We Can Help With Your Thyroid.
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.
Our Thyroid Doctor can get your thyroid right.
The Renewed Vitality thyroid doctor and his Nurse Practitioners 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 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 Doctors Are Skilled In Treating Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease, Graves Disease, Hyperthyroidism 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 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.
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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
Our thyroid doctor has been working with thyroid disorders for over 17 years. As a result, Renewed Vitality’s thyroid 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. 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 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
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.
Hyperthyroidism 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 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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