Health practitioners who really understand thyroid health are disillusioned by the standard mainstream medicine diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions and their unwillingness to change and improve the way they do things.
So why are so many of us flying under the thyroid radar? Why are so many of us undiagnosed in spite of feeling run down, fatigued, moody, struggling with weight, anxiety, depression, hair loss and infertility?
There are many reasons, but let’s just focus on the key ones:
1. Incomplete tests
You probably know this by now that the “standard thyroid test” a traditional doctor would ask for is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and T4 (this is just one of the hormones produced by the thyroid).
Unfortunately, we know today that this is a very inconclusive way of making a thyroid diagnosis. Many people have a “normal” TSH and T4 in spite of showing all signs on hypo- or hyperthyroidism. However, when more complete tests are done like T3 (this is the bio-available active hormone that our body cells have receptors for), reverse T3 and antibodies called TPO and TGB – only then a diagnosis can be completed.
Many of my clients have TSH, FT4, FT3 which are normal even though they feel really unwell and compromised. They often have thyroid antibodies (TPO, TG) which can be quite high. This means that their immune system is constantly attacking their thyroid gland and breaking it down.
2. TSH “normal” range is set as 0.5 to 5.0
Most endocrinologists are, sadly, still basing their diagnosis on outdated education and are not even aware of the revised range, which the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends which is 0.3-3.0.
Most holistic doctors and functional medicine practitioners however believe that this should be further revised to be in the 1.0 – 2.o range.
3. Total T3 instead of Free T3
This is another mysteriously overlooked thyroid health marker – if a doctor orders the T3 test (too often, they do not), it’s most often Total T3 and not the Free T3.
Free T3 means it’s the unbound or bio-available T3 hormones that you body receptor can actively use – receptors are like parking lots that are waiting to be filled up with T3 to function properly.
Total T3 consists of both bound and unbound T3 and is a useless measurement as we just want to know how much FREE T3 there is.
4. Ignorance and outdated practices
You might be asking “so, why are doctors not getting updated with this information?”.
Good question. Partly due to an outdated approach that never got enough attention to be changed (although that’s changing now with many thyroid advocate groups pushing for it).
Another reason is that most endocrinologists (the doctor looking after hormonal health, including the thyroid) are too busy with the diabetes pandemic and have therefore little time and willingness to learn more about the thyroid.
So this is what I do for you at my office on the Mornington Peninsula (Mount Martha). I get this all sorted for you and work out a plan to get you feeling fantastic again! Click here to book a skype or face to face appointment.