28 Jul Thyroid Insufficiency – more than meets the prescription
Hypothyroidism, an under-active thyroid condition, affects 2.4 million people in Canada. Even though the root cause is not discovered, the usual course of medical prescription treatment is Synthroid, a synthetic hormone that helps to manage the symptoms of low thyroid activity. Low thyroid activity can also present as many other diseases – arthritis, lupus, heart disease, diabetes and fertility difficulties. (1) The impact of an improperly functioning thyroid can be quite substantial, and treatment may be necessary. What are your choices?
An incomplete list of side effects of taking Synthroid includes; diarrhea, fever, hair loss (particularly in children during the first month of treatment), headache, increased appetite, increased sweating, menstrual cycle changes, nervousness or irritability, sensitivity to heat, stomach cramps, tremor (shaking), trouble sleeping, upset stomach, and weight loss. (2) Of greater concern are the other issues that Synthroid may cause including diabetes, heart disease, and loss of bone density. The synthetic hormone in Synthroid causes blood sugar levels to rise, increasing the need for insulin or diabetic medication. People with heart disease may have the affect of the heart working harder than it normally does when taking Synthroid (2). Additionally, Synthroid doesn’t addresses all of the hormones produced by the thyroid.
What else can you do besides take a chemical pill for this condition? The thyroid is a very sensitive gland: all of our hormone secreting glands are! From an emotional perspective, feelings of “trust” is what impacts this gland. If we have are not able to trust ( a person, a relationship, a situation, or life itself) chances are our thyroid will malfunction. This is the body’s attempt to get us to understand our truth. The thyroid is found our throats, the speech center. What we say and how we are saying it has an impact on this gland as well. The other end of the scale is true too. What we aren’t saying directly affects our thyroid.
Try this – When you are upset and are feeling defensive, notice what your thyroid/throat feels like. Are you able to speak about the upset? If you can, what do you say? Do you say the truth, or do you feel you have to withhold those words? If yes, why? If you are able to say what you really feel without verbally defending, lashing out or being afraid, what does your throat and thyroid feel like? Are your words different than when have to say things that aren’t true? Does your throat feel different when can speak versus times where you feel you can not? Do you cough or choke when you speak the truth, or when you withhold the truth? Noticing what is happening within and during situations when speaking (or not speaking) can help to identify what may need to be attended emotionally. Finding support to attend to your emotional needs and being able to express yourself is very beneficial to balancing the thyroid’s function. The NRG Wellness Group can help to address the emotional issues involved using a process called Creative Attitudes, or utilizing TheraPhi regenerative sessions to support the thyroid, or both.
There are natural supplements that can assist in helping to support the thyroid including, a daily multivitamin, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and selenium, EPA, Omega-3, and GLA, Omega-6. Finally, a gram or two of free-form amino acids (L-Tyrosine is an amino acid) each day helps tremendously. (3)
There are also herbs that support the thyroid. Kelp, Dulse, Mullein, Alfalfa ,Cayenne and Garlic will all assist in various aspects of balancing the thyroid’s many functions. (4)
The choice is yours of how you want to attend your health. Natural choices tend to be easier on the whole body when dealing one particular concern. This is something to consider when making your choice. This article presents options and is not intended to replace medical advice.
Health and Happiness,
Terri and Mike
(1) Thyroid Foundation of Canada http://thyroid.ca/thyroid-disease/
(2) Canada.com https://bodyandhealth.canada.com/drug/getdrug/synthroid
(3) Progressive Health http://www.progressivehealth.com
(4) Feeling Good with Natural Remedies by Herbalist Terry Willard, Ph.D.