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Dr. Kathy Maupin

Medical Director of BioBalance Health and Author of The Secret Female Hormone

Thyroid, Goiter and Iodine

If you live in the Midwest, you live in the Goiter Belt

BioBalance Healthcast episode 105, Thyroid, Goiter and Iodine

We live in the Mid Western part of the United States, and the land here was never under the seas. As a result of that, it was never saturated with iodine from the sea kelp. Our agricultural products are grown and marketed without our ever obtaining the essential ingredient of iodine from our food intake because it was never in the soil that grew the food.

“Why do we need iodine in our food intake” you ask? Iodine is the ingredient that activates the thyroid and makes it work. Your thyroid can malfunction by being hyper active or hypoactive. Under, or over active. Either of these is bad. There are many visible cues that tell us that a thyroid is malfunctioning. Doctors tend to notice it more in men than in women, in part because when they see the symptoms and then take blood tests to measure, the blood tests are normed entirely for men and not for women. So a woman’s score will be the same as if she is a man. This leads to many problems because women tend to store iodine in their breast tissue. The breast are intense receptor sites for iodine and it tends to go to them and not to the rest of the body. Therefore the thyroid does not get enough, for many women, even if they are taking supplements or eating iodine enriched foods.

There are also issues with the “chemistry set” manipulations of whole health thinking. We add fluoride and chlorine to our water for health reasons. These are important considerations, but these ingredients will counteract the iodine supplements that people obtain to make their thyroids work properly. It is complex and needs to be discussed with your physician. Listen to our podcast to get some information you may need and then see if you need to talk to your own doctor about your thyroid.

  1. Comments
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    Dec 17, 2012
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    Very informative! I wish I would have seen this before I had my thyroidectomy, but I had nodules in mine that were causing me other problems. I just heard Dr. Kathy on the Glover show and was wondering if taking a “syntheitic” thyroid pill is just as misleading as the prescription testosterone. She had mentioned that when your body breaks down these pills it doesn’t actually get what it needs, and I’m wondering if the case is the same with “synthetic” thyroid medication. If so, do you have a different way of treating someone without a thyroid?

    Any response would be appreciated! Great video!

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      Dec 18, 2012
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      That is a very interesting question! Testosterone and thyroid are two different types of hormones. Because of that fact (their chemical structure is different) thyroid can be metabolized in the stomach and not be transformed or metabolized into another form in the stomach, or liver. Oral thyroid can be taken in either synthetic form (Synthroid or levothyroxine) or natural which is pig thyroid called Armour Thyroid.

      Armour thyroid works better in women, and aging men, and the synthetic thyroids work best on men and young people. The way you metabolize your thyroid will be evident in the resolution of your symptoms. Some people can take either kind effectively.

      Make sure that you take any thyroid on an empty stomach and wait 20-40 minutes before you eat or drink anything other than water. Do not take other pills with them either, and don’t take them the morning of your thyroid test.

 
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