Why is the thyroid gland so important? I'm going to explain how it works. So the thyroid gland, a small insignificant gland that sits right around your Adam's apple is one of the most important glands in the body and one of the most overlooked and misunderstood.
So we're going to talk about first why it's so important and then what is often being overlooked? So the thyroid is the accelerator. If you will, it's the thermostat, it sets the speed and the temperature of the whole body. It determines for every cell in the body how much that cell dose of whatever that cell is supposed to do.
The thyroid gland makes thyroid hormone also known as thyroid oxen or T4.So the T4 means that the thigh rocks and hormone in that state has 4 iodine atoms attached to it and then it gets into circulation, meaning the blood takes it around the liver, takes one of that iodine off, and turns it into T3. And now that thyroid hormone is activated, it's now in its active form and it can do its work in your body.
You have approximately 40 trillion cells. They used to say it was about 100 trillion. But someone recounted and now the official count is more like somewhere around 40 trillion and how many of those do you think have thyroid receptors meaning they depend on the thyroid to tell the cell how much it's supposed to do or in other words without the thyroid telling it what to do without the presence of thyroid hormone, that cell is not going to perform its work the way it's supposed to, it's going to slow down. The answer is every single cell in your body has thyroid hormone receptors. That means when the thyroid gland slows down, every cell in your body slows down. So your metabolism slows down which can lead to weight gain.
So for those people who have cut out the sugar and they've cut back they exercise and nothing happens to the weight, chances are pretty good that there's some thyroid involvement. There there's an overall reduction in energy production which leads to fatigue or what is popularly called chronic fatigue syndrome. Since everything has to be a syndrome these days, it leads to reduced production of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes.
So now you can't digest the food, you get GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, you get indigestion, you get malabsorption and you have decreased peristalsis meaning the motility of the movement of your intestines. They're supposed to push the food forward that all slow down leading to constipation. There is a reduction in the speed of nerve impulses even.
So now you have slow thinking and brain fog lack of focus and there is a slowdown of anabolism or repair of building things. So what that means is everything that breaks, everything that needs repairing, everything that is degenerated. Now it doesn't heal and recovers as fast as it could or should.
So healing is compromised. The list could go on and on because every cell in your body could be affected. So this is a big deal and it's one of the most common things that the thyroid gland is not working properly. And in the vast majority of cases, it means it's hypothyroid meaning it is slowed down, it's underperforming.
80% to 90% of hyperthyroid in the Western world at least is something called Hashimoto's thyroiditis and that means that the thyroid gland is inflamed because of autoimmune attack, that your own body's immune system is attacking it and the reason it does that is that your immune system is confused because you have degeneration and toxicity.
What we have found is that when there is a hyperthyroid, there is virtually always some component of toxicity or immune problem or pathogen presence that has to be handled before that thyroid can fully recover. So in the medical model, there is a poor understanding of what all this means because to them all they measure is a thyroid-stimulating hormone, which is the pituitary hormone. It's a hormone that tells the thyroid to produce more hormones.
So if you need more thyroid hormone, if the body senses that things aren't happening fast enough then there is a message that the pituitary senses that there's not enough. And now it tells the thyroid to make more thyroid hormone by producing more TSH. So the TSH tells the thyroid to make more T4 and then when there is enough T4, then The T4 feeds back and we have enough.
So in the medical model and measure TSH. If it is high meaning there's not enough thyroid hormone. They simply give you synthetic T4 synthetic thyroxine. And this synthetic hormone feeds back and tells the pituitary that okay we have enough. And now medical in the medical model all the criteria are satisfied. But most people at this point still feel really lousy. They don't have the energy. They haven't really fixed or improved any of these things. And there are lots of books written on the topic because in order for the thyroid to work in order for the whole mechanism for the whole system to do what it's intended. We need the hypothalamus, we need the pituitary, we need the thyroid, the liver, the gut flora, we need your immune system and we need there to not be toxicity.
So in the case of hyperthyroid, usually we have several of these that have to be addressed in order for that whole system to recover. We can't just look at one little piece and say TSH is high. Let's throw in one component and ignore all the others and that's why people keep feeling really bad. Even though they get enough synthetic thyroid hormone to fix to normalize the level of TSH. But again, that's not really addressing the problem. It's not allowing the body to go back to functioning with all the systems performing optimally.
So what I would suggest finding someone who measures more than just TSH. We can use something called nutrition response testing which is a different method of evaluating the body and finding imbalances at a very early stage. And then helping the body address the root of the problem not just throwing in one thing to try to compensate for something that is low.
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