Thyroid disease is on the rise, but reasons are fiercely debated

Thyroid disease is on the rise, but reasons are fiercely debated.

Experts just cannot agree on the whys and the numbers, but acknowledge that the condition is still poorly understood.

Some sources say that 13 million Americans suffer from the disease. Others say that the number is more like 27 million, with 13 million undiagnosed.

Further complicating the issue, the medical community cannot agree on the normal reference range for the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test, concluding that as many as 60 million people could actually be outside the TSH range (as of 2012).

According to the American Cancer Society, about 56,460 new cases of thyroid cancer was diagnosed in 2012—over 43,000 w0men and 13,250 men—twice the rate of 1990.

Five years later the experts agree that the majority of people with thyroid disease have underlying autoimmune diseases such as Graves disease causing the condition.

It is also agreed that autoimmune diseases are on the rise and so is thyroid cancer. But the whys and wherefores are still apparently a mystery.

So today thyroid diseases are on the rise, but reasons are fiercely debated.


Some experts contend that radiation-spewing nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, modern war weapons, pollution and pesticides are the cause.

Other scientists say none of that is proven.

But… thyroid diseases are on the rise, but reasons are fiercely debated.

Risk factors listed for thyroid problems include: gluten intolerance and celiac disease, over or under consumption of iodine, cigarette-smoking over-consumption of soy products (the Standard American Diet is saturated with soy by-product fillers) and radiation treatments to head, neck and dental conditions.

The Environmental Working Group (, presents a Dirty Dozen list of endocrine disruptors prevalent in everyday products of modern life.

It is beyond the scope of this article to elaborate on them, but here are the ‘Dirty Dozen’  of chemical endocrine disruptors which combine to disrupt our health:

  • BPA (93 percent of Americans have it in the body)
  • Dioxin in meat, fish, milk and eggs
  • Atrazine in the majority of corn crops
  • Pthalates in plastic, child toys and personal care products
  • Perchlorate (aka rocket fuel)
  • Fire retardants—found in breast milk and polar bears alike
  • Lead found almost everywhere
  • Arsenic found in food, drinking water and water filters
  • Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) used for cookware, especially non-stick cooking pans
  • Organophosphate pesticides (used in food, fields and yards)
  • Glycol ethers, used in paint solvents, household cleaning products and cosmetics

Hopefully, those reading this site and so many others similar or more authoritative, may be inspired to research, learn and do the best they can for themselves and their families.

We have been conditioned to take the word of ‘experts,’ when often they are no more capable than we are to make decisions regarding our lives and health.

Meet the challenge and try new things:  Learn about soil and grow a few vegetables. Ferment, it’s easy. Avoid processed and packaged ‘short-cuts.’ Cook from scratch, not from fast food joints, cans and packages.

Trust yourself. Ask more questions. There is SOME reason or reasons in this new world why thyroid and many other diseases not known in former times are increasing.