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Is Your Thyroid Under Active?

October 10, 2013 28 Comments

Is Your Thyroid Under Active?

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The Power of that Butterfly Shaped Thyroid Gland
This subject has been on my list of blog posts to write for months and each time I consider the subject, I get overwhelmed with all of the information.  Well, the time has come to jump in!  Partly because two awesome bloggers have helped me pare things down to the basics with their blog posts that I'll be borrowing from heavily!  Many thanks to Hypothyroid Mom and Wellness Mama.  First up, lets start the conversation!
 
 
The thyroid is the master control center for the metabolic function of every single cell in your body.  Because of this, it has the power to disrupt every part of your body and produce serious changes in every aspect of your life including serious disease, mood, weight gain and low energy levels.
How would you know? 
This is where it gets really interesting and, a little overwhelming, the symptoms.  Let's start with the well known symptoms first: Depression Fatigue or flat out exhaustion Cold feet and hand - sometimes a tingling Puffy eyes Memory loss and difficulty focusing Dry, possibly pale skin Coarse, thinning hair Brittle nails Constipation Trouble sleeping Thinning of the end of the eyebrow Unexplained weight gain with proper diet and exercise
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Brace yourself.  Dana, creator of Hypothyroid Mom took things further and compiled a list of over 300 signs and symptoms that can point to an under active thyroid.  The list includes serious illness, disease, even miscarriage...all from the misfiring of the thyroid.  This blog is a wealth of information on cutting edge Hypothyroidism, she dedicates herself to this!
If any of these symptoms feel familiar or helps you to connect the dots this is what Katie AKA Wellness Mama recommends we start doing of which I find to be sound advice!  EOs are awesome but a healthy diet is the foundation of health. "I suggest doing a two-week experiment of completely avoiding gluten and soy.  Gluten intolerance and autoimmune conditions of the thyroid gland are inextricably linked.  In this situation when one eats gluten, the immune system gets the wrong signal to attack the thyroid". "Then there's soy.  I have written and talked a lot about soy and spoken out about it for years.  Basically, soy blocks the uptake of iodine, an essential mineral the thyroid needs.  60% of the iodine in our bodies is found in the thyroid gland.  Iodine is also an essential mineral to protect us from breast and prostate cancer.
How Your Diet can Support the Thyroid
 
Iodine Rich Foods _______________________________ - Kelp - Seaweed (found on the Asian aisle of the large groceries or health food stores) - Onions - Artichokes - Pineapple Selenium _______________________________ Selenium maintains the production of various thyroid hormones produced in the thyroid gland. - Pasture raised eggs - Shellfish - Mushrooms - Garlic - Sunflower seeds - Brazil nuts Essential Fatty Acids - Omega 3s _______________________________ - Fish oil - Dark leafy greens - Flaxseeds - Chia seeds Coconut Oil and Coconut Butter _______________________________ Raw saturated fat that contains essential fatty acids that promote thyroid health.  The fat in these foods is quickly converted to energy, which helps regulate thyroid function.  This is why coconut oil and coconut butter can help you lose weight because they contain the good fats that help you burn the bad fats! Copper and Iron Rich Foods ________________________________ - Cashews - Clams - Organ meats - Oysters - Red meat - Beans - Leafy greens Food can be medicine or the slowest form of poison.  Adding the above mentioned food groups will give your thyroid essential nutrients it needs to function properly and do it's job; giving you more mental clarity, perfect digestion, balanced weight and lots of energy!
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Two EO protocols to assist in balancing Thyroid hormones  
{if you suspect they're low}
 
Protocol 1
___________________________________ Two blends used a week at a time, alternating to the next. Blend 1  (week one) 1 part Lemongrass 1 part Myrrh (can substitute with Peppermint) 1 part carrier oil *Frankincense In a 5ml roller bottle.  Apply topically over thyroid area and reflexology points (big toe), massage in 3x daily. *Whenever I can, I layer a drop of Frankincense over the Lemongrass/Myrrh blend.  If it's not convenient (traveling etc.) I take 2 drops of pure Frankincense under my tongue morning and night.  Frankincense will help the other EOs along and calm inflammation. At the end of the first week, begin Blend 2 and apply in the same manner.  After week 2, begin Blend 1 again. Blend 2  (week 2) 1 part grounding type blend 1 part Geranium 1 part carrier oil *Frankincense Protocol 2 _____________________________________ 25 drops Lemongrass 25 drops Clove 10 drops Frankincense 25 drops carrier oil In a 5ml roller bottle.  Apply topically over thyroid area and reflexology points (big toe), massage in 3x daily. Lastly, a comment from Dana of Hypothyroid Mom that was eye opening for me!
My hope is that this post finds the millions of people worldwide who are not aware of their condition. They are suffering from multiple health complications but they have no clue their thyroid is to blame. Their doctors are prescribing medication after medication for illnesses that could be treated by addressing the underlying hypothyroidism. It is a tragedy.
Then there are those who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and treated with thyroid replacement medication, however they still suffer from many of the symptoms on this list. Their doctors have no idea the real reason for their ill health is the improperly treated hypothyroidism. They too are being prescribed multiple medications for conditions that could be treated by proper thyroid treatment. Others are mistakenly considered hypochondriacs and prescribed sleeping pills and anti-depressants by their doctors. Others are told their symptoms are just part of normal aging and shrugged off as unimportant. Doctors are relying solely on laboratory tests for diagnosis, not investigating fully the patient’s medical history, symptoms, family history and thorough physical exams. Does this sound like you? It may be time to change doctors.
One last word to the wise, if you're currently on medication for hypothyroid, don't go off it without consulting with your doctor first.  If any of the information I shared rings true for you, please do your due diligence and investigate your symptoms until you have answers!
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28 Responses

Carol
Carol

May 10, 2017

Thank you so much for this post! My sister found oud 2 days ago she was miscarrying for the third time since july of last year. Shr also has the other symptoms. One question i had was can we replace the frankincense with anything?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I can’t tell you to go off your medication ladies…these protocols are geared for those like me that suspect an under active thyroid and aren’t taking any medication. This something you’ll need to discuss with your doctor.

Beth, there are 2 protocols to choose from – protocol 1 requires alternating 2 blends and protocol 2 is simpler with only one blend.

fanny arbuckle
fanny arbuckle

May 10, 2017

I have the same question in regard to if I am taking medication already do I do the protocol and the medication?

Beth
Beth

May 10, 2017

I am so interested in this! So what if I’m on Synthroid and use the protocols, how will that affect the medication? Also , since there are 2 protocols, does it mean use one or the other? And is it continuous use? Do I ever stop using it?

Noni
Noni

May 10, 2017

Seriously?! You got Wellness Mama?! I have followed her for awhile now but I couldn’t even get her to answer my e-mail! Great post!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

From what I’ve read it would be much the same protocol Dana, Lemongrass, Myrrh and Frankincense….Frankincense is key!

Dana
Dana

May 10, 2017

What about hyPERthyroism? Any suggestions?

Carol
Carol

May 10, 2017

Thanks Rebecca!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Carol, I would do whatever I could to get the Frankincense. If you don’t have any yet and want to get started, by all means start one of the protocols and add the Frankincense when you can.

Dena Herbert
Dena Herbert

May 10, 2017

I found out that I had hypothyroidism when I was 27yrs old. When I was 45 I found out that I was born with a rare type of Adrenal Disease. It is believed that this Adrenal Disease is what triggered my thyroid problem. Thank you for this post. I would encourage anyone that has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism to have their adrenals checked also.

AHip HumbleLife
AHip HumbleLife

May 10, 2017

You can do protocols like this in addition to your medication and your thyroid levels should show a dramatic change when your labs are reviewed by your doctor. Never know, he may adjust your thyroid meds.

After each protocol application, layer a drop of Frankincense over the thyroid area. Then, add a warm rice bag for 15-30 mins over the thyroid area will help emulsify the oils (especially the Frankincense) to drive it deeper into the thyroid area. I would ask your Dr about Armour Thyroid med (there’s generic’s like it now – Google Armour Thyroid). It’s safer than Synthroid although most Dr’s don’t like this alternative because it’s a desiccated thyroid drug. Your body = your choice.

This gives great info (and a link to a “form letter” to your dr about your preference to use Armour thyroid).

http://thyroid.about.com/b/2009/01/27/the-desiccated-thyroid-controversy-why-endocrinologists-dont-like-armour-thyroid.htm

Pam
Pam

May 10, 2017

Awesome info Rebecca … is this something you use ‘always’ or just for a ‘while’…a certain time frame?

Jennifer Kuhn
Jennifer Kuhn

May 10, 2017

Sorry miss spelled the web address wrong! this is the correct web address http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

Jennifer Kuhn
Jennifer Kuhn

May 10, 2017

www.stopthethyroidmaddness.com is a GREAT website for hyopthyroid! Please Please DO NOT go off your meds! I made well the doc I was seeing made the mistake (twice) of me going off my thyroid medication for months! and to make this super long story short I went to a compounding doctor who was completely shocked that I was not DEAD or in ICU for how my thyroid blood work readings were off the chart and all my insides were shutting down and lets put it this way I was unable to go potty #2 for months and months! I am a firm believer of oils and think that they will help your thyroid but make no mistake just like your thyroid pills, they have to be taken at the same time everyday, if you don’t they will not work at all or you will not get the best effects of your thyroid medication. I am currently on compounded thyroid medication that specifically made for me and my thyroid and I have to take it twice a day. But PLEASE PLEASE do not go off your medication! Learn from my mistakes

Dana Trentini
Dana Trentini

May 10, 2017

I love this article! I appreciate very much that you included Hypothyroid Mom. I will be sure to try the two EO protocols that you mention for balancing thyroid hormones.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Yes Aurora, you can substitute clove with myrrh and add the other EOs when you get them.

Aurora Brusseau
Aurora Brusseau

May 10, 2017

Re: Protocol#2-I don’t currently have clove oil, but I have plenty of frankincense and lemongrass; could I substitute one of the ones from protocol #1, like myrrh? I was trying to use the oils I currently have on hand, and unfortunately I do not have all of the ones for protocol#1, like Zen or geranium. I plan on getting Zen soon, as it sounds awesome.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Good question! I don’t think you need to do both Rhonda – the Frankincense with each topical application should be enough :)

Rhonda
Rhonda

May 10, 2017

Question: I’m interested in trying protocol 2. (I wouldn’t be good at the a week of this a week of that required for protocol 1.) My only concern is this…In your blog post on the 4 Essential EOs, you recommend putting 2 – 3 drops of Frankincense under the tongue 2 times daily. If I’m doing that would the Frankincense in this be like double dosing? In other words, can you get too much Frankincense? Should I skip the under the tongue doses?

I really want to try this. I’ve lived with hypothyroidism for nearly 17 years. I’ve taken everything. Finally, about two years ago I was able to convince my doctor to put me on Armour Thyroid. Best thing I’ve ever taken, but still have some of the symptoms listed above. Thanks for taking time to answer my question!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Pam, if this helps you balance and regulate you can continue use indefinitely.

Elissa Carey
Elissa Carey

May 10, 2017

I think I am one of the few, after reading MANY blog posts, that Synthroid works well on. Synthroid is just T4, Armour is T3 and T4….my body converts the T4 just fine so I don’t need the additional T3. I was just diagnosed last fall and it has been quite the journey. I have Hashimotos and now I also have to go to a rheumatologist for all the other issues I have…Lupus and autoimmune run in my family and I seem to have won the lottery on the genetic end ;). I am going to try the blend in conjunction with my meds to see if it helps more. Thanks for posting!

Diana
Diana

May 10, 2017

I have suspected and under active thyroid for years! I battle every symptom of it yet my test results are always just inside the normal (but right at the border) so nothing is done. However… I no longer care for my Dr to diagnose it now because I’d rather try these natural routes of diet & EOs for treating the symptoms I have. Thanks SO much for this post! Looking forward to trying EO therapy. Is either protocol preferred? #2 seems simpler in mixing up just one blend for continual use, rather than alternating two blends. I’m SO forgetful that only using one sounds more appealing but if it works better… :)

Gwyn
Gwyn

May 10, 2017

I absolutely agree and would urge anyone on Synthroid to push to try Armour Thyroid. Armour is the organic based medication that was original (or close) for treating Hypothyroid then Synthroid the synthetic version came along as the new great advancement and practitioners were encouraged to prescribe it over the old standby. Really a huge number of prescribers don’t remember or think about Armour because they are just so conditioned to the Synthetic. The Armour Thyroid is also much cheaper and very affordable. I first always prefer the idea of taking something closer to natural and then moving into oils to replace the medication seems a logical transition. If the oil protocol is working for you it will be reflected in your test results and your practitioner will lower or eliminate your medication as part of that natural progression. Which is not to say don’t be up front with your practitioner about what you are doing, I think you should but whether they are supportive or not the results will make the changes anyway. At least in my experience.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Judy, in my opinion…absolutely! EOs are a natural alternative that our bodies find very agreeable.

Judy Nelson
Judy Nelson

May 10, 2017

I have never been officially diagnosed with hypothyroidism (The Dr. always says “it’s low normal, so you don’t need anything”), but I have many, many of the symptoms shown above. Is it OK for me to start on the protocols, either one of them, without an ‘official’ diagnosis? I really need to get to feeling better. I just found your site thru FB and would like to get started on this as soon as possible, if applicable. Thanks for your help.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I believe it’s out of stock as of today Carol, darn the timing! Here’s the link, please check back often…it’s worth the wait!
http://sparknaturals.com/index.php/eo-blends.html/?id=6

Carol
Carol

May 10, 2017

What is Zen essential oil and where can you buy it….the link does not work.

Thank you for the great information!

Katherine
Katherine

May 10, 2017

It’s okay if you are not allergic to pork, I have to get my dose at a compounding pharmacy.

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