Issue #188 March 20, 2014

Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.

Welcome to Spring, warmer weather is just around the corner. For many of us, this has been one long winter and I am glad it’s over. I’m sure most of you agree!

Today, Bette Dowdell is going to talk about hyperthyroidism. This topic is near and dear to me. I have Grave’s Disease, which is an autoimmune thyroid disease, and yes, I had my thyroid zapped as Bette advises you not to do. I did not even think to look at an alternative treatments, I was so sick I just wanted to get better. The doctor (the top thyroid doctor in our town) told me Radio Active Iodine therapy was the only treatment for Grave’s and I believed him. So, now I am hypothyroid and dependent on thyroid hormone replacement for life. I wish I would have tried or at least looked at all of my treatment options before having the RAI therapy done. Hopefully, I can share enough information about thyroid disease so that people can make educated decisions about the treatment options they have available if diagnosed with a thyroid disorder.



What to Do About Too Much Thyroid

By Bette Dowdell

Virginia asks, “We hear a lot about hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid diseases, but what about hyperthyroidism? What do we do about it?”

Well, for those fortunate enough not to be involved in thyroid chaos, let’s talk terminology first. Hypothyroidism means you don’t get enough thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism means you get too much thyroid hormone.

Hashimoto’s is the autoimmune version of hypothyroidism, where antibodies accompany low thyroid. Grave’s is the autoimmune version of hyperthyroidism, where antibodies join the mess of high thyroid.

Medicine can’t define what causes autoimmune diseases, nor get them to go away. More and more, my research persuades me that most, if not all, autoimmune diseases show up when our bodies aren’t getting the nutrition they need. Probably because what we hear and read about nutrition isn’t accurate.

People tell me they’ve reversed their Hashimoto’s by following the nutrition I talk about. I haven’t heard from anybody with Grave’s disease, probably because it’s pretty rare, but I believe healing could happen there, too.

Why? Because most disease comes from nutritional deficiencies. Studies estimate that at least 70% of all deaths come from poor nutrition. Which figures since our endocrine glands are absolute hogs for nutrition, and the endocrine system controls our health. No nutrition means no health.

We know that hyperthyroid people usually test low in vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin E, boron, magnesium, and zinc. We don’t know which came first, the problem or the deficiencies. And we don’t know what other vitamins and minerals are low because nobody seems to have tested.

Connections to consider
Hyperthyroidism is an endocrine problem, which complicates everything. If one endocrine gland gets in trouble, all the others jump in to help, and we’re never really sure where the problem actually started. Since we can’t fix just one body part, where it started doesn’t give us a stand-alone focus, because healing requires all body parts to get in line and strut in step.

Perhaps the pituitary has gone rogue, or maybe even the hypothalamus. Perhaps from a concussion?

Or perhaps the mess started with inflammation from, say, vegetable oils in the diet.

Possibly bogus estrogen went on a rampage. Have you ever taken birth control pills or hormone replacement treatment (HRT)? Or do you eat soy or flax? Or use lotions and potions containing parabens? Or perhaps eat canned foods; most cans are lined with bogus estrogen that protects the can–but does a number on us. Etc.

Or perchance you’re duking it out with that old bugaboo, candida, a yeast that lives in our bodies, and sprints out of control every chance it gets. Have you taken antibiotics? Do you have low stomach acid (which has the exact same symptoms as high stomach acid)? Either can launch candida into a frenzy.

The possible connections go on and on, creating a real puzzle to solve.

Rather than try to figure it out on your own, let your body help. It tells you what it needs by the symptoms you have. That’s what got me out of the ditch, so that’s what I talk about to help others get out of their ditch. It’s not rocket science, just a lot of possibilities to consider.


Hyperthyroid help while you’re figuring out your symptoms
• Tea contains calcium fluoride, a natural fluoride (not toxic sodium fluoride, the unrefined industrial waste they put in our water), and fluoride slows the thyroid down.

Black tea has the most fluoride, white tea the least, with green tea falling in the middle. Most brands of tea include toxic pesticides and harmful packaging. Get organic tea; it isn’t sprayed with sodium-fluoride-based insecticides, and using organic increases your odds that you won’t encounter harmful packaging.

I don’t know of any studies that discuss how much tea to drink to counteract hyperthyroidism. But general rules of thumb aren’t all that helpful for dealing with unique items, and our bodies are definitely unique. And, of course, your body will be happy to be your guide.

• Cruciferous vegetables also slow down thyroid functions. Quite a bit when they’re raw, less when they’re lightly steamed and not much when they’re fully cooked. Buy organic, if possible.

And what, pray tell, are the cruciferous vegetables?
* Broccoli
* Cauliflower
* Cabbage
* Brussel sprouts
* Kale
* Bok choy (Chinese cabbage)
* Collard greens
* Watercress
* Arugula
* Radishes
* Turnips
* Parsnips

What not to do
Don’t get talked into having your thyroid zapped or cut out. That just swaps your hyperthyroid mess for hypothroidism, which may be different, but sure isn’t better.

Plus, the tiny parathyroid glands, which are close by the thyroid, can accidentally get whacked. And then we’re talking misery and woe way beyond where you already are. Worse, once it’s done, there’s no going back.

Bottom line: Nutrition offers the best chance for a New You. Get that going and just watch what happens.

If you would like to learn more, click below:

Your Key to Good Health: The Amazing Endocrine System

Until next time then.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell