Hypothyroidism is a commonly treated condition by medical physicians using prescriptions such as Synthroid or Armour thyroid. What is commonly overlooked, however, and more likely diagnosed by your alternative medicine practitioner is subclinical hypothyroidism , the association with adrenal gland insufficiency or adrenal fatigue or the connection with difficult conditions such as fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
The most common symptom of hypothyroidism is chronic fatigue. Also frequently seen is the inability to lose weight. The thyroid functions as a part of a team with some of the other players being the adrenal glands and the hypothalamus and pituitary of the brain. A problem is that often physicians don't consider the functioning of those other players, especially the adrenal gland. In alternative medicine protocols, your physician will always consider the functioning of the adrenal gland in cases of hypothyroidism. In fact, in some cases, the adrenal gland must be addressed first before the thyroid will respond favorably to treatment. This is a complex array of hormonal interactions and we urge you to consult a competent clinical nutritionist or alternative medicine practitioner for guidance.
If you suspect you may have a low functioning thyroid, you should consult your physician for some tests. The list of conditions relating to thyroid dysfunction is long and beyond the scope of this article so we will keep it simple and detail only the most commonly encountered problems.
There is an easy test to see if your thyroid is functioning up to par. Utilizing an oral glass mercury thermometer, you simply take your temperature at 10 a.m. , 1 p.m. , and 4 p.m. for three consecutive days for a total of nine readings. Women should not do this test during their menstrual period. Your average of the nine readings should be between 98.2 and 98.6 degrees. If it is below that, odds are, you have some type of low thyroid function. The problem here becomes one of confirmation. It is possible though not probable that the routine blood tests done by physicians may be in the “normal” range yet your temperature average is low. If the lab tests are low, your temp will probably be low too. Whichever the case may be, refer to the Wilson's Syndrome article of RxAlternativeMedicine.com for information regarding hypothyroid. If you are examined and tested by your physician, he/she will want to give you prescription medication, usually a drug called Synthroid. You can request a more natural drug called Armour Thyroid. Or, if you want to try a natural, non-prescription approach, you can consult your nutritionist about the suggestions in the Wilson's Syndrome article of RxAlternativeMedicine.com.
You can do a self-assessment of your symptoms of hypothyroidism utilizing a simple online Comprehensive Health Assessment . We recommend this self-assessment because it enables you to gain some insights into your own symptoms and whether they may be related to the thyroid, adrenals or other associated glandular problems.
Listed below are supplements we recommend for our patients with hypothyroidism. Metagenics sells pharmaceutical-grade nutrition products not available in stores. They are available only through healthcare providers. Products we commonly recommend for this condition include:
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