Known as a “master gland,” the thyroid works with other endocrine system glands and hormones to govern our body’s growth, metabolism, and reproduction. Thyroid diseases like hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism are increasingly common, and can cause a host of issues, including stunted growth, weight gain, fatigue, or infertility. What factors cause thyroid problems? What role does iodine play in supporting the thyroid? And how can we heal the thyroid naturally?
Today, holistic nutritionist and master herbalist Ronda L. Nelson, PhD, MH offers insights on how the thyroid works, how to heal it using nature as our guide, and why it’s important to look beyond the symptoms when health problems arise. She also tells us how her daughter’s diagnosis with terminal bone cancer led her on a path toward discovering the inextricable link between the food we eat and our health.
Highlights from the conversation include:
- How Ronda helped a woman discover the cause of her Hashimoto’s disease and heal.
- How Ronda’s detective-like approach differs from conventional approaches to illness
- The wake-up call of Ronda’s ten year-old daughter’s cancer diagnosis
- how Ronda’s daughter’s bone cancer appeared in the exact location where she had previously broken a bone
- Ronda’s transformation from a poster child for the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a healthy, holistic nutritionist
- The thyroid as “master gland” that oversees growth, metabolism, and reproduction
- How the “endocrine triangle” supports hormonal health.
- The two schools of thought when it comes to using iodine to improve thyroid function
- Why “low and slow” iodine supplementation is best (hint – look to nature!).
- Why headaches and fatigue resulting from iodine supplementation is actually a good sign
- The relationship between iodine and toxic halogens like chlorine, bromine, and fluorine
- How Hitler and Stalin used fluoride to dumb down local populations
- Sources of chlorine, bromine, and fluorine in our environment & how to minimize exposure
- Why Ronda recommends supplementing with bladderwrack seaweed or Lugol’s iodine.
- Key sources of iodine/iodide in nature, including seafood and sea vegetables like bladderwrack, kelp, or dulse
Restoration Health (Ronda’s website): https://www.restorationhealth.net/thyroid-emphasis.htm
Winter 2018 journal article – primer on thyroid