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Homeschooling Mom of 5 dds
Planning my fifth natural birth using Hypnobabies for baby boy coming in June 2012!
Not to be argumentative, but it is true that the ONLY cause for thyroid problems is an iodine insufficiency. There are others, not common, but still need to be investigated and r/o. For example, I have a pituitary tumor which is actually pretty common, thought to be up to 1/5 of the population, yet without the "traditional" symptoms, it's often overlooked. It can't even be seen on a brain MRI without the contrast and pituitary slices. Yet, it most definitely causes thyroid problems, problems in the pituitary gland will result in problems in the thyroid gland.
Other causes: trauma (ANY damage to the brain can also damage the pituitary tumor or hypothalamus, even "white matter changes" can be significant depending on where they are, car accidents with whiplash or hitting your head can be a cause, as can any event that led to a concussion), thyroid tumors or cysts, MEN's, even some other obsure diseases like ehlers danlos syndrome, a genetic disease, and a bunch of others, which is when you get problems with multiple tumors in the endocrine system, Sheehan's syndrome, which is when you have excessive bleeding at birth, addisons disease, adrenal tumors (again, not common, but much more common than previously thought), starvation, and a bunch of others.
I developed hashimotos and other autoimmune disease years ago but no one thought to even look at my brain or pituitary tumor until I began sleeping poorly. A sleep study showed my brain woke itself up (even though I also have restless legs, thought sometimes to be caused by a nutritional deficiency, now the gene is close to being isolated and I already know I have it through gene testing!) 116 times in 6 hours! This led to the discovery of the tumor. A few weeks later I began to get so sleepy I couldn't function, which led to hospitalization and discovery of "secondary adrenal insufficiency". Now, the thought is I might have both adrenal insufficiency/fatigue alternating with cushings disease, but it's hard to find a good doctor that I can afford and get to without extensive traveling!
The best site for thyroid problems is stopthethryoidmadness.org (or com, can't remember).
the best site for adrenal fatigue is Dr. Wilson? now, all of a sudden I can't remember his name, but he wrote a book, has a problem with supplements, which I am going to try as soon as my husband gets paid. I'll have to fight the book....
There is hope and recovery involves nutrition, supplements, extensive testing, exercise, and a lifestyle change. I have had to make hard changes in my life to try to not stress the adrenals, being a mom of 5 and a homebirth midwife means I feel stressed most of the time! I'm not doing all I should, seems that when you are tired all the time what might seem easy on paper, like good nutrition, taking a walk daily, enough sleep, just doesn't get done...
Do you have any references about pituitary tumors being caused by lack of iodide? I would guess that tumors that arise during the fetal development stage are from our parents being iodide deficient?
The pituitary rates are the same in all countries, not just the US. I don't know how much iodide is in other countries, but I would think countries that eat alot of sea food would have better iodide rates? Yes, even in those countries the rate of pituitary tumors remains constant.
If you have some references that would be great. I am in school and basically just doing project and reports. I will be doing a powerpoint on pituitary tumors and treatment so any references would be great. There are two kinds of pit tumors, one arises from actual brain tissue and the other is pituitary tissue. Do you have any references that supplementation can shrink tumors?
Also, do you have any references or information on cushings disease and iodide? That's a big problem for people with pit tumors and one that can easily be monitored after taking supplements, either blood or saliva. Thanks!
Thanks for all the info, can you pm me your site? Is that allowed? All of this info will help with my power point!
Also, what kind of iodide supplementation do you recommend? I'm sure they all aren't the same as with any supplementation...I would be more than willing to try it and avoid surgery if possible..