Thyroid: A Know-Nothing "Expert" Claims A Cure!
So there I was, standing in line at Walmart, waiting to pay for my hair spray. As I checked out the scenery, such as it was, a Woman's World magazine leapt to my attention.
Oh, it wasn't the cover picture of Oprah. I mean, the magazine rack looked like an Oprah retrospective, or family album or some such.
No, it was the headline: "Doctor-recommended home THYROID CURE! Weight gain, fatigue, poor concentration? SOLVED!"
Thyroid cure? Solved? And my 30+ years of research hadn't come across even a hint of anything even close?
I paid for my hair spray-and the magazine-and hurried home to read this amazing story.
YIKES! And again I say, YIKES!
Misinformation as far as the eye could see. Bad enough the author sallied forth to explain what she obviously didn't understand, but an editor let her get away with it! Sheesh!
Explaining all the errors would take a book, so I'll just hit the highlights. (Lowlights?)
First, she recommends iodized salt, ignoring a strong correlation between the use of iodized salt and the occurrence of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, the auto-immune form of hypothyroidism.
Regular table salt has the life processed out of it, so it's a bad deal all on its own. Adding iodine compounds the problem.
Yes, thyroid people need iodine, but not the stuff in table salt. No way, no how.
She goes on the say you should always add protein to your high-carb meals. Well, as a matter of fact, you should avoid high-carb meals. And her premise that protein interferes with thyroid function is bogus.
The part about cooking broccoli instead of eating it raw is excellent advice. Oh, look! A bright spot!
She adds the suggestion that you top it with butter rather than oleo. Well, duh! Butter enhances health; oleo is poison. All of it-no matter what the ads say.
Then she claims that smoking causes thyroid problems. It surely makes them worse, even on a second-hand basis-and especially hyperthyroidism and Hashi's-but science doesn't find a causative role. And her suggestion you stay on a prescription medicine longer than FDA guidelines should scare the socks off any reasoning person.
She concludes by saying a half-hour's relaxation each afternoon should fix things up in a couple of weeks.
You know, we thyroid people have enough problems with people not believing just how sick we are-simply because we don't look sick. Now some know-nothing "expert" tells the world we would be fine and dandy if we just took a break every day. Giveth me a break!
There used to be a rule that people taking pen to hand should write about things they knew and understood. Apparently, that's another good idea that bit the dust.
God is good,
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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.