OOPS. THIS GAL’S DOCTOR WAS A BIT CLUELESS…
Look carefully at the photo to the left. You will see the actual outline of this woman’s thyroid. It’s obvious. It’s swollen. A swollen thyroid is called a goiter, and can be due to an autoimmune attack of the thyroid called Hashimotos, aka thyroiditis.
Yet, this woman’s doctor insisted she just had a throat infection, gave her penicillin for 12 days, and the outcome? It’s still inflamed and sore. Jeez, doctor!! WHAT were you thinking! She states: I always feel something pressing down on my neck and food gets stuck and then I’m having a chocking session. CLEAR thyroiditis and a blind doctor!
Thanks to this gal’s participation in the Stop the Thyroid Madness Facebook groups, she knows the truth, is empowered, and is going to try and get the RIGHT labs and treatment this time! Her biggest challenge is where she lives–the UK with a very dark- ages medical system that worships T4-only and doesn’t get the efficacy of Natural Desiccated Thyroid. It’s not a pretty picture in the United Kingdom or a lot of European countries if you have thyroid disease.
VITAMIN D–DON’T DISMISS THIS IMPORTANT VITAMIN FOR YOUR THYROID HEALTH!
Vitamin D is considered a steroid plus a prohormone, i.e. it’s not yet a hormone, but has affects on real ones. And your body can get it from sunshine exposure, or you can supplement with it. Why is it a great vitamin? It helps balance out your calcium levels and bone density, can help lower stress and blood pressure, and promotes a good immune system.
Vitamin D is found in two forms: cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) which is made via skin exposure to sunlight, or ergocalciferol (vitamin D2). D3 is the natural form and why it’s often preferred for supplementation over D2. After vitamin D3 is formed in your skin or taken as a supplement, it is then metabolized into two different substances: 1) 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), known as calcidiol and your storage Vitamin D, and 2) 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D3), known as calcitriol. The former is the Vitamin D you measure via blood. Good information on both can be found in the abstract here.
So why bring it up? First, it’s important for your thyroid, i.e. it has to be in sufficient amounts for thyroid hormones to work in your cells. And second, a huge body of thyroid patients find themselves with low levels of this important vitamin! How to raise it? It can take 10,000 IU’s of D3 daily. Some doctors even prescribe more and sometimes once a week in these very high amounts. Add an acid to the drink you use to swallow your Vit. D–like one tablespoon Braggs Apple Cider vinegar, or lemon juice. It will promote better absorption.
SHE ELIMINATED 64 SYMPTOMS THANKS TO NDT AND TREATING HER LOW CORTISOL!!
Next time you hear that NDT is not good, think twice. Her name is Mary, and you should check out the 64 symptoms she eliminated thanks to NDT, here. You will see that she’s still working on a few more, but the difference is stunning!
A TESTIMONY FROM A COLLEGE STUDENT OF HOW NDT CHANGED HIS LIFE AFTER THYROID CANCER (even more than being on T4 with T3!)
I’m a male college student and in 2008 I was diagnosed w/ thyroid cancer. Cancer aside, I was placed on Cytomel followed by Synthroid. When I asked my doctors for natural options they said there were no such meds. For four years I was a prisoner in my own body. I had rapid mood swings, I was always cold, had a lack of energy and worst of all dry skin. The dry skin became so bad that I started to develop cystic acne covering my entire back and many on my face–I had no confidence and work out 5x a week yet I was scared to take off my shirt. I knew that there had to be a solution being that I didn’t have any of these symptoms prior to getting my thyroid removed so I began to research. This website, Stop the Thyroid Madness, got me in the right direction as far as understanding the role o f T3 and T4. After many lies, and doctors who denied to write for Armour or Naturethroid, I finally found a woman who knew about the “madness”. I have only been on Naturethroid for one month and my TSH, T3 and T4 levels may be off but I feel like the old me again! I have energy, I have steady moods, I have less brain fog and my skin is finally producing oil again and my acne is almost cleared 100%! Thanks for your work your site had changed my life for the better!
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5 Responses to “Check out this photo, about Vitamin D, 64 symptoms removed, and life after thyroid cancer~”
Hi, I’m one of the people who live in dark age Britain.The photo of this girls neck looks like mine did before Docs removed most of my thyroid because cancer was suspected,then after surgery i was informed that i would be happy to know there was nothing wrong with the glands which were removed, They were in perfect working order. Can i suggest taking kelp tablets or iodine (Iodoral) available on amazon.
my reason for suggesting this? I was given an Iodine injection a few days before my Op and the lump on my throat shrank significantly
and i didn’t suffer from coughing/chocking for a few days.unfortunately this didn’t register with me until too late. Hope this helps.
good health to you all, and thanks for a very informative and helpful site/book Janie.
(I have given several of your books to friends who have thyroid problems)Dave.
Hi there – I’m not a doctor, just another thyroid patient doing a lot of research on my own various symptoms. This might help explain your situation… I recently came across this information in a book called “Drug Muggers” by Dr. Suzy Cohen, RPh (pharmacist).
Apparently all thyroid medications depress iron levels in the body, even Armour. This has to do with the metabolism of the iodine – which requires iron and therefore uses up more of your IRON stores. This, in turn, lowers your iron levels, causing many symptoms of iron deficiency anemia like hair loss (which I currently have) and symptoms such as burning tongue and throat (which has puzzled me for years!!!).
Since you just had another scan where they flooded your body with iodine, this might have tipped your iron balance, causing your burning tongue. You could try increasing iron-contaning foods for a while or using a mild iron supplement. If this persists, though, I suggest getting a full anemia panel blood test done. Good luck!
Please tell me all you know about burning mouth/tongue. I have had this along with an extremely dry mouth. I cant get any answers or help. This condition is very debilitating. It has been going on for yearsi have Hashish and I take armour. Thank you.
(Try this: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/burning-mouth-syndrome.html)
Had stage I thyroid cancer, thyroid removed, ablation, radioactive iodine scan done one year later and was all clear. Had another this year (last week) and doctor called saying that my neck showed signs of tissue, possibly cancer again. Since having my last scan on Fri. I have developed a burning tongue and raw feeling in my throat. I’m thinking that it’s the result of the test but not sure. Anyone had this happen to them?
(From Janie: Also join the Without A Thyroid Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/STTMWithoutAThyroid/)
How much calcium would you need to take with 10,000 IU of Vitamin D? Thank you for this post..it has helped me immensely:)