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Fatigued? Tired All the Time? Is Your Thyroid Being
Here are 14 ways that very thing may be taking place!
Check here to be sure you eliminate every one...
Your thyroid functioning is central to your overall
health because it controls the ability and speed you can burn energy in each and every cell of your body (your
metabolism). It also controls your growth and development and nervous system functioning. It even drives the speed
of your heart beat! It does this by making a hormone called thyroxine. In turn, thyroxine is made from iodine.
It doesn't matter whether you want to use your energy to complete a project or a conversation, or even just to get
out of bed. If your thyroid's not working properly, you can forget about goals altogether. You just won't have the
energy to even create a goal - much less see it through to completion.
But it's not just present-time goals that are affected. Suppose you were born female, to use one example, and that
for some reason nobody noticed that your thyroid functioning was low since you drew your first breath. Just to
focus on your functioning as a female - you likely would start your periods late (called delayed onset of
menarche), then you'd probably have episodes of no periods after you finally started them (called post-pubertal
amenorrhea). Then when you wanted to have children, you'd likely find out you were infertile. And you'd encounter
major problems during peri-menopause and menopause. Not to mention extreme problems loosing weight.
This is just one example so you can see why it pays you big time to find out if there's anything that's weakening
your thyroid functioning - and then take effective steps to turn that around. To emphasize the point, your entire
ability to function in every aspect of your life - throughout every phase of your life -depends on it.
In short, any substances or situations that make it difficult for your body to produce thyroxine will
weaken your thyroid and lower its functioning. Each of these is possible to address effectively.
Here are 14 of them that especially affect people in the modern world:
1. Inflammation of your thyroid (from food intolerances such as gluten,
heavy metals, chemicals, to name a few);
2. Infections that land in your thyroid as well as damage from the toxins
they produce (for example, endotoxins produced by Candida);
3. Antibodies your body produces to fight these infections;
4. Prescription drugs: Interferon, Interlukon, cholesterol-lowering drugs, Lithium,
synthetic thyroid medications, Parlodel (bromocriptine) Doxtinex (cabergoline), Permax (pergolide), Mirapex and
Sifrol (pramipexole),Requip (ropinirole), Apokyn (apomorphine), Neupro (rotigotine) and Norprolac
5. Too many soy isoflavones (see below on the soy controversy);
6. Agricultural spray residues;
7. Chemical additives in food;
8. Chlorine/ fluorine - exposure comes from water, toothpaste and dental
sealants (these knock iodine out of the thyroid, making it impossible for your thyroid to produce thyroxine);
9. X- rays;
11. Radiation: from medical treatments, nuclear power plants, high power lines, microwaves, computer and TV
monitors, water beds, electric blankets and appliances. When the regular non-radioactive iodine your thyroid needs
to function is replaced by radioactive I-131, that can trigger genetic damage that gives rise to cancer decades
after exposure, with the worst damage being in cells that reproduce most rapidly. Also radioactive Cesium,
which is now being dispursed from Fukishima, knocks iodine out of the thyroid;
12. Toxic bowel and/or leaky gut;
13. Estrogen dominance;
14. Heavy metals such as mercury (leaking dental amalgam tooth fillings and vaccines containing Thimerosol are
primary sources), also cadmium, too much copper, synthetic iron, lead etc.
Also Be Sure To:
Include iodine-rich foods in your diet such as seaweeds and other sea vegetables - kelp
Reduce consumption of food that contain goitrogens such as raw brussels sprouts, turnips, soy, cauliflower,
cassava, millet, cabbage, kale, flaxseeds and brocolli. Cooking is thought to destroy these compounds.
Include of lots of protein, especially foods that contain tyrosine ( almonds, avocados, bananas, dairy, lima beans,
pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soy) and glutamine (cooked kale, celery, carrots, papaya and Brussels sprouts)
Eat foods rich in vitamin B complex, especially B12 (spirulina and nutritional yeast with no added synthetic B
vitamins are good sources) macro and trace minerals
Consume plenty of foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids (about 1/3 of your fat consumption in a month).
A Note About the Soy Controversy: To Soy or Not to
If you are low in estrogen, you may decide to consume more soy products because they promote estrogen production.
Using soy in this way is a dietary form of hormone replacement therapy. However, too much soy can have a damaging
effect on your thyroid. It has been shown that exposure to high levels of the isoflavones found in soy can put you
at risk for developing chronic thyroid damage due to goiterogenic effects (meaning they tend to induce growth of an
enlarged thyroid gland, called a goiter).
Additionally, soy consumption is controversial because soy contains phytates which are protease inhibitors. In
other words, they inhibit the enzymes that help you digest proteins. Many health care practitioners therefore
advise avoiding the direct consumption of raw or partially processed soy flour, soy protein concentrate, or other
soy products. Soy foods fermented in the traditional way are relatively free of these protease inhibitors.
If you want to stay in a safe zone with regard to soy products, stick with fermented soy products only (such as
natto miso and tempeh). Studies have shown that intake of fermented soy products can alleviate the severity of hot
flashes. However, remember that hot flashes are a symptom, not a cause. They can result from any number of
conditions such as low estrogen , heavy metal toxicity or anything that drives your automatic (autonomic) nervous
system, to produce sympathetic dominance.
Last, most of the soy research has been conducted, not on whole soy, but on soy isoflavones isolated from the rest
of the soy. Soy isolates do not perform like a whole food. This circumstance alone has no doubt contributed to
soy's negative reputation. So if you're going to consume soy for its estrogen-supporting benefit, make sure it's
whole soy and not an isolated fragment of soy. (For more information on soy and this controversy, visit
soyonlineservice.co.nz or westinprice.org and click on 'soy alert'.)
Pamela Levin is an R.N. and Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst with 500+
hours post-graduate training in clinical nutrition, applied kinesiology and herbology. She has been in private
practice 41 years.
Pamela Levin, R.N.
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