Symptom-Based Medicine Is Not Working
“The disease process is accelerating at an alarming rate: it is clear when you know where to look that many of the diseases we are battling today are linked to endocrine imbalance.”
Understanding the function and formula is necessary to achieve success in most undertakings. Take for instance mathematics. Many people in society struggle when it comes to solving mathematical equations, yet mathematics is logical and the structure remains constant—the key to implement the right outcome is knowing the formula and carrying it through for the correct outcome. It does not mean that mathematics is simple; it means that you must understand principles, procedure and method before any successful results can be achieved.
The same is true when it comes to treating the human body: if you attempt treating the symptom, additional imbalances are created from the isolated treatment. First it is necessary to understand the causal chain of sickness and focus treatment on the core issue, creating the disease process. When the core is treated, the symptoms are eliminated, and health is restored. Does that mean medicine is simple? No, because medical treatment must consider the body in its entirety with the knowledge that what is done in one area will impact other areas or the entire body.
Take for instance anemia. Iron deficiency affects 30% of women and children in the United States and worldwide it affects 25% of the world’s population, Canada included. Iron deficiency is the world’s most common nutritional deficiency, and the treatment for the symptom is iron supplementation. The question is: has iron deficiency been linked to other increased disease states? New studies emerging are showing that iron deficiency significantly increases the risk of autoimmune disease but we need to dig a little deeper.
This is my hypothesis: the origin of iron deficiency stems from hypothyroidism, and untreated hypothyroidism leads to autoimmune deficiency. In my studies for writing my book ‘Natural Medicine for a Sick World’ I estimated that 80% of the world’s population was thyroid deficient, suffering from either hypothyroidism (low functioning thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (high functioning thyroid). In light of the world’s health state influenced by recent medical intervention I believe everyone on the planet today has some form of thyroid deficiency syndrome.
Sometimes you need to see beyond the obvious, connecting eye health and thyroid eye disease (TED). “Thirteen studies reported the presence of primary hyperthyroidism in patients with TED. Some of the studies reported Graves’ Disease (GD) as the primary cause of hyperthyroidism. The range of prevalence was between (65.7–99.1%), with a total calculated prevalence of 86.2%. Countries like Wales (93,6%), USA (90%), and Iran (92,4%) had a higher prevalence, in contrast Spain had the lowest prevalence (66.7%).”
The treatments for TED include medications to suppress hormone production by the thyroid gland, radioactive iodine to eliminate hormone-producing cells, and surgery to remove thyroid tissue. Considering untreated thyroid and endocrine imbalance as the root cause of TED and knowing the root cause is rarely diagnosed, the medical solution afterthought is to remove the thyroid tissue, administer steroids and Orbital Radiotherapy (ORT) or surgery. The old saying “prevention is better than the cure” becomes strikingly more significant when you discover the lack of foresight of holistic medicine.
Treating the symptom of anemia/iron deficiency with iron tablets does nothing to treating the core of the illness; it only partially suppresses the symptoms of the disease state. Side effects from iron tablets include constipation, cramps, upset stomach and muscle aches. The drug version is the same with added headache, cough, back pain, joint pain, dizziness, or swelling of the arms/legs may occur. These new symptoms require pain killers, antacids and laxatives, the treatment does not fit within the body’s system, instead it forces the body to react, rather than treat the body for healing.
Another major global disease crisis is diabetes with insulin and sugar level monitoring as its medical treatment. Diabetes affects 10.5% of the world’s population, it is the seventh leading cause of death and the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness. Fifteen third world countries have more than double the global average of diabetes, Pakistan has the highest rates affecting 31% of the population.
Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder and blood sugar levels are interconnected with the thyroid. This has been proven by studies that have confirmed the link between thyroid dysfunction and metabolism: patients with diabetes were three times more likely to develop a thyroid disorder. Diabetes and thyroid disease are usually considered separate diseases but it would be fair to think of them as connecting conditions.
According to an article on Sick Kids, “about 20 to 25% of people with type 1 diabetes will develop thyroid problems, regardless of how well they control their diabetes or for how long they have had diabetes.” The pituitary gland releases hormones, including thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that control the thyroid gland. According to this article 20 to 25% are doomed to developing some sort of thyroid disorder and I agree that this could be the case if using their isolated treatment models. But a very different situation could be created if they were to treat the body in its entirety and not as isolated segments, in this case problems could be averted.
Cancer is a similar case because some forms can be the result of untreated or undetected thyroiditis. Let’s consider endometriosis. It is estimated that as many as ten in every one hundred women are believed to suffer from endometriosis, a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the womb’s lining which begins thickening outside of the uterus. Endometriosis lesions are formed affecting various regions of the reproductive system and beyond — the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder and bowels, for instance. One of the main symptoms is persistent pelvic pain. Endometriosis is not classified as an autoimmune disorder but I do not agree so let’s dig a little deeper. A large study of women with surgically-confirmed endometriosis demonstrated that many patients also suffer from autoimmune conditions, with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis being 6.5 times more common in endometriosis patients. Both conditions have been linked to Th1 cell-associated cytokines. “Thyroid disorders were identified in 20.9% of the endometriosis group and 26.5% of the control group (P=0.25).”
It is unclear how thyroid imbalance leads to endometrial cancer, but the connection might be that “hypothyroidism interacts with metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility or directly acts on the endometrium itself, which may influence the development and progression of endometrial cancer.”
The evidence presented shows the global epidemic of untreated thyroid imbalance—in some way or another affecting everyone in society. Is medical intervention working? The Lancet published double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial examining if the thyroid drug levothyroxine could alter the outcome in euthyroid thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO-Ab) positive women with recurrent pregnancy loss. The aim of this study was to determine if levothyroxine increases live birth rates in women who were TPO-Ab positive with recurrent pregnancy loss and normal thyroid function.
The study interpretation revealed that “compared with placebo, levothyroxine treatment did not result in higher live birth rates in euthyroid women with recurrent pregnancy loss who were positive for TPO-Ab. On the basis of our findings, we do not advise routine use of levothyroxine in women who are TPO-Ab positive with recurrent pregnancy loss and normal thyroid function.”
Levothyroxine is a synthetic thyroxine (T4) meant to mimic natural thyroxine, an inactive form of thyroid hormone that requires further conversion within the body to triiodothyronine (T3). The majority of T3 (about 80 percent) is converted from T4 throughout the body and is not produced directly by the thyroid gland. T3 plays a critical roll in the delivery of oxygen and energy throughout the body and affects many of the body’s processes. Once synthetic thyroxine is administered the medication is normally taken for life. The question that begs to be answered, what if the study used a natural raw desiccated thyroid gland not requiring conversion, delivering the key nutrients the thyroid gland requires in order to heal itself?
We marvel at each new scientific breakthrough and the introduction of new drug discoveries; on the surface the treatments are packaged in such a way to bring hope to those who are suffering. Do these drugs really treat the root cause of the disease or do they simply treat one condition while creating several other disease processes? Unless your vision is creating a holistic treatment that fits within the body’s systems without causing further harm, it really cannot be considered true medicine. The current medical intervention is based on a business model rather than a healing model to ease the disease process to the point where the person can function in a relatively normal state while on medication, essentially creating customers for life.
The disease process is accelerating at an alarming rate: it is clear when you know where to look that many of the diseases we are battling today are linked to endocrine imbalance. Prevention is the key to maintaining a healthy life, and glandular medicine should be included in everyone’s daily supplementation routine to prevent the degradation of health. It should be clear by now that thyroid restoration is a must, for one it helps to prevent radiation toxicity, a critical issue facing society today.
The natural solution is daily Thyrodine Thyroid Gland, for everyone and for all ages with or without thyroid deficiency. For those with autoimmune disorders it is recommended to take Thyromoto. Adrenal deficiency is interrelated with thyroiditis and radiation toxicity is interrelated with the pituitary gland. These three glands need to be functioning at peak efficiency to prevent premature aging and to maintain endocrine health and balance. Thyrodine or Thyromoto, Adrenal Gland and HGH+ homeopathic are your best daily defense, not for treating the surface symptoms of disease but for keeping or bringing you into a state of health so that your own body can heal itself.
Next time we will delve into gastrointestinal health, till then, the best of health.
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- Diabetes Data Portal. 2021. IDF Diabetes Atlas. 10th edition. https://diabetesatlas.org/data/en/
- Mei, Zuguo et al. 2021. Physiologically based serum ferritin thresholds for iron deficiency in children and non-pregnant women: a US National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) serial cross-sectional study. The Lancet. Haematology 8,8: e572-e582.
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