Healthy Thyroid-Can’t Lose Weight? Fatigued? Anxiety/Depression? Autoimmune Disease?

The Best Natural healing for thyroid diseases

This information will give you a clear idea of what you have been dealing with and the dangers of not getting the correct treatments. There are so many symptoms, that it is easy to be confused with other diseases. For instance, one of the symptoms for hyperthyroidism is a fast heart rate, which is easily diagnosed as Atrial Fibrillation (Afib), which is a serious heart disease. Hypothyroidism, causes weight gain which causes high blood pressure which eventually can cause heart failure and  heart attack or stroke.

***Study theses symptoms, if you have any of theses symptoms, call an Alternative Medicine Doctor (one of the best is listed below) or go to your own doctor and have the proper tests done.***

What is Hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism Symptoms

It’s estimated that as many as 25 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and half of them have no idea that they do. Hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid, accounts for 90% of all thyroid imbalances.
The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the center of your neck, is the master gland of metabolism. How well your thyroid is functioning is inter-related with every system in your body. If your thyroid is not running optimally, then neither are you.
Why is hypothyroidism so under diagnosed in the USA?
Many symptoms of thyroid imbalance are vague and most doctors spend only a few minutes talking with patients to sort out the cause of their complaint.
Most conventional doctors use only one or two tests (TSH and T4) to screen for problems. They are not checking FT3, RT3 or thyroid antibodies.
Most conventional doctors use the ‘normal’ lab reference range as their guide only. Rather than listening to their patients symptoms, they use ‘optimal’ lab values and temperature as their guide.
Here are 10 signs that you could have an underactive thyroid:
1. Fatigue after sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night or needing to take a nap daily.
2. Weight gain or the inability to lose weight.
3. Mood issues such as mood swings, anxiety or depression.
4. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, irregular periods, infertility and low sex drive.
5. Muscle pain, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, or tendonitis.
6. Cold hands and feet, feeling cold when others are not, or having a body temperature consistently below 98.5.
7. Dry or cracking skin, brittle nails and excessive hair loss.
8. Constipation.
9. Mind issues such as brain fog, poor concentration or poor memory.
10. Neck swelling, snoring or hoarse voice.
Which lab tests are best to determine if you have a thyroid problem?
I check the below panel on each of my patients. Make sure your doctor does the same for you.
  • TSH
  • Free T4
  • Free T3
  • Reverse T3
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb)
  • Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
What are the ‘optimal’ lab values for thyroid tests?
In my practice, I have found that the below are the ranges in which my patients (and myself) thrive.  I listen to my patients as well and take how they are feeling into account.
  • TSH 1-2 UIU/ML or lower (Armour or compounded T3 can artificially suppress TSH)
  • FT4  >1.1 NG/DL
  • FT3 > 3.2 PG/ML
  • RT3 less than a 10:1 ratio RT3:FT3
  • TPO – <9 IU/ML or negative
  • TgAb – < 4 IU/ML or negative
What are 10 things you can do to improve your thyroid function?
1. Make sure you are taking a high quality multivitamin with Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Vitamin D and B vitamins.
2. Take a tyrosine and iodine supplement to help with the FT4 to FT3 conversion.
3. Go gluten-free! If you have Hashimoto’s, try going completely grain and legume free.
4. The adrenal glands and thyroid work hand and hand. I recommend restorative yoga and adaptogenic herbs, which support the adrenal glands in coping with stress.
5. Get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.
6. Have a biological dentist safely remove any amalgam fillings you may have.
7. Watch your intake of cruciferous vegetables. There is a bit of a debate surrounding this.
8. Get fluoride, bromide and chlorine out of your diet and environment.
9. Heal your gut. A properly functioning digestive system (gut) is critical to good health. To learn more, click here.
10. Find a functional medicine doctor in your area and have them run the above laboratory test and work with you to find our root cause of the thyroid imbalance.
How does you thyroid gland work?
Thyroid hormone production is regulated by a feedback loop between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and the thyroid gland. Hypothalamic thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) stimulates pituitary thyrotropin (TSH) synthesis and secretion.
In turn, TSH stimulates production and release of T4 and T3 from the thyroid gland. When enough T4 is produced, it signals to TRH and TSH that there is enough thyroid hormone in circulation and not to produce more.
About 85% of the hormone produced by our thyroid gland is T4, which is an inactive form of the hormone. After T4 is made, a small amount of it is converted into T3, which is the active form of thyroid hormone.
To complicate matters, T3 also gets converted into either Free T3 (FT3) or Reverse T3 (RT3). It’s the Free T3 that really matters in all of this, since it’s the only hormone that can attach to a receptor and cause your metabolism to rise, keep you warm, keep your bowels moving, mind working, and other hormones in check. The role of Reverse T3 is not well known, however, I do see it elevated in persons under extreme stress and those who have mercury toxicity.
And finally, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, is the most common form of hypothyroidism and its numbers are rising annually. An autoimmune disease is one in which your body turns on itself and begins to attack a certain organ or tissue believing its foreign.

A properly functioning thyroid gland takes in iodine from foods or supplements, and converts it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4 which are then released into the blood stream to make the body’s energy.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

There are two main causes of hypothyroidism. The first is a result of inflammation of the thyroid gland, which damages the thyroid cells and leaves them incapable of producing sufficient hormones. The most common cause of this kind of inflammation is Hashimoto’s disease (see below).

The second main cause of hypothyroidism is a result of the thyroid gland not being stimulated properly by the hypothalamus or pituitary gland. The rate of thyroid hormone production is controlled by the pituitary gland. If there is an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone circulating in the body to allow for normal functioning, the release of TSH is increased by the pituitary gland in an attempt to stimulate more thyroid hormone production. In contrast, when there is an excessive amount of circulating thyroid hormone, TSH levels fall as the pituitary attempts to decrease the production of thyroid hormone. In people with hypothyroidism symptoms, there is a persistent low level of circulating thyroid hormones.

Pituitary Gland Abnormalities

If the pituitary gland stops functioning properly, the thyroid gland may not produce the correct amount of thyroid hormone. Pituitary tumors or pituitary surgery can affect the pituitary gland’s functioning and lead to hypothyroidism.

Sheehan’s syndrome is a condition that causes damage to the pituitary gland. If a woman loses a life-threatening amount of blood or has severe low blood pressure after childbirth then the gland can be damaged, leading it to under-produce pituitary hormones.

Lack of Iodine

Iodine is needed for the production of the thyroid hormone. If the body does not have enough iodine then this can lead to hypothyroidism.

Types of Hypothyroidism

Hashimoto’s disease

The most common type of hypothyroidism in the US is Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis. It is an autoimmune disease – which means the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and organs. Hashimoto’s disease causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland, leading to inflammation and prevention of thyroid hormone production.

Thyroiditis

Thyroiditis is the inflammation of the thyroid gland. In this type of hypothyroidism, the thyroid hormone to leak out into the blood, raising their overall levels and leading to hyperthyroidism. After 1-2 months, this usually develops into hypothyroidism. Thyroiditis can be caused by viral or bacterial infection, as a result of an autoimmune condition and pregnancy.

Postpartum Thyroiditis

Like Hashimoto’s disease, postpartum thyroiditis is a thyroid condition that seems to be caused by a problem with the immune system. The first phase starts 1 to 4 months after giving birth when the damaged thyroid leaks thyroid hormones out into the bloodstream and symptoms of hyperthyroidism may occur. The second phase starts about 4 to 8 months after delivery when symptoms of hypothyroidism occur because the thyroid has lost most of its hormones. In most women who have postpartum thyroiditis, thyroid function returns to normal within 12 to 18 months after symptoms start.

Silent or Painless Thyroiditis

Symptoms are the same as in postpartum thyroiditis, but they are not related to having given birth.

Subacute Thyroiditis

Symptoms are the same as in postpartum and silent thyroiditis, but the inflammation in the thyroid leads to pain in the neck, jaw, or ear. Unlike the other types of thyroiditis, subacute thyroiditis may be caused by an infection.

Congenital Hypothyroidism

Babies can be born with a thyroid that does not function properly. Congenital hypothyroidism can lead to physical and mental growth problems, but early treatment can prevent these complications.

Traditional Hypothyroidism Treatment

Conditions such as hyperthyroidism, goiters, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer may be treated by partially or fully removing the thyroid gland, which can then lead to hypothyroidism. Radiation treatment of the thyroid can also lead to hypothyroidism. Radioactive iodine is a common treatment for hyperthyroidism and destroys the cells of the thyroid gland. Radiation is also used to treat people with head and neck cancers, Hodgkin’s disease and other lymphomas, and this can damage the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism.

Medication

A number of drugs can cause hypothyrodism. These include amiodarone, interferon alpha, interleukin-2, lithium, tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

Natural & Effective Hypothyroidism Treatment

Lifeworks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. At our Tampa Bay, Florida alternative medicine office we have been offering treatment for hypothyroidism for a long time and many of our patients have benefitted from it. Our patients fly in from all over the world because they simply can’t find clinics offering treatment for hypothyroidism and natural medicine for hypothyroidism where they live.

We have helped many patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. To become a patient or for more information feel free to call our New Patient coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web form with your request.

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What is Hyperthyroidism & Hyperthyroidism Symptoms

What is Hyperthyroidism

The thyroid gland is a small gland, normally weighing less than one ounce, located in the front of the neck. It is made up of two lobes that lie along the windpipe (trachea) and are joined together by a narrow band of thyroid tissue, known as the isthmus.

The thyroid releases thyroid hormones which regulate the metabolism, growth, development and body temperature. The two best-known thyroid conditions are Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) and Hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid).   Hyperthyroidism is a term which denotes that the thyroid is producing an excess of T3 and T4 which speeds up the body’s metabolism. Hyperthyroidism symptoms may not become obvious for a while and can be sometimes be mistaken for other conditions, if hyperthyroidism is not correctly diagnosed.

A properly functioning thyroid gland takes in iodine from foods or supplements, and converts it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4 which are then released into the blood stream to make the body’s energy.

Causes of Hyperthyroidism

There are a number of causes of hyperthyroidism. They include:

Graves’ Disease

Graves’ Disease (an autoimmune disorder) is the most common. It occurs more often in women and tends to run in families. In Graves’ disease, antibodies stimulate the thyroid to secrete too much hormone.  Graves’ disease is thought to be an autoimmune disease, and antibodies that are characteristic of the illness may be found in the blood. These antibodies include thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI antibodies), thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO), and TSH receptor antibodies. The triggers for Grave’s disease include stress, smoking, radiation to the neck, medications, and infectious organisms such as viruses.

Excessive Intake of Thyroid Hormones

Excessive doses of thyroid hormones frequently go undetected due to the lack of follow-up of patients taking their thyroid medicine. These patients can be identified by having a low uptake of radioactively-labelled iodine (radioiodine) on a thyroid scan.

Abnormal Secretion of TSH

A tumor in the pituitary gland may produce an abnormally high secretion of TSH (the thyroid stimulating hormone). This leads to the thyroid gland producing excessive thyroid hormones and hyperthyroidism occurring. This condition is very rare and can be associated with other abnormalities of the pituitary gland.

Excessive Iodine Intake

The thyroid gland uses iodine to make thyroid hormones. An excess of iodine may cause hyperthyroidism. Iodine-induced hyperthyroidism is usually seen in patients who already have an underlying abnormal thyroid gland. Certain medications, such as amiodarone (Cordarone), which is used in the treatment of heart problems, contain a large amount of iodine and may be associated with hyperthyroidism.

Types of Hyperthyroidism

Graves’ Disease

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid, leading to hyperthyroidism. The thyroid gland is stimulated to produce too much T-4, the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. The antibodies which usually help protect against viruses, bacteria mistakenly attack the thyroid and occasionally attack the tissue behind your eyes (Graves’ ophthalmopathy) and the skin of the lower legs over the shins (Graves’ dermopathy).

Thyroiditis

Sometimes the thyroid gland can become inflamed for unknown reasons causing excess thyroid hormone stored in the gland to leak into the bloodstream. Subacute thyroiditis, a rare form of thyroiditis causes pain in the thyroid gland. Other types are painless and may sometimes occur after pregnancy (postpartum thyroiditis).

Functioning Adenoma and Toxic Multinodular Goiter

A common part of the aging process is for the thyroid gland to become lumpier. These lumps do not produce thyroid hormones and require no treatment. Occasionally, a nodule may not respond to pituitary regulation via TSH and produces thyroid hormones independently.  When this occurs it is called a functioning nodule. If there is more than one functioning nodule, the term toxic multinodular goiter is used. Functioning nodules may be readily detected with a thyroid scan.

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms

Thisthyroid condition occurs when an excess of T3 and T4 speeds up the body’s metabolism and, if the mild condition is left untreated it can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Weight loss, despite eating a good amount of food
  • Increased appetite
  • Rapid pounding of the heart
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep
  • Increased sweating
  • More frequent bowel movements
  • Less frequent menstrual periods with lighter than normal menstrual flow
  • Tremor — usually a fine trembling in your hands and fingers
  • Sweating
  • Increased sensitivity to heat
  • Changes in bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements
  • An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of your neck
  • Fatigue, muscle weakness
  • Skin thinning
  • Fine, brittle hair

Natural Treatment for Hyperthyroidism

Lifeworks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. At our Tampa Bay, Florida alternative medicine office we have been offering treatment for hyperthyroidism for a long time and many of our patients have benefitted from it. Patients fly in from all over the world because they simply can’t find clinics offering comprehensive analysis of their hyperthyroidism symptoms and natural medicine for thyroid conditions where they live.

We have helped many patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. To become a patient or for more information feel free to call our New Patient coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web form with your request.

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D.C. N.M.D. D.C.B.C.N.
Dr. George Springer has practiced alternative medicine for 31 years with an emphasis on treating chronic disease conditions. He received his undergraduate BA from the University of Missouri in St. Louis and his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) from Logan University where he graduated magna cum laude. He went on to receive his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.) from the American Naturopathic Medical Institute a division of Breyer State University in Los Angeles, California.

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