Issue #309 May 25, 2015
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I want to wish all of you a wonderful Memorial Day! Please take time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy our freedom in this country. What we have is priceless!
Today, Dr. Teitelbaum is talking about the cost of undiagnosed thyroid disease. I had to agree that most doctors treat the numbers and not the person. I also wonder if he knows most doctors resist giving out a prescription for anything but Synthroid for low thyroid. If you ask for a natural thyroid hormone, you are treated like you have lost your mind (since you have low thyroid, you might have), followed by “you know Synthroid is the best choice” and “do you have trouble getting Amour Thyroid from the pharmacy?” or total schock and amazement when you tell them you “feel better on Amour”, because they have been convinced that Synthroid is the best thyroid treatment. Yes, I think Dr. Teitelbaum is right, I just wish other healthcare providers shared his view about natural thyroid hormones.
Costs of Underactive Thyroid
Underactive thyroid function is becoming alarmingly common — and the condition is horribly under-diagnosed.
The good news is that once it is diagnosed, it can be very easy to treat in ways that can save your life in addition to making life much more worthwhile.
The thyroid gland, located in the neck area, is the body’s gas pedal. It regulates our metabolic speed.
If the thyroid gland produces insufficient amounts of thyroid hormones, metabolism decreases and a person gains weight. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism (thyroid deficiency) include intolerance to cold, fatigue, achiness, confusion, and constipation.
• More than 30,000 preventable deaths occur each year from heart attacks. Women with untreated hypothyroidism are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack.
• Children born to hypothyroid mothers have a lower IQ (by an average of 7 points). They are almost four times as likely to have an IQ under 85, and more than twice as likely to have learning difficulties.
• Hypothyroidism contributes to millions being unnecessarily disabled. More than 6 million Americans have fibromyalgia and tens of millions more have chronic muscle pain. Undiagnosed or inadequately treated thyroid disorders contribute to these unnecessarily disabling conditions.
• Hypothyroidism is a major cause of gaining and being unable to lose weight. It also causes fatigue, dry hair, coarse skin, depression, and “brain fog.” Americans are currently treating hypothyroidism, which is often confused as being depression, with Prozac! This is an even bigger problem in the elderly who are being misdiagnosed with depression or Alzheimer’s disease when what they have is hypothyroidism.
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