The Thyroid gland part 3: The alternatives

December 1st, 2013

 

In the final installment of this series about the thyroid gland we will do a round up of some of the current viewpoints regarding the causes and treatment of thyroid imbalance.

 

 

Many of them come from a thyroid thread at the Energy Medicine Exchange on Facebook. This is a great site featuring many and varied perspectives on health, healing and consciousness. For those not familiar with it I recommend it as a free resource for independent views on health. Check it out here

 

 

“E’s are good”…err, bad?

 

Before we move over to the many and varied gender neutral causes behind thyroid problems one cause is very much a female concern – or at least a female hormone concern:

high estrogen levels.

 

This can be abnormally high natural production of estrogen or due to synthetic hormone replacement. The second option most commonly occurs in menopausal women who are prescribed synthetic versions of female hormones.

 

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What some readers may not be aware of is that higher estrogen levels repress thyroid hormone production. Think what happens if this is not diagnosed properly. Typically a patient will be given synthetic thyroid hormone due to the symptom of low production (Hashimoto’s disease as discussed in part one) but this will actually double the problem. Why?

 

Because now we have an attack on the thyroid gland from two fronts:

 

The synthetic hormone intake effectively putting the thyroid out of job resulting in a further lowering of an already low output. The underlying high estrogen values have not been addressed. They will continue to suppress natural thyroid hormone production.

 

The likely outcome?: An atrophied (shrunken) thyroid gland and lifetime dependence on synthetic thyroid hormones. So if you fall into this category insist on getting all your hormone levels checked out if possible – not just the one grabbing the attention.

 

 

A thyroid epidemic?

 

 

The following is an excerpt from and article on thyroid problems from the Waking Times. for the full article click here 

 

 

“It is estimated that over 200 million people globally (about 35 million people in North America) suffer from at least one of the many forms of thyroid disease. In fact, thyroid problems are increasing so much in frequency that scientists are calling it an epidemic. The incidence of thyroid illness occurs about seven times more frequently in women than men, and it is thought that at least 50% of the cases are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.”

 

 

Natural treatments for mild thyroid damage

 

 

The article linked above features a list of natural treatments:

 

 

L-Tyrosine – 1000-3000 mg daily. The body will use this amino acid to manufacture more thyroid hormone. Often, this amino acid is used as a treatment for fatigue or mild depression.

Zinc citrate or picolinate – 50 mg daily. Zinc and copper are both needed in the control of thyroid hormone production.

Copper citrate – 4 mg daily. The ideal zinc to copper ratio in the body is approximately 8:1 (zinc:copper).

Selenium – 200 mcg daily is required to help convert T4 (inactive) to T3 (active) thyroid hormone. Selenium is also important to prevent the formation of abnormal antibodies that can attack the thyroid leading to disease.

Vitamin D – 10,000 IU daily. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Blood levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D should be evaluated prior to supplementation.

Iodine as potassium iodide – 1-10 mg daily. Iodine is part of active thyroid hormone. The use of iodine is often criticized by endocrinologists as potentially dangerous. Studies, however, have indicated that most people can easily tolerate doses as high as 1000 mg a day without any harm.

Homeopathic thyroid – 5-10 drops twice daily. There are reports that homeopathic thyroid can be effective at reversing many of the signs and symptoms of an under active thyroid. It may be a worthwhile product to try for those homeopathically inclined. (Check with a licensed homeopath for a personal evaluation and dosage recommendations.)”

 

 

Common problems with misdiagnoses and treatment

 

thyroid madness

 

Here is an article critiquing a Wall Street Journal article on new approaches to thyroid treatment (Click the link here). It features a link to a book called “Stop the Thyroid madness which is available in English, Spanish, German and Swedish

 

 

The Fluoride link to thyroid issues

 

 

You can find a comprehensive article on the connection between thyroid issues and the fluoridization of water here

 

Here is a quick excerpt:

 

“It is perhaps no coincidence that many of the healthiest countries of the world do not fluoridate their water. Of the top 10 healthiest countries—Japan, Australia, France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Monaco and Andorra—the majority do not fluoridate their water.

 

Australia is the only one of these countries to have instituted a widespread water fluoridation program, providing fluoridated water to 70 percent or more of its population.”

 

 

Gluten intolerance and Hashimoto’s disease

 

 

Here is a detailed article on this link between these two things here 

 

For a quick and intelligent primer on what gluten does to our immunity in general (remember: thyroid problems is viewed as an autoimmune disease) check out this 20 minute video (the connection to the thyroid is at 16.48 onwards):

 

 

 

 

 

But wait, there’s more!…

 

 

Adrenal stress and the thyroid

 

 

The quick overview can be summarized like this:

 

 

Fear creates stress. Stress taxes the adrenals, and prolonged stress on adrenals can lead to thyroid issues. Check out the articles here and here

 

 

Summary

 

 

Phew! That is quite a bit of information to be going on with. I hope over the course of this blog series on thyroid problems we can now appreciate how this is not the straightforward issue some may make it out to be.

 

 

As we are software-consciousness in a hardware body there are different ways we can both become imbalanced and how we can heal.

 

 

Are we not fascinating creatures?

 

 

Till another Monday finds us body, mind and spirit all together again.

 

 

(The Monday Conscious Health blog will return in the new year)

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