Category Archives: Thyroid

A Story of Under-Treated Thyroid Disease and Miscarriage

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Thyroid disease affects about 27 million adults in the United States. One of the most common forms of thyroid disease is a condition known as hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many are not only unfamiliar with the condition but also unaware that they are suffering from it! Dana Trentini, Hypothyroid Mom, was among the countless individuals with under-treated thyroid disease and it lead to a heartbreaking miscarriage. Read Dana’s story about how she used the tragic event to spur her on to learn what she needed to know about the disease and share her knowledge to millions of followers at HypothyroidMom.com. On a cold snowy day in New York City in January 2009, I lay on a medical exam table on what would be one of the worst days of my life. I had miscarried at 12 weeks and was being prepared for a D&C, a surgical procedure to remove my baby. A technician had […]

Is Natural Desiccated Thyroid (NDT) Safe?

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The standard treatment method for hypothyroidism, synthetic T4 or levothyroxine, has left much to be desired for many patients. Frequently, hypothyroid patients report that symptoms of their condition remain even after standard treatment practices. Perhaps it is time to investigate other treatment options. An effective alternative to levothyroxine is natural desiccated thyroid (NDT). Unfortunately, because of ignorance of NDT and proliferation of misinformation, many doctors and patients are unaware or fearful of this viable treatment. Lack of awareness and insidious rumors have resulted in misguided concerns regarding the safety of NDT. In reality, natural desiccated thyroid is a well-researched, safe, and effective method for treating hypothyroidism. What is NDT? There are multiple important elements that make natural desiccated thyroid hormone an effective treatment option. Natural desiccated thyroid, also known as NDT or porcine thyroid, is naturally sourced from the thyroid gland of pigs. The dried pig gland is ground into a […]

Can Thyroid Dysfunction Cause Heat Intolerance?

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The thyroid is an integral component to many systems of the body. Perhaps the most influential of which is the metabolism. Temperature regulation falls under the jurisdiction of the metabolism and therefore, the thyroid. A frequently overlooked indicator of thyroid dysfunction is intolerance to warmer conditions. Typically, this symptom presents itself in hyperthyroid patients. However, any form of thyroid dysfunction, especially those related to autoimmune dysfunction, can cause a person to suffer from poor temperature regulation. Recognizing the lesser-known symptom of heat intolerance and its relation to thyroid function is an important step in identifying and treating thyroid dysfunction. The Thyroid and Temperature Regulation When functioning correctly, the thyroid actively responds to changes in temperature by appropriately adjusting basal metabolic rate (BMR) and releasing hormones to promote cellular release or retention of heat. This action keeps the body at a comfortable and functional temperature. However, when the thyroid is not […]

Can Thyroid Disease Cause Chronic Pain?

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Living with chronic pain is a frustrating and sometimes debilitating experience. Sadly, many suffer from chronic pain without knowing why. Part of issue is that there are usually many factors involved. One contributing element that is frequently overlooked is thyroid disease. Thyroid dysfunction can prolong the duration and intensify pain and lingering discomforts. Therefore, understanding the influence of the thyroid and recognizing the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment is vital to resolving chronic pain. The Thyroid Connection to Chronic Pain The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. This important part of the endocrine system interacts with nearly every cell in the body through the use of hormones. Limited thyroid function, also known as hypothyroidism, can cause musculoskeletal pain that is easily misidentified as chronic disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It is becoming increasing clear, as research is continuing to be done, that […]

20 Things Only Someone With a Thyroid Disorder Would Understand

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Thyroid disorders are extremely common—according to the World Health Organization, approximately 750 million people have some degree of thyroid disease and, according to the American Thyroid Association, about 60% of them are unaware of their condition. But despite its prevalence, few people, including doctors, actually understand it. In fact, many times the people that understand the condition the most are those that have it. So, we asked thyroid patients to list a few things only someone with a thyroid disorder would understand. And here’s the response. The endless list of symptoms (currently over 300) that can plague you from mood swings to air-hunger to heart complications. Trying to explain to your doctor that you’re still experiencing symptoms even after treatment with the standard medication. Experiencing the total slowing down of every cell in your body! Being told by the doctor that how you’re feeling is your “new normal”. Learning to […]

5 Thyroid Lies Your Endocrinologist May Try to Tell You

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It’s hard enough to be a thyroid patient without realizing that some doctors out there are very misinformed when it comes to thyroid disease. Endocrinologists, whose “specialization” is the endocrine system — which includes the thyroid gland — are sometimes the worst offenders in providing dubious information about your thyroid diagnosis and treatment. Get smart and discover the five lies that your endocrinologist may try to tell you. 1. “Your TSH is Normal.” Integrative doctors consider the Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test to be only one of many tests to diagnose and manage thyroid disease. TSH, however, is considered the “gold standard” test by many endocrinologists. Too bad they don’t even agree on the cutoff points for the reference range for this test. Some endocrinologists consider any number within the reference range (it’s around .40 to 4.0 at many US labs) “normal,” and others feel that TSH must be as high […]

How Hypothyroidism Affects the Entire Body

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The thyroid is integral to health and affects nearly every cell in the body. Its influence can be seen in how the body relays information, triggers activity, regulates various substances, and oversees many other aspects of wellness. Therefore, a malfunctioning thyroid often results in a cascade of symptoms that can appear nearly anywhere in the body. The deep interconnectivity of the body means that the areas directly affected by poor thyroid function can reverberate and damage other, seemingly unrelated areas. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common forms of thyroid disease that, like other thyroid conditions, can cause systemic disruption. Understanding thyroid dysfunction and its significant impact on nearly all the body’s systems can lead to improved diagnosis, treatment, and wellness. What is Hypothyroidism? The thyroid is responsible for the production and regulation of hormones that influence systems throughout the body. It is estimated that thyroid disease affects over 20 […]

Everything You Need To Know About Hypothyroidism: Symptoms, Testing and Treatments

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Thyroid disease affects about 27 million adults in the United States. One of the most common forms of thyroid disease is a condition known as hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many are not only unfamiliar with the condition but also unaware that they are suffering from it! Some studies estimate that up to one third of those with hypothyroidism are undiagnosed, making it virtually impossible that they will be able to manage their condition. Resolving the problem of hypothyroidism requires that everyone have greater awareness and understanding of the thyroid and hypothyroidism. Understanding the Thyroid Gland To best understand hypothyroidism, it is important to first have a good understanding of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. Despite its size, it has a very large impact on virtually every bodily system and function. Some areas most affected by the thyroid are metabolism, mood, and weight. However, the […]

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and How Is It Treated? – An Interview with Dr. Holtorf

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Transcript Interviewer: Hi! We’re here today at the Holtorf Medical Group with Dr. Holtorf. Today we’re going to be talking about Hashimoto’s disease. So Dr. Holtorf, Hashimoto’s has been in the news a lot lately and a lot of controversy surrounding it. So what exactly is Hashimoto’s? Dr. Holtorf: Well, what is Hashimoto’s… I think it’s great that people are bringing out more awareness because it’s very common and certainly getting more common. Basically, Hashimoto’s is when the body is attacking the thyroid. Instead of trying to fight an infection, it’s going after the thyroid. So it’s an autoimmune disease. Interviewer: Okay. I know a lot of doctors say this, and this is another controversial statement, but are there any treatments for it? Dr. Holtorf: You know, there is. Absolutely! You get a lot of endocrinologists and doctors say, “Why check it if you can’t do anything about it?” But you […]

Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism: Autoimmune Connection

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Thyroid disease is complex and highly impactful. Two of the most common forms of thyroid disease are hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis acts as a precursor to hypothyroidism. However, hypothyroidism may also develop without the influence of Hashimoto’s. Understanding the relationship between these two conditions is key to identifying and treating thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, or Both? Thyroid disease may manifest in a variety of ways. Hypothyroidism is the most common, followed closely by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hypothyroidism is a condition wherein the thyroid no longer produces the hormones necessary to maintain proper bodily function. This is typically accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, poor cognitive function, weight gain, and depression. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that triggers the release of antibodies that attack healthy thyroid tissue. This causes irreparable damage to the thyroid gland, often resulting in a decline of thyroid function and subsequent hypothyroidism. Even though Hashimoto’s […]

5 Weight Loss Tips for Thyroid Patients

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Eating less and exercising more is often not enough to achieve weight loss goals in those with a sluggish thyroid – and can actually be counterproductive! There are many reasons why thyroid disease complicates weight loss efforts. Read on to learn more and to find out five things thyroid patients must address if they want to succeed at achieving a healthy weight and feeling their best. 1. Adequate Thyroid Testing & Treatment A sluggish thyroid means a slow metabolism. A crucial part of regulating metabolism and in turn shedding those extra pounds is to get the right thyroid testing and treatment. A properly working thyroid is dependent not only on enough thyroid hormones being produced, but also on inactive thyroid hormone (T4) being converted to active thyroid hormone (T3). It is also dependent on these hormones getting from the blood into the cells, where they can be used by the […]

How Your Diet Can Ruin Your Metabolism and Cause Weight Gain (+ How You Can Fix It)

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Many are familiar with the struggles of losing weight. All too often we experience the temporary elation of weight loss followed by an almost immediate return of the pounds we worked so hard to remove. Another common experience you may be painfully familiar with is simply being unable to lose weight no matter how many calories you cut or how much exercise you do on a weekly basis. These situations are incredibly frustrating and share a common weight lose inhibitor; low metabolism. Our metabolism is responsible for burning calories and giving us the energy we need to get through the day, which has powerful influence over our weight. Unfortunately, many of us have unwittingly done significant damage to our metabolisms by following diet trends pushed by our society and in some cases our doctors.  Severely reducing your caloric intake, yo-yo dieting, or chronically dieting all have a major negative impact […]