Dr. Mark Starr has divided hypothyroidism into two camps: Type 1, which is the failure of the thyroid to produce sufficient hormones, and Type 2, in which the failure is “peripheral resistance to thyroid hormones at the cellular level.” He claims this resistance is pervasive, largely inherited as mitrochrondrial mutations, caused or exacerbated by environmental toxins, and undetectable by blood tests.
Proper Thyroid Function Is Essential for Optimum Health and Energy
The thyroid gland, part of the endocrine system, controls your body’s metabolism. Sign of poor thyroid function include low energy, low body temperature, depression, dry skin and hair, hair loss, high cholesterol, constipation, anxiety, rapid heart beat, and a host of other conditions. Women are far more likely to suffer from hypothyroidism than men. An improperly functioning thyroid is associated with severe heart disease risk.
Unfortunately, tests to measure thyroid diseases are often inconclusive, and doctors will typically ignore symptoms in favor of blood test readings. Additionally, the treatment of thyroid disorders is also problematic in that doctors typically prescribe synthetic thyroid hormones over natural ones. Many people claim that the synthetic hormones did not help while the natural ones did.
Auto-immune thyroid disease can be caused by nutritional factors, such as food allergies and intolerances, and changing the diet is the first step to helping your body heal thyroid function. A common cause of auto-immune hypothyroidism is intolerance to wheat.
This section discusses the various aspects of thyroid disorders, problems with current testing methods, symptoms and self-diagnosis, synthetic vs. natural hormones, and food allergies.