How does one get hypo thyroid and are there any natural CURES?

I know someone who was diagnosed with hypo thyroid. Of course she was given a prescription for the diagnosis, but she wants some natural cures. Any ideas?

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  • ALT DOC

    Hi Raynpetal

    Here are some ideas to heal your friends condition. Also be sure to do colon and liver cleanse to clean out the toxins in the blood.

    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.

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    Natural Cures

    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. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

    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.

    Best of health to both of you

  • Teresa M

    I wish! I don’t know how I got it, but I have surfed the net for several years for a natural cure. I don’t even like the synthetic treatment I have to take. But I don’t like the symptoms of hypo-thyroid, so, I will take a pill everyday for the rest of my life! Not really a bad thing unless the world runs out of synthroid. I do know that for the last year I have been eating a high protein diet and I have been exercising more and the last time I had my tsh checked the doctor lowered my dosage.

  • YahYah24

    I believe it means her thyroid is not functioning properly. Having been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism just means that her thyroid isn’t producing enough hormones to function as it should. She’ll most likely experience the affects of this by being very tired, sluggish, she might even put on weigh, since it has something to do with that realm of the body.

    Her medications should be taken, religiously, every day, as they will assist the thyroid in those areas the thyroid is not producing enough hormones.

    It is my personal belief, having done no research online at this time, that there is no "cure" for hypothyroidism, and I do not believe it will automatically correct itself. I do not believe that it can "learn" or "remember" how it is supposed to correctly behave, and therefore, it is a disease that causes her to be medication dependent for the duration.

    I do know that it is more common for women to have a thyroid issue than a man.

  • answers4questions

    find a local herbalist and talk with them. Their are tons of natural ways to deal with conditions such as these. One website- http://www.naturessunshine.com, is a great site for finding 100% natural products.

  • hrblfmayn

    You should definately listen to this lecture by Dr. Komadina.

    He does a great job of explaining Thyroid Problems and what can be done

    If you would like to listen to his whole series contact me through the links in my profile

  • Celtic Tejas

    I use Amour(natural) meds for my hypothyroidism. Not all doctors with do it it’s very old fashion but has no side effects. Has to be taken 2 times aday.
    She should also consider her diet to add strength to her thyroid.~

    *Avoid refined foods, saturated fats, sugars, and white flour products. If the thyroid problem is severe it is then good to avoid brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, peaches and pears as they have anti-thyroid substances and may suppress the thyroid function.

    Follow a diet with at least 50 % of the foods being fresh, and organically grown to rebalance and establish a better metabolism. The enzymes from live foods help the body to maintain proper metabolism. Foods that heal include sprouts, salads, raw vegetables, and thermos cooked grains to retain enzymes which heal and feed the glands.

    Eat foods rich in vitamin A, such as yellow vegetables, eggs, carrots, and dark green vegetables. M.U. Tene is concentrated Beta-Carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A and one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.

    Iodine rich foods that nourish the thyroid are: fish and sea vegetables such as: arame, kelp, dulse, hijike, nori, wakame, and kombu. Seaweeds are very nourishing to the glands.

    Zinc and copper are important in helping the body make thyroid hormone. Foods rich in zinc include: beef (range free), oatmeal, chicken (range free), seafood, dried beans, bran, tuna, spinach, seeds, and nuts. Foods rich in copper include: organ meats (range free), eggs, yeast, legumes, nuts, and raisins.

    The amino acid tyrosine is helpful. Tyrosine is found in soy products, beef, chicken, and fish.

    Black and red radishes have been used by some doctors in the old Soviet Union as accepted medical treatment for hypothyroidism. Raphanin, the main sulphur component in radishes, is chiefly responsible for keeping the production of thyroxine and calcitonin (a peptide hormone) in normal balance. Seeds and nuts, seed and nut milks, vegetable juices (celery, parsley, small amount of carrot, Swiss chard, wheat grass) and plenty of green drinks containing chlorophyll for healthy blood are helpful. Earth’s Harvest is a blend of three micro-algaes that are a rich whole food source of chlorophyll. Having a mixed vegetable juice that includes the juice of a few radishes, carrot, tomato, celery or zucchini, with a pinch of kelp may benefit the thyroid gland greatly. This juice can be blended in a blender for those who do not have a juicer.

    Other beneficial ingredients for vegetable juice combinations include: alfalfa, all leafy greens, beet tops, carrots, celery, green peppers, parsley, seaweeds, sprouts, and watercress.

    *Herbal Therapy
    Irish moss and kelp are used in combination to balance hormonal deficiency. They increase the metabolic rate, thyroid activity and the detoxifying function of the body, and increase blood circulation and soothe inflamed tissues.

    Black walnut has a high content of iodine and is a thyroid stimulant.

    Ginseng strengthens the body.

    This is not usually "CURABLE" but a good health life style can help.

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