Listen to my interview with Vegan Danielle on the Specialty Produce Network! We discuss Acupuncture, Functional Medicine, looking at lab results, a thyroid test scenario, food sensitivities, and more. At just a little over 1/2 hour, it’s the perfect accompaniment on your next drive!
The Thyroid System is complex and significant. It promotes cellular activity, helps us to be happy, healthy, and energetic. It allows our immune system and brain to operate well. It influences how our sex hormones operate and how much weight we carry. The trouble is understanding it. In this article I describe the Thyroid system and its subtle factors that, when missed, may just be the difference between success and failure to pull a person back into balance.
I wanted to take a moment and share a recent case study that I find to be particularly interesting. Most of the time when I work with a patient we start with a set of symptoms or even a known medical condition. Some tests are ordered, results observed and a plan of action is set in motion. An improvement in symptoms, and/or a follow up test weeks or months later tells us if our efforts were effective. But an interesting thing is starting to happen. My patients are coming in wearing a Fitbit or some other handy device that measures all sorts of things about their daily physiology. This provides for both of us some powerful feedback in real time as to how the strategies we are employing are actually working. The basis of this piece is in regards to just such a patient experience.
I want to describe to you a rather obscure tidbit pertaining to estrogen and its relationship to thyroid function. Low thyroid function is something that I talk a lot about because it affects a great many people weather they know it or not. Indeed the thyroid gland is very misunderstood and is certainly mistreated through the mainstream approach. But the thyroid gland itself aside, this article is focused on how thyroid hormone activity (not thyroid hormone production) can be hindered due to imbalances in the sex hormone estrogen.
Probably one of the most up and coming of serious medical problems facing Americans today is auto-immunity. An auto-immune condition is one in which the immune system works to attack a particular tissue in the body. This problem can lead to a huge variety of disorders including Type I Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s (auto-immune thyroid), and many many more. The title of this article is actually two fold. It points out that not only are our bodies fighting against themselves, but the medical establishment, and the population as a whole is also caught up in a system that is working towards self destruction.