Hi there, i use a nutritional approach for my ms but i do not have any documented thyroid problems. when i was diagnosed they did test my thyroid hormones and found no problems.
over the years researching nutrition i have run into this site quite a few times: www.ithyroid.com
unfortunately the site navigation is pretty broken, so to use this resource it seems easier to use google search and include this string in your search terms:
here is the page on hyperthyroidism (focusing on graves' disease, 'the most common cause of hyperthyroidism' http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001396/
) , to get you started:http://www.ithyroid.com/hyperthyroidism_theory.htm
Here is a list of what I believe are the possible causes of hyperthyroidism (Graves' disease), in my "best-guess" rank order:
Inadequate copper in the diet.
Excessive cadmium intake such as from smoking or excessive consumption of green leafy vegetables.
Excessive zinc intake for the amount of copper intake. (Too high a zinc/copper ratio)
Excessive aluminum intake.
Low vitamins which metabolize copper.
Low minerals which work with copper such as iron and sulfur.
Celiac disease or other digestive deficiencies.
Progesterone use, including progesterone-based birth control pills.
High estrogen levels or estrogen replacement therapy combined with smoking, consumption of excessive green leafy vegetables, or inadequate copper intake.
Estrogen mimics from environmental sources including consumption of canned food.
Lithium, sodium, and potassium imbalances.
Inadequate intake of protein or fat.