Finding a doctor who is truly knowledgeable of the thyroid can be challenging. With the prevalence of misinformation and a poor standard of testing and treatment, it is commonplace for patients to receive sub optimal treatment.
Excerpt from Thyroid 101.
Unfortunately, those with thyroid dysfunction or diseases that are harder to diagnose such as Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease, will likely receive inadequate treatment unless they are under the care of a thyroid-literate doctor.
Importance of a Knowledgeable Physician
Ideally, you will find a specialist who is well acquainted with all things thyroid, hormonal, and metabolic. Generally, those with a thyroid condition are recommended to an endocrinologist to benefit from their expertise in these areas. Unfortunately, endocrinologists are in high demand and even if a patient is able to meet with one regularly, there is a chance that they are under-equipped.
Sadly, there is a severe lack of knowledge among medical practitioners regarding the thyroid. Part of the reason for this is that they are unable to stay up to date by reading current medical research. There are multiple reasons why doctors may be unable to maintain current knowledge and practices. Due to the high demand on their time, most physicians rely on their medical school training, which may be out of date depending on how many years they have practiced, and biased pharmaceutical sales representatives. This has resulted in many doctors practicing with outdated, inaccurate or skewed information. Because there is a severe lack of thyroid literacy, identifying a doctor who is well versed in the thyroid has become an important skill.
The Holtorf Approach
It may seem daunting trying to find a new physician while ensuring they incorporate the many practices and information discussed in on our site. Fortunately, Holtorf Medical Group specializes in the thyroid and provides numerous resources that can help you achieve greater thyroid wellness.
Holtorf Medical Group prides itself on offering comprehensive testing composed of Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, SHGB, Leptin, computer-assisted measuring of your tissue thyroid levels, and BMR assessment. In addition to testing, our doctors recognize that patient symptoms are important indicators of wellness and they should not be ignored. They believe that optimization means the patient feels their best, not that their test results remain within vaguely defined ranges.
Treatment through Holtorf Medical Group provides custom crafted and individualized thyroid hormone formulations. Our strong understanding of the thyroid allows us to craft a treatment approach that perfectly suits each patient and their unique thyroidal needs. There are multiple Holtorf locations within the United States that provide high quality and individualized care.
If none of these locations are geographically feasible, you can still benefit from the depth of knowledge and expertise found at the Holtorf Medical Group through our phone and Skype appointments, as well as Nationwide Consults. Give us a call at 877-508-1177 to see how we can help you!
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