Test Your Thyroid At Home
Are you experiencing any of symptoms of hypothroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a silent illness because it goes largely under-reported and under-treated.
The thyroid is susceptible to damage from environmental toxins, especially chlorine, fluoride and bromine which are chemically related to iodine and compete with it for receptor sites on the thyroid gland. Furthermore, the lack of minerals in the modern diet starve the thyroid of needed nutrients. When your thyroid gland is not working properly, your metabolism and energy levels are disrupted.
Here are some signs of possible hypothyroidism:
- slow heart rateloss of appetite
- feeling coldweight gain
- scaly/dry skin
- weak immune system
- hair loss
- difficulty concentrating
- slow speachgoiter
- yellowish palms
Source: Balch, M.D., and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Avery, New York, 1997.
Home-based test to measure thyroid function
The basal body temperature (BBT) is a highly sensitive and accurate measure of low thyroid function, perhaps exceeding the reliability of available blood tests. The late Broda Barnes, M.D., a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders, developed this test and successfully diagnosed and treated many patients based on its results.
Basically, the test involves taking your armpit temperature for four days and averaging the results. Depending on your temperature, you may or may not be experiencing low thyroid hormone production.
To check your basal body temperaature, follow these simple steps:
Step 1. Keep a thermometer by your bedside so you can take your temperature before getting out of bed in the morning. (It is important to move as little as possible while taking your temperature .)
Step 2. Shake down the thermometer to read less than 92° F.
Step 3. Upon waking in the mornning,take your armpit temperature for at least ten minutes.
Step 4. Record your temperature.
Repeat these steps for four days. (Menstruating women should record their temperatures on the second, third, fourth, and fifth days of their periods.) Calculate your average temperature for the four days. A normal metabolic rate will result in a waking temperature of between 97.8° F and 98.2° F (36.6° F and 36.8° F). Temmperatures below 97.8° F (36.6° F) may indicate, at the least, subclinical hypothyroidism.
Source: Laval1e, R.Ph., C.C.N., N.D., Breaking the Metabolic Code, Basic Health Publication, Inc., Avery, New York, 2002.