Volume 6, Issue 16 | April 25, 2013
The hidden cause of weight gain, depression,
and fatigue that most doctors miss
Do you want to live a long, healthy life? A recent study looked at the metabolism of a large group of healthy mice. It ranked the mice according to how high their metabolisms were. Those mice in the top 25% outlived those in the lower 25% by 36%! The moral – if you want to live long, make sure that your metabolism is in the high-normal range.

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So how do you do that? It's a lot easier than you might think. The thyroid hormones are more responsible than any other hormone for maintaining a healthy metabolism. So making sure your thyroid is working properly is vital to a long life. But here's a sobering fact.

I have been testing the metabolism of every one of my patients for over 10 years using Bio-Energy Testing (see www.bioenergytesting.com). I can tell you that after the age of 45, low metabolisms are the rule, not the exception. This is almost always an indicator of thyroid hormone deficiency. And when it comes to diagnosing thyroid hormone deficiency, thyroid blood testing is notoriously inaccurate.

I've found that the best way to diagnose a thyroid deficiency is to look at the signs and symptoms. Here are the most common signs of thyroid deficiency: obesity (particularly generalized fat accumulation); coarse, dry hair; dry, rough, pale skin (particularly flaky skin); head hair loss, and also loss of eye brow hair; abnormal menstrual cycles; swollen thyroid; elevated cholesterol (an extremely common complication of thyroid deficiency); water retention in the legs that does not produce an indentation when pressed on; a puffy appearance of the face and around the eyes; skin is cool or cold to the touch; deep tendon reflexes will have a delayed relaxation phase (your doctor can check for this); carpal tunnel syndrome; sleep apnea; acne; enlarged tongue (so that the teeth leave an indentation at the edges).

Here are the most common symptoms of thyroid deficiency: weight gain or difficulty losing weight; cold intolerance; muscle cramps and aches; constipation; fatigue; weakness; depression; decreased memory and concentration (particularly in children and older adults); decreased libido (particularly in women); headaches (including migraines); dry, irritated eyes; increased susceptibility to infections/colds.

If you have a significant number of these symptoms, you likely have a thyroid deficiency. So what can you do? It's simple. Ask your doctor to give you a trial of thyroid hormone replacement. I always start with a dessicated form of thyroid such as Armour or Naturethroid. The drug Synthroid or any of the other thyroxine supplements will usually not work as well as dessicated thyroid. A good starting dose is 1 grain (60 mg) per day. If your symptoms are not significantly improved within two months, consider increasing the dose to two grains. Have your doctor regularly check the following blood tests: total T3, total T4, TSH, and reverse T3.

Because iodine deficiency is a virtually certainty in our iodine deficient diets, and because thyroid function is so completely dependent on iodine, it's a good idea to add in an iodine supplement in the form of Iodoral 12.5 mg taken once a day. You can get Iodoral at www.vrp.com or 800-877-2447. Tell them you are a Real Cures subscriber, and they will give you a 20% discount.

Also, you can learn more about thyroid hormones and how to interpret the tests by going to my web site, www.antiagingmedicine.com, and clicking on the "educational videos" button on the right side. Then click on the video lecture entitled, "Managing your thyroid and adrenal glands - the secret to healing chronic disease."

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

REF: Williams Textbook of Endocrinology, 8th Edition edited by Jean Wilson, MD and Daniel Foster, MD. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA.

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