Weak Thyroid — Symptoms

What does the thyroid do in the body?

*Controls metabolism

(Makes two hormones (T4 and T3) which run the energy production of every cell in the body.)

*Governs calcium

(Makes the hormone Calcitonin, which governs calcium absorption and utilization in the body)

Symptoms Inventory

*Ear problems
-Loss of hearing
-Inner ear adhesions
-Fluttering in ears

*Eye problems
-Occasional stinging
-Poor vision
-Cataracts (calcium falling out of solution into lens)

*Glandular problems
-Breast inflammation (recurring)
-Impotency
-Infertility
-Low sex drive
-Miscarriages
-Ovarian Cysts
-Premature deliveries
-Spontaneous abortions
-Stillbirths

*Hair problems
-Coarse, dry, brittle
-Loss (arms, eyebrows, legs, scalp)
-Slow growing

*Heart-Circulatory problems
-Elevated cholesterol/triglycerides
-Enlargement of heart
-Heart pain
-High blood pressure (hypertension)
-Pains in diaphragm
-Palpitations
-Reduced heart function
-Reduced heart rate
-Sense of compression in chest

*Kidney problems

*Menstrual problems
-PMS
-Prolonged, heavy bleeding
-Light menstrual flow
-Shorter menstrual cycle

*Mental/Emotional problems
-Bi-Polar (Manic/Depressive)
-Depression
-Difficulty concentrating
-Emotionally unstable
-Fatigue
-Forgetfulness
-Inability to “drag” self out of bed
-Lack of energy
-Lethargy
-Nervousness
-Postpartum depression (“blues”)
-Restless
-Shyness
-Tendency to cry easily
-Worry when stomach is empty

*Metabolic problems
-Appetite problems (loss/excess)
-Bloating or indigestion after meals
-Cold hands and feet
-Constipation
-Decreased sweating
-Intolerance to cold or heat
-Low body temp
-Mucus accumulation
-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
-Swelling
-Ankles
-Eyelids
-Face
-Feet
-Hands
-Lymph nodes (armpits, groin, inner thighs, neck)
-Throat
-Thick tongue
-Ulcers
-Weight gain

*Muscle/Skeletal problems
-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)
-Pain
-Stiffness
-Weakness
-Numb fingers
-Spinal cord softening
-Stiff neck
-Tender lower ribs

*Nail problems
-Brittle
-Grooves (vertical)
-Slow growing
-Thin
-White spots

*Nervous System Problems
-Flashes of sharp pain in head, nerves
-Hot/cold waves over skin

*Respiratory problems
-Bronchitis (degenerative)
-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

*Skin problems
-Bruising easily
-Cellulitis
-Cracks on bottoms of heals
-Dry
-Eczema
-Erysipelas (hot, red blotches)
-Impetigo (pus-swollen blisters)
-Lupus erythematosus
-Pale
-Pale lips
-Psoriasis
-Rough

*Sleep problems
-Muttering
-Sound sleep first part of night, restless thereafter

*Teeth problems
-Gnashing and grinding of teeth during sleep
-Poor quality

What taxes the thyroid?

*Alcohol

*Caffeine
-Chocolate
-Cocoa
-Coffee
-Soda
-Tea

*Drugs
-Medicinal
-Recreational

*Emotional stress
-Anger, anxiety, confusion, fear, grief, guilt, worry…..

*Excessive exercise

(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.)

*Fats
-Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated

*Fluoride
-Toothpaste
-Water (Flourine is a mineral that competes with iodine for absorption by the thyroid gland.)

*Giving birth

The child must draw upon whatever iodine stores mom has in order to develop a healthy brain.

*Pesticides

*Pollutants

*Radiation
-Microwaves
-X-ray

*Refined grains

*“Unfriendly” Sweeteners
-Aspartame (NutraSweet)
-Brown Sugar
-Corn syrup
-Date sugar
-Dextrose
-Florida Crystals
-High fructose corn syrup
-Honey
-Molasses
-Splenda
-Sucrose
-Sugar

What helps the thyroid?

Will fill you in on supplements during consultation.

Additional Notes

*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.

Author: Dave Frahm

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