Dr. Carlotta Watson

Naturopathic Physician & Applied Kinesiologist
Thyroid dysfunction


The thyroid and the adrenal glands have a very close relationship. Walter H. Schmitt, Jr., D.C. compares their interaction to a stage coach with horses. The work horses represent the adrenal glands and the stage coach and the driver are the thyroid gland. If the horses become exhausted (adrenal exhaustion), then the driver can tell them to go all he wants but they will not pull the stage coach. If the driver is not functioning (thyroid), then the horses will not be told to pull the stage coach. Due to this relationship, the primary cause of dysfunction can be either the adrenal glands or the thyroid.

Women more commonly have hypothyroidism. The thyroid and the ovaries compete for iodine. They will tend to have Seasonal Affective Disorder (fall & spring symptoms).

Healthy thyroid means a healthy heart.

Tyrosine and cholesterol from animal protein sources are essential for thyroid and adrenal gland function.

It is not easy to monitor thyroid function on a blood test because the thyroid dumps its hormones into the lymph. The best way to diagnose functional thyroid imbalances is with Applied Kinesiology muscle testing and axillary temperature testing. Axillary temperature testing can be monitored monthly for a more complete understanding of the problem.

Barnes’ Thyroid Temperature Test (axillary)
Normal 97.8-98.2°F
Hypothyroid (low) temp. less than 97.8
Hyperthyroid (high) temp. more than 98.2

Hypothyroid (low) Symptoms
hair loss
recurrent infections
short windedness
crowd paranoia
bruises easily
emotional change
coronary heart disease
poor memory
cold feet & hands
hot flashes

Hyperthyroid (high) Symptoms

thin skin
flighty behavior
can’t sleep
increased appetite
heart consciousness (awareness of heart beating)

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