I’ve been asking so many people, for the last year, what the medical words for “generalized lowered body temperature” were. I just know there must be a name for this condition, yet no one has had an answer, yet.
Recently, I’ve started back on some medications to help with the side-effects of my Fibromyalgia, because the pain has started to interfere with my daily life. I spend countless hours, in my bed, under an electric blanket, being used like a heating pad for my hip and back pain.
So, today, in my IN Box appears Dr. Mercola talking about Fibromyalgia. It got my attention and I began to read many articles that I’d like to share snippets with you..
A common give-away that you may be hypothyroid is feeling cold most of the time. This is because your body cannot generate enough ATP molecules to keep the core temperature of your body high enough.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been tested for diabetes and thyroid problems.. but, I find it ironic that I seem to have many symptoms. Then I read:
Dr. Lowe’s web site, www.DrLowe.com, contains a full list of all the signs and symptoms. Here are a few of the most common:
- Fatigue—If you don’t have enough dopamine or have too few dopamine receptors due to inadequate thyroid hormone regulation, you end up with extreme fatigue, which is also a common complaint in fibromyalgia patients
- Hair loss
- Weight gain–Thyroid hormone controls gene transcription for lipolytic enzymes, which lower cholesterol and break down triglycerides and fatty tissues. If you have enough of these enzymes, they will reduce fat tissues in your body even if you do not diet and exercise
- Dry skin, hair, eyes and other mucous membranes
- Excess muscle tension and trigger points—For muscles to completely relax, filaments must lengthen and separate, which requires energy (ATP molecules). Low thyroid hormone reduces ATP
Hello? We all know about my Fatigue. My hair is falling out like mad. I’ve been worried about that for months. My skin is making me crazy. I LOVE my new nasal gel called “AYR” that my allergist gave to me, as a sample. It has really helped my over-dry, yet usually running, nose.
And what do you see? WEIGHT GAIN!
So, I kept reading..
No one should be eating unfermented Soy. Especially Soy Milk. (This was a big issue for me when I was trying to find a protein powder. I needed one that did not have Soy. I needed one that did not have sugar substitutes. I needed one that was not Hydrolyzed. I did, finally, find one made by Jarrow Formulas, btw.)
Maybe I just have an iodine deficiency? Maybe you do, too?
Iodine is the key to a healthy thyroid and efficient metabolism, and even comprises a large part of the thyroid hormone molecule itself.
Even the names of the different forms of thyroid hormone reflect the number of iodine molecules attached — T4 has four attached iodine molecules, and T3 (the biologically active form of the hormone) has three — showing what an important part iodine plays in thyroid biochemistry.
Iodine deficiency is one of the three most common nutritional deficiencies, along with magnesium and vitamin D.
It also says that Bromine is a big problem, that causes deficiency of Iodine. I’m always looking on the flour bag to see if the flour is Brominated. The only flour, that I can find, that is not Brominated is the Whole Foods Brand 365 Flours. King Arthur and White Lilly both have Brominated Flours.
Bromine is also found in fire retardants used in carpets, mattresses, upholstery, and furniture and some medical equipment.
Based on animal research, bromides have been linked to behavioral changes and neurodevelopmental disorders, including Attention Deficit Disorders, in children.
From what I’ve read, a test for your Iodine levels is terribly expensive. Dr. mercola has a simple alternative to the test.
So, now, my common interest is what can increase Iodine levels..
Iodine is most abundant in sea vegetables, fish, seafood, and eggs. You can find a variety of dried sea vegetables at most health food stores, Asian markets, and some grocery stores. Add a strip of kombu to soups or bean dishes; sprinkle black seaweed on salads or add to soup. Season foods with dulse or kelp powder in place of salt. Eat more fish, especially the smaller coldwater fish such as salmon (avoid farm raised), mackerel, halibut, sole, and snapper. Avoid the larger fish such as tuna and swordfish; they tend to be higher in mercury. Choose cage-free, hormone and antibiotic-free eggs; they’re healthier.
Eggs.. check. Fish.. salmon (not farm raised).. check. The rest is too much for my brain fog to absorb right now. I consume way too much Mercury. Not sure if I can make such a drastic change, real fast.
- What Are the Benefits of Iodine? (brighthub.com)
- Anne Dunev: How Iodine May Help Protect You From Radiation Damage (huffingtonpost.com)