Dr. Hotze on Thyroid Function and Your Health
In this podcast video and transcription, Dr. Hotze discusses why optimal thyroid function is crucial for good health. Learn the common symptoms of hypothyroidism and how you can restore your thyroid function back to normal.
1:36: The T4 has to be secreted into the blood and then it has to enter the cells. And in the cells, there is an enzyme that cleaves off one of the iodine atoms converting it to the active thyroid hormone T3. That’s what’s important.
2:45: Well, symptoms of low thyroid are as follows. Most commonly people complain of fatigue. They’re tired, they’re sick and tired, and they’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.
3:35: So if you have low energy production, your cells aren’t going to work as well. That’s why people with low thyroid also complain of an inability to really focus or think clearly. They have inability to concentrate.
4:56: As they (women) march through their menstrual life, their hormones can adversely affect the ability of the thyroid hormone to be assimilated into the cells. They have a condition which is called estrogen dominance.
7:34: Now, when a woman is estrogen dominant, that stimulates the liver to produce thyroid binding globulins. These are proteins that latch on to the thyroid hormone so it can’t be assimilated properly in the cells. So women, as they march through their menstrual life, invariably will have these symptoms of low thyroid.
7:58: And another thing we see in women with low thyroid condition is a problem with fertility, an inability to become fertile.
8:25: And the reason they don’t become pregnant is because they have an abnormal imbalance in their hormones, estrogen, progesterone, which also adversely affects their ability to utilize thyroid hormones.
10:46: Kathryn has now had five children when she was told she would never, ever be able to have children again by literally scores of physicians across the country.
13:19: Well, there’s a myth in medicine that the thyroid stimulating hormone test that is used as the main diagnosis by conventional physicians is the way to diagnose whether or not you have low thyroid condition. Remember the thyroid stimulating hormone test, TSH, is a test that measures the thyroid stimulating hormone produced by the pituitary gland.
15:04: …thyroid hormones that are secreted by the thyroid gland must enter the cells and be converted from the inactive T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3.
16:03: So when a person takes thyroid, I’m sorry, drinks fluoride in the water, and it’s in 70% of the water in America, and when they take fluoride in their toothpaste, that fluoride poisons the deiodinase enzyme so it can’t convert T4 to T3.
17:12: Fluoride is a poisonous chemical to the body.
17:41: Well, in Europe they banned fluoride treatment.
18:30: There’s a correlation between the use of fluoride and obesity in America that they don’t have in Europe.
20:05: Conventional doctors, when they treat for thyroid, will use a product called Synthroid or levothyroxine, which is only the inactive T4 thyroid hormone.
20:19: We have seen thousands of guests have come here to the Hotze Health & Wellness Center who have been on synthetic thyroid hormone who still have all the signs and symptoms of low thyroid.
20:46: At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we use bioidentical natural thyroid hormones that contain both T3 and T4, and it’s derived from pork.
Hello, this is Dr. Steve Hotze and welcome to Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. I do believe that every one of you needs to have a physician and a staff of professionals who can coach you on a path of health and wellness, naturally, so as you mature, you have energy, vitality, and you have enthusiasm for life. Today, I want to discuss with you a very important topic that affects a large percentage, probably a majority of Americans, particularly women, as they march through their menstrual life and that’s the issue of hypothyroidism or low thyroid levels, not just in the blood, but within the cells.
The thyroid gland is located in the neck. It’s shaped like a Monarch butterfly and it produces thyroid hormones. It produces two particular thyroid hormones, one called T4, that’s a thyroid hormone, and this is the thyroid hormone with four iodine atoms attached to it, 94% of all the thyroid hormones produced by the gland is T4.
It also produces the thyroid hormone T3. That’s the thyroid atom with, or the thyroid molecule, with three iodine atoms. That’s the active thyroid hormone. The T4 has to be secreted into the blood and then it has to enter the cells. And in the cells, there is an enzyme that cleaves off one of the iodine atoms converting it to the active thyroid hormone T3. That’s what’s important. That’s like a spark plug that activates the power plant within your cells. The power plant within every cell is called the mitochondria. You might remember that from high school biology.
It produces, the mitochondria, the power plant produces electrical energy and that electrical energy is then transported by a molecule called adenosine triphosphate or ATP to various biochemical reactions within the cell that gives the cell’s biochemical reactions the energy to function. And when the cells have enough electrical current in them, they function well and the organs in which those cells live function well.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Well, symptoms of low thyroid are as follows. Most commonly people complain of fatigue. They’re tired, they’re sick and tired, and they’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. They go to bed at night and wake up tired. They’re tired all day long. They may and commonly have difficulty losing weight. They also may have cold sensitivities. Their hands and feet are cold. They have cold intolerance. I’ve even had some individuals come in and they have to wear sweaters even during the summer. When it’s 100 degrees outside, they still feel chilled. Because the thyroid hormone enables the cells to produce and use energy it governs our body’s metabolism, which is our energy production. So if you have low energy production, your cells aren’t going to work as well. That’s why people with low thyroid also complain of an inability to really focus or think clearly. They have inability to concentrate.
I often hear it described by women as “I’ve got brain fog” and often it causes mood swings. It can cause irritability. It can cause depression, a very common feature of low thyroid is depression. It also causes joint and muscle aches and pains. People with low thyroid condition often have sluggish bowel functions. A common question a doctor asks you, how regularly do you have your bowel functions? I’ve had people tell me, “Well, I have them regularly every two to three days.” Well, that’s not healthy. And that’s one of the reasons that we have a high incidence of colon cancer in the population, because people don’t eliminate regularly. You should have a bowel function every time you eat, your bowels should move. And most people say, well, that seems strange and it is strange to people because their bowels aren’t functioning right because they’re sluggish.
Estrogen Dominance Can Affect Thyroid Function
It also can cause hormonal problems, particularly we see this in women. As they march through their menstrual life, their hormones can adversely affect the ability of the thyroid hormone to be assimilated into the cells. They have a condition which is called estrogen dominance. In a normal menstrual cycle, which would be every 28 days, once a woman sloughs the inner lining of the womb and has her period, she begins to make estrogen. Estrogen hormones proliferate the inner lining of the womb. Mid cycle, on day 14, a woman would ovulate, she’d give off an egg. And in that area where the egg is given off, called the corpus luteum, that area of the ovary produces progesterone. Progesterone matures the inner lining of the womb and it prepares it for a pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, then the hormones inevitably decline because the ovary quits producing them, you slough the inner lining of the womb and you start over again.
Well, as women march through their menstrual life, they get what is called estrogen dominance. Oftentimes women don’t produce enough progesterone after they ovulate and they don’t have a proper balance between estrogen and progesterone so the estrogen dominates and this is manifested by a change in the menstrual cycles. Routinely a woman when she has normal cycles, when she’s younger, will have them for three days to five days, they’ll be mild. She may have a little cramping, but as she moves through her menstrual life and the estrogen hormones dominate, and she doesn’t produce enough progesterone, then the menstrual periods become heavier. They may last five to seven days. And then as she gets older, seven to nine days, and then it has severe heavy bleeding we call menorrhagia, and then they get breakthrough bleeding. And then they oftentimes will develop fibroid tumors.
They go to the physician, their OBGYN and he goes, “Well, I can solve that problem, we’ll just cut out your uterus.” That will stop the bleeding, but that doesn’t stop the imbalance in the hormones. That can be prevented by using natural progesterone as a woman begins to have the symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding and the premenstrual symptoms, the mood swings, the weight gain, the breast tenderness, the headaches, all these begin to manifest themselves as a woman has estrogen dominance.
Now, when a woman is estrogen dominant, that stimulates the liver to produce thyroid binding globulins. These are proteins that latch on to the thyroid hormone so it can’t be assimilated properly in the cells. So women, as they march through their menstrual life, invariably will have these symptoms of low thyroid.
Optimal Thyroid Function and Fertility
And another thing we see in women with low thyroid condition is a problem with fertility, an inability to become fertile. We have numerous guests of ours, female guests, that have come here after they’ve gone through infertility treatment. They call it infertility treatment because only 25% of the women that go through infertility treatment ever become pregnant. And the reason they don’t become pregnant is because they have an abnormal imbalance in their hormones, estrogen, progesterone, which also adversely affects their ability to utilize thyroid hormones.
So we have had women come in and say, “Look, my hormones are all screwed up ever since I had my infertility treatments, I just want to get my hormones right.” And I tell them, “Don’t blame me if you get pregnant.” I’ll give you an example. We have a guest of ours, Kathryn Ritchie, who you can see on hotzehwc.com/testimonials, came in to see us at age 28. She had seen 50 physicians beforehand. She had been without menstrual cycle since she was 18 when she was in a terrible car accident in Russia working with her parents in a Christian orphanage over there, and just about broke every bone in her body.
And she was very blessed to live, but she was in chronic pain. She was in terrible condition. And she saw numerous physicians because she wanted to get married and have children. And the last place she had gone was Mayo Clinic and they said, “It’s all in your head.” So her father fortunately had seen one of our advertisements in Southwest Airlines’ magazine and called his daughter and said, “Kathryn, you need to go see the Hotze Health & Wellness Center.” Well, she came in and she had all the classical symptoms of low thyroid. She was not menstruating properly. And we simply got her up on thyroid and began to supplement her with some natural progesterone and lo and behold in the first year she became pregnant and had a baby.
And she went to celebrate this child with her husband at a lovely resort in Colorado Springs, the Broadmoor, and she was starting to feel nauseated and sick. So she had her husband go get a pregnancy test at one of the local pharmacies there and she checked it and she was pregnant again. She had her second pregnancy. Kathryn has now had five children when she was told she would never, ever be able to have children again by literally scores of physicians across the country.
More Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
This is just one example of the powerful effects that thyroid hormone can have on fertility. Low thyroid hormone condition could also cause a loss of the lateral third of the eyebrows, loss of the eyelashes, an enlarged tongue that has scalloping effect because the tongue enlarges, it bumps up against the teeth and they get scalloped across the borders of the tongue.
It can cause hair loss in women. It causes loss of hair under the arms. It can cause loss of hair on the legs, both in males and females. It causes puffiness due to fluid retention because it causes the body to produce, this edema is called myxedema, it’s kind of a fatty edema that is in the skin and you can punch on it and it won’t leave a mark, but it’s just puffiness due to the storage of this myxedematous material underneath the skin.
So women, when they have, and men, when they have these problems often go see their local primary care physician. And they have looked online commonly and looked under these conditions and it often points that they have the symptoms of low thyroid, hypothyroidism. They go to the physician and they go, “Doc, do you think I could possibly have low thyroid?” “Why do you think you have low thyroid?,” they’ll say. “Well, I’ve got all these symptoms.” He said, “Well, all my women have those symptoms at your age. That’s just what happens as you age.”
“Well, could you do a thyroid test?” Well, that’s going to cost you extra, because it’s not going to be paid for by your insurance.” “Well, whatever you have to do,” they say, “just draw my blood. I’m sure that I’ve got these symptoms and it must be low thyroid.” “Well, it’s not, but we’ll draw your blood anyway.” And they draw the blood and then what happens? The patient often waits for a word back from the doctor’s office, days, weeks. Finally, they call in and say, “Could I please talk to somebody and get the results of my blood test?” And nurse Betty will call back up and say, “Well, I’ve got good news for you. Your thyroid hormones are in the normal range.”
And she goes, “Oh gosh, I was sure that I had low thyroid.” Well, there’s a myth in medicine that the thyroid stimulating hormone test that is used as the main diagnosis by conventional physicians is the way to diagnose whether or not you have low thyroid condition. Remember the thyroid stimulating hormone test, TSH, is a test that measures the thyroid stimulating hormone produced by the pituitary gland. If a gland isn’t making enough thyroid hormone, then the pituitary gland will tell the thyroid gland by sending a messenger called the thyroid stimulating hormone to stimulate the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone. And what then happens is the thyroid gland will enlarge and supposedly produce more thyroid hormone. Think of it like this, the pituitary gland is like the jockey and the thyroid stimulating hormone is like the whip.
The thyroid gland is like the horse and you’re in a horse race and the jockey wants the horse to go faster, so he produces that whip and starts whipping the horse. Well, that’s the thyroid stimulating hormone. And in classical, and we do see this in some patients, in classical patients, you’ll get elevated TSH levels, which is indicative that the thyroid gland is not functioning right. And the thyroid gland will often be enlarged and that’s called a goiter, G-O-I-T-E-R. So you go to the doctor, you’ve got the symptoms of low thyroid and they say, “Well, your TSH is normal. That must mean your thyroid gland is normal.” No, it doesn’t because the thyroid hormones that are secreted by the thyroid gland must enter the cells and be converted from the inactive T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3. That requires a deiodinase enzyme to cleave off that one thyroid atom.
Fluoride Adversely Affects Thyroid Function
But guess what? There’s a chemical that we commonly drink every day in our water and that’s in almost all toothpaste products and that’s called fluoride. Fluoride is a halogen. If you remember your chemical chart from high school, the periodic table, there’s a certain part of that table called the halogens that contains iodine, chloride, bromide, fluoride, and several other products or chemical atoms. And they all are related to one another. So when a person takes thyroid, I’m sorry, drinks fluoride in the water, and it’s in 70% of the water in America, and when they take fluoride in their toothpaste, that fluoride poisons the deiodinase enzyme so it can’t convert T4 to T3. You must simply get yourself on a reverse osmosis system if you’re drinking water and you must eliminate the common toothpaste that you use that contain fluoride.
If you go and look at your toothpaste on the side of the box and on the side of the tube, it will say warning. There’s a warning label. If you ingest this toothpaste in a larger amount than you put on your toothbrush, immediately contact Poison Control or contact your physician. Now, why would they have that label on the toothpaste? Toothpaste without fluoride like the toothpaste we sell here at Hotze Health & Wellness Center, is free of fluoride. It has no warning label on it. Fluoride is a poisonous chemical to the body. Now, in America we began using fluoride in the toothpaste back in the 19…I’m sorry, in the water in the 1960s. There was a big argument and a lot of controversy about adding fluoride to the water, but they did say, “Well, it’s going to help people get less cavities, these youngsters.” Well, in Europe they banned fluoride treatment.
In 1960, 18% of the American population was obese and half of that… I’m sorry, 16% were obese, 8% were overweight. Now, in our current day and time, 70% of our population is overweight. I’m sorry, 70% is overweight and 35% are obese. And I need to go back. In 1960, it was 16% were overweight and 8% were obese. In Europe currently, the overweight part of the population is just still 16% and only 8% are obese. They don’t use fluoride.
There’s a correlation between the use of fluoride and obesity in America that they don’t have in Europe. So I want to recommend that you eliminate fluoride because that adversely affects your cells, so your cell’s ability to utilize the active thyroid hormone, that activates the mitochondria, that produces the electrical energy that drives your cells, that drives all the organs.
The TSH “Normal Lab Range” Fails Many Patients
So when you get a blood test on thyroid stimulating hormone and your doctor says, “Well, it’s in the normal range.” Well, here’s how they determine the normal range. The doctor doesn’t determine it, the lab does. They take the last tests that were done from the previous week, and it’s thousands of tests, and they get an average of everybody’s average level. It’s like a bell-shaped curve, right in the middle of the bell shaped curve is the average or the mean. Then they apply a statistical term called two standard deviations from that, both high and low, that gives them the bell-shaped curve. 95% of the people fall within that range. The normal range on the thyroid stimulating hormone, TSH, is as tall as the Empire State Building, as wide as the Grand Canyon. So when you were young, you may have produced thyroid hormones in an optimal range, but as you age your thyroid hormones decline, and they still may be within the normal range, but they may decline by as much as 50%, 60%, or 70%.
And you go to the doctor who says, “Well, you’re in the low range, but you’re still within the range so you don’t need thyroid hormone.” Conventional doctors, when they treat for thyroid, will use a product called Synthroid or levothyroxine, which is only the inactive T4 thyroid hormone. We have seen thousands of guests have come here to the Hotze Health & Wellness Center who have been on synthetic thyroid hormone who still have all the signs and symptoms of low thyroid. And they go back to their doctor and they tell them, “I still have all the symptoms.” And he goes, “Well, your thyroid is normal now, stay on the Synthroid.” And they adjust it, but it doesn’t solve the problem because it has to be converted to T3 and it’s the inactive thyroid hormone T4.
At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we use bioidentical natural thyroid hormones that contain both T3 and T4, and it’s derived from pork. And the pork thyroid hormone contains a larger percentage of T3, about 20% is T3 and about 80% is T4. And the T3 is the active hormone. If we get our guests off their fluoride and put them on the thyroid hormone, then that stimulates energy production within the cell. Now, all of a sudden the cells, instead of running at a low voltage, they’re running at high voltage and the patient then becomes a live wire again, and they feel good, and they get their energy back. They begin to be able to lose weight. They can think clearly, joint and muscle pains go away. They get normal bowel function, normal menstrual cycles. And for those younger women that are infertile, they oftentimes can regain their fertility and have children.
Thyroid is a very important hormone and we believe that everybody that has the symptoms of hypothyroid should at least have a therapeutic trial with natural bioidentical thyroid hormones in order to help them obtain and maintain health and wellness naturally. Hope this has helped you understand the importance of thyroid hormone replenishment therapy in a large majority of the American population, particularly in women, although it occurs in men as well, will have problems with low thyroid. If you’d like us to help you, please don’t hesitate to call us here at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. The number’s on the line, 281-698-8698. Thanks so much for joining me today.