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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Avoid hypothyroidism by avoiding the causes

"Radiation Therapy
Radiation used to treat cancers of the head and neck can do serious long-term damage to the thyroid gland." [If you have head and neck cancer, hypothyroidism is probably the least of your concerns. What I would be more concerned about than radiation for cancer is repeated CTs or Xrays for "screening" purposes of the neck, teeth, or chest that do not take measures to protect the thyroid - like using a lead thyroid shield. - CB]

"Iodine Deficiency
The thyroid gland converts iodine into thyroid hormones. Iodine is a trace mineral found primarily in seafood, seaweed, plants grown in iodine-rich soil, unrefined sea salt, and iodized table salt. Many people do not get enough iodine, and contrary to popular belief, this includes many people in developed countries.

Iodine from iodized salt is poorly absorbed and is not a healthy choice for raising iodine levels in the diet as refined table salt contributes to a host of health problems. Iodine is absolutely necessary for thyroid function, but too much iodine (especially iodine outside of food) can impair thyroid function as well."

"Environmental Toxins
The thyroid is quite vulnerable to environmental toxins including, but not limited to, pesticides, herbicides, BPAs, jet fuel, perchlorates, thiocyanates, PCBs, lead, chlorine, fluorine, bromine, and many other chemicals we come in contact with that have been proven to cause hypothyroidism. We are bombarded with these chemicals due to the way we construct buildings, the way we produce products, the way we travel, and the way we grow food. Our only defense is high quality nutrition and avoiding toxin exposure through diet, chemical exposure in our environment, and absorption through the products we use for personal care."

Article Summary (see link for details related to each category):
  • Candida
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Conventional Hypothyroidism Treatments
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Medications
  • Other Drugs (nicotine, caffeine, marijuana)
  • Iodine Deficiency
  • Genetically Modified Foods
  • Vaccines
  • Mercury Amalgam Fillings
  • Fluoride
  • Environmental Toxins

"Vegan Food Sources of Iodine

  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Seaweed
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • Navy beans
  • Cranberries

Selenium is required for the body to convert T3 into T4. Without enough selenium in the diet, the thyroid suffers. Seafood and meat are high in selenium, but there are also some vegan choices.

Vegan Food Sources of Selenium

  • Brazil nuts
  • Shiitake/white button mushrooms
  • Lima/pinto beans
  • Chia seeds
  • Brown rice
  • Seeds (sunflower, sesame, and flax)
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach

Other supplements (discussed more at the link below)

  • B Vitamins
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A
  • Bromelain
  • Ashwagandha
  • Licorice Root
  • Reishi Mushroom
  • Schisandra chinensis
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Iodine"

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