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Thyroid Articles


Thyroid Gland Disorders

By Robyn Koumourou (2001)

Is your thyroid gland the culprit? How many times have you heard these words:

  • 'It's psychosomatic, it's all in your head'

  • 'It's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, there's nothing much you can do about it'

  • 'You're just suffering from stress and anxiety''

  • 'Just snap out of it and get on with your life'


Herbal Medicine

Diet, Nutrition & Exercise

By Robyn Koumourou (2006)


When it comes to any treatment protocol, a multifaceted approach needs to be taken and a treatment program developed that is tailored for the individual. There is not just one diet and exercise regime that will work for all thyroid patients. Thyroid disease does contribute to poor health and weight problems, and plays a major role in how a person responds to diet and exercise.​​​​​​


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Childhood Thyroid Disease

By Robyn Koumourou (2002)

Although thyroid disease occurs less frequently in children than in adults, the signs and symptoms can be similar. However, there are a few important differences that need to be brought to light.


Blood Test

Diagnosis and Management

By Robyn Koumourou (2005)

Thyroid Function Tests: What do they reveal? What is normal? What is optimal? Are they accurate? TFTs are not the 'be all and end all'. Clinical symptoms speak louder than blood results.



Tests for Thyroid Function

By Robyn Koumourou (2004)

There are multiple tests that can be done to assess thyroid function and bodily changes that help in the diagnosis and management of thyroid disease. Direct and indirect tests...



Causes of Thyroid Disorders

By Robyn Koumourou (2001)


There are many triggers, causes and co-factors involved in the development of thyroid dysfunction. Understanding the root causes is all important for recovery...  (Updated 2020)          



Guidelines for TFTs

Scientific Review by Alun Stevens

MSc FIAA (2002)


This is a comprehensive overview of the NACB guidelines for various tests used to diagnose and manage thyroid disease. What are optimal TFT levels?



Symptoms Checklists

By Robyn Koumourou (2000)


The signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction can be many and varied, as all systems in the body are affected by a change in metabolic rate & efficiency. 

Funny, but not so funny!


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Fibromyalgia & CFS

By Robyn Koumourou (2000)

A question that is frequently asked: “Is there a connection between CFS, Fibromyalgia (FMS), and thyroid function disorders?” For many patients the answer is, yes!



Postpartum Brochure

By Robyn Koumourou for Thyroid Australia (2006)


Post-Partum Thyroiditis (PPT) is an inflammation of the thyroid gland which may develop in as many as one in ten women after giving birth. The condition results in either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.


Doctor and Patient

Related Conditions

By Robyn Koumourou (2004)

Power-Point Presentation

There are many conditions that can be associated with thyroid disease, and some are statistically more likely to occur with autoimmune conditions.


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Hypothyroidism Brochure

By Robyn Koumourou for Thyroid Australia (2005)


Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which thyroid hormone production is below normal; an underactive thyroid gland. This results in a deficiency of thyroid hormone and a slower metabolic rate.


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Depression and Anxiety

By Robyn Koumourou (2021)

Depression and anxiety are common psychological disorders affecting the general population, but the prevalence of these conditions increases in those suffering with chronic diseases, and thyroid disease is no exception.



Pregnancy & Postpartum

By Robyn Koumourou (2005)

Power-Point Presentation

This key time of hormonal shifts can trigger thyroid abnormalities and result in Postpartum Thyroiditis. Infants born to mothers with autoimmune thyroiditis can also be affected. 


Algae Farm


By Robyn Koumourou (2023)

There is little doubt that iodine is fundamental to human health. Iodine is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in maintaining the health and function of your thyroid gland and your entire body.


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