I think many of us underestimate the power of our little thyroid gland and its effect on countless other systems and functions in our bodies.
Did you realize that, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (A.A.C.E.), that 27 million people suffer from a thyroid imbalance! That makes it the most common endocrine condition known. Diabetes is next at 16 million.
Yet, it’s estimated that thyroid imbalance only gets diagnosed approximately 50% of the time!
And, get this… it’s also estimated that over 90% of women over 40 have a thyroid issue!! Men, you’re gaining ground… you are certainly not out of the woods, by any means!
Here are some other points of interest regarding your powerful thyroid:
• 80% of thyroid imbalance sufferers are women
• 80% have Hypothyroidism
• 80-90% are actually suffering from the autoimmune condition, Hashimoto’s… NOT just hypothyroidism. (This is missed completely in the diagnosis far too often.)
• Thyroid imbalance plays a major role in obesity, weight gain, and the inability to lose excess weight
• 50% of depression is very likely caused by an undiagnosed thyroid condition
• Hashimoto’s can lead to psychosis, seizures, dementia, and mood swings. How important do you think it is to get that diagnosis RIGHT?
• Hormone problems that are typically associated with perimenopause/ menopause are many times due to thyroid dis-ease.
Some of the most common thyroid symptoms are:
• Weight Gain that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise
• Sleep problems and/or chronic fatigue
• Hot flashes
• Cold hands and feet, sensitive to cold
• Dry, thinning hair (thinning outer 1/3 of eyebrow)
• Brain fog
• Dry and itchy skin, brittle Nails
• Stomach pain, gas and bloating
So, what makes your thyroid so important? After all, it’s just a little gland in your neck area, right?
Au contraire. The thyroid is considered the Master Regulator for good reason. Here are some of the functions directly related to your thyroid:
• Controls rate that cells use oxygen to make ATP (Energy!)
• Makes proteins that operate cell and tissue function
• Governs sensitivity of cells to other hormones via cell membrane receptors (very important!)
• Participates as a feedback mechanism involving other glands: ovaries/testes, adrenals, thymus, hypothalamus, pituitary, pancreas, etc.
• Promotes glucose conversion to pyruvate in the liver
• Makes glucose from fat
• Controls volume of digestive enzymes (very important!)
• Maintains nervous system function
• Promotes the female body’s ability to become pregnant
• Controls hair growth
• Facilitates skin hydration
• Promotes bone growth and maintains strong bones
• Maintains muscle tone including heart muscle integrity
• Controls rate that liver releases cholesterol (good to know before you opt for using dangerous statin drugs!)
• Controls rate of pancreatic enzyme and insulin production
• Every Cell in Your Body Depends on the Thyroid to Manage its Metabolism!
So, really, before deciding that you need medication for depression, anxiety, GI disorders, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight loss, hormone replacement, and so on… wouldn’t it make sense to have your thyroid function ACCURATELY & THOROUGHLY tested?
I certainly think so.
The challenge is, the status quo for testing the thyroid is rather incomplete (outdated) and results in a inaccurate diagnosis quite often.
How can you “treat” the condition and restore proper function if you’re off-base right from the get-go?!
When this happens, what we tend to see and hear is people who say that they still “don’t feel right”… “something’s off”… yet, “the doctor told me that my test results were fine”.
We hear it time and time again. If your thyroid is off, you are NOT fine.
Standard thyroid laboratory testing usually measures 2 or 3 markers: TSH, T4 and maybe T3. Then, the treatment revolves around tweaking thyroid meds to match the (incomplete) lab results.
Did you realize that “functional” thyroid panels are available that measure 10 different markers for thyroid function?? Doesn’t that sound a heckuvalot more accurate for proper diagnosis… and proper treatment?
The test is inexpensive, too. No excuses not to use it.
Taking care of your thyroid health is the perfect example of how important it is to be responsible for your own health. Insurance companies and the conventional system just aren’t set up to help you accurately test, diagnose, and recover from a chronic serious health condition, like thyroid imbalance or disease.
That’s up to you, at least to a large extent. Get involved in your own health!
Here’s a great place to start…
This is a webinar based on the Thyroid Recovery seminars we do regularly in our wellness practice. It will give you a great overview of how & why your thyroid gets out of balance… how it affects countless other functions… exactly how to get the right tests… and how to begin your personal health recovery process.
If you have questions about your thyroid health, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Here’s some of what one of our practice members had to say about our Thyroid Recovery Program:
“… within the first few weeks on the thyroid program, I could already notice a significant improvement in my hair… I stopped losing it and could definitely tell that it was growing back in after years of falling out! … I noticed improvement in my energy and sleep almost right away in the program, too!”
Again, click here to watch the webinar and take your first steps to better thyroid health!
Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.
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