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Thyroid and Homeopathic Iodine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joette Calabrese   
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 20:07


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Margaret was uncommonly dazzling, charismatic and constitutionally unfit for frumpy clothes. Nothing she wore matched exactly, yet it all worked together quite nicely because it was draped on her body with her patrician sensibilities.

She summered at Martha’s Vineyard, her long tan legs attracting onlookers. . . mostly men, but women, too. I can’t say in public what the men would think but I’m sure Margaret knew. It gave her permission to flounce her hair incautiously. The result was a kind of male chaos that fell in her wake. She was the sort of woman who reveled in her ever-changing relationships, amending them simply because the challenge was entertaining.

But then, one weekend after a friend’s opening in Soho, something snapped. Instead of her usual deftness in her daily routine, she began to experience weariness. It moderated her usual steady vitality with a chronic longing for naps. Before long, she also recognized that her easy confidence and flippant air had dwindled and was being replaced by a diminished, subdued version of her old self. And she began to lose more hair than she cared to think about.

At first, her symptoms were mild, but by the time she entered the doctor's office, she was agitated and alarmed. “It feels like I have a chronic touch of the flu, and worse, I've put on twenty pounds.” The latter symptom troubled her the most.

The doctor considered hypothyroidism and subsequent tests indicated Margaret’s TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was indeed low, so he advised a medication. This wouldn’t cure her, of course, but it would manage the problem.

Margaret began to question the decision to follow through since the side effects were written in the drug pack she was handed, albeit in print so small she literally needed a magnifying glass to make out the words. But, it was indeed as clear as day…anxiety, mood swings, hair loss, weight gain, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, seizures. She already had suffered some of these symptoms and the drug only promised more!

Next Margaret visited a psychiatrist, because of the angst she was experiencing. He too proposed drugs. “No thanks,” she thought. She could have submitted without a struggle and simply taken the prescriptions, but that wasn’t Margaret’s style. In fact, even her best friend asked her, “What’s wrong with taking medicine?" "No," Margaret insisted, "I must find a bona fide solution.”

And so Margaret wore her hair in a sweeping fashion that concealed the loss that honestly only she noticed. She was driven by her innate tenacity to unearth an alternative solution. A colleague who had been relieved of thyroid nodules with a special homeopathic preparation suggested the name of her reputable homeopath. So, Margaret scheduled a phone consultation because the homeopath lived two states away.

After this initial consultation, Margaret was comforted. She was not told her hypothyroid condition would be cured, but the homeopath put it in a different way. “Your body is responding to an imbalance which causes symptoms. We will use the symptoms to determine which homeopathic remedy is best suited to antidote or address your specific imbalance. Once the energy of the illness is met by the energy of the remedy, it will be unnecessary for the body to react. Instead, the reactions to the disease or symptoms will be antidoted.”

Margaret was inspired by the word “antidote” and within a week from taking the remedy Iodum, her fatigue began to fade. “Is this iodine?” she asked the homeopath. The answer she received was fascinating. The homeopath explained that we know that iodine is key to thyroid health, but to use it in gross form can sometimes be imprudent. Instead, in homeopathic formula, which is greatly diluted according to a specific mathematical procedure, any problems relating to iodine are eliminated, leaving only beneficial results. Since homeopathy is a medical paradigm used the world over, including European hospitals and clinics, and by homeopathic MDs, we have plenty of research to conclude that this method not only has merit, but is safe.

Margaret didn’t really care about the studies; her focus was on how well she began to feel. First she noticed that there was no longer a tangled mass on her hair brush. Then, her zeal returned. This happened within the first month of taking the homeopathic preparation. However, the most remarkable restoration was when she observed the pounds slowly melting and the fatigue eliminated.

Symptom by symptom, the disease seemed to dissolve. It was so natural and not unlike the way she felt before being struck with hypothyroid disease. Months later, her thyroid hormone was again measured and the proof was revealed. Her levels were indeed within the range of normal! It was about this time that, while at the theatre, she inadvertently ran into Alphonso, a handsome Italian friend from back in grad school. He squeezed her hand and whispered, “Sprezzatura!”

When she got home that night, she paged through her Italian dictionary and was delighted to discover that the beautiful word means “the art of nonchalance in effortless elegance.” Ahhh ... the confirmation that her life was back.


SIDEBAR

Homeopathic Remedies for Thyroid Problems

The link between iodine and the thyroid gland is well established; therefore, it is no surprise that homeopathic iodine has been used homeopathically for many decades. In its original state, elemental iodine can actually cause thyroid pathology. This is why in the much diluted methods of homeopathic preparation it can instead rouse the body to address the very problem it can sometimes cause. This capacity reveals the very essence of homeopathy, which is ruled by the law “like cures like.”

In the case of Margaret’s sufferings, this remedy was chosen because it suited not only her specific symptoms, but her personality as well. What caught the homeopath’s attention, in this case, was her uncharacteristic weight gain and subdued behavior that was so unlike her when in health. Since the need for Iodum is characterized by these features, it proved to be just the right fit for Margaret.

However, Margaret had a colleague for whom the remedy choice was quite different. A common remedy for thyroid nodules, whether accompanied by hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, is Sepia. But again, the choice of Sepia depends on the entirety of the person suffering the problem. Margaret’s colleague had just had a baby when she developed her thyroid issues. This put her in a reproductive state that would need to be considered for the totality of symptoms to match. For example, she too experienced weight gain, but it was accompanied by mood swings and sleeplessness. Since Margaret’s hormones were not those of a new mother, Sepia would have been unsuitable for her.

A man suffering from hypo- or hyperthyroidism would indeed be subject to the same differentiating criteria, but the hallmark of his sufferings might include chronic perspiration of the head, easy weight gain that was particularly flabby and an overall sluggish disposition. There might also be anxiety and an overwhelmed sensation from his many responsibilities. This would point squarely in the direction of Calcarea carbonica, a homeopathic remedy most noted for these symptoms. Thus homeopathy is person-specific, not disease-specific and anything less would be a mediocre, polyester, one-size-fits-all choice. In the quest for authentic health, this will never do.

 


This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2009.

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diet for hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's
written by Nigel, Sep 13 2013
My hypothyroidism came on really suddenly. It was accompanied by tumors on the thyroid, enlarged spleen and some growth within one eye that slightly obscured my vision but was more annoying than anything else. All these symptoms arriving at once was really scary and I suspected something systemic. Because my sister had had terminal cancer (inflammatory breast cancer) and was now healthy after following a macrobiotic diet, it seemed the obvious way to go. I went to the Kushi Institute (www.kushiinstitute.org) for a week to learn how to prepare the food and gain a deeper understanding of how it all works. From being completely sluggish and totally without energy, I gained back my energy relatively quickly. A few days after starting the diet, I could feel life returning. I never took the synthetic T3 and T4 hormones that were prescribed and and my energy is back. The tumors on my thyroid shrank until they disappeared over a period of 18 months. The growth in my eye faded away although if I had even a hint of sugar, I would see a shadow of it. The diet is not easy to follow as it is a lot of work but the benefits are tremendous and the food itself is great. The only supplement I take is cod liver oil.
Story
written by Lin, May 01 2013
Does anyone else think this story is very strange?
Hypothyroid & Calcarea Carbonica
written by S_S, Dec 13 2012
I was diagnosed with hypothyroid a few months after giving birth. I started with levothyroxine 50. My lab numbers dropped to normal values, but my symptoms didn't disappeared (constant fatigue, weak memory). Then, upon my doctors suggestion I changed to synthroid. Not only the symptoms remained, but also I started getting the most painful headaches, like twice a week. Throwing up or sleeping wouldn't ease the headache.

Then, I discovered homeopathy and found out that my constitutional remedy is Calcarea Carbonica. Self-prescription isn't recommended for chronic illnesses, but whenever I read a description of Calcarea Carbonica person, I thought the author just talked about me. So I gave it a try.

I took Calcarea carbonica 6c only once and boom! The headaches disappeared as if magically. Besides I became more energetic than I'd felt for a long time. My sleeping got better, my fears vanished, I felt more confident in myself, and my memory improved. It's amazing. But I still take my hypothyroid medication. I'm planning to go to a certified homeopath and hopefully I won't have to take any more medications.
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written by Max, May 11 2011
"The doctor considered hypothyroidism and subsequent tests indicated Margaret’s TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was indeed low, so he advised a medication. This wouldn’t cure her, of course, but it would manage the problem."

Low TSH usually suggests hyperthyroidism... And vice-versa. And as a pharmacist I must say that reading something like "he advised a medication" doesn't mean much with thousands of pharmaceuticals/vitamins/supplements/nutraceuticals available. Please check your story and proof read your texts before scaring people away from their MDs. Apart from that I love all the nutrition info on this site, thanks.
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written by Candi, Mar 29 2011
I too was treated with radioactive iodine for a diffused toxic goiter when I was 15. Naturally, this destroyed my thyroid and I have been taking synthroid/levothyroxine since then. Can anything help at this poing in the game??
Great Medicine
written by s, Oct 08 2010
I was very ill in my early 30s and turned to homeopathy after being told by a few MDs that it was all in my head. My energy was so low that all I could do was get up in the morning and go sit on the couch for most of the day. Within a month, I was much better and a few months later I was as good as new...or better. Some problems I didn't mention went away too. They were so minor compared to what else I had going on that I didn't even think of them. I continue to use it when needed and it has also helped my mother who has Alzheimers.
Question
written by Eileen, Sep 30 2010
I have been taking levothyroxin for 1 year, have had dizzy spells from the begining. Now I have sore gums and lips. could this be from the medicine. I would rather be on homeopathic. I would appreciate if anyone had this effect.
Thank you
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written by Carol, Jul 22 2010
what about a person that thier thyroid has completely shut down? that is my problem, I do not like taking perscription meds never have. is there any suggestions for this condition? I have also a very big weight problem always have, where I will lose weight , not very easily, and then gain it back faster. I have not changed anything in my diet as I am a vegetarian always have been, would really like to be able to lose this weight soon and have my thyroids working again. I have hair loss also. would like some suggestion as to what to do.
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written by Hannah, Jul 16 2010
Read Dr. Guy E. Abraham's article "The Safe and Effective Implementation of Orthoiodosupplementation
In Medical Practice" in The Original Internist, March 2004, http://www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/pdfs/IOD05.pdf. He makes a very convincing argument against the use of hormone replacement and recommends supplementation with Lugol's Solution (inorganic iodine/iodide) instead. It makes a lot of sense!
why not Armour?
written by Kelly, Jul 09 2010
Anony, I am curious as to why you don't recommend Armour. I am currently using the lowest dose instead of using Synthroid. I would love to get off it. What do you take? I am hypothyroid. I have gained about 30 lbs in the last 2-3 years that I need to get off and think that should help. Is there a diet you are on to help? Thank you so much!!

Kelly
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written by C Hailey, Jun 09 2010
Was diagnosed w/hyperthyroidism about 18 years ago. Treated by radioactive iodine and never told there was an option. Have been on ever-increasing dosages ever since with what appears to be a 'stabilization' in the numbers over the past 2 years.
If I had known, I never would have done the iodine thing! But that being water under the bridge...Is there anything diet-wise I can do now rather than meds? I not only hate the side-effects, I hate HAVING to take a medicine...The big 'What-If' being, "What if something happens and for some crazy reason, it's no longer available?"
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written by Anony, May 14 2010
Do not take armour! Someone above said to take it! It has been reformulated andno longer works!
Forget it! And forget nature throid!
And why would anyone go on western meds if homeopathy could fix it?
Plain stupid!
Go for the meds from Thailand called thYroId yes it's spelled wrong.
It's a great medication if you need one.
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written by ks, Apr 26 2010
Why don't you use the natural thyroid medication called Armour. There are no bad side affects and it might be just what you need. Many people have changed from the pharma medicine Levothyroxine or Snythroid to the natural Armour thyroid and found it much better. I take Armour and like it. I found that I also had adrenal fatigue and system yeast/fungus which you may also suffer from they seem to go together. Best to have these also checked. An Allopathic doctor probably won't put you on the Natural Thyroid they are against all the natural medicines but you can go to an Ostepathic Doctor who will.Good luck.smilies/kiss.gif
Why can't big medicine see this?
written by Donna, Mar 25 2010
As a woman who has been hypothyroid for about 15 years and taking a prescription for it, I have yet to be completely normal. I wish the pharmaceutical companies would realize that it's not about treating the symptoms it's about solving the problem. I will be giving homeopathic medicine a renewed look. Thank you

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