“I don’t seem to have the energy that I should, and it’s more difficult to keep those nagging pounds of my waist.”

This is something I hear quite frequently as a health educator and personal health coach. The person usually tries to blame it on diet or sleep patterns. Someone may have suggested to get their thyroid checked; their results came back fine. They’re a little confused and wondering if it could just be “all in their head”. We take a few minutes to explore what’s happening in their diet and sleep patterns then decide to look into the thyroid’s potential involvement. We do this with two self-tests; Body-Languages. (We learn about these self-tests and do them in my highly informative Take-Charge Workshop Series.)

One of the workshops is actually called Body-Languages. It’s where we discover the silent “languages” our organs speak when they’re under a stress of some sort. It’s fun to understand how our own body works, and at the same time, learn some little things we can do to help it work better.

Let’s look at that little bow tie shaped gland that lives in our throat just under the “Adam’s apple”. Our thyroid is one of our endocrine glands, and endocrine glands make hormones. Glands are like cell phones that send text messages to the cells of the body. The hormone text messages tell the cells what to do. Inside each cell are tiny engines called mitochondria. This is where the body’s fuel from the digestive system and oxygen from the lungs finally come together and make ATP energy. We all want more of this energy.

We need energy to grow healthy hair and strong nails, heal, think, focus, concentrate, be creative, love, move, work, and work out, etc. These are things our healthy cells are programmed to do, so why does hair become dull and fall out? Why do our nails break, our brains become foggy, or we can’t get off the couch? We buy special shampoos and conditioners, get our nails done, and grab our favorite stimulant, etc. But what’s causing us to lack energy in the first place? Why could it be the thyroid’s fault?

If the thyroid functions like a cell-phone, what would make it not be able to send messages? Has it lost its charge? Is there an error in the message? Or have the receiving cell-phones lost their charge? Is there something blocking the reception from the cell tower? How can I tell? Wouldn’t a thyroid panel lab test of my blood tell the whole story?

The minerals in our diet help keep the thyroid charged. Iodine is needed most. The Iodine Absorption Body-Language helps answer whether the thyroid is “charged” or not.

If the thyroid is charged and the hormone messages (T3 & T4 in the blood test) are normal but we’re still having energy problems, we can explore the cells themselves. Is there something blocking their reception? Our cell’s hormone receptor sites can be blocked by heavy metals (like mercury from our tooth fillings), mold (from water damaged buildings), biotoxins (a poisonous substance produced by a living organism, from medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/biotoxin. These organisms could be living in our intestines after taking bacteria-killing substances. More on this in the Gut-Garden Workshop in May). Other things that block hormone receptor sites are BPA & BPS’s (microscopic pieces of plastic that sneak into our food and water), and inflammation (the burning of the cell’s walls and receptor sites; more on this in the Inflammation class coming up on May 4 at 6 PM and again on May 6 at 4:30 PM). When the messages don’t get through, the cellular engines can’t fire up and make ATP energy. When the engines fire up, the temperature of the cell rises. Our body temperature can be used as another test of thyroid function, only this time, we’re seeing if the cell is receiving the hormone messages. The temperature can remain too low even if there are adequate amounts of T3 &T4 hormone messages floating around in the bloodstream. Is it our thyroid, or are our cell’s hormone receptor sites being blocked? What language is our thyroid speaking? “Please help me”, or “Look somewhere else for the problem”. Information like this is pouring from Family HELM Health Center along with options of what to do about it. Take advantage of this opportunity. Classes are $20 and a month’s workshop is $97.

Until then, take charge.

(Sylvia J. Harral is a digestive health specialist and Michele Stewart is a pilates master trainer. They each have more than 15 years experience. Send your questions by e-mail to familyhelm@hotmail.com; by mail to Family HELM Health Center, 379 N. Hockett St., Porterville, CA, 93257; or by phone at 202-9105.)

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