The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located at the base of your neck. It releases hormones that control your metabolism, or the way your body uses energy. As you can imagine, the ability of your body to use energy efficiently effects a handful of vital body functions, including:
- Heart Rate
- Central and peripheral nervous systems
- Body weight
- Muscle strength
- Menstrual cycles
- Body temperature
- Cholesterol levels
- and much more!
Due to genetic factors, environmental factors, and lifestyle decisions, your thyroid may be unable to appropriately balance the production and release of two hormones called T3 and T4.
When these hormones are under-produced, we call this hypothyroidism. And when these hormones are over-produced, we call this hyperthyroidism.
Do you suffer from...
- Weight gain
- Muscle pain
- Cold hands and feet (even in warm weather)
- Dry skin
- Brittle nails
- Hair Loss
- Sleeping problems
If so, you may suffer from the most undiagnosed autoimmune disorder in the world, Hashimoto's Disease. And still as common as it is, most physicians never even test for this because they are searching for the lab panel that will allow them to mask the symptoms with medication.
Because autoimmune disorders cannot be cured, then your specialist will likely prescribe a drug to combat your symptoms. You may receive many drugs to counter-act the side effects of other drugs. For advanced diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, specialists may try experimental treatments to halt the advancement of the disease, and its attack on your immune system.
How Functional Medicine Is Different
The field of Functional Medicine has experienced incredible breakthroughs over the past few years due to its focus on Functional Blood Chemistry. Researchers have discovered specific biological markers in your blood stream that help to pinpoint the root cause of the symptoms. This allows the doctors at the Institute for Functional Health to narrow their focus on solving the underlying cause of the symptom.
By that same token, when your immune system is in a constant state of "attack" on your healthy cells of your thyroid, this causes systemic inflammation throughout your body at the cellular level.
At the Institute for Functional Health, our doctors investigate your blood chemistry to identify the cause of inflammation at the cellular level, so that they can build a gameplan to tackle that inflammation. By reducing the inflammation, you reduce the symptoms that your body is experiencing as a result of the autoimmune condition.
So whether you know you have an autoimmune condition and have been taking medications for years, or if you don't quite feel right despite your physician telling you that all of your labs are normal . . . visit the Institute for Functional Health to get a new lease on life.
Schedule your Discovery Day session online today, or call our office to find a time that works for your schedule.