Thyroid Problems

Most doctors will only do limited testing when a patient is suspected of having thyroid problems.  These tests, unfortunately, are aimed at treating only one kind of hypothyroidism, one that can be effectively treated by patented pharmaceutical drugs.  Some people  respond well to them, but  others  show no improvement in symptoms even if the blood levels improve and the doctor is satisfied with the treatment.  If you as a patient, continue to experience low body temperature, dry skin, dry hair and hair loss, weight gain, constipation, heat and/or cold intolerance, low libido, mild depression, poor concentration, brittle nails, poor concentration and memory, slow pulse and low blood pressure, you might still have a thyroid problem.  You deserve a more thorough evaluation.  Some conditions that may cause these problems yet not be helped enough by the standard thyroid medications are iodine deficiency, auto-immune thyroid problems, thyroid receptor problems (Wilson Temperature Syndrome), Adrenal Insufficiency (Adrenal Fatigue) and some types of chronic infections.

Patients diagnosed with a type of hyperthyroidism called Graves disease are told that their only options are removal of the thyroid gland, irradiation of the thyroid or a toxic medication that will suppress the ability of the thyroid to make thyroid hormone and if taken long enough will destroy the thyroid gland. There are herbal treatments for Graves disease that are effective in many patients especially if the diagnosis is early and the thyroid levels are not extremely high.  In severe Graves disease, it is sometimes an emergency to stop the extremely high production of thyroid hormone because it can be life threatening.


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