How to Heal Your Thyroid Naturally!
–by Dr. Michael L. Johnson
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
The first question you might ask is, “How do you help thyroid disorder patients with natural protocols?” – By getting to the cause! You HAVE to get to the CAUSE because this is where the M.D. has failed and why you are searching for answers! You really need to get down to the nitty-gritty. So what is the cause? That is the question that you should be asking. The cause is a poor or improperly functioning immune system, inflammation and increased toxins within the body.
In the vast majority of thyroid cases that present to my office, the patient’s thyroid is being attacked by their immune system. This is why so many thyroid patients are taking medication but they STILL feel horrible. Even IF you have had your thyroid removed, you can STILL feel terrible because you just didn’t have a “thyroid problem,” you also had an immune system problem!
How do you know if you are suffering from an autoimmune thyroid or Hashimoto’s? A simple blood test will tell you. By ordering both TPO and TGB antibodies, a patient will know if their immune system is attacking their thyroid. You can also order a specific test from Cyrex Labs (Array #5) that will tell you all of the different parts of your body that are being attacked by your immune system. The problem is that the vast majority of physicians will not run these blood tests because they are clueless when it comes to treating a patient with an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s.
Basically, there is two parts to your immune system, TH1 and TH2, and they have to balance. I say “basically” because there is a bit more to it but I will not bore you with medical mumbo-jumbo and put you to sleep. You can easily research it on the internet. I call them the “health-breakers” that must be addressed and I will cover all of the health breakers: inflammation; autoimmune disorders; glucose problems, blood glucose; anemia that contribute to this imbalance in depth later in the book. The bottom line is that you want to balance your immune system. The vast majority of thyroid patients have an unbalanced immune system and as a result they are full of inflammation, free radicals and excitotoxins. Their immune system is not functioning, it is not working and that is why they continue to suffer day in and day out.
How Your Thyroid Works…
Your thyroid “runs” your body’s metabolism. It is the “gas pedal” of your body. As a result, every cell in your body has a receptor site for thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for the most basic aspects of bodily functions which impacts all of the major systems of the body. Thyroid hormone directly acts on your brain, your G.I. tract, your cardiovascular system, bone metabolism, red blood cell metabolism, gall bladder and liver function, steroid hormone production, glucose metabolism, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, protein metabolism and body temperature regulation. I once heard someone say that you can think of the thyroid as the central gear in a sophisticated engine. If that gear breaks, the entire engine goes down with it! That is how important it is to your health that your thyroid is functioning at 100%!
The hypothalamus of the brain releases TRH (thyroid releasing hormone) which causes the pituitary to release TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) which causes the thyroid to use iodine, magnesium, zinc, and TPO (thyroid peroxidase) to make 7% T3 and 93% T4. Thyroid binding globulin (TGB) tranports T4 to the liver, stomach and peripheral tissues where the liver converts 65% of T4 to T3, 20% of T4 is converted to T3S and T3AC (inactive form) which is then converted to T3 in the gastrointestinal tract. The other 15% of T4 goes to reverse T3 (inactive).
Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders:
Perhaps this is the first time that you have read anything on thyroid disorders and you are not even sure if you have a thyroid problem or you continue to struggle with chronic thyroid symptoms day in and day out even when you are taking medications? Let’s take a quick look at the symptoms….
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
#1: Fatigue, tired, or sluggish?
#2: Cold feet and/or hands?
#3: Do you require excessive amounts of sleep to function?
#4: Do you gain weight easily?
#5: Do you have difficult or infrequent bowel movements?
#6: Are you depressed? Do you suffer from depression?
#7: Lack of motivation?
#8: Do you suffer from morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses?
#9: Do you suffer from thinning hair or excessive hair falling out?
#10: Do you suffer from dryness of the skin and/or scalp?
#11: Do you suffer from mental sluggishness?
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
#1: Do you suffer from heart palpitations?
#2: Do you suffer from inward trembling?
#3: Do you have an increased pulse even at rest?
#4: Are you nervous and emotional?
#5: Do you suffer from insomnia?
#6: Do you suffer from night sweats?
#7: Do you have difficulty gaining weight?
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which the patient’s immune system attacks the thyroid. Patient’s that suffer from Hashimoto’s experience some or all of the above symptoms.
So how do I help patients heal their thyroid naturally?
By helping them decrease inflammation, eliminate free radicals and excitotoxins and improve their immune system! In my thyroid book and on my free thyroid YouTube video, I provide all the information, links, tools, and guidance in beating thyroid disorders utilizing natural protocols.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983. He is the author of seven books which can be found at www.askdrjohnson.com. Dr. Johnson’s latest book, “You Can Beat Thyroid Disorders Naturally” is available at www.drjthyroidbook.com and his YouTube channel with over 90,000 views on his thyroid video alone is “Dr. Michael Johnson.” Dr. Johnson’s Facebook page is “Dr. Michael L. Johnson’s Natural Thyroid Solutions.”
© 2014 Dr. Michael L. Johnson