Use This Vitamin to Boost Your Thyroid

Hyperthyroidism happens when your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. This results in an overactive metabolic rate, which can cause irritability, insomnia and fatigue, amongst other things. Although not as common as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is still a threat to many. Without even knowing it, a malfunctioning thyroid can be the underlying cause of many recurring illnesses.

How can you make sure your thyroid produces the right amount of thyroid hormone? You need to make sure you boost your nutritional health with vitamin B12. At least this is the latest health news from a group of Polish researchers.

The scientists looked at the use of vitamin supplements in the Polish population and a possible link with thyroid disease. The researchers noted that although vitamin deficiencies are uncommon in Poland or other developed countries, many patients take vitamin supplements. But despite the widespread availability of vitamins and the universal belief that vitamins offer health benefits, few publications have addressed their role in the prevention and treatment of thyroid diseases. Continue reading

Thyroid Hormone Controls Visual Pigment in Cones

What part does the thyroid gland have in vision? Thyroid hormone is crucially involved in controlling which visual pigment is produced in the cones. Previously, it was assumed that the color sensitivity of the cones is fixed in the adult retina. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt/M., together with colleagues at the University of Frankfurt and universities in Vienna, have now been able to show that in mature cones of mice and rats the production of visual pigment is regulated by thyroid hormone. It is assumed that this mechanism exists in all mammals, including humans. If so, the adult-onset of thyroid hormone deficiency would affect color vision.

Thyroid hormone has a crucial role during development of the body and also of the nervous system. Children born with a thyroid hormone deficiency have serious defects of physiological and mental development, hence newborns are routinely checked for thyroid Continue reading

Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone imbalances can cause hot flashes, weight gain, night sweats, etc. Many hormone creams, pills, and potions on the market are purchased and used indiscriminately. A more scientific way to deal with the regulation of hormones, however, is to measure their levels in the urine with a 24-hour lab test and then design a nutrition and hormone replacement program to bring the levels to normal.

The hormones measured include all the ovarian, adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary hormones, including growth hormone. Those needing hormone replacement are given bioidentical, non-drug formulations that can be filled at a compounding pharmacy. Both women and men can be tested and treated.

Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy can replace the hormones your body loses – the estrogens, progesterone, and other hormones – with hormones bioidentical in nature to those you lose.

Bioidentical hormones exactly mimic the structure and function of the hormones inside your body. Bioidentical hormones come from plant sources, and help women rebalance hormone levels in their bodies in a natural way.

Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are identical to what the human body makes. Why do drug companies seldom make and sell bioidentical hormones?

The reason is – since the late 1800’s, U.S. laws allowed medicines to be patented ONLY if they were NOT naturally occurring substances. If a drug company discovered a natural substance that could be used medically, anyone else could also use/make/sell that substance.

So what the drug companies do is to create synthetic hormones that are intentionally different. Examples are Premarin, Prempro and Provera – these synthetic drugs are different in their molecular structure from the estrogens and progesterone found in the human body.

And the problem with synthetic drugs is – since they are different from what occurs naturally in the human body, the body treats them differently and the result is often harmful side effects.

Even though bioidentical hormones have been around for a long time, the majority of doctors are not familiar with them. Today’s doctors are ordinarily schooled and trained in synthetic drug therapy, not natural medicine.

 Are there doctors who use bioidentical hormones?

YES! A holistic doctors and naturopathic doctors are regular medical doctors with additional training and experience in using bioidentical hormones.

A holistic medical doctor uses a combination of conventional Western medicine and alternative medicine. A holistic doctor incorporates one or more types of complementary medicine into their medical practice.

This complementary medicine could be acupuncture, herbal therapy or homeopathy. For instance, while undergoing treatment for cancer using radiation, the patient might receive herbal therapy to strengthen the immune system.

Naturopathic physicians are medical doctors that work to restore and support the body’s systems by using medicines and techniques that are in harmony with natural processes.

A naturopathic physician will prefer treatments which keep the risks of harmful side effects at a minimum. Naturopathic doctors will use bioidentical hormones when appropriate, which are safer and with few or no side effects when used correctly.

They are trained to know which persons they can treat – they also know which patients should be referred to other health care practitioners. Since every illness has an underlying cause, a naturopathic physician is trained to find and remove the underlying causes of a disease.

That may include adjusting the diet or lifestyle of the patient, for example. A naturopathic physician will treat the whole person, taking all the factors into account.