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Why Endocrinologists Don’t Recommend Natural Graves Disease Treatment Methods

Updated on August 4, 2011

While most endocrinologists and other types of medical doctors label Graves' Disease as being incurable, certain holistic doctors claim that it is possible to use natural Graves Disease treatment methods to restore a person's health back to normal. When I was personally diagnosed with Graves' Disease I successfully restored my health back to normal by following a natural treatment protocol, but to no surprise the endocrinologist I saw recommended that I take anti-thyroid drugs, along with a beta blocker.

Of course since I'm also a holistic doctor I tend to be biased, as when I was diagnosed I knew that I would at least try natural treatment methods. However, this doesn't mean that I was 100% confident they would work well, as although I was hopeful that it would cure my condition, I was without question skeptical as to how effective a natural Graves Disease treatment protocol would be. But I knew that the prescription drugs would do nothing more than temporarily manage my symptoms, and I wanted to avoid radioactive iodine therapy at all costs. Fortunately the natural treatments worked well, and since then I have been helping others with Graves' Disease achieve the same success I had and avoid having their thyroids permanently damaged through RAI.

But if Natural Graves Disease treatment methods are so effective, then why don't most endocrinologists recommend them to their patients? After all, wouldn't you think that most doctors would want to recommend a treatment that actually cures their patient's condition, rather than just cover up the symptoms? There are a few different reasons why most endocrinologists and other types of medical doctors don't recommend these types of treatment methods.

Reason #1: Most endocrinologists don't know about natural Graves Disease treatment methods. Part of the problem is that most endocrinologists aren't aware that natural treatment methods can potentially restore the health of people with Graves' Disease. Sure, they are well aware that there are alternative remedies that might help manage the symptoms, but most aren't open minded to look into such methods. Now to be fair, it does take more than just a few nutritional supplements or herbal remedies to cure Graves' Disease. There are numerous factors involved in restoring someone's health back to normal, so anyone who is looking for a quick solution or a “miracle cure” will be extremely disappointed.

Reason #2: Most endocrinologists are trained to use drugs, surgery, and other conventional treatment methods. To no surprise, in medical school they don't teach medical doctors how to use alternative methods to cure conditions. That's why naturopathic and chiropractic colleges exist. While it would be great if more medical doctors tried to determine the underlying cause of the patient's problem, rather than just prescribe drugs or recommend surgery, this is how they are trained in medical school. As a result, by the time most medical doctors go into practice, either on their own or as part of a medical group, they have a “medical mindset”, which means they will almost always prescribe drugs for the majority of prescriptions.

Reason #3: Many endocrinologists and medical doctors are close minded. Obviously there are exceptions to this, as some medical doctors are open minded towards natural treatment methods. In fact, some medical doctors make an effort to expand their knowledge about holistic methods, and some even receive certifications to help more of their patients through alternative treatment methods. But this represents the minority of medical doctors, as most don't do anything to expand their knowledge. And many are firmly opposed to alternative treatment methods. In fact, if you were to bring up the idea of natural Graves Disease treatment methods to an endocrinologist, there is a good chance they would mock you, and they probably would tell you that there is no way this condition can be cured.

How Do Natural Graves Disease Treatment Methods Work?

At this point you might be wondering how a natural Graves Disease treatment protocol can successfully restore the health of someone with this supposedly incurable condition. As mentioned earlier, it's not an easy process, so just taking nutritional supplements and eating well alone won't be enough to cure this autoimmune thyroid condition. Don't get me wrong, as eating well and taking quality nutritional supplements and herbs are important components of the recovery process. But there are other equally important factors, and many of them do involve making changes in one's lifestyle.

This is both good and bad news. The good news is that because of this, most people with Graves' Disease can restore their health back to normal by following a natural Graves Disease protocol. The bad news is that because it takes years for this condition to develop, it will also take time to restore someone's health. This doesn't mean it will take years to cure this condition, but it definitely will take at least a few months. Before I began my natural treatment protocol I was suffering with some of the common symptoms of Graves' Disease, such as a high pulse rate, palpitations, shakiness, increased appetite, etc. Fortunately it only took a few weeks before I noticed a decrease in these symptoms, although it did take a few months before they completely disappeared, as well as a few months before my thyroid blood tests normalized. What's important to understand is that in order to cure your condition, this is not a passive process. In other words, you need to take responsibility for your health, and be disciplined enough to make the necessary lifestyle changes.

Consult With A Competent Natural Endocrine Doctor

It also is strongly recommended that anyone who is looking to follow a natural Graves Disease protocol consult with a competent natural endocrine doctor. While it might be tempting to try to self-treat your condition, most people who take this approach don't end up with optimal results, and instead just throw away their hard earned money on supplements and herbs. There are numerous factors that can cause Graves' Disease, and a good natural endocrine doctor will do what is necessary to try to determine what is causing your condition.

This very well may involve additional tests, as while they will no doubt look at any thyroid blood tests you have already received, they might recommend additional tests to determine the function of your adrenal glands, any nutritional deficiencies you might have, as well as if you have a hormone imbalance. These all can cause or contribute to your condition, and which additional tests you will need (if any) will be based on your case history, symptoms, and other factors. Obviously this involves an extra cost, but just because you consult with a natural endocrine doctor doesn't mean you need to follow a natural treatment protocol, as you can always choose to receive the conventional medical treatment methods. But many people will gladly make the extra investment in their health if there is a good possibility of curing their condition, and not having to take thyroid medication for the rest of their life.

In summary, don't expect any endocrinologist or general medical practitioner to be supportive of your decision to follow a natural Graves Disease protocol. And while not everyone with Graves' Disease can be cured, many people can have their health restored back to normal. So you really have nothing to lose by consulting with a natural endocrine doctor, but potentially have a lot to gain. Just remember that it's completely normal to be skeptical, but most people who use natural treatment methods are pleasantly surprised at to how effective they are.

For more information on how to treat Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease through natural treatment methods, please visit my facebook fan page, Graves Disease and Hyperthyroidism: Natural Treatment Solutions (and don't forget to Like the page while you're there!).

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      Tom 

      6 years ago

      I have graves disease and have offered the radioactive die. If there are other options I need to know. Not too happy about zapping. Can I get some direction please

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