This post is originally from Lynda on 12/6/01. I thought I'd start a new thread to get greater feedback:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>What are your thoughts on the role nutrition plays and what other holistic treatments have you or anyone else here looked into. At this point since I have such a wait, I thought I would take the time to really look into alternative treatments. Can't hurt!
Hi Lynda. I'm a huge fan of holistic therapies. I see an Acupuncturist (who is also a Chinese herbalist) regularly, and a Chiropractor/Homeopath as needed.
I opted to have a total thyroidectomy to treat my thyroid cancer because I come from a family of physicians who were extremely nervous that I was considering holistic methods instead of surgery. I knew that their uncertainty could affect my ability to heal myself, so I was practical. However, my acupuncturist has treated cancerous and non-cancerous nodules and was quite certain he would be able to help.
I continued to see my acupuncturist (needles and herbs) and chiropractor (glandular balancing and homeopathy) before, during, and after my surgery. And I strongly recommend using alternative medicine as supplemental care. I am quite certain that the care I received was instrumental in how quickly I healed.
Please note that I'm not recommending that people with cancer use alternative therapies without seeking the advice of a western physician. Or that those who need thyroid meds forego their prescriptions and instead seek nutritional options. I realize that this is a sensitive subject. There are commercial websites that promote the use of certain supplements to "cure" thyroiditis, hypothyroid, and hyperthyroid conditions. Many of these supplements include high doses of iodine, and I do not know if this could actually be harmful. But there are certainly nutritional and herbal supplements that can be helpful.
My best recommendation is to consult a trained nutritionist, herbalist, or other practitioner regarding supplements that sound applicable to your condition. What works for one of us may not work for others.
This link came to my e mail just today.... Talks about alternative methods of treatment vs. RAI... <A HREF="http://thyroid.about.com/library/books/aafprgravesbook.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://thyroid.about.com/library/books/aafprgravesbook.htm</A>
Since you are bringing up "holistic" whole body approaches, don't overlook nutrition... Make sure you are eating the right things and are not eating the wrong things. There is a list of foods to avoid in the "Information Archive" (http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html) and the book, 'Solved: The Riddle of Illness' has advice on how to eat properly to nourish your thyroid.
Meep!! I was hoping you'd post in on this one. You seem to have the most knowledge about nutritional supplements, and I truly believe this can help support (or even help resolve in mild cases) thyroid problems.
Thanks Meep! Now that I know where I am as far as blood tests go, I am going back to re read the archive again!
I did call the endo today and let them know that I have been having palpatations and not sleeping at all, but they have not called me back..... yawn!