January 23, 2017

Thyroid…The Butterfly Within

By Michael Tyrrell

I have a question for you…How are you doing? I know this is a random question, but I actually want to know how you are. Some of you have been reading my column for a couple of years now and I think it is important that you know that I really care!

This year is quite a personal milestone for me: 30 years in the ministry! Over those 30 years I have learned many things, one in particular that I’ll share with you now…

We are impressed with big crowds, yet one man changed the world. We buy into the myth that bigger is always better, yet I have found that more often than not it is the little keys that open the big doors!

The prophet Elijah had grown accustomed to experiencing God through powerful demonstrations, yet at Mt. Horeb Elijah learned a powerful truth about his God.

As God passed by Elijah, a mighty wind ripped through the mountains shattering rocks before him. Yet, God was not in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake came. But, God was not in the earthquake. Then after the earthquake, a fire came. But, God was not in the fire. After the fire, came a whisper… and God was in the still, small voice!

Like Elijah, we need to understand that, sometimes, big things come in little packages. That leads us to this months topic… a relatively small powerhouse of a gland we know as the thyroid.

Thyroid Gland Unveiled

thyroid regulationThe thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland (remember that for later!) that wraps around the trachea just below the larynx and is responsible for a myriad of essential functions in the body. The thyroid gland makes and stores hormones that help regulate:

  • Metabolism
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Body temperature
  • And the rate at which our food is converted into energy

The hormones produced by the thyroid gland are essential for the proper functioning of virtually every cell in the body, as well as helping children grow and develop.

New revelations are surfacing in the media concerning the thyroid gland and its connection to other organs, especially the heart and the brain. New research also links autism with thyroid imbalance, as well.

One thing we know without debate, when out of whack, the thyroid wreaks havoc in the human body!

There are two major types of thyroid imbalances:

  1. Hyperthyroidism, which is when the thyroid goes into overdrive and over-produces its hormones.
  2. Hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid slows down or completely ceases to produce its hormones.

Both are treatable. However, it is imperative that proper testing is administered to get an accurate diagnosis. One of the difficulties with thyroid imbalance is that there are often other conditions that can mask the symptoms making a clear diagnosis far more difficult.

One of these conditions affects millions of women. In fact, over 30% of woman 35 yrs. and older suffer from hypothyroidism due to peri-menopause or menopause. This gets really difficult to discern between the obvious female hormone imbalance and the lack of thyroid hormones, as well as weakened adrenals…Alas, the perfect storm!

I have read numerous entries on several blog sites from women who have tried bio-identical hormones, iron supplements, antidepressants and snake oil only to find out after great suffering that the culprit was…hypothyroidism!

The best go-to natural prescribed medication for hypothyroid conditions is Armour Thyroid. But, I have found that many people can successfully “jump start” their thyroid by using an amazing product called Rejuvedine, a detoxified atomic iodine that is a powerful alternative that has worked for many people suffering with hypothyroidism. Only phone orders are accepted, so call (561) 997-5966.

natural hypothyroidism treatmentsOn the other hand people suffering with hyperthyroidism may also benefit from atomic iodine, but would need to take an iodine loading test first to see if they are deficient. Here are my suggestions for naturally treating a hyperthyroid condition:

  • Bugleweed
  • Motherwort
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D3
  • Eleuthero (formerly known as Siberian ginseng)

How about physical activity? Just as those suffering with hypothyroidism are encouraged to “get moving,” hyperthyroid sufferers are encouraged to “slow down,” spend time in quiet contemplation and stop and smell the roses once in a while! The good news is this issue of Home Cures That Work is chock full of vital information from supplements, to amazing recipes, to help get your thyroid sorted out…naturally!

The Butterfly Effect

Now, lets test your reading comprehension! At the beginning of this article I asked you to remember one thing for later…do you recall what that was? I asked you to remember that the thyroid gland is butterfly shaped. Wow I will explain why that is important!

You see, your creator has a reason or divine purpose for everything He does…He is incapable of error. Click to Tweet.

Think about it, God didn’t make your thyroid “caterpillar” shaped…quite the contrary. He made it butterfly-shaped because the butterfly is the symbol of transformation!

That’s right… that powerful little butterfly shaped gland is essential for our physical transformation starting in the womb before we come into this world as a “newborn” baby. In fact, the thyroid is critical to the cellular health of the baby, as well as its growth and development.

You see, I know a little bit about butterflies. The fact is I have been raising Monarch butterflies for many years in our backyard butterfly garden. I can tell you that there is a powerful revelation here if you have eyes to see it!

Although a sperm cell and an egg look nothing like a child, they are the components necessary to create one. In the same way, a caterpillar looks nothing like a butterfly, but that vulnerable little creepy crawler is the catalyst for nature’s ultimate “quick change” trick known as metamorphosis.

Here is where it gets deep…creation always needs a staging ground…an environment where the miracle can “develop.” Like a professional photographer needs a “darkroom” where his negatives can develop into positives, a caterpillar must create a cocoon where the butterfly will develop and eventually emerge. Likewise, a mother’s womb becomes the incubator where the fetus will develop and eventually…emerge!

Like an elaborate Broadway show, there is a myriad of preparation, set changes and labor that takes place out of sigh, behind the curtain, just before the final act, new birth…the miracle of life!

And we come into this big blue marble with a butterfly within…a thyroid gland that was working within to make us whole without and continue to help us develop so we can be the best we can be.

Amazing, isn’t it? But wait, there’s more!

A butterfly comes out of a cocoon, a newborn baby comes out of the womb…but a Savior comes out of a tomb! Click to Tweet.

That’s right, the first born of many brethren; the ultimate transformation and resurrection took place inside a sealed tomb where the crucified Son of God emerged very much alive 3 days later. Here is the revelation…life was always meant to be lived from the inside out.

Jesus modeled this lifestyle. His teachings (it is MORE blessed to give than it is to receive) embodied it and during His crucifixion (the servant is the master of all).

A His last breath, a great earthquake shook the temple ripping a 60 ft badger skin curtain which hung between the Holy Place and The Holy of Holies, where the Ark Of The Covenant was concealed, an ornate, large golden chest with a bench (mercy seat) on the cover between two golden cherubim (angels). Most importantly, Ark of the Covenant housed the very Presence of God. But get ready…the curtain was ripped from the inside out!

The picture should be coming into focus now…God Almighty placed a butterfly shaped gland, the thyroid, inside of you so that your physical body would grow and develop properly and, in keeping with God’s way of life, living from the inside out.

God Almighty gave His only Son over to death so that He would be transformed into resurrection life. That resurrection life would be available to whosoever would ask Jesus to come INTO their heart, thus transforming their spiritual life making them eternal and empowered to live the Christian life…through Christ from the inside out!

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life [physical] and Godliness [spiritual] through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3

Isn’t it interesting that the nature of this world is to live from the outside in?  “What’s in it for me?” or “What do I get out of it?” or “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

A spirit of entitlement breeds narcissism and is self-perpetuating. Click to Tweet.

There is a better way. Jesus IS the way, the truth and the life and no man can know God without knowing Him.

It is my prayer today, friend, that your life would be transformed and that you would ask Jesus into your heart to experience the selfless power of living from the inside out.

Interesting…considering the title of this article…here is the definition of, The Butterfly Effect, “A seemingly random unrelated change in events that became the impetus behind a life altering change.”

May this article be the impetus behind your life altering change!

P.S. Here is a free sample of a relevant song of mine entitled, “Butterfly.” Enjoy!


P.P.S. If you like the song and you would like to hear more of my music, then please visit: www.michaeltyrrell.com

P.P.S. In fact, feel free to drop me a line via Home Cures That Work and let me know if these articles have been helpful and if you have any prayer requests…I would appreciate your feedback! I am praying that this will be a happier, healthier year for all of us.


Michael Tyrrell

Michael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full-time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well-known musician.






Genetically Modified Organisms…Does God Need Help?

By Michael Tyrrell

As I begin writing on the patio, I glance at the thermometer and it reads 72 degrees outside! Meanwhile, the weather channel is talking about yet another snowstorm on the East coast (Nemo) that will dump two feet of snow in New England… Yes, I am happy to be called a Floridian!

With that said, I pray your New Year is off to a healthy start! This month’s topic, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), is one hot subject!  I am sure I may hack off a few people in the process, but at least hear me out to the end.

Under Attack

God AlmightyThis publication is read internationally, so this next statement need only apply to my fellow Americans. As I am an ordained minister, I can tell you whole-heartedly that many of the uiteedoms, beliefs — and even our Nations Constitution — are under attack. There is currently a push to undermine our great country’s God fearing resolve by deeming our foundational beliefs as antiquated, obsolete, close-minded or out of touch.

With that said, whenever a citizen’s rights are infringed upon, freedom is diluted. Even the term “politically correct speech,” is a subtle way of saying, “You can’t speak your mind,” which is a gross infringement of our first amendment right to freedom of speech! Well I, for one, never being at a loss for words (or passion), refuse to be pulled off center by bourgeois, uber-liberal, secular humanistic manipulation in layman’s terms. I call them as I see them!

Playing God

GMOs are genetically modified organisms… even the name should raise a red flag, or at least make one a trifle skeptical. Man altering God’s design? Gee… that sounds familiar! Someone is actually believing they can improve upon — or even top God Almighty!

“You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven, I will raise my throne ABOVE the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly, on the utmost heights of the SACRED mountain (Zion). I will ascend above the tops of the clouds, I will make MYSELF like the Most (Almighty) High.’” Isaiah 14:13-14

Make no mistake. Pride is always at the root of this type of thinking and not far behind lies a lust for power, money and control.

The term, Playing God, has become quite popular in the last decade. First, because of stem cell research and now GMOs. There are plenty of arguments both pro and con on the subject of genetically modified organisms. This article will be unashamedly con!

I would ask you to keep one truth in the forefront of your mind as we continue:

God is eternal and infinite; man is temporal and finite. 

Therefore, being that God is eternal and sees the end from the beginning, it stands to reason that His unlimited proximity trumps man’s limited linear perspective every time!

God operates out of unquestionable genius, while man hypothesizes from human wisdom, which is at best an educated guess.

Recently, in preparation for the upcoming flu season, our brightest and best scientists, biologists, doctors and infectious disease specialists “forecasted” where they believed the flu would originate. They tried to predict what strain it would be and what vaccine would be most effective. How did they do? The consortium of big brains missed it by a mile — so much that they started prescribing an older medicine, Tamiflu instead…which had no effect whatsoever!

This year’s flu, with whooping cough like symptoms, reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. It ran its course with no real help from the medical community; they can only guess what will happen when they “play God.”

Yet, God always sees the end from the beginning, an obvious advantage. By the time you find this article in Home Cures That Work, you will undoubtedly read other outstanding pieces by my fellow contributors on GMOs that will offer definitive information on history, effects on the body, alternatives and even delicious recipes offering GMO alternatives. (By the way, I have personally experienced Grandma’s cooking…totally legit!) So, I will stay in my lane this month and offer an experiential look from a spiritual lens with a few “real life” stories to inspire — or infuriate you!

“Controlling” Life

As I mentioned previously, I live in Florida (South Florida) where on a good day you can smell Castro’s cigars! LOL! My wife Lillian and I live near the Everglades, a natural wetlands that should never have been built on, industrialized or inhabited by man. It was a thriving ecosystem of its own that organically helped stabilize the aquifer, flora and fauna balance in the state of Florida. Here are just a few facts about this amazing organic wetland, the Everglades:

  • It is the largest single marsh system in the U.S.
  • Contains a vast spectrum of aquatic birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, including 56 federally listed endangered species.
  • Regulates the water flow.

The reason I am sharing facts about the Everglades with you is to make you soberly aware of the devastating consequences when man tries to circumvent or amend God’s handiwork. As I am sure you are aware, the Amazon rainforest is in dire straits due primarily to over-forestation from man’s hands. The consequences of man’s impact on the land is catastrophic.

Here in the Everglades, after big sugar industries set up shop, the pristine waters were polluted and filled with phosphorous and mercury, dramatically affecting south Florida.

Every time the Army Corp of Engineers would try to solve one problem, two more would spring up in its place. Here are two examples:

  1. Monsanto Evil by flickr live w mcsBecause the delicate ecosystem was compromised, the alligator mating season was altered, thus increasing their population. So, the Army Corp Of Engineers imported a very aggressive South American crocodile known as the Cayman (Caiman) to knock back the alligator population. Unfortunately, the Cayman liked the Florida gators so much they mated with them, creating 1,200 pound monster Crockogators! This “Frankenscience” or “Humpty Dumpty” syndrome, as I call it, ALWAYS has a downside. Now that you have an example of how fauna can be impacted by one human “miscalculation,” let’s look at the flora.
  2. Because of a severe drought, which affected the Everglades flora, the Army Corp Of Engineers imported Melaleuca trees to fill in the gaps. The Melaleuca trees are from Australia where they grow wild. But, when they were planted in the Everglades, they quickly overgrew and wiped out several indigenous Florida shrubs. Then, they cross pollinated the Melaleuca with other plants creating a flowering hybrid plant that 90% of the south Florida residents (including pets) are extremely allergic to — and growing out of control!

Obviously, I could go into great detail on the total impact of man’s destruction of the Everglades by playing God, but that would keep me from mentioning public enemy #1: Monsanto.

Monsanto: Sprouting Evil

The company Monsanto has been around since 1901. Today, Monsanto is the world’s largest seed company, a genetically engineered seed company whose crops account for over 91% of the total GMO crops planted worldwide. They started as a chemical company producing herbicides, prescription pharmaceutical drugs and artificial sweeteners. Here are a few of their products:

  • PCBs
  • DDT
  • Dioxin
  • Agent orange

Monsanto’s original claim to fame was sodium saccharin, an artificial carcinogenic sweetener known as NutraSweet. Later, they would develop other artificial sweeteners linked to cancer known as aspartame and Equal. In 1997, Monsanto sold off their chemical business to pursue “Life sciences,” or what we call Biotechnology.

Monsanto created their flagship “Round Up Ready” GMO seeds and the result is globally shocking. If you want to do more research on Monsanto, then you can readily investigate their dark side and global impact by going to google and read facts about Monsanto.

I am going to finish this article by sharing one of my passions, raising Monarch butterflies and how Monsanto has single handedly wiped out half of the Monarch population with their lethal man made seeds.

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