Goiter is a condition that is characterized by an enlargement of the thyroid gland. In people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease it is usually caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormone, although it can also be caused by a malignancy, or an iodine deficiency. The typical goiter treatment consists of treating the hyperthyroid condition through anti-thyroid drugs or radioactive iodine. In some severe cases surgery is required, especially if the person has an obstruction that is causing difficulty in swallowing and/or breathing.
When goiter is caused by an excess production of thyroid hormone, or an iodine deficiency, then it’s possible to cure goiter through a natural treatment protocol. In order to cure goiter there are essentially three different steps you will need to take:
1. See a competent holistic doctor. The first step you should take to cure goiter naturally is to consult with a competent natural endocrine doctor. It might be tempting to self-treat your condition, but for optimal results you will want to speak with an expert. Just visiting your local health food store and taking nutritional supplements and herbs most likely won’t cure your condition, and might actually make things worse.
On the other hand, a good natural endocrine doctor will be able to determine the underlying cause of what’s causing your goiter. If it is due to hyperthyroidism, then they will recommend a natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol to help restore your thyroid health back to normal. Even though most endocrinologists label hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease as being incurable, many people with these conditions can have their health restored back to normal through natural treatment methods.
I’m a good example of this, as I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, and did not take any prescription drugs and didn’t receive RAI. Instead I followed a natural treatment protocol, and although it did take some commitment on my part, I was successful in restoring my health back to normal. I had a mild case of goiter, as I had some difficulty swallowing, and this too was resolved when following the protocol.
2. Find out the underlying cause of the condition. As I mentioned briefly above, a competent holistic doctor will find the cause of the condition, rather than just manage the symptoms. In the case of hyperthyroidism, rarely is the malfunctioning thyroid gland the actual cause of the disorder. This is why just treating the thyroid gland itself won’t provide any type of cure. Most of the time, other areas of the body are responsible for the hyperthyroid condition.
As an example, many people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease have weak adrenal glands. Weak adrenal glands can ultimately lead to the development of a thyroid condition. This more commonly leads to hypothyroidism, but it can also lead to the development of a hyperthyroid condition. When I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, through an Adrenal Stress Index test it was revealed that I had weak adrenal glands. Graves’ Disease is of course an autoimmune condition, and weak adrenal glands can affect immunity. So it’s quite possible that the problem with my adrenal glands compromised my immune system, which in turn led to the development of Graves’ Disease.
Obviously there is no way to prove that my weakened adrenal glands were what ultimately led to the development of Graves’ Disease. But if someone with hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease has this condition due to weak adrenal glands, I can say with certainty that it will be almost impossible to cure the condition without addressing the adrenal problem. The same concept applies to other areas of the body, as if the sex hormones and/or immune system is responsible for the hyperthyroid condition, these areas must be addressed in order to have a chance of restoring the person’s health back to normal.
I also mentioned how an iodine deficiency can cause goiter. One of the best methods of determining whether someone is deficient in iodine is through an iodine loading test. This is a urine test that measures how much iodine is excreted over a 24-hour period. The person takes a 50mg tablet of an iodide/iodine supplement called Iodoral, and if they don’t excrete a certain amount of iodine within a 24-hour period then they are iodine deficient. There is also a test called the Iodine Patch Test which can be used, but it’s not as accurate of a test.
3. Follow a natural treatment protocol. Once a cause for your condition has been determined, the natural endocrine doctor will design an individualized natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol for you to follow to help cure the goiter. This will usually consist of modifying certain lifestyle factors, most likely will involve taking certain nutritional supplements and/or herbs, and may involve other factors as well.
As I mentioned above, the overall goal of any natural treatment protocol will be to cure the underlying cause of the problem. While symptom management is important, a cure is of course even better. And while not everyone is an ideal candidate to have their health restored back to normal through a natural treatment protocol, many people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease can benefit from natural treatment methods.
In summary, there are a few different treatment options when it comes to goiter, and part of this depends on the actual cause of the condition. While conventional medical treatment might be necessary in some cases, a natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol might be able to offer a permanent cure for goiter in people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease.