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“It’s Not In Your Head, It’s In Your Thyroid!”

July 20, 2012

By Joan McDaniel                   July 20, 2012 Update 5/8/2013

This post tells my story with more detail.

I have included several articles on Thyroid plus my own statement.  I do not recommend any product or service that these websites may offer.  I include the information because it benefitted me and my condition.  I have since started to take Iodine in slow monthly increments and have found tremendous improvement.  I do not recommend any treatment.  If any of this may sound like you, some of these links may be helpful.

The Role of Our Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is located in the neck just under the Adam’s apple. It produces the hormone thyroxin. This hormone is converted outside of the thyroid gland where it becomes activated and stimulates every one of the trillion cells in the body. Almost all of our systems and functions depend upon receiving adequate amounts of this hormone. The thyroid along with the adrenals is probably the gland most susceptible to the tremendous stress of our fast paced society. It is the thermostat of the body. It produces hormones that work to keep our metabolic rate stable and keep energy-producing processes in balance. The thyroid is essential in protein synthesis, growth, temperature regulation, and oxygen consumption of cells. If the thyroid is depleted or deficient, the rest of the body functions poorly. With low thyroid, cholesterol can shoot up to dangerous levels.

Thyroid disease, both hyperactive and under-active, is so extraordinarily prevalent today that even by conservative estimates it may strike up to 15 percent of the adult population. Women are particularly susceptible, and the disease tends to run in families. A possible reason for the increase in thyroid disease is the high prevalence of auto-immune disease today. Immunity in general is being assaulted by toxic chemicals in food, water, and air. Under-active or hypothyroid conditions can cause low energy.

“Yes” answers to the following questions may indicate a hypothyroid condition.

  • Are you depressed, lethargic, and easily chilled?
  • Do you gain weight easily?
  • Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?
  • Do you have dry skin, hair loss, eczema, or adult acne?
  • Do you suffer from muscle aches, constipation, and hoarseness?
  • Do you have PMS or menstrual abnormalities? Is your libido low?
  • Are your feet and legs swollen and your nails brittle?
  • Do you get a lot of colds and flu? Low thyroid results in increased vulnerability to infection.

A test may be taken at home to find out if the thyroid is low.

For four days keep a thermometer by your bedside. As soon as you wake up in the morning put the thermometer in your armpit for ten minutes. You must do this before you get up. If you get up first you will not get an accurate reading. If your temperature runs below 97.8 then you most likely have low thyroid. It is important to shake the thermometer after each use.

Some of the common causes of low thyroid, besides inheritance, include: iodine depletion, x-rays or low dose radiation, pituitary and thyroid malfunction, air and environmental pollutants, overuse of diet pills and other drugs, and vitamin A, E, and zinc deficiency.

ATTENTION WOMEN: Sluggish & Continually Fatigued? Can’t Shed Weight? Losing Your Hair?

“It’s Not In Your Head, It’s In Your Thyroid!”

My Statement: May 31, 2012
This is from Dr. Andrew Jones, Medical Director of the Women’s Health Institute of Texas – a research and investigative facility dealing with woman’s’ illnesses web site.  I have added my own statements, and paraphrased his to illustrate my unique problem of hypothyroidism. Follow the link for his information on hyperthyroidism and the detail information on his product.  I am not trying help sell his product, that is for you to decide.

You may have different symptoms but the truth about the treatment of the disease should apply to all cases of hypothyroidism.

I am a nurse and worked the night shift.  I have  for years but slowly I noticed  I was tired – all the time. You just about drag yourself through the shift on sheer willpower. Trying coffee, walking around, finding work to do then more coffee, to shake the cobwebs from your head, anything that would give you what you needed to function. I even tried the so-called energy drink “Red Bull”, to try waking up out of the brain fog. Yet when I got home, I could not sleep more than 3 to 4 hours straight and it was not restful sleep.

Working a night- shift has this bad reputation, but this wore me down to the point I could no longer function. No matter how much sleep I had during the day, I could hardly function at work at night.  I also had a fungus infection in the throat.  With hypothyroidism and the infection, I lost strength night after night, until I had to almost crawl to work. I even remember telling the girls, “I seemed to have lost my strength”, when I tried to help them lift or do other manual work.

Joan McDaniel

How Much Iodine Do You Need?

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny D.O.!

From Dr. Andrew Jones website: The symptoms above – and a host of others – are caused by an under active thyroid, what the medical world calls hypothyroidism. You go to your doctor about it, and you are given a thyroid blood test. Of course, when it comes back it’ll say you don’t have hypothyroidism – your thyroid is normal. You’ll then be told it’s “all in your head” and be given a prescription for an anti-depressant. Or in my case, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and given a thyroid hormone medication (Synthyroid).  But the symptoms continued, including a strange heart beat off and on and the inability to sleep.

But the fact of the matter is this…

I do not recommend Dr. Andrew Jones’s products, nor do I buy anything from him or his website.  I include this only for your information for you too may be effected with hypothyroidism.  Joan.

Your “Head” is Fine…Your Thyroid Isn’t!

Update 5/8/2013

Since I am constantly researching, I have found Dr. Mark Starr and I am providing it for more information

I am not recommending this doctor nor any product he may sell.  I am simply providing as much information on the thyroid as I can.  I do agree with Dr. Starr about one thing hypothyroidism is an “epidemic”

Dr. Mark StarrDr. Mark Starr –a medical doctor and homeopathic physician, Board Certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is an international speaker and the acclaimed author of Hypothyroidism Type 2 – The Epidemic.

Dr. Mark Starr I first heard of him on Extreme health radio program. I have since then gotten his book and am in the  process of reading it.  According to the radio program Dr. Mark Starr is the worlds foremost authority on the thyroid gland.

Radio Program

Ep #81 – Dr. Mark Starr – How Your Thyroid Gland Could Be The Root Cause Of Your Health Issues – 4-5-2013

Dr. Mark Starr –a medical doctor and homeopathic physician, Board Certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is an international speaker and the acclaimed author of Hypothyroidism Type 2 – The Epidemic.

Thyroid treatment

  1. Joyceee permalink

    Joan I’m really glad and amazed the first time I saw you after your illness and you really look great inside and out .

  2. Joyceee,
    Why thank you, I just finished re-writing this article. I didnot have the diagrams in it. Yes, since I started taking controlled amounts of iodine, I feel my strength returning day by day. Good seeing you.
    Thanks for checking the site out.

  3. Leslie Ridenour permalink

    I’ve been taking 50 mgs of Iodine for a couple of months now (Pure Formulas sells Iodoral in the 50 mg dose instead of taking several of the smaller dose tabs daily) and I don’t really see/feel a difference, although I keep at because perhaps my Iodine levels were REALLY low?

  4. I am not that high yet, I’m doing it slowly because I still need the Synthroid and don’t want complications. I’m at about 3mg. I was so weak, that just having the strength to get up and walk around was a joy. It seems so very slow to feed the thyroid, It does so much and I starved mine for so long, but I am seeing improvement besides regaining lost strength. My morning temp is now from 96.7 to 97.5 My heart rate is now longer in the middle 40 it ranges from high 50’s to middle sixty’s. I even can get it to 80 with some exercise. My ankles use to swell, then stopped swelling, then are back to swelling. Other then taking the Synthroid, Your body retains Synthrod so you can OD on it. I have seen reports saying if your body doesn’t use the iodine your body gets rid of it.
    If your Iodine was so low, I’m surprised you didn’t feel it in same way.
    Thanks for the remark. Good Luck and Good Health.

  5. Leslie Ridenour permalink

    I don’t really know if my Iodine levels were so low, I read Dr. David Brownstein’s book Iodine, Why You Need It and I had so many symptoms of too little Iodine and he’s the one that recommends 50 mg for approximately 3 months and then taper off to the 12.5 mg dose for maintenance (for life because we are all Iodine difficient because we aren’t getting it in our food anymore). Have you checked out the website Stop the Thyroid Madness? I wouldn’t even take synthroid. It’s totally synthetic and not good for you to begin with. My daughter was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a couple of years ago and I refused to allow the physician to order synthroid for her and instead insisted on Armour Thyroid. I think they even changed that as well so that it’s not as effective anymore (because so many people weren’t wanting to take the Synthroid anymore and it was competing with Synthroid business, I suppose?). I think going to a compounding pharmacy is the best and if I would ever go to an endocrinologist and get properly diagnosed like I should (I don’t like to go to doctors at all-I am oncology RN!) then that is what I would do, get the dr. to write orders for compounding thyroid medication that effects both T4 and T3-synthroid only effects T4 supposedly from the various books I’ve read on it?). My mom has hypothyroidism, my sister was diagnosed with it when she was only 9 years old (many, many moons ago!) and my daughter has it. I have rather large nodules on my thyroid which were needle biopsied and I was advised that I should have my thyroid removed because it came back “inconclusive” and I refused because if it was negative for malignancy after they removed it and did the pathology on it, I would be dependent on a synthetic medication for the rest of my life! I didn’t know about other, better medications for the thyroid at the time. That was about 7 or 8 years ago and obviously it wasn’t malignant condition, or something would have surfaced by now, so I think I made the right decision. LOL I tell myself every day that I’m going to make an appointment with good endocrinologist here in Pittsburgh but then the day goes by and I don’t do it. On a subconscious level, I guess I don’t want to do it? Love your website. What a great idea!

    • Well I just read your fine print. Welcome. I guarantee what you have found out is probably better than what doctors think they know. All the thyroid books, I found were garbage. Thanks again. Together we get to the bottom of it.

  6. Well, I’m going to copy your remark and slowly look at it. You might have given me good info. The stuff of Thyroid I sort of just stumbled across. I have been searching ever since. But the little iodine I have been taking has helped my energy level a great deal. I’m far from perfect so will continue my research with great information like this.
    Thanks for the compliment for the web site. I have always wanted to write I now have a subject. I am having fun at it. I am really driven at wanting others to understand.
    I just don’t trust Doctors, I have mine trained to where they ask me what are we doing today. I still do not trust them. I am a nurse and have spent years arguing with them. They know me and wont even argue any more. I have a an endocrinologist, and he doesn’t know beans. When I came in with a heart beat of 45 he said, “Your heart beat is slow.” Wow its like I didn’t know that????
    Thanks for your input.

  7. Leslie Ridenour permalink

    Ha-Ha Coconutcreamcare! Because I am a nurse, and all the craziness I’m exposed to and have observed over the years, has made me a health fanatic, cynical and distrustful of the whole entire medical establishment. Sometimes, I wish I didn’t know what I know and I could be ignorant and “so dumb, I’m happy”! I pretty much take the stand that I don’t follow or do anything that mainstream medicine is advocating. I always smell a rat and I’m almost always right. There’s nothing at all altruistic about it at all. If they’re telling you that you need to take this or take that, do this or do that, all you need to do is follow the money . . .

  8. Just found everything you said about Thyroid and medication in a Dr. Mercola PDF I don’t have the link yet but will get it. Welcome fellow traveler. Good to know you,

  9. Leslie Ridenour permalink


  10. Leslie Ridenour permalink

    Hey CoconutCreamCare, I read the Dr. Mercola file you linked and a little bit confused. States not to use commercially prepared seaweed and to not use Lugol’s Iodine. It’s my understanding that Iodoral is the tablet form of Lugol’s? Also he does recommend Dr. David Brownstein’s book and Dr. Brownstein advised (because I have his book!) to use Iodoral, so which is it? If you shouldn’t use commercially prepared seaweed, and you don’t live by the sea and have ready access to it, then what to do? How to obtain? Just wondering your insight? Thanks.


    • Good Morning.
      I know I wrote the article and put together the links but I think you are more of an expert on this then I am. I have Brownstein’s book “Stop the Thyroid Madness” coming. Ordered from Amazon seems to be taking forever. I looked at Dr. David Browstein’s books. My he has written a lot. Do you recommend one to start?
      Dr. Mercola; I have not used his advice much on Thyroid. In fact I didn’t know that he had even written on the condition until I did the search concerning your input. I have not really focused on what he has said in detail. I am still experimenting with my condition.
      Dr. Mercola I use for his nutritional knowledge. I don’t consider him an authority on Thyroid. I’m not too sure who to trust. Someone put in a search for books on Thyroid on my site. I wish I had a list, most books I have found are all full of hot air.
      It was not until you started giving me titles that I might have something to read. But meanwhile my first book I ordered must be on a slow boat from China or my sense of time is all goofed.
      I would assume you need iodine in any form. Why not commercially prepared Sea Weed what do they do take the iodine out of it?
      Thanks for giving me input. I don’t have the answers. I guess all I have right now are questions. But at least I’m questioning the right stuff.
      I was searching the net for articles or web sites on nutrition, The web is filled with USDA, FDA, ADA know nothings. One site said it all:
      “Trust me I am a Dietitian” then proceeded to talk about the rules of a no fat high carb diet.
      Keep me informed of your continued research and list of good books to use for information on this complex disease.

  11. Leslie Ridenour permalink

    I havent read that Stop the Thyroid Madness but it’s because I had already read two good and informative books. The one by Dr. Mark Hyman is pretty good. I wanted to read Stop the Thyroid Madness but figured as much reading as I’ve done on the subject, it would be redundant information for me. I may still read that book though. I have, however; been to her that author’s website which is pretty good (did you try that), that’s how I learned that they had even changed the chemical makeup of the Armour Thyroid and there are a lot of patients reporting that it’s not working for them anymor (hence the reason I suggested an order from the physician for compounding pharmacy to make up thyroid medicine!). I know it’s all a big chess game for the medical establishment. I never knew how many body parts that hypothyroidism effects until I read Dr. Hyman’s book. It’s pretty much like diabetes. If it’s not treated and properly so, it’s going to kill eventually just like diabetes. When people think of hypothyroidism they think metabolism regulation and don’t really think its the serious disease that it is, they think of it as more of a cosmetic thing, and inconvenience (difficulty losing weight-being overweight) but wow, it really effects just about every organ in our body adversely. Let me know when you get the book, how you like it. BTW – I never have a problem with Amazon, ever. I order from them all the time. You can talk to them on-line chat if you go to their site and click on customer service an then contact. That’s unusual that you wouldn’t get your items quickly.

    • Wow Thanks.  I found Dr.Mark Hyman web site and signed up for newsletter.  Copied his overall article on hypothyroid.  I there a book of his you would recommend to get started.  Like his blood sugar book.  What ones did you read or recommend. About the Thyroid book I ordered. I think I ordered a used copy to save cost, since I was out of work and watching cost.  It always take a third part time to send.  I’ll make an inquiry they are normally pretty good because a Amazon lets you add to their rating. Thanks for the attention and great information. I agree with you about the importance of Thyroid disease and people totally unaware of it.  I was overwhelmed when I started to learn how important the Thyroid is as I gathered information I began to understand exactly why each year I got weaker and weaker.  What floored me even more, is that no one in the hospital, nor my endro knew anything about it.  The just increased my Synthroid and that was that.


  12. Leslie Ridenour permalink

    They didn’t say anything to you because they are puppets for the pharmaceutical industry. They aren’t allowed to think autonomously anymore than we as nurses are allowed! They have to give you synthroid. The makers of synthetic Synthroid practically own them and if they write orders for Armour Thyroid that’s money out of the makers of Synthroid’s pockets! So-o many people are hypothyroid now. It’s quite literally an epidemic and only a few maverick doctors are even talking and writing about it! Armour thyroid is all natural and cannot be patented, so no big bucks to be made on it! Can you tell I’m just slightly cynical? Oh and did you know that if you stay on Synthroid for year after year, you’ll end up with horrible osteoporosis? Google that one!

    • Well thanks for that knowledge osteoporosis. Well I left the hospital with 13 different medications. When I entered the hospital I had been on three. The eliminated one of the HTN meds and gave me 5 heart meds. I still use 25 mg of atenolol where they had me on 100mg. The synthroid, I’m working on that.
      Oh who lets nurses think? I do it in spite of my management. I can’t change a thing in the Nursing Home. All I can get is fired.
      You are right if you do not go along to get along your practice as a Doctor is garbage. You must follow lock step to keep your practice and to get connected in the big hospitals.

  13. Tara permalink

    I too have had thyroid issues that went undiagnosed. Many told me I was just being lazy and it was all in my head. I agree that it seems to have reached epidemic proportions. Doctors need to start full panel testing sooner. So much to discuss on this topic. Thank you for bringing it up.

    • Thanks for the comment, As I remember Iodine can not be tested for. It was an understanding in the 30- 40- 50 that people needed Iodine but then the campaign for decreased salt took everything over. It is part of the system you have to learn to fend for yourself. Thanks for telling me your story and your remarks.

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