For those with autoimmune disorders, pills and radiation aren't the only answer

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  • Val Collins Goshen, IN
    April 14, 2015 6:19 a.m.

    As a Graves disease advocate for 15 years now, I am going to bet that the dose of anti-thyroid medications given to this person were way too high. Another major therapy mistake is that many doctors are told to gauge therapy via the TSH hormone levels. But the problem is that the TSH doesn't register correcly in people with Graves. Researchers have discovered that the autoimmune antibodies will interfere with the TSH release.
    So you can only gauge therapy by watching the T4 and T3 (thyroid) levels only, ignoring TSH until after remission.
    If a doctor uses the TSH to guide therapy, he will continue to give larger and larger doses, under the false assumption that the patient is not responding. It's during that time that 99% of the "liver damage" occurs.
    I wish I could do a TED talk to get doctors who are treating Graves disease to stop this.
    By using a very low dose, my son and I both are in remission from Graves and we had not a single side effect. After 4 years on therapy, we have both been in remission long term -- me for 5 years and my son for 9 years.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    April 12, 2015 7:44 a.m.

    This is a very interesting and potentially helpful article. Removing toxins from the body, as recommended in a part of the piece, in itself would imo involve rejecting the "magic pill" syndrome, you know wonder pills with their "side effects" which require other pills which in turn require still other pills. Before long your medicine cabinet is full, you are full of side effects and feel like you would rattle on a windy day. Healing foods are healthy of course which seems to annoy some people.