Dr. Erika Schwartz recently received an elderly man in her office who was looking for a solution to his health problems. The man was overweight, had seriously low thyroid hormone and testosterone levels, an advanced case of eczema and was unable to sleep well. After examining his medications and treatments recommended by his previous doctors, she decided to consult the man’s cardiologist in order to find solutions. She proposed elimination of the drugs he recommended as they were causing eczema in the patient, and after hearing her proposal, the cardiologist said that he didn’t want to talk to her. He hung up on her, and she explained all of it to her patient. She gave him a treatment plan which was supposed to boost his thyroid hormone levels and suggested he stop taking the statins he was on.
The patient didn’t believe that it would work, but he decided to try it. Dr. Schwartz explained that the correction of hormones would regulate his cholesterol levels and that no harm would come to him. After a few months, the results were incredible. The man regained his health and was no longer suffering from any kind of problem!
The thyroid hormones in the body are produced by the endocrine gland. They have a variety of functions within our body and are pretty important for our overall health. The main thyroid hormones are known as T3 and T4. T4 is turned to T3 in our cells and reaches its destination through the bloodstream. This hormone regulates our energy expenditure and metabolism and allows our organs to work properly.
There are two main thyroid hormone problems – hypo and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs due to insufficient production of thyroid hormones, but it can also be a result of other factors as well. The condition causes symptoms such as dry and brittle hair and nails, weight loss or weight gain, poor reflexes, insomnia, depression, mood swings, temperature problems and fatigue as well. These symptoms are similar to the symptoms of other diseases, which makes hypothyroidism hard to detect, so doctors sometimes treat it with the wrong medications, which is exactly what happened in the case of Dr. Schwartz’s new patient.
Dr. Mary Shomon says that the way the condition is diagnosed and treated is completely wrong. The Thyroid hormone test doctors usually use measures the levels of the TS hormone in the blood, but it doesn’t measure the amount of T3 and T4. This is a big flaw, so many patients have normal TSH results, but still suffer from a variety of problems. As Dr. Schwartz puts it, everyone is treating the individual symptoms without seeing the body as a whole.
For best results and better diagnose, the T3 and T4 levels should be individually examined. Furthermore, it’s vital to learn if the T4 hormone is turned to T3 in the blood and if it’s positively affecting the organs. Dr. Schwartz recommends changing everything including the diet, lifestyle and medications of the patient in order to treat hypothyroidism. The same belief is shared by Dr. Shomon. “Our metabolism relies on the function of the thyroid – if there’s not enough oxygen in our cells, then the body will work slower as a result”.
As we already mentioned, thyroid disorders can be caused by external or internal factors such as the immune system, our diet, hormone levels, the environment, etc. Nowadays we live in an increasingly toxic world where toxins and chemicals are all around us. We eat food that has been previously intoxicated, which is why we must learn new strategies that will detox our body and keep our health in check.
Mold and mycotoxins are becoming a real problem in recent times. These toxins are terrifying for the thyroid gland, and are often responsible for over or underproduction of hormones.
Besides hypothyroidism, the second most common thyroid disorder is hyperthyroidism. It occurs due to excess production of thyroid hormones and can lead to irregular heart rhythm or sudden weight loss. Luckily, the thyroid hormonal balance can be restored with a few simple lifestyle and diet changes. You should also stay physically active and keep healthy relationships with the people around you. Learn how to listen to your body and you will easily recognize any kind of problem. If, for example, you’re not sleeping well, you should approach the problem from one side. Instead, you should really ask yourself if you’re eating and living good, are you under too much stress, or are you in an unhealthy relationship. The answer to these problems can help you work on different aspects of your wellbeing and get to the root of the problem which leaves you sleepless overnight.
To restart your thyroid, experts recommend eating Brazil nuts, animal liver, fish and shellfish, oysters, fresh vegetables and fruits, eggs, poultry, whole grains and mushrooms. You need to avoid dairy products, sugar and artificial sweeteners, beer, legumes and beans, processed foods and almost all grains.
Finally, make sure to stay physically active by walking, running, swimming or cycling, and you can also include some resistance training in your daily routine as well.
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