Thyroid: Synthetic Thyroid Hormone Essay examples

Submitted By shannen-belotte
Words: 600
Pages: 3

Professor Hassan
Shannen Belotte
Anatomy and Physiology
April 30, 2013


I picked this topic because my daughter was diagnosis with hypothyroidism in 2009. In 2009 She was very ill and was making a weekly trip to the ER not knowing the reasons behind it after a series of blood test we were finally given the answer.
It took time for me to understand what it was and what affects it was taking on her body.
I learned that the best person to understand the importance of your health was you. She was prescribed series of medicine that was said to help balance the levels of the hormones that were made. Amongst the medicines she was taking Levothyroxine which was a synthetic thyroid hormone which instead of making her health it affected me more.
After researching and meeting with herbalists she began taking a lot of herbal remedies that has help make a great change in her health.

What is Hypothyroidism? Well hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism is also known as Myxedema; Adult Hypothyroidism. According to an article provide by “The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a disease of the thyroid gland is where the body's immune system attacks the gland. Failure of the pituitary gland to secrete a hormone to stimulate the thyroid gland (secondary hypothyroidism) is a less common cause of hypothyroidism. Other causes include congenital (birth) defects, surgical removal of the thyroid gland, irradiation of the gland, or inflammatory conditions.

What are the causes of Hypothyroidism? The thyroid gland; which is located in the front of the neck below the larynx, secretes a set of hormones that control the body’s metabolism. These hormones are called the thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).
The secretion of T3 AND T4 is controlled by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, which are apart of the brain and the hypothalamus, which is part of the brain. Thyroid disorders are not only the result of a defect in the thyroid gland but they can also derive from abnormalities of the pituitary or hypothalamus.
Symptom and Signs Under activity of the thyroid gland may cause a variety of symptoms and may affect all body functions. The body’s normal rate of functioning will eventually become slower than the usually, causing mental and physical “sluggishness.”
The symptoms may vary from mild to severe over a period of time.
The most severe and complex from is