Two Sure Ways to Whack Your Thyroid

So there we are: Feeling fat, more than a little tired, with thinning hair, and a brain in a constant fog. According to magazines, it all means our thyroid needs a visit to the doctor for a pick-me-up.

The doc, looking wise and serious, orders a thyroid test, which, as I say again and again, doesn’t have much to do with anything.

Better the doc take a temperature, which could provide a clue. Or perhaps check your pulse, another clue. In fact, thyroids offer lots and lots of clues. Just believing what you say would help, too. But no; here cometh the blood test.

And when the results come back, the doc probably says, “You’re fine.”

Well, the endocrine system doesn’t deal well with frustration, so you become, as my mother used to say, “fit to be tied.” Which is, apparently, an extreme form of being upset.

Before you start on the long and dismal trail of going to doctor after doctor after doctor, consider the possibility that your thyroid is doing the very best it can in extremely difficult circumstances.

Many of us are causing our thyroid problems. As Pogo, the possum of comic book fame, said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

We don’t realize we’re the problem, and we sure didn’t intend to be, so let’s talk about how we’re hurting our thyroid. Once we know, we can work on bringing a little sunshine back into our lives.

For years, only a small percentage of people, usually women, had thyroid problems. Hashimoto’s was almost unheard of. Then, Boom! Thyroid problems were everywhere!

Then, after thousands of years of samo-samo, we get a tsunami. What changed?

Thyroid enemy#1
Starting slowly in the 1950s, then speeding up in the 1970s, adding sodium fluoride, a waste product from aluminum processing, to municipal water supplies has become more and more common. If anybody else dumped untreated, industrial waste into our water, they’d go to jail, but money talks.

With huge amounts of money, a few bogus studies, and greedy people willing to do pretty much anything to get money, unprincipled people launched a major attack on our thyroids, our health.

Following a large donation, even the American Dental Association joined the pro-fluoride forces. More donations, and the fact that dentists earn more money when their patients live a fluoridated life, keeps dentists in the pro-fluoride fold.

Coca Cola adds fluoride to their soft drinks. Nestle’s adds fluoride to their bottled water.

Fluoride whacks the thyroid, and when the thyroid suffers, it takes the rest of the endocrine system, which controls all of health, with it. Fluoride damages the brains of babies in the womb and reduces the IQ of toddlers. Etc.

Sodium fluoride is poison.

Thyroid enemy #2
Fifty years ago, nobody considered soy fit to eat. Or drink. Or put in lotions. Now it’s everywhere, in everything, and our entire endocrine system, starting with the thyroid is paying a huge price.

First, soy throws your thyroid off a cliff. Then, the estrogen in soy mixes it up with your body’s estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, pushing you toward estrogen dominance. You do not want to go there.

You won’t hear much about estrogen dominance, but it’s everywhere. One day, as I waited for my car to be serviced, a man told me about his health problems. He had had prostate cancer, then, having grown breasts, breast cancer. It turned out he was a real fan of soy, but he strongly disagreed when I suggested soy might be a problem for him.

Factory farms feed soy to their cattle, which makes the meat–especially the fatty part, unhealthy. The meat makes you unhealthy, too, when you eat it.

And it doesn’t help that food marketers call soy by many names. “Hydrolized” announces soy’s presence. “Autolyzed,” too. And on, and on. You get the idea they don’t want us to know.

Soy oil? Fuggedaboudit!

Fast food, most restaurant food, most grocery store food, pastries–and I could go on–contain soy. It really shouldn’t be so hard to find healthful food, but if you want to live long and prosper, keeping soy out of your body is worth the effort.

Sadly, fluoride and soy are only part of the whack-your-health story; so many toxins, so little time. (My Moving to Health program talks about the other bad guys.)

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette is all about determination. A month before her first birthday, a drunk driver smashed into her parents’ car and gave her a concussion. The concussion put her endocrine system (the thyroid and the rest of the gang) pretty much out of business. Well, that system controls all of health, life was a mess, but doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Now she writes about how your body works and what you can do to make it work better. Good, eh? Subscribe to her free health e-mails at

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