Every week people arrive at the clinic wondering if their thyroid is okay. They’ve often had their conventional doctor check their thyroid, and are told that everything is fine. However, they aren’t convinced. They feel tired, cold, achy, gain weight easily, have headaches, depression and more symptoms that seem to reflect low thyroid function.
As a naturopathic physician, I offer these patients a full thyroid panel. When we test further, we often find that the thyroid really isn’t working optimally. Why the different in approaches?
Our MSP system only allow conventional doctors to run one test to screen for thyroid problems. Naturopathic physicians prefer a full panel to test for TSH, T4 (inactive thyroid hormone), T3 (active thyroid hormone) and a thyroid antibody called TPO. Often we are able to unveil issues in the complex dance of the thyroid hormones, which can then be treated in a variety of ways, both holistic and pharmaceutical.
Our philosophy is to try to determine if your thyroid is working optimally, not just wait until it is diseased.