I think these links are important. I have realized that there DEFINITELY is a connection with the thyroid and PCOS/ hormonal issues in general.
(Note**: I do not agree with such medication such as "the pill" or thyroid medication, but that's for another discussion.)
I have spoken to women with PCOS/ have had PCOS. They all seem to have some type of adrenal fatigue/ thyroid-related issue. I include myself in there as well.
"Another theory promoted by Dr. Alexander Haskell is the other way around: that the thyroid first becomes inflamed due to being hypo and the excess production of the TSH, which then leads to Hashimotos. What causes the inflammation? One reason might be low iodine, as well as poor levels of certain minerals such as selenium, zinc, and iron."*********
LOW IODINE!!!! AS WELL AS CERTAIN MINERALS!!!!!!! Anyone who has been in this group long enough knows how I have a strong belief that PCOS is related to toxins/pesticides and a lack of nutrition, most especially minerals. It is exciting to see this somewhere else!
Dr. Flechas also has seen improvement with iodine (not thyroid medication, ACTUAL iodine):
"Iodine deficiency may cause the ovaries to develop cysts , nodules and scar tissue. At its worse this ovarian pathology is very similar to that of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As of the writing of this article I have five PCOS patients. The patients have successfully been brought under control with the use of 50 mg of iodine per day. Control with these patients meaning cysts are gone, periods every 28 days and type 2 diabetes mellitus under control."
Now, take a look at this discussion (please excuse my depressing rant), where I complain about fatigue and what not while going fully raw without any stimulants. (Note: I feel much better now! =) ) Starlight and Ednshell reply that it may be iodine. I dismiss such, but it has stuck in my mind, to the point that I am reconsidering it again, supplementing to 80/10/10, of course.
Finally, look at these before and afters.
Does this look familiar to you? It does to me! I retain water in my face like that most especially when I don't follow 80/10/10.
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue/ hypothyroidism highly correlate with PCOS. There's most definitely a connection in my mind.
Would love to hear your thoughts!
all of this is so interesting. thank you for posting. I know I have something hormonal/adrenal/thyroid going on. Just can't figure out how to relieve it or find someone that can help who understand how. I have been working with iodine drops on the skin and desiccated adrenals. I know this isn't 80-10-10, but am hoping that after a while, I can let go of it. will keep you posted.