None is more readily and inexpensively corrected. And none is more often untreated, and even unsuspected. Hypothyroidism -- low thyroid function -- is one of the gland disturbances that many people suffer from without even realizing it. It can be the cause of Of all the problems that can affect physical or mental health, none is more common than thyroid gland disturbance. It can be the cause of low energy or constant fatigue that is one of the most common complaints brought to doctors.

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Hypothyroidism Dr. Broda Barnes, called low thyroid function, "The Unsuspected Illness", because the usual blood tests can be completely normal and the diagnosis can be easily missed. The correct diagnosis depends on noticing symptoms such as low energy, fatigue and tiredness. The body temperature may be low and the patient prefers to set the room thermostat very high for example, 81 degrees. The Thyroid Gland and Thyroid Hormone: The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland in the neck on either side of the windpipe.

The mitochondria are the little microscopic factories which make energy and heat for the cell functions. Iodine Deficiency: If the diet is deficient in iodine, the thyroid gland enlarges and forms a goiter along with the usual symptoms of hypothyroidism.

In , iodized salt was introduced into the nation which eliminated the occurrence of goiter in the population. The recommended daily allowance for iodine in the U. In Japan, the daily intake of Iodine is times greater and is associated with many health benefits for Japan. This observation led Drs.

The TSH then travels in the blood stream to the thyroid gland and instructs it to produce more thyroid T4 hormone. When the thyroid gland has difficulty making T4 due to Iodine deficiency or damage to the thyroid gland, then the TSH level can be quite high. High TSH indicates low thyroid function. The fact is that the thyroid blood tests may be normal even though there is low thyroid. In recognition of this problem, the normal ranges for the TSH test have been changed a number of times in the past few years.

According to Mark Starr, M. The Basal Body Temperature: Taking basal body temperature is easy. The best time is first thing in the morning upon waking for three or four consecutive days. If the average temperature is below Treatment of Hypothyroidism with Natural Thyroid Extract: Once the diagnosis is made based on history, physical examination and the low basal body temperatures, the next step is a therapeutic trial of thyroid hormone.

Broda Barnes preferred to use a natural thyroid extract such as Armour Desiccated Thyroid Hormone rather than the more widely used synthetic thyroid medication.

Dosage is started low and gradually increased every month while monitoring symptoms, basal temperature and pulse rate. Dosage is increased while watching for signs of thyroid excess such as nervousness, difficulty sleeping, rapid pulse etc. Should signs of excess appear, then the thyroid medication is reduced.

Such a trial of thyroid is inexpensive and safe for most patients. Many doctors mistakenly believe that once thyroid medication is started, that patients must continue for life. According to Dr. Barnes, this is incorrect, and there are times when a patient may be weaned off their thyroid medication with return of thyroid function.

Benefits of Thyroid Treatment: According to Dr. Broda Barnes, hypothyroid patients who receive thyroid therapy benefit greatly from reduced risk of heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. Barnes made these statements based upon the review of cause of death for 70, autopsy studies from Graz, Austria which is a goiter area.

He felt that all patients with coronary artery disease should be checked carefully for low thyroid and treated if found. Thyroid hormone is often helpful for patients suffering from depression which is unresponsive to other treatments, even when the blood tests are normal.



Akinotaur This page was last edited on 10 Mayat Carrie thhe it liked it Feb 20, In modern medical practice, the most accurate means of assessing thyroid function is through specific biochemical tests which measure blood levels of thyroid gland hormones and regulators. Since I have a lot of hypothyroidism in my family, it was an interesting topic. Some excellent insights offered by this brilliant doctor about the effects of low thyroid. If you know you are hypothyroid, Hypothyroidism: But his insights into what happens when the thyroid is low functioning was excellent. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Susan rated it it was amazing Jan 12, The Unsuspected Illness explains low thyroid function in easy, understandable language. The Thyroid Gland and Thyroid Hormone: The correct diagnosis depends on noticing symptoms such as low energy, fatigue and tiredness.


Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness



Hypothyroidism : the unsuspected illness


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