Hello and welcome to Broowaha, Dr. Osansky. Will you briefly introduce yourself to the readers here?
I'm chiropractic physician who was diagnosed with Graves' Disease, and I used natural thyroid treatment methods to restore my health. After seeing the success I had with alternative treatment methods, I decided to help others with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions.
You've written a book that offers natural treatment solutions to people with Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism. First, what exactly are Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism? How do they affect people?
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland secretes an excessive amount of thyroid hormone. Graves' Disease is an autoimmune hyperthyroid condition. Hyperthyroid conditions speed up the metabolism of the body, and thus will lead to symptoms such as an increased heart rate, palpitations, weight loss, and increased appetite.
What is the current (not natural) treatment for the condition?
The more conservative conventional treatment approach involves taking antithyroid medication and/or beta blockers to manage the symptoms. However, many endocrinologists recommend radioactive iodine treatment, which obliterates the thyroid gland, and thus usually means that the person will need to take thyroid hormone for the rest of their life. Thyroid surgery is also recommended sometimes for people with hyperthyroid conditions.
Since the meltdown of some of Japan's nuclear reactors, the levels of radioactive iodine in the atmosphere have skyrocketed. How is it that the treatment for these conditions is something that Japan - and the world - is afraid of?
Well, it's radiation, so it's natural for people to be afraid of this. What's odd is that even though people know the risks of radiation, many people don't hesitate to follow the recommendations of their endocrinologist when he or she recommends radioactive iodine treatment.
What kind of natural treatments do you propose in your book? Change of diet? Exercise? Supplements?
All of the above, as modifying one's diet is definitely important in restoring one's health to normal. Exercise can be important, although one also needs to be careful not to overexert themselves. Doing a good job of managing stress is also very important, as stress can sometimes cause or contribute to these conditions. As for taking supplements, different nutritional supplements are without question important to the recovery process. But many people think that taking supplements alone is sufficient to restore their health, when this is usually not the case. It usually takes a combination of modifying certain lifestyle factors AND taking supplements.
Do you have any problems with other doctors now that you have started recommending natural treatments?
I haven't had any problems directly with any other medical doctors. On the other hand, many of my patients have been criticized by their endocrinologist upon telling them that they have decided to follow a natural treatment protocol. I've even had a few patients tell me their medical doctor yelled at them for choosing natural treatment methods.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Well, for anyone reading this who has hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease who is considering radioactive iodine treatment, I encourage you to at least speak with a holistic doctor who focuses on endocrine disorders. You really have nothing to lose by taking this approach, but have a lot to gain, and most people who do this are happy with their decision. After all, the thyroid gland plays an extremely important role in the body, and you want to do everything you can to preserve it. For those with hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease who are interested in following a natural treatment protocol, they can find out more information about natural treatment methods by visiting my website www.GravesDiseaseBook.com.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you so much for this interview.