How long have you been suffering with your thyroid condition?
How much time have you lost explaining your symptoms, pain and confusion to your doctor(s) and getting no answers?
Are you ready to find one who understands your thyroid condition and can help you immediately?
I hope the answer to the third question above is yes, because if it’s not, you will be suffering a lot longer.
WHY DOESN’T MY DOCTOR KNOW WHAT TO DO?
No matter how many years of intense and important medical training your doctor has, the reality is that lifestyle, nutrition, and diet – all areas of extreme importance for patients suffering from thyroid conditions – are areas that go unaddressed by the average medical doctor in their training and ongoing practice.
We do not have a preventative wellness health care system in the US. Doctors “fix” us when we have breaks and leaks (!) and problems for which they’re trained. Then there are “specialists” in other areas, but not thyroid. Even endocrinologists, who I always think should “get” this stuff and especially about our damaged adrenal system are usually no help.
Are there some “regular doctors” who do know? Sure. But far and few between, and still not usually holistically with integrative and functional medicine for what you’ll need.
LIMITED SCOPE OF HELP
Most people develop hypothyroidism as result of autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which is easily confirmed by thyroid antibody blood tests. However, in the standard health care model, these antibodies typically are not tested because the results do not affect treatment. Whether test results are positive or negative, treatment will always be thyroid hormone replacement. “Here, take this pill and see you next year!”
Your doctor’s medically trained model fails to address that patients who suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and autoimmunity in general have related issues, such as gluten sensitivity, vitamin D imbalances, blood sugar instability, intestinal permeability, and so on. These other issues are not diseases but instead are alterations in physiology that can profoundly impact patients’ health and quality of life.
Despite the evidence in the scientific literature that these related health issues exist in the autoimmune thyroid population, the standard health care model rarely addresses them. Instead, the focus is on thyroid hormone replacement and using thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) as the exclusive marker for the patient’s “entire spectrum of health.” This is not the solution.
WHAT TO DO?
Patients with thyroid conditions need proper management with hormone replacement, but they also need complementary changes in their diet, nutritional status, and lifestyle to support a better quality of life.
You need to find a “thyroid trained” practitioner who understands immediately the over 67 symptoms you may have and how to deal with them from the start. Because, in fact, “regular doctors”, nutritionists, ears, nose and throat doctors, etc. who are not specifically trained will not only be of no help but will actually be of harm as you will keep waiting longer to get the help you need while your body is falling apart. Until you do, you will not get close to the correct treatment your body needs to start rebuilding for wellness.
Consultation with practitioners trained to provide dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle guidance, can result in significant and meaningful health improvements. At the same time, this does not mean talking to a “nutritionist”. They too are not specifically thryoid trained, though you can ask if they are.
WHO ARE THESE THYROID TRAINED DOCTORS?
The largest group of doctors who are thyroid trained and know how to help you easily happen to be chiropractors. Why?
First, thank goodness that many doctors of chiropractic and other health care practitioners with similar education and qualifications have helped fill the void created by isolated thyroid replacement and TSH-only measurements.
The doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree is equal in hours to the doctor of medicine (MD) degree, with almost identical programs the first two years. The programs diverge, however, in the second half. During this time, the DC program focuses on diet, nutrition, supplements and spinal manipulation, while the MD program emphasizes the study of pharmacology/ medications.
Plus, many patients with hypothyroidism suffer from a long list of musculoskeletal complaints, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, autoimmune joint diseases (arthritis or joint degeneration), poor recovery from muscle injury, inflammation, headaches, back pain caused by obesity, ongoing aches and pains and other issues that lead them to seek the care of a chiropractor.
Since many patients don’t realize these symptoms are caused by their thyroid condition it is not uncommon for a chiropractor to run lab work and identify the underlying problem – thyroid dysfunction. Many of these patients have been to one or more primary care physicians who failed to diagnose them correctly.
The licensed doctor of chiropractic is not trained in just spinal manipulation, but also in proper differential diagnosis. Differential diagnosis is the process in which the presenting problem is examined in terms of underlying causes and related health issues. Chiropractic education is primarily focused on basic anatomy, physiology, histology, pathology, physical examination, radiology, and laboratory diagnosis. Chiropractors attend education events for nutrition and other areas of solutions on a ongoing basis.
WHERE TO FIND YOUR THYROID TRAINED PRACTITIONER
* Go to this link on this blog – PRACTITIONERS – and find one as close as you can in your area, anywhere in the world.
* Notice on this link Dr. Datis Kharrazian, Dr. Johnson’s Group at Life Changing Care and Dr. Eric Berg. Practitioners trained under these practitioners are the best.
WHAT TO DO UNTIL YOU GET YOUR APPOINTMENT — THE THYROID RESET DIET AND MORE
Until you find your thyroid trained practitioner, you can get started immediately on the diet you’ll need to live by.
The diet that you will need to follow and much more is in my Get Your Life Back! Reset Your Thyroid Health manual and forms as well as in my 6 Module Audio Home Study Course. Both available in my bookstore on this blog.