They say that……

taking Chinese herbs, selenium, iodine-tyrosine supplements can be used as cures for hypothyroidism. Kelp (a kind of seaweed), and other herbal remedies at the health food store may promise to jump-start the thyroid and cause the thyroid to work normally.

IN TRUTH, these supplements can cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism, and if continued can lead to long-term health issues; “…some ‘health’ foods such as kelp extract, obtained from seaweed, contain a lot of iodine which may induce thyroid overactivity in susceptible individuals.” Thyroid Disease, Fourth Edition, by Mark P.J. Vanderpump and W. Michael G. Tunbridge, 2008.

They say that...

taking additional iodine will increase thyroid hormone. Once the thyroid stops doing its job, taking extra iodine or other substances will help it work better.

IN TRUTH, taking too much iodine can worsen both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

They say that……

people with thyroid disease cannot have soy or soy based products.

IN TRUTH, “…there’s no evidence that people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy completely……it’s best to wait four hours after taking thyroid medication to consume any products that contain soy. The same guidelines apply to other products that may impair the body’s ability to absorb thyroid medication, including high-fibre foods, iron and calcium supplements, and antacids that contain aluminium or magnesium.” Todd B. Nippoldt, MD with the Mayo Clinic since 1988, www.mayoclinic.com

They say that……

people with hypothryoidism (underactive thyroid) can develop "adrenal fatigue" and need supplements or medication to correct this.

IN TRUTH, "There is no recognised medical condition called "adrenal fatigue;" the adrenal glands cannot be "fatigued."  Either the adrenal is fine and needs no treatment or there is adrenal insufficiency due to adrenal or pituitary failure, as measured by an endocrinologist.  Taking adrenal hormones or so-called"adrenal supplements" that may contain active adrenal hormone extract when they are not needed means that the adrenal glands of that individual may become incapable of producing sufficient hormones when they are needed.  Importantly, individuals who self-medicate in this way may delay detection of the real cause of their symptoms.  Many illnesses present with symptoms of fatique, poor concentration, and sleepiness such as cancer, rheumatic diseases, depression, obstructive sleep apnoea, hepatitis C along with many others.  Precious time might be wasted while the real underlying disease progresses." from What do I need to know about Adrenal Insufficiency? produced by the Society for Endocrinology, 2011.

They say that……

you should stay away from foods like broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, and mustard greens because they interfere with the thyroid gland.

IN TRUTH, “Concentrations of anti-thyroid substances in food and drinking water are too low to induce hypothyroidism if dietary iodine intake is sufficient.” Thyroid Disease, Fourth Edition, by Mark P.J. Vanderpump and W. Michael G. Tunbridge, 2008.

They say that……

fluoride in water or toothpaste causes thyroid disease.

IN TRUTH, “The available medical and scientific evidence suggests an absence of an association between water fluoridation and thyroid disorders. Many major reviews of the relevant scientific literature around the world support this conclusion.” Excerpt from the British Fluoridation Society Statement, January 2006, reviewed and endorsed by the British Thyroid Association. www.bfsweb.org/facts/sof_effects/statementofflo.htm

They say that……

taking 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily cures hypothyroidism.

IN TRUTH, “The misconception that coconut oil can cure underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) arose after publication of a book several years ago touting the beneficial effects of coconut oil for people with thyroid disease. However, there is no evidence that coconut oil stimulates thyroid function. In fact, some research suggests that coconut oil may have a negative impact on the thyroid.” Todd B. Nippoldt, MD with the Mayo Clinic since 1988, www.mayoclinic.com.

They say that……

thyroid disease is caused by the “collective unconscious” and trauma to our psyche while travelling through the birth canal.


They say that……

only natural, homeopathic or alternative remedies can “cure” thyroid disease.

IN TRUTH, most websites that proclaim natural, homeopathic or alternative “cures” to thyroid disease will want to sell you something.

Worse yet, taking false remedies can prevent patients from getting the thyroxine treatment that they really need.







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