Thyroid
Thyroid Connection

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a disorder characterized by an underactive thyroid.  The thyroid gland, one of the largest endocrine glands, influences almost every cell in your body.   It is crucial for regulating your metabolism and weight, by controlling the fat-burning process.  Thyroid hormones are also required for the growth and development in children and in nearly every physiological process in your body.    Therefore, when there is a deficiency along the thyroid pathway, the lack of balance of those hormones can wreak havoc on your body.

What Are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Dry Skin
  • Hair Loss
  • Constipation
  • Swelling
  • Brain Fog                           


Diagnosing a thyroid issue

  •  There are a few steps you can take to confirm if an under active thyroid is an issue.  TSH tests and blood tests are useful to help diagnose thyroid problems but should not be used alone. Symptoms are the most important factor. 
  • It is rare that a blood chemistry thyroid panel will show your true condition because the values measured are only about 30% accurate. It is common for a person with thyroid problems to have a completely normal thyroid panel. This is why the Thyroid Panel is considered by many to be inadequate. It is common for a hypothyroid person to have a low TSH value, which is usually interpreted as hyperthyroidism, not the reverse, despite many symptoms of low thyroid (depression, dry skin, weight problems, chronic infections, female problems, hair loss, low blood sugar, and so on). 
  • TSH tests are not as scientifically accurate as they need to be. There is a sophisticated test to reveal even mild low thyroid and it is the TRH (Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone) test. This test requires an injection, followed by one or more blood draws at 15, 30 and 45 minute intervals. This test is accurate, but is expensive and inconvenient for both patient and the lab. 
  • HERE IS A SIMPLE AND ACCURATE TEST FOR BOTH HYPOTHYROIDISM & HYPERTHYROIDISM THE BODY TEMPERATURE TEST
    •  There is one simple thing almost anyone can do at home to uncover a thyroid problem: Take your own temperature! The "basal body temperature" test was developed by Broda O. Barnes, M.D. Because thyroid hormone is so vital to cellular metabolism, reduced thyroid function often manifests as deviation in body temperature away from the normal level of 98.6oF / 37oC. Barnes recommended the following procedure: Immediately upon awakening, and with as little movement as possible, place the thermometer under the tongue or in the rectum. Leave it there for 10 minutes. Record the readings on three consecutive days at exactly the same time of day.Note : a modern digital thermometer can give a reading in less than a minute, but it is wise to check the accuracy with a clinical thermometer first, then if deemed accurate it is so much more convenient to use the digital thermometer


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