The Thyroid is Related to Cholesterol Metabolism
February 9, 2009 by Bob Livingston
Blood cholesterol is elevated in persons with a lower-functioning thyroid. The gland depends upon iodine for its normal function. Without iodine the thyroid cannot produce its hormone, thyroxine. When the thyroid is not supplied with sufficient iodine, there is an increase in the size of the thyroid gland, a condition called “goiter.” This can be reduced by simply taking iodine.
So when the thyroid is overactive there is a calcium loss; when the thyroid is underactive, we have cholesterol accumulation.
We can measure our own thyroid balance by taking underarm basal temperature for about five days in a row. This means taking morning temperature under your arm before you get out of bed in the morning.
Normal body temperature is 98.6. If it is below this, even as much as one degree, we need more iodine and/or thyroxin in the form of Armour desiccated hormone. Do not take a synthetic thyroid hormone that most doctors prescribe.
Your Thyroid & Your Heart:
Low basal temperature mentioned above means low basal metabolism, which controls the rate at which each cell burns the food that gives us energy. This directly relates to our quality of life because thyroid deficiency may mimic any disease. For this reason, every man, woman and child should test their basal (at rest) body temperature. About half of the population suffers from some degree of thyroid deficiency.
Most allopathic doctors ignore thyroid function and when they do test function, they do so with a blood profile which most of the time does not pick up low thyroid function. If thyroid function is to be treated, it usually is a lifetime protocol. Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) is serious but is very easy to detect with the self basal temperature test and it is equally easy to treat. Doctors will start hypothyroid patients on very low doses (about 0.5 gram) and build up over months.
The first hint of the connection of heart disease with low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) came when investigators demonstrated that elevated cholesterol could be brought down to normal with thyroid therapy. Thyroid therapy does reduce the rate of formation of atherosclerosis in the heart arteries. I never heard or read where an allopathic cardiologist observed or knew this.
Broda O. Barnes, M.D., Ph.D., concluded after thousands of case histories that the hypothyroid patient at a young age—or any age—is unusually susceptible to heart attacks. Even in the hypothyroid infant, atherosclerosis starts. Barnes says that atherosclerosis results from thyroid deficiency and not from the elevated serum fats that accompany it. He said that 95 percent of the cholesterol levels returned to normal with only thyroid therapy.
I recommend the book, Solved: The Riddle of Heart Attacks, by Broda O. Barnes, M.D., Ph.D.