Thyroid nodules are solid or fluid-filled lumps that form within your thyroid, a small gland located at the base of your neck, just above your breastbone. The great majority of thyroid nodules aren’t serious and don’t cause symptoms. Thyroid cancer accounts for only a small percentage of thyroid nodules.
Several conditions can cause nodules to develop in your thyroid gland:
- Iodine deficiency. Lack of iodine in your diet can sometimes cause your thyroid gland to develop thyroid nodules.
- Overgrowth of normal thyroid tissue. Why this occurs isn’t clear, but such a growth is noncancerous and isn’t considered serious. Some thyroid adenomas lead to an overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism).
- Thyroid cyst. Fluid-filled cavities in the thyroid most commonly result from degenerating thyroid adenomas. Cysts are usually benign, although they occasionally contain malignant cells.
- Chronic inflammation of the thyroid (thyroiditis). Hashimoto’s disease, a thyroid disorder, can cause thyroid inflammation resulting in nodular enlargement. This often is associated with reduced thyroid gland activity (hypothyroidism).
- Multinodular goiter. “Goiter” is a term used to describe any enlargement of the thyroid gland, which can be caused by iodine deficiency or a thyroid disorder.
- Thyroid cancer. Although the chances that a nodule is malignant are small, you’re at higher risk if you have a family history of thyroid or other endocrine cancers or have a history of radiation exposure, particularly to the head and neck.
Thyroid conditions are treated with harmful medication, which have bad side effects. Fortunately it is possible to recover from thyroid problems by practicing healthy lifestyle and using natural remedies such as Ginger capsules or tea every day.
– Green clay compress on thyroid for at least two hours or overnight. It often leads to recovery from thyroid nodules and can be very beneficial in case of goitre and swollen thyroid.
Woman shrinks thyroid nodules with pure nutrition, not meds
(NaturalNews) I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I manage it completely naturally, and my thyroid is producing the proper amounts of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones on its own, without medication. However, since this is an autoimmune disease, the thyroid antibodies produced cause the immune system to attack the thyroid. Since my antibodies were high, my new doctor asked me if I’d like an ultrasound of my thyroid, and I agreed. It was the first ultrasound I had ever received of my thyroid, and it came back with disturbing results. My endocrinologist said I had two “nodules,” and one was considered quite large at 1.3 centimeters. A thyroid nodule is a growth of thyroid cells that gravitate into a lump within one of the lobes of the thyroid. They can be either solid or filled with fluid (cystic). Most thyroid nodules are benign. However, the doctor created further worry on my part by stating that it had uneven edges, which meant the risk for cancer was higher. Instead of a 5-10% risk of cancer, it was 10-15%. The odds were in my favor, but I was still very worried.
After reviewing my ultrasound, the doctor ordered a biopsy. I asked him if I could wait a little while before getting the biopsy so that I could try some natural cancer cures. He agreed, so I went ahead with my program. I took a course of modified citrus pectin for two weeks. Then I slowed down on that and added zeolites. Concurrently, I was taking reishi mushroom extract. All three of these nutritional supplements have been shown to prevent cancer cell growth and reduce the size of tumours or cysts.
The day of the biopsy, I was nervous but knew I would be getting anesthetic. The needle with the anesthetic hurt, because that is a very sensitive part of the neck. Then the doctor proceeded to insert a needle about an inch deep into the bottom front of my neck, which I felt go all the way in. He stopped, leaving the needle in, and wiggled it to get cells out. He repeated this four times. It was torturous. Even with topical anesthetic, it was quite painful, and I was sore for about a week afterward.
Nodule shrunk from 12 x 12 mm to 0.8 x 1.0 mm
When the doctor called with the results, he said they were unable to get enough cells out of the nodules! At first, I was upset, thinking I would have to repeat that horrific experience because of some error on their part. But then he explained that the larger nodule they originally measured at 12×12 millimeters had shrunk to 0.8×1.0 millimeters! I was thrilled. It wasn’t necessary to repeat the test, because they probably still wouldn’t be able to get enough cells out of such a small nodule.
While I’m very grateful my nodules shrank, I’m annoyed because I had asked the ultrasound tech if my nodules had shrunk, and she indicated that they were still there and hadn’t shrunk. How could she not see that they had shrunk to 1/12th their original size? Perhaps the biopsy wasn’t even necessary because the nodules were too small! Of course, after remeasuring, they didn’t even consider canceling the torturous procedure. After all, they billed about $3000 for it, and I have to pay $250 of that.
Still, I am thrilled that my efforts are working! I am sharing my story to provide hope and give an example of how one person was able to succeed. I am not a doctor, and I am not recommending this protocol for readers. I recommend that people facing challenging health issues should find a doctor, preferably a doctor trained in complementary medicine (ACAM certified) or a naturopathic doctor that your regular doctor is willing to work with. I am a certified nutritional health coach. I work with people on making changes in their diet and lifestyle, and teaching new ways of eating, cooking and preparing food that are delicious and nutritious.
My protocol included the following:
- Modified Citrus Pectin – For two weeks, took six capsules, three times a day.
- Zeolites – For two weeks, took two capsules every six hours and then slowed down to two-four caps a day. Later bought the powder and now add a scoop to my smoothie in the morning for maintenance.
- Selenium – Increased intake by eating four-five Brazil nuts several mornings each week. I routinely take one 200mcg capsule of selenium per day.
- Stopped eating gluten and dairy (with the exception of a few slips) and reduced sugar intake.
- Added a daily breakfast porridge of pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, cashews, coconut and cinnamon.
- Daily smoothie with coconut water, scoop of green powder (such as Tonic Alchemy), blueberries, banana, one dropper for goji berry and schizandra berry drops, one dropper for reishi mushroom extract, 1/2 tsp of maca powder, and stevia. It’s delicious and energizes me through the whole morning and early afternoon.
Note: The protocol described above only includes the additions and changes to my standard daily supplement routine, not my entire daily protocol.
Skeptics may say any one of these things did it alone, or that it was pure coincidence, but I truly believe that, when you have a serious health condition, why take chances with only one option? And why give a doctor who has financial interest in billing your insurance company as much as possible control over your life and your future? Hit it with all you’ve got! Give yourself the best nutrition you can. Add more new superfoods into your diet, especially berries. Be sure to get enough healthy fats, such as coconut oil, avocado and extra virgin olive oil. Nuts and seeds can be kept on hand for healthy snacks or incorporated into delicious recipes. Invest in a high-quality water filter and an excellent blender for super smoothies. Small changes over time can add up to big benefits. Your body has tremendous ability to heal itself given the proper tools and nutrition. (source >)
NUTRITIONAL AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
Thyroid nodules can be totally reversed by practicing the following guidelines:
– Avoid all fermented foods including cheese (contain amines), meat products, all dairy (amines), stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.).
– Go on vegan unrefined diet as it gives best results. Eat especially with lots of raw vegetables salads and raw vegetable juices.
– Proper stress control and positive thinking – extremely important!
– Eliminate all junk food, processed food, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and anything with bad preservatives and chemical.
– Eating whole, unprocessed foods, and choosing as many organics as possible.
– Getting adequate sun exposure if possible (20 minutes a day during summer time between 10 am and 2 pm) to maintain vitamin D levels.
– Avoid gluten (wheat products, etc.).
– Avoid all dairy products as heated dairy protein (especially A1 casein) often irritates the immune system stimulating it to produce antibodies against different internal organs including thyroid. The most common allergies and food intolerances today are from wheat and dairy products because of the hybridized proteins of gluten and a1 casein. These proteins can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome which leads to inflammation of the thyroid and effect its function.
– Use glass bottles as bisphenol A (BPA) which is found in plastic bottles and cans (they are lined up with plastic) disrupt endocrine system and effect thyroid.
– Avoiding chlorine, fluoride (toothpastes with fluoride, etc.), and bromine as they also contribute to thyroid dysfunction, and since they are halides like iodine, they compete for iodine receptors. If you are exposed to a lot of bromine, you will not hold on to the iodine you need. Bromine is present in plastics, pesticides, hot tub treatments, some flours and bakery goods, and even some soft drinks.
– Avoid hydrogenated fats and trans fats (margarines, doughnuts, cakes, etc.) and pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids (soy oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, etc.). Many dietary oils can negatively affect thyroid health. We cook with them almost every day and they are plentiful in commercially prepared foods. Expeller-pressed or solvent-extracted oils only became a major part of the American diet in the last century. It is possible they are among the worst offenders when it comes to the thyroid.
Ray Peat Ph.D., a physiologist who has worked with progesterone and related hormones since 1968, says that the sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II has caused many changes in hormones. He writes: “Their [polyunsaturated oils] best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the ‘protective hormones’ progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. The thyroid hormone is required for using and eliminating cholesterol, so cholesterol is likely to be raised by anything that blocks the thyroid function.”
– Increase consumption of omega 3 fatty acids in the form of ground flax seeds, chia seeds. Omega 3s are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function and cell growth. They are critical to thyroid function, and improve the ability to respond to thyroid hormones.
– Detoxifying body from heavy metals by using combination of: Chlorella, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Cilantro.
– Remove any dental fillings containing mercury.
– Lower carbohydrate intake (sugars and grains) as they increase estrogen and negatively affect the thyroid.
– Increasing intake of healthy fats such as raw coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, chia seeds (soaked for at least 30 minutes or overnight), ground flaxseeds, and hemp seeds as they will balance hormones. Coconut oil is one of the best foods for thyroid. Coconut oil is a saturated fat comprising medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Coconut oil is very stable (shelf life of three to five years at room temperature), so body is much less burdened with oxidative stress than it is from many other vegetable oils. And coconut oil does not interfere with T4 to T3 conversion the way other oils can.
– Increase consumption of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene found in carrots, apricots, green leafy vegetables, etc. as it is another nutrient that has a very important role to play in thyroid function, and a deficiency of vitamin A lower thyroid output.
– Eliminate stimulants (anything with caffeine or other similar harmful alkaloids: coffee, tea, green tea, mate, yerba mate, cola, chocolate, etc.).
– Increase consumption of foods high in good quality protein (pulses) as protein helps to normalize thyroid function. However, it is recommended to rather avoid soy products because they can cause hormonal imbalance.
– Many suggest to avoid goitrogens (foods that can interfere with thyroid function): especially soy products as it is believed excessive consumption of soy may block the uptake of iodine, an essential mineral the thyroid needs. There are also other otherwise good foods that are regarded as goitrogens: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, millet, spinach, strawberries, peaches, peanuts, radishes, and soybeans. Cooking, however, seems to inactivate these goitrogenic compounds.
On the other hand, the very simple conclusion is that if the above mentioned foods including soy products reduce absorption of iodine then you just need to increase iodine uptake. So if you take kelp (very high in iodine) or plenty of Chlorella (also high in iodine) the problem should be solved and you can still enjoy soy and other good foods with moderation, of course.
After drawing this conclusion I have found the same idea expressed by Dr Michael Greger: “Soy does indeed have so-called ‘goitrogenic’ compounds (as do broccoli-family vegetables and flax seeds), which can interfere with thyroid function in people with marginal iodine intake. The answer is not to avoid these super healthy foods but to just make sure you get enough iodine. See my videos Avoiding Iodine Deficiency and Pregnant Vegans at Risk for Iodine Deficiency. For another reason, though, restricting one’s soy intake to 3-5 servings a day is probably a good idea. See How Much Soy Is Too Much? and Too Much Soy May Neutralize Benefits.”
– Exercise at least 30–60 minutes per day. Exercise directly stimulates thyroid gland to secrete more thyroid hormone. It also increases the sensitivity of all tissues to thyroid hormone.
– Get enough sleep.
– Practice deep breathing.
– Address adrenal fatigue. A prolonged stress response can lead to adrenal exhaustion (also known as adrenal fatigue), which is linked to thyroid disease. Find out more about ADRENAL FATIGUE >
– Treat unresolved emotional issues as a source of stress. The thyroid reflects woman’s emotions and mental attitude. Many women have experienced a “trapped voice,” and by the time perimenopause arrives, the accumulated effect gives rise to symptoms, including poor thyroid function. When women make progress in treating unresolved emotional issues, their thyroid symptoms subside. Stress, anxiety or depression are often key culprits of thyroid dysfunction. It is important to identify the stressors and learn use ways such as prayer that can help to control stress and negative emotions.
– Read about the DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF UNFORGIVENESS >
– Drink and use for cooking only distilled or at least filtered water. Fluoride is particularly damaging to your thyroid gland. Not all water filters remove fluoride, so make sure the one you have does or use only distilled water (buy a water distiller). Taking chlorella and turmeric help to get rid of fluoride and heavy metals such as mercury.
– Eat: Onions, Artichokes, fresh Pineapple.
HERBAL REMEDIES & SUPPLEMENTS
– Chlorella (excellent natural source of iodine) 2 x 1 tablespoon before meals with raw vegetable juice. Using chlorella is better than kelp because kelp is probably too high in iodine so you would have to use only few tablets a day. Chlorella can be used in higher doses without side effects. Providing thyroid with sufficient amounts of iodine from chlorella, asparagus, lima beans, mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, summer squash, Swiss chard, garlic. Iodine is a key component of thyroid hormone. In fact, the names of the different forms of thyroid hormone reflect the number of iodine molecules attached — T4 has four attached iodine molecules, and T3 has three — showing what an important part iodine plays in thyroid biochemistry. Without getting enough iodine in diet (and most people don’t), no matter how healthy thyroid gland is, it won’t have the raw materials to make enough thyroid hormone. On the other hand, try to not overdose iodine because although it is believed that hypothyroidism is due to iodine deficiency, yet according to Dr. Kharrazian in case of Hashimoto’s disease taking supplemental iodine is not recommended as it is like throwing gasoline on a fire.
Sometimes milk is mentioned as a source of iodine. The truth however is that, iodine is actually not in the milk itself, but it’s usually iodine containing disinfectants (called teat dips to prevent mastitis) that add some iodine to milk. However, since milk and dairy can contribute to Hashimoto’s hyperthyroidism you need to avoid these products.
– Ashwaganda (Withania somenifera) and Myrrh (Commiphora mukul), have demonstrated their potential to improve thyroid function in some studies. Ashwaganda extract is able to produce a significant increase in the level of thyroid hormone (T4), while Myrrh extract enhances the conversion of T4 to the more potent T3 form. It is important that both plants (Ashwaganda and Myrrh) improve thyroid function without increasing the release of the pituitary hormone TSH, showing that both plants work only on the thyroid gland. It is an important detail because almost all hypothyroidism cases are not caused by pituitary dysfunction. The problem is caused by the thyroid itself and an impaired T4-to-T3-conversion in tissues outside the gland.
– Apart from Ashwaganda (Pukka makes an excellent one) you can use other herbal remedies and adaptogens such as Rhodiola and Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea or capsules which can lower cortisol levels and improve thyroid function. Another herb that proved to be beneficial in underactive thyroid is Guggul (Pukka).
– Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) can support thyroid gland by improving the health of adrenal glands as they are directly connected. Whenever adrenals become exhausted (due to excessive stress), thyroid is unable to make enough hormones too.
– Supplementation with Copper and Manganese, as well as vitamins such as A, B2, B3, B6, C, and E, can improve thyroid health. Instead of taking these minerals and vitamins separately use a good quality multivitamin-mineral formula such as Healthy Mega (HealthAid) Special Two (Now Foods), Earth Source (Solgar) to get all the above mentioned ingredients.
– Boost Glutathione levels which is a most powerful of all antioxidants and strengthens the immune system and is one of the most effective remedies against Hashimoto’s disease. It boosts body’s ability to modulate and regulate the immune system and protect and heal thyroid tissue. It is also important to provide body with ingredients that increase glutathione production in the liver by taking turmeric, milk thistle, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), bioactive whey protein, Glutamine, bilberry, vitamin C, asparagus, broccoli, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit.
The best way to increase glutathione is taking by Alpha Lipoic Acid.
READ HOW TO INCREASE GLUTATHIONE >
– Taking selenium supplements and increasing consumption of foods high in selenium (Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, garlic, onions, etc.). Low selenium may reduce the effectiveness of the thyroid hormones, and some studies have linked low levels of selenium with low thyroid function.
– Supplement magnesium (800 mg of magnesium citrate a day).
– Take good quality omega fish oil supplements (must be molecularly distilled perfectly free from mercury and other contaminants): 2 times 1 capsule a day with meals.
– Amino acids (ingredients of proteins) L-tyrosine, L-arginine, L-glutamine, and L-glycine are believed to be important for thyroid health and may help improve thyroid function.
– Vitamin B12: 1,000 to 2,000 mcg a day under the tongue (must be sublingual Methylcobalamin!). Unfortunately, many hypothyroid patients have low levels of this most important vitamin. Read a fascinating article on B12 >
– Zinc (helps produce thyroid hormone) – 30 to 50mg a day after breakfast.
– Take good quality probiotic formulas as 20 percent of thyroid function depends on a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria.
– You must take Vitamin D3 because 92% of Hashimoto’s patients are deficient in Vitamin D! While using vitamin D3 supplements always remember to take also well absorbed magnesium (such as citrate) as vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency over time. If you can’t afford higher doses take at least 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day with meal. But since deficiency of this vitamin is so widespread (especially in the UK) it would be better to take 10,000 to 30,000 IU a day with meals with appropriate doses of magnesium. Another requirement for proper absorption of vitamin D is 200 mcg of Vitamin K2 MK-7 (Derived from Natural Natto) a day. Read more about vitamin D >
– Magnesium citrate or another well absorbed magnesium: 2 times a day 200-400 mg between meals. The more vitamin D3 is used the more magnesium must be taken as D3 leads to magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium (should be taken together with vit. B6.) — 400 mg of magnesium two times a day or 250 mg three times a day before meals. Daily intake should be 700 — 800 mg (not less than 500 mg). Many researchers reported that in a state of thyroid problems there is a deficiency of magnesium in the blood. The thyroid cannot function properly without magnesium as it is responsible for converting the inactive T4 thyroid hormone into the active form of T3. This convertion is extremely vital because the metabolism of your body cells are improved by T3, not inactive T4. Magnesium deficiency is also linked to goiter and enlarged thyroid gland. Without proper magnesium levels, thyroid enzymes which produce thyroid hormone simply could not function.
– Good quality multivitamin-mineral formula (high in B vitamins): 1 tablet after breakfast. Please do not buy cheap formulas as their potency is very low and they contain only short list of inorganic ingredients. It must be a good quality formula such as Healthy Mega (HealthAid), VM75 (Solgar) or Special Two (NOW Foods) which are an excellent multi-vitamin and mineral formulas fortified with alfalfa powder, rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, bromelain, herbs, digestive enzymes and many other super nutrients. If your diet is very healthy and you stay away from refined foods, sugar and stimulants then take only 1/2 tablet after breakfast.
– Since Vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folate) play very important role in dealing with ADHD I recommand getting B complex with a good quality multivitamin-mineral formula which is high in B vitamins. One of my favourite ones is Healthy Mega (HealthAid) as it is not only high in B vitamins and at the same time it contains zinc, selenium, herbs, digestive enzymes, micronutrients, and few super grasses. Compared with other popular formulas Healthy mega may contain even up to 60 times more vitamins per tablet!
Adults may take 1 tablet of Healthy Mega after breakfast, children 1/2 tablet (or less) crushed and mixed with juice after breakfast.
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Read the Bible every day beginning with Gospel of John and beautiful books such as Steps to Christ or Desire of Ages >
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Remove mercury from the brain!
The best remedy able to remove mercury and other heavy metals and toxins from the brain is CHLORELLA >
Chlorella is one of the best natural remedies not only because it detoxifies our brains from mercury but also because, like turmeric, it can regenerate damaged brain tissue:
Since Chlorella is a powerful detoxifier and energy booster it is better to start with a smaller dose such as 1 teaspoon or 3 tablets 30 minutes before breakfast and the same amount 30 minutes before lunch with 2 glasses of water, vegetable juice or smoothie. Then gradually increase the intake every day (by approximately 1 tablet) until reaching the maximum dose of 2 or 3 heaped tablespoons or 10 – 20 tablets (500mg) 30 min before breakfast and the same amount 30 min before lunch. Altogether you can take 2-6 round tablespoons or about 20-40 tablets (500mg per tablet) of chlorella a day. The dose of course also depends on age and body weight. After three months instead of Chlorella use Spirulina or even better Clean Greens (Pukka) for a month or two and then come back to Chlorella.
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