|HAS YOUR THYROID LEFT YOU FEELING LOUSY AND IRRITATED?(DID YOU KNOW OVER 40% OF THOSE READING THIS MAY HAVE UNDIAGNOSED THYROID PROBLEMS LIKE FATIGUE, MOODINESS, DRY SKIN, DECREASED LIBDO, DIGESTIVE ISSUES AND MORE. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUFFERING AND THEY DO NOT KNOW WHY OR WHAT TO DO.)The top four reasons why you continue to struggle with your thyroid problems and why going from doctor to doctor has given you little to no results and you still feel horrible.
Reason #1. Auto-immunity is overlooked or mistreated. This is VERY IMPORTANT if you are to get better. Every thyroid patient who comes to my clinic has similar underlying causes, they are:
1. Auto-immunity, 2. Blood sugar dysregulation, 3. Anemia, 4. Gut and Liver dysfunction, 5. Fatty acid metabolism dysfunction.
Auto-Immunity is at the top because it trumps everything else. When your own immune system goes out of control, it launches attacks on your own body’s tissues! Thyroid Disease if often left off the list of auto-immune diagnosis and frankly, I’m glad it is left off the list. Why?
The medical answer for auto-immune conditions is steroids, and that’s the last thing your thyroid needs. However, the majority of patients that I see with thyroid disease have an underlying auto-immune disorder. What happens then? The immune system most commonly attacks the thyroid- causing slow metabolism and blood sugar imbalance, your adrenal glands- causing chronic fatigue, and nerve problems- typically neuropathies like numb, cold hands and feet.
Until we run the right lab and clinical tests to know that this is the problem, we won’t have all the info to get you better as quickly as possible.
Reason #2. “It’s all In your head.” How many doctors may have incorrectly told you this? What this translates into is “I don’t know how to help you, get out of my office. What can you do when they say all of your thyroid lab tests are normal and all of the imaging you have had is normal”… There are many causes of Thyroid Disease—one major cause is having a “metabolic condition”… and you cannot drug your way out of a metabolic condition.
Reason #3. Wrong tests ordered! I see this often in my office. Some patients come with stacks of meds and drugs and blood work that they wasted hundreds, or thousands, on. These tests are usually a CBC, Chem panel and TSH. Why these typical tests? Because these tests are what your insurance would pay for. However, this is not enough information to get you better.
I am a functional diagnostic medicine practitioner, Chiropractor and certified in advanced clinical nutrition. What I do is look at what is going on within you, what underlying issues are causing you to have thyroid dysfunction and what can we do for your body naturally without the use of drugs or surgery. For accurate thyroid diagnoses, I may order one or more of the following tests: Adrenal Stress Index, thyroid antibodies (TPO and Thyroglobulin), Food Sensitivity Panels and Stool Microbial panel. My job is to find the causes of your thyroid problems and to make a sound clinical judgment as to the very best treatment plan to correct a patient’s thyroid problem.
Reason #4. Right Tests Ordered—Wrong Results. Medical docs use Lab Reference Ranges as a guide to determine whether or not you have a particular disease. However, Lab reference ranges are inherently inaccurate, because they’re based on average test results of average unhealthy people! Functional Ranges, which is what I use, are based on optimal levels of healthy people. Doesn’t it make more sense to look at what healthy is, rather than what sick looks like?
A common example is the gold standard thyroid test- TSH- where typical medical docs believe thyroid levels of 0.5 to 5.5 is “normal”. However, you can be completely hypothyroid with a lab value of 3.5, yet your doctor says it is a “normal test”. Our clinic specializes in the diagnosis and drugless treatment of auto-immune conditions, including Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease. According to many Functional Medicine docs like myself, Broda Barnes, MD and Steven Langer, MD, state millions of people are hypo (low) thyroid, yet their doctors tell them they’re ok. Yet they are all tired, overweight, depressed, constipated, have dry skin and hair, losing hair, high cholesterol- all because their thyroid disease goes undiagnosed or mis-diagnosed.
If you want to know where your thyroid is at from a holistic, functional medicine point of view call Pinnacle Health and Wellness at (281) 360-8387. THERE IS HOPE! You can be helped without the use of drugs. Don’t waste another second for a neurological and metabolic workup to see how we can change your life.