Tired all of the time? Keep gaining weight for no apparent reason? Hands cold all of the time? Eyebrow and hair thinning? Dry skin, dry hair, brittle nails? You have asked your provider about these symptoms because you are SURE it is your thyroid, but alas your thyroid blood tests come back “NORMAL”!
These are complaints we hear time and time again. Most providers understand traditional hypothyroidism, where we look at ONE thyroid lab test (the TSH) and forget the most important one (the free T3). Or worse yet, we ONLY look at the labs, and never look or listen to the patient! Historically medical professionals have been taught if the TSH is normal, then your thyroid is working just fine.
According to Dr. Mark Starr, thyroid guru, “centuries ago, before thyroid tests were available, the ultimate test of whether or not a patient was hypothyroid was the patient’s response to a trial of thyroid hormones. Confirmation depended upon improvement or resolution of their symptoms.”
Now Imagine THAT FOLKS! Actually treating PATIENTS and not LAB tests! Since the advent of thyroid blood testing, of which there is no scientific data, there have been scores of patients left erroneously untreated.
Type 2 hypothyroidism; a phenomenon whereby the thyroid gland produces “normal” amounts of thyroid hormone, but the cells are unable to utilize the hormone properly. Other medical experts call this “thyroid hormone resistance” very similar to Type 2 Diabetes, also known insulin resistance. Symptoms are identical to hypothyroidism: sluggish metabolism, cold hands, thinning hair, extreme fatigue and so forth. MOST people suffer from Type 2, rather than Type1 hypothyroidism, and because Type 2 is so widely misunderstood and misdiagnosed, hundreds of thousands of people are living with this miserable state day in and day out.
How do we acquire Type 2 Hypothyroidism, or thyroid resistance? Number one on the list: environmental toxins. These toxins interfere with every aspect of thyroid metabolism and include: petroleum and petroleum byproducts; pesticides, herbicides and fungicides; heavy metals, among them mercury, arsenic, lead, aluminum, barium, and cadmium; organic solvents and numerous other synthetic chemicals that are present in our food and other aspects of our everyday lives. Another HUGE factor in thyroid resistance is Iodine deficiency! A few others worthy of mention: the lack of mineralization for growing our produce, AND UNDER-utilizing SALT! REAL salt is our friend folks! And I am not talking Morton’s, I mean unrefined SEA salt.
According to the literature, a host of other disease states may be attributed to thyroid resistance: heart disease, digestive disorders, liver malfunction, lupus, muscular pain, neurological impairment, sinusitis, TMJ, and sleep apnea.
So how will my provider know if I am thyroid resistant, you ask? Besides simply listening to the patient’s symptoms, hypothyroidism can be observed by the astute provider: puffy face and lips, thinning or lack of hair, missing the outer third of the eyebrows, swollen skin, lack of alertness, slowed speech, hoarseness, and cold extremities, weight gain and the tendency toward chronic infections.
How is Type 2 hypothyroid treated? Very simply, by replacing thyroid hormone, specifically with compounded t4t3 or desiccated thyroid, also known as Nature-Thyroid and a few other brands. Moreover, checking iodine levels, and ensuring adequate levels of vitamin C, b vitamins, and nutritional support. Oh yes, and of course making sure you are working with Dr. Clark who is well versed in all things thyroid, and not just conventional approaches.
Optimizing Hormone Pellet Therapy through Nutraceutical Supplement.
DIM (Diidolylmethane) 150mg tablets
Women should take 1 tablet each day. Men should take 2 tablets each day.
DIM has 3 significant benefits for you:
- Decreases your risk of developing breast, uterine, or prostate cancer by promoting beneficial estrogen metabolism for both men and women.
- Frees up “bound” testosterone making it available to your tissues. It is the “free” testosterone that is the working hormone.
- Acts as a natural Aromatase Inhibitor decreasing the amount of testosterone breaking down to estrogen.
This powerful component found naturally in cruciferous vegetables balances estrogen metabolism, which can be beneficial for breast, uterine, cervical, and prostate health. DIM also frees testosterone from binding agents in your blood, which helps balance your hormones and makes you feel great!
Diindolylmethane is a plant indole— a plant compound with health-promoting properties found in cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. DIM is not a plant estrogen or an estrogen mimic, like the soy isoflavones, but rather an estrogen balancer.
DIM stimulates more efficient metabolism for estrogen. Supplementing the diet with DIM and eating cruciferous vegetables increases the specific aerobic metabolism for estrogen, multiplying the chance for estrogen to be broken down into its beneficial or “good” estrogen metabolites. Many of the benefits that are attributed to estrogen, including its ability to protect the heart and brain with its antioxidant activity, are now knows to come from these “good” metabolites.
With DIM, there is a simultaneous reduction in the levels of undesirable, or “bad” estrogen metabolites. In women, these are responsible for many of estrogens undesirable actions, including further unwanted weight gain, breast cancer, and uterine cancer. In men, these metabolites contribute to weight gain and prostate cancer.
Microencapsulated, absorption-enhanced formulation of DIM can, with regular use, help balance our hormone metabolism.
Iodine is an essential micronutrient used by EVERY cell in the body! Iodine can help decrease symptoms from fibrocystic breast tissue; decrease your risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer. Almost everyone should take this, especially if you are on thyroid hormone. Even if you are not, your thyroid can benefit from iodine.
Iodine Supplement Part 1
Iodine Supplement Part 2
Iodine deficiency is occurring at epidemic rates across the United States. The consequences of iodine deficiency are severe: mental retardation, lowered IQ, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), infertility, thyroid problems, and cancer of the breast prostate, ovaries, thyroid and uterus. There is no doubt that this deficiency is responsible (at least in part) for the epidemic of cancers of the breast and prostate as well as thyroid disorders. Clinical experience has clearly shown that it is impossible to treat these disorders as well as other chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases without ensuring adequate iodine intake.
For more than 100 years, iodine has been known as the element that is necessary for thyroid hormone production. However, it is rare to see any further mention of iodine’s other effects. Iodine is found in each of the trillions of cells in the body. Without adequate iodine levels, life itself is not possible.
Iodine is not only necessary for the production of thyroid hormone, it is also responsible for the production of all of the other hormones in the body. Adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper immune system function. Iodine contains potent antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and anti cancer properties. Iodine is also effective for treating fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts.
ADK Supplement – usually 1 tablet each day
This contains 5000 units of Vitamin D as well as Vitamin A and Vitamin K. These vitamins are given together since they work in synergy.
A D K Supplement
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin with multiple functions in the body. It is required for the normal development, growth and maintenance of the skeleton throughout life. It supports bone remodeling, a natural way the body removed old or weakened bone tissue in order to make room for new, stronger tissue. This process is critical to fracture repair and retaining bone density. It also plays a role in stimulating bone building cells to secrete proteins that are required for bone mineralization, including the K2 dependent protein called osteocalcin. Combines, Vitamins A and D support osteocalcin output and the regulation of bone remodeling.
Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for maintaining normal calcium metabolism. It supports calcium absorption in the gut and also helps maintain adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone. It is needed for proper bone growth and bone remodeling. Without sufficient Vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Research shows that K2 partnered with Vitamin D3 optimizes and maintains a healthy balance of osteoblasts and osteoclasts. It also supports cardiovascular function and blood pressure within normal ranges and impacts heart health and vascular function.
Vitamin K2 is emerging as playing an essential role in our health and is rapidly redefining cardiovascular disease as an illness of nutritional deficiency. Vitamin K2 deficiency appears to be a factor in the development of diabetes and liver cancer. It also plays an essential role in bone metabolism and promoting healthy teeth. It helps guide calcium toward the areas of the body where it is needed, such as the skeleton, and away from areas where it could have a negative effect, such as the cardiovascular system.