It’s a quiet scourge affecting millions of women. No matter how much you sleep, you’re always waking up exhausted. You’ve been watching your diet, cutting out the junk food, exercising and not only haven’t you lost anything, you’ve gained even more pounds!
Thinking you may have to go out and buy a new scale, you look in the mirror – running your hand through your hair. Does it just seem thinner – less robust lately – or is it really falling out? When cleaning out the shower drain, it hits home. The stark truth is staring you right in the face, clumps and wads of hair and all of it yours.
You’re tired all the time. You just about drag yourself through the day on sheer willpower. When even that starts to dwindle, it’s coffee, coffee and more coffee. Anything that will give you the caffeine buzz you need to function. You go through the day in a brain fog. It doesn’t matter how much coffee you drink, or how many overpriced caffeine saturated concoctions you gulp down, nothing seems to clear your head or give you the healthy energy you’re desperately seeking.
Then there’s that secret fear – the one you keep hidden away deep inside. You see yourself in the mirror, you see that ugly fat and that tired face staring back at you. You ask yourself is all this normal? What we should be expecting from Mother Nature? Slowly, inevitably, unavoidably winding down as the years go by?
THERE’S GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS
It usually starts when you pass your middle 20s, slowly but surely making it harder and harder to keep fit and trim, many times getting progressively worse as you age. Many really don’t notice these symptoms until after childbirth when it just hits, seemingly out of nowhere. That “baby weight gain” isn’t lost. Melancholy and exhaustion are constant companions, and you just don’t feel “right” in your own body anymore.
If you try talking to your doctor about it, you’ll often be humored and told to “eat less and exercise more.” Insist on having your thyroid levels checked, your physician will reluctantly order a thyroid blood test. Almost predictably, when it comes back it’ll say the thyroid is normal. You’ll then be told it’s “all in your head” and all to often be given a prescription for a mild anti-depressant.
But the fact of the matter is this, your “head” is fine, your thyroid probably isn’t! Here’s a dirty little secret most doctors won’t discuss. When a medical test is done, any result within a wide range is deemed normal. The thyroid could be barely functioning at 30% efficiency, but tests will say that’s fine. Well, it’s not fine and you have the problems to prove it.
Keep complaining, and you’ll probably be told to go on yet another diet and hit the gym more often. The same things you’ve been trying over and over again – with the same yoyo, short-term “success” at best. Since the tests were “normal” the thing that could help you most won’t be given: The actual thyroid hormone.
My name is Dr. Andrew Jones, Senior Medical Advisor to the Natural Living – a forward looking think-tank exploring the root causes of female related illnesses. I constantly stress the need for proper nutrition and healthy, holistic living. This is especially important in the “modern” environment we now live in – an environment filled with toxins, chemical residues, and rogue hormones – a virtual cornucopia of health damaging substances. Whenever I get the chance, I try and spread the word about the poisons finding their way into our daily lives, our foodstuffs and our bodies, and what we can do to lessen or even reverse their ill effects. But as I said, there was good news and bad.
Here’s the good news, you can now safely burn more calories and lose weight naturally, without going on dangerous fad diets. How? By adding a simple but vital supplement to your diet: Iodine.
JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IODINE?
Consider this, about 25¢ worth is all that stands between an infant developing normally and one that will be severely mentally handicapped the rest of its’ life.
Iodine is absolutely essential, especially for creating the thyroid hormone. But as we grow older, our thyroid starts slowing down. It just can’t metabolize the iodine it needs as efficiently, and that means the hormone produced (also known as thyroid) decreases as well.
There are two other reasons why most of us are iodine deficient:
• Inadequate dietary intake
• Exposure to toxic substances that displace iodine.
Iodine (a mineral) is not abundant in the food we eat. Primarily found in seawater at very small quantities, soils are naturally deficient in iodine, especially the further away one gets from the ocean. Iodine is also fairly easily displaced from the body by toxins called toxic halides: fluoride, bromine and chloride.
Fluoride is by far the worst culprit. Found in toothpaste and in the water supply, every time you take a shower, brush your teeth or drink from the tap, the body gets a little exposure to fluoride, leeching out good iodine. And contrary to popular belief, fluoridated water is actually rather poor at preventing tooth decay.
Why is it in our water supply then?
Poor science combined with corporate greed and political ignorance paved the way. Basically a toxic byproduct of aluminum production, fluoridation was sold as a way to prevent cavities because some areas with natural fluoride in the water also had lower instances of tooth decay. Based upon that spurious observation, fluoridation began. It is indeed curious, when scrapped off aluminum refinery smokestacks, the fluoride is considered a hazardous waste. But put it in bags and dump it into the water supply, it somehow magically transforms itself into something beneficial.
Then there is bromine, an endocrine disruptor that competes for the same receptors for capturing iodine. Essentially, bromine crowds out iodine. How prevalent is bromine? Consider this, every time you bite into a piece of store bought bread, you are probably ingesting some bromine. It is used to make bread dough more elastic and thus easier to handle, but not by very much.
WHERE ELSE IS BROMINE FOUND?
– Bakery goods
– Citrus flavored soft drinks
– Fabric fire retardants
– Hair dyes
– Pesticides used on strawberries, especially in California
– Spaghetti and pasta
– Toothpaste and mouthwashes, and your automobile
If You are Human, There’s Up To a 96% Chance of being Iodine Deficient!
This according to a study of 4000 patients conducted by Dr. David Brownstein, Medical Director for The Center of Holistic Medicine, and renowned author of several groundbreaking books on hormones and iodine. The World Health Organization also concurs, estimating that 72% of the world’s population is being affected by iodine deficiency. This trend is worsening. Over the last 30 years, the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I) shows iodine levels have dropped 50% in the U.S.A. alone.
Pregnancy, “Baby Weight Gain” & Your Thyroid
This is a common problem all too many women experience, especially after their second or third child. That “baby weight” gained during pregnancy just refuses to come off. It doesn’t matter how careful you are about diet and exercise. Those stubborn extra pounds stick to you like they have been soldered on. The fact is this: It probably isn’t what you’re eating, or the type of exercise you are doing. It could well be your iodine reserves have been almost totally drained.
During pregnancy, your unborn baby gets first dibs in almost everything. Vitamins, minerals, hormones – you name it. It is natures way of making sure the human race survives. After the first child, you probably still have some iodine reserves left. They may be lower, but they are still there for your thyroid to use. But after the second child, and then a third, those remaining iodine reserves can be depleted dry. By diverting all available iodine to the child, your body literally sacrifices its own well being in the process.
Breast Tissue & Iodine A Double Whammy For Women
As if pregnancy wasn’t enough of a problem, here’s yet another: Women have more thyroid problems than men simply because of breast tissue. Did you know a woman’s breasts require almost as much iodine as the thyroid? For women, iodine has to do double, or during pregnancy, even triple duty. Since men can’t get pregnant, and they (usually) don’t have breasts, women are unfortunately the ones who are typically more prone to being iodine deficient.
A Host Of Indications & Devastating Manifestations – Including Weight Gain!
The downward spiral in your health is slight at first, almost unnoticeable. Your vitality isn’t what it used to be, your get up and go seems to have got up and gone. You tire more easily, but you sleep less deeply. You gain weight, sometimes you just look at a French Fry and it goes straight to your hips! Chalking it up to a busy lifestyle and poor eating habits, you probably ignore it, possibly for years. But the changes in your body go on and on.
Iodine, The Thyroid Gland & Weight Loss
There are actually four types of thyroid hormones: T1, T2, T3, and T4. The most important are T3 and T4. The bottom line is that if there is not enough iodine in the thyroid gland, then it is impossible to have sufficient thyroid hormone of any type. The result is an under active thyroid.
As recently as 2007, a handful of progressive doctors (such as me) wrote prescriptions for thyroid hormones in patients who had clinical hypothyroid symptoms (regardless of blood tests), and this was relatively successful. However, iodine supplementation alone may be sufficient. Of course, monitoring by a physician is always recommended before any medication is altered or withdrawn. This is a win-win situation – especially for women (and men) who are experiencing stubborn, on-going weight gain, or finding it almost impossible to lose weight at all.
Low iodine can lead to low energy and weight gain, along with a busload of other problems. It’s that straightforward. You’d literally have to be downing an entire bottle of low potency pills each day. When looking for an iodine supplement it should contain 5mg of iodine and 7.5mg of iodide. It should also contain Selenium for enhancing conversion of the inactive thyroid hormone T4 into the active thyroid hormone T3, and Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) for enhanced utilization.
Iodine is not only critical for a healthy thyroid, it is present and used in every single cell in the human body, including:
Salivary glands, Cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, Gastric mucosa, Choroid plexus (part of the brain), Breasts, Ovaries, Eyes
FEEL BETTER , LIVE BETTER, BE BETTER
By bringing the thyroid back to optimum activity, energy levels can increase the natural way – banishing that chronic fatigue along with those unsightly bulges. You’ll start to feel alive, motivated and refreshed, without the “wired for sound” jitters many of those so-called “diet-elixirs” are well known to cause.
IODINE DEPLETION FACTORS
What does Iodine depletion look like? Total the points for each symptom you suffer to find your level of iodine depletion.
The “Blues & Blahs” • 5
Weight gain • 8
Difficulty losing weight • 10
Low energy • 6
Cold natured (always feeling chilled) • 8
Ice-cold hands or feet • 10
Dry skin • 6
Hair loss • 8
Slowed thinking, poor concentration • 8
Brain fog • 10
Memory problems • 4
Poor sleep, unable to sleep • 3
Waking up exhausted • 5
Tingling in hands and feet • 2
Muscle aches • 2
Swelling in ankles • 2
Constipation • 1
Slow heart rate • 5
Thickened tongue • 4
Iron-poor blood • 8
Thinned eyebrows • 8
Muscle cramps at night • 10
Slow reflexes • 4
Skin itches in the winter • 4
Recurrent headaches • 3
Decreased sweating • 2
Trouble getting pregnant • 9
Pale, puffy, pasty skin • 2
Decreased body hair • 4
Dizziness • 4
Hoarse voice • 1
0 – 9 Very slight or insignificant depletion
10 – 19 Slight depletion
20 – 29 Moderate
30 – 49 Profound
50 – 69 Severe
70+ Almost Total Depletion
Note: The preceding questions are not intended to take the place of a physician’s evaluation or examination. They are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any specific disease. Please consult with your family doctor or health care physician if you have any questions regarding the factors mentioned, the health benefits of any natural products and supplements, or any specific modality of health care treatment.
By: Dr. Andrew Jones, www.1-thyroid.com