Thyroid hormones are the master regulators of our metabolic rate as they influence every cell, tissue and organ in the body.  These hormones regulate:  metabolism, organ function, heart rate, cholesterol levels, body weight, energy, muscle contraction and relaxation, skin and hair texture, bowel functions, fertility, menstrual regularity, memory, and mood.  There are four types of thyroid hormone (TSH, Free T4, Free T3 and Reverse T3), and like all other hormones, thyroid hormones must be present in an appropriate balance in order to guarantee optimal thyroid health.  Too much thyroid hormone leads to a condition called hyperthyroidism and too little leads to hypothyroidism.  Hyperthyroidism throws the metabolism into overdrive leaving patients feeling hot, with a rapid heart rate, weight loss, irritability, shakiness and digestive troubles.  Hypothyroidism is the result of not enough thyroid hormone activity.  Hypothyroidism causes a multitude of uncomfortable symptoms.  It is a relatively common disease affecting roughly 1 in 13 people, making it much more common than hyperthyroidism.  Hypothyroidism is more common in women and has a female to male ratio of 10:1 and is more common in advancing age.  Low functioning thyroid causes an overall slowing of the metabolic rate, which is associated with cold intolerance and a tendency for weight gain. 

During the testing and diagnosis phase of treatment we will also do blood markers to rule out Hashimoto’s or Graves autoimmune diseases.

What causes Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a complex disorder with numerous different causes, some of which include:

  • Thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormone, either due to an autoimmune response against the gland, or other problems with the gland itself
  • Failure of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus to send the signal to the thyroid gland instructing it to produce more hormone
  • Failure of free T4 to convert to active T3
  • Imbalance of adrenal hormones, cortisol and DHEA
  • Toxic levels of mercury
  • High levels of estrogen (estrogen dominance)
  • Consumption of excess soy based foods and beverages
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Medication interactions

Diagnosing Thyroid Disease:

  • Blood test:  Thyroid panel: TSH, Free T4, FreeT3, Reverse T3, Thyroid antibodies
  • Blood test to determine any associated nutrient deficiencies
  • Adrenocortex stress profile
  • Dried urine iodine
  • Basal body temperature charting

Typical Thyroid Treatments:

  • Nurtaceutical intervention to address any nutrient deficiencies
  • Natural hormone replacement therapy
  • Botanical/Herbal supplementation
  • Low Dose Naltrexone Therapy (if labs indicate elevated thyroid antibodies)