Struggling with weight loss? Can’t find the energy you use to have? Always cold, especially in your hands or feet? Experiencing changes in your hair, skin, or nails?
All of these issues are classic of a Thyroid problem and if you currently suffer with any of them you should have yours evaluated.
Unfortunately, however, many people go to their doctor with these very complaints only to be told that “everything is fine.” The doctor may have even ran a “thyroid” test and discovered that your levels were “within normal range” and that you have nothing to worry about.
“How can this be?” you ask yourself. “I know what I am feeling and that something isn’t right, so why did my labs say differently?”
It’s because your doctor most likely ran the WRONG test!
Most doctors simply run a TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) test and in many cases results come back within the “normal” range. The major problem with this is, TSH isn’t even a thyroid hormone!
TSH is actually secreted by your pituitary and it tells the thyroid to produce hormones. So to simply test TSH is only assuming what the thyroid is doing. And you know what happens when you AssUMe?
Wouldn’t it make better sense to evaluate the actual hormones that the thyroid produce? Hormones such as T4 and T3? Sure it does! Testing values such as fT3 (Free T3), fT4 (Free T4), Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) and Thyroglobulin Ab (Tg) would be a great way to accurately assess how your thyroid is preforming.
Most of the “usable” thyroid hormone (T3) is actually converted in your body and knowing how your body is doing this is essential to assessing your thyroid performance. In addition, Auto-Immune diseases such as Hashimoto’s and Grave’s diseases affect millions of people and should be screened for as well.
Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, this type of screening isn’t the “NORM” and is why so many people are walking around with undiagnosed thyroid issues. In many cases these people, mostly women, are told that “nothing is wrong and that it is all in their head.” Their doctor prescribes an anti-depressant or two and sends them out the door.
I can’t tell you how many people come to my office with thyroid complaints and tell me that they have “already been checked and it’s not their thyroid.” Almost a 100% of the time, after I run a PROPER thyroid test, we discover that they actually do have a thyroid issue.
I learned a long time ago, Symptoms ALWAYS Have Causes! Why many healthcare professionals simply ignore this fact when a lab result is “within normal ranges” has always boggled my mind.
There is Hope! If you do happen to struggle with a thyroid issue, having the PROPER test preformed with the proper treatment can eliminate your symptoms and help you regain your health.
In my office we also evaluate your adrenal glands because that is usually where the “TRUE” problem is. Most thyroid issues are eliminated by simply supporting and addressing adrenal issues.
This is a very important point because, too often, people are put on thyroid medications or supplements without ever having their adrenals checked. This is a major problem because the true cause is never addressed and complete healing will never occur. These individuals are “stuck” taking these medications (Synthroid, Armour, and others..) for the “rest of their lives.”
If this is you, and you are simply taking medications or supplements for your thyroid without working on supporting other systems such as your adrenals or even your gastrointestinal tract, I implore you to have those evaluated. As I mentioned earlier, simply addressing problems in those other areas will help your thyroid issues go away.
Some nutrients that you can use to help support your adrenals and thyroid are:
- Vitamin B6
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin C
In my office a use a supplement that combines: RNA/DNA Adrenal Tissue Factors; Echinacea; Vit. C; d-Calcium Pantothenate; Inositol; Mormon Tea; Sete Sangrias; RNA/DNA Spleen Tissue Factors; Zinc Chelate; Selenium Aspartate.
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of a thyroid problem, I suggest you locate and work with a qualified healthcare professional who will run the proper labs for you. In addition, work with someone who will not only “treat” your thyroid problem but will probe deeper to the cause of it. Only by taking this comprehensive approach to your health will you experience true healing and optimal health.
About the Author: Dr. Tunis Hunt Jr is a healthcare professional serving the Charlotte, NC area. His Bio-Nutrition program is an new and unique approach to health that searches for the “true” underlying causes of disease and symptoms. Utilizing the latest diagnostic labs and protocols, Dr. Hunt helps patients with a variety of symptoms and concerns. In addition, Dr. Hunt lectures throughout the community of a variety of health topics. To reach Dr. Hunt or to learn more about his Bio-Nutrition Program visit his website at: www.HuntForWellness.com.