The thyroid gland is a member of the glandular or endocrine system. The English medical term derives from the Greek words: thyreos meaning "shield", and eidos meaning "form."

The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck. It is slightly heavier in women than in men and enlarges in pregnancy.

The thyroid gland secretes the hormone "thyroxin" directly into the bloodstream. Thyroxin is also known as "thyroid hormone." Thyroxin is an iodine-containing compound. In fact, the thyroid gland itself is chiefly characterized by the mineral iodine and therefore is vital and necessary for optimal thyroid health and functioning.

The function of the thyroid gland include: regulation of normal body growth in infancy and childhood, regulation of metabolism, regulation of body temperature, maintenance of skeletal maturation; And regulation of protein, fat and carbohydrates. These functions supra are dependent upon thyroxin or thyroid hormone.

The thyroid gland in most Americans is sluggish if not outright inactive. This is especially true of American women. Inactive or underactive thyroid gland plays a major role in the modern American epidemic of obesity, especially in women, due to the fact that an underactive or inactive thyroid gland impairs metabolism and therefore body heat which is dependent upon the burning of fat converted from sugar.

Pathologies of the thyroid gland include: hypothyroidism, goiter, thyroid cancer, and thyroiditis to name a few. Lack of iodine plays a major role in the development of these diseases or pathologies.

Many women who suffer from thyroid problems go and seek medical help from doctors who prescribe to them harmful pharmaceutical thyroid drugs with thyroid tracers on them laced with radiation so as to radiate and kill the thyroid gland entirely. With Western allopathic medicine, their motto is, if you can not fix it, destroy it or remove it.

As the thyroid gland in the body corresponds to the Fifth chakra (throat chakra), imbalance of the Fifth chakra also plays a role in thyroid problems. A chakra is a "wheel" or "vortex" that can not be seen with the physical eye and is entirely energy based. There are a total of seven major chakras located at certain organs on the body and the Fifth chakra is located at the throat area. The color for the Fifth chakra is light blue and blue, so any gemstone with this color (or even violet or purple) can help to balance or correct imbalances of this particular chakra.

Blue colored stones include: blue lace agate, angelite, chrysocola, celestite, azurite, and lapis lazuli. These stones can be placed directly on the thyroid gland for a few minutes to help correct any imbalance at this chakra.

You know, it's very bizarre in the sense that the thyroid gland in addition to responding to the color blue, also responds to the color violet and the chief mineral for the thyroid gland is iodine, which term is derived from the Greek word ioeides meaning " Violet. "

Iodine is a bluish-black solid that becomes a violet vapor when heated. Here, the thyroid gland responds to blue and violet.

It is amazing to me how a single mineral such as iodine can cause some of the most horrific health maladies. Did you know that cretinism (which includes drawfism, mental deficiency, large tongue, and muscular incoordination) is the result of a thyroid deficiency? Midgets (dwarfs) are the direct result of a lack of iodine in the mother's body during pregnancy. So is mental retardation. Both of these conditions can be prevented by sufficient iodine amounts in the body.

And have you ever seen someone with goiter? It looks like a big tumor on the neck. Goiter is simply the result of a severe iodine deficiency and can be reversed with adequate amounts of iodine in the daily diet.

Great and natural sources of iodine include: White Oak bark, Black Walnut hulls, Watercress, Chickweed, and sea weeds, especially sea weeds, which include Nori, Dulse, Kelp, Irish Moss, Iceland Moss, Bladderwrack, Spirulina, Chlorella, Hiziki, Arame, Wakame, Red Marine algae, and Blue Green algae to name a few. In fact, sea weed is the Bestest and Best food for humans as it supplies us with every nutrient we need for optimal health. You do not have to eat fish as a source of iodine. Fish are rich in iodine because what do fish eat? Answer: Seaweed! And what is sea weed rich in? Answer: IODINE! So leave the fish alone and let them live and simply do like the fish and eat sea weeds to get your natural iodine.

Iodized salt as a source of iodine? I do not think so! While iodized salt may have complicated the incidence of cretinism in the United States, it has greatly played a role in the development of high blood pressure in this country. So cretinism was replaced for high blood pressure.

Instead of using iodized salt under the banner of sodium chloride (white table salt), it's much better (and safer) to use sea salt (available at health food stores).

Also, magnets can greatly help in thyroid problems by stimulating the thyroid gland. Simply put a magnet on the thyroid gland for a few hours and the thyroid will revive. This technique alone will reverse thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland).

If you are pregnant, it is vitally essential that you obtain adequate amounts of iodine.

Iodine is essential for anyone attempting to lose weight (fat), naturally.

I concocted an Iodine Phosphate Formula and a Thyroid Formula which are both rich in natural iodine and contain the best sea weeds and herbs supplying very large amounts of natural iodine. Not only do do seaweed provide iodine, they have a mucilaginous and bulking effect in the colon which helps to clean the colon and aid in the formation of stools, and very importantly, suppresses hunger (or appetite), something obese people need in order to Lose weight.

So in closing, just remember that: (1) every thyroid condition can be reversed or cured with natural iodine, and (2) synthetic, pharmaceutical grade iodine is toxic and can prove fatal.

Thyroid Gland by Djehuty Ma'at-Ra