Hypothyroidism

Symptoms & Treatments of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism

Most physicians who treat hypothyroidism (insufficient production of thyroid hormones) test for only two of the five thyroid hormones. Sometimes the test is normal, and the doctor concludes that no treatment is necessary. But the patient still suffers from fatigue, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, or depression—all symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, which can affect every aspect of your health.

Even if the hormone levels are within normal limits, they may not be optimal. I listen to my patient's complaints and restore hormone levels not just to sufficient but to optimal levels.

As with any condition, it is not enough to just consider the thyroid in isolation. I also look at adrenal function and other metabolic issues.

Treatment
I check whether your body has the ability to produce normal thyroid hormones, by testing for:

  • Adequate levels of the adrenal hormones, cortisol and DHEA.
  • Trace elements such as iodine, selenium, zinc, which are needed by the body to make these hormones.

Depending on test results, I may prescribe the body's natural thyroid hormones, either individually or in a combination glandular product such as Armour or WP Thyroid. In some cases I will prescribe a gluten-free product, Nature-Throid to reduce inflammation caused by gluten ingestion. 

In cases of auto-immune thyroiditis, or Hashimoto's disease, I use LDI to stop the auto-immune process that underlies the condition. 

I customize your regimen based on your particular needs and check blood levels to confirm the dosing.