Is There Really A Permanent Graves Disease Cure?

Published July 2 2011

I personally used natural treatment methods to restore my health back to normal when I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, and have helped many other people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease achieve similar results naturally.  However, many people probably wonder whether natural treatment methods just manage the hyperthyroid symptoms naturally, or whether they provide a permanent Graves’ Disease cure.

I’m very cautious about using the word “cure”.  While I wish I could confidently say that there is a permanent Graves’ Disease cure, the truth is that even after someone has restored their health back to normal, there is always the chance of a relapse if the patient fails to maintain their health thereafter.  In other words, it’s not as simple as “eat this diet” and/or “take these supplements”, and your Graves’ Disease condition will be cured forever.

Graves Disease Cure vs. Permanent State of Remission

While it would be great to guarantee a permanent Graves’ Disease cure, I think that most people would be satisfied with a “permanent state of remission”.  In other words, if someone with Graves’ Disease knew that they could restore their health back to normal and then was able to maintain their health, most would be fine with it.  Especially when considering the alternative, which is to take antithyroid medication and hope your condition goes into a state of remission (which itself might only be temporary), or to receive radioactive iodine treatment, which of course will obliterate the thyroid gland.

One of the problems is that many people aren’t willing to take responsibility for their health.  One of the perceived “benefits” of receiving RAI is that after receiving this treatment you no longer have to worry about Graves’ Disease, and that it’s easy to manage hypothyroidism, which is a consequence of taking RAI.  While millions of people do have hypothyroidism and manage their symptoms with thyroid hormone, many others with hypothyroid conditions struggle with their condition.  I know because I also consult with many people who have hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and it’s not always as simple as taking synthetic or natural thyroid hormone to manage the symptoms.  While some people do need to receive radioactive iodine, one shouldn’t assume that this will offer any type of permanent “solution”.

How To Reduce The Chances Of Suffering A Relapse

So once someone with Graves’ Disease has restored their health back to normal, how do they go onto maintain their health?  I won’t go into great detail here, but it really comes down to doing the same things one would do when restoring their health back to normal, although perhaps not as extreme.  For example, when following a natural treatment protocol it’s important to eat well, and one usually will want to eliminate all of the common allergens, which of course greatly restricts what they can eat.  While you want to continue eating healthy AFTER your health has been restored back to normal, most people can get away with eating some “junk food” every now and then.

Of course some people find it difficult to eat well “every now and then”, and many do end up going back to their bad habits.  Once again, eating bad foods a few times each week usually won’t cause someone to relapse, unless perhaps if someone is eating foods they are highly allergic to.  Similarly, neglecting one’s sleep every now and then also usually isn’t a big deal.  But when someone frequently neglects their health, then over time this will affect their digestive system, adrenal glands, etc., and a relapse is likely to occur.

In summary, while there may not be a permanent Graves Disease cure, this doesn’t mean that someone who has Graves’ Disease can’t restore their health naturally and then maintain it thereafter.  In other words, there is the chance of a “permanent remission”.  So while there might always be a risk for a relapse, those who continue to take responsibility for their health should be able to maintain their state of wellness.