The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Drug Side Effects

Radioactive Iodine for Hyperthyroidism Increases Cancer Risk

Would you believe that I-131 has been administered for over 70 years? Only now do we learn that radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism might cause cancer.

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Drug Side Effects

When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Little Thyroid Hormone

Treating hyperthyroidism may entail destroying the thyroid gland. The result is too little thyroid hormone circulating in the body. How can you treat that?

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Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid)

Is the Salt in Prepared Foods Iodized?

Although processed foods in the US are high in salt, the salt they contain is not iodized. Check to make sure the salt you use at the table is.

David S. Cooper, MD, MACP, expert on Thyroid Problems
Podcasts

Show 1162: How to Treat Common Thyroid Problems

Dr. David Cooper, director of the Thyroid Clinic at Johns Hopkins University, describes the best treatments for common thyroid problems.

Doctor endocrinologist checking tyroide goiter of pregnant woman and holding hands on her throat
Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid)

Iodine for Scans Triggers Hyperthyroidism

Have you ever had a CT scan or an X-ray with contrast? You may have received iodine for scans. It's cheap and effective but it can trigger hyperthyroidism.

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Alternative Health

Do You Want a Natural Thyroid Treatment?

Some people with low thyroid gland activity report that they feel better on a natural thyroid treatment than on synthetic thyroid hormone, levothyroxine.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Why Lower Your Blood Pressure If It Was Measured Incorrectly?

Do you need to lower your blood pressure below 130/80? That is the new cutoff you know. Above that and you are considered hypertensive. How can you do it?

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Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid)

How Do Phthalates Affect Hormones?

Little girls with lots of phthalate compounds in their urine had lower levels of thyroid hormone, while young children exposed in utero had higher levels.

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Acid Reflux

Why Should You Order Your Own Blood Tests?

Many doctors think it is a good thing that patients can monitor blood pressure and blood glucose at home. Should you be able to order your own blood tests?

female doctor performing thyroid exam on a female patient
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sea kelp
Drug Side Effects

Kelp Supplement Corrected Thyroid Problem But Beware Serious Risks

Kelp supplements may seem like a natural way to get iodine, but beware! Too much can lead to hyperthyroidism, a hard-to-treat & devastating condition.