Thyroid Health – Hypothyroidism Treatment

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Naturopathic Treatment for Hypothyroidism  

In medicine, the key to choosing the best treatment is an accurate diagnosis. If the diagnosis isn’t correct, the treatment will be ineffective – or even cause harm.

Unfortunately misdiagnosis is common in the management of hypothyroidism and other thyroid disorders. If you go to a doctor with hypothyroid symptoms, you’ll simply be given replacement hormones without any further inquiry into the cause of your condition.

Even worse, if you have hypothyroid symptoms but your lab tests are normal, you’ll be told you’re “fine,” with no further clue about the cause of your symptoms.

The problem with this approach is that thyroid physiology is complex. The production, conversion and uptake of thyroid hormone in the body involves several steps. A malfunction in any of these steps can cause hypothyroid symptoms, but may not show up on standard lab tests.

 

It’s incorrect and even negligent to assume that all cases of hypothyroidism share the same cause and require the same treatment. Yet that’s exactly what the standard of care for hypothyroidism delivers. It is well known that there are various patterns of thyroid dysfunction that won’t show up on standard lab tests and if you have one of these patterns, your thyroid isn’t functioning properly and you will have symptoms. 

A standard thyroid panel usually only includes TSH. The ranges for this marker vary from lab to lab, which is one of two main problems with standard lab ranges. The other problem is that lab ranges are not based on research that tells us what a healthy range might be, but on a bell curve of values obtained from people who come to the labs for testing.

Now, follow me on this. Who goes to labs to get tested? Sick people. If a lab creates its “normal” range based on test results from sick people, is that really a normal range? Does that tell us anything about what the range should be for health? 

Through further testing and taking a good case history, it is possible to find out the underlying causes of why your thyroid is not functioning optimally. As well as discover the pattern of hypothyroidism that you are suffering from, therefore addressing the underlying causes of your thyroid dysfunction.

Hypothyroidism can then be treated using evidence-based diet and lifestyle interventions, as well as herbal and nutritional supplementation. By doing this, it is possible to improve thyroid function and decrease associated symptoms. 

Call Oak Health today or book an appointment online to get help with your hyporthryoid symptoms and discuss the various reasons why a “normal” lab result, especially a “normal” and in range TSH may not always mean optimal thyroid function.

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