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No one knows why so many people now have thyroid dysfunction; researchers have found possible contributor. Diagnostic imaging using CT with iodinated contrast can disrupt the thyroid for several months after the procedure. We talk with the lead author of the study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine..

MRI-guided focused ultrasound offers a different way of using ultrasound to destroy tiny targets within the body. It shows promise as a way to treat essential tremor and may also offer a new way to treat some prostate cancers.

We'll also learn about the latest Harvard research summarizing the health benefits of chocolate.

Listeners share their favorite home remedies, and we explore the stories behind the health headlines.

Guests: Steven M. Brunelli, MD, MSCE is Director of Dialysis Services in the Renal Division and Division of Pharmacoepidemiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Eric Ding, PhD, is an epidemiologist and nutrition scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. The photo is of Dr. Ding.

Neal Kassell, MD, is Chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation and a Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. The website is http://www.fusfoundation.org

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Very curious about the familial connection for hypothyroid dysfunction.

Activated charcoal is such a wonderful detoxing agent, I wonder if it would prevent thyroid problems if people took several rounds of charcoal after diagnostic imaging with iodinated contrast. I use charcoal capsules any time I think I've been exposed to a high level of any sort of toxins. I also use them if I think I have a "stomach bug" or any sort of possible food poisoning. I would not use them on a continuing basis, but have no concern whatsoever about occasional use, and find them extremely beneficial.

Regarding iodinated contrast, has the research differentiated between ionic and non-ionic forms?

TO MR CAN you explain and give more info. on ACTIVATED CHARCOAL? how it's used etc... thanks

I use activated charcoal capsules, and generally take as recommended on the bottle: 2 capsules with at least a cup of water. If you don't take enough water with it, it can cause constipation. Some people buy the powder (can be messy) and mix a half teaspoon to one tablespoon with water, and drink. Dosage depends on severity of problem.

Apparently there are some things it will not absorb, but it absorbs most toxins, both chemicals and micro-organisms. Does not seem to bother our beneficial bacteria. Of course, you should not take it within several hours of taking medication or supplements; it's usually taken between meals and/or at bedtime. Also can be used after a meal if you want to avoid flatulence in a special situation. You can even use it for pets.

People also make a paste with it to apply to insect stings (I like the common weed plantain for that) or wounds. You can even find charcoal pads that are supposed to absorb electromagnetic radiation from your lap-top computer if you really must use it on your lap, which I've heard is dangerous.

There is a lot of information online, and there are some great books available -- just type in "charcoal remedies" or "activated charcoal uses" in your search or bookseller's website. I consider it an essential part of any first-aid kit.

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