have you been told yours is normal
The thyroid gland is located in your throat and is the center for metabolic activity, or lack there of if one is struggling with weight problems. A thyroid disorder can cause hypothyroidism, low functioning, hyperthyroidism, high functioning, or be a combination of these two. Hypothyroidism is most common and affects 10 million Americans, and approximately 10% of women. Common symptoms are fatigue, loosing hair, depression, trouble loosing weight, cold extremities, and dry skin.
Often in the main stream medical community the thyroid will be tested, however the results will be within “normal range”, and thus be a closed case, leaving a person to be still searching for the cause of their problems. However, this “normal range” is variable, and which tests are being run is a crucial assessment. An analogy to illustrate this point is let’s say you are in your living room with a guest, and they ask you what it looks like outside, and you look through the front door peep hole, and say it looks “fine or normal”, this representing taking a TSH test to check the thyroid, when in fact this hormone is actually coming from the pituitary gland. The anterior pituitary gland is secreting TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) to talk to the thyroid gland to produce its hormones. Conversely, one could open the front door to check how it is outside, representing taking multiple other thyroid tests to accurately measure what the thyroid is doing, such as Free T3, Free T4, and others.
If you have been told your thyroid is “normal”, yet you still have unexplained symptoms, investigate your thyroid further with a Naturopathic Doctor.