A Patient Sets Off an Airport Bomb Detector after Radioactive Iodine Therapy
“A British man who received radioactive iodine treatments for an overactive thyroid was recently detained at the Orlando airport and strip-searched after he set off an airport alarm. After the 46-year-old man was extensively questioned by security guards, he remembered the medical treatments he’d received six weeks before, and was released after providing medical documentation.”
Hyperthyroidism, as a result of Grave’s Disease, is usaully treated by Allopathic Medicine by killing the entire thyroid by using a huge dose of radiation. Killing an organ is a terrible way to treat a disease! And now, the treatment will also get you hassled in airports! There are, of course, natural alternatives to this destructive treatment:
For instance, you could use the herb, Bugleweed (Lycopus). Bugleweed has a has long been used for treating thyroid conditions, and modern research studies supports their use as well. The herb inhibits iodine metabolism and reduces the amount of hormone that is produced by thyroid cells. Leaf extracts of bugleweed is more active than root extracts. An oral preparation can be prepared as a tincture (alcohol extract) rather than a tea. In one study using laboratory animals, bugleweed tincture resulted in a significant decrease in thyroid hormone levels. (Please remember, however, that if you have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, you should work with your healthcare provider to treat your condition.) Bugleweed is widely used in Europe as an herbal treatment for early-stage Graves’ disease, often in combination with lemon balm.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis,) is often recommended along with bugleweed for treating Graves’ disease. Studies show that lemon balm causes a decrease in blood and pituitary levels of TSH after a single injection, reducing thyroid hormone production.
Taking natural sources of iodine, including Kelp (Laminaria) can also be a tremendous aid in thyroid therapy. The herbal pharmacologist Daniel Mowrey, Ph.D., author of The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine and Herbal Tonic Therapies, notes that in the traditional Japanese diet, which consists of a great deal of kelp, thyroid disease is practically unknown. However, among Japanese who have become Westernized and eat little or no kelp, thyroid disease is statistically on the rise.