Thyroid – Our Unique and Opinionated Bodies
Most of what we read about health is wrong. Pretty much as wrong as it can be, in fact.
Medical schools teach the “blank slate” theory of health. This theory says bodies willingly comply with whatever they’re pushed into doing because they have no minds of their own. There’s no need, experts believe, to learn the intricacies of the body because we can just muscle them into conformity.
Some folks think kids are blank slates, too, but raising children teaches you about individual differences. Things don’t go well when you apply one-size-fits-all actions to your kids. Mainly because kids instinctively know they’re unique, and they’re not shy about letting parents know how they feel about things. Often in public.
Now, you’d think this might be a clue about how one should think about all people, but medical schools don’t believe in individual differences.
Consider the thyroid. Half of us have a whacky thyroid gland. Medicine thinks it has the answer, a simple answer, in fact, but, no.
Your answer to thyroid problems depends on what caused the problem, and your way out of the ditch depends on what’s going on in the rest of your body. Answers to health problems, including thyroid, have a lot of moving parts. That’s why I talk about step-by-step solutions based on the information your body provides via symptoms.
Things that whack the thyroid
The list of things that whack the thyroid is very, very long, but let’s look at just seven of them.
• Do you eat a low fat diet? Our bodies make our thyroid hormone from the saturated fat we eat. Well, now there’s an oops! Nobody tells us a low-fat diet kills the thyroid.
• Or do you take statin drugs, another way of preventing your thyroid from getting the sat fat it needs to keep things going.
• Is your digestion often in an uproar? Whether your small-intestine trouble whacked your thyroid, or your thyroid trounced your small intestine is a chicken-or-the-egg thing, but they’re both in trouble and need help. Nobody tells you that, either.
• Did you have a concussion? Yet another thing nobody tells you is concussions whack the thyroid whilst turning the rest of the endocrine system upside-down.
• Is your liver struggling, perhaps because of a high-carb diet loaded with high fructose corn syrup? When your liver hits the skids, so does your thyroid. Not to mention other body parts.
• Do you live with fluoridated water? Or let fluoride into your body via toothpaste, antibiotics, etc.? Fluoride destroys your endocrine system. There goes your 24-hour clock that allows you to sleep. And say good-bye to a strong immune system. And prepare to have sudden noises make you leap for the chandelier as your adrenals take a punch. Then that all time favorite, the bald, brain-dead, all-but-comatose joy of a whacked thyroid.
• Is your estrogen on a rampage? Estrogen is a witch on wheels that thumps your thyroid when it gets out of control. Have you taken birth control pills? Hormone replacement therapy? Does your shaving cream contain parabens, a big-time source of bogus estrogen. Do you eat food from cans lined with BPA, a synthetic estrogen that always goes bonkers? How about grocery-store meat and dairy? Factory farms give hormones to their animals, which are then shared with us. Estrogen’s another problem nobody mentions.
And I could go on about a bazillion more ways our thyroids hit the skids. One thing for sure, the thyroid never flies solo; it always drags other body parts along on the journey into disaster.
Thump the thyroid
Given how many things can thump the thyroid, how can a one-size-fits-all answer fix all the problems? It can’t. In fact, medicine’s preferred answer to thyroid problems, Synthroid, doesn’t even fix the thyroid, let alone everything else that’s along for the ride.
We’ve been taught to look for simple answers, magic bullets, easy-peasey solutions, whatever-all of which offend our bodies. Our bodies aren’t dumb. They’re not lazy. They’re not exaggerating. And they should not be ignored. Your health problems are real.
Given the state of medicine these days, if you want anybody to take your health concerns seriously, it has to be you. Between my years of research and my health struggles that doctors ignored, I learned a whole lot about how the body works, information you can use to treat your symptoms.
You’re the only one your body talks to, so you’re the only one that gets the information about which body parts need help.
And here’s the good news: As you address your symptoms step-by-step, magic happens. Well, health happens, but it sure feels magical.
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.