I am constantly watching videos and searching the internet to learn new things. I am always struck by the number of people I notice who have a goiter. For those of you that don’t know what a goiter is, it is a swollen thyroid. The gland swells in an effort to capture iodine to make thyroid hormones. We are so iodine deficient not only in the United States but all around the world that its becoming epidemic. When I see it, I sigh and wish that I could offer some help because if they don’t have issues now – they are coming.
So what’s the big deal about having a goiter? To most medical doctors – nothing. My own gynecologist who found my goiter mentioned it to me casually but then never suggested that I should do something about it. Had I addressed the issue I doubt I would have gotten thyroid cancer nor would my children have lifelong thyroid issues. But we are here now and I try to help as many as will listen.
So what does a goiter look like? Here are some examples.
This is relatively large but there are some more extreme in 3rd world countries.
They can look like this – a thickened neckline.
Milder left lobe only goiter.
Milder forms of goiter I caught on a video I watched. This is the time to catch it before damage to the gland occurs.
What are the reasons why we develop a goiter?
I’ve already hinted above that iodine is a reason. The thyroid needs it to create hormones. The T4 hormone contains iodine. The number 4 in that hormone name represents 4 iodine molecules.
Selenium is needed in the thyroid hormone creation process to create thyroid peroxidase (TPO). When this gets out of balance we can see an autoimmune condition occur called Hashimotos.
Hashimotos is an autoimmune condition where the body creates antibodies called TPO Ab and Tg Ab to attack the gland and kill it off. The body is confused and views it as an invader that needs to be removed. The Iodine protocol has been shown to assist in the reduction and even elimination of this condition.
Nodules & Tumors
This can be cancerous or benign which if left untreated can turn into a cancerous condition such as papillary thyroid cancer. It did in my case and I wouldn’t wish my experience on anyone.
During pregnancy the baby will take what it needs to grow and develop. Iodine is critical for the development of the neurological system as well as the thyroid gland. The mother’s thyroid gland produces hormone for the baby for the first 2 trimesters. When the mother is already low and the baby demands more the body sends out the signal of a goiter to show that a crisis is coming.
The Iodine protocol is important for not only goiter issues but the entire body. If the thyroid shows signs of deficiency then the rest of the body is as well. Women who are low in iodine are at a higher risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and breast cancer. Men can also get breast cancer as well as prostate cancer. Fibromyalgia has been helped with iodine supplement too since the muscles house a high volume of iodine.
I believe iodine is one of the most critical nutrients needed to maintain optimum body health. Don’t wait until a problem appears. Your body is sending you warnings. Listen!