No Need to Wonder Anymore Why So Many Have Low Thyroid

BPA Blog imageRelationship between Urinary Phthalate and Bisphenol A Concentrations and Serum Thyroid Measures in U.S. Adults and Adolescents from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007–2008

This study, released in 2011, is one of many showing that significant serum levels of BPA and Phthalate are associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone.  What does this mean? This means that the toxins found in the lining of cans, in the lining of baby bottles, on copy paper of you credit card printout, in your cosmetics, in plastics, etc. very likely are contributing to the surge in hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) in the population. Interesting point: we are finding more low thyroid in women than in men.  The correlation between high levels of the toxins and low thyroid was more consistent in women than in men.

Thyroid Blog imageWhat are the symptoms of low thyroid?  Fatigue, dry skin, constipation, feeling cold easily – more than the people around you, depression, puffy skin, high cholesterol, and muscle weakness just to name a few.  Many doctors test the patient’s thyroid but then believe the reference range listed by the lab.  Even the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists say the TSH level (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, ie the signal from the pituitary to the thyroid to make and send out more thyroid hormone) of 4.5 to 5 is too high.  TSH should not be over 3.0.  Many alternative doctors prefer to see the TSH under 2.0.

There is also concern that we are not eating enough iodine.  Check out this ad from David Brownstein, MD in his “Natural Way to Health” which includes a lot of explanatory information.  Dr. Brownstein is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable doctors in the US pertaining to iodine.

The bottom line here is this: our deficient diets combined with all the toxins we are exposed to are impairing our body’s ability to operate as effectively as it is designed to do. Stop drinking water from plastic bottles, stop drinking sodas, stop using average cosmetics on your skin, don’t drink hot liquids from styrofoam cups, use “clean” cleaning agents, filter the water you drink and use for cooking, and eat well.  Ask your doctor to check your thyroid level, especially if you think your level might be low.

Being proactive for your health will increase your well-being and reduce your risk of later illness.

Here’s to your health…

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