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THYROID

Thyroid is a gland located on either side of the Adam’s apple. It produces a hormone called thyroxine (T4) that is circulated throughout the body. When it arrives at specific sites, i.e. liver, intestional tract, it is converted to an active form of thyroid hormone called triiodothyronine (T3). This hormone works at the cell level and stimulates all the cells in the body. It is intricately involved in regulating metabolic rate and facilitating growth in children.

HYPOTHYROIDISM

The most common imbalance in the thyroid gland is called hypothyroidism. This indicates the gland is operating below its normal level of capacity. Some of the symptoms that denote hypothyroidism are:

Depression
Fatigue/exhaustion/Sluggishness
Dry skin
Decreased libido
Dry, coarse hair/hair loss, brittle fingernails, adult acne, loss of outer third of eyebrow
Menstrual problems
Poor memory and/or concentration
Morning headaches
Infertility
Slow or weakened heartbeat/irregular rhythm
Myxedema-drooping, swollen eyes

The most common cause of hypothyroid is Hashimotos disease. This is an autoimmune response where the body develops antibodies against the thyroid gland and attacks it. This creates inflammation and eventually will destroy the gland itself. As a general rule, in our office, we do not commonly find hypothyroid problems as the primary cause of an individual’s malaise. Even if it is revealed in the patient’s history and confirmed by laboratory testing, quite often it is reactive due to other dysfunctions in the body. Before we treat hypothyroidism as the primary problem we first examine (and correct) the following:

Adrenal dysfunction
Hypoglycemia
Hormonal imbalances
Heavy metals
Digestive dysfunctions-candida, parasites, gliadin or gluten sensitivity
Virus and bacterial infection
Chemical toxicity/food intolerances
Nutrient deficiency

HYPERTHYROIDISM

When the thyroid gland becomes overactive and secretes excess thyroxine (T4) it is considered to be hyperactive. This will speed up the body’s normal metabolic rate and create some of the following symptoms:

Increased or decreased appetite
Weight loss
Increased heart rate
Palpitations
Malabsorption
Hand tremors
Increased blood pressure
Noticeably increased perspiration
Changes in menstrual cycle
Nervousness, anxiety and irritability

There are varying types of hyperthyroidism. The most common is called Graves Disease. This is an autoimmune response in which the body produces antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to produce excess thyroxine. Along with the other symptoms, Graves Disease is accompanied by:

Bulging eyes
Itchy and thickened skin on the legs

In our office, we commonly find hyperthyroidism results from some of the following problems:

Parasites
Bacterial and viral infections
Metal toxicity
Toxins