There is probably no greater general interest subject than thyroid function. Low functioning thyroids are common in both male and female, although it has been
my experience that females are far more apt to have hypothyroidism than males.
Let’s start with what the thyroid is and what are its functions. The thyroid is a butterfl y shaped gland which lies at the base of the throat. Thyroxine (T-4) is the hormone secreted by the thyroid and it converts into triiodothyronine (T-3) as needed to control the body’s metabolic rate.
If the body produces too little thyroxine, many of its normal chemical processes slow
down, a condition known as hypothyroidism.
Here are some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism:
• Continuous feeling of fatigue
• Aching muscles
• Cold hands and feet
• Weight gain without eating more
• Coarse, dry, thinning hair
• Dry skin
• Heavy menstrual periods
• Loss of libido
• Slow heartbeat
• Mental sluggishness
Try this iodine patch test:
1. Begin this test in the morning (after showering).
2. Use Tincture of Iodine to paint a “2 X 2” square on the inner arm.
▪ Tincture of Iodine is available from any drugstore or pharmacy. Be sure it’s the original orange
colored solution and not the clear solution.
3. Write down your starting time: ______ : ______ am
4. Observe the coloration of the patch over the next 24 hours.
5. Record the hour of time for the following:
▪ Hour patch began to lighten: _______ : _______ am / pm
▪ Hour patch disappeared completely: _______ : ________ am / pm
Overall, the faster the body draws in the iodine, the greater the iodine need is likely to be.
Repeat the Iodine Patch Test every 1-2 weeks to carefully monitor the need for iodine.
When the patch no longer fades or disappears within 24 hours, lower the iodine dose appropriately.
One simple, inexpensive way to check the health of your thyroid is to do an iodine skin patch test. It
should last 24 hours when painted on your wrist/forearm. If it’s less than 10 hours then it’s a very
tired and malnourished thyroid and time to give itsufficient iodine.
Another test that may be taken at home to find out if the thyroid is low.
For four days keep a thermometer by your bedside. As soon as you wake up in the morning put the thermometer in your armpit for ten minutes. You must do this before you get up. If you get up first you will not get an accurate reading. If your temperature runs below 97.8 then you most likely have low thyroid. It is important to shake the thermometer after each use.
An option for treatment that I, the group leader uses is below. I take these Iodine capsules along with one L-Tyrosine capsule daily.
This is now being presented as Organic Iodine caplets. My normal suggestion is 2 caplets with
morning and evening meals for two months, then 1 caplet morning and evening for a prolonged period.
One of the physicians had been taking that amount of iodine for over six years and was very pleased with the response not only on his patients but on himself.
For more information on this subject go to: Let’s Talk Health Newsletter Archive and see Aug 2007 Newsletter
ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP containing triclosan may be the cause of your low thyroid function. When absorbed through the skin, this chemical suppresses the function of the thyroid. Low thyroid function can have a far reaching effect on your life. (I do not suggest using anti-bacterial soap on a regular basis.)
More On Iodine
20 percent of all iodine in the body is stored in the skin, specifically in the sweat glands. Lack of iodine in the sweat glands manifests as dry skin with a decreased
ability to sweat. Iodine also concentrates in the stomach and a lack of iodine in the stomach manifests as achlorhydria (lack of stomach acid production). Iodine
is used by the stomach to concentrate chloride which is necessary to produce hydrochloric acid. Not widely recognized is the fact that low hydrochloric acid in the
stomach leads to stomach cancer.
The lachrymal glands of the eye use iodine to help create tears, when iodine is in short supply, dry eyes result. Iodine is also used by the parotid and submandibular
glands of the mouth, lack of iodine can result in dry mouth. Russian studies done some years ago showed a relationship between iodine deficiency and the presence of
cysts in the ovaries. The greater the iodine deficiency, the more ovarian cysts a woman produces.
Iodine improves insulin sensitivity thus can be of benefit to diabetics. Nobel Laureate Albert Szent Gyorgyi, the physician who discovered vitamin C in 1928
commented: “When I was a medical student, iodine in the form of potassium iodide was the universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but it did something and did something good.”
Treatment for Thyroid Disorder
Avoid refined foods, saturated fats, sugars, and white flour products. If the thyroid problem is severe it is then good to avoid brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, peaches and pears as they have anti-thyroid substances and may suppress the thyroid function.
Follow a diet with at least 50 % of the foods being fresh, and organically grown to rebalance and establish a better metabolism. The enzymes from live foods help the body to maintain proper metabolism. Foods that heal include sprouts, salads, raw vegetables, and thermos cooked grains to retain enzymes which heal and feed the glands.
Eat foods rich in vitamin A, such as yellow vegetables, eggs, carrots, and dark green vegetables. M.U. Tene is concentrated Beta-Carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A and one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.
Iodine rich foods that nourish the thyroid are: fish and sea vegetables such as: arame, kelp, dulse, hijike, nori, wakame, and kombu. Seaweeds are very nourishing to the glands.
Zinc and copper are important in helping the body make thyroid hormone. Foods rich in zinc include: beef (range free), oatmeal, chicken (range free), seafood, dried beans, bran, tuna, spinach, seeds, and nuts. Foods rich in copper include: organ meats (range free), eggs, yeast, legumes, nuts, and raisins.
The amino acid tyrosine is helpful. Tyrosine is found in edamame, beef, chicken, and fish. Soy should be only used in small amounts or on an occasional basis.
Black and red radishes have been used by some doctors in the old Soviet Union as accepted medical treatment for hypothyroidism. Raphanin, the main sulphur component in radishes, is chiefly responsible for keeping the production of thyroxine and calcitonin (a peptide hormone) in normal balance. Seeds and nuts, seed and nut milks, vegetable juices (celery, parsley, small amount of carrot, Swiss chard, wheat grass) and plenty of green drinks containing chlorophyll for healthy blood are helpful. Earth’s Harvest is a blend of three micro-algaes that are a rich whole food source of chlorophyll. Having a mixed vegetable juice that includes the juice of a few radishes, carrot, tomato, celery or zucchini, with a pinch of kelp may benefit the thyroid gland greatly. This juice can be blended in a blender for those who do not have a juicer.
Other beneficial ingredients for vegetable juice combinations include: alfalfa, all leafy greens, beet tops, carrots, celery, green peppers, parsley, seaweeds, sprouts, and watercress.
Irish moss and kelp are used in combination to balance hormonal deficiency. They increase the metabolic rate, thyroid activity and the detoxifying function of the body, and increase blood circulation and soothe inflamed tissues.
Black walnut has a high content of iodine and is a thyroid stimulant.
Ginseng strengthens the body.
B-Complex vitamins to help improve cellular oxygenation and energy, build the adrenals and the thyroid and calm the nerves. Vita Balance 2000 is a properly balanced, vitamin and chelated mineral complex.
Vitamin A assists in maintaining normal glandular function. M.U. Tene is concentrated Beta-Carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A and one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.
Vitamin C promotes normal adrenal function and glandular activity. Magnum C is an improved form of C known as “Ester C”.
Essential fatty acids are a must for glandular health and they improve over all health. These can be omega 3’s and 6’s from marine lipids, flax oil or flax seed, black current seed oil, evening primrose oil, or borage oil. New Life 1000 provides essential fatty acids from cold water salmon oil. Life Plus provides essential fatty acids from Blackcurrent Seed Oil.
Multi-minerals either liquid or chelated form. All minerals are involved in glandular heath. Vita Balance 2000 is a properly balanced, vitamin and chelated mineral complex. It includes all the trace minerals and a herbal base of related micronutrients.
Calcium / magnesium, manganese, selenium, silicon and zinc protect the glands. High Grade Calcium Complex provides a microcrystalline form of calcium, plus a balance of associated nutrients necessary for proper calcium assimilation.
Iodine supplementation from kelp or dulse, 225 -1,000 micrograms a day.
Desiccated natural thyroid, complete with all thyroid hormones. If the symptoms are mild this form may be enough support. If they are severe a synthetic hormone such as thyroxin may be in order.
Xodine (Zodine) Nano Colloidal Iodine………….