The increasing rates of thyroid disease are staggering. This is greatly due to the increase in iodine deficiency, surge in thyroid targeted environmental toxins and rising rates of autoimmunity. Low functioning of the thyroid gland affects cellular functions and metabolism causing symptoms such as: fatigue, constipation, dry skin, weakness, joint pain, brittle nails, heat sensitivities, menstrual irregularities, mood changes, generalized aches, slowed heart rate, depression, memory loss and adrenal stress.
One of the challenges many people face is getting a comprehensive thyroid laboratory evaluation and an accurate diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Why is this? Largely because there is controversy surrounding the standard reference range for the TSH, the standard screening test for thyroid disorders. In addition, TSH is not always accompanied by a full thyroid panel in order to make the diagnosis. At OC Whole Family Wellness, we do a comprehensive panel, including TSH, free T4, free T3, reverse T3, TPO antibodies and thyroglobin antibodies for all patients. This allows us to have a more comprehensive understanding of thyroid health.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis affects 14 million people in the United States, making it not only the most common cause of thyroidits, but also the most common thyroid disorder in America. Hashimoto’s is a multifaceted autoimmune condition that involves many mechanisms. By identifying the relationship between the adrenal glands, gastrointestinal health, infections, food intolerances and toxic exposures, we are able to address the root causes of the autoimmune nature of Hashimoto’s and provide many treatment options. I frequently work with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glandular formulas and all forms of bioidentical thyroid hormone replacement therapies.
Note: It is through her extensive support for her thyroid patients that Dr. Harden was named on Thyroid-Info.com as a “Top Thyroid Doctor”. She specializes in treating all thyroid conditions, including Hashimoto’s, Graves, and thyroid nodules.