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Lead definitely does this, so it follows that other heavy metals would.
Do you mean you think they already do that (makes sense that they should, right?) or they "could"?
We need Panserbjørne to chime in about detox issues. My understanding is that as mercury is "released" from wherever it is stored in the body, some of it resettles in the other organs and brain, unless it *binds* with something to carry it out of the body.
My primitive understanding is that vit C, selenium, magnesium sulfate, zinc, Chlorella?, vit E, pascalite clay, glutathione, Zeolite bind and transport heavy metals which are "freely" released in the body.
I'm not doubting the benefits of adequate iodine intake. I'm just not clear on the *interconnected* relationship to what else is happening in the body. If ONE thing alone could "cure", we'd all be doing it. So, I imagine there are more "yes, buts" and "but, ifs" than just supplementing iodine.
It sounds like the iodine displaces and replaces the heavy metals (I've not read the links yet). But, WHAT HAPPENS to the released heavy metals is the concern. It doesn't all go through the kidneys and breastmilk. It seems to me, that the key would be adequate intake and stores of the other vitamins and mineral stores before releasing heavy metals. I believe that heavy metals are stored in our bones also, and perhaps displace calcium?? So, all of the minerals are interconnected.
I also believe that kelp food sources and supplements could be tested for arsenic.
|I'll be getting my thyroid tested next week and I'd like to know what specific tests to ask for?|
|I recently went in for some routine bloodwork and my doc said I have hypothyroidism!|
But I also want to approach this in a very holistic and cautious manner. My doc says I should just start with a low-dose of the synthetic hormone and then we'll test in 6 weeks, if it works then I have it (and I'll need to keep taking the hormones for the rest of my life), if not, then we'll look for other causes. I'm taking issue with this approach. Are there some good comprehensive websites where I can discuss with others and get good relevant information?
Labs To Request From Your Doctor here.
Does sound like a list of hypo symptoms.
Hopefully you will get some relief soon!
Hang in there.
I am interested in this discussion of toxins leaving the body. I believe that when I lost the weight my body must have been releasing the mercury stored in my fat since I was a child (from the amalgam fillings). I am still bfeeding and I believe this also caused my dd to get cavities (and god knows what else). At Dr. Mercola's office they said she had mercury in her pituitary and her liver (ahhhh!). So I'm wondering if this is somehow related. Any thoughts on this?
I also was thinking about the mercury and thinking about my "symptoms" and I was thinking I should check for mercury, just not sure how to do this.
I used the Hair Elements Test (not the Toxic Hair Profile) from Doctor's Data (ordered through Direct Lab Services), and Andy Cutler's interpretation for my daughter. Bummer is that nursing women tend to fail one of the mercury toxicity criteria more often than they should (nursing women who aren't mercury toxic look like they are), you could test your little one instead. Don't know how reliable that is, but my daughter was a good indicator for us.
I wonder if I hadn't gotten this test if I would have started getting more symptoms as time progressed. My doc said I would have, so I'm glad I just happened to take the test and I've found out early.
Probably yes. Eating better is always a good idea, wish I'd twigged to that before my health tanked.
It seems the thryroid thing is sooo complicated!
Do you know what labs your doc used to make this diagnosis?
I urge you to get copies of your lab work so you can have baselines to use in deciding what if any treatment protocol you will follow.
I was in a similar situation myself. MD put me on synthroid due to elevated TSH though I had no hypo symptoms. My body had a difficult time converting the T4 to T3 which eventually tanked my adrenals. After a lot of further testing (which I had to plead for) I learned I have Hashi's. Synthroid was NOT a good option for me - though it may be for some. I've faired far better treating it as an autoimmune condition (which Hashi's is) than as hypothyroid.
how do you treat for Hashi's?
I got my bloodwork. I was shocked at how high the tsh was. Is this normal abnormality?
1st test 1/5: TSH-145.7
2nd test 1/22: TSH-68.54
Free T3: 2.21
He said my cholesterol was high due to the mal-function of the thyroid
Total cho: 266
I've read that in determining cholesterol rate to risk for disease, the CHO/HDL ratio is the important factor (range is 2.5-6.0). So I'm not concerned about this. But I wonder if others have had similar high cho rates. Just curious.
Does anyone out there treat without using hormones? And if the problem is caused by mercury or nutritional deficiency do you get to go off the hormones ever?
And see, I would go more by symptoms than Jacqueline, maybe because my bloodwork was just barely off when _I_ felt like the walking dead. With very few symptoms, I'd probably feel even better about just doing the nutrition approach (but to be fair, I had lots of symptoms and felt miserable and still felt better doing the nutrition thing than the prescription I got). I never took thyroid replacement supps, by the time my bloodwork finally showed enough of an up-trend (along with lots of symptoms) to show a problem to the doctor, I'd decided that the nutritional approach was better anyway. Very satisfying to get the Synthroid prescription, but I never filled it.
For me, the biggies: vitamins and minerals, and then figuring out why my vitamins and minerals got so far off. But each of us have such a unique journey in getting here that it's hard to figure out except on our own or with the help of a great healthcare provider.
When you say heart problems are you talking like down the road or like tomorrow?
|According to the American Thyroid Association press release, even a slightly elevated TSH level causes increased risk for congestive heart failure (CHF). Congestive heart failure results when the heart is incapable of supplying adequate blood to the organs. Symptoms and signs of CHF include fatigue, ankle swelling, and shortness of breath, and may eventually result in death|
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