Taking Charge of Your Health

Hi, everyone, Dr. Shook here. What I wanna do is
spend few minutes, and I want to explain to you how your body makes
your thyroid hormone, and how it’s used by
every cell in your body to stimulate your metabolism and all of your bodily functions that require thyroid hormone. The important thing to know about this entire process, I’ve already drawn it
out to save us some time, is that there are really
two different parts that we need to consider. You need to consider can your
body make thyroid hormone, and then you need to consider can your body use
the thyroid hormone that’s already there. What I’m gonna do is
show you how it’s made, and I’m gonna go quickly so you can come back and watch
this again if you want to. And then, I’m gonna go back and I’m gonna show you
how this breaks down, and the different ways
that it can break down. So, let’s go ahead, and
we’re gonna get started, and we’re gonna talk about where this entire
process begins. So it all starts
here in the brain. And in the brain, you have a
central structure in the brain called the hypothalamus, okay? The hypothalamus
will sense and detect whether or not your thyroid
hormone levels are high or low. So if the thyroid
hormone levels are low, the hypothalamus is
going to make a hormone called TRH, or
thyroid-releasing hormone, okay? TRH will stimulate a gland,
also a brain structure, called the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is
stimulated by the TRH, and it will put out
and produce TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone. Now, TSH is what’s typically
checked by your doctor, okay? Most people have TSH checked, and very rarely do they
get the other hormones, which we’ll talk about
in a minute, checked. So they’ll use this
in a lot of cases to try and balance and regulate
your thyroid hormone levels. And the way that they do
that is if your TSH is high, then their thinking is, the brain wants the body to
have more thyroid hormone. So it’s pumping out and
making more TSH, okay? So if TSH is high,
then the doctors think that you probably need
more thyroid hormone, and they give you
thyroid hormone, okay? If your TSH is very low, then they’ll either consider that you have Grave’s
disease or hyperthyroidism, and there’s a few
different reasons for that. But this is usually
all they look at, okay? So TSH, what TSH does is it
stimulates the thyroid gland to manufacture and
produce T4 and T3. Now T4 is, 93% of
the thyroid hormone that’s made is T4, okay? And then about 7% is T3, and that’s hormone that comes
directly from the gland. And what’s important
to know here is that T4 is primarily
inactive the body, and T3 is the active hormone, so it is what the body utilizes to stimulate the
cellular physiology that you want in the
metabolism, okay, the metabolism of the cell. So what happens is, when
your thyroid makes T4 and T3, these hormones,
sometimes on labs, we will check total
T4 and total T3, and we will check
free T3 and free T4. And the difference is this. The free hormones
are by themselves, they’re free-floating. The gland makes them, and they’re just free-floating
in the circulation. The total hormone, when we check
like total T4 and total T3, it’s looking at those
free-floating hormones, plus, it’s looking
at these hormones, at the T3 and the T4, it’s looking at them
when they attach to these little things here. See these little blue things? Those are thyroid-binding
globulins, or thyroid-binding proteins. And what these little things do, is they’re kind of like taxi
cabs for your thyroid hormone. Your body, what it will
do, is it will attach, the T3 and the T4 will attach to these thyroid-binding
proteins, and they will carry
them to the cells where they’re needed
and drop them off, so that they stimulate a
response in the cell, okay? So, here’s the thing. When these hormones are
made, the T4 is inactive, and it has to be
converted into T3, okay? So what ends up happening is
your body will produce the T4, and it will hop on these
little binding proteins, and it will carry it
primarily to the liver. There’s a large
percentage of it, the majority of your thyroid, the T4 is converted
in the liver, okay? Now, some of it gets converted
into T3 in the other tissues, but it primarily gets
converted here, okay? Now, the T3 that’s made, it just hops on these
little binding proteins, And these binding proteins
carry it to the cell, alright? So it’s ready to use
when it gets here, it detaches, comes
off of the protein, and it goes into the cell,
and it attaches to your DNA. It literally attaches
to a little receptor, or a little docking station where it touches the DNA
and it stimulates the DNA, and what the DNA
does is it will, you will have a
proteomic response. It means that your
body produces proteins, and there’s the whole cellular
mechanism is driven, okay? That, the proteomic response, sets your BMR, basal
metabolic rate. So, the rate of
metabolism, okay? That’s what your
thyroid hormone does. It is essential for every
single cell in your body. So we need more T3. This T4 has to be
converted into T3. So that happens,
these little proteins carry it to the liver. In the liver, of this T4
that comes here, okay, what will happen
is, about 60% of it, the T4 is converted
into T3, okay? Just straight T3 like this. When the T3’s made, it
hops into the circulation, gets a ride in the taxi cab,
or these binding proteins, carries it to the cell, where
it’s used by the cell, okay? Now, another 20% will be
converted into reverse T3. Reverse T3’s inactive, but it’s something that
need to look at on labs, and I’ll explain, when we talk
about how this breaks down, I’ll explain how that,
why that’s relevant, and one of the reasons
it’s important. And then, another 20% of
this T4 that comes in here gets converted into T3S,
which is T3 sulfate, and T3AC, acetic acid. So these have to travel
to the G.I. tract, and in the G.I. tract, this is supposed to
be a cross-section
of your G.I. tract, in the G.I. tract,
this T3S and T3AC will get converted into T3. But, you have to have adequate
intestinal sulfatase, okay? It’s made by the bacteria. You have to have the right
bacteria in the gut, okay? So if you have any
imbalance of bacteria, it can impair and cause
problems with this process. And you have to have
adequate stomach acidity. So hydrochloric acid, you
have to have enough acidity for this conversion to occur. And I’m gonna tell you right now that the number one
cause of heartburn is not too much stomach acid. The number one
cause of heartburn is what we call hypochlorhydria,
or low stomach acidity. And I can explain
that whole mechanism, I do other videos where
I explain just that. But I promise you
that most people, they don’t have heartburn
because of too much acid. Even if you think
you’ve eaten acidic food and it causes heartburn, you can have ulcers and you
can have a thin gastric lining, but typically, what we’ll find is that when we
support stomach acid, those symptoms go away, And a lot of people
are taking antacids and other things that
can be perpetuating and making the heartburn worse, and also causing problems here. So you’ve gotta look at
this entire physiology. Now, we’re not done. So if this T3’s made,
hops into the bloodstream, when it’s in the bloodstream, it will catch a ride on the
thyroid-binding globulin, the little taxi cabs,
which carry it to the cells of the body that need it,
where it’s dropped off. It stimulates the DNA, the
DNA produces these proteins, and drives your
metabolic rate, okay? This is the whole reason,
(tapping) right here, this process, is why we need
the thyroid hormone, okay? The entire purpose. This is the
physiology here, okay? This is how it’s made. Beginning to end. When your doctors check you
out, what do they look at? (tapping) They look at TSH, and they might look
at T3 and T4, okay? I’m gonna tell you, that is, who cares? If you have the quantity
and you have the hormones, can you use it? Can your cells actually use it? Let me show you how this
process breaks down, okay? So let’s start in
the brain, okay? So in order for the hypothalamus to make
thyroid-releasing hormone to trigger the pituitary
gland, to make TSH, you have to have serotonin, which is a brain
neurotransmitter, and you have to have dopamine. So, serotonin and dopamine. Those are neurotransmitters,
brain chemicals. You have to have adequate
central nervous system serotonin and dopamine to make
thyroid-releasing hormone. So, just to make that. So if you don’t have enough
serotonin and dopamine, you might not make
enough TRH, okay? So there are different patterns we can identify on blood work to help us figure
out what’s happening. And then, so you
have to have that. Now for TSH to be made, for this thyroid-stimulating
hormone to be made, you have to have
adequate protein,
magnesium, zinc, and B12. You have to have enough protein, you have to have
enough magnesium, B12, and you have to have zinc. If you don’t have those things, you can’t make your TSH, okay? So these are nutrients, right? We’re gonna go through
all these processes. Now, when we get into
the thyroid, okay? In the thyroid, for your
thyroid, inside the thyroid, you have to have (tapping) TPO and thyroglobulin. Okay, now, TPO is
thyroid peroxidase. This is thyroglobulin, okay? These are… This is a protein,
thyroglobulin. TPO is thyroid peroxidase. These are essential
for the manufacturing of your thyroid hormones. Now, here’s the deal. If you have Hashimoto’s,
these are what we check. We check, it’s to see if
you have TPO antibodies, which means that your immune
system is attacking, the TPO. And we look to see if you
have thyroglobulin antibodies, to see if your immune system’s
attacking thyroglobulin. So here’s what happens,
if you have Hashimoto’s, your body’s attacking one
or both of these, okay? So if your immune system is
destroying TPO, (tapping) and it’s destroying
thyroglobulin, and these are required
to make T4 and T3, okay? Then, do you think
you’re gonna have, your thyroid’s gonna
have a great capacity or normal capacity to
make thyroid hormone? No. But if it’s being attacked
and it’s being destroyed by the immune system, and by the way, this
the most common reason for thyroid symptoms, if you
have hypothyroidism, okay? If you have a low
thyroid, hypothyroid, you have a 90% chance of
this, one of these things, to be occurring with you, okay? Nine out of 10 is what some
of the literature shows us, the chances that
you’re going to have an autoimmune thyroid problem contributing to
dysfunction here. So let me ask you a question. Should you just take
more thyroid hormone? I mean, is that the answer? Well, that might help you, but wouldn’t it be
good if you could stop your immune system from
attacking your body abnormally? I mean, it’s not normal
for your immune system to attack you. That’s called
autoimmunity, okay? This process, this is what, I work with this, all of
this, with my patients that come in with
thyroid dysfunction. We look at all these things
to see what we can identify. But this (tapping) is an
immune system problem. This isn’t, it’s not
even a thyroid problem. It’s the immune system
attacking the gland. You have to address
the autoimmunity to dampen or try to put
this into remission, so that you can
stop this process. If you can do that,
then a lot of times, the thyroid physiology
and function can improve and even
normalize, okay? So this is extremely important, and it’s being missed in the
majority of people, okay? Now, the next thing is, not only do you need
these two enzymes, and this enzyme
and this protein, you also need iodine,
B12, vitamin C, and you need tyrosene. These are, again, nutrients,
vitamins, and minerals that are essential
to the manufacturing of your thyroid hormone. Now, you have to be cautious, I’m cautious about iodine, I do not recommend
any of my patients to supplement with iodine unless that I know that
they are not autoimmune. I definitely don’t
recommend high-dose iodine. Maybe the amounts that
are in some multivitamins might be okay, but you cannot be
deficient in selenium. Selenium has shown
to be protective, a protective mechanism, and selenium deficiencies
may be associated with autoimmune
thyroid conditions. So we look for all of
these deficiencies, you’ve gotta look to
see, are you deficient? What do you need? Can you produce? If you have this stuff,
then you should be able to produce thyroid
hormone, okay? Now when you get to this point, you can measure
your T4 and your T3, and you can see, is the
thyroid hormone quantity there? If it’s there, if
all this is normal, and you still have symptoms, then here’s the thing, you could very
easily have a problem getting this hormone
into the cell, okay? Let’s talk about how
that could happen. Because, quite frankly, this is a very,
very common problem, what I’m getting
ready to talk about. These are very common
amongst my patient population and most that have
thyroid issues. So here’s how it goes. So the T4 and T3, remember,
they have to hitch a ride on these little
taxi cabs, right? So what ends up
happening is the T4 has to be converted to T3. Now where does most
of that happen? Most of it happens in the liver. So when the T4 gets to… Well, let’s talk about these
binding proteins first, okay? So some people will actually, and I see this most
commonly in women, and most commonly in women that are either
taking birth control, they’re on a hormone
replacement therapy, or they just have poor liver
function or a fatty liver. What happens is, they’re
either taking estrogens, or their liver is impaired, so they’re not breaking down and clearing estrogens
from their body at the rate that they should. So what ends up happening is, they have increased
estrogens in their body. And what that will do, is that will cause the
number, the amount and number of these little
thyroid-binding globulins, remember these
are the taxi cabs. They carry the hormones to the
cell and they drop them off. Those estrogens will
cause the number of these things
to increase, okay? So it causes these things
to go up in number. And when that happens, they basically hold onto
all the thyroid hormone, and they don’t let it go
for the cell to use it. So it’s there, but it’s
all stuck in the taxi cab, and the driver won’t
let it out, okay? Won’t let it go. So the quantities are normal,
but you cannot use it. So what I look for, is I look for T3 uptake, okay? We can just… (tapping) T3 uptake. This is one of the markers, and T3 uptake will be low, or it will be near the
bottom of the lab range. Typically, it’s
around 27 or below, is usually when I start
suspecting this, okay? It just depends on the history and what some of the
other markers look like. (tapping) T3 uptake, okay? T3 uptake here. These numbers go up. So what do you have to do? You have to either look at the
hormones that they’re taking and say, “Hey, is this something “that’s absolutely necessary?” Or you have to
support the liver, so that the liver can
break down the estrogens and clear it out. And sometimes you have
to do all those things. Sometimes these can be
driven by other issues, like blood sugar
fluctuations, okay? So this is getting
more detailed. So here’s the thing, increased estrogens,
poor liver function, can drive up the
thyroid-binding globulins and cause a problem with you just being able to
get the hormone into the cell. Now, in the liver, T4
comes to the liver… Remember, the majority
of the hormone made, 93% is T4, it’s inactive,
so it has to be converted if your body’s gonna
have enough T3. So it comes to the
liver, it gets converted, like we said, T3, reverse
T3, and T3S, and T3AC. Now, what do you have to have? You have to have selenium,
you have to have iron, you have to have proteins to
make this conversion happen. So if you’re
deficient in selenium, these conversion processes
are very inefficient, so you may not convert properly. So what I’ll do is
I’ll look at labs and I’ll look to see,
well, is T4 normal? If T4’s normal,
what’s T3 look like? If the T3’s on the
lower end of normal, or if it’s lab low, you know, there’s things we’ve
gotta consider. Why isn’t this
conversion happening? Is it a deficiency? What else could it be,
could be happening there? And if you’re
selenium-deficient, what’ll happen is
a lot of times, if your selenium-deficient, the reverse T3 goes up because your body’s still
trying to convert it, but it shifts from
converting T4 to T3, which is what you want, to converting that
T4 into reverse T3, and you’ll see it go up. You’ll also see that go up with inflammations,
some other things. So liver is very
important, right? You can’t have a fatty liver and be deficient in
vitamins and minerals, and have all these issues and expect to have
normal thyroid function. So the answer is not going and just getting a
replacement therapy. That might be necessary,
especially in the short term, but are you considering, your doctors, do
they know this, okay? That’s been my experience
that very, very few understand this in this detail. And I didn’t understand that until I started studying
this in greater detail and had the opportunity to learn from some very,
very bright doctors. So this is where we are. Liver here. Now this goes, the
T3S and AC, remember? This is about 20% of the T4
gets converted into these forms that go to the G.I. tract. In the G.I. tract,
for these to be made into T3, you’ve gotta
have intestinal sulfatase, good bacteria, and adequate
stomach acidity, okay? So those are some
of the primary ways that your body will
take T4 and make T3. Now once you have T3, it
gets in the bloodstream, hitches a ride,
goes to the cell. At the cell, it
attaches to the DNA. The DNA is stimulated, you have what they call
a proteomic response, and then you have your basal
metabolic rate increases. The rate of metabolism
cellular activity increases. Now this receptor
where the T3 attaches to stimulate the DNA is vitamin
A and vitamin D dependent. So here’s the deal. If you’re deficient
in vitamin D, which I don’t see
anyone in my practice that’s not supplementing that
has adequate vitamin D, ever. Now vitamin A, we don’t
test that very frequently, but I’m gonna tell
you right now, these are fat-soluble
vitamins, okay? So there’s water
soluble vitamins, there are fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins are
A, D, E, and K, okay? So if it’s fat-soluble, it
has to be absorbed with fat. So I wanna tell
you a few things. If you don’t eat enough fat,
you’re not gonna absorb these, for one thing. Now if you have poor
digestive function, you have a bad digestive tract, irritable bowel,
inflammatory bowel, you know, celiac disease, other
types of digestive issues, if you have enzyme deficiency, your gallbladder enzymes,
your pancreatic enzymes, if you have low stomach acidity, these are all things that can
contribute to malabsorption, or poor absorption
in the G.I. tract. And even if you have fat
that’s in your G.I. tract, if you can’t absorb well, you’ll be deficient in
these vitamins, okay? So they have to absorb
with fat, they have to be. That’s why a lot of these,
if you buy a supplement, they’re immersed in a fat base. So you have to have those
for that DNA receptor to work and be sensitive, okay? So you have to consider
this entire physiology. Now I wanna mention
a few other things. There are three things
that are very common that will disrupt this
physiology as well. So, number one, we’re
gonna have inflammation. I’m just gonna
write “Inf,” okay? Inflammation. Inflammation will drive
up inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, okay? Cytokines are inflammatory
messenger chemicals, okay? They’re produced in
an inflammatory state, and a lot of different
things drive inflammation. So what will happen is, if you have high inflammation, it will create
receptor resistance. So all of your hormones,
not just thyroid, the cell is less
sensitive to it. So you don’t have the
same stimulatory effect because of the inflammation. Now, number two, (tapping) cortisol. Cortisol is your stress hormone. And listen, your cortisol will create a very
similar type of problem. It’ll create issues
with the receptor, it will impair conversion it will do numerous,
numerous things. It will disrupt blood sugar, it will break down
your barrier systems, your blood-brain barrier, your lung barrier, your
G.I. tract barrier. So cortisol is
another major problem that will disrupt
this physiology. It will actually, can impair some of the neurological
mechanisms here that are responsible
for these feedback, for these hormones
that are produced. Cortisol and inflammation can both cross the
blood-brain barrier and disrupt your neurological
signalling, okay? And then, number
three, (tapping) is stress, and when we
talk about stress… Listen, when you’re
under stress, chemical, physical,
and emotional stresses, ’cause there’s all
kinds of stresses, what that does
is, for one thing, you’ll produce cortisol, but you put your body into
a fight or flight mode. And when you’re under stress, your body has this involuntary
nervous system, okay? My arms being able to move,
that’s voluntary, alright? The involuntary nervous system is what runs all of
my chemical processes, what allows my body to function. I don’t even need to
think about, right? I don’t know how to digest,
my body just digests my food. That is called your
autonomic nervous system, and it has two divisions. It has sympathetic
and parasympathetic. The sympathetic system’s known as the fight or flight system. The parasympathetic is known
as the rest and digest system. When you’re under stress, you will be primarily
sympathetically-dominant. So your fight or flight
system is more dominant. You do not rest and digest,
it does not carry out a lot of your bodily
functions of recovery if you’re stuck in that
fight or flight mode, okay? Stress will do that. That will promote this process. And so you have to
work on the body. What you have to do is, you have to look at what’s
happening with the person, and you try to make the
least amount of change to that person’s environment, to their diet, to whatnot, to improve all of this
as much as you can. So where we start, is
we start with diet, that’s the number one place, and then we try to incorporate
some lifestyle things in here as well. This big mess of
all these problems, this is exactly why I created The Hashimoto’s
Transformation Program, The 6 Week Hashimoto’s
Transformation Program. So that I can start people
at a foundational approach, and like, look, this is what
causes thyroid dysfunction, not a deficiency
just here, okay? That’s not it. It is all of this, all of
these potential problems. And that’s why I created that
program, so that you can… Listen, if you want help, I’ll be happy to do blood
work and work you up and go through this with you. But there’s an issue, it’s
called time and money. This, it’s a lot of my time, and it’s an investment
in your health. And I think, no
matter what it costs, it’s worth to figure
this stuff out, but there’s a place that
you could consider starting, and that’s with a program
that walks you through how to change diet, consider nutritional
for your systems. And then what we do is,
we give you a group, and we allow you to get
access to me and my staff on a preferential basis so that we can answer questions and help you through
this process. Try to help you, yourself, so that you don’t have to
necessarily seek out my help or, you know, someone
that’s qualified to help you with these types of problems. But that’s why I do… That’s why I’ve
created the programs, and I try to educate people, because this is really
what’s going on, okay? I hope this has been helpful. I hope it hasn’t
been overwhelming, but please, go back,
listen through this. Look at all the places
this can break down, okay? If you have questions,
let me know, okay? I’ll do anything I
can do to help you. But I appreciate you taking time to learn more about your health. I think that this is important
that everyone know this. Your doctors need to know this. You know, I’ve learned this from some very
brilliant doctors, and I feel compelled that
it needs to be taught. And you know, your doctors,
everyone’s trying to help you. Alright, I just wanted to
share this with you guys, and again, I appreciate
you taking time to learn more about your health. If there’s anything
that we can do for you, just let us know. Thank you.

87 thoughts on “High TSH? Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroid? No Weight Loss? Learn Why Thyroid Meds Don’t Work For Everyone

  1. Hi, how could I stop the immune systemattack? I already eat clean no gluten, organic i do take supplements and everything is good also my hormones… But i saw that I have to check my zink… And stop to eat the nightshades… Maybe is that the reason..? I go crazy with these deseas… It's such a long way. I'm tired really tired of it… If it's helpful if I would tace Seratonin and Dopamin?? I feel if I tace the thyred medication I'm just tired Al day if I let it I feel better not tired I'm in better mood I don't have this frog brain also.. It's very interesting. Have you a good advice for me?

  2. Oh I got a t4 to t3 issue it don't convert it.. So I tace t3 hormone also… But my Lever is good. I supliment vitamin D, b12,

  3. Thank you for the video, what type of lab test should I take to find out what I need? I have low thyroid

  4. That's very interesting video. But what I can do when my thyroid gland is too small, it's only 3,7 ml? I don't have Hashimoto's nor Grave's, I was tested, low antibodies. My thyroid gland is not damaged at all, it's just small.

  5. talking about thyroid i have Hashimoto since i was 15 years old now im 27 years old. lately i dont have much energy and i have very often headaches and that makes my mind weak its hard to stay focus i had this before but not so often as i have it now. Im taking the vitamin B12 its helping me but not much.

  6. Thank you for this video. I have been on thyroid hormone replacement for nearly 20 years and over the last 4 years have had a lot of trouble regulating my TSH, T4 and T3 levels. Initially I was not converting T4 to T3. And now a year after being on the t3 supplements my endocrinologist has told me my tsh has jumped to almost 9 and my T4 levels are dropping even though I am consuming the same dose. This video has been brilliant in understanding the whole process and where maybe something is going wrong.

  7. Im hypothyroid my highest level so far was 10.2 taking .175 micrograms and feel worse than ever hair gone fatigue depression brain foggy hardley can wake up drained all day no energy to clean gained a ton if weight and my liver function was high which could mean nothing but i have b-12 deficiency i wish the doctor up here looks mire into it i don't think k they have ever checked for hashmotos or anything else foe that matter

  8. I have Hashimotos and taking Armour thyroid 90 mg. The endocrinologist said my TSH is a little on the hyper side and suggested I reduce 1 day a week with half a pill and carry on with normal dosage remainder of the week. But I still feel tired and achy , hair loss???

  9. Very helpful! Thank YouI was diagnosed hypothyroid with adrenal fatigue 2012. First prescribed Synthroid, hated it. Then switched to Armour (NDT) Fast forward to 2016 doctor who put me on Cortef (hydrocortisone) and 9-10 other crazy pills and creams.I changed my diet last Aug. after that protcol my dr put me on added 15 lbs. within 3-4 months. I was so distressed and depressed! I stopped it all, continued my NDT and began the diet. (Ketogenic) I am down 25 lbs., body fat and inches. My depression lifted within days. I've been able to increase activities, chores, and such. But my fatigue and stamina still need much improvement. My thyroid labs are being done next week and I am anxious to see my results, and hopefully some improvement.I will save this video to study again and again to understand better how to help myself heal.Thank You again.

  10. My son has7 toxic metals in his body, and TSH is showing high. Most “within” reference. Lead is outside reference and Mercury on the borderline of Urine test with DMSA as provocation. Do you work with this type detoxification to improve over all thyroid process?

  11. WOW. I am so disappointed that i JUST NOW found you. I could have known all this years ago and could have had hope. I didn't think people could "erase" or "reverse" their thyroid conditions (and no you didn't say that, but you came close 😛 lol). I thought I just had to live with it and "fixing the CAUSE" was junk theory. So happy to now feel HOPE! You didn't give a blanket health statement "unhealthy lifestyle is bad for you". Or like the way it was explained to me when I got diagnosed with hypo, "your body attacked your thyroid by itself". (The quote is real.) And i'm there "ok what does that mean? I just hafta take meds for the rest of my life?" "Yes." enter the next 15 years of Land of No Hope (except God's future Kingdom) So yah, absolutely, if i eat healthy and exercise and i'm still gonna gain weight and have this thyroid issue (thats what i was told), why bother? I gave up on nutrition and exercise. I'm now 32 years old and around 260 lbs. . . . . at only 4'4". Yeah. I love your "pitch" of helping us to "help ourselves". That's exactly what we need. A break down of how and why my body works in thyroid function. In my opinion, this was a phenomenal explanation and graph. Some big words, sure, but the replay button is awesome 🙂 … I wish I knew where your practice was so I could make you my thyroid doc. At my last checkup, my doctor said my liver was high so (of course) she recommended weight loss. But she NEVER told me that if I got my liver and gut bacteria under control, my thyroid health would be miles away from where i am now. I have never been so determined to lose weight and exercise, legit, FOR MY HEALTH….for my THYROID health!
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. *True Story: my hair would come out by the GOBS and i would cry, i had no idea what was wrong, and when i turned 17 my OB/GYN found my swollen thryroid glands (my neck was the first thing she checked and i remember thinking "i know this is my 1st time with this kind of appointment but i'm pretty sure you're lookin in the wrong place" but anyways, she checks and checks and sure enough she left the office, called my reg doc, chewed him out for not finding it sooner, and that's where my story began with a REFERRAL, mind you, (my own doc didn't even check me out, he sent me to a "specialist") and they told me "your body attacked your thryroid by itself". So any ladies reading this, yup, your OB can find it too. I was 17 and thats the 1st thing she checked (my glands were SO swollen and i had no idea what was going on. I just didn't like people touching my neck cuz it hurt. And after coming back into the room to do my designated exam (remember, she left to phone my reg doc and chew him out), she told me and i TRULY QUOTE "another 3 months and you probably woulda been in a coma". *shock factor not easily forgotten*. How much truth there is to that, i have no idea. All i know is every single test i had and every single doc i saw said the same thing "you have the highest numbers I've ever seen." Totally played with my meds for years. I didn't take them cuz I was stubborn (and stupid). Got married, got pregnant, and was told "if you don't take your thy meds, you could miscarry." (#motivation) Seven months later, my levels were "perfect". And my husband asks me every day "did you take your meds?" (He really dislikes the idea of me going in a coma, haha) but anyways . . . Sometimes I just plumb forget. Hypothryroid blesses us with bad memory, brain fog, and you forget to take the thing thats supposed to help you remember things like that and gather brain function. Kinda defeats the purpose. I'm sorry, this was a really long rant. (People love to tell their thyroid stories and I'm certainly not exempt :P) Again, Thank you. For your explanations, your vids, and a real hope that you gave me. I can beat this. I might be on levothyroxine for a REALLY long time (still at my pregnancy dose of 175 mcg, mind you, 5 years after giving birth….and counting) but I can at least make my thyroid function better. Maybe even get the dosage down. Who knows? 🙂 I can help my body TO ABSORB my meds……..Thank You.

  12. HI Doctor Shook, i've been impressed by your lecture; WONDERFUL and Thanks a lot!!!
    I have a test result as follows: Free T3 5.34 pmol/l, Free T4 10.7 pmol/l and TSH 6.72 µlU/ml.
    Can you please let me know your daignostic?
    Thanking you in anticipation for your consideration

  13. Thanks for the clear and detailed explanation, doctor. I have a high TSH (9.39) and normal total T3 and total T4. So what would you suggest.. is it naturally possible to bring TSH level down back to normal??

  14. Hi doctor I was diagnosed Graves' disease 2008 my first symptoms was hand tremor and low mood ,anxiety,low libido can Graves' disease cause low dopamine level ? Thanks doctor….

  15. My T4 is normal but TSH is 6.96 . My doctor tell me that Tsh increased because of lack of sleep. I sleep 3am everyday. Doctor tell me sleep early then TSH will be back to normal.
    Doctor advice is right?
    I can't suffering by thyroid?

  16. Thank you for this amazing explanation! I had a total thyroidectomy 5 months ago, and my endocrinologist has been checking blood work every 4 weeks and continually upping my Synthroid dose. But my TSH levels are just getting higher and higher (latest result was 62.5!) however my T3 and T4 are low. He still just wants to up my dose again. Should I consult another doctor at this point? I can’t take these symptoms anymore. I’m always tired always freezing depressed muscles ache so bad that some days I can’t get out of bed. I’ve also gained almost 70lbs in the last 5 months since my surgery. Do you have any advice at all?

  17. I’m losing weight like crazy. I’ve been diagnosed hyperthyroid. And celiac. Also HLA – B27. Blood clot heart issue. This sucks! And no matter what I tell my endocrinologist my appointment is in two months funny. Not funny.

  18. Thank you so much for this explanation! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in sept, all levels are normal. I have both TPO and TG antibodies. I couldn’t find any of this information in a way that I could understand it.

  19. Brilliant!! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in maybe 2007. I take Armour Thyroid. After moving, currently I'm only seeing my Family Practioner for blood work to monitor my thyroid. My recent LABS indicate my TSH is high, so that landed me here looking to gain better understanding. This was very helpful. I knew liver function could affect the thyroid.
    If I were close to NC, I'd come to your clinic. This inspires me to find a qualified Practioner in my state. Thanks!!

  20. Thanks God l found you Dr Brad l really need your help l had been diagnosed since 2012 with autoimmune Hashimoto hypothyroidism l was taking levothyroxine until November 2017 l stopped because l noticed doesn’t help with my cold hands and feet and my hair falling dry itchy skin and l was feeling very anxious and nervousness l am feeling better now even the vitiligo l have white patches most of them on my left side of my body they started to repigmentated again I am trying to eat healthy no GMO, gluten free and l think my stress was the cause of all these mess l have. Please Dr tell me where are you located l am tired of been with different drs and they just do the Basic lab test they did last month one and my TSh is 8.140 my free t4.91 could you please help me to figure out what it’s going on with my hormones?

  21. Hi! I hope someone can answer my question, please! I undergone thyroidectomy so my dr told me to take levothyroxine 100mcg everyday. So i did., the problem is my tsh levels drops down to 0.01., my question is if i skip taking it for 5 days will my tsh levels can get any higher?

  22. Wow! The BEST explanation of thyroid function so far! Here is something so many doctors forget: back from ancient times the role of the doctor has been not only to prescribe pills, but to educate so that people can understand their condition and help themselves. I think this video is a perfect embodiment of those principles. Thank you!!

  23. I'm 26 year old male my tsh is 7.56,t3,t4 are normal. vitamin D is 6.80 it's low, hdl cholesterol is 28,triglyceride is 190, ldl cholesterol is 128, it's bcoz of vitamin D deficiency I'm having problem of tsh and cholesterol levels? Plz reply

  24. I'm a medstudent on a megadose of vitamin A through isotretinoin (Accutane) for 5 months and I started gaining weight suddenly and no appetite, I checked my TSH and it's quite high at 5.6. Can Accutane be affecting my thyroid?

  25. Great information! Thank you for taking the time to help those of us suffering with these issues. I have read so much over the last 15 years and this is has to be the most concise explanation about thyroid problems I have come across.

  26. I have had thyroid disease for 21 years got when I had my son along with Graves disease,iv had every thing done and noone can help me lose and keep the weight off it's switched from over to under every time I get pregnant, but nope weight still there loss it for few months but came bk

  27. Let's clone you 1000 should be enough .I wanted cry when I watched this I have the info now what do with it educate my dr that doesn't go over very well so I'll just live with it like I have for the last 40 years but thanks for the info.

  28. I have kidney transplant my PTH is always high . Eversince I'm on dialysis 6 yrs ago PTH is always an issue. But now just like what I've said I got transplant 10 months ago still high PTH

  29. How can I message you directly coz I have question or can I message u in messenger. I very interested to learn more that's the reason why I'm new subscribers thank you hopefully I can direct message u?

  30. I do not know why this video came on my feed as suggested, other than I have been known to watch a few forensic science videos, but I watched the video, and I thought it to be informative, well narrated and still a better love story than Twilight.

  31. I believe Levothyroxine is T4 only … It does not contain T3. I moved to another town and I was forced to look for a new Physician. He demanded I Stop taking Natural thyroid and put me on Levothyroxine. Approximately 3 days later I could not make it up the stairs..I couldn't breathe!! I called the Medical Center and the Top Doctor was put on the phone and talked to me. After explaining my situation …. He was clearly upset and called my old prescription in to the nearest pharmacy. He said to pick it up ASAP! That happened in the early 90s. A pharmacist. that I knew quite well told me Levothyroxine contains T4 only THYROID ARMOUR CONTAINS BOTH T3 AND T4.. HE SAID THE THYROID IS THE ENGINE TO THE HEART. Quite a few years ago I stopped taking Armor because the pharmaceutical Co who manufacture it .. Was not allowed to put the dessicrated T3 in the pills. I believe it was Obama who out lawed Raw thyroid because … We may get a mad cow like disease. Canadian pharmacies advertised Thyroid that was exactly the same ingredients as in Armour Thyroid. Americans flocked to their online pharmacies. Then people started feeling very bad..including ME! I called the Canadian Pharmacy and ask the Pharmacist … You say your Thyroid is the same as Forest Labs manufactured … Is that BEFORE or AFTER they stopped putting RawT3 in their pills? I. COULD HEAR HIS VOICE QUIVER… and be said I will get back to you..I don't know. He never called me back and I did not expect him to. I knew the answer before I asked it.

  32. I now take a natural thyroid which is supposed to contain both T3 & T4 .. The Jury is out yet. I do not recommend it nor do I have an opinion on whether it is …what its cracked up to be! The name is THYROVANZ …(NEW ZEALAND COWS ) Anyone have an opinion on this ?

  33. Is hereditary a factor? Ive been dealing with low thyroid all my life
    Drs say my blood test are borderline …so i really dont get the right solution to my health…
    You explained it so i could understand…
    Does natural sea kelp help…?

  34. This was very informative , my daughter is 26 she just got out of the hospital i.c.u 3-9-19 for Thyroid storm. Temperature 103 and heart rate 180 over 40 something. She also has. Graves disease. Thymo gland was taken out in 2016 but they said it grew back maybe some tissue was still left after surgery. Thanks for really breaking it down for me so I can understand. May God bless you and continue to keep using you to save lives.

  35. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2004 and to this very day I can't get my levels adjusted correctly. ITS SO FRUSTRATING!!? I currently take 100mcg per day and I am chronically fatigued!! HELP!!?

  36. Thank you Soo much ❤️ doctor for explaining that fat is needed to carry the vitamins/absorb in the gut as I'm deficient in D and probably neurotransmitter functioning. I'm vegan and also Celiac and this has helped. immensely! The knowledge you shared is brilliant!

  37. This is so junk..I had hyperthyroidism and graves disease.. I had my thyroid removed and Dr put me on synthroid medication and I was doing great..well..I lost insurance and I have been without medication for over 10yrs.. my weight is out of control.i can not lose weight no matter how hard I try..i have been to 3 different drs and thy all say my thyroid is fine but I need to lose weight..that is stupid since I had it removed..big scar on my neck..

  38. My doctor which have been several in the past 11yrs have never been able to get my thyroid levels right since I had radation treatment to kill it. I had to have 2 treatments because 1st didnt kill all of it. Ive been hospitalized for 2 weeks nearly died because of the methamizole they had me take 5 pills a day. I had a bad reaction to the medicine when they took me off of it. My white blood cell count dropped to 0 so did my potassium level. I wish I could just feel normal again.

  39. WOW….I wish you were MY doctor!!!! I had to have my thyroid removed because of pre-cancerous goiter’s and I haven’t felt normal since. I am bone tired- I hurt everywhere, I lost half the volume of my hair, my skin is severely dry and I’ve gained 70 pounds!!! I’m miserable and my doctor just prescribes me a higher or lower thyroid med and depression pills because it “Must be my mind” that’s causing me to be tired since “His treatment” works on everyone else! I feel like I’m losing my mind and I can’t find a doctor who will believe me!!! I’m not depressed- I’m frustrated!!! I want my life back….I feel like I’m in a prison, my own body. Where are you located??? I would love to allow you to give me the once over and see if I could be helped. Thx.

  40. Where are you located? The meds they have me taking have a very nasty side effect on me so they swapped me to the one made from pig and it has same effect. The pharmacy says side effect is because meds are to high dose. Doctor says not high enough. 2 months ago I gave up and tossed pills in the trash. What they are doing is not working for me. Doctor says if I don’t take them I will end up with heart disease. Could use some help here.

  41. Amazing Dr shook, just amazing. I suffer from a thyriod disease and this is just amazing in how you explain. Love this .

  42. I wonder if I could pick your brain for a moment. I have hypothyroidism and low b.p. from bradycardia. I have to keep taking salt pills several times daily to keep my b.p. up. When it drops, I can't function. Could I do anything more? I take thyroid meds, iron and hormones.

  43. What if your pituitary doesn't work? And your adrenal glands don't work? I have these and I have hypothyroidism too.

  44. I've been on synthetic thyroid meds for 8 years. I've not lost any weight. Infact I have gained. I struggle and diet consecutively. My T3 and T4 are normal. My vitamin D is low. I am on anti acids and I can't loose weight. My stress is high. I do not understand. How can I get some help.

  45. Question. Found this VERY informative but you talk about the actual thyroid… I had to have mine removed because of papillary carcinoma and have been on meds (200mcgs) of Levothyroxine. My tsh has NEVER been right, I will be sitting at 4.2 and then all the sudden jump from anywhere from 10 to 197 tsh. This has happened SEVERAL times and we have to up my mcgs to get them back down. Could this be happening even though I have no actual thyroid? I have stumped so many doctors that I have gone through five clinics cause they say they cannot help me. Have even had my brain checked to make sure the gland in it was fine (and it was). Always tired and so frustrated, wondering if this could be the answer finally?
    Thank you for helping so many ppl and for taking the time to explain this.
    Warmest regards and best wishes,
    Michelle B.
    Maine USA

  46. I fainted woke up in ER, dx high Thyroid levels, I thought it was a heart attack! Student Dr. Gave me. Fluids send me home No meds sd see Dr. I went to see Dr. He Didn't give meds , sd wld ck levels again in 6 weeks. So Nothing has been done & I'm scared of anther attack!!!

  47. Thyroid hormones in medication like Synthroid and Levoxyl, come from the glandular extract of healthy people leaving them with a condition similar to hypothyroidism. It's called biologically engineered medicine and it is a human rights violation and a crime against humanity.

  48. They used to get it from bovine origin, which is still hideous, but now they're full fledged hormone harvesting along with anything else they want and it's being done by big pharma in conjunction with the US government and other world leaders and perpatrated on the streets by the mob. Their entire
    "Vivisection" wards dedicated to human chemical engineering. It's an immoral crime.

  49. As far as I can tell, apart from this coerced sterilisation , I never had thyroid problems. The same applies to my blood sugar level, n blood pressure. Btw, I love my young adult daughter ….?? thyroid problems may be cured by eating several warm meals a day. By several, I mean as little as one or two spoonfuls ,at a time if need be.

  50. I had hypothyroidism,was on meds I felt like it wasn't doing anything for me,after taking meds for couple of years,I stop the med ,when my Dr had me do blood work my level was good,so I don't need med any more and I checked with couple other Dr and they also say my level is good I don't need meds ?

  51. Great explanation. I had bowel resection (all ascending bowel removed) due to crohn's disease, no gallbladder. And thyroid is shot, I was taking meds. Insurance would pay for it, so Insurance wanted to pay for synthroid. Doesn't work for me. I am overweight and not able to lose weight and post menopause. WHAT CAN I DO????

  52. Thank you dr. for this explanation, it is helpful even though I'm not sure I truly understand all of it! I've been hypo for 16 years now, and up until I started my plexus regime, my dr was never happy with my blood work! About 3 months later, she was so happy she gave 3 high fives, when reading all my numbers going back to the last one, she couldn't believe the numbers! She said what are you doing differently? I told her taking plexus products and eating better and exercising because I have energy now! And I lost 30 pounds! Side note my feet aren't freezing cold all the time either! I look forward to checking out more of your videos! Thank you!

  53. low thyroid- with tsh 4.4-4.75 ranges before thyroid meds. with thyroid meds, tsh jumped from 4.4 to 6.2, and currently at 10.15. what's up? i personally think i shouldn't take the thyroid meds because it is making me worse with higher tsh numbers and symptoms. so,,, with that being said, what is happening and what should i do?

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