What does the thyroid do in the body?
(Makes two hormones (T4 and T3) which run the energy production of every cell in the body.)
(Makes the hormone Calcitonin, which governs calcium absorption and utilization in the body)
-Loss of hearing
-Inner ear adhesions
-Fluttering in ears
-Cataracts (calcium falling out of solution into lens)
-Breast inflammation (recurring)
-Low sex drive
-Coarse, dry, brittle
-Loss (arms, eyebrows, legs, scalp)
-Enlargement of heart
-High blood pressure (hypertension)
-Pains in diaphragm
-Reduced heart function
-Reduced heart rate
-Sense of compression in chest
-Prolonged, heavy bleeding
-Light menstrual flow
-Shorter menstrual cycle
-Inability to “drag” self out of bed
-Lack of energy
-Postpartum depression (“blues”)
-Tendency to cry easily
-Worry when stomach is empty
-Appetite problems (loss/excess)
-Bloating or indigestion after meals
-Cold hands and feet
-Intolerance to cold or heat
-Low body temp
-Parched, dry mouth that water doesn’t seem to help
-Poor digestion of animal products
-Poor absorption of minerals
-Sluggish lymph drainage
-Spleen and liver problems
-Lymph nodes (armpits, groin, inner thighs, neck)
-Calcium deficiency (Thyroid makes a hormone called calcitonin, responsible for calcium absorption and utilization)
-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Left arm weakness
-Muscle and joint problems
-Cramps (especially at night)
-Spinal cord softening
-Tender lower ribs
*Nervous System Problems
-Flashes of sharp pain in head, nerves
-Hot/cold waves over skin
-Chronic catarrh (mucus) of head and nose (Thyroid governs production of mucus in the body)
-Exhausted feelings in lungs
-Shortness of breath
-Difficulty in drawing a deep breath
-Gasping for air occasionally as if suffocating
-Intolerance to closed, stuffy rooms
-Loss of smell
-Quest for fresh air
-Cracks on bottoms of heals
-Erysipelas (hot, red blotches)
-Impetigo (pus-swollen blisters)
-Sound sleep first part of night, restless thereafter
-Gnashing and grinding of teeth during sleep
What taxes the thyroid?
-Anger, anxiety, confusion, fear, grief, guilt, worry…..
(For instance, running 13 miles every night in training for doing a marathon. That’s excessive. On the other hand, daily exercise is important…but in moderate dosage. A good example would be 60 minutes of brisk walking each day.)
-Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated
-Water (Flourine is a mineral that competes with iodine for absorption by the thyroid gland.)
The child must draw upon whatever iodine stores mom has in order to develop a healthy brain.
-High fructose corn syrup
What helps the thyroid?
Will fill you in on supplements during consultation.
*8 out of 10 adult Americans may be experiencing low thyroid function.
*Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid are an attempt to give the body thyroid hormones that a low functioning thyroid is not making. In other words, these medications aren’t designed to actually nurture the thyroid, but by-pass it. The thyroid remains needy and thus under-functioning.
*Armour thyroid (an animal glandular extract available only by prescription) is sometimes more helpful than the above medications in that it supplies more of what the body needs. Nevertheless, the thyroid is still by-passed. Only iodine actually feeds and strengthens the thyroid to produce what it is supposed to for the body.
*Not only will low iodine levels lead to low thyroid function, but it can cause the build up of estrogen in the body–a contributing factor to breast cancer.