Advanced Health -  - Integrative Functional Medical Clinic

Advanced Health

Integrative Functional Medical Clinic located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Thyroid Disorders

One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder sometime in their life. Thyroid disease is now an epidemic with more men and women affected each year. Most of these people do not realize they have a thyroid problem and hence, do not know where to start looking for answers. In functional medicine, we look deeper at the underlying cause of why the thyroid disorder occurs in the first place. By defining a personalized treatment, the disorder can be quickly stabilized. Contact Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. since she specializes in thyroid and other endocrine disorders.

Thyroid disorders

Advanced Health

One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder sometime in their life.  Thyroid disease is now an epidemic with more men and women affected each year. Most of these people do not realize they have a thyroid problem and hence, do not know where to start looking for answers. In functional medicine, we look deeper at the underlying cause of why the thyroid disorder occurs in the first place. By defining a personalized treatment, the disorder can be quickly stabilized.

Thyroid disorders can be difficult to diagnosis especially since their symptoms are non-specific.  Thyroid issues can often be caused by nutrient deficiencies, toxin overload, and elevated blood sugar. If left untreated, the signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction will slowly worsen.  Our own immune system will eventually believe the thyroid gland is the enemy and develop antibodies to attack the thyroid (a.k.a., Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).

The thyroid begins to get eaten away by our own immune system leading to eventual destruction of the gland.  Conventional treatment often recommends surgery and lifetime use of prescription thyroid medication. Unfortunately since the underlying cause of the thyroid problem is not adequately addressed, these patients often continue to experience brain fog, fatigue, digestive issues, and other thyroid related symptoms.  

What is the Thyroid Gland?

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat. This gland plays a critical role in the endocrine system.  It is responsible for our metabolism, how much energy we burn and at what rate, along with the natural balance of chemical reactions in the body.

Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid can either be underactive (a.k.a., hypothyroidism) or overactive (a.k.a., hyperthyroidism). The problem can stem from many reasons including:

  • How much thyroid stimulating hormone is produced from the brain to inform the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone
  • How much thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland
  • How much thyroid hormone is available in the active form
  • How effectively is the active thyroid hormone taken up by the body’s cells
  • How many antibodies are present in the blood to attack and destroy the thyroid gland
  • How much thyroid hormone is converted into an inactive, non-usable form
  • Thyroid surgery or radiation which destroys thyroid tissue

Symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid gland include any of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Hot or cold temperature intolerance
  • Dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Constipation
  • Mood swings

Symptoms associated with an overactive thyroid gland include any of the following:

  • sudden weight loss
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • sweating
  • hair loss
  • skin thinning
  • increased appetite
  • tremor
  • nervousness
  • irritability
  • change in menstrual pattern
  • change in bowel patterns


At Advanced Health we integrate traditional western medicine and the best evidence-based eastern medicine to optimally managed thyroid disorders through whole-person healing. By  taking an extensive history, doing a physical exam and diagnostic blood tests, we can determine the underlying cause of the problem. Our functional medicine physicians have learned that proper nutrition, complementary alternatives like supplements and vitamins, plus lifestyle changes can dramatically help thyroid disorders go into remission.  Our integrative approach to thyroid disease can provide patients with a full range of treatments to support their whole body health.

Testimonials

Words from our patients

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    "Dr. Bhandari was able to provide the correct diagnosis where 2 other specialists failed. My experience with her was one of the best. Highly recommend."

    Daniel C.
  • Yelp

    "I am so happy to have found Dr. Bhandari. She is a knowledgeable, kind and talented physician...The medical field needs more doctors like Dr. Bhandari."

    Serena T.
  • Yelp

    "Dr Bhandari spent considerable time with me to understand all symptoms with a very thorough and holistic approach...She clearly cares for her patients' well being."

    Michael S.
  • Vitals

    "[Dr. South] is a wonderful doctor, great listening skills, fantastic diagnostic technician and a true professional."

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Location
Advanced Health
2201 Webster Street
Pacific Heights

San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-483-7080
Fax: 415-872-1140
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