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The Thyroid Dilemma

Thyroid dysfunction now an epidemic in the US!

Thyroid dysfunction is almost epidemic in the United States, and can affect every cell, organ, gland, and function in the body.  At least 24 major patterns of thyroid disease have been discovered. It is always extremely important to accurately diagnose and treat thyroid problems.  Thyroid conditions possibly lead to a variety of more serious illnesses. The causes of thyroid problems are diverse and numerous;  including infections of the head and neck, such as chronic root canal, mercury amalgam and heavy metal toxification.  Chronic viral and microbial infections, along with autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s and Grave’s syndromes also contribute to dysfunction.

Does significant pathology lurk beneath the surface?

Thyroid gland dysfunction is not always accompanied by obvious tell-tale signs such as goiter, bulging eyes or hair loss. A latent form of mixed thyroid dysfunction is common and minor swelling or knots may be barely visible.  However, sometimes significant pathology lurks beneath the surface in the form of toxic or cancerous nodules. So, occasionally, a thyroid scan is necessary to clarify a diagnosis.

Causes of thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s or Graves

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid condition in the U.S. About 90% of these cases are autoimmune in nature; they’ve been named Hashimoto’s. I will mention, as a side note, that a frequent mistake in treating these thyroid cases is not identifying the cause(s) of this autoimmune condition, but simply putting the patient on Synthroid or a related synthetic version of this T4 drug and hoping it will convert into T3 (the active hormone.) Additionally, the fact that many patients are allergic to one or more of the fillers used in its manufacture is usually overlooked. Another mistake is giving Hashimoto’s patients too much iodine, further aggravating their condition. It’s usually best to be treated by a doctor versed in holistic or functional medicine. Who is focused on treating causes, and thoroughly understands the complexities of thyroid syndromes.

A less common, but very disruptive thyroid condition, is called Grave’s disease. It is autoimmune in nature and creates a significant hyper-function of the gland.  This can cause heart conductivity problems like tachycardia, as well as tremors, sweats and weight loss. Conventional medicine’s approach is to remove or destroy the gland and put the patient on Synthroid or other medication. Usually, no attempt at all is made to determine the root causes of the underlying autoimmune condition. If you hope to save your thyroid, you will need to deviate from solely conventional endocrinological approaches and seek a truly holistic doctor to work with. This requires more in depth blood and hormone testing, and testing for chronic viruses/pathogens and heavy metal toxicity.

Even though your blood chemistries are within normal ranges you still have symptoms why?

And finally, you don’t need to settle for having your thyroid blood chemistry markers within the normal statistical reference range while using Synthroid, yet still having most of the lingering symptoms of hypothyroidism such as stubborn weight gain, cold extremities, and sensitivity to cold, high cholesterol, fatigue, constipation, brain fog and/or anxiety of unknown origin to name a few. There is a holistic answer to all of this; it need not remain the frustrating dilemma it often ends up as.   Call us and we will give you a free 10 minute phone consult with Dr. Cushing to discuss your issues and what we can do for you!

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