A person’s health history and symptoms are very important in evaluating thyroid function. Why? Because 90% of hypothyroid problems are autoimmune. Translation – it’s not a thyroid problem but an attack by the body’s immune system on the thyroid. This means that treating the thyroid will not help the problem but supporting the immune system will. This is where functional medicine differs from conventional medicine. Conventional medicine continues to prescribe thyroid medications (Synthroid, Leavathroid, etc.) when the problem is not thyroid.

Our patients fill out a thorough history assessment as well as obtain blood work, including antibody testing (which identifies autoimmune problems). Then if the problem is autoimmune, which it usually is, we support the thyroid.

Check out:  http://www.thyroidbook.com by the leading expert, Datis Kharrazian, on thyroid and endocrine disorders.

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