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
The 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:
- Heart rate
- Blood pressure
- Body temperature
- And the rate at which our food is converted into energy
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:
- Hyperthyroidism, which is when the thyroid goes into overdrive and over-produces its hormones.
- 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.
On 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:
- 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!
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!
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.”
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, 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.