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Old 05-07-2007, 06:43 PM   #10
Steve Liberati
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Nikki-
Sorry not Garrett and not sure about gluten intolerance, but i know the metabolism of fats and absorption of EFA's are very important functions of the thyroid. Insufficient T4 to stimulate fat metabolism can lead to Hyperlipidemia, or elevated cholesterol. Without the benefit of cardio protective nutrients from essential fatty acids, the increase of cardiovascular disease greatly increases, not to mention a slow, weak thyroid gland. Inadequate T4 in the cells has a negative effect on oxygen consumption as well. Excess oxygen results in an increase in the oxidation of lipids (fats) and free radical damage. Increased oxidation of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) form of cholesterol, often referred to as "bad" cholesterol, has been identified in hyperthyroidism and hypothyroid states. But before worrying about any of this...the first place to start is with the adrenal gland as Garrett suggested. Iodine deficiency is usually the problem, unbeknown to most people... causing an under active thyroid and other fixable problems.
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