Thyroid Disorders – Hypothyroid, Hyperthyoid, Graves, Hasimoto’s

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20 million Americans are affected by thyroid disorders, that’s 1 in 13 people!  And more than half of those people are unaware they have a thyroid problem because it frequently goes undiagnosed until it gets severe.

According to the National Women’s Health Information Center, 1 in 8 women will experience a thyroid disorder during their lifetime.

90% of Women On Thyroid Medications WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER With Symptoms

Your thyroid gland is your gland of metabolism which means it is like the furnace in your house used to keep you warm. If your thyroid gland is functioning too low (hypothyroid) then you will be cold and all the systems of your body will work at a reduced state because the enzymes of the body work and 98.6 degrees F. If your body temperature is less than this because of low thyroid function then all systems that are run with those enzymes are working at less than 100%. The lower the body temperature the more you are negatively affecting all other systems, organs and glands. On the other hand if your thyroid gland is functioning too high (hyperthyroid, Graves, Hashimoto’s) then the body temperature can either be hot or alternating between hot and cold. In these thyroid conditions the body is working too hard; the immune system is overly stressed and this will lead to major health disorders.  So what you want is not too little and not too much but a balance thyroid gland with normal thyroid hormone secretion.

In healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T3 and T4.  These hormones have important actions throughout the body. Most importantly, they regulate many aspects of our metabolism, affecting how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, how much we weigh…and our general well-being.

In short, the thyroid “runs” our metabolism—it’s literally the “gas pedal” of the body.

Thyroid hormones also have direct effects on most organs, including the heart which beats faster and harder under the influence of increased thyroid hormones

T3 is the more biologically active hormone (it’s more important for cellular function), and in fact most of T4 (80%) is converted to T3 in the body’s peripheral tissues.  So T4 is just a precursor for the more active hormone, T3.

One of the problems in some thyroid disorders is that you may have trouble converting T4 to T3 in your tissues.   This can create a deficiency of T3, disrupting the body’s ability to properly regulate metabolism…leading to specific symptoms.

One of the controversial aspects of the most common thyroid medication, Synthroid, is that it is only T4.  If you have difficulty converting T4 to T3 (and Synthroid is a synthetic form of T4, mind you) then this medication is not as effective.

There are three general thyroid disorders

#1: Hypothyroidism

#2: Hyperthyroidism or Grave’s

#3: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (slow thyroid)

  • Do you feel fatigued, tired or sluggish?
  • Do you have cold feet and/or hands?
  • Do you require excessive amounts of sleep to function?
  • Do you gain weight easily or have difficulty losing weight?
  • Do you have difficult or infrequent bowel movements (constipation)?
  • Are you depressed?
  • Do you lack motivation?
  • Do you suffer from morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses?
  • Do you suffer from thinning hair or excessive hair falling out?
  • Do you suffer from dryness of the skin and/or scalp?
  • Do you suffer from mental sluggishness?

Millions of Americans have this common medical condition…and it often goes undetected in the early stages.  Were you told that your results were “normal” and yet you continue to have symptoms?

The Thyroid has to be 40% out of function to show up on a blood test but will show its dysfunction much sooner with symptoms.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism or Grave’s Disease (over functioning thyroid)

  • Do you experience heart palpitations?
  • Do you suffer from inward trembling?
  • Do you have an increased pulse even at rest?
  • Are you nervous and/or emotional?
  • Do you suffer from insomnia?
  • Do you experience night sweats?
  • Do you have difficulty gaining weight?

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland (this is an auto-immune disorder).  It is diagnosed by checking for thyroid antibodies (TPO & TGB) and gluten antibodies.

Patients suffering from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis will experience symptoms of hypothyroidism AND hyperthyroidism…MEANING they will experience some or ALL of the above symptoms.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis affects 14 million people in the United States alone, making it not only the most common form of thyroiditis but also the most common thyroid disorder in America

According to the American Thyroid Association

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

The term “Thyroiditis” refers to “inflammation of the thyroid gland”. There are many possible causes of thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies directed against the thyroid gland lead to chronic inflammation. It is not known why some people make antibodies, although this condition tends to run in families. Over time, however, this results in impaired ability of the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones, leading to gradual decline in function and eventually an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto’s thyroiditis occurs most commonly in middle aged women, but can be seen at any age, and can also affect men, and children.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS?

There are no signs or symptoms that are unique to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Because the condition usually progresses very slowly over many years, people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis may not have any symptoms early on, even when the characteristic TPO (thyroid peroxidase) antibodies may be detected in blood tests. TPO is an enzyme that plays a role in the production of thyroid hormones. However, over time, thyroiditis causes slow and chronic cell damage leading to the development of a goiter (enlarged thyroid) with gradual thyroid failure, and most patients will eventually develop symptoms of hypothyroidism.  Hypothyroid symptoms may include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, increased sensitivity to cold, dry skin, depression, muscle aches and reduced exercise tolerance, and irregular or heavy menses.

Since the thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism, it can affect all of the systems of the body such as the intestinal tract, liver, gall bladder, hormones, cholesterol, brain (via neurotransmitters), adrenal glands, breasts, ovaries, and heart.

The thyroid gland AFFECTS EVERY OTHER SYSTEM IN THE BODY!

This is EXACTLY why your thyroid NEEDS to function at its optimal level.

Most thyroid sufferers are treated exactly the same! They are given thyroxin or synthyroid types of medication

And high thyroxin levels result in cancer. (Ghandrakant, C. et al Breast Cancer Relationship to Thyroid Supplements for hypothyroidism JAMA, 238:1124, 1976) In research amongst a group of women having screening mammograms – research that everyone seems to have ignored for 30 years – the incidence of breast cancer was twice as high in a group taking synthetic thyroxin for hypothyroidism. (12.1% in supplement group; 6.2% in controls). Worse, the incidence of breast cancer was far higher still where the women had taken synthetic thyroxin for more than 15 years (19.5%).

Did you know that excess of thyroid hormone has been linked to an increase in breast cancer risk?

You add synthetic hormones to your body at your own risk. Maybe synthetic thyroid hormone is equally worrying, especially if natural levels fluctuate daily. A supplemented woman (or man) could end up with a high level of thyroxin on any day. And MD Anderson scientists were absolutely clear, stating that high levels of thyroxin did cause cancer!

So let’s start with how we get to the cause of your problem at Total Health Institute.

  1. Have you had your nervous system check thoroughly- checking brain waves and neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine? The brain controls the entire body and if the brain waves or neurotransmitters are out of balance or dysfunctional then so will be your thyroid gland.
  2. Have you had your adrenal stress hormones tested? CORTISOL INHIBITS T4 TO T3 CONVERSION
  3. Have you had your digestive system tested in detail- Have you been checked you for any food sensitivities? Each time that you eat a food that you are sensitive such as gluten (wheat, barley, rye, and oats), dairy, eggs, soy or yeast, it can cause your immune system to attack your thyroid. Have you had your liver function tested in detail?
  • The liver converts the thyroid hormone thyroxin (T4) into its more active form tri-iodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones act as the body’s thermostat, regulating the rate at which virtually all biochemical reactions occur in the body. Inadequate conversion of T4 to T3 by the liver may lead energy-depleting hypothyroidism, leading to chronic fatigue, weight gain, poor memory and a host of other problems.
  • The liver is the main organ for breaking down hormones after they have served their messenger function to their target cells.

Have you had a full hormonal workup done including stress hormones, sleep hormones, male and female hormone levels? These all affect the thyroid function. The stress hormone cortisol inhibits T4 to T3 conversion.

HORMONE LEVELS ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN CONTROLLING THYROID CONDITIONS!!!!!

At Total Health Institute we treat the underlying cause of health imbalances and change the internal biochemical environment instead of treating the effects, which are the symptoms, conditions and diseases. We focus on balancing the causes of inflammation in the body which include:

What is the cause of Thyroid Disorders?

There are many factors that cause the immune system to become overactive and attack glands like the thyroid gland. The most common of these are immune reactions to any potentially harmful environment including:

  1. Pathogens– bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi. We check and correct for these.
  2. Toxins and chemicals– heavy metals like aluminum, mercury, cadmium, lead and arsenic. Insecticides, herbicides, additives, preservatives, BPA in plastics, smoke, etc. We check and correct for these.
  3. Obesity (TNF-alpha, CRP)
  4. Autonomic Nervous System imbalance. This is one of the most important area to check and balance because your nervous system controls all other systems including your hormonal system and your thyroid gland.
  5. Hormonal Imbalance- this include stress, hormones, sleep hormones, male and female hormones.
  6. Food sensitivities- These are not allergies and you are never aware of them unless you are tested for them but they are one of the highest causes of stress to the thyroid gland.
  7. Mental and emotional stress. This is check for with our brain mapping and balanced with our  heart brain entrainment therapy.

Stem Cells for Thyroid Disorders

Horm Metab Res. 2018 Apr;50(4):331-339.

Influence of Stem Cell Therapy on Thyroid Function and Reactive Oxygen Species Production…

Cell therapy with mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) has been proposed for the treatment of diabetes mellitus (DM). It is known that the prevalence of thyroid disease is higher among diabetic patients than in general population. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the effect of the treatment with MSC on thyroid function and ROS generation in an experimental model of type 1. Thyroperoxidase (TPO) activity, was reduced in DM. Therefore, we conclude that the treatment with MSC was able to reverse the increased thyroid H2O2 generation.

European Congress of Endocrinology 

– The future of thyroid therapy is in stem cells…

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At Total Health Institute we have addressed the primary method to wake up your sleeping or dormant Stem Cells for the last 35 years. This is done through addressing the 10 causes of inflammation. Now a whole new level of awakening your own stem cells and promoting regeneration, decreasing inflammation and pathogens at the highest level can be achieved. We call this Total Health Stem Cell.