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THYROID

Special Thyroid Report: Discover Why 90% of Women On Thyroid Replacement Hormones Are GUARANTEED to Continue Suffering With Low Thyroid Symptoms... and What You Can Do To Finally End Your Suffering Once and For All!

5 Secret Symptoms of a Thyroid Disorder

The number one Thyroid issue in the U.S.
Very often not properly diagnosed and usually
not properly treated even by the best doctors.
 

The thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolism making it important for weight control and overall wellness. Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most common form of thyroid imbalance. It is also commonly under diagnosed.

Common symptoms of a low thyroid can include fatigue, weight gain, cold hands and feet, poor concentration, constipation, skin issues, dry, coarse, or thinning hair or hair loss, and even depression. Patients we see are often experiencing symptoms of hypothyroid, but after labs have been told by their doctors that “everything looks good.” The fact is, thyroid-related issues may not necessarily show up on routine lab tests.

I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos and my thyroid medicine has been adjusted about 10 times in the past 3 years. I am feeling no different and certainly no better than before I started my medication with my endocrinologist.

I started seeing Dr Saylor after a co worker of mine began seeing him a few months ago. She said what would it hurt to get another opinion ? I am so glad I did!

He reviewed my labs and made some recommendations and I feel 100 times better than I have in the last 3 years.

Thank you Dr Saylor for giving me my life back! Charlotte - Plant City, FL

But my doctor says my thyroid results are normal...

In our experience, the ‘normal’ lab ranges for thyroid function that are used in conventional medicine are not specific enough to identify subclinical problems.

For example, most conventional medicine labs set the ‘normal’ range for TSH as typically between 0.4 to 4.0 mIU/L, but we like to see TSH stay as close to 2.0 mIU/L as possible; a higher level can indicate low thyroid function in many women. Ideally, we like your thyroid levels to stay in the middle of these ranges, rather than at either end of the extremes. Near this mid range is where most women feel and function best. We also often look at a patient’s trends in thyroid function to see if her levels are creeping up or down over time. And we always pay attention to the specific symptoms a patient reports.

Many doctors only look at TSH and treat based on that number alone. We look at the complete function of the thyroid by measuring at minimum:

  • T4
  • Free T4
  • T3
  • Free T3
  • TSH
  • Antibodies to check for autoimmunity

It’s important to understand the basics so that you’ll know how to best support your thyroid health at every point in your life.

Hashimoto's

If you have Hashimoto's and up to 90% suffering from hypothyroid do then thyroid medicine is not the only answer to your problem. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disorder and must be treated from that perspective. We specialize in this. Please take time to read the special report at the Special Thyroid Report Page on this website. Link at top of page.

What does the thyroid do?

Centrally located at the base of the throat, between the brain and rest of the body, the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland helps maintain overall balance in the body. Its hormones affect many systems and functions, including:

  • Metabolism
  • Brain development
  • Breathing, heart and nervous system function
  • Blood cell production
  • Muscle and bone strength
  • Body temperature
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Weight gain and loss
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Skin hydration

Your thyroid helps determine how you metabolize food, how you store and use energy, how you think, talk, sleep and more! So it makes sense that when your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, your life can seem significantly off.

The hormones of the thyroid, thyroxine (T4) and  triiodothyronine(T3), influence the metabolism of each and every cell in our bodies. T3 is the thyroid hormone that our cells recognize best; it is actually the only biologically active thyroid hormone in the body. T4 can be thought of as a “preparatory” hormone for T3; T4 is converted into T3 in the liver and kidneys.

The conversion process of thyroid hormone is a series of events. When T3 and T4 are low in the bloodstream, the part of your brain known as the hypothalamus— the “command center” for most hormones — sends a message in the form of TRH (thyrotropin-releasing hormone) to the pituitary gland. Functioning as a sort of “halfway house” between the brain and the endocrine system, the pituitary gland interprets the message to secrete more TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), which in turn, prompts your thyroid gland to take up iodine and the amino acid, tyrosine, to produce more T3 and T4. If your thyroid hormones range too high, the hypothalamic and pituitary signals become much quieter until your thyroid hormones are in balance again.

With its elegant system of checks and balances, your body has the natural tendency to restore thyroid balance. So as long as your hormonal system is fairly well balanced and your thyroid is properly supported, it will generally move toward its default “normal” state. This support becomes increasingly important as we age.

Common thyroid imbalances

Hypothyroidism

When your thyroid hormones are too low to support your daily activities, it is known as hypothyroidism. This can be due to either inadequate production of T4 in your thyroid gland, or poor conversion of T4 to the more active T3 hormone. Hypothyroidism can cause severe fatigue and loss of energy, dry skin, hair changes, general puffiness, constipation, cold intolerance, and more. It can also increase cholesterol levels and aggravate issues like PMS, menstrual irregularities, and fibrocystic breasts.

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Sometimes women with autoimmune thyroiditis go back and forth between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism

When the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone, it is called hyperthyroidism. Too much thyroid hormone can cause nervousness and anxiety, increased heart rate or palpitations, breathlessness, diarrhea, insomnia, and depression.

The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disease called Graves’ disease. Chronic Graves’ disease may cause a person’s eyes to bulge (exophthalmos). For more on symptoms and causes, see our page on hyperthyroidism.

Subclinical hypothyroidism

When someone experiences symptoms of hypothyroidism even though her thyroid test results are still in the “normal range,” it’s probable that her lab tests are at either extreme end of the normal range. This is called subclinical hypothyroidism. Despite having what’s considered “normal” lab test results, people in this category often feel much better when their thyroid function is enhanced.

Because thyroid imbalances and related disorders typically occur along a continuum, it’s a good idea to track both your lab work and your symptoms.

Thyroid imbalances are common during hormonal flux

Because the thyroid and ovaries are connected by a feedback loop in the brain, periods of naturally-shifting hormones can cause disturbances in the thyroid.

Pregnancy.During a healthy pregnancy, estrogen and the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) cause increased thyroid hormone levels in our blood. Because of the natural shifting of hormones during this time, hypothyroidism and/or hyperthyroidism can occur during or after pregnancy.

Perimenopause.As we begin the journey toward menopause, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are in flux. This fluctuation can affect messages sent to the brain regarding thyroid hormones. As we produce less estrogen, thyroid-releasing hormone (TRH) can also slow down, resulting in less available T3 and T4 for our cells.

Periods of stress.The thyroid gland can be affected when we’re under stress because of its connection to the adrenal glands (our stress responders). During periods of chronic stress, the adrenal glands pump out the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenalin. Although these hormones help our bodies adapt to stress, they can also inhibit thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and the conversion of T4 into the more active thyroid hormone, T3. The result is low thyroid function.

Supporting your thyroid naturally

Given the importance of the thyroid and its responsibilities in your body, it’s surprisingly easy to provide support in your daily life. Here are the three most important areas:

Food for your thyroid. Food plays an essential role in every day thyroid function. We give you a dietary therapy plan outlining what to eat and when to eat. 

Herbs and minerals to support healthy thyroid function. The correct phytotherapy agents can also help support thyroid hormone production and balance hormonal signals to the thyroid gland, thus boosting energy and protecting other functions in the body.

Thyroid-healthy lifestyle changes. Correct lifestyle therapy could make a significant difference when it comes to thyroid health. These suggested steps can also support your adrenal glands, which are intimately connected to thyroid health.

We’ve made it even easier for you to take care of your thyroid with our Program for Thyroid Support with recommendations of thyroid-supporting foods, suggestions for appropriate lifestyle changes, and phytoceuticals, you can cover all the basic physiological needs of your thyroid on a consistent basis.

Call us today at 727-938-9966. If you are unsure we offer a FREE 10 minute consultation to dicuss you particular concerns.

I have dealt with thyroid problems since 1990 and have had my primary care physician adjust my dosage from one end to the other so much so that at times I felt sick. My doctor told me I was a difficult case. I have continued to gain weight, have even dryer skin and am always cold and my primary said my results on the once a year thyroid test is normal. The way I am feeling is not normal. I called and spoke with Dr Saylor office and made a appointment for him to review my labwork and make recommendations. He did not think I was crazy but immediately noticed a problem with my thyroid numbers and was it ever nice to speak with someone who did not think I was nuts.

I followed his recommendation and did repeat lab work and what a difference I am feeling today. I have more energy, am starting to lose weight but I am not cold all the time and my eyes and skin feel better. Why did I not question my doctor on this years ago I will never know but, I am glad I did.   Debra Tampa, Fl