Thyroid Disorders

Feeling Toxic? Poor Thyroid Function May Be Choking Off Your Liver

Feeling Toxic? Poor Thyroid Function May Be Choking Off Your Liver

Feeling Toxic? Poor Thyroid Function May Be Choking Off Your Liver
By Dr. Joseph M. Serpe

There is clear scientific evidence that hypothyroidism can alter liver detoxification pathways and bile drainage leading to elevated liver enzymes (SGOT/SGPT).(1) The liver enzyme elevations are not commonly seen, but poor liver clearance leading to "Feeling Toxic" is commonly seen in my practice.

The liver is our main detoxification organ. There is a two step process by which detoxification occurs - Phase I and Phase II. Low thyroid function can substantially decrease the livers ability to function in both Phase I and Phase II.

Symptoms of Toxicity:


  • Acne
  • Bitter, metallic taste
  • Brain fog
  • Circles under the eyes
  • Constipation
  • Digestive problems
  • Excessive mucous production
  • Fatigue
  • Gas, bloating
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Inflammation
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Poor concentration
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Skin rashes
  • Strong body odor or bad breath
  • Weight gain


Health Issues Related to Toxicity:


  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Leaky Gut
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Obesity


How Does The Body Detoxify?

A good 80% of detoxification is done by the liver. Many chemicals and toxins are fat soluble so they need to go through a process of detoxification to make them water soluble so the body can excrete them through the kidneys, lungs, skin, etc. Phase I is the first process and actually makes most chemicals more toxic while creating free radicals. The next step, Phase II, is critical so these highly toxic intermediate chemicals can be conjugated (bound up and packaged) for elimination from the body.

If Phase I is too fast then Phase II may not be able to keep up with the demand and the excess toxins can re-enter circulation leading to symptoms. If Phase I is too slow then we continue to have various chemicals/toxins continue to circulate leading to symptoms mentioned above. Hypothyroidism is known to slow down Phase I but can also slow down Phase II processes.

Certain foods can improve detoxification: sulfur containing foods (cruciferous vegetables, onions, garlic, eggs); vitamins B6 (avocado); zine (shellfish); and protein (meat and legumes).

The detoxification process is a high energy business requiring ample supplies of all the necessary nutrients and vast amounts of energy to process the never ending toxic load that comes out way each day.

Addressing liver detoxification health is an important part of our thyroid program. The liver is also responsible for converting ~60% of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to T3 (active thyroid hormone). If the liver is compromised or burdened by poor detoxification ability that can make handling the thyroid hormone conversion difficult as well.

Liver health is a pivotal player in how we feel. It plays a key role in the 10 steps of thyroid metabolism and must not be over looked when helping support thyroid patients.

1. Saha B & Maity C. Alternation of serum enzymes in primary hypothyroidism. Clin Chem Lab Med. 2002;40:609-611.

Dr. Serpe is clinical director of the NeuroPlus Institute a functional medicine center in Naperville, IL. He may be contacted by calling 630-357-2299 or going to

651 Amersale Drive, Suite 109
Naperville, IL 60563

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What Is Thyroid-Related Fatigue?

What Is Thyroid-Related Fatigue?

What Is Thyroid-Related Fatigue?
By Byron J. Richards

Energy is the backbone of life. All systems in your body need energy to function properly. How you produce and distribute energy is complex; thyroid hormone function has a major impact on all of your energy systems. However, not all fatigue or tiredness is due to thyroid malfunction. How do you tell the difference?

Thyroid hormone governs the basal metabolic rate, which is like the idling speed of a car engine. Even when you are sitting in a chair or sleeping, 100 trillion cells keep making energy. This type of energy production is the foundation for all other energy and hormonal systems. If it is not up to par, no other system in your body works as well as it should.

When you step on the gas pedal during the day, this is not thyroid hormone that goes into action. Increased activity of any kind is controlled by adrenaline, muscle activity, increased calorie burning, and an increased speed at which your cells make energy. If you have a sluggish thyroid you may still be able to make yourself have the energy to do things based on adrenaline-driven necessity. You may also notice that you have too much reliance on stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, or cigarettes.

A demanding day may deplete muscles of fuel and induce enough wear and tear so that natural tiredness follows. Such fatigue is normal and why we need to sleep. Even pushing it day after day and cutting sleep short may not be a thyroid problem. However, such a poor lifestyle is pushing your system and you may eventually develop a thyroid problem as a result. Getting less than seven hours of sleep per night is asking for trouble.

Thyroid-related fatigue starts to show up when you cannot sustain energy long enough, especially when compared to a past level of fitness or ability. If the thyroid foundation is weak, sustaining energy output is difficult. You will notice you just don't seem to have the energy to do the things you used to be able to do.

The menstrual cycle, pregnancy, exercise, stress, and physical demands are all examples of increased energy demands requiring increased energy output. Thus, PMS is almost always a thyroid problem to a degree. The increased energy demands of the menstrual cycle are simply too much, partly due to an underlying thyroid weakness. Pregnancy is always a major test of the thyroid, as one's thyroid is called upon to do metabolic work for two bodies. This is why thyroid issues often flare up during or following pregnancy.

Thyroid hormone is synergistic with growth hormone in muscles. When these two are working properly together the muscles feel fit. Exercise conditions thyroid hormone to work properly to assist general energy production while a lack of exercise contributes to poor thyroid function. The more fit your muscles feel, the less likely thyroid-related fatigue will be an issue for you. If you have poor thyroid function you frequently feel like you don't have the energy to exercise and usually don't on a consistent basis. Muscle weakness is a classic hypothyroid symptom.

One of the key symptoms of thyroid fatigue is a heavy or tired head, especially in the afternoon. Thyroid hormone activity is regulated differently in the brain than anywhere else in the body, as brain cells themselves convert T4 to T3 (active thyroid hormone). Your head is a very sensitive indicator of thyroid hormone status. This is different than low blood sugar symptoms from not having eaten for a while. The head just feels sluggish or tired, lacking clarity or sharpness. When this head tiredness occurs too many hours in the day then you will feel like you want to sleep all the time and you will feel depressed, signs of more advanced thyroid-related fatigue.

Another key sign of thyroid fatigue is conking out as soon as you sit down and don't actually have to do something (there is no necessity making you have to do something). In this case it feels like your body is a car idling too slowly at a stop sign that just stalls and goes to sleep. This is a clear sign of thyroid fatigue.

You either do or don't have the symptoms of thyroid-related fatigue. If you wake up energized, maintain decent energy throughout the day, are able to maintain mental alertness/sharpness, have energy as needed to meet demands, and your muscles feel fit, you do not have thyroid-related fatigue. The more you don't feel this way, the greater the problem. No lab test is needed. In many cases thyroid lab tests may still be normal, even though you clearly are not. The symptoms tell the story and they never lie.

Byron J. Richards, Founder/Director of Wellness Resources, is a Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist and has been a charter professional member of the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN) since 1991. He is a nationally-renowned health expert, radio personality, and educator. He is the creator and pioneer of The Leptin Diet and has been a featured expert consultant on Fox News Live, CBS Infinity television, and The Wall Street Journal. Richards has appeared on hundreds of radio programs throughout the country. He is also a staunch defender of health freedom and a national leader in the fight against the FDA's desire to eliminate your natural health options. His book, Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America is widely regarded as the top book on health freedom today.

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Hyperthyroidism: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Hyperthyroidism: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
By James S. Pendergraft

Thyroid is an important gland in the human body. These glands
are found on the front side of the neck. The thyroid gland
secretes a hormone known as “thyroid hormones”. These hormones
have an important part to play in the metabolism process of our
body. Metabolism is a process by which the food particles that
we take in are converted into energy of different forms which
are used to satisfy the different needs of a human body.
Hyperthyroidism is a health disorder which happens when thyroid
glands produces hormones which is actually more than the body’s
requirement. Due to this overproduction of thyroid hormone, our
metabolism process gets accelerated and thus it will lead to
many health disorders in human beings.

Hyperthyroidism is caused in human beings when the thyroid
glands segregate more hormones than what is actually required
for the human body. These extra hormones will result in damaging
the functional thyroid tissue. Human body treats thyroid
hormones as foreign agents as it is the cause of many health
disorders. There are some medicines which can result in thyroid
glands producing more hormones for the body. So it is always
advisable that you should take reasonable care while taking
medicines as in many cases it may lead to hormonal imbalances.
Lithium, which is given for some psychiatric disorders, is one
such type of medicine that may lead to hormonal imbalances in
your body.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, is the most common type of
hyperthyroidism. It can cause serious damages to our immune
system and there are many chances that your body will also be
affected. There are many symptoms that can be seen before
hyperthyroidism. But some of the major symptoms of this health
disorder are weight gain and fatigue. We can easily identify a
person with hyperthyroidism as he would be gaining weight all of
a sudden once he is affected with hormone imbalances in his
body. Every year thousands of women are diagnosed with
hyperthyroidism problems. This number of people suffering from
hyperthyroidism is fast increasing but even then people do not
have much knowledge about the thyroid gland and the hormone
imbalances that it can cause in human bodies.

When diagnosed with hyperthyroidism we would search around for
the treatment options available to treat this health disorder.
There are basically three forms of treatment available for
hyperthyroidism. Each of these treatments has their own
advantages and limitations. The doctors look into a number of
reasons before choosing the type of treatment which is required
for a person with hormonal imbalances. All the three treatments
available for hyperthyroidism are much effective and you can be
sure of a positive result irrespective of the treatment that you

Surgery is not a necessary option for cases with
hyperthyroidism. Most surgeons are of the opinion that a
radioiodine treatment is much harmful to many patients who have
bigger glands. If the hyperthyroidism is an acute one, then a
surgery can be conducted so as to cure the patient from this
health disorder.

About the Author: Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Orlando
Women's Center in March 1996 to provide a full range of health
care for women.


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Will I Be Able to Lose Weight After Thyroid Surgery?

Will I Be Able to Lose Weight After Thyroid Surgery?
By Susan Willis

The thyroid is an important gland for regulating cell growth
and metabolism in the body. This small gland is situated just
below the Adam's apple (or larynx) in the throat. It is somewhat
butterfly-shaped, consisting of two halves that are connected by
a small piece of tissue called an isthmus.

The job of the thyroid is to absorb iodine and then convert it
into two types of thyroid hormone: T3 and T4. These hormones are
released into the blood and travel to every cell in the body,
helping cells convert oxygen and calories to energy for use by
the body. This entire process is controlled by the pituitary

In the case of some people, the thyroid gland can become
diseased, causing it to not produce enough thyroid hormones so
needed by the body for its normal functioning. This is called
hypothyroidism. Alternatively, thyroid problems can lead to the
gland producing too much thyroid hormone, which is called

Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include excessive weight
gain, depressions, anxiety, hair loss and sexual dysfunction.
Weight gain is one of the problems because the body is less able
to metabolize energy and oxygen without the help of the thyroid

Meanwhile, symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include heart
palpitations, inability to tolerate heat, breathlessness, and
trembling hand - among others. Excessive T3 and T4 hormone on
the blood can cause the body's cells to "speed up," making the
heart beat faster and causing related symptoms.

When serious thyroid issues arise, your doctor may recommend
that part or all of your thyroid be removed via surgery. Once
the surgery is complete, your thyroid will no longer be equipped
to produce the same amounts (or any) of thyroid hormone that it
did in the past. At this point, you may ask, "Will I be able to
lose weight after thyroid surgery?".

The answer is: yes, provided that you take the proper thyroid
supplement and otherwise live a healthy lifestyle. A supplement
is simply a synthetic thyroid hormone that is usually taken once
per day before or just after breakfast. The supplement will
provide you with the thyroid hormone your body needs.

If you have not already talked with your doctor about whether
you will need to take a thyroid supplement after surgery, be
sure to initiate the conversation yourself: taking
responsibility for one's own health is always the best policy.

If you are currently overweight due in part to a thyroid
problem, it is not the case that the pounds that you have been
gaining over the years will just start to shed off immediately.
That is because it can take some time for you and your doctor to
find the right thyroid supplement dosage (e.g., 125 micrograms,
etc.), which could take a matter of months. However, once the
right dosage mix is found, your thyroid hormone levels (T3 and
T4) will return to the normal, pre-thyroid condition, levels. At
that point, you will find it much easier to lose the pounds that
you want to lose.

Facing thyroid surgery can be a little bit scary, but in
actuality it is a common procedure that thousands of people
undergo safely every year. If your interest is in losing weight
after surgery, you will. Just give it time, take your thyroid
supplement, and live a healthy, active lifestyle.

About the Author: Get strategies for a speedier thyroid surgery
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Why Women Over 40 Have A Hard Time Losing Weight Permanently- Do You Know Your Hormone System?

Why Women Over 40 Have A Hard Time Losing Weight Permanently- Do
You Know Your Hormone System?
By Perry Permann

Is it becoming harder and harder to lose weight permanently?
Are you acquiring weight although you are eating the same- or
even less? That's a result of becoming older. I have many
clients writing in and telling me “I’m just eating what I’ve
used to eat”. Some might say, that’s self-deception, it can’t be
the case. But, unfortunately, it is really true.

If a 20 year old women used to eat 2000 calories a day and
stayed slim, she might have a surplus of 150 calories per day at
age 40. That’s how much the metabolism slows down with age.

The endocrine system of women makes it more and more harder to
lose weight permanently after 40. There is a delicate balance of
several hormones that’ s easily getting disturbed. And menopause
is a time with many hormonal changes, leading to greater risk in
gaining weight

Isn't easier to resolve a problem when you know what causes it?
So let's understand these hormonal changes.

There are two groups of hormones responsible for your weight
and your figure: the sex hormones (especially estrogens) and the
thyroid hormones. The typical female figure is a result of
estrogens: They form bust, thighs, belly and backside, slim the
waist and soften the skin. And: A high level of Estrogens scales
down the appetite.

So estrogens are great to lose weight permanently and keep it
off for good. But, as you know, the estrogen production slows
down with increased age, making it harder to keep fat off.
You’re compelled to eat more, while, at the same time, your
body’s fat storage systems are getting increased capacity. This
combination is tough- and that’s why many women over 40 have a
hard time to lose weight permanently.

Another important hormone is DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone),
used by the body to manufacture numerous other hormones. DHEA
prevents surplus calories from being stored as fat - these
calories are burnt instead. After age 40, the levels of DHEA and
estrogens are decreased. For women over 40 this makes it tougher
to lose weight permanently.

Thyroid hormones contribute to digestion and metabolism. We
feel energetic and are in a positive mood if the thyroid gland
works the right way. But: The thyroid is very sensitive and
disruptions affect the whole body.

The hormone system changes after menopause, what results in
changes in the body. The size of fat cells under the skin
increases because these fat cells fill up. And, at the same
time, the collagen production is decreased too- so your tissue
is not as firm as it used to be. Patches of fat might show up on
your body, while the decreased estrogen levels increases your
appetite. The level of thryoid hormones is often decreased in
women over 40 too, what might lead to reduced metabolism.

All of these effects make it harder for women over 40 to lose
weight permanently. However, you can achieve healthy weight loss
using natural ways to lose weight permanently. You might
consider a specialized program helping you getting to the weight
you want.

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