Tired and sluggish? Dry skin and hair? Need more sleep? Colder than others? Gain weight easily?
If so, you may be one of the 30 percent of the United States population that has a thyroid hormone dysfunction. You also may be one of the many people treated for thyroid problems, but due to what look like normal lab tests, are not treated appropriately. January is National Thyroid Awareness month, and it is time to find out precisely what is up with your thyroid. The function of the thyroid gland – a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck – is extraordinarily important in the body. Every organ, every tissue, every cell is affected by thyroid hormones. Everything from the body process that produces energy and body heat, to blood circulation, to muscle and skin tone, to the function of nerves are affected. The thyroid also helps regulate other glands, especially those related to sex hormones and blood sugar.
Even a slightly low thyroid function can have long-ranging effects on your health. Research studies have shown that there is increased risk of diseases that can go undetected until diagnosed as high blood pressure, angina, or diabetes, for example. Joint pain and decreased mobility, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety or depression can be associated with even slightly low thyroid function. Premature delivery in low thyroid pregnant woman occurs at twice the rate than normal women, with associated danger to the baby.
The current methods of testing for thyroid dysfunction include the “gold standard,” which is resting metabolic rate (RMR), and blood thyroid measurements. However, values in the normal range can leave you wondering what is wrong with you because you still feel tired, need more sleep, are cold, have dry skin and hair, gain weight, and more. Often, antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications are then prescribed. But the symptoms persist. What can be very confusing is for those of you who regularly take your thyroid medication and are monitored by a doctor, yet continue to feel worse, needing ever increasing doses of thyroid medication. In fact, if you ever forget to take the thyroid medicine, you may not even feel any different. Or others of you whose symptoms are classic for low thyroid, being tired, constipated, depressed, cold all the time, then suddenly the next week your heart races, you can’t fall asleep, feel anxious and may have tremors. Both of these are exactly what happens with the auto-immune thyroid condition know as Hashimoto’s. This needs specific blood tests to confirm, but then treatment has to center around the immune system in order to be successful. Management with TSH-only blood tests and changes in dosage of thyroid medication fall short of addressing the real problem. The good news is there is a way to tell us exactly what is going on with your thyroid function that is non-invasive, fast, easy, and much less expensive than blood tests. It is even more accurate than the long-standing practice of taking morning basal body temperatures. It has been clinically proven in over 60,000 patients who, not only after treatment tested in the normal range, but more importantly, regained their energy, hair, and skin moisture, lost weight, and decreased their need for sleep. In less than 15 minutes, without disrobing, drawing blood, or leaving the doctor’s office, the Thyroflex™machine can determine thyroid function by measuring the speed of a reflex in your arm. You will get a report that shows you specifically whether have low, high, or optimal thyroid function. Thyroflex™ testing is available right here in Prescott from Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf, NMD at Partners in Health Care, Naturally. And she is the right doctor to follow up with you with treatment because of her focus on thyroid health.
After working with Dr. Kasdorf, “JC” had the energy to get through her demanding day and still take a walk when she got home. She found the confidence to talk things out with her significant other and now they are closer and having more fun. She even managed an airplane trip to visit with difficult family members, got along well, and didn’t crash when she got back. If you identify yourself or someone you know with low thyroid symptoms, you owe it to your health to take the test! There is no better time than now, as Dr. Kasdorf is offering a free “Why Do I Feel This Way?” report with each Thyroflex™ thyroid test this month. Call Partners in Health Care Naturally now for an appointment: 928-445-2900. QCBN
Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf, NMD focuses on thyroid testing and treatment in her Naturopathic medical practice. She knows exactly what to do for you to get back your Get-up-and-Go!