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When Oprah announced last Monday that her thyroid problem was cured, it sent many viewers buzzing on the message boards. Is it even possible to cure thyroid disease? And how did she do it? Oprah is now clearing the air. "Here's the bottom line," she says. "When I said I was cured, I meant I don't have the thyroid problem anymore because my thyroid levels are all in the normal range now and my doctors have taken me off of any thyroid medication." However, Oprah says she still has her levels frequently checked to monitor her thyroid gland. 

Dr. Oz joins Oprah via Skype™ from his office in New York to further explain her thyroid condition. "Well, just to be clear, your thyroid problems aren't the usual thyroid problems," he says. "And by that I mean although the ailment itself is common, there's two issues that can happen with your thyroid. It can underperform—that's hypothyroidism—or it can overperform—hyperthyroidism. 

"But your issue, Oprah, and you're so unique, is you were having a frat party in your thyroid," Dr. Oz says. "You were having a bunch of different things happening at once. And so you have these two ailments: One was stimulating the thyroid with antibodies; the other one was actually waging war on the thyroid. And so when those two level out, they actually can bring you into a place of peace—which, interestingly, is where you are right now." 

Watch Oprah and Dr. Oz's webcast for more answers to your health questions.
FROM: Falling Off the Wagon Follow-Up
Published on January 12, 2009


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