"We missed that" Those are not words that you want to hear come out of any doctor’s mouth. But, according to a research study in 2000, an estimated 13 million people have an undiagnosed weak thyroid. Dr. Mercola thinks the real number is 5 times that high. Now the bad news is that this information has been known for decades. Dr. Broda Barnes, MD had been researching this problem since the 1930’s and he had found research dating back to the turn of the century that hypothyroidism was a bigger problem than doctors had thought. In his book, Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness, he does a great job of explaining why this deficiency gets missed so often.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroid
Weakness, dry skin, coarse skin, lethargy, slow speech, swelling of the eyelids, sensation of cold, decreased sweating, cold skin, thick tongue, edema of the face, coarseness of hair, heart enlargement, pallor of skin, impaired memory, constipation, weight gain, loss of hair, pallor of lips, labored or difficult breathing, swelling of the feet, hoarseness, loss of appetite, nervousness, excessive and/or painful menstruation, deafness, palpitations, poor heart sounds, pain over the heart, poor vision, changes in the back of the eye, loss of weight, emotional instability, choking sensation, fineness of hair, cyanosis (bluish skin), difficulty in swallowing, brittle nails, depression, muscle weakness, muscle pain, joint pain, burning or tingling sensations, heat intolerance, slowing of mental activity, slow movements. high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries, heart attacks, digestive problems, emotional disturbances, allergies, asthma, recurring infections, anemia, all types of skin problems like eczema and psoriasis and even lung cancer. It makes me wonder if the recent rise in lung cancer in non-smoking women might be linked to their weak thyroids.
All ages suffered from this problem. Newborns, children and teens can all suffer from the effects of a weak thyroid just as much as grandma. This is not just something new in the 21st century but this was documented even in the late 1800’s. Dr. Barnes estimated that 40 percent of all people suffer from hypothyroidism. He started the student health center at the University of Denver in 1941 and found that 20 percent of the college students under his care were hypothyroids. Imagine what that number is today! This could be part of the Starbuck’s craze that has people of all ages clamoring for their sugar and caffeine fix as an artificial boost to their tired thyroids.
The reason most people are not properly diagnosed is that the blood tests are not 100% accurate.
Natural Vs Synthetic
Synthetic hormones were not developed until the middle of the 20th century. All the research done in the first fifty years of last century and the clinical improvements they documented came from using Armour Thyroid. It contains not only the hormones T3 and T4 but also T1 and T2, which are never tested for and have no synthetic equivalent. Today, most doctors prescribe the synthetic thyroid hormones like Synthroid, which is just T4, and have very little experience with the natural alternatives like Armour Thyroid. Cytomel is a synthetic T3 hormone that is sometimes used alone or with the Synthroid. These medications are prescribed for a lifetime and the dose for these hormones usually goes up over time. Dr. Barnes felt that the lack of the building blocks iodine and tyrosine helped contribute to a weak thyroid. If you had TSH above 2, I can help you with some natural remedies and can monitor your progress with the basal temperature test.
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