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Overview of Hyperthyroid (Graves' Disease)
Hyperthyroid disease can have many causes, including autoimmune disease, disorders of the pituitary
or hypothalamus, or tumors. The end result of any of these causes is over-release of the thyroid hormone T4
into the blood stream, which in turn over-stimulates the body's metabolism, causing symptoms such as
fevers, rapid heart rate, and weight loss. Treatment depends on proper diagnosis of the underlying cause.
Complimentary and alternative treatments for Graves' disease that are considered below include:
Immune System Balancing
Low Dose Naltrexone
Etiology of Hyperthyroid (Graves' Disease)
Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease in which the body produces an antibody against the
thyroid receptors called TSI (Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulin).
When this auto-antibody binds to the thyroid receptors, the thyroid gland is stimulated to
release more T4 hormone than is needed.
Hashimotos disease is an autoimmune disease in which the body produces
Pituitary disorders can cause excess Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) hormone to be released,
which over-stimulates the thyroid gland to release excess T4.
Disorders in the hypothalamus can cause excess Thyroid Releasing Hormone (TRH) to be released,
which over-stimulates the pituitary gland to release excess TSH.
Thyroid tumors can also lead to release of excess T4.
Diagnosis of Hyperthyroid (Graves' Disease)
Elevated basal body temperature.
Normal axillary temperature is 97.8 to 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
Normal rectal temperature is 98.6 to 99.2 degrees Fahrenheit [Starr2005, pg 17].
See hypothyroid for directions for measuring.
Treatment depends on proper diagnosis of the underlying cause.
If the underlying cause cannot be resolved,
then it is often necessary to destroy all or part of the thyroid gland in order to prevent
Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative Treatments
Immune System Balancing
[McCulley2018, pp 28, 35, 61, 89] reports that Graves' disease is a
autoimmune disorder, and proposes an approach to treating this disease, which should be
supervised by a properly trained medical professional.
Dr. Weyrich has considerable interest in this topic, but has
not treated any cases of Graves' disease
with Immune System Balancing.
[LdnResearchTrust_conditions] reports that Graves' disease is a condition that LDN
Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the use of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN).
However, Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of Graves' disease with LDN.