Keep your Thyroid Functioning
Friday, July 1st 2005
Home testing for thyroid function
Dr Broda Barnes, who studied thyroid disease for 35 years, believed that many people have subtle thyroid disorders that don't show up on a blood test. You can do a simple, functional thyroid test yourself by taking your temperature under your armpit first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. Take it three mornings in a row. The supposedly normal readings are between 36.6C to 36.8C. Anything lower could indicate an underactive thyroid and anything above, a hyperactive one. If you are a pre-menopausal woman, the most accurate measurement is on days two or three of your menstrual cycle. Post menopause, any day is fine.
Doctors often too quickly prescribe thyroxin replacement therapy, when other simple measures would raise thyroid hormone levels adequately. However, if the gland has sustained extensive damage, replacement thyroxin therapy may be the only answer.
The late American Master Herbalist, Dr John R. Christopher over 40 years ago formulated an herbal formula to assist his patients with either underactive or overactive thyroid problems. Dr Christopher combined the following herbs which help regulate the thyroid and can be used as a thyroid normaliser: Parsley to provide trace mineral nutrient support, Kelp provides a concentrated source of minerals including a high iodine content as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron and was traditionally used by North American Indians to prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid), Irish Moss is high in nutrients and provides a tonic effect to the digestive and glandular systems, Mullein, Nettle and Sheep Sorrel are specific cleansing and toning herbs. This powerful formula have proven helpful in assisting all the various glands involved in support roles with the thyroid to bring the body back into balance.
To keep the thyroid in balance - Christopher's Thyroid Maintenance Formula and supplementation with a regular intake of Nature's Way Kelp capsules or Nature's Way Standardised Bladderwrack can prove beneficial and provide iodine.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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