Thyroid - Know Your Glands' Enemies
50% of the U.S. population has thyroid problems, most of which go undiagnosed. I don't have worldwide statistics, but I can't imagine they differ by much, if at all.
And the numbers keep heading up! Yikes!
And the thyroid never suffers alone. When one endocrine gland goes down, the rest all jump in to help out. If the problem goes on long enough, they all go south.
So let's look at just a few of the many things that push the thyroid into malfunction.
• Fluoride and chlorine: The thyroid needs iodine, a normal part of natural thyroid hormone, to work. Fluoride and chlorine take iodine's place, but they don't work like iodine. You're producing enough hormone, but you become functionally hypothyroid. However, blood tests can't tell the difference between real thyroid hormone (i.e. with iodine) and phony thyroid hormone (i.e., without iodine), so the doc says you're good to go.
• Bromine: Like fluoride and chlorine, bromine pushes iodine away from its appointed rounds. And virtually all bread, cookie, etc. makers use bromine as a dough conditioner. That's one of the reasons the FDA-approved food pyramid wreaks such havoc. Your government in action also requires bromine be used as a fire retardant in children's PJs. A little PBandJ on whole wheat whilst in their pajamas, and the poor little tykes almost need fumigating!
• Birth control pills and HRT: Synthetic hormones replace our real hormones, but, again, the pretenders can't get the job done. Our estrogen has no place to go. And progesterone, the great balancer? In the tank. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are all part of endocrine function. As I said, when one gland gets in trouble, all the rest jump in to help.
If your thyroid, adrenal et al problems are relatively mild, you'll feel worse and wonder why. But if your endocrine problems are significant, synthetic hormones spell disaster.
• Concussions: Most people who experience even a mild concussion end up with pituitary damage, often permanent. According to studies, at least 20% of us have pituitary problems, many from concussions. Since the pituitary controls the endocrine system, everything's affected.
Avoid bad stuff
And if you think getting thyroid issues diagnosed is a problem, try getting a pituitary problem diagnosed. Doctors not only don't test, they refuse to test. They don't want to hear about your boatload of symptoms, either. As you might guess, I have pituitary problems, and I can hop up on my soapbox in less than a trice.
Well, I could go on. MSG, aspartame, soy, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, etc., etc., etc.
Gloryosky, there's a war going on!
Rather than give up, though, the thing to do is avoid as much bad stuff as you can while also providing your body with the nutrition to handle what you can't avoid. That's why I go on so about vitamins and minerals.
Our bodies are being assaulted on all sides. We have to give them the ammunition to fight back.
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.