The Thyroid is “The Master Gland and Hormone Regulator” that controls everything in our body.
One of the biggest reasons our thyroid gland begins to slow down is due to iodine deficiency in addition to aging. In fact, 40% of us are at risk for iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism. Not giving our bodies the nutrients that are important for a healthy thyroid will also slow your thyroid down. Since the body makes very little iodine, it relies on the diet to supplement and support the Thyroid and Endocrine System.
Our diets and foods that are being produced through mass corporate farming are leading to severe soil and essential minerals deficiency in the past 10 years, nationwide. We are also allowing other countries to export their foods into the US with genetically modified (GMO’s) and unregulated rules pertaining to fruits and vegetable that is becoming our biggest threat to our health. Pesticides and fertilizers are extremely toxic and have a damaging effect on the Thyroid and are basically unregulated here and abroad. The depletion of nutrients that are not being utilized within the body begins to affect the Thyroid, Liver, Digestion and Enzyme reduction (Gut) and Endocrine system. Toxicity from chemicals and processed foods plus environmental pollution from water and poor air is leading to more chronic and acute deficiencies within the body. Many medications also slow down the thyroid and also cause iodine deficiency. The toxic effect of pain medications, antihistamines and anti-depressants that make you feel sleepy or slow also effect the thyroid thus slowing down ones metabolism.
Identifying Thyroid Disorders
Hypothyroidism is one of the main contributors to the tremendous rise in degenerative diseases we’ve seen in the past 20 years (despite hundreds of new drugs) including, Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart and Vascular Diseases and others.
Causes… An estimated 52 million Americans are afflicted with thyroid hormone deficiency (and more every year), and the main culprit is a poisonous ingredients such as Bromide and Fluoride that are put into foods and consumer products that destroys thyroid production.
Causes…The standard thyroid test taught in American medical schools — the TSH test — is among the most inaccurate tests in modern medicine, so hypothyroidism is “usually missed,” which sets the stage for disease. See the National Academy of Thyroidism’s, How Accurate is TSH Testing? Also see below sections: Medical School Training Flawed andThe TSH Test Is Misleading and Inaccurate
Causes…misdiagnosed symptoms by your doctor that then prescribed unnecessary or harmful drugs. If hypothyroidism is the root cause of your disease or illness, and it goes untreated, your doctor can’t successfully treat you.
Signs of Thyroid Imbalance
Feeling exhausted when you wake up, feeling as if 8 or 10 hours of sleep a night is insufficient or being unable to function all day without a nap can all be signs of thyroid problems. (With hyperthyroidism, you may also have nighttime insomnia that leaves you exhausted during the day.) Fatigue symptoms are usually mild at first before increasing in intensity.
- Weight Changes
If you’ve tried every low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie diet with little weight loss success, you might have hypothyroidism. An underactive thyroid gland is like miring your metabolism in quicksand, slowing it down to the point of ineffectualness. With an overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, patients usually cannot gain weight no matter how much they eat. This is because overly active thyroids push metabolisms to warp speed, causing the body to burn calories like rocket fuel. Many patients also experience dramatic and unexplained weight loss.
- Muscle & Joint Pain
Unexplained aches and pains in the muscles and joints (following no period of physical exertion) can be symptomatic of a thyroid condition. These pains can and are intense and unrelenting, interfering with normal activities and inhibiting the person’s ability to perform movements and actions within their normal ranges of motion. These symptoms can also manifest as muscle weaknesses, leading specific muscle groups suddenly unable to bear normal workloads. Some people experience tremors in their hands, which can become severe. Pain, swelling and stiffness can also occur in muscles and joints.
- Swollen Neck
Swelling in the neck or a visibly enlarged thyroid that leads to neck pain and a gravelly voice can indicate thyroid disease. This condition is known as a “neck goiter,” and it typically presents as a localized enlargement at the base of the neck, affecting the skin and surrounding tissues which protect the actual thyroid gland. However, the presence of a neck goiter does not necessarily signal that there is a problem with the thyroid itself. This type of swelling simply means that there is some underlying condition that is affecting the size of the thyroid and causing it to grow, and if it occurs in isolation without the presence of other symptoms, it may not require aggressive treatment.
- Hair & Skin Changes
The hair and skin often show the first signs of thyroid problems, including symptoms such as dry hair, loss of hair, scaly skin, or excessively dry skin. Normal, regulated hair growth is actually dependent on the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, and problems with thyroid function can cause balding of the head in men and women, as well as the loss of body hair. The thyroid also regulates delivery of hormones which play important roles in the maintenance of healthy skin. When the thyroid is underactive or overactive, these hormones aren’t delivered in the proper quantities, and noticeable changes in the skin are the end result.
- Bowel Disturbances
Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause changes in bowel habits, as both conditions interfere with the body’s ability to digest food and generate waste. People suffering from an underactive thyroid often experience difficulties in passing bowel movements, resulting in chronic constipation. Bowel movements can also be painful and cause additional problems such as hemorrhoids. For people with hyperthyroidism, bowel movements can become more frequent and more urgent. Diarrhea can also take place. Stools tend to be loose, with higher volumes of liquid and may occur even if the patient has had little to eat. See our no charge stool test.
- Menstrual Abnormalities
Both underactive and overactive thyroids can disrupt women’s menstrual cycles, and like other condition-dependent symptoms, the nature of the changes depend on whether the patient is suffering from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Women with underactive thyroids may experience lighter than normal periods, and they may also miss periods altogether. On the other hand, overactive thyroids can cause heavier than normal periods, or periods which last several days longer than normal. The menstrual cycle may shorten, and spotting can occur.
Depression or anxiety disorders can indicate thyroid disease, although these symptoms are typically not enough on their own to warrant a diagnosis. These psychiatric symptoms and mood disturbances may present in a generalized or acute manner. In other words, patients may slowly sink into sustained periods of mild to severe depression, or they could experience unexpected, sudden and intense outbursts of symptoms, such as panic attacks. Mood imbalances are more often seen with underactive thyroids. These symptoms may be accompanied by a general feeling of malaise or lethargy, an inability or lack of desire to concentrate.
- Carpal Tunnel
Weakness or tingling in the arms, wrists, hands, and legs is a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, a common sign of undiagnosed thyroid condition. While clinically significant numbers of patients experience these symptoms, many doctors and even specialists are not aware of the strong links between thyroid problems and carpal tunnel syndrome. As such, the root cause of the carpal tunnel symptoms is often misdiagnosed. Treatment for thyroid-related carpal tunnel syndrome is the same as it is for stress or injury-related carpal tunnel syndrome. Ergonomic improvements, wrist braces, physical therapy, specialized exercise regimens and anti-inflammatory medications may all be recommended.
- Family History
If you have a family history of troublesome glands or “goiter” you may expect thyroid problems down the road. The disease is believed to have a strong genetic component, and you should be particularly vigilant if you have a close female relative who develops an overactive or underactive thyroid condition. Additional risk factors include a family history of autoimmune disorders, as well as age and gender. Women have thyroid problems more often than men, and the majority of cases appear in patients who are over 50 years of age. Thyroid disease is yet another reason you should not smoke as research has found that smokers of both genders are at increased risk.
- Infectious Causes (Etiology)
Infections such as viruses, bacteria, and yeast (candida) organisms can cause a variety of body ailments and diseases and affect the thyroid. Diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s, Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome, Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto’s, Juvenile Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Polymyositis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogrens, Ulcerative Colitis, Vasculitis. Many of these diseases are related to autoimmune illnesses and effect the thyroid and endocrine system. Causes are related to oxidative damage/stress within the cells that affect the thyroid gland.
Do You Have Any of These Conditions or Diseases?
- Brain Fog
- Cold Feet/Hands
- Dry Skin
- Memory Loss
Thyroid Tests Your Doctor Should Perform
If any of these symptoms as well as the others listed exist, then Thyroid Imbalance is highly probable. The following test panel should be ordered by your Doctor, with your insistence, to get the most accurate indication of Thyroid Issues; Most MD’s are not familiar with theses test so it is important to find a cooperative physician that is open to the most recent understanding of Thyroid Imbalance.
- Thyroid Peroxidase
- Vitamin B12 levels
- Reverse T3, Serum
- T4 Free(direct)
- Triiodothyronine (T3)
- Ferritin, Serum
Thyroid Imbalance can lead to 59 separate diseases according to Dr. David Brownstein M.D. in the Alternative Field of Health. He is considered one of the leading edge experts on Thyroid and the Endocrine System in the country. His advanced studies and clinical success with clients have led to new discoveries and testing to find the causes and treatment of Thyroid Imbalances. According to the latest conservative statistics, 4 in 10 Americans have a thyroid deficiency, and most have been misdiagnosed and are therefore going untreated. Why is this becoming such a serious nationwide epidemic?
Medical School Training Flawed
“In medical school, doctors are trained to order the TSH test for thyroid testing. TSH is secreted from the pituitary gland in the brain, which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone. In time of need the pituitary gland will produce more TSH to force the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone. And so doctors are taught if the TSH level is elevated, then the patient must have an underperforming thyroid gland. But if the TSH level is in the normal range, all is well. This is now being understood as a misunderstanding amongst many alternative practitioners throughout the U.S. and abroad.
The TSH Test Is Misleading and Inaccurate
“Here’s why: First, the pituitary gland produces TSH to stimulate your thyroid gland to make the thyroid hormone T4. But your body doesn’t use T4 hormone. The T4 must be converted to the active form of thyroid called T3 — that’s the form your body uses. The flaw in the TSH test is that it’s twice removed from the actual form of thyroid your body uses. So using the TSH test is like fishing in one tiny corner of a big lake, and then concluding the lake has no fish because you didn’t catch any! And yet the TSH test is the only thyroid test the majority of doctors will order for you. A few doctors, to their credit, have begun ordering the T4 test. That’s one piece of the puzzle, but it’s still inadequate because your body doesn’t use T4.What must be determined is how much T3 is being made from the T4. And this requires a special test that is rarely done in conventional medicine. There is a four-component thyroid test available (see test…link below) that will give you the true and accurate picture of how much active thyroid is actually working in your body. And this is vitally important because every single one of the trillions of cells in your body relies on the correct amount of active T3 to function properly! If you don’t have enough active T3, you’ll never feel right, you’ll be susceptible to dozens of diseases, and you’ll never be able to get well if the deficiency goes untreated.” Dr. Brownstein M.D
Overcoming Thyroid Disorders
First and foremost is finding a practitioner that understands and can correctly diagnose thyroid imbalance.
Secondly, taking the test suggested above to determine an accurate assessment of the condition of the thyroid and its production or lack of production of iodine in the body.
Thirdly, working towards solutions that are intelligent and informed with the understanding of how to rebalance the thyroid and endocrine system. Developing patience and following a program to support your Health is essential for recovery and Wellbeing.
Detoxification… “one of the main reasons the thyroid gland can malfunction is from exposure to heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel. These agents poison enzyme systems throughout the body and decrease the normal functioning of various organs and glands, including the thyroid gland. Detoxifying the body and removing these harmful elements can vastly improve the overall picture of one’s health.” Dr. Brownstein Overcoming Thyroid Disorders.
Diet… Iodine is a component of almost every living plant and animal. In general, foods from the sea contain the most iodine, e.g., seaweed and spirulina, followed by meats, and then green foods. Of all foods seaweed, like kelp, is the most famous and reliable source of natural iodine, however egg and dairy products can also be good sources.
Eating clean live organic foods that contain fewer toxins is essential for Health and Well-being. Seaweed is one of the foods that contains a large proportion of iodine compared to dietary minimum requirements, that it is primarily known as a source of this nutrient. The highest iodine content is found in brown algae, with dry kelp ranging from 1500-8000 ppm (parts per million) and dry rockweed (Fucus) from 500-1000 ppm. In most instances, red and green algae have lower contents, about 100-300 ppm in dried seaweeds, but remain high in comparison to any land plants. Daily adult requirements, currently recommended at 150 µg/day, could be covered by very small quantities of seaweed. Just one gram of dried brown algae provides from 500-8,000 µg of iodine and even the green and red algae (such as the purple nori that is used in Japanese cuisine) provides 100-300 µg in a single gram. If however, these foods are not readily available there are alternatives listed below to support the thyroid and iodine production in the body.
Other Foods That Contain Iodine to Enhance Thyroid Function:
- Saltwater fish
- Seaweed (including kelp, dulce, nori)
Therapeutic Grade Vitamins and Mineral Supplementation (see Druckers on the Products Page) will enhance ones recovery and support for a healthy thyroid and body. With the depletion of soils and the lack of essential minerals, investing in high quality supplementation will minimize health risks and issues associated with chronic and acute conditions.
Natural Thyroid Hormone and Bioidenitcal Natural Hormones are helpful in some cases to support thyroid and endocrine function. Your Physician can guide you towards the proper application and dosage according to your situation and condition.
Reduce the Intake of the Following Foods That Affect the Thyroid and eat sparingly, a few times per week. These foods can slow your thyroid/Iodine production. They can also affect the body’s ability to absorb medications and essential nutrients. Eating these foods aren’t necessarily helpful and may have a negative effect, especially when eaten raw. Cooking these foods inactivates their anti-thyroid properties. These foods are called goitrogens, which are chemicals that lower thyroid function as follows:
- Soy (Isoflavones block iodine)
- Canola oil
- Exercise Regularly
- Cauliflower (Any vegetable that falls into the broccoli family is a goitrogen and shouldn’t be eaten more than twice a week if you have hypothyroidism.)
- Brussels sprouts
- Pine nuts
For optimal thyroid function, you should do some form of exercise everyday if possible or at least three to four days per week. Working out in a gym or walking briskly for 30-40 minutes every day supports the function of the thyroid. If you want to do exercise in your home, pushups, lunges and sit-ups back to back without rest will support your thyroid and entire endocrine system and enhance the cardio vascular pathways.
Support your thyroid with quality Nutraceuticals and Therapeutic Grade Supplements not found in most health foods stores or online (see our products). Take thyroid-enhancing supplements daily to support your entire endocrine system and thyroid will increase your moods, wellness and happiness. It is also essential for weight control and nutrient deficiencies. Most store-bought vitamins are not suitable or strong enough to help hypothyroidism, so look for a very potent high quality multi mineral and vitamin supplementation that contain high levels of iodine, selenium, zinc, vitamin B, D, E and at least 2 grams of vitamin C. (Dr. Druckers Max & Mins Formula) online. See our products. Other nutrients such as omega-3 as well as amino acids also help regulate the thyroid and need to also be considered.
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- Iodine, Why You Need It, Dr. David Brownstein
- Overcoming Thyroid Disorders, Dr. David Brownstein
- American Thyroid Association
- Thyroid Research Journal
- Journal of Thyroid Research