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Natural Treatment Solutions For Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease Online Book Tour December 2011

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Join Dr. Eric M. Osansky, author of the nonfiction book Natural Treatment Solutions For Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease as he virtually tours the blogosphere in December 2011 on his first tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Dr. Eric M. Osansky

Photo-EricOsansky3HeadshotDr. Eric Osansky is a licensed healthcare professional who personally restored his health back to normal through natural treatment methods after being diagnosed with Graves’ Disease. He has also helped many others with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease restore their health naturally, and is author of the book Natural Treatment Solutions For Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease.

He also offers a free 42-page guide called “The 6 Steps On How To Treat Hyperthyroidism & Graves’ Disease Through Natural Methods”, which you can get by visiting www.GravesDiseaseBook.com.

You can visit his website at: www.NaturalEndocrineSolutions.com

About Natural Treatment Solutions For Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease

ThyroidCoverIf you have hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease and are looking for a natural treatment solution to get to the underlying cause of your condition, then this book will show you how to restore your health naturally…and avoid radioactive iodine.

In the United States, radioactive iodine is commonly recommended as the first line of treatment for hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease. While radioactive iodine is necessary at times, in most cases it should be the last resort. Antithyroid drugs may be necessary to manage the symptoms, but they of course do nothing for the actual cause of the disorder.

The author of the book, Dr. Eric Osansky, was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease and restored his health back to normal after following a natural treatment protocol. Ever since then he has been helping other people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease use natural thyroid treatment methods restore their health.

By reading this book you will discover the following:

* How natural treatment methods help with the actual cause of the disorder, rather than temporarily manage the symptoms
* Whether or not natural treatment methods offer a permanent cure
* Why Radioactive Iodine treatment should usually be the LAST resort
* Hyperthyroid diet tips which are essential to your recovery
* Nutritional supplements and herbs which are important for any hyperthyroid condition
* The truth about hyperthyroidism and iodine supplementation
* Why many people who have genetic markers for hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease can still have their health restored naturally
* Are natural treatment methods safe during pregnancy and lactation?
* How to find a holistic doctor who focuses on endocrine disorders

Read an Excerpt

Many people who have hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease might wonder why they should consider natural treatment methods. After all, if their endocrinologist or general medical practitioner has recommended antithyroid drugs or radioactive iodine therapy, then why question these conventional treatment methods? Since these doctors have been trained to help people with endocrine disorders it might seem to be foolish to attempt treating such a condition naturally.Plus, most endocrinologists label hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease as being incurable. Let’s not forget we’re talking about specialists who have received many years of training. So shouldn’t they know better than some “wacky” holistic practitioner who claims that someone with a hyperthyroid condition can have their health restored back to normal through a natural treatment protocol?

While it might make complete sense to follow the advice of your medical doctor without considering alternative treatment methods, one needs to keep a few things in mind. First of all, the reason why most endocrinologists advise their patients with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease to take prescription drugs or receive radioactive iodine treatment is because this is how they have been trained. As you might have guessed, there is no holistic training class in medical school, as doctors are taught to treat most conditions through drugs, surgery, and other conventional methods. And the same concept applies with the endocrinologist specialty, as they go through extensive training to obtain these credentials, but they are taught to treat most hyperthyroid conditions with antithyroid medication, radioactive iodine, or thyroid surgery.

Of course there are times when conventional medical treatment is necessary. So I’m not suggesting that everyone with Graves’ Disease or other types of hyperthyroidism shouldn’t take antithyroid drugs, or receive radioactive iodine. Without question some people with hyperthyroid conditions do need to take medication to manage the symptoms, and some also will need to receive RAI. And sometimes even surgery is required. But the reason why I wrote this book is because while some people do need to receive conventional medical treatment, many people with primary hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease can restore their health back to normal through natural treatment methods. And many people who can’t have their health completely restored back to normal can still benefit from following a natural treatment protocol.

There Is No Official “Hyperthyroid Specialist”

While it’s safe to say that many endocrinologists see a fair share of people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease, they also focus on other endocrine disorders as well. This includes hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, diabetes, and numerous other endocrine disorders. This isn’t to suggest that these doctors aren’t competent with hyperthyroid conditions, but my point is that they have to deal with many different endocrine disorders, and as a result most don’t have the time to look into holistic methods to help their patients. And to be frank, most of these doctors probably don’t have the desire to use natural treatment methods on their patients.

Once again, these doctors simply aren’t trained in medical school to treat any endocrine disorders naturally. So when someone comes into their office with a hyperthyroid condition, or any other endocrine disorder, they don’t think to themselves, “what is the actual cause of this condition?” Instead, they will run their set of tests, and then based on the test results they will put the person on the necessary medical protocol. For diabetes, this frequently involves telling the person they will need to take insulin daily for the rest of their life, although they will also need to inform the person of modifying what they can eat and drink. For hypothyroidism, they will almost always recommend the patient to take synthetic thyroid hormone, rather than trying to find out why the person became hypothyroid to begin with (yes, natural treatment methods can benefit many of these people too!). And with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease, they will either have the patient take prescription drugs to put the condition into a state of remission, which is usually temporary, or they will right off the bat advise the patient to receive radioactive iodine treatment.

Why Not Find The Underlying Cause Of The Disorder?

On the other hand, many holistic doctors take the opposite approach. While they might order the same thyroid blood tests and recommend other similar tests, a good holistic doctor will also try to determine the cause of the condition. Because by looking into the cause of the disorder, many people with a hyperthyroid condition can have their health restored back to normal by addressing that cause. And as I have already mentioned, for those people who can’t have their health restored back to normal, many can still receive some great benefits from natural treatment methods, and at the very least prevent their condition from worsening over time.

For example, it is agreed by numerous healthcare professionals that stress is a potential cause of hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease. And while there is no definitive way to determine whether stress has caused someone’s condition, one can get a good idea of whether stress is a factor by looking at the patient’s history, and also by measuring the health of the patient’s adrenal glands, which is almost never done by most medical doctors. And when they do recommend a test to determine the health of the adrenal glands, it is almost always a one-sample blood test of the morning cortisol levels, which in most cases isn’t sufficient.

In any case, if it was determined that stress was a probable cause of someone’s hyperthyroid condition, or at least a contributing factor, then one can help the patient to better cope with the stress in their life. Doing this alone probably wouldn’t cure their hyperthyroid condition, but without question it is an important factor in restoring someone’s health back to normal. And of course helping them cope with stress better can also prevent their condition from becoming worse over time.

The United States vs. Other Countries

The truth is that when compared to other countries, many medical doctors in the United States use invasive procedures on a more frequent basis. I’m not just talking about hyperthyroid conditions, but many other conditions as well. This would be fine if it led to a better outcome when compared to other countries, but this usually isn’t the case. For example, the most common surgery in the United States is the Caesarean section, which no doubt can save lives in many pregnant women. But the C-Section rate is much higher when compared to some other countries that have a much lower mortality rate. In other words, while some C-sections are without question necessary, many are done unnecessarily.

In fact, according to an article written in the New York Times, “The Caesarean section rate in the United States reached 32 percent in 2007, the country’s highest rate ever”. 1 A rate of around 15 percent would be ideal according to The World Health Organization. The article also states, “When needed, a Caesarean can save the mother and her child from injury or death, but most experts doubt that one in three women need surgery to give birth. Critics say the operation is being performed too often, needlessly exposing women and babies to the risks of major surgery.” 2

The same concept applies with the hysterectomy, as while this type of surgery is also necessary in some women, in many women this procedure is performed unnecessarily. Over 500,000 women receive this procedure each year. Don’t get me wrong, as in the case of uterine cancer or other serious health issues, a hysterectomy may be warranted. But just as is the case with C-sections, many women receive a hysterectomy when there are alternative options.

According to Elizabeth Plourde, author of the book “Your Guide to Hysterectomy, Ovary Removal, & Hormone Replacement”, “Though the first hysterectomies were implemented to save women’s lives, now only 10% are the result of cancer, and less than 1% for obstetrical emergencies. The other, approximately 89%, are classified as “elective” surgery, and are performed for conditions that are not life-threatening. 3

It’s a similar situation with the thyroid gland. And one can argue that the thyroid gland is much more important than the uterus, or any other gland or organ frequently removed (gallbladder, appendix, etc.). While one can live without a uterus, gallbladder, tonsils, appendix, etc., nobody can live without a thyroid gland. So while nobody wants to have any gland or organ removed, one can argue that the thyroid gland is one of the LAST parts of the body you would want removed.

Try To Keep An Open Mind

In order to benefit from this book, it is important for you to keep an open mind. I of course don’t expect you to agree with everything I say. In fact, I expect you to be skeptical. Just keep in mind that my goal isn’t to convince you to choose natural treatment methods and avoid conventional medical treatment protocols. Instead, my goal is to show you the benefits of natural treatment methods, including how such treatment methods helped with my autoimmune hyperthyroid condition, and at the same time discuss the different benefits and risks of all of the different treatment options out there.

While I’m obviously biased towards natural treatment methods, I once again do realize that there is a time and place for conventional medical treatment, and I ultimately want to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. If after reading this book you decide to choose a natural treatment protocol then that’s great. On the other hand, if you decide that conventional medical treatment methods are the best option for you, then that’s fine too. But as long as you have explored all of your options and feel comfortable with your decision, then I’ll feel as if I did my job.

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Natural Treatment Solutions For Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease Tour Schedule

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Monday, December 5th
Interview at Broowaha

Tuesday, December 6th
Guest Post at Books, Products and More

Wednesday, December 7th
Interview at Divine Caroline

Thursday, December 8th
Interview at The Examiner

Friday, December 9th
Review at Country Bookshelf

Monday, December 12th
Guest Post at Book Spark

Tuesday, December 13th
Guest Post at The Book Connection

Wednesday, December 14th
Interview at Paperback Writer

Thursday, December 15th
Review at Bless Their Hearts Mom

Friday, December 16th
Interview at Pump Up Your Book

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Book Giveaway: The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer by Dr. Jonny Bowden

The Most Effective Ways to Live LongerWe’ve got a free book giveaway going on at The Writer’s Life!

Dr. Jonny Bowden, author of the health and anti-aging book, The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer, will be giving away a free copy from now until Jan. 22.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, a board-certified nutrition specialist with a master’s degree in psychology, is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition, and health. A popular speaker and a former personal trainer with six national certifications in exercise, he was the acclaimed “Weight Loss Coach” on iVillage for twelve years, and is now a regular contributor to AOL, a columnist for Better Nutrition and Clean Eating magazines and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Men’s Health. He’s also the nutritionist for the popular website, http://www.eatdrinkordie.com, where his entertaining videos on food and nutrition can be seen daily.

His books have been acclaimed by a virtual who’s who in the field of nutritional medicine, garnering endorsements by Christiane Northrup, MD, Mehmet Oz, MD, Barry Sears, PhD. (who calls him “one of the best”), Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD (who calls him “the personal health coach I would want in my corner no matter what”), and many others. His book, Living Low Carb: Controlled Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss has more than 100,000 copies in print. He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising Truth About What to Eat as well as The Healthiest Meals on Earth and The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth and The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy.

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Dr. Bowden is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the American College of Nutrition and is adjunct faculty for Clayton College of Natural Health. He lives in the Topanga Canyon area of Southern California with his three dogs, Woodstock, Emily and Lucy.

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An Interview with Sandy Powers, Author of ORGANIC FOR HEALTH

A breast cancer survivor who battled liver disease, Sandy Powers turned to organic foods to heal her liver and fight cancer recurrence. She and her husband live in Englewood, Florida, where they enjoy chasing after their grandsons.

She is also the author of ORGANIC FOR HEALTH, which will convince you to avoid conventionally grown foods laden with the biggest offenders, and more importantly, to fill your body with the clean, potent vitamins and minerals in organic foods that truly honor your health.


You can visit her website at www.organicforhealthsite.com.

Welcome to Beyond the Books, Sandy. Can you tell us whether you are published for the first time or multi-published, Can you give us the title(s) of your book(s)?

Hello. I’m happy to be here. I had a Cookbook published over 25 years ago, “Food for Thought. My other book, “Organic for Health,” is recently published.

What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

“Food for Thought” was the name of my first published book. Only a few copies were published. I wrote it for my daughters who were heading to college and wanted some “home cooking.”

For your first Published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

I published the book myself. I didn’t check any other avenues.

How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

I had no rejections since I didn’t go the traditional route.

When your first book was published, who published it and why did you

choose them?

I published my first book myself from start to finish.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

It was my second book published that I felt a sense of accomplishment. This book took a year of extensive research and another six months to write, so when I finished the first draft, I handed it to my husband and said, “Read it and tell me what you think.” He liked it. That was all the celebration I needed,

What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I really didn’t promote my first book, but with my second book the first marketing I undertook was talk radio. After the first few interviews, I found my “mojo” and I love it.

If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

I contacted traditional publishers at first, but I was not happy with the time frame. I’ve always had a sense of urgency about life, and being a breast cancer survivor, merely re-enforced that urgency, so I went to self-publishing.

Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

“Organic for Health” has been out for about 5 months now so I’m not working on anything else right now.

Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

My mistakes were in sending my manuscript over the Internet. I wrote it in the manner of the traditional publishers’ desire. Internet publishing is a whole new ball game. I didn’t follow the manuscript procedure exactly the way iUniverse wanted which caused delays.

What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

Marketing is the toughest part of becoming published. Even with traditional publishers, you do your own marketing, unless you’re an accomplished author. Getting a handle on marketing has been my biggest accomplishment since becoming published.

If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

I’ve had many professions—teacher, quilter, business owner—but writing has no equal.

Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

I only write today. Writing is a good, dear friend.

How do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I hope to be celebrating with my husband 13 years of cancer free.

Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Write about what you know. Anything else, the reader will see through it.

An Interview with Lupus Expert Marilyn Celeste Morris

Although she was raised as a Military Brat, Marilyn Celeste Morris was born in her grandfather’s house in Toronto, Texas, a small Southern Pacific Railroad Section six miles west of Alpine. Perhaps as an omen of what would be the next twenty years of her life, the railroad’s abandonment of this settlement shortly afterward left her with no “permanent” home.  Schooling consisted of Dependents’ Schools while overseas, in Seoul Korea, 1946-47 and Linz, Austria (1949-1952) and various schools stateside. A rarity for a Military Brat, she was fortunate enough to have attended all three high school years and graduated at Lawton Senior High School, Lawton OK. Further education was attained at Cameron State College, Lawton OK, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth TX, and North Texas State University. She received an AAS Degree in Mental Health in 1995.Morris began her writing career as a guest columnist in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and for ten years wrote a weekly humor/human interest column for a weekly newspaper in the Fort Worth TX area.

She has taught creative writing at Tarrant County College, Fort Worth TX, survived numerous book signings and speaking engagements; and is experienced in interviewing on both radio and television. Her first novel, Sabbath’s Room, a paranormal murder mystery was published in 2001. 

In August 2002, Once a Brat was released. Described as “part travelogue, part therapy session,” she relates sometimes hilarious, sometimes wrenchingly sad experiences of an Army officer’s daughter from 1938 to her father’s retirement in 1958.

Her other non-fiction book, Diagnosis: Lupus, The Intimate Journal of a Lupus Patient, chronicles her intensive three-year, five doctor search for diagnosis and treatment of her baffling symptoms, her struggles with God and society, her anger and frustration (“But you don’t look sick!”) vividly expressed in her daily writings from first symptoms to current remission.

All three books are available on Amazon.com or a local bookstore can order them for you.

When not writing or editing emerging writers’ manuscripts, Morris enjoys searching for former classmates and true to her Brat heritage, she has a suitcase packed under the bed, ready to travel at a moment’s notice.  

Welcome to Beyond the Books, Marilyn.  Can you start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?  

I’m happy to say I’m multi-published:  Three books in print and one in limbo right now, due to the publisher’s bankruptcy.  But that’s a whole ‘nuther story. 

What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why? 

My first book that I ever submitted, and which was accepted on the first try, is Sabbath’s Room, a murder mystery set in the Texas Hill Country.  It is, however, different from the first few drafts, the final manuscript being much longer and involved than the first, even though the plot was basically the same.  I just wasn’t sure where it was going with the first draft.   

When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?  

Well, like many a new writer, I fell for the Publish America’s promises and it was published.  I had done some editing for a military brat friend in VA who had his novel, Skinny Dipping, based on his own experiences as an army brat, and he got his book accepted.  So I figured if he can do it, so can I. 

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
  

Let me tell you:  There’s nothing quite like holding your first published book in your own sweaty little hands.  You’ve been accustomed to seeing the words on 8.5 by 11 white paper, but looking at these very same words bound in a trade paperback size, complete with cover art and a back cover, with your name on the spine, is magical.  I didn’t care about all the flap I was hearing about PublishAmerica.  By golly, I had done what some people only thought of doing:  I got my work published.  And that was good enough for me.  I celebrated by calling everyone I knew emailing all over the place, and then I contacted Barnes and Noble, which was scheduling a”New Texas Authors” night and added myself to the list of about five other new Texas authors.  That’s a great way to celebrate, and after the event, about 10 of my friends and I went to dinner.  Pretty sedate, huh?  But it was just fine with me.

What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I scheduled a book signing with Barnes and Noble and I felt like a “real” author then. 

If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

Probably not, which may surprise those who are still smarting from the PA experience.  I’m too damned old to wait around for an agent to miraculously choose my manuscripts, and too broke to pay a vanity publisher to put my works in print.  I went with PA for my next two books, and would have gone with them for my fourth, but they declined to accept it, stating my sales were not sufficient to justify them taking on another book of mine.  I figured it was their loss. 

Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

I had my second book, Once a Brat, the story of my life with my army officer father all over the world from my birth in 1938 until his (our!) retirement in 1958.  Then I sent them my third manuscript, Diagnosis: Lupus:  The Intimate Journal of a Lupus Patient, taken from my own experiences over about a five year period both before and after I was diagnosed with the disease in 1988.  When I sent my fourth manuscript, The Women of Camp Sobingo, another novel, and was turned down, I then signed with the now bankrupt Mardi Gras Publishing and it was put on line as an e-book.  I had second thoughts about this novel being on-line, as it is lengthy and involved in its story of four army wives isolated in a military compound in Seoul, Korea, immediately after the end of WWII.  I felt I had grown a lot as an author, so I considered this as an experiment and I was not happy with the idea of it being an ebook, and I told them that,  so they released me from our contract effective Sept. 1, 2007.  This was before the bankruptcy rumors got started, so I don’t believe my work will be held by the Trustee as “intellectual property.” I currently have this novel with another print publisher, waiting for their backlog to clear.  I know I’ve grown as a writer since my first novel came out, from experience and because I also freelance as an evaluator/editor for a publisher, watching for use of point of view, setting, plot and pacing, dialogue, etc.

Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?  What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

I really feel like I did what I had to do to get published.  I’m getting older by the day (aren’t we all?) and I didn’t want to wait around for a miracle to happen.   As for mistakes, well, I’ll paraphrase what one agent bluntly told me:  “First novels should be taken to the back yard and set ablaze.” She was right.  I can see holes in the plot of my first novel so big you could drive a truck through them.  But it’s another learning experience, each time I work on a manuscript.  I’m learning all the time.   

What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published? 

I am pleased to say that my self-help book, Diagnosis: Lupus, has been given the distinction of being listed as “Recommended Reading” by the Education Committee of the Lupus Foundation of America.  At our last symposium, copies of my book were raffled off to some in attendance.  Half the proceeds of the sales will be donated to the LFA.   

If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

I would be a teacher.  I feel like I am, sometimes, when I’m editing, and I have done some substitute teaching in our local school district.  I would have chosen to become a college level English or History teacher.   

Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds? 

I’ve combined both my loves.  Although I must say, being an author is a lot safer and less exhausting than trying to control unruly middle school kids who may be armed and dangerous all day.  I truly admire our teachers who face these situations every day.  They aren’t paid nearly enough.   

How do you see yourself in ten years? 

Still alive. <G> Still writing.  Still being published and well-paid.  (This is a dream, isn’t it?) 

Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Keep writing.  Decoupage your rejection slips on all your trash cans.  Work hard at improving your writing, because your first drafts are going to be turned down immediately as such.  Get a good editor to point out your errors before you send your manuscript off to a hard-hearted, nameless editor at a publishing house.  Start calling yourself a writer, because you are “one who writes.” Then when you are published, then you can call yourself “an author.” It can happen.  If I did it, so can you.   Marilyn Celeste Morris may be reached by email at marilyncmorris@sbcglobal.net to schedule a speaking engagement or arrange for editing services.  See also www.freewebs.com/graceworksproductions for excerpts of all of her three books. 

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