Posts Tagged ‘Hypothyroidism’

Study: Effects of combined iodine and selenium deficiency on thyroid hormone metabolism in rats

Friday, July 1st, 2011

-:: This Abstract is posted here for posterity and archival purposes only ::-

Am J Clin Nutr. 1993 Feb;57(2 Suppl):240S-243S.

Effects of combined iodine and selenium deficiency on thyroid hormone metabolism in rats.

Beckett GJ, Nicol F, Rae PW, Beech S, Guo Y, Arthur JR.

University Department of Clinical Chemistry, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK.

Abstract

This paper compares the effects of combined iodine and selenium deficiency, of single deficiencies of these trace elements, and of no deficiency on thyroid hormone metabolism in rats.

In rats deficient in both trace elements, thyroidal triiodothyronine (T3), thyroidal thyroxin (T4), thyroidal total iodine, hepatic T4, and plasma T4 were significantly lower, and plasma thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroid weight were significantly higher than in rats deficient in iodine alone.

Plasma and hepatic T3 concentrations were similar in the dietary groups. Hepatic type I iodothyronine deiodinase (ID-I) activity was inhibited by selenium deficiency irrespective of the iodine status. Type II deiodinase (ID-II) activity in the brain was significantly higher and in pituitary, significantly lower in combined deficiency than in iodine deficiency alone.

These data show that selenium can play an important role in determining the severity of the hypothyroidism associated with iodine deficiency.

PMID:
8427196
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8427196

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Intro to Hypothyroidism Symptoms and Treatment

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Video from Dr. Mercola. A great introduction to hypothyroidism.

Notes from the video clip below:

If your TSH blood test is over 1.5 (not 5.0) you likely are hypothyroid, confirm this with a free T3 and free T4 tests

Iodine deficiency is a common cause of hypothyroidism. Get enough Iodine , use SSKI to get Iodine

Avoid soy (it induces hypothyroidism) especially un-fermented soy

Use coconut oil

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If you are hypothyroid, hormones can be used, Synthroid (T4) and other synthetic hormones are not recommended. If you have not been on synthetic hormones for a long time using armour thyroid is better (gives you T1, T2, T3 and T4). Eventually you may be able to not need hormones at all. Your allopathic physician will prescribe synthetic drugs, a holistic doctor will prescribe armour thyroid instead.

Enjoy:

I take Iodoral or Lugols and eat sea weed to get iodine into my diet. I do “not” use table salt. Table salt should be avoided. Also cruciferous vegetables inhibit the thyroid and they should be steamed before being eaten to remedy this.

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Types of Alopecia and Overlap in their Causes

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Alopecia can strike anyone for any variety of reasons.  Even newborn babies can be born with this condition.  There are five most common types of hair loss, several other types of alopecia exist, the first five being the most common ones:

  • The most common form of baldness is a progressive hair thinning condition, so called Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness (MPB).
  • Female pattern baldness. The equivalent of MPB, and often is related to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), malnutrition or wheat/gluten intolerance.
  • Alopecia areata, involves the loss of some of the hair from the head, Those with alopecia areata have scattered bald spots all over the head, or one large bald spot confined to one section of the head. It is known as “spot baldness”, it can result in hair loss ranging from just one location (Alopecia areata monolocularis) to every hair on the entire body (Alopecia areata universalis). Alopecia areata, is typically associated with sudden hair loss, sometimes related to trauma, or illness, stress, abusive hair styling such as tight braids and pony tails, wigs, hairpieces or chemicals used on the hair. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder. *4
  • Alopecia totalis, involves the loss of all of the head hair, typically be characterized by the complete loss of hair on the head.  The shedding of normal hair will usually occur over a certain amount of time. The sufferers of alopecia totalis will sometime have a small amount of soft Lanugo hair left over after the normal hair has completely fallen out. *7
  • Alopecia universalis, which involves the loss of all of the hair from the head and the body, from the top of the head to the legs and feet including eye brows.  Alopecia universalis is the rarest condition of the five most common forms of alopecia. It is thought that alopecial universalis is an autoimmune condition. *5

The following are are thought of as being less common, these can be confused as female/male pattern baldness:

Traction alopecia is most commonly found in people with ponytails or cornrows who pull on their hair with excessive force.

Trichotillomania is the loss of hair caused by compulsive pulling and bending of the hairs. It tends to occur more in children than in adults. In this condition the hairs are not absent from the scalp but are broken. Where they break near the scalp they cause typical, short, “exclamation mark” hairs.

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The Barnes Basal Temperature Test

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

The Barnes Basal Thyroid Test

Transcript of clip:

Lee Swanson: It’s interesting, most people think to diagnose a certain health condition they need to go to their doctor and have a blood test or some other diagnostic work done. There is a simple home test people can use for diagnosing thyroid problems. Could you talk about the Barnes Basal Test for thyroid function?

Dr. Stephen Langer: Sure. I just want to put this in perspective because I did write about it extensively in the book. It really is not a diagnostic test; it’s a presumptive test. In other words, if you’re suffering with a number of the symptoms which we’ve discussed, particularly chronic fatigue and it can be a whole host of other symptoms and you suspect, or a person thinks that it could be their thyroid or is unsure whether or not it’s their thyroid; the simple test is just to shake a thermometer down. We used to be able to get the mercury thermometers which have been actually banned because of environmental reasons, but if a person uses a basal thermometer and puts it snugly under their arm first thing in the morning the temperature reading, the auxiliary temperature, in other words, the underarm temperature leave it there for 10 minutes it should be between 97.8 and 98.2 on the Fahrenheit scale. If it is below 97.8 and you’re symptomatic, a person should see a holistically oriented doctor to see whether or not their thyroid is involved, and more often than not, it is.

Lee Swanson: I know when I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid in 1984 my body temperature in the morning was about 96 and after being on armor thyroid for about a month my body temperature went up to about 97.9.

Dr. Stephen Langer: There’s no doubt about it because when you’re on thyroid medication it does rev up the metabolism of all your cells. That’s why Barnes was a genius.

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Dr. Barnes on Hypothyroidism and Basal Temperature Test

Monday, August 30th, 2010

In his book, Dr. Barnes states that 40% of Americans suffer from an inadequate supply of thyroid hormone, an ingredient vital to health in the human body. I’m quite sure this figure has only become worse since that publication.

Since about half of the population suffers from some degree of thyroid deficiency, it would follow that administering proper thyroid dosages could save thousands of lives each year.

Dr. Barnes noted that hypothyroidism often goes undiagnosed because blood thyroid values are usually inaccurate. He recommends a simple test, called the Basal Temperature test, which the patient can perform at home.

Dr. Barnes has found the basal temperature to be one of the most valid tests to evaluate thyroid function. The temperature test should be done upon awakening in the morning, but before leaving your bed.

HOW TO TAKE THE BASAL TEMPERATURE TEST FOR DETERMINING LOW THYROID

1) If you are male or a non-menstruating female, take a digital thermometer or an oral mercury thermometer (which has been shaken down and placed at the bedside the previous evening) and place it in your armpit for 10 minutes immediately upon awakening while lying quietly in bed. Repeat the test three days in a row. Normal temperature is 97.8 degrees to 98.2 degrees. If your temperature is low, your thyroid gland is probably underactive.

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DO NOT use an electric blanket for 24
hours prior to taking your temperature.
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2)If you are a female who menstruates, do the above test on the second and third day of your period in the same manner.

3) If you have a very young child and you are unable to take his armpit temperature, you can take the rectal temperature for two minutes. Normal would be 1 degree higher than the above, that is 98.8 degrees to 99.2 degrees.

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