Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease that affects no less than 2% of the population of Canada. Statistics offered by the Thyroid Foundation of Canada indicate that nearly 10 million people in the country suffer from some type of thyroid condition. By far, depressed thyroid is the most common. This difficult and stressful condition is a general “slowing down” of normal thyroid function. Since the thyroid is responsible for many of the critical regulatory functions in the body, this condition can have severe symptoms.
The most common symptoms of onset under-active thyroid is the thinning of hair, yellowing of skin, generalized fatigue and extreme difficulty in managing weight gains. Prolonged and untreated low thyroid levels can result in the excessive need for sleep, itchy or dry skin, and bowel problems. Certain psychological problems like depression, mental sluggishness and paranoia can manifest as well. People who suffer from this condition learn to live with symptoms for prolonged periods. As a result, each patient unfortunately experiences the exponential increase in discomfort from a slow thyroid. The time it takes each person to seek help for unmanageable symptoms can determine treatment types.
Traditional thyroid treatment involves hormone replacement therapy. This helps to control symptoms, but finding the right amounts of hormone to administer can be a long and harrowing experience. Even when the correct treatment is found, the causes of thyroid problems remain mysterious and unpredictable. General medical practitioners are almost always only concerned with thyroid readings that register within laboratory norms. If the panel results are outside of the accepted .35 – 5.0 range, replacement and combative hormone replacement is initiated. This treatment can never uncover the primary causes of the condition in the first place. Replacements like Synthroid only counteract negative gland functions, but cannot work to cure the problem.
An advanced treatment protocol for hypothyroidism has recently been introduced to Canada. It is known as Functional Neurology. This is a thyroid treatment type that prefers identifying contributing factors for depressed thyroid function, instead of immediately prescribing hormone replacement. This breakthrough treatment starts with a complete personal background and medical history analysis. Blood and thyroid output panels are then examined to determine if the cause of hypothyroidism is due to internal antibodies or other environmental and behavioural factors. These factors can include digestive, hormonal, neurotransmitter and blood sugar abnormalities. Functional Neurology is proven to reverse slowing tendencies of a thyroid through lifestyle adjustment, treatment of cascading physical indicators, and natural supplementation.
Kyle Tiddel blogs about the health industry and provides valuable information about how to find a thyroid specialist in Ottawa. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, Kyle highly recommends checking out Dr. Lawrence’s thyroid information lectures.