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WHAT IS THE THYROID?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located in the lower front part of the neck, just above the sternum. It controls the rate of metabolism, or the rate of functioning, of all the body's cells. When the thyroid gland is not functioning optimally, every system in the body is affected. Without thyroid hormones, the body would ultimately die.

WHAT IS THE THYROID GLAND'S FUNCTION?

Generation body heat
Regulation of metabolic rate
Building muscle
Healing of injuries
Regulation of bone health
Regulation of protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism
Mood regulation (by assisting in regulation of the amount and activity of serotonin, norepinephrine and GABA in the brain, i.e.neurotransmitters)
ATP or Energy production (All tissues of the body (brain, heart, bones, muscles, etc) have thyroid receptor sites, so any change in the production of the thyroid hormone will have an effect on all of the body including our cellular ATP production)


WHAT IS HYPOTHYROIDISM?

Under-functioning of the thyroid gland means it is not making enough thyroid hormone to support the body's needs and is termed hypothyroidism. It results in any or all of the following symptoms:

HYPOTHYROID SYMPTOMS

Fatigue and sluggishness
Increased sensitivity to cold
Constipation
Dry skin and hair
Depression and/or anxiety
Weight gain
Morning headaches that get better throughout the day
Foggy brain
Difficulty concentrating
Poor circulation
Muscle cramps with no exertion
Decreased appetite
Gallbladder disease such as gallstones
Chronic digestive problems
High cholesterol


WHAT IS HYPERTHYROIDISM?

This is an over-activity of the thyroid gland that needs to be monitored and kept under control. An over-active thyroid is more dangerous than an under-active one. Excessive thyroid hormone release can cause destruction of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism can result in any or all of the symptoms below:

HYPERTHROID SYMPTOMS

Heart palpitations
Anxiety and nervousness
Insomnia
Night sweats
Weight loss with difficulty gaining weight
Increased energy
Hair loss
Missed or light menstrual cycles
Shortness of breath


WHAT IS HASHIMOTO'S?

If you have many of the symptoms from both lists ask to have a test run for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. And please note that approximately 50-80% of people with symptoms of hypothyroidism do have Hashimoto's.

Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease. The symptoms of this disease are unique in that both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid symptoms may be present at different times during the progression of the disease. It generally starts out with symptoms of low thyroid or hypothyroid and typically progresses slowly over a number of many years. It is an autoimmune attack against the thyroid gland which causes the thyroid to secrete excessive thyroid hormones. But it is the bouts of hyper-functioning, when the thyroid releases excessive thyroid hormones, which cause chronic destruction of the thyroid gland. This destruction then leads to hypo-functioning of the thyroid gland. People with Hashimoto's should have their thyroid monitored closely. These episodes of hyper-functioning have the possibility of becoming a thyroid storm which can be dangerous and requires immediate medical attention
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"Every cell in the body has receptor sites for thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are responsible for the most basal metabolic rate. Lack of ideal thyroid hormone leads to global decline in cellular function of all bodily systems".

Datis Kharrrizian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci

"Thyroid physiology is very sensitive to imbalances in physiological systems. The thyroid gland is the most common site for autoimmune attack and often times the first sign of the development of an autoimmune disease".

Datis Kharrrizian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci

 

     
 

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