A deficiency of thyroxin in adults is a concition called________?

Why is radioactive iodine useful in diagnosing and treating certain thyroid conditions?


  • gurabo43



    Medically speaking, hypothyroidism refers to a deficiency of the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Thyroxine is the principal hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It is synthesized from iodine and an amino acid called tyrosine.
    The major function of thyroxine is to control the rate of metabolism. Cells in the body take their "cue" from thyroxine. The amount of stimulation the cells receive from thyroxine will determine how "quickly" they perform their functions.
    Thyroxine is a very important hormone. Lack of thyroxine in children results in mental retardation and dwarfism. In adults, hypothyroidism causes a condition called myxedema. The symptoms of myxedema range from weakness, lethargy, headache and cold intolerance to slow speech, angina (heart pain), shortness of breath and a characteristic "moon face" (puffiness caused by water retention).
    The above-mentioned set of symptoms occurs when there is a significant lack of thyroid hormone. Milder states of deficiency can cause a broad range of symptoms, including cold intolerance, anemia, infertility, constipation, fatigue, easy weight gain, menstrual disorders, memory and concentration difficulties, to name just a few. Because thyroxine sets the "pace" for nearly all cells in the body, a deficiency can result in "sluggishness" of virtually any bodily function.Treatment recommendations

    Treatments in the Cayce readings were always based upon the cause, and therefore they differed from person to person. The recommendations will be discussed in the order of frequency with which they appeared in the readings.
    Diet was mentioned most often. A reduction of meats and fats was frequently suggested. All carbonated drinks, fried foods and alcohol were to be eliminated. Often, citrus fruits or their juices were suggested. On occasion, additional calcium was suggested, usually in dietary form but sometimes as a supplement called Calcios. On one occasion, a decrease in calcium was recommended, underscoring the individuality of the readings. In general, the basic diet was favored for glandular imbalances, including hypothyroidism. For example:

    Keep the better diets; that is, keep a more universal diet, and this will aid. fruits, vegetables, nuts; little meats but fish and fowl do take. (2072-9)

    Spinal manipulation (osteopathic) and massages were mentioned with similar frequency. Often, they were to be given in combination with each other. The exact areas of the spine that needed correction were different in each patient. Here is one example:

    As we find, then, there are certain centers in the spinal system that indicate lesions. These are preventing a coordination between the superficial circulation and the central circulation. Hence correction osteopathically should be made… (3385-1)

    Atomidine and thyroid extract were both recommended 25% of the time for true hypothyroid conditions. In many other cases of "incoordination of the glands," atomidine was recommended almost exclusively. It appears that thyroid extract was sometimes needed when the gland was underproducing thyroid.
    Thyroid replacement by means of thyroid extract requires medical supervision. Thyroid extract (U.S.P. thyroid) is a prescription medication. Self-prescribed thyroid medication can be dangerous. An overdose of thyroid medication can cause heart irregularities and other problems such as osteoporosis.
    Even Atomidine must be used with care. It is probably best used under the advice of a sympathetic physician. Small doses of iodine can stimulate (and, according to Cayce, normalize) thyroid function. Large doses of iodine can suppress thyroid function. This is why bottles of Atomidine caution not to take internally except under the advice of a physician.
    According to the Cayce readings, Atomidine and thyroid extract were not to be used together. The combination could result in excess stimulation and worsen a glandular imbalance.
    Attitudes and emotions needed to be constructive according to the Cayce readings, or else an imbalance in the nervous system would result in a glandular imbalance. Correction of attitude was also recommended some 25% of the cases. Here’s the way Cayce put it to one person suffering from this disorder:

    In the metabolism disturbance we find there are the effects through the nervous system, through worry, through overanxiety here or there, that bring on the greater disturbance…that other disturbances become exaggerated in their activity. (669-1)

    A number of other remedies were mentioned in the Cayce readings, including hydrotherapy (4 cases), Kaldak (2), Tonicine (2), Calcios (1), the Violet Ray (3), castor oil packs (2), herbal tincture (1), colonics (2), radioactive appliance (2), fume baths (2), Wet Cell Appliance (1), medicated ash (1), powdered elm (1), yeast (1), and Glyco-thymoline (l), homeopathic thyroid (

  • -tequila8+

    I believe you are talking about hypothyroidism.

    I do not know the answer to the other question, my condition is treated with Synthroid.


  • iceera31


    "The radioactive form of iodine (I-131) has been used for 40 years to treat hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer, and in small doses, to test thyroid function. Since iodine is a natural substance your thyroid uses to make thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine (RAI) is collected by your thyroid gland in the same way as non-radioactive iodine. Since the thyroid gland is the only area of the body that uses iodine, RAI does not travel to any other areas of the body, and the RAI that is not taken up by thyroid cells is eliminated from your body, primarily in urine. It is therefore a safe and effective way to test and treat thyroid conditions. Extensive studies have shown that patients who have been treated with radioactive iodine are not an increased incidence of thyroid cancer or any other type of cancer. Children and young adults who have undergone this form of treatment, have also been carefully studied, and there do not appear to be any increased cancer risks."

  • varun_vampire76

    IGA Nephropathy

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