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The two main clinical syndromes of the thyroid gland are over activity (hyperthyroid) and under activity (hypothyroid) which provides an excellent example of the need for balance within the body and is the nearest conventional medical thinking comes to the fundamental philosophy of natural or alternative medicine.      

The thyroid gland produces two hormones, thyroxin (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3), both of which control the rate of metabolism. The rate of production of these hormones is influenced by thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland also controls the adrenals (see adrenals), pancreas (see diabetes) and the sex glands (see menopause and infertility). The pituitary gland is also controlled by the hypothalamus (part of the brain) which also controls emotions!

Under or over activity of the pituitary affects all the endocrine hormones making it imperative to take a holistic view of all the glands and acknowledging their interdependence.
The natural history of thyroid disease is firstly to respond by stimulation and then by exhaustion. Therefore treatment of hyperthyroidism with drugs or surgery will eventually result in underactivity and the need for treatment with drugs for hypothyroidism. Treatment with thyroxin will then signal to the pituitary to produce less TSH and this in time results in fewer cells producing thyroxin and a lifelong dependence on drugs making it impossible to attain balance. 

Blood tests for thyroid function are wholly inaccurate as we all have variable individual needs.
Perhaps the best test is to plot the axillary (underarm) temperature, taken immediately on waking, for 14 days for men and women in the menopause, and 30 days for women in pre menopause. If the temperature remains below a baseline of 36.5 degrees Celsius, it is fair to assume an underactive thyroid; if above 36.7 then it is overactive. 

Another simple home test for thyroid function is the iodine patch test.
Paint a small, circular patch (2 inch) of skin (inside forearm for instance or palm of hand on dark or black skin) with iodine tincture. Leave to dry and then check the time it takes for the patch to completely disappear. Within an hour signifies severe hypothyroid and over 4 hours, normal or hyperthyroid.
Causes of thyroid problems are related to those of autoimmunity and include food allergy/intolerance, pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungus/Candida and parasites), toxins such as metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury etc), chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, preservatives etc), radiation (DECT phones, mobiles and masts, air travel etc) and drugs (NSAIDs, steroids etc).

The treatment of hypothyroid is to address the cause/causes and to support the immune system with natural measures including amino acids, vitamins, minerals and especially the omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, as well as probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibre from fruits, vegetables and whole grains, not forgetting adequate amounts of water, a regular daily exercise regime and sunlight, when possible.
An Integral Health DNA Hair Test not only can identify the epigenetic factors which possibly give rise to cause/causes of an imbalance in the body and the potential for signs and symptoms of disease; it is also able to highlight the nutrient and lifestyle recommendations specific for each unique individual, helping to ensure they are able to achieve optimum health - naturally.

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