When NOT to treat thyroid cancer

Something's wrong with your thyroid?

Docs won't hesitate to slice it up, blast it with radiation, or even rip it out completely -- and since they'll tell you that your life's on the line, you won't even think about all the ways losing this critical gland can ruin your life later on.

You'll just be thrilled you're still alive!

But if you've been told there's a tumor or nodule on your thyroid, don't rush into that treatment yet -- because new research shows how you could end up regretting it for the rest of your life.

I know words like "cancer" and "tumor" are scary and surgeons bank on that -- literally -- to get patients into treatment.

But the study shows how new imaging techniques have led to an absolute explosion in unnecessary thyroid treatments in recent years... because many of the "tumors" and "nodules" detected by these highly sensitive new screenings are completely harmless.

In women -- who make up the vast majority of thyroid cancer cases -- up to 80 percent of the cases in the United States are "over-diagnoses," meaning they never needed treatment.

In fact, going by the guidelines, many of these cases shouldn't have even been called "cancer!"

Thyroid cancer is much less common in men, and the over-diagnosis rate is a little lower. Still, nearly half of these men never should have been treated, either, according to the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

I know it's tough to reconcile "cancer" with "harmless"... and it might seem like having it removed is better safe than sorry.

But that's not the case here.

Having the thyroid removed with surgery or destroyed with radiation will change your life forever -- and not in a good way.

Your thyroid produces essential hormones. Once it's gone, you'll need to take drugs to reproduce those hormones -- and you'll have to remain on those meds and battle their side effects for the rest of your life.

You'll also have to visit your doc so often to check hormone levels that other patients will start to think you work there.

If you're treated with radioactive iodine, you could face other lingering or even permanent problems including issues with your salivary glands, fatigue, and even fertility problems.

So don't let anyone rush you into surgery. Get a range of opinions, including one from a skilled holistic medical doctor.

And if you choose to wait, there are steps you can take to help support your thyroid and lower the risk that you may eventually need treatment.

Start with chamomile tea, which contains apigenin -- a potent flavonoid so effective at fighting thyroid cancer that it's being studied as a possible drug for the condition.

It can even help cut your risk of ever getting the disease, with between two and six cups of chamomile tea per week cutting the risk of thyroid cancer by up to 80 percent, and you can read more about it for free right here.