Thyroid Health Myths & Truths

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  • Episode Name: “Thyroid Health Myths & Truths”
  • Live Broadcast: November 7th, 2017 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time
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Episode Summary Re-cap

Why have thyroid issues become an epidemic? It may not be for the reasons you think! If you are experiencing low energy or have been told your thyroid hormones or health is suffering, we will reveal some little-known solutions that your doctor never told you. Find out what went wrong with thyroid health and how to get it back on track again.

mineral expert, Morley RobbinsSpecial Guest: Morley Robbins Morley Robbins started out in the mainstream medical industry as a hospital executive and consultant for 32 years when he developed a condition called “frozen shoulder” that changed his path to a focus on natural health. While his doctor recommended surgery as the only option, Morley chose light touch chiropractic care and achieved surgery-free recovery within just a couple of weeks. This experience was so life-changing that Morley began to question everything he thought he knew about healing. He left hospital administration and became a Wellness Coach, eventually finding Carol Dean’s book, The Magnesium Miracle, which set him on his current path.

Morley and his partner, Dr. Liz Erkenswick, DC, began incorporating magnesium into their healing practice and witnessed profound changes in their clients’ health.

Their clients’ “need” for statins, anti-depressants, digestive meds, sleeping pills, and osteoporosis medications (just to name a few) were effectively offset by concerted efforts to manage their stress response, eating REAL foods rich in minerals, vitamins and fats, and undertaking protocols to restore magnesium. Seeing these results created a passion for restoring mineral balance in people’s lives, so he founded the Magnesium Advocacy Group (MAG) and quickly became known as “The Magnesium Man.”

There is no such thing as medical disease, there’s only metabolic dysfunction that’s caused by mineral deficiencies.”

– Morley Robbins

Through MAG, Morley is committed to educating as many people as possible about the MAGnificence of magnesium — and all minerals — and ending the epidemic of mineral imbalance plaguing people’s health and well-being.

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10 Reasons for Thyroid Health Issues Revealed

A growing number of people have been diagnosed with – or suspect they have – thyroid issues. On one end of the spectrum is Graves’ disease or hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid) and on the other end of the spectrum is Hashimoto’s disease or hypothyroid (underactive thyroid).

Why have thyroid issues seem to be becoming an epidemic? It may not be for the reasons you think! If you are experiencing hyperthyroid, low energy, or have been told your thyroid hormones or health is suffering, we will reveal some little-known solutions that your doctor never told you. Find out what went wrong with thyroid health and how to get it back on track again with my guest, mineral expert, Morley Robbins!

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can be mild or unnoticeable at first and worse with time. They may include:[i]

  • Fatigue
  • Goiter
  • Enlarged neck or feeling of fullness in the neck, usually not painful
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy, pale face
  • Feeling cold or not tolerating cold
  • Pain in joints and/or muscles
  • Constipation
  • Dry, thinning hair
  • Irregular periods or heavy menstrual flow
  • Depression or mood issues
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Problems getting pregnant
  • Memory problems
Graves’ disease affects 1 in 200 people, is also more common in women and most often affects people between the ages of 30 – 50. The following symptoms could be present in Graves’ disease:[ii]
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Goiter
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diarrhea or frequent bowel movements
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Trembling hands
  • Eye symptoms (bulging eyes, irritable or gritty eyes, eye pressure or pain)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight loss

Here Are 10 Real Reasons for Thyroid Health Issues

#1 – Mineral Deficiency

Your body runs on enzymes – 9,000 of them to be exact. The key to making these enzymes work is minerals and a large and growing percentage of people experience mineral deficiencies worldwide for a variety of reasons (decreasing levels of minerals in the soil, water, and food being a big one!).

Mineral expert, Morley Robbins (a.k.a., the Magnesium Man) suggests we stop using the philosophy of Netwonian science (an exact mathematical system) and think about minerals in terms of quantum science (moving energy around). In other words, if what we really need is energy to help the body run, minerals are the key.

#2 – Doctors Often Don’t Address That Minerals Work In Pairs, Called Ratios, and Yours Could Be Off

Minerals work in pairs (ratios) and it’s these ratios that drive important aspects of our health, like thyroid health, adrenal health, blood sugar, and overall vitality.

While many of us know that minerals are also referred to as “electrolytes” and include magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, copper, zinc, and iron, among others, doctors rarely test for all of them and almost never address their ratios.

  • Your thyroid health is based on your ratio of calcium (Ca) to potassium (K) and would ideally be 4.2:1.
  • Your adrenal health is based on your ratio of sodium (Na) to magnesium (Mg) and would ideally be 4:1.

At the doctor’s office, they tend to say things like, “your calcium levels are normal,” without addressing calcium in relationship to potassium. It’s rare to hear a doctor address magnesium at all. Without this key information, it’s impossible to know how to create balance.

#3 – Stress!

Morley suggests that you think of the key ratios as seesaws that need to be in balance. Guess what affects the balance of the seesaw? Stress. If you’re experiencing chronic stress, your key ratios will be out of balance, affecting your thyroid health.

Let’s take a look at how this cycle of stress works:
  • Stress causes magnesium loss.
  • Magnesium loss causes electrolyte confusion.
  • Electrolyte confusion causes energy loss.
  • Energy loss causes cell death.
  • Cell death causes inflammation.
  • Inflammation causes calcification.

In other words, at the end of this cycle, cells dying are getting replaced by calcium. When this happens, you get stones and nodules. This is why Morley believes that anyone presenting with thyroid nodules should take a look at the sources of stress in their lives and also, the vulnerable areas of their body where the calcium could be depositing.

Nodules may or may not be cancerous, so if you have time to work on mineral balancing, it could be your key to recovering your thyroid health.

#4 – Dysregulated Magnesium, Copper and Iron

Magnesium, copper, and iron affect your vital energy production. Your body needs magnesium to have energy at the deep cellular level (ATP must pair with magnesium) and it also needs enough magnesium for copper to do its job running the hormones. If you have a systemic copper lack of bioavailable copper, it causes an overwhelming lack of iron in the tissues. This creates a metabolic breakdown that can appear as disease when your doctor is running tests for things like Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease.

Morley believes that the actual disease or illness is based on emotions that we have not fully processed. I’ve seen this in several client situations. For example, one of my clients had been working on speaking her truth (5th chakra) and the emotions surrounding that when he was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. Interestingly,  deep inside deep inside that

Intuitively, he was sure that the diagnosis was not about Hashimoto’s, but a confirmation that his body was processing his inner work. This allowed him to work on his health and mineral balance, without freaking out about the diagnosis.

One thing you can do is step back and reassess your overall health, taking a look at what’s going on in your life. Ask where the nodule, the Graves’ disease or the Hashimoto’s fits into your life. Where can you face your emotions and support yourself in processing them

#5 – Doctors are Looking for Iron in the Wrong Places

Many doctors will test your minerals, some will even use the right tests. But they are looking in the wrong places when they measure mineral levels. Let’s explore this further….

  • Anemia – doctors may tell you that you have low iron, a.k.a., anemia. However, they are testing your blood levels of iron, instead of iron in your tissues. If they tested the levels of iron in your tissues, they’d probably find that you have too much iron in your tissues. Too much iron in your tissues is considered “free iron” and acts like a heavy metal in your body. If you add iron to this problem, your body goes into an oxidative or rust state. If you think of a rusty car or rusty nail, you get the picture.
  • Calcification – when iron is dysregulated, it can create calcification in a couple of ways: (1) iron active acid phosphatase is a medium of osteoclasts and can cause calcium loss in hard tissue (bones). Think osteoporosis; and (2) iron activates proteins and enzymes, like MCP1, a protein which causes calcification in soft tissue. Think thyroid nodules.

To recap, a blood test is not a measure of iron in the tissue, it’s only measuring what’s in the blood. There are only two ways to test iron in the tissues and they are either painful or expensive, so they are often overlooked. If you have too much iron in your tissues, you likely have inflammation, which is the root cause of all disease.

One way to deal with too much free iron or iron in your tissues is to give blood. This can be a nice “just in case” practice for anyone, especially if you have anemia, calcification, or inflammation. A good guideline is: males and post-menopausal women should give blood four times per year; and menstruating women should give blood two times per year.

#6 – Doctors are Looking for Copper in the Wrong Places

Copper regulates iron in the body. One of the major issues in illness and disease is lack of bioavailable copper. Just like iron, you could have what looks like low copper and still have too much free copper in the body, acting like a heavy metal.

#7 – It All Starts and Ends With Magnesium: Beware of Calcium Excess and Magnesium Deficiency

An estimated 80% of people are deficient in magnesium. If your calcium is too high and your magnesium is too low, your body starts working overtime to keep an ideal pH. If you have too much calcium, your adrenals start to shut down, to donate magnesium and maintain the proper pH.

When it comes to your thyroid and parathyroid, magnesium is key. There are 3 calcitropic hormones that shut down with magnesium deficiency: calcitonin (for your thyroid), parathyroid hormone, and hormone D (you thought D was a vitamin, but it’s actually one of the oldest hormones in the human body!). These hormones work to regulate serum calcium, so a magnesium deficiency upsets the ratio of calcium to magnesium and could result in blood sugar issues, thyroid and bone issues.

If you want energy, a healthier thyroid, healthier adrenals and hormone balance,  start with correcting a magnesium deficiency, especially when it comes to a vitamin D (hormone D) deficiency, calcium excess, or copper and iron dysregulation.

#8– Dysregulated Copper May Be the Culprit Behind the Spectrum of Graves’ Disease or Hyperthyroid to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Hypothyroid

When your thyroid is missing copper, it goes gangbusters, leading to an overactive thyroid. Copper is necessary for important thyroid enzymes: thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and Dual Oxidase enzyme (DUOX). When copper is dysregulated, the enzymes don’t work well, leading to thyroid problems.

To illustrate the point, TPO loads 4 iodine atoms onto tyrosine. This is T4. As you may know from your thyroid tests, it’s important that T4 converts into T3. This is a process of cleaving iodine off of T4 and 90% of this process takes place in your liver. Without enough bioavailable copper, this doesn’t happen efficiently. A doctor may instruct a patient to increase ferritin if T4 is not converting into T3, when the real problem is a liver problem and lack of bioavailable copper.

#9 – Get the Right Tests

Your best bet for testing thyroid health is an HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) and Magnesium-Zinc-Copper-Iron-Panel Test – this is a blood and serum test for Magnesium RBC, Copper, Zinc, Ceruloplasmin, Iron & TIBC, Ferritin and Transferrin. In this way, you can see the status of your minerals and their ratios, to determine how to move forward with your mineral balancing protocol. In most cases, you don’t want to take minerals or vitamin D (a hormone) until you’ve done this.

#10 – Identify the Food and Supplements to Stop and Start, So You Can Balance Your Minerals

Morley calls this his Root Cause Protocol. Find out more about the Root Cause Protocol, watch the video, and get a list of foods and supplements to stop and start.



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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!