Hypothyroidism Symptoms – Holistic Approaches Offer A Better Understanding

Let's explore the multi-faceted cause of hypothyroidism symptoms from a more holistic perspective, which will allow for a far deeper understanding of this health condition. '

In this section, we'll do a general overview of what drives the plethora of symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid.

So, what is hypothyroidism, and what are the many symptoms of hypothyroidism? Rather than list dozens of thyroid disease symptoms here, you might instead like to do the 'Hypothyroidism Quiz'.

Not only will it allow you to confirm the possibility of having a hypothyroid condition, but it will also start to validate how seemingly unrelated symptoms may indeed be connected to thyroid problems.

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The following discussion will obviously flow more logically if you read it as it unfolds below, however, if you're in a hurry and wish to focus on one specific point initially, then simply click on any of the links in the blue box in order to jump ahead.

Too Many With Genuine Hypothyroidism Get Labeled As Hypochondriacs
A Slow Onset Of Hypothyroid Symptoms Can Further Confuse The Diagnosis
Temperature And Its Affect On Protein Shape
Hypothyroidism Symptoms Driven By An Inability To Maintain Adequate Body Temperature
How To Test For Low Thyroid Levels Via A 'Basal Temperature'
Thyroid Problems Can Stem From A Faulty 'Lock & Key' Situation
Enzymes Are The 'Spark-Plugs' That Keep Our Cellular 'Machinery' Going
Enzyme Function Connects The Dots To Hypothyroid Symptoms
Protein Shape - & Therefore Function! - Is Highly Dependent On Temperture
Small Changes In Temperature Can Have Large Effects On Cellular Function
Why Our Cells Can Become So Toxic
How One Tiny Area Of Dysfunction Can Have Such Influential Repercussions
Urgent Need For A Change In Thinking
Quantum Physics Needs To Surpass The Present Newtonian Model Used In Medicine
Newtonian Physics Results In A Far Too Superficial Treatment Approach
In Conclusion

Too Many With Genuine Hypothyroidism Get Labeled As Hypochondriacs

At first, the sheer range of disparate symptoms found in an underactive thyroid condition can seem like a hypochondriac's delight. Yet, once the core factors driving this abundance and variety are understood, their inter-connectedness becomes perfectly clear and logical.

However, due to a continuing lack of understanding of the multi-layered complexity underpinning these hypothyroidism symptoms, far too many patients continue to be considered by their doctors as hypochondriacs – especially when their blood tests keep coming back as 'normal'.

Such medical conclusions of hypochondria may be made regardless of how unwell the patient may look, or how ill they feel within themselves. Nevertheless, low thyroid levels can definitely be the basis for this wide range of seemingly 'invalid' symptoms.


A Slow Onset Of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Can Further Confuse The Diagnosis

Another aspect to hypothyroidism symptoms is that they don't necessarily happen all of a sudden, thereby making their existence blatantly obvious to both patient and doctor. They can sneak into one's reality over quite a long period of time, making it all the harder to connect your experience of them to anything specific that may have set them off.

A lot of the symptoms in fact resemble what one might expect during the 'normal aging' process – for example, increasingly poor memory and concentration, tiredness, thinning hair, dry skin, feeling the cold more, increasing weight gain, rising cholesterol levels, etc.

Temperature And Its Affect On Protein Shape

The vast array of hypothyroidism symptoms may seem improbable until we connect the dots between lower-than-normal body temperature, and how this affects enzyme structure.

Such structural changes in cellular enzymes do have profound effects on their ability to subsequently catalyze all cellular function in all body areas.

This issue of enzyme shape is the primary factor causing these apparently unconnected symptoms - so often found in subclinical hypothyroidism - to nevertheless have a common source.

In other words, symptom generation can occur via dysfunction in the primary, glandular aspect to thyroid function - i.e. the thyroid itself is somehow damaged or unhealthy.

The other option is that symptoms can arise from dysfunction elsewhere in the body - such as the kidneys, liver, cell membranes, etc. - despite a healthy thyroid gland. Let's clarify this concept more fully.

Hypothyroidism Symptoms Driven By An Inability To Maintain Adequate Body Temperature

To understand this very real phenomenon of a crippled enzyme system, we need to go back to one of the thyroid's central functions – maintaining a stable body temperature. It mostly does this via the temperature-regulating effect of T3 – one of this hormone's primary functions.

As we discussed earlier, most of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland is in the inactive state, and needs to be converted to the more active format in other areas of the body.

Hence, if there is any compromise in the body's peripheral capacity to convert T4 to T3, or if T3 is not able to be effective on a cellular level (as described in this site’s section on: 'Thyroid Function'), then body temperature will be lower than normal.

From a more holistic perspective, this temperature issue is a pivotal point to the entire discussion about hypothyroidism symptoms.


How To Test For Low Thyroid Levels Via A 'Basal Temperature'

As has been explained elsewhere, low body temperature (unsophisticated though it may seem, compared to the more technically based blood tests!) nevertheless offers a powerful, alternate way of measuring thyroid function, in turn driving hypothyroidism symptoms.

To further understand why hypothyroidism type 2, otherwise known as subclinical hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid can be the basis to so many variable symptoms, we need to explore more deeply how temperature has a potent effect on protein structure.

Firstly, the reality is that all enzymes are fundamentally made from protein.

• Secondly, it needs to be understood that the shape of many proteins is exquisitely sensitive to temperature.

Thyroid Problems Can Stem From A Faulty 'Lock & Key' Situation

Remember back to the section on , where we discussed the concept of how a hormone needs to initially activate receptor – or docking - sites within various components of a cell, before it can create any biological action.

Let's use the analogy of a normal house-lock and key. For example, a normal house-key may indeed fit into a lock, but, even minor damage to one of those little 'bumps' on that key's outer ridge will prevent it from being able to turn the lock.

In other words... the key is real and exists as a physical entity, and can be seen, felt and weighed, but it loses its function if it is damaged.

So too when measuring TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T4 (thyroxine) or T3 (triiodothyronine) levels; these being the primary hormones produced by the thyroid.

The present blood tests for hypothyroidism only measure how much of these hormones are present in a specific amount of blood; they do nothing for measuring how effective - or functional - those same molecules are!

At present, medicine simply assumes that the amounts measured in the blood test are 100% functional; unfortunately this is simply not so.

And that's why someone can still experience hypothyroidism symptoms despite a so-called 'normal' test result.

Let's expand upon this 'lock and key' idea, and see how it relates back to why an underactive thyroid can definitely cause so many apparently unrelated symptoms.


Enzymes Are The 'Spark-Plugs' That Keep Our Cellular 'Machinery' Going

Enzymes are substances produced by the body to help catalyze cellular function. In other words, the billions of cellular reactions needing to occur every second of every day we are alive, in every organ, gland and body tissue, all need some sort of 'spark' to initiate such reactions.

Think back to your car, and how the spark-plugs in the engine are crucial to ensuring the otherwise inert petrol is transformed into energy – and heat – through which motive power is provided to the car. So too within our bodies.

Each cell needs something to 'spark' it into action, thereby driving the biological actions required for that cell to function – and thus keep us alive.

The critical thing to keep in mind here is that every cell within the entire body system depends on such enzymatic function.

In other words, every organ, gland and body tissue requires the efficient functioning of enzymes for optimal performance of that organ, gland or tissue - but, to be functional, those enzymes in turn are dependent on body temperature!

This is a a simple truth... but one often neglected; certainly in this arena of subclinical (not 'visible' via accepted testing procedures) hypothyroidism; 'thyroid resistance'; thyroid disease; underactive thyroid, or as Dr. Starr terms it: 'hypothyroidism type 2'.

Unfortunately, all these terms are used in the literature to describe thyroid disorders of this type, but please do realize that they indicate the same health issue.

Enzyme Function Connects The Dots To Hypothyroidism Symptoms

If, for some reason, these many different enzymes within the body are not able to function adequately... then surely it should come as no surprise that whatever organ or gland is being affected by sub-optimal or ineffective enzyme function could equally generate signs of such enzyme dysfunction – called 'symptoms'!

In fact, Dr. Wilson – another researcher within the hypothyroidism type 2 arena – calls this condition: multiple enzyme deficiency syndrome.

Perhaps this should be broadened to: 'multiple enzyme dysfunction syndrome'. In other words, the issue is not so much about there being a deficiency of enzymes, as a deficiency of function of enzymes - thus causing hypothyroidism symptoms.

Hence, if enzyme function is affecting an organ such as the liver, is it therefore so inconceivable that this reality could cause liver symptoms; or if present in the immune system – immune symptoms; or present in the mind – mind symptoms, and so on?

There is a general lack of understanding by medicine in fully grasping how the core effects of low thyroid function - via a lower than normal body temperature - in turn becomes a major barrier to their adequate management of hypothyroidism symptoms within their patients.

It bears repeating that the link to this sticking point is between low body temperature and how this significantly impacts on all cellular enzyme function.

Equally, it's by not fully grasping this connection that it seemingly becomes inconceivable how even a small but chronic decrease in body temperature can have such devastating effects. But how does this occur, you may ask?


Protein Shape - & Therefore Function! - Is Highly Dependent On Temperture

Well, here we need to go back to the earlier statement that the shapes of many proteins – such as enzymes – are very sensitive to even small temperature variations.

Bring to mind what happens if you pull out one of your scalp hairs and bring it close to – but not into – a flame. It goes all crinkly and misshapen, doesn't it?

A similar thing happens to the proteins making up our cellular enzymes. When they are exposed to an increase or decrease in body temperature they change shape – and function - too.

In turn, let's revisit the previous analogy of a key and lock. If we get an old-fashioned house-key, and remove even one of those little 'bumps' or 'ripples' off the functional-edge of that key, then it can no longer turn the lock – despite still fitting into the lock. This metaphor correlates very accurately with what happens to enzymes within our bodies – depending on their shape.

Even a minor alteration in enzyme shape can have profound effects on how functional such enzymes are when needing to dock onto the various cellular receptor sites in order to activate them.

Small Changes In Temperature Can Have Large Effects On Cellular Function

Hence, despite a decrease of half a degree, let alone a full degree or more in body temperature, this can have significant effects on the functionality of enzymes, causing them to become misshapen enough to now no longer work as effectively as they should.

In turn, this has an impact on every cell, organ and gland within our body.

Not just the thyroid!

And this is why such a seemingly insignificant thing as a slightly lower than normal body temperature can nevertheless have crucial affects on how efficiently our entire body functions, and hence becomes the source to so many, and varied hypothyroidism symptoms.

Why Our Cells Can Become So Toxic

As well, we need to keep in mind that if our overall metabolism is slowed down in this manner, it would have repercussion on the ability of our cells to repair, and cleanse themselves too.

Such a situation, if occurring on a chronic basis, would result in an increased body burden of toxic matter, which in turn would affect cellular function – hence another layer to what's causing hypothyroidism symptoms.

Perhaps this clarifies the naturopathic tendency to so often focus on 'detoxing' the system before it can be made to operate more efficiently.


How One Tiny Area Of Dysfunction Can Have Such Influential Repercussions

Think of your car again. You may well have ensured the engine was given a good tune-up; used the correct fuel; had good tyres installed on the wheels, and more.

However, if you haven't simultaneously given that engine a good ol' 'grease and oil change', then no matter how effectively the other components of the car may be functioning, the overall performance of that car cannot be optimal. At least, not until that sump has been adequately cleaned out! So too with the body.

If on top of toxicity issues, various body organs and glands are also not as functional as they should be – due to genetic flaws, nutritional deficiencies, or wear-and-tear factors – then it's precisely those under-functioning body systems where hypothyroidism symptoms are more likely to play themselves out.

Hopefully, it's becoming increasingly clear why many people suffering from a seemingly insignificant degree of underactive thyroid may nevertheless be presenting with an extensive range of very real symptoms normally relegated to other organ, gland or tissue dysfunction.

Urgent Need For A Change In Thinking

One major consequence of this reality is that within the present Newtonian-driven, reductionist, medical paradigm, each such disparate symptom is not being adequately recognized as part of one, more holistically driven cause.

Result? Each symptom gets a separate drug. This is a classic example of how medicine often tends to focus on one-to-one correlations within ill-health, allowing them the convenience of a more simplistic approach, whereby they just need one magic drug to fix symptoms - one by one.


Quantum Physics Needs To Surpass The Present Newtonian Model Used In Medicine

It is high time that all the various hypothyroidism symptoms need to be approached from a deeper and more wholistic, Quantum Physics perspective, where answers are not so inherently 'black-and-white'.

It's a bit like the situation found in Physics, where light can be both a wave and a particle. This may not make sense on one level – nevertheless it is a genuine and accepted scientific fact.

The issue is to always keep asking the question... 'how might all those symptoms relate back to a more core issue going on within the body'?

Newtonian Physics Results In A Far Too Superficial Treatment Approach

So, if one is solely treating ill-health through a Newtonian-Physics 'lens', then if your bowels are already a weak arena within your body system, plus you are suffering from an underactive thyroid, you may end up with constipation – and a drug to 'fix' it.

Similarly, if your endocrine system is already a bit weak, you might be presenting with a range of hormonally related symptoms such as PMS, depression, poor concentration and memory problems, dementia – each of which will cop a separate drug to also 'fix' all these seemingly separate problems.

Again, keep in mind that the type of symptoms which will predominate depends on which organs or glands are already in a weakened state, due to a past history of infection, injury, or simply due to a genetic weakness, etc.

An Example Of The Need To Always Look For Deeper Layers To Symptoms

Going back to the concept of always searching for the more core level to what is driving symptoms, palpitations would be a good clinical example to help clarify this type of situation. The first suspect on a doctor's list would be the heart.

Yet, a wide range of cardiac tests may all come back as normal, leaving the doctor with a quandary – perhaps the patient is therefore suffering no more than 'chronic anxiety'.

Nevertheless, the reality remains that an underactive thyroid may indeed be the primary cause of such palpitations - rather than the heart itself.

Even if the doctor had thought about the thyroid as a basis to such a symptom as palpitations, this would inevitably be discarded once the TSH and other blood tests usually done to check for poor thyroid function – and interpreted according to the customary standards – all came back as 'normal' too.

In Conclusion

What needs to occur instead – and which can now occur, instigated by the information explored on this page, 'Hypothyroidism Symptoms' – is to also check whether there may be a situation of underactive thyroid, subclinical hypothyroidism or hypothyroidism type 2 as a basis to those 'cardiac symptoms', in a patient who otherwise could be so easily classified as a hypochondriac.

Hence, if a patient presents with a wide range of symptoms, which can now be understood to be due to low thyroid levels of function, then solely treat this one, fundamental cause for all the various hypothyroidism symptoms, rather than inundating such patients with a separate drug for each peripheral and seemingly unrelated symptom.

Armed with the sort of concepts discussed here, I hope this now empowers you to better resolve any hypothyroidism symptoms you may be suffering from.


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