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7/1/12 4:10 A

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I just wondered how you were getting on? I'm new here but get that all disease is from the gut and didn't think about the candida link. How are you doing?
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5/21/12 9:48 A

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I'm sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I was diagnosed in January, so still pretty new for me too. I did a ton of digging/researching trying to figure this thing out nutritionally too. I took a nutrition class that was all about eating whole foods, more healthy fats and more proteins. When eating, eat all three every time. AND, I got a blood test that told me what foods I might be sensitive to. That test is a bit controversial as far as the reliability of the results, but it told me to stay away from gluten, dairy and eggs.

My T4 started at 3.4 and my Triiodothyronine, free was at 6.9. Every 6 weeks it slowly inched down about .2 after starting 10mg of Methimazole. As soon as I cut out the diary, gluten and eggs, my levels PLUMMETED. My endocrinologist could only attribute this dramatic drop to the foods I'd taken out of my diet. No other explanation. Now we overshot the target and I'm a bit hypothyroid. Reduced the dosage of meds now and am trying to get it a bit up to the normal range.

If I had a suggestion for you, it would be to EAT WHOLE FOODS and cut out gluten and dairy. Cut out refined sugars. I didn't do this under direction from the endocrinologist but on my own. It's so sad that the majority of our health care professionals don't understand the relationship between food and our bodies and healing. It's all new to me, but after my numbers dropped, I'm a firm believer that for some things, our body can do a lot of healing on their own. If you have any questions, please ask. I'm by no means an expert. I'm just learning but have seen great results. I'm very hopeful to get this thing into remission.

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4/13/12 1:25 P

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Hi Juliette,
Thank you so much for your post. I just got diagnosed with Grave's Disease 2 weeks ago and currently taking Tapazole and Metaprolol but would like to take the nutritional approach instead. Please reply back and let me know how you are feeling now with your special diet.

In the meanwhile, I will do some research on "Candida Syndrome" and look for a dietician that can help me.

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12/15/11 8:10 P

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That's great information. So glad you are taking an active role in your own health. Getting information and a doc who will discuss all sorts of treatments and alternatives is so important. If you feel you can't communicate well with yours, get another one. My third one finally included me in my health decisions and I'm now in remission for almost two years. No surgery, no radiation, no meds.

Congrats and keep working it!

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That's great information. So glad you are taking an active role in your own health. Getting information and a doc who will discuss all sorts of treatments and alternatives is so important. If you feel you can't communicate well with yours, get another one. My third one finally included me in my health decisions and I'm now in remission for almost two years. No surgery, no radiation, no meds.

Congrats and keep working it!

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12/18/09 12:41 A

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Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease a couple of months ago. I tried methimazole, but had an allergic reaction. Now my endocrinologist wants to remove my thyroid completely. I am trying a nutritional approach instead.

Here is the information I have gathered thus far:

1. For some reason, tea made with bugleweed has been shown to normalize thyroid hormone in people with Grave's Disease.

2. Grave's Disease could be caused by a Candida albicans yeast overgrowth. The explanation given to me is as follows: Candida albicans, a yeast normally found in the body, produces 178 different toxins. Due to many factors (antibiotics, birth control pills, etc.), the yeast may overgrow. If the yeast overgrows, it roots into the intestinal lining, and releases its toxins directly into the bloodstream. After prolonged toxicity in the blood, the toxins may cross-react with tissue in the body. In the case of Grave's Disease, the thyroid may be full of toxins, and the body would then mistake the thyroid for a toxin. This is why the immune system would attack the thyroid. There is plenty of information about the "Candida syndrome" online, and I got a lot of help from Dr. Carolyn Dean.

Anyway, I am now on a special diet to control the yeast, and hopefully reduce the toxicity of my thyroid before it gets too bad. I'll let you know how it goes, and if you have done this before, let me know how it worked for you. If it doesn't work, I would love to eat bread again.

Cheers,

Juliette


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