~ Siri Hustvedt
Thyroid disease first impacted my life thirteen years ago. My diagnosis came out of the blue after suffering weird symptoms that weren’t the “typical” ones.
I suddenly had trouble drawing enough oxygen into my lungs, day and night. I’d awaken from sleep gasping for breath. It was so frightening! I became shaky, spacey, and sleep-deprived. Nothing felt normal—especially breathing! Since I’d always been healthy, this really threw me for a loop.
Because of these less well-known symptoms, I had no idea what was going on. I was vaguely familiar with thyroid disease because my mother had been diagnosed with it years before. But her initial symptoms had been more typical—she was tired, cold, her skin became very dry, and she began losing her hair.
It is estimated that over 25 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. And, women are more likely than men to develop it.
The thyroid is a small powerhouse of a gland, butterfly-shaped, and located in the front of the neck. It manufactures hormones that regulate metabolism, heart function, digestion, respiration, body temperature, and more.
The thyroid gland uses iodine from food to make two hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). The pituitary gland, in the brain, helps control the thyroid gland. It releases thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) into the bloodstream which makes the thyroid gland release its hormones.
When the pituitary gland detects that thyroid hormone levels are too low, it releases more TSH. If it detects too much, it releases less TSH.
However, if something goes wrong, and the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, it is called hypothyroidism. If the gland produces too many hormones, it is called hyperthyroidism.
Symptoms of hypothyrodism include:
- Weakness, exhaustion, and depression
- Dry skin, brittle nails, and significant hair loss
- Sensitivity to cold
- Memory problems
- Mental fog
- Breathing problems
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Rapid heart rate, palpitations
- Excess perspiration, anxiety, feeling jittery
There are also autoimmune forms of thyroid disease, such as Hashimoto’s disease (hypothyroidism) and Graves’s disease (hyperthyroidism). Hypothyroidism is the most prevalent form of thyroid disease, and is also the most commonly diagnosed thyroid condition. Hashimoto’s disease tends to run in families, and accounts for 90% of all hypothyroidism in the United States. And Hashimoto’s is what my mother had, I have, and now my daughter has.
Bio-Touch has been shown to ease the symptoms of thyroid disease. While not a substitute for standard medical care, Bio-Touch is an effective complement to mainstream medical protocols. And there are no negative side effects to worry about. Everyone, even children, can learn Bio-Touch!