An elderly man with serious health issues consulted Erika Schwartz, MD for a medical advice for his medical condition. After Dr. Schwartz examined the medications and treatments this patient was subjected to, she decided to consult his cardiologist whether he would agree to completely change the therapy of his patient.
This patient was overweight and he suffered from low testosterone and thyroid levels, but also he had sleeping disorders which appeared as a result of the unbearable itching, caused by an advanced stage of eczema.
Dr. Schwartz has been trying to reach his cardiologist in a period of three weeks, and eventually, she succeeded. On the phone, she explained her opinion and suggested to eliminate the medications which contributed to the eczema of the patient, and she states: “The guy said to me, ‘I can’t talk to you. You don’t know science”. Dr. Schwartz said that she pointed that they have the same medical degree and she adds: “he hung up on me!”
After the discussion with his cardiologist, Dr. Schwartz explained all she had to her patient. After the talk, the patient decided to change his cardiologist and try the plan Dr. Schwartz suggested. The treatments suggested by Dr. Schwartz consisted of boosting the level of the thyroid hormones and eliminating the medication for lowering the high cholesterol levels (LDL cholesterol).
At the beginning, the patient thought that this treatment would cause a heart attack, but as Dr. Schwartz explained that the correction of his hormones naturally will maintain the cholesterol levels low.
At this point it is important to explain that the thyroid gland is an endocrine, butterfly-shaped gland which is located in lower front of the neck. The thyroid secretes two thyroid hormones: triiodothyronine and thyroxine, also known as T3 and T4. Namely, the T4 is turned into the active T3 in cells, and through the bloodstream this hormone reaches the body organs.
The main function of the thyroid is to regulate the metabolism and provide energy, but this gland also has an important influence on the entire organism as it helps the organs to function properly.
Statistical data shows that hypothyroidism is the most common health issue linked to the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism is a condition of abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland. Namely, the gland does not produce sufficient hormones which are necessary for regulation of the body functions.
Hypothyroidism can occur as a result of numerous internal and external factors, including Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid is attacked by the immune system itself.
Hypothyroidism is a condition manifested by numerous symptoms and majority patients have issues with weight gain, dry skin, brittle nails, fatigue, depression, hair loss, body temperature irregularities, feeling cold, mood swings, poor reflexes, brain fog, etc. Taking under consideration the fact that these symptoms can indicate other diseases, some doctors prescribe medicines that are not adequate. Namely, some doctors make a huge mistake and do not even consider the thyroid imbalance as a potential cause of the above-mentioned symptoms.
The thyroid expert and author of numerous books on the theme, Mary Shomon states: “People are going in with high cholesterol or depression and are getting handed cholesterol meds and antidepressants. And no one’s ever checking to see if the thyroid is at the root of the problem”.
Shomon adds that there is a critical flaw in the conventional test which is supposed to diagnose hypothyroidism. Namely, the thyroid stimulating hormone test or TSH test measures the level of a pituitary hormone, TS, in the blood and doesn’t show the amount of T3 or T4 in the blood. She explains that the pituitary hormone directs the thyroid gland to produce and release thyroid hormones.
In practice, this is a flaw as many patients experience symptoms that indicate hypothyroidism, but still have a normal TSH result. So, the laboratory tests indicate that the patient doesn’t have an imbalance in the thyroid hormones and consequently the doctors prescribe medicines that do not treat the root problem and even suffer from their side- effects.
“At the end of the day, we suffer because we’re treating individual symptoms, and we don’t look at the body—at the person—as a whole.[The TSH test] is actually doing a disservice to anybody who wants to take care of themselves, or someone who actually wants to take care of the patient.” claims Dr. Schwartz.
In order to get better results, the levels of T3 and T4 should be individually examined. In order to regulate the function of the body organs it is crucial to check if the T4 is being turned into active T3 and that the T3 enters cells in order to regulate the function of the body organs.
Dr. Schwartz suggests holistic treatment which includes alteration of everything, including the diet, hormones, exercise and supplements. The approach of Dr. Schwartz regards the patient organism as a whole and does not examine only the symptoms. Consequently this approach on the health issue has given great results.
Dr. Schwartz says: “What I also found out was that giving those people thyroid to begin with—giving them T3, let’s say, to begin with, which is the active thyroid hormone—was actually the quickest way to get people to feel better. And once they felt better, then you could tweak their diet, exercise, lifestyle.”
Shomon also believes that the way thyroid hormones influence the entire organism is crucial for successful treatment.
“Our metabolism relies, in large part, on our thyroid’s ability to function properly. If we’re not getting enough oxygen or energy to the cells for digestion, for pancreatic function, for brain function, for all of the other hormone production processes and the glands that are producing those, then everything is going to be slowing down and not working properly,” she explains. “It’s the gas pedal, essentially, for everything.”
As it is mentioned above, both internal and external factors have influence on the thyroid disorders, as at many patient, the imbalance occurred as a result of a combination of certain aspects including immunity, hormones, diet as well as the environment.
Founder of the Emerson Health & Wellness Center in Queensland, Australia, Emerson, MD, says: “We’re living in such a toxic world—and our lifestyles have changed so much. And that’s a critical thing for us to realize when we look at our diets and we look at our daily habits. We have to put in place some strategies to compensate for the fact that we’ve moved so far from our natural evolutionary ancestral history”.
On his list of toxins, mold and mycotoxins are leading causes, and are a result of some fungi types.
“There’s a huge amount of scientific evidence that the poisons that the mold produce are terrible for the thyroid gland. And the other problem is that we’re consuming foods which are also high in mycotoxins.
Or we’re consuming foods that are high in sugar, which makes the mold grow in the body. And we’re also not consuming foods which are protective against those mycotoxins. I don’t think I’ve seen a patient with Graves’ disease—which is an overactive thyroid—who has not had a problem with mold, and then mycotoxins.”
Hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid is the opposite case in which the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormones. The over-activity of the thyroid gland causes a rapid heartbeat and an increased rate of metabolism which results in sudden weight loss.
Medical experts explain that the imbalance of the hormones can be restored to normal by making changes in the lifestyle, including healthy nutrition, exercising on a regular basis, foster healthy relationships and reducing the stress.
According to Dr. Emerson, patients who suffer from thyroid disorder should ask themselves: “Am I eating the right food? Am I drinking the right water? Am I getting enough sun? Am I getting enough sleep? Am I getting enough exercise? Am I getting medicines in my food?”
“Listen to what your body’s saying. If you can’t sleep at night, why don’t you sleep at night? Did you drink too much and it woke you up in the middle of the night? Are you eating too late? Are you eating the wrong foods? Are you exercising too late? Do you have all this electronic equipment sitting right next to you? Do you sleep with the TV on?” adds Dr. Schwartz.
Therefore if you lead healthy lifestyle and make the lifestyle changes explained above you can specify the root cause of the health issue and thus find a natural treatment that will regulate the hormone imbalance.
Dr. Schwartz explains: “There are a million reasons why you may not be sleeping at night. And you need to look at them and take responsibility for improving.”
Joseph Mercola, DO, is one of the best and most popular American alternative medicine doctors. Dr. Mercola believes that in order to maintain your health at optimal level, you need to work on many aspects, and he agrees with the basic logic of Dr. Schwartz.
Namely, Dr. Mercola believes that by researching and finding quality resources you can control your health, but you also should consult experienced individuals, doctors and experts. He believes that “It’s probably the mindset that you are responsible for your health”.
By taking the proper nutrients, you can restart your thyroid and on that way you can keep your weight off, significantly slow down the aging process, boost the energy levels and improve your overall health.
Below we are going to present you few very important tips for how to restart your thyroid:
To restart your thyroid it is crucial to combine iodized salt and selenium rich foods such as:
- Fish (wild salmon, halibut, sardines, flounder)
- Veggies (Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado, Broccoli, Bean Sprouts, Beet Greens, Brussels Sprouts, Collard Greens, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Cucumber)
- Fruits (all types of berries and lemons)
- Shellfish (oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops)
- Meat (Beef, liver, lamb, pork)
- Mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake)
- Eggs (max 3 per a day)
- Whole grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats)
- Sunflower seeds
- Brazil nuts
- Poultry (chicken, turkey)
Make sure DO NOT EAT these foods:
- Dairy (avoid dairy for at least 20 days)
- Sugar and Sweeteners
- All Grains
- Beans and Legumes
Also make sure to avoid:
- low fat diets
- calorie restricted diets
- very low carbohydrate diets (you need to be very cautious with these types of diets)
- avoid eating more than 6-8 servings of Goitrogenic foods per a week. If you decide to eat these foods you should eat them steamed instead of eaten raw.
In addition to that, you need to start performing low intensity exercise for at least 1 hour on a daily basis:
After a month it is highly advisable to start doing high intensity exercise from 1 to 3 times per a week:
Weight Lifting Exercises