Thyroid problem symptoms seem to be everywhere. Hyperthyroid (Hashimoto’s, Graves), hypothyroid, benign thyroid nodules, cancerous thyroid nodules. No discrimination between them–they all seem to be happening to everyone.
The way I see it, there are 2 possibilities.
1) The Creator screwed up on the thyroid. Given how amazing everything else works in our bodies and can last for 100 years or more (if we take care of it), it seems a little odd that the thyroid just “goes out” in your twenties or thirties. Or, if you believe in the infallible nature of our Creator, maybe he subcontracted the work out and that’s where the problem arose. Either way, it’s a design flaw.
2) The thyroid was designed with the brilliance of the rest of our body, but it is overly sensitive to abuse (think of the yellow canaries in the coal mining days) from stress, lifestyle and environment chemicals.
Personally, I’m going with #2.
So what do we know of that screws up our thyroid gland?
- Gluten sensitivity
- Flame retardants
- Nutritional deficiencies like selenium and iodine
And this is just the short list. In all of them, there is something wrong. Our body throws up the thyroid flag as a warning to look for the problem and fix it. But we burn the warning flag and treat the thyroid with medication, destruction or surgery.
We now have two more items to add to the list of thyroid toxic life events.
Big shocker–they’re linked to every other chronic disease, why not the thyroid??
This particular study looked at a group of patients who had prediabetes, diabetes and thyroid problems and compared them to normal controls. Here’s what they found:
- TSH levels were higher in the diabetic group.
- The volume of the thyroid was higher in the diabetic (75% higher) and prediabetic groups (62.5% higher).
- The percentage of thyroid nodules was 38% higher in the diabetic group and 27.6% higher in prediabetics (Tweet this).
These are some pretty astounding numbers. From a full functional medicine perspective, we know that chemicals in our environment and stress play a major role in the development of diabetes. It could boil down to a chicken or the egg discussion, but it really doesn’t matter.
The best answer is to make the right lifestyle choices (you can see my recommendations by clicking here) BEFORE any thyroid or diabetic problem develops. If you’re too late for that and you’ve got thyroid problems, it’s time to accept the fact that the thyroid is merely the tip of the iceberg and you need to begin to look under the water for answers.
What did YOUR doctor recommend for YOUR thyroid problems?