VRM: Health Matters Part 1

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22nd December 2010 – By Joel Lord

Anyone with Hyper/Hypothyroidism needs to redouble their efforts to rapidly cleanse the system. The Thyroid Gland is key to overall health. Produces T3 & T4 hormones (Iodine Atoms). Iodine helps regulate metabolism in the body. Thyroid synthesizes vital T3 (rare) from T4 (plentiful). Body needs 150 mg per day – 80% comes from T4 conversion to T3 in the Liver. The Pituitary gland also plays a role in Thyroid function by moderating the production of both T3 and T4 (Iodine Atoms).

The Hypothalamous in turn regulates Pituitary function. The Thyroid is weakened & neutralized by processed food & white sugars, All sorts of problems can occur. Diabetes 2 is common amongst the youngest & most vulnerable. T3 & T4 regulate body temperature & metabolic rate of every cell in the body (biochemical reactivity).

Main causes of Hyper/Hypothyroid conditions in body:

1) Chemicals in environment (PCB, DDT, Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides, Lubricants, adhesives)

2) Chlorine & Fluorine in tap water (Iodine mimics) – leads to Hypothyroid

3) Polyunsaturated Food Oil (eg. Corn, Soy – Oxidized oils) – impair T4 to T3 conversion

4) Sugar & refined Grains – Carbs convert to Glycogen & Triglycerides, suppress hormone levels

5) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – Trans fats inhibit conversion of T4 to T3, decrease Metabolism

6) Mercury (eg. fish, amalgam fillings) – displaces selenium which is vital for T4 production, T4 to T3

7) Non Organic Green & Black Tea – contains high levels of Fluoride

Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) An overactive thyroid releases too much T4 and T3 into the bloodstream, causing the metabolism to speed up too much. The most common cause is Graves’ disease. This is an autoimmune condition in which antibodies behave like TSH and stimulate the thyroid uncontrollably. Complications of untreated hyperthyroidism include liver damage, cancer and heart failure, which can lead to death. Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include:

  • Rapid pulse
  • Tremor (shaking) of the hands
  • Sweating and sensitivity to heat
  • Weight loss (despite an increased appetite)
  • Nervousness, agitation and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Bulging eyes
  • Goitre

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.