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The Significance of Thyroid Nodules

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A thyroid nodule is an abnormal growth of thyroid cells that create a small lump in the thyroid gland. Oftentimes they go unnoticed, especially if they are small. Nodules are very common, in fact about half of the adults over 60 have them. Most are non-cancerous, but less than 10% contain cancerous cells and need to be removed. Rarely, nodules can increase production of thyroid hormone, in which case they have the potential to contribute to hyperthyroidism.

Nodules are often associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common cause of hypothyroidism). Nodules are believed to be caused by

The Thyroid-Gut-Autoimmune Connection

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To have healthy thyroid function, you need a healthy intestinal tract. And to have a healthy intestinal tract, you need healthy thyroid function. The two are more connected than most of us could ever imagine. Here’s how it works:

Perhaps you’ve heard of something called “leaky gut” syndrome. It’s a condition where the intestinal lining becomes more permeable than normal. This allows large molecules of protein that shouldn’t make it through this selective barrier to migrate into the body. There, the molecules trigger the body’s immune system and may set off an autoimmune reaction where the immune system starts to attack

Do You Really Need to Avoid Thyroid-Thwarting Foods?

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It’s true that what you eat can affect your thyroid gland, for better or worse. But some people have long lists of foods they won’t eat, and some people avoid perfectly healthy foods altogether, when they could be eating moderate amounts without an adverse effect on thyroid function. Here’s what you need to know to make better food choices for your thyroid.

Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, turnips, bok choy and others) are generally considered super-healthy foods. They help prevent cancer. In fact, they help to prevent thyroid cancer. Concerns about potential effects of cruciferous vegetables on thyroid

Are You Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin to Protect Your Thyroid?

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If you have any kind of thyroid condition, even cancer, you should get your blood level of vitamin D checked promptly, and keep tabs on it over time.

Why? Research links low vitamin-D levels with a number of autoimmune diseases, including the most common autoimmune thyroid disease, Hashimoto’s. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with antithyroid antibody presence, abnormal thyroid function, increased thyroid volume, increased Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels and adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with autoimmune thyroid disease. The lower the vitamin D level, the more severe the symptoms. People who improve their vitamin D status often

When taking iodine, be sure you’re getting enough selenium

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Good health is often about proper balancing.  This is especially true when it comes to thyroid function which can become unbalanced in a variety of different ways.   Seesaws are built to balance weight, and a little weight added in the right place at the right time may help balance the seesaw, but adding too much weight in the same spot can make the seesaw unbalanced.

In a similar way, everyone needs iodine to make thyroid hormones  (iodine is also very important in breast tissue [70% improvement in fibrocystic breast disease](1) and other tissues of the body).  On the other hand, iodine

Could low selenium be contributing to your low body temperature?

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Could low selenium be contributing to your low body temperature?
Is low selenium keeping you from a normal body temperature?

A recent study was performed on 70 women with autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) which causes elevated TPO antibodies.  36 patients were each given 200 mcg / day of selenium for 3 months and T4 to keep their TSH levels normal.  Then, tests showed that the TPO antibodies had dropped 40% in the patients that had taken the selenium, while the TPO antibodies increased by 10% in the 34 patients who had not.

Furthermore, 9 of the