Very Low Thyroid Activity

 

 

 

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

According to Ray Peat …

“The first effect of too much PUFA is to block the ability of the thyroid gland to secrete the hormone by breaking down the thyroid globulin. If the thyroid does manage to secrete it, the transport of it on proteins in the blood is inhibited in proportion to the unsaturation. Fish oils with 5 and 6 unsaturated double bonds are the most powerful, almost total inhibitors of thyroid transport. Linolenic acid (omega -3) fats with 3 double bonds inhibits about 50%, linoleic acid (omega -6) with 2 double bonds inhibits about 30%. So the inhibition is proportional to the amount of double bonds. The responsiveness of the cell to thyroid is inhibited in proportion to the amount of unsaturated fats. Carotene is highly unsaturated and it has the same effect of interfering with thyroid function because of this series of unsaturations.“

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Hubert Richardson, M.D. (The Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands, 1905) wrote …

“Myxedema [very low thyroid activity] in the adult is usually a slowly progressive disease, though cases are on record where it has developed rapidly. Charcot and Ord report cases which commenced with a chill, in one case with hematuria [blood in the urine], developing within a week. Byrom Bramwell states that in one of his cases the disease appeared in a few days after an attack of influenza. It is probable that in these cases the disease had been latent, unobserved by the patient for some time, until some intercurrent disease made a call upon the gland for an increase of secretion to which it was unable to respond.

“The initial symptom is an intense lassitude and debility. Women who have heretofore been bright and active in their duties have a repugnance to exertion both of body and mind. This is associated with an increase of bulk of the body, a dryness of the skin and an increased susceptibility to cold. I have observed that in the very early stages there is a hyperactivity of the sebaceous glands [oil-producing glands], the surface of the skin being greasy, while the head is full of dandruff. Frontal headache is often a cause of complaint in the earliest stages. As the disease advances the face, trunk and limbs increase in bulk with the appearance of edema, except that the skin does not pit on pressure nor does it exude fluid on puncture; there is an appearance as if the skin were too large, hanging in thick folds on various parts of the body. Ordinary dropsy of the feet occurs in about 20 per cent of the cases.”

According to the same source …

“The patients often complain of a tingling or pricking sensation of the skin. The body temperature is subnormal, being 96.5 degrees F. or even a little lower. The subnormal temperature and the susceptibility to cold are due to decreased oxidation and a pathologic condition of the cutaneous capillary system.

“The pulse is slower than normal, soft and weak, the heart’s action feeble, the second sound accentuated, the mean blood pressure increased, the heart dilated, the cardiac muscle degenerated and the arteries atheromatous; in the latter case thyroid feeding must be conducted with caution.”
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  1. April 9, 2019 @ 3:14 pm Atom

    According to “Celery,” Wikipedia (last edited Apr. 4, 2019) …

    “Celery is among a small group of foods (headed by peanuts) that appear to provoke the most severe allergic reactions; for people with celery allergy, exposure can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. The allergen does not appear to be destroyed at cooking temperatures. Celery root — commonly eaten as celeriac, or put into drinks — is known to contain more allergen than the stalk. Seeds contain the highest levels of allergen content. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis may be exacerbated. An allergic reaction also may be triggered by eating foods that have been processed with machines that have previously processed celery, making avoiding such foods difficult. In contrast with peanut allergy being most prevalent in the US, celery allergy is most prevalent in Central Europe. In the European Union, foods that contain or may contain celery, even in trace amounts, must be clearly marked as such.”

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  2. April 9, 2019 @ 3:15 pm Atom

    Supplement-based vitamin C didn’t do diddly squat for my bleeding gums and made me vulnerable to colds and influenza.

    Supplement-based vitamin C is not really vitamin C (metabolic dehydroascorbic acid).

    Think of supplement-based ascorbic acid as thyroxine (T4), and food-based dehydroascorbic acid as triiodothyronine (T3).

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    Vegetarians like Fauja Singh (108 revs around the Sun), a marathon runner who never took a drug or supplement, can get enough dehydroascorbic acid from fruits and veggies.

    Vibrant Gal and I get the lion’s share of our dehydroascorbic acid from potatoes.

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    Most supplement-based vitamin C …

    1) is estrogenic

    2) shifts the redox balance

    3) depletes vitamin E and copper

    4) increases iron levels (often not a “good” thing)

    5) raises blood oxalate levels

    6) is (allegedly) contaminated with lead

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