If you are considering getting your Thyroid out, you may want a second opinion. Once the Thyroid is out, you can't put it back."
What is the Thyroid?
The Thyroid gland is the body's orchestra conductor. When it goes slow, the brain and body and bowel go slow. Men get Thyroid problems too, but the condition generally affects child-bearing women and children with Downs Syndrome.
Have you been told that your Thyroid bloods are normal, but you feel sluggish?
The following symptoms may be due to Thyroid disruption:
Tiredness (especially at night)
Intolerance to cold / heat
Cold hands and feet
General aches and Pains
Loss of outer 1/3 of eyebrows
Puffy eye lids
Weight gain / loss
General aches and pains
Constipation / diarrhea
If you have low or high Thyroid, do you know the cause? Is the cause being treated?
If your Thyroid is too low, your GP can prescribe T4 according to the guidelines. Unfortunately, that's not the active form of Thyroid and if your body can't process the T4 into the active form (e.g. under conditions of insulin resistance and stress), you are no better off. There are a number of reasons for disrupted Thyroid and T4 may not be the answer.
The following causes can underlie Thyroid disease:
Auto-immune Disease e.g. Hashimoto's Disease or Graves Disease
Nutrient imbalances e.g. Iodine (high or low), Iron, Zinc, Vitamin D & B Vitamins
Heavy metals, especially mercury
Toxins e.g. fluoride (not just in water but also in toothpaste). Teflon and chlorine are other examples.
HPA axis disruption, aka the bodies stress response e.g. stress or lack of sleep
Unhealthy gut e.g. parasites
Aside from your GP, you have options for treatment you may not be aware of e.g. you might seek further treatment from:
(1) A range of natural health practitioners with 2-3 years of formal training who can investigate underlying causes. Their alternative treatment toolkit includes changes in lifestyle and nutrition to reduce inflammation.
(2) Dr Cindy de Villiers is a registered FACNEM doctor with 11+ years of formal training and 28 years of medical experience. Now specializing in the complex and under-served area of Thyroid Treatment, Dr de Villiers is qualified and experienced to address all the pieces of the puzzle, including underlying causes and the full treatment model.
Prescribe T3 or slow-release T3 appropriately for immediate relief of symptoms, while mitigating the risks of over replacement
Manage an optimum ratio of T4 to active T3
Mitigate the body creating excessive reverse T3, which is inactive and blocks any T3 you may have
Ensure optimum levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Oestrogen and Progesterone to aid Thyroid function
Access local and international, funded and unfunded tests including but not limited to Reverse T3, TSH, free T4, free T3, Thyroid antibodies including TRABs
Refer to Thyroid Surgeons
Employ pre-guideline medical training knowledge e.g. Nuclear Medicine testing for hotspots (too much Thyroid)
For option (2), Dr Cindy de Villiers' Thyroid Specialization Program is designed for Telehealth delivery throughout Australia and New Zealand. All you need is a smartphone, tablet or laptop and reliable internet.
If you would like to explore improving your Thyroid condition and your Life, please read the FAQ below, then click on the "Starter Package" if you feel Dr Cindy de Villiers will be a good fit for you.