03/22/2011: Melbee9999 from Fort Lauderdale, F: "I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in Jan this year. I felt so tired in the morning, couldnt figure out what was wrong. All the classic symptoms. Saw the endo, he put me on levathyroxine 100mcg daily. After 2 weeks I felt 100% better, but I do not want to stay on this med. I was told that Kombucha tea is a cure for Hasi's. I am going to try the gluten free diet along with the kombucha tea. I can not loose weight. Maybe this will help. Let me know what you all think. Bless you!! Mel"Replies
08/13/2011: Kristina from Wichita, Ks replies: "Are you still taking the tea? Did it help?"
04/28/2010: Rachel from Paris, France: "Hi, I'm suffering from hashimotos and despite all the tests and treatments, I can get no relief from my symptoms, they are just getting worse. I read that Yersinia enterocolitica could be a cause and it can be treated by kombucha tea. Is this correct and could you suggest other remedies. Thank you so much"
[YEA] 03/22/2008: Susan from Seattle, WA: "re: Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis/hypothyroidism. I have had Hashimoto's hypothyroidism for many years and have been under treatment by my naturopathic physician. Due to symptoms of hyperthyroidism, my doctor performed some tests and this time had no thyroid antibodies! This means that I no longer have Hashimoto's hypothyroidis! The doctor explained that the bacteria Yersinia enterolitica has been linked to the cause of Hashimoto's - apparently it has a similar protein coat to thyroid cells which provokes the immune response. I had not been treated with antibiotics for this. The only thing I have been doing differently is to drink Kombucha tea. I just read on your site that Yersinia enterolitica is sensitive to Kombucha, so it seems logical that the Kombucha was my cure. I drink about 8 ounces per day."
EC: More about http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/kombucha_tea.html
08/29/2009: Alimaacd from New Fairfield, Ct replies: "My question is to Susan from Seattle, What treatment if any were you using to treat your Hashimoto's? I have read on a Hypothyroid forum that antibodies will lessen as hashimoto's worsen which it will if not treated with thyroid meds (preferably Natural Dessicated thyroid). I am curious to know if you suffer any symptoms of hypothyroidism? I have heard of the many benefits of Kombucha tea but very much want to know if it cured your hypothyroidism or if you are just assuming so because you are not showing antibodies. In a nutshell are you symptom free since taking this and nothing else?"
[NAY] 05/12/2010: Lisa from Highland, Il replies: "I have just been diagnosed with Hashimoto's and was looking up giving up gluten. I have been drinking homemade kombucha for about three years now. Although I think it's a great immune booster and I really like it, I guess this proves that it's not a cure for everybody. I still hypothyroidism and have had it for around 7 years."
05/18/2010: Pinkdiamondz from Chilton, Wi replies: "I also came to the conclusion that Kombucha tea could be the answer. I only just received my diagnosis of Hashimoto's disesase. The doctors in my area are not very vigilant about validating their patients' concerns. Therefore, I've been forced to take it upon myself to find a cure for my condition, rather than just be ill for the rest of my life and mask the symptoms with medication. I'll be trying the Kombucha tea cure because I too read about the yersinia bacteria as well as TH1 antibodies."
10/31/2010: Gipapltn from Appleton, Wi replies: "Dear PinkDiamondz,
I too live in Wisconsin and the doctors here have NO CLUE about Hashi's. I read the book everyone has mentioned, and I knew I had it. My female dr in appleton said that "Hashimoto's is so rare, there is virtually no chance of you having it. " She basically said its all in my head, and that I am "anxious". I persisted, and she said fine, if it will make you stop worrying, I will feel better too, so go to the endocrinologist. After the endocrinologist asked me a few questions, I asked him "with all of these symptoms, is it possible that I might have hashimotos?" He said "Might? There is no doubt you have hasimotos! Its obvious! " Now he put that in my medical record on the computer, but my dr not wanting to admit I was right, left my diagnosis as "Primary Hypothyroidism". I hate the doctors here. They scare the hell out of me. I want to move back to Canada, no offence. Dr. Michael Johnson, a chiropractor in Neenah, WI, deals with hashimotos and give you oxygen therapy, 12 different blood tests, and a bunch of other stuff about your diet, and no gluten. 100% gluten free. But I can't get his help because he only takes credit or cash, and it costs $9,000 and I am on UI. I can't get well because no one will help me. I'm poor and alone. All my relatives are in Nova Scotia. PinkDiamondz, please contact me so we can compare notes by email or phone. I need help desperately. I am getting sicker.
12/01/2010: Pinkdiamondz from Chilton, Wi replies: "I'm going to look up some more info on that doctor, Michael Johnson. He sounds great!"
09/22/2011: Mizmiriam from Asheville, Nc replies: "Hello Susan from Seattle - I am so excited to read your post! I am writing a book about the stories of people who have cured Hashimoto's disease and would love to interview you for the book. Could you please be in touch? If anyone else out there has cured themselves, please be in touch as well. We are all on this site to help each other. Thank you so much, Miriam"
12/25/2011: Cindy from Dudley, Ma replies: "I was just wondering if you have written your book yet. I have Hashimoto's and I'm trying to find a way to get off meds and improve my immune system."
12/20/2011: Cmsharp from Kodak, Tn: "I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I am now pregnant and am on Armour Thyroid. How safe is it to drink Kumbachi Tea during pregnancy? I have horrible symptoms and will try anything."
11/13/2011: Jeremiah from Saratoga, California Usa: "Hi, just been reading the comments on hashi's which I have been diagnosed with 2 years ago. It seems as I'm taking levothroid around 125, my TSH goes up and down, can't get it down to normal range. I've been taking vitamins in all shapes and sizes. I tried krill oil, Co Q10, multis, fish oil, and flax, and vit C. It seems I might have had a flareup with krill and/or a lactoferrin/probiotic blend I was taking. Does krill or fish oil have iodine? I've heard don't take iodine. Taking a RAW brand multis, the RAW B helps with energy as does some brewers yeast I take.
-There is a level of uncertainty of what to take or do, I'm willing to try anything. Cant say MD docs don't care, but unless they've had it, they can't really relate to the symptoms. Does anyone know a good MD out here who treats this combining naturopath medicine or a more holistic approach?"Replies
03/19/2012: Had from White River Jct, Vt replies: "have you tried going off wheat /gluten??? lots of books out there to help w/ doing this, check on line, see if they have at your library. be well."
08/28/2011: Shivani from Mumbai, Maharastra, India: "Hi, My name is shivani. I am 32 years old. I have hypo-thyroid for the last 12years. I started off with Eltroxin 50mcg. Then I did not follow up with my doctor. That was my mistake. In 2009 I shifted to Thyronorm 75mcg after consulting my doctor. Then in April 2011 the doctor asked me to further increase my dosage to 88mcg after looking at my TSH levels. In July 2011 I started losing a lot of weight my homeopath told me to het my free t3, free t4, tsh and anti globulin checked. My free t3 was 2.73, my free t4 was 1.75 , tsh was 2.43, tpo was 2.31 and thyroglobulin antibody (atg) was 59.62. My ESR was 16. This was on 27th july 2011. My homeopath said I have Hashimoto's Thyroidism. As I was showing signs of weight loss and my reports. So he asked me to reduce my dosage to back to thyronorm 75mcg. I consulted another endocrinologist he said I dont have hashimoto's and I should continue with thyronorm 88mcg.
I reduced my dosage to 75mcg. I have been experiencing hair loss. I have been having eye trouble. Dryness in my left eye. So I went to an opthamologist. He said to get my thyroid checked. On 27th August I got my thyroid checked again , my total t3 is 64.30, my total t4 is 7.20 and my tsh is 3.57. The opthamologist said the count has increased a lot considering I have reduced my dosage for only a month.
Please help. I want to cure my Hashimoto's Thyroidism."Replies
08/31/2011: Marlane from Geelong, Victoria, Australia replies: "Shivani - Go to the iThyroid website for all the information you need for Hashimoto's disease. It is wonderful, truly the answer to our prayers.
09/14/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I went to ithyroid.com and it has no documents or information on thyroid and weight. Not only does their weight control experiment link not work, "weight" in their site search box produced no results. Suspicious! Can you recommend a link that provides effective natural (non-prescription) ways to treat weight through thyroid correction?"
06/13/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "If you're trying to lose weight, you could try making a "tea" with honey and cinnamon (I read Ceylon cinnamon and natural honey are the better choices here). One tsp. honey in a cup of warm water. Add a couple of dashes of cinnamon. NEVER take diet pills with thyroid disease. It is TOXIC."
03/29/2011: Joany from Talent, Oregon, Us: "I have autoimmune disease with thyroid antibiodies showing 900 on my blood test and t4 and t3 very low. I want to normalize all the numbers, if possible with natural remedies. I also see very little information about bioidentical t3 and t4 for my condition. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you"Replies
04/21/2011: Erin from Nashville, Tn replies: "I've had great success using the autoimmune balancing protocols (as well as diet changes) outlined in Datis Kharrazian's Thyroid book (see my post on eliminating gluten above)."
05/14/2011: Jenny from Cheyenne, Wy replies: "
This guy makes total sense, he's done a ton of research. I just found out I have Hashi's so am seeking help.
08/19/2011: Carol from Santa Fe, Nm Usa replies: "Jenny... Thanks a MILLION for the link to DR. Haskell and Hope for Hashimoto's...
Altho I have not watched all of his (very comprehensive) videos yet... I am very impressed by his research.
I have only in the past 2 mos come to focus on HT as the cause of my inability to lose weight (and wt gain at age 7)... And I've just had serum tests done this week... my mom had Hashi's so there's a good chance I have it...
I've been researching like crazy to get to the root cause of Hashimoto's and to try and understand 1) how it's caused (which no one really talks about) and 2) best way to treat it....
Dr. Haskell has taken the same approach and has done 6 yrs of exhaustive research to arrive at this treatment protocols.
I am very impressed and will probably consult with him.
08/21/2011: Jc from Boston, Ma replies: "I too find Dr. Haskell's approch very sensible.
I recommend everyone to see his You tube video series. It takes some time to go through it but it is full of information.
I also like the Iodine approach of Browstein and Abrhams but they even admitt there can be some side effects for those with hashi. There is some risk of having a flair up of you thyroid. Not sure how they manage this. Or do they even manage it. ??? Would be nice if someone who knows chimes in.
I have read Dr. K and I like much of his advice. However, with the exception of one person on this board I have never heard of anyone who had lasting results. Keep in mind, he does not cure Hashi, he manages the immune system and other issues that may effect the thyroid gland. His approach is relatively complicated. Most people I have spoken or communicated with stopped the treatment after running out of money or they felt it was not going well and their practioner was not skilled enough to navigate through the difficulties.
I know there are some DC's using the Standard Process Rehmania Complex to lower antibodies. This approach may go against Dr. K's immune modulation theory. I have never herd of anyone having long term success with this approach either.
It would be great if others with success weigh in."
01/14/2012: Mary from Bradenton, Florida replies: "To Jc from Boston who asked about the iodine protocol of Brownstein.
This product is Iodoral. Unfortunately, natural health has a blind love affair with iodine in the treatment of thyroid issues. Modern day thyroid problems are about TOXINS, not lack of iodine, excuse my shouting. I did an Iodoral protocol in the summer of 2007. I lost my looks on Iodoral and got that dull thyroid expression I never had before. I don't know what exactly it affected to cause that. I got very weak and in some ways never recovered despite my efforts at cleansing etc. My peroxidase Ab went from 650 to 1500 initially, then settled at 1325. The only prescription I take, is 25 mcg of levothyroxine, or my weight balloons. I will get off it entirely when I have figured it all out. (Following the GAPS diet I recently discovered and started, my peroxidase went down to 506, and I had to half the 25 mcg Levoxyl I normally take b/c my tsh went to .66 instead of .88, and I could feel it was too much now. Get the tsh under 1 according to Dr. Stephen Langer (Solved, the Riddle of Illness about thyroid disorders). He is an MD and I did phone consults with him when my health crashed and I was diagnosed in 2006, but he was right about feeling best with the tsh under 1, and about avoiding iodine like the plague, except for a "therapeutic" dose. I wish I had listened to him, but I was so anxious to substitute the dread thyroid medicine with something "natural" - lol, iodoral is inorganic, that I mulled it over for months, ignoring my intuition. So, who wants to be on a prescription OR on iodoral for the rest of their lives. We want to be well and not dependent on either. Dr Langer told me that in his long experience with patients, it "irritated" the gland; I didn't know what he meant by that, but I found out. I read a patient on the internet who said basically the same thing I am, and that Brownstein used to warn against iodine for autoimmune, but then stopped. I had read his literature over and over, and if I had seen any warning, I wouldn't have taken it - that's what I was looking for.
Sorry to talk so much, but if I can warn one person away from iodine it will be worth it. Btw, every natural practitioner I have gone to has urged me to take iodine. I tried bits of even the whole food kind (Standard Process), with bad results. It isn't about iodine, generally speaking."
[YEA] 03/16/2009: Paola from Lugano, Ticino/Switzerland: "Rhodiola for Hashimoto Disease: Thyroid:
I have been taking Russian-Rhodiola for a week now, 300g in the morning. I'll see my Doctor tomorrow, as I am also under pills for my thyroid, and I would like to replace thyroid chemical pills (Levothyroxine sodium - thyroid hormones) with rhodiola's cure, let's see what he's going to tell me. I feel definitely better, from the first day. I used to be chronically tired, now not anymore."
EC: Read more about Rhodiola here.
11/10/2008: Autumn from L.V, U.S.: "I just found out that I have Hashimotos. I read an article about selenium being helpful. Just started taking it.Will give an update in a few months."Replies
01/30/2009: Rich from Boca Raton, FL replies: "The vitamins that usually go along with iodine are Selenium, Sulfur, Magnesium, B6(which helps the body story more Magnesium), and Niacin.
The Guy Abraham and Brownstein research on Iodine looks pretty good. Hyperthyroid is sometimes associated with high iodine intake. Iodine kills fungus, so Bacterial infections makes some sense for this disease. Perhaps extra vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate) would come in handy.
Anyways, Magnesium Citrate, which Ted often recommends for a leaky guy, seems to cure "Yersinia enterocolitica", if Yersinia is the cause.
Could Antibiotics Cure Your Hashimoto's Disease
Foodborne Bacteria May Be a Cause of Hashimoto's Disease
"In this research, investigators studied the prevalence of antibodies to Yersinia enterocolitica in patients with diagnosed Hashimoto's thyroiditis. What the researchers found was the the prevalence of antibodies to yersinia --evidence of exposure -- was 14 times higher in people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis than in the control groups."
Y. enterocolitica strains were cured of the virulence plasmid by
streaking them on Luria-Bertani agar plates containing 20 mM MgCl2 and 20
mM NaC2O4 and incubating the plates overnight at 378C (11).
Yersinia enterocolitica induces apoptosis in macrophages by a process requiring functional type III secretion and translocation mechanisms and involving YopP, presumably acting as an effector%u2009protein
11/10/2010: Pat from Santa Monica, Ca replies: "I keep a bag of raw Brasil nuts in the frig and snack on 3 - 4 a day. That quantity is supposed to give you the amount of selenium you need which means I get extra because there is selenium in my multi. RAW is the important point here."
09/17/2011: Ds from Us, Usa replies: "I was just looking at the "Selenium Cures" page on this site, as well as researching it in general. They're saying that more than 2 brazil nuts per day is dangerous. That you can get your "recommended" amount of selenium from just 2, and some are saying just one. One source was also saying that the danger is more than just too much selenium, but that this nut has some type of poison(s), and so advising not to eat more than 2 per day.
I purchased a bag of brazil nuts recently, and at first was just eating 2 (I'd remembered reading previously that this was a good amount to eat), but then seemed to be craving them, so I let myself eat 6. And I've been doing that for the last several days. I was feeling a little sick a couple of times, but that may be because of the high fat. That's more fat than I usually eat (liver issues). Also, I wasn't even considering that I might be getting too much selenium--and not taking into account that I'm also taking several different supplements (and foods) that contain selenium.
So I'm pulling back on the brazil nuts. No more than 2 from now on and will make a note of how much I'm getting from food/supps.
Very appreciative of the information on this site."
[YEA] 05/22/2007: marion from Paris, France: "re: hashimoto disease: in France we just take thyrosine hormons... but I saw 2 interesting articles, one saying they have a good cure in China, called "shen lu", and another, for which I send you the reference :'http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/yersinia.htm "
02/21/2014: Bubblicious from Miami: "I was diagnosed with subclinical hashimoto hypothyroditis since 2012 and was placed on harmone replacement tabs. I had nodules on both sides however one side had gone after being on my meds. Presently I am seeing a small bulge to the front of my neck. I doesn't seems as if my meds is shrinking my bulge. I need help to shrink it. I can produce my blood test results from beginning to present."Replies
02/22/2014: Mike62 from Denver replies: "Bubblecious: Search desiccated thyroid/yahoo group and raw food videos."
[YEA] 01/23/2010: Trea from Shirley, New York: "I have Hashimoto's disease and a golf ball sized goiter on my neck on the right side of my thyroid. I had an appointment with my endocrinologist two weeks ago. Aside from sending me for a blood test and another sonogram he also said he wants me to have a biopsy. That was when I decided to try some alternatives. I am not allowing them to take out my thyroid and be on medication for the rest of my life when the medication has not helped at all. I found this site and Dr.Batmangheldj's site.
I knew I was dehydrated so I started increasing my water intake to 96 ounces a day. I weigh 180 lbs and Dr. Batmangheldj recommends drinking half of your body weight in water each day. I also started taking extra potassium, magnesium and I take my multi vitamin 3 times a day instead of once because it has iodine in it and the water causes flushing out of your system. The goiter went from golfball size to half of that in less than a week just from the water and increase in supplements. I also do not feel as many bumps as I had on my goiter as I had been feeling when I lay back and stretch my throat.
Also my edema is much better. My hands and face are less swollen and my skin is no longer sticking over my socks a quarter of an inch which they had been for a long time. This past week I have started with the apple cider vinegar and baking soda (2 tbsp ACV and 1/8 tsp of baking soda) twice a day and the goiter has gone down even more. At 52 I thought I was getting arthritis but I guess it was dehydration because almost all aches and pains are gone now.
I live in New York, we have chlorine and fluoride in the water so I am getting a shower filter and the Zero water pitcher (it's supposed to remove fluoride from the water) and maybe my thyroid will improve even more. I will also be trying the Borax to rid my system of fluoride. I'm so glad I found this site. I was feeling kind of hopeless after I left the endos office."
01/24/2010: Trea from Shirley, New York, Usa replies: "Question about Borax and Oil Pulling
I am not sure where this question should be posted. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and I have made great progress in the size of my goiter in the last 2 weeks due to drinking more water and using the ACV and Baking Soda to start detoxing my body. I drink 96 ounces of water a day, I take my multi vitamin which has 150mcg of iodine in it 3x a day now instead of once to make up for loss due to more water, I take extra calcium, magnesium, D and potassium also along with a B complex. I'm using 2TBSP of ACV with 12 oz of water twice a day for one week so far. I will be doing the ACV and water for one more week.
I live in New York and I believe that my thyroid problem could also be from fluoride and chlorine in my water. Is it safe to do the Borax detox and oil pulling at the same time? I have to go for a thyroid sonogram in 2 weeks, and even though my goiter is one quarter of the size it was 2 weeks ago thanks to the info on this site, I want it to be even more improved by then.
My endo wants to do a biopsy and possibly remove my thyroid and I want to avoid that at all costs. If it is not safe to do both at the same time which would be most beneficial to do first? I'd appreciate any help I could get.
Thank you, Trea"
08/24/2010: Deidre from Sylva, Nc replies: "Trea, Just wondering if your goiter disappeared? I have a daughter, seventeen, who has similar system--hashimoto's disease and huge goiter on left side. Last visit to endo was two weeks ago. Her recommendation was removal of the thyroid. I absolutely refused. Endo has done nothing by prescribed T4, which has been ineffective in treating the goiter. She refuses to prescribe Armour and has said nothing about diet changes or supplements. Researched. Now have daughter on a gluten free, soy free, sugar free diet and am adding a multivitamin to her daily routine. Her vitamin had iodine in it, which worries me as their is some conflicting information regarding it. The diet is hard on my daughter, and I'm worried she's not completely sticking to it. Need some positive advice from someone to show her that goiter can go away. Endo has told her it will always be there. Looking for a new endo. Hope to hear from you."
08/25/2010: Eve K from Houston, Tx, Usa replies: "I was diagnosed with mild hypothyroidism and positive for antibodies--though my endo never called it Hashimoto's. I spent a year on thyroid medication which did lower the antibody levels and also the TSH, but did not do anything to alleviate my symptoms (weight gain, lack of libido, fatigue, etc. ). I did not have a goiter. After getting fed up that I was not actually feeling any better, I eliminated as many sources of fluoride and chlorine as possible: no fluoride dental care products or treatments, drink & cook with only distilled or non-flouoridated water, installed a shower filter (claims to remove chlorine and also some fluoride), and so forth. There are many books and resources on the web that can be researched. I also followed Ted's borax protocol briefly, helps to remove fluoride from the body. There are other sites that recommend additional ways to remove fluoride--drinking fresh beet juice, eating more fresh beets, eating lots of fresh cilantro, the list is endless. I followed the suggestions that did not seem too outlandish. Finally and most importantly, I disregarded the "avoid iodine" advice that comes with most thyroid treatments. I bought the pill form (12. 5 mg) of the iodine/iodide. There are many references it to on this website--there is also a liquid form called Lugol's that I found hard to find. The pills are easy to find on the internet and not terribly expensive. I took 4 a day to start (2 in am, 2 in pm) because I am heavily endowed in the bust area and this is supposed to indicated a greater need for supplement. I am no longer on thyroid medication, my TSH is around 1 (the target of the endo), I have zero antibodies and I have more energy, better sexual energy, and am no longer gaining weight. I am still struggling to lose but I was able to take off 10 pounds relatively quickly as I began to feel better, something that was impossible before. This is just my personal experience, but in addition to finding a new endo (by the way, a gyn may also be willing to prescribe Armour), I would look at the fluoride and iodine connections. I still avoid soy for a number of reasons, and it will certainly not hurt for your daughter to eat a clean, natural diet and avoid potential allergens if they are suspected. There are also a number of diets on the net that describe how to eliminate and challenge potential allergens such as wheat, corn, dairy, etc. Good luck!"
12/01/2011: Kavita from Somerset, Nj replies: "This post is addressed to Eve K fron Houston Tx. Are you still doing okay..? The TSH=1 and 0 antibodies?
Please let me know."
01/05/2012: Susan from Denver, Colorado replies: "Has anyone heard or tried juicing (veggie/fruit) to help hashimotos? I have hashimotos and no insurance."
01/16/2012: Pema from Suffolk, England replies: "Hi there - I may possibly have Hashimoto's and the question in my mind the most for everyone in this forum is about the psychological-emotional aspects of autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto's. How many of you have any level of low self-esteem or at least grew up feeling unworthy or unappreciated? This is definitely the case for me and I would love to know how many others feel any kind of psychological-emotional cause? Many thanks and I really appreciate everything I have read so far on this forum. Best, Pema (England)"
01/17/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Pema, not only an emotional or psychological aspect involved in a particular illness; but the social and even subconscious attitude we are conditioned with during childhood and beyond. Firstly, in an competitive socioeconomic environment, we know how ruthless the fight for money can be. In many people there are fully developed attitudes of defeatism operative. When I was 24 yrs and learned of my dear Aunt's terminal cancer diagnoses, I automatically assumed an attitude of defeat, and that left me with horrific regrets I can never rid of. Fast forward a few yrs and learned of my Mother's terminal cancer diagnosis, I assumed an attitude of a warrior.
So, if you are a person of worth and goodly character, you are cheating yourself by not becoming a warrior, and not only for yourself; think of your loved one's, especially children, who are watching your every move and some who even worship you. How you can let others down by letting yourself down. Maybe this is what you experienced as a child.
I have recently had a thyroid disorder that brought crippling fatigue and depression, but am better now (and not without a fight). Take Kelp and or Potassium Iodide, and L-Tyrosine, and Raw Thyroid Glandular. Many good reports of Low Dose Naltrexone for autoimmunity. And of course any number of different detox methods to rid the body of "the foreigners".
Hope this helps and good luck."
01/17/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Hi Pema, I think that most of us have low self esteem at one time or another. I am struggling a bit with it right now because I always looked amazingly young and all of a sudden I found out that I was getting older. Maybe I thought that it would happen to everyone but me?
On another level, if you have Hashimoto's maybe you should consider reading a book I am reading at the moment about Iodine use by Dr. David Brownstein or his other book (which I haven't read) Overcoming Thyroid Disorders! I find that he gives a lot of very interesting information even if I don't think that I have thyroid problems! I do think that I am iodine deficient and I am looking into finding Lugols here in Europe, not an easy task! Someone gave me a tip on this site once but I have to confess that I forgot what it was. I think that there is some place you find it in the UK or else you can find it through Amazon.co.uk."
01/17/2012: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "Hi Pema, I agree that most people feel low self esteem at some point or another. I believe it has mostly to do with our society and all of the images we see daily on TV and magazines. 100 years ago you did not get exposed to thousands of beautiful people on a daily basis. There may have been a few gorgeous people in your town but you probably only saw them occasionally. Now we are constantly seeing beauty and we are comparing ourselves to it which is completely unrealistic. I am just as guilty as anyone else. The unworthiness is also associated with the fact that these beautiful people are burried in wealth and attention while we are (usually) not.
On a different note. There is also an association between autoimmune diseases and some sort of traumatic event that may have happened to a person which caused a sort of self blame. In response to this self blame the body begins attacking itself. For myself I have found this to be a possibility. I have a form of thyroid disease called Graves Disease. I did have an event happen in my life right around puberty which is most likely when my disease started. I blamed myself for the event and until recently you could say I may have hated myself for it. I have also read that thyroid disease in particular are associated with a feeling of not being heard or not speaking out. As it is located right where your vocal cords are it can actually cause laryngitis. I have found this to also be true in my case. I used to be very quiet and very rarely spoke my feelings or opinions in most situations. I did find my voice in writing though and that may be part of the reason for my healing:)
No matter what though you are not alone as far as low self esteem goes. I do not have hashi's but there is still this feeling of not being worthy of love and attention. I fight it on a daily basis. I try to stay away from TV and magazines to help the issue but I am still exposed on the internet and while standing in line at the grocery store. I hope that someday we will stop thinking beauty is so important but I also pray for peace on earth and so far it's not looking likely."
01/18/2012: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Francisca there are some UK ebayers who sell it too."
01/18/2012: Sally from Chennai, India replies: "Dear Jen from Bozeman,
You've expressed several thoughts that were bothering me about the real cause of illnesses and the state of the world in general, so beautifully. Thank you. There are quite a few people who are opting out of the unhealthy, degrading glorification culture, be it of youth, beauty or ostentation. We can only take heart from them and go ahead in our own search for meaning and health."
01/18/2012: Francisca from Zug, Zug, Switzerland replies: "Thanks Maria, but I have to confess that I have never bought anything from e-bay. The thought of having to bid.... I have no idea how it works! I am also at a loss as to which Lugols to buy. Amazon sells 3%, 7% and 15%."
01/18/2012: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Francisca, They also have buy it now prices it's not all bidding, mind you I don't know how to use amazon. I know what you mean about the strength, the choice for me was easy as where I found it (the internet as it's not available locally) they only sell the 2%. I would have liked the 5% as that is what is being used in the studies so when I read how many drops I would not have to think about converting it. It took me a long time to pluck up the courage to start using it as I was taught it was poisonous and decades ago dairy farmers were banned from using it to clean their equipment as it could get into the milk.
Funny thing is, I also knew it was safe to use in hospitals on patients. We were never taught about the different types of iodine although we did know that one brand stung on a wound and another brand did not. Never knew they were different types which now sounds odd. The first I heard of Lugol's iodine was here on EC (thanks again EC). We are sooooo glad that I finally got the courage to try it."
01/19/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Oh Maria, nice to hear that I am not the only one once in a while struggling with the Internet.... Usually I am quite good but Ebay I have to say has always been a mystery to me! Amazon is very easy, I use it to order loads of books, often very inexpensively (I use other companies as well like Abebooks), ordered my hula-hoop from them.... You just look for whatever you need, compare the prices from the different sellers, choose whether you want new or used (I often order used books as they are mostly almost new or even new), fill in your bank details and address and that's all! I even send gifts to other people by filling in their delivery address!
I had never heard of Lugol's either as it is almost banned here in Europe. My husband is going to a natural doctor today and as I am going with him I will ask her whether one can get Lugol's here in Switzerland (in the pharmacies you can't, not in the health food shops! ). If she knows where to buy it I will wait till I can make an appointment, if not I will order online and have it sent to my sister-in-law in the UK, then I don't pay postage! Like you I only knew about iodine to us on wounds. If you are interested in learning more about the subject I suggest you read one of the book on it! Great information....."
01/19/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "PS - Maria, be aware that a lot of stuff that has been forbidden over the year it is more out of interest or profits than about danger for health! What is really dangerous never seems to be forbidden! In my book I read that they used to add iodine to the bread as a dough conditioner, then it was forbidden and bromide was introduced instead which is very toxic. So there you go...."
01/20/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Francisca, pardon my forwardness but I would recommend not jumping over a cliff for the Lugols as there are other brands arguably as effective. I wasn't making any progress with Kelp so I chose "Life-Flow Liquid Iodine Plus" with very good results. I even experienced an acute detox reaction (surprisingly not immediately as I had expected) after aprox. 2 mo of use."
01/20/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Thanks for the advice Timh, I will look into it! As other than Kelp iodine doesn't seem to be sold here in Europe there is very little people like me know about it! I also found Nascent Iodine which seems to be more easily absorved but it is also more expensive! I will have to order tomorrow if I want to pick it up at my sister-in-law's house when we are there in February! I also felt no difference at all with kelp and I read today that kelp can contain arsenic!"
01/21/2012: Lisa from Rabat, Morocco replies: "Francisca, I belong to a yahoo group about iodine that includes many members from Europe. Recently there was a discussion about purchasing iodine in Europe and someone responded that they purchase Lugols/Iodoral from seeknatural. Co. Uk. You may want to look into it further to see if they will ship to you. I believe kelp is not a recommended source because it is usually contaminated and it also does not provide very much iodine. I hope this website will help you find what you need."
01/21/2012: Tina from Princeton, New Jersey, Usa replies: "Hi Francisca, Lugol's iodine is also available through a UK based company, Regenerative Nutrition. They ship all over the world. I have bought other supplements, oils, and powders from them and am very happy with their quality and customer service. Look them up on Google. They offer a lot of information on the supplements they sell as well. One more thing I like about them, the price is inclusive of shipping charges. Hope this is helpful."
01/22/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Thanks Tina, I found the site but Lugol's is not in stock although they say that they would have it after the 15th of Dec. Also, it says that the components are iodide crystal and potassium iodide. I am not sure that is correct.... but I sent them a message and got an automated message back informing me that it can take quite a while for them to respond! I have also a Welsh site where they sell Lugol's just they seem to offer 10% to new clients while it was only till last year, not very correct to have the banner still there...."
05/08/2012: Ritesh from Mumbai, Maharashtra replies: "Homeopathy treatment for hypothyroidism.
Just order these four medicines. bottle size 1 oz,
6 tablets (which should be kept below tongue) and taken only once in month.
1. sulfur 200 (after getting this tablets you may get some aggravations to pull out ailments from root, don't be afraid its for good & it will be temporary)
then after one month take again 6 tablets of (only once)
2. Calcaria carb 200.
then after one month take again 6 tablets of (only once)
3. Lycopodium 200
then after one month take again 6 tablets of (only once)
4. silicea 200
then after this treatment if you still have any problems then mail me on 4all.ritesh(at)gmail.com.
Homeopathy does not have any side effects. If medicine is chosen correct then it will surely give good lasting affects."
01/05/2013: Jenny from Suffolk, Ny/usa replies: "I never heard of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis until sixteen years ago when I was diagnosed. I was given a prescription for synthroid and sent away. I have never felt the same, but I lived with it. My husband was diagnosed with the same eight years ago. This year my 10 year old was diagnosed with this disease three months ago. This month my 7 year old daughter also walked out of the doctor with a prescription. I have only my four year old child that has not yet tested positive for Hashimoto's.
I was able to handle living with the symptoms and taking a pill of 175 mg per day, but I can't accept this future for my children. I am willing to try anything to cure it. I don't know if I should stop the medication on them and try different things (my husband a doctor, is against this), or do it simultaneously. I am willing to try it on me first until I see possitive results. I told the endocrinologist that I am a living proof that the medicine does not work. I also wanted more blood tests done, but she told me that Hashimoto disease is hereditary. My husband and I are the first to have it in our family, so who did we get it from? I am thinking that it my be contagious.
Please help I want something better for my children. I don 't find any books or resources on alternative medicine for children. At the moment the doctors are just happy to be having a whole family with Hashimoto's disease. I am feeling like a lab rat. I can't stop crying when I go to my kids appointment."
01/05/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Hashimotos is an autoimmune problem for which many people on the Yahoo LDN site have had success using low dose naltrexone, an FDA approved drug with no side effects, taken in very low doses of 2 - 4.5 mg. As a matter of fact, after starting LDN, often thyroid medicine will have to be reduced within a month because the LDN will begin moderating the immune system. Please see www.ldninfo.org or the Yahoo LDN group. There are published studies on LDN being used on children with Crohn's disease with excellent results and no side effects, so it is safe for children also."
01/06/2013: Jorge from Buenos Aires, Argentina replies: "Look for LUGOL's IODINE on the web. There are many articles about it."