Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (slow or low thyroid)
- Do you feel fatigued, tired or sluggish?
- Do you have cold feet and/or hands?
- Do you require excessive amounts of sleep to function?
- Do you gain weight easily or have difficulty losing weight?
- Do you have difficult or infrequent bowel movements (constipation)?
- Are you depressed?
- Do you lack motivation?
- Do you suffer from morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses?
- Do you suffer from thinning hair or excessive hair falling out?
- Do you suffer from dryness of the skin and/or scalp?
- Do you suffer from mental sluggishness?
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormones. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormones is to “run the body’s metabolism,” it is logical that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.
Millions of Americans have this more common medical condition…and it often goes undetected in the early stages. Were you told that your results were “normal” and yet you continue to have symptoms?
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism or Grave’s Disease (overfunctioning thyroid):
- Do you experience heart palpitations?
- Do you suffer from inward trembling?
- Do you have an increased pulse even at rest?
- Are you nervous and/or emotional?
- Do you suffer from insomnia?
- Do you experience night sweats?
- Do you have difficulty gaining weight?
Hyperthyroidism is the medical term used to describe an over production of thyroid hormones. Although this condition is less common, it can precede a slowing down of the thyroid.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland (this is an auto-immune disorder). It is diagnosed by checking for thyroid antibodies (TPO & TGB), gluten antibodies and immune panels.
Patients that are suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis will experience symptoms of hypothyroidism AND hyperthyroidism…MEANING they will experience some or ALL of the above symptoms.
Since the thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism, it can affect all of the systems of the body such as the gut, liver, gall bladder, hormones, cholesterol, brain (via neurotransmitters), adrenal glands, breasts, ovaries, and heart.
The problem that I see with patients suffering from Hashimoto’s disease is that they have not been thoroughly tested! The doctors that belong to the National Thyroid Institute promise you that NO STONE IS LEFT UNTURNED TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF YOUR THYROID CONDITION!
Here is a list of the specific testing and treatment protocols utilized by the doctors of the National Thyroid Institute to successfully treat thyroid conditions:
Metabolic Treatments Based on Specific Lab Panels:
By using specific blood tests such as:
- A complete thyroid panel
- A complete metabolic panel (CMP)
- A lipid panel
- A CBC (complete blood chemistry with auto differential)
Doctors can assess your thyroid, adrenal glands, and liver by obtaining the above lab tests. All of these organs can be affected with chronic thyroid conditions. By addressing any problems with your thyroid, adrenal glands, blood chemistry, or gut function, doctors can help you to heal faster. The CMP also allows us to check your blood glucose levels since glucose and oxygen are needed by the brain to function properly.
It is important to note that a complete thyroid panel needs to be run, not just TSH, FT3 and/or FT4.
Please keep in mind that lab ranges are EXTREMELY broad!
For instance the TSH LAB RANGE is .35 to 5.0. This is why your physician tells you that there is “nothing wrong with you” and that there is no reason that you should be suffering with these symptoms because you are “normal.” The truth is, you are anything but “normal” because the TSH OPTIMAL RANGE is 1.8 to 3.0.
Here are other thyroid lab ranges and optimal ranges:
Total T4 or TT4: Lab range = 6-12 ug/d Optimal range = 5.4-11.5 ug/d
Free Thyroxine Index or FTI: Lab range = 4.6-10.9 mg/dl Optimal range = 1.2-4.9 mg/dl
Free T4 or FT4: Lab range = 0.7-1.53 ng/dL Optimal range = 1.0 – 1.53 ng/dL
Resin T3 Uptake: Lab range = 24 – 39 md/dl Optimal range = 28 – 38 md/dl
Free T3 or FT3: Lab range = 260 – 480 pg/mL Optimal range = 300 – 450 pg/mL
Thyroxine Binding Globulin or TBG: Lab range = 15 -30 ug/dl Optimal range = 18 -27 ug/dl
There are specific antibodies called TPO and TGB antibodies that can be tested via blood. If either of these antibody tests are positive, you have an autoimmune thyroid. My guess is that your doctor has not run these two tests.
Do you see what I mean when I say that lab ranges are very broad?
#5: Sensitivity Testing: Stool samples are used to determine if you have a sensitivity to gluten (wheat, rye, oats, and barley), milk, eggs, yeast, and/or soy. If you are sensitive to ANY of these food groups, it could be making your condition worse as it will increase inflammation in your brain and throughout your body! If you have the following symptoms, you could be suffering from sensitivity to gluten, soy, milk, eggs, and/or yeast:
- Chronic pain or fatigue
- Frequent indigestion
- Bloated after eating
- Frequent loose bowel movements
- Mouth ulcers or sores
- Vomit often
The only way to find out of you are suffering from any of these sensitivities is to run the test.
#6: Adrenal Stress Index (ASI): Your adrenal glands are your stress glands. If you have a chronic thyroid condition, there is a good chance that your adrenal glands are failing. Doctors can test your adrenal glands with a test called an Adrenal Stress Index or ASI. This is a salivary test much like DNA testing. Your adrenal glands are your “stress” organs meaning that they react to stress. If you have been or are currently under stress, this test is a must! IF YOU SUFFER FROM INSOMNIA, THIS TEST WILL MEASURE YOUR CORTISOL LEVELS. When your body’s cortisol levels are abnormal, you will suffer from insomnia. Cortisol levels can be corrected via specific nutritional protocols thereby eliminating your insomnia. Cortisol levels also play a very important role in your thyroid health!
#7: Autoimmune Disorders: We will test to see if you have an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is where your immune system attacks a particular area of the body (nervous system, joints, connective tissue, thyroid, etc.) so we test for specific antibodies to determine if you suffer from an autoimmune condition.
For Example: Many chronic pain/chronic fatigue patients that I have treated have tested positive for thyroid antibodies and they were actually mis-diagnosed. If your thyroid tissue anti-bodies (TPO &TBG) are high, you are suffering from Hashimoto’s disease. The only way to find out is to test for thyroid tissue antibodies via blood work.
Your immune system could be attacking your nervous system which would cause pain and numbness. The ONLY way to know is to run the test.
If you suffer from tissue antibodies, further blood work will be needed to determine which part of your immune system is not functioning. Specifically…
Immune Panels via blood work:
A: Lymphocyte Subpopulation
B: TH1/TH2 Cytokine Panels
C: Natural Killer Cell Activity
The immune panels give doctors an in depth picture of what is happening with your immune system. If you are suffering from an auto-immune disorder, it trumps everything and it must be the first thing to be addressed.
#8: H.Pylori: H. Pylori is a bacteria that causes ulcers. We can run a test for H. Pylori bacteria to determine any problems related to the gut function.
#9: Intestinal Permeability: This is a test that is used to determine if the patient suffers from leaky gut syndrome (LGS).
LGS or Leaky gut syndrome describes a condition of altered or damaged bowel lining, caused by antibiotics, toxins, poor diet, parasites or infection can lead to increased permeability of the gut wall to toxins, microbes, undigested food, waste or larger than normal macromolecules. It has been proposed that these substances affect the body directly, while others postulate an immune reaction to these substances. Gut function is very important in thyroid health!
#10: NEUROTRANSMITTERS: We test for decreased brain neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are vital for proper brain function. Decreased neurotransmitters can cause increased pain and fatigue.
#11: HORMONE PANELS: We can check hormone panels to determine if the patient suffers from low testosterone in males or low estrogen/progesterone levels in females. Symptoms related to decreased hormone levels may include depression, fatigue, mental fogginess, mood swings, hot flashes, sweating attacks, weight gain, and decreased physical stamina.
#12: INFLAMMATION: Finally, we may need to test for inflammation in your system by testing homocysteine levels and C-Reactive Protein (C-RP). Many patients suffering from chronic thyroid conditions suffer from inflammatory processes.
#13: GLUTATHIONE: Doctors may use Glutathione in their treatment of chronic thyroid conditions. Glutathione is the “mother-load” of anti-oxidants. Glutathione cannot be taken orally in pill form as the body will not absorb it. Many doctors at the Institute have seen miraculous changes in our patient population as a result of our specific glutathione protocols. Glutathione is especially helpful with autoimmune diseases.
Neurological Treatments Based on Specific Neurological Testing:
Brain function is EXTREMELY important in thyroid health. The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that contains a number of small nuclei with a variety of functions. One of the most important functions of the hypothalamus is to link the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland (hypophysis). The hypothalamus sends thyroid releasing Hormone (TRH) to the pituitary. The pituitary gland releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to the thyroid gland. TSH stimulates Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) to use iodine to create T4 and T3 hormones.
The master neurotransmitters of the brain are serotonin and dopamine. Research shows that deficiencies in either one impact thyroid health in specific ways, such as hampering conversion of T4 to T3.
#1: Oxygen therapy: Oxygen is fuel for your brain and nervous system. Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive…..fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of OXYGEN AND GLUCOSE. By using oxygen, we will help you heal faster. By using exercise with oxygen therapy (EWOT), we can increase firing to brain. By increasing firing of brain, we help MANY chronic conditions. Please note that not all doctors can use oxygen in their state. Your doctor will notify you if he or she can use O2 or not.
#2: Brain-Based Therapy (BBT): Our doctors may use one or all of the specific brain-based therapies:
Vibration Therapy: Vibration fires the back part of the brain called the cerebellum. One of the functions of the cerebellum is control of the spinal muscle.
We may also use auditory, visual, olfactory, and caloric stimulation to increase firing of brain.
Laser therapy: Doctors may use a laser in their office which helps heal tissues.
Non-surgical Spinal Decompression: Doctors may use NSSD to create a negative disc pressure and helps to remove pressure off of the nerve. It also provides a slow stretch of the muscles which fires up the spinal cord to increase firing of brain.
Interactive Metronome(IM): Doctors may use an IM which is a computer-based program that uses visual, auditory and motor stimulation to increase firing of the brain. (www.interactivemetronome.com)
Once we have run the necessary tests to determine your specific condition, we can successfully treat you via proper neurological and all natural nutritional protocols.
At this point, ask yourself the following questions:
#1: How has your thyroid condition affected your job, relationships, finances, family, or other activities?
#2: What has it cost you in time, money, happiness, sleep?
#3: Where do you picture yourself in the next one to three years if your thyroid problem is not taken care of soon?
#4: What is it worth to you if we could improve your thyroid condition?
Here’s What To Do Next…
If you are serious about getting better, if you are committed to get well, there is a successful alternative treatment for you or your loved one! Call one of the doctors listed on this site under the “Find a Doctor” section and set up an appointment to see them.
Dr. Michael L. Johnson
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Director–The National Thyroid Institute