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					              The Thyroid - Often Overlooked or Misdiagnosed

\Most MD's use blood tests called T3, T4, and T7 to determine thyroid activity in
patients. They then compare these blood readings to what is called "normal" ranges,
and if the blood tests fall into these ranges, the patient is told they are "normal" or "OK".

One of the reasons why three tests are used is because none of them are very
accurate. I have seen many persons who were told they were in the "normal" range,
but when they test themselves with the accurate temperature test below, they were
found to be very hypothyroid (low in activity).

Dr. Broda Barnes, a physician way ahead of his time, found over 50 years ago that the
body basal temperature was a good indicator of thyroid activity, in particular, the body
temperature on arising from sleep. She wrote a book about thyroid activity and the
various ills and problems arising from low (hypo) thyroid activity.

I am indebted to Dr. Roy Kupsinel of Orlando Florida for introducing me to Dr. Barnes
work, and for various other helps he gave me while I was in practice there, and learning
about Alternate and Orthomolecular Therapies..

                                 Testing Thyroid Activity

At night, shake down a regular mercury type thermometer - be sure that it is shaken
down and below 95 degrees. Next morning, on awakening, put the thermometer under
your arm with the bulb in the armpit with no clothing between it and the armpit. Leave it
there for 10 minutes (use snooze alarm if you wake up to an alarm). Just drowse for
that time lying still.

After 10 minutes, take the thermometer out, and read it, writing down the result right
away. (On waking, most people don't think clearly and might forget the reading). This
is known as your Early AM Basal Temperature, and the "normal" should be between
97.8 and 98.2. This reading taken by armpit is somewhat lower and somewhat more
accurate than that taken by mouth. If you have a low-grade infection this may read
higher than your "normal", therefore if it’s in that range above, you should repeat the
above procedure every other day for a week or so. If a menstruating female, also do it
on the 2nd and 3rd day of your period.

If lower than the above range, you are probably hypothyroid, and if higher, then you are
probably hyperthyroid, or you may have an infection somewhere. (Hypo means low in
docterese, and hyper means high.)

Just some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism can be: obesity, depression, low energy,
fatigue, many infections, chronic headaches, circulatory problems, chronic skin
problems, poor memory and/or concentration, eczema, psoriasis, irregular menstrual
periods, neuroticism, irritability, hair loss, and lots more.

A serious problem that many who are hypothyroid suffer from is obesity. Because the
thyroid governs metabolism rate, and if it is hypo in activity, the body stores energy in
the form of fat. A hyperthyroid person is usually always fairly thin no matter what they
eat. (We all hate those lucky ones!)

To treat hypothyroidism, you can try to find an MD, or a DO, who will write you a
prescription for Armour Natural. Synthroid is what is mostly prescribed, but it has been
linked to osteoporosis. There is also Lugol which has been found useful in conjunction
with thyroid. Or, you can go to a good health food store and get a "glandular" that
contains thyroid (along with other glandulars usually). Start with two glandulars/day for
a week, and use the above temperature test to determine if that is correct for you.

                       Dr Bate is a retired orthomolecular psychologist
                      who invented Neuroliminal Training, a simpler and
                   affordable way to change brain wave amplitudes solving
                        ADD-Autism, depression, insomnia, and more.

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