If you’re suffering from an underachieve thyroid, you are not alone!
It is estimated that 1% of the population has diagnosed hypothyroidism but up to 8% are suffering from subclinical hypothyroidism.
We measure the thyroid
We TREAT the PERSON
Most people suffer from subclinical hypothyroidism because lab work shows they fall into the normal thyroid hormone ranges. Most people function better at the higher ends of the ranges for active hormones (free T4 and free T3) and a lower TSH.
Some of the symptoms and signs associated with hypothyroidism are:
• Difficulty concentrating
• Feeling cold
• Muscle and joint pain
• Weight gain, despite diminished appetite
• Dry skin
• Coarse hair, hair loss
• Hoarse voice
• Menstrual irregularities
Your adrenal glands work along with the thyroid to maintain metabolism. Underactive thyroid activity will stress the adrenals and may lead to adrenal fatigue.
Low blood pressure
Poor stress response
Weakened Immune system
Neurotransmitter support is needed
Synthetic medications consist of either T4 or T3 hormones, but not both. Most people are prescribed the synthetic inactive version of thyroid (T4) but may still be suffering with symptoms of hypothyroidism due to poor conversion of the inactive (T4) to active (T3) hormone in the body. Synthetic medications do not contain the thyroid cofactors and are lab-created hormones.
Natural thyroid medications (desiccant thyroid) contain both thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) hormones in addition to containing thyroid cofactors T1, T2, calcitonin and iodine naturally occurring in trace amounts. Desiccant thyroid uses thyroid USP, which is derived from USDA pigs.
80% of our patients do better desiccant thyroid than a synthetic.
It is not unusual for patients suffering from hypothyroidism, and not properly managed, ending up on antidepressants. Thyroid hormone deficiency has been shown to directly effect serotonin activity in the brain and body. Likewise, predispositions that effect serotonin levels in the body can become exasperated during time of physiological stress, such as in hypothyroidism. Additionally, your energy producing neurotransmitters (catecholamines) may be low in the brain and reduce hormone activity in the body.
A comprehensive approach to thyroid management often includes factoring in neurotransmitter activity through laboratory testing and patient history.
Hypothyroid is commonly causes by autoimmune activity against the thyroid gland, which is commonly called Hashimoto's disease. Thyroid antibodies can be measured for proper diagnosis. Today, many managed health care plans and conservative doctors will not run antibody testing if a patient's thyroid hormone levels fall within the "normal" levels; resulting in undiagnosed sub-clinical hypothyroidism. Additionally, autoimmune activity may result in underfunctioning thyroid activity but not result in antibody production for years.
Low Dose Naltrexone therapy is a innovative new approach to help put the breaks on the autoimmune cycle and has been used successfully in managing Hashimoto's thyroiditis.