By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2021 18 Comments
    Is There a Way to Calm Hyperthyroidism?

    Underactive thyroid function is incredibly common. The government says 4.6% of the population experience hypothyroidism. We suspect it might be substantially higher. That’s because over 20 million …

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2020 3 Comments
    Will Iodine on Nails Upset Thyroid Function?

    Iodine is not a glamorous mineral, even though it is essential. Your body cannot make thyroid hormones without iodine. In addition, this mineral may also be critical for mounting a normal immune respo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2020 4 Comments
    Do You Need T3 as Well as T4 for Your Thyroid Pr…

    You may never have thought much about your thyroid gland. Unlike your heart or your intestines, it's inconspicuous. Its effect on your body is profound, but symptoms of your thyroid problem may be non…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2020 1 Comments
    How to Test Your Thyroid During a Pandemic

    COVID-19 has made it hard to visit a doctor. Getting blood drawn for a lab analysis is also difficult. How can you test your thyroid to find out what’s happening while you are stuck at home? Some st…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2020 23 Comments
    Beware of Biotin Interfering With Thyroid Tests

    It's alarming to get a laboratory test result that shows a serious problem. Learning later that the test might have given a false reading is also frustrating. One reader discovered that you should bew…

    By: Joe Graedon February 3, 2020 5 Comments
    When Levothyroxine Doesn’t Do the Job After Gr…

    People who develop Graves’ disease  because of an autoimmune disorder make too much thyroid hormone. This is diagnosed as hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include: hand or finger tremors, anxiety, wei…

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2019 15 Comments
    What Are the Pros and Cons of Biotin for Strong …

    Biotin is a naturally occurring vitamin found in foods such as beef liver, eggs, salmon or pork. Some plants are also good sources of biotin, although levels are lower in sunflower seeds, sweet potato…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2019 3 Comments
    Radioactive Iodine for Hyperthyroidism Increases…

    A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine (July 1, 2019) has linked exposure to radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism to a 6 percent increased risk of death for all solid cancers and a 12 percent increas…

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2019 1 Comments
    When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Lit…

    An overactive thyroid gland that pumps out too much thyroid hormone can be extremely uncomfortable or even dangerous. When this condition is caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, it…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2019 8 Comments
    Is the Salt in Prepared Foods Iodized?

    Iodine is essential for thyroid function, which is why many countries add iodine to their salt. Much, but not all, of the salt sold in the supermarket for home use is iodized. But what about the salt …

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 23 Comments
    Show 1162: How to Treat Common Thyroid Problems

    The thyroid gland on your neck is not very big, but it is super important. It secretes hormones that control the activity of every cell in your body. Consequently, the thyroid regulates your metabolis…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2018 17 Comments
    Iodine for Scans Triggers Hyperthyroidism

    Americans undergo an enormous number of scans each year. It is estimated that over 80 million CT scans are performed annually. That doesn’t include other scans such as coronary angiography, arthrogr…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2018 26 Comments
    Do You Want a Natural Thyroid Treatment?

    Thyroid problems are far more common than you might guess. Pharmacists dispense approximately 120 million prescriptions each year for levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid). People wh…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2017 5 Comments
    Why Lower Your Blood Pressure If It Was Measured…

    New guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology mean that about half of all Americans will be classified as hypertensive. Prior to this decree, the CDC stated…

    By: Terry Graedon August 3, 2017 4 Comments
    How Do Phthalates Affect Hormones?

    A few weeks ago researchers reported that many packaged mac and cheese products contained detectable levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals called phthalates. These compounds are generally used …

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2016 14 Comments
    Why Should You Order Your Own Blood Tests?

    Do you know what your vitamin levels are? What about Vitamin B12 in particular? How about thyroid status? Why not order your own blood tests so you can have data on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), …

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2013 3 Comments
    Misdiagnosis of Hyperactive Thyroid

    Q. I was misdiagnosed for five years and it nearly cost me my life. I was eventually told I had Parkinson's disease and referred to a neurologist. During the neurological exam, I was asked if I had ev…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 40 Comments
    How Does Coffee Affect Thyroid Medicine?

    Q. I was alarmed to hear about the interaction of coffee and levothyroxine. I take this medication daily "upon rising" as my doctor instructed me. I usually have a cup of coffee after 30 or 45 minutes…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2009 60 Comments
    Kelp Supplement Corrected Thyroid Problem But Be…

    Thyroid dysfunction is common, so common, in fact, that Synthroid is the most prescribed drug in the country. That is a synthetic thyroid hormone, levothyroxine. But while many people take Synthroid o…