July 19, 2012
From the brief information you provided about your daughter, it appears she was suffering from Grave’s Disease. Grave’s Disease is an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks the thyroid and causes it to be over active. If left unchecked the patient can suffer from what is known as a “thyroid storm” and can even die. The thyroid is either removed or destroyed via radioactive iodine therapy. The patient is then placed on synthetic thyroid medication to replace the now missing thyroid hormone. Since autoimmune diseases often involve fungal overgrowth, I agree with Vicki that your daughter should follow the anti-fungal food choices list and the anti-fungal rotation to address her fungal overgrowth. Vicki’s Vitamin D recommendation is also appropriate.
It is important for you and your daughter to understand what is now occurring with her loss of energy and current weight gain. When patients with Grave’s Disease are put on synthetic thyroid hormone, they often suffer from fatigue. Synthroid is not the same as our natural thyroid hormone. Most patients who are placed on Synthroid also gain significant weight. Your daughter’s cravings for coffee, chocolate, and sweets may be because they temporarily give her an energy boost. However, her sweet tooth is adding to the weight gain issue. Following the anti-fungal food choices should help with her recent weight gain and help get her fungal overgrowth under control. Weight loss after being put on synthetic thyroid medication can be difficult, but it is not impossible. It will just take time and patience on your daughter’s part.
Synthroid is mostly synthetic T4 which is the inactive form of the hormone. It still needs to be converted to T3, which is the active form of the hormone. Adequate nutrition, which includes enough Tyrosine (contained in protein), Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D, is needed for this conversion to take place. Her current diet is likely deficient in these much needed nutrients and is only compounding the problem. Adding a good multivitamin/mineral supplement to the anti-fungal food choices is a great place to start. It is also important that she try to do some type of exercise at least 3-4 days a week.
Thank you for checking back to see that all is working again, Flo; some upgrades were made to that effected the Forum but it was resolved after New Year’s Day.
I anticipate that Dr. Lorna will make some recommendations, as the subject of thyroid issues is something she has worked with extensively. I do have a few thoughts…
Since she loves caffeine and sweets so much, she probably has fungal overgrowth, and that is probably a partial cause of her weight gain and other symptoms. Also, people with thyroid problems are nearly always deficient in Vitamin D, so I suggest FIGTreeVitamins.com VITAMIN D 2000 Liquid Drops – 5 drops under the tongue per day. Without knowing anything more about your daughter, and thank you for her service in the Air Force, I am assuming that, as a mechanic, she handled metal and chemical contaminants. Our daughter served in the Navy and was also exposed to these types of toxins, so I recommend using the FIGTreeVitamins.com SYSTEMIC CLEANSING Package for at least THREE MONTHS, but she may require longer. This package binds to and expels metal, chemical and microbial toxins in the body.
For the fungal overgrowth, I would couple all of the above with following our ANTIFUNGAL ROTATION Regimen using FIGTreeVitamins.com ANTIFUNGAL PACKAGE, and checking your current diet against our ANTIFUNGAL FOOD CHOICES LIST diet, which is intended to prevent fungal, parasitic and other microbial overgrowth by helping to starve toxic microbes by omitting the foods and beverages that help them thrive; use the links above to access the articles, antifungal package and dietary changes necessary to combat fungal overgrowth.
July 31, 2016
I’m so happy your site is working again. I’ve been wanting to post since Christmas and it’s been down.
I need to know about my daughter’s thyroid. She is 33 and served in the Air Force as a mechanic for 15 years. She was told her thyroid numbers were high and had her thyroid removed just before she separated from the Air Force. She was also low in several minerals and Vitamin D. Now she is on Synthroid. Since her thyroid was removed last year, she has no energy. She drinks a lot of coffee and loves chocolate, fruit, fruit juices and other sweets. She gained 50 lbs in the last year. Should I give her the antifungal diet (I follow that myself going on 2 years and love it) or does she need to do something else because of her thyroid? THANKS! Florence.