Functional Medicine – What are the Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders?
Tired of worrying about the negative side affects of long-term medication?
Tired of taking thyroid medication for the rest of your life?
What if there’s another answer, what if your body can stop the symptoms of thyroid disorders on its own?
Functional thyroid disorders are very common and generally overlooked in today’s healthcare model. Most patients that have functional thyroid imbalances do not have primary thyroid disorders.
We have learned a lot about genetics in the last 10 years. What we have found is that we are all completely different and unique, thus a lot of an individual’s information is overlooked in our current medical model. What may be a normal reading for someone else may be a serious problem for another. You have heard the analogy “one person’s garbage is another person’s treasure” and vice versa. This is why it is imperative to look at many factors of an individual and not just at one particular organ of the human body.
With thyroid disorders, it is not enough just to look at one number such as the thyroid stimulating hormone and say whether it’s too high or too low and prescribe medication for it. This does not fix the problem; it only suppresses your symptoms! At the FM& WC, we determine the causes for your numbers to bee too high or low. Then, we fix the cause and repair any damages that may have occurred, allowing the body to restore normal function on its own.
Let’s look closely at the production and pathway of thyroid hormones. First, you have a gland in your brain that sends a signal to your thyroid to produce thyroid hormones. Stress can block this signal. Once the thyroid hormones are stimulated the thyroid needs certain minerals to create the hormones. However, these minerals can be depleted due to several factors, including heavy metal toxicity. When the hormone is made, it has to be converted from inactive hormone to active hormone, primarily in the liver and up to 20% in you GI tract. Any dysfunction in the liver or GI tract can cause this conversion to decrease drastically leaving you with an inactive hormone. For instance in order for this to occur in your GI tract, you must have good bacteria in your gut, which most women do not.Then it has to be transported to the tissue which some may have transporting problems. When the hormone finally arrives at the tissue, it must react with the receptor to work. Similar to a lock and key – many things can jam the lock, such as competition from other hormones, including estrogen. Changes in your acidic/alkaline balance can disturb this process.
If you would like to look at these or other possible reasons for your thyroid dysfunction, please contact the FM&WC.
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