Underactive thyroid in U.S. mostly from autoimmune attack
What causes hypothyroidism? Is it inherited? Is it the result of
a nutritional deficiency?
A. Hypothyroidism is sometimes referred to as "underactive thyroid."
Your thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck that has a
big impact on how your body works. The hormones your thyroid
produces help regulate your metabolism, including how efficiently
you burn calories and maintain your body temperature and heart rate.
According to a new study by doctors based in Sweden, people with
celiac disease face a significantly higher risk of developing
thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and
I'm sure you know this. What you may not know is
that excessive intake of fluoride, in water, bottled drinks, foods,
and toothpaste, will reduce the biologically active iodine in your
system, and cause iodine deficiency: another name for
hypothyroidism. No one ever heard of hypothyroidism until America
began to fluoridate its municipal water supplies in the late 1940s.
Most auto-immune diseases didn't exist
before 1950 either. Nor did Alzheimer's disease.
Most people don't know that the pituitary gland
in our brain, is the master gland that controls the effective
functioning of all the other glands. Unfortunately, the pituitary
gland soaks up fluoride like a sponge. And when that happens, the
pituitary gland stops secreting a hormone known as TSH that
stimulates the thyroid gland. At that point, hypothyroidism is
When your thyroid doesn't make enough of two hormones --
triiodothyronine (T-3) and thyroxine (T-4) -- hypothyroidism results
and your metabolism slows. This can lead to sluggishness, weight
gain, dry skin and hair, a hoarse voice and increased sensitivity to
cold. Left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to potentially serious
complications, including high cholesterol levels and heart disease,
such as congestive heart failure.
The thyroid's production of T-3 and T-4
is governed by two other parts of your body: the pituitary
gland and the hypothalamus. Your pituitary gland is the
master gland that controls all the other glands in your
body's hormone-producing (endocrine) system. Through its
production of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), the
pituitary tells the thyroid how much T-3 and T-4 to make.
One of the jobs of the hypothalamus -- the part of your
brain that controls the entire endocrine system -- is to
signal to the pituitary gland how much TSH to make by
secreting another hormone: thyrotropin-releasing hormone
Although a defect anywhere in the hypothalamus, pituitary or
thyroid can lead to hypothyroidism, most problems that
trigger the condition directly affect the thyroid. It's rare
for a decrease of TSH from the pituitary gland or decreased
secretion of TRH from the hypothalamus to cause
In regard to your question about whether hypothyroidism is
inherited, thyroid disorders do tend to run in families, but
the inherited form of hypothyroidism is rare.
As to nutritional deficiency, a lack of the mineral
can play a part in hypothyroidism. In fact, worldwide, a
lack of iodine is one of the most common causes of the
disease. The body needs iodine to produce T-3 and T-4. In
the United States, however, iodine deficiency is rare,
mainly due to the addition of iodine to table salt. Throw
this salt away and replace it with sea salt that has natural
Iodine in it and use it as a supplement in your water and
give it to all kids to save them from Hypothyroidism.
Yes, you can begin eating seaweed to supply your
thyroid with the natural iodine it needs. Seaweeds like dulse
flakes, alaria, wakame, nori, and agar-agar will put more than 100
beneficial nutrients, including natural iodine, into your body. BUT
if your pituitary gland is still soaked in toxic fluoride, the
seaweed, good as it is, won't help much.
So what you need to do is banish fluoride from
your life. That's not an easy task. Most of the cities in this
country add toxic fluoride to their water supplies. It's also in the
air we breathe because of the discharge from coal- burning plants.
It's in bottled drinks and foods. And, of course, it's in most
commerical brands of toothpaste.
Hypothyroidism in this country is more commonly caused by
autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's thyroid disease). In this
disorder, your body's immune system produces antibodies that attack
tissue in the thyroid, affecting the gland's ability to produce
Radiation therapy or thyroid surgery for cancer or other
thyroid disease also may decrease thyroid function. Hypothyroidism
can be a side effect of medications such as thionamides, lithium,
amiodarone, interferon-alpha, interleukin-2 and perchlorate. In some
cases, treatment for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) may reduce
thyroid function too much, and hypothyroidism can result.
In addition, underlying medical conditions also can cause
hypothyroidism. These include the liver disorder hemochromatosis and
sarcoidosis. In some women, pregnancy triggers an inflammation of
the thyroid (postpartum thyroiditis), which can lead to
No matter what the cause, hypothyroidism usually can be
effectively treated by replacing the missing hormone with a
synthetic form of thyroid hormone.
You will need to detoxify body and chealate the toxic Flouride
out can be done by fasting, using
cilantro in your diet twice daily and bathing with Boric acid.