Chances are if you have found this page you or a loved one is suffering from hypothyroidism. My guess is that you are already diagnosed and on a medication like Synthroid, Levothyroxine, or Armor but still feeling the effect of low thyroid even though your labs have started to come back “normal”
Think about this, if the labs are now “normal” why are you still suffering from low thyroid symptoms like;
• Increased sensitivity to cold
• Dry skin
• Unexplained weight gain
• Puffy face
• Muscle weakness
• Elevated blood cholesterol level
• Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
• Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
• Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
• Thinning hair
• Slowed heart rate
• Impaired memory
The problem is that only about 20% of people suffering from low thyroid will respond well to the cookie-cutter approach. There are over 25 different ways our thyroid hormones can go wrong and only one of them responds well to that model.
I too was in your shoes. I was feeling completely exhausted most of the day. I would get up in the morning and grab the biggest cup of coffee I could find. I would usually skip breakfast because I would almost feel nauseous. I’d make it till lunch then take a nap in the afternoon. Drag myself through the afternoon then have no energy to play with my kids when I got home. I’d then have trouble getting to sleep, wake up multiple times during the night then get up to do it again the next day. It was not until I went to my first functional medicine seminar that the lights went on. I had tried all of the conventional medicine approaches only to be told my tests were normal. The problem was, they weren’t doing the RIGHT tests. I finally had a thorough blood work done and found out I had this thing called “Hashimoto’s”???? What the heck is that?!? That is where my journey started. I then dove head first into functional medicine training and learned how to help myself. I now have tons of energy and feel great! I apply these same techniques to my patients with amazing results.
What is this Hashimoto’s thing anyway? Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune attack on your thyroid gland. Autoimmunity is when your body misrecognizes your own tissue as a foreign invader. It will then start to destroy that tissue and in the case of Hashimoto’s can lead to hypothyroidism or low thyroid function.
There is a a global epidemic of autoimmune disease taking place right now. It’s shocking how little attention it is getting. According to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association’s current statistics: 1 out of every 12 men and 1 out of every 9 women have autoimmune disease.
This is especially shocking when you understand how autoimmune disease is defined. An autoimmune disease is officially recognized when about 70 to 90% of the target disease is destroyed. You don’t just go from 0% to 70% destruction overnight. How many people do you think have undiagnosed autoimmune disease? Millions and millions.
Why aren’t more people talking about this? Is it because it’s not life threatening? No. Actually, autoimmune disease is the one of the top 10 leading causes of death in female children and women in all age groups up to 64 years of age.
And the numbers are higher than other major diseases: the NIH (National Institute of Health) thinks that up to 23.5 million Americans have autoimmune disease. 9 million have cancer, 22 million have heart disease.
In the US, thyroid autoimmune disease is the most common of all autoimmune disorders, affecting 7 – 8% of the U.S. population. By some estimates, autoimmune disease accounts for approximately 90% of all hypothyroid disorders and these are mostly due to Hashimoto’s.
So what do you do? Well the first thing is to get tested. We can help you get the antibody test to determine if you have Hashimoto’s, but finding out is just the first step. The medical approach is to simply monitor the gland over time as it gets destroyed. The problem with that model is the mechanism that CREATED the autoimmune process is still active and can possibly lead to more autoimmune reactions in the body. Our approach helps identify possible “Triggers” to the immune system and help eliminate them so your body can heal. We will look at more than just a couple lab markers. Based on the individual we can test for adrenal function, hormones, food sensitivities, parasites, infections, blood sugar, liver function, just to name a few. We look at you as a WHOLE person not just a piece or part.
If what you just read makes sense please give my office a call!! 614-367-9355 to get a free 15 minute consultation!