A few months ago, Dr. Erika Schwartz received a patient who was seeking advice on his serious medical problem. The man was suffering from excess weight, low testosterone and thyroid problems, and he had sleeping disorders due to the advanced stage of eczema which caused unbearable itching. Dr. Schwartz examined all the drugs he was on, and suggested a change in therapy which needed approval from his cardiologist.
Dr. Schwartz tried to contact the cardiologist for 3 weeks without success when she finally managed to get him on the phone. “I called his cardiologist for 3 weeks, and when I finally reached him, he said: I can’t talk to you, you don’t know science”. But, when he heard that we have the same medical degree, he hung up on me”.
After having the unpleasant conversation, Dr. Schwartz explained the situation to her patient and recommended a new plan which would boost his thyroid levels, which included avoiding his cholesterol drugs. The man was reluctant to agree at first, but agreed once Dr. Schwartz explained that by balancing his hormones, his cholesterol levels will be balanced naturally.
The two main thyroid hormones are triiodothyronine and thyroxine, also known as T3 and T4. T4 is turned into active T3 in the body cells and it reaches the organs in the body through the bloodstream. The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating your metabolism and providing energy, but it affects the whole body and ensures that all organs are functioning properly. Hypothyroidism is the most common problem related to the thyroid, and it occurs when the gland is underactive (doesn’t produce enough hormones). This is caused by a variety of internal and external factors.
The most common symptoms of the condition are brittle nails, dry skin, hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, irregular body temperature, poor reflexes, depression, brain fog, etc. However, most of these symptoms can indicate other diseases as well, which is why people are often misdiagnosed. Mary Shomon is a medical expert in this field and she says that most people with high cholesterol or depression are prescribed cholesterol meds and antidepressants with no doctor bothering to check the patients’ thyroid. She also notes that there is a big flaw in the hypothyroidism test – this test measures the level of the pituitary hormone (TS), but it doesn’t measure the amount of T3 and T4 in the blood. This is wrong as many patients have the aforementioned symptoms and still have normal TSH results, so they are prescribed medications that don’t treat the actual problem. As Dr. Schwartz explains, no one looks the body as a whole, and doctors always treat patients by individual symptoms.
This is the reason why the T3 and T4 hormones need to be examined separately. Tests should be done to see if T4 is being turned into T3 and that the T3 enters cells properly in order to regulate the organ function. The treatment Dr. Schwartz recommend includes a diet change as well as regular exercise and hormone supplements. She sees and treats the body as a whole. She says that giving people T3 hormone is the best way of resolving their problems. Once they start to feel better, they can continue with their diet and their lives. Dr. Shomon agrees with her view, and says that our metabolism relies on the thyroid’s ability to function properly. Not getting enough oxygen or energy to the cells for vital organ processes slows down the body and causes further problems.
As we mentioned earlier, both internal and external factors or a combination of both can be responsible for thyroid disorders. Dr. Greg Emerson, the founder of the Emerson Health & Wellness Center in Queensland, Australia, says that breathing in toxic chemicals from the environment and our hectic lifestyle and unhealthy diet are responsible for most diseases and conditions. Of all the toxins in the air, he cites mycotoxins, which stem from some fungi, as the worst. According to numerous studies toxins caused by mold toxicity are very dangerous for the thyroid. Our food contains processed sugar which makes the mold grow, and we eat only a small amount of food which is actually good for our body. Dr. Emerson says that he hasn’t seen a patient suffering from Graves’ disease (overactive thyroid) who hasn’t had a problem with mold or mycotoxins.
An underactive thyroid disorder, or hyperthyroidism is a condition which occurs when there’s excess production of thyroid hormones. This condition can cause sudden weight loss and irregular heartbeat, but the good news is that hyperthyroidism can be reversed by a few lifestyle changes. Eating plenty of fruit and veggies as well as exercising regularly can help a lot. Dr. Greg Emerson says that you should ask yourself the following questions: Am I eating the right food? Am I drinking the right amount of water? Am I getting enough sun? Am I getting enough sleep? Am I getting enough exercise? Am I getting medicines in my food?
Dr. Schwartz says that in order to catch the condition early, you need to pay attention to the signs your body sends. If you learn how to recognize them, you will be able to find the actual cause and an appropriate natural solution. Dr. Joseph Mercola agrees with Dr. Schwartz’s view, and also believes that you need to work on different aspects in your life to have perfect health. He says that you alone are responsible for the state of your health. Take care of your body yourself as no one else will!