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When determining if you have a thyroid function disorder you must get the right testing done. First, you must identify and consider all of those factors I wrote about in the last article as primary insults to the thyroid and resolve them. Direct nutritional support of the thyroid is often secondary to long term resolution of thyroid problems. Find the cause of the thyroid problem, don’t just treat the symptoms of thyroid disease. This is so important, and I can’t stress it enough. Everyone is different and so there are many causes of dis-ease to the body including your hormones.

Her medication was not working, and she was still having signs of low thyroid. All nutrients failed to make a difference. The patient relayed that she was following a healthy diet but after reviewing her diet, I noticed she was eating a lot of soy.

After she stopped all use of soy products, all symptoms of low thyroid improved, including her hot flashes and her need for Synthroid. She was eating breakfast bars, meal replacement shakes, using salad dressings, and snacks all that contained soy. Since her primary source of protein was soy this was an easier case to help. Lesson? Totally avoid soy.

25 grams of soy protein isolate contains from 50 to 70 mg of isoflavones the minimum amount claimed to have cholesterol-lowering effects. It took only 45 mg of isoflavones in premenopausal women to exert significant biological effects, including a reduction in hormones needed for adequate thyroid function. These effects lingered for three months after soy consumption was discontinued.

Common factors that can cause thyroid disorder besides soy are starvation, stress, acute illness/infection, diabetes mellitus, uremia, selenium deficiency, chlorine, fluoride, mercury, and arsenic. Drugs that alter thyroid function are aspirin, estrogens, propylthiouracil, Iopanoic acid, amiodarone, propranolol, glucocorticoids, dopamine, octreotide, lithium, iodide, amiodarone, aminoglutethimide, colestipol, cholestyramine, nicotinic acid, furosemide, fenclofenac, mefanamic acid, salicylates, aluminum hydroxide, ferrous sulfate, sucralfate, tamoxifen, heroin, methadone, mitotane, fluorouracil, androgens, anabolic steroids, phenobarbital, rifampin, phenytoin and Tegretol. Ok…that’s a long list!!

When I actually did a full blood panel with all thyroid markers, I discovered an immune response. My body was attacking my own thyroid gland. I wanted to know what foods were causing my immune system to be so reactive. When I eliminated the foods I was sensitive to (gluten, dairy, and soy were big triggers for me), I lost 20 pounds within 2 months. Wow!

There are a lot of different food allergy kits out there. I run IgG and IgA though www.foodallergy.com. Doctors are the only ones that can order the test for you, so if you want to run this test let me know by emailing me and I will see if I can order you one. This test was a lifesaver for me and one of the many steps I did to recover. Some other noticeable labs were mild anemia, low phosphorus, high calcium, high magnesium, low potassium, low globulin and low vitamin D.

Remember, your thyroid’s purpose is to provide you with your Basal Metabolic Rate. This is the rate at which you heal and repair. It also determines how fast chemical reactions occur. With a low thyroid, your digestion will be slow, energy is going to be low, and you are going to have a difficult time controlling cholesterol. And, by the way, when your doctor finds out you have high cholesterol … do you think he checks your thyroid to see if that what is causing the problem?

Most drugs aren’t studied long enough to determine long-term side effects. What about the chemical cocktail syndrome? If it is a drug that is causing your weight gain, try to optimize your health so that you no longer need that medication. Seek a qualified nutritionist. This is a person who does not have you write out your daily consumptions. It shouldn’t be that important because, obviously, what you’ve been eating has gotten you in the position that you are in. They will do objective testing [blood work, urinalysis, etc.] to determine what supplements you need and how much. They will also have you re-test to determine if what you are doing is working.

Lindsay wore orthodontic braces. Her house had been sprayed for termites. She drinks soft water. She has headaches and nosebleeds every day. She has no energy, is always hot, and has trouble sleeping. Lindsey’s mother called to let us know that the family’s well water had been tested and results indicated that there were total coliform bacteria in the water.

After working with her a few weeks, I called and spoke with Lindsay’s mother. She reported that Lindsay’s headaches are much better; less frequent and less severe. They used to be so bad she couldn’t watch TV or do her homework. Whereas before, she could hardly do anything, she was now “perkier” and eating well. Her color was better. She was taking her supplements, smiling more, more positive, getting involved in her life more, and in general, felt better. Although still tired, it was less than she had been.

When the various amino acids, proteins, and hormones are out of sync in your body, there are a variety of diseases and symptoms that may appear. Altered thyroid function can produce symptoms that are pretty vague. Instead of chasing symptoms, proper testing is advised to avoid taking medication or even supplements that you may or may not need. It is important to do a comprehensive blood test and hair tissue mineral analysis to detect deficiencies or toxicities that may be affecting your health. This testing is also important to know exactly what vitamins or minerals your body needs to work efficiently.

I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing His gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! For more information you can go to www.nomoremedsmovement.com and sign up for my closed Facebook group #NoMoreMeds-Community for more healthy tips.