Healing from the Top Down - Thyroid

Unlike the hypothalamus which some may not have heard of, the thyroid gland and its many functions, are known to most people. But let's have a closer look!
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The thyroid is the largest gland in the body. It regulates how quickly the body turns food into energy and heat and how quickly it makes proteins. It also regulates how sensitive the body is to other hormones. The thyroid gland is one of the most important regulators of metabolism, its effect reaching throughout the body. The thyroid gland is under the control of the pituitary gland which is under the control of the hypothalamus. When the level of the thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) become too low, the pituitary gland produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) which stimulates the thyroid to produce more hormones. I really liked the example that I found in an article on the internet: It described the thyroid gland as the furnace for the body and the pituitary gland as the thermostat. Thyroid hormones are the heat and when the heat gets back to the thermostat, it turns the thermostat off. (Funny, at the time I am writing an article involving heat and thermostat - we are in the office early this morning because we have no power at the house and it is about 10 degrees outside - brrr, glad we have an office with heat this morning!) The thyroid also creates a hormone which regulates how well the body uses calcium in bone health. Thyroid hormone levels fluctuate in response to caloric intake and external temperature. During starvation the body will naturally reduce the amounts of thyroid hormones thereby reducing the body's caloric needs. This could be one explanation as to why people who skip meals and do not eat enough will actually gain weight. One thing that others may not realize is when we are stressed and are creating high levels of cortisol, or if we have abnormally high levels of estrogen or testosterone (often in the form of toxins which the body interprets as hormones) the body has a more difficult time recognizing the signals of TSH and the communication system begins to break down.

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Let’s go over some basics on thyroid disfunction.

Hypothyroidism:
Most people are familiar with the symptoms of low thyroid function; fatigue, inability to concentrate, depression, dry skin, intolerance to cold, slow heart rate, painful menses, muscle weakness, frequent infections, difficulty in concentrating, hair loss, obesity (thyroid gets blamed for this too much, in my opinion) and a variety of similar symptoms. There is a condition called Wilson's Syndrome in which the symptoms of low thyroid function are present, but nothing shows up on lab tests. One of the most common contributing factors that we see in any type of thyroid dysfunctions is stress, heavy metals and "not speaking ones truth". I heard in one lecture that the thyroid is the place in which we interact with our worlds, which could explain why it takes a hit when we are stressed or giving our power away.

Hyperthyroidism:
This is becoming fairly common these days. Often viral in nature, but certainly affected by the contributing factors above, the symptoms are caused by the secretion of too much thyroid hormone. Some symptoms include nervousness, irritability, always feeling hot, insomnia, fatigue, and increased heart rate. 

I once attended a lecture in which the speaker spoke of the thyroid as being the organ with which we interact with our world. There is such an emotional component between our thyroid and our “giving voice”. Knowing who we are, and being comfortable with that knowing, is vital to healthy thyroid function. Swallowing our words, our power, our truth will likely result in some sort of imbalance somewhere down the road. So eat healthy, mineral rich foods, keep company with those who honor and respect you for who you are, and most importantly know what an amazing aspect of the Divine you are! If you forget that, just call me. I will remind you! I’m an intuitive so I will really be able to tell you what I see, and it will be good!

Please contact me if I can be of any service to you.

Love,
Sierra

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