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Thyroid

The thyroid, a small gland in the front of the throat and is a vital foundation to the hormonal control system of the body. It also provides the primary control of metabolism. Thyroid hormones promote vitamin utilization, energy,digestion, muscle and nerve activity, blood flow, reproduction, and sexuality. In this stressful world there are many tendencies for thyroid imbalance.

Thyroid disease effects women eight times more than men due to the tendency for estrogen to suppress thyroid activity and in turn thyroid depression skews estrogen balance by reducing the liver clearance of conjugated hormones. Estimates are that 13 million Americans suffer from thyroid disorder, but only half are aware of this condition.

Certain foods in the cabbage/broccoli family of vegetables, flax seeds (not oil), soy and walnuts can interfere with thyroid function. Some drugs impair the breakdown of thyroid hormone, creating mood alteration. It is known that antidepressants depress the pituitary and thyroid activity.

Testing

Early morning temperature studies have been very useful in determining thyroid status. Dr. Broda Barnes discovered that a first morning basal temperature of less than 97.6 degrees suggests reduced thyroid activity.

Laboratory blood testing can also be very revealing. The iodine patch test can reveal subtle and severe iodine deficiencies that may contribute to thyroid irregularity.

Thyroid – Hypothyroid

Hypothyroidism is an aliment characterized by under activity of the thyroid gland resulting in insufficient production of thyroid hormones. Fatigue, depression and weakness are often the first symptoms to appear, others include:

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • cold intolerance
  • elevated cholesterol
  • low libido
  • menstrual irregularities
  • miscarriages
  • premature deliveries
  • stillborns
  • rough-dry skin
  • dry-course-brittle hair
  • hair loss
  • brittle nails
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • difficulty concentrating
  • memory lapses
  • joint pain & stiffness
  • constipation
  • abdominal distention

Treatment considerations

1. Improve nutrition support to ensure optimal production of thyroid hormones.
2. Increase intake of vegetables and lean meats.
3. Reduce bread, pasta, potatoes and rice.
4. Avoid thyroid suppressing foods: flax, walnuts, soy and uncooked cruciferous vegetables (arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, mustard, radish, turnip, wasabi, watercress).
5. Nutritional support for 12 months may be needed to see if a positive response can be achieved.
Those taking thyroid medication may need liver support, because the liver is constantly processing this medication

Common Symptoms of Hyperthyroid

  • Anxious
  • restless
  • tendency to emotional upsets
  • irritable tremors
  • hot flashes
  • insomnia
  • mentally quick
  • alert
  • racing heart
  • breathlessness
  • sensitive to unexpected noise
  • strong light irritates

Treatment Considerations

1. Nutritional support to ensure optimal production of thyroid hormone.
2. Nutritional support for 12 months may be needed to see if a positive result can be achieved.
3. If no improvement is seen after a few months and the patient is still not feeling well then consultation with a medical doctor should be considered along with nutritional support.
4. For those taking thyroid medications; it may be difficult to restore thyroid function due to glandular atrophy.
5. With proper support the thyroid is designed to work steadily and reliability, like a diesel, for your entire life.

Whole Food Supplements1

Thyrotrophin PMG 3/day : Contains the patented “protomorphoten” extract which promotes healthy cellular division, function and growth.

Trace Minerals B12 3/day: Trace minerals for proper endocrine system function and vitamin B-12 for red blood cell formation.

Cataplex F tabs 3/day : Source of unsaturated fatty acids and iodine; fatty acids are needed to ensure optimal delivery of iodine to the thyroid gland. Iodine is necessary for the conversion of T4 to T3.


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