Depression, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety Linked to Thyroid

Hear patient, Dr. J, in her own words.

Depression is the leading cause for disability worldwide. As with most medical issues, there are multiple factors for the underlying cause. Because blood tests to asses thyroid function are inaccurate, thyroid dysfunction is frequently overlooked. Remember the blood tests only detect the thyroid hormones in the blood and not in the cells. Broda Barnes’ twenty years of research on hypothyroidism documented that a patient’s symptoms coupled with armpit temperature was the best way to determine an under active thyroid.

In addition to depression there is a long list of symptoms associated with hypothyroidism:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus (ear ringing)
  • Digestion problems
  • Thinning of the Hair
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle nails
  • Translucent skin
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Butterfly rash over the bridge of the nose
  • Increase tooth decay
  • Mental fog
  • Enlarged heart
  • Muscle spasms
  • Ligament weakness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Constipation
  • Poor memory
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Chronic pain (fibromyalgia)
  • Inability to sweat
  • Weak immune system
  • Fatigue, exhaustion
  • Apathy
  • Feeling of insecurity

A diagnosis can easily be confirmed by taking one’s armpit temperature first thing in the morning before getting out of bed. If the reading is consistently below 97.80 F over a period of one month and many of the above symptoms are present, then the person has an under‑active thyroid. Once a baseline temperature and diagnosis is established, the practitioner must determine what’s in the thyroid preventing it from working. The causes can be many. Most often they involve mercury and other heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals (chlorine, bromide, fluoride), viruses, vaccines and adjuvants trapped in the thyroid, infections from a dental source (third molar extraction sites, root canal teeth, and toxic dental materials), and parasites. After diagnosing the cause then the appropriate remedies must be determined.

Once the offending “splinters” or initiators are removed, the thyroid starts functioning normally and the symptoms disappear. This was the case with Dr. J. Once her mercury levels were reduced in her thyroid her depression, panic attacks, and anxiety totally disappeared. Taking medication to mask the depression, panic attacks and anxiety will only serve to make the problem worse over time.

Dr. Gerald H. Smith

About The Author

Dr. Gerald H. Smith is certified by the World Organization for Natural Medicine to practice natural medicine globally. He is also a certified dental practitioner. His broad base of post-graduate training in dentistry and natural medicine enabled him to integrate many health care specialties.


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