What is so important about the thyroid?  The answer is cross talk. The thyroid had cross talk with so many systems in the body and when it fails, one feels like she is “falling apart”. Frequently thyroid hormones are prescribed carte blance in an attempt to fix all the other systems along with the thyroid. Not good.The problem is that thyroid hormones may not be truly needed, possibly causing more problems than solutions. Thus there are millions of sufferers out there taking medications, feeling no better or even worse. The thyroid is so complicated that it can only be evaluated by looking at all bodily system through a thorough history and lab analysis.

Let’s take a look at some of the functions of the thyroid: (1) Gastrointestinal (GI) function – one of the main complaints of hypothyroisiam is constipation. Poor thyroid function slows down gut motility so that food slows down in the digestive tract. This can lead to compromised gut immune function allowing bacteria, viruses, and inflammatory processes to set in. (2) Gall bladder and liver function – this is your toxin filtering system where the liver filters, cleans, and detoxifies hormones. The gall bladder then removes the waste products.  In the liver, T4 or unusable thyroid hormone is converted to usable T3.  Hypothyroidism slows liver function and results in lower T3 production (3) bone metabolism – the thyroid manufactures a calcium regulating hormone called calcitonin and when it fails, calcium levels are affected (4) male sexual function – hypothyroidism in men leads to low sex drive, impotence, and low sperm count (5) Insulin (blood sugar) function- the brain uses most of the glucose produced in the body. Consequently when the thyroid is low, people absorb glucose slower and, consequently, have slower brain function. This leads  to “brain fog” and memory difficulties (6) Cholesterol or lipid function – when the thyroid is underactive, one makes fat faster than they burn it. This causes cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL (low density lipoprotein) to elevate and store fat (7) inability to lose weight – when the thyroid is low, the adrenal system fails to produce the epinephrine and norepinephrine hormone for fat burning . At the same time, hypothyroidism diminishes Human Grown Hormone (HGH) so muscle loss occurs.

Stay tuned for part 6 where we will continue with the functions starting with #8

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Thyroid metabolism (in a nutshell) goes something like this: The hypothalamus of the brain ( the main control center for the autonomic nervous system ) produces Thyroid Releasing Hormone to excite the pituitary gland (the main endocrine gland). In turn the pituitary gland releases another hormone called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to the thyroid gland. TSH stimulates the production of Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO). TPO uses iodine to create T4 and T3 hormones. Most of these thyroid hormones are T4 (93%) and the rest to T3 (7%). But wait. The body only utilizes T3. So 60% of the T4 is converted in the liver to T3. Now we have 67% T3 that is useful. Fortunately, the most of the remaining T4 is converted to T3 in the peripheral tissues and the gastrointestinal tract (GI).

Here’s the problem. Things can go wrong with each of these steps. The brain may not release the TSH. The pituitary may be malfunctioning. TPO may fail to stimulate the use of iodine. The problem may be autoimmune where circulating antibodies have identified the thyroid as a foreign invader. Note that the thyroid has a similar chemical structure as gluten and this is why the body mistakenly identifies the thyroid as an enemy and attacks it. Autoimmune thyroid diseases include Hashimoto’s Disease and Graves Disease. Other non-thyroid autoimmune diseases include Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc..

The thyroid is a complex organ with cross talk to literally every bodily system ( brain, GI tract, neurotransmitter system, adrenal glands, liver, etc.).

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The thyroid  is like a giant switchboard where calls from all over the country (body) are routed. Hormones in the brain fire messages to the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland then fires messages to the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland fires messages to the liver. You get the picture. It is now being called “thyroid crosstalk” and the thyroid literally communicates to every cell in every system in your body. Any breakdown in the switchboard and some of the communication is jammed.

Example: The body notifies the brain that metabolism needs to increase because it is too cold. The brain then fires a message to the hypothalamus (a relay station between the nervous system and the endocrine system) to go faster and heat things up. The hypothalamus fires another message through a chemical messenger (TRH) to another gland called the pituitary gland. When TRH delivers it’s message to the pituitary, the pituitary releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH tells the thyroid to let in iodine which stimulates another hormone called thyroid peroxidase (TPO). TPO combines with iodine to create the thyroid hormones T4 and T3.

Standard lab testing done by medical doctors only measures TSH levels. This doesn’t account for the fact that other factors such as pituitary function, autoimmune function, or even if thyroid hormones are effective throughout the rest of the body.

If you have wondered if chiropractic nutritional approaches can help, see your chiropractor or chiropractors or see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

Stay tuned for part-3 next blog!

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That “spare” tire around your waist that people jokingly talk about is one of the surest signs of declining health through Insulin Resistance which can lead to Diabetes. Called visceral fat, this dangerous thick waist is a sign of impending Type 2 Diabetes and a sign that fat is also building up around your internal organs. This is not news to most people. There is strong evidence today that proteins and hormones released by insulin problems cause inflammation which damages arteries and liver function at the same time it negatively effects the way you break down sugars and fats. What is news to most people is that abnormal insulin and leptin are the twin sisters of Diabetes and Obesity. You see, leptin is a hormone that tells you when to stop eating. If it doesn’t, then you will keep eating without a sense of being full. Some people literally eat themselves to death. Leptin is responsible for signaling insulin to bind with receptor sites and when this goes amiss then you can not only become insulin resistant but obese in the process. The only known ways to stabilize insulin and leptin balance is through diet and exercise. Wow, imagine that. Just take care of yourself by exercising discipline in your life.

ARE YOU AT RISK?

MALES: Waist over 40 inches is considered Obesity. Ideal waist measurement is under 36 inches or under.

FEMALES: Waist over 37 inches is considered Obesity.  Ideal waist measurement is 33 inches or under.

**Keys to the kingdom of healthy blood sugar and body fat  are (1) eliminating grains, starches, and potatoes which all turn into sugar (2) eliminating sugars including and especially the dangerous high fructose corn syrups and so called “diet” foods and drinks which actually make you gain weight by increasing your appetite

JETTISON YOUR INNER FAT:

(1) Get plenty of high quality sleep

(2) Exercise regularly and intensely (but be sure to measure your heart rate and make sure it is within your ability)

(3) Reduce stress

(4) Optimize Vitamin D levels

(5) Eat organic

Kevin Patterson MD, in his article “Diseases of Affluence” states, ” No country in the world has the resources to continue to treat Diabetics the way they are being treated now, if the prevalence rates increase at the rates they are increasing.” The CDC estimates that by 2050 1 in 3 American Adults will be Type 2 Diabetics and presently 1 in 4 is either Diabetic or pre-Diabetic.

If you have wondered if chiropractic can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, we are your primary care wellness provider. If you have Hypoglycemia, Insulin Resistance, Obesity, or Diabetes, we can help. Call us today at (303) 986-7600 and find out how. We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, and Evergreen Colorado.

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Sleep, sweet sleep. As those who know me can attest, this is my favorite topic. Studies have been conducted showing photos of sleep study participants to members of the opposite sex. The study compared people after 8 hours of perfect sleep to those having missed a whole nights  sleep. The subjects were told not to use any makeup or hair care for the photos. Those rating attractiveness and youth rated the sleeping subjects an average of at least 1 point higher (scale of 10) on the scales of youthfulness and attractiveness. The average was close to 2 points higher. For the vain among you, this should be enough. For those who are truly interested the the health effects that lead to a more attractive and youthful appearance, consider the following:

(1) Heart Disease and Diabetes – too much or too little sleep have been significantly linked to Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

(2) Cancer – disruption in sleep cycles have caused hormonal changes that effect melatonin release and has been related to tumor growth

(3) Weight – disruption of sleep cycles lead to dys-regulation of appetite and satiation hormones leading to weight gain.

(4) Immune Resistance – Proper sleep boosts the immune system and decreases your chances of viral infections.

(5) Memory and Learning – Proper sleep help regulate neurotansmitters leading to better short term memory and creativity.

Chronic Conditions that are aggravated by lack of sleep include: Depression, Anxiety, GI problems, Headaches, Memory Loss, Learning and Behavioral Problems, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Kidney Disease, and Hypertension.

PRICELESS SLEEP TIPS: (1) Make sure your bedroom is completely dark (2) Go to bed between 9pm and 11 pm every night. Tinker with the time until the right time for you is obvious (for me it is 9:30 -10:00pm) (3) Don’t watch TV or use computers for the last hour before bedtime and instead read inspirational literature (4) Pee before you sleep to decrease the possibility of waking up in the night (5) Use full spectrum light bulbs at the office or during the day to maximize light stimulation (6) Use low spectrum (blue) light bulbs at night or in the bedroom to promote sleepiness (7) DON’T work alternating shifts or NIGHT shifts as this is probably the worst thing in the world for normal circadian sleep.

If you have wondered if chiropractic nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown

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Rarely do I see a patient that presents WITHOUT subjective complaints related to adrenal function (sleep disorders, salt cravings, slow starter, afternoon fatigue, dizziness when standing up too quickly, afternoon headaches, heavy perspiration, waking up tired after 6 or more hours sleep, under high stress, weight gain under stress). And even more rarely do I look at blood or saliva testing that that does not indicate adrenal stress.
So what are the adrenal glands and what do they do? The adrenal glands are two pea size glands located above the kidneys which are regulated by the Hypothalalmo-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis originates in the primitive brain-stem area concerned with survival. The HPA axis controls the release of cortisol (a steroid hormone) that in turn controls adrenaline. Other hormones produced in the outer adrenal cortex include aldosterone, progesterone, and DHEA. The inner adrenal medulla produces epinephrine and nor-epinephrine related to sympathetic (freeze, fight, or flight) function. When the body suffers high stress and excess cortisol either in a severe stress period or sustained stress over a long period of time, there is a failure of the normal rise and fall of these hormone levels over a 24 hour period. These hormonel levels effect so many aspects of life including sleep and blood sugar.

Adrenal stress is usually secondary to failures in other systems of the body. Anemia, Diabetes, Liver and gall Bladder Disease, Thyroid problems, etc. can all cause stress that fatigues the adrenal glands. In America, we are culturally inclined to eat boxed and packaged foods loaded with partially hydrogenated fats and gluten, synthetic sweeteners (Aspartame, Nutrasweet, etc.), refined carbs, colored and dyed foods, and on and on. Dietary stress alone can lead to adrenal failure.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in Functional Neurology and Endocrinology, we evaluate a comprehensive metabolic and neurotransmitter health history and compare with the findings of a complete neurological and blood chemistry analysis. Only by looking at the individual and not a cookbook can we determine what is best for the person. And as always, our approach is drug or pharmaceutical free.
If you are looking for side effect free solutions to your neuroendocrine problems, I am Dr. Scott Brown DC, DABCN, FACFN (303) 986-7600 and I would like to help!