Do you suffer from hypothyroid symptoms despite using thyroid hormones? Or do you have symptoms yet your doctor tells you your lab results are normal and your thyroid is fine?
If so, join millions of Americans, most of them women, who suffer from hypothyroid symptoms yet do find adequate treatment or relief from the standard health care model.
- weight gain
- hair loss
- low libido
- cold hands and feet
- nervousness and anxiety
- heart palpitations, or other symptoms
Most cases of hypothyroidism are autoimmune Hashimoto’s
For 90 percent of Americans, hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s, and autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. Although thyroid hormones may be necessary if enough the gland is damaged, they do not address the unrelenting attack on the thyroid gland by the immune system. This is why so many people continue to suffer from thyroid symptoms even while taking thyroid hormone medication. It also explains why symptoms may persist after the removal of the thyroid gland — some of the tissue is left behind and continues to be the site of autoimmune attacks.
If you have thyroid symptoms, we check your TPO and TGB antibodies and other markers to identify whether you have an autoimmune mechanism driving your thyroid symptoms.
Do you have symptoms of hypothyroidism even though your doctor says you’re fine?
Many people suffer from hypothyroid symptoms despite “normal” lab results. The problem is many doctors look at only TSH and use ranges that are too wide. TSH is just one of many markers to assess when evaluating thyroid function.
As mentioned above, TPO and TGB antibodies should be considered to rule out an autoimmune disease. Also, in functional medicine, we use a much narrower range to evaluate TSH. Many doctors use a very wide range for TSH, which fails to diagnose many people with hypothyroidism.
Other markers, including free T3, T4, and thyroid binding globulins, complete the thyroid picture, as do markers from a complete blood panel. These are important because other factors can cause hypothyroid symptoms, such as:
- poor pituitary function
- chronic inflammation
- hormonal imbalances (high estrogen from estrogen creams or birth control pills, or high testosterone)
- chronic stress
- blood sugar imbalances
Thyroid management goes beyond thyroid hormones
Although thyroid hormones may be necessary, we address the underlying cause of your thyroid imbalance for optimal health. Also, it is vital to manage thyroid health when supporting other health conditions — if thyroid function is sub par, it will be difficult to impossible to resolve other conditions.
These principles and more are discussed in the groundbreaking thyroid book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci. Dr. Kharrazian’s teachings have revolutionized my practice and that of many other practitioners. I use the knowledge from my education with Dr. Kharrazian in my practice with great success. I have also studied it so well that I now teach Dr. Kharrazian’s material to other practitioners at seminars throughout the year.
For help managing your thyroid condition, please contact my office.