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Video: Successful Treatment of Thyroid Disease

Happy patients, after having received effective Thyroid Disease treatment

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 many, or too few hormones and this can result in the metabolism speeding up or slowing down.

A lot of many people are not diagnosed with thyroid disease and their doctor tells them that their thyroid test results are normal. Approximately 50-60% of people have thyroid levels that not optimal.

In this video you will learn:

  • What is Thyroid Disease?
  • Symptoms of Thyroid Disease
  • The role of the Thyroid
  • Treatment for Thyroid Disease

Hi, it’s Dr. Minkoff,
LifeWorks Wellness Center.

I’m going to talk about successful treatment of thyroid disease.

Now really this starts with successful diagnosis, that’s what’s wrong with you is thyroid disease.

We did an experiment in our clinic a few years ago

which was what is going on in the world of thyroid

that so many people are either not diagnosed?

Like they go to their doctor and they they know that their mother had thyroid disease and their grandmother had thyroid disease and they think they have thyroid disease because they’re tired and they’re gaining weight and their skin is dry and their hair is falling out.

And they’re like this just isn’t me something’s wrong with me.

And they go to the doctor and he does a thyroid test on them

and he says your thyroid is absolutely normal that’s not what’s wrong with you.

You’re depressed, you’re menopausal, you’re something else but it’s not your thyroid.

If we look at that person and we say okay you have all the signs of thyroid disease

and thyroid disease is very common probably 50-60% of people walking around

are actually have low thyroids, not optimal thyroids, let’s call it that.

So then if you have to go back and you have to look at the testing.

Like the testing says, okay here’s the normals for thyroid hormone.

Now where the normals come from?

They come from the last year or two worth of lab results that the laboratory did

of all the people that came in there that got a thyroid test.

Now are those people screened for age, for health, for what medications they’re on?

Not at all.

This is just all the people who got a thyroid test.

And if you look at it, you’ll find it’s kind of a bell curve, okay.

And so what the lab does is they take the
five percent on this end, and they say no

and the five percent on this
end and they say no.

And they say, okay these are the normals.

Now that doesn’t have anything more to do with normal.

What if the guy who gave the
test was a 85 years old and he’s got three breaths to go and he got a thyroid test?

Or it’s an Olympic athlete at age 21

who’s got a thyroid test or it’s who knows?

And we know that three-quarters of the population or at least 60% of the population is hypothyroid.

So what you’re getting is you’re getting a screen of all the hypothyroid people and it shifts it all this way to make it look like that’s normal.

And you know what?
It’s not normal at all.

What’s normal is you’re not gaining weight, you have good energy, your skin’s not dry and your hair’s not falling out, that’s normal for you.

And whatever it takes to keep your thyroid level at, your thyroid hormone level at that level for you, is going to be the right amount for you.

So this is way way under diagnosed and I have had thousands of patients

where I gave them a little bit of thyroid and we just tease it up until and normally when I tell patients is because cold hands are very common sign of hypothyroid.

If your hands are cold all the time, if you’re cold all the time, you’re probably hypothyroid.

Okay, take a little thyroid, wait two weeks, any better? No. Okay, take a little more.
Any better? No. Wait two more weeks, take them a little more. Any better? Yeah my hands are warm

oh, and and and I’ve been eating the same but my weight went down a pound this week.

And she was, I have energy, I don’t need to take a nap in the afternoon.

Oh, okay.

Now let’s measure your blood test

and make sure that your
thyroid level is still in normal

and when they started, it was at the low end of normal

and now it’s still in the range but
it’s at the high end of normal,

which is where they need to be.
And now they are happy, okay.

So successful treatment of thyroid disease, is get their thyroid in a range so that they’re happy and their body’s functioning well and, and it’s, it’s an amazing thing

that when you get
someone who’s hypothyroid,

so that they’re not hypothyroid,
they’re happy.

They actually feel happy and they will
say my god I feel so much better.

I’m bright, I’m alert, I’m happy.

There’s even sort of a little tag that goes with it is even some joy like, wow!

Because for years they have
been wondering like what is going on with me?
How come it’s not working?

Now this is true for every hormone in the body. This just isn’t thyroid which I’m addressing today.

But if you look at estrogen, progesterone, testosterone or DHEA or any of these things.

There’s a normal level for you and that’s where the level should be.

And when the level is that way your body will feel good in that area, okay.

So that is what successful treatment of thyroid is.

And in our clinic the blood tests are so all over the place, that they’re many times
not really reliable, okay.

Because that blood was
one point in time on one day

does that mean it’s always there
or it’s always gonna be there?
No and sometimes
they’re very misleading.

We do another test in our
clinic on all new patients

and really it’s to detect what’s
going on with their thyroid.

We call it a
bio-energy testing

and the bio-energy testing we
actually can test their metabolism.

Is your metabolism running the way it’s supposed to be because thyroid controls metabolism.

Metabolism is the amount of energy that your body is generating

to keep you warm and to keep every cell in your body functioning.

And if your metabolism is low it means you’re slow.

And so if we measure it normal on this test is a hundred to a hundred and ten.

If your metabolism marker
is reading 75

you’re 25% low on your thyroid,

almost 100 percent of the time.

If you’re running 105 you’re perfect

I don’t care what your blood
tests show on your thyroid

your thyroids gonna be functioning okay because your metabolism is good, okay.

So take note if you’re walking around and you’re tired, there’s a very good chance your hypothyroid, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female there’s a really good chance.

And if your doctor is telling you that you’re fine, he’s probably wrong

and you oughta find someone who can
actually test this stuff in a meaningful way

and then get you to
where you could be

so that you are normal
thyroid and you’ll know it.

Okay, hope this helps, bye.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.