Men's Health: The #1 Missed Diagnosis
Other research has discovered that people with higher blood concentrations of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — a chemical used in non-stick cookware, as well as stain- and water-resistant coating for carpets and fabrics — have higher rates of thyroid disease.
Your thyroid is under attack — and traditional doctors don't have a clue how to fix it.
In fact, most doctors don't even recognize the problem in the first place — especially when it comes to men. And that makes thyroid disease the most underdiagnosed condition in the country. (Photo by Tiard Schulz on Unsplash)
You may be suffering from some of the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction. Typically these symptoms include feeling unusual fatigue for no reason, heart palpitations, depression, hypersensitivity to cold or excessive sweating, aching joints, trouble concentrating, brain fog and weight gain or weight loss for no reason.
These symptoms are universal for both men and women. But men have symptoms that are unique to them.
These can include:
• Reduced sex drive
• Increased testicle size
• Erectile dysfunction
• Muscle weakness
• Low testosterone
• Hair loss
Traditional doctors are quick to treat individual symptoms but as I've told you before... they often fail to see the big picture...
And that big picture begins with our environment. You see, it's not a coincidence that an increased onslaught of toxins has led to a surge in thyroid dysfunction. Your thyroid is under attack.
Although ignored by mainstream medicine, numerous studies prove beyond doubt that nasty industrial molecules like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and bisphenol A (BPA) disrupt thyroid function.1,2,3,4
Other research has discovered that people with higher blood concentrations of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — a chemical used in non-stick cookware, as well as stain- and water-resistant coating for carpets and fabrics — have higher rates of thyroid disease.5
And research on heavy metals — mercury, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic and lead found in seafood, dental amalgams, environmental pollution and vaccines are also among the worst offenders.6,7
When my patients at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine come to me with thyroid issues, I take a completely different approach.
Most doctors won't do anything about thyroid dysfunction until it turns into a full-blown disease. Then they'll most likely treat your symptoms with the Big Pharma drug, Synthroid.
I never prescribe this synthetic hormone, because it only masks the problem. And it can also cause a lot of side effects — including bone fractures, joint pain, irregular heartbeat, fatigue, muscle weakness, insomnia, temporary hair loss, irritability and vomiting.
That's why I treat thyroid dysfunction by getting to the real root of the problem. I recommend that my patients detox their bodies every six months. Once the toxins are gone, you'll feel a million times better and your glands will start working once again with vigor.
At my clinic, I use calcium disodium EDTA for IV chelation directly into your bloodstream. EDTA is particularly good for getting rid of heavy metals and BPA. It grabs hold of these toxins while they're in your bloodstream and carries them out through your kidneys — before they can reach your thyroid.
(If you're interested in IV chelation at my clinic, please call 561-410-7854.)
Support Your Thyroid Naturally at Home
In addition to detoxing your body, I also recommend supporting your thyroid with natural thyroid boosters.
1. Pass the salt, please. You probably already know that iodine is your thyroid's number one nutrient. The easiest way to get enough iodine is to season your food with iodized sea salt. You can also try eating edible marine plants, such as wakame and nori, which are high in iodine.
Or you can take iodized oil capsules and supplements. I recommend getting 300 mcg of iodine daily for optimal thyroid health.
2. Then eat these two nuts. A deficiency in selenium is far more dangerous to your thyroid than low iodine levels. Low selenium causes an intolerance of iodine in your body. The best food source of selenium is Brazil nuts. I recommend 200 mcg of selenium a day and one Brazil nut contains around 100 mcg — so you just need two per day.
Or you can take a supplement. Most multivitamins contain a little selenium, but make sure you're getting 200 mcg per day.
3. Don't forget this Ayurvedic herb. Ashwagandha has been used for centuries by Ayurveda healers to normalize the amount of hormones secreted by your thyroid. This keeps your levels from going too high or dropping too low.8
I recommend 500 mg a day. You can buy it in capsule form.
4. Finally, take this before bed. Did you know that a well-known sleep secret is a thyroid protector? Melatonin is a sleep hormone, but it's also an extremely powerful antioxidant that research shows can protect your thyroid from the effects of environmental toxins and metals.9
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Calsolaro V, et al. "Thyroid disrupting chemicals." Int J Mol Sci. 2017;18(12):2583. 2. Brent GA. "Environmental exposures and autoimmune thyroid disease." Thyroid. 2010;20(7):755–761.
3. Meeker JD and Ferguson KK. "Relationship between urinary phthalate and bisphenol A concentrations and serum thyroid measures in U.S. adults and adolescents from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007–2008." Environ Health Perspect. 2011;119(10):1396-1402.
4. Goldner WS. et al. "Pesticide use and thyroid disease among women in the Agricultural Health Study." Am J Epidemiol. 2010;171(4):455–464.
5. Bartell SM. "Online serum PFOA calculator for adults." Environ Health Perspect. 2017;125(10):104502.
6. Meeker JD and Ferguson KK. "Relationship between urinary phthalate and bisphenol A concentrations and serum thyroid measures in U.S. adults and adolescents from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007–2008." Environ Health Perspect. 2011;119(10):1396-1402.
7. Liang QR, et al. "[Effects of lead on thyroid function of occupationally exposed workers.]" Zhonghua Lao Dong Wei Sheng Zhi Ye Bing Za Zhi. 2003;21(2):111-113.
8. Panda S and Kar A. "Withania somnifera and Bauhinia purpurea in the regulation of circulating thyroid hormone concentrations in female mice." J Ethnopharmacol. 1999;67(2):233-239.