Hypo-Thyroidism: The Hidden Epidemic?

Dr. John H. Maher drjmaher at cts.com
Sat Apr 7 11:17:13 EST 2001

Hypo-Thyroidism: The Hidden Epidemic?

Vitally yours,

Dr. John H. Maher, A.B.A.A.H.P.
Editor, "Longevity News"
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While not generally considered one of the "Hormones Of Youth", thyroid
deficiency can increase your risk of age related disorders. Sub-optimal
thyroid means sub-optimal metabolism, which translates into weight gain and
its associated ills of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even

Some doctors estimate that as much as 15% to 40% of the population of the US
suffers from sub-optimal thyroid function! Unfortunately, blood tests only
pick up the more frank cases of hypothyroidism. The standard blood test
criteria are a low T4 and a high TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Because
of this insensitivity, some doctors have dubbed sub-optimal thyroid as the
"much misdiagnosed malady."

A checklist of common hypothyroid symptoms follows:

low body temp.__

dry skin/hair__

gain weight too easily__
 menstrual difficulties__

brittle nails__
 poor short term memory and concentration__
 low motivation and ambition__

hair loss (including outer third of the eyebrows)__
 fluid retention__
 dizziness or lightheadedness__ irritability__

food intolerance__
 tendency towards substance abuse__
 drooping, swollen eyes__

anxiety/panic attacks__
 skin problems/infections/acne__

dry eyes__
 heat and cold intolerance__

low blood pressure__
 elevated cholesterol__
 irritable bowel__

slow healing __
 pale skin__
 coarse or leathery skin__

 mood swings__
 loss of appetite__

slow speech__
 muscle cramps__
 stiff joints__

recurrent infections__
 food cravings__
 crying jags__

reduced or excessive sweating__
 frequent colds or sore throats__
 poor co-ordination__

 low libido__

acid indigestion__

Like growth hormone, thyroid hormone effects about every cell in the body.
It regulates the metabolism, which is the processes by which we release
energy for all our vital processes, including body temperature and heart
beat. This butterfly shaped gland sits just below your Adam's apple. The
major mineral for the thyroid is iodine. Deficiency of iodine will lead to
full-blown hypothyroidism with a goiter. A goiter in this case is a
hypertrophied thyroid trying in vain to create active thyroxin. Fortunately,
iodized salt has made this much less common.

In the context of anti-aging hormone enhancement it is important to realize
that Hgh enhancements may very occasionally worsen sub-optimal thyroid
function. The reason for this is that Hgh enhancements may cause thyroid
hormones to be "used up" more quickly when said Hgh enhancement speed up the

Then again sub-optimal Hgh is common in hypothyroid patients. When Hgh is
enhanced it often normalizes the thyroid. Less thyroid medication may be
needed, especially if the hyperthyroid symptoms listed below appear. See
your prescribing doctor.

Screen Your Own Thyroid Status:

The best way to screen for hypothyroid is to first note if you suffer from
several or more of the above symptoms. Then check for a low body temperature
using the following Dr. Broda Barnes Axillary Temperature test.

1) Shake down an oral thermometer and place it next to your bed before you
go to sleep.

2) As soon as you wake up, place the thermometer under your armpit and leave
it there for 10 minutes before getting up.

3) Record the temperature. If it is below normal rising temperature, which
is 97.8 to 98.2 degrees F, for three consecutive days, you are likely
hypothyroid. (Menstruating females should wait until after their first day
of their period before taking these tests.)

Temperatures of 96.6 or less almost guarantees hypo-thyroidism even in the
presence of normal blood tests. A pulse of 65 or less in the NON-AEROBICALLY
fit is also suggestive of hypothyroidism, especially when combined with an
axillary temperature of less than 97.8 and a half dozen or more of the above
hypothyroid symptoms.

If your self-tests suggest hypothyroidism, have your doctor do a thyroid
panel. If it is abnormal, than prescription whole thyroid with "thyroxin"
(not synthetics) is indicated.

If your blood tests are "normal" remember this is common with sub-optimal
thyroid conditions. We recommend an OTC thyroxin free whole thyroid
supplement to stimulate the thyroid to produce more of its own thyroxin in
such cases. The product resource that RxforWellness provides is T-100 .


Take 1 or 2 a day, depending on your size and the extent of the sub-optimal
hypothyroid findings. In 6 weeks your temperature should improve at least
50% toward normal, your heart beat up 50% toward normal, and half of your
symptoms should be at least 50% better.

If that occurs continue indefinitely on 1 or 2 a day, which ever works best.
It takes about six weeks to notice a difference when adding or subtracting
thyroid supports.

Fast heart beat, shakes, sweating, moist skin and palm of hands, weight
loss, increased appetite, intense drive and personality, and axillary
temperature above 98.2 are signs of over stimulating the thyroid. All
thyroid supplements should be discontinued.

Remember taking  Hgh enhancement and progesterone supports the thyroid and
estrogen is antagonistic.

Vitally yours,

Dr. John H. Maher, A.B.A.A.H.P.
Editor, "Longevity News"
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