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  • 1. Treating and Beating Low Thyroid What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Hypothyroid A Special Report By Dr. Rodger Murphree
  • 2. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. Treating and Beating Low Thyroid: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Hypothyroid A Special Report by Dr. Rodger Murphree Your Thyroid Gland Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism! The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and is attached to the lower part of the voice-box (or larynx) and to the upper part of Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. the windpipe (or trachea). The main function of the thyroid gland is Dr. Murphree has been in to take iodine, found in many foods, and private practice since 1990. He convert it into these thyroid hormones: is the founder and past clinic director for a large integrated 1. Thyroxine, also called (T4) medical practice located on the 2. Triiodothyronine, also called (T3) campus of Brookwood Hospital Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Murphree is the author of Treat- which can absorb iodine ing and Beating Fibromyalgia * Thyroid cells combine iodine with the and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4. These hormones go into the Heart Disease: What Your Doctor blood stream, and throughout the body, where they control how Won’t Tell You; and Treating and calories are “burned” to create cellular energy. Beating Anxiety and Depression with Orthomolecular Medicine. As you can imagine, if this process is not working correctly, you are going to have problems. Problems such as low energy levels, weight gain, and more. Dr. Murphree has treated well over 4,000 patients who suf- Thyroid Output fered from fibromyalgia, chronic The normal thyroid gland produces T4 and T3 in the following ratios: fatigue syndrome, anxiety, and many other illnesses such as Around 80% of the hormones produced by the thyroid is T4 hypothyroid. Around 20% of the hormones produced by the thyroid is T3 REMEMBER THIS! This is a very important concept, as you’ll see later on in this report. T3 possesses about four times the hormone “strength” as T4! Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 2 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 3. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. "The doctor of the future will Ok, got that? The hormone that makes up 20% of the normal thyroid give no medicine but will interest output (T3) is four times as strong as the hormone that makes up his patients in the care of the 80% of the output (T4). human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. —Thomas Edison Other Organs Which Influence the Thyroid Gland Hormones produced by two other organs influence the thyroid gland: 1. The pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, produces the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). 2. The hypothalamus, a small part of the brain above the pituitary, which produces thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH). What do these two organs do? Dr. Rodger Murphree is that doctor of the future that Edison referred to in the quote above. He has been in When the level of thyroid hormones (T3 & T4) drop too low, TRH, from private practice for the last 18 the hypothalamus, is released, stimulating the pituitary gland to release years. TSH, which then stimulates the thyroid gland to produce more hormones. So these two organs work together to act as a “backup” system to make sure Drawing upon his medical, that the thyroid hormones stay at the proper level in your body. chiropractic, and nutritional background, Dr. Murphree uses some of the most sophisticated, yet This is known as the Hypothalamic - Pituitary - Thyroid Axis practical, scientifically based, nutritional therapies to prevent and The Thyroid Acts as Your Body’s Furnace reverse even the most stubborn illnesses. One can imagine the thyroid gland as a furnace and the pituitary gland as the thermostat. Thyroid hormones are like heat in your house. When the Part Sherlock Holmes, he uncovers heat gets back to the thermostat, it turns the thermostat off. As the room the biochemical glitches, medical cools (thyroid hormone levels drop), the thermostat turns back on (TSH myths, and drug dangers that increases) and the furnace produces more heat (thyroid hormones). Keep prevent patients from enjoying this concept of heat regulation in mind as I explain further on in this optimal health. report how thyroid hormones control your body temperature, which is Dr. Murphree is a medical maverick normally 98.6 degrees F. who explores and implements the latest breakthrough therapies— Why is iodine so important, sometimes years before other doctors even know they exist. Where do we get it? Dr. Murphree routinely helps the Iodine plays an important role in the function of the thyroid gland. It is the “medical outcasts” that other chief component of thyroid hormones, and is essential for their production. doctors—including those at John Hopkins and Mayo Clinic—have said “cannot be helped.” Iodine is obtained from the water we drink and the food we eat. If there is little iodine available in our diet, insufficient thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid and the person develops symptoms of low thyroid function. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 3 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 4. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW IF YOUR BODY IS LOW IN IODINE. Please review the iodine self-test below to see if you’re low in iodine. Clues You May Have Hypothyroid/Low Thyroid With regard to infancy and childhood… a high birth weight of over 8 lbs. suggests low thyroid. Also, frequent ear infections, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, or other infections may be signs of low thyroid function. Problems may show up in school, including difficulty concentrating, abnormal fatigue--especially having difficulty getting up in the morning and poor athletic ability. These all suggest a low thyroid function. Problems may show up in school, including difficulty concentrating, Often, adolescent girls suffer from menstrual irregularity, premenstrual abnormal fatigue--especially syndrome, and painful periods. having difficulty getting up in the morning and poor athletic ability. Throughout life, disorders associated with hypothyroidism include These all suggest a low thyroid headaches, migraines, sinus infections, post-nasal drip, visual disturbances, function. frequent respiratory infections, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations, indigestion, gas, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, frequent bladder infections, infertility, reduced libido and sleep disturbances, with the person sometimes requiring up to12 or more hours of sleep at times, sometimes working all week then crashing all weekend. Other conditions include intolerance to cold and/or heat, poor circulation, Raynaud’s Syndrome, which involves the hands and feet turning white in response to cold, allergies, asthma, heart problems, benign and malignant tumors, cystic breasts and ovaries, fibroids, dry skin, acne, high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, poor mental clarity, high blood pressure, fluid retention, loss of memory, depression, mood swings, fears, and joint and muscle pain. As far as family history, all of the above disorders can be seen in family members. Particular emphasis should be placed on hypothyroid conditions in parents or siblings. The physical examination often reveals the hair to be dry, brittle, and thinning and, the outer third of the eyebrows is often missing. One often finds swelling under the eyes. The tongue is often thick and swollen. The skin may be rough, dry, and flaky, and show evidence of acne. The skin may also have a yellowish tinge due to high carotene in it. Nails tend to be brittle and break easily. The thyroid gland may be enlarged. The patient is more often overweight, but may also be underweight. Hands and feet are frequently cold to the touch. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 4 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 5. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. BUT MY DOCTOR SAYS I’M NORMAL! Do you have Euthyroid Syndrome? A euthyroid patient will have normal blood work but STILL suffer from low thyroid. Euthyroid is a medical term for patients who have normal thyroid blood tests but have all the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism; fatigue, low metabolism, headaches, etc. Euthyroid patients often relate that they, and sometimes even their doctors, suspected a thyroid problem only to have their blood work come back “normal.” And here’s the problem…Most physicians won’t There’s no way to measure how recommend thyroid replacement therapy if the blood tests much thyroid hormone is actively in the cell by measuring it in the come back “normal.” bloodstream. We can only guess how much thyroid hormone is TRUTH IS… Blood Tests for Thyroid Function are Often actually in the cell! Inaccurate Thyroid Blood Tests are Nothing HERE’S WHY…Blood tests for thyroid function measure the amount More Than a Guess! of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), T4, and T3 in the bloodstream. But thyroid hormones don’t do anything within the bloodstream - the action takes place in the cells themselves. There’s no way to measure how much thyroid hormone is actively in the cell by measuring it in the bloodstream. We can only guess how much thyroid hormone is actually in the cell! Thyroid Blood Tests are Nothing More Than a Guess! The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has reported that “Laboratory blood tests for thyroid may be inaccurate for many who get tested for hypothyroid disorder.” Blood tests are a poor and inadequate way to measure true thyroid hormone levels. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 5 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 6. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. More Ways Doctors Miss Low Thyroid Function T4 needs to convert into T3 (four times stronger than T4) for optimal metabolic function (bodily energy). Unfortunately patients often have a problem converting T4 into active T3 due to a build up of Reverse T3 – Reverse T3 is initiated by stress. The more stress, the more Reverse T3 and more likely T4 isn’t converting into the more active T3. A build-up of Reverse T3 actually blocks the conversion of T4 into T3. Your blood tests may show normal levels, but since T4 is not being converted to T3 within the cells, fatigue and other symptoms associated with low thyroid begin to appear. Individuals taking synthetic thyroid hormones like Synthroid (T4 only) may continue to have the symptoms of low thyroid for years, even in spite of normal blood tests. Your T4 Prescription Thyroid Drugs - Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, etc., May be Worthless. Individuals taking synthetic You may continue to go back to your doctor year after year and get thyroid hormones like Synthroid your “normal blood tests.” You are told by your doctor to keep taking (T4 only) may continue to have that same dose of prescription thyroid hormone because… “your tests the symptoms of low thyroid for look normal… keep taking your Synthroid (L-Thyroxine, Levoxyl, years, even in spite of normal Levothroid, etc.), and, I’ll see you in 6 months.” blood tests. Meanwhile you’re falling apart and feeling miserable. If not Your T4 Prescription Thyroid miserable, certainly not as energetic as you know you should be. Drugs - Synthroid, Levoxyl, All of the drugs listed above are synthetic (man-made) forms T4 and Levothroid, etc., May be may not be able to convert into the more active T3 thyroid hormone. Worthless. Important: if your synthetic T4 drug isn’t converting into the more active T3, you’re going to feel less than optimal. And, doctors miss this all the time. And to complicate matters… Millions of Americans go undiagnosed because most doctors continue to use older, now outdated, guidelines. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 6 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 7. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. Not only are blood tests inaccurate, but the parameters for determining who has a thyroid disorder, and who doesn’t, have been changed. And I’ll bet you that 99% of the doctors out there don’t even know this! They are just too busy to keep up with these things. In the past, those with a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) above 5.0 were considered hypothyroid (have low thyroid). However, many doctors wouldn’t prescribe thyroid hormone therapy until the TSH reached 10 or more. In 2004, The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) changed the guidelines so that a TSH above 3.04 is NOW considered positive for hypothyroid. Some doctors believe that anyone who has a TSH above 2, and complains of hypothyroid symptoms (depression, fatigue, brain fog, etc.), should be placed on thyroid hormone. And, I would agree with that. I routinely see patients who’ve been to their doctor, had a thyroid blood test which showed their TSH was above 3.04, only to have their doctor tell them “your blood tests look normal.” Oh, but traditional doctors are The majority of labs are still using the old guidelines as only too happy to treat your well. So if you go to your doctor, and he or she tests your symptoms of fatigue, weight blood, and it comes back with a TSH of 4.0, they will tell gain, low moods, and high blood pressure with the potentially you you’re fine, “no problem with your thyroid.” dangerous drugs, Ritalin, Adderall, Prozac, and blood Oh, but traditional doctors are only too happy to treat pressure meds. your symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, low moods, and Of course, if they’d only treat high blood pressure with the potentially dangerous your low thyroid, you wouldn’t drugs, Ritalin, Adderall, Prozac, and blood pressure meds. have all these symptoms in the first place! Hey, you might Of course, if they’d only treat your low thyroid, you actually GET WELL and not need wouldn’t have all these symptoms in the first place! to see a doctor…You’d feel good again! Hey, you might actually GET WELL and not need to see a doctor…You’d feel good again! WHAT TO DO? HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS HAPPENING TO ME OR NOT? Self-Test. Low Body Temperature is a Major Sign of Hypothyroid. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 7 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 8. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. Dr. Barnes was the first to show that a low basal body temperature was associated with low thyroid. His first study was published in 1942 and appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association. This study tracked 1,000 college students and showed that monitoring body temperature for thyroid function was a valid, if not superior, approach to other thyroid tests. Most of the biochemical reactions occurring in the body are driven by enzymes - protein molecules that work according to their shape. Enzymes, and their actions, are influenced by the metabolic temperature of the body which is controlled by the thyroid hormones. When the body temperature is too low, the enzymes slow down, creating hypo-metabolism (hypothyroidism) and reduced metabolism (cellular energy). Then, every cell and every bodily system starts to slow down, leading to all sorts of health problems: fatigue, unwanted Enzymes, and their actions, are weight gain, poor sleep, lowered immune function, high blood influenced by the metabolic pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, anxiety, depression, achy pain, temperature of the body constipation, tingling hands and feet, brain fog… which is controlled by the thyroid hormones. When High fevers speed up the metabolism and allow the body to fight off the body temperature is too infections Hypothermia (90 degrees or below) can be life-threatening and low, the enzymes slow down, is considered a medical emergency. The body works best at the optimal creating hypo-metabolism temperature of 98.6. (hypothyroidism) and reduced metabolism (cellular energy). Then, every cell and every bodily Self-Test for Low Thyroid system starts to slow down, leading to all sorts of health The test for low thyroid function, according to Dr. Barnes protocol: problems: fatigue, unwanted weight gain, poor sleep, lowered 1. First thing in the morning while still in bed, shake down and place immune function, high blood a mercury thermometer (digital thermometers are not as accurate) pressure, elevated cholesterol under your arm and leave it there for ten minutes. levels, anxiety, depression, achy pain, constipation, tingling hands 2. Record your temperature in a daily log. Women who are still and feet, brain fog… having menstrual cycles should take their temperature after the second and third days of the period. Menopausal women can take their temperature on any day. • A reading at, or below, 97.8 strongly suggests hypothyroid. • A reading above 98.2 may indicate hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid). If using a digital thermometer, wait 2 hours after waking up and take under the tongue (don’t eat, drink or brush your teeth 10 minutes before taking temperature). Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 8 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 9. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. Most doctors don’t know, or choose not to accept, the well-documented studies that show a low body temperature is indicative of euthyroid hypothyroidism. Why Is Your Thyroid Function Low? Based on the past decade of the research, there are four primary reasons for the high rate of hypothyroidism that we now have in this country. 1. Iodine Deficiency The major problem stems from a lack of iodine in the diet. Iodine is one of the essential components of thyroid hormones. Without sufficient iodine, the production of thyroid hormones is limited. Iodine consumption has dropped dramatically in this country over the past 20 years. This drop is due in part to the depletion of our soils and in part to less iodized salt being used as an ingredient in our foods. Women are naturally prone to iodine deficiencies. That’s Why are iodine levels so important? because the thyroid gland in women is twice as large Low levels of iodine mean your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. The as in men -- so under normal thyroid helps balance hormones, regulate heartbeats, stabilize cholesterol, circumstances, women need maintain weight control, encourage muscle growth, keep menstrual more iodine. cycles regular, provide energy, and even helps you keep a positive mental attitude. However, when women are under stress, the need for iodine Women are naturally prone to iodine deficiencies. That’s because the can double or triple! thyroid gland in women is twice as large as in men -- so under normal circumstances, women need more iodine. However, when women are under stress, the need for iodine can double or triple! Yet, the foods we eat contain less and less dietary iodine. For example, back in 1940, the typical American diet contained about 800 micrograms of iodine. By 1995, that amount plunged to just 135 micrograms. That’s an 83% decline. Two thirds of the body’s iodine is found in the thyroid gland. I’ve found that the quickest, and most affective, way to get the iodine your thyroid needs to operate at optimal levels is to take over-the-counter iodine thyroid boosting supplements. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 9 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 10. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. In my practice I use a product known as Thyroid Boost. If the patient is really low or really suffering with low thyroid symptoms and wants to jump-start their thyroid, I’ll recommend they also take Thyroid Support along with it. Thyroid Boost and Thyroid Support are the two products which make up my Thyroid Jump Start package. Some foods, called goitrogens, should be omitted for a while as they hinder iodine utilization. These included kale, cabbage, peanuts, soy flour, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi and turnips. Now most doctors will tell you that you get all the iodine you need from iodized salt. However, I learned first-hand that many of my patients were in fact very low in iodine. Some foods, called goitrogens, should be I suggest you use the following home test and see if you, like a lot of omitted for a while as they my patients, are low in iodine. hinder iodine utilization. These included kale, cabbage, peanuts, soy flour, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi and turnips. How to Self-Test for an Iodine Deficiency 1. Dip a cotton ball into USP Tincture of Iodine. (You can get iodine at the drugstore for under $1.) 2. Paint a 2-inch circle of iodine on your soft skin, like the inner part of your thigh or upper arm. 3. If the yellowish/orange stain disappears in less than an hour it means your body is lacking crucial iodine and has soaked it up. If the stain remains for more than four hours, you iodine levels are fine. If you find you’re low in iodine, I’d suggest you start taking the Thyroid Jump Start Package with Thyroid Boost (2-3 a day), best on an empty stomach, and Thyroid Support (1-2 a day). Both of these specially formulated, clinically proven, preparations have iodine and the needed co-factors to give your thyroid gland a jump start for optimal health. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 10 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 11. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. 2. Selenium Deficiency The second factor contributing to hypothyroidism is selenium deficiency. You might have heard how important this mineral is to your immune system, but chances are you haven’t heard how important it is to proper thyroid function. That’s unfortunate, because the effects of a selenium deficiency are very serious. As with iodine, our soils have become deficient in the trace mineral selenium. In the last few years, researchers have found that certain selenium-containing enzymes (lodothyronine 5’ deiodinase) are responsible for the conversion of thyroid hormone T3 to T4. The thyroid produces several hormones, and must produce them in a somewhat balanced ratio. Without selenium, this CONVERSION process is hindered. This is another reason why some patients continue to feel bad even though they are taking Synthroid or one of the other synthetic T4 drugs. T4 can’t I recommend my patients take effectively convert into the more active T3 without optimal amounts of a good optimal daily allowance selenium. multivitamin to make sure they get adequate intake of This process requires several B vitamins (vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5), selenium, magnesium, and B coenzyme Q10, minerals, such as magnesium, and other substances. vitamins. If a person is either deficient or does not have optimal amounts of these substances, then a prescribed thyroid hormone will not work optimally and may even cause side effects. I recommend my patients take a good optimal daily allowance multivitamin to make sure they get adequate intake of selenium, magnesium, and B vitamins. Estrogen-like Compound Pollution Another factor that has generally been overlooked by the medical community is the recent introduction of estrogen-like compounds into our environment. These compounds make their way into the body through respiration, ingestion of contaminated food, and skin contact. These chemicals can block thyroid hormone production Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 11 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 12. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. and contribute to hypothyroidism. These compounds include such environmental pollutants as PCBs, dioxins, and pesticides such as lindane or dieldrin. Unfortunately, these pollutants can now be found in both our food and drinking water supplies. This is one of the primary reasons we are seeing problems like hypothyroidism showing up in our children. Chronic Stress Stress is part of everyone’s life–every day. With a person affected by hypothyroidism, stress can aggravate the symptoms of hypothyroidism. When a person is undergoing stressful events – even “everyday” stress – causes the body to produce a chemical called cortisol. Cortisol is one of two main hormones produced by the adrenal glands and it is necessary and beneficial to the body to handle long-term stress. However, when a person consistently and continually undergoes stressful events the affects of stress on the body begin to show on the way the body works together. The symptoms of low thyroid (hypothyroidism) and low adrenal (adrenal fatigue) are in many ways mirror images of each other. Adrenal Fatigue Low adrenal function is characterized by feeling week, lacking desire for sex, having dark circles under the eyes, experiencing joint or muscle aches/pains, being affected by low blood sugar, have select food cravings or cravings for salt, experiencing poor sleep, dry skin, discoloration and lines in fingernail pigment, showing marked difficulty in recovering from common colds or temporal situations like jet lag, having lowered immunity to illness, affected by depression and showing signs of premature aging. Clues to low adrenal functioning include a low blood pressure (less than 120/80), allergies, asthma, breathing difficulties, skin problems (such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, lupus, dry flaky skin), joint or muscle pains, as in arthritis, and emotional problems, such as mood swings, weeping, fears and phobias. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 12 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 13. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. Important: If a person has adrenal fatigue it must be treated along with the low thyroid or the patient won’t see the desired benefits of thyroid treatment. The adrenal hormone cortisol is necessary for the conversion of T4 to the active T3. If the weak adrenals are not addressed, the patient may see little, if any, benefit to thyroid therapy and may actually feel worse and/or develop symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland, such as palpitations, a rapid heart beat, and increased sweating. Chronic stress and adrenal fatigue are so common in today’s society that I find 99% of my patients have low adrenal function. Therefore I recommend all my low thyroid patients take specific adrenal supplements to repair their adrenal fatigue. Thousands of patients miss out on the life-restoring benefits of thyroid replacement due to a missed adrenal Thousands of patients miss out insufficiency. What a shame. Especially since the restoration on the life-restoring benefits of thyroid replacement due to of low thyroid function can yield such amazing health results a missed adrenal insufficiency. including, increased energy, better moods, less pain, lower What a shame. Especially since cholesterol, and improved immune function, to name but a the restoration of low thyroid few. function can yield such amazing health results including, increased energy, better moods, less pain, lower cholesterol, and Self-Testing for Adrenal Fatigue improved immune function, to name but a few. Self-Test Methods Ragland’s sign is an abnormal drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) when a person arises from a lying to a standing position. There should be a rise of 8–10 mm. in the systolic (top) number. A drop or failure to rise indicates adrenal fatigue. Example: Someone takes your blood pressure while you’re lying on your back. The systolic number (top number) is 120 and the diastolic number is 60 (120 over 60). Then, take your blood pressure again after immediately standing up. The systolic number (120) should go up 10 points (from 120 to 130). If it doesn’t increase 10 points, this indicates adrenal fatigue. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 13 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 14. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. Pupil Dilation Test Another way to test for adrenal dysfunction is the pupil dilation exam. To perform this on yourself, you’ll need a flashlight and a mirror. Face the mirror and shine the light in one eye. If after 30 seconds the pupil (black center) starts to dilate (enlarge), adrenal deficiency should be suspected. Why does this happen? During adrenal insufficiency, there is a deficiency of sodium and an abundance of potassium, and this imbalance causes an inhibition of the sphincter muscles of the eye. These muscles normally initiate pupil constriction in the presence of bright light. However, in adrenal fatigue, the pupils actually dilate when exposed to light. OK, Where Do You Start? What do you do next? I suggest you do the home self-tests and see what you find. Do you have low thyroid function and or adrenal fatigue? 1. Do the Iodine Self-Test. If you’re low in iodine, I’d recommend you begin taking the Thyroid Jump Start Package – This contains both the Thyroid Boost and Thyroid Support. Thyroid Jump Start Package Thyroid Boost, along with the Thyroid Support Formula helps to “Jump Start” Low Thyroid and helps to quickly elevate cellular metabolism, energy, mental function, and helps optimize thyroid function. Fatigue, weight gain, tingling in the hands and feet, depression, and other symptoms associated with low thyroid are often reversed when my patients begin taking Thyroid Boost in combination with Thyroid Support Formula. Thyroid Boost provides iodine and raw adrenal concentrates which may help with thyroid function. Thyroid Boost contains raw thyroid concentrate including thyroid hormone T3 (it’s Thyroxin, T4 free). This product is designed to help support T4 and supply/boost T3 thyroid hormones. Raw glandular concentrates are from South American or New Zealand and are farm raised, grass-fed cattle. All batches are analyzed for any contaminants and free of BSE. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 14 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 15. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. Thyroid Support Formula (contains iodine) accelerates the results typically seen when Supplementing with Thyroid Boost alone. I always recommend that my patients continue to monitor their iodine response once beginning Thyroid Boost with Thyroid Support Formula. Once your iodine self-test normalizes, reduce to 1-2 Thyroid Boosts until you finish the bottle. Keep checking iodine response every few weeks. If it shows an iodine deficiency once again, re-start the Thyroid Jump Start products until it’s normal. Did You Have a Positive Adrenal Fatigue Self-Test? Note: If you do have low adrenal function, I would recommend that you take also take 1 adrenal cortex supplement, twice-a-day, with food. Click here to get Adrenal Cortex Supplement Summing it up If you have a deficiency in iodine, I recommend that you get the Thyroid Jumpstart package and take Thyroid Boost (2-3 a day on empty stomach) and Thyroid Support (1-2 a day with food). If your adrenal self-test shows your adrenals are weak (99% of my patients have low adrenal function) then add adrenal cortex or adrenal support formula - 1 capsule, twice-a-day, with food. GET THE THYROID JUMP START PACKAGE Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 15 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 16. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. Low Body Temperature? If you have a low body temperature (97.8 or below) AND low iodine (demonstrated from self-testing) then use the Thyroid Jump Start Package with Thyroid Boost and Thyroid Support. Add adrenal cortex or adrenal support formula if needed (most everyone will need to add one of these to get maximum thyroid boosting/correcting results and feel their best). If your iodine self-test is normal then use: GTA Forte II alone (along with adrenal cortex and adrenal support formula if needed, see adrenal fatigue self-test). Take 1 capsule, 3 times-a-day on empty stomach (or 2 capsules in morning and one in the afternoon). Continue to monitor temps. Once your temp reaches 98.2, reduce your dose. Keep checking your temps and reduce your dose when your temps average 98.2 or above. If you aren’t reaching 98.2 after one month, add one GTA Forte II a day each week up to 5 a day. or until you reach 98.2. GET GTA FORTE II HERE Questions 1. I’m taking Synthroid or other prescription thyroid medication. Should I take the Thyroid Jump Start Package as well? If you’re taking a prescription thyroid medication and your temperature is running 97.8 or below and/or you have low iodine, then yes, you should consider adding Thyroid Boost and Thyroid support, also known as the Thyroid Jump Start Package Thyroid Boost - one in the A.M. and one in the early afternoon. Thyroid Support - take one a day with food. Monitor your temperatures as outlined below and if your temperature rises above 98.2, then discontinue or reduce the Thyroid Boost. 2. What if I’m taking Synthroid or other synthetic T4 drug and have normal iodine self-test but low body temperature? What should I do to boost my thyroid function and feel better? If you have a normal iodine level but have low body temp (97.8 or below) then use GTA Forte II- take 3 a day - best if on empty stomach. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 16 www.TreatingandBeating.com
  • 17. Treating and Beating Hypothyroid Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C. 2. If my lab tests are normal does this mean I don’t need thyroid medication? Blood tests aren’t very accurate. You may have hypothyroid (low thyroid) even if your blood tests are normal. I would recommend that you go by temperature testing and iodine self-testing. If your temps or iodine levels are low then you have low thyroid function and should treat accordingly. 3. I have low body temperatures and low iodine. Which thyroid supplement should I take? I recommend my patients with low body temperature (97.8 or below) and low iodine take the Thyroid Jump Start Package - Thyroid Boost and Thyroid Support Formula. 4. I have low body temperature but normal iodine levels. Which thyroid supplements should I take? If you have normal iodine levels but low body temperature I’d suggest taking 3 GTA Forte II’s a day on empty stomach. 5. My adrenal self-test shows I have weak adrenals what should I take? Patients with weak adrenals (adrenal fatigue) should take adrenal cortex or adrenal support- one capsule twice a day with food. Do You Want to Feel Good Again? • What would it feel like to have some extra energy? • How would you feel about being able to roll out of the bed in the morning feeling rested and ready for the day? • What would you do if you were happy again? Had more energy, were mentally sharper, and had less pain? • Can you imagine how you’d feel if you were finally able to “kick start” your metabolism and lose that stubborn unwanted weight? I’m so confident that my clinically- proven, doctor-formulated formulas will help you feel better than you’ve felt in years, I offer a 60 day, 100% money back! Money Back Guarantee If you’re not totally happy with these products, simply contact by us phone, mail, or email and we’ll refund 100% of your money, no questions asked. Copyright 2008 Dr. Rodger Murphree 17 www.TreatingandBeating.com
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