Neurometabolic Care

Thyroid/Autoimmune

Thyroid Disease & The Modern Epidemic of Underdiagnosed Conditions

thyroid-issuesAccording to the National Women’s Health Information Center, one in eight women will experience a thyroid disorder during their lifetime.

20 million Americans are affected by thyroid disorders….that’s 1 in 13 people. And more than half of those people are unaware they have a thyroid problem because it frequently goes undiagnosed….until the symptoms become severe.

The Thyroid is a workhouse that get signals from the brain and controls the level of activity of many tissues in the body.

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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  1. Fatigue, tiredness, or sluggishness
  2. Cold feet and/or hands
  3. Require excessive amounts of sleep to function
  4. Gain weight easily
  5. Have difficult or infrequent bowel movements
  6. Depression
  7. Lack of motivation
  8. Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
  9. Thinning hair or excessive hair loss
  10. Dryness of the skin and/or scalp
  11. Mental sluggishness

overactive-thyroidSymptoms of Hyperthyroidism

  1. Heart Palpitations
  2. Inward Trembling
  3. Increased Pulse (even at rest)
  4. Gain weight easily
  5. Difficulty gaining weight
  6. Nervous and Emotional
  7. Insomnia
  8. Night Sweats

Thyroid disease can have little to do with the actual Thyroid gland itself.  The Thyroid is one of the most susceptible tissues to our own body’s immune system attack.  Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which the patient’s immune system attacks the Thyroid. Patients that suffer from Hashimoto’s experience some or all of the above symptoms.

How does the Thyroid work?

The thyroid “runs” our metabolism. It is the “gas pedal” of the body.

Thyroid hormones have a direct effect on most organs, including the heart, which beats faster and harder under the influence of increased thyroid hormones (this is why heart problems can often accompany chronic thyroid problems in women, and perhaps why heart problems are more common in women under the age of 50).

T3 is the more biologically active hormone. It’s more important for cellular function, and in fact, 80% of T4 is converted to T3 in the Liver, Small intestines and peripheral tissues. Basically, T4 is just a precursor for the more active hormone, T3.

One of the problems in some thyroid disorders is that you may have trouble converting T4 to T3 in your tissues. Most patient have not been checked for this. This can create a deficiency of the active Thyroid Hormone T3, disrupting the body’s ability to properly regulate metabolism, which leads to specific symptoms.

The problem is that there are over 20 different causes of thyroid underperformance.

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Testing is Crucial in Thyroid conditions

Sensitivity Testing: to determine if you have sensitivity to gluten (wheat, rye, oats, and barley), milk, eggs, yeast, and soy. If you are sensitive to ANY of these food groups, it could be making your symptoms worse as it will increase inflammation in your brain and throughout your body!

Here are some of the symptoms of these sensitivities:

  1. Chronic pain or fatigue
  2. Frequent indigestion
  3. Bloated after eating
  4. Frequent loose bowel movements
  5. Constipation
  6. Mouth ulcers or sores
  7. Frequent vomiting

Complete Blood Panels further identify the problem by using specific blood tests such as:

  1. An Expanded Thyroid panel (including antibodies)
  2. A complete metabolic panel (CMP)
  3. A lipid panel
  4. A CBC (complete blood chemistry with auto differential)

Other testing that can shed light on the metabolic parts of Thyroid Disease includes Food Sensitivity Testing, GI Function, NeuroAdrenal Testing, and Toxic Metal Testing.

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Thyroid Disease Diagnosis

Antecedents, Triggers and Modulators are part of the model of complex symptomology analysis assembled by the Functional Medicine Institute in understanding these new conditions.  With Thyroid disease, it is necessary to investigate all aspect of the patients health.

How are we going to help your Thyroid Condition?

  • Find through your lab tests, the antigens or causes of dysregulation.
  • Remove the causes of dysregulation through specific dietary changes.
  • Repair your damaged tissues with specific nutritional supplements.
  • Balance your immune system with specific nutrients and vitamins.
  • Find through neurological tests, imbalances in FOF in your brain.
  • Improve your brain function with oxygen and brain based therapies.

For more information, please call The Wellness Pros, a Santucci Chiropractic Corporation at (408) 871-8222

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