Some facts:

  • There is an estimated 20 million people in the US with some form of thyroid disease
  • Up to 60 percent of these people are unaware of their condition
  • One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime
  • A synthetic form of thyroid hormone is the 4th highest selling drug in the US
  • 13 of the top 50 selling drugs are either directly or indirectly related to hypothyroidism
  • up to 10% of women over 60 have clinical or subclinical hypothyroidism
  • every cell in the body has receptor sites for thyroid hormone


Common hypothyriodism symptoms:

  • mental slowing
  • depression
  • dementia
  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • hair loss
  • cold intolerance
  • hoarse voice
  • irregular menstruation
  • infertility and reproductive dysfunction
  • muscle stiffness and pain
  • bone fractures
  • elevated blood cholesterol
  • impaired phase II detoxification
  • blood sugar imbalances
  • anemia
  • arterial plaques
  • anemia
  • gallstone formation
  • decreased stomach acid production


Thyroid hormone affects:

  • brain
  • the gastrointestinal tract
  • cardiovascular system
  • bone metabolism
  • red blood cell metabolism
  • gall bladder and liver function
  • steroid hormone production
  • glucose metabolism
  • lipid and cholesterol metabolism
  • protein metabolism
  • body temperature


Credit is given to Chris Kesser, L. Ac, for the source of this information.

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