Restless Leg Syndrome
Some Hypothyroid Caused by Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen Dominance Causes Hypothyroid and Restless Leg Syndrome

by Peter Eckhart, MD

Estrogen Dominance (too much estrogen) not only causes Restless Leg Syndrome, but also Hypothyroid. In this particular type of hypothyroid, thyroid hormone is normal or low normal. However, the patient looks Hypothyroid. She has thinning hair, and fat on the belly and hips despite exercise and dieting. Too much estrogen (estrogen dominance) says build up fat for the pregnancy. That is what the body is commanded to do by the excess estrogen. Estrogen Dominance causes the thyroid receptor to be less sensitive to your own thyroid hormone.

What is Thyroid?

Thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland regulates the metabolic rate of the body. Low thyroid causes thinning hair, low energy levels (feel sluggish), cold intolerance, and weight gain with fat on the belly and hips.Overall body energy is regulated by thyroid hormone. Body temperature is typically about 97F, not 98.6. So, in addition to Restless Leg Syndrome, the patient also the build up of fat on the hips and belly despite dieting and exercise. The Restless Leg Syndrome patient usually has sugar cravings just before the period. In contrast, excess thyroid causes higher energy levels, feeling too warm, and weight loss.

The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone in two basic flavors T3 and T4. T3 is the more potent between T3 and T4. The thyroid gland is stimulated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) produced by a small gland in the brain called the pituitary gland. This gland is stimulated in turn by thyrotropin-releasing hormone produced by the hypothalamus, another part of the brain.

Thyroid function depends on two factors

1) Production of adequate levels of thyroid hormone, T3 and T4.

2) The correct sensitivity to Thyroid hormone.

Corrected with Natural Progesterone

With Restless Leg Syndrome caused by estrogen dominance, the sensitivity to thyroid hormone is decreased NOT the thyroid production. Thus, patients appear to look hypothyroid even though they have normal thyroid levels.

Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome are corrected with natural progesterone cream. PMS may accompany Restless Leg syndrome. PMS symptoms caused by estrogen dominance included fat and water retention, premenstrual breast swelling, Sluggishness is caused by thyroid.headaches and loss of sex drive. He also found that they also had thyroid supplements prescribed based upon hypothyroid-like symptoms such as feeling tired or sluggish, a little cold intolerance, and thinning hair. However, laboratory measured thyroid levels, T3 and T4 were normal, and TSH was only slightly elevated. After Dr. Lee corrected the PMS symptoms with progesterone, the patients with presumed hypothyroid symptoms became normal. Their hypothyroid symptoms that went along with Restless Leg Syndrome decreased or disappeared with Natural Progesterone use!

After Restless Leg Syndrome is corrected with progesterone, the patients with presumed hypothyroid symptoms (fat on the belly and hips) became normal. Their hypothyroid symptoms decreased or disappeared!

One Patient

One woman patient that I had did not Underarm hair grew back after Progesterone.shave her underarms for 5 years. She had a low normal T3, T4 and TSH. After taking natural progesterone and avoiding heated plastics in her food, she noted that the hair under her arms had begun to grow once more. She had to begin shaving her underarms again! Her hypothyroid symptoms, non growing hair under her arms, were due to estrogen dominance.

Test Yourself for Hypothyroid

The most reliable way to confirm clinical hypothyroid is to measure the urine temperature for three consecutive days. Urinate in a Styrofoam cup for 3 consecutive days in the morning as soon as you get up. If you forget one day then just continue until you get 3 consecutive days. Measure the urine temperature with an ordinary health care thermometer. If the temperature is below 98.6 consistently, (usually 97) then you most probably have clinical hypothyroid.

Why Do Hypothyroid Symptoms Disappear with Progesterone?

Dr. Lee reasons that thyroid and estrogen oppose each other. Excess estrogen says build up fat for the coming pregnancy. Estrogen causes food to be stored as fat. In opposition, Loose fat on the belly and hips with Progesterone.  Loose Restless Leg Syndrome.thyroid hormone causes fat to be burned as energy. Patients with normal thyroid hormone levels measured by laboratory tests have symptoms that suggest they have hypothyroidism. When these same patients are given progesterone which is known to oppose estrogen their hypothyroid symptoms ceased. This implies that too much estrogen in the body, estrogen dominance, interferes with thyroid hormone action.

So hair gets thicker, and fat on the belly and hips disappear using Natural Progesterone for Restless Leg Syndrome.

The Bottom Line

Summary - Estrogen Dominance that goes with Restless Leg Syndrome Leads to Hypothyroidism Due to Decreased Sensitivity to thyroid hormone.

In summary, women already get too much estrogen. They produce estrogen themselves from the follicles on their ovaries and from their fat cells premenopause and perimenopause. After menopause, the woman's fat cells produce estrogen. Women also get estrogen (the wrong kind of estrogen) from birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. Women get estrogen (the wrong kind of estrogen) from chemicals that pretend to be estrogen know as xenoestrogens. These chemicals are present in everyday materials previously thought to be inert such as detergent break down products, plastics used to store water, varnish in food cans used to prevent the "metal" taste, pesticide, and even spermicide. The xenoestrogens (chemical estrogens) have effects that are unnatural. The xenoestrogens make your body to strange things like produce cancer.

Restless Leg Syndrome is caused by too much estrogen otherwise known as estrogen dominance. Getting rid of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens and taking progesterone gets rid of Restless Leg Syndrome. Because estrogen dominance also interferes with thyroid hormone action, Restless Leg Syndrome patients are likely to have symptoms of hypothyroidism and be on thyroid supplements even though measured T3 and T4 are normal.

After taking progesterone for several months, thyroid function (thyroid receptor sensitivity) becomes normal and thyroid supplements can be cut back and possibly eventually discontinued.

Thinning Hair becomes thicker. Fat on the belly and hips disappear even without exercise and dieting

  • Taking natural progesterone.
  • Avoid xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens.
  • Your body will regain its natural sensitivity to thyroid hormone.
  • Your hair thickens. Belly fat disappears without exercise or dieting.

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Just a short note to let you know that I am so great. I have removed as many xenoestrogens as possible from my environment, skin and diet, as you advised, for nearly a month now and the improvement has been amazing. I am using the Nature Clean powder detergent, no dryer sheets, Elysian Dream products for hair and skin (fragrance free and those without rosemary and lavendar oils, only ones with olive oil, and the organic, fragrance-free shea butter), and the crystal deodorant vs. regular deodorant (AMAZINGLY better), and we changed all of our household products to the Nature Clean line and no longer use any antibacterial foaming soaps or anything. Just Grandpa's baking soda soap for regular hand washing.

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Dec. 19, 2007

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