is caused by under active production of thyroid hormone
by the thyroid gland. It is a very common but often
overlooked condition with symptoms that include fatigue,
weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability,
sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or
slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen
face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions,
headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems
(such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and
premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning,
and calcium metabolism problems. In children, hypothyroidism
can also retard normal growth and development. If undiagnosed
and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause or
contribute to many other recurring or otherwise non-responsive
What To Consider
can be caused by food allergies, B vitamin deficiencies,
lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease,
hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors
need to be screened for and addressed before lasting
relief can be achieved.
drugs and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism
symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication,
increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk
of bone loss.
Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto's
disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic
to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies which
attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output. If
you suspect you are suffering from Hashimoto's disease,
consult a physician immediately.
Broda Barnes Home Thyroid Test
following simple test was developed by Broda Barnes,
one of the first physicians to recognize the widespread
incidence of hypothyroidism. Place a thermometer by
the side of your bed before you go to sleep. In the
morning before getting out of bed, lie still and place
the thermometer under your armpit for 15 minutes, then
check your temperature. A temperature below 97.5 F
may indicate a problem with the thyroid gland. Take
the temperature in this manner for three days, except
for the first few days of the menstrual cycle and the
middle day of the cycle, and calculate the average temperature.
If it is consistently low, it is an indicator that your
have hypothyroidism. The lower your body temperature
is, the greater your degree of hypothyroidism.
Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods
that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp,
vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes).
Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich
in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts
and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark
green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow
down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage,
Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips,
kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.
Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore
normal thyroid function, but should only be used under
the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients
include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty
acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal
bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation
due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock,
butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John's wort can also
Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very
useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall
Contrast application of hot and cold water packs applied
daily can help stimulate thyroid function.
Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role
in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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