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"Because the thyroid gland regulates virtually every metabolic process in the body, an alteration in its output can have major effects on human functioning. Additionally, some studies suggest thyroid activity affects both the structure of the hippocampus and the enzymes present in the brain that regulate the metabolic rate of neurons, so impaired functioning can lead to mental lethargy, memory loss, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Once hypothyroidism is detected, doctors can readily treat it with a hormone replacement therapy. Epilepsy."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"Endocrine Disorders In 1993, The New England Journal of Medicine reported symptoms similar to adhd in a group of patients with thyroid disease. thyroid or other endocrine gland problems can certainly cause symptoms that simulate adhd. In addition, severe hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) in infancy can cause mental retardation. Fortunately, many states now test for congenital hypothyroidism as part of a group of tests done on babies shortly after they are born. If laboratory tests indicate an inactive thyroid gland, such babies are easily treated early with replacement medication."
- Julian Stuart Haber, ADHD: The Great Misdiagnosis (Get the book.)

"For example, certain things can block the thyroid's receptor sites for thyroid hormone. These events result in hypothyroidism due to lack of absorption of the hormone. • Weight loss is a natural occurrence of cleansing. • The standard North American diet is full of acids, fats and proteins that cause health concerns. What are the signs that I may need to detoxify?"
- Heather Caruso, Your Drug-Free Guide to Digestive Health (Get the book.)

"Hypothyroidism Because the classic symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland so closely mimic those of fibromyalgia—muscle pain, weakness, morning stiffness, fatigue, water retention, constipation, Raynaud's phenomenon, cognitive problems, loss of libido, and depression—^your doctor should test your thyroid function before deciding that FM is your problem, or your only problem. Many people with fibromyalgia also have underactive thyroids. Treatment with thyroid replacement hormone should relieve the symptoms within a few weeks, if hypothyroidism is the only problem."
- Miryam Ehrlich Williamson, Fibromyalgia: A Comprehensive Approach What You Can Do About Chronic Pain and Fatigue (Get the book.)

"Popular prescription thyroid replacement drugs are Synthroid (synthetic thyroid hormone); Armour, Forest Pharmaceuticals (natural thyroid hormone); and Cy-tomel (T3 thyroid fraction). One must be careful not to overdose on thyroid hormone, as it has a fairly long half-life in the body. thyroid hormone replacement therapy requires the supervision of a knowledgeable endocrinologist."
- Gary Null, James Feast, AIDS: A Second Opinion (Get the book.)

"We look at hormone levels, particularly estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid. Even a slight hypothyroid status increases the risk of CVD because the body needs thyroid hormone to metabolize cholesterol efficiently. We check metabolic cardiology status—that is, if the cardiovascular system is well energized. Is the pump getting enough raw materials to do its job? Those materials include vital nutrients such as CoQIO, magnesium, and L-carnitine. If pump performance is subpar, we can get a good idea of what to do in the way of simple supplementation."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"Thyroid The thyroid is a gland that sits in the hollow in the front of your neck. It secretes hormones that help control metabolism. Higher-than-normal thyroid levels (known as hyperthyroidism) speed up the body's metabolism and produce symptoms such as headache, nervousness, palpitations, fatigue, and loss of weight. Lower-than-normal thyroid levels (known as hypothyroidism) slow the body down, creating symptoms such as headache, accumulation of fluids in the body {edema), dry hair and skin, weight gain, a slow heart rate, and others."
- Alexander Mauskop, The Headache Alternative (Get the book.)

"Selenium seems to bind with some of these bad guys, creating inactive complexes and helping to rid the system of them. The thyroid is dependent on selenium to function properly. Selenium is a component of the enzyme that helps convert T4 (thyroxine), the 3 in m m o in > z o cz m TO in less-active thyroid hormone, to the active one, T3 (triiodothyronine). If you're on conventional thyroid medication like Synthroid, which is pure T4, you need selenium to convert it. Deficiencies of selenium, though probably rare in North America, may impair thyroid function."
- Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why (Get the book.)

"HEEL or BHI) is a remedy I have frequent recourse to for treating low energy states, weight problems, putative low thyroid and, surprisingly, it has strong anti-tumour potentiality, since there is a correlation between thyroid disease and cancer. The thyroid has important and generally little-regarded effects in maintaining strong immunity. This is quite logical if you consider that the thyroid is responsible for setting the basal metabolic rate. Often the patient does not need to take thyroxine."
- Keith Scott-Mumby, Virtual Medicine: A New Dimension in Energy Healing (Get the book.)

"TSH is the trigger from the brain that tells your thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone.) You can also do a prescreen yourself: Every morning, as soon as you wake up and before getting out of bed, put a thermometer under your tongue for three minutes. If your under-the-tongue temperature is less than 98 degrees Fahrenheit, you are likely hypothyroid. Repeat the test every day for two weeks. YOU TIPS! When you were fifteen, you probably thought that a light breeze was the only thing a man needed in order to achieve an erection. Those were the good ol' days."
- Mehmet C. Oz., M.D. and Michael F. Roizen, M.D., You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty (Get the book.)

"Located in your neck, your thyroid regulates your metabolism. If the gland is -¦—1-| . ^ . w underactive (a condition called hypo- Mj I I X.ir VT thyroidism), your entire body slows down. As a result, you feel persistently lethargic and fatigued. Many people, especially women, have underactive thyroids and don't know it. To find out whether you have it, all you need is a simple blood test. Doctors usually treat hypothyroidism with replacement thyroid hormone."
- James A. Duke, Ph.D., The Green Pharmacy Anti-Aging Prescriptions: Herbs, Foods, and Natural Formulas to Keep You Young (Get the book.)

"You're supposed to rev up those fat-burning cells, stimulate your thyroid to make more thyroid hormone, goose those fat-burning hormones, and workup a good sweat at the gym! Right? Unfortunately, they're all wrong. To your genetic autopilot, all this means is that you're terribly inefficient at burning your fuel and working much harder than you should. Not worth keeping around, so let's activate those killer genes. Having a high metabolic rate is like having a car that gets 10 miles to the gallon. Healthy centenarians consistently have temperatures in the range of 950 to 96T, not the 98."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"In the short term the thyroid hormones can compensate for the sluggish adrenal output, but in time the thyroid gland may also under-produce, leading to thyroid hypo-function. This slows down your metabolic rate - and the slower your metabolism, the more likely you are to put on weight. Secondly, hormonal glands in the body can be adversely affected by the antibodies that have developed to attack food proteins. Thyroiditis is an example of an auto-immune condition that immune-complexes to food can trigger."
- Antoinette Saville and Antony J. Haynes, Food Intolerance Bible (Get the book.)

"Lavender balances the thyroid gland and small intestine, and releases acute nervous exhaustion, depression and frustration. Juniper balances the thyroid and the bladder and releases acute anxiety and stress from no known cause. Tea tree is excellent for all types of infection, an aid to strengthening the immune system and helping to fight invading organisms. There is also evidence that tea tree oil helps control dust mite. Eucalyptus will relieve the discomfort of congested nasal passages, open up the airways and help stop the spread of infection."
- Dr Ron Roberts, Asthma Controlled Naturally: Techniques That Work (Get the book.)

"Tens of millions of Americans, particularly women, suffer from abnormally functioning thyroid glands. Whether the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, kelp is always effective, because it serves to normalize thyroid function. Its actions on the thyroid gland also explains its enormous value for disasters. Radiation poisons the thyroid gland. This is the first internal organ to be damaged as a result of a radiation accident."
- Dr. Cass Ingram, Dr. Cass Ingram's Lifesaving Cures (Get the book.)

"Adequate levels of thyroid hormones are necessary in infants for normal development of the central nervous system, in children for normal skeletal growth and maturation, and in adults for normal function of multiple organ and systems. thyroid hormones increase the activity of membrane-bound enzymes, increase heat production, and stimulate oxygen consumption. thyroid hormones also affect tissue growth and maturation, help regulate lipid metabolism, and increase intestinal absorption of carbohydrates. thyroid hormones and dopamine have similar chemical structures, and influence one another."
- Eric R. Braverman, The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage (Get the book.)

"Even the blood serum levels of thyroid hormone in those thriving senior citizens register on the extreme hypothyroid scale, which means they're the animal equivalent of high-efficiency, low-polluting "engines." In other words, these older folks got to where they are by slowly but surely reducing their metabolic rate. This energy efficiency is exactly what your genetic autopilot wants when it sends out signals to reduce muscle mass as you age so you'll eat less. The lower your metabolic rate, the less food you need to eat."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"In the short term the thyroid hormones can compensate for the sluggish adrenal output, but in time the thyroid gland may also under-produce, leading to thyroid hypo-function. This slows down your metabolic rate - and the slower your metabolism, the more likely you are to put on weight. Secondly, hormonal glands in the body can be adversely affected by the antibodies that have developed to attack food proteins. Thyroiditis is an example of an auto-immune condition that immune-complexes to food can trigger."
- Antoinette Saville and Antony J. Haynes, Food Intolerance Bible (Get the book.)

"Although somewhat unpredictable, Peppergrass (as well as most other Mustard family plants) contains compounds that can be mildly sedating to thyroid function. This is usually not a problem in individuals with normally functioning thyroids, but may exert some suppressant effect if consumed regularly by hypothyroidal individuals. Do not use during pregnancy due to the plant's menses stimulating ability. Other Uses: Peppergrass can be used as garnish or added to salads and the like for its hot, pungent taste."
- Charles W. Kane, Herbal Medicine of the American Southwest (Get the book.)

"The same problems exist with thyroid supplements. If your thyroid is intact, taking more to speed yourself up will work for a while, but at a cost to your natural balance. And as long as you continue to eat too much, the method won't work and your health will suffer. 1. I am ready to give up the belief that there will be a magical solution to my weight problem. 2. I still believe there is a simple solution, like a pill, that I have yet to find. Avoid Failure Strategy #6: Play the Blame Game Do you curse parental genes for giving you a slow metabolism?"
- Roger Gould, Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever (Get the book.)

"Pharmaceuticals can be lifesaving for some conditions, such as insulin for type I diabetes, thyroid hormone for hypothyroidism, and antibiotics for life-threatening infections. All of this has been illustrated by several scientific studies that I discuss in this book. Before you take that pill, consider taking charge of your health by making informed decisions and smart changes in your lifestyle. In some cases, however, you may need medications to prevent or treat a disease or to help you with troubling symptoms or disabilities."
- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"My major specialties were thyroid, parathyroid, gastrointestinal, and breast surgery, but I was always interested in vascular medicine, and made a point of taking extra training in the subject. Medicine ran in the family. My father, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, was a distinguished physician, a great innovator in group practice in upstate New York. It was his idea to bring to a rural county all the best in medicine—from dentistry and psychiatry to obstetrics-gynecology and pediatrics—using a rotating roster of specialists. My father-in-law, the late Dr. George Crile, Jr."
- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Get the book.)

"You're supposed to rev up those fat-burning cells, stimulate your thyroid to make more thyroid hormone, goose those fat-burning hormones, and workup a good sweat at the gym! Right? Unfortunately, they're all wrong. To your genetic autopilot, all this means is that you're terribly inefficient at burning your fuel and working much harder than you should. Not worth keeping around, so let's activate those killer genes. Having a high metabolic rate is like having a car that gets 10 miles to the gallon. Healthy centenarians consistently have temperatures in the range of 950 to 96T, not the 98."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"These hormones can worsen hypothyroid symptoms and depress thyroid function. Nutritional and emotional support for stress is particularly beneficial in these cases. Examples of common adrenal gland supplements are licorice, pantothenic acid and vitamin C. There are many causes of constipation. It is best to identify the cause and treat it naturally to prevent toxic build up in the body. Many people have suffered with constipation for years. In some cases, very hard stools form a blockage or tough layer along the intestinal tract."
- Heather Caruso, Your Drug-Free Guide to Digestive Health (Get the book.)

"Estrogen dominance inhibits thyroid action and lowers the rate of metabolism of the body. Progesterone inhibits estrogen action, thereby allowing the thyroid hormone to function properly. In other words, progesterone triggers a metabolic response that allows weight loss to occur. Second, when progesterone is added back into the body, it acts as a natural diuretic, which helps to reduce bloating. Finally, when progesterone and estrogen levels are rebalanced, the rapid release of insulin is tempered. The result is normalized blood sugar levels and reduced food cravings."
- C. W. Randolph, M.D., From Belly Fat to Belly FLAT: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life (Get the book.)

"Whether the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, kelp is always effective, because it serves to normalize thyroid function. Its actions on the thyroid gland also explains its enormous value for disasters. Radiation poisons the thyroid gland. This is the first internal organ to be damaged as a result of a radiation accident. Radioactive iodine is rapidly absorbed into the body, and the thyroid gland vigorously traps all iodine molecules, so if it is exposed to the radioactive type, it doesn't differentiate. Thus, it unwittingly destroys itself."
- Dr. Cass Ingram, Dr. Cass Ingram's Lifesaving Cures (Get the book.)

"I asked my doctor — a brilliantly talented surgeon who has removed the thyroids of thousands of young women in the Massachusetts area — why I developed a lump on my thyroid (the size of a lemon, it turned out) and why so many other young women are getting them too. Could mine have had anything to do with the fact that I grew up a mile from the largest polluting trash-burning facility in the state? "Hmmm," he replied, giving me a funny look. "Don't know. Nobody has ever asked me that before. We don't know why thyroid lumps happen, they just do." It was the same story with the infertility."
- Stacy Malkan, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Get the book.)

"Allied to the thyroid extract, iodine was intended by Gerson to strengthen and normalise the function of the thyroid gland. We now know that if thyroid function is deficient not only are all aspects of body metabolism altered for the worse but, critically in cancer, the immune system functions less than optimally.55 Conventional medical methods of treating cancer—chemo, radiation—routinely wipe out an already depressed immune system and do little to restore it."
- Michael Gearin-Tosh, Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny (Get the book.)

"These small glands near your thyroid produce parathyroid hormone (PTH), which regulates calcium and phosphorus metabolism. In a recent study, two-thirds of women with postmenopausal osteoporosis who took parathyroid hormone in addition to their estrogen therapy regained full, healthy bone mass. The women in the study who continued their estrogen therapy without adding parathyroid hormone only experienced a small 1.5 percent gain in bone mass. If all goes well, parathyroid hormone may soon be available as an osteoporosis treatment. Check with your doctor."
- Editors of FC&A, 1001 Home Health Secrets for Seniors (Get the book.)

"Goiter (swelling of the thyroid) and hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormones) are the classic results of iodine deficiency. Common symptoms include fatigue and listlessness, decreased libido, depression, weight gain, and impaired metabolism. Iodized salt, fish, shellfish, and sea vegetables, particularly seaweed, are the richest food sources of iodine. Be aware that, when eaten raw and in large quantities, certain vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kale, and spinach) and fruits (peaches and pears) can block the uptake of iodine."
- Shari Lieberman, Alan Xenakis, Mineral Miracle: Stopping Cartilage Loss & Inflammation Naturally (Get the book.)

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