Myxedema, Sluggish Liver, Vitamin A and Excess Carotene

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1971

“In other words, the thyroid has a profound effect on the liver. We have other evidence that a lack of thyroid is accompanied by a sluggish liver. In the first place, it has been apparents for a century that patients with myxedema (very low thyroid activity) have a yellowish tint to their skins. This has been found to be due to the presence of too much carotene in the blood. The liver converts carotene into vitamin A which is colorless. Under the administration of thyroid, the liver becomes more active and the carotene soon disappears. In the second place, the cholesterol level in the blood is usually elevated in hypothyroidism. Thyroid administration will lower cholesterol, and if too much is given, the cholesterol will fall below normal. The liver converts cholesterol into bile salts which are eliminated in the bile; this process is the usual means of eliminating excess cholesterol. The liver is sluggish in this function among thyroid-deficient individuals…Since a sluggish liver is the most common cause of hypoglycemia, it should follow that the hypothyroid patient is highly susceptible to low blood sugar.” – Broda Otto Barnes, MD, PhD and Charlotte Barnes

“Did you know that excess Vit A (carotenoids) from plant sources will cause orange calluses….but also be converted into estrogen and serotonin…which are excitatory and inhibitory to the liver, vascular system and hormonal system! Balance them out by using more animal sources of Vit A (retinoids) from dairy, liver and eggs!” – EastWest Healing

The Benefits of Vitamin A (fat soluble)


Required along with thyroid hormone for the conversion of cholesterol into all steroidal hormones
Preformed vitamin A or retinal (an aldehyde form of retinol) is needed for the formation of rhodospin, or visual purple, light receptors in the eyes
Stimulates growth of the base layer of skin and helps the skin with structural integrity
Involved with laying down new cells, including bone, lung, teeth, skin and intestinal tract cells
Needed for a healthy immune system by optimizing the function of white blood cells
Needed to protect tissue from infection and in the repair process of tissue
Needed for the absorption of calcium and the synthesis of protein
Enhances recognition of food antigens by improving the antibody response
Vitamin A from animal sources (retinoids) converts beta carotene to Vitamin A


Too much beta carotene will be converted to estrogen and serotonin, which can be toxic
Too much retinol can lead to slight swelling of brain causing pressure headaches
Vitamin E deficiency, cortisone or cortisol, high iron, alcohol decrease the absorption of Vitamin A
Deficiency in Zinc can interfere with the metabolism of vitamin A


cheese” – EastWest Healing, The Benefits of Vitamin A

1. Carotenemia & Hypothyroidism by Functional Performance Systems
2. A case of carotenemia associated with ingestion of nutrient supplements.
3. Beta-carotene, vitamin A and carrier proteins in thyroid diseases
4. Carotenemia. A review
5. Carotenemia associated with green bean ingestion.
6. The carotenemia of hypothyroidism

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