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Thyroid issues in women are at an all time high. Ask any Dr. and he or she will tell you they see more women now with Thyroid issues than ever before. There are many reasons for this, but the number one reason is our diet and inconsistent sleep patterns. The American diet is so ripe for Thyroid disorders, it's actually amazing that the most people do as well as they do, for as long as they do before their symptoms become unbearable.{C} A thyroid imbalance is usually a precursor for other medical conditions which often follow. For, if the Thyroid is out of whack, then the whole body gets further out of whack. What's so important to remember before reading the rest of the articles I have posted here, is that almost all of the issues that occur within our bodies are reversible and treatable, naturally. If one wants an easy fix, then they will most likely run to their Dr. and jump on the first medication the Dr. recommends. Usually with Thyroid issues, it takes a while to get the medication dosage correct and also means taking thyroid medication for the rest of your life, or, getting to the root of WHY there is a thyroid issue in the first place. We all know that Dr's aren't usually going to assess the 'Why's' of the medical situation and they are usually not going to give us the nutritional counseling we need in order to heal the problem. This is where your own research and commitment to healing comes in.

I meet women constantly who tell me how they are on thyroid medication and they still don't feel right. I still don't understand why women blindly trust their Medical Doctors and just allow them to put them on thyroid medication as a quick fix, before they even realize that they can heal themselves naturally. Whenever we give our bodies medication to supposedly regulate an under active or over active thyroid, we are actually further disturbing an already unbalanced system which is on over drive trying to regulate itself. The only way to truly heal an organ, any of our organs, is to get to the root cause of the problem which almost ALWAYS starts with our diet, lack of exercise, unhealthy sleep patterns and other unhealthy environmental influences.

I am posting three different articles here. Please take the time to read them. They will really educate you on how to heal yourself and your thyroid. They will also change your life and your perspective on how to heal your body. They will also give you the confidence and power you need to get on the right track. I am not one to ever recommend medications because I really feel they should be left for short term emergency situations only. I do, however believe that herbal, holistic remedies can be very helpful in assisting the body in re-balancing itself.


A common cause for fatigue

The Role of Our Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is located in the neck just under the Adam's apple. It produces the hormone thyroxin. This hormone is converted outside of the thyroid gland where it becomes activated and stimulates every one of the trillion cells in the body. Almost all of our systems and functions depend upon receiving adequate amounts of this hormone. The thyroid along with the adrenals is probably the gland most susceptible to the tremendous stress of our fast paced society. It is the thermostat of the body. It produces hormones that work to keep our metabolic rate stable and keep energy-producing processes in balance. The thyroid is essential in protein synthesis, growth, temperature regulation, and oxygen consumption of cells. If the thyroid is depleted or deficient, the rest of the body functions poorly. With low thyroid, cholesterol can shoot up to dangerous levels.
Thyroid disease, both hyperactive and under-active, is so extraordinarily prevalent today that even by conservative estimates it may strike up to 15 percent of the adult population. Women are particularly susceptible, and the disease tends to run in families. A possible reason for the increase in thyroid disease is the high prevalence of auto-immune disease today. Immunity in general is being assaulted by toxic chemicals in food, water, and air. Under-active or hypothyroid conditions can cause low energy.
"Yes" answers to the following questions may indicate a hypothyroid condition.

  • Are you depressed, lethargic, and easily chilled?
  • Do you gain weight easily?
  • Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?
  • Do you have dry skin, hair loss, eczema, or adult acne?
  • Do you suffer from muscle aches, constipation, and hoarseness?
  • Do you have PMS or menstrual abnormalities? Is your libido low?
  • Are your feet and legs swollen and your nails brittle?
  • Do you get a lot of colds and flu? Low thyroid results in increased vulnerability to infection.

A test may be taken at home to find out if the thyroid is low.

For four days keep a thermometer by your bedside. As soon as you wake up in the morning put the thermometer in your armpit for ten minutes. You must do this before you get up. If you get up first you will not get an accurate reading. If your temperature runs below 97.8 then you most likely have low thyroid. It is important to shake the thermometer after each use.
Some of the common causes of low thyroid, besides inheritance, include: iodine depletion, x-rays or low dose radiation, pituitary and thyroid malfunction, air and environmental pollutants, overuse of diet pills and other drugs, and vitamin A, E, and zinc deficiency.

Treatment for Thyroid Disorder

Avoid refined foods, saturated fats, sugars, and white flour products. If the thyroid problem is severe it is then good to avoid brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, peaches and pears as they have anti-thyroid substances and may suppress the thyroid function.
Follow a diet with at least 50 % of the foods being fresh, and organically grown to rebalance and establish a better metabolism. The enzymes from live foods help the body to maintain proper metabolism. Foods that heal include sprouts, salads, raw vegetables, and thermos cooked grains to retain enzymes which heal and feed the glands.
Eat foods rich in vitamin A, such as yellow vegetables, eggs, carrots, and dark green vegetables. M.U. Tene is concentrated Beta-Carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A and one of nature's most powerful antioxidants.
Iodine rich foods that nourish the thyroid are: fish and sea vegetables such as: arame, kelp, dulse, hijike, nori, wakame, and kombu. Seaweeds are very nourishing to the glands.
Zinc and copper are important in helping the body make thyroid hormone. Foods rich in zinc include: beef (range free), oatmeal, chicken (range free), seafood, dried beans, bran, tuna, spinach, seeds, and nuts. Foods rich in copper include: organ meats (range free), eggs, yeast, legumes, nuts, and raisins.
The amino acid tyrosine is helpful. Tyrosine is found in edamame, beef, chicken, and fish. Soy should be only used in small amounts or on an occasional basis.
Black and red radishes have been used by some doctors in the old Soviet Union as accepted medical treatment for hypothyroidism. Raphanin, the main sulphur component in radishes, is chiefly responsible for keeping the production of thyroxine and calcitonin (a peptide hormone) in normal balance. Seeds and nuts, seed and nut milks, vegetable juices (celery, parsley, small amount of carrot, Swiss chard, wheat grass) and plenty of green drinks containing chlorophyll for healthy blood are helpful. Earth's Harvest is a blend of three micro-algaes that are a rich whole food source of chlorophyll. Having a mixed vegetable juice that includes the juice of a few radishes, carrot, tomato, celery or zucchini, with a pinch of kelp may benefit the thyroid gland greatly. This juice can be blended in a blender for those who do not have a juicer.
Other beneficial ingredients for vegetable juice combinations include: alfalfa, all leafy greens, beet tops, carrots, celery, green peppers, parsley, seaweeds, sprouts, and watercress.

Vitamin/Mineral Therapy

  • B-Complex vitamins to help improve cellular oxygenation and energy, build the adrenals and the thyroid and calm the nerves. Vita Balance 2000 is a properly balanced, vitamin and chelated mineral complex.
  • Vitamin A assists in maintaining normal glandular function. M.U. Tene is concentrated Beta-Carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A and one of nature's most powerful antioxidants.
  • Vitamin C promotes normal adrenal function and glandular activity. Magnum C is an improved form of C known as "Ester C".
  • Essential fatty acids are a must for glandular health and they improve over all health. These can be omega 3's and 6's from marine lipids, flax oil or flax seed, black current seed oil, evening primrose oil, or borage oil. New Life 1000 provides essential fatty acids from cold water salmon oil. Life Plus provides essential fatty acids from Blackcurrent Seed Oil.
  • Multi-minerals either liquid or chelated form. All minerals are involved in glandular heath. Vita Balance 2000 is a properly balanced, vitamin and chelated mineral complex. It includes all the trace minerals and a herbal base of related micronutrients.
  • Calcium / magnesium, manganese, selenium, silicon and zinc protect the glands. High Grade Calcium Complex provides a microcrystalline form of calcium, plus a balance of associated nutrients necessary for proper calcium assimilation.
  • Iodine supplementation from kelp or dulse, 225 -1,000 micrograms a day.

Article #2 From Natural News

(NaturalNews) By taking natural thyroid hormone tablets to reduce the level of thyroid stimulating hormone to the low end of the normal range, men and women can reduce death from cardiovascular disease by 70 percent. This earthshaking finding far exceeds results from any drug intervention. The 70 percent is not a statistical manipulation based on relative numbers. It represents an absolute decrease in death.

It has become more apparent that hormonal health and balance is the bedrock of good health. When hormones are present in physiological amounts and in the balance that nature intended, the body is strong, resilient, and able to restore homeostasis in almost every situation. Yet the direct connection between coronary heart disease and thyroid hormone is only now being established.

Understanding thyroid stimulating hormone

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is made by the pituitary gland for the purpose of stimulating the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone when it is needed by the body. The medical establishment regards TSH levels as the single most important test for determining thyroid function. If thyroid function is low, the message is sent to the pituitary to produce more TSH to stimulate the production of thyroid hormone. If the thyroid gland is already making plenty of hormone, there is no need for excessive production of TSH. So a high level of TSH indicates a lazy, poorly functioning thyroid that needs constant proding to do its job. A low level of TSH indicates the thyroid is doing its work just fine and doesn't need to be proded.

Findings from the Hunt Study

The Hunt Study is a population-based cohort study begun in 1984 and carried out at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. It recruited participants from the local population of about 130,000 people. Since the entire Hunt Study involved the participation of more than 100,000 of these people, the results represent a complete and highly statistically significant cross section of almost an entire population.

This examination of Hunt Study findings, reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, involved the prospective study of the associations between thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and fatal coronary heart disease (CHD) in 17,311 women and 8002 men without known thyroid or cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus. All participants had "normal TSH" levels, meaning the TSH values were in the lab reference range of 0.5 to 3.5. The women were stratified into three groups reflecting lower TSH, intermediate TSH and upper TSH levels. Mortality from heart disease was recorded over an 8 year observation period.

Researchers found that the group with the highest TSH had a 70% increased mortality from heart disease compared to the lowest TSH group, even though all these TSH values were in the range considered to be normal.

Another report from the Hunt Study showed LDL cholesterol to be linearly associated with TSH level. As LDL cholesterol goes up, so does TSH.

What does the term 'normal range' really mean?

The normal range is not some preordained level at which healthy people necessarily reside. The term is defined and used by convention, and simply means the range for whatever test, condition, symptom, behavior, etc. that covers 95 percent of values derived from the general population. Think of it as a bell shaped curve. The normal range represents the upward slope, top and downward slope of the curve, the place where the majority of data resides. If the population used to create the data is composed of sick people, the normal range will be composed of sick people too.

When medical testing is done to determine whether persons falls in the 'normal range' for any given issue, they are most often compared to a group considered 'normal' for their age. As an example, post menopausal women being testing for sex hormone levels will be considered as normal if their values fall into the range where most other menopausal women reside. But clearly, post menopausal women do not in any way produce the amount of sex hormones that a woman in her twenties produces. Yet the woman in her twenties represents the healthy state of sex hormones, not the menopausal woman.

Findings clearly support the need for TSH values in the low end of the normal range

Heart attack is the most common cause of death in the U.S., so to be able to reduce the risk of heart attack by 70% has broad reaching implications. To put this in perspective, cholesterol lowering drugs only decrease heart attacks by 1.4 % in those without underlying heart disease. Based on the study findings, the most effective way to reduce death from heart disease and normalize lipoprotein levels is to reduce TSH to the lower end of the normal range. TSH in the upper end of the normal range is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality and elevated LDL measures.

Optimal thyroid levels offer many more benefits

Thyroid is the most important hormone in the body. Since it simulates cellular energy production, all other hormones will be impacted when thyroid hormone levels are not optimal. This results in every aspect of health being affected, including weight, mental outlook, body temperature, energy levels, and the quality of hair and skin. Symptoms of low thyroid hormone are unexplained weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, irregular or faint heartbeat, sleep apnea, high or low blood pressure, chronic pain, constipation, frequent infections, brittle nails, weak muscles, head congestion and sinus problems, joint pain, hoarseness, and more.

Low thyroid levels slow metabolism and energy production. This is why people with low thyroid hormone levels are always cold, constipated and gain weight without increasing the amount of food they eat. Low thyroid is why old people seem so listless and their simplest movement seems like such a chore. When thyroid levels get extremely low a person simply runs out of energy, like a car runs out of gas. Death soon follows. Nursing homes are filled with people whose thyroid hormone is almost exhausted.

Natural thyroid hormone is dirt cheap, makes you feel great, and is about 50 times more effective than Lipitor or Mevacor (toxic drugs which cost billions of dollars a year). Cardiovascular disease kills 2,800 Americans every day. Much of this is preventable using natural thyroid therapy. If thyroid medication were patentable it would cost a small fortune, and the drug companies would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure every doctor knew the research and used their thyroid treatments.

But natural thyroid hormone is thyroid hormone from a pig. Pig hormone is bioidentical to the hormone produced by humans. It comes from Armour packing house, the company that also produces bacon and hot dogs from their pigs, and it is called Armour Thyroid. As it is a naturally occurring substance it cannot be patented, so there are no huge piles of money to be made. As a result, hundreds of thousands or even millions of Americans die unnecessarily because doctors remain ignorant about the importance of natural thyroid treatment in maintaining health.

As more and more Americans realize the dismal state of medicine in the country, they have made the decision of take charge of their own health. It is unfortunate that Armour thyroid is only available to them by prescription, because the ignorance of most doctors about optimal thyroid levels makes it very difficult to get a prescription.

Most physicians are reluctant to consider thyroid function at all. When they do, they will order a blood test and decide that if the results are in the 'normal range' even at the top end of this range, that's that. There will be no prescription. Yet, if you are a fifty year old woman, for instance, you are being compared with a group of fifty year olds who are notorious for having high levels of TSH because their thyroids are konking out.

If you can get your doctor to come around on the testing and actually agree to a prescription for you, it will most likely be for a synthetic hormone drug, Levoxyl and Synthroid being the most common. These substances are patented molecules that do not occur in nature. They will be recognized by the body as foreign, and the body will mount resistance to them, so that in time they will become ineffective. While all this is going on, your immune system will be compromised by having to deal with this foreign invader, and your liver will be spending its time trying to detoxify this toxic chemical and won't have time to do the job it was meant to do. Synthetic thyroid drugs are known to cause significant side effects, one of which is making you feel like your are ready to jump out of your skin.

The only way around this is to be assertive and firm with your doctor, making it clear that you want a prescription for natural thyroid that will take you to the low end of the 'normal range'. Make it clear that you will only accept natural substances into your body. If your doctor is unyielding, find another doctor.

If you are able to find a naturopath, homeopath or traditional physician that specializes in anti-aging medicine or hormone balance, you probably won't have any difficulty getting thyroid testing or a prescription for the proper amount of thyroid to allow you to attain TSH levels in the low range.

Dr. Bernie Noe, ND Specliaizes in Naturally Treating Thryoid Issues – You can reach him at: (802) 229-2038 or read more about him at: GreenNountainHealth.com

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