Our Thyroid Doctor Can Get Your Thyroid Right.
Renewed Vitality’s thyroid doctor, Dr. Spurlock, and his nurse practitioners are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders.
We offer some of the most thorough testing available to accurately diagnose any possible thyroid issues.
Treatment includes more options in thyroid replacement therapy than most doctors offer.
We use both holistic and standard medical protocols scoured from the latest medical literature and successful research studies. These include protocols that are 10 to 20 years ahead of what most doctors currently use.
Our Providers Are Skilled In Treating Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease, Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism, and other thyroid disorders.
Application of our practical and fully verified Thyroid Replacement Treatments results in many patients beginning to feel better within days or weeks of the first visit. And the overwhelming majority show significant improvement shortly thereafter.
“I have worked with Dr. Spurlock since 2005; he has demonstrated outstanding talents in our integrative clinical practice. Dr. Spurlock has also distinguished himself as a superb clinician, working in his profession over two decades. His competence, compassion and ethics are exemplary.
“Fortunately, too, Dr. Spurlock’s amalgamation of extensive knowledge and clinical skills comes ‘packaged’ in a wonderfully friendly, witty, sincere and caring human being. His personality is delightful. He is sensitive, flexible, respected and admired by patients, peers, subordinates and superiors alike. He shines with a humility that belies his intellectual brilliance.
“I am deeply impressed by Dr. Spurlock and recommend him unhesitatingly.” – Krystal M. *
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The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped organ at the front of your neck. Though it only produces one teaspoon of thyroid hormone per year, it is critical for your overall health and drives the metabolic rate of every cell in your body.
The thyroid is a master hormone. It regulates temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function. And it is a massive contributor to energy levels and the body’s ability to maintain a constant temperature.
The thyroid hormone helps remove cellular waste, increases fat breakdown, improves hair growth of the scalp and eyebrows, and reduces cholesterol levels and body weight. It is vital in the prevention of cognitive deterioration.
Plus, the thyroid hormone is critical for fertility in women. Many women who go through expensive infertility treatments simply need thyroid hormone replacement.
Think of the thyroid hormone as the overseer of the body, telling all the other organs to get to work!
Hypothyroidism is the most common type of thyroid disorder we treat at Renewed Vitality. This is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not providing enough thyroid hormone to drive the metabolism of the body, causing symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.
Hypothyroidism is much more prevalent than most people realize: Some studies show that over 50 million Americans have this all-too-common medical condition. Millions of people suffer from common symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland and don’t know it, yet Thyroid Replacement could benefit them greatly.
Diagnosis of Hypothyroidism
It is common practice in the medical field to only do surface-level testing for hypothyroidism. Frequently, the only blood test recommended is the Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone test.
Doctors often assume that if the pituitary is functioning and telling the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones (via TSH), there will be adequate amounts of active thyroid hormone in the body, and everything is fine. Some physicians will do a little deeper testing and check T3 and T4 levels.
However, even when proper testing is done, the reference range is so wide that a patient can still be within the “normal” range, and be feeling terrible. That’s because they don’t have the optimum levels of active thyroid hormones in their body necessary for their own individual needs.
If a patient is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, the standard treatment is to prescribe a synthetic form of T4, which rarely gets converted into T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. Or worse, T4 converts to Reverse T3, which further aggravates the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
This is why so many people come through the doors of Renewed Vitality after years of not knowing why they feel awful or after years of ineffective treatment.
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Dry, coarse hair
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance
- Cold hands and feet
- Muscle cramps
- Frequent muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
Most people have varying combinations and severity levels of these symptoms. If you have some of these symptoms, come in for testing.
Here at Renewed Vitality, Dr. Spurlock and his nurse practitioners do a thorough panel of tests to check out every aspect of thyroid hormone production and its utilization in the body.
Our tests are much more thorough than most. And we don’t use antiquated systems to read the results, as is very common in the medical industry.
Even if you have been tested before and were told that your thyroid levels are “normal”, if you still have some of these symptoms, come see us for testing.
“I consulted Dr. Spurlock because I’m getting older and had lost so much energy and felt blah. Blood work was done and medication was prescribed. The results are just FANTASTIC… I feel like a new man. Thanks Dr. Spurlock for a job well done!!!” – Steve C. *
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The Renewed Vitality Solution for Hypothyroidism: Thyroid Replacement Therapy
Dr. Spurlock has been working with thyroid disorders for over 17 years. He and his nurse practitioners perform extremely thorough testing when checking the health of the thyroid gland and the availability of active thyroid hormone in the body.
In addition to this testing, we do a complete physical examination to look for telltale signs of hypothyroidism. We also listen to you describe your symptoms and investigate until we find the root cause of the problem.
Once we make a diagnosis of hypothyroidism, we create and implement your individualized treatment plan.
The goal of thyroid hormone replacement therapy is to compensate for the lack of hormone secreted by your thyroid gland.
A wide variety of types and forms of replacement thyroid hormone are available. Dr. Spurlock has had great success with prescribing bioidentical T3 hormone in capsule form from compounding pharmacies.
However, it’s important to understand that every patient’s therapy will be different. There’s no set treatment plan for thyroid hormone replacement therapy. How the body absorbs the hormones, along with the number of hormones it needs, is quite varied.
We will individualize your treatment plan based exactly on your lab results and symptoms. As such, you should expect that we will adjust the dosage and forms of therapy until we have the optimal formula for you.
At Renewed Vitality, we take pride and joy in having helped hundreds of people successfully overcome hypothyroidism and restoring them back to the healthy and energetic life they once enjoyed!
“Dr. Spurlock is one of the finest physicians that I have had the pleasure to work with. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas of anti-aging medicine, environmental medicine, as well as ‘traditional’ medicine. He is a caring and compassionate patient advocate and patients flock to him from around the world because he is able to make a difference in their condition when no other physician can. I highly recommend Dr. Spurlock.” – Arlyn L. MD *
*Results may vary from person to person.
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Additional Thyroid Disorders and Their Treatment
Hashimoto’s disease was the first disease to be recognized as an autoimmune disorder. Discovered in 1912 in Japan by Dr. Kakaru Hashimoto, it occurs when the immune system views the thyroid as a foreign intruder and starts destroying it.
Hashimoto’s disease is characterized by alternating occurrences of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
- Hypothyroidism: there simply isn’t enough thyroid hormone because the gland is under attack and not functioning properly.
- Hyperthyroidism: the thyroid cells are destroyed, and the reserved thyroid hormone is released into the bloodstream.
Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme typically occurring in a healthy thyroid gland. TPO is integral to the creation of thyroid hormones. In patients with Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system makes antibodies against TPO that mistakenly attack the healthy tissue.
If TPO antibodies are present in blood samples, it suggests that the cause of thyroid disease is an autoimmune disorder, such as Hashimoto’s disease. Most individuals with Hashimoto’s will have elevated TPO levels; however, some may not, especially in the early stages.
Hashimoto’s can come from insufficient iodine, selenium, iron, and zinc. A comprehensive approach to treating this disease includes nutrient repletion and thyroid hormone replacement.
It is also likely that other hormones will be lacking or off-balance because the thyroid hormone influences them. That’s why we also check the hormones DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and others, and adjust them as needed.
Read more about Hashimoto’s disease HERE.
Hyperthyroidism and Graves Disease:
Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much T3 and T4. Symptoms include:
- panic attacks
- shortness of breath
- increased heart rate
- shaky hands
- continual diarrhea
- unexplained weight loss
- excessive hair loss
- unrelenting sweating
- severe muscle fatigue
- sleep problems that lead to relentless exhaustion
Hyperthyroidism occurs more frequently in women than men, and usually in the 40 to 60 age range. Doctors often misdiagnose hyperthyroidism as anxiety or a cardiac disorder. Yet, if left untreated, it can lead to a thyroid storm (thyrotoxicosis), which can be fatal. Symptoms include high fevers, abnormally fast heart rate, queasiness and vomiting, shakiness, agitation, and psychosis.
We diagnose hyperthyroidism through in-depth laboratory testing, physical examination, and investigation of health history and symptom evaluation.
Your thyroid doctor has several treatment options available that he will help you explore and implement. These include diet modification, especially removing corn, wheat/gluten, soy, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, yeast, and anything that is genetically modified, and minimizing cruciferous veggies and/or cooking them.
Treating underlying viral and bacterial infections is also beneficial. Medications such as PTU may inhibit the production of thyroid hormones. And clinical studies show that L-carnitine supplementation can help prevent or reverse muscle weakness and other symptoms in those suffering from hyperthyroidism. Radiation or surgery is always a last resort.
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Our Board-Certified Nurse Practitioners Help Get Your Thyroid Right
Roxana Cocos – APRN, MSN, FNP-C
Roxana graduated cum laude from the University of Texas in Dallas with a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience and from the Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor’s in Nursing. In 2011, she completed her education with a Master of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Roxana has worked in Family Practice, Primary Care, Urgent Care, and Endocrinology, giving her a well-rounded foundation of experience in treating patients.
She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, a proud member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and of the Academy of Preventive and Innovative Medicine.
Roxana is passionate about personalized health and medicine. While working as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she found the “pill for every ill” model dysfunctional and misleading, as simply treating the symptoms rather than the causes, not only failed to resolve the patients’ conditions but often caused even more side effects.
In her search to solve this puzzle, she discovered Integrative Health and Medicine while attending a conference. She has completed with honors the two-year postgraduate fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine.
Roxana is driven to empower patients to take control of their own health and to help guide them on their paths to wellness.
Taylor Troup, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Taylor is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in functional medicine and integrative therapies. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011.
After working in Functional Medicine for several years, she got a Master of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating with honors and becoming a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Taylor is dedicated to serving clients with both acute and long-standing health concerns. She provides compassionate and collaborative care and creates customized treatment plans tailored to each client and their unique needs. She gets great satisfaction in helping those with thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, food intolerances, GI issues, fatigue, and weight/metabolic dysfunction.
Taylor continues to train on the most up-to-date information so that she can offer the most innovative care to her clients. And she’s excited to continue her education with The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Institute of Functional Medicine!
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Renewed Vitality is a place of hope. Our knowledgeable providers are experts in their field and take the time to find the underlying causes of hormonal imbalances and illness.
We will work with you using proven, scientific-based technology, in a warm and compassionate environment, to help you restore your health so that you can live a life of vitality and wellness.
Additionally, we offer lab services in our office so that you don’t have to go to a public lab testing facility.
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