Proof of concept of the WOMED model of benign thyroid disease: Restitution of thyroid morphology aft
The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of a combined supplementation with magnesium, selenium and coenzyme Q10 on the morphology of the thyroid in patients with benign diseases. The clinical examination and treatment approach aims additionally at treating musculoskeletal and psychological stress.
A group of 8 patients (5 with hyperthyroidism, 3 with hypothyroidism) who initially attended a public institution received additional treatment at our private institution. The basic pharmacological treatment, i.e. substitution or thyreostatic, was kept unchanged. The inclusion of patients required good quality ultrasound images to be available.
Initially the changes of the musculoskeletal system were corrected. Following this, stress components were also treated. After a period of 2-4 years of supplementation we observed a normalization of thyroid morphology as evidenced on ultrasound while at the same time there was a reduction of perfusion intensity. Thyroid antibody titers decreased in the majority of cases. Failure of the treatment was seen in 2 cases of chronic thyroiditis that was present for more than 10 years. The ultrasound images of these patients suggest a possible fibrosis.
In spite of the limitation due to the small number of cases, our observational study has delivered proof of concept for our examination and treatment model for benign thyroid disease.
Our results challenge validity of the prevailing dogma of a destructive unstoppable "autoimmune" destructive process of the gland. At the same time it shows new therapeutic options for patients with thyroid disease.
Benign thyroid disease; Coenzyme Q10; Magnesium; Selenium; TPO Ab, anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies; TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone; TSH-R-Ab, anti-TSH receptor antibodies; Tg Ab, anti-thyroglobulin antibodies; Thyroid ultrasound; Thyroiditis; fT3, free triiodothyronine; fT4, free thyroxine
Proof of concept of the WOMED model of benign thyroid disease: Restitution of thyroid morphology after correction of physical and psychological stressors and magnesium supplementation.