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Natural Awakenings Jacksonville-St. Augustine

Health for a Troubled Thyroid

Oct 23, 2019 04:01PM ● By Rebecca Young
Unfortunately, one in five women are affected by thyroid dysfunction, and half of these women
are undiagnosed. To verify a possible thyroid condition, request a complete set of thyroid tests
beyond just the standard thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test. Additional tests include
thyroid antibodies for autoimmune reactions, such as TPO, TBG, TSI and TBII. Further testing
would include Free T4, Free T3, Free Thyroxin Index, T7 and Reverse T3 (rT3).

The standard pharmaceutical approach for hypothyroidism is a synthetic hormone called
Levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid and Unithroid) that elevates T4 production, but it can cause
depression and weight gain due to the inability to achieve optimal levels, per Chicago’s Rush
University Medical Center Report and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Optional pharmaceuticals include Armour Thyroid or NP derived from animal thyroids that
contain both T3 and T4 and are often preferred by functional medicine doctors and naturopaths.

There are myriad causes, such a vitamin or mineral deficiency and also gluten sensitivity (celiac
disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity). Gluten may provoke an autoimmune response, and a
gluten-free diet for six weeks—while monitoring for signs of non-celiac sensitivity such as
headache, bloating, gas or brain fog—may be very helpful. A nonaggressive means of managing
thyroid dysfunction with complete objective testing will heal the root cause.

Source: Steven M. Nickels, DC, DACBN, DCBCN., Science Based Wellness & Chiropractic,
10033 Sawgrass Dr. West, Ste. 204, Ponte Vedra Beach. Diplomate/Board Certified. Florida
License # CH0006361. See ad, page xx.