My husband has graves disease. His thyroid is up again and his eyes are sore and very red. What would you recommend. I have been told iodine and lithium in small doses have been beneficial. What do you think? We would like to stay a way from cordisone, if possible.
Graves disease means your husband’s immune system is attacking his thyroid gland. This may cause
- hyperthyroidism (high thyroid hormone),
- hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) or be
- euthyroid (normal thyroid hormone).
Iodine and lithium have been found to help reduce the autoimmine attack and stabilize the thyroid gland. Additionally, careful attention to the diet is critical, as sugars and processed foods interfere with the immune system.
Toxins may also interfere with the immune system, and need to be identified and removed as much as possible. As I don’t believe any of us can get all the nutrients we need from even the best of food, basic supplements like a potent multivitamin, essential fatty acids and vitamin D are also necessary.
Most of the patients I see that get on board with the complete program have negative thyroid antibody tests within 1 to 2 years.