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Undiagnosed low thyroid epidemic affects possible 70% of population, causing serious health problems

A new study by Dr. E. Chester Ridgway, the University of Colorado's chief endocrinologist, says that an estimated 13 million Americans may have undiagnosed thyroid problems, up from previous estimates. He says that even mild thyroid problems might cause serious consequences. Pregnant women with underactive thyroid are in jeopardy of having children with lower IQs. Research shows that low thyroid levels can raise cholesterol levels, thus raising the threat of a heart attack. In his April 10, 2000 news release, Dr. Ridgway said that people don't realize what a big problem this is and how important it is to get the word out.

Low thyroid symptoms

· Depression, Anxiety, Seizures

· ADD and ADHD

· Lack of Concentration

· Mental Confusion

· Memory Loss

· Serious Mental Illness

· Low Resistance to Colds, Flu

· Respiratory Infections

· Uterine Fibroids, Cramps

· Excessive Monthly Bleeding

· Endometriosis, Cysts, etc.

· PMS, Infertility

· Diabetes (often misdiagnosed)

· Female Estrogen Problems: Breast Cancer, Tumors

· Cold Hands and Feet

· Low Body Temperature

· Constipation, Hair Loss

· Low Blood Pressure

· Low Energy, Chronic Fatigue

· Overweight, Hypoglycemia

· Difficult Weight Loss

· Headaches, Migraines

· Skin Problems, Acne

· Low Blood Sugar

· High Cholesterol

· Heart Disease

· Cancers, Tumors of Many Kinds

· Arthritis, Osteoporosis …and many other symptoms

Very few medical doctors understand the undiagnosed thyroid problem or know that this situation has been getting progressively worse for many years. Many people have very real and serious symptoms, yet their physicians are unable to truly determine the cause, often treating them for the wrong ailment. Patients are often told that their symptoms are psychosomatic or "all in their head", and they may be sent to psychiatrists.

Common and often undiagnosed symptoms and dangerous consequences of low thyroid include: serious mental problems, depression, anxiety, seizures, ADD and ADHD (low thyroid is a problem even in young children), poor concentration, mental confusion, memory loss, cold hands and feet, low energy levels, difficult weight loss, migraine headaches, acne, low blood sugar, high cholesterol levels, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes including misdiagnosis and complications, susceptibility to tuberculosis, lung cancer, emphysema, constipation resulting in colon cancer, susceptibility to infections due to low immunity, all female problems (due to high amounts of dangerous forms of estrogen), including: tumors, fibroids, ovarian cysts, PMS, endometriosis, breast cancer, miscarriage, heavy periods and cramps, etc.

A number of years ago, Dr. Broda Barnes, M.D., did extensive studies showing at that time that low thyroid (hypothyroidism) affected 40% of the population. These studies were extensive and performed upon very large segments of the population. Other doctors that since have followed his work are noticing that the problem is rapidly increasing, and they are now seeing the problem in as high as 70% of the population.

Dioxin, a dangerous chlorine related compound found throughout the food chain, is one cause of low thyroid. Another is likely related to toxic substances which are produced when drinking water is chlorinated, and later when chlorinated drinking water mixes with plant phytochemicals in food. Rather than feeding the body's endocrine glands as nature intended, the many hormone-like plant micronutrients found in food are altered by chlorine , and turned into mutagens that do permanent damage to the glands. Also, serious deficiency of valuable phytochemicals in modern-day diets may be responsible for undernourished hormonal functions in those with otherwise healthy glands.

Dr. Barnes developed a self test based on body temperature, using an ordinary thermometer, that anyone can use to detect a problem. Dr. Barnes' method used underarm temperature, but since that time most doctors treating these special thyroid problems now suggest taking oral temperature and pulse.

Immediately upon awakening in the morning, while still in bed, normal temperature should range

between 97.8 to 98.2 degrees. Dr. Barnes and others believe that anything less than 97.8 indicates low thyroid or hypothyroidism. Anything above 98.2 could indicate hyperthyroidism or over-active thyroid. Also, at the same time, pulse rates should be checked and should range between 65-75. With many thyroid deficiencies, pulse rates will be lower, along with a body temperature that is one or two degrees lower. This condition certainly requires attention.

Daytime average body temperature should be 98.6 degrees, and daytime resting pulse should be 84, which is best to be checked about 10 AM and also about 30-60 minutes after lunch. Many studies show that people without heart disease have a daytime pulse rate of 85 beats per minute. Other studies show that the smartest high school students have a pulse rate of 85 versus 70. Other studies with patients that have pacemakers, where heart rate can be controlled, showed improved memory and mental function at a pulse of 85 verses 72.

Conventional medicine has failed miserably with treatment of thyroid problems. Their procedure uses THS blood screening to lab test for low thyroid levels, which is often very inaccurate because it only identifies part of the picture. It does not show if the thyroid hormones are actually working correctly in the body. Many people that exhibit the common symptoms don't receive proper treatment because their blood levels appear normal.

There are important factors involved in getting proper treatment. You must find a doctor that understands the proper tests and treatments described by Dr. Barnes, Dr. Balch, and others, and is willing to use natural desiccated thyroid. If your doctor does not understand these methods, insisting on blood work alone and prescribing synthetic thyroid drugs, find a doctor who does. It is possible to self diagnose and self treat thyroid problems, and natural hormones are available without prescription, but hard to find in suitable quality. It is very important that proper guidelines be very carefully followed for self treatment.

Pharmaceutical companies produce synthetic levothyroxine versions of "inactive" thyroid that very often don't work. These products have T4 thyroid which depends on the liver to do the conversion to T3, which is the most active form of the hormone. In many cases the synthetic versions don't convert properly, even though blood tests look normal. Patients treated with synthetics often experience adverse symptoms and feel much better when given the natural desiccated thyroid, containing T4, T3, T2, and T1 hormones.

Most physicians have been so badly indoctrinated by the major drug companies that they haven't a clue as to the serious and potentially deadly health implications that still exist in their patients, especially those patients with less noticeable sub-clinical problems. Recently, the drug company manufacturing the synthetic thyroid known as Synthroid has been undergoing lawsuits for inconsistency and quality problems, but sadly even those legal actions don't address the real issues, and let them off the hook for more serious legal issues. Studies show that Synthroid and related synthetics can deplete the body's bone mass by as much as 13%.

The cause and cure of thyroid disorders correlate with the subjects of many articles in this publication. The ultimate solution is prevention with proper diet and nutrition, and then hormone therapy if necessary. When a thyroid problem is identified, proper therapy can sometimes restore the organ, otherwise lifetime thyroid supplementation may be necessary. This can be done naturally, safely, and quite easily, just as you would use any other nutritional supplement. Please don't delay with implementing prevention, testing yourself, and obtaining help as required.


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