Hormone Problem? Here’s Your Hormone Imbalance Checklist

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One thing’s for sure, hormones have a powerful effect on your physical and emotional well-being. Consequently, when you have a hormone imbalance it leads to a wide range of symptoms.

 

Here you will find a hormone imbalance checklist which lists the most common symptoms, and most importantly this article discusses some important steps you can take if you suspect your hormones are out of whack.

 

Firstly, Here Are Some Endocrine System Facts

 

The endocrine system is a group of glands that produce a wide array of hormones to help your body function at its best. In essence, your hormones are powerful chemical messengers that continuously zip around your body to help ensure all organs and body systems are functioning properly.

 

The major glands of the endocrine system include the hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pancreas, and the reproductive organs such as the ovaries and testes.

 

These endocrine glands produce different quantities of hormones depending on your life stage, and individual needs. That said, ageing is usually associated with a decline in the production of most hormones.

 

When all is going well, your hormones are part of a finely tuned communication network.

 

Healthy hormone balance is necessary to maintain your overall health and vitality. For this reason the right balance of hormones is critical to help regulate your metabolism, sleep, sexual function, mood, reproduction, growth and development.

 

Your Hormone Imbalance Symptoms Checklist

 

My hormone imbalance checklist will help establish if you are struggling with a hormone problem.

 

Take a few moments to review this checklist, keep in mind the more of these common symptoms you mark off the more likely your hormones are out of balance.

 

Acne and skin breakouts

Anxiety, irritability and depression

Cravings, and blood sugar swings

❏ Fertility problems

❏ Frequent migraines

❏ Hair thinning, or pronounced hair loss

❏ Hot flushes

❏ Hypothyroidism

Insomnia, and disturbed sleep patterns

Low sex drive

❏ Lowered immunity

Ongoing fatigue

❏ Persistent weight gain

❏ Poor memory and concentration

 

Hormone Imbalance Checklist For women:

 

❏ Excessive facial hair

❏ Fluid retention

Irregular menstrual cycle

❏ Menopause symptoms

❏ Painful, or lumpy breasts

Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

 

Watch this Video – 5 BEST FOODS TO PREVENT HORMONAL IMBALANCE IN WOMEN AND 5 FOODS TO AVOID

 

Hormone Imbalance Checklist For men:

 

Erectile dysfunction

❏ Male pattern balding

❏ Muscle loss

❏ Prostate problems

❏ Weight gain, especially belly fat

 

The Next Step to Help You Restore Healthy Hormone Balance

 

Making sense of your hormone balance may finally help you take control of your health, and vitality.

 

Generally speaking, the first step in treatment is to get accurate testing. From there, your test results should be carefully considered along with your hormone imbalance symptoms, and health history.

 

+ If you suspect you have a thyroid problem I suggest you speak to your healthcare practitioner about comprehensive thyroid testing.
It’s a good idea to discuss the five basic thyroid tests with your healthcare practitioner. This will help provide clues as to how your thyroid is functioning.

 

Watch this Video – How to Fix the HORMONE Imbalance in Male & Female | Tips by Guru Mann

+ If you think your male or female hormones are out of balance I suggest you speak to your healthcare practitioner about a comprehensive saliva hormone profile.
Measuring your salivary hormones is the most accurate way to assess circulating levels of oestrogens, progesterone, testosterone, and the main hormones that regulate the stress response such as DHEA and cortisol.

 

+ If you experience difficulty going to sleep, and poor sleep quality I suggest you speak to your healthcare practitioner about a saliva sleep hormone profile.
This is an accurate way to assess circulating levels of melatonin, and cortisol. These hormones are especially relevant as they regulate your sleep patterns.

 

Author Bio:

 

Louise O’ Connor, the author of The Natural Thyroid Diet –The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly, who is a specialist in Thyroid Health. She is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnesswork.

 

The Natural Thyroid Diet goes beyond diet advice and offers practical and effective ways to achieve healthy thyroid levels within just a short period of time. For more details, Click on The-Natural-Thyroid-Diet.com

 

Walking or Running: Which is BETTER for Hypothyroidism Treatment?

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When it comes to exercise, there’s a lot that we don’t understand when this applies to hypothyroidism treatment.

 

While everyone is led to believe that exercise is something that is always beneficial for our health and hypothyroidism treatment, if you suffer from hypothyroidism, then exercise can quickly become dangerous and pose a serious risk to your thyroid and health.

 

This has become a very serious problem because so many hypothyroidism sufferers are incorrectly and dangerously using exercise as a means of trying to control their weight.

 

You can’t blame yourself though because everyone, even your doctor who is supposed to actually know what is best for your health, tells you that you need to exercise to lose weight and get healthy.

 

But, when nobody stops to actually look at and understand the physiology of the body and how exercise impacts your entire hormonal system (thyroid included) that’s when you end up getting yourself into big trouble.

 

Yes, I understand that society today is obsessed about weight loss and the ridiculous idea that simply losing weight is the solution to all of our health problems.

 

If that were true then why are so many non-overweight people suffering from hypothyroidism, cancer, autoimmune disease, heart disease, and every other disease for that matter?

 

In fact, I work with a number of clients who are severely hypothyroid and underweight.

 

If we would take a minute to step back and look at the big picture then we could begin to see that exercise isn’t always healthy, and in fact, can be quite thyroid suppressive and dangerous to your health.

 

A large part of the problem can be attributed to our poor interpretation of research, lack of knowledge, and a lack of understand of the human body.

 

While I will cover some of the dangers of exercise as it relates to hypothyroidism a little later, the purpose of this article is really to open your mind so that you can understand how little we really do understand when it comes to exercise.

 

So, I’m going to discuss a couple of very common exercise myths just so show you how little we really do know.

 

Hypothyroidism Treatment Myth #1 – Exercise Improves Thyroid Function

 

If you look at the current research, a lot of people are incorrectly led to believe that exercise improves thyroid function and is helpful for hypothyroidism treatment.

 

There are studies where they have taken blood samples immediately before and then immediately after exercise in order to analyse the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood.

 

Many of these studies have found that some forms of exercise cause an increase in blood level thyroid hormone, and so they interpret this as evidence that exercise improves thyroid function.

 

It’s time to celebrate, right? Not quite…

 

Using a basic understanding of cell physiology, when cells become fatigued or overworked, they take up more water. This is a natural response to stress.

 

So, when you exercise, as your muscles fatigue, they can take up a significant amount of water. As water is pulled from your bloodstream and into your cells, this effectively decreases blood volume.

 

If blood volume is decreased then of course the concentration of thyroid hormone will increase but only because there is less blood and not because there is more thyroid hormone.

 

If you are to take this into account, the total amount of thyroid hormone actually decreases. And these researchers fail to account for this loss of blood volume that exercise causes.

 

There’s also a lot of research that demonstrates this as well.

 

For example, one mechanism that is well known is that stress, including exercise, inhibits the conversion of inactive T4 thyroid hormone to active T3 thyroid hormone by the liver…

 

The effect of acute exercise session on thyroid hormone economy in rats

 

http://joe.endocrinology-journals.org/content/198/2/347.abstract

 

“T3/T4 ratio was significantly decreased 60 and 120min after the exercise, indicating impaired T4-to-T3 conversion.”

 

And there are plenty of studies showing the negative effects of exercise on thyroid hormone as well…

 

The effect of exhaustion exercise on thyroid hormones and testosterone levels of elite athletes receiving oral zinc.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16648789

 

CONCLUSION: Findings of our study demonstrate that exhaustion exercise led to a significant inhibition of both thyroid hormones and testosterone concentrations…

 

And this one which also demonstrates a decrease in resting metabolism…

 

Endurance training with constant energy intake in identical twins: changes over time in energy expenditure and related hormones.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9160814

 

“Resting metabolic rate (RMR) was significantly decreased by 8% after training despite the preservation of fat-free mass (FFM). Accordingly, plasma norepinephrine (NE) concentrations, NE appearance rate, and plasma levels of triiodothyronine (T3), free T3, and total thyroxine (T4) were lower after training.”

 

There are lots of studies that show the same exact results, but I think you get the point.

 

Forcing yourself to exercise as a means of losing weight or trying to “boost” your metabolism can actually have the opposite effect and result in the further suppression of your thyroid, a slower metabolism, and ultimately more future weight gain.

 

Sounds kind of counter-productive, right?

 

Hypothyroidism Treatment Myth #2 – Running Burns More Calories than Walking

 

This is one of my favorites because it goes to show you how far behind we are when it comes to our understanding of exercise and physiology.

 

The media, your doctor, your next door neighbor and everyone else who still has a bit of sanity left will tell you that running is one of the best ways to burn calories and lose weight?

 

Running is far better than walking, right?

 

Yes, you can read this in any exercise physiology book, but there’s something big that they’ve all forgotten to take into account…

 

Your brain!

 

When exercise physiologists study energy expenditure and derive their energy calculations, they fail to account for the brain in their calculations.

 

And your brain produces huge amounts of energy and requires a huge amount of fuel.

 

Just because you’re running on a treadmill doesn’t mean that your brain shuts off and stops working. It’s still working and expending energy, just like your muscles.

 

Russian physiologists on the other hand are accounting for the brain. And by stimulating the brain and therefore increasing its energy expenditure, your brain can burn significantly more calories.

 

So, stimulating your brain while you walk can actually be more beneficial than running on a treadmill while your brain is minimally stimulated.

 

If you take into account that walking would be far less damaging to your thyroid and metabolism, you can effectively support your thyroid and burn more calories on average from walking in a mentally stimulating environment than running while bored.

 

The bottom line is that our current understanding of exercise and physiology is severely lacking and it’s only further contributing to our general declining state of health today. And in today’s world, your thyroid really does need all the help it can get.

 

Millions of people today are not only hypothyroid, but are also making their hypothyroidism worse by following all of the bad advice out there.

 

When millions of people are led to believe that something like exercise is always beneficial to their health, while it’s unknowingly causing more damage to their thyroid when it comes to hypothyroidism treatment, then we really have an epidemic problem.

 

Hopefully this opens your eyes up to the fact that exercise, as it relates to hypothyroidism, is something that needs much more attention if we are ever going to make real progress in properly understanding and treating hypothyroidism.

 

Watch this Video Below Here – DIY Hypothyroidism Treatment – How I CURED my Hypothyroid NATURALLY

 

Read the following related topics:

 

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

3 Ways Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life

 

Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

 

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

 

What is really The Best Cooking Oil for Thyroid Health?

 

3 Dangers of Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism

 

5 Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity

 

Caffeine and Cancer – The Hard Truth You Can’t Deny

 

Revealing Here the 3 Best Kind of Hypothyroidism Exercise

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

What is the Best Way to Diagnose Hypothyroidism?

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I recently covered the many reasons why all thyroid tests suck and why you CANNOT rely on them to accurately diagnose hypothyroidism or to even monitor your thyroid function.

 

The good news is that there’s a better way to diagnose hypothyroidism and it’s actually quite simple. I’m going to share with you how I work with my clients using the best test for hypothyroidism.

 

With the billions of dollars invested each year in medical research and the amazing advancements in medical technology, you would think that we would be able to diagnose hypothyroidism today with 99% accuracy.

 

Heck, I’d even settle for 85% accuracy but we’re still missing that mark by a long shot.

 

Let me tell you, computer technology today may be advancing at light speed but in many other areas of technology we’re still scratching our heads.

 

It reminds me of my days as an engineer when I was introduced to a navigational program that was still using navigational technology developed by German scientists 70 years ago during WWII. For the past 70 years American scientists have been trying to improve this German design and have achieved nothing but 70 years of failure.

 

Sometimes, it’s what we don’t know that slows technological advancement, but when it comes to healthcare, more often than not it is ignorance that impedes progress.

 

How is it that we are told that running is the best way to burn calories and lose weight yet Russian scientists have shown that you can burn just as many calories, or more, by simply walking for the same amount of time? Sounds crazy, right? I’ll tell you more about that later.

 

In the same respect, it is ignorance that allows us to continue to rely on inaccurate thyroid testing while ignoring a simple test that was developed 70 years ago to more accurately diagnose hypothyroidism.

 

Low Body Temperature and Hypothyroidism

 

Low body temperature is an epidemic problem. I have personally talked with nurses and have heard stories from others in the medical field who chart temperatures all day long and who openly admit that it’s rare to find anyone today with a 98.6°F temperature unless fever is present.

 

Low body temperature is more often than not, an indicator of hypothyroidism.

 

Am I saying that everyone today is hypothyroid? Of course not, but it’s well known that hypothyroid people get sick more often and are far more likely to develop health complications and disease.

 

So, it should be understandable that the majority of people being seen in hospitals and doctors’ offices for health problems today are far more likely to be hypothyroid.

 

Your thyroid is responsible for controlling and regulating a large number of functions within your body including:

 

  • Metabolism and Heat Production
  • Circulatory System and Blood Volume
  • Muscular Health
  • Nerve Health
  • Digestive Health
  • Health of Every Organ
  • Health of Every Tissue
  • Health of Every Cell

 

But today, we don’t even stop to consider the potential impact that thyroid health has on every function of the human body, and instead we only focus on its impact on our metabolism and our ability to lose weight.

 

Every cell in your body relies on thyroid hormone to produce energy and remain healthy. When your cells use thyroid hormone they produce more energy and therefore more heat. When your cells are starved of thyroid hormone, they produce less energy and therefore less heat.

 

By simply measuring the heat that your cells, or body, produce at rest can give you direct insight into how much thyroid hormone your cells are actually using.

 

And as I’ve mentioned many times before, TSH tests, blood tests, and all other thyroid tests DO NOT tell you how much thyroid hormone your cells are actually using, which is the only true way to accurately diagnose hypothyroidism.

 

The Basal Body Temperature Test

 

The basal body temperature test was first pioneered by Dr. Broda Barnes who was one of the early American physicians to recognize that hypothyroidism was being severely undiagnosed by modern medicine.

 

He spent more than 50 years researching and proving that hypothyroidism was the underlying cause of heart disease today.

 

Even though nobody has been able to invalidate his research, his work has been, and continues to be, completely ignored by the medical community today.

 

In 1942 he published a study demonstrating the effectiveness of basal temperature in diagnosing hypothyroidism and its ability to prevent wrong diagnoses that have led to unnecessary operations to remove the thyroid gland which can lead to severe health complications.

 

BASAL TEMPERATURE VERSUS BASAL METABOLISM

 

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?volume=119&issue=14&page=1072

 

SUMMARY 1. From a study of over 1,000 cases the results indicate that subnormal body temperature is a better index for thyroid therapy than the basal metabolic rate. 2. The differential diagnosis between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism is sometimes difficult. In 7 cases reported the diagnosis was wrong, in 5 of which an operation had been performed. The temperature was subnormal in each case.

 

Why Your Doctor Doesn’t Want You Taking Your Own Temperature?

 

If measuring your basal body temperature is such a simple and effective way to diagnose hypothyroidism, then why does your doctor dismiss its relevancy?

 

There are two reasons which are quite simple…

 

  1. Your doctor didn’t go through 8 years of school and 3 to 5 years of residency just to let his or her patients self-diagnose themselves by simply using a thermometer.

 

Of course not, and doctors understand that they have to protect their profession because they are the so-called “experts” when it comes to your health, not you. What would the world become if people started taking a more active role in their own healthcare and demand proper treatment?

 

What a scary world that would be! So, instead of even trying to argue the relevancy of basal temperature, modern medicine has chosen to turn a blind eye and simply ignore it altogether.

 

  1. Healthcare today is a business. And like any business, they want to maximize their profits. How much money do they stand to make by having you take your own temperature?

 

Absolutely nothing…It’s much more profitable to charge you for an office visit to draw your blood, charge you for the blood test itself, and then force you to come back to their office so that they can charge you yet again for another office visit, just to read you the results of your test.

 

Multiply this times twenty, thirty, or forty years of seeing your doctor and you’ve done your part to pay for your doc’s vacation home.

 

I personally know someone who was dropped by their doctor because they requested to receive their blood test results by phone and refused to go in and pay for an office visit they didn’t see as necessary.

 

How to Take Your Basal Body Temperature?

 

Caution: This is a complex medical procedure that should only be carried out by highly trained medical professionals. You are not a doctor and have not gone through 10 plus years of medical training required to accurately read a thermometer and diagnose hypothyroidism. This test is contraindicated by poor eyesight which may lead to false readings.

 

Now that our fancy medical disclaimer is out of the way, here’s how simple it is to measure your basal body temperature:

 

How to Measure Your Basal Temperature?

 

  1. Get a thermometer and put it within arm’s reach by your bedside at night before you go to sleep. If using a mercury thermometer, be sure to shake it down.

 

  1. Don’t eat anything late at night or in the middle of the night as digestion can affect basal metabolism.

 

  1. Go to sleep.

 

  1. Wake up in the morning.

 

  1. Being as still has possible, reach for your thermometer by your bedside and sit completely still in bed while you take your temperature for 10 minutes. If using a digital thermometer, it’s best to leave it in your mouth for 10 minutes, prior to turning it on for most accurate results.

 

Watch this Video – How to Test Your Thyroid – Simple Self-Test

How to Interpret Your Basal Temperature?

 

Men and post-menopausal women can take their basal temperature on any day.

 

However, women who are menstruating will notice that their temperature will fluctuate depending on what part of their cycle they are in.

 

During the first half of their cycle, their temperature will be lower. During the second half of their cycle, their temperature will be higher.

 

Menstruating women should measure their basal temperature on days 2 through 4 of menstruation.

 

A healthy functioning thyroid will consistently maintain a basal body temperature between 97.8 °F (36.6 °C) and 98.2 °F (36.8 °C) upon waking.

 

Anything lower than 97.8 °F (36.6 °C) implies that at complete rest, your cells are not able to produce adequate energy to meet the energy demands of your body. This means that you are in fact hypothyroid.

 

Extraneous Influences on Basal Temperature

 

I’ve mentioned before that while basal body temperature is a more accurate indicator of hypothyroidism than blood testing, there are extraneous influences that need to be accounted for which can influence the results of the test.

 

Influence of Air Temperature

 

The colder the air temperature, the harder your thyroid has to work to maintain your body temperature and the warmer the air temperature, the less it has to work.

 

If the air temperature is relatively warm then your thyroid will have to work very little and therefore your basal temperature may appear higher than it truly is.

 

Influence of Infection

 

Oral temperature can be used but it’s well known that even the common sinus infection can falsely raise oral temperature. If there’s any possibility of infection, then it’s best to use underarm temperature instead.

 

Extraneous Influences

 

There are many other extraneous influences that should be considered as well.

 

For example, sleeping under an electric blanket will artificially increase your body temperature. Artificially raising your body temperature through exercise or even a hot bath can also influence results.

 

The Importance of Your Pulse

 

Today, we can do better than just basal temperature. Because there are various extraneous influences that can affect body temperature, it’s important to also monitor your pulse as an additional indicator of thyroid function.

 

Even if basal temperature is normal, if your pulse is below 80 to 85 beats per minutes, then this is yet another indicator of hypothyroidism.

 

All of my clients track both temperature and pulse which we use to decipher what is happening within the body on a hormonal level, which then tells us what we need to do in order correct the underlying problems that are inhibiting their thyroid.

 

If you’re not tracking your basal body temperature regardless of whether you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or not, then you need to start now.

 

Basal body temperature is the best test for hypothyroidism and can give you a lot of insight as to whether you are truly hypothyroid even if other thyroid tests say you’re not.

 

For those who are currently taking thyroid medication, it can also be very useful in determining whether, or not, your medication is working for you.

 

Read the following related topics:

 

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

3 Ways Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life

 

Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

 

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

 

What is really The Best Cooking Oil for Thyroid Health?

 

3 Dangers of Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism

 

5 Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity

 

Caffeine and Cancer – The Hard Truth You Can’t Deny

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

 

Why All Thyroid Function Tests Suck?

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But if I don’t tell you, then no one else will. Often times you look to your doctor for answers and you’ve been raised to believe that your doctors knows exactly what is going on with your health and exactly what to do about it.

 

But, I’m here to tell you that your doctor and the medical profession in general is more confused than ever regarding hypothyroidism, healthy thyroid function, and thyroid testing.

 

For what it’s worth, it’s not entirely your doctor’s fault.

 

Your doctor is really only as good as the thyroid function tests or tools he has available to diagnose you with. And, the TRUTH is that there really is NO perfect test for hypothyroidism.

 

Don’t get me wrong!

 

The hypothyroidism testing that takes place today is really abysmal. There is so much more the medical profession could be doing to improve their practices but they simply don’t for a number of social and economic reasons. Unfortunately today, improvements in medical science and testing are only considered if they can generate more profit.

 

All thyroid tests have their pluses and minuses, which can be expected. But today we’re so far off the mark when it comes to testing and diagnosing hypothyroidism that it really brings into question whose best interests are at mind here?

 

Bad Tests for Thyroid Function

 

The issue of thyroid function testing has been a hot debate for more than a century. If we can learn anything from history (which we rarely do) we should learn that thyroid tests come and go with the wind.

 

There have been a number of previous tests that have been “accepted” and used as the gold standard in diagnosing hypothyroid for years or decades only to eventually be discredited and deemed useless.

 

So, it’s important to take our current methods of thyroid function testing with a grain of salt because it’s likely that they too will follow suit at some point in time and be deemed unreliable.

 

Below are some of the commonly used hypothyroidism testing methods and why they are unreliable.

 

  1. TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) Testing

 

Odds are, if you’ve been diagnosed as hypothyroid by your doctor then you’ve had your TSH levels measured and they have likely been above “normal” (at least their interpretation of normal that is).

 

This is currently the standard test that medical doctors use to diagnose hypothyroidism. And it’s the ONLY test they typically run.

 

If you’re not familiar with human physiology, TSH is a hormone that tells the thyroid gland that more thyroid hormone is needed and to release more thyroid hormone into your bloodstream.

 

So, if TSH is high then this is thought to mean that your thyroid gland is not able to produce adequate thyroid hormone, thus you must be hypothyroid.

 

Extraneous Influences on TSH

 

One of the biggest problems with TSH testing is that it can be influenced by a number of extraneous factors unrelated to the direct function or health of the thyroid gland including:

 

  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Infection
  • Blood Sugar
  • Excessive T4

 

It’s important to understand that any thyroid function test is merely giving you a snapshot of your hormone levels at one single moment in time. And any factor, including the list above, can cause an immediate or drastic change in your hormone levels.

 

So, let’s say you’re under a considerable amount of stress, you’ve caught a cold, or you didn’t have time to eat before your doctor’s appointment… these variables can affect the outcome of your test.

 

It’s also important to note that doctors typically prescribe T4 only medications like Synthroid, which can easily lower TSH without actually improving your thyroid function.

 

Illogical Reference Ranges

 

 

Any lab test is only as accurate to the degree that its reference ranges are accurate. And there is a lot of evidence surrounding the illogical reference ranges that have been established for TSH.

 

The original TSH reference ranges were based on the results of the Protein Bound Iodine test, which was one of the many tests that were deemed unreliable. Basing TSH reference ranges on a test that was proven to be unreliable makes the results of the TSH test… unreliable at best!

 

Watch this Video – Why TSH is the wrong test for Thyroid Function.

 

  1. Free T3 Testing

 

Triiodothyronine (a.k.a. T3) is typically referred to as the “active” thyroid hormone because it is far more metabolically active in your cells than T4, or the “inactive” thyroid hormone. Because of this, we know that T3 is the primary thyroid hormone that your cells use to produce energy.

 

When thyroid hormone exists in the bloodstream, it relies on carrier proteins to move it within your bloodstream and delivery it to your cells where it is used to produce energy.

 

One of the biggest arguments today regarding hypothyroidism is that of the Free Hormone Hypothesis. This hypothesis speculates that only “free” or non-bound T3 thyroid hormone can enter your cells and produce energy and that any T3 that is bound to a carrier protein is unavailable to your cells.

 

However, there have been many studies that have disproven this theory and demonstrated that bound hormones can enter not only cells, but cell mitochondria and cell nuclei.

 

This pretty much deflates the entire idea that only “free” T3 can be used by your cells.

 

Since free T3 accounts for less than five percent of your total T3, testing for free T3 is practically useless for diagnosing hypothyroidism.

 

  1. Basal Metabolic Rate Tests

 

BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) Tests were extensively used in the early to mid-1900’s before blood tests were developed. This same BMR test is still being used today and is becoming more and more popular in recent years.

 

The BMR test works by precisely measuring the amount of oxygen that you consume when your body is basal, or completely at rest. Your rate of oxygen consumption can then be used to determine your metabolism and therefore thyroid function.

 

However, there are a number of factors that make this test unreliable.

 

For starters, it requires that your body be in a completely basal state which is practically impossible with this method of testing. The only time your body is truly in a basal state is when you first open your eyes in the morning and before you start moving and get out of bed.

 

By the time you wake up, get dressed, drive through traffic to your doctor’s office, check in, etc., your body is no longer in a truly basal state.

 

So, how accurate can measuring your “basal” metabolism be if you’re not even in a basal state?

 

In order to make this test truly relevant, you would have to have your doctor come to your home while you sleep, and then administer the test upon waking.

 

Even in this scenario, the idea of having your doctor in your home and putting some sort of mask over your mouth upon waking would elicit enough of a stress response to alter the test results.

 

  1. Thyroid Blood Tests

 

There are a number of blood tests available for measuring various factors related to the thyroid hormone pathway including TSH, T4, T3, reverse T3, T3 Resin Uptake, Thyroglobulin, etc.

 

If you understand the physiology and roles that all of these play within the human body, then you can begin to gain some insight into what the potential problems are that are disrupting your thyroid.

 

However, they do not answer the one single question that continues to elude medicine even today, which is how much thyroid hormones are actually getting to and being used by your cells.

 

There are a number of physiological and dietary factors that can stop thyroid hormone from actually being used by your cells. Thyroid hormone can be blocked in your bloodstream and it can be blocked at the cellular level.

 

There is No Perfect Thyroid Function Test

 

You MUST understand that you can take all of the thyroid hormone you want, you can run labs showing you have more than enough thyroid hormone in your blood, but if that thyroid hormone is not being used by your cells then you are still hypothyroid.

 

The perfect test for thyroid function would be to directly measure the amount of thyroid hormone being utilized by every cell of your body. But with billions of cells, this is easier said than done.

 

I think it’s safe to say that we’re not going to see any “perfect” thyroid test any time soon.

 

What Is the Best Option for Thyroid Function Testing Then?

 

We’ve already established that measuring various levels of hormones in your blood can provide some useful insight, but fails to tell you the most important thing you need to know, which is how much thyroid hormone your cells are actually using.

 

Today, this can only truly be estimated through measuring your Basal Metabolic Rate, which has been problematic because it’s impossible to walk into your doctor’s office in a truly basal condition.

 

Believe it, or not, there is a simple and highly effective thyroid test that can measure your thyroid function in a truly basal state.

 

By simply taking your temperature upon waking, you can quite reliably determine if your thyroid is able to keep up with the metabolic demands of your body, or if you truly are hypothyroid.

 

This is exactly how I work with my clients. We don’t rely on misguiding thyroid function tests. We use basal temperature and pulse as well as temperature and pulse throughout the day to determine the metabolic state of the body.

 

By knowing this information, you can begin to use your diet therapeutically to supply your thyroid and cells with the nutrients they need to keep them running in their optimal state, which is essential for the body and thyroid to heal.

 

Watch this Video Here – How to Test Your Thyroid – Simple Self-Test

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

Warnings: 4 Types of Toxic Cookware to Avoid & Why

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When it comes to your health, and the health of your thyroid, it’s the foods that you put into your body that provide the foundation for regulating your hormones, provide the necessary nutrients to help your cells produce adequate energy, and fuel every single process within your body.

 

But, many people are ingesting more than just the foods they think they are eating. Many people are unknowingly ingesting toxins in their foods directly from their cookware. And research continues to show that these toxins are contributing to a number of very common and serious health problems today.

 

Does this mean that you need to go out and spend lots of money buying all new cookware?

 

Of course not!

 

But, sometimes the better cookware for your health is also better for your wallet.

 

Most of us primarily use one or two pots or pans regularly, so simply getting one or two inexpensive non-toxic ones can go a long way in protecting yourself and your family from chronic exposure to these common toxins.

 

Below, we’ll take a look at the common types of cookware you want to avoid, if possible, and why they are toxic to your health, followed by two safe types of cookware and how to test them to ensure that they are non-toxic and safe.

 

4 Types of Toxic Cookware to Avoid & Why

 

There are various types of cookware being sold today, mostly for their ability to resist corrosion and conduct heat. But far less attention has been given to the toxic effects that they can have on the human body.

 

Most of the different metals being used in cookware today are we’ll know toxins that have been linked to a number of diseases from Alzheimer’s to even heart disease and cancer.

 

Toxic Cookware #1 – Aluminium Cookware

 

Aluminium is one source of cookware that is used because it is inexpensive and is a great heat conductor. But, aluminium is a very well recognized neurotoxin that is known to inhibit more than 200 biological processes within the human body.

 

Cooking acidic foods or using salt in your cooking can leach aluminium out of your cookware and into your food, where it can easily make its way into your body.

 

Toxic Cookware #2 – Cast Iron

 

Most people don’t realize it, but cast iron is another very potentially toxic type of cookware. For starters, most cast iron cookware on the market is treated with soy oil which is very thyroid suppressive to begin with.

 

But few people realize the potential dangers of iron to their health. Studies have shown that stored iron in your body is the strongest indicator of heart disease, more so then cholesterol.

 

Body iron stores and presence of carotid atherosclerosis. Results from the Bruneck Study.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7918313

 

In a logistic regression analysis adjusting for age, sex, and all major vascular risk markers, ferritin emerged as one of the strongest indicators of carotid artery disease in both sexes (40 to 59 years; odds ratio, 1.54 per 100 micrograms/L; P < .001).

 

Iron is known to promote lipid peroxidation, destroy vitamin E in your body, and feed estrogen, all which suppress your thyroid. Iron will also destroy vitamins directly in your food.

 

There is also quite a lot of research demonstrating iron’s role in both heart disease and cancer. Below is just one of many studies demonstrating this.

 

Putative role of dietary trace elements in coronary heart disease and cancer.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7881323

 

Epidemiological evidence linking measures of high iron nutritional status with both coronary heart disease (CHD) and cancer is accumulating…

 

Toxic Cookware #3 – Austenitic Stainless Steel

 

Stainless steel is another commonly used type of cookware that is generally thought to be safe. About 70% of stainless steel is austenitic, where nickel is added to prevent corrosion and pitting of the metal itself. While the nickel does help it to last longer, it also makes it more expensive and introduces a number of health risks.

 

Austenitic stainless steel is typically labelled with either the old 18/8 or 18/10 designation or with the newer 300 Series designations based on the amount of chromium and nickel added: i.e. 301, 302, 304, etc.

 

However, nickel is more toxic than both iron and aluminium. It’s a very common allergen which is most evident by its use in jewellery, which commonly causes inflammation or a rash to form where the metal contacts the skin.

 

Nickel has also been linked directly to cancer.

 

Toxic Cookware #4 – Non-Stick (Teflon Coated) Cookware

 

Teflon is the chemical non-stick coating that is commonly used with cookware today. Initial research was thought to have shown that Teflon was safe when heated to low temperatures; however more recent research has demonstrated otherwise.

 

There is also a lot of controversy surrounding other non-stick variations, which are quite toxic and never approved for use in cookware, yet they have been found in cookware in detectable levels. These non-stick variations have been shown to cause cancer, disrupt the hormonal system, and be toxic to the liver and immune system.

 

As non-stick cookware ages and becomes worn from use, the risk of ingesting Teflon or its toxic by-products increases drastically.

 

2 Types of Non-Toxic Cookware

 

When it comes to non-toxic cookware, there are a couple of great choices that you can’t go wrong with.

 

Pyrex Glass

 

Pyrex glass in general is always a great choice for baking as it’s durable, inexpensive, and non-toxic. However, it can’t be used stovetop.

 

Nickel-Free Stainless Steel

 

For cooking stovetop, there are certain kinds of stainless steel that are safe. One of the best non-toxic options is to use nickel-free stainless steel, which does not contain the toxic nickel component that most stainless steel contains.

 

The upside to this type of stainless steel is that it’s cheaper because nickel is expensive and increases the cost of the cookware.

 

The downside is that the nickel helps make the cookware more resistant to corrosion, so nickel-free stainless steel cookware will be less corrosive resistant and therefore not last quite as long.

 

How to Choose the Right Stainless Steel

 

There’s a very simple way to determine if stainless steel cookware contains nickel or not. Stainless steel itself is magnetic, however, when nickel is added, it loses its magnetic properties.

 

Simply testing cookware with a magnetic will tell you whether or not it’s safe. If the metal is magnetic and the magnet sticks firmly to it then it’s nickel-free and safe. If the metal is non-magnetic and the magnet does not stick to it, then this means that it contains nickel and should be avoided.

 

Watch these 2 videos below – The Best Non Toxic Cookware for Your Kitchen plus Healthy Pots & Pans? The Best Non Toxic Cookware

 

Read the following related topics:

 

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

3 Ways Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life

 

Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

 

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

 

What is really The Best Cooking Oil for Thyroid Health?

 

3 Dangers of Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism

 

5 Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity

 

Caffeine and Cancer – The Hard Truth You Can’t Deny

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

 

Caffeine and Cancer – The Hard Truth You Can’t Deny

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When I was young and naive, I use to despise coffee. Not because I believed that it had any sort of negative effects, but because of the idea of using something that I falsely believed to be nothing more than a stimulant, never sat well with me.

 

That was also the time when I truly believed that I was in perfect health. During this same time, my cholesterol and blood pressure started to rise and along with the emergence of a number of small and relatively subtle hypothyroidism symptoms that I chose to dismiss and ignore.

 

I continued to ignore coffee until I began to really study the effects of diet and the foods we eat on our human physiology. I actually started to understand how coffee affected my own physiology and that it was NOT just some sort of stimulant. It was much, much more than that. That’s when I started using it therapeutically with myself and my clients with quite amazing results.

 

The sheer fact that coffee alone has been shown to decrease mortality rates and increase longevity should be more than enough to convince most sceptics that there’s much more to coffee than meets the eye.

 

Aside from the mere fact that coffee will help you live longer, there have been a number of other recent studies on coffee showing the truly wide range of health benefits it has to offer. One such recent study was on caffeine and its effects on skin cancer.

 

Caffeine’s Effects on The Most Common Cancer

 

The most common cancer found today is a form of skin cancer called basal-cell carcinoma, affecting as many as 30% of people in their lifetime.

 

A recent study was published on the effects of caffeine on skin cancer where 112,897 people were followed over a 20 year period. Over this period of time, 22,786 people were diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma.

 

Increased Caffeine Intake Is Associated with Reduced Risk of Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin

 

http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/72/13/3282

 

Our findings argue that caffeine intake in men and women are inversely associated with risk of BCC.

 

Caffeine intake was analysed throughout this study with respect to diet including tea, cola, and chocolate which are also sources of dietary caffeine aside from coffee.

 

While these other sources of caffeine did help protect against this cancer, coffee proved to provide the most significant protection, likely because of the higher caffeine content as well as the additional nutrients that coffee provides.

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news for all of the decaf drinkers out there, but decaf coffee did not provide the same protective benefits.

 

The results of this study were also backed by the results of mice studies which have demonstrated the same effects on skin cancer.

 

Coffee is More Than Just a Food

 

If you believe that skin cancer is the only form of cancer that coffee helps to protect you against, then you would be greatly mistaken.

 

There are many other very common forms of cancer that coffee and caffeine help to protect against including breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer, just to name a few.

 

It’s time that we stop looking at coffee as just some food and start seeing it for its true potential as an important nutrient that can help restore dysfunction and maintain the healthy function of the human body.

 

But it’s also important to use it correctly which most people do not. Today, most people rely on coffee just to get them through the day while ignoring the importance of their diet to their health.

 

Coffee should be looked at and used as a supplement, and therefore play a role in supplementing an already health diet.

 

Watch the 2 videos about Caffeine and Cancer – Caffeine and Cancer plus Is Coffee Bad for You?

 

Read the following related topics:

 

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

3 Ways Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life

 

Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

 

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

 

What is really The Best Cooking Oil for Thyroid Health?

 

3 Dangers of Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism

 

5 Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

 

5 Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity

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There’s no denying the fact that iodine has become a popular treatment method for hypothyroidism today.

And rightfully so, considering that most websites discussing the topic of hypothyroidism bombard you with advertisements for the latest and greatest iodine supplements that are sure to cure your hypothyroidism.

But have you ever stopped to question the safety or legitimacy behind saturating your body with unnatural amounts of iodine?

The popularity behind the use of iodine for hypothyroidism has been largely fuelled by iodine’s use, centuries ago, in the treatment of goiters.

This, along with other false beliefs regarding your body’s need for iodine, has led some practitioners to recommend that you saturate yourself with iodine, because of the ridiculous belief that more is always better.

Unfortunately, the only ones who win are those selling iodine supplements because the more you use, the more money they make.

Iodine toxicity is a bigger problem than most people realize.

I recently discussed some of the specific dangers of iodine toxicity related directly to thyroid function in my blog post 3 Dangers of Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism.

How Much Iodine Are You Getting?

 

Of course, there is a lot of variation from person to person with respect to the amount of iodine people consume on average per day. There are certainly some people who are truly deficient in iodine although this is quite rare today.

Seeing as how the recommendation for iodine is currently 150 mcg per day, it should be easy to understand how one can effortlessly achieve the recommended amount.

Below are a list of some common foods and their iodine content which can give you a better idea of how much iodine you are getting in your diet:

3 ounces of meat contains 15 mcg of iodine

3 ounces of shellfish contains 21-37 mcg of iodine

3 ounces of cod contains 99 mcg of iodine

8 ounces of milk contains 58-116 mcg of iodine

1 large egg contains 18-29 mcg of iodine

1 medium size potato contains 60 mcg of iodine

1 quarter teaspoon of iodized salt contains 115 mcg of iodine

1 ounces of seaweed contains 18,000 mcg of iodine

Getting enough iodine in your diet is oftentimes achievable in a single meal. A single serving of fish with a potato alone can provide you more than enough iodine in a single serving. This is without the inclusion of additional sources of iodine that most people are exposed to on a daily basis such as iodized salt.

How to Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity

 

Below are some simple guidelines to help you protect yourself from the negative effects of excess iodine.

Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity #Tip 1 – Avoid Iodine Supplements

To give you an idea of the potency of many iodine supplements today, most people are using 12.5 mg to 100 mg of iodine daily, which equals 80 to 650 times the recommend daily allowance.

To put that into perspective, there are some studies that demonstrate the toxic effects of even a small excess of iodine, from as little as 1 mg.

If you suspect an iodine deficiency then it’s important to use proper testing to determine this prior to diagnosing yourself based solely on assumptions. Measuring your iodine intake as well as testing your urine to determine how much iodine is being excreted is one way to measure your potential for deficiency or toxicity.

Blindly taking iodine supplements puts you at a much greater risk of iodine toxicity which can further damage your thyroid and oftentimes contributes to the development of autoimmune thyroiditis.

Watch these videos here – Warning: Iodine Supplementation (Deficiency, Thyroid Issues) plus Iodine Supplement Warnings

Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity #Tip 2 – Avoid Iodized Salt

During the mid to late 1800’s iodized salt was beginning to be used to reduce the prevalence of goiters in many countries. During that time, iodine deficiency was a much bigger issue.

But as you can see by simply looking at the iodine content in the list of common foods above, iodine deficiency is not as common you as might think.

Seeing as how as little as ¼ tsp. of iodized salt provides almost your entire recommended daily allowance of iodine, it should be easy to see how the use of iodized salt can have quite the dramatic effect on your daily iodine intake.

It is also well known that hypothyroid sufferers lose sodium rapidly through their urine. Because of this, their need for salt (sodium) increases which only further compounds this problem and increases your risk of iodine toxicity.

Because of this, it is advisable to get your iodine from other dietary sources and to avoid iodized salt altogether.

Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity #Tip 3 – Avoid Seaweed and Other Excessive Sources of Iodine

The idea that seaweed, kelp, and other sea vegetables are rich in thyroid and therefore must be healthy for your thyroid has led many to label iodine-rich foods like seaweed as super-foods.

But the extremely high iodine content can quickly become counter-production. Many types of seaweed provide as much as 4,500 mcg of iodine per ¼ oz., which is 30 times more than the recommended daily allowance.

Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity #Tip 4 – Focus on Natural Foods that Contain Healthy Amounts of Iodine

The easiest way to avoid iodine toxicity is to simply focus on eating a naturally healthy diet that contains healthy amounts of iodine.

However, the topic of a truly healthy diet is quite complex as there are many other factors aside from iodine content that are important in overcoming hypothyroidism.

These dietary factors, along with a step by step plan on how to heal your thyroid, are discussed in detail in my Hypothyroidism Revolution Program.

Protect Yourself from Iodine Toxicity #Tip 5 – Don’t Fall for Un-Scientific Testing

Many practitioners who support using high doses of iodine for hypothyroidism also push various tests to determine your potential for iodine deficiency, most of which have been proven to be scientifically invalid.

One such unscientific test that has gained popularity is the iodine spot test. The claim is that you can tell if you are iodine deficient by painting a spot of iodine on your skin. If it disappears quickly then this is believed to be a sign of deficiency.

However, this test holds no scientific basis. Iodine can quickly be converted into colorless iodide through its interaction with many substances.

The bottom line is, avoiding iodine supplements, iodized salt, and other foods that are abnormally high in iodine is a necessary and important step in avoiding iodine toxicity and properly regulating thyroid function.

Of course there is always the possibility that you could truly be iodine deficient and if you do suspect this, then do yourself a favor and get the proper testing you need to be properly diagnosed.

Blindly taking an iodine supplement, or any other supplement for that matter, is an accident waiting to happen.

Read the following related topics:

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

3 Ways Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life

 

Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

 

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

 

What is really The Best Cooking Oil for Thyroid Health?

3 Dangers of Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

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3 Dangers of Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism

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Iodine therapy has become quite popular as a “potential” solution for hypothyroidism today. Much of its popularity arises from its use in treating goiters centuries ago.

But today, could it be causing more harm than good?

It is well known that the thyroid gland requires iodine to produce thyroid hormone. But few people understand the potential dangers of iodine therapy and excessive iodine consumption.

Dangers of Excessive Iodine

Today, iodine deficiency is extremely rare even though it is still being touted as a major cause of hypothyroidism. Because of the misleading idea of iodine deficiency, the market has become flooded with iodine supplements that claim to cure hypothyroidism, which in actuality pose a greater threat to your thyroid and health than you realize.

The FDA recommends 150 mcg (micrograms) of iodine daily for healthy thyroid function. This accounts for iodine in your food, as well as any additional supplementation.

As early as the 1970’s it was determined that people in the US were getting 10 times more iodine than they needed which grossly exceeds the recommended allowance.

With so much focus on iodine’s historical role in the treatment of goiters as well as the more recent discovery of its role in the production of thyroid hormone, very little, if any, attention has been placed on the dangers associated with iodine toxicity.

Because of this, most people are completely unaware that excess iodine is also a common cause of goiters, hypothyroidism, and thyroiditis today.

History of Iodine Therapy

The use of iodine therapy for goiters had actually been documented for thousands of years prior to the discovery of the thyroid gland.

One of the first documented cases of goiter treatment goes as far back as 1600 B.C. (more than 3600 years ago) by the ancient Chinese. At that time, what they only understood as a swollen neck was treated with the use of burnt sponge, which reduced the swelling.

The fact that burnt sponge was used as a treatment for goiter continually throughout history from 1600 B.C. through the 1800’s is a testament to its effectiveness. However, the mechanism by which burnt sponge acted was entirely unknown throughout this entire period.

It wasn’t until 1820 that Dr. Jean François Condet discovered that iodine was the active ingredient in the burnt sponge remedy. It was at this time that iodine therapy first became popular.

However, in 1820 as the use of supplemental iodine began, Condet also discovered the issue of iodine toxicity and attempted to warn people of the dangers.

History Repeats Itself – When Will We Learn From Our Mistakes?

When I was young kid in school, I once questioned my history teacher as to the importance of studying history. His answer, which suited me at the time, was that studying history was important so that we don’t make the same mistakes over again.

I suppose there is truth to this in theory but unfortunately, this is rarely the case in reality.

With Condet’s discovery in 1820, the iodine “fad” began. Iodine became readily available in supplemental form and its popularity rose dramatically. People even wore small containers of iodine around their necks so that it was conveniently available when they wanted it.

But the fad didn’t last because iodine quickly gained negative publicity from its over-use and the increased incidence of iodine toxicity.

But this wasn’t the end of the iodine fad…

In 1896 Eugen Baumann discovered that the thyroid gland was rich in iodine. Shortly after this discovery, in 1910, iodine supplementation was back on the map as a very popular treatment for thyroid disorders.

Iodine Deficiency Is Not the Cause of Goiter or Hypothyroidism Today

It wasn’t until the major advancements in science in the 1940’s that scientists began to recognize that there were other factors involved in the process of hypothyroidism that iodine supplementation did not solve.

If iodine therapy was the end-all solution then it would be safe to say that the occurrence of hypothyroidism would have drastically decreased during this time. The incidence of goiter may have decreased but this was also largely due to the development of modern industrialized farming practices and the introduction of iodine into the food supply. However, the incidence of hypothyroidism was still quite prevalent.

As industrialized farming practices were improved, the majority of food was being grown in iodine rich soil and people began to consume more than enough iodine from the foods they ate.

At this point in time, it was understood that iodine deficiency alone, was not the cause of hypothyroidism or goiters. As mentioned above, in the 1970’s it was found that people were getting as much as 10 times more iodine than they needed.

Scientists then began focusing on other causes such as anti-thyroid foods as well as other very interesting concepts. One such theory was that the common day demands on the body had increased which in turn, increased the body’s need for MORE thyroid hormone. As a side note: This is an important subject that will be covered in more detail in the future.

Problems with Iodine Therapy for Hypothyroidism

We’ve already established that the recommended daily allowance of iodine is 150 micrograms. Most of the popular iodine supplements today are recommending the use of 12.5 milligrams or more. That’s 83 times the recommended daily allowance.

Many proponents of iodine therapy recommend as much as 50 milligrams to 100 milligrams of iodine daily which is 350 to 650 times the recommend daily allowance.

This is a sure way to develop iodine toxicity, which is known to be quite dangerous to your thyroid!

Iodine Therapy Danger #1 – Excessive Iodine Causes Autoimmune Thyroiditis

There is quite a bit of research showing that excessive iodine greatly increases your risk of developing autoimmune thyroiditis. Considering the prevalence of thyroiditis today, this is a topic that deserves far more attention than it currently gets.

Below are just a few of the many studies that have demonstrated this link:

Induction of autoimmune thyroiditis in chickens by dietary iodine

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/230/4723/325.abstract

These results suggest that excessive consumption of iodine in the United States may be responsible for the increased incidence of autoimmune thyroiditis.

 

[Spontaneous Hashimoto-like thyroiditis in cats]

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9065031

Animals with excess iodide intake, however, show an aggravation of the autoimmune inflammatory activity.

 

Iodine and thyroid autoimmune disease in animal models.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11396701

 

In general, iodine deficiency attenuates, while iodine excess accelerates autoimmune thyroiditis in autoimmune prone individuals

Iodine Therapy Danger #2 – Excessive Iodine Can Cause Hypothyroidism

Excessive iodine was once used to treat hyperthyroidism because of iodine’s ability to suppress thyroid function. However, in hypothyroid people or people with normal thyroid function, it has the same effect and can lower thyroid function far below normal.

For many, this is a temporary effect that subsides after the source of excessive iodine is removed. However, there are many cases of iodine-induced hypothyroidism that continue long term.

[Hypothyroidism related to excess iodine]

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12448334

 

WOLFF-CHAIKOFF’S EFFECT: The thyroid gland has a capacity to reduce thyroid hormone production in the presence of excess iodine by reducing the organification of the iodine.

 

Iodine Therapy Danger #3 – Excessive Iodine Can Cause Goiters

While many people are led to believe that iodine is the only way to treat hypothyroidism and goiters, most are unaware that excessive iodine can actually have the opposite effect and cause hypothyroidism as well as the formation of goiters.

There are a couple of common ways this occurs…

Excessive iodine can cause thyroid cells to divide and grow in number. This causes an overall enlargement of the gland itself. But, when this occurs your cells lose the ability to make thyroid hormone.

Excessive iodine can cause Iodide Myxedema. This is where there’s an accumulation of connective tissue as well as an increase in edema around the neck and thyroid. This is most commonly seen in those who suffer from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.Iodide

Myxedema is also common in areas of Japan where seaweed soup is commonly consumed which can contain 80 to 200 mg of iodide.

As you can see, there are some very serious dangers associated with the use of iodine therapy for hypothyroidism. The bottom line is that today, we are posed with a far greater risk of developing iodine toxicity than we are of an iodine deficiency.

And instead of falling for the latest and greatest “fad” thyroid supplement, it’s important to understand what you are putting in your body and the potential negative effects it can have on your thyroid and your health.

Watch this Video HERE and this Video TOO about the dangers of iodine therapy for hypothyroidism

Read the following related topics:

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

3 Ways Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life

 

Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

 

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

 

What is really The Best Cooking Oil for Thyroid Health?

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

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What are the BIG Risks of Subclinical Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy?

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Being the proud father of two beautiful and amazing children, I know first-hand what it is like to want the best for your children. I know what it is like as a parent to want to give your children the best possible advantage in life. But few realize that some of the biggest advantages that we can give, or get, in life begin long before birth, with the thyroid health of the mother.

 

While many of the health risks associated with hypothyroidism during pregnancy are well known, yet rarely discussed, studies are now showing that these same health risks are just as common among women with subclinical hypothyroidism, who present no signs or symptoms and therefore are never properly tested or treated.

 

It’s a shame that we can spend $125 billion dollars a year treating cancer alone, yet we completely ignore such a simple issue that could potentially help cut future cancer rates significantly.

 

There is no arguing that our health in general has been declining rapidly for many generations now. Diseases, including cancer and Type 2 diabetes, that were once limited to only the adult population are now becoming more and more common in younger and younger children.

 

If you understand the fact that “it takes life (a.k.a. energy) to give life (a.k.a. energy)” then you can understand that a new-born child can only be as healthy as the parents that brought the child to life.

 

If we have any chance at putting an end to this negative health trend then we have to start by giving our children the best possible health advantage that we can, which starts during pregnancy and before.

 

Effects of Subclinical Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy on Foetal and Future Health

 

There have been a number of studies showing the increased health risk factors associated with subclinical hypothyroidism in pregnancy.

 

With respect to foetal health and development, these studies show that subclinical hypothyroidism in pregnancy drastically increases risks for:

 

  • Miscarriage
  • Premature Birth
  • Placental Abruptions
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Neonatal Respiratory Distress
  • Impaired Motor Function
  • Impaired Intellectual Development
  • Lower IQ Scores for Children

 

 

Unfortunately, there has been little done to study the long term effects of maternal hypothyroidism on the future health of the child. But knowing that low birth weight is a common risk factor; we can gain a little more insight into the long term effects by simply looking at the future health risks associated with low birth weight.

 

Granted, subclinical hypothyroidism in pregnancy is not the only cause of low birth weight, but simply understanding that thyroid function plays a crucial role in growth and development, it should make sense that poor thyroid function is definitely an issue, regardless of the cause.

 

It should be no surprise that the future health risks of adults who were born low birth weight babies are identical to the common health risks of hypothyroidism:

 

 

Hopefully this opens your eyes to the fact that the health and thyroid function of your mother had a huge impact on your health today. And it helps to explain how declining health is passed from generation to generation.

 

Even if you had no signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism during pregnancy, a more recent study demonstrated how millions of women are unknowingly hypothyroid and carry almost all of the same pregnancy risk factors.

 

Risk Factors of Subclinical Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy

 

A recent study looking into the effects of subclinical hypothyroidism in pregnancy revealed some striking results. These subclinical cases showed no signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism even though testing showed otherwise.

 

I have talked in great detail about how hypothyroidism is grossly undiagnosed and this study more than proves this. Of all the women studied, just over 10 percent were diagnosed with overt hypothyroidism where they showed obvious signs and symptoms. Even this is more than twice what the medical community claims.

 

What’s more striking is that 40% of the women were hypothyroid with no signs or symptoms.

 

This is a major problem since doctors only test for hypothyroidism when there are obvious signs and symptoms, meaning that they are unknowingly missing 40% of hypothyroidism that requires proper treatment. I’m starting to feel like a broken record when I say this.

 

The results of the study itself showed that these subclinical hypothyroid women presented with almost all of the same risk factors as the women who showed obvious signs or symptoms. And the risk factors were just as significant; which include:

 

  • Miscarriage
  • Still birth
  • Preterm Delivery
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Small Gestational Age Rates

 

This shows the obvious need for better testing and screening for hypothyroidism, especially early in pregnancy.

 

Pregnancy Loss and Neonatal Outcomes in Women with

Thyroid Dysfunction in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

 

http://edrv.endojournals.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/33/03_MeetingAbstracts/SAT-13

 

Subclinical hypothyroidism (GpB) was associated with significantly increased foetal loss, preterm delivery, increased low birth weight (LBW)rates and increased small for gestation age(SGA)rates…

 

Overt hypothyroidism (GpC) was also associated significantly increased foetal loss, increased LBW rates, increased SGA rates and increased incidence of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia…

 

Watch this Video HERE – Subclinical Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy – How Mom’s Thyroid Problems Can Hurt Baby

 

Thyroid Testing during Pregnancy – Too Little, Too Late?

 

The author of the above study is using this research to push for routine hypothyroidism screening for pregnant women.

 

Is this a step in the right direction? Of course it is.

 

But ideally, we should be diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism well before pregnancy. The focus should be on prevention which should start much earlier in life.

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

– Ben Franklin

 

Children today DO deserve the best possible advantages in life which is why proper screening for children is an absolute must. Plus it doesn’t have to cost anyone a penny. It’s well known that blood tests for hypothyroidism are not cutting it today. Simply monitoring temperature and pulse is a free and far more effective screening.

 

Imagine that, improving health and saving lives while lowering the cost of healthcare.

 

What a novel idea…

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com

 

What is really The Best Cooking Oil for Thyroid Health?

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It’s no secret that the rate of virtually every disease continues to rise year after year. Often at times if you want to achieve the opposite results with your health, you must take opposite action.

 

A perfect example of this can be seen by looking at the fats in your diet. Coconut oil is by far one of the best fats, or cooking oils, for thyroid health because of the fact that it’s highly saturated.

 

Not only is coconut oil a very saturated fat containing 96% or more saturated fat, but it contains next to no polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), which we know are quite thyroid suppressive on multiple levels.

 

Before you start cringing and squirming in your seat at the idea of using a saturated fat in your diet, let’s think about it for just a second and use a little common sense for once.

 

We know that unsaturated fats oxidize easily and promote cell damage. The reason they oxidize so easily is because of their weak and unstable chemical structure.

 

Saturated fats on the other hand are extremely stable and do not oxidize. So, by simply eating coconut oil instead of PUFAs, you’re protecting yourself from accelerated aging and a number of other health problems associated with the oxidative damage caused by PUFAs in your diet.

 

But won’t coconut oil, being a saturated fat, clog your arteries and cause heart disease?

 

Unfortunately, that’s what more than a half of a century of brain washing will do to you. But it’s a good thing that you’re too smart to let that continue to happen, right?

 

In fact there’s lots of research on coconut oil and how it protects against heart disease.

 

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in aging and arteriosclerosis.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3519928

 

The Demographic Yearbook of the United Nations (1978) reported that Sri Lanka has the lowest death rate from ischemic heart disease. Sri Lanka is the only of the countries giving reliable data where coconut oil (containing over 50% medium chain fatty acids) is the main dietary fat.

 

What baffles me even more is that regardless of the research, the benefits of coconut oil are still being greatly down-played by the medical community.

 

In fact, here’s a quote directly from a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist regarding the potential benefits of coconut oil for thyroid health:

 

The misconception that coconut oil can cure underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) arose after publication of a book several years ago touting the beneficial effects of coconut oil. However, there is no evidence that coconut oil stimulates thyroid function.

 

–       Mayo Clinic Endocrinologist

 

Even the FDA has stated that coconut oil, being a saturated fat, should be avoided.

 

How Coconut Oil Helps Thyroid Health

 

Unfortunately, our lack of understanding of physiology and common sense are really what are holding us back from seeing and understanding the benefits that coconut oil provides for hypothyroidism.

 

Sometimes you have to look beyond the direct effect on the thyroid gland itself and look at the bigger picture.

 

Most of the benefits that coconut oil provides for thyroid health, have more to do with its ability to help regulate and correct your physiology to prevent other external influences from suppressing your thyroid.

 

Here are a few examples of how coconut oil directly or indirectly improves thyroid health and function.

 

  1. Coconut oil displaces PUFAs and their direct harmful thyroid suppressive effects. As I mentioned above, these so called “heart healthy” polyunsaturated fats that are being promoted are well known to suppress your thyroid on multiple levels: at your gland, in your bloodstream, and at your cells.

 

By simply eating more coconut oil, you are effectively increasing the ratio of saturated fatty acids to unsaturated fatty acids and therefore displacing the PUFAs in your body which directly improves your thyroid health function on all levels.

 

  1. Coconut oil helps regulate blood sugar and stress hormones which suppress thyroid function. PUFAs are also very effective at lowering blood sugar, and by replacing PUFAs in your body with the saturated fat from coconut oil, it helps to regulate blood sugar and therefore suppress stress hormones.

 

Stress hormones can directly inhibit the thyroid gland by suppressing TSH. They suppress thyroid hormone conversion in the liver. They also increase Reverse T3 production. In general, hypothyroidism sufferers overproduce stress hormones.

 

Many people experience a greater sense of satiety and improved blood sugar control after replacing PUFAs with coconut oil in their diet.

 

  1. Coconut oil protects cell mitochondria against stress and injury, both of which suppress thyroid function. I talk a lot about the health of your thyroid being largely dictated by your cells ability to utilize thyroid hormone.

 

PUFAs cause cell damage and alter metabolism on many levels. For starters, I’ve already mentioned that they cause oxidative cell damage which directly damages the cell mitochondria and inhibits your cells ability to utilize thyroid hormone properly.

 

This is why everyone is so gung-ho on antioxidants today. Everyone is unknowingly pumping their bodies full of bad oils that are causing the very oxidative damage that these antioxidants are trying to protect against.

 

Coconut oil acts as a potent antioxidant by helping to offset the pro-oxidative effects of the PUFAs, which in turn improves mitochondria and cell health, and promotes the healthy use of thyroid hormone by your cells.

 

Fractions of coconut oil are now even being used by medicine in the treatment of many kinds of cancers, which in itself goes to show you that coconut oil does play a direct role in improving cellular energy production and therefore improving thyroid function.

 

What Kind of Coconut Oil Is Best for Thyroid Health?

 

As with most health foods, as they become increasing popular, more and more low quality products begin to hit the market. Coconut oil is no different.

 

This is why it’s important to get coconut oil from a reputable source, since the chemical processing often negates the benefits of the oil itself and introduces other potential harmful components.

 

This is what has driven most people to rely on unrefined virgin coconut oil, but even this isn’t ideal for most people since unrefined coconut oil still contains coconut particulate which can irritate the digestive tract and increase estrogen and stress hormone production.

 

This is why often times a properly refined (expeller pressed) coconut oil can be a much better option for thyroid health.

 

Watch this Video HERE – The Coconut & Thyroid Connection – Coconut Oil Benefits for Thyroid Health

 

Read these related articles:

 

10 Hypothyroidism Diet Tips to Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

What is a Good Diet for Hypothyroidism?

 

3 Ways Coffee Can Help Heal Your Thyroid

 

5 Worst Cooking Oils for Your Thyroid

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Tom Brimeyer – The author of Hypothyroidism Revolution – is a practitioner of functional medicine, health researcher and author on nutrition, hormones and hypothyroidism.

 

His personal mission is to inspire and educate people to take control and achieve true health by correcting their hypothyroidism and underlying causes of their health problems instead of being stuck relying on doctors and drugs that merely cover up their symptoms while their health continues to suffer.

 

For more details on his program, click on HypothyroidismRevolution.com