Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, is a modern epidemic, especially among women. Most conventional medical doctors do insufficient testing, don’t ask enough questions about the patient, and are far too quick to prescribe synthetic thyroid hormone before they understand what is happening with a person’s biochemistry.
Qualified functional wellness practitioners, such as myself, will discover the root cause of your hypothyroid symptoms and in most cases will not find thyroid hormone supplementation necessary.
Here are four reasons to get a second — and even third — opinion from a qualified functional wellness practitioner.
- Synthroid and Armour only cover up symptoms.
Covering up these symptoms keeps you from uncovering the real problem.
Surprisingly, thyroid symptoms are typically not even the result of a direct thyroid problem. The thyroid dysfunction is usually a symptom itself – a symptom of dysfunction in another seemingly unrelated body system. In my practice I have found that a large portion of my “hypothyroid” clients really were suffering from adrenal gland insufficiency, a condition that is easily resolved with lifestyle changes and natural supplementation.
2. Often, the problem is not a lack of thyroid hormone.
95% of thyroid hormone produced is the inactive form, called T4. This must be converted into the active form, T3, to be utilized by your body.
In many cases there is no shortage of the main thyroid hormone, T4. Rather, the problem lies in the person’s inability to convert this T4 into T3, the active form of thyroid hormone that the body’s cells can use. Adding more thyroid hormone to this equation does not change the result.
3. Long-term supplementation with synthetic or natural thyroid hormone will slow and eventually shut down your thyroid’s ability to produce any hormone.
Over time, the dose of thyroid hormone you must take will steadily increase because of this effect. The tragedy is that this is happening to many people who actually had a healthy thyroid to begin with.
If you avoid taking thyroid hormones, or if you have not been taking them for long, thyroid function can return once the root causes of thyroid insufficiency are identified and your body receives the natural support it needs to repair itself.
4. About 90% of hypothyroid cases are actually Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system attacks the thyroid tissue. Most conventional doctors do not bother to test for this condition. Even those who do test usually don’t treat Hashimoto’s any differently than they do simple hypothyroidism. Synthroid and Armour only cover up symptoms, and in the case of Hashimoto’s, do nothing to stop or even slow the steady destruction of your thyroid gland.
There are many contributing factors to Hashimoto’s, which are easily tested for. In addition, the progression of thyroid damage can be slowed significantly through dietary changes. We must also rule out possible stealth infections that can also be responsible for this slow thyroid destruction.
So please think twice before accepting a diagnosis of primary hypothyroidism.
If you’re concerned that you have hypothyroidism or undiagnosed Hashimoto’s, or if you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s but your doctor has only given you prescription drugs to manage symptoms, I urge you to consult with me to uncover the real story of your health and to give your body the support it needs to heal.
I’ll help you find just what is behind your thyroid symptoms and support your body to restore true, natural health.
Call my office at Depke Wellness for a complimentary 20-minute consultation to find out how I can help you or a loved one with their symptoms: (949) 954-6225.