okay it's turning out a little off what i expected but still very interestingly interconnected and cool.
first i just did a general search and read this:
Cystic Thyroid Nodules: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Dilemmas.
Endocrinologist. 12(3):185-198, May/June 2002.
Massoll, Nicole M.D. *; Nizam, M. Soubhi M.D. +; Mazzaferri, Ernest L. M.D., M.A.C.P. ++
Cystic thyroid nodules are common, comprising as many as 40% of thyroid nodules encountered by the endocrinologist. Their differential diagnosis is relatively broad and includes lesions that may not fit a stereotypical presentation, such as intrathyroidal thyroglossal duct cysts, branchial cleft cysts that are close to the midline, and cystic lesions that are malignant. Benign cystic thyroid nodules not infrequently present with symptoms and signs that mimic an aggressive thyroid cancer, including pressure symptoms and rapid growth; however, a cystic papillary thyroid carcinoma may provide few clues of its malignant nature, including a soft consistency to palpation and little or no apparent growth over the course of several years. The physical and biochemical features of the aspirated fluid of a nodule provide little diagnostic information; both benign and malignant lesions may yield grossly bloody aspirates or translucent yellow fluid. Cystic thyroid nodules not only have a higher than usual likelihood of yielding cytology specimens that are inadequate for diagnosis but also have higher than usual rates of false-negative cytology specimens. However, using a careful clinical assessment, ultrasonography, Doppler studies and ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy, the malignant or benign nature of most cystic thyroid nodules can be identified. This article reviews the differential diagnosis, diagnostic approach, and treatment of cystic nodules.
then i decided to search on thyroid nodules and cholecalciferol and came up with this link:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fc ... tion.43218
it's more of a cancer article but with the autoimmune linkages, sure okay i'd give it a once-over, and when you search the page for cholecalciferol, it goes to this sentence:
Hypomagnesemia also inhibits formation of 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 (1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol).
now this i find extremely interesting because we know 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 provides brakes for the immune system similiar to what the interferon drugs try to imitate. we also know that the third trimester of pregnancy is protective against ms and that serum levels of 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 more than doubles during that final trimester. so if magnesium is a limiting factor for 1,25 production, well then we'd all be smart to make sure we have not just calcium to go with our D3 supplement, but magnesium also. which we knew already but this adds another layer of rationale for me, so neat.
now back to thyroid nodes and nutrition... bbs!