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by Cheryl H Rilea, M.S., R.D., L.D.

Thyroid hormone, often referred to as the body’s major metabolic hormone, is actually two active iodine-containing hormones, thyroxine or T4, and tri-iodothyronine, or T3.  Each hormone is constructed from two tyrosine amino acids linked together, but thyroxine has four bound iodine atoms, whereas tri-iodthyronine has three. Thyroid hormone affects virtually every cell in the body, except for the adult brain, spleen, testes, uterus, and the thyroid gland itself.  Generally speaking, it stimulates enzymes concerned with glucose oxidation.  In this way, it increases basal metabolic rate (and oxygen consumption) and body heat production.  Thyroid hormone also plays an important role in maintaining blood pressure.  Decline in the hormone levels in the blood produces the opposite effects.  Additionally, it is an important regulator of tissue growth and development; it is especially critical for normal skeletal and nervous system development and maturation and reproductive capabilities.  See the summary table.  In hypothyroidism, there is an under secretion of the thyroid hormones.

 Major Effects of Thyroid Hormone in the Body:

Process or system affected

Normal physiological effects

Effects of undersecretion




Basal metabloic rate (BMR)/temperature regulation

Promotes normal oxygen consumption and BMR; heat production; enhances effects of substances involved in fight-flight response

BMR below normal; decreased body temperature; cold intolerance; fatigue, decreased appetite; weight gain; decreased sensitivity to compounds involved with fight-flight response

Carbohydrate/fat/protein metabolism

promotes glucose breakdown; moves fats; essential for protein formation; enhances liver secretion of cholesterol for body’s needs

decreased glucose metabolism; elevated cholesterol/triglyceride levels in the blood; decreased protein manufacturing; edema, drooping, swollen eyes, recurrent infections

Nervous system

Promotes normal development of nervous system in fetus and infant; necessary for normal adult nervous system function

In infant, slowed/deficient brain development, retardation; in adult, mental dulling, depression, lack of feeling in extremities, memory impairment, slow speech, listlessness, underactive reflexes

Cardiovascular system

Promotes normal functioning of the heart

decreased efficiency of pumping action of the heart; low heart rate and blood pressure


Muscular system

Promotes normal muscular development, tone, and function

Sluggish muscle action; muscle cramps; muscle pain

Skeletal system

Promotes normal growth and maturation of the skeleton

In child, growth retardation, skeletal stunting/ malproportioned, retention of childlike body proportions; in adult, joint pain

Gastrointestinal (GI) system

(stomach and intestines)

Promotes normal GI motility and tone; increases secretion of digestive juices

Depressed GI motility, tone, and ability to secrete; constipation

Reproductive system

Promotes normal female reproductive ability and normal milk making abilities, i.e., lactation

Depressed functioning of ovaries; painful premenstrual periods, sterility; depressed milk making abilities, hoarseness or deepening of the voice

Integumentary system (skin)

Promotes normal hydration and secretory activity of skin

Skin pale, thickened, dry and scaly; facial edema; hair coarse, sometimes reddening, and thin; nails hard and thick; yellow-orange coloration in the skin, i.e., sallow complexion (particularly on the palms), yellow bumps on the eyelids, hair loss  (including eyebrows)

All reactions necessary for T3 and T4 formation in the thyroid, liver or other tissues, are influenced and controlled by the pituitary gland which in turn is orchestrated from the hypothalamus.  In primary hypothyroidism, thyroid stimulating hormone is elevated.  This is released from the pituitary in an attempt to stimulate the thyroid cells to produce thyroid hormone.  (Hashimoto’s disease is sometimes the cause of an underactive thyroid.  In this disease, the body becomes allergic to the thyroid hormone.)

 The Barne’s test may be used to test yourself for an underactive thyroid:  (Blood tests are the other alternative).

 Place a well-shaken down oral thermometer on nightstand upon retiring. Upon awakening, place thermometer in armpit and leave there for ten minutes.  Keep still and quiet.  Any motion can upset your temperature reading.  Record temperature, and repeat above for five consecutive days.  Average the five-day temperature.  If menstruating, take temperature on second, third, and fourth days of period.

Normal temperature             97.7 - 98.6

Hypo temperature                97.6 or below

Hyper temperature               98.7 or above





Recommendations:  The body has a tremendous recuperative capacity.  The first thing to do for any healing would be to clean the body’s house and render it in a condition most favorable for recovery.   

Nutrition, no meat or animal products.  Plenty of raw fruit and vegetables (apples, onions, carrots, etc), before bringing cooked food to the table.

   Herbs - Take on empty stomach first thing in the a.m. and the last thing before   retiring. Fine tune diet/ therapy - Avoid processed and refined foods, i.e., white flour and sugar, hydrogenated oils, i.e., Crisco type oils, peanut butter, etc

Exercise -Reflex feet, walk on medium-size river pebbles barefoot

Water - drink freely of pure water.  Bowel cleanse/enema – Abundant Health Center – (352) 897-0327; or Naturelax III, Swiss Kriss, Castor Oil.



Air, fresh

Rest, to bed by _____  Sabbath rest, worship

Trust in God.  Pray for God to grant us healing of all kinds

Acronym NEWSTART coined by Weimar Institute.


  Consider the following explanations and fine-tuning. 

*        Drink plenty water!  But avoid fluoride (including fluoride found in toothpaste) and chlorine (drinking water).  Chlorine, fluoride, and iodine are chemically related.  Chlorine fluoride block iodine receptors in the thyroid gland, resulting in reduced iodine-containing hormone production and finally in hypothyroidism.

*         Use a 50-second cold shower to the adrenal areas morning and night followed by a tapping (by an attendant) over the area beneath the shoulder blades to stimulate the adrenals for about 30 seconds on each side. This will secondarily stimulate the thyroid.

*        Take a cool shower morning and evening as a cleansing bath and to stimulate metabolism

*        Allow the body to generate its own heat and slightly raise its metabolism, without the use of an electric blanket/heating pad.

*       Apply alternating hot and cold compresses to the thyroid area.  This includes hot compresses molded to the neck and upper chest and maintained for six minutes.  Alternate the hot with ice cold compresses for 30 seconds, three changes.  Do this treatment mornings and evenings for seven days, then mornings only for 30 days.  If this treatment cannot be done, substitute a charcoal poultice to the thyroid area, worn while sleeping.

*         Get three to five hours of out-of-doors labor daily.  The exercise and sunshine stimulate the thyroid gland and elevate the metabolism.  Recall  from the previous issue that sunshine stimulates the pineal gland which helps control internal rhythms coordinating enzyme and hormone production, body temperature, and energy levels.

*        Herbs that I would try would be Kelp (for the iodine), Parsley, and Siberian Ginseng.

*        Eat more of molasses, parsley, apricots, dates, and prunes;  one serving of oats and bananas daily.

*         Do not eat plentifully of foods containing thiourea, a natural thyroid suppresser: cabbage, broccoli, mustard greens, spinach, brussel sprouts, turnips, kale, peaches and pears, soy.

*         Avoid sulfa drugs and antihistamines except under doctor’s orders!

*         Levothyroxine, a drug commonly used to treat thyroid conditions, causes up to 13 % bone loss.  An estimated 19 million people take this drug for an overactive thyroid, enlarged thyroid, and thyroid cancer.

*        If  total thyroidectomy and/or you must take medication, the synthetic preparations seem to give more consistent results than animal extracts.

*         Use sea salt or iodized salt

*          Cal Mg for adrenal dysfunction (CALM)

*          Get amino acid tyrosine – is a component of T3/T4

*          Avoid Aspartame artificial sweetener

*          Possible allergy to wheat, milk and pork

*          Avoid mercury teeth fillings.  Dentist in Orlando removes.

*          If yeast overgrowth, use lactobacillus tablet

 *          I would try the above suggestions and monitor how I feel and check temperatures and have periodic blood tests.  One may be able to stimulate any existing thyroid tissue and taper down to the least amount of medication.

* There is an easy test to see if your thyroid is functioning up to par. Utilizing an oral glass mercury thermometer, you simply take your temperature at 10 a.m. , 1 p.m. , and 4 p.m. for three consecutive days for a total of nine readings. (Women should not do this test during their menstrual period). Your average of the nine readings should be between 98.2 and 98.6 degrees. If it is below that, odds are, you have some type of low thyroid function.



- The Merck Manual, 16th ed. (1992). Endocrine disorders:  thyroid.  Rahway, NJ:  Merck Research Labs., 1071-1074.

- Balch, J.(M.D.); Balch P (C.N.C.). (1990)  Hypothyroid in Prescription for Nutritional Healing,. New York.  Avery Publishing Group Inc,  pp 213-214

-  Thrash, A (M.D.) (Nov 1994)  Natural regulation of thyroid. Natural Lifestyle and your Health.

- Marieb, E (R.N.,Ph.D), (1992) The endocrine system, in Human Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd Ed,.  New York: Benjamin /Cummings Pub. Co, Inc ., pp 554-55

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