LivingWell Integrative Healthcare on Connection Between Thyroid and Hormones

by Cheryl Middleton, PA-C

In the informative article “The Happy Thyroid”, author Ronica O’Hara mentioned that women are 5 to 8 times more likely to suffer from malfunctioning thyroids than men. This is largely due in part with the hormonal connection to thyroid function. The human body has three major endocrine producing organs: the thyroid gland, the adrenal glands (whose main job is making cortisol, the stress hormone), and the sex organs (ovaries for women and testicles for men). It turns out that progesterone, one of the main female hormones, plays a vital role in converting T4 into the active form of free T3 (T3 not bound by globulins)—essentially, the “workhorse” of hormones. Progesterone can begin declining as early as 10 years before menopause. So it is important to know all of your hormone levels, not just the thyroid.

Another great point that Ms. O’Hara made was about the interference of fluoride and chlorine by blocking the absorption of iodine. Another element that does this and needs to be avoided is bromine. The most obvious place to find bromine is in hot tubs, but a less known place is in our food. Bromine is used as a de-caking agent in bread, and in some sports drinks as “brominated vegetable oil”, just to mention a few. So reading labels is imperative.

Here at LivingWell Integrative Healthcare, we strive to help patients feel and look better through natural balance.

LivingWell Integrative Healthcare is located a 838 Powdersville Road, Ste. G in Easley. For more information, go to or call 864-850-9988.