function. Getting out of bed in the morning may prove difficult but as the day
progresses, people feel better since the rate of metabolism increases as they
begin their daily activity. These people will also feel much better after
exercise, if only they can get motivated.
Due to the lowered metabolic rate, the
hypothyroid person will often have difficulty with fat metabolism. They may
have difficulty with weight control and/or with elevated levels of blood
lipids. The hypothyroid person will easily gain weight and have a difficult
time losing weight. Some of these people do not appear to have a weight
problem, but can only maintain their present weight on 500 or 800 calories a
day. If they overeat (for them) on a holiday, they might gain 3 or 4 pounds
that require several weeks of near fasting to lose.
Some of these people have a normal caloric
intake but find that they must exercise heavily to avoid weight gain. If they
stop exercising, they immediately gain weight.
Elevated levels of serum cholesterol and/or
triglycerides may be present in the low thyroid person. There may also, be a
tendency to develop coronary heart disease and they may have lowered
resistance to infections.
Thyroid symptoms are often worse at the
change of the seasons, since it is at these times that the thyroid is under
the greatest stress. In the fall and spring, the thyroid must adapt the rate
of metabolism to the seasonal changing of the temperatures.
Symptoms that flare up in the fall and
spring, especially sensitivity to cold in the fall, are likely due to sluggish
thyroid activity. Seasonal allergies may also, come into play.
Acute sinus infections or recurrent sinus
problems may occur at any time of the year.
People with hypothyroidism will often
complain of cold hands and feet and increased sensitivity to the cold. Due to
the lack of circulation in a person with low thyroid, skin problems such as
dry, chapped skin and flaky skin can also be present.
Some patients will have an actual cracking
and crevicing of the heels or the hands. The deep crevices in the edges of the
heels, which may bleed, and which do not respond well to local therapy, will
be accompanied by low thyroid function. These
people also need essential fatty acids (this relates to the proper
distribution of calcium to the tissues) in addition to thyroid treatment.
Likewise, brittleness of the fingernails or softness of the nails can be
related to low thyroid function.
The patient who is losing his or her hair is
usually a thyroid patient. This is as true of the 50 year-old man who is
balding as it is of the 13 year-old girl whose hair has started coming out in
clumps in her hairbrush ever since she began menstruating. It is true that
some men are more likely to lose their hair than others, but the process will
be accelerated by low thyroid function. Women experiencing excessive hair loss
are usually low thyroid or anemic.
People with low progesterone usually show
symptoms of an elevated estrogen level, such as prolonged and frequent
menstrual periods, holding water, etc. Since progesterone is necessary for
proper implantation of the fertilized ovum, and the progression of pregnancy,
and since thyroid activity is necessary for progesterone formation,
miscarriage may develop due to low thyroid function. Women who have had one or
more miscarriages, which cannot otherwise be explained, should monitor their
Thyroid hormone is necessary for the
absorption of glucose from the GI tract. People with flat glucose tolerance
curves indicating malabsorption, may, in fact, have normal small intestine
function, but be lacking in thyroid activity. Another GI symptom of
hypothyroidism is constipation and low HCL levels.
Other somewhat more obscure low thyroid
symptoms include headaches and dizziness that are worse in the morning and
better in the afternoon. Also, a short-windedness in which the person feels
like he just can not breathe deeply enough may occur.
The mental effects of hypothyroidism are
important because they are most frequently attributed to some other cause. The
person who goes to pieces easily under pressure is likely a low thyroid person
as is the person who intensely dislikes being watched. Likewise is the person
who dislikes crowds of people, who seems paranoid in general or has low
concentration and is easily distracted. Memory loss in the young and old and
sudden changes in personality may be attributed to low thyroid function.
Possibly the most frequently encountered mental or emotional symptom
associated with hypothyroidism is that of depression, specifically depression
that is way out of proportion to a person's problems.
Unexplained swellings are a common sign in
the pathological (diagnosed by medical means) form of hypothyroidism, but they
may also be present in a functional low thyroid state as well. There may be
unexplained swelling anywhere in the body such as ankles, elbows, carpal
tunnel, etc. Another common sign of hypothyroidism is a puffiness of the upper
eyelids. Also, the hypothyroid person may demonstrate a thick, swollen tongue.
Another sign, which is frequently seen, is
that of a very thin or non-existent lateral third of the eyebrow.
I have Hypothyroidism. Now what?
Since some form of iodine is absolutely
necessary for thyroid function, too much iodine can also result in lowered
thyroid function. The level of circulating iodine must be within very narrow
limits. Slightly lower levels of iodine will keep the thyroid from producing
its hormone, but elevated levels of iodine in the bloodstream will cause
thyroid suppression. Therefore, the level of iodine intake must be carefully
We always recommend natural thyroid support,
with the idea in mind that the natural just might have some important factors
that our present technology has been unable to identify as yet. Careful
monitoring of basal temperature is important to controlling the amount and
type of support given.
Since minerals are so important to the whole
body and are a must for a healthy thyroid gland, we suggest the use of liquid
colloidal minerals. If both non-colloidal iodine and iron are being used they
should be taken well apart as they will neutralize one another.
If you suspect you may have some level of
hypothyroidism, please request a survey form and a basal temperature chart.
When completed you may return them to us for analysis before booking an
appointment. If you don't live in our area, we may be able to help you find a
suitable practitioner closer to you. If you take your results to your MD, you
will likely not be given any medication unless the problem shows up in a blood
We have already discussed that blood tests
are often inconclusive in low thyroid cases. If your doctor does decide to
treat you, you will likely be given a synthetic medication. You can request a
natural alternative such as 'Armour' Thyroid by Parke Davis Labs. The choice
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