Our current medical system seems to be designed mainly for acute care and lacks the ability to treat chronic illness like thyroid disease. With 15 minute appointments, and patients who want quick fixes, doctors usually end up just treating symptoms. Often this comes with a prescription, which may temporarily ease a symptom, but it is still just masking the real reason your symptom(s) is occurring in the first place. The prescription also carries additional potential side-effects which could compound the problem and do more harm than good. The only way to truly heal thyroid disease and alleviate your thyroid symptoms, is to take a root cause approach.
When a patient presents with thyroid symptoms in our conventional medical system, their doctor will usually only order a TSH blood test. If they’re lucky, they may also receive a T4 or FT4 test, but these tests do not tell the whole picture. Having a full thyroid panel run could save you years of wasted money and increasingly miserable thyroid symptoms.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder, is the leading cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism but not Hashimoto’s, please continue reading to make sure you have been properly diagnosed.
The New Year is here which means many of us will be making New Year’s resolutions. I personally have a love/hate relationship with resolutions. They can be the perfect motivator for some and just another disappointment for others. I believe setting goals, however, is imperative to achieving the life you desire. When properly devised, they provide direction, accountability, and motivation.
When we are stressed, it’s quite easy to develop negative thinking patterns because we become frustrated by our challenges and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even harder for us to manage those challenges and move forward and break through the stress cycle. Practicing positive thinking helps to focus on our strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and motivation. This, in turn, allows us to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck.READ MORE
We all want to choose the best foods for our family but our dollars can only stretch so far. Is organic food really worth the extra money?The Environmental Working Group has just released their updated Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists to help you decide which foods are the best ones to buy organic. The Dirty Dozen consists of non-organic produce found to contain the most chemicals and the Clean Fifteen includes those that have the least chemicals.
It’s 3pm, and you’re starting to lose steam, as well as your focus and motivation. Hum…vending machine or salad bar? Drive through or apple? Sound familiar? Which would you choose in this situation? When we are tired and our blood sugar is starting to crash after that high carb lunch, I can pretty much guarantee which answer your brain is screaming to you.