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Do you have questions about your thyroid function? The Sluggish Thyroid Syndrome is perhaps the most commonly occurring hormonal disturbance in America today. It... Dr. Cass Ingram’s Thyroid Gland Test

Do you have questions about your thyroid function?

The Sluggish Thyroid Syndrome is perhaps the most commonly occurring hormonal disturbance in America today. It afflicts millions of people of all ages and sexes, although adult women are its usual victims. The thyroid gland controls the metabolic rate and is descriptively known as the “master of metabolism”. As many as one in four Americans suffer from reduced thyroid function. Reduced body temperature is perhaps the most common consequence of impaired thyroid function. The individual who wears several extra layers of clothes, wears socks to bed, or who has “ice cold hands” is typically thyroid deficient. The person who abhors the onset of winter is usually thyroid-deficient.

As the master of metabolism the thyroid gland exerts control of several critical functions, including body temperature, digestive enzyme synthesis, stomach acid production, fuel combustion, fat and protein synthesis, white blood cell synthesis and activity, and blood flow. The thyroid gland is also a critical player in the synthesis and activity of sex hormones.

Thyroid disorders are particularly common in the region of North America known as the goiter belt. This region was so named because of the high incidence of goiter that occurred there early in this century. Goiter is essentially a pathological enlargement of the thyroid gland. Scientists determined that the states/provinces of the goiter belt had very low iodine levels in their soil and drinking water. Thus, the local food supply was lacking in this critical trace element, and unless an individual regularly consumed seafood, derangement of thyroid function and/or goiter was virtually assured. This “epidemic” was essentially obliterated via the introduction of iodized salt. Even so, goiter, as well as the related condition of thyroid nodules, remains a significant cause of illness in the goiter belt, which includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ontario, and Manitoba.

Which of these apply to you (each response worth 1 point)?

1. lethargy or weakness

2. tired in the morning and energetic at night

3. dry or coarse hair and/or skin

4. slow or slurred speech

5. swelling of the face and/or eyelids

6. cold hands and feet

7. bloating and indigestion after eating

8. hair loss from the outer third of the eyebrows

9. short-term memory loss

10. depression which is worse in the winter or on

overcast days

11. white spots on the fingernails

12. chronic weight problems

13. easily constipated

14. PMS and/or other menstrual difficulties

15. infertility

16. swelling of hands and/or ankles

17. chronic headaches

18. emotionally unstable

19. brittle nails or nails which grow slowly

20. lack of sweating

21. poor appetite and/or lack of hunger

22. hair loss from the scalp, legs, and/or arms

23. generally nervous

24. difficulty getting deep breaths

25. heart palpitations

26. severe muscle cramps, especially at night

27. tendency to bruise easily

28. joint stiffness

29. require prolonged periods to get “warmed up” after exposure to cold

30. excessive appetite (never get full)

31. slow growing hair and/or nails

32. light or heavy menstrual flow

33. brittle hair

34. cholesterol deposits on the face or eyelids

35. lack of sexual desire

36. enlarged facial pores

37. poor hand-to-eye coordination

38. hoarseness or coarse voice

39. inability to translate thoughts into action

40. Do you tend to become depressed in the

winter or after exposure to the cold?

41. Do you have a history of ovarian cysts?

42. Do you have repeated breast inflammation and/or infections?

43. Have your periods stopped prematurely?

44. Have you been diagnosed with low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria)?

45. Do you fail to feel rested even after sleeping long hours?

46. Do you have heart disease or hardening of the arteries?

47. Do you have cystic breast disease (lumpy breasts)?

48. Have you noticed that your skin has developed a yellowish tint?

49. Do you have chronic migraine headaches manifested by pain over the bridge of the nose, along the temple, or behind the eyes?

50. Do you drink fluoridated water and/or use fluoridated toothpaste?

51. Do you receive regular fluoride treatments from your dentist, or do you administer them at home?

52. Do you have high cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels?

53. Do you suffer from cracks in the bottom of the heels?

54. Are you morbidly obese, and/or do you have a difficult time losing weight?

55. Do you have a history of repeated miscarriages?

56. Do you have a history of carpal tunnel syndrome?

57. Do you smoke a half pack or more of cigarettes per day?

58. Are you constantly cold, even if you wear extra layers of warm clothing?

59. Do you have a low body temperature (add 2points for this)?

Your Score ____

1 to 11 points Mildly sluggish thyroid:

Slight imbalances in thyroid function are common and usually can be corrected through dietary means. However, it may be necessary to supplement the diet with thyroid-boosting nutrients such as zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, tyrosine, B vitamins, iodine, and vitamin C. Take a multiple vitamin/mineral containing these nutrients. Increase the consumption of foods rich in iodine and reduce the intake of refined/processed foods. Be sure to use sea salt in cooking or sprinkled on foods as a source of iodine. A small dose (1/4 grain or less) of thyroid hormone may be necessary. As a natural iodine and thyroid tonic take two caps daily in the morning. This is made with unprocessed wild kelp, which is free of toxic metal residues.

11 to 20 points Moderately sluggish thyroid:

Severely curtail the consumption of refined sugar, since it causes thyroid burnout. Eat iodine-rich and be sure to salt your food with sea salt. Take the following supplements daily: B-complex (1 or 2 tablets), zinc (50 mg), and a multiple vitamin mineral tablet containing iodine. A prescription of thyroid hormone (1/4 to 1/2 grain) may be necessary. To naturally support thyroid function and as a natural source of iodine and tyrosine take four caps daily. This is made with unprocessed wild kelp, which is free of toxic metal residues.

21 to 34 points Severely sluggish thyroid:

At this level daily thyroid hormone replacement may be necessary. See your doctor and have him/her perform the appropriate blood tests for thyroid function. Be aware that the blood tests can be normal and a thyroid defect may still exist. That is because as much as 70% of thyroid function may be lost before blood tests become abnormal. If the physician suggests thyroid hormone therapy, opt for natural thyroid hormone versus synthetic (e.g. Synthroid), which may be toxic.

35 and above Incompetent thyroid function:

Your thyroid gland is failing to work to any significant degree. To be certain that the symptoms are due to thyroid malfunction take the Broda Barnes underarm thyroid temperature test. This simple at-home test requires only a thermometer. Shake the thermometer down and place it at your bedside. As soon as you awaken put the thermometer under your armpit. Lay motionless in bed for ten minutes and then record the result. Do this for at least ten consecutive days. The newer electronic thermometers require much less time. Women should be aware that their temperatures will naturally rise during menses. The normal underarm temperature is 97.80 or above. If your temperature is consistently below this level, blood tests for evaluating thyroid function are indicated. However, be aware that these tests are often normal even if the thyroid gland is malfunctioning. That is because the tests show only how much thyroid hormone is circulating in the blood and tell nothing of how well the hormones are functioning on a cellular level. Additionally, the loss of up to 70% of thyroid function may occur before blood tests become abnormal. The fact is thousands of Americans have thyroid glands which are operating at 10 to 30% capacity. No wonder so many individuals suffer from chronic fatigue.

Certain substances impair thyroid function

These substances include refined sugar, fluoride, a number of foods contain substances called goitrogens, which interfere with thyroid function. These anti-thyroid foods include: raw cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, beets, peanuts, almonds, peaches, flax, legumes, beans, carrots, and spinach. What’s more, the anti-thyroid components are liberated by juicing. Ironically, the daily consumption of what is regarded to be a healthy food, raw carrot juice, may induce a mild hypothyroid state (Note: cooking inactivates the thyroid-blocking components – they are better in their raw forms). Also aggressively salting goitrogenic foods reduces their toxicity.

In order to strengthen and/or reactivate thyroid function take the following supplements on a daily basis:

  • whole food b complex powder
  • whole food vitamin c capsules
  • whole food vitamin e capsules
  • whole food fatty salmon oil rich in vitamins A & D
  • natural sources of kelp ideally not from the Pacific Northwest or Japan

If the tests are abnormal, your doctor may suggest thyroid replacement therapy.

Insist upon natural thyroid hormone (Armor thyroid, etc.). Do not take Synthroid, it causes bone loss.

In addition, the following supplements should be consumed on a daily basis:

  • To naturally support thyroid function take The Body Shape Diet Thyroid Formula take up to six caps daily.
  • wild chaga sublingual drops
  • raw chaga oregano capsules
  • juice of oregano
  • crude herb of oregano in capsules

To read more on Thyroid Support and to find out what body shape you are read: Dr. Cass Ingram’s The Body Shape Diet.

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Cass Ingram

Cass Ingram

Dr. Cass Ingram is a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written over 20 books on natural healing. He has given answers and hope to millions through lectures on thousands of radio/TV shows. His research and writing have led to countless cures and discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100's of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America's leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. He now travels the world promoting perfect health – the natural way

  • Michael

    February 10, 2015 #1 Author

    Great Information

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  • Cass Ingram

    February 11, 2015 #2 Author

    Thanks Michael for the vote of encouragement!

    Reply

  • Birgit

    June 11, 2015 #3 Author

    I came here for Oregano oil info.. and since I also have thyroid and adrenal issues( this was very informative as well. Shared on FB ! Thanks for sharing Dr. Ingram.

    Reply

  • Beth

    August 17, 2016 #4 Author

    Dear Dr Ingram firstly I want to thank you for giving me the tools to achieving wellness. I am currently taking all that you have recommended for asthma my question to you other than improved breathing how will I know for sure that scar tissue and mucus plugs have been removed from my lungs. I welcome you reply. Thank you kindly Beth from London uk

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    • Cass Ingram

      Cass Ingram

      August 23, 2016 #5 Author

      You can speed that up with antiinflammatory enzymes, that is a combination of bromelain and papain (InflamEEZ). You can also take the crude, unprocessed hemp stalk extract, 20 drops twice daily (see this on http://www.americanwildfoods.com). Be well; good news! Ingram

      Reply

  • Tennille Simpson

    October 21, 2016 #6 Author

    I met you a few days ago in Toledo, oh while I was in the health food store. You helped me in major way you answered questions that other doctor’s couldn’t. You are truly a blessing.

    Reply

  • Nikki

    February 5, 2017 #7 Author

    I guess what is most alarming is this: the amount of money needed in order to cure or maintain one’s health (according to this web page alone). As a college educated, single woman, living in a marginally high cost of living state, studio apartment, used (paid for) car, with zero debt, I would have no idea how even I could afford all the recommended supplements, along with the other supplements, medications, and therapy necessary for my conditions (osteoarthritis and hypothyroidism):

    Here’s the stark reality. Let’s assume that each supplement is a mere $0.50 per day. That’s $5.00 per day, times 30 days in a month is $150.00. And that’s being generous, as I just calculated the supplement listed as Body Shape Diet is almost $3.00 per day, $90 a month!

    I’m not a rich person, I’m not even a poor person. I’m just a woman who knows to follow the money. I will do my best to eat healthy, drink more water, and take my multivitamin and extra calcium. The rest I have to leave to God.; maybe He can provide all this for me until I see Him:

    1. whole food b complex powder
    2. whole food vitamin c capsules
    3. whole food vitamin e capsules
    4. whole food fatty salmon oil rich in vitamins A & D
    5. natural sources of kelp ideally not from the Pacific Northwest or Japan

    In addition, the following supplements should be consumed on a daily basis:

    6. The Body Shape Diet Thyroid Formula take up to six caps daily.
    7. wild chaga sublingual drops
    8. raw chaga oregano capsules
    9. juice of oregano
    10. crude herb of oregano in capsules

    Reply

    • Cass Ingram

      Cass Ingram

      February 5, 2017 #8 Author

      Just do the Body Shape Diet Thyroid. It has a good complex of substances in it. You can add the others as you can, esp. PurelyPAK instead of synthetic multis.

      Reply

  • amber

    February 26, 2017 #9 Author

    Question about Medicine, I live in North east Iowa and can not find a doctor who will prescribe Nature -thyroid or other meds including T3. Any suggestions on what to do or how to find a doctor that is open to anything other than Synthroid? I have struggled for 20 years with Hashimotos and I feel I fight with my last two doctors about testing more than my TSH, especially being I am all over the place with my TSH. Just last week I told my NP i thought i was overactive and i was, but I received attitude being it had only been 4 months since my last labs. I guess my heart palpitations, etc wasn’t what she wanted to hear. I feel like I know what i need but can’t find the resources.

    Reply

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