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Grave's Disease

What is it?

Grave’s disease is an auto-immune condition that occurs most commonly in women and the most frequent cause of excess production of thyroid hormone.

Signs and symptoms generally arise from stimulation of the adrenergic nervous system, and may include: nervousness, sweating, heat sensitivity, heart palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath, increased appetite along with weight loss, eye irritation, diarrhea, and changes in the menstrual cycle.

Key Points:

  • Auto-immune condition
  • May cause thyroid storm, a life-threatening condition that requires emergency treatment
  • Goiter, a swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck, is common
  • Other auto-immune conditions may coexist
  • Gluten intolerance is commonly associated
  • Family history of Grave’s Disease is sometimes a factor

How do we treat it?

As with any auto-immune condition, we approach a patient with Grave’s disease with a key question, “why is the body attacking itself?” Inherent in Grave’s disease is this foundational issue of native vs. foreign tissue and a significant metabolic imbalance.

The thyroid gland is responsible for maintaining optimal metabolism in all of our cells. With a diagnosis of Grave’s disease, too much thyroid hormone means too much activity and utilization of too much energy at the level of the cells.

We work with treatments that will normalize your immune response and enable your body to return to a healthy homeostasis, including diet and biotherapeutic drainage therapies.

We will also look at why your body may perceive that it needs more metabolic activity in each of its cells to survive. Studies have shown that Grave’s Disease often arises after a grief of some sort, particularly a romantic break-up or loss. Interestingly enough, the throat chakra (#5) at the level of the thyroid gland regulates emotional control and development.

So, each individualized plan will address the emotional as well as the physical aspects of this condition.

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