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8 Things Your Doctor Wont Tell You About Graves Disease

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Hey there dr. alan christiansen here i’m going to talk about the eight things your doctor probably won’t tell you about graves disease and they’re important so here’s the first one and this is a big one graves disease can be reversed as in gone as in forever and believe it or not that’s the natural course of events with graves disease it’s actually a self-limiting

Condition so most people when they’re stabilized this lasts no more than about 18 to 24 months and then afterwards it stops all by itself so you probably didn’t hear that part but it’s true the literature supports that and that’s true for more than 95% of people within that time frame so with that if it seems like a disconnect that were so quick to do aggressive harsh

Treatments in the modern world then it really is so number two natural solutions not only can they work but they’re often more effective than traditional treatments and traditional meaning really surgery and radio ablation now why aren’t these things used more well doctors are simply not as aware of about the role they can play and because many natural treatments

Are non-patentable there’s less incentive to use them they can’t be really controlled or utilized by any one particular company big thing you may not your doctor may not tell you number three is that the medications they can have side effects and that can be nausea vomiting they can be habit-forming they can hurt the bone marrow there can be some complications with

That and many think that they have to do this long-term and therefore they’re forced into doing radio blasian or surgery and no problem with that is just the doctors don’t get how to break the cycle because once you’ve broken a cycle and managed your thyroid levels you’re on this timeframe of 18 to 24 months so number four you don’t have to undergo painful surgery

And in fact that can be the worst option for some people that can also raise the risks of parathyroid injury and damage the recurrent laryngeal nerve so what does that mean well the parathyroid glands they control your body’s cal metabolism and that’s super critical for good bone health for cardiac function for normal nerve conduction and they can be affected and

Removed inadvertently by thyroidectomy surgery the other big complication is to the recurrent laryngeal nerve i’m using that one right now in order to speak to you it’s the one that connects my brain and my tongue and it happens to pass through the thyroid to get there so the drawback about that nerve being damaged well we can’t speak properly or swallowing becomes

Difficult and the last big complication to think about is just long-term hypothyroidism so the gland is gone and so someone does we are really locked into therapies long term the fifth thing you may not hear is down foods can aggravate grade symptoms and many people are just going around on a day-to-day basis eating these common triggers and not knowing where the

Symptoms are getting worse the sixth big one is that graves disease is much more common women than men and it’s a genetic condition so like all autoimmune disease genes can trigger it and the same ones that can trigger it can also trigger thyroid cancer or hashimoto’s thyroiditis so in a family for example some people may have hypothyroidism some may have graves

Some may have hashimoto’s but it’s that same susceptibility and this plays out six to eight times more commonly in women than men and by really understanding the core causes including the genes and acting in ways to work around that that’s the steps that help move you towards that reset process number seven radioactive iodine most common treatment in the u.s. it’s

Not just a quick fix it may take months to be effective and it may require repeat doses the other consideration is that there are side effects such as longer-term risks of head and neck cancer colorectal cancer and laryngeal nerve damage so serious things to think about the last big one you know it’s not my temperament to think about i don’t know anyone having bad

Intentions or their being conspiracies and i believe in things like that but it’s not a secret that there are economic incentives to do more aggressive treatments such as surgery or radio blasian it’s quite simple that in medical reimbursements insurance and medicare doctors receive more for that they would ever receive by just managing patients for a period of 18

To 24 months to reverse them and that does change how treatments work you know so much of the rest of the world does not rely upon these dramatic non-reversible type treatments and part of it is because of these passive economic incentives we know if they do change treatment options they do just shift what occurs in medicine so it’s got to be acknowledged and got

To be owned the incentives do drive the policies and the important message is that graves really is reversible you know in the course of a short period of time you can have this behind you and be functioning your best again and that’s i really wanna see happen dr. christensen here and take great care of yourself

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8 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Grave’s Disease By Dr. Alan Christianson