Signs And Symptoms Of a Low Thyroid Level

Signs And Symptoms Of a Low Thyroid Level

Natural Healing

Dr. Howard Hagglund

I see a lot of patients who have read a lot about their low thyroid level symptoms.

They read about low thyroid level symptoms of various diseases and then they automatically assume “they have it” or they want to be checked for it.  Well this is one of the hardest things to master in a young doctors life.  You have to take into consideration what symptoms mean, how bad you might have the disease, or a set of diseases.

It is definitely a daunting and a tough task to work through.

Keep in mind we are well schooled in rigorous disciplines.  We do these disciplines ten hours a day for 5 days a week.  We go to seminars. We win, we fail and still it is a tough job…  Please remember that…

The symptoms I give you are just to peak your interest.  They do not mean a thing until they are run through the brain of an experienced professional.

This will mean he/she has ordered lab tests, compared your symptoms and findings and made a provisional judgment that usually requires the test of therapy… especially for thyroid problems.  I told you earlier there are 46 separate symptoms of low or poorly functioning thyroid.  So here are some of the more common ones:


  • Cold hands and feet when they should not be.. Summer and it is warm. You have cold hands and need socks to sleep in… think low thyroid.
  • Tired all the time even after having rested. Now other things cause this, but I hear this alot.
  • Can’t loose weight even after increased exercise and rigorous calorie counting for two or three weeks.   It is helpful to have someone check your calorie log and do the weight.
  • Constipation… Here several additions of extra fluid and bulk from grains should have been tried to no results.
  • Brain fog, depression that lifts from eating or small amounts of exercise.  This is common in low thyroid patients
  • Early menopause or erratic periods.   Difficulty in getting pregnant and loss of libido.  A lot of my women had severe post partum depression.   Here I caution that many things can cause this.  But you should be sure you have an adequate serum free T3 or a good 24 hour urine test for T3 and T4.  Not just any lab does good tests…  The urine should be tested by a photo spectrometer… all the other tests are very suspect.
  • Elevated cholesterol…  that is right.  When the thyroid is low measured by good testing the liver does not clear the cholesterol out of the blood stream and you get labeled as a cardiac and put on some undeserved drug that robs you of your coin and your energy.
  • Now further symptoms are present, but very numerous and usually are not strong pointers to the poor cell function do to lack of adequate levels of T3…  Keep remembering that you want to expose your level of T3.


Here is the thyroid test to perform if you are suffering from low thyroid level symptoms. 


Examine the patient. Where else are you going to see low thyroid level symptoms staring you in the face?   Early text books admonished doctors to trust the history and physical much more than the lab tests.  History has shown that is very wise advice…

All of the lab tests and radiology exams with isotopes were tested in known low thyroid patients.  Know what the result was?  None were any good.  But the best of the worst was the TSH.  You remember the one that will signal the level of T4?  The inactive thyroid… T4…

You know the one the drug companies sell to you while uninformed doctors badmouth the natural pork balanced thyroid proven to be superior (in theory as evidenced in the New England Journal Feb issue of 1999.  In general this article was on a small group of 38 patients but a startling  finding of the addition of T3 made many of the patients feel better.)


Telltale Signs and Symptoms of Low Thyroid Levels.


Cold extremities, eyebrows are thin or missing on the outer 1/3 of the brow.  (Dr Heurtog sign from years ago)

Overweight, (yet I have found  about 15% of low thyroid patients are too thin.. go figure)

A weak pulse of about 70 or below, low blood pressure that has been the comment of many unknowing doctors as a sign of good health, or worse, athletic prowess. Get over it… it is low thyroid.

The eyes are puffy under the lids… there is a bagginess.

The skin is dry and the color of church candles pale and cream color.

Nails are paper thin and difficult to “manage”  I don’t know fellers do you manage your nails?

The lower extremities are puffy and do not indent when you push a finger down and hold it for a minute.  Frequently the thyroid gland is large and has a small medium or large goiter.  This is a tough medical call and needs to be evaluated by ultrasound exam.

The first heart sound is not as loud as the second… the patient appears sleepy.

The ankle reflexes are nearly always low or missing all while the knee and elbow reflexes are normal.  See why you need to have a practitioner who knows how to do these physicals and order the proper lab… it is complex, but so VITAL.

Some doctors can feel the thyroid.  Some can tell if it is enlarged.  The gland will enlarge in an attempt to make more thyroid when the body is low.

All of this is not an exact science.

I have looked and felt thyroids for more than 18 years and it is still not easy. The best way to tell if the gland is enlarged is to have an ultrasound study done.

Sure we are worried about cancers of the thyroid.. They are fairly rare.  So an enlarged thyroid is not always a low thyroid.  Also there may be nodules on the thyroid that need a needle biopsy or even surgical exploration.

This is the territory of a surgeon and an endocrinologist

The Temperature Thyroid Test For Low Thyroid Levels


Here is the Broda Barns Temperature test…

1.  Get a glass thermometer. (Hard to find and I don t think the digital ones are as good)

2.  Place the thermometer at bedside.  Shake it way down the night before so that it reads under 92.

3.  The very first thing in the morning, sit on the bed side and place the thermometer under the arm.  Read it after 3 minutes…

4.  If it is 97 degrees or lower, it is quite possible your thyroid is low. (97.6 is considered normal).   The body drops a degree at night.  Record 7 of those temperatures and present them to a doctor that knows a lot about diagnosing low thyroid.

Those of us who have seen the great benefits of treating low thyroid are familiar with much more history and physiology of the gland than most.




This Information speaks for itself…. you’re probably low iodine…. and damaged by that.


Watch me explain this process in detail below:


H. Hagglund M.D.

“Getting You So Well You Can’t Be Sick”

Howard E. Hagglund, M.D. is the founder of the Hagglund Clinic. With over 40 years as a Medical Practitioner, he is the author of several books, as well as numerous articles. For over 23 years, Dr. Hagglund has hosted a talk radio show offering advice about health care and alternative medicine.


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Low Thyroid Levels And Fluoride In Drinking Water Plus The CDC And ADA

In October of 2010, the journal of the American Dental Association warned of the feeding of children powdered baby formula and adding tap water to it.

Significant levels of denture damage are incurred by this practice. Other practices should be warned against.  Most have no idea how this relates to low thyroid levels.

They are fluoride treatment of teeth and use of fluoride enhanced tooth paste.  The condition that results is called fluorosis and leads to tooth destruction.   In May of 2010 the Center for Disease Control announced and confirmed the same conclusion.

This information alerts me to the total ignoring of the damage that fluoride does to thyroid function as it is accumulated in the body.  Research has shown the toxic nature of the Fluoride.  Also that, over 6 years a person can accumulate enough fluoride to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland.  Some have estimated up to 50%.  Would you like your body speed to be slowed by as much as 50%?   Would you like to be visited by fatigue, hair loss, obesity, dry skin, depression, chronic pain syndromes, elevated cholesterol, cardiac irregularities, mental fog and early senility?   Well all that and more is available from the fluoride in drinking water and in toothpaste turning down your thyroid.

So what has this to do with baby formula?

Actually it has quite a bit. What about fluoride in drinking water?  A lot.  The FDA reporting the damaging effects of Fluoride starts early and continues as long as you drink fluoride in your drinking water.

In the days before thyroid surgery and radioactive Iodine to kill an over-active thyroid,  you were admitted to a hospital and a “proper dose of fluoride” was given to you.  It was presented in a Dixie cup and you were watched very closely for 48 hours.  During that time many patients went through a thyroid storm.  Your heart raced, you sweated, your blood pressure went up and you went into extremes.  Many convulsed, all from killing your thyroid and being released into the blood stream.  So what is the point?  You get half that dose over 6 years of drinking tap water that is fluoridated.  No you don’t have a thyroid storm, but half of your thyroid is gone. You don’t know it and chances are slim to none that your doctor knows it.   So you get all of the above symptoms and it is all so unnecessary and a definite poisoning of all subjects that drink water from the city municipality. That stupid, sophomoric science has kept in place for over 50 years.   Well let’s take a look at the proof that this is so stupid and now reported dangerous by the FDA, the ADA and any one who is an alternative natural based practitioner (We have been screaming about this for over 30 years)

Why do we put Fluoride in drinking water?

To protect our teeth? That was the water municipal systems justification for adding it to their water supply.  Well not now.  It does just the opposite and we have the proof we need to stop this.  It destroys them by creating a brittle cracking and breaching of the enamel.  If Fluoride did prevent cavities, children who live in cities would have fewer cavities.  This is however not the case.

So here is the main fact that we have discovered about fluoride.  It will destroy thyroid function, cause low thyroid levels and turn you into docile sheep with multiple symptoms. The Germans did it to all prisoners during the Second World War as did Hitler.  Is this the reason for fluoride in drinking water today?  I don’t think so.  Nonetheless it is happening.  Some estimates about 12 years ago felt that there were at least 50 million people suffering from some degree of low thyroid levels.  (All by the accidental stupid quasi scientific reason for putting it there in the first place.)

Today almost all of the fluoride comes from a by-product of the fertilizer industry.   Think of what it would cost for them to dispose of it properly …  if they could.  So how did this all get started?

Do We Have Proof That This Causes Low Thyroid Levels?

It takes freedom of information action to get the proof.  Yet it has been done.  When we were making enriched uranium for bombs a waste product was a fluoride compound.  So a meeting found a suggestion that it be put in the water of a small town in New York State.  Fluoride was the noted cause of hard teeth that had white spots in them.  They seemed to resist decay.  So there was the original reason…”save the teeth of the town”.  Sounded like a good idea at the time. So they did it for 2 years in secret and found that the number of cavities went down.  This smashing success was reported and everyone lined up to put fluoride in the water.  So where was the huge mistake?   Besides the accumulative dosing of Fluoride,  no one went to the trouble of looking at a similar town near by without fluoride in the water.  This would be called a controlled study. Although that is what is supposed to happen, it didn’t for this.  Politics got in the way of science.  So when they did look at the dental records of a similar town they found that the amount of cavities were going down there too.  Little did they know how low thyroid levels were going down as well.


Poor study, poor conclusions and 40 plus years of poisoning the citizens of the world.  “But wait, there is more”.   I am told that senior law students are suing small and large towns all over the US.  They always win their cases and they get excellent experience in how to do a law suite.  Here’s an idea, search online for some facts on fluoride and go down to see your city attorney.  Have him take a look and see if they won’t tell you how to get it done quietly and efficiently.  Do the world a big favor.  Don’t be surprised who shows up to defend it.  The truth is more on your side than ever.

Okay so back to your own needs; look for the source for filters to take the fluoride out.  Use non-fluoride toothpaste.   Getting the fluoride out of your body is imperative if you want to treat your low thyroid levels. Look at it as though your happiness and well being depends on it.

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Howard Hagglund M.D.

Low Thyroid Levels: Weight Loss And What You Need To Know

This subject brings a lot of patients to my office.  More often than not people who have low thyroid levels and are struggling with weight loss are looking for a quick fix.   Better yet, they want to know why they have been working so hard to lose weight and nothing happened.

Some of them have been dismissed from other practices “for not trying hard enough.”  When I listened to these people’s history, so many of them have been athletic women, dancers.  Also they were very active and aggressive athletes in their younger life. This is how I knew most of them were telling the truth.  If you have been a competitive athlete, then you know what self sacrifice is to gain a goal.   I was sure they had worked very hard and lost very little.

I took a look at their eyebrows.  If they were missing the outer 1/3 of the brow or it was thin, that is a major clue.  Dry skin, cool hands and feet, puffiness about the face and a swelling about the ankles that would not dent very much.  This means low thyroid levels.  Test it if you like,  if the blood test comes back normal, well that  means very little.   Now you can go to the drug store and ask for the best skin-test-thermometer.  It is called Geriderm.  Most drugstores have them.  Take your morning temp in the first 3 minutes that you are up.  If it is 97 or below, you must follow on to my videos and other articles about low thyroid levels.   Do consult your physician for his following you and monitoring your progress.  The thyroid supplement we offer is across the counter thyroid.   The Iodine is detoxified.  Most important is the protocol for starting and adjusting your dose while losing weight with low thyroid levels.

If you don’t fire up your thyroid here is what happens.  You don’t lose weight.  How can you burn the fat?  The thyroid is in control of the burn rate.  This is a large part of why you are overweight,  and why you can work very hard and still not lose anything at all.  Next, when you semi-starve, your will thyroid slow down in an effort to keep you from dying.  Now you are in double trouble.

It is important to add the iodine we offer too.  The protocol helps you start and adjust the dose.  That puts you in the same boat, probably, due to the lack of Iodine in our diet.   Oh yes, the Iodine in the salt, forget it.  It is just enough to keep you from getting a goiter.  You have to eat a lot of sea vegetables.  The Japanese do.   I lived there 2 years as a Navy doctor.  We don’t come close to eating the diet they do.  “Not many fat Japanese then”

To conclude:  It is near impossible to lose weight and keep it off if you suffer from low thyroid levels.  Losing weight, Forget it. You need to follow my protocol to heal yourself so you can lose weight and feel better again.

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