams daily for the first four days, then 500 mg three times daily for two weeks) can also be taken orally. Or try Lysine in a fast acting tincture formula. Please note: Do not take L-Lysine on a daily maintenance basis, however, as it may create an imbalance among other amino acids. If continual daily lysine is the only way for you to prevent recurrent attacks, then you must make diet changes. First eliminate all wheat products, replace with other whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat (not a member of the wheat family) in your diet and decrease lysine into smaller dosages, use with a full spectrum amino acid blend. Also, ask your alternative health care practitioner about amino-acid profile testing.) Other useful nutrients to help prevent and treat cold sores are vitamin B complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E, and zinc gluconate. Acidophilus and thymus extract can also help, as can the flavonoid quercetin, which has been shown to inhibit the herpes virus.

      Note: The two amino acids that appear to be important in herpes infections are lysine and arginine. Arginine stimulates the growth and reproduction of the herpes simplex virus, while lysine inhibits it. What`s important is the ratio of arginine to lysine. The higher the arginine to lysine ratio, the more herpes virus is likely to grow. Conversely, if lysine is high with respect to arginine, the growth is inhibited. Chocolate, peanuts, most cereal grains, nuts, and seeds have more arginine than lysine.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Fast Acting Herpes Protocol

      This is the natural cure for herpes that Kevin talks about in the book. This protocol works best PRIOR to a herpes breakout, though you can get fast acting results once a breakout is underway by substituting food grade Hydrogen Peroxide for DMSO:

      Purchase the following supplies, available at most health food stores or online sources:

      DMSO*
      Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide
      Laurea Herb
      Red Marine Algae
      Lysine
      Calcium
      Stabilized Liquid Oxygen

      Apply a thin layer of DMSO to the afflicted area, the soles of your feet, and your low back three times per day. Do this when you first feel a breakout may be underway, before an eruption occurs. If you are already broken out, use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide instead of DMSO. Apply peroxide by dabbing area with a clean cotton swab.

      Take Laurea, Red Marine Algae, Lysine and Calcium according to directions on label, twice per day. Look for Lysine in a fast acting tincture formula. These products can be found at a well stocked health food store.

      Drink at least half your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Eat generous amounts of fresh green salads, and raw and steamed vegetables. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Buy organic whenever possible, especially when choosing animal protein.

      Caution: When applying DMSO on the body use thoroughly clean hands and clean cotton swabs. Take care to be impeccable because whatever substance comes in contact with DMSO gel is absorbed quickly and driven deeply into the body. Avoid contact with dirt until the area is completely dry.

      Best of health to both of you.

      Cheers

  47. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism and fluid retention?
    I have been on 50mcg of synthroid for my hypothyroidism for about 8 months. Every thing seems to be fine besides being able to lose weight and fluid retention. I am on a water pill once a day but if I take a nap I wake up swollen. It just seems like every time I wake up I am swollen..Has anyone had this problem with Hypothyroidism even after your thyroid levels are adjusted?

    • ANSWER:
      Magnesium deficiency and vitamin B6 deficiency cause fluid retention. Magnesium deficiency is one of the deficiencies seen with hypothyroidism. In fact it's pretty much guaranteed to be deficient in anyone who eats white sugar, white rice or white bread. Synthroid is T4 only medication. As one website states....

      "In the vast majority of thyroid patients, if not all, Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine, Unithroid, Eltroxin, Levaxin, Norton, Eutrosig, Oroxine and any other “T4-only” medications are NOT doing the job as a sole treatment, according to the worldwide experience of patients and certain observant doctors… unless you think that an elevator that goes up to the 5th-floor-only on a 50 story building is “doing the job.

      Yes, you might feel better than before you got on, and your symptoms may be “improved”. Some do report that. But most all patients on T4 medications are left with their own degree of symptoms due to an inferior treatment."

      "So what’s the solution? Patients and their wise doctors are returning to a medication that was successfully used from the late 1800’s onward: natural desiccated thyroid hormones, more commonly known as Naturethroid, Erfa’s Canadian “thyroid”, Armour, etc. They are made from pig glands, meets the stringent guidelines of the US Pharmacopoeia, and gives patients EXACTLY what their own thyroids give them—T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin."

      T4 meds don't work >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

      The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

      "New research has shown that Hashimoto's patients with high thyroid antibodies report more symptoms than patients with low thyroid antibodies, even if their thyroid function test is normal. In other words, thyroid replacement is not enough to ameliorate symptoms of autoimmune thyroid disease." >>> http://www.sensible-alternative.com.au/metabolic-hormones/thyroid-article

      Selenium lowers TPO thyroid antibodies >>>
      http://www.drdach.com/Selenium_Hashimotos.html

      Revolutionary treatment for hypothyroidism and hashimoto's >>>
      http://thyroidbook.com

      Magnesium deficiency - no test required >>>

  48. QUESTION:
    I was taken off of seroquil and effexor recently I feel like crap but then again I am pregnant but I'm sure?
    of this is from my withdrawls from my meds. its been 5 weeks or so since i've been off the medication.. how long will this last? does it get better? I feel just like crap a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      I just asked a question about effexor bc my son was just prescribed it. Everyone says it is the worst one to get off of. I love what the person said about talking to your baby about how you feel.

      I have read that lots of water helps. Take your prenatal vitamins and maybe some additional C, D & B-vitamins, all good for depression. Eat really well. Have your doc check your A, Folic Acid & B-12. I found myself depressed when I was on the pill. The doc said take B vitamins. I was young and ignored the good advice. The way it works is Vit A is needed to make Folic Acid (so important for baby) Folic Acid is needed to make B-12. I've learned because I had to. I suffered depression and my son is going through a really rough time. The water and Vitamin C can help flush out toxins and is good for mood.(link) Magnesium is great for stress, insomnia, relaxation. I use this http://www.petergillham.com/wp/2009/11/natural-calm/ It is ionic, meaning it is well absorbed. It comes in a formula including calcium, which would be good for you. If you buy on line check for lowest prices. I just bought mine at drugstore.com and bought it for 1/2 of what I did in a store. I used a on line coupon for an extra coupon and got free shipping. I bought 2 bc of the discount & free shipping that you get if your purchase meets a certain level.

      Get out in the sun and walk, no sunscreen so you can absorb vitamin D & melatonin to help sleep. Sweating is good for releasing toxins through the skin. In the bath exfoliate your skin to aid in your skins ability to release toxins.

      Get a massage. Drink lots of water when you do bc you will be releasing toxins. A warm shower helps as well. http://www.ehow.com/how_5691210_rid-toxins-body-after-massage.html

      I hope you decide that you deserve pampering and can learn to really take care of yourself. Some of us don't learn to do that and the results are we are not as effective as we need to be. When we underestimate our worth while taking care of others we suffer from depression, stress and then we cannot be our best for those we love.

      Talk to your baby, love her/him and love yourself. Take nice walks and get vitamin D from the sun (no sunblock). Take ionic magnesium before bedtime. Eat bananas, turkey and other foods that boost l-tryptophan which is a precursor to serotonin. These foods eaten before bedtime will help you sleep. It is what makes us sleepy after a Thanks Giving dinner. A little protein and calcium, like cheese helps sleep.

      I am hypothyroid. It began w/ stress. There is a domino toppling effect in hormones. Ask that your thyroid is checked every year. Eat organic when you can. Lots of fruits and veggies. Check into adding a little selenium to your diet. It is not in our foods like we need it to be which causes all kinds of disease. Selenium is necessary to make thyroid. Vitamin D is good for mood and hormones. That is no coincidence! Vitamin D blocks autoimmune response.

      Finally, if you believe stress is your biggest factor ask you OB/GYN if you can take a supplement which will support your adrenals. My doctor told me to get this one http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/super-adrenal-stress-formula.html

      Start at the beginning. It took me a long time to figure these things out. But your body never needs more effexor or seroquil.

      http://www.ehow.com/way_6169263_natural-treatments-depression-during-pregnancy.html
      http://depression.about.com/cs/diet/a/vitamin_2.htm

      As hard as it may be you and your baby are worth it to push yourself to be well. The life you make for yourself is the ultimate pay off! It will get better one day at a time, as they say!!

      Sending good wishes to you and your family.

  49. QUESTION:
    Are Walnuts good for your for Thyroid?
    Tell your personal experience.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, walnuts and other nuts are high in Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc & Vitamin B6, I personally took Zinc vitamins and Kelp capsules to help speed up my metabolism, because the thyroid gland makes hormones that controls metabolism. When the thyroid hormone levels are low the body doesn't produce enough heat, so the extremities tend to be cold. Cold fingers, cold toes, and cold tip of the nose are common indicators that not enough heat is being produce. In general, being colder than other people can be an indicator that one's thyroid output is insuffiecient.
      Treatment: the conventional approach to hypothyroidism ususlly consist of giving a synthetic thyroid hormone. Natural thyroid hormone is more effective that the synthetic type, but more difficult to obtain. The formula Energetics may be helpful. Aerobics exercise may help to correct a low-thyroid condition.

      I was able to help my mon with her thyroid problem with just natural herbs and vitamins, you can find these at any health food stores, Trader Joe's or even Longs Drugs.
      The one I'm taking is called Kelp with iodine and I'm taking Enzymes caps. a little pricy but worth it.

  50. QUESTION:
    Are there natural nonprescription alternatives to supplement hormone for thyroidectomy or thyroid surgery?
    I had a full thyroidectomy and am now taking levothyroxine hormone supplement. During the first few months after my surgery while my level of hormone was still being regulated I was doing well, sleeping well and was in a good mood. I had to keep having my level increased and when I got up to 2.0 strength I felt like I was wide awake in the middle of the night and couldn’t get to sleep until extremely late. I also became much more irritable as if I had a hormonal imbalance. This time after my blood test my doctor said my level was right, but I feel so much worse. I was wondering if there was something I could do, like go to a lower level and then try to do something in my diet to make up the difference. I also hear that some people respond better to the armour thyroid medicine? Does anyone know anything about these things? Thank you so much.

    • 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 !

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