Can kelp supplements cause or trigger an dormant autoimmune Graves disease, and what actually causes Graves disease? Is it something like grains, which can cause like Hashimotos also responsible for Graves, or can it be caused by other things such as hereditary reasons?
My wife had very low TSH as well as losing weight and was under a lot of stress, she she was tested for Graves disease with radioactive iodine. [The test pill caused her to give off something like 550CPM for 3 days, then suddenly dropped to around 60cpm after being flushed out by diarrhea.]
The specialist's diagnosis is that she had a dormant hereditary Graves disease and that no one should take kelp supplements because they're not FDA regulated and are what triggered a dormant Graves disease to become active, and now she has to either 1) go on thyroid suppressing medicines, or 2) go on much stronger radioactive iodine, and if untreated could cause heart failure or stroke, or death.
I don't have the kelp supplements in front of me, but they have something like 150% of the RDA for iodine. Been taking them somewhat daily, somewhat every other day for over a year now as we use sea salt and don't have any other iodine sources beyond the occasional sushi/shrimp meals. Doctor is blaming these pills specifically as the cause for her newly diagnosed Graves disease.
Besides those two above questions, does anyone have any experience with this? Is the specialist correct? What treatment options are available, are there any other possible causes for these types of symptoms, where do we go from here to treat this?
Here are the test results: (hand written on top "Graves disease. -Hyperthyroidism")
- TSH: <0.005 uIU/mL
- Thyrotropin Receptor Ab Serum 2.11 IU/L
- T4 Free (Direct) 2.11
- Thyroid Stim Immunoglobulin 427%
- Sedimentation Rate Westergren 2 mm/hr
- Triiodothyronine, Free, Serum 4.9 pg/mL
- Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab 19 IU/mL
asked byraydawg (19413)
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on October 01, 2013
at 06:10 PM
I'm not a doctor, but I believe she can get well using mineral balancing (and paleo). I did. I refused to get the RAI treatment or to have my thyroid removed surgically. The meds did not work for me. Once I started the correct minerals, I got my blood levels normal in 3 months. I've also had to do the same with hypothyroid. There is a way.