Erika Schwartz, MD, was consulted for a medical advice by an elderly man with serious health issues.
Namely, she examined the medications and treatments he was subjected to, and decided to consult his cardiologist whether he would agree to completely change his therapy.
Namely, the man suffered from excess weight, low testosterone and thyroid levels, sleeping disorders due to an advanced stage of eczema which caused unbearable itching.
She has been trying to reach his cardiologist for three weeks, and eventually, she succeeded. However, after suggesting the elimination of the medications which contributed to the eczema of the patient, she states:
After the conversation she had with his cardiologist she explained everything to the patient. He decided to change his cardiologist and to follow the advice of Erika Schwartz. She planned to increase the level of the thyroid hormones and to exclude the remedies for cholesterol.
Firstly the patient was afraid that this will cause heart attack but Dr. Schwartz explained him that with maintaining the proper level of hormones naturally, the cholesterol level will stay stable as well.
Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland (endocrine gland which looks like butterfly and is located in the base of your neck). Two types of thyroid hormones are secreted- triiodothyronine and thyroxin (also known as T3 and T4). T4 is converted into to the active T3 within cells and it is transferred towards the other body organs throughout the bloodstream.
Their main function is to regulate the metabolism and to provide the body with energy. They are very important hormones as they help other organs to function properly.
The most common thyroid disease is hypothyroidism. When a person suffers from hypothyroidism his/her thyroid gland is inactive, which means that the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones needed for proper body functions.
This medical condition can be caused by various internal and external factors as Hashimoto’s disease, which is actually an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland.
Hypothyroidism can be liked with various symptoms as brittle nails, dry skin, hair loss, feeling cold, depression, mood swing, excessive weight gain, fatigue, poor reflexes, brain fog etc.
Unfortunately these symptoms can be a sign of other aliments as well, so the doctors often prescribe inadequate medicines and not even consider Hypothyroidism as a potential cause of these symptoms.
“People are going in with high cholesterol or depression and are getting handed cholesterol meds and antidepressants,” says Mary Shomon, a thyroid expert and author of multiple books on the subject. “And no one’s ever checking to see if the thyroid is at the root of the problem.”
For those doctors who do consider thyroid as a root cause, Shomon explains that the standard test to determine if the patient does indeed have hypothyroidism is critically flawed. This test, called the thyroid stimulating hormone test or TSH test, measures the amount of a pituitary hormone—TSH—in the blood. This pituitary hormone tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones, but the TSH test does not actually measure the amount of T3 or T4 that is presently circulating in the blood.
This is problematic because many patients suffering from the aforementioned symptoms will have a normal TSH result—and if they are simply stuck on a prescription medication to mask those symptoms, they might find the side effects are worse than the original ailment.
“At the end of the day, we suffer because we’re treating individual symptoms, and we don’t look at the body—at the person—as a whole,” says Dr. Schwartz, an expert in the fields of bioidentical hormone therapies, wellness, and disease prevention. “[The TSH test] is actually doing a disservice to anybody who wants to take care of themselves, or someone who actually wants to take care of the patient.”
A better test? Individually evaluating the amount of T4 and T3 in the blood. It’s equally important to ensure that T4 is being converted into active T3 and that the T3 is able to get into cells where it is needed to regulate our organs.
The holistic treatment of Dr. Schwartz includes alteration of everything, including the diet, hormones, exercise and supplements. Her approach regards the body as a whole and does not examine just the symptoms, and consequently, it has given great results.
She says: “What I also found out was that giving those people thyroid to begin with—giving them T3, let’s say, to begin with, which is the active thyroid hormone—was actually the quickest way to get people to feel better. And once they felt better, then you could tweak their diet, exercise, lifestyle.”
The belief that the way thyroid hormones influence the entire body is a vital part of the successful treatment is also shared by Shomon:
“Our metabolism relies, in large part, on our thyroid’s ability to function properly. If we’re not getting enough oxygen or energy to the cells for digestion, for pancreatic function, for brain function, for all of the other hormone production processes and the glands that are producing those, then everything is going to be slowing down and not working properly,” she explains. “It’s the gas pedal, essentially, for everything.”
Hence, both internal and external factors lead to thyroid disorders, as they may result from a combination of certain aspects like immunity, diet, hormones, the environment, immunity, and the like.
“We’re living in such a toxic world—and our lifestyles have changed so much.And that’s a critical thing for us to realize when we look at our diets and we look at our daily habits. We have to put in place some strategies to compensate for the fact that we’ve moved so far from our natural evolutionary ancestral history.”- says Greg Emerson, MD, founder of the Emerson Health & Wellness Center in Queensland, Australia.
The leading ones on his list of toxins are mold and mycotoxins, which are a result of some fungi types.
“There’s a huge amount of scientific evidence that the poisons that the mold produce are terrible for the thyroid gland. And the other problem is that we’re consuming foods which are also high in mycotoxins.
Or we’re consuming foods that are high in sugar, which makes the mold grow in the body. And we’re also not consuming foods which are protective against those mycotoxins. I don’t think I’ve seen a patient with Graves’ disease—which is an overactive thyroid—who has not had a problem with mold, and then mycotoxins.”
The opposite case is hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, which is the state of excess production of thyroid hormones. This state leads to sudden weight loss due to a revved up metabolism, as well as a rapid or irregular heartbeat.
However, the imbalance of the hormones can be restored to normal by making some important changes in the lifestyle. Initially, eat a diet high in raw foods, regularly exercise, foster healthy relationships; and try to reduce stress.
Dr. Emerson suggests that you should ask yourself: “Am I eating the right food? Am I drinking the right water? Am I getting enough sun? Am I getting enough sleep? Am I getting enough exercise? Am I getting medicines in my food?”
Dr. Schwartz also adds: “Listen to what your body’s saying. If you can’t sleep at night, why don’t you sleep at night? Did you drink too much and it woke you up in the middle of the night? Are you eating too late? Are you eating the wrong foods? Are you exercising too late? Do you have all this electronic equipment sitting right next to you? Do you sleep with the TV on?”
So, if you try to follow the advices mentioned above, you will succeed in defeating the disease with the right treatment.
Dr. Schwartz claims “There are a million reasons why you may not be sleeping at night. And you need to look at them and take responsibility for improving.”
Joseph Mercola, DO is one of the best and the most popular American alternative medicine doctors and he also agrees with Dr. Schwartz.
He also believes that you can control your health with the help of many research and quality resources as well as with consulting qualified individuals, experts and doctors. He also says:
“It’s probably the mindset that you are responsible for your health.”