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Alternative, Holistic and Complementary Thyroid Diagnosis & Treatment

There is a wealth of alternative, holistic and complementary medical approaches to diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions. Mary Shomon has put together this guide to holistic approaches, including non-traditional treatments, innovative diagnostic methods, herbal medicine, yoga, supplements, and more.
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My Favorite Mind-Body Tools for Thyroid Patients
A look at various mind-body and stress reduction approaches for thyroid patients.


An interview with One Light One Spirit founder and holistic teacher Demo DiMartile about his new audio guided meditation for women with thyroid disease, focuses on the mind-body connection.

Melatonin, Your Thyroid, and Hormones
Researchers suggest that melatonin is more than a sleep supplement, but can help with menopause, adrenal and thyroid hormone balance.

Your Favorite Mind-Body Approaches for Thyroid Patients
Thyroid patients share their own favorite ways to achieve the relaxation response, reduce stress, and achieve balance and healing.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Supplements May Speed Weight Loss
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Supplements May Speed Weight Loss / Important news of exciting results with this nutritional supplement promises hypothyroid patients a new tool in the effort to successfully diet, fight fat and lose weight, from Mary Shomon, Thyroid Guide, patient advocate and author of a bestselling author of the Thyroid Diet, and a number of books and guides on thyroid disease and autoimmune disease

The Role of Reverse T3 Testing in Thyroid Treatment
A look at the controversial role of measuring Reverse T3 - RT3, Reverse Triiodothyronine -- and how it is used by integrative physicians in diagnosing, treating and managing hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, as well as cellular hypothyroidism.

Losing Weight with Hypothyroidism
An Overview of Losing Weight with Hypothyroidism, from Mary Shomon, Thyroid Guide, patient advocate and author of New York Times best-selling book The Thyroid Diet, and the updated Thyroid Diet Revolution, as well as other books and guides on thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, hormones and weight loss.

A Naturopathic View on Thyroid and Hormone Balance
Kevin Passero, ND is a naturopathic physician in practice in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and Annapolis, Maryland, specializes in working with patients with thyroid and hormonal imbalances. He shares his thoughts about naturopathic medicine for thyroid and hormone diagnosis and treatment in this Q&A interview.

Review: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal
Mary Shomon reviews Dr. Datis Kharrazian's book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal, A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism. The book offers Dr. Kharrazian's theories on the causes of Hashimoto's and hyothyroidism, and recommended nutritional supplements and dietary...

The Link Between MTHFR Gene Mutations and Disease, Including Thyroid Health
MTHFR Gene Mutations and Polymorphisms Explored, Including the Link to Thyroid Health, with Dr. Ben Lynch, exert on methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, and founder of MTHFR.net

Hypothyroidism: A Holistic Perspective
A look at holistic approaches for hypothyroidism, including diet, soy, endocrine disruptors, supplements, yoga, guided mediation, and chiropractic care.

Guidelines for Iodine Nutrition Before, During and After Pregnancy
A look at iodine nutrition before, during and after pregnancy, based on the 2011 Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum.

The Role of Chiropractors in Thyroid Management
Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a nutritionally-oriented chiropractor, and author of the book "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal?", discusses his thoughts on the role of chiropractors in thyroid management, and some of the controversies in integrative and functional treatment of Hahshimoto's disease and hypothyroidism.

A Q&A with Integrative Physician David Borenstein, M.D.
A question and answer interview with physician David Borenstein, MD, who is a New York City -based integrative physician in private practice, specializing in thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, hormone balance, rehabilitative medicine, and hypothyroidism treatment, located in Manhattan.

The Integrative Medical Perspective on Chiropractic Thyroid Programs
Dr. David Borenstein, an integrative and functional medical doctor, looks at the claims being made by chiropractors who say they can provide drug-free thyroid treatment.

Chiropractors See Thyroid as Marketing Cash Cow
Chiropractors are offering free special reports, consultations and case reviews about thyroid disease, but thyroid patients need to be aware that there are limitations to what a chiropractor can do to diagnose and treat thyroid disease.

What is the Worst Advice You've Received From Health and Vitamin Stor…
It can be risky to take the advice of health food and vitamin store staff and clerks, when it comes to what supplements to take for your thyroid disease and related symptoms. Share your stories about the worst advice you've ever gotten from health and vitamin store staff and clerks.

Honest Medicine: New Book Looks at Overlooked But Effective Treatments
Patient advocate Julia Schopick discusses her book Honest Medicine, focusing on overlooked treatments, including the Ketogenic Diet for pediatric epilepsy; intravenous alpha lipoic acid for terminal liver disease and some cancers; Silverlon for non-healing wounds; and Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) for autoimmune thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto's...

Are You Letting the Clerk at the Health Food Store Be Your Doctor?
It can be risky to take the advice of health food and vitamin store staff and clerks, when it comes to what supplements to take for your thyroid disease and related symptoms. Find out why you need to be careful, and why iodine, selenium, and glandular supplements may not automatically be helpful to your thyroid condition.

Interviews with Integrative Therapist Dr. Jan Nicholson
Integrative clinical psychologist Jan Nicholson, EdD shares her thoughts about mind-body approaches to all aspects of health, including chronic disease, thyroid conditions, autoimmunity, and hormones, in this series of Q&A interviews conducted by Mary Shomon.

Coping With Fatigue, Stress, and Adrenal Burnout:
Jan Nicholson, EdD is an integrative clinical psychologist in Virginia who 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.

Difficulty Getting a Thyroid Diagnosis
Dr. Jan Nicholson, an integrative therapist, offers advice on how to cope emotionally and physically when it's difficult to get a proper thyroid diagnosis.

Coping with Thyroid Disease and Chronic Illness
Integrative therapist Dr. Jan Nicholson offers advice on how to take a mind-body approach to thyroid disease and chronic illness.

Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements for Thyroid Disease
A look at the best information available on vitamins and nutritional supplements for thyroid disease.

Can You Take a Mind-Body View of Thyroid Disease Without Blaming Yourself?
Dr. Jan Nicholson shares her thoughts about how to take a mind-body approach to thyroid disease without self-blame.

Top Online Sources of Potassium Iodide
If you are concerned about exposure after a nuclear accident or attack, you may want to have your own pesonal stockpile of potassium iodide. Where can you get this thyroid-protective drug online?

Interview: Andrea Schara, LSW, Managing Chronic Disease
An Interview with therapist Andrea Schara, talking about how to manage stress with chronic disease, and the particular emotional and family stresses of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

South American Medicinal Herbs for Hormones
Dr. Viana Muller discusses South American medicinal herbs from the rain forest and Andes, and their use in treating hormonal imbalances, thyroid, sex drive, weight loss, and more.

Yoga and Thyroid Disease
A review of the positive and healthy role yoga can play in thyroid disease, including the key yoga pose, the sarvangasan shoulder stand for thyroid health

Fats That Heal: Fats That Kill
Dr. Udo Erasmus, founder of the nutritional oil ""Udo's Oil," and an expert on the use of power of essential fatty acids has some advice for thyroid patients regarding the effects of essential fatty acids on thyroid hormone receptors, inflammation, weight loss, and what he views as the optimal diet for thyroid patients.

Writing Your Way to Wellness With Thyroid Disease
How writing about your health and stress can actually lead to better overall health, with outlets and resources to get you started feeling better right now!

Alternative Options for Thyroid Disease
Comprehensive coverage of alternative options for thyroid disease and hypothyroidism.

Mind-Body Wellness Resources
Mind-body techniques should be part of any thyroid patient's treatment, given our understanding of the relationship between stress and illness. Explore the resources to help you get mind and body in sync for optimal wellness.

Thyroid Diet/Nutrition Guide
A comprehensive guide that covers how thyroid patients can use diet and nutrition for maximum energy, better health, and particularly, for management of weight, or weight loss when needed.

Synthroid, Armour and Thyrolar Update
New Order Form for Armour & Thyrolar info, latest on the Synthroid lawsuit, Can you get Mad Cow disease from Armour, refrigerating Thyrolar, and more.

Get Iron to Beat Fatigue
If you're one of the millions of women who experience constant fatigue, an expert in women's and children'shealth says taking a simple quiz for iron deficiency could be the first step on the road to recovering your energy and vitality.

Being Healed Vs Being Cured: A Thyroid Patient's Perspective
When is it time to stop looking for the answers and cures to your physical problems and start focusing on healing? This article looks at healing: the one aspect of our health that patients can control.

Calcium Supplements & Thyroid Hormone Drugs
A reader writes that a life may have been saved by following some simple advice about how to take -- and not take -- calcium supplements when you're on thyroid hormone. Find out more now.

Yoga and Thyroid Disease
A review of the positive and healthy role yoga can play in thyroid disease, including the key yoga pose for thyroid health.

Healing at About / Healing.about.com
About's excellent "Healing" site covers all facets of healing and mind-body health.

Hypothyroidism, Armour Thyroid, Exercise, & Seaweed..."
Interview with Joseph Mercola, DO, a holistic physician, about the "Big Myth" of the TSH test, Armour thyroid, losing weight, soy, factors triggering hypothyroidism, the validity of "Wilson's Syndrome," and more.

T3 Drugs Improve Quality of Life!
Major groundbreaking research reported 2/11/99 in the New England Journal does complete about-face on current thyroid treatment! You CAN feel better this research shows how!

Armour, Vitamins and Other Alternative Approaches
Interview with holistic physician Carol Roberts, M.D., focusing on natural thyroid hormones and vitamins/supplements, plus the relationship between Type A personalities and thyroid problems.

Thyroid Top Doctors Directory
The ONLY state and country-specific directory of Top Doctors -- including many alternative practitioners -- for thyroid treatment.

Dear Dr: Why Do You Insist on Synthroid Vs. Armour?
A thyroid patient shares the eloquent letter she wrote her doctor when the doctor refused to prescribe Armour Thyroid, and instead insisted on prescribing Synthroid. A powerful letter that raises many unanswered questions!!

High Normal-Range TSH May Not be Normal
British Medical Journal article "Hypothyroidism: screening and subclinical disease," discussing how TSH levels above 2 may not be normal.

Wilson's Syndrome Foundation
Website for the controversial organization proposing body temperature as a diagnostic tool, and T3 drugs as treatment.

Broda Barnes Research Foundation
The foundation started by the doctor who diagnosed thyroid disease using basal body temperature

Alternative Treatments for Hypothyroidism FAQ's
Decent overview of various alternative treatments for hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism (Myxedema)
Good review of nutritional approaches, from HealthWorld.

H ealthy.Net's article on hyperthyroidism
Excellent article with an alternative, homeopathic perspective on treatments for thyroid disease.

Aromatherapy - Glandular System
Aromatherapy recommendations for thyroid and other glandular problems, from HealthWorld.

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