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Are There Effective Alternative Therapies For Child With Low Thyroid
No: If a child is not manufacturing enough thyroid hormone it must be replaced. Levothyroxine is the generic name for the medication used to treat an underactive thyroid. Particularly in children, thyroid hormone is important for growth and also brain development when very young. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Alternative?: By that do you mean, choices other than what she is on now, or alternative medicine such as acupuncture? If the first, it depends on whether she has type 1 or 2. Type 1 has to take insulin, but there are various ways to take it. If type 2, there are several drugs available. If you meant the second, then, no. Diet, exercise, weight maintenance - those are essential. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Water: Di don't just occur out of no where. There is usually a cause. In the brain, it could be from past head injury, infection, tumor, ischemia to the hypothalamus/pituitary gland. At the kidney, it could be due medications (lithium, demeclocyline...), kidney disease, high calcium...I recommend finding the cause and treat it. However, in general, if you maintain adequate fluid intake, symptoms is less. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any good natural or alternative therapies that help supplement medications given for ADHD inattentive type?
Yes: There are several promising studies using zinc, magnesium, vit b6 amino acids, phosphatidylserine and neurofeedback.There are also numerous studies proving the efficacy and safety of medications (if used properly by a knowledgeable physician) behavioral intervention and parent skill training, although time consuming is efficacious and for the most part free of side effects.Discuss with your md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Alternative to hormones? Soy products have been shown to help with some of the symptoms of menopause. Anti-depressants and Clonidine can help. Prevention of bone loss includes adequate calcium, vitamin d and weight bearing exercises. Compounded estriol creams can help with dryness. Really depends on what symptoms you are trying to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there safe alternative or supplemental treatments for hypothyroidism, beyond synthetic hormones?
Absolutely: There are many effective treatments for depression that do not involve medications of any kind. Several well-established forms of talk therapy have proven at least as effective as mediations, if not more so. If you'e looking for a magic pill that isn't a medicine, then that's tougher. Health food stores have such products, but they are largely untested & may be neither safer nor as effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Anti-inflammatory and other medicines can cause problems for some people (heart disease, liver toxicity, stomach ulcers, etc). Arthritis symptoms can be improved by gentle aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening exercise, topical treatments like paraffin wax baths, massage and accupuncture. Supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin/5-loxin can also help some people. Orthotics and shoes can help. ...Read more
Danger: Treating lupus with complementary medicine would have to be done by someone who is very familiar with lupus, not just complementary medicine as certain "healthy" supplements such as echinacea can worsen lupus. Also, delay in traditional medical treatment can be deadly in lupus kidney or brain disease. Try stress reduction, smoking cessation, a healthy diet, routine exercise, and avoidance of sun. ...Read more
SURE: There are various medication options that can be added to the core mood stabilizing medication. For instance atypical anti-psychotics like Abilify (aripiprazole) or anti depressants can be added short term. Therapy and good healthy living like diet, exercise, and sleep. Also therapy and activity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Periventricular leukomalacia is a condition where brain tissue has been lost in so-called "water-shed" areas. Since the tissue is gone, there is no treatment per se, although one may need to treat associated disorders, such as muscle stiffness or dysfunction, with medical or non-medical therapies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More info needed: There are many different types of hemoglobins that are inherited, some varieties are mild diseases, some much more complex...You will need some tests to fully answer the question.The normal hemoglobin molecule carries the oxygen our tissues needs for life so it is really at the center of a lot of important activity. ...Read more
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NO: Seizures occur when the brain becomes "irritable" for some reason. I believe a common occurrence for this at night would be a reduced oxygen level as might occur in someone with sleep apnea. You should have sleep studies performed to rule this out as it would be easily addressed with CPAP to prevent the low oxygen levels. Definitely check with your neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Controversial: Few natural treatments get subjected to rigors of clinical trials, so claims can be quite controversial and most mainstream advocacy groups such as chadd.Org discuss some of the reservations at great length. Traditional stimulants are effective in majority of the cases, and the risks of exploring less rigorously studied approaches need to weigh safety vs risk of continued school or behavior probs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No and yes: If your thyroid is low, and you live in the us, take thyroid replacement. If your thyroid is overactive or the problem is a lump in your thyroid you should see a thyroidologist as there are many choics of treatment. ...Read more
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