My study of health through the years has convinced me that the first priority is to check your own thyroid function. No matter the nature health concern that you might have or think that you have, suspect your thyroid first.
As much as 40 percent of the population has low thyroid function or hypothyroidism. I have written on this subject many times over the years for good reason:
- Conventional medicine pays little attention to thyroid function. Oh, they routinely run blood tests and report to the patient “normal thyroid.” But if the blood test shows that your TSH is 3 or higher. Action is needed because this may be a flag to alert to problems that you are having. Yes, problems like heart disease or cancer.
- The treatment of hypothyroidism is too simple and too cheap. Simple and natural medicine is not big bucks.
Modern medicine rarely concerns itself with cause and effect. It is all about suppressing symptoms with drugs (toxic poisons). Low thyroid function can lead to metabolic changes that can raise cholesterol levels and gradually weaken the heart muscle and create heart disease. Voila! What kicks in? The patient has a high cholesterol problem and becomes wide open for a lifetime of statin drugs. This calls for perpetual tests and an ongoing income to the drug houses, when all that may be needed is correct diagnosis of thyroid function.
Why is thyroid function so critical? The answer is that even a slightly underactive thyroid can be a causative factor for heart disease leading to a multitude of health problems and symptoms — symptoms like being overweight or obese, slow heart rate, high blood pressure, heart failure, accelerated heart disease, and a multitude of other health problems.
This is really potentially serious while at the same time simple, and something that anyone can test on himself. Don’t trust the doctors’ blood test as the final authority.
The underarm basal temperature test, as taught by the late Dr. Broda Barnes, is very reliable, extremely accurate and best of all, it is a self test.
Here’s how to perform the self test: For five consecutive days take your underarm temperature at rest. Have a shake-down mercury thermometer (or digital thermometer) on your night stand. This should be done for three minutes before getting out of bed because it has to be basal (at rest) temperature to be accurate. Take five readings over five consecutive days then determine the average. Divide the total of your five temperatures by five. If your average is as much as one degree under 98.6, you need thyroid therapy, to be confirmed by your alternative doctor. He or she will likely write a prescription for Armour Thyroid.
Armour thyroid is a natural product. Do not accept synthroid or any other synthetic. Most conventional doctors prescribe synthroid.
A sluggish thyroid is not on conventional medicine’s radar, but it is very important that you do the self test or go to your alternative doctor. Your alternative doctor will start you out on a very small amount and increase it over months.
If you do have low body temperature, it likely means that you have low thyroid function or hypothyroidism. Even if your thyroid is just slightly underactive it should be corrected for heart health in men and women.
Natural or food grade iodine in your diet is important in the production of thyroid hormone. Since our soils are mostly depleted of necessary nutrients, daily iodine supplementation is crucial.
There are several natural food iodines. I take four to six drops of Lugol’s Iodine in water almost daily. It is very safe. I have bought Lugol’s iodine at Walgreens.
According to Dr. David Brownstein, iodine deficiency is a major cause of breast cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs such as ovarian, uterus, and prostate cysts and cancer.
Brownstein has excellent research on the seriousness of iodine deficiency in his book Iodine, “Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.” It is available on Amazon or at Dr. Brownstein’s website.
In his most recent blog, Brownstein notes that because of a shortage of Iodoral, Optimox’s Lugol solution, unscrupulous people and companies have been selling it at a highly marked up price; sometimes as much as hundreds of dollars over retail.
If you have been taking Iodoral then switch to Lugol’s 5 percent solution. Brownstein also recommends Lugol Tabs from Hakala Nutritionals and Iodozyme HP from Biotics Research, available at your local pharmacy or health food store and online.