How Can EMFs Affect Thyroid Health?

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Melatonin bolsters your immune system in another critical way. It increases the antioxidant activity of two powerful chemicals, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase, that occur naturally. SOD, which is also an antiinflammatory, helps repair cells, specifically the damage they incur form the most common free radical in the bodysuperoxide. Recent studies suggest a link between low levels of SOD and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal condition of the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord, leading to total paralysis and eventually death. Significantly, research has traced a connection between ALS and occupational exposure to EMFs. One study done by the Danish Cancer Society, found a clear association to this disorder. The missing link might be melatonin. To learn more about inflammation diseases. The pineal gland is also a supplemental source of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), which the body uses to create thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). The antioxidant hormone melatonin also stimulates TSH, creating thyroid hormones that control your metabolism. It’s long been known that radiation zeroes in on the thyroid gland as though it were painted with a target. The reason: the thyroid needs iodine from the bloodstream to produce the hormones that regulate your energy and metabolism. But it cannot distinguish between normal iodine and radioactive iodine. It will absorb whatever is there, which is why every good radiation protection kit contains iodine tablets. After the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, exposed children started developing thyroid cancer sooner and in large numbers than scientists expected. The rate of thyroid cancer rose an astonishing 2400 percent! But in nearby Poland, where government medical officials distributed potassium iodine pills to protect residents from the airborne radiation from the meltdown, there was no corresponding rise in thyroid cancers. It will be interesting to hear what comes from Japan’s nuclear incident. There is evidence that even low-level radiation may have an effect on the thyroid. Studies in rats have found that exposure to both 50 Hertz (European electrical system) and 900 MHZ (cell phones) EMFs electromagnetic fields decrease the production of the thyroid hormone, a marker of hypothyroidism, which can cause fatigue, cold intolerance, depression, muscle cramps, joint pain, weight gain, low heart rate, and constipation. It can also adversely affect your cholesterol, elevating levels of bad cholesterol-LDL-that can raise your risk of heart disease. Melatonin is also one of the most highly potent antioxidants itself- five more times more powerful than vitamin C- which protects cells from DNA damage caused by free radicals. There is evidence that melatonin reduces the damage to blood vessels that leads to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), lowers cholesterol, and may help reduce risks of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s by preventing the death of neurons (nerve cells that help carry messages throughout the body’s electrochemical communication system). There is persuasive evidence that, in both animals and humans, EMFs not far above the frequency of earth’s ambient EMF alter melatonin production. A german study focusing on residents who lived near a recently installed mobile phone tower detected lower levels of both melatonin and serotonin in blood samples taken from the participants when compared to smaples that had been taken before the tower was operational. IN fact, 84 percent of the study group had

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