Autoimmune disorders are exploding around the world, but particularly in America. One in three people suffer from some form of arthritis, an autoimmune disease. Hypothyroidism is quite possibly affecting your body and often times, people don’t even know it!
I want to point out that it is very important to have your blood tested and analyzed. Get your thyroid panels, test for Hashimoto’s because you DON’T want to do certain things if you have Hashimoto’s that might be good for other thyroid problems. This blog is about information. It is about controlling your own health and life. Do not just take my word for it. I provide links and videos to support my views. Please take advantage of them, do your own follow-up research! If you have struggled with autoimmune problems, please share your own experiences and what has and has NOT worked.
More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
Prevalence and Impact of Thyroid Disease
More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown.
Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention. link
Your thyroid impacts your metabolism. Your metabolism regulates energy within your body, and how you store fat and utilize energy storage. I quite frankly have struggled with a thyroid problem since I got pregnant the first time over twenty years ago. I’ve been on the standard treatments, but I have NEVER felt like myself since I got hypothyroidism. If you are pregnant, make sure your doctor tests your thyroid. My first Dr. did not, and I nearly burnt my body out. I knew I had a problem that was either Multiple Sclerosis or Hypothyroidism. Thankfully, it was not MS!
What were my symptoms? Extreme fatigue, muscle weakness and literally muscles that would freeze up. An example would be when I would brush my teeth. After the third of fourth back and forth movement I had to use my other hand to help finish brushing my teeth. Then there was the inability to wake up when someone was trying to wake me. No matter how little I eat, I have to watch my weight. I feel like my metabolism is going in reverse. So, naturally, I am doing all I can to regain my life prior to this problem, but doctors that I have been to have been ZERO help. I even had one tell me that since I was on Synthroid, I should not have issues with my weight or energy! I’m going to throw a yellow flag on that one because if you do any research on this condition, then you will know that metabolism is greatly affected by your thyroid and millions of people are struggling with energy and metabolic issues and they take a thyroid medication.
The thyroid: Your fat burning gland
The thyroid gland is the main metabolism gland in your body. As said previously, if your thyroid is not working correctly, you will have a difficult time losing weight. However, the thyroid does so much more than that.
- Every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormone
- Low thyroid hormone leads to elevated cholesterol, triglycerides and gall stones
- There’s a higher chance of mental retardation in children whose mothers had low thyroid function during pregnancy
- Low thyroid hormone leads to poor digestive function, including low digestive enzymes and constipation
- There are intimate connections between the thyroid and other hormones
- For example, thyroid hormone makes progesterone receptors more sensitive, meaning a woman with hormonal symptoms every month, may actually have a thyroid issue driving it
- Low thyroid hormone can impact neurotransmitters
- For example, low thyroid hormone can cause low dopamine levels, leading to loss of motivation and will-power
In the end, as you can see, the thyroid is an important gland. It is also a very sensitive gland. The thyroid gland is negatively impacted by a number of external chemical influences such as chlorine, fluoride, some heavy metals and other synthetic chemicals. This is one of the explanations why there are so many thyroid issues today……
What can go wrong
Getting back to the line of seven people, all experiencing the exact same symptoms, here is how they can all have a thyroid issue, but have a defect in a different area of thyroid physiology and therefore all requiring different treatment.
Defect #1 – Pituitary
If the pituitary is not functioning correctly, it cannot produce adequate amounts of TSH to stimulate their thyroid. This is most often due to suppression of the pituitary by cortisol.
Defect #2 – Thyroid
This defect is medically referred to as primary hypothyroidism, which is the one dysfunction doctors actually look for. However, the reference range for TSH is so wide, many people with this defect will be missed. Also, many people with this defect have an autoimmune thyroid condition (see Bonus Defect below).
Defect #3 – Thyroid binding globulin (TBG)
If there is too much thyroid binding globulin, thyroid hormone would be bound and unable to get into the cell. Thyroid function may be perfect, but if it’s all bound, it can’t get into the cells. This is most commonly caused by elevated estrogen in both men and women.
Defect #4 – Thyroid binding globulin (TBG)
If there is not enough thyroid binding globulin, there can be too much free thyroid hormone available for cells. While this doesn’t sound like a problem, elevated free thyroid hormone shuts down receptor sites and can therefore cause hypothyroid symptoms, despite high free thyroid hormone levels. The most common cause of this is elevated testosterone in both men and women.
Defect #5 – Conversion
If inactive T4 cannot be converted to T3, there will not be enough active thyroid hormone for cells. This can be due to a number of issues including certain mineral deficiencies (i.e. selenium), elevated cortisol or excessive oxidative stress.
Defect #6 – Dysbiosis
It is difficult to know the degree that dysbiosis can cause thyroid physiology issues. Because twenty percent of thyroid hormone is converted to active T3, if there is significant gut issues, or lack of healthy gut bacteria, there may be low thyroid symptoms.
Defect #7 – Thyroid Receptor
If thyroid hormone cannot get into the cell there will be low thyroid symptoms despite thyroid hormone levels in the body. Receptor site defects can be caused by elevations in cortisol, homocysteine or vitamin A deficiency.
Bonus defect – Autoimmune thyroid
In industrialized countries, the vast majority of primary hypothyroidism issues (Defect #2) are due to an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s syndrome. If this is the case, it is no longer a thyroid issue, but rather an immune system issue and must be managed as such.
Seven different people. Seven different issues. All resulting in the exact same symptoms. And most of the issues probably missed in the conventional medical system.
What to do (Go to the site to learn more)
Breakthrough Treatments for Hypothyroid & Hashimotos Thyroiditis with Dr. Martin Rutherford, DC
Don’t assume all you have is a “autoimmune” disease and you’re stuck with it. What if your decline in health is related to nutrition and/or vaccines? Vaccines are LOADED with viruses that are not in there to help you get immunity. They are “tag alongs” that your body triggered by and begins attacking itself. The best patient is a sick patient for the pharmaceutical industry. Life long chronic illnesses are depressing, debilitating, and profitable. Just go into any nursing home and see the amount of medicines the average patient / resident is taking. One morning pass often has 6 to 8 medications and many of those medicines are expensive. Multiply that by millions of elderly, and it’s a very profitable business!
The Truth About the Drug Companies
By Marcia Angell, M.D.
“The combined profits for the ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 ($35.9 billion) were more than the profits for all the other 490 businesses put together ($33.7 billion) [in 2002]. Over the past two decades the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs. Now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit, this industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the US Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself.” …..
The people hurting most are the elderly. When Medicare was enacted in 1965, people took far fewer prescription drugs and they were cheap. For that reason, no one thought it necessary to include an outpatient prescription drug benefit in the program. In those days, senior citizens could generally afford to buy whatever drugs they needed out of pocket. Approximately half to two thirds of the elderly have supplementary insurance that partly covers prescription drugs, but that percentage is dropping as employers and insurers decide it is a losing proposition for them.
For obvious reasons, the elderly tend to need more prescription drugs than younger people—mainly for chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol. In 2001, nearly one in four seniors reported that they skipped doses or did not fill prescriptions because of the cost. (That fraction is almost certainly higher now.) Sadly, the frailest are the least likely to have supplementary insurance.
At an average cost of $1,500 a year for each drug, someone without supplementary insurance who takes six different prescription drugs—and this is not rare—would have to spend $9,000 out of pocket. Not many among the old and frail have such deep pockets.
Furthermore, in one of the more perverse of the pharmaceutical industry’s practices, prices are much higher for precisely the people who most need the drugs and can least afford them. The industry charges Medicare recipients without supplementary insurance much more than it does favored customers, such as large HMOs or the Veterans Affairs (VA) system. Because the latter buy in bulk, they can bargain for steep discounts or rebates. People without insurance have no bargaining power; and so they pay the highest prices.
What has caused the increase in all these autoimmune diseases? Are you really being helped by all these drugs? For some, the answer to the second question is “YES”. For other’s it’s a resounding “NO”!
Dr. Tent is brash and funny at the same time. He has a lot of experience and many doctors sent the patients they cannot help to him. He’s worth listening to, and there are other Tent videos on youtube that I encourage you to watch.
Here’s a link to the book that was mentioned