Low Thyroid – The Pandemic
So what is low thyroid or Hypothyroidism?
It’s when your thyroid gland cannot secrete enough of the thyroid hormones to
support proper metabolic function. So basically, your metabolism or BMR (basal
metabolic rate) is slowed down and waste products are not completely
What are the symptoms?
Well, for one thing, many gain weight and cannot lose it no matter what. It also
means the thyroid isn’t working in harmony with other glands like the adrenals,
pituitary and hypothalamus. Therefore these glands suffer too and may under
function as well. Other symptoms may include fatigue, cold hands and feet,
repeated infections, constipation, menstrual upsets, hair loss (most hair loss in
women is due to this or anemia), depression, splits in skin (heels) and many
more. Very often when we have clients who are extremely fatigued it is either low
thyroid or adrenal function. If the thyroid isn’t backing up the adrenals, then the
heart can have issues too as it relies on these two glands for support.
Click here for a complete list of symptoms.
Most people with hypothyroidism have no idea they have it.
One reason for this is that MDs use a blood test if low thyroid is suspected and
often blood tests are inconclusive. We recommend purchasing a basal
thermometer. Most of them are digital now so before arising (this is important)
place it under your arm pit (not turned on) for 9 minutes and then turn on without
removing it. Wait for the beep and record the temperature. Normal is between 3.7
and 3.9 Celsius. Click here for a chart to record your findings.
So why are we saying there is a pandemic?
First of all, the thyroid needs iodine desperately. Before 1960 iodine was added
to bread, which increased the daily intake in the US to 4 x the recommended
RDA. After 1960, bromide was added to bread. Everyday exposure to halogen
compounds such as chlorine, fluoride and bromide cause competitive inhibition of
iodide transport into the cell. They act as inhibitors to Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO)
which is an enzyme and thyroid iodine organification and prevent production of 5
deiodinase, which is an enzyme that converts T4 hormone to T3 hormone.
Dinitrophenol (DNP) in fungicides, dyes, agriculture, insecticides and herbicides
readily absorb through the skin and lungs and inhibit binding of T4 and TSH
production. Red dye # 3 increases reverse T3. Pyridines produced from coal and
cigarette smoke inhibit T4 binding and T4-T3 conversion. PCB and PBB cause
anti-TPO and anti-thyroid globulins. Pharmacological agents: antidepressants,
dopamine, lithium, glucocorticoids and tegretol cause an increase in TSH and
decrease T4 & T3.
So what chance does the little bit of iodine that we get in food have when we
exposed to all these things.
What can you do about it?
We highly recommend supplementing with 150 mcg of iodine per day. We have it
available and for pennies you can be sure you are getting at least the
basics. Higher dosages need to be cleared by your health care provider. If you
decide to test your BMR with the basal thermometer test and find your
temperature low, you may want to book an appointment so we can decide upon a
course of action. Sometimes we need to use other supplementation as well as
Another factor in low thyroid is lack of minerals.
The thyroid loves its minerals and we just don’t get enough in our food. The soil
isn’t replenished with minerals in mass farming techniques and therefore the
minerals don’t make it into our food whether its fruits, veggies or meats. This
causes all kinds of symptoms from osteoporosis to dehydration. So we
recommend supplementing with a high quality nutraceutical multi mineral like
Biotics, Multi Mins.
Where do we find bromines?
- Bakery Products (after 1960, bromine was substituted for iodine due to
misinformation about iodine)
- Gatorade and other sports drinks
- Water purifiers (Hmmm…so I guess that’s not very pure water – see our
ionized water page)
- Pesticides (methylbromide used on foods such as strawberries)
- Car Interiors (Love that new car smell!!)
In Japan the average daily intake of iodine is 13.8 mg. The US RDA is 150 mcg. Japan has lower incidence of breast cancer, hypothyroid and feminizing cancers. Iodine deficiency is the main predisposing factor for breast cancer and fibrocystic disease. Women share their iodine with thyroid, breasts and ovaries. Before 1960, risk for breast cancer was 1:20. After 1960, iodine in bread was replaced with bromide. Breast cancer is now 1:8 and rising at 1% per year.