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Roasted Edamame

Is eating roasted edamame bad for you?

Until I know differently, I assume roasted edamame (soybeans) has the same problems as any non-fermented soy.

Unfermented soy decreases the absorption of important minerals and interferes with thyroid function.  A am against eating them.

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Iodine, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Your Thyroid

Is there a link between polycystic ovarian disease, thyroid issues and rheumatoid arthritis, and if so how to balance all this in one body?

Iodine is the common link between ovarian problems and thyroid.

Women use iodine in 3 organs:

  • thyroid,
  • ovaries,
  • breast.

Men only use the iodine in the thyroid gland.  This is probably why women are 10 times more likely to have thyroid deficiency than men.

Since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease (the immune system has identified joint tissue as the enemy and attacks it), it is possible to have a second autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  In this disorder the immune system has identified thyroid tissue as the enemy, and attacks it.

There could be a genetic propensity in a person with more than one autoimmune disease present, which could link them in that way.  That said, each of the diseases needs to be treated.  This is best done by looking at the body as a whole, and not as separate parts.

The beauty of alternative medicine is that the goal is treatment of the cause, and not just treatment of the end organ symptoms.

You need to be on an excellent diet and supplements so the body has the nutrients to repair and heal itself.  Iodine, and probably thyroid hormone, will need to be administered to fix the thyroid symptoms.

PCOD may be made worse by estrogen dominance, so the addition of progesterone may prove helpful.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you will need a physician or practitioner in the alternative medicine field to set up a comprehensive program for treatment.

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Thyroid

My husband has graves disease. His thyroid is up again and his eyes are sore and very red. What would you recommend. I have been told iodine and lithium in small doses have been beneficial. What do you think? We would like to stay a way from cordisone, if possible.

Graves disease means your husband’s immune system is attacking his thyroid gland.  This may cause

  • hyperthyroidism (high thyroid hormone),
  • hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) or be
  • euthyroid (normal thyroid hormone).

Iodine and lithium have been found to help reduce the autoimmine attack and stabilize the thyroid gland.  Additionally, careful attention to the diet is critical, as sugars and processed foods interfere with the immune system.

Toxins may also interfere with the immune system, and need to be identified and removed as much as possible.  As I don’t believe any of us can get all the nutrients we need from even the best of food, basic supplements like a potent multivitamin, essential fatty acids and vitamin D are also necessary.

Most of the patients I see that get on board with the complete program have negative thyroid antibody tests within 1 to 2 years.

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Thyroid Issues, Weight Loss and HCG

I am on synthroid medication and have been for 26 years, was given a radioactive iodine pill that killed the function of my thyroid for hypothyrodism, recently had a parathyroid gland removed.I am overweight,,, obese,,,, I need to lose weight as it is beginning to affect my legs and back. I would like to use the HCG drops and wonder if they would benefit me. I know that having a non functioning thyroid slows down your metabolism and you gain weight and have a harder time losing it… can you give me some info on this and tell me if you think I can benefit form the drops. I really need to lose,,,

Weight loss is not so easy as energy (food) in, energy (exercise) out.  If you are still hypothyroid on Synthroid, no matter what else you do , it will be difficult to lose fat or weight. 

The free T3 level is the level of your active thyroid hormone, and if it is at or below the mid range of the reference range of the lab, it is hypothyroid if you have any other symptoms of low thyroid.  Synthroid is T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone, which is converted into T3 in the body.  That is, if the conversion takes place properly, which is not the case in many people. 

Conventional medicine tends to ignore the T3 level, relying on TSH and T4 levels to assess thyroid function.  If all conversion pathways and feedback pathways were intact, it would be accurate.  But, in my experience, too many people are low thyroid even with normal TSH and T4 levels.  You should also be taking iodine daily. 

Once the thyroid is fixed, and you are on a good diet (no sugar, processed food, soda pop), then HCG drops or shots could be considered.  They are safe.  If you are willing to  be aggressive with the dietary restrictions (which are not healthy long term) during the HCG period, you can plan on losing one-half to one pound per day on the drops.  You can have repeated courses with breaks in between, if needed.  It also has a tendency to remove fat from those difficult to lose places–hips, thighs, arms, abdomen. 

I have a proprietary formula of HCG in homeopathic drops that contains 22 amino acids.  They have been helpful for many, with excellent results.  You can find them in the products available on the website navigation bar.

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Thyroid Questions

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. When I asked for Armour Thyroid Extract, or some other kind of natural thyroid replacement hormone, I was refused. I was told those are dangerous and was prescribed Levothyroxine. I still have symptoms of low thyroid. Is it true the natural replacements are bad for you? What about levothyroxine and synthroid? Thank you.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease.  The body attacks itself (in this case, it targets the thyroid gland).  You can be hypothyroid, euthyroid (normal thyroid), or hyperthyroid with this process, depending on what is happening in the thyroid gland.

Treatment of low thyroid (and high thyroid) starts with iodine, which is part of the thyroid hormone.  Most people with your affliction also need to supplement their thyroid levels.

My choice of preference is thyroid extract from porcine thyroid.  Many animal extracts of thyroid were tried years ago, and porcine thyroid glands were found to have the best response clinically and by laboratory testing in humans.  The products with these ingredients today are called Armour thyroid, Westhroid, Naturethroid, which are brand names of the same product made by different companies.  Conventional medicine used these years ago.  They are not dangerous.

I’m not sure why companies shifted to chemical substitutes, but one reason could be that the pharmaceutical industry could not patent them because they are ‘natural.’  Synthroid (chemical name levothyroxin, T4) and Cytomel (chemical name triiodothyroxin, T3) are the synthetic versions of thyroid hormone made by pharmaceuticals and used by conventional medicine.

When a patient comes in to see me, and they are on Synthroid, I shift them to the thyroid extracts and find about 60% do better, 10% do worse, and 30% can’t tell any difference.

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Why Not Soy?

You have mentioned several times [in the Ease on Down Weight Balance Program] “no soy”.  Why?

Soy interferes with thyroid function and the absorption of some minerals in the intestinal tract. This includes soy milk and any soy product except those that have been fermented, like they do in Japan. The fermented (and acceptable) soy products include miso and tempeh. Tofu is coagulated soy, so not as good as fermented, but better than regular soy products.

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Low Thyroid and Vitamin D Levels

I have low thyroid issues and get my meds from a compounding pharmacy that seem to work well, but this time when I got my lab work done it was found that I had low Vitamin D levels as well (7 on the point scale on my labs). My question is: since being outside is not enough for me what would be the best way to get my levels up? My doctor wants my to take a high dose of D2 once a week for 15 weeks. The compounding pharmacists wants me to take 5000 IUs of D3 every day instead. I don’t know who to believe. I just know I want my joints to stop hurting and my D levels to come up.

Vitamin D has been shown to be considerably more important than just to help with bone and calcium metabolism. Recent research has revealed that it has a prominent role with the immune system. High levels in the 70 to 90 range would prevent almost half of all the breast cancer in the US, and would reduce all cancers considerably. In the 50 to 70 range, it will provide protection against many viruses and bacteria, including against the swine flu. It will also reduce the risk of auto-immune disease.

A level of 7 is exceptionally low. I usually place my patients on 5,000 IU per day and recheck a level 4 months later. If it is not coming up adequately, I would double the dose to 10,000 IU per day. Some people do not need more than 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day. Some conventional physicians are using 50,000 IU weekly or monthly to increase the levels more quickly, which is fine. There are dangers of increasing calcium levels in the blood at high levels, usually in the 120 to 200 range, which is hard to achieve.

D3 is what is measured in the laboratory. D2 is made by plants, while D3 is made by animals. I don’t think it matters whether you take D2 or D3.

One other thought, as you are looking for your joints to stop hurting: since you are also dealing with low thyroid issues, chances are that your weight is out of balance.  You may want to consider the Ease on Down Weight Balance program that I’ll be offering soon (we’re just trying to get some of the technical issues resolved before we launch).  This will be a tremendous help to you in getting your body into balance.

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Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules. I realize that not all questions can be answered individually, but if you would address this on your site I would appreciate it. A little over a year ago I noticed a lump on the right side of my neck. This last month I had an ultrasound which showed nodules. I have an appt with an endocrinologist in June. What can I do to get rid of them? Is surgery the only way? Was this once called goiter? Any info on this would be appreciated.

Some nodules and cysts will reduce with adequate iodine levels in the body. Most of us are iodine deficient, so it is reasonable to take 10 to 25 mg of iodine a day for the next 6 to 12 months to see if it makes a difference.

A nodule is usually not anything to be worried about, although your local doctor needs to interpret it. Simple nodules do not produce thyroid hormone, or interfere with the thyroid gland in any way.

If it is a cosmetic nuisance, then it can be surgically removed.

A goiter is enlargement of the thyroid gland itself, usually related to a severe iodine deficiency. A nodule is not a goiter.

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Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules. I realize that not all questions can be answered individually, but if you would address this on your site I would appreciate it. A little over a year ago I noticed a lump on the right side of my neck. This last month I had an ultrasound which showed nodules. I have an appt with an endocrinologist in June. What can I do to get rid of them? Is surgery the only way? Was this once called goiter? Any info on this would be appreciated.

Some nodules and cysts will reduce with adequate iodine levels in the body. Most of us are iodine deficient, so it is reasonable to take 10 to 25 mg of iodine a day for the next 6 to 12 months to see if it makes a difference.

A nodule is usually not anything to be worried about, although your local doctor needs to interpret it. Simple nodules do not produce thyroid hormone, or interfere with the thyroid gland in any way. If it is a cosmetic nuisance, then they do need to be surgically removed. A goiter is enlargement of the thyroid gland itself, usually related to a severe iodine deficiency. A nodule is not a goiter.

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Healthy Alternatives for Graves Disease

Do you see patients? I have Graves Disease and am trying to avoid radiation.

Yes, I see patients at my office at Preventive Medicine Group in Westlake (Cleveland), Ohio.

Graves Disease is an autoimmune disease; that is, the body has decided to attack itself (the thyroid gland).  Initially, the gland gets over-stimulated and is no longer under control of the pituitary gland.  Hence, you have a hyperthyroid state with fast heart rate, finger/hand tremors, anxiety, and, if severe, swelling behind the eyes which pushes the eye balls forward.  If the symptoms are not too severe and you have time, then our approach may work.  If there is medical risk to you by waiting, which only your local physician will know, then you need to get it taken care of quickly.  This includes radiation therapy or radio-active iodine, neither of which has control over how much of the thyroid gland tissue is destroyed in the process.

If time is on your side, the following need to be done, some of which you are most likely already doing:

  • 1. The diet needs to be good, including no sugar and processed food.
  • 2. A potent multi-vitamin and essential fatty acids and possibly extra anti-oxidants-C, E, selenium.
  • 3. If any of the following are present, they need to be addressed-toxin removal with far-infra sauna and liver support with milk thistle, allergies or sensitivities.  There are things we can do in the office beyond what can be done at home.  These include, if indicated:
  • 1. A toxic metal assessment and removal
  • 2. A metal sensitivity assessment and avoidance or desensitization
  • 3. A viral assessment and treatment.  It usually takes 3 to 12 months for the immune system to stabilize, but we generally see the thyroid antibodies become negative, hopefully before too much thyroid tissue is destroyed and you are left with a hypothyroid (low thyroid) condition.