Hello, my raw friends!
My mother is suffering from hypothyroidism and the doctor wants her to start taking pills;-( I think that she could benefit way more from the raw food diet. Please, advise on what foods could be beneficial for her condition. Kelp? (in what doses, powder or pills, etc.) Extra virgin coconut oil? (daily dose, food combination, etc). Anybody who has suffered and cured themselves of this ugly body disfunction, Please guide me and my beautiful mom through this journey. Thank you all!
Both of the foods you mention are good, as are brazil nuts (for the selenium). I take Modifilan (raw, brown seaweed extract), but edible forms may work as well. I also east wakame, arame, nori and dulse. I recently posted an article on EVCO and thyroid. It had some good information about why it helps.
Yeah these are all great suggestions.
You can also do clay packs on the neck to draw out toxins from the thyroid. Positively charged(maybe negatively charged, I forget which) toxins are often drawn into the thyroid and cause a lot of trouble
i’ve heard recently that accupuncture is a good alternative to traditional meds for hypothyroidism. i have hypothyroid as well as type 1 diabetes. i’m currently not medicated for the thyroid condition, considering alternatives, which is part of the reason i’ve gone raw. there is no cure for it, and it can be a pretty miserable existence if its a bad enough case of it. severe depression, weight gain, and many more
symptoms. i have read that many people do better on the natural dessicated thyroid—which is derived from pig thyroid, its what was used before the synthetics came out. check out the website called stopthethyroidmadness.com. its everything you ever wanted to know from alot of people who have been dealing with it for a long time. i will do a post once i’ve been raw a bit longer to let everyone know if my symptoms are alleviated by going raw.
Hi I hope your mom finds something that works. I have heard\read about quite a few remedys for hypothyroidism. What is most important to me is have the Dr.’s isolated the primary reason for your moms symptoms. Is is autoimmune, pituitary based or thyroid only? If it is a case of a slight disturbance in your moms t3 levels versus a more severe form of course there may be different routes of action you should take. I don’t think diet is the ultimate solution if she has a severe form, but it can definately help her to stay away from foods that inhibit the functioning of the thyroid. Here is some information regarding this and the source if you’d like to look into it further from this standpoint. Pages 32-35 http://content.cdlib.org/xtf/view?docId=ft2d5nb…
Absorption is affected by thiocyanate, a substance produced either in the liver or intestine during the course of digesting foods from three plant families. Cassava is of the Euphorbiaceae (formerly Manihot) family, a starchy root widely consumed in the developing world. Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, rape seed, kale, collards, and turnips are of the Brassica family, and radish, cress, and mustard are members of the related Crucifera. Foods from these botanical groups are widely consumed in Europe and the temperate parts of the world, sometimes as garnishes and often as daily fare.
Thiocyanate produced by these goitrogenous foods preempts the sites on fatty acids to which iodine ordinarily binds for its passage through the intestinal membranes. Thiocyanate thus impedes the passage of iodine into the circulation and promotes its loss through feces. This loss is insignificant where iodine is abundant, but where it is scarce, thiocyanate slows down hormone production.
Goitrins, another form of goitrogen, interfere with the coupling of MIT and DIT molecules. They too may be derived from cruciferous plants, more from turnips than from cabbage, becoming goitrins only in the presence of certain intestinal parasites that arise locally. They may also, as in one well-known case, be derived from volatile compounds of geologic origin. Where because of the prohibitive cost of fuel, only the richer segment of the population boiled its water, driving off these volatile compounds, only the poor became goitrous (Gait’án 1974). Goitrins like these pique the curiosity but play an insignificant role in the global distribution of endemic goiter and cretinism and contribute little to understanding the obstacles to prophylaxis.
Finally, there are mineral goitrogens that, absorbed through drinking water and passed into the bloodstream, act to bind iodine, thus making it less available for organification. The best-known mineral goitrogens are produced in groundwater flowing over bedrock of limestone, where minerals such as calcium and fluorine dissolve out of the rock, enter the water supply, and are ingested with drinking water. Mineral goitrogens like these are characteristic of the central Asturias and of the historical goiter belt of the American Midwest.