I treat patients with thyroid and digestive issues and one of my new patients, a 51-year-old female with multiple thyroid nodules and Hashimoto’s disease, had gained over 40 pounds.
This patient also suffered from joint pain, hot flashes, brain fog, indigestion, and heartburn, along with many other symptoms. Having been to other doctors who said her thyroid hormones were fine, she came to us. I ordered testing that looked beyond simple thyroid hormones to five broad categories that help determine underlying root causes of thyroid nodules.
What Causes Thyroid Nodules?
The first step is to identify underlying causes, which may include thyroid hormones. However, my practice is to evaluate five broad categories. Those categories are deficiencies, toxins, infections, hormones, and food reactions.
I most commonly see in patients with nodules deficiencies in vitamin D, iron, zinc, and magnesium. However, this patient also suffered from an iodine deficiency–the most common cause of thyroid nodules and goiter. In addition, she had high levels of fluoride, which can interfere with iodine absorption.
Another common problem is food reactions and sensitivities. This patient had gluten sensitivity and a leaky gut. Gluten sensitivity often leads to a leaky gut, causing other food reactions, perpetuating that whole cycle. This sensitivity then can trigger autoimmune conditions, especially Hashimoto’s.
The FreeDiet® Solution
Once the underlying causes are determined, we begin with addressing diet. I developed and use the FreeDiet® because it’s not only free of gluten but free of gluten grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. It is free of those foods most responsible for inflammation, gut and thyroid, and other chronic health issues.
What Supplements for Thyroid Nodules
I recommend a list of specific supplements to help correct any deficiencies beginning with what I call the Functional Five. These are multivitamin, D w K2, fish oil, magnesium, and probiotics. And I test for iodine. If you are low in iodine, adding it can be beneficial since the thyroid needs iodine to function. However, if you are not low, taking it can be counter-productive. If you do take iodine, it’s essential to check antibodies and thyroid levels routinely.
I recommend Selenium for my patients who are taking iodine, as well as zinc, and iron if needed. This patient also took a digestive enzyme to help break down and absorb food. Methyl folate was also included in her routine. Curcumin helps with inflammation and immune support. Adrenal support formulas help with hormone balance.
Road to Improvement
As this patient followed the given routine over the following months, her symptoms began clearing up. Her energy increased, and fatigue decreased. Other issues that were resolved were indigestion and heartburn, brain fog, headaches, joint pain, dizziness, anxiety, and insomnia. Hair loss decreased. Hot flashes were gone. Heart palpitations, shortness of breath, itchy skin, acne–all of these improved over several months.
In a follow-up nine months later, I was thrilled to see that her larger nodule had shrunk by 95%, and the two smaller ones had shrunk by 54% and 82%.
If you have been diagnosed with thyroid nodules, I strongly suggest that you at least begin with the FreeDiet®. For a free copy of The FreeDiet phase 1 food chart, click here.
Including some of the common supplements listed above can also help. As always, check with your doctor.
Thyroid nodules do not just happen. There are underlying causes. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If you find root causes, you can then be provided the solutions.
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Very interesting I have a 3.45 cm nodule on my left thyroid its test begin, before i just got boipsy today. My blood work is normal. And I really don’t want surgery done, my hair has been falling ,its thinner.
Dr. Tom Rofrano
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Hi Dr. Rofrano ! I’m very impressed with your treatment & care for your patients but unfortunately I’m very far from Fl. I’ve had a multi module goiter for abt 20 years, had 2 biopsies on the largest nodule back then which was benign. I get thyroid ultrasounds done regularly to watch the size of the nodules. My last U.S. was 2 weeks ago, this time my results shows the nodule has increased since my last one, it’s 4.0 cm x 2.7 x 2.6 c.m. on the right lobe & new nodule that wasn’t there previously which measures abt 3 c.m. Of course the specialist is saying time for another biopsy since there’s a change in my nodules. I haven’t scheduled the biopsy yet but not impressed & my concern is since the one nodule is over 4 c.m. or more I don’t want the docs to start saying the nodule needs to be removed, not feeling it & who wants surg. My thyroid labs are always great & I never needed to be on thyroid meds. The only thing my last labs showed abt 9 months ago was my sedimentation rate was slightly out of range for the 1st time. I have to get labs done again in 2 weeks to check all my levels again. I am definitely willn to shrink these nodules naturally ! Do you treat patients virtually & put in orders for tests by email, fax etc. ? Thx so much !!
Dr. Tom Rofrano
Hi Lisa, we do see patients virtually. Feel free to contact us at 561-627-5800 or email@example.com for assistance.
Hi Dr. Tom. I just realized you responded ! I’m happy to hear you do virtual appts. ! I know in person treatment will be better but I’m willing to try virtual ! I will call the ofc. later today. Thx so much for your reply !
Hi Dr. Tom. I just realized you responded ! I’m happy to hear you ! I know in person treatment will be better but I’m willing to try virtual ! I will call the ofc. later today. Thx so much for your reply !
Dr. Tom Rofrano
Hi Dr Tom.
I’ve been in contact with your office, I’m interested in working remotely with you. Have you had success with solid nodules that have macro calcification? My nodules were growing slightly each year but last year almost all turned solid with calcification. Of course my Dr. suggests surgery. I’m curious to know if you’ve been able to help patients with nodules that are a bit more complicated?
My biggest issue has been self-control. I have your book. I have 4 young children and finding it very hard to stick with such a strict diet.
Dr. Tom Rofrano
I have seen patients with solid nodules improve. For example, in this video, one of the patient’s solid nodules reduced 54% in size. https://nmcwellness.com/how-to-shrink-thyroid-nodules-iv/
In a different patient, a calcified nodule reduced in size by 9%. Let us know if you need help with this.
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