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Are you suffering from thyroid symptoms despite being told your lab results are normal?
Are you still suffering thyroid symptoms yet you've been told your labs are normal? Are you on thyroid hormones and still have symptoms? Are you being told your thyroid is fine by your doctor yet you don't feel normal?
You're not alone. Millions of people, mostly women, suffer from thyroid symptoms and the standard medical model of healthcare has failed them.
Autoimmune Hashimoto's is the cause in most cases of Hypothyroidism.
In America, 90 percent of all hypothyroidism is actually Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. If this damage is significant then thyroid hormones may be necessary. However, this doesn't address the autoimmune attack on the thyroid. This is why so many people still suffer from thyroid symptoms daily even though their lab tests come back normal when put on medication. It is also why symptoms can persist after the thyroid gland has been removed because some of the tissue still remains and the body can attack the remaining parts of the thyroid. Also, there are substances in our diet that are similar in structure to thyroid in which our body can attack when ingesting foods containing those substances.
Is your doctor telling you that you're fine?
In regards to the current medical model a lot of hypothyroid patients should be "fine." When lab results come in within a certain range then that is considered normal. However, as doctors we must examine this more closely with functional medicine, or as we call it in my practice, functional health so that there is no confusion that we are using clinical nutrition not prescriptions. With that being said there have been many patients that have been able to get there autoimmunity under control with the protocols we utilize in our office that have been life changing. We look at lab results within a functional rather than pathological range. Typically doctors have a very wide range for TSH which fails to diagnose many of those that are actually suffering from a thyroid disorder.
When you get your lab results typically only blood markers that are out of the "normal" range are examined. Notably, TSH when evaluating the thyroid. In addition to TSH there should also be TPO and TBO antibodies tested to determine for autoimmunity. Other markers, including free T3, T4, and thyroid binding globulins, help us get the bigger picture of what is going on along with markers from a complete blood panel.
Why are additional labs necessary?
Additional labs are necessary so that the underlying cause of why you are still having symptoms can be determined. Many times other factors can cause hypothyroidism symptoms, such as:
We require patients to bring in there most current labs, get the lab work done at a local drawing center or come in to get there blood taken and we will have labcorp pick up the sample and run the tests. The following tests are required: CBC with Differential, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Comprehensive Thyroid panel with TSH, Thyroid Antibodies.
We use nutritional protocols and clinical grade supplements that support and address the underlying cause of your thyroid imbalance for optimal health. Controlling the autoimmunity is addressed to help manage the autoimmune attack on the thyroid by the body. It is vital to help control the thyroid especially when addressing other health conditions. A sub-functioning thyroid often makes other health conditions hard to manage as well.
Dr. Datis Kharrazian's thyroid book.
These principles and more are discussed in the groundbreaking thyroid book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci. Dr. Kharrazian’s teachings have revolutionized the way practitioners (DCs, MDs, and others) are approaching Thryoid/Autoimmune diseases. I use the knowledge from attending Apex Seminars which are developed by Dr. Kharrazian in my practice so that patients can achieve relief and stop suffering.
For help managing your thyroid condition, please contact my office at 251-375-0012. Our Functional Medicine (Functional Health) part of our office requires certain intake paperwork and requirements before scheduling an appointment. Be sure to visit the new patient area where you will find the required forms for you to download and fill out which can then be scanned and emailed to us or dropped off no later 48 hours before your appointment.
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