About twelve weeks ago my Personal Assistant (Linzi) came into my office for a stapler. I noticed that her left eye seemed unusually larger than her right. My instinct was that her right eye had something wrong with it. I’ll let her take up the story.
“I had an opticians appointment that afternoon and my optician quickly pointed out that an enlarged eye was often the symptom of a thyroid problem. We had had no idea. That day I made an appointment with an endocrinologist and a week later she confirmed it. I had Graves Disease. I’d never heard of that either. I was told that the only effective treatment was either surgery for removal of my thyroid, or radio-active iodine to kill it completely. Whoa. Straight in at the deep end. And I went home with a medication called Carbimazole, which I started to take until I could get my head around the whole thing.
Graves disease is almost always a condition where the thyroid actually is HYPER, or is working way too hard. It’s an auto-immune disease. I had lost a lot of weight and my heart rate was almost ALWAYS 100+. I’d noticed the palpitations at times but had never put two and two together.
As most of you know, Trevor works very closely with Andrew Saul. Andrew doesn’t do house calls or consulting of any kind any more, but I had met Andrew previously and Trevor offered to ask his advice. He recommended several vitamins and supplements.
We also scoured the books on Amazon, bought several, downloaded even more, consulted Alan Gaby’s wonderful BOOK on nutrition and bought a stack of supplements as a result. I ended up on regular doses of Vitamin C, Niacin, CoQ10, a B50, turmeric, cinnamon, magnesium, L-carnitine, Fish Oil, a multi vitamin, a pro-biotic, and selenium. Yes, it’s a lot. And I also take Lugol’s iodine daily. Last year we had produced an event alongside Dr. David Brownstein, so I was aware of his teachings on thyroid. This book was immensely helpful.
(I’m aware there are different opinions on Iodine for Graves. On the balance of my research, I went with it)
I read a lot about Aspartame and its dreadful effect on the thyroid, so all artificially sweetened products had to go, including my occasional Coke Zero. Caffeine went as well as it increases heart rate.
Because of the elevated heart rate, my endocrinologist prescribed a Beta-Blocker. I wasn’t happy taking that, so thanks to another round of research, I decided to go with Bugleweed and Motherwort instead. (see HERE for details)
I also started taking nightly baths in epsom salts for greater magnesium absorption (thanks to Andrew Saul). They were a key factor in getting my heart rate reduced. Often after the baths my heart rate would be reduced by 20+ beats per minute as opposed to beforehand.
I’ve continued on that regimen to this day. But another totally key discovery was this interview between Dr Joe Mercola and Dr Jonathon Wright. Watch it for yourself.
Dr Wright talks about Lithium and it’s beneficial (and very fast working) effect on the HYPER-thyroid state. I started taking Lithium immediately and within a week my heart rate at resting is normally in the mid-70’s range. An amazing improvement. My endocrinologist is totally freaked out by my taking Lithium and I don’t recommend anyone start taking it without medical advice. I can only tell you that it seems to have helped me enormously.
I’m slowly tapering myself off the medication, as well as the lithium. I know many people take the Lithium for many years to help with bi-polar issues, other people say that any prolonged use can be harmful and frankly, I don’t yet know. So I’ve reduced the daily dose of it slightly as well.
My heart rate is stable, my T4 levels are down from 45 at their worst to 25 right now. The journey continues and I intend to stay on the supplements until everything is clearly settled. The initial choice presented to me of surgery or the destruction of my thyroid seems ludicrous right now. But we will see in due course.
What I DID find in all my scouring of Amazon for thyroid books were a huge number of people writing reviews and saying how they wished they had found this information BEFORE they had surgery. Surgery which ultimately greatly reduced their quality of life.
I hope my journey can help any of you who are faced with similar issues. I’m not making any claims for anything that I’ve done, except that I know it SEEMS to be working for me. There ARE alternatives to the cut and burn methods that the medical system would have us embrace. I encourage you to search them out.”
There is an excellent free event called the Thyroid Summit coming up and I would also recommend you check that out as well.