On hypothyroidism “causing” anemia

  • I just read some long info (from the author Ray Peat) that was very interesting, especially the part about the “reductionist idea” of using toxins to stimulate the release of something, then calling that an improvement in health. By that standard, smoking cigarettes, which results in a release of B Vitamins, would be a great way to address Vitamin B deficiency.

    However, that is nonsense. It is interesting to be aware of the immense amount of “nonsense” in conventional health care practices, yes?


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  • J R Fibonacci Hunn I also want to note what I consider an inattentive use of language. The first statement quoted in the long comments is “hypothyroidism increases inflammation….”

    I take issue with that. A label for an effect (hypothyroidism) does not cause anything. Correlation is not cause.

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn A similar issue is here: “Hypothyroidism is a common cause of anemia, possibly *acting* through the simple mechanism of lowering body temperature so much that blood production is retarded.”

    Mainstream medical thought is based on the idea of living forces that possess an organism and then cause various results. Is there a SUBSTANCE called hypothyroidism that *acts* to LOWER body temperature? No.

    Correlation is still not cause. To inattentively adopt the primary conceptual model of demonic possession (by a diagnostic label) is to maintain the same demon worship that is practiced by the oath-sworn priests of modern medicine.

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn So, if we relax our focus on the word anemia, we can see some simple logic. A healthy thyroid promotes healthy blood production (and healthy body temperatures) which ends the effect called “anemia.” But there is no substance called an anemia that has been removed or destroyed. Anemia never was a someone.
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn Also, I realize that I did not address the issue of what promotes a healthy thyroid. Classic answers include sufficient iodine through the skin or diet… as well as cutting out flouride and bromine (common in baked goods), which disrupt the utilization of iodine. My wife is also about to start taking dessicated thyroid.

    Here is an MD I respect that specializes in promoting thyroid health: http://thyroid.about.com/…/Optimal-Treatment…

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