How to Help Your Thyroid
So, there you are, dragging your patooty through one grey day after another, wondering where your brain went, why your body aches and if you'll ever feel good again.
Even if your doctor checked for thyroid problems-and the flaky blood tests actually found the problem-you probably ended up on the ineffective medicine, Synthroid or its generic equivalent. It helps almost nobody. On the other hand, it eats your bones and can cause allergic reactions.
Doctors, state medical boards and, notoriously, the FDA need to work this out by letting the sunlight of truth into their considerations. I recommend, however, that you don't hold your breath.
So, while they're figuring things out-or not-let's talk what hypothyroid people can do to help themselves. (Hypothyroid or not, anybody dragging through life should give these ideas a go.)
• Don't eat bread, cookies, cakes, etc-at least, not any you buy. And not because of weight. Commercial bakeries started using bromine, a fire retardant, as a dough conditioner in the 1980s, and bromine is death on the thyroid. Just eliminating bromine from the diet could restore health to some hypothyroid problems.
Here's why. Our thyroid hormone doesn't work without iodine. Bromine is chemically very similar to iodine, and when it gets into our bodies, it pushes iodine out of the way and hijacks our thyroid hormone. So our thyroid hormone no longer includes the needed iodine, just bromine, and it becomes completely ineffective. You're pumping out hormone with no power. Zilch, zero, nada.
But here's the rub: Blood tests can't distinguish between effective iodine and nonfunctional bromine. While having thyroid hormone that doesn't work is like having no thyroid hormone at all, the test says you're good to go. Even if you're verging on comatose. The blood test has spoken.
• And everything I said about bromine goes for fluoride, too, so don't drink fluoridated water or use fluoridated toothpaste. It's tough on your immune system and lowers kid's IQs as well.
• Eat plenty of protein, including red meat at least every other day. Our thyroid glands, as part of the endocrine system, thrive on protein. They live for protein. They can't make it without protein. And red meat has micronutrients we need and can't get anywhere else.
But (and why is there always a 'but'?) don't eat just any protein. Beef from factory farms contains hormones, antibiotics and, because of an unnatural diet of grains, a whole lot of inflammation-causing Omega 6. Gotta get grass fed, grass finished beef-and butter and cheese.
Don't cut off fat
• You don't want to cut off the fat, either. Our bodies make their hormones from saturated fat. Our brains need it to function. And we need dietary saturated fat to absorb nutrition from our food. No fat means no nutrition.
• And for pity's sake, I'm begging you, don't eat soy. Or drink soy. Or put soy lotions on your body. Just don't have anything to do with soy.
Besides depressing thyroid function, soy messes with the entire endocrine system, especially estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Do you really want to do a number on your reproductive system?
Want more? Soy sucks the minerals out of your body and causes kidney stones, too. How much fun is that?
Here's the hard part: Eliminating soy means avoiding processed foods-fast food, meals at most chain restaurants and meals that come out of a box.
Vitamins and minerals
• Take quality vitamins and minerals to give your body the ammunition it needs to fight the good fight. Food alone can't do everything that needs doing, so you have to supplement. But you have to supplement intelligently. Picking up any old thing in the grocery store doesn't work.
So there you have it. Six ways to super-size your health. A tip of the proverbial iceberg to be sure, but a strong beginning for your health revolution.
See also Endocrine System
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.