Is Your Thyroid Making You Sick?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-01-12 14:32:12 -0600
Started 2014-01-07 16:59:36 -0600

In the so often rabbit hole I go down on the internet, where one thing leads to another and then I suddenly find myself in a place I never expected. That happened today.

There has been a lot of discussion about diabetes and thyroid issues that seem to go hand in hand. Those who have normal TSH levels on their lab reports may want to check again. I stumbled onto a doctor, David Brownstein, whose study of our tiny thyroid glad was inspired by his dad's heart attacks. The point is, that the thyroid glad controls every part of our bodies and when it's out of whack, we become unbalanced.

Having trouble with things like dry skin, inability to loose weight, infertility, dark circles under your eyes, allergies, cancer, hair loss and of course diabetes…the list goes on. You may want to have your thyroid checked in a more holistic way beyond a blood test. He says that possibly 60%-80% of people are unaware of their unhealthy thyroid.

I found this video interesting (warning, it is to sell his newsletter, but it's worth the view)

And here is is book

I was just wondering if that might be why some of us have an easier time than others controlling our glucose numbers or other things we deal with in our battle with diabetes along with so many other symptoms we connect to diabetes that might actually be connected to our thyroid..

12 replies

Eve73 2014-01-11 19:10:44 -0600 Report

20 years old I was on medsfor a while then they they took me off it thenwhen I was 59 they took my thyroid out. It was as big as a grapefruit. Now I am feeling good an going good. It has been 10 years since it was took out I have been on thyroid meds ever sense.

Set apart
Set apart 2014-01-09 05:48:21 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and 5 years later T1, what I was told was usually a person has two autoimmune diseases side by side and sometimes more. As long as your TSH levels are within the norm, you're okay, this is part of my bloodwork every 3 months. If my thyroid goes out of whack, then I really do get tired, hmmm menopause, hypothyroidism, T1, and other things, it's a wonder I feel so crazy sometimes. Nice talking to you!

GabbyPA 2014-01-09 09:00:44 -0600 Report

This Doctor's whole deal is that sometimes your levels in the lab work look normal, but there are other things that should be looked at along with that to see if something in the lab work is amiss.

jayabee52 2014-01-07 22:05:02 -0600 Report

Howdy again Gabby!
I firmly believe that if one's thyroid is malfunctioning in some way (either hyper or hypo active) one has a difficult time of managing many other bodily functions.

EDIT: FWIW, I just spent an interesting hour (or so) reading the (whole - all 7 pages) discussion on Dr Brownstein in an ADA discussion board (here ~ where the original poster asked folks about Dr B's methods of cure. It had to do with what he had to say about cancer mostly, but there was mention of iodine there also. I found it enlightening and (dare I say it?) rather entertaining.
I haven't yet come to a conclusion on whether Dr B "walks like a duck . . . . " but I am a bit more leery of what he has to say.


GabbyPA 2014-01-08 09:27:20 -0600 Report

He has several books and this is just one. I had never heard of him before, but found this to be very interesting. I have not gotten into any of his treatments for things, but as one who strives to find holistic methods of dealing with life's curve balls, I thought it worth the look.

hayley13 2014-01-08 10:42:43 -0600 Report

i have an underactive thyriod which makes me feel drained and tired all time i will have a read of this

GabbyPA 2014-01-08 10:50:26 -0600 Report

Fatigue is one of the symptoms of an under active thyroid. I had no idea that so many things were linked to this tiny little gland.

hayley13 2014-01-08 11:03:06 -0600 Report

i also suffer with very bad dry skin mine has started to not work well on the medication doseage so my doctor has prescribed me 100mg thyroxine and i am waiting for results of my blood thyriod test, didn't know it was linked to cancer…but im also being checked to see i have breast cancer my mammograpghy is this friday so hoping all goes well and isn't cancer fingers crossed