Get Off Your Thyroid Medication And Start Consuming Coconut Oil

Natasha Longo, Prevent Disease
Waking Times

There are many published studies on the relationship between coconut oil, metabolism and weight loss. Research shows that coconut oil contains unique fatty acids that stimulate metabolism, supply the body with tremendous energy, and promote weight loss. Most people are unaware that hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease and this is one of the main reasons why conventional pharmaceutical treatments are ineffective for more than 80 percent of patients with sluggish thyroids.

Why Thyroid Medication Does Not Work

Taking replacement thyroid hormones without addressing the underlying immune imbalance is like trying to change the type of oil in your engine with the hope that your transmission will stop failing…useless.

The ultimate effect of hypothyroidism, whether it’s caused by iodine deficiency or autoimmunity, is to decrease the amount of thyroid hormone available to the body. The conventional approach is to simply replace these hormones with either synthetic or bio-identical forms.

Patient doesn’t have enough hormones? Give more hormones. Simple, right? Not.

Once again the conventional approach falls short because it ignores the underlying cause of the problem.

Even the best thyroid treatment may not work if underlying adrenal and hormonal problems are not dealt with effectively. If your doctor is not looking at your adrenal and hormonal situation, then an important part of your health is being overlooked.

In autoimmune disease the body attacks itself. It does this the same way it attacks foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses: with T-cells, B-cells, natural killer cells, and cytotoxic T cells. The immune response also involves proteins called cytokines, chemical messengers that pass messages between cells.

A team of scientists from Yale University recently reported that junk food diets and processed foods could be partly to blame for autoimmune diseases.

Thyroid Hormones

The production and use of thyroid hormones is a complex and important process:

  • An understanding of the complex thyroid hormone process begins withiodide, a salt that is extracted from the blood and trapped by the thyroid gland.
  • Iodide is converted to iodine in the thyroid gland. (Here, 80% of the body’s iodine supply is then stored.) Iodine, in turn, is the raw material used in the manufacturing of thyroxine (T4), the key thyroid hormone.
  • Thyroxine itself is converted into triiodothyronine (T3) , which is the more biologically active thyroid hormone. (Only about 20% of triiodothyronine is actually formed in the thyroid gland, however. The rest is manufactured from circulating thyroxine in tissues outside the thyroid, such as those in the liver and kidney.)
  • Two other important hormones in the process are thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH or thyrotropin) and thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH).
  • TSH directly influences the whole process of iodine trapping and thyroid hormone production.
  • This hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and monitored by TRH, which is produced in the hypothalamus gland. (Both the pituitary and hypothalamus glands are located in the brain.)
  • When thyroxine levels drop even slightly, the pituitary gland goes into action to pump up secretion of TSH so that it can stimulate thyroxine production.

Any abnormality in this intricate system of glands and hormone synthesis and production can have far-reaching consequences.

To Address The Thyroid You MUST Understand Inflammation

This self-attack by the immune system increases inflammation. And inflammation has a profound effect on all aspects of thyroid metabolism and physiology.

First, inflammation suppresses the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis. One study showed a single injection of the inflammatory cytokine TNF-alpha reduced blood levels of TSH, T3, free T4, free T3 and TRH for5 days. This shows inflammation disrupts the production and regulatory mechanisms of thyroid hormones. Thyroid medication will increase the levels of T4 (and possibly T3), but it doesn’t address the other effects of HPT axis suppression.

Second, inflammation decreases both the number and sensitivity of thyroid hormone receptors. If there aren’t enough receptors, or they aren’t sensitive enough, it doesn’t matter how much thyroid medication we take. The cells won’t be able to use it. It’s like when my grandpa used to turn down his hearing aids while he was watching the football game. It didn’t matter how much my grandma yelled at him — he couldn’t hear a word she said.

Third, inflammation decreases the conversion of T4 to T3. T4 is the inactive form of thyroid hormone. The body has to convert it to the active T3 form before it can be used. Most synthetic hormone medications on the market are T4. If you give a T4 medication (like Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid, etc.) to someone with inflammation, it’s not going to work because they can’t convert the T4 to T3.

A TSH test is just one part of the overall picture. You can have a TSH that falls in the “normal range,” or is in the higher or lower end of normal, but you can actually have a thyroid problem or autoimmune thyroid disease. A good practitioner doesn’t rule out a thyroid condition solely on the basis of a TSH, but instead, runs additional tests, such as Free T4, Free T3. Thyroid antibodies can diagnose autoimmune conditions long before other blood values become abnormal. AND, treatment for people with antibodies can actually help forestall full-scale development of thyroid disease in some people!

Long-term suppression of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causes cardiac side-effects and contributes to decreases in bone mineral density (high TSH levels are also well known to contributes to osteoporosis.) It may also cause elevated blood glucose levels, heart failure, coma and adrenal insufficiency. TSH directly influences the whole process of iodine trapping and thyroid hormone production so use of synthroid directly affects how the body metabolizes iodine.

The only way to do that is to address the problem at its root by regulating the immune system and decreasing inflammation.

Other Causes of an Unbalanced Thyroid?

A sluggish thyroid may be triggered by many unseen causes, including…

  • MSG and bad fatty acids, so common in our diet, can weaken your thyroid.
  • A deficiency of iodine is on the rise, and without enough iodine, your thyroid won’t produce the hormones you need.
  • As you age, your risk of an unbalanced thyroid dramatically increases.
  • Popular prescription drugs for your heart, bones and blood sugar can lead to a sluggish thyroid.
  • Exposure to too much fluoride or chlorine in drinking water can interfere with normal thyroid function.
  • Menopause or pregnancy and treatments such as Estrogen Replacement Therapy can throw the thyroid out of whack.
  • A family history of thyroid concerns may cause thyroid dysfunction.
  • Autoimmune health problems can cause your thyroid to go haywire.

Coconut Oil Regulates The Immune System and Decreases Inflammation

Coconut oil has always received a criticism because a group of scientists had incorrectly promoted that it increased LDL cholesterol. However, it never did increase LDL cholesterol, but it did increase HDL or good cholesterol. That distinction was never corrected in the mainstream press and the misconception still continues to this day.

“Why the mainstream persists in this delusion of criticizing coconut oil is beyond the understanding of many in the natural food industry,” said raw food expert and retailer Ian Macdonald.

“You know you’re on to something healthy when national and international health agencies are advising AGAINST it,” Macdonald stated. “This is typically due to influences from pharmaceutical and high profile corporations who strive on keeping the population sick and diseased,” he added.

For example the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Health Organization (WHO), International College of Nutrition, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, American Dietetic Association (ADA), American Heart Association (AHA), British National Health Service (NHS), and Dietitians of Canada all simultaneously recommend AGAINST the consumption of coconut oil. Unfortunately, and against the better interest of the public, none of the above organizations have a track record of recommending healthy solutions for the public, so Macdonald suggests that when these organizations recommend against something, “that is your cue to incorporate it into your diet, with proper research of course.” Coconut oil may be the perfect example.

50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Lauric acid is a powerful virus and gram-negative bacteria destroyer, and coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on earth!

Nigel Turner and Jiming Ye from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research compared fat metabolism and insulin resistance in mice fed coconut oil and lard based diets.

“The medium chain fatty acids like those found in coconut oil are interesting to us because they behave very differently to the fats normally found in our diets,” said study leader Turner.

“Unlike the long chain fatty acids contained in animal fats, medium chain fatty acids are small enough to enter mitochondria – the cells’ energy burning powerhouses – directly where they can then be converted to energy.”

Coconut oil has a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.

Many people who have suffered with inflammatory conditions of the intestines like Crohn’s disease have successfully used coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

The medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.

An excellent study that reviewed many previous studies on this topic was published in the Journal of Nutrition (Vol. 132, pages 329-332). This study was conducted by researchers at McGill University. They reported that several different studies have shown weight loss equivalent to 12 – 36 pounds a year simply by changing the types of oils used in everyday cooking and food preparation.

Most of the oils that we use to cook food and those used in commercially-prepared foods also have a negative affect on the thyroid. These are known as polyunsaturated or vegetable oils. They may in fact be the worst villains in the spread of thyroid diseases.

The thyroid, though small otherwise, is one of the largest glands in the endocrine system. Diseases of the endocrine system are mostly caused due to production disorders that lead to inadequacy or excess of hormones or inappropriate response to hormones by tissues.

Dr. Bruce Fife’s book Eat Fat, Look Thin explains how he discovered the relationship between coconut oil and improved thyroid health. It explains how to use coconut oil and incorporate it into a sensible diet.

Another book by Dr. Fife is The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil andEat Fat, Look Thin which contains references to numerous studies.

Is coconut oil a thyroid cure? Not by itself. Can it help people with low thyroid function? Yes, because it stimulates metabolism and boosts energy. For this reason, coconut oil has been a blessing to many people who have been able to abandon their medications with the right combination of exercise, removal of processed foods, and a balanced diet.

Other Nutrients To Maintain and Boost Thyroid Function:

  • Iodine: the chief component of thyroid hormones
    Iodine is a potent trace mineral that’s vital for thyroid function. Amazingly, 75 percent of your body’s iodine is stored in your thyroid gland. Iodine is vital for your body’s metabolic processes. Incorporate foods such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood, eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt.
  • Irish moss: a wonderful source from the sea
    This beneficial seaweed is an excellent source of naturally
    occurring trace minerals and life-enhancing nutrients.
  • Vitamin B-2: the “fat metabolizer”
    This vitamin is essential because it keeps your thyroid humming
    along. It ignites your fat-burning metabolism so you stay slim and trim and releases energy from carbs, proteins and fats so you lose more weight.
  • Magnesium: the “fat releaser”
    Magnesium is vital because it supports many of the processes closely associated with a healthy thyroid. The problem is, 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium. A magnesium deficiency can affect the ability of your cells to properly use glucose for energy and metabolism, so it’s harder to lose weight.
  • Manganese: nature’s slim down mineral
    A number of manganese-activated enzymes play a key role in
    the metabolism of carbs, amino acids and cholesterol…three things you must address if you want to be slimmer and trimmer.
  • Selenium: a critical mineral for thyroid function
    Selenium helps convert the thyroid hormone T4 into the active form of T3 your body needs for strong metabolism and more energy.
  • Vitamin B3: the “energy stimulator”
    This vitamin aids in the production of enzymes that convert carbs, glucose and fats into usable energy.
  • Vitamin B12: the fatigue fighter
    This energy-boosting, fatigue-fighting vitamin fires up your
    metabolism. Also helps improve blood flow, which is vital for increased energy.
  • Vitamin B1: the metabolism booster
    Vitamin B1 is important for energy and for certain metabolic processes, especially the conversion of carbs.
  • Zinc Picolinate: Crucial for healthy thyroid function.
  • Copper: Combines with certain proteins to help a number of body functions, including energy
  • L-Tyrosine: This amino acid is beneficial for the production of thyroid hormones and helps boost mental and physical stamina.
  • Vitamin B6: This key vitamin helps convert iodine to the thyroid hormone and helps your body better absorb zinc, which you need for a healthy thyroid.

About the Author

Natasha Longo has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.


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  • Rose Cornish

    At the age of 75, why do i still suffer from sweats. No matter what i do i sweat. I live in FL. It’s embarrassing at times especially when grocery shopping. What can i do?

  • Aude Sapere

    Excellent article. Very well explained and accurate. Another thyroid blocker in the US is bromine, which is added to flour as a “dough conditioner”. It is not allowed in the EU.

  • Nice article. I ‘swear’ by coconut oil for MANY things. In the body and on the body. 😉

  • CS108

    Every human is not only dual-natured but ALL have Divinity refracted within their spiritual dimension, the 4th of the 5-dimensioned human. Reality being of Self/Empowerment/The-Kinetic/Femininity, how will a human realise this fact other than to seek refuge within The Mesmeric Tentacle of The Bookie, Religion & Religiosity, The Bookie being the only One who profits from Disagreement. Others’ Reality being one’s Relativity/Knowledge/Potential/Masculinity, there is no/zero way for [a human to] realising Spirituality unless and until it is switched [back] on, all having communicated at the 6th sense/spiritual level when we were thoughtless/language-less infants, albeit uni-directional – from Nature to self, all non-thinkers being under the guidance of Nature 24/7.

    The thyroid is ultimately moderated/presided-upon by The Cervical, The Left being Of Guilt [or Low Blood Pressure] with The Right being Of Anger [or High Blood Pressure]. Balancing/Neutralising the two will enable the beholder to realise The Centre which is Of Witnessing, a principle which is only realised after Reacting & Acting have been neutralised. This is because after a human had relinquished thoughtlessness for thoughts, usually by the age of 12 when one identifies name and deed as self instead of being The Attention, which in ancient parlance is called The Essence of Divinity, he cannot be taught and has to learn. Learning, however, is only possible when one is able to witness the failure thereof leading to the same lesson being taught over and over again until the futility of reactance is realised or the lesson becomes an addiction, Addiction being that which is devolutionary but undeniable.

    In order to revert the Thyroid/Cervical to the sphere of The Immune System, one has to moderate and neutralise [as much as possible] the dichotomy/dual-nature of Anger-Guilt, Anger being Guilt expressed whereas Guilt is Anger suppressed.

    The Body cures Itself because The Body is not owned by the individual but by The Spirituality/Divinity refracted within it. One reason why most, if not all, treat their body as rented accomodation, all being merely the tenent to their body.

    All humans are akin to a battery which is not rechargeable until they have realised/truly-baptised-of their self, the baptism which comes DIRECTLY from Divinity and never, ever, via some middleman, be the latter a parasite, preacher or the rich man who could not pass through The Eye of a Needle. For those who have actually experienced it instead of merely religiously reading, wishing, hoping, praying and believing it, baptism, which in other contexts have different names, means the reflection of The Energy Creator ascending along The Spine to reach The Top/Upper Pyramid and piercing The Fontanale Bone and connecting the individual with The Divine – because only She has Anti-Gravity – The Only One who is sanctioned by Gravity, oka Magnetism and/or Carbon.

    Dosage is what differentiates between benevolence and malevolence. Even with artificial/superficial aids, getting the dosage correct is the first hurdle and the only one who doses correctly is The Body – should the dose be of evolution in the first instance. Thereafter, because the dose is superficial, the mantra of Quckery & Handler, Repeat Prescription, needs to be chanted perpetually, perpetual income being the wetdream of those who are malevolent.

    To shorten the unbearable to some modicum of readability, should Divinity exists, which He does through the “mechanism”/medium of Him/Truth & Her/Love, which is NOT Of Religion & Religiosity, be the religion emotional, material or intellectual, then Malevolence not only exists but is also [very] active. There being no thief who exposes himself until the crime is in progress, Malevolence, oka The Bookie or Devolution, works via the dual-nature within humans, which is our dichotomic behaviours of Pros & Cons, Good & Bad, Right & Wrong, and so forth. Not that Right & Wrong does not exist but that R&W should not be the be-all, end-all. Like Brain Development [BD], oka The Width, but seldom, if ever, Heart Development [HD] or The Depth.

    Width is like a bat being able to hear sounds acutely but is unable to resolve music, oka its Depth. And this is where Humanity is going wrong and will continue to go wrong because those who only think and lack thoughtlessness, oka The Realisation or The Eureka Moment, are The Stupid-cum-Dumb [or The Dumb-cum-Stupid depending on whether the individual is right-handed or left-handed], Egotism being the byproduct of Stupidity whereas SuperEgotism, oka Conditioning, is the abortion of Dumbness.

    BD, which ONLY scales from The Past onto The Future, momentarily pausing at [but seldom entering] The Present, LACKS Conscience other than posturing Over vs Under Conscience, Conscience being firstly the Consciousness and secondly the Awareness that one is human and is therefore neither Of Animal nor Of Vegetation.

    The True Heart resides at The Fontanale Bone Area, which during one’s infancy before it “closes”/ossifies, could be seen beating in synchronicity with the material/physical heart. This reality is alluded-to by the fact that when the brain dies, not all is lost whereas when the heart dies, everything must die too.

    Thyroidism, be it Over, oka Anger, or Under, oka Guilt, is alluding to the state of The Immune System with regards to The Cervical. Afflictions, especially psychosomatic afflictions, should not be the road to Fame, Fortune & Immortality [FF&I] much imbibed by posturing humbled egotists [you cannot get more muddled than this form of hypocrisy] if only because the blind-blinded to the true source of affliction cannot be anything other than being patchwork specialists and should therefore never be rewarded, especially not with FF&I. Besides, since The Body cures Itself and has no concept of reward, why should those who seek FF&I be the ones to not only break the rule but own it too if only because then, they are able to turn everything into Religion & Religiosity, a religion being the knowledge which lacks empowerment not merely the happy hunting ground for The Hallelujahs, The Once In You’re Never Going to Get Back Out, The Head Bangers-Hip Thrusters, the Weird Chanters and so forth. Especially The Alternatives with their equally expensive and convoluted This, That & The Other.

    An era will arrive, should The Armageddon be denied, when Benevolence, oka The Giving or Unconditionality, will be at the helm of The Affairs of Men and not Malevolence, oka The Taking or Conditionality, and that can only happen when enough of the mesmerised are able to be deconditioned and institute Truth/Reality as the driver/Principle and not to continue on with the Business As Usual schemes of Untruth/Relativity/The-Conceptual. To be deconditioned, to revert to Synchronicity with Reality, one needs to be able “to instrument”, to detect, weigh and measure instead of merely accepting the tales told by some instrument. As such, the individual must become his own instrument, to become his own master and not to master another which latently, is being mastered by another, those who go against their innatenes/benevolence being the slave of another otherwise, what and why is there the need to be born?

    For those who are experts at hindsight, insight and foresight, especially those who are the blind-blinded, realise that the above has NO association with ANY religion or its religiosity, especially not with the fav of “The Westernised”, “The Christians”. When there is no solution to a problem, the problem must remain visible otherwise the problem then works covertly through the abandonment of the comforted.

    Once the source of psychosomatic afflictions are realisable instead of being buried under the robotism of Brain Development, Conscience will revert to being the driver, which is Innateness/Morality instead of being the driven, Conscience being another word for Fairness within the realm of the dual-natured whereas should Trust be used as Conscience, the Relinquishment of Consequence, Abandonment, will then be instituted as Reality when it is merely Relativity.

    Thyroidism, should it be of psychosomatism and not due to TheThyroid being missing, is easily CURABLE – once The Immune System reverts to normality which is only possible when one’s Refraction of Divinity [RoD], oka The Evolutionary Spiritual, is turned back on, the duty of RoD being to Reflect the Divinity within ALL true humans, there being those, The Stone Dead, who merely look human although they are neither “Alien” nor “Lizard”. Realise too that that which is real always begins and ends with self if only because self leads to The Self or RoD, within. Once the thinking human exists via HD, his 5 senses of Relativity which are malleable will be superceded by the 6th and higher senses which is absolute and non-comformable if only because then, his communication with”Nature” will then be realised, it will be bi-directional. then, you won’t need Scanners and other mumbo-jumbos or even a pet dog to tell you something is not up-to-speed with your Immune System, you will actually be able to sense any discrepency to The Immune System immediately. Being able to aboslutely sense/instrument being the solution to mesmerism which is why absolute discrimination is the first gift of being baptised instead of some mumbo-jumbo ritualistic exercise by mostly homosexuals or paedophiles. but them how would any human be able to confirm what is written above? By becoming an absolute instrument, a seemingly Catch-22, although it is not so.

    Divinity is not about Religion & Religiosity but about being The Evolutionary Singularity of Nature, oka Being of Absoluteness, the duty of every human is to be[come] one, a reality which is only realisable when The Desire for Purity, especially others’ purity, is being relinquished for The Purity within [the] Desire, there being no such thing as TDfP when TPwD is lacking although this mere little fact has not stopped any Tom, Dick or Harry from trying with some jokers actually believing in their own myth about such Frivolity & Nonense – like being “A Leader” – in malevolence, that is, instead of being An Example, “A Leader” being of The Other/Relativity whereas An Example is Of Self/Reality and therefore has no/zero association with FF&I.

    Realise too that should the above be true, physiological normality is merely a byproduct of spiritual normality whereas the desperate and the mesmerised would like to see the result before the committment. Those who Expect & Demand the realisation of their Desire for Purity without having to be Pure within their Desire. Those who were groomed and mesmerised from young that they were “Chosen”. No wonder such juveniles, be they 9 or 90, expect entitlement for being malevolent. Stop your anger or guilt and little by little, if nothing else, your thyroid will get better – but don’t tell the quacks because their mantra and FF&I come before anything else otherwise they won’t have malevolence running amok on their altar.

  • A very good article, thank you.

  • Coustana

    I have had hypothyroidism for 30 yrs. So does my mother, several of her friends (WWII era) sister, at least 2 female cousins, my daughters & niece, 2 female friends, of whom have said the same of their female family members. One of these friends was told in nursing school that due to a well documented drift during 1940’s/WWII nuclear bomb testing, radiation was spewed upon mid-western women & is now epidemic in female offspring. I discussed this with my endocrinologist, from India, who verified this is quite well known. I buy coconut oil by the 5 gal. bucket as this is “our” oil for many reasons mentioned above, however I believe women need to have a complete history on themselves before misinterpreting your message as coconut oil could possibly solve their thyroid problems.

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