Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Treating Hashimoto's Disease

Monday, 02 Aug 2010 09:31 AM

Question: I have been on thyroid medication for about 10 years and would like to get off it with natural supplements. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease after the birth of my third child. I have never really felt the same since. Is there a book on how much iodine to take, and where to get it?


Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune, inflammatory problem of the thyroid gland. I explain more about this in my books, "Overcoming Thyroid Disorders, 2nd Edition" and "Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 4th Edition."

Hashimoto’s forms from low iodine coupled with nutritional imbalances. The treatment of Hashimoto’s involves nutrient therapies, including iodine, vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, and selenium.

The best results will be achieved by working with a holistic healthcare provider knowledgeable about iodine. I suggest going to www.acam.org to find a doctor near you. The first step in the treatment plan is to have your iodine levels checked.



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