The thyroid gland is located at the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces two main hormones called T3 and T4 which are transported in the blood to all parts of the body. These hormones control the rate of many activities in your body including how fast calories are burned and how fast or slow a person’s heart rate is. Combined, these activities are often referred to as the metabolism. When thyroid disease occurs and the thyroid gland is compromised it may produce too few, or too many, hormones and this can result in the metabolism either slowing down or speeding up. These conditions are referred to as underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). When these occur it is important that the person seeks thyroid treatment.
Natural Medicine Views on Thyroid Disease
- Deficiencies – to maintain a healthy thyroid gland you need a good diet. The two main nutrients that the thyroid needs to function properly are iodine and tyrosine. Unfortunately, in today’s world the soil has become so depleted of iodine that it is rarely present in food. A blood test will reveal iodine levels in the body and if they are low it is important to supplement. Tyrosine is an amino acid which the body gets from protein, and so adequate protein intake is important for proper thyroid function.
- Diet – can contribute to thyroid disease in particular, wheat. Many people are wheat sensitive and this can aggravate inflammation in the thyroid area, leading to problems.
- Environment – the many thousands of chemicals and toxins in the environment, including radiation from chemical plants, can cause serious thyroid problems as these chemicals bind in the thyroid and prevent it functioning properly.
- Hormones – the two key hormones which can disrupt thyroid function are estrogen and cortisol. If the body is producing an excess of these hormones, or if they are not metabolizing them properly, they can inhibit the thyroid.
Conventional Thyroid Treatment
Thyroid treatment for hypothyroidism usually involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Levothroid, Synthroid, others). This oral medication should restore hormone levels to normal and the symptoms of underactive thyroid should decrease. The patient should experience increased energy, weight loss, cessation of hair loss, and so on. However, there is usually no “coming off” of this prescription medication, even when symptoms subside and many patients do not relish a life-long reliance on synthetic hormones. Also, this synthetic hormone has to be converted to the active form of T3. Sometimes, this conversion is not working properly, resulting in all the same symptoms of hypothyroid.
With this type of thyroid treatment it may also take a while to determine the correct dosage of levothyroxine, as every patient’s requirement is different. Most doctors check the level of TSH after 3 months and then again every year, since under- or over-medicating with this medication can lead to other symptoms occurring.
Hyperthyroidism is much less common than its opposite condition, hypothyroidism and that can make it more difficult to diagnose. Thyroids treatment for hyperactive thyroid may include radioactive iodine which causes the thyroid gland to shrink. Unfortunately, in many cases, this shrinkage causes the thyroid activity to slow considerably and may lead to hypothyroidism occurring.
Another thyroid treatment for hyperactive thyroid is the prescription of anti-thyroid medications. These medications may include propylthiouracil and methimazole (Tapazole) which can reduce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. However, both drugs can cause serious liver damage and can lead to increased susceptibility to infection.
Beta blockers may also be prescribed, not to reduce thyroid levels, but to reduce a rapid heart rate and help prevent palpitations. Side effects of this thyroid treatment may include fatigue, headache, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea or dizziness.
A radical treatment for overactive thyroid is thyroid surgery (thyroidectomy) where most of the thyroid gland is removed. Risks of this surgery include damage to vocal cords and parathyroid glands and the patient will require lifelong treatment with levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, others) to supply your body with normal amounts of thyroid hormone.
Natural Thyroid Disease Treatment
Effective thyroid treatment requires the correct evaluation and that is what is performed at LifeWorks Wellness Center. If a patient’s blood test reveals they have thyroid disease then the practitioner will look for the causes of the disease, rather than just prescribing medication to mask, or manage, the symptoms. An evaluation will be performed to determine if the thyroid condition has been caused by nutritional deficiencies, allergies, hormone imbalance, heavy metals, chemicals or invading organisms or some combination of these factors.
When the cause of the thyroid disease has been found, natural thyroid disease treatment can begin to fix the root of the problem, and the proper thyroid function can be restored.
Where Find Natural Thyroid Disease Treatment
LifeWorks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. At our Tampa Bay, Florida alternative medicine office we have been offering natural thyroid disease treatment (link) for a long time and many of our patients have benefitted from it. Our patients fly in from all over the world because they simply can’t find clinics offering natural thyroid disease treatment and natural medicine for thyroid disease where they live.
We have helped many patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. To become a patient or for more information feel free to call our New Patient coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web inquiry with your request.
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