Have you worked brutally hard too?


Might your thyroid be telling this, and you are not aware?

I’ve always worked hard even from a young age.

Not just averagely hard – but grindingly, brutally hard at times.

I was reminded of just how hard that was, when Don of age 69, came to see me this week about his bad back…..

He had injured his back, he said, while setting stoat traps out at Uruti

Farm boys do the graft

As we talked, we found some common work / life experiences – farmwork as farmers sons – haymaking for the local carrier from age 14 age both him and me (I did this seasonally for 6-7 years) It was hot, heavy, dehydrating work (we used to drink 2 x flagon or 4.5 litres – jars of sweet orange cordial per day). 

In between on the same days, we carted full truckloads of 45kg bags (they are 25kg these days!) of bagged cement off the rail siding to a local cement plant.  We spat the “mud” from the cement dust onto our hands – never realising the risks of silicosis.

We both lifted 90kg bags of bagged barley from the paddocks, to the truck deck as 16- and 17-year-olds.  This for me was in between times of wielding the chain saw for 8 hours and cutting fence posts in remote forestry areas.  Or loading out the same.

Then I become graduate garbage collector

I went on and did 9 years garbage collecting.  At that time in Wellington, we used carry sacks to collect 5-6 houses per sack from the back door of properties perched precariously on the hillsides. 

Bruce Nelson, RIP – Tarikaka St, Ngaio, Wellington 1970’s

For me it involved shifting 2 tonne of garbage per day and running 20-25km per day.  All this at pace as we worked on a job and knock system – when the bin quota was done, we would finish for the day.

Ian Haldane – Tarikaka St Ngaio, Wellington 1970’s – the full monty garbage collector

Scaffolding – the really hard arsed job

Then came 6 years of scaffolding.  This topped garbage collection for its sheer physical demands moving 4-5 tonnes of steel per day up and down the face of commercial construction sites all over Wellington during the 80’s building boom.  It was physically brutal stuff, done at pace and paid on output.  I was completely spent most days.  “Like a bullet that has been fired,” commented my boys Mum.

There was no such thing as “off days” doing this kind of work.  I had to physically and mentally front up regardless of how I felt, get down in the trenches and complete the days quota.

Graduates in the university of life – our thyroids are the price we paid

Don is still hard at work throwing 25kg bags of fertiliser around most days.  Today, I get to handle a couple of 26 pails of coconut nectar occasionally.  Life is choice in comparison.

So, no surprise that in later years we both have thyroid problems – called hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid.  We simply burnt them out through a combination of sheer physical stress, exposure to extremes of hot and cold stress – me working through winter in driving rain in Wellington, driven horizontal by biting Southerly winds.

The intense physical bone biting pain created by handling cold scaffolding tubes early in the morning, is burned in my brain.

Then came cold and physical stress by choice for 20 years, doing my beloved sport of waka ama (outrigger canoe).

All that plus the unconscious stress of running our small businesses – Nemos in a tankful of sharks.

Fighting off the next incoming lowball price from a larger shark.  Or from some suicidal, desperate other small business throttle jockey.

Subclinical hypothyroidism is the price of chronic stress

Sub clinical hypothyroidism from chronic stress overload is vastly under detected around the world.  Conventional medical blood tests just do not pick it up. 

Here is a list of symptoms from the official UK government website.

Common symptoms include:

Is your thyroid idle (underactive)and disorderly?

Using Dr Tennants meridian assessment and Biomodulator tools, we can make an informed guess as to whether its likely you have this condition or not to within around a 70-80% degree of certainty. 

Then you can ask your registered medical professional to do further work and tests to confirm or discard this original energetic assessment.

Call me now on 021 169 2611 for a meridian assessment.

Published by Zenian

"There is a hugely better way to fix our chronic health problems without drugs or surgery We just need to open our minds to what has worked in the past, to be able to see the future." That intensely held belief, plus my own experience of surgery to "fix" my heart problems, drives my desire to create better alternatives for people with chronic health issues. Travelling to Texas in 2012 to the Tennant Institue, transformed my view of what constituted good health. Disappearing down the rabbit hole of energetic medicine is both revealing and overwhelming. Revealing in the sense of being gifted insights that go back over 4,000 years. Overwhelming in the sense of understanding just how limited and entrenched, our current models and practice are when it comes to fixing chronic health issues. Working at changing that, is a huge part of my kaupapa - agenda while I remain here on this earth!

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