I stopped and stared round the room. The six couples were sitting wide awake in their chairs. I sat down in mine. Behind me was the glass semicircular glass wall. They sat in a circle with me at its apex.
I was done speaking on The Mac Ketogenic Vegetein Diet. It was time to move into the 8th step of The HOPE Protocol. This step has within it three hormone protocols. The first is The Mac Thyroid Protocol.
In phase 2, the first hormone we are going to tackle is the thyroid. When Vicky and I were in Phase 2, I had the thyroid problem. Vicky’s thyroid was mildly sluggish. Mine was moderately sluggish.
When women become menopausal, it is common to be diagnosed with a hypothyroid problem. There is high probability that you were having thyroid dysfunction prior to menopause. It is highly likely that before menopause and before the slew of menopausal symptoms began that your doctor never had a reason to test your thyroid function. There is also a high probability that if he did test it, he probably did not order the correct tests.
Do any of you have thyroid problems?
Kimmie, Lori and Lynda raised their hands.
Are any of you on Medications?
“I am on Levothyroxine.” Lori said
“I think that is what I am on also.” Kimmie said as she looked over at her husband.
“It’s Synthroid, same difference.” Tony said.
“I am on Armour. It comes from a pig. It’s more natural. It has more of the different thyroid hormones in it. My doctor didn’t want to give it to me so I found a doctor that would. I was using Synthroid also. I decided to use Armour because it is more like what our thyroid produces.” Lynda said.
Thyroid conditions are what many would call an epidemic. More and more women are being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The problem.
I looked at the three women on meds.
Are the medications helping?
There was a silence.
Have you ever forgotten to take them?
Kimmie raised her hand.
Did you feel any different?
No! Not a bit. Kimmie said.
Jim hit Lori. “You remember? You forgot to take them on our Caribbean vacation.
“That’s right. I didn’t have any reaction one way or another.” Lori said.
Here is the big question. Did any or you lose weight after you started taking the medication?
They all chuckled.
“Gained!” Kimmie said.
“Gained!” Lori said while she raised her hand.
“Gained!” Lynda said.
If you didn’t feel any different and you didn’t lose the weight, why are you taking the medication?
They all looked baffled.
This is what I found. When I took thyroid medication, my blood work eventually normalized, but! My symptoms did not dissipate. I also did not lose any weight and I also noticed no difference in my energy levels.
Thyroid medications are taken by millions of women who in my experience feel no difference in their energy levels and continue to gain weight. The two symptoms that women with hypothyroid conditions complain about the most. Levothyroxine is the fourth best selling medication in the world. Very few of the women, I have met, felt any different negatively or positively after taking it.
“What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?” Todd, Carmen’s husband, asked.
Typical symptoms include mental slowing, depression, dementia, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, cold intolerance, hoarse voice, irregular menstruation, infertility, muscle stiffness and pain.
“That sounds like all of us.” Jim said.
“Definitely sounds like you.” Lori said as she hit Jim’s leg and chuckled.
Your thyroid hormones control energy and metabolism. They have a lot to do with the function of many or our organs. Thyroid hormones directly impact our brains, GI tracts, cardiovascular systems, muscle, red blood cells, gallbladders and livers. They also affect our steroid hormone production, glucose levels, lipid and cholesterol levels, protein metabolism, and regulate our body temperatures.
“You have been talking about hypothyroidism. What about hyperthyroidism?” Debra asked.
Hyperthyroidism can be a serious problem. It has been associated with heart attacks, strokes, and death.
“What are the lesser symptoms of hyperthyroidism?” Debra asked.
The symptoms include heart palpitations, rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, weight loss, diarrhea, anxiety, feeling warm even when others are not, increased appetite, and insomnia.
Debra raised her hand and said, “That was me.”
“Debra had all of those symptoms when I first met her. As soon as she quit gluten, most of those symptoms went away. “ Vern, Debra’s husband, said.
“I used to be a model. I know it’s hard to tell now. But I used to be thin as a rail.” Debra said.
I’m glad you found the cause. We will get to gluten’s connection to the thyroid in a later class.
“Carmen has all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism that you are talking about, but she had her thyroid tested and her doctor said she was fine.” Todd said.
Boy, if I had a nickle for every time I heard that. The problem with most doctors is that they request one thyroid test that doesn’t even test the thyroid. The test they usually order tests a hormone that is released from the pituitary gland. This one test does not give them an accurate diagnosis. The problem; if this test indicates that you are hypothyroid, the doctor will nearly always prescribe levothyroxine.
The test may not only be ineffective, but with levo being prescribed may cause harm.
The opposite also occurs. Your thyroid test may come back stating that you are within normal limits. You suffer from numerous if not all of the major hypothyroid symptoms. Your doctor tells you that you are “fine.” This is where your doctor will offer you an antidepressant.
In either case, conventional medicine rarely seems to care to find the true cause of your symptoms.
It behooves me that every woman or man that has hypothyroidism is given the same treatment. Is there only one type of flu? Is there only one type of cancer? When it comes to thyroid problems, there is just not one type of thyroid problem or if you want to get picky, two types, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
There are numerous very complex reasons thyroids malfunction.
Vicky and I have a rule. Don’t take anything or treat anything until we know what is causing the problem. Otherwise we are throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks.
“In your experience, Doc, what causes thyroid problems?” Tony asked.
I have found that there are two primary causes of thyroid disorders. One is a nutrient deficiency, and the occurs when the immune system goes awry and starts to attack the thyroid. This is called autoimmunity.
“What nutrients are usually deficient?” Tony asked.
There are three nutrients that the will cause the thyroid to malfunction if deficient, iodine, zinc and selenium.
The primary inactive thyroid hormone your thyroid releases is called T4. It is made up of an amino acid called tyrosine with four iodines attached to it. If you lack iodine, obviously the body is going to have a difficult time producing this hormone.
Zinc is necessary to make the tyrosine and iodines synthesize into the thyroid hormone. If we are lacking zinc, we will not be able to synthesize T4.
Selenium is necessary to activate the T4 hormone by being an important part of an enzyme that removes an iodine molecule from T4 to produce the active form of the thyroid hormone called T3.
If any of these nutrients are deficient, it is important to consume them within your diet.
“Doc, can you explain autoimmunity?” Tony asked.
The most common autoimmune disease of the thyroid is called Hashimoto’s disease. Like most autoimmune diseases, the body recognizes the tissue , gland or organ as a threat. In Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system attacks the thyroid and it progressively destroys its ability to function properly resulting in hypothyroidism. We have found a large number of our clients have Hashimoto’s disease.
We have found that the reason that the correct diagnosis is not discovered earlier is because most doctors do not test for Hashimoto’s.
Another autoimmune disease of the thyroid is called Graves’ disease. Where Hashimoto’s usually causes hypothyroidism, Graves causes hyperthyroidism.
When testing for autoimmune disease, it is imperative to test the thyroid’s antibodies. Once an autoimmune disease is discovered, you need to get to work at correcting the problem as soon as possible. Tissue damage to the thyroid is irreversible.
“What is the cause of autoimmunity?” Tony asked
9 out of 10 times it’s going to be related to your diet. When I say diet, I mean anything that enters your body. If I say it that way, I could probably say 9.9 times out of 10 times. If what enters your body causes inflammation, it could causes an autoimmune response.
“Is there a special diet, we should go on if we have a thyroid problem?” Kimmie asked.
As we discovered, diet played the major role when it came to supporting my thyroid. Let’s take a break and in our next class, we will introduce you to some foods that may harm your thyroid.
Vicky walked into the room wearing an apron and carrying a spatula in one hand and a head of spinach in the other.
“It’s time to make breakfast. Get your aprons on, because I am going to teach you how to make Doc Mac’s favorite veggie omelet. Men will be in-charge of preparing the veggies and eggs and us women will do the cooking.
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