TopicHashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroid - Thyroid Problem Or Immune Problem?
Take at least three temperature readings daily and The 4 Day Thyroid Diet average them together, recording that average, for one week. Normal temperatures are low in the morning and highest in the late afternoon. There are plenty of references to the Broda Barnes method of thyroid evaluation, where it is suggested that below normal is 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Dr. Denis Wilson Wilson's Temperature Syndromesuggests that 97.8 degrees is too low for proper metabolic functioning and that 98.6 or higher is preferable which has been the case for my own patients.If people were running higher temperatures during the teenage years, that might be one indication that a higher than 'normal' temperature would be desirable. If someone ran 99.6 during healthy teenage and young adult years, and then dropped to 97.8 in middle age, that could be an indication that driving the temperature back up into the 98.9 to 99.6 range might be better-for that person.
Once the week-long temperature evaluation is done and found to be below normal, one can approach a naturopathic or holistic doctor to determine the next step. Or, one could try iodine supplementation, which might take care of the problem all by itself. In any case, avoid things that load the system up with bromide, fluoride and chloride. Since too many people are way shy of having anything approaching the required dose of iodine in the diet, adding some supplementation via shellfish, kelp and other sea vegetables could make a huge difference. For those who hate the very thought of tasting iodine-which is admittedly pretty nasty-there are pill forms that can help.