Application of these practical and fully verified thyroid treatments results in many patients beginning to feel better within days or weeks of the first visit, with the overwhelming majority showing great improvement shortly thereafter. Renewed Vitality providers are skilled in treating Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease, Graves Disease, and other thyroid disorders.
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The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped organ in the front of your neck. Though it only produces 1 tsp. of thyroid hormone per year, it is critical for your overall health and drives the metabolic rate of every cell in your body. Thyroid is a master hormone. It regulates temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function. It is a massive contributor to energy levels and the body’s ability to maintain a constant temperature. Thyroid hormone helps remove cellular waste, increases fat breakdown, improves hair growth of the scalp and eyebrows, and reduce cholesterol levels and body weight. It is vital in the prevention of cognitive deterioration. 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 treated at Renewed Vitality. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not providing enough thyroid hormone to adequately drive the metabolism of the body, causing symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. Some studies show that over 50 million Americans have this all too common medical condition. Hypothyroidism is much more prevalent than most people realize. Millions of people suffer from common symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland and don’t know it.
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 individuals have varying combinations and severity levels of these symptoms. If you have some of these symptoms, you should come in for testing. Here at Renewed Vitality, we do a thorough panel of tests to check out every aspect of thyroid hormone production and its utilization in the body. Even if you have been tested before and were told that your thyroid levels are “normal”, if you still have some of these symptoms, you should come into Renewed Vitality for testing. Here at Renewed Vitality, we 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 do not use antiquated systems of reading the results of those tests as is very common in the medical industry.
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How the Thyroid Hormones Interact
To understand the purpose of thyroid replacement therapy, you need to understand the interaction of T3 and T4—the two main thyroid hormones.
The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary gland, a small peanut-sized gland at the base of the brain. When the amount of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) dip below optimal amounts in the body, the pituitary gland releases Thyroid Stimulation Hormone (TSH) which tells the thyroid gland to make more hormones.
The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormone T4. The cells in the thyroid gland absorb iodine and combine it with the amino acid tyrosine to make T4. This T4 is then released into the bloodstream. T4 is not the active thyroid hormone; it has to be converted into T3 in your body in order to affect your metabolism. This conversion mostly occurs in your liver, kidneys, and muscles. However, this conversion will not be effective if you have issues such as a fatty liver or a sluggish liver or kidney problems. If due to such issues or other reasons for insufficient T3 production, you may feel tired, depressed or puffy, as well as other symptoms such as weight gain, dry skin and thinning scalp hair.
Every cell in your body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism. A healthy thyroid gland generally produces about 80% T4 and about 20% T3, however, T3 possesses about four times the hormone “strength” as T4. T3 and T4 control your body’s metabolism. If you don’t have enough of them, then your metabolism slows down. Your metabolic rate dictates how quickly you process food, how fast your heart beats, how much heat your body generates and even how quickly you can think. In short, T3 and T4 are in charge of how your body uses energy.
Despite T3 being the stronger of the two, taking synthetic T4 hormone is considered the “standard” treatment for hypothyroidism, with the reasoning being that the body will take T4 and turn it into T3. However this is not always the case and it can often occur that when T4 is taken very little T3 is produced. This is why some people have little to no effect from taking common thyroid treatments as they are a synthetic T4 and their body is not effectively transforming it into T3.
In some cases the body actually converts T4 into Reverse T3. This increase in Reverse T3 typically intensifies the symptoms of low thyroid hormone disorder; most noticeably an increase in fatigue and weight gain.
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. It is often assumed that if the pituitary is functioning and telling the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones (via TSH), that there will be adequate amounts of active thyroid hormone in the body and that 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 for what is considered normal is so wide, a patient can still be within in the “normal” range, and be feeling terrible because they don’t have the optimum levels of active thyroid hormones in their body necessary for their own individual needs. In the event that a patient is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, the standard treatment is to prescribe a synthetic form of T4 which usually doesn’t get converted into T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. Or worse is converted 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.
The Renewed Vitality Solution for Hypothyroidism with Thyroid Replacement Therapy
Renewed Vitality providers do extremely thorough testing when checking the health of the thyroid gland and availability of active thyroid hormone in the body. We do a panel of tests to check out every aspect of thyroid hormone production and its utilization in the body. Furthermore, we do not use antiquated systems of reading the results as is very common in the medical industry. In addition to thorough testing, Renewed Vitality will do a physical examination to look for telltale signs of hypothyroidism. They will listen to the symptoms you have been experiencing and investigate until they find the root cause of the problem.
Once the diagnosis for hypothyroidism has been made your individualize treatment plan may be created and implemented. The goal of thyroid hormone replacement therapy is to compensate for the lack of hormone secreted by your thyroid gland. There are a wide variety of types and forms of replacement thyroid hormone. Renewed Vitality providers have had great success with prescribing bioidentical T3 hormone in capsule form from compounding pharmacies. But it’s important to understand that every patient’s therapy will be different. There’s no set treatment plan when it comes to thyroid hormone replacement therapy. How the body absorbs the hormones, along with the amount of hormones it needs, is quite varied. Your treatment plan will be individualized based exactly on your lab results and symptoms. As such, you should expect that we will adjust 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 their healthy and energetic life they once enjoyed!
“I had received standard treatments for low thyroid for 20 years, yet my energy and enthusiasm for life continued to dwindle away. I wanted to rest or sleep much of the time. My lack of energy was taking its toll on my work, marriage, and my family. Dr. Spurlock quickly determined the root cause of my fatigue and the best remedy. His cheerful personality and medical insight inspired hope. He is particularly skilled in treating chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. I lost 30 pounds, have much more energy, and now work out at the gym, swim, bike, and hike. I take joy in my renewed relationship with my wife, family, friends, and my revitalized energy for work.”– Will R. *
*Results may vary from person to person.
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Additional Thyroid Disorders and Their Treatment
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much T3 and T4 is produced. Symptoms include panic attacks, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, shaky hands, continual diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, irritability, excessive hair loss, unrelenting sweating, severe muscle fatigue, and sleep problems that leads to relentless exhaustion. Hyperthyroidism occurs more frequently in women than men, and usually in the 40 to 60 age range. It is often misdiagnosed as anxiety and cardiac disorders. If left untreated it can lead to thyroid storm (thyrotoxicosis). Thyrotoxicosis can be fatal. Symptoms include high fevers, abnormally fast heart rate, queasiness and vomiting, shakiness, agitation, and psychosis.
Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed though in depth laboratory testing, physical examination, and investigation of health history and symptom evaluation. There are several treatment options that your physician will help you explore and implement. These include diet modification especially removing corn, wheat/gluten, soy, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, yeast, anything that is genetically modified, and minimizing cruciferous veggies and/or cooking them. Treating underlying viral and bacterial infections is also beneficial. The medications PTU (propylthiouraci) or methimazole may be used as they both inhibit the production of thyroid hormones. In clinical studies, L-carnitine supplementation has been shown to help prevent or reverse muscle weakness and other symptoms in individuals suffering from hyperthyroidism. Radiation or surgery is always a last resort.
Hashimoto’s Disease was the first disease to be recognized as an autoimmune disorder. It was discovered in 1912 in Japan by Dr. Kakaru Hashimoto. Hashimoto’s occurs when the immune system views the thyroid as a foreign intruder and starts destroying it. It is characterized by alternating occurrences of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism occur when the thyroid cells are destroyed and reserved thyroid hormone is released into the blood stream. Symptoms of hypothyroidism occur when there simply isn’t enough thyroid hormone because the gland is under attack not functioning properly. In the beginning, the patient feels nothing. Later, as more thyroid cells are being broken down Hashitoxicosis may occur. Hashitoxicosis is basically when symptoms of hyperthyroidism occur in Hashimoto’s patients, generally for an abbreviated period of time. These symptoms include panic attacks, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, diarrhea and quick weight loss. These attacks of Hashitoxicosis continue – waxing and waning – causing a roller coaster of symptoms until eventually the thyroid gland can no longer function. Hashimoto’s is frequently misdiagnosed as depression, bipolar disorder, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or an anxiety disorder. Hashimoto’s can be hereditary and is more common in women in the 45 to 65 year age group. Patients with Hashimoto’s disease may or may not have a goiter.
Diagnosing Hashimoto’s Disease:
Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme typically occuring in a healthy thyroid gland. TPO is integral in 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 or Graves Disease. Most individuals with Hashimoto’s Disease will have elevated TPO levels; however some may not, especially in the early stages.
A TPO test detects antibodies against TPO in the blood. Renewed Vitality providers always include a TPO antibody test in the panel of tests when checking the thyroid and hormone health of their patients. The TPO test along with other blood tests and careful examination of other clinical data help determine the cause.
Treating Hashimoto’s Disease
Hashimoto’s can come from insufficient iodine, selenium, iron and zinc. A comprehensive approach to treating Hashimoto’s Disease includes nutrient repletion and thyroid hormone replacement. It is also likely that other hormones will be lacking or off balance because they are influenced by the thyroid hormone. The hormones DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and others should be checked and adjusted as needed. Gluten can trigger the autoimmune reaction that causes Hashimoto’s disease. Gluten and other inflammatory foods should be removed from the diet immediately. These include corn, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, yeast, and anything that is GMO. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower contain glucosinolates, substances that block iodine uptake into the thyroid. Iodine is critical to healthy thyroid function. Cruciferous vegetables should be minimized and/or cooked to reduce the glucosinolates. An iodine supplement may also be recommended to aid with thyroid health. Underlying viral and bacterial infections should also be identified and addressed.