Goiter-Types,Prevention And Cure.
A goiter is a swelling or large mass on the throat that results from abnormal growth of a gland called the thyroid.
Most goiters are caused by lack of iodine in the diet. Also a lack of iodine in a pregnant woman’s diet sometimes causes babies to die or be born mentally slow and or deaf (cretinism). This can happen even though the mother does not have a goiter.
Cretinism is a physical disorder caused by congenital thyroid deficiency. That is when there is severe thyroid hormone deficiency at birth or in babies.
TYPES OF GOITERS
- Nontoxic goiters
- Toxic nodular (multinodular goiter)
- colloid goiter
This type of goiter is believed to be caused by some drugs or medications after use. But the thyroid hormone secretes effectively without being affected by the nontoxic goiters.
This is where little nodules are formed and later enlarges. Here the eyes bulges out. When you experience this, please call for immediate medical attention.
This when there is an insufficient production of thyroid hormone because of lack of iodine and minerals in the body.
HOW TO PREVENT OR CURE A GOITER AND PREVENT CRETINISM
Everyone living in areas where people get goiters should use iodized salt. Use of iodized salt prevents the common kind of goiter and will help many goiters go away.
Old and hard goiters can only be removed by surgery but this is not usually necessary.
If it is not possible to get iodized salts, use tincture of iodine. Put 1 drop in a glass of water each day and drink. Be careful, too much tincture of iodine is poisonous. Drink only 1 drop a day. Keep the bottle where children cannot reach it. Iodized salt is much safer.
Most home cures for goiter do not do any good. However, eating crab and other seafood can do some good because they contain iodine. Mixing a little seaweed with food also adds iodine. But the easiest way is to use iodized salts.
Avoid eating much cassava if you are in an area where goiters are common.
HOW TO KEEP FROM GETTING A GOITER
- Never use a regular salt
- Iodized salts costs only a little more than other salt and is much better
- Always use iodized salt
NOTE : If a person with a goiter trembles a lot, is very nervous and has eyes that bulge out, this may be a different kind of goiter (toxic goiter). Seek medical advice.