What is the REAL Cause of
The Thyroid Cannot Heal in Isolation.
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When thyroid conditions are diagnosed and treated by the medical community they are normally treated in isolation and normally through the use of pharmaceuticals which may not address the driving cause.
Hormones are the bodies messages- they all work together and upsetting the balance of one will knock them all over like an intricate domino effect. Treating them in isolation is putting a big band aid over a rumbling volcano!
Almost every time I see a Hyper- thyroid diagnosed client looking for natural ways to help re-balance themselves I see blood sugar issues and adrenal indications. I also see sex hormone imbalances and sleep issues. Generally there are also some other autoimmune issues stemming from a seemingly damaged digestive system especially from all the stress. Almost always in the case of female clients, already having children or the inability to have children is also a factor.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding (even lack of (including inability) or short term breastfeeding) and desired weightloss post birth can result in metabolism disruptions (the thyroid is only one factor of metabolism). Fat intake as well as sugar intake is another. Exercise plays a role but stress can also make or break metabolism.
Placenta Encapsulation can really help to address some of the major hormone imbalance seen after childbirth. Especially after more than one child. If not a placenta then organ meat like liver (grass fed, organic if possible) can also really help.
The physical symptoms of whole body imbalance are normally focused on. The emotional imbalances are rarely considered. These cannot be ignored or simply masked with medications. The Emotional and Physical sides of your body and personality are intrinsically linked. The power of your thoughts on your physical body is well documented and researched.
Stress is a response to stimulus either perceived or subconscious response. Some people say they thrive on stress, their body however does not. If you seem to be someone who cannot switch off, sit still, meditate or do nothing then your adrenals and thyroid could be at risk. Being able to stop and be in the present is so important for your future.
The throat traditionally symbolises flexibility (the neck is very flexible and can turn many ways and change direction). When emotionally and mentally you are finding inflexible, to ideas, to change to direction or to creativity. When you feel boxed in or having to relinquish yourself for others all the time this can sometimes be displayed as hypothyroidism and when you are constantly on the go, constantly thinking, over anaylsing and finding it difficult to chose one course of action it can be displayed as hyperthyroidism.
Here are some more examples that are not on most traditional symptom lists;
Could these be the real driving force?
Constantly looking for the next thing before what you are doing is finished
Stress head- very hard on yourself, things have to be done a certain way and any other way is very frustrating and so you end up doing it yourself
No time to do what you enjoy or you do it to get it out of the way without really stop to experience it
Creativity is over stimulated with trying to do everything perfectly, a certain way or all at once.
Blood sugar levels all over the place- craving sugar to get through what needs to be done.
Always out, need to talk to people, be distracted more uncomfortable when alone.
Constantly tired but completely able to switch off. Sleep difficult and fitful
Anger, frustration, irritable all the time and with no tolerance
Constant list writing
Unable to make a decisive decision- need help, constantly weighing pro’s and cons
Afraid of failure
Just not good enough
These are just examples. you can see how these symptoms combined with the physical symptoms of weight loss, memory levels, energy, lack of restful sleep all fit into the two diagnosis.
Coming from a whole body point of view can really help to change some of these aspects of your life. A medication may help to support the chemical changes but without addressing some of the other lifestyle considerations you will always be skirting around the driving force.