Archive for September, 2011

Brain Function and Your Thyroid

Hello Everyone,

Thyroid Secret #12: Brain Function

Brain function is extremely important in treating the thyroid, as I’ve mentioned in other secrets. The brain controls every bodily function.  Your pituitary drives the thyroid gland.  It releases TSH.  The part of your brain called the hypothalamus drives the pituitary.

Our brain needs two things to survive and thrive:  Fuel and Activation.

Fuel is glucose and oxygen, which is why we it is so very important to practice your deep breathing exercises, especially while incorporating certain exercises.  That will address the glucose of the equation through dietary handling:  now lets address the importance of oxygen.

As you age, your ability to utilize oxygen decreases by one percent per year each year after the age of 25.  If you are 50 years old, you have lost 25% of your ability to utilize oxygen in your body.  This is called oxidative phosphorylation, which is a big fancy three- dollar term meaning you’re not using oxygen as well as you did when you were younger.  Again, this is why we utilize the deep breathing exercising to help oxygenate your cells.

Secondly, the neurotransmitter serotonin plays a major role in thyroid function.  There is a place in your brain called the hypothalamus and there is something called the periventricular nucleus.  I know these are big fancy three dollar words, but it is critical that you know this if you are suffering with thyroid symptoms.   Serotonin acts on the hypothalamic periventricular nucleus in the central nervous system and what it will do is make you have low thyroxine-stimulating hormone or low TSH.

Taking thyroid hormones for these problems is not going to do ANYTHING for you. It will most likely make your symptoms much worse.  Dont get me wrong.  I am not saying to stop taking your medication (that is called practicing medicine without a license) but you need to be aware of what is happening to your body.

I am saying be aware of what is hapenning to your body because once you start asking your medical doctor why you are taking these medications, many of them will look at you like you are crazy, like you have a psychosomatic illness, which means to them….”it is all in your head” adn the only thing that you need is an antidepressent.

The biggest influence on seratonin is blood sugar.  That is why we addressed blood glucose in Thyroid Treatment Secret #11. So if you are hypoglycemic, insulin resistant, or diabetic, it is vitally important that you maintain your blood sugar levels within an optimal range.

This is why it is important to eat healthy.  Don’t skip meals.  Quit eating junk food!  Everyting you eat junk food you are literally eating away at your thyroid and you are making your problem much worse.

By consuming a poor, junk food diet, you will increase your thyroid symptoms:  feeling tired or sluggish; inability to lose weight; cold hands and feet or insomnia.  You will gain weight easily.  You will have difficult, infrequent bowel movements, you’re depressed, have a lack of motivation and morning headaches that wear off later on in the day.  The outer third of your eyebrows are getting thin, your skin or scalp are dry, you have mental sluggishness, you’re nervous; your emotional and you have night sweats.

You have all of these symptoms and yet your labs are “normal” in the eyes of your medical doctor. Remember, those labs need to be within the optimal or functional range.

Don’t suffer another minute, call the office at 862-2224 to schedule your free evaluation.

Have a great day,

Dr. Sean Price


Blood Sugar and Your Thyroid

Hello EVeryone,

Good morning! Today we will be discussing blood sugar/glucose and how this can affect your thyroid function.

From a medical stand point, normal blood glucose levels have a broad range of 70-105, while functional or optimallevels of glucose range from 85-99.  According to the American Diabetic Association, a blood sugar level reading of 106 to 126 is termed “insuline resistance” or “pre-diabetes,” and anything above a reading of 127 is diabetes.

Granted, those are fasting blood glucose levels adn it is important to note that because many times I will see patients who have been tested and I will ask them if they fasted before their test and they will tell me, “No”.  You need at least a 12 hour fast, which means absolutely no food, no drinking orange juice or coffee or anything!  All that you should have is just water for 12 hours before your test, so you can get an accurate reading of your blood glucose levels.

Supporting hypothyroidism is futile if your blood sugar is too low or too high.

A reading below 85 would be termed hypoglycemia adn a reading above 99 would be termed hyperglycemia.  This is called dysglycemia and this is a stepping-stone to diabetes.  Diabetes is becoming soprevalent in the United States that authorities are predicting that it may bankrupt the healthcare system.

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the blood sugar level repeatedly drops too low in response to high carbohydrate foods.  Refined sugar is a good example of a high carbohydrate food.  Hypoglycemia can also be a result of going too long without eating: and too many Americans are skipping breakfast.

It is important of your blood sugar is below 85, it is important that you eat every two to three hours.  You should have breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner and a late night snack before bed time.  The snack can be vegetables, fruit, nuts, and/or seeds but it should be something healthy.

Insuline resistance is high blood sugar that hasn’t yet reached the point of diabetes.  It is called “pre-diabetes” and is a result of the cells becoming resistant to insulin, so that no glucose can enter the cell to make energy.

You need glucose in your cells to make energy.  It is a vital, important part of life.  Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive: fuel and activation.  Fuel is the oxygen and glucose.  You see glucose travelsin the blood stream until it is turned into triglycerides for fat storage.

That is why it is important to monitor triglycerides as well as glucose.  The process of turning glucose into triglycerides demands an increased amount of energy causing you to feel tired after eating.  So when you are eating a high carbohydrate diet filled with white bread, pasta, and refined sugar, you cannot keep your blood sugar level and stable.

If you feel sleepy or you crave sugar after eating, you know you just ate way too many carbohydrates.  If you feel sleepy after a low or no-carbohydrate meal, you are most likely insuline resistant.

It is literally impossible to support hypoglycemia or insuline resistance unless you eat a healthy breakfast with ample high quality protein.  You need to eat protein in the morning, not carbohydrates.  You need to eat eggs, you need to eat lean meat such as turkey or chicken sausage.  You need to eat protein in order to support your blood sugar levels.

Even if you feel nauseous first thing in the morning upon waking, eating breakfast is critical and eating a breakfast of high protein will mostl likely relieve your nausea.  Finaly, if you have hypoglycemia you should never fast.  It will make matters much worse.

Don’t suffer another minute! Call our office at 862-2224 to schedule a free conslutation.

Have a great day!

Dr. Price

Thyroid Binding Globuline

Hello Everyone,

Today we are going to talk about Thyroxine Binding Globuline.

When thyroid hormones are sevreted from your thyroid gland, they are bound to a carrier, a protein.  This protein is called “thyroxine- binding globuline” or TBG. 

So TGB is similar to a taxicab, and your thyroid hormones, T4 and T3, get into the cab, and they are transported to the liver, where they are converted. 

Then they jump back into the cab and they are transported to the rest of the body.  You have this little carrier goine anywhere and everywhere inside your body.  Trouble occurs when there are so many of these carrier proteins called TBG, these little taxicabs, that the normal amount of T4 and T3 that should be floating around isnt.  Its as if they get sucked up by this big sponge, by all of these little taxicabs or TBG.

So here is the thing…your TSH will look normal, your total T4 will look normal, your total T3 will look normal.  If those are the only markers that your doctor is checking then the problem will be completely missed.  This is why you need to run all of the thyroid tests, not just TSH, T3, and T4.  You need TSH, Resin T3 uptake, free thyroxine index, reverse T3, and the thyroid antibodies, in addition to the TBG, Free T3, Free T4, and Total T4.  If your TBG is too high, even though your TSH is normal, including T4 and T3, your doctor needs to check your T3 uptake.  It will show that, actually, the T3 uptake is low when the TBG’s are high.

Remember that the lab reference range of T3 uptake is extremely broad, where the optimal or functional range is much narrower.  Excess estrogen elevates TBG also.  Birth control pills contain estrogens.  Some face creams and cosmetics contain undisclosed estrogens.  And these estorgens can elevate in your body and they’re detoxified through the liver.  If you have poor liver function or inablitily to detoxify, this is yet another reason you could still have thyroid-type symptoms.  It is not necessarily a thyroid gland problem, but it is more of a liver problem.

It is important to realize that there may be many more causes of thyroid malfunction!  More than just, “My TSH is low.”  Again we want to do all of the testing and get to the root cause of what’s happening with the patient.  If the TBG is high, you could have low thyroid symptoms, but normal lab numbers, even though you are taking medications.

Don’t suffer anohter minute!  Call the office for a free consultation.

Have a great day!

Dr. Price

Prolactin and Your Thyroid

Hello Everyone,

Prolactin is a hormone that’s made by your pituitary gland.  High levels of prolactin suppress TSH or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.  Prolactin is balanced by progesterone and dopamine, so when people have a a dopamine deficiency , or progesterone deficiency, their prolactin will increase, and that will decrease the function of the pituitary’s production of thyroid stimulating hormone.

The imbalance will show up in your labs, perhaps, if you are lucky, as the TSH is low, but not quite out of the reference range.  This is why it is important to know that there are “optimal” or “functional” levels.

Prolactin also suppresses luteinizing hormone (LH) in women.  Excess prolactin can cause infertility.  In men, excess prolactin depresses testosterone so they have low libido.  High prolactin can cause tumors that are called prolactinomas.

The bottom line is that excess levels of prolactin, whether caused either by a tumor or some other problem, can suppress your thyroid function.

Don’t suffer another minute!  Call the office at 862-2224 and schedule a free metabolic consultation.

Have a great day,

Dr. Price

The Dangers Of Tyrosine

Hello Everyone,


Tyrosine is another very popular supplement in health food stores for people suffering with thyroid problems.  Again, if you walk into the health food store mention that you have a thyroid condition adn you need supplements, the first thing they’re going to reach for is iodine and the second supplement that they are going to reach for is tyrosine.

Just like iodine, tyrosine is an intergral part of thyroid hormone production but supplementing with it has the potential to SUPPRESS THYROID ACIVITIY.  In fact, there is not a single study out there that shows the ability of tyrosine to increase thyroid hormones, even when they’re low.

The problem is that tyrosien will increase adrenal hormones, epinephrine, and norepinephrine which will create a “wired feeling”, a high, brain foggy, I’m flying feeling, and this is one of the worst problems that you can do for a patient with hypothyroidism or an autoimmune thyroiod.  It is creating an active stress response by over-stimulating the adrenal glands.

I recommend that all patients who are on thyrooid meds get tested thoroughly and DO NOT walk into a supplement store and ask the person behind the counter, who may or may not have any type of medical training what they should be taking for their thyroid condition.

Don’t suffer another minute!  Call our office to schedule your free consultation!  850-862-2224.

Have a great day!

Dr. Price

The Dangers of Iodine

Good Morning Everyone,


The problem with iodine is if you walk into a health food store and you tell one of the employees “I have a thyroid condition.  How can I help myself?” they may more than likely give you iodine, which is one of the worse things that you can do!

I myself have made this clinical mistake with patients.  This is the reason that it is so important as physicians to keep studying and to stay on the cutting edge of nutritional therapies!

According to one of the foremost leading thyroid experts and the author of the book, “Why do I still have My Thyroid Symptoms Even When My Lab Tests Are Normal?”, Dr. Datis Kharrazian, taking iodine is like throwing Gasoline on a fire.

Iodine is a red hot supplement these days and as I have mentioned, commonly believed to help people with thyroid conditions.  Depending on your condition, this could be one of the worste things you can do, so dont do it!  Check your multivitamin, does it contain iodine?  If so, do not take it!  It could make you worse!

Granted, iodine is vital to thyroid function.  It is a major cofactor and stimulatio for that enzyme, TPO.  So for many it is a valuable addition to their nutritional arsenal.  However, for a person with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, for a person with autoimmune thyroid, for a person where their immune system is attacking their thyroid, supplementing with iodine is literally throwing gasoline on a fire.

Iodine stimulates the production of TPO.  This in turn, increases levels of TPO antibodies dramatically, which indicates an auto-immune flare up.  Some people develope symptoms of an overactive thyroid, while others have no symptoms despite the tests showing elevated levels of TPO antibodies; this is why you need to run the tests.  I always advise anyone with auto-immune thyroid or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis to avoid supplements containing iodine- and yes, this also includes multivitamins.

You would be amazed at how many people walk into my door with severe thyroid conditions and they are taking a multivitamin and many other supplements thinking they are helping themselves and they are actually hurting themselves because they ar making their condition worse.

They are overstimulating or exceeding metabolic capacity of their immune system and it is causing a “massive fire” that attacks their thyroid.  Now I know this seems confusing, but the reality is that most health care professionals have no idea of the testing that needs to be done to get a thorough work- up completed on a Hashimoto’s thyroid patient.

I am going to be addressing those tests in future secrets, but, trust me, ou need a thorough work up.  In fact, most patients who are suffering with chronic thyroid problems, who are taking medications and they still have symptoms even though their lab tests are “normal”, they need a thorough work-up.  The need the tests done.

Do not suffer another minute!  Call our office at 862-2224 to schedule a free consultation!

Have a great day!

Dr. Price

Know The Autoimmune Triggers

Good Morning,

One of the most common questions I get is…”How did I develope this autoimmune condition?”  Well…it’s pretty much geneteics and the environment.  it is a matter of what came first, the chicken or the egg?  We all know that genetically, you may be at risk for developing certain problems and/or conditions.

If your mom had a thyroid condition, if your grandmother had a thyroid condition, you probably have a thyroid ondition too, so it’s genetic.

Then there are the environmental factors, one of them eing chemicals such as cigarette smoke.  There are over 519 chemicals in cigarettes.  Here are just a few of them…

TSNAs: Tobacco-specific N-nitorsamines (TSNAs) are know to be some of the most potent carcinogens present in smokeless tobacco, snuff and tobacco smoke.

Benzene:  Benzene can be found in pesticides and gasoline.  It is present in high levels in cigarette smoke and accounts for half of all human exposure to this hazardous chemical.

Pesticides:  Pesticides are used on our lawns and gardens, and inhaled into our lungs via cigarette smoke.

Formaldehyde:  Formaldehyde is a chemical used to preserve dead bodies and is respobsible for soe of the nose, throat and eye irritation smokers experience when breathing in cigarette smoke.

So chemicals in general can trigger an autoimmune response, like the latest chemical that’s hit the news…BPA.  This is a very nasty chemical called bisphenol A.  its used in a lot of plastics, and BPA is extremely bad for thyroid health; it can trigger Hashimotos’s thyroditis or autoimmune thyroid.

Rocket fuel is another!  You heard that correctly, I said rocket fuel!  ou may ask….”How am I exposed to rocket fuel?”  Studies have shown that 30-40 percent of women in America have rmenants of rocket fuel in their body.  It gets into the ground water.  It stays there for a very long time.

One of the biggest triggers for an autoimune thyroid is iodine.  When it comes to Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid, iodine is probably the BIGGEST TRIGGER!

More on that in the next article…..

Don’t suffer a minute longer….call the office at 850-862-2224 to get your complete workup….to find relief.

Have a great day!

Dr. Price