The elderly man was suffering from low thyroid and testosterone levels, he was also sluggish and overweight. He had also a severe eczema and this led to him unable to sleep as he would be itching all night.
Dr. Schwartz eventually contacted the cardiologist after about three weeks of calls. She advised the cardiologist that the patient be taken off some of his meds as it was responsible for his severe eczema.
According to Dr. Schwartz the cardiologist was rude and even suggested that she had no knowledge of science. This surprised her and when she reminded him that they both had the same degree he hung up.
Therefore, after this discussion, she explained all she had to her patient and he decided to change his cardiologist and try the plan she suggested. The treatments she had in mind consisted of boosting the level of the thyroid hormones and eliminating the medication for his cholesterol.
At the beginning, the patient believed that this treatment would lead to a heart attack, but Dr. Schwartz explained that the correction of the hormones naturally maintained the cholesterol low.
Thyroid hormones are a result of the function of the thyroid gland—which is an endocrine gland in the form of a butterfly found in the lower front of the neck.
Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland (endocrine gland which looks like butterfly and is located in the base of your neck). Two types of thyroid hormones are secreted- triiodothyronine and thyroxin (also known as T3 and T4). T4 is converted into to the active T3 within cells and it is transferred towards the other body organs throughout the bloodstream.
Their main function is to regulate the metabolism and to provide the body with energy. They are very important hormones as they help other organs to function properly.
The most common thyroid disease is hypothyroidism. When a person suffers from hypothyroidism his/her thyroid gland is inactive, which means that the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones needed for proper body functions.
It can be a result of numerous internal and external factors, such as Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid is attacked by the immune system itself.
Hypothyroidism can be manifested by numerous different symptoms, including dry skin, brittle nails, fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, body temperature irregularities, feeling cold, poor reflexes, depression, brain fog, mood swings etc.
However, as these symptoms can also indicate other diseases or ailments as well, doctors mat often prescribe some medications that are not adequate, and do not even consider the thyroid imbalance as a potential cause.
Mary Shomon, a thyroid expert and author of numerous books on the theme, states: “People are going in with high cholesterol or depression and are getting handed cholesterol meds and antidepressants. And no one’s ever checking to see if the thyroid is at the root of the problem.”
She says that there is a serious flaw in the conventional analysis to diagnose hypothyroidism. This test, known as the thyroid stimulating hormone test or TSH test, actually measures the level of a pituitary hormone, TS, in the blood. This test doesn’t show the amount of T3 or T4 in the blood, as the pituitary hormone directs the thyroid gland to produce and release thyroid hormones.
“At the end of the day, we suffer because we’re treating individual symptoms, and we don’t look at the body as a whole. The TSH test is actually doing a disservice to anybody who wants to take care of themselves, or someone who actually wants to take care of the patient.” Dr. Schwartz. For better results, the levels of T3 and T4 should be individually examined.
The belief that the way thyroid hormones influence the whole body is a very important part of the successful healing is also shared by Shomon: “Our metabolism relies, in large part, on our thyroid’s ability to function properly. If we’re not getting enough oxygen or energy to the cells for digestion, for pancreatic function, for brain function, for all of the other hormone production processes and the glands that are producing those, then everything is going to be slowing down and not working properly,” she explains.
Hence, both internal and external factors lead to thyroid disorders, as they may result from a combination of certain aspects like immunity, diet, hormones, the environment, immunity, and the like.
“We’re living in such a toxic world—and our lifestyles have changed so much.And that’s a critical thing for us to realize when we look at our diets and we look at our daily habits. We have to put in place some strategies to compensate for the fact that we’ve moved so far from our natural evolutionary ancestral history.”- says Greg Emerson, MD, founder of the Emerson Health & Wellness Center in Queensland, Australia.
The leading ones on his list of toxins are mold and mycotoxins, which are a result of some fungi types.
“There’s a huge amount of scientific evidence that the poisons that the mold produce are terrible for the thyroid gland. And the other problem is that we’re consuming foods which are also high in mycotoxins.
Or we’re consuming foods that are high in sugar, which makes the mold grow in the body. And we’re also not consuming foods which are protective against those mycotoxins. I don’t think I’ve seen a patient with Graves’ disease—which is an overactive thyroid—who has not had a problem with mold, and then mycotoxins.”
The opposite case is hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, which is the state of excess production of thyroid hormones. This state leads to sudden weight loss due to a revved up metabolism, as well as a rapid or irregular heartbeat.
However, the imbalance of the hormones can be restored to normal by making some important changes in the lifestyle. Initially, eat a diet high in raw foods, regularly exercise, foster healthy relationships; and try to reduce stress.
Dr. Emerson suggests that you ask the following questions to yourself: “Am I eating the right food? Am I drinking the right water? Am I getting enough sun? Am I getting enough sleep? Am I getting enough exercise? Am I getting medicines in my food?”
Dr. Schwartz adds: “Listen to what your body’s saying. If you can’t sleep at night, why don’t you sleep at night? Did you drink too much and it woke you up in the middle of the night? Are you eating too late? Are you eating the wrong foods? Are you exercising too late? Do you have all this electronic equipment sitting right next to you? Do you sleep with the TV on?”
Therefore, of you properly take care of the things explained above, you will easily specify the root of your health issue, and thus, find the proper natural treatment.
Dr. Schwartz comments “There are a million reasons why you may not be sleeping at night. And you need to look at them and take responsibility for improving.”
One of the best and most popular American alternative medicine doctors, Joseph Mercola, DO, also agrees with the basic logic of Dr. Schwartz, since he also believes that in order to maintain good health, you need to work on many aspects.
Yet, he believes that the major control of the health is done by research and finding quality resources, as well as consulting experienced individuals, doctors and experts. He also believes that “It’s probably the mindset that you are responsible for your health.”
By restarting your thyroid with the proper nutrients, not only can you keep weight off, but you can also help slow down the aging process, boost your energy, and improve your overall health.
So here are few very important tips for how to restart your thyroid:
To restart your thyroid you should combine iodized salt and selenium rich foods such as:
- Brazil nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Fish (wild salmon, halibut, sardines, flounder)
- Shellfish (oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops)
- Meat (Beef, liver, lamb, pork)
- Poultry (chicken, turkey)
- Eggs (up to 3 per day)
- Mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake)
- Whole grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats)
- Veggies (Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado, Bean Sprouts, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Collard Greens, Cucumber)
- Fruits (all types of berries and lemons)
Make sure DO NOT EAT these foods:
- Dairy (avoid dairy for at least 20 days)
- Avoid Sugar and Sweeteners
- Avoid all Grains
- Avoid Beans and Legumes
- Avoid Beer
- Also make sure to avoid:
- calorie restricted diets
- low fat diets
very low carbohydrate diets (or at least be very cautious with these types of diets)
avoid eating more than 6-8 servings of Goitrogenic foods per week and these foods should be steamed instead of eaten raw.
And for the end you must start doing low intensity exercise for at least 1 hour per day like:
And after a month start doing high intensity exercise from 1 to 3 times per week, like:
- Body Weight Exercises
- Weight Lifting Exercises