Our Thyroid Doctor Can Get Your Thyroid Right.
We offer some of the most thorough testing available to be able to accurately diagnose any possible thyroid issues.
Treatment includes more options in thyroid replacement therapy than most doctors offer.
The Renewed Vitality thyroid doctor and his nurse practitioner are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders.
We use both holistic and standard medical protocols that are scoured from the latest medical literature and successful research studies, including protocols that are 10-20 years ahead of what most doctors currently use.
Application of these practical and fully verified Thyroid Replacement Treatments result in many patients beginning to feel better within days or weeks of the first visit, with the overwhelming majority showing great improvement shortly thereafter.
Our Providers Are Skilled In Treating Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease, Graves Disease, Hyperthyroidism, and other thyroid disorders.
“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 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. The 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 reduces 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, 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. 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 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.
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, our Thyroid Doctor and his Nurse Practitioner 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 to see the Renewed Vitality thyroid doctor 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.
“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 with Thyroid Replacement Therapy
Our thyroid doctor has been working with thyroid disorders for over 17 years. As a result, Renewed Vitality’s Thyroid Doctor, and his Nurse Practitioner, perform 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 individualized 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. Our Renewed Vitality thyroid doctor has 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 number 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 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. 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 bloodstream. Symptoms of hypothyroidism occur when there simply isn’t enough thyroid hormone because the gland is under attack not functioning properly.
Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme typically occurring 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. Most individuals with Hashimoto’s Disease 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 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.
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Hyperthyroidism and Graves Disease:
Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much T3 and T4 are 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 lead 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 thyroid doctor 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. There are medications PTU that may be used to 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.
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Renewed Vitality is Now Offering Phone Appointments
Our providers at Renewed Vitality do require an initial in-person visit for new patients. However, to limit your exposure to any potential health risks, we are now offering phone appointments in order to serve anyone wishing to improve their health from the comfort of home.
We are committed to keeping our patients healthy who do visit the clinic and want to reassure you that we are taking every possible precaution to keep you safe. We have already increased our already high standards to make our visit as risk-free as possible. We are disinfecting the entire clinic three times daily and running atomizers throughout the clinic with all-natural, immune-boosting, microbe fighting oils to help purify the air. We also require that any patients or staff who are ill remain home until they are well again.
Additionally, we offer lab services in our office so that you don’t have to go to a public lab testing facility.
Free Phone Consultation with our New Patient Coordinator
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.
Please contact our New Patient Coordinator for your Free Phone Consultation. She can answer any questions or concerns that you may have and give you additional information about our providers, our protocols and fees, what is covered by insurance and what is not, and any other details you may need. She can also get you booked for your first appointments if you decide we are a good fit for you. There are no obligations to book an appointment. Please call 214-740-4703 to learn more, or complete the form below, and we will contact you. We would love to hear from you!
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