Hypothyroidism is an exhausting condition that is often ignored or misdiagnosed by medical professionals.
When women come to see their doctors with symptoms like anxiety, brain fog, depression, fatigue and weight gain, some doctors assume that the patient is malingering, maladjusted, and possibly menopausal.
They may then conclude that these women just need to suck it up and get on with it like the rest of the world.
This, of course, just makes the whole thing more depressing for the person suffering from hypothyroidism.
Many women live with this scenario, some of them eventually wondering if they are after all lazy fakers who don't know how to get along and play their part.
But those with hypothyroidism are dealing with a burdensome condition with symptoms that weigh heavily. Many chemicals have profound effects on the thyroid.
Dr. William Cole has post-doctorate training in functional medicine and nutrition. He frequently consults on areas such as chronic diseases such as thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases and digestive issues.
Cole has researched the harm that various chemicals can cause to the thyroid gland.
Here are some chemicals that can have serious negative effects on your thyroid:
Triclosan is an example of an antibacterial addition found in many lotions, soaps and toothpastes. There is evidence that suggests that it is a hormone disruptor that hinders proper function of the thyroid gland and its hormones, according to Cole.
Bisphenol A is a chemical used in the manufacture of plastic that manages to pass as a genuine hormone, fooling the body.
It has links with cancers and is associated with problems in reproduction and premature puberty. It contributes to heart disease and obesity. Government testing has discovered BPA in 93 percent of all Americans.
The Environmental Working Group recommends eating fresh foods, avoiding the BPA lining in cans. They suggest that you find out what companies manufacture food without chemicals like BPA.
They advise that you not accept receipts made of BPA-coated thermal paper.