Several times, I encounter people who think all of their MPB or Pattern hair loss symptoms are because of Hypothyroidism but unfortunately their Thyroid profile results show otherwise.
Their tsh values are usually within range. Their doctors tell them it’s fine but usually they have many symptoms of hypothyroidism along with Hair thinning.
What’s this conundrum all about ?
Today, I am going to share with you all I have learned about hypothyroidism and hypo induced hair loss and what you can do to stop and reverse it.
There are a lot of prominent internet personalities when it comes to dealing with Thyroid problems. Few names come to my mind which include Amy Myers, Izabella Wentz etc etc.
But personally I resonate much more with few with not so common theories when it comes to Thyroid problems.
First name comes to my mind is of Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer.
He developed a new branch of medicine called German New Medicine. When it comes to his theories, there are people who are hardcore opponents of his seemingly wild claims and on the other hand, there are people who are on totally opposite side, these people are hardcore proponents and who swear by his theories and use it regularly in their practice.
I have started studying the implications of his theories and started to find that there is quite a lot of truth out there. However, I will reserve my final opinion unless I test his theories for longer duration.
He coined term called Dirk Hamer Syndrome and discovered 5 biological laws. They are especially developed in regards to cancer but they can also be extended to other ailments. He has worked tirelessly and fearlessly for more than 35 plus years to validate his theories.
If you want a brief overview of 5 biological laws, check it out here
He believes Brain-Psyche-Organ are connected.
If I interpret his theory correctly, if you want to understand the true reason behind Hypothyroid, then you have to ask yourself this question
Have you ever been in a Conflict which involves Conflict Shock that has to do with feeling too slow, feeling lagging behind in life, not being quick enough to get something, failing to get rid of something due to being too slow, pressured to hurry, or another feeling along this general theme ?
When you experience any of these, your thyroid gland produces more Thyroxine in order to help you to cope up by speeding you up but eventually it slows down if it constantly has to produce more Thyroxine all the time.
How to resolve this ?
Answer to this may not be as straightforward as it sounds but it can include anything from
- Waiting for natural resolution to happen or accepting things as it’s and learn to live with it. The later may not resolve it completely but symptoms will be much more manageable.
- Looking at the situation from a totally different angle
- Not giving any meaning to what happened to you. The Lefkoe Method will be handy to you.
- Learning to emotionally let go of it through various methods like Forgiveness, Emotion Code, EFT etc etc
- Change your priorities so that the problem would no longer bother you
There is no one solution which is valid for everyone. The person has to evaluate all the information and come to his/her own conclusion on what can be or needs to be done.
According to GNM, if you are diagnosed with Auto-immune disease , it’s usually Hanging Healing i.e. the condition never fully goes through the entire resolution/ healing phase. It just “hangs” because there are tracks or reminders that keep us in a low level of conflict activity and as a result, the condition never fully heals.
According to its laws, Hypothyroidism is always preceded by Hyperthyroidism.
I am not an expert on German New Medicine, I am not claiming it otherwise. It’s a huge topic, I have just begun to scratch the surface. I have outlined some authentic resources I found on it, so you choose the right ones instead of looking on sites which don’t truly reflect the work of Dr Hamer.
If you want to know or learn about German New Medicine, get more information here
Then there comes Morley Robbins.
He is truly an iconoclast when it comes to the topic of nutrition. He doesn’t just point out problems with Allopathic Practitioners but he also points out the biggest flaws in Alternative Medicine Practitioners through his truly classic writing style.
His Root Cause Protocol is culmination of 9 plus years of work with clients, research and his unparalleled success stories, case studies is a testimony of his work being truly revered by his clients.
I was personally diehard skeptic of his suggestions in 2017 till it changed my worldview once I started studying it and when people working with me started getting better results, I realized how valuable his research is.
Here is link to study his Root Cause Protocol
According to Morley there are several important things you need to take into account when evaluating your thyroid health and you shouldn’t just look at TSH value.
There are many things you need to evaluate which include
- Iron Profile
- RBC Magnesium
- Ceruloplasmin status
- Vitamin D
And then you can look at typical thyroid profile like T3, T4 and TSH.
According to Morley Robbins “There is NO such thing as “medical disease” o There is ONLY “metabolic dysfunction” CAUSED by “mineral dysregulation”
Morley thinks “STRESS” is behind everything.
Morley Robbins also thinks along similar lines of Dr Hamer saying those who have Thyroid problems should take a look at the sources of stress in their lives.
Then third name comes to my mind is
Dr Carolyn Dean
Morley Robbins work is inspired by her book “Magnesium Miracle”
Then there is another one called Tom Brimeyer
His work is mainly influenced by Dr Raymond Peat.
In one of blog posts, Tom Brimeyer posts this graphic
According to this diagram, Thyroid Hormone can be blocked at 5 levels
- Thyroid Gland
- Cell Receptors
So I thought I should combine their wisdom for better understanding and implementation
Minerals required for Thyroid
Iodine: T3 has 3 iodine molecules; T4 has 4. T4 (thyroxine) is 68 percent iodine by weight, and T3 (triiodothyronine) is 58 percent.
Selenium: A necessary cofactor in the production of thyroxine (T4), It also converts T4 to the more active form, T3. A total 11 selenium-dependent enzymes have been identified as necessary for thyroid function and thyroid hormone production.
If you take iodine without selenium, you can cause selenium deficiency. If you take selenium without iodine, you can cause iodine deficiency. That’s why Morley Robbins suggests taking RBC selenium test before you supplement with Iodine.
Zinc: Required for the synthesis of thyroid hormones. Zinc deficiency can result in hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormones are essential for the absorption of zinc.
The hair loss attributed to hypothyroidism may not improve with thyroid hormone replacement unless zinc supplements are added. According to Morley Robbins, we can get sufficient Zinc from food, there is no necessity of Zinc supplements and can actually worsen the problem.
Read my blog post,
Diffuse Hair Loss : Get more Vitamin B6
Molybdenum: Molybdenum-dependent enzymes function in the oxidative system of thyrocytes (thyroid epithelial cells). They also play an important role in T3 (thyroglobulin) release from the thyroid gland. (This mineral is a big no no from Morley Robbins as it blocks Ceruloplasmin production so get it from food)
Boron: Helps the conversion of the storage form of thyroid hormone, T4, to T3, the active form.
Copper: Plays an important role in the metabolism of the amino acid tyrosine, which is a precursor to T4 (thyroxine). It’s usually not supplemented but status should be measured in terms of Ceruloplasmin value.
Chromium: Enhances insulin activity playing a major role in the regulation of insulin release and its effects on carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism. Conversion of T4 to T3 is influenced by insulin, so in a roundabout way, chromium helps this conversion.
Manganese: Required to transport the hormone thyroxine into our cells.
Magnesium: Calcium and magnesium must be balanced in the body to ensure proper thyroid function. If there is too much calcium, thyroid hormones can become diminished. Magnesium is the regulator of calcium absorption and utilization.
Vitamins needed for Thyroid
Vitamin A : T3 and Vitamin A is required to convert your cholesterol into all of your thyroid-protective youth hormones, so deficient in Vitamin A prevents you from being able to use thyroid hormone.
Vitamin D : Magnesium is involved in each step of Vitamin D synthesis and storage so indirectly Vitamin D is also required for proper thyroid functioning.
If you really look at the list, with proper testing almost all minerals and vitamins are directly and indirectly needed for proper thyroid functioning but I definitely think there is hierarchy.
- Magnesium (decided by your RBC Magnesium levels)
- Vitamin A Retinol
- Iodine (with RBC Selenium testing if you want to be 100% sure)
- Vitamin D (from sunlight and repleting Magnesium levels)
Usually, I haven’t seen or hardly seen people overdosing Magnesium from foods or supplements, even if they do, I haven’t seen any side effects as such except more bowel movements. That’s not to say overdosing is OK.
Getting Retinol overdose is also not very likely unless you buy beef liver capsules consume it in excess, even if you do, I don’t think it’s physically viable to do it to that extent.
If you eat brazil nut or grain, egg yolks, fish you usually get enough Selenium.
If you get enough Sunlight, then there is no side effects of Vitamin D synthesis by your own body as it’s water soluble (when it’s produced by Sun exposure). Vitamin D supplementation is not necessary.
In case, if you want to read about my own experience with Vitamin D supplementation, read it here
But there is a good chance of getting Iodine overdose because of several reasons. First of all, RBC selenium testing isn’t cheap and that common.
When people want to get iodine, they use these 4 sources
- Lugol’s iodine (major possibility of overdose)
- Seaweed/Kelp (unless you are consuming standardized capsules, there is high possibility of overdose)
- Vodka Remedy (either you are not getting enough or any iodine or you are getting too much of it)
Watch video here
- Iodized salt (if you are careful to use it in proportion only what is needed and also carefully evaluating other sources of iodine in your diet)
Excess Iodine can cause Auto-immune Thyroiditis which can worsen your symptoms and cause even more hair thinning.
If you are curious and you really want to know how to correctly interpret if you have optimally working Thyroid or not, is to do Temp and Pulse Test and not just rely on TSH value.
If you think you have developed Auto-Immune Thyroid disease including Hashimoto or Graves, you also have to check 2 more things.
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPOAb).
2. hyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
I haven’t really encountered many cases like this and I am not knowledgeable in this area so I would recommend taking advice from your Doctor and the experts above and also Izabella Wentz.
Initially, I was heavily influenced by her work and she has written a very comprehensive book on Hashimoto. More details here
And also took Her Hashimoto’s Self Management Program
However, when I started researching more, in my personal opinion, the Work of Dr Hamer, Carolyn Dean, Morley Robbins advice holds more merit and value although they are not as famous or widely recognized as she is right now. This is not to take any credit away from what she has done for the entire Hypothyroid and Hashimoto community in general and she being my source of inspiration right from the beginning.
What’s ideal TSH value ?
I don’t know.Various experts have different opinion. Some say it should be less than 1 and more than 0.5. Some say it should be less than 2.5 and more than 0.5.
I usually consider 0.5 to 2 as ideal range.
Will reduction in TSH value will stop and reverse my hair loss ? Depends
Here is someone who reduced TSH and gained hairs
Here is someone who improved hairs but no changes in TSH, but with reduction in TSH, his hair became worse
In case of this woman, it was toxic situation with her spouse which also created Hyperthyroid issues for her along with frontal receding.
When she talked with her spouse and worked towards resolving the issue. She started seeing regrowth along hairline with no diet, no supplements, no topicals, no oils, nothing, on its own. She stopped her Thyroid medication completely 2 months prior (at the time she took before photo)
Note : She has colored her hairs on left. Both photos are taken with hairs tied at back.
What you should really look to see if there is an improvement in their thyroid functioning or not
Some people just look at TSH value and say there is improvement or no improvement.
I think that’s incorrect way of looking at the situation,
Instead this is what they should look for
- You should first do Temp and Pulse Test (before and after results and see if there is an improvement in temp and pulse compared to earlier)
More details here
- Symptoms. If you experience better digestion, better bowel movements, better sleep, better energy, better sex drive, better mood, better appetite, better health, better hair etc etc, then that’s sign of improvement
- You should also look if they don’t have impending ongoing conflict as Dr Hamer points out, it’s either getting resolved, already resolved or you are using different ideas I mentioned in the beginning to mitigate it
- Then finally you should look at their TSH value and other parameters like RBC magnesium, Iron Profile, Vitamin D etc etc and in case if TSH values are more than 5, you should also get testing done for Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
What I have learned in the last 4 years is those who are still losing density and are not seeing progress either because they are not following suggestions properly or they are going through active/hanging conflict or on certain drugs, hormones, medications etc etc
And then there are some more ways to improve thyroid function, inspired by Izabella Wentz book “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis“
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