Most general practitioners are intimidated by the complexity of endocrine disorders involving the thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones and refer their patients to endocrinologists. These specialists depend on inaccurate blood testing to prescribe synthetic hormone replacement drugs, which is their main form of treatment. There is no effort to find the underlying cause of endocrine problems or explore natural solutions.
Even when alternative books on the subject are written they end up taking a very similar path based on allopathetic solutions. Two popular books on the thyroid will give you all the details about thyroid disease and explore alternatives but they both still focus on thyroid replacement therapy using natural and/or synthetic drugs. They are, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis by Izabella Wentz, Pharm D (2013) and The Thyroid Connection by Amy Myers, MD (2016). Dr. Myers suffered from hyperthyroidism, or Graves Disease and Dr. Wentz overcame Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism, so together they cover all aspects of thyroid disease.
Both authors discuss the need to find the root cause of thyroid disease. They recommend a gluten-free diet, balancing gut flora, stress reduction, and immune system support. Wentz says, “Most patients with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism will have weight gain, acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, leaky gut, food allergies and adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms of impaired digestion, absorption, anxiety, chronic-fatigue and environmental allergies may be seen as well.”
Dr. Carolyn Dean, the world-renown expert on magnesium and mineral supplementation, agrees that thyroid patients may suffer all these associated symptoms but it’s not necessarily because of thyroid disease, itself. In her almost 50 years of study and experience, she has narrowed the causes of thyroid disease down to the true root causes: mineral deficiency and yeast overgrowth – leading to a breakdown in the endocrine system which always involves the thyroid. This breakdown also includes the adrenals, sex hormones, immune system, the heart, kidneys, liver, gut, and brain!
No matter what chronic disease you look at today you will come up with a long list of all the associated conditions, just as Myers and Wentz do with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism [different side of the same coin]. That’s why Dr. Dean has focused on magnesium and mineral deficiency because all systems are affected. However, if you treat each condition individually, you end up with an array of diets, supplements, and advice that becomes overwhelming, confusing and contradictory.
One of the most difficult causes of hypothyroidism to diagnose is the environmental pollutants blocking thyroid hormone receptors. Thyroid hormones may even appear normal in blood tests, but cannot get inside cells to do their work as a result of hormone receptor blocking. Such is the case with chronic acetaldehyde poisoning, which is a byproduct of yeast metabolism. Similarly, with the female hormones, especially estrogen, which is blocked from getting into cells, even though blood estrogen levels may be normal.
Even alternative medicine doctors who say that the increased incidence of hypothyroidism may be due to environmental toxins don’t realize that magnesium deficiency can allow chemicals and heavy metals free access to our cells or that yeast toxins block thyroid hormone receptor sites.
Tonight on our internet based radio show, we’re going to help you sort this all out and separate the hype and misinformation! At 7 pm eastern time, we’re talking with Dr. Carolyn Dean about Magnesium, Minerals and the Thyroid along with a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with our callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!