Thyroid Testing

TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the gold standard for the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease in mainstream medicine. Unfortunately this one test fails to give a full picture of thyroid health. Thyroid testing should include Free T3, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies for both Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Graves Disease. Ideally thyroid testing should also include adrenals, sex hormones, blood sugar, food sensitivities, heavy metal toxicities, infections (bacteria, virus and parasite), and nutrient deficiencies including D3, B12, magnesium, zinc, iron, iodine and selenium.

Thermography: The Benefits of Thermal Imaging for Thyroid Disorders

Thermography: The Benefits of Thermal Imaging for Thyroid Disorders

This image is from my recent thermography. Do you see the red markers of inflammation in my neck and shoulders, right near my thyroid? Do you also see the red around my nose (allergies have been a constant all my life) but peer even closer and do you see the red around my mouth, in particular the bottom left side? You see I’ve been searching for the cause of my very high CRP (C-reactive protein) lab test (you can order it by yourself, by the way), a marker of inflammation, and that’s said to be a sign of heart disease. What’s bizarre is that I would never have known that I have high inflammation if I hadn’t done that test and then this thermography? I have no obvious signs of inflammation, but just the same there it is was glaring at me.

I’ve tried many things to reduce overall inflammation from determining my food sensitivities to these supplements turmeric and milk thistle (definitely worth giving a shot if you struggle with inflammation). They all made a difference in lowering my CRP but it still remained chronically high every time it was tested. What’s up? Well you see I had a root canal, yes you guessed it on the bottom left side, about 20 years ago and this thermography made so much sense. Root canals are known to harbor bacteria, deadly bacteria even that can cause disease. Stay tuned for more on this as I will be writing about advanced steps that I’ve taken to regain my thyroid health. But first here I invited the woman who ran my thermography to share the benefits, and boy has it been a surprising experience for me. [Read more…]

Thyroid Cancer: Early detection for the fastest growing cancer in women

Thyroid Cancer: Early detection for the fastest growing cancer in women

In 2017, the American Thyroid Association posted these sobering statistics about thyroid cancer:

The increased incidence of thyroid cancer is worldwide. The incidence of thyroid cancer has increased dramatically during the past three decades and it is now the fastest growing cancer in women.

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Your Body Knows Before Your Brain Does–and Before the Tests Do, Too

Trust Your Intuition

Your body whispers warnings when something is not right. Listen, listen carefully. [Read more…]

Is your thyroid doctor treating 17 years behind current medical research?

Is your thyroid doctor treating 17 years behind current medical research?

I’ll never forget the day I stumbled upon a 2011 study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.[1] Researchers reviewed the literature on the time it takes for published research to be implemented in medical practice. The answer left me speechless. 17 years!

I would have been dead in 17 years, more than likely from the heart disease and diabetes that began to rear their ugly heads when I was first diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism. Wait 17 years to finally get help? Hell NO. [Read more…]

5 reasons conventional doctors can’t fix your thyroid

5 reasons doctors can't fix your thyroid

Why did I create Hypothyroid Mom?

I have spent countless hours over the last 5 years pouring over published studies on hypothyroidism. I have scoured the Internet every day searching for the very best thyroid experts and doctors. I have answered email after email and social media comments and posts from people struggling with hypothyroidism at all hours of the day and night. I have devoted my life to this blog that I created called Hypothyroid Mom. And you may wonder. Why?

Rage.

Yes I said rage.

On a cold, snowy day in New York City on January 20, 2009, I lay on a medical exam table on what would be one of the worst days of my life. I had miscarried at 12 weeks and was being prepared for a D&C, a surgical procedure to remove my baby. A technician had just taken an ultrasound and walked out of the room to reconfirm to the medical staff that my fetus had no heartbeat. I sprang off my bed and ran to the image on the screen. I felt my body shake and my fists clench as I stared at the image of my unborn child. From a place deep in my soul came a wail, “What happened to my child?”

I had unnecessarily lost my unborn baby all because my doctors had not read the Endocrine Society guidelines for pregnancy. Yes. Seriously. A TSH of less than 2.5 in the first trimester was clearly stated in the 2007 guidelines and mine was close to a whopping 10.0 with raging symptoms.

Why had I trusted my conventional doctors to have the answers?

Why had I not done my own research and been my own advocate?

Why had I not told my doctors to go to hell when they insisted that my symptoms were all in my head?

I should have fought like a ferocious lion for my child.

And I have to live with that regret for the rest of my life.

I will tell others.

I promised myself as I lay on that medical exam table.

I will let the world know.

I promised.

And Hypothyroid Mom was born.

I was determined to get to the bottom of this. I wouldn’t rest until I got myself well again and all my Hypothyroid Mom followers with me.

I searched high and low for thyroid experts when I first created Hypothyroid Mom in 2012. At that time there weren’t as many health experts and doctors writing about thyroid as there are today. I had to really search for the best information and I struck gold when I landed on this man.

Chris Kresser.

I hope he knows how many people he has helped. Including me.

I recently had a chance to connect with Chris and ask him some of my lingering thyroid questions. I know there is much written about thyroid but I wanted to dig deep into some of the issues that are not usually covered. [Read more…]

A sluggish thyroid making you sick, tired & overweight?

Sluggish thyroid making you sick, tired, and overweight?

Are you one of the 30 million women or 15 million men that have a chronic medical problem that’s both under-diagnosed and under-treated?

Are you suffering from vague symptoms that you think are a normal part of aging? [Read more…]

300 hypothyroidism symptoms: count how many you have

300 hypothyroidism symptoms: count how many you have

The World Health Organization estimates that thyroid dysfunction affects 750 million people worldwide and the American Thyroid Association warns that up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.

Of the 750 million people with thyroid dysfunction, 1.3 million of them are currently following my site Hypothyroid Mom. The majority are here because they are still feeling unwell despite standard hypothyroidism treatment. Most are told their thyroid is “fine” while they struggle with a countless number of symptoms. Often times their doctors have no clue the vast array of symptoms that can befall a thyroid patient and most patients have no idea their symptoms could possibly be a red flag that their condition is not being well treated. Some may back down from speaking up to their doctor because they feel “doctor knows best” or that they don’t have any scientific proof to back up their claims…until now. [Read more…]

Hypothyroidism? Hair Loss? Fatigue? Heavy Periods? Check Your Iron

Hypothyroidism & Iron Deficiency

Iron. I’ve been interesting in including an article all about iron and hypothyroidism for some time, but I didn’t want just any article. I wanted the perfect one.

The metabolism of thyroid hormones and iron are inter-dependent. Iron deficiency can produce hypothyroidism and vice versa. This is so important, yet often missed, in the treatment of hypothyroidism. Why isn’t every single person, and I mean EVERY single person, with hypothyroidism given iron testing? The treatment of hypothyroidism by conventional medicine, and all it misses, really baffles me. [Read more…]

Thyroflex Test: When you are being treated for hypothyroidism but still feel awful

Thyroflex Test: When you are being treated for hypothyroidism but still feel awful

When I was a little girl, I would squeal with delight as I ran through the park picking up every dandelion I could find and making a wish. The other day I saw a dandelion and had a flash of myself as a child. I smiled as I blew and made a wish. This time my wish was that every hypothyroid person following Hypothyroid Mom finds wellness. I don’t mean just feeling “alright”. I mean feeling INCREDIBLE. There is hope to feel incredible with hypothyroidism. I know because hope happened to me.

This guest post is written by Dr. Hugh Melnick. He has hypothyroidism himself. Yes, men get hypothyroidism too. He knows what it’s like to be hypothyroid because he lives it himself. [Read more…]

Don’t forget to check your neck

Don't forget to check your neck

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Have you checked your neck?
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What?! Parasites can play a role in hypothyroidism

What?! Parasites can play a role in hypothyroidism

Do you know what could be eating you? Yeah parasites!

I know. I know. So gross. When my doctor first mentioned that parasites might be playing a role in my hypothyroidism. I said HELL NO.

Seriously though turns out these human-feasting organisms could be living in your body. I didn’t enjoy doing the stool testing, but I’m so happy that I did it. Turned out I didn’t have parasites, but I wasn’t off the hook. I have an overgrowth of Candida, fungus invading my gut. If I hadn’t done this stool test I would have never known. I will be writing more about Candida soon but, in the meantime, parasites have been found in the stool of hypothyroid patients and destroying them makes all the difference. [Read more…]