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Symptoms of Low Thyroid Production

Key Thryoid Nutrients

Thyroid Myths

Symptoms

 


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 Depression
 Weight gain
 Constipation
 Headaches/migraine headaches
 Brittle, ridged, striated, thickened nails
 Rough, dry skin
 Menstrual irregularities
 Fluid retention
 Poor circulation
 Elbow keratosis
 Slow speech
 Nails that are easily broken
 Anxiety/panic attacks
 Decreased memory
 Inability to concentrate
 Muscle and joint pain
 Reduced heart rate
 Slow movements
 Morning stiffness
 Puffy face
 Swollen eyelids
 Decreased sexual interest
 Cold intolerance
 Cold hands and feet
 Loss of hair in varying amounts from legs, axilla, and arms
 Poor night vision
 Loss of eyelashes, or eyelashes that are not as thick
 Swollen eyelids
 Ear canal this is dry, scaly, and may itch
 Excess formation of cerumen in the ear canal
 Iron deficiency anemia
 B12 deficiency
 Tinnitus
 Low amplitude theta and delta waves on EEG
 Bipolar disorders
 Schizoid or affective psychoses
 Gallstones
 Bladder and kidney infections
 Eating disorders
 Increased appetite
 Deposition of mucin in connective tissues
 Muscular pain
 Osteoporosis
  Bone structure can be come abnormally thickened
  Remodeling to stronger and thinner bones occurs with   thyroid replacement
  Takes 6-12 months for remodeling to occur
 Swollen legs, feet, hands, abdomen
 Insomnia
 Fatigue
 Low body temperature
 Hoarse, husky voice
 Low blood pressure
 Muscle weakness
 Agitation/irritability
 Sparse, coarse, dry hair
 Dull facial expression
 Yellowish discoloration of the skin
 Inability to lose weight
 Muscle cramps
 Drooping eyelids
 Carpel tunnel syndrome
 Sleep apnea
 Endometriosis
 High cholesterol
 Infertility
 PMS
 High fasting glucose
 Fibrocystic breast disease
 Nutritional imbalances
 Sensation of tingling, burning, pricking, or numbness of skin
 Down turned mouth
 Acne  Allergies
 Painful menstrual cycles
 Tendency to develop allergies
 Loss of the later 1/3 of the eyebrows
 Outer half of eyebrow thinning or gone
 “Fat pads” above the clavicles
 Hair loss in the front and back of head
 Dizziness/vertigo
 Congestive Heart Failure
 Coronary Artery Disease/Myocardial Infarction
 Arrhythmias
 Increased risk of developing asthma
 Hypertension
 Mild elevation of liver enzymes
 Arthralgias/joint stiffness
 Excessively Heavy menstrual flow
 Recurrent miscarriage
 Nocturia
 Easy bruising
 Erectile dysfunction
 Hypoglycemia

Key Nutrients
Factors That Cause Decreased Production of T4: Deficiency of zinc, copper, vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, C

Other Factors That Cause an Inability to Convert T4 to T3
 Nutrient deficiencies
 Iodine
 Iron
 Selenium
 Zinc
 Vitamins A, B2, B6, B12
Conversion of T4 to T3 decreases with
 Selenium deficiency
 Stress
 Cadmium, mercury, or lead toxicity
 Starvation
 Inadequate protein intake
 High carbohydrate diet
 Elevated cortisol
 Chronic illness
 Decreased kidney or liver function
 Inflammation

Thyroid Myths

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No matter who or what expert tells you "your thyroid is normal", you may not be getting the right information.

Myth No. 1.  The only treatment for Hypothyroid is Synthroid.

This is one of the most over-prescribed medicaitons.  It is a synthetic form of T4 and many do not respond well to it.  The reason why the response is not 100% is because the causes of low thyroid function can be varied.  The clinician needs to determine what is causing your thyroid to underfunction.  According to the cause, there are very effective treatments to correct and balance your metabolism.

Myth No. 2.  Low thyroid function is diagnosed according to your TSH levels.

When it comes to thyroid markers such as TSH (thryoid stimulating hormone secreted by the pituitary to tell your thyroid to produce T4) ten years ago the standard for the medical community "normal range" was within a range of .5 to 5.0 --- if you were above 5.0 then you were told you were hypo (low) thyroid.  If it was below 0.5, then you were told you had hyper (high) thyroid activity.   The ranges have changed as of 2002 when both the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the The National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry's "Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines," recommended that the normal range be revised, so that it is instead .3, to 3.0.

There is, however, a condition called "sub-clinical hypothyroidism" in which your TSH can be below 3.0 and you still present with hypothyroid symptoms.  This is up to the clinician to diagnose given symptomatology.  In our clinic, I also measure the free (unbound and usable) T4 and free T3 in order to get a clearer picture.  If T4 is low, then the thyroid is not producing enough.  If T4 is normal and T3 is low, then there is a conversion issue which needs to be addressed.


Myth No. 3.  You should take iodine if you have a Thyroid Problem.

It is true that most people are iodine deficient and the thyroid needs iodine but, for a subset of people (with pre-disposition to auto-immune thyroiditis) iodine can actually make matters worse.   You should only take iodine if 1) laboratory tests have ruled out Hashimoto's (autoimmune thryoiditis) and 2) if you will be closely monitored by a clinician. 

Myth No. 4.  If you have Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroidism you Need Radioactive Iodine (RAI) Treatment to destroy your thyroid then go on a lifetime of medication.

Whereas Hashimoto's is an autoimmune condition which results in low thyroid function, Grave's is a less common condition which results in high thyroid function.  At some stages of Hashimoto's disease, however, and in particular in the early stages, the thyroid may be unstable and become temporarily overactive, making a person hyperthyroid. These temporary hyperthyroidism symptoms -- anxiety, heart palpitations, fast pulse, weight loss, diarrhea, insomnia -- are what typically first bring the patient to the doctor. Unfortunately, some doctors run just the thyroid labs for TSH, see the low TSH that is characteristic of hyperthyroidism, and recommend radioactive iodine treatment -- a usually permanent treatment that permanently disables the thyroid, and renders the patient hypothyroid for life. So, instead of addressing the underlying cause which is an immune system dysfunction, the thyroid is destroyed and the patient medicated for life.  I always run two tests in addition to TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 - Anti-thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies, (TPO Abs) and Anti-thyroglobulin (TBG Abs).  There are effective treatments that do not require ablation of the thyroid gland and lifetime medication.


Myth No. 5. Basal body temperature can diagnose low thyroid function.

This is not necessarily true.  There are many patients who have presented to clinic with normal body temperature and they are clearly hypothyroid.  It is useful to use this tool to contribute to the diagnosis - that is, if the basal body temperature is consistently low (5 days in a row below 97.5) then this can be used to confirm low thyroid function.

Myth No. 6.  We get enough Iodine, Iron, Selenium and Zinc for proper thyroid function in food.

The iodine content of food depends on the soil upon which it grows.  The earth's soils contain varying amounts of iodine, which in turn affects the iodine content of crops. In some regions of the world, iodine-deficient soils are common, increasing the risk of iodine deficiency among people who consume foods primarily from those areas.  The numbers 4 and 3 in T4 and T3, represent 4 iodine molecules and 3 iodine molecules.  There is a conversion process that cleaves one iodine molecule from the inactive hormone T4 and converts it to T3 which is the metabolically active hormone used for energy metabolism in every cell of the body.

Selenium is very scarce in our top-soil where our crops grow.  Therefore, we are also at risk of selenium deficiency.  The same can be said for iron and zinc.  All of these minerals plus Vitamins A, B2, B6, B12, are necessary for the proper conversion of T4 to T3.  The levels of these nutrients can be easily assessed.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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