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When you start looking into hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and thyroid cancer, you can look deeper, deeper, and deeper...... At some point we should find the mechanisms by which nutrients control thyroid function.  Once we understand what is going on at the deeper chemical level, we will have a better idea of how the nutrients, that we can see affect thyroid function, actually affect thyroid metabolism.

As we start this deeper investigation, there are two things we'll look at first: the tyramines and monoamine oxidase (MAO) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI).  Click on the links to the left.