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