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    • ==== ====Natural Treatment for Hypothyroidismhttp://tinyurl.com/7fx33og==== ====* Fatigue and Lethargy* Infertility* Hair Loss* High Cholesterol* Menstrual Period Problems* Depression* Recurrent infections, particularly in winter* Chronic Headaches* Feeling Cold frequently; cold hands and feet; intolerance to cold* Confusion and Memory LossThese are symptoms that could be caused by hypothyroidism, or a low-functioning thyroid gland.Because the thyroid gland is the master controller of your metabolism, many different systems canbe effected, and many symptoms can occur, when it isnt working properly. Unfortunately, thevague nature of these symptoms is the source of a lot of confusion, because not every person withthe problems listed above has hypothyroidism - there are many different conditions that can causethem. (Its important to rule out other potential causes of symptoms before assuming thatundiagnosed hypothyroidism is the problem. For instance, anemia can cause fatigue, uterinecancer can cause uterine bleeding, and there are many causes [including stress!] for infertility.And, of course, if you are tired and dragging from lack of sleep, treating your thyroid is a bad idea -what you really need is more sleep!)UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERY OF HYPOTHYROIDISMAs I pointed out, there are two main problems with trying to figure out if you are hypothyroid. Thefirst is that most doctors and health professionals mistakenly believe that the condition isuncommon. It is actually quite common. And, it is even more common among people who go todoctors (since the symptoms listed above are common reasons that people go to doctors.) And - itis really common among people who end up jumping from doctor to doctor or specialist tospecialist, wondering why everyone tells them they are fine when they know that they dontfeelfine. So this results in a lot of people with hypothyroidism walking around not knowing what theirproblem is, and sometimes having been told that their thyroid definitely is not the cause of theirsymptoms.The second problem is almost the exact opposite. Because the symptoms of hypothyroidism arecommon, and commonly caused by things that arent even medical problems (for instance, stressand posture problems can cause headaches; not getting enough sleep can make it hard toremember and make it easy to get infections), its easy to look at a list of symptoms caused byhypothyroidism and think "I must have that!" There are a lot of health-related websites that add tothis confusion by suggesting that if you have any of those symptoms, you must have a thyroid
    • problem. This, obviously, isnt true.What makes this dilemma even worse is that one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism in somepeople is weight gain. However, hypothyroidism is not the main cause of weight gain, even inpeople with "sluggish metabolism." And, the main treatment for hypothyroidism - takingprescription thyroid hormone - only rarely helps people lose weight. Of course, since so manypeople are interested in losing weight, hypothryoidism is frequently mentioned, even thoughimproving thyroid function rarely helps with weight loss.TSH - THE BEST, BUT STILL FLAWED, THYROID TESTYou may be trying to figure out if you have a hypothyroid problem. And so far, we havent mademuch headway into figuring that out. So stick with me, and well try to unravel this further.The most important single thing to know about thyroid lab tests is that the normal range of themost important test for thyroid (TSH - thyroid stimulating hormone) is between .5 - 5.5 microunitsper millileter (dont worry, there wont be a test later!) The only problem with this is that this normalrange was taken from ordinary people, many of whom may have had undiagnosed hypothyroidism- so some people with a sluggish thyroid problem have been included in the "normal" range of thistest!A more accurate range of normal for TSH is between 1 - 2.5: 90% of the population has a TSHlevel in this range. So, if your TSH result is between 1 - 2.5 mIU/mL, you are probably nothypothyroid. Even if your TSH goes as high as 2.7 or 3.3 on a single test you may not behypothyroid, if a second, later test shows it has gone back between 1 and 2.5. This can happenwith lab results - its normal for them to move around.However, if you have more than two consecutive TSH tests above 4.0, and you have some ormany of the symptoms listed above, or those mentioned in the armour thyroid link below, youprobably dont have enough thyroid hormone in your body. Unfortunately, it may be quite difficultto convince your doctor that this is your problem, because even if you have two tests that comeout at 5.3, and you are a walking talking hypothyroid symptom textbook, many doctors will just say"the test is normal." (Some doctors dont even do the TSH test, preferring other tests that are evenless helpful than TSH!)NAVIGATING THE MEDICAL DOUBTERS OF HYPOTHYROIDISMSo, how do you find a doctor who understands this problem? You can look for a NaturopathicDoctor or holistic physician in your area. If your condition is mild, you may be able to treat theproblem without thyroid hormone, using instead nutritional supplements and herbs. The main thingis to find a practitioner who will listen to you and try to understand your unique situation, and whois familiar with natural therapies. In many areas, the most likely practitioner to fit this bill may be achiropractor.However, if your condition is such that you need a thyroid hormone prescription (and this issomething that only can be determined by a licensed healthcare practitioner who is legally allowedto prescribe thyroid hormone) you may find that even a doctor who agrees that you may have athyroid problem wants to prescribe synthetic rather than natural thyroid hormone for you. Whilesynthetic thyroid hormone works for many people - perhaps most - there are some people whoonly respond to natural thyroid hormone (armour thyroid, U.S.P. Thyroid) and many doctors are
    • unwilling to prescribe it because theyve been trained to believe its ineffective (its not: its highlyeffective and completely safe.)Oh, by the way, there is a term I probably should have introduced way at the beginning of the thisarticle. The subject we are discussing is correctly described "subclinical hypothyroidism." The term"hypothyroidism" is actually specific to people whose TSH is over 5.5, and almost every doctor willprescribe thyroid hormone for this (or refer you to an endocrinologist.) However, in either case,youre very likely to be given a prescription for synthetic thyroid (levothyroxine), not for naturalthyroid hormone. It probably wouldnt hurt, if youre going to try to discuss this with your doctor, toknow the difference between subclinical hypothyroid and regular hypothyroid. AN EVEN DEEPER LAYER OF HYPOTHYROID MYSTERYRemember that I said that hypothyroidism, whether subclinical or not, is very common, and thatthis is probably what has skewed the normal range for TSH to include people with low thyroid inthe supposed "normal range." The esteemed physician and researcher Alan Gaby, MD, haspointed out that there should be another category of hypothyroid: "Sublaboratory Hypothyroidism."Dr. Gabys message was that there are plenty of people whose TSH is normal but who wouldbenefit from taking thyroid hormone. They have some combination of the symptoms mentionedabove or in the armour thyroid webpage, but their TSH is between 1 and 2.5. In some cases theonly way to determine who those people are is to give them thyroid hormone and see whetherthey benefit. Obviously, this can only be done by a qualified physician or practitioner, and undercareful supervision. Of course, it would be very difficult to convince a doctor who didnt believe inthis to prescribe thyroid. I have included a link to Dr Gabys article on sublaboratoryhypothyroidism below, though keep in mind it was written for a medical audience so it may be hardto understand if you dont have medical training. If you have a very openminded doctor, they maybe interested in it.Many people who suspect they have sublaboratory or subclinical hypothyroidism attempt to testfor it by measuring their body temperature immediately after waking with a fertility thermometer(one that measures normal body temperatures more accurately but that is not useful for measuringfevers.) Some people consider a waking body temperature well under 98.6 degrees F (37 degreesC) to be a sign of hypothyroidism. This "test" runs the same risk as reading about hypothyroidismon the internet - it can seem as if everyone is hypothyroid, because a waking temperature of 98.6,or close to that, appears to be quite rare.Determining if you are hypothyroid or not can be confusing and frustrating. It helps to be armedwith as much (good) information as possible. Here is a link to the Armour Thyroid page that detailsthe symptoms of hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism Signs and SymptomsHere is a link to alt.support.hypothyroids page on the medical literature that shows the limits ofusing TSH alone to determine thyroid function.TSH Medical ReferencesMention this ezine article for a FREE introductory consultation. (Contact details below.)If youve enjoyed this article, you can take advantage of my insights, experience, and expertise by
    • contacting me (through my website, below) to arrange an appointment, phone consult, or emailconsult. Natural Health and Wellness consultations do not involve diagnosis or treatment ofdisease, but rather help guide you back to health. I am a Naturopathic Doctor in San Rafael inMarin County, California.My areas of expertise are hormonal disorders including hypothyroidism; pre-diabetes, diabetes,and metabolic syndrome; depression and eating disorders; chronic fatigue syndrome; food allergyand celiac disease; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease; clinicalnutrition; and difficult to diagnose and treat conditions that have not responded to otherconventional and/or alternative treatment. I enjoy working with people of all ages andbackgrounds, and have extensive experience using natural approaches with children and teens.Correcting inadequate diet, and steering patients towards optimal diet, is an essential part of myapproach with each and every patient.I graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 1995.Before practicing in Marin, I practiced in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in Stamford and Norwalk,for 11 years. I have also practiced in Santa Cruz County, California.My website at http://www.drdanielheller.com has more information on my practice, my philosophy,and me, as well as contact details to set up your free complementary consultation.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Daniel_Heller==== ====Natural Treatment for Hypothyroidismhttp://tinyurl.com/7fx33og==== ====