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Travel Tips for Thyroid Patients

Monday April 21, 2014
Are you traveling this spring? Spring break? Vacationing? Business trips? Jumping on a plane? Taking a cruise? Road-tripping? No matter how or why you're traveling, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure that, as a thyroid patient, you have a healthy, enjoyable trip.

I've put together this list of travel tips -- and a few warnings and "don'ts" -- for example: Why you should never drink the coffee on an airplane!

Read Travel Tips for Thyroid Patients now.

And please let me know in the comments if you have other hints or ideas that have worked for you!

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Does It Matter How We Talk About Our Thyroid Disease and Health?

Thursday April 10, 2014
I often hear patients say "I'm a hypo," or I'm a Hashi's" -- suggesting that they are closely identifying with the disease. Or "I'm a hyperthyroidism sufferer," or "I'll never lose a pound." Does it matter how we talk about our thyroid and health issues? Experts say that how we talk can have positive or negative effects on our mood, attitude, and even our health and healing.

In this article, take a look at the role of positive thinking and self-talk for thyroid patients.

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Adrenal Fatigue / Adrenal Exhaustion and the Thyroid

Tuesday April 8, 2014
One common condition that frequently accompanies thyroid problems is adrenal exhaustion, also known as adrenal fatigue, or adrenal insufficiency. Learn more about the adrenal glands, and the signs that they are not functioning.

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The Adrenal Fatigue Controversy

Tuesday April 8, 2014
The issue of adrenal fatigue/adrenal insufficiency is a controversial one. Here are some articles looking at the clash between the conventional and integrative medical worlds are having over the existence of adrenal fatigue.

Hormone Foundation and Endocrine Society Make Controversial Claim: Adrenal Fatigue Does Not Exist -- Back in 2010, the Hormone Foundation and Endocrine Society made a controversial claim: adrenal fatigue does not exist. Many physicians do not agree. Find out more about this controversy now.

The Scientific Validity of Adrenal Fatigue and Mild Adrenal Insufficiency - Part 1 / Part 2 -- Dr. Richard Shames addresses the Endocrine Society's controversial claims that adrenal fatigue does not exist, and provides the integrative perspective, along with evidence to support a diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency.

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Coping With Fatigue, Stress, and Adrenal Burnout: Mind-Body Advice from Dr. Jan Nicholson

Monday April 7, 2014
Dr. Jan Nicholson, an integrative clinical psychologist in the Washington, DC area, brings innovative mind-body approaches to her therapeutic work. I had an opportunity to interview her regarding her insightful mind-body recommendations on fatigue, stress and adrenal burnout that some thyroid patients experience, even after treatment. Read her fascinating Q&A now.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Hyperthyroidism

Wednesday April 2, 2014
Researchers in China looked at whether Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was effective to treat the hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) caused by the autoimmune condition known as Graves' disease.

In this article, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the researchers shared the case of a 33-year-old woman suffering from heart palpitations, fatigue, weight loss, as a result of Graves' disease. She was prescribed antithyroid drugs, but as is the case in a small percentage of patients, developed hives and itching in response to the antithyroid medication.

Using TCM remedies Jia Wei Xiao Yao San, Xia Ku Cao, Bei Mu, and oyster shell over a three year period, the research reported that her symptoms subsided and thyroid function level returned to normal range. Three years after stopping TCM treatment, her thyroid remained "euthyroid," (in the normal range.) The researchers reported no complications or side effects.

They concluded that "TCM is an effective and alternative option for hyperthyroidism induced by Graves' disease, especially for patients who have an allergic reaction caused by [antithyroid drugs].

Note for Patients: while this is a promising report, it is far from conclusive as to the success of TCM for Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism. There are already studies that have shown that a subset of Graves'/hyperthyroidism patients who use antithyroid drugs -- without the use of TCM -- will go into remission of their disease.

Hopefully, at some point, a larger, more definitive study can be conducted. There are challenges to studying this issue conclusively. Double-blind, placebo-controlled and cross-over studies are considered to be the most conclusive, but they require a control group that does not receive the active treatment. And failing to provide any treatment for active hyperthyroidism can put a patient at risk of a sometimes fatal "thyroid storm."


Cheng-Chieh Chang, et. al. "Is Traditional Chinese Medicine Effective for Reducing Hyperthyroidism?" The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. November 2010, 16(11): 1217-1220. doi:10.1089/acm.2010.0114. Abstract

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Vitamin B1 May Help Fatigue in Thyroid Patients with Hashimoto's Disease

Sunday March 30, 2014
New research has shown that larger doses of supplemental thiamine -- sometimes spelled thiamin, and known more familiarly as vitamin B1 -- can help resolve the fatigue that continues in Hashimoto's patients, even after treatment with thyroid hormone replacement medication. Learn more about this exciting new development now.

Thiamine - Vitamin B1 - Fatigue, and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

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March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month: Do You Know Your Family AQ?

Wednesday March 26, 2014
Many millions of Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases, but many people don't realize that they are at risk of an autoimmune disease. As part of their March Autoimmune Awareness Month efforts, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) has put together a PDF handout that talks about your AQ, and autoimmune disease information.

Download your free copy now (PDF).

10 Things Thyroid Patients Should Know About Thyroid Doctors and Endocrinologists

Wednesday March 26, 2014
As a thyroid patient, one of the most important parts of your care is finding and working with the right doctor. Here are ten things that thyroid patients need to know about thyroid doctors, endocrinologists, and other practitioners you choose to care for your thyroid health.

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Waiting Time for Doctors Increases

Wednesday March 26, 2014
It looks like many of us are sitting around more than usual in waiting rooms at our doctors' offices.

Here's a new study from Vitals.com that talks about the new typical waiting time for doctors, nationally, and by region.

How long do YOU have to wait for your doctor, on average? Share your thoughts in the poll, or the comments.

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