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Spinal Misalignment and Its Effect Upon Women’s Health
Spinal misalignment is often not looked at, yet it can not only be a source of physical stress in a woman’s body, but can also be a reason why a particular organ or gland is not working properly. Seeing a health practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor or chiropractor could identify and resolve many problems caused by spinal misalignments.
Spinal Misalignments and Thyroid Gland
Spinal Misalignments and the Adrenal Glands
Spinal Misalignments and Reproductive System
A spinal misalignment can result in over stimulation of the thyroid or under stimulation of the thyroid which might result in hyperthyroidism [over active thyroid] or hypothyroidism [under active thyroid].
As the thyroid hormones affect every part of the body including a woman’s ovaries and uterus, it is important to understand the ways in which the thyroid can be affected.
Other than stating that an overactive thyroid [hyperthyroidism] would cause the body to use up the sex hormones more quickly, it will not be considered any further in this book.
The types and causes of hypothyroidism are:
- Nutritional hypothyroidism [due to the lack of the proper nutrients].
- Primary hypothyroidism [thyroid failure].
- Secondary hypothyroidism [failure of pituitary control].
- Tertiary hypothyroidism [failure of hypothalamus control].
- Wilson's syndrome [conversion failure of T4 to T3].
- Thyroid resistance [receptor uptake failure].
- Under functioning adrenals.
- Sex hormone imbalance
1. Nutritional hypothyroidism:
Just like a car, without any gasoline in its tank cannot move you anywhere, the thyroid cannot work properly if it does not have the enough of the right fuel [nutrients]. When many baby boomers were growing up, they were advised to use iodized salt, in order to prevent them from developing a goiter [an enlargement of the thyroid]. Also, in the past, iodine was put in bread, and an iodine solution used to be used to disinfect the vats used to pasteurize milk. This resulted in the next batch of milk that was pasteurized picking up the iodine solution.
Nowadays, many women have decreased or stopped using iodized salt, in order to prevent high blood pressure. Also, the iodine solution is no longer used in bread or to disinfect the vats used to pasteurize milk. This has resulted in many women developing nutritional hypothyroidism as they no longer have the same amounts of iodine coming into their system as they had for many years.
2. Primary hypothyroidism:
Primary hypothyroidism is true thyroid failure. It means that the actual thyroid cells are unable to function properly without the assistance of some form of natural remedy or synthetic medication.
3. Secondary hypothyroidism:
The pituitary gland makes thyroid stimulating hormone [TSH]. TSH stimulates the thyroid to make the thyroid hormones that the body needs. Secondary hypothyroidism occurs when the pituitary gland does not make enough thyroid stimulating hormone.
4. Tertiary hypothyroidism:
The hypothalamus is located in the brain. When the hypothalamus is unable to send a good message to the pituitary gland to make thyroid stimulating hormone, tertiary hypothyroidism occurs.
5. Wilson’s Syndrome:
In 1991, Dr. E., Dennis Wilson, M.D., released his book called Wilson's Syndrome. In it, he described the impact of stress upon the thyroid gland. I describe Wilson's Syndrome to my patients in the following way. Normally, the thyroid hormone T4 is changed into the active thyroid hormone T3. When a person is under stress, the thyroid hormone T4 is not changed into the active thyroid hormone T3. Instead, it is changed into reverse T3. Reverse T3 is like you standing in front of a mirror, and seeing a mirror image of yourself. One day, you might say to yourself “I don't feel like doing the housework today, so I am going to get my mirror image to do the housework”. Although your mirror image looks exactly like you, it cannot do the work that you are able to do. In the same way, although reverse T3 looks exactly like T3, it cannot do the same work that T3 does in your body. Regular blood tests, do not check for reverse T3.
6. Thyroid hormone resistance [receptor uptake failure]:
This is also called Type 2 Hypothyroidism. Although the thyroid gland appears to produce the proper amounts of thyroid hormones, the cells in the body are unable to accept the hormones into the cell in order to use them.
7. Under Functioning Adrenals:
In the past, when health practitioners used to talk about the functioning of the thyroid, they used to talk about the hypothalamus — pituitary — thyroid axis. Now, many health practitioners talk about the hypothalamus — pituitary — thyroid — adrenal axis. They know that stress affects the adrenal glands, and as a result, a feedback message is sent back to the hypothalamus, which can then affect the functioning of the pituitary gland and the functioning of the thyroid.
8. Sex hormone imbalance:
Thyroid problems are very common in pre–menopause and post–menopause. 26% of women in or near pre–menopause are diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Although many women with thyroid problems have no symptoms, some women with thyroid problems may have many symptoms.
The most common thyroid symptoms that woman have in pre–menopause and post–menopause are mood disturbances [depression and irritability], low energy level, weight gain, and mental confusion, and sleep disturbances.
Because many of the symptoms that can occur in pre–menopause and menopause are also very common in an improperly functioning thyroid, it is very important to make certain what is causing the problem.
For example, if a woman has estrogen dominance [excess estrogen, deficient progesterone, or a combination of the two], this can create symptoms which can also be caused by an under active thyroid.
Normally, the active thyroid hormone [T3] is released from the thyroid gland and travels in the blood stream. In the following illustrations, the active thyroid hormone [T3] is shown as a key, and every cell in the body is shown to have a keyhole.
The nucleus in every cell has a keyhole and needs the key [the active thyroid hormone [T3]] to be inserted into the keyhole to make a cell work. This can be seen in the following illustration.
However, if a woman has estrogen dominance [excess estrogen, deficient progesterone, or a combination of the two], this is like putting a piece of duct tape over the keyhole. This can be seen in the following illustration.
As the key [the active thyroid hormone [T3]], can’t get into the key hole to turn on the cell so it can work, symptoms of hypothyroidism [under active thyroid] can appear. Lab tests in this situation would show that the thyroid is functioning normally and making the needed hormones. Therefore, in this situation, even giving thyroid medication will not help a woman with estrogen dominance [excess estrogen, deficient progesterone, or a combination of the two], to feel better or help her body to work better. A woman's estrogen must be properly counterbalanced with the proper amount of progesterone before the active thyroid hormone [T3] can turn on the cells so that they can work.