Illnesses


Hypothyroidism

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Hypothyroidism
from MayoClinic.com
Detailed

Thyroid Deficiency
from Life Extension Foundation
Detailed.   Recommended.

Hypothyroidism
by Michael B. Schachter, M.D.
"One of the most under diagnosed and important conditions in the United States has been called the "unsuspected illness" and accounts for a great number of complaints in children, adolescents, and adults. This condition is an underactive thyroid system."

The Role of the Thyroid in the Hormonal System:
An Interview with Sherrill Sellman

"The thyroid is a major player when it comes to hormonal health since it stimulates and synchronizes all metabolic cellular functions. All tissues in the body are stimulated by the thyroid.

The thyroid hormone is required to convert cholesterol into the vital anti-aging steroid hormones, pregnenolone, progesterone, and DHEA. Pregnenolone converts to progesterone and DHEA in the body. Progesterone and DHEA are precursors for more specialized hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol."

Thyroid Deficiency: Preventing a Metabolic Meltdown
by Raphael Kellman, M.D.
"Fatigue, weight gain, insulin resistance, depression, and dementia are all associated with the degenerative aspects of aging.  Yet many of these symptoms may actually be caused by hypothyroidism, which is often overlooked and misdiagnosed."

Thyroid Testing

 

Could You Have a Thyroid Problem?
The Dangers of "Explaining Away Your Symptoms"

by Mary Shomon
"Some thyroid experts are suggesting that everyone should have thyroid testing at 35 years of age, and every several years thereafter. And researchers recently found that thyroid disease is far more prevalent than previously thought."

How To Know If Your Thyroid Is Working Properly With Blood Tests
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
"Thyroid function tests have always presented doctors with difficulties in their interpretation. Laboratory testing is often misleading due to the complexity and inherent shortcomings of the tests themselves. Many doctors not having an adequate understanding of what the test results mean, will often make incorrect assumptions based on them or interpret them too strictly. A narrow interpretation of thyroid function testing leads to many people not being treated for subclinical hypothyroidism."

Temperature Regulation For Thyroid Testing
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
"There is considerable evidence, however, that blood tests fail to detect many cases of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). It appears that many individuals have "tissue resistance" to thyroid hormone. Therefore, their body may need more thyroid hormone, even though the amount in their blood is normal (or even on the high side of normal). A low axillary temperature suggests (but does not prove) hypothyroidism. Optimal temperature regulation is an essential aspect of holistic therapy for these disorders."

Rethinking the TSH Test: An Interview with David Derry, M.D., Ph.D.
"The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is used almost exclusively by most conventional physicians as the means of diagnosing thyroid disease, irrespective of symptoms. Dr. Derry believes the TSH test needs to be abandoned."

Major Reversal at American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Regarding TSH Levels and Diagnosing Hypothyroidism
from About.com
In what constitutes a fairly dramatic reversal of its previous doctrine regarding how hypothyroidism should be diagnosed, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has said in its January 2001 Thyroid Awareness Month materials that a "TSH level between 3.0 and 5.0 uU/ml ...should be considered suspect."

Can Basal Body Temperature Diagnose a Thyroid Condition?
from Thyroid-Info.com
"For people who are wondering if their health problems are due totally or in part to an underactive thyroid, basal temperature testing is not the only diagnostic maneuver that I use, but it is one additional piece of data along with symptoms, family history, related conditions, and signs of abnormality upon physical examination. For those who have already been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, the basal temperature test is an additional piece of observational measurement that helps determine whether a person is on the right medicine and / or the right dose, along with considering the response to medication, physical signs (especially ankle reflexes and skin temperature), and blood test results."

What if Your Doctor Won't Test Your Thyroid, Despite Symptoms and Family History?
from Thyroid-Info.com

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Hypothyroidism: Causative Factors by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Hypothyroidism.

The Adrenal/Thyroid Connection
from Thyroid-Info.com
"If you have been prescribed the proper amounts of thyroid hormone -- perhaps with additional substances to balance your reproductive system -- and all is working well, you do not need attention to your adrenal glands. If, on the other hand, you are not doing as well as you'd like, and especially if your symptoms have been somewhat atypical all along, then other factors need to be considered. One of the most important additional factors to take into account is your adrenal hormone level."

Pesticides Targeting West Nile-Carrying Mosquitos May be a Thyroid Danger
from About.com

New Findings on the Soy/Thyroid Connection
from Thyroid-Info.com
"According to Doerge, soy is known to produce estrogenic isoflavones. Genistein, which is the major soy isoflavone, also has a an estrogenic effect in women. Research has already shown that soy consumption is linked to increased risk of goiter. When iodine is deficient, the antithyroid effects of soy are intensified. Soys ability to affect the thyroid, therefore, depends on the relationship between iodine status and thyroid function. In animal studies, rats given a genistein-fortified diet showed an increase in thyroid antibodies, while other measures of thyroid function apparently remained normal."

Low Thyroid Function without Symptoms as a Risk Indicator for Heart Disease in Older Women
from Annals of Internal Medicine
"In older women, low thyroid function even in the absence of symptoms (subclinical hypothyroidism) appears to increase the risk for heart and blood vessel disease."

Heart Sense for Thyroid Patients
An Interview with Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra
from About.com
"If a woman has a thyroid problem, she needs to know that her risk is increased not necessarily because of the thyroid disease or the drugs she's taking specifically, but because of the other risk factors -- weight gain, lipid abnormalities, etc. -- that result from the thyroid disease. A woman with thyroid disease needs to take more responsibility for her heart."

Depression and Thyroid Disease
from About.com
"Most patients with hypothyroidism have some degree of associated depression, ranging from mild to severe."

An Interview with Alan Cohen, M.D. on Depression and Thyroid Disease
by Mary Shomon

PATIENTS' STORIES

Kristin's Story

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Six Questions You Ought To Ask Your Doctor and How to Interpret the Answers
from About.com

The Thyroid Connection
by Elora Gabriel
"Why is it so difficult for the hypothyroid patient to get help?  The major problem seems to lie with the fact that doctors rely almost universally upon the TSH test to diagnose thyroid conditions.  However, an increasing number of doctors and practitioners are now questioning the validity of the TSH."

Alternative Medicine Approaches for Hypothyroidism
Armour Thyroid, Vitamins and Minerals for Thyroid Problems, Type A Personalities, and More: An Interview with Holistic Doctor Carol Roberts, M.D.

Alternative Medicine/Natural Hormone Approaches for Hypothyroidism
Interview with Holistic Doctor David Brownstein, Author of the Miracle of Natural Hormones

Thyroid Health
by David Williams, D.C.
Iodine Deficiency, Selenium Deficiency, Estrogen-like Compound Pollution.

Alt.Support.Thyroid Newsgroup Website

The TSH Story
An introduction to thyroid stimulating hormone and why the use of the TSH test is controversial.

The T3 Story
An explanation of the thyroid hormone T3 (triiodothyronine) and why supplementation of T3 along with T4 (thyroxine) is extremely beneficial to many people with hypothyroidism.

The Desiccated Thyroid Story
What desiccated thyroid is, where and how to get it, what the alternatives are, treatment, and typical results.

Armour Versus Synthroid

How To Monitor Your Treatment With Natural Hormone Therapy
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
"When a patient attempts to ask their physician for the natural hormone they are usually ridiculed and made to feel stupid that they would request an inferior hormone product.

The common argument the physicians give is that the synthetic provides steady hormone levels.  What the doctors tend to overlook is that the vast majority of people can not convert the T4 to the active form of thyroid which is T3.  This is easy to confirm by measuring the free hormone levels, but virtually none of the doctors use these tests."

Armour Thyroid and Thyrolar
from About.com
"Generally, most people do fine on levothyroxine sodium T4-only drugs.  But some people do not.  These people may be candidates for Armour or Thyrolar."

Why Do You Insist on Synthroid Instead of Armour? -- A Patient's Letter
from About.com
"I would like to know, why, when I changed to Armour Natural Thyroid, you didn't consider the definite improvement in my health important?  I would like to know why you felt I was unqualified to say how my own body felt?  Why would you insist upon prescribing a drug that I have tried and does not work well with my body?"

Research Finds Most Patients Feel Better with Addition of T3, Not Levothyroxine (i.e., Synthroid) Alone!
from About.com
"Its absolutely unconscionable that patients have been ignored, denigrated, overlooked, and undertreated for as long as they have been by the conventional medical establishment, thyroid organizations and medical groups.   And those same doctors for so long condemned to the "fringes" are now proven right by one of the very bastions of conventional medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine."

OTHER RESOURCES

Alt.Support.Thyroid Newsgroup Website
Fast facts about thyroid conditions, information on specific topics (TSH, T3, desiccated thyroid, etc.)

Thyroid Disease
from About.com

Thyroid Foundation of America

Thyroid Top Doc Directory
from About.com
Patients' recommendations. By country and in the U.S., by state.

Thyroid Info
from Mary Shomon
Highly Recommended

Wilson's Thyroid Syndrome

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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Ridha Arem, M.D., The Thyroid Solution: A Mind-Body Program for Beating Depression and Regaining Your Emotional and Physical Health

Mary J. Shomon, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know

Richard Shames, M.D., Thyroid Power: Ten Steps to Total Health Elizabeth Lee Vliet M.D., Screaming to Be Heard : Hormone Connections Women Suspect and Doctors Ignore

James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st-Century Stress Syndrome

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