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Thyroid Balance -Roger Mason
Thyroid problems in Americans, especially over the age of 40, are all too common now. This is very under-diagnosed, and affects about 1 in 10 adults. Countless people simply go undiagnosed. Or their doctors will tell them they are, "in range", even when they are clearly low. The older you get, the more chance of having a problem. Women are more affected, especially during pregnancy, menopause, peri-menopuase, and who have PMS. Very few people ever get their thyroid hormone levels tested; almost no one knows their thyroid levels. Doctors are clueless here, and that includes endocrinologists. Most all of these problems have to do with underactive thyroid, or hy-pothyroidism, and usually with T4 rather than T3. Anyone over the age of 40 should have their thyroid checked. Thyroid imbalance is correlated with many cancers, obesity, Alzeimer's, diabetes, and other common medical conditions.
If you see a doctor, you'll pay some extortionate fee and leave there with your TSH, T3 uptake, and other almost useless information. We have home blood spot tests for free T3 and free T4 for only $85. Forget your T3 uptake and TSH. States such as CA, NJ and MD have outlawed this, due to the medical influence. Just use the address of a friend in another state. Also, your undereducated doctor will probably tell you that any results "in range" are fine. This is not true. If you are, say, a 1.7 on a 1.5 to 2.5 scale (average of 2.0) for T3, you are low range (“subclinical hypothyroid"). You would need to raise that level with bioidentical triiodothyronine. If you are, say, a 10 on a 7-25 scale (average of 16) for T4 you are low range (“subclinical hypothyroid”). You need to raise that level with bioidentical L-thyroxine. Do not use Armour® pig thyroid, as it contains both in a 4 to 1 ratio. Doctors who prescribe this are quacks. Only about 5% of people can use pig thyroid; the other 95% can’t. It is too expensive anyway. All hormones today are synthesized, but completely bioidentical. There is no difference. Please remember that. There are never any side effects to using T3 and T4 in the proper doses when needed. Overdosing on iodine will just make you worse, and none of the OTC thyroid remedies you see have any value at all. People who recommend iodine overdoses to cure thyroid problems are morons.
Underactive thyroid is the problem 95% of the time. The symptoms are tiredness, weight gain, overeating, fatigue, hypertension, too much sleep, puffy eyes, feeling cold, cold hands, hair loss, intolerance of cold, brittle hair, brittle nails, unusual thirst, depression, itching, muscle pain, joint pain, dry skin, pale skin, feeling tired, and constipation. Depression is very common here. Overactive thyroid only accounts for about 1 in 20 thyroid problems.70% of these people have Grave’s Disease. This is much harder to treat, and one should never resort to allopathic medical procedures to poison (methimazone), destroy (radioactive iodine), or remove their thyroid gland to slow down hormone production. The symptoms here are nervousness, restlessness, hair loss, sweating, warm hands, feeling hot, heat intolerance, weight loss, shakiness, unusual thirst, brittle nails, un-usual thirst, itching, mood swings, insomnia, rapid heart beat, vision problems, bone loss, anxiety, irritability, loose stools, and fatigue. The symptoms may be mild and first and there-fore neglected. They become more severe with time.
The cure is an American macrobiotic diet, healthy lifestyle, proven supplements, and balancing your other (7 for men, 10 for women) hormones to help normalize your levels. All your hormones work together in concert, in harmony as a team. Balance all of the basic ones as much as possible. Read the article Balance Your Hormones in our library. Synthroid, (T4 or L-thy-roxine), and Cytomel, (T3 or triiodothyronine), are completely bioidentical. Buy the generics, instead of the expensive name brands. You can get these without a prescription from the Mexican online pharmacies legally and very inexpensively. (Read the article You Don’t Need an Rx). Do a Google search for generic thyroid hormones on online pharmacies. Use Western Union online and not in person. Note well- not in person. The cheapest T4 is Sinthrocid®)and Levotiron® Cynomel® (T3) is no longer sold. You can buy Tiromel® online cheaply if you Google it. Compare prices. U.S. Customs will freely allow them in.
If you have a low, out of range, free T3 level, you can consider a basic dose of 25 mcg of triiodothyronine as a starting point. If you find you have a low, out of range, free T4 level, you can consider a basic dose of 100 mcg of L-thyroxine as a starting point. Our blood always a 4 to 1 ratio of T4 to T3 in mammals. For subclinical levels start with half these amounts. Everyone is different, and only blood monitoring over time will tell you which dose you personally need. Be careful here, take your time, and do it right. You need midrange levels, and not below midrange. You must have midrange levels. This must be stressed.
Think “holistic” whole body health, and not simply “thyroid”. Read Macrobiotics for Everyone,, eat a whole grain based diet, take the 20 proven supplements, exercise, fast weekly, avoid Rx drugs, drop any bad habits, and balance your other basic hormones. All our hormones work together as a team, and your thyroid will work infinitely better if your other basic hormones are all in normal ranges. Be sure to read the Balance Your Hormones article. This includes testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, melatonin, progesterone, T3, and T4, (and estradiol, estrone, and estriol in women). Get an inexpensive GTT (glucose tolerance test) to test your insulin resistance. You can test insulin per se as well. Use an online pharmacy such as walkinlab.com.. GH is about $1,800 a year, plus office visits, and must be injected. You will get far more dramatic benefits from $5 a month thyroid hormones than $250 a month GH, by the way.
Spending $85 for an online real blood spot test for your free T3 and T4 will be one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Remember you have to be midrange and not merely in range.
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