John asks…

What is good for bags under the eyes due to graves disease which causes fluid retention.?

I have tried all kinds of eye creams and even take fluid pills once in a while. It makes me look older than I am and I would like to change that if possible.

Helen answers:

Hi Grandma V

Here is a remedy and some other ideas for your condition.

Cucumber Honey Eye Nourisher

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. Aloe vera gel
2 tsp. Cucumber, peeled with seeds removed
1/2 tsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Chamomile tea

Directions:
Steep chamomile tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. In food processor or blender combine cucumber, aloe vera and honey. Blend on low setting. Add chamomile tea. Blend until smooth. Apply gently under eyes using ring finger. Store in glass dish covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator for up to one week. Best applied chilled.

Benefits:
Reduces puffiness, cools and refreshes contours under eyes.

Hyperthyroidism may be associated with and often is called Graves’ disease, a condition characterized by an enlarged thyroid, bulging eyes bulge, rash and swelling in front of the lower leg.

Cause
Abnormal immune response is believed be a possible cause of hypothyroidism. The exact cause is not known, but certain antibodies from the immune system will launch an assault on the thyroid, disturbing hormone production. Lumps or tumors that form on the thyroid also disrupt hormone production. Temporary hyperthyroidism can be caused by infection or inflammation, and certain prescription drugs.

Hyperthyroidism is less common than Hypothyroidism, yet for both diseases, women appear to be more susceptible than men. Be aware that a malfunctioning thyroid may be the cause of recurring illnesses.

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Natural Cures

Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that naturally suppress excess thyroid hormone production. Such foods include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peaches, and pears. Eliminate dairy products, over consumption of wheat products, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.

Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedy Thyroidium is very helpful in assisting in proper thyroid regulation.

Juice Therapy: Drink carrot, celery, spinach, and parsley juice; or juice made from a combination of cabbage, watercress, and spinach.

Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help regulate thyroid function: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, choline, trace minerals, iodine, kelp, and thyroid glandulars.

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hyperthyroidism: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Best of health to you

Donna asks…

Can Graves Disease cause male infertility?

My bf has graves disease. We are not having protected sex, and i’m trying to figure out if Graves Disease can cause male infertility.

All the answers i’ve found online are mostly about women having it, which of course isn’t helping me.

Anyone have any insight?

Helen answers:

It has not been mentioned as a cause of male infertility. See-
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/male-infertility/DS01038/DSECTION=causes

Helen asks…

What causes graves disease?

I have just been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism due to Graves disease. I understand the thyroid problems came from the graves disease but not where and when I ‘caught’ or developed this autoimmune problem.

Could someone explain in layman’s terms what graves disease is and where it comes from? Also how long am I likely to have had it? I’m 26 now and have just developed a goiter but other symptoms of hyperthyroidism and graves disease seem to have been around for over 10 years.

Thank you

Helen answers:

To be honest no-one really knows for sure what causes autoimmune diseases to develop – it is the subject of extensive research and there are many theories. The main accepted theory is that in genetically suscepitble people something triggers a person’s immune system to begin to attack the person’s own body/organs. It is though that this trigger may be a virus. White blood cells work by recognising certain proteins on the surface of viruses and bacteria and creating antibodies against these proteins. It is thought that if a virus has a protein that is structurally similar to proteins present on normal cells of the body, for example, the cells of the thyroid gland, antibodies produced by the immune system to fight this virus may then also attack normal body cells – such as those of the thyroid gland. To diagnose Graves disease antibodies against certain proteins in the thyroid gland are detected in the bloodstream. There is also a strong genetic basis for autoimmune diseases – so it is thought the above process happens in genetically predisposed people. Relatives of patients with an autoimmune condition are for this reason at increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease themselves and if a person has one autoimmune disease they are at higher risk of also developing others. Other examples of autoimmune diseases include type I diabetes (in which antibodies attack the pancreas), addison’s disease (in which antibodies attack the adrenal gland) and vitiligo (a skin condition). I hope this makes sense – and as I say this is still the subject of great debate but is a simplified form of one of the most widely upheld theories.

Ruth asks…

Why does Graves Disease cause diarrhea?

I would like to know the relationship between frequent bowel movements and Graves disease.

Thanks for your help.

Helen answers:

Frequent bowel movements is one of the symptoms of Graves disease.

Mark asks…

Hyperthyroidism the causes the Diagnosis? Graves disease?

Can it be caused by another underlying problem other than this?

Helen answers:

If the patient is taking exogenous Levothyroxine in too high of amounts. Also, if the patient has some sort of disease that causes destruction of the thyroid, such as subacute thyroiditis, painles thyroiditis, or even Hashimoto’s, there’s a short period where the patient may have hyperthyroidism before hypothyroidism sets in.

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