Healing Thyroid With Directed Pulses
Kathy R. consulted me for
hyperthyroidism ( an overactive thyroid gland) with
heart palpitations, hot flushes, excessive sweating,
and bouts of anxiety. Her thyroid laboratory tests
clearly indicated hyperactivity. Her T4 test showed
an abnormally elevated result. Her doctor had told
her that her thyroid disorder was most likely caused
by an autoimmune disorder—a disorder in which the
body's own immune defense system turns against its
own tissues, the thyroid gland being the target
organ in this case. As for treatment, her primary
physician referred her to a surgeon who recommended
removal of the overactive gland. She sought a second
opinion and was offered alternative treatments of
radioactive iodine and drugs. In all cases she was
told the result would be the same: a total
destruction of the thyroid gland.
Kathy had strong feelings against
surgery and radioactive iodine treatment. She was
also resistant to the idea of drug therapy for a
long period, possibly for several years. She was
repulsed by the idea that all three types of
treatment were designed to permanently destroy the
thyroid gland. She had read quite a bit about the
natural healing methods of various cultures, and
wanted to know if I could guide her in a natural
healing effort. Kathy fully understood what she was
asking me to do. The physicians she saw before had
given her detailed information about the risks of an
overactive thyroid gland, such as heart palpitations
and failure, and the probable outcome of untreated
hyperthyroidism—a burned-out gland that is
"Do you agree with my previous
doctors that thyroid gland overactivity results from
an immune injury?" she asked.
"Yes, I do," I replied.
"If this is so, don't you think
there might be a way to repair the immune injury?"
"If that can be done, wouldn't I
save my thyroid gland?"
"Don't you think my thyroid gland
is worth saving?" she asked with a smile.
"Certainly, it is," I returned
"So why not try it?"
"We can try, but I don't know if
we will succeed. To my knowledge it has never been
done. Or rather, it has never been reported in
medical literature," I explained.
"That doesn't mean it cannot
work, does it?"
"So why not try it?"
"Well, it's not that simple.
There are some ethical and legal issues."
"Dr. Ali, I'll sign any consent
you want me to sign. If we fail, I won't hold you
responsible. I don't have any alternatives. Will you
try? That's all I can ask you," she pleaded, then
repeated. "Would you please try?"
Kathy seemed an ideal candidate
for a self-regulatory approach. She was evidently
quite committed to the idea and was willing to make
a diligent attempt at it. Still, it was a difficult
decision for me to agree to work with her, fully
recognizing the risks of untreated hyperthyroidism.
After long discussions on two different visits, we
decided to proceed.
This was early in my clinical
work with natural therapies. My ideas of
energetic-molecular medicine, which I describe at
length in RDA: Rats, Drugs and Assumptions, had not
evolved yet. I had no experience dealing with such
an "organic" disease using a self-regulatory healing
approach. Nobody, to my knowledge, had ever
considered hyperthyroidism a psychosomatic disease.
At this early stage, I still believed in the
distinction between psychosomatic disease
(derangement of the mind causing a disease of the
body) and somatopsychic disorders (disease of the
body causing a derangement of the mind).
Kathy and I began with my
nutritional protocols. I asked her to stay on the
Tapazole (a drug that destroys an overactive thyroid
gland) prescribed by her previous physician. Next, I
instructed her in autoregulation methods. The pulses
came to her fingertips readily. Within a few days,
she learned to direct them to her thyroid gland. I
expected this in a way. An overactive thyroid gland
is a rich vascular organ.
Next, I designed a card for
Kathy. It showed a microscopic picture of a normal
thyroid gland juxtaposed to one displaying the
mushroom-like growth of the abnormal cells seen in
hyperthyroidism. I asked her to look at this card
several times a day. My purpose was to give her
true-to-life microscopic imaging for her thyroid
gland. I wanted to let her see how her thyroid gland
looked in disease and to let her imagine how it
would look after she restored it to health.
Kathy, like John, turned out to
be a natural autoregger. As she learned to control
her symptoms with autoreg, I started reducing the
dose of Tapazole. Four months later, Kathy stopped
taking Tapazole altogether. Her symptom control with
autoreg was complete. Three months later, her
thyroid laboratory test results fell from abnormally
high values to those within normal range. (T4 test
value fell from 16.8 to 11.4, T3 value fell from 289
to 156, FTI value fell from 5.1 to 3.4, and T3
uptake value fell from 34 to 31.)
About 18 months later, Kathy's
symptoms recurred. Her laboratory tests became
abnormal again. She told me she had taken her
prescribed nutrient intermittently, and admitted she
had stopped doing autoreg. I gave her the choice
between Tapazole and autoregulation with nutritional
therapies. She chose the autoregulation approach for
the second time. About three months later, the
symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland had subsided
and the results of thyroid function tests had
returned to normal limits. About two years later,
her hyperthyoidism recurred for the third time.
Again, we began our nondrug program and controlled
the overactivity of the gland in some months.
It has been more than three years
since the second relapse. She has been free of
symptoms and free of drugs. She controls her
occasional symptoms with autoregulation without any
difficulty. Her high laboratory test values have
been gradually coming down.
One may be tempted to complain
about the need for nutrient therapies and
autoregulation for so long. Let's look at the
alternatives. Almost all patients treated with
drugs, surgery or radioactive iodine for this
disorder end up with an underactive thyroid gland
(hypothyroidism). Then, they have to take thyroid
replacement hormones for life. Such therapy requires
life-long monitoring for hormone balancing, and
causes osteoporosis in some cases.
There is another issue here of
critical importance. People who develop one type of
autoimmune disorder are more likely to develop other
types of immune disorders as well. Hyperthyroidism
is not an exception. Burning down the thyroid gland
with radiation, destroying the gland with chemicals
or removing it with surgery does not address the
underlying immune weakness. By contrast, when an
overactive thyrood gland is coaxed back to normal
behavior with self-regulation, nutrient therapies
and allergy treatment, the weakened immune system is
strengthened—not just to cope with an overactive
thyroid gland but also to prevent the development of
other types of immune disorders.
Radioactive Therapy for an
How often can one hope to succeed
with natural restorative therapies in cases of
hyperthyroidism? I have seen only two failures. An
82-year-old woman consulted me for an overactive
thyroid gland associated with severe osteoporosis as
well as congestive heart failure. She and her
husband were very eager to avoid the recommended
radioactive iodine treatment. Within days of
beginning my nondrug program, I recognized that we
didn't have sufficient time to pursue a natural
approach. Her heart had been weakened and I feared
that she might slip into a life0threatening acute
heart failure. I recommended radioactive treatment.
I didn't get any follow-up from her or her family
The second case concerned a woman
in her early forties. After a few weeks of following
our program, her primary physician and her husband
forced her to accept radioactive treatment, and she
had her thyroid gland burned down permanently.
A Sluggish Thyroid Gland Speeds
Allan, a man in his late
seventies from Boston, consulted me for symptoms of
chronic fatigue, allergies, low body temperature,
and cold hands and feet. After a clinical laboratory
evaluation, I started our nondrug therapies for
allergy treatment and prescribed some intramuscular
vitamin injections. Because his son practices
medicine in Boston, Allan reassured me he would
continue the injection therapy suggested. His
morning oral temperatures ranged from 96.5 to 97.4.
His blood levels of thyroid hormones and TSH test
showed evidence of thyroid hypoactivity. I
prescribed a small dose of natural thyroid extract.
I also incorporated autoregulation, teaching him how
to direct his pulses from his fingers to his thyroid
gland region, and explained how it was likely to
help. He showed good tissue responses in his
biologic profile on the computer screen during
Allan responded well and
described a good clinical response during a
follow-up phone consultation. At the six-month
follow-up he was still doing well. At this time I
learned that he had elected not to take the natural
thyroid gland extract for some months while he
explored the intriguing possibility that he might be
able to up-regulate his depressed thyroid gland
function with autoreg. My curiosity piqued, I asked
what temperatures he was running at that time.
"It's almost one degree higher
than it used to be. Directing pulses to my thyroid
gland seems like a simple thing to me. Why take a
drug unless I have to?"
I agreed that it was a good
decision on his part, and that he should keep a
close watch on his body temperature.
It is now more than two and half
years since that conversation. He calls
infrequently, and at the time of his last call, he
still wasn't taking any thyroid gland medication.
Why do the pulses speed up a
sluggish thyroid in some patients and not in others?
How the body responds to self-regulation depends on
several things. First and foremost, there is the
issue of total biologic burden: How many diseases is
a person fighting? Allen's life has not been unkind
to him. He has a loving, supportive wife. His
general health was good except for some undue
weakness. He was at peace with himself and with the
world around him. He didn't seem to carry hidden
anger. Anger, as I wrote in The Cortical Monkey and
Healing, is the sworn enemy of self-regulation.
There is another important aspect
of self-regulation: Angry tissues are impervious to
intellectual pleas for healing. Some people have an
intuitive sense of how tissues under duress respond
to autoregulation, while others stay trapped in
cortical devices of mind-over-body healing notions
that never work.
Over the years, I have been amazed at the ability
of some people to resolve serious medical problems
with little effort in just a few weeks. Equally
amazing has been my observation of how some people
are so incarcerated in their mind-over-body notions
that repeated pleas from their clever-thinking minds
fall on the "deaf ears" of their injured tissues. On
a positive note, nearly all individuals finally do
succeed in self-regulation to varying degrees,
sometimes after months of struggle. The difference
is only a matter of time.
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