TSH Wars: The Unreliable Thyroid Lab Test

TSH Thyroid Wars

TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the gold standard for measuring thyroid function in mainstream medicine. Unfortunately this one thyroid lab test does not provide a complete picture. Many doctors don’t run a full thyroid blood panel which should include at minimum Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies.

I was fortunate to find a great thyroid doctor who treats “me” the person and not strictly my lab numbers. I personally take a natural desiccated thyroid called Nature-throid plus a time-release T3 medication created by a compounding pharmacy. My TSH is suppressed below the “normal” reference range. I feel great without symptoms of over-medication. My doctor focuses on my symptoms and testing that includes Free T4, Free T3, and Reverse T3 at every blood testing. If I was being treated by a doctor who focused solely on TSH and T4-only Levothyroxine drugs, I would be a very ill woman today.

I invited thyroid expert Dr. Jeffrey Dach to share his clinical experience with the TSH lab test. [Read more...]

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My Daughter’s Congenital Hypothyroidism Saved My Life

My Daughter's Congenital Hypothyroidism Saved My Life

A woman named Shannon Hibbs contacted me one day with before and after photos that stayed on my mind for weeks. Her story is one of those stories I knew I had to share at Hypothyroid Mom.

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A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thyroid

A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thyroid

I’m smiling today!

Health guru Dr. Mark Hyman is here at Hypothyroid Mom.

Dr. Mark Hyman is an EIGHT-TIME New York Times bestselling author. He is currently medical editor at the Huffington Post and on the Medical Advisory Board at The Doctor Oz Show. He has testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine, and participated in the White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness in June 2009. Dr. Hyman continues to work in Washington on health reform, recently testifying before a Congressional hearing on Functional Medicine, nutrition and the use of dietary supplements.

I remember the day I first came across Dr. Hyman’s website. I was at my lowest point with hypothyroidism and his site was the encouragement I needed to take charge of my health. It is with honor that I include Dr. Hyman at Hypothyroid Mom.

Thank you Dr. Hyman for offering one lucky reader a copy of your latest New York Times bestselling book The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet!

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The Little Hashimoto’s Film On A Mission

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A must-watch film about Hashimoto’s. [Read more...]

Reefer Madness, or a Promising Treatment for Thyroid Disease?

Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein 'Weed the People'Documentary “Weed the People” by Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein

Emmy-winning talk show host Ricki Lake teamed up with filmmaking partner Abby Epstein to raise awareness about the medicinal effects of cannabis in their documentary Weed the People. In 2008, Ricki and Abby released the award winning documentary The Business of Being Born.

I welcome celebrity health coach Jen Wittman to Hypothyroid Mom to share her findings on the benefits of CBD oil in the treatment of thyroid disease. She is a great supporter of her clients Ricki and Abby in their efforts to spread awareness about the benefits of medical cannabis. [Read more...]

The Connection Between Plastic Water Bottles, The Pill and Your Thyroid

The Connection Between Plastic Water Bottles, The Pill and Your Thyroid

Suzy Cohen has appeared on TV shows like Good Morning America Health, The Dr. Oz Show, The 700 Club, The View and The Doctors. What an honor to see Hypothyroid Mom mentioned in Suzy’s new book Thyroid Healthy.

I first saw the following YouTube video created by Suzy about measuring your thyroid hormone properly and thought, “Wow this woman really gets it!” Suzy is an incredibly smart woman, but best of all she is a sweet person and I’m happy to have her as a friend. [Read more...]