Presently, thyroid conditions are one of the most undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and mistreated conditions in the United States. Therefore, millions of Americans are walking around with various symptoms but have no idea that the underlying cause is actually a malfunctioning thyroid gland. Eighty percent of thyroid symptoms occur in women, and eighty percent of those cases are hypothyroid. Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland produces inadequate amounts of thyroid hormone or when you have a condition called Thyroid Hormone Resistance. A smaller amount of the population experiences hyperthyroidism, which is characterized by an overproduction of thyroid hormone.
Common Thyroid Symptoms
- Weight gain despite diet or exercise
- Sleep problems
- Hot flashes
- Feeling Cold
- Thinning hair or thinning outer 1/3 of the eyebrow
- Dry skin and brittle nails
- Brain fog
If you answered yes to any of the symptoms listed above, you may have a thyroid condition.
THYROID CONDITION FAQs
Why do I have symptoms and yet my blood work is normal?
Most doctors rely on the TSH test (thyroid stimulating hormone test) to determine if a person has thyroid dysfunction. This test has become the “gold standard” in the medical community. Unfortunately, there have been no studies published that show you have optimal thyroid function simply because your TSH is within normal range. At Genesis Health Solutions we run several non-typical thyroid hormone tests, including a Reverse T3 which gives a much more accurate way of determining your thyroid function.
What are common causes of thyroid dysfunction?
- Environmental challenges
- Pesticides and chemicals (can disrupt hormones)
- Ionizing and non-iodizing radiation
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Iodine and selenium deficiency
- Leaky gut syndrome (affects up to 95% of Americans)
- Poor nutrition
- Cellular inflammation
- Chronic stress
Why do I still have symptoms even though I am taking thyroid medication?
There are several aspects to consider when it comes to thyroid dysfunction, and the problem is much more complex than just taking a simple thyroid hormone medication like Synthroid, Levolthyroxine, Armour, etc. First, the prescription hormone must be converted from the inactive form to the active form once inside the body. This conversion takes place primarily in the liver and the gut. If someone is experiencing a sluggish liver or a leaky gut, the hormone will not convert properly, resulting in a continuation of symptoms.
Secondly, if a person is toxic or under a lot of stress, the inactive from of the hormone may convert to Reverse T3 creating a condition known as Reverse T3 Dominance. Until the toxicity and stress are addressed and removed the symptoms will not go away regardless of how much thyroid medication a person takes.
Lastly, the thyroid gland does not work by itself but works together with the hypothalamus gland, pituitary gland, adrenal glands, and the liver. All must be functioning properly in order to have optimal thyroid function.
What is autoimmune thyroid?
Autoimmune conditions affecting the thyroid can present as hypothyroid, also known as Hashimoto’s, or hyperthyroid, also known as Graves’s Disease. An autoimmune disease is a condition in which the body attacks itself. In the case of autoimmune thyroid conditions, your body is attacking its own thyroid gland, thyroid hormone receptors, or thyroid hormones, etc. At Genesis Health Solutions we do special testing to determine if someone’s thyroid condition is autoimmune related. While we address both thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions, it is important to have a proper diagnosis as the approach to healing is different.
At Genesis Health Solutions we do not treat diseases or conditions, but apply a systematic approach aimed at removing sources that cause disease, correcting nutritional deficiencies and healing your body at the cellular level, where healing begins. Call us today at 434-316-0001 to see how we can help you get back on the road to great health!
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