Do I have Thyroid Disease

200 million people worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder.

Of the 30 million people above about half are undiagnosed.

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Every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormone. These hormones are responsible for the most basic aspects of body function, impacting all major systems of the body.

Thyroid imbalance could be the source of your biggest health problems. But many people don’t realize that their symptoms are frequently caused by a thyroid disorder or imbalance.

Thyroid hormone directly acts on the brain, the G.I. tract, the cardiovascular system, bone metabolism, red blood cell metabolism, gall bladder and liver function, steroid hormone production, glucose metabolism, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, protein metabolism and body temperature regulation. You can think of the thyroid as the central gear in a sophisticated engine. If that gear breaks, the entire engine goes down with it.

Some Key Facts [1]
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of an underachieve thyroid (hypothyroidism). In Europe and the United States it variably affects 2-4 percent of the population, while it occurs more often in women than in men.
• Congenital hypothyroidism: 1 per 3,000 – 4,000 newborns are affected by congenital hypothyroidism in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, (Genetics Home Reference website).
• Thyroid cancer is the 16th most common cancer worldwide (the 8th among women): for example, in 2013, there were an estimated 637,115 people living with thyroid cancer in the US.
• The incidence rate of thyroid cancer has increased by at least 150% since 1970.
– Without realising, symptoms you are experiencing, could be a result of an underlying thyroid disorder.
– 1 in 10 people worldwide will suffer with some form of thyroid disorder. Thyroid Disorders affect more Women than Men!
– If you are unsure, speak to your doctor and request thyroid pathology and a thyroid ultrasound to be sure.

May 25th is World Thyroid Day

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This is a Day that essentially belongs to the people—to thyroid patients, pregnant women, those children exposed to inadequate iodine intake, in a word, to all who suffer from thyroid ailments and deserve a better standard of care.

Listen to my Thyroid Special with Ben Coomber

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Most common thyroid gland problems could be divided into a few groups:

1.Thyroiditis

2. Hypothyroidism

       a. Congenital known as Cretinism

       b. Aquired Hypothyroidism

3. Hyperthyroidism

4. Goiter

5. Autoimmune thyroid disease

        a. Graves disease

        b. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

6. Thyroid cancer

Read in more detail about these problems HERE.

Signs of thyroid problems could take a whole page to fill. A lot of them are very vague or common, like brain fog, weight gain, chills, or hair loss that a lot of people take it as a sign of getting older. Lets take a look at Most hidden signs of thyroid problems.

If you would like to learn more how to diagnose and for tips how to manage your thyroid gland please visit my webpage for lots of additional information.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr.Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

Vilma offers a limited number of free coaching sessions per month in person, over the phone or via Skype. Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals!

Source:

  1. Thyroid Federation Internatonal
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How Does My Temperature Tell Me About My Thyroid and Adrenals?

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Most of the chemical reactions that take place in the body are catalyzed by enzymes that depend on normal temperatures for optimal function.  (For example – the result is poorer detoxification via your liver) So your temperature can be one of many clues of your metabolic health!

As a hypothyroid patient or you suspect to be one, taking your temperature can be an important aspect to differentiate from adrenal problems because many symptoms are similar or the same in people with thyroid and adrenal dysfunction.

Your temperature:

  • can help you diagnose your hypothyroidism
  • can help you assess your adrenal status

How to take your basal body temperature to diagnose Hypothyroidism

“Basal” means “base,” and your basal temperature is your body temperature taken the very first thing in the morning before you’ve moved out of your sleeping position.

Once you get out of bed, the movement of your muscles heats up your body, so it’s essential that you follow these instructions closely to get an accurate reading.

The normal basal temperature averages 36.5-36.8 C (97.8-98.2 F). Treatment  is recommend if the temperature averages 36.4C/97.6F or less. The temperature should be taken for five days. However if the temperature is 36C/97.0 degrees F or less for three consecutive days, you do not need to take the last two temperatures. Mercury thermometer is considered more accurate, while digital thermometer tend to be off up to a degree one direction or the other.

Instructions:

1.)   If using a Mercury Thermometer, shake it down before going to bed. In the morning, as soon as you wake up, put the thermometer deep in your armpit for 10 minutes and record the temperature.  Lie back and relax, keeping your armpit closed over the thermometer.

2.)   If using a Basal Digital Thermometer, in the morning, as soon as you wake up, place it under your tongue until it beeps.

How to take your body temperature to diagnose Adrenal problem

Take three temperatures approximately three hours apart, starting approximately three hours after waking up, but avoid taking temperatures after activity or eating and drinking for at least 20 minutes:

  1. 3 hours after you wake up
  2. 3 hours after that
  3. then 3 hours after that
  4. then you take the average of those 3 temperatures and plot it on the graph
  5. make notes of any changes — for example, if something stressful happens or if you change something such as the amount of supplements you are taking.

Recognizing Adrenal and Thyroid Correction Patterns

Dr. Rind’s Metabolic Temperature Graph™ is a method for measuring and interpreting daily temperatures to gain insight into metabolic energy issues associated with both adrenal and thyroid function.

Use these Unmarked and Sample graphs to get started

– PDF file http://www.drrind.com/forms/tg_blank.pdf

– XLS file http://www.drrind.com/forms/tg_blank.xls

Interpreting Results:

  • Wide variability in daily temperatures indicates a weak adrenal function since the adrenal glands help the body maintain stability. Good adrenal function produces a stable temperature.
  • In a hypothyroid state, the day-to-day averages are low and very stable
  • In a hypoadrenal state including adrenal exhaustion or adrenal stress, the temperatures are low and unstable
  • If your temperature is high, yet you have hypothyroid symptoms – this is a clue that you may have an antibodies attack on your thyroid, called Hashimotos Disease

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Note:

  • For pre-menopausal women, the temperature should be taken starting the second day of menstruation. That is because considerable temperature rise may occur around the time of ovulation and give incorrect results. Check your temps before days 19 – 22 of your cycle, with the first counted day being the day you started your period.
  • Do not perform the test when you have an infection or any other condition which would raise your temperature.

The Metabolic Temperature Graph™ is a powerful tool that graphically depicts our metabolic state (adrenal and thyroid) and guides us on the path to recovery.

References:

Dr. Bruce Rind The Metabolic Temperature Graph™

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.