Millions of Americans (mostly women) suffer from an underactive thyroid, but many are misdiagnosed, despite having common hypothyroid symptoms such as constipation, fatigue, weight gain, impaired memory, thinning hair, dry skin, sensitivity to cold, muscle cramps, infertility, elevated cholesterol and nerve pain. Because depression can also be a symptom, some doctors prescribe antidepressants, rather than treat for an underactive thyroid.
And, hypothyroid testing can be tricky in that a misdiagnosis can also be made when a doctor only orders a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test and does not run a comprehensive thyroid panel, which is necessary to fully understand what is going on with someone’s health. Continue reading “Hypothyroid Testing – What You Need to Know”
A recent study out of England has found a link between the amount of fluoride in public drinking water and a rise in incidence of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, compared 2012 national data on levels of fluoride in drinking water to trends for hypothyroidism as diagnosed by family physicians across England.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of the neck that produces hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many body activities, including how fast calories are burned and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid gland isn’t active enough, it does not make enough thyroid hormone to meet the body’s needs.
The research found that in areas where tap water fluoride levels exceeded 0.3 milligrams per liter, the risk for having an underactive thyroid rose by 30%. The study, led by Stephen Peckham of the University of Kent in Canterbury, England found that hypothyroidism rates were nearly double in urbanized regions that had fluoridated tap water, compared with regions that did not. Continue reading “Fluoride Study Linked to Thyroid Problems”
Do you suffer from fatigue, weight gain, hair loss or depression? Do your symptoms go untreated because your doctor said that your blood tests are normal? If so, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from low thyroid symptoms because they are misdiagnosed or poorly managed.
Village Green is excited to offer a great new book titled, “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal?” by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS. It is a must read for anyone wanting to understand Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism.
See the video below to learn more about the book.
Our experts at Village Green Apothecary are available to answer any questions you may have regarding thyroid health. We can help you with nutritional support and connect you to integrative practitioners for further guidance.