Erika Schwartz a medical director requested to speak to the cardiologist of an elderly patient who had come to her, after she had gone through his obsolete medication and observed his symptoms she was convinced that his medications had to be completely changed.
The elderly man was suffering from low thyroid and testosterone levels, he was also sluggish and overweight. He had also a severe eczema and this led to him unable to sleep as he would be itching all night.
Dr. Schwartz eventually contacted the cardiologist after about three weeks of calls. She advised the cardiologist that the patient be taken off some of his meds as it was responsible for his severe eczema.
According to Dr. Schwartz the cardiologist was rude and even suggested that she had no knowledge of science. This surprised her and when she reminded him that they both had the same degree he hung up.
Dr. Schwartz discussed with this elderly nan and he decided to discontinue his treatment with the cardiologist.
She then placed him on a treatment that involved boosting his thyroid hormones and stopping him from taking cholesterol medication. This frightened the man as he thought he would have a heart attack but he did not as Dr. Schwartz corrected his cholesterol levels naturally.
The thyroid gland produces two thyroid hormones —triiodothyronine and thyroxine which are also referred to as T3 and T4.
Hypothyroidism is a problem with your thyroid gland and it can be caused by both external and internal factors and can lead to Hashimoto’s disease which is an autoimmune condition whereby your immune system becomes detrimental to your thyroid and attacks it.
If you have hypothyroidism then you are likely to show symptoms such as, weight gain, brittle nails, dry skin, fatigue, hair loss, mood swings and depression.
These symptoms are usually confused with other conditions and doctors tend to hand out meds without considering the possibility that hypothyroidism could be responsible.
Mary Shomon stated that a lot of people have high cholesterol and are having depression due to thyroid issues but yet doctors are handing them cholesterol meds and antidepressants.
Shomon also suggested that for those doctors that have identified thyroid as the root cause of the problem is not doing it right.
The test is known as thyroid stimulating hormone test or TSH test according to her is flawed.
The test measures the quantity of pituitary hormone—TSH—in your blood. The pituitary hormone informs your thyroid gland and makes it to release thyroid hormones. The TSH test cannot measure in actually fact the amount of T3 or T4 which is in your blood.
The problem is that patients exhibiting the symptoms stated will come down with a normal TSH result. Where a patient is on meds to fight the symptoms the side effects may be worse than the root illness.
Dr. Schwartz said that people suffer because the symptoms are been treated and not the root cause.
A better test will help, checking the amount of T4 and T3 in your blood independently is important. It is also very vital that the T4 is converted into T3 also that the T3 can penetrate the cells so it can do its job of regulating your organs.
Dr. Schwartz applies a more rounded approach to treating her patients who are of all ages. She looks at everything from diet to hormones to stress and so on.
She said that what she realised is that when she gives people thyroid they tend to feel much better. So once they feel better then it’s always easy for them to change their diet and engage in exercise regimes recommended by her.
Shomon also agrees with Dr. Schwartz’s assessment and stated that the health of our thyroid affects all other parts of our body.
As stated earlier external and internal factors could lead to thyroid disorders and wrong diagnosis can be made by doctors who do not understand the connection between diet, exercise, the immune system and every other factor that can influence the thyroid gland.
Dr. Emerson suggested that because we are living in a toxic world we are even more susceptible to having thyroid disorders; he stated that the mold and mycotoxins produced by some fungi is at the top of his list of dangerous toxins. He has researched into the dangers of these mycotoxins and mold to the thyroid gland and says that eating food with high mycotoxins or even foods high in sugar which gives mold the chance to grow in our bodies can be very deadly. He says that he had never seen a patient with Graves’ disease which is an over-active thyroid disorder without high levels of mold or mycotoxin infestation.
You need to take control of your own health and normalise your thyroid and other hormone levels. Eat a balanced diet, engage in regular exercise and try to live a stress free lifestyle.
Dr. Emerson believes that if you get the basics right then.you will be rewarded with good health.
He designed some questions with which you can ask yourself and do a simple self-appraisal.
– Am I eating the right food?
– Am I drinking the right water?
– Am I getting enough sun?
– Am I getting enough sleep?
– Am I getting enough exercise?
– Am I getting medicines in my food?
Dr. Schwartz also created her own series of questions for self-appraisal and they include.
– If you cannot sleep at night, then why can you not sleep at night?
– Is it possible that you drank too much and it woke you up in the middle of the night?
– Do you eat late?
– Do you eat unhealthy foods often?
– Do you exercise late?
– Do you sleep with your TV on?”
If you ask yourself these questions and answer honestly then you would have taken the first step towards solving your thyroid disorder concerns.