Q.: I read somewhere that increasing my kelp intake will help me manage my weight. Is this true? Pamela ANDREA DU PLESSIS REPLIES: Kelp is well known for its role in supporting weight management in cases of an underactive thyroid gland. Kelp is one of nature’s richest sources of iodine, which is essential for the […]

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Are you tired, overweight, anxious and despondent? Do you believe that no one can help you get better? Are you depressed because no one understands your condition? Do you feel as if your thyroid gland is underactive, yet all the tests are normal? Are you always cold? If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these, […]

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Q.: What, if anything, would Natural Medicine recommend as natural treatment or support for Graves’ disease? I have a friend who has been diagnosed at 40 and would like to avoid having her thyroid removed. Lee-Anne DR DAVID NYE REPLIES: Thank you for your request for information. Graves’ disease is a serious auto-immune disorder, the […]

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Why can some people plough their way through platefuls of food and never gain a gram while others claim they merely have to look at food and they put on weight? The answer, it appears, depends on whether you have Metabolism A or B. Some people seem to be lucky, in that they can eat […]

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An underactive thyroid can be difficult to detect even though it brings a wide range of symptoms, some mild, others debilitating. It is, however, possible to make a sure diagnosis if the complex pattern of cause and effect between hypothyroidism and its symptoms are understood. The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland weighs between 8g and 40g and […]

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Birth control pills or oral contraceptives (including those used to treat acne) frequently lead to deficiencies of the following nutrients: folic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, vitamin C, and minerals including magnesium, selenium, zinc and the amino acid tyrosine. Dr Arien van der Merwe looks at the effect of low levels of these […]

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