Classic signs of thyroid hormone deficiency, or hypothyroid symptoms, include fatigue, hair loss, cold hands and feet, poor memory, muscle and joint pain, depression, high cholesterol, constipation and most frustrating of all, the inability to lose weight no matter what you eat or how much you exercise!
Over the past 7 years, I have seen a large influx of patients that are placed on synthetic thyroid hormones to treat the above symptoms. Many of these individuals responded well to thyroid hormone initially, but were no longer receiving as much benefit from its use. Furthermore, many of them continued to develop additional symptoms such as dry eyes, dry and bleeding nasal passages, and dry hair and skin. Most of them were also experiencing greater loss of hair.
Do you STILL have thyroid symptoms even though your lab tests are normal?
Did you know that certain nutrient deficiencies and emotional stress can lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism? There are also environmental factors that can affect thyroid hormone production. Oral contraceptives and estrogen containing medications have been shown to reduce the amount of active thyroid.
Many herbicides and pesticides contain estrogen mimicking compounds known to effect thyroid hormone production. Soy foods and sodas can cause a reduction in thyroid hormone. Certain food allergies and selenium deficiency are linked to autoimmune thyroid dysfunction. Heavy metal exposure through air, water, dental fillings etc. have been linked to poor thyroid function. Remember that improving thyroid disease is never just as simple as taking a medication.
Thyroid dysfunction always has a cause!
A Doctor trained in the principles of Functional Medicine, or Lifestyle Medicine, will perform a comprehensive exam and laboratory work up that will identify the hidden cause(s) that conventional wisdom often ignores. Remember, your body can be inspired to make its own thyroid hormone providing that all the essential nutrients necessary are present in the diet or provided through advanced nutritional supplementation.
Most patients that come to me initially are taking some form of synthetic thyroid medication. Most were told that the medication was a lifelong necessity. And yet our experience demonstrates that very often the medication becomes unnecessary as the true, underlying causes(s) of the thyroid problems are discovered and supported naturally with lifestyle modifications that no drug can duplicate.