Rich TravisStaff Writer
Thyroid Nation

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 Q & A’s~

From: Stephanie B.

Should you take supplements for your thyroid if you have had a thyroidectomy? If so, what supplements are beneficial for Hypothyroidism? I did not have any chemotherapy.

Thanks for your question, Stephanie. I assume your thyroid function is being closely monitored since your thyroidectomy? If so, and if your levels are in the optimal range, along with you feeling well (symptoms are just, if not more, important!), a thyroid supplement can be great. There are two things to be careful about here, however: 1) supplements that contain “glandular” material (i.e., dried out cow or pig thyroid gland) can add to whatever hormone you are already take and the major issue with glandular supplements is that each capsule can vary quite a bit; 2) too much iodine in some thyroid supplements is not only unhealthy, but dangerous. That all said, a high-quality supplement with safe amounts of selenium, copper, tyrosine and small amounts of iodine can be a great addition.


From: Alexa P.

Does having breast implants have any connection to autoimmune diseases? I’ve been reading a lot about it lately and am just not sure.

Good question, Alexa. Like every good question, the answer is complicated. The jury is still out on whether breast implants can cause autoimmune disease, although common sense tell us that foreign material in the body can “irritate” the immune system and theoretically could trigger it to attack itself (i.e., autoimmunity). That said, there are many many women with breast implants without autoimmune issues.


From: Lana R.

I don’t live close to a doctor that specializes in thyroid disorders. Are you accepting out of state clients?

Hi Lana. Yes, we are working with out-of-state patients, although we urge patients to be seen in the office if and when possible. We are, however, able to order labs in your hometown and then follow up via the phone or video-chatting. We do, however, request that you maintain a relationship with a local doctor in order to have medical needs met that cannot be done over the phone.

About the Author

Rich Travis is a staff writer for Living with his wife and 2 children, he has a front row seat to the devastation thyroid disease can cause and offers an in-depth, up close and personal view of his experience.  His wife of 17 years suffers from Hypothyroidism and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2012. Seeking help, compassion and cures for those that suffer please follow him on TwitterTumblr and read more of his articles here.

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