Madison Thyroid Help: Natural Ways To Help Low Thyroid

Low thyroid, or hypothyroid is becoming more and more prevalent in America these days. Did you know that an estimated 20 million Americans currently suffer from a thyroid disorder, and 60% of these folks are unaware of their condition? Many patients who have been diagnosed with thyroid disorder often still suffer from their thyroid symptoms even while taking medication. 

Why does this happen? Why are thyroid conditions on the rise? The answer is because many thyroid conditions are not correctly diagnosed. The reason for improper diagnosis is lack of comprehensive testing. Unfortunately, most traditional practitioners are using TSH testing alone to diagnose low thyroid. If TSH levels appear normal, no further treatment is offered. If TSH levels are not within normal limits, hormone replacement medication is prescribed. This is the standard treatment protocol found in traditional medicine and sadly, it’s not working for many patients.

The problem is that there are actually at least six other thyroid markers that should be tested in order to properly diagnose low thyroid disorder. This means that a person could have “normal” TSH lab results, yet still have a low thyroid disorder because other thyroid markers were not checked. This explains why so many folks don’t realize that they have a thyroid disorder.

The other issue is that hormone replacement medication only successfully serves one of the six thyroid markers. This explains why so many folks take their thyroid medication; yet still don’t feel well or still suffer from their symptoms. Thyroid medication can also cause unwanted side effects that can sometimes leave patients feeling worse than their thyroid symptoms.

The good news is that there are other options out there for patients who suffer from low thyroid disorder. Functional medicine providersare offering patients safe, effective and natural care that achieves long term results. By looking at the complete picture of their patients’ health, rather than just treating isolated symptoms, these practitioners are helping patients take charge of their own health and achieve results that are designed to improve their overall health for the rest of their lives.

Functional medicine doctorsbegin with comprehensive testing that includes a thorough physical examination, complete blood chemistry panel and saliva, stool and urine testing in addition to TSH testing. With a look at your body as entire operating system, your practitioner can determine which body systems are imbalanced and recommend the correct therapies to help the body heal itself naturally.

Functional medicine doctorsoffer customized care because they understand that every patient is unique. Believe it or not, every low thyroid condition has a different cause, and what is effective for one patient may not work for another. This is why a traditional “one size fits all” approach to care rarely achieves the results that patients are looking for. If natural, long-term results are your goal, take the time to learn how a functional medicine provider can help you.