Archive | March, 2011

A Common Mistake Made By Women Suffering With Low Thyroid

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Director of the Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ Reveals A Common Mistake Made By Women Suffering With Low Thyroid:

A long time ago someone miss-interpreted some research and they concluded that tyrosine would be good for thyroid metabolism.

There’s never been a single study to show that tyrosine improves thyroid hormone metabolism.

Tyrosine in fact doesn’t do anything good for improving thyroid metabolism.  What it does more often than not is actually suppresses thyroid metabolism by converting into sympathetic nervous system chemicals, adrenaline and noradrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine and what those things actually do is end up suppressing thyroid function.

Here is an all too common scenario… a woman starts getting low thyroid symptoms  like hair loss, quick weight gain, depression, feeling cold all over, constipation, brain fog.

Next she seeks help at her local health food store or she goes to the mall or she even sees a well-meaning alternative medicine practitioner. And that person, since they don’t understand the full spectrum of what can be causing low thyroid, suggests tyrosine–which will probably only make her symptoms worse.

This is where things can go wrong.  There are about 24 different ways the thyroid can go wrong…and tyrosine is NOT one of them.

The woman is told to take the tyrosine, and probably iodine as well.  I have already talked about iodine and the hidden dangers of taking it in an earlier blog.   So they give the woman tyrosine and what usually happens is…nothing happens.  Or they give her tyrosine and because tyrosine is converted into chemicals that will further squash her pituitary and thyroid…she feels worse. Yuck!

Tyrosine support should not be used with someone with low thyroid.

It just shouldn’t.  There are formulas available that do not contain tyrosine–But better yet, don’t even try to supplement yourself.  Find someone that understands the complex nature of thyroid hormones.  And it is more complicated than iodine and tyrosine.

The number one cause of low thyroid in America is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s.

If you have Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, it needs to be controlled right now. Because if you don’t get it under control, that autoimmune process is going to march through your body and find other things to kill…such as your pancreas, brain, and cartilage. It’s going to ruin your life.

So it’s time to do your homework.  If you’ve got low thyroid problems, please, don’t take tyrosine.  Find a thyroid doctor that can actually do the detective work and find out what’s wrong.

Low Thyroid Symptoms and Vitamin D

Should you be supplementing with vitamin D?

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Director of the Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ Explains:

More and more people are taking vitamin D.  They have seen on the news or the web that it is good for them.  Taking vitamin D is good for you…IF YOU NEED IT.

Modern diets are lacking in Vitamin D rich foods.  What are Vitamin D rich foods?  Liver, organ meats, lard, many forms of seafood, butter and egg yolks.

The best-known function of active vitamin D is to help regulate blood levels of calcium and phosphorous. Vitamin D increases absorption of minerals from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In combination with parathyroid hormone, it enhances their reabsorption from the kidneys and their mobilization from bones into the blood. Vitamin D helps maintain calcium levels even if dietary intakes are not optimal. Calcitriol affects growth of normal cells and some cancer cells. Adequate vitamin-D status has been linked to a reduced risk of developing breast, colon, and prostrate cancers.

Sunlight is another important factor and source of Vitamin D.  BUT, you should NEVER take vitamin D without having your Vitamin D levels tested, specifically, 25 OHD and 1,25 OHD.  Most doctors only test 25 OHD.  I feel this is a mistake.  It is very important to have both levels tested.  I see at least one patient a week that comes in taking Vit D that have low or normal 25 OHD levels and high 1,25 OHD levels.

Why could it be bad a bad idea to take Vitamin D?  One reason is because it is a fat-soluble vitamin.  That means it is tougher for your body to get excess amounts out of your system.   Vitamin D is most likely to have toxic effects when consumed in excessive amounts through supplementation. Excess vitamin D raises blood calcium levels, resulting in calcium precipitation in soft tissues and stone formation in the kidneys, where calcium becomes concentrated in an effort to excrete it.

Why is Vitamin D so important with patients that have low thyroid symptoms like hair loss, depression, weight gain and fatigue?  Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many, many autoimmune conditions including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  Autoimmune rates have been skyrocketing in the past 20 years and have been correlated with decreased levels of Vitamin D in the general population.

The number one cause of low thyroid in America is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s.

Adequate Vitamin D levels help to keep the immune system balance so it doesn’t swing out of control into an autoimmune disease.  When it comes to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the problems with Vitamin D deficiency is made worse by genetics.  There are studies that show that more than 90 percent of the people with an autoimmune thyroid or Hashimoto’s have a genetic defect affecting their ability to process Vitamin D.

The take home message here is to NOT just take vitamin D because you think it is good for you.  Find a thyroid doctor that can actually do the detective work and find out if it is something that you need.


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Low Thyroid Symptoms and Vitamin D