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series: inFrequently Asked Questions about Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

The man’s health difficulties in the following article made me glad that my autoimune thyroid condition was diagnosed and treated with only a few weeks having to feel like my heart was pounding out of my chest – A Grave’s Disease Gladiator describes the feeling quite vividly: [Undiagnosed for Years, Now I’m a Grave’s Disease Gladiator]

Feeling like your heart wants to jump right out of your chest is a feeling that you’re unlikely to forget – or to ever want anyone else to have to experience. I have shared some of my medical story in the past because I care about the unnecessary pain and suffering caused by misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis of autoimmune thyroid conditions. Health care requires a correct diagnosis before effective treatment is likely.

Another article I read today reviews symptoms and treatment of mania and hypomania but hyperthyroidism is mentioned as a differential diagnosis to rule out. One of the medications typically used for the mania condition has been helpful for me since being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism however I haven’t tried the medication for any length of time. It is for controlling mental health symptoms rather than for helping an underlying thyroid problem. However the symptoms of hyperthyroidism can fluctuate with the thyroid levels and autoimmune antibodies. Autoimmune thyroid disease is a long term condition that can cause mental health symptoms during flair ups. [Mania and Hypomania]

The following articles were posted elsewhere and the code copied without paragraphs, sorry about that, however a gluten free diet does seem to have helped keep my autoimmune thyroid condition under control without my requiring much of an anti-thyroid medication that can cause negative effects for the liver and immune system.

  1. inFrequently Asked Questions about Autoimmune Thyroid Disease (March 2, 2013) [link] *A search of the acronym iFAQs suggests that it is already in use to represent internet Frequently Asked Questions rather than inFrequently Asked Questions. However considering what hasn’t been asked sometimes can help find an overlooked solution. I asked myself the following questions about autoimmune thyroid disease when I was diagnosed:  iFAQ #1: Does gluten intolerance increase risk of autoimmune thyroid disease?   iFAQ #2: Is Grave’s disease an autoimmune eye problem and an autoimmune thyroid problem or is it perhaps simply an autoimmune problem?
  2. Title: Autoimmune thyroid disease, pyroluria and gluten (March 18, 2013) [link]
  3. The following article isn’t about autoimmune disease, it continues the Pyroluria topic brought up in the previous link. I have been taking zinc and vitamin B6 since reviewing this material and have found it helpful for reducing various symptoms. Title: Pyroluria, anxiety and deficiency of B6 and zinc  (March 18, 2013) [link]

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1996, the year GM crops were planted commercially

Genetically modified crops were introduced commercially in 1996. Advantages were to include more resistance to pests and less need for herbicides however the pests and weeds have become resistant to the modifications. [1] We don’t really  know the long term effects of the foods on human health.

A disadvantage of the modified corn is that the grain itself was modified to produce internally a chemical harmful to pests. Bt corn produces a protein derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. The Bt protein content of pollen from the GM corn was found to be harmful enough to negatively impact the larval stage of Monarch butterflies in areas adjacent to corn fields. [2] Typically a pesticide is applied to the exterior of a food and is removed before eating by washing or peeling the food. Clearly a modified grain that forms a pesticide within the food itself has disadvantages in that peeling or washing can’t remove the pesticide from the food. So in 1996 an interesting experiment was begun with the food supply and it is still taking place.

The following link is to an animated map which shows the increasing rates of obesity in the US between 1985 and 2010. [3] The animation is a little fast over the 25 year time span but it can be seen that more categories had to be added during the 1990s when the map changed from mostly pale blue (10-14%), to dark blue (15-19%), and to peach (20-24%), around the year 2000, and then advanced to orange (25-29%) around 2007, and finally red (>30%). The overall rate for 2011-2012 was 34.9%. [4]

We had sugary foods throughout the 1900’s but we didn’t have Bt corn as 76% of the corn crop [5] or other genetically modified foods. Not enough is known about autoimmune and fertility risks that may be associated with Bt corn or other genetically modified crops. [6] Gliadin, one of the types of protein in wheat, may be associated with an autoimmune type of diabetes [7] as well as the autoimmune condition of Celiac disease.[8]