Hypothyroidism is an under-active thyroid. Symptoms include a slowing metabolism, fatigue, weight gain and depression. This condition is a birth defect or may result from a thyroid being surgically removed.
Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid. Symptoms include difficulty concentrating, hand tremors, heat intolerance, nervousness, restlessness, sleep problems and weight loss. The most common cause of this condition is known as Grave’s disease. In this condition, antibodies target the gland and cause it to speed up hormone production.
What do I need to do?
If you have one of these conditions, Navitas Health & Wellness can help with all-natural medicines. NatureThroid, ArmourThyroid and Westhroid are a few of the medications that can be prescribed for our patients suffering from thyroid disorder. These medicines are all natural, replacing the T3 and T4 hormones your thyroid cannot produce on its own.
Most physicians regard the blood test for TSH as the most sensitive of all thyroid tests. In fact, it’s often the only thyroid test doctors obtain for review. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland which works harmoniously with the thyroid gland. If the pituitary gland detects the thyroid gland is low functioning, it will send the TSH to stimulate the thyroid to make more hormone.
Normal TSH blood test results range from between 0.3 and 5.5, which is an admittedly large range. Many people fall between these numbers and are never treated for hormone imbalances. The fact is “normal range” is arbitrarily measured to 95% of the human population tested, who may or may not have low functioning thyroid symptoms.
People who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder) always have low thyroid levels. They also have a low progesterone level. Progesterone is required for a proper functioning thyroid. Most adults are not diagnosed with ADHD prior to being treated for their low thyroid levels. The reason? Many physicians do not listen to their patients; they look at the test results and treat the numbers, rather than the patient.
Undetected or undiagnosed ADHD can cause uncomfortable side effects if the patient is given medication to stimulate the low functioning thyroid. Medication to stimulate the thyroid is called a stimulant and people with ADHD have an increase of adrenaline, also a stimulant. The danger is posed because too much stimulant can cause additional problems, like heart palpitations, headaches or high blood pressure.
Dr. Simmons presents dramatic differences from other physicians because he listens and collaborates with his patients. At Navitas Health & Wellness, treatments are a collaboration between doctor and patient. Talk to Dr. Simmons about what your TSH level should be and why.
The thyroid gland controls metabolism in every cell of the body. A thyroid deficiency can cause a multitude of symptoms, the classic ones you are most likely experiencing are: weight gain, dry skin, poor nails (weak/ridges), low body temperature, sluggishness and memory problems to name a few. In women particularly, you may be diagnosed with fibroids, you may be (now or did) experience large blood clots during your period, and may see hair loss.
The thyroid hormones control the rate at which calories are burned to produce energy. One reason for “metabolic resistance” ~ the term he uses to describe the inability to burn fat ~ is a thyroid deficiency.
Two thyroid hormones (T3) triiodothyronine and (T4) thyroxine are the two hormones the thyroid gland produces. Although T4 is important, it has the storage function ~ it’s not as important and as active as T3. The T3 hormone is responsible for most of the action. Obviously any problems resulting in T3 deletion will cause low thyroid symptoms, like you are experiencing. Unfortunately, most doctors only test the T4 which can be normal and still have a low functioning T3 that causes you to feel cruddy. Bottom line is; the T4 doesn’t convert to T3 which results in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism and is in great need to be treated. Dr. Simmons doesn’t treat the symptoms but finds the cause of the symptoms and then educates, prescribes and coaches the patient to their best life.
Most physicians treat a low functioning thyroid with prescription medications such as synthroid, which is formulated to help with T4 and not T3. The same physicians look at blood test results only and not listen to the patient. Dr. Simmons not only reviews the results of the proper blood tests ordered for your symptoms but listens to you, collaborates with you and develops a treatment plan specific for you.
One other issue that hinders or aggravates the low functioning thyroid are medications given to lower your cholesterol, as some medications (statins) slow or prevent the conversion of T4 into T3. Ironically, a low functioning thyroid will cause increased cholesterol level. What this means is: people who are taking certain drugs to lower their cholesterol are taking a thyroid blocking drug to treat a condition that may be caused by a low functioning thyroid in the first place.
Other drugs (beta-blockers) which cardiologists are usually given patients to reduce the workload on their heart block is inhibiting the T4 converting to T3 also. Without the conversion of T4 into T3, weight gain is almost guaranteed, which is one of the most significant risks for coronary artery disease.
Ask Dr. Simmons which medications will help you with your low functioning thyroid convert T4 into T3 and stop the cycle.