Endocrine System and Thyroid Problems
By: Dr. Skip Hellen ND, CNC (Health Doctor)
America is currently
experiencing an epidemic of thyroid problem, especially among woman. The
thyroid serves an important function in the endocrine system by producing thyroxin,
which regulates metabolism. Impaired thyroid function frequently causes a
variety of health problems including compromised growth, digestion, heart, metabolic
action, energy production and utilization as well as immune system function. Thyroid
problem stems largely from a lack of iodine delivery to the thyroid caused in many
cases by the accumulation of iodine mimicking compounds like bromine in the body. One of the ways humans ingest toxic
amounts of bromine is through the consumption of highly processed flour (baked products
Almost all bread products (except sprouted flourless breads)
use bromide as a flour additive when commercially producing bread. Bromides are a group of
used in a wide variety of commercial applications. Unfortunately, bromides are an insidious
endocrine system disruptor. Bromides tend to accumulate in the body in such large amounts because
they are present in so many everyday products like, reddish-brown food coloring, carbon disulfide/solvents,
chemical flame-retardants, carpets, upholstery, paints, kitchen appliances, plastic containers and
covers. For this reason it is nearly impossible to avoid bromine contact in modern life. Because of
their nearly ubiquitous presence in modern life bromides continually find their way into the human body accumulating
at toxic levels disrupting the healthy function of the endocrine system, vital organs and
healthy biochemical balance.
Because bromide and iodine are nearly molecularly identical,
they compete for iodine receptor sights in the thyroid. Unfortunately, for many
Americans, bromide (false iodine) can fill thyroid receptor sights, blocking
vital health sustaining
iodine access. Iodine is an essential compound in the human body. It is the primary fuel for
healthy thyroid gland function. Lacking adequate iodine, for any reason, seriously impairs the
thyroid gland function, thyroxin production and distribution. This condition is referred to as
"hypothyroidism" and is a serious health threat currently affecting numerous Americans. Symptoms
include thin brittle nails and hair, weight gain, fatigue, decreased heart rate, constipation,
and feeling cold, usually in the extremities (hands/fingers and feet/toes).
As mentioned above, a malfunctioning thyroid frequently results in an improper amount of thyroxin
produced and released into the system (hypothyroidism). It is well advised that those with any
endocrine system problems (include overweight) stop the consumption of all commercial flour
containing products/foods. For those absent health problems, especially overweight issues, it
is advised that consumption of flour products be restricted to infrequent, special occasions
only or never. Discontinuing commercial flour/bread products resolves two potential health
1. Bread products tend to be extremely high calorie foods.
2. Lower bromide ingestion, helps eliminate the negative affects to the thyroid gland and endocrine system.†
The healthy alternative to traditional flour products for those who must consume them is
sprouted flourless breads and products. Read the label carefully to make sure that what you
buy isnít a flour product masquerading as a healthy non-flour product. Many consume flour
products very sparingly and try to consume over 75% fresh, raw, organic, unprocessed foods such
as fruits and vegetables, favoring dark green leafy vegetables in their natural state
and limit cooking to an absolute minimum.
Since the endocrine system governs hormones, it has an enormous impact on overall human health.
The thyroid gland is the bodies thermostat controlling body temperature as well
as other vital functions like metabolism, which controls energy production, utilization as well
as growth and weight distribution. In short, if you have a weight problem it is
very likely that
metabolism and the thyroid are at minimum part if not all of the problem. If metabolism is fast,
large caloric consumption and utilization is possible without gaining weight. If metabolism is
slow, healthy caloric utilization is disrupted causing weight accumulation. Of course, it is
currently very popular, even convenient to ignore personal responsibility for chronic caloric
over consumption (overeating). This excuse is frequently used to deny
responsibility for the current overweight, obese and diabetes epidemics.
While obesity and over weight health problems are at epidemic proportions and very complex,
eliminating the consumption of commercial, highly processed bromide containing flour and bread
products from the diet and resulting thyroid damage is a positive step in the
better health direction.
Eliminate commercial flour product consumption will encourage thyroid gland and endocrine health. This
along with a prudent general whole body detoxification program will help move the body toward
overall health and vitality.†
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Americans are currently experiencing an epidemic of thyroid problems most of which
is a result of unhealthy behavior/lifestyle. In short it is not a thyroid problem per-say, it is
a behavior problem. The thyroid is responsible for a wide range of extremely important
functions including heart, growth, digestion, metabolic activity, body temperature,
energy production and utilization as well as immune system functions. Americans consume
enormous amounts of commercial, highly refined, bread and flour products as a significant
part of the standard American diet (SAD). Nearly all commercial bread products contain bromide.
Bromide (false iodine) fill thyroid receptor sights, blocking iodine access, impairing thyroid
function (hypothyroidism), lowered thyroxin production and distribution leading to the above
health problems. Reducing or eliminating the consumption of commercial bread products
(except sprouted flourless breads) will significantly reduce the current epidemic of health
problems related to dysfunctional thyroid.
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