- 1 Hypothyroidism Diet & Natural Treatments
- 2 Healing Your Thyroid – A Powerful Hypothyroidism Diet & Treatment
- 3 Foods to Avoid on a Hypothyroidism Diet
- 4 Cleansing Your Thyroid
- 5 Keeping Your Thyroid Healthy
- 6 Hypothyroidism Treatment & Diet – A Review
- 6.1 Thyroid Tests
- 6.2 Taking Thyroid Hormones
- 6.3 Heal Your Thyroid – Release Your Feelings
- 6.4 Endocrine System Overview
- 6.5 Thyroid Health Protocols
- 6.6 Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- 6.7 Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease
- 6.8 Thyroid Self-Check
- 7 Hypothyroidism & Thyroid Health Recipes
Hypothyroidism Diet & Natural Treatments
Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, is the most common disorder of the human thyroid gland. This condition can cause excessive weight gain, extreme fluctuations in body temperature, lack of energy, and a host of other troubles.
In this article, you will learn about the thyroid and its function, how to recognize hypothyroidism (which is both over-diagnosed and misdiagnosed), how to cleanse your thyroid of toxins, how to keep your thyroid healthy for a lifetime, how to have the most effective hypothyroidism diet, and much, much more.
After having been diagnosed with hypothyroidism myself, I researched and acted upon the latest cutting-edge information to restore my own health. I have put together a unique, proactive program that addresses hypothyroidism, promotes thyroid health based on my insight, experience, and many little-known discoveries.
This article focuses on natural remedies, herbs, and supplements that are safe and easy to incorporate into one’s daily lifestyle. As we empower ourselves with the knowledge like this, we simultaneously endow ourselves with the ability to make the best decisions ever about our health.
Your thyroid may be a small gland, but it has a big impact on your health. Please use the information in this article as a resource on the road to your own healing.
The Thyroid and Its Functions
The thyroid is the fifth endocrine gland, if you count them in order from the root up. It is a butterfly-shaped gland underneath the Adam’s apple, but above the collarbone. It has two flaps on either side in the soft tissue of your neck.
The ancient Greeks first named the thyroid thyros, which means ‘shield’. It looks like a shield, and it actually works like a shield. The thyroid is like a thermostat. It is responsible for metabolism, generating body heat, breaking down food molecules and nutrients to turn them into energy, and for burning calories, even at a standstill.
It is a sensor that is finely tuned in to regulating all different kinds of functions in the body. It is always striving to seek balance for the system, but when we push ourselves too far, it goes off-balance. And when it can’t adapt, it starts to fatigue, falter and atrophy, causing high or low blood sugar, chronic stress, hormone imbalance, cortisol inflammation, and liver toxicity.
The thyroid gland is such an important part of our health. People don’t realize how good you feel being happy, having energy, not gaining weight, sleeping. The thyroid gland also helps your immune system function well and your digestive system eliminate properly.
The thyroid is a major driving force of well-being in your life. If you want to thrive and feel great, then you want to have amazing hormone balance and amazing thyroid health and function.
Living in this modern world, there are things that can subject us to the thyroid being impaired. When it is impaired, we notice it and we feel it. Some people live with undiagnosed thyroid problems, or just aren’t health-conscious enough to understand the importance of the thyroid. They live with these problems – having low energy,
being cold, being unable to lose weight no matter how hard they try to exercise, having mild depression comes and goes, or needing to stay in bed and sleep longer than most people and still waking up tired. People with thyroid problems also get constipated. No matter what they do, they can’t resolve their constipation. They are living with these issues, and they have no idea of why.
Hypothyroidism is an under-active thyroid that doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. A large amount of the hypothyroid problems – maybe 50% or more – are Hashimoto’s, which is an autoimmune disease.
Our immune systems are really being challenged. They are not balanced or modulated or functioning properly. Stress, toxins, nutritional deficiencies, and overuse of antibiotics or birth control pills are some of the causes. It is really good to learn about these issues and how they connect to your immune system.
To help you understand the different thyroid tests that will be discussed, here is an overview of hormone production. The hypothalamus gland in the brain is the regulator of all the endocrine glands. It sends a message to the pituitary gland through TRH (thyroid-releasing hormone) to tell the pituitary gland to make TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). TSH is the main hormone that doctors test for thyroid function.
Basically, the hypothalamus makes TRH. The pituitary gland makes TSH and sends it to the thyroid. The thyroid, under the influence of the enzyme TPO (thyroid peroxidase), attaches iodine to thyroid globulin. (The iodine comes from the food we eat and is in our bloodstream.) Thyroid globulin consists of two tyrosine atoms to a protein. With iodine, it then makes thyroid hormone, which comes out of the thyroid. There are two forms of thyroid hormone: T3 and T4. Most people have heard of T4. Only 7% of thyroid hormone made is T3, which is an active, anabolic, usable thyroid hormone.
T4 is not complete. It is not usable until it becomes finished. Since we make 93% T4, we should focus on how the T4 converts to the maximum level of usable T3. If we have a really healthy liver, healthy heart, healthy nerve and healthy muscles, 60% of our T4 will be converted to usable T3.
That only happens if we have the right levels of thyroid-binding globulin (TBG), because that is the carrier that shuttles the hormones around to get to the liver to convert from T4 to T3. The hormones are then carried back to the cell and into the receptor, where they turn on the genes that regulate that function and make us feel great.
There is 40% of T4 left over. Split that in two, and 20% of that goes into thyroid sulfate and thyroid oxalic acid, which is sent to the digestive tract. A lot of people don’t have beneficial levels of healthy bacteria, so that part of thyroid hormone is lost and can’t be used.
Healthy bacteria can be built up with cultured foods, kefir, sauerkraut and/or probiotic capsules. Under the influence of healthy, beneficial bacteria, thyroid sulfate and oxalic acid convert back to usable T3. You can get an 18-20% boost in T3 production just from having high levels of probiotics in your gut, which is very important. The other 20% of T4 becomes RT3, the reverse T3, which is not usable by the body. Reverse T3 has to be converted. It has to be detoxed out of the liver, so you need good liver function for that.
Let’s jump over now and talk about some specifics on what foods people should be eating and what herbs they should be taking to enhance their thyroid, get things going, and perhaps even be able to come off of the drugs.
Healing Your Thyroid – A Powerful Hypothyroidism Diet & Treatment
Foods to Eat
We are going to go through a whole program of detoxifying your thyroid, rebuilding it with foods and herbs, vitamins and minerals, and exercise. If you’ve had part of your thyroid removed, but you still have some of it, you can still get back to functional thyroid use.
If you have never taken thyroid hormone before, it’s even better, because it is less confusing to the system. You can go right into a hypothyroidism diet program and a detox program to maximize your overall thyroid health and see what your results are.
What is the first step? It’s taking iodine, if you take the right form. It needs to have a free electron so it has a negative charge. It’s what is called paramagnetic iodine, like nascent iodine. There are a lot of iodine products out there that are of poor quality. There are quite a few doctors who don’t recommend the use of iodine or tyrosine to boost thyroid hormone because it can temporarily flare up the symptoms of an autoimmune thyroid problem, which often times is the case for some people with Hashimoto’s.
But if you are interested in your health long-term, you are going to address autoimmune disorders at the same time. Then your body starts to correct the immune system from the core and you don’t have to be afraid of taking something that is actually good for you, just because of a symptom flare-up. It’s like a detoxification barrier, or a hump you have to go over.
I have seen it a lot in people with Candida who I’ve worked with. It’s a backward approach: to avoid something that is good for you because you are getting a flare-up. It may scare you because of your lack of understanding of the issue, because you feel like you’re getting worse when you’re taking something that is supposed to make you better. But you have to understand the cleansing and the Herxheimer reaction. This happens a lot with allergies.
The Herxheimer reaction is the die-off effect, meaning you’re taking something that is actually killing an infection in the body and the infection is fighting back. You are used to that infection being stable and happy in you. It actually flares up, and all the symptoms that it used to give you that were mild before become exaggerated or enhanced. But that is actually good, because it is leaving your system. Toxins that were neatly stored in fat cells are now being pulled and dredged up in your cells and coming out of your body and you actually feel worse, temporarily. Sometimes, lots of toxins are coming out. But if you understand that, and if you are not afraid – you just drink water and help yourself through the cleansing system – you are going to come out the other end much healthier than you were before. Just tip-toeing around all your symptoms, afraid of doing anything because of a lack of understanding of natural health, isn’t the way to go.
Halogens have a similar chemical structure to iodine. Tap water has one of the leading halogens that contributes to thyroid problems, and that is fluoride. Fluoride is toxic to the thyroid. Bromide is now used to massage dough in bread making, so all processed bread is high in bromide, which is another halogen.
Iodine is the fourth most abundant, important mineral for health in the body. It was so severely deficient in our country that, at the turn of the century, everyone who was living away from the ocean – in the middle of what was called the Goiter Belt – all developed goiters from iodine deficiency. Goiter causes the thyroid and the entire neck area to become swollen. .
The government did do something about it. They put iodine in salt and we had iodized salt. The problem is that when that salt is left out too long, the iodine evaporates. Iodine is like a vapor. High-quality iodine, like nascent iodine, is 2% iodine and it is made chemically in the perfect structure to be usable instantly in the body.
Therapeutic doses start at about 15 ml of iodine a day, which would be a whole dropperful of Nascent iodine in water, on a totally empty stomach for it to absorb. You can feel the antibiotic, cleansing effect from it if you take it right away before it evaporates. If you let it sit too long it just evaporates away. Higher therapeutic doses go up to 50 ml a day, about three droppers, and maximum therapeutic doses go up to 100 ml, which would be about six droppers a day.
The iodine is going to remove halogens: fluorides and bromides. Because we are so iodine-deficient, the glands take in halogen thinking it’s iodine, trying to make it work. We were really deficient 100 years ago in the Goiter Belt. So the amount of iodized salt that we consumed – the amount that was consumed fresh without evaporating
– was enough to reverse goiter in one generation. But was it enough to maintain optimum health for human beings? Probably not.
I’m really excited about the other health benefits that iodine can have in other endocrine glands and on your overall health. When it is free-electron iodine that is really well made, it can detoxify mammary glands and ovaries in women and the prostrate in men, along with the thyroid. It detoxifies all the halogens and then puts the iodine back in place. Iodine also is what hospitals use like an antiseptic or antibiotic.
Iodine works to fight viruses, yeast, fungus, and Candida. Iodine also chelates heavy metals because of its free electron. It detoxes the mercury, and the mercury is something that Candida feeds off of. The cells are shielded the mercury oxidizing.
Iron is another thing that people don’t think of. Most good doctors know that, especially for men as they mature, increasing levels of ferritin are not good. When iron gets too high, it’s the most aging or damaging free radical of any of the metals in the body. Over your lifetime, especially in men, iron levels get too high. We get borderline hemochromatosis, and we are breaking down our cells; we are aging. We are possibly even creating an electromagnetic field around the body that attracts solar radiation that is breaking RNA and DNA. The excess iron tends to build up in the brain, the thyroid, and the hands and feet. If we get the iron out and get the mercury down, we can fight off Candida, viruses, and bacterial infections.
I also think another important mineral is indium. It needs to be usable by the body, like indium sulfate. All you need is a couple of drops. It is going to improve zinc absorption, and zinc is really important for the thyroid. It will also improve selenium absorption, which is really important to the thyroid, and absorption of other trace minerals. Indium sulfate can balance up to 81 hormones, according to Joseph Marion, the author of The Anti-Aging Manual, because of its endocrine function.
It’s a mineral enhancer, big-time. Copper goes up 61% and chromium goes up to 332% with just three drops of indium for a 150 pound person. And the kidneys go up to 600 to 700% absorption.
The average person is supposed to have 80% beneficial bacteria and 20% opportunistic. It has sort of flip-flopped. That is why autism, ADHD, allergies, Candida, sugar cravings, alcohol cravings, skin fungal infections, insomnia, PMS, headaches and on and on have increased so much. Candida is such a tag word in the health world today. People think they have Candida because there are so many symptoms that come with it.
Systemic Candida is major chronic fatigue – it’s a major fungus that can turn into other things. It’s really quite brutal at that point. It’s like pulling all of the roses out of your garden and leaving the weeds. Water the garden, and it overgrows with weeds. You have a major imbalance in your body. At first it just stays in the colon, and if it’s only in the colon it’s easy to fix, but if it becomes chronic and long-term, you get leaky gut syndrome. It gets into the bloodstream and becomes systemic.
Getting the colon clean is important so that you can improve the pH and repopulate all the healthy bacteria. This can do so much for your health – it can improve your digestion, immune system, energy, weight, skin, and your attitude. They are natural antidepressants.
Probiotics are an evolved species and they produce B vitamins and folic acid in the gut. On the fly they do biological transmutation, converting minerals like silica into calcium. This is really, really important for your health. They will convert 20% of T4 to T3. You can get an 18% to 20% increase in your usable T3 through boosting your probiotics.
If someone knows that their good bacteria is off-balance, they need to detox and make the shift. You might start with a soil-based organism probiotic SBO, which are ancient microbes from the dirt. They are a little more antibiotic in their nature. They are really good for cleansing – they’re like aggressive housecleaners. They eat up the pathogens and the putrefied food and undigested stuff and start cleansing it out. Primal Defense is the most popular soil-based product on the market in health food stores today in America. Get the powder. Start with a scoop a day in a glass of water on an empty stomach. Make sure you don’t get too much Herxheimer reaction.
If you want to get a slightly better product, you can go online. There is product called Nature’s Biotics by Life Science. Start with one pill a day, and work your way up to 12 for three months, and do some colonics. It will really clean stuff out.
The strongest resident probiotic that I like is Custom Probiotics, at customprobiotics.com. CP- 1, the six-strain adult formula, has 330 billion organisms per one-third teaspoon. To really address things like candida and get your good bacteria levels up, you have to take at least 500 billion organisms per serving to get the therapeutic effect.
CP- 1 is fantastic. For therapeutic shifts we do sometimes two rounded teaspoons – which is about 3 trillion organisms, or six live human strains. Stir it in plain water, or it’s better if you stir it in a fermented beverage, like coconut water kefir to activate it.
If you are on a program and you are doing other detoxification, like everything mentioned in this article, and you are going to do it every day, taking that much CP-1 every day could be too much. If you have some systemic viral or fungal infections, you could start going into some heavy-duty Herxheimer detox where you feel like you have the flu and will want to stay home in bed.
We want to nourish the thyroid nutritionally with vitamins. Vitamin A, like the type in the cod liver oil astaxanthin, is a powerful antioxidant that protects us from radiation. Astaxanthin is an amazing pigment. It comes from algae, and is a red pigment that has very powerful immunomodulating effects. As an antioxidant, it is going to be protective. It is a powerful antioxidant. The sun is strong, and the solar radiation today is pretty strong. If we are outside a lot in it and our iron is going up, it’s going into the thyroid and is really getting stressed. There’s also other artificial radiation that we are around, whether we are flying on an airplane a lot, or getting an x-ray.
We always want to have more antioxidants to protect us from radiation. If you take high doses of astaxanthin, like a couple teaspoons a day (it’s $4,000 a kilo) you just can’t get a sunburn, the antioxidant levels are so high. It’s a key antioxidant, but it’s a nutrient for the thyroid too.
B vitamins are also very important for the thyroid. I take 1500 micrograms of methyl B12. Take it sublingually. Swish it, bite it, swish it, and hold it under the tongue. B6 and all the other B vitamins at decent doses are important, too.
Vitamin C is very important for the thyroid. In fact, a year ago was the very first time I took a packet with 1000 mg of Iypospheric vitamin C. According to the World Health Organization, LivOn Labs set the world record for the blood level of vitamin C for a human. They got to 440 nanograms per deciliter; the previous record was 220. This was none with 38 packets of vitamin C, which is 38,000 mg. They are saying it that this method is stronger and faster than IV drips of vitamin C.
The first time I took the vitamin C packet, I knew the importance of the mucosa and the capillaries in the mouth and under the tongue, so I swished it with a little water for a couple of minutes in my lips and held it under the tongue. I felt the vitamin C immediately flushing my thyroid, and I knew I was deficient.
The first time I took a Quinton hypertonic, I did the same thing. A nutritionist friend of mine told me to hold it under my tongue a long time. He said it would go into my thyroid and then my thymus. I felt the same thing. I had a deficiency and I felt the flushing of those nutrients go right into that thyroid gland where I need it.
Liposomal vitamin C is a fat-soluble vitamin C. There are two products on the market that are really good. LivOn Labs makes Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C. It’s about $35-$38 a box for 30 packets. You really want three packets a day. That’s the ideal target – 3000 mg a day for maintenance. If you have a viral infection, you can take 10 packs. You can take a high dose in a day.
Vitamin D is important. If you don’t really go out in the sun that much and you have never taken vitamin D before, you should get your vitamin D levels tested along with your thyroid. It could be under 10 if you are really in trouble. It could be under 20 or 30, and you have to be over 30 to be healthy. The ideal level is more like 40 to 60, and really good, therapeutic level are 70 to 80.
I decided to take 12,000 units a day of vitamin D3 from cold-fusion raw food state fermented yeast. This is MegaFood. I am really into the source of the vitamins. I am not going to go out there and just buy some vitamin D3 in a vitamin pill where I don’t know really how it is made, or where it comes from, or if it has magnesium stearate and other things in it that I don’t really want.
These pills from MegaFood look like rabbit pellets. This is food. You can just put them in your mouth and chew them up and eat them and they taste amazing. You can swish it around, hold it under your tongue, get it right in. They say it takes about 60 days to get your levels up. My vitamin D level is 63, which is right in the perfect range after just one month of my first time taking vitamin D ever.
It affects more biological markers for health than anything ever discovered – vitamin D3. It turns on more genes that are related to health than anything ever discovered. Actually, out of 30,000 genes that have been identified as being markers for health, it turns on somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 of them – over 10% – which is more than anything else. It’s like a hormone. Because of the improvement on the immune system, it can start to reduce any autoimmune symptoms that people have that are attacking the thyroid and creating part of the problem.
Chlorophyll is another top antioxidant in my program. It’s supposed to do the same thing: protect you from carbon dioxide in the air we breathe and protect you from solar radiation. But it puts oxygen into the body and converts carbon dioxide back into oxygen. You feel like you have more oxygen in your cells and you can’t feel altitude differences.
There are also a couple of individual minerals that should be mentioned. Zinc is the first one. I take 100 mg of zinc a day. Most people can’t take that much. I take about 60 mg a day in an ionic angstrom liquid so that it metabolizes well, rather than just taking it in a pill. And then I take the cold fusion raw food state vitamins, like MegaFood. Because it comes from yeast, it is totally bioavailable to the body.
There is a product called Hair, Skin and Nails which is 15 mg of zinc, 1 mg of copper, 3 mg of sulfur and silica, and a little bit of natural folate and vitamin E. It’s a great product and tastes amazing. I chew those up and eat them in the morning as part of my food. It’s also made by MegaFood. A lot of good health food stores around the country are carrying it. Hair, Skin and Nails is a multi-mineral, so you are getting another 15 mg of zinc and some silica, sulfur and copper and a few other vitamins. That one tastes the most intense, but it’s really good.
Selenium is really important for the thyroid. You don’t need a lot, but I do the ionic angstrom. Or it could be a fermented raw vitamin, like New Chapter. They ferment their vitamins so it works totally in a bioavailable state, like food. 300 to 400 micrograms of selenium for the thyroid is the high dose. Micrograms are a very, very small amount.
After zinc and selenium, it is really down to trace minerals, multi-minerals. The thyroid just really loves minerals in general. It needs them. Quinton is my favorite. There are different Quinton products. I use the isotonics for people who are hyper and hypertonics for people who are underactive.
Renee Quinton has photos in a book I’ve seen that are about 100 years old of him injecting a box of this stuff into an infant covered head-to-toe with infection, and they took a photo each day. In a month, the infant was totally well. It’s amazing. For people with underactive thyroids (hypothyroidism), we give them the hypertonic, one to two a day.
To take Quinton, you crack the tip – it’s food grade glass. You can’t hurt yourself with this. If a little piece gets in there it will dissolve, but it usually doesn’t. Snap the glass, snap the other tip, drain it under your tongue, let it sit for several minutes. If you are really mineral-deficient, the first time you will feel the minerals go right into your thyroid, and maybe into your thymus.
Coconut oil is one of my favorite anti-hypothyroid immediate snacks that I take whenever I need energy at work or throughout the day. I take a big scoop, about three tablespoons of extra virgin raw coconut oil. It should be hexane-free, like Nutiva. Then I have a solay from Himalayan salt, or I will just grab some Celtic salt and put the salt on top. I like the taste, and I know the minerals are good going with the coconut oil for my thyroid. I just put it in my mouth and I chew it up until it dissolves really well and just swallow it. And then I do a second one, so I take six tablespoons of coconut oil, maybe up to twice a day. For me, any little sort of low-energy symptom of hypothyroid is just gone. I feel amazing.
It’s a metabolic-increasing fat. It is 60% medium-chain triglyceride, so it does not get stored as fat by the body even though it is a saturated fat. It is converted to fuel instantly. The glycerol molecule in coconut oil splits with your saliva so that you don’t need bile acid from your liver to break it down. It goes right through your system.
I have experienced maybe 3% of people coming to the bar over the years who don’t digest coconut oil, so they can’t eat that much. But for most people, it works well. And for me, and some of the people I have helped who are on a lower sugar and a lower carbohydrate diet, we need to replace those calories with the calories from fats to get our ATP. We can make more ATP that way. We can make up to 140 ATPs per cycle in the fat-burning cycle, compared to 2 to 42, depending on how well we utilize insulin on sugar and carbs. The long distance runners really train themselves to run at a certain heart rate so that they burn fats instead of carbs – because they can go forever without having to pick up their blood sugar and eat carbohydrates.
For herbs, we have got ashwagandha I would put as number one, and then I would put guggulipid number two. I put bladderwrack number three. It is the most medicinal seaweed, without a doubt.
Ashwagandha helps convert T4 to T3, so that’s really good. It helps cleanse the liver, and it will improve the liver in a way so that it does this conversion better. Ashwagandha is one of the most famous herbs – probably the number one herb for thyroid health. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen- it helps with the immune system, energy, improving short-term and long-term memory, and longevity. It’s really an amazing tonic, but it is most targeted to thyroid.
Guggulipid and Bladderwrack
After that would probably be guggulipid and bladderwrack. Guggulipid is a tree sap, another Ayurvedic herb. It can help with cholesterol and help the thyroid hormone manufacturing. Guggulipid a great thyroid herb that a lot of people have not heard of.
Thyroid hormone contains tyrosine, and we should also be taking tyrosine supplementally. It’s a great supplement for cognitive function and dopamine synthesis. I think there are a lot of benefits to be gained from learning about individual l amino acids taken in a pure pharmaceutical grade form that you mix in water or that you take on a completely empty stomach – maybe with a proteolytic enzyme to help it digest.
I have always recommended people take it with MegaHydrate, which is a particular supplement that was developed by Dr. Patrick Flanagan and is a hydrogen antioxidant supplement that helps to deliver the tyrosine. Oxidation of tyrosine can cause a lot of problems with the thyroid. The tyrosine sometimes doesn’t actually get in the thyroid, because it gets oxidized before it is able to do its job.
As we described previously, the thyroid mostly makes T4. It makes a little bit of T3 which is usable. A little over half of T4 has to be shuttled to the liver, converted by a healthy liver into T3, and made usable. Now, that leaves 40%. 20% approximately becomes reverse T3 which is just detox, and not used by the body. The other 20% goes into the digestive tract.
Ho Shou Wu
Ho Shou Wu is Polygonum multiflorum. This is the premier longevity-rejuvenation-anti-aging herb in Chinese medicine. It affects the kidney, blood, bones, endocrine system, fertility, and virility – you can quadruple the sperm count of a man in a month. It makes your hair and fingernails grow thick and fast, and can reverse gray hair. It’s an amazing herb. I had an experience with a mid-to-Iate-thirties customer who, for whatever reason, maybe because she was working a lot, had run-down adrenal glands. So we just started her on one herb, Ho Shou Wu, which is $22 for a bottle, and put her on a decent dose. In a week she told me that her goiter had gone away.
Deer antler is the last herb on my herbal system for the thyroid, because it is a major endocrine tonic. It’s fast. It’s got growth factors in it if it’s a high-quality product, so with degenerative thyroid problems where you have actually had autoimmune issues for years and it has attacked thyroid tissue, those growth factors could possibly help grow back those thyroid parts.
Because deer antler is tonic to the marrow of the bones, this is a something that separates the young from the old. At about 50 years old, the Taoists say, your bone marrow dries up; it turns gray and it no longer produces stem cells and red and white blood cells. Your aging process is accelerating at that point. When you are young, it’s pink and the marrow is plump and it is producing stem cells.
Deer antler makes the bone marrow grow. It keeps it pink and moist much longer so it doesn’t age. Some of the Taoists believe it can even reverse aging. Deer antler boosts insulin-like growth factors and many other growth factors.
Foods to Avoid on a Hypothyroidism Diet
There are certain key foods that you have to know right away are just not good for your overall health – especially the thyroid: white sugar, processed white flour, carbohydrates (especially refined carbohydrates), trans-fat oils, and canola oil. They have to be avoided. Put in the good fats instead, like coconut oil, a high-quality, non-molecular distilled wild Alaskan salmon oil, vitamin A, vitamin D, and Omega 3s – EPA and DHA. Caffeine also has to be avoided, as this type of stimulant is bad for the thyroid.
We also want to avoid goitrogens in mass quantities because they block that iodine from attaching to tyrosine and making thyroid hormone. So avoid cabbage, peanuts, soy, and broccoli in excess. There are even some goitrogens in kale and spinach.
If you have thyroid condition, are taking thyroid hormones, are on nascent iodine, and are trying to detox, you may wonder if you should completely avoid these foods. You don’t have to avoid them entirely, as long as you’re increasing your iodine consumption. You can have a little bit of those foods, but you don’t want to make them your staple foods. Soy can be worse than kale. It’s the isoflavones, believe it or not, that are really problematic. We hear all this research about isoflavones, and hear that they are great protectors against cancer, but really they are thyroid-toxic.
Avoid nitrates, and avoid excessive oxalic acid, like in preservatives or in dried fruit in a regular supermarket. Oxalic acid has some chelating effect on minerals and some malabsorption problems or blocking certain minerals, so it doesn’t help to do lots of oxalates.
The following foods are considered to be goitrogenic because these foods, when eaten raw and/ or in large amounts, further suppress thyroid hormone production.
Soybean and soy products, including tempeh, tofu, and TVP
Cleansing Your Thyroid
Colonics are amazing for detoxing the colon. If you are putting good bacteria in your body – if you are going to invest in that- you should do colonics with it. That is really going to improve your gut health, which is going to boost your T3 production and your immune system, and regulate immune problems.
Rebounding is good for detoxing the whole body and all the cells. If you hold a part of the body and squeeze it while you are bouncing, you are working out that body part. If you can squeeze your biceps as firm as you can and bounce, you will feel blood flow pump into the biceps like you are doing curls, and you will be pumped up afterwards.
You can also hold and massage the thyroid. You are going to increase its ability to detoxify and you are going to tonify it. Anytime you have a spare moment, like when you’re driving in your car, massage the thyroid up and down in that soft area of the neck, in about three different positions.
Heavy Metal Cleanse
You can also do zeolite and fulvic acid for a while, just as a general heavy metal cleanse. Fulvic acid increases mineral uptake, removal, and exchange in the cell, so that chelates the metals and the bad minerals and it allows your good minerals to come in quicker. You could also do some infrared saunas to help with the heavy metal cleansing.
Morning Star Minerals makes two products for heavy metal cleanses. Energy Boost 70 is about $25 retail. That is mostly fulvic acid with a trace amount of other minerals. You pour about 4 ounces of that into a glass with a little water. The second product is called HA. It’s very dark and it’s more humic, and you just put 1 ounce of that in, so we have a 4 to 1 fulvic to humic ratio in a glass of water. You could put your iodine right in there and drink it. That could be done in the morning.
You can also add your zeolite in the drink. Omica Organics makes a concentrated micronized zeolite powder, Super Z-lite, that’s in a liquid with fulvic acid and trace minerals added. Put one to three squirts in your drink every day. That’s a great general heavy metal detox. You can feel results from it right away.
At our tonic bar, we have had amazing results with the Morning Star mineral drink. Some people who have come out of the hospital and were really toxic came to the bar and wanted to do a few health drinks to try to help them. I know if I give them a strong drink it could put them into a Herxheimer or healing crisis. It’s just too strong for them. We give them that Morning Star mineral drink first. It never gives people a Herxheimer or die-off effect. It is very, very gentle. It works immediately. And they are so used to being toxic that they think that is their baseline. They feel immediate relief when they drink the fulvic acid and water.
Keeping Your Thyroid Healthy
Knowing how to prepare yourself for a really good night of deep sleep and to go into deep REM sleep state is important. REM sleep is when you have rapid eye movement, and produce large amounts of melatonin. This creates a hormone cascade, and the body will shut down energy for the digestive system, kidneys, and other areas, and will put it all into the brain.
Two things are happening in REM sleep. The first is concerns the things that you focus on intentionally, by giving your thoughts to them, looking at them, meditating, speaking and reading about during the day in your conscious mind. These things are actually wiring in the brain during REM sleep state. This sets up the neurological hookups to attract to the quantum field the ability to manifest the end result of what you have been giving your attention to. This is something they teach in ancient mystery schools.
The other thing that is happening in deep REM sleep state is you get this massive hormone cascade where all your anabolic hormones boost, your growth hormone goes up and you actually can really become younger in your sleep. You can heal deeply. We call it the Druid Sleep at the tonic bar where we learn how to do this.
Let’s talk a little bit about grounding. I have done a lot of research on being grounded barefoot on the Earth, being connected to the electrical fields of the Earth. The electrical fields of the Earth are negatively charged, and the thyroid is negatively charged. It is the most negatively charged portion of our whole body. And it appears to me, based on all the cross-referencing of a huge body of research over the last 20 years, that the thyroid is the biggest electron reservoir in our body.
It actually appears to me that if we can get our thyroid on the ground – kind of like a shoulder stand in yoga where our neck is on the ground, especially if it is on the actual floor of a park, on grass or on dirt – that we can get that electricity right into our thyroid, and that that really is a key to rebuilding the thyroid.
Grounding mats are electrically connected to the Earth and not to any DC current or AC current, and what we are doing is actually pulling the ground to us electromagnetically so that we can sit here and it feels like we are actually sitting and talking in the park.
This type of technology – grounding technology – is really important for thyroid health and health in general, in order to rebuild the free electricity that is natural to us. What we found out with Hiroshima and Nagasaki is that there is a massive oxidation reaction caused by depleted uranium – caused by uranium, plutonium and all the radioactive minerals – and the thyroid is called forth to quench it, to actually put the fire out, and it can become deficient in electricity. That is when it starts going in to Hashimoto’s, autoimmune conditions, or thyroid disease.
The thyroid is a target for EMFs (electromagnetic fields) too. It attracts radiation to a certain degree, and also static electricity. If you touch your car door when you get out and you get that electric shock, that means the static electricity has been building up high in your body. That is probably stressing the thyroid.
As soon as you ground, you discharge all that static electricity. By getting closer to the ground you are boosting the Earth’s natural North Pole negative field of magnetism a little bit. I sleep in a unipolar North Pole magnetic field from the bed setup that I have with magnets that are designed.
Magnets beds are designed in different ways. There are a couple of options of beds out there that aren’t good for you because the magnets are so far apart. You only have a little bit of North Pole coming up for a few inches. You have to sleep right on the magnets and in between all the gaps of the magnets you have these big South Pole spikes – which is like acupuncture, stimulating emergency response in the brain and draining AC/ DC current qi from your qi system to send oxygen to those qi points. You are doing that eight hours a night. You can’t do acupuncture for eight hours a day. It will drain your qi.
Now, if you put magnets close enough together so that if they are trying to reel each other, push it real close and lock it into a grid. That gap is so small that the South Pole spike only goes up for an inch, because the polarity shift comes off on a 45° angle. If this is a magnet, you draw a 45° angle. This is all north; that’s all south.
That’s all south; that’s all north. The magnets are this far apart.
You have that much South Pole spike, and the North Pole here, and your body is lying in the middle of that field. Put the magnets real close together for a little South Pole spike and all north pole field. All the magnets merge together and it creates a magnetosphere for 16 feet: eight feet up and eight feet down, like one giant magnet.
There are two products out there. The commercial ones that are shippable – that you can roll in a 75 lb layer and carry it if you need to – are by MagneticoSleep.com. Dr. Dean Bonlie has a lot of great information on there, a 45-minute video lecture that you can watch to really learn what I have just talked about – the difference between bipolar magnetism and unipolar magnetism.
We want to create a magnetic field exactly like the northern hemisphere of this planet that we put our body in, that we supplement – because the Earth’s field is only .4 of a gauss right now. In the dinosaur era, when you had these big biological organisms running around, it was 300 gauss North Pole.
If we supplement for eight hours a night while we are sleeping, and we are lying in a 20-gauss field, you have boosted the magnetic field of the Earth substantially. North Pole magnetism scientifically is proven to increase oxygen to the cells, and to inhibit cancer cells and pathogens, like candida, and increase nutrient absorption and improve cell health. The North Pole works like an antioxidant, reduces inflammation, helps the body to cleanse itself, and promotes health. The North Pole is alkaline.
South Pole magnetism creates acidity, and can feed cancer cells according to the tests that you read on PolarPowerMagnets.com. These people make the other unit that I know of. And these guys are not commercial. They are scientists. They have a very industrial website. You read the professional page; they will tell you what I am talking about. The South Pole is acid and the North Pole is alkaline. The South Pole takes oxygen away, feeds pathogens and cancer cells, and deprives nutrients from the cell. It is catabolic and creates free radicals. This is not good. The ir system is made by hand with 4 x 6 plate magnets, like what Peter Ragnar uses for magnetic qigong. Six hundred pounds is the weight for a bed.
It takes six weeks to ship. The movers bring it in a truck and install it. You put a little 2-inch latex rubber tree nontoxic foam pad on top of that, so that you only have a short space – enough that you are away from the little south pole spike. While you lie flat, you’re living in the max gauss of North Pole field. This would be about 200 gauss North Pole on the bottom of your body, like your kidneys and your lower back. If you drew a dotted line through the center of the body it would be up to about 65 gauss at the top of your head.
If you are sleeping in that, you see all the minerals that spin. You are 80% alkaline minerals, so the alkaline minerals are all turning one way. The valance electron is getting pushed by the North Pole magnetic field, so it is increasing the spin of the minerals, which is increasing molecular activity, chemical reactions, and enzyme synthesis. You are growing enzymes in your sleep. It is like an enzyme antioxidant field.
Technology grounding like magnets can have a dramatic effect in lowering your need for synthetic thyroid or desiccated thyroid. Anecdotal reports and scientific research is now starting to point to being able to halve the amount of the things that you need if you are already on these types of medications.
I do want you to be aware of that, because this may indicate that you may have more troubles come up, no matter what dosage you are taking, from even the same dosage you are taking right now. And, also it is very promising because it is allowing you to perhaps even cut your dosage down significantly and get on a healthier thyroid program.
Hypothyroidism Exercise Program
Doing rebounding weight-bearing exercises can help by flexing the bone marrow. Building muscle mass creates a pull on the bone marrow. Getting body fat down and muscle up from working out a bit will increase testosterone and other anabolic hormones, so this is good.
The next thing to do is thyroid massage. Massage the glands with your thumb and forefinger up and down, two to three minutes a day. And then you could try squeezing the gland: holding it pretty steady while you bounce on a trampoline. You will feel some pumping action going in there. Thyroid exercise alone is enough, if that is all you want to do.
The brain is a quantum computer. If we look at a neuron, and break down a dendrite and zoom in on it, it looks like a spider web. And we zoom in on that, and it’s a microtubule – we are talking about the ultrasmall here. There are filaments in there, like single-atom proteins stacked in a line, like a hair. And there are electrons moving within this freely, not bound to any one atom. They are moving both right turn and left turn at the same time. How can they do that?
They exist at the quantum level. This is Orch-OR, orchestrated objective reduction theory. It is a quantum theory, like they talked about in What the Bleep Do We Know?, about how our thoughts and our brain interact with the quantum field, and how our thoughts affect our biology in our body and create our reality, like in The Biology of Belief. I call it the Quantum Attention Theory.
When you put attention to something, you bless your vitamins and you ask them to do something for you, like before you eat your food. You are going to raise the vibration and set the intention to help it do that faster. When you are thinking about it, it is like a prayer. The more you believe it and the more you do it, and the more you feel it and get excited about it, the more powerful it gets.
When you put your thoughts on your thyroid, because you are putting your hands there and you are squeezing it and you know this is good for you, and you love your body because you want it to be an amazing vehicle for your experience here, you want your thyroid to be great so you have energy and you are happy and you feel good, and your metabolism is great, and you stay warm, and you are anabolic. Put some attention on your thyroid. Use your hands and just give it that love and that attention. Massage it.
I don’t really do any of it anymore except for the Five Tibetan Rites, because they are such a power tool. It takes ten minutes. It pumps all the chakras, gets the qi going. You feel it immediately. It is so empowering. And if you squeeze the chin to the chest, you are activating your thyroid, and when you are squeezing your chin to the chest again it’s the action of the intention.
Hypothyroidism Treatment & Diet – A Review
This is a review of the entire article, and how you can get a healthier thyroid using the specific protocols we have outlined.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, white sugar, white carbohydrates, and trans fats – processed food, basically.
Take indium sulfate. The Silver Bullet, IndiumEase (www.lndiumEase.net). You can get it online, $30 for a little bottle: one drop per 50 pounds of body weight on top of your tongue first thing in the morning.
Take nascent iodine: appropriate drops for whether you are hypo or hyper. Most people can take one to three squirts a day. Just stay on it. It’s amazing.
Take zinc and selenium. Take a trace mineral. If you can afford the Quinton Hypertonic, this is best for most people, and then people with hyperthyroidism will take the Quinton Isotonic. That would be your best mineral. Hold it under the tongue.
Take vitamin A, but you can’t just buy beta- carotene in a vitamin pill. It has to be natural. There is one vitamin pill that does a whole food form, CarotenAl1 by Jarrow. You get it in some of your oils, some of your high-quality salmon oil. You can get the asta xanthin.
Take vitamin B, especially B1. Jarrow makes a 1000 and up to 5000 mcg sublingual B12 with a B complex. You can get B complex also just in whole food form by MegaFood that you can just eat, and they taste amazing. For the purists, the MegaFood vitamins are the way to go, because it is all food grown in a garden and it is cultured with yeast and pressed into a piII. It’s raw.
Take vitamin C. Take three packets of Lypo-Spheric vitamin C a day by LivOn Labs. Or, use the second company that I didn’t mention, NanoLiposomals.com. They do liposomal products as well, and they do a liposomal vitamin C that is half the price, actually, and it is 1000 mg – it’s one gram per one teaspoon. It’s very potent. You put a teaspoon under your tongue and hold it, three times a day. Or just take one tablespoon at once if you want to go for it. Its’ very concentrated, but the delivery system is fantastic.
Take vitamin O. Test your levels, and try to get into that really healthy area between 40 and 60, and ideally up to 70-80. Borderline toxicity does not happen until 100, or all the way until 150. It’s very hard to get that high, so it is pretty safe to take good doses of vitamin 0 for a long time.
Take thyroid herbs, like ashwagandha. You can take pretty generous amounts of ashwagandha. You could take 6, 9, 12, or 18 500 mg capsules a day, if you wanted to. Or, you could get ashwagandha a lot cheaper bulk from an Ayurvedic herb store. I’m not sure of the quality, but it’s not that expensive of an herb.
Take bladderwrack, even just two 500 mg capsules a day of a good bladderwrack. Eclectic Institute makes a good bladderwrack extract we have used a lot at
Erewhon with good results.
Take guggulipid. Look that up online. It’s a little rarer, but it’s a good herb. Sometimes it may be in formulas with other Ayurvedic herbs.
Take Ho Shou Wu, six capsules twice a day. My favorite Ho Shou Wu – I have different companies I use because I have worked with Chinese herbs for so long. Normally I just go to Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden Herbal Emporium. It’s the products with the orange labels on them . Everyone gets confused. It’s not Ron Teeguarden, Dragon Herbs – that’s a separate company. Tea Garden Herbal Emporium does a black Ho Shou Wu that I find is the strongest. You can take 12 capsules a day, a bottle a week. For $24, it is totally worth it because of all the other benefits.
You can take a little bit of deer antler, depending on how yang you are. Some people can take more; some people can only take a little bit in the morning.
As far as foods, I might consider one to two, or up to three raw egg yolks a day – fertile, organic, free-range good eggs.
I might consider eating, if you want to risk it, sardines once in a while – brisling Nordic wild-caught sardines with the skin and bones in olive oil, without salt if you can. Drain them on a tissue to try to get as much of the oil off, or the metals that may be in the liquids. They contain a lot of RNA, DNA, nucleic acids, Omega 3s, and calcium. And there is iodine in seafood.
Sea vegetables are really good. They are a little high in iron. Just like with fish, you are taking a risk with possible toxicity from the ocean, such as arsenic. But it is still a very nourishing, mineral-packed food that is pretty affordable, if that is all you can get your hands on.
Eat coconut oil. That’s my favorite. Put a high-mineral alkaline salt on top of some scoops of coconut oil and eat it a couple times a day.
Celtic sea salt and other sea salts are great. Miracle Salt is probably my favorite. It’s a great product. Himalayan salt is also good.
Follow the exercise program. You have to massage your thyroid. It’s so easy to just give your thyroid a minute of attention every day and massage that gland. You are thinking about it while you do it.
So many people out there believe, “Thyroid stuff. Oh. I’ve been on medication my whole life. I have to take it. There is no way around it. I will have to be on it forever.” That is not necessarily true. You have got to get excited about the possibilities.
As you understand more about thyroid impairment, you may want to get your thyroid tested to really know how it’s functioning. You’ll want to find a doctor who works with a reputable lab. The following is a list of tests you should have done. These are not all standard tests, so make sure to ask for all of them.
TSH – thyroid-stimulating hormone: Usually, this is the only test that doctors will do. A healthy level of TSH is 1.5 to 3, or sometimes 1.5 to 4. If you are over that, it is considered hypothyroidism. Some people are up to 8 or 9, or 17 with severe hypothyroidism. If levels are too low, it is considered hyperthyroidism, meaning you are making so much thyroid hormone that the pituitary gland does not need to send a message. Sometimes, this is caused by an autoimmune disorder attacking the thyroid. That is part of the problem, along with nutritional deficiency, stress, blood sugar problems, hormone imbalances, liver congestion, and cortisol.
T4: Sometimes doctors also test for T4. If it’s high, they put you on thyroid hormones to make you feel better. However, you would be put on thyroid hormones even if you had an autoimmune disease.
T3 uptake: This is the amount that actually goes into the cells and turns on genes. T3 is an active, anabolic, usable thyroid hormone.
Reverse T3: This is the T3 that we don’t use. If your Reverse T3 is high, it means that your body isn’t eliminating it; it is blocking it.
TBG (thyroid-binding globulin): This is the protein that carries thyroid hormone around the body. If your TBG levels are high, it means the carrier protein is holding on to all your active thyroid hormone, and it’s not getting into the cell. This could be caused by estrogen or testosterone levels being off. In women, this could be caused by being on oral contraceptives for a long time.
Thyroid antibody: Antibody tests also aren’t normally done. They should be done because if you keep flushing your body with a hormone, you may feel good at first, but after a while you can impair your cells’ natural sensitivity to receptor-site-docking of that hormone. And all of your symptoms are going to return, which is very frustrating. There are three different forms of antibody tests. Usually, doctors just pick one of the most prevalent ones. But tell your doctor that you want a good antibody test done, just to rule out any autoimmune disorders, like Hashimoto’s.
Taking Thyroid Hormones
Autoimmune disorders attack the thyroid. If the immune system disorder doesn’t get corrected, it is going to keep attacking your thyroid. Some doctors just remove the thyroid because of that. This is one of the most important glands for your overall health, so it’s best not to get it removed. Some doctors, just to give you results, might put you on a thyroid hormone. They know you will feel better if you have some active thyroid hormone in your system. But you didn’t make that thyroid hormone.
Your endocrine system is very complicated and balanced and fine-tuned. It’s an amazing organism and the most driving part of your body. It affects your feelings, your sex drive, your sense of self, your ambition, your self-esteem, your physical vitality, and your ability to engage in life. It’s really, really important. When you put the hormone in unnaturally, like Synthroid, for example, or the new Armour brand, it’s not as good for your wellbeing.
Armour is a brand of thyroid hormone. Before 2009, it was made with desiccated pig thyroid. It worked pretty well for people because it was close to the natural thyroid. It gave people some thyroid hormone, which they weren’t making, so they felt like all their symptoms were gone. I’ve read testimonials of people using the old Armour formula for 30 years and feeling great, never having a problem.
Recently, they’ve switched Armour to a more synthetic form, and the old form is not available. There are a lot of consumers who are unhappy about that, if you look on the internet, because they are not getting the same results. And some people believe it could be leading to other health problems that we are not aware of.
The cell sensors have all these receptor sites to absorb vitamins and minerals and nutrients. If they get overwhelmed with one hormone, they start to counter or block another hormone, or not leave room for sex hormones like testosterone. If the sex hormone-binding globulins are out of whack, that will all of a sudden interfere with one of the others, like thyroid hormones.
Rather than taking hormones, it’s better go back to nature and just detox the thyroid gland. You should make up for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. You should exercise the gland. You should learn about lifestyle balance and how it affects your hormones. Get your hormones balanced, and learn to rebuild it.
Heal Your Thyroid – Release Your Feelings
In some ways, I feel like maybe because I quit expressing myself artistically in certain areas of my life while I was going through healing, that in a way I shut down some expressive aspects of myself. I pushed it in and held it in. That could have something to do with inhibiting the thyroid. If you are one of these people, if there is an artist in you and you are sensitive, you should believe in your ability to express yourself and you should use those skills and open it up, because there is a sense of wellbeing that will come through you.
I read something really amazing in a book. People who are very uninspired – they have no joy, they are not really motivated by anything – have extremely low levels of DHEA levels in their blood. DHEA is a major adrenal hormone and affects your vitality and energy. It’s kind of like thyroid hormone, and is a very important marker for your health and how vital you are.
Now, people who are incredibly inspired in spirit – motivated – they open like a vacuum to their heart chakra, to attract source energy through them, to move towards that which they desire to create and manifest, because they are so in love with an idea of something they are creating. You measure the DHEA level in that person and it is sky high. So your attitude and how you feel and how you express yourself, this is huge. I just bring that up because we are talking about the throat chakra.
By not expressing ourselves we feel inadequate. Our beliefs, our ability to accomplish our desires on our own and to create are being held back, so we are saying no to the Universe. We are pushing it down, blocking it off, and holding it in. And then the emotion builds up because the natural desire and the love to express yourself is strong and you are blocking it. This suppresses the thyroid.
There always is this emotional and maybe even psychological or psychospiritual component to every condition. So the thyroid has something to do with this inability to speak your truth, to run out into the world and create, to develop, and to be inspired.
Quick Reference Lists
Endocrine System Overview
Produces melatonin for a good night’s sleep. Production of melatonin decreases with age.
Regulates pituitary ‘s production of TSH by producing TSH Releasing Hormone (THR).
Reads T3 and T4 hormone levels in blood. If levels are low, it stimulates the thyroid
by producing Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
Using tyrosine, converts iodine to T3 and T4 to regulate metabolism and growth of all cells in the body. This production is regulated by TSH.
Important for immune health because it is responsible for growth and maturation of
T-Iymphocyte cells. T cells are so named because they come from Thymus.
Produce DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) to regulate Thyroid and Pituitary.
Produces hormones for metabolism along with enzymes for digestion.
OVARIES / TESTES
Produce hormones necessary for sexual maturation and reproduction.
Thyroid Health Protocols
Custom Probiotics’ Adult Formula CP-1 (resident probiotics)
Body Ecology ‘s Coco Biotic
De Souza’s Liquid Chlorophyll (in glass bottle)
Dr. Patrick Flanagan’s MegaHydrate
Garden of Life’s Primal Defense (soil-based probiotics)
Indiumease (indium sulfate)
Jarrow’s CarotenAl1 (Vitamin A, astaxanthin)
Jarrow’s Vitamin B12 (sub lingual)
Life Science’s Body Biotics (soil-based probiotics)
LivOn Labs’ Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C
MegaFood’s Vitamin B Complex
MegaFood’s Vitamin 03
Megafood’s Zinc (cold fusion, raw food source, fermented)
Mineralife’s Selenium (ionic angstrom liquid)
Mineralife’s Zinc (ionic angstrom liquid)
Morning Star Minerals’ Energy Boost 70 (fulvic acid)
Morning Star Minerals’ Vitality Boost HA (humic acid)
MRM’s BCAA+ G (branched-chain amino acids)
NanoLiposomals’ Vitamin C
NOW’s Amino Acids
Omega 3s (EPA, DHA)
Omica Organics’ Super Z-lite
Quinton Hypertonic (for Hypothyroidism)
Quinton Istonic (for Hyperthyroidism)
Deer Antler (Dragon Herbs, for thyroid regeneration)
Ho Shou Wu (Tea Garden Herbal Emporium)
Foods to Eat
Coconut oil (extra virgin, raw)
Egg yolks (fertile, free-range, organic)
Salmon oil (wild Alaskan, non-molecular, distilled)
Salt (C ltic Sea Salt, Miracle Salt)
Sardines (wild-caught, Nordic brisling in olive oil)
Foods to Avoid
Genetically modified foods
Goitrotgens (see page 29)
White carbohydrates (white rice, white flour products)
Five Tibetan Rites
Grounding (Walk or exercise barefoot on the earth)
Quantum Attention Theory (Bless your food!)
Take sun (Vitamin D)
Grounding (sleep or work using Barefoot Technology’s grounding units)
Magnetic bedding (Dr. Dean Bonlie’s Magnetico Sleep Pads)
Rebounder Mini-Trampoline (David Hall’s Cellerciser)
Thyroid Hormone Level Test (TSH, TBG, T3 uptake, reverse T3, T 4, thyroid antibody)
Vitamin D Level Test
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Because the symptoms of having low levels of thyroid hormone are similar to those of other conditions, hypothyroidism is easily misdiagnosed.
Common Symptoms Include:
Difficult, infrequent bowel movements
Feeling cold all over, including hands and feet
Less Common Symptoms Include:
Irregular or heavy menstrual periods in women
Loss of sex drive
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Memory loss or confusion in the elderly
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease
Chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, or Hashimoto’s disease, is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the thyroid. Once lymphocytes breach the thyroid and interact with auto–reactive T cells, the thyroid’s epithelial follicular cells are damaged. This causes the thyroid to become sluggish and under-productive. A doctor can test for the presence of thyroid antibodies to diagnose Hashimoto’s disease.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease Include:
Hypothyroidism (all associated symptoms)
Presence of goiter (visible enlargement of the thyroid gland)
Swelling or puffiness of the face, particularly around the eyes
Muscle stiffness or cramps
This simple self-check may help identify if your thyroid is enlarged, one sign that you may need further examination by a health care professional.
Hold a mirror so that you can see the area of your neck right above the collarbone. This is the general location of your thyroid gland.
Tip your head back while keeping this view of your neck and thyroid area in your mirror.
Take a drink of water and swallow, watching carefully for any bulges, enlargement, or unusual appearances in this area.
Repeat this process several times. If you see anything that appears unusual, your thyroid should be evaluated by a health care professional.
Hypothyroidism & Thyroid Health Recipes
Bunch chopped dandelion greens
Handful arame seaweed
Sliced red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Udo’s DHA Oil
Juice from one lemon
Mix greens, pepper and carrot in a bowl. After soaking arame for 5 minutes, strain and throw on salad. Add a few clumps of coconut and red palm oil, plus dulse strips or flakes on top. Sprinkle on curry powder, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Udo’s Oil. Mix well.
Delicious! Dandelion is high in vitamin A for thyroid. Sea veggies have minerals for thyroid. Bell pepper has vitamin C. Carrot and palm oil have beta carotene. Coconut oil supports thyroid health.
MINERAL MISO SOUP
Soak 1 cup cut wakame with hot water 5- 10 min
Put 12 oz hot gynostemma tea in blender
Add 1 Tablespoon miso paste (I prefer Hacho Miso)
Add 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
Add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Add 1/2 teaspoon ashwaganda powder (Ultimate Superfoods)
Strain wakame, add to blender with other ingredients, and blend well.
This is a high mineral soup with koii (bacteria) from miso. Coconut oil and herbs support metabolism and thyroid. Yummy and nourishing!
1-2 leaves chopped romaine lettuce
1 chopped yellow bell pepper
1 chopped small red heirloom (preferably) tomato
1 chopped cucumber
6 1/2 teaspoons clumps of red palm oil (or 1-2 Tablespoons if liquefied)
1 Tablespoon goji berries
1 Tablespoon dulse flakes
1 Tablespoon wild Alaskan salmon oil
1 pocket Sun chlorella granules
1 teaspoon fajita seasoning mix of dry herbs
Squeeze juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Mix tog ether in a bowl and enjoy.
CRAVE KILL QI BALLS
2 oz. ghee (Ancient Organics)
2 oz. coconut oil
4 rounded Tablespoons Tocotrienols
6 heaping Tablespoons RenewPro
6 squirts Superlonic minerals (Omica Organics)
1 1/2 squirts stevia
Add ghee and coconut oil in mixing bowl with tocotreinols, RenewPro and astragalus powders. Add a bit of Superlonics minerals and a few drops of plain stevia. Massage into dough and roll into bolls with palms. Roll bolls in organic powdered birch xylitol to coot outside (like powdered sugar). Refrigerate. After you test the first batch, you can experiment with ratios to achieve desired consistency and taste.
4-6 oz Coconut Water Kefir or Body Ecology Fermented Beverage
1 -4 teaspoons CP- 1 Custom Probiotics
IODINE MOUTH SHOT
1 oz water
2 squirts Superlonic minerals
1 squirt Mineralife Selenium
4 squirts Mineralife Zinc
1 squirt Nascent Iodine
Put shot in mouth, swish in lips for 10 seconds, then hold under tongue for 1-2 minutes and swallow.
THYROID DETOX DRINK 1
8 oz Energy Boost HA by Morning Star Minerals in glass (fulvic and humic acids plus trace minerals)
Add 2 squirts Super Z-lite by Omica Organics
Add 1 squirt Nascent Iodine by Magneticclay.com
THYROID DETOX DRINK 2
4 oz. Energy Boost 70 by Morning Star Minerals (naturally occurring fulvic acid and trace minerals)
1 oz. Vitality Boost HA by Morning Star Minerals (naturally occurring humic acid and trace minerals)
Add 2 squirts Super Z-lite
Add 1-2 squirts Nascent Iodine
GREEN MINERAL SMOOTHIE
Pre-blend pumpkin seeds till dry powder, save extra powder in fridge
Blend 1-2 glass of water with 3 Brazil nuts and 3 Tablespoons of pumpkin seed powder
Add 1-2 cup ice (crushed is easier)
Add 1 ripe avocado
Add 1 teaspoon barley juice powder or green magma
Add a squeeze of lemon
Add 1-2 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
Add 3 squirts Superlonic trace minerals
This is naturally high in selenium and zinc.
SEA VEGGIE-EGG SCRAMBLE
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1 small carrot, cut into medium dice
2 celery stalks, cut into thin pieces
2 eggs, whipped in a separate bowl
Dulse flakes, to taste
In a large saute pan, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Cook the carrots and celery for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the egg and with a wooden spoon, continuously stirring until cooked through. Sprinkle with dulse, serve.
BRAZIL NUT-QUINOA PORRIDGE
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup pure water
1 cup raw milk
1/ 4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon chopped Brazil nuts
1 Tablespoon dried goji berries
1 Tablespoon blueberries
Tablespoon raw honey or sweetener to taste
Teaspoon plain yogurt
Combine the quinoa, water, cinnamon and 1/2 cup of the milk in a heavy bottom pot. Over medium heat, gently simmer. Whole cover for 10-15 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed. Add the remainder of the milk and Brazil nuts, then allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency (it will gradually get thicker). Once desired consistency is reached, top with berries, garnish with sweetener and yogurt. Stir to combine, serve.
FAT METABOLIZER BREAKFAST BOWL
112 cup gop berries, soaked 20 minutes, strained
114 cup hemp seeds
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
114 cup coconut flakes
2 teaspoons maca root
1/2 teaspoon holy basil
2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
112 teaspoon stevia leaf
Mix all ingredients well in a bowl and serve.
CHOCOLATE REISHI “COFFEE”
1 ounce dried astragalus root
2 Tablespoons coconut flakes
1 big pinch of gop berries
1 quart pure water
In a non-reactive sauce pot, simmer the above ingredients for 30 minutes to several hours. Add 2 cups of this warm astragulus brew to a high speed blender. Add:
1 heaping Tablespoon coconut oil
4 reishi mushroom capsules
2 astragalus capsules
1 Tablespoon chia seed
Roughly 2 Tablespoons cacao powder
Pinch of sea salt
Stevia or sweetener of choice to taste
Blend on high for roughly 45 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and serve.
1/ 2 cup olive oil
1/ 4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons chickpea miso (South River Miso)
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
Zest of 1 orange
1 medium sized carrot, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high for 45 seconds. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly.
SEA LOVER’S SALAD
5-6 leaves of romaine, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 green onion, roughly chopped
Small handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 handful of dried dulse leaves
1 ounce of arame, soaked for 30 minutes or longer (once soaked, cut into smaller pieces)
1/2 sheet of dried nori, cut into strips
Place all the ingredients into a bowl and dress with Orange-Miso Dressing.
SEA VEGETABLE SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING
1 head romaine, roughly chopped
1/2 cup whole dulse, cut into strips with scissors
2 teaspoons kelp powder
1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (or raw and soaked for 2-3 hours, strained, and rinsed
1 clove garlic
2 Tablespoons toasted/ cold pressed unrefined sesame oil
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2-3 Tablespoons pure water
1/4 teapsoon turmeric
Pinch of cayenne
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
In a large bowl, combine the salad components and gently toss. Add the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend well to fully incorporate the dressing. Bit by bit, add the dressing to the lettuce mixture and stir well to coat evenly. Garnish with extra dulse flakes and serve.
QUINOA & ROOT SOUP
2 cups carrots, roughly chopped
1 cup burdock root
1/2 daikon radish
1 thumb sized chunk of fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1 shallot, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
1 strip of wakame
6 cups pure water
Miso paste (South River Miso)
With the exception of the miso, bring all the ingredients together in a pot and gently simmer, covered, for 30-45 minutes. Once ready to serve, pour soup into each bowl and stir in 1 heaping Tablespoon miso paste.
CREAMY KELP NOODLE SOUP
4 cups of “root” broth (see previous recipe)
5 Brazil nuts
2 teaspoons powdered or flaked sea veggies (kelp, dulse, or sea lettuce)
Soak 1 ounce kelp for 30 minutes-overnight, slice half into thin strips
112 cup soaked kelp
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
3 Tablespoons miso paste
1 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup cooked squash, cut into chunks (optional)
In a high powered blender, blend up all ingredients except half the kelp.
Add a splash of lemon or apple cider vinegar. Serve in warm bowls topped with green onions, sliced kelp and squash.
SUMMERY KELP & VEGETABLES
Tablespoon coconut oil
Small onion, thinly sliced
Large carrot, julienned
Small red bell pepper, julienned
1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 strip dried kelp, soaked for at least 30 minutes, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup chopped cucumbers
1 teaspoon curry powder
3/4 cup fish stock or water
5 Tablespoons ume plum vinegar
Garnish with gomasio or sesame seeds
In a large sauté pan, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Gently cook the onions for 2-3 minutes. Add the peppers and carrots and toss for an additional 1-2 minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic, cook until fragrant. Add the kelp, cucumbers, and curry, pour in the stock, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn heat off, stir in the vinegar and garnish with gomasio. Enjoy on its own or with a side of quinoa.
QUINOA AND SEA VEGGIE TABOULI
1 cup quinoa
2 cups pure water
1 oz hijiki (soaked for 15-20 minutes)
1 cup cucumber, diced small
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/ 8 cup lemon juice
1/ 4 cup olive oil
Place quinoa and water into a heavy bottom pot and bring to a simmer, covered over medium-high heat. Continue to cook until most of the water is fully absorbed, remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Depending on the temperature you prefer, allow the quinoa to cool. Fold in the remainder of the ingredients and serve.
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM AND QUINOA STIR-FRY
1/2 lb fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/ 3 cup pumpkin seeds (Best to use toasted or soaked/ dehydrated)
2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled
2 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos (Coconut Secret)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 Tablespoons green onion, chopped
1 dried red chili, crumbled (optional)
Heat a wok or large sauté pan until hot over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and cook garlic until golden, then add mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes. Once the shiitakes begin to lightly brown, add in quinoa. Stir-fry over high heat until quinoa is heated, about 1 minute. Add aminos and stir vigorously for 30 seconds, then add lemon juice and toss quickly. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, minced ginger and green onion.
BRAZIL NUT NORI SNACKS
(makes roughly 15 rolls)
5 cups Brazil nuts, soak in pure water for at least 2 hours, but ideally overnight
3/ 4 cups each: celery, carrots, onions (medium dice)
3 Tablespoons BBQ spice
1/ 4 cups + 2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Sea salt to taste
In small batches, puree the above ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy texture. Set aside. Cut nori sheets in half across the natural seams of the nori. Spread 1/ 4 cup of the nut mixture onto the nori. Leave roughly 1/2 inch of open space towards the top of the nori sheet. With the empty nori side up, roll from the bottom up to resemble a cigar shape. Gently wet the nori and seal the sheet. Eat as is, or dehydrate at low temperatures for 12-14 hours.
“TURN ON THE METABOLISM” BRAZIL NUTS
4 cups Brazil nuts
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon cayenne
5 teaspoons chi li powder
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1/ 2 Tablespoon stevia leaf
Soak the Brazil nuts in pure water overnight. Strain and rinse well. Toss all the ingredients well, and then dehydrate at 115°F until crispy. If you do not have access to a dehydrator, set your oven to the lowest temperature, then place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake until crispy.
MEDICINAL MASH UP
1/2 cup of raw butter (room temperature)
1/ 4 teaspoon vanilla powder
2 Tablespoons tocotrienols (rice bran soluble)
1/ 4 cup colostrum powder
1-2 capsules atragalus
1-2 teaspoons maca root powder
Sweetener to taste
Place all the ingredients into a bowl and stir well to incorporate. Enjoy by the spoonful, or scoop into 1/ 2 ounce portions, coat in cacao or coconut. Place in the fridge to solidify.
STRESS RELIEVER TEA
Holy basil helps to relieve stress, thereby keeping cortisol levels at bay. This helps the body’s hormonal system to work properly, keeping the body from gaining excess weight.
oz holy basil leaves
quart of pure water
Place the holy basil into a 1 quart glass jar. Bring water to just below a boil. Pour water over the leaves. Cover and allow to stand for at least 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink with a touch of stevia.
Antioxidants are found in nature and produced within the body. They are compounds that are particularly rich in hydrogen and excess electrons. These hydrogen and electron saturated compounds are usually visible to our eyes as pigments of color in plants. It is the availability of the excess electrons that allows antioxidants to deactivate free radicals. Superfoods, including cacao, acai, goji berries, spirulina, blue-green algae, marine phytoplankton, and chaga mushroom all contain extraordinarily rich pigment/antioxidant content. Antioxidants can be water or fat-soluble. All raw, pure fats and oils are antioxidants as they contain excess electrons. This means that not only are richly colored foods loaded with antioxidants, but so are all raw olives, avocados, nuts, seeds, and coconuts.
This brand name, naturally formulated desiccated thyroid medication which provides users with T3 and T4 hormones has been on the market for many years. Its formulation change in 2009 led many long-time Armour users to switch to other natural desiccated thyroid prescription medications.
This is a highly-beneficial, adaptogenic immune tonic superherb with a strong traditional use in Northern Africa, India, Pakistan, and parts of Asia. Much like ginseng in effect and effectiveness, ashwaganda acts partly as a sedative, relieving the body from stress, and boosts the immune system to operate at optimum active levels. Ashwaganda may also contain antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties depending on the part of the plant used .
A natural antioxidant found in krill, algae, and crustaceans, astaxanthin eliminates lipid oxidation by creating an oxygen seal. It is also reported to inhibit macular degeneration and other eye disorders, such as cataracts. 4 mg of astaxanthin prevents sunburn.
A root long used in traditional Chinese medicine as an immune enhancer, stimulant, tonic, antiviral, and adaptogen, astragalus has a strong action upon the marrow and lymph, stimulating the production and maturation of stem cells into active immune cells, while also raising the manufacture of those hormones that signal the immune system. Also used for the strengthening of digestion, astragalus makes a great addition to any tea.
Adenosine triphosphate stores and produces energy in the cell. The energy necessary for intracellular chemical reactions is released when the bond between the second and third phosphate groups in ATP breaks.
When the body’s natural immune response mistakenly attacks healthy tissue as if it was bacteria or a virus, this is called autoimmune disorder. Grave’s Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease are two instances of organ specific autoimmune diseases which attack the thyroid.
Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a cold water sea vegetable that may be taken as a supplement or boiled as an infusion. Also known as kelp or bladder fucus, this super herb is high in iodine and phenolic compounds.
Candida is a condition that develops over time as a common side effect of taking antibiotics and consuming the chemically-grown, hybridized, processed, high-sugar, low-nutrient foods prevalent in today’s standard American diet. Candida is a type of fungus that excretes toxic waste that can get into the bloodstream and cause symptoms of bloating, cloudy thinking, depression, diarrhea, exhaustion, headaches, bad breath, menstrual pains, pasty saliva, unclear memory recall, vaginitis, and fungal nail conditions. Diets high in cooked starches, including bread, baked potatoes, cakes, cookies, and pasta, and diets loaded with refined or hybridized (seedless) fruit sugars all feed candida. When all this sugar is added into a body whose levels of good intestinal bacteria (probiotics) are low and whose tissues have become acidic due to a prolonged lack of alkaline mineral salts from vegetables and superfoods in the diet, Candida proliferates. Those suffering from Candida typically have a history of antibiotic use, as antibiotics eliminate much of the good intestinal bacteria, allowing candida to spread. To reverse Candida, remove sugar from the diet for a period of time and consume probiotics, herbs, supplements, and healing foods.
Chelation is the process whereby toxic and heavy metals, along with excessive mineral deposits, are removed (“chelated”) from the body. When metals and minerals remain in the bloodstream, they accumulate and harden, causing poor circulation. By cleansing the body’s arteries and veins, the blood flow is increased. This increased blood flow is then able to supply the body’s organs, muscles, tissues and nerves with ample nutrients and oxygen, thus allowing it to recuperate, regenerate, and function normally. Examples of chelators include fulvic acid and liquid zeolite.
In the springtime each year, wild male deer regrow their antlers in a very swift explosion of energy that lasts 90 days. During that growth spurt, deer antler velvet grows from a soft spongy material into hard antlers. During the spongy growth stage, wild male deer may be herded and have a piece of their young velvet antler removed (without harming the animal). The spongy material is then extracted and used herbally to improve kidney, bone, marrow, and liver strength, and to amplify hormone levels in humans. It has been used for thousands of years in the Chinese medicinal system as a primary jing herb. Deer antler velvet contains at least 24 growth factors including IGF 1 (insulin-like growth factor). Deer antler is a complete protein source that also contains 20 amino acids and is most effective when taken sublingually in an alcohol extract. Deer antler contains pantocrine and ectosaponin, which are known factors in the regeneration and regrowth of lost tissue and limbs.
Dehydroepiandrosterone is a hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands and serves as a precursor to sex hormones in men and women. DHEA levels in the body begin to decrease after age 30, and may be depleted by the use of some prescription medications, including insulin, corticosteroids, opiates, and danazol. A 15-year study produced by Japanese physicians for the American Geriatrics Society in 2008 showed higher levels of DHEA in men to be a strong predictor of longevity.
The glands of the endocrine system produce and secrete hormones that are like chemical messengers which carry information throughout the body via the bloodstream. Hormones regulate and coordinate chemical processes throughout the body by making a feedback loop, turning on and off the production of hormones in a way similar to a thermostat which raises or lowers room temperature. Information carried within this feedback loop is responsible for metabolism, growth, and also healthy sexual development and reproduction. The major glands of the endocrine system are the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal body, thyroid, thymus, adrenals, ovaries and testes.
EREWHON NATURAL FOODS MARKET
Erewhon was first established in 1968 in Los Angeles, California by macrobiotic teacher Aveline Kushi. One of her students, Thomas De Silva, bought the store in 1980, and it has been family owned and operated ever since. Erewhon has been in its present location on Beverly Boulevard since 1991. The name, Erewhon, comes from of a novel of the same name by Samuel Butler. Written in the 1800s, Erewhon is about a land where people are held responsible for their own health. The store’s website is www.erewhonmarket.com.
FIVE TIBETAN RITES
Originally documented as The Five Rites of Rejuvenation by Peter Kelder in 1939, these five exercises act upon the seven glands of the endocrine system, increasing vitality and energy. The seven glands are correlated with the seven chakras of yogic wisdom traditions.
Fulvic acid is a nutritious and detoxifying compound created in extremely small amounts by beneficial microbes working on decaying plant matter in the soil. Fulvic acid is layered in humic acid and other compounds in sediments set down over tens of thousands of years. The more fulvic acid is in the soil, the more powerful is the growth of plants in that soil. Adding fulvic acid to soils has enormous potential to heal damaged soils all over the world. Scientists have found that fulvic acid is an elemental compound that makes nutrients more absorbable in the human body. Because of fulvic acid’s low molecular weight and small molecular size, it has the ability to bond minerals and draw nutritional elements into its molecular structure. One single fulvic acid molecule is capable of carrying sixty or more minerals and trace elements into the cells. Fulvic acid is also one of the most efficient transporters of vitamins into the cells. Research has shown that fulvic acid improves enzymatic reactions in cells. Fulvic acid is available in powdered form or liquid at various concentrations.
The most common form of hyperthyroidism, this is caused by an abnormal immune system response in which thyroid-stimulating immunoglobins (TSls) attach themselves to the thyroid and mimic TSH. This causes the thyroid gland to overproduce the hormone, thyroxine. An overabundance of thyroxine greatly increases one’s rate of metabolism. Symptoms can be mild or severe and include eye problems, skin irritations and mood swings.
A goiter is the enlargement of the thyroid gland due to the body’s inability to synthesize thyroid hormones. In the late 20th century, goiters were common in Americans in the landlocked regions of the Mid-west due to a diet low in iodine-rich seafood. When the government added iodine to salt, goiters in America became less common. Goiters are still a common ailment in African countries.
Foods (and some medications) that suppress thyroid function are called goitrogens. In particular, isoflavones found in soy based foods, and isothiocyanates, found in cruciferous vegetables, block thyroid peroxidase and are not recommended for people who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. There is no evidence that these foods should be avoided by those who have no history of thyroid problems.
Grounding is being in direct connection with the Earth’s energy, as when one walks barefoot on the sand. Grounding products are used to connect our bodies to the earth when we are in an unnatural environment. Within grounding products are grids of conductive, inherently antimicrobial, silver yarn. The fabric snaps on to a copper wire system which is connected to an Earth Tap. When the Earth Tap is plugged in to a grounded three-prong outlet, it cancels out the two electrical plugs and uses the natural current from the bottom ground plug to connect the user to the Earth’s natural EMF field. The body is immediately brought to the same electrical potential as the Earth and connected with the Earth’s vital electrons and other natural rhythms and frequencies. All of this occurs at the speed of light and without effort while in a state of rest or sleep.
Herbal extracts of guggul (Commiphora mukul) are used in Ayurvedic medicine to affect the metabolism of fat and to alleviate arthritis symptoms. There is some evidence that the active components of guggulipid, guggulsterones E and Z, increase metabolism. It is theorized that this is because gugglesterones increase levels of T3 and T4.
Halogens (meaning ‘salt forming’) are elements of group 7 of the Periodic Table of Elements: fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and iodine. These elements are lacking in one electron and are therefore extremely active. Overexposure to anyone of these elements causes the body to release the other halides. The most common halides in our modern environment, chlorines and bromines, displace iodine from our bodies. This creates iodine deficiency.
Chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis was first described by Dr. Hakaru Hashimoto in 1912. This is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the thyroid, allowing lymphocytes to infiltrate the thyroid and interact wi th auto-reactive T cells, damaging the cells of the thyroid and causing hypothyroidism. Symptoms can be mild to severe, and may include fatigue, depression, and weight gain.
This is the “die-off” effect, whereby symptoms that were mild before become exaggerated and enhanced, and one may feel worse, temporarily. When protocols are being applied which are killing an infection, virus or fungus in the body, toxins that were neatly stored in fat cells are dredged up, creating a healing crisis until the toxins are eliminated. This reaction can be thought of as an infection “fighting back” to protect itself from extinction.
Both a culinary and an adaptogenic medicinal herb, holy basil is known for being effective for reducing stress, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and modulating hormone levels. Holy basil is also known as Tulsi, and is mentioned in the Rig Veda, being both a sacred herb in the Hindu tradition and an important medicinal herb used in Ayurveda.
Homocysteine is a compound relative to the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine that causes damage to collagen, elastin, and proteoglycans. Deficiencies in folic acid and vitamin B 12 correspond to elevated levels of homocysteine, while supplementation with these nutrients can bring levels back to normal. Since homocysteine is usually found bonded to other proteins, it is considered to have a harmful effect upon protein function. Homocysteine is also implicated in shortening telomeres.
HO SHOU WU
Also known as ‘Fo-Ti’ or ‘He Shou Wu,’ this is one of the most important and effective adaptogenic jing herbs in all of traditional Chinese medicine. Its ability to strengthen the kidneys and modulate the hormonal system of the body results in its classification as a ‘jing tonic.’ Ho Shou Wu is known for boosting sexual energy, fertility, and mental clarity, as well as the development of tissues and fluids including hair, tendons, and blood. Ho Shou Wu is considered to be the number one anti-aging tonic.
This is the term for an overactive thyroid gland, resulting in an overproduction of thyroid hormones including: thyroxine (T4L triiodothyronine), T3L, or both. Thyroid hormone is important at a cellular level, affecting nearly every type of tissue in the body. Thyroid hormones stimulate metabolism. An excess of thyroid hormones creates symptoms of anxiety including a racing heart, nervous system fluctuations, diarrhea, and excessive weight loss.
The hypothalamus gland is located at the center of the brain. As the master controller of the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus secretes hormones that activate or suppress the pituitary’s production of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
This is a condition in which insufficient thyroid hormone is produced, meaning that the thyroid gland has become underactive. This can be related to a lack of iodine, making kelp a great remedy for boosting the activity of the thyroid. Other foods that help to release more thyroid hormone are coconut oil (as well as other coconut products), Brazil nuts (3 to 4 each day), fruits, supplements rich in vitamin C, and foods high in B vitamins and enzymes.
Indium is reported to increase the bioavailability of other trace minerals, such as copper and zinc, by improving their absorption into cells. Indium may have a stimulating effect on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
In Taoist tonic herbal tradition, jing is one of three life force essences that one cultivates through lifestyle – the other two are qi and shen. If one compares the human body to a lit candle, the flame is qi, the light given off by the candle is shen, and the wax is jingo Jing essence contains or holds the qi energy. If qi and shen are high and jing is low, one will burn bright, yet burn out quickly. Jing essence can be restored through herbalism. Jing herbs support the adrenals, as well as the neurotransmitters associated with the adrenals, such as noradrenaline, adrenaline, and dopamine. Jing herbs support longevity. Traditional jing replenishing herbs include: deer antler, morinda root, Ho Shou Wu, cordyceps, rehmannia root, and eucommia bark.
The thyroid combines iodine with the amino acid, tyrosine, to produce thyroid hormones which are responsible for metabolism and cell growth. To make nascent iodine, the diatomic bond of the iodine molecule is broken, producing a slight electromagnetic charge. It is this charge that makes nascent iodine more easily absorbable by the body than regular iodine.
A carbon atom attached to three hydrogen atoms (CH3) is called a methyl group. Methyl groups are responsible for activating or “turning on” biochemical processes like metabolism of lipids and DNA. This process of methylation decreases with age.
Any substance that can transfer a methyl group to another substance. SAM- e (S-adenosylmethionine) and TMG (trimethylg Iycene) are methyl donors which promote cognitive function and conversion of homocysteine to methionine.
Oxaclic acid occurs naturally in the body, as well as in many foods. Spinach is high in oxalates, as is quinoa. Oxalates are not readily absorbed and therefore do not cause health problems for people with healthy intestinal flora; but it is recommended that people with intestinal problems such as candida overgrowth limit their oxalate intake. This is because poor digestive health leaves oxalates intact to be absorbed by the GI tract, thus damaging cells.
The pituitary gland is located just below the hypothalamus in the center of the brain. The pituitary receives information from the hypothalamus about hormone levels in the bloodstream. If the T3 and T4 levels are low, the pituitary secretes thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH.
Sometimes written ‘chi’, this is the primary life force energy and internal fire. The concept of qi is generally attributed to Chinese medicinal lore.
Rebounding, or jumping on a trampoline or a mini trampoline, is one of the most extraordinary things one can do to move lymphatic fluid around. When one jumps on a trampoline, g-forces squeeze every cell in the body. With every jump, every cell is getting squeezed and then is suddenly in zero gravity again. The squeeze happens at the bottom of the trampoline, when you hit with your feet; the zero gravity happens when you’re at the peak of the jump. This repeated squeezing activates all the cells and tissues, eliminates stagnation, and displaces calcification. Rebounding creates lean, powerful muscle and has been shown to increase oxygenation.
One of the greatest healing mushrooms in the world, reishi is sometimes considered the number one herb in traditional Chinese medicine. Reishi is an all-around tonic herb, meaning that one can consume it every day to support immune function, calm the nervous system, restore physical and mental vigor, and help the body maintain overall equilibrium, regardless of one’s physical condition. This immune-support helps to detoxify carcinogens by slowing down tumor growth and helping immune cells bind to tumor cells. Reishi is also particularly beneficial for healing respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and lung damage. Reishi has been proven effective in aiding in the healing of liver disorders, hypertension, and arthritis, and has also been shown to possess anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Selenium is a trace mineral which is required for the conversion of T4 to T3. Modern agricultural practices have damaged the soil in such a way that selenium is scarce in conventional produce. Brazil nuts contain 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce (6 nuts), so consuming 3 a day is ideal. Daily total should be between 200-400 mcg; exceeding 600 mcg of selenium regularly can be toxic.
Stem cells are unlike other cells in that when a stem cell divides, each new daughter cell has the potential to become any other type of cell (ex: brain cells, red blood cells) or to remain a stem cell.
This is a synthetic form of thyroxine (T 4) available in generic and brand name prescription formulations. The amount of hormone present per milligram varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, as does the degree of bioavailability.
Triiodothyronine is called T3 because it is the thyroid hormone containing 3 iodine atoms. T3 is the more powerful but less plentiful of the two thyroid hormones.
Thyroxin is called T4 because it is the thyroid hormone containing 4 iodine atoms. T4 is the more plentiful of the thyroid hormones. For optimal metabolism and growth of cells in the body, T4 must lose one of its iodine atoms to become the more potent and bioavailable T3.
DNA is a spiraled strand with two ends at each side. A telomere is a DNA sequence at each end of each strand which prevents replication errors in our DNA. Our telomeres are fairly long when we are young; but telomeres are shortened every time DNA replicates itself. This shortening increases as we age because of toxins and free-radical damage. The average person duplicates a million cells a second, losing them and recreating them. Every time a new cell is made, a bit of genetic information is thrown away; the telomere gets a little shorter and the next cell is genetically a tiny bit less perfect than the one before it. It takes five years to see evidence that you are getting older, that you are changing, but that is what is happening. Ways to slow telomere shortening are getting a lot of attention in longevity and anti-aging studies. MSM (methylsulfonalmethane), methyl B 12, folic acid, and TMG (trimethylglycine) – methyl donors – work like antioxidants and help curb DNA damage and shortening of telomeres.
The thymus gland is located beneath the chest plate. Thymus is important for immune health because it is responsible for growth and maturation of T-Iymphocyte cells. T cells are so named because they are produced in the thymus gland.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is at the base of the throat, in front of the larynx. Tyrosine is produced by the thyroid to convert iodine to T3 and T4 (thyroid hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxin). These hormones regulate metabolism and growth of all cells in the body. Thyroid hormone production is regulated by Thyroid -Stimulating Hormone from the pituitary gland in the brain, which in turn is regulated by TSH Releasing Hormone in the hypothalamus gland.
Thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) is a protein in the blood. Most thyroid hormones are attached to these proteins. If there are elevated or deficient levels of TBG in the blood, lab tests which read for T3 and T4 levels may mistakenly measure TBG instead, showing a false high or low result for thyroid hormone levels.
Thyroid peroxidase is the enzyme responsible for attaching iodine to tyrosine in order to make thyroid hormones, T3 and T4.
When the hypothalamus “reads” that levels of T3 and T4 are low, it produces TSH Releasing Hormone. Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is then produced by the pituitary gland. TSH, in turn, regulates the binding of tyrosine and iodine in the thyroid to produce T3 and T4.
An amino acid that regulates metabolic processes, thyroxin is produced by the thyroid gland as a product of the cleavage of thyroglobulin. Thyroxin is also created synthetically as a treatment for thyroid disorders. (See Synthroid.)
Tyrosine is an amino acid used by the thyroid to turn iodine into T3 and T4. The body can turn the phenylalanine in high protein foods, such as avocados, pumpkin seeds and raw dairy products, into tyrosine.
This is a natural volcanic mineral that possesses a uniquely complex crystalline structure and is similar to clay. Zeolite is one of the most powerful negatively- charged minerals in nature. It acts as a magnet that draws toxins to it, capturing them in its cage-like molecular structure and then permanently removing them from the body. For centuries, powdered zeolites have been used as traditional remedies throughout Asia to promote health and well-being. Today zeolites are available in an extremely finely ground, micronized liquid form. This method of preparation significantly increases the bio-availability of the zeolites, so that they are more easily assimilated into the body. In comparison to clays, which are bulky, heavy, and unpalatable, zeolites in liquid form are extraordinarily potent, simple, and convenient to use.
Zinc is extremely important in regulating cell growth, DNA gene transcription, hormone levels, vitamin E levels, and the healthy development of reproductive organs. Studies have shown zinc to be necessary for maintaining proper metabolism and immune system function. Zinc is displaced out of our system by heavy metal toxicity. As calcification and heavy metals stored within the cells break down, zinc becomes more bioavailable for absorption. Supplementing with angstrom zinc is critical for getting zinc back into the receptor sites where the heavy metals were previously resting. The best plant sources of zinc (all must be eaten row) include: poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, cashews, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, coconuts, and spinach (depending on the quality of the soil).
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NUTRITION AND HEALTH REFERENCE BOOKS
Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder
The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs by Ron Teeguarden
Anti-Aging Manual: The Encyclopedia of Natural Health by Joseph Marion
The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates
Chew on This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife
The Complete System of Self-Healing: Internal Exercises by Stephen T. Chang
Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens
Diet for a New America by John Robbins
Don‘t Eat this Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America by Morgan Spurlock
Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? by Clint Ober, Stephen Sinatra,
and Martin Zucker
Extreme Toxicity by Howard Fisher
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The Food Revolution by John Robbins
Healthy at 700 by John Robbins
The Hypothyroid Sourcebook by M. Sara Rosenthal
Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets
Sunfood Living by John McCabe
Forks over Knives
The Future of Food
Super Size Me
What The Bleep Do We Know!?