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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Thyroid Health. Scroll Down For The Thyroid Function Test.

 

ENDOCRINOLOGISTS SAY TSH NORMAL RANGE IS NOW 0.3 TO 3
MILLIONS MORE HAVE THYROID PROBLEMS UNDER NEW GUIDELINES

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), 1 in 10 Americans - more than the number of Americans with diabetes and cancer combined - suffer from thyroid disease, yet as many as half remain undiagnosed. In order to counteract this lack of awareness and educate the public about the prevalence of thyroid disease, diagnosis, and treatment, in January, AACE continued its annual thyroid awareness campaign. The 2003 campaign, Hiding in Plain Sight: Thyroid Undercover, launched as part of the January 2003 Thyroid Awareness Month.

According to the AACE, until November 2002, doctors had relied on a normal TSH level ranging from 0.5 to 5.0 to diagnose and treat patients with a thyroid disorder who tested outside the boundaries of that range. The new guidelines narrow the range for acceptable thyroid function, and AACE is now encouraging doctors to consider treatment for patients who test outside the boundaries of a narrower margin based on a target TSH level of 0.3 to 3.04. AACE believes the new range will result in proper diagnosis for millions of Americans who suffer from a mild thyroid disorder, but have gone untreated until now. AACE estimates that the new guidelines double the number of people who have abnormal thyroid function, bringing the total to 27 million.

AACE made the decision to narrow the range because of data suggesting many people may have low-level thyroid problems that could be improved with treatment and a narrower TSH range will give doctors reason to more carefully consider those patients.

"The prevalence of undiagnosed thyroid disease in the United States is shockingly high - particularly since it is a condition that is easy to diagnose and treat," said Hossein Gharib, MD, FACE, and president of AACE. "The new TSH range from the AACE guidelines gives physicians the information they need to diagnose mild thyroid disease before it can lead to more serious effects on a patient's health - such as elevated cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, infertility, and depression."

  • WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT?
     

  • Thyroid Drugs/Medications
     
  • Hypothyroidism
     
  • Diet & Weight Loss
     
  • Books & Publications
     
  • Symptoms/Continuing Problems
     
  • T3 Vs T4/T3 Controversy
     
  • Latest Thyroid Research
     
  • Alternative/Holistic Approaches
     
  • Coconut Oil and the Thyroid
     
  • Nodules, Goiter, Enlarged Thyroid
     
  • Hyperthyroidism/Graves' Disease
     
  • Tests for Thyroid Disease
     
  • Cancer: Papillary, Folic. etc
     
  • Pregnancy, Fertility, Infertility
     
  • Finding & Dealing w/Doctors
     
  • Vitamins and Supplements
     
  • Surgery/Thyroidectomy
     
  • Fatigue/Energy
     
  • Related Conditions
     
  • Synthroid
     
  • Lawsuits, Thyroid Recalls
     
  • Professional & Support Orgs
     
  • Soy's Dangers to Thyroid
     
  • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
     
  • Endocrinology, Autoimmune & Hormones
     
  • Addison's Disease/Adrenal Problems
     
  • Famous People
     
  • Children/Babies/Seniors
     
  • Thyroid Eye Disease/Opthamalopathy
     
  • Nuclear/Radiation Exposure & Chernobyl
     
  • Hair Loss Solutions for Thyroid Patients
     
  • Yoga for Thyroid Disease
     
  • Articles/Interviews with Drs. Shames
     
  • Soy and the Thyroid -- Key Information
     
  • Cats/Dogs/Pets w/Thyroid Problems
     
  • Synthroid Lawsuit, News & Controversy
     
  • Interviews with Practitioners/Experts
     
  • Toxic Chemicals and the Thyroid
     
  • Hashimoto's Disease/Hypothyroidism
     
  • Mind/Body Thyroid Approaches
     
  • Depression and Thyroid Disease
     
  • Osteoporosis & Thyroid Drugs
     
  • Perchlorate & its Danger to the Thyroid
     
  • Public Awareness & Thyroid Outreach
     
  • Thyroglossal Duct Cysts
     
  • Thyroid Drugs -- Where to Buy Online
     
  • Key Thyroid Websites & Organizations
     
  • Types of Thyroid Cancer
     
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  • Thyroid How-Tos & Guidelines
     
  • Medical News, Research & Searching
     
  • Nasal Radium Irradiation / NRI
     
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa / Boils
     
  • Heart Disease Link to Thyroid Problems
     
  • Hanford Plant/Down winders Thyroid
     
  • Riedel's Thyroiditis
     
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    When you've already been diagnosed and are being treated with thyroid hormone replacement drugs but you still don't feel well, there are many things you can do to feel well.
  • 15 Reasons Why Your TSH May Be Fluctuating
    If your TSH levels are changing from lab test to lab test, do you know why? Discover 15 different reasons behind changing TSH levels, including some things you may be taking or eating every day that can substantially impact your thyroid and health.
  • Glossary of Thyroid Terms
    If terms like TSH, T4, anti thyroid antibodies, and T3 sound confusing, then you need this glossary, which offers definitions of common thyroid terminology you're likely to encounter.
  • Inspiring Thyroid Success Stories
    An inspiring selection of people telling their first-person thyroid success stories. Beating the odds for diagnosis and treatment of a range of thyroid disease, these folks are going on to truly live well.
  • Key Thyroid Websites & Organizations
    The Thyroid Foundation of America, Endocrineweb, and other major thyroid-specific websites and organizations.
  • General Thyroid-Disease Sites
    Key sites offering basic, overview or introductory information on thyroid disease.
  • What to Do When You Don't Have a Thyroid Gland
    Information for people who don't have a thyroid gland, due to congenital hypothyroidism or surgery, as well as other causes of hypothyroidism, from Thyroid Guide and patient advocate Mary Shomon, author of Living Well With Hypothyroidism.
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    What do you do when you feel like you've tried everything, done everything, and you STILL don't feel well?
  • 10 Ways Thyroid Patients Can Feel Better in 2007
    A look at 10 things that thyroid patients can do to feel better in the coming year.
  • 5 Lies About Your Thyroid You're Likely to Hear
    5 Lies About Your Thyroid You're Likely to Hear talks about some of the myths and misunderstandings about thyroid disease that are perpetuated by practitioners, and helps correct them with information for patients, from patient advocate Mary Shomon.
  • 10 Things You Can Do to Prevent A Thyroid Condition
    A look at various things you can do to help prevent development of a thyroid condition, from patient advocate Mary Shomon.
  • How To Interpret Your TSH Blood Test Results
    Step-by-step guidelines on how to interpret your TSH blood test results.
  • 10 Ways to be a Smart Thyroid Patient
    Part of getting well and living well is taking charge of your health. Here are ten ways that you can be a smart thyroid patient, and maximize your own efforts to live well.
  • Why Low TSH means Less Medicine and Other Confusing Thyroid Issues
    Why "Low TSH" means "Less Medicine" and Other Confusing Thyroid Issues
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  • A NOTE ABOUT IODINE/ KELP:

    Kelp or natural source iodine is the most commonly recommended supplement for low thyroid (hypothyroidism). This is a terrible mistake! Iodine in any form SLOWS thyroid function and is used medically to kill thyroid tissue. You should avoid it all costs unless you are absolutely sure you are deficient in your diet. Since salt is iodized and Americans have an overabundance in their diets, this is extremely rare.  This is the cause of the hypothyroid epidemic in people and pets. Please get a blood test before you start supplementation with iodine. If you are hypothyroid and need iodine supplementation; the absolute minimum needed to bring you into normal range should be considered. Celtic or raw sea salt ( it should be grayish-green) is a great source of all minerals including iodine) Avoid any thyroid supplement with Kelp or Bladderwrack in it.

    The quote iodine arm test is not a good indicator of your need for iodine.

     

    Thyroid Function Test

    Your thyroid is a small bowtie or butterfly-shaped gland, located in your neck, behind and below

    your Adam's Apple area. The thyroid produces hormones that are critical to your body's ability to

    produce and use energy. Experts estimate that there are at least 20 million thyroid sufferers in the

    U.S. -- and 13 million of them are undiagnosed. The majority of people with thyroid conditions have Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition that causes hypothyroidism “ an under active thyroid. Women are seven times more likely than men to develop thyroid problems, with a one in five lifetime chance of developing a thyroid problem. For both men and women, the risk of thyroid disease increases with age.

    The fallowing test is by no means all inclusive and perfect. It is a good starting point, however I recommend that anyone with a majority of these symptoms see a competant endocrinologist and get blood work or a saliva test to make sure.

    Make sure these test include TSH, Free T3, T3 Uptake, and Thyroid antibodies. If your doctor says levels are fine and you need a second opinion contact Dr. Beth Dupree for a second opinion.

     

     

    Thyroid Test 1

               

                Always exhausted and Fatigued                      

                Hands and feet sensitive to cold or body sensitive to heat

                Losing hair, outer eyebrows thinning

                Dry and brittle nails

                 Muscle and joint aches and pains

                Bloating and water retention in face, fingers, feet

                Heavy, longer or more frequent periods

                Constipation

                Periodic heart palpitations

                High cholesterol

                Candida (yeast infections) in many areas

                Rash (similar to Psoriasis) on hands or fingers

                Inability to lose weight

               Chronic low body Temp 97degrees and below

               Low immune function or chronic illness

     

    Answers:

    1-5  Checkmarks Your symptoms may be caused by Hypothyroidism. You should consider: avoiding cauliflower, Soy, Chlorine, Fluoride and kelp or iodine. Eat more broccoli! You may want to consider Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut oil, as well as 500-1000 mg of l-tyrosine a day,  Progesterone Cream, Endobalance essential oil blend,  1 drop daily on the top of each big toe.

    5-10 Checkmarks: Your symptoms are very likely to be caused by Hypothyroidism. You should consider: avoiding  cauliflower, Soy, Chlorine, Fluoride and kelp or iodine. Eat more broccoli! You may want to consider Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut oil, as well as 500-1000 mg of l-tyrosine a da Progesterone Cream, Endobalance essential oil blend,  1 drop daily on the top of each big toe. Nutmeg essential oil and true myrtle essential oil 1 drop each rubbed over the thyroid daily. You should set a Saliva TSH Test. and/or TSH, Free T4, and T3 blood tests.

    10+ Checkmarks: You symptoms most definitely are caused by Hypothyroidism. You should consider: avoiding  cauliflower, Soy, Chlorine, Fluoride and kelp or iodine. Eat more broccoli! You may want to consider Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut oil, as well as 500-1000 mg of l-tyrosine a day,  Progesterone Cream, Endobalance essential oil blend,  1 drop daily on the top of each big toe.. Nutmeg essential oil and true myrtle essential oil 1 drop each rubbed over the thyroid daily. And Black Pepper essential oil 1 drop daily on the inside of your elbow daily. You should set a Saliva TSH Test. and/or TSH, Free T4, and T3 blood tests.

     

    Thyroid Test 2

           

           Rapidly Losing weight, and always hungry

             Insomnia

             Sweating and always feeling hot

            Tremors in your hands

            Diarrhea and frequent loose stools

            Periods have stopped or are light

            Muscle pain, cramps, and weakness in upper arms and thighs

            Fine and brittle hair

            Erratic behavior

            Bulging eyes

            Vision Changes

     

    1-5 Checkmarks: You may be suffering from Hyperthyroidism. You should consider lots of Kelp or Lugols, (for no more than a 2 week period, then normal amounts and under strict supervision of a competent medical professional) Kava Kava, Endobalance,  and Serenity: as well as 500-1000 mg of l-tyrosine a day. You may need to increase Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium, As well as Trace minerals, B Vitamins and a good high potency Food supplement such as Natures' Way Alive.

    5+ Checkmarks: You may be suffering from Hyperthyroidism. You should consider lots of Kelp or Lugols, (for no more than a 2 week period, then normal amounts and under strict supervision of a competent medical professional) Kava Kava, Endobalance, and Serenity as well as 500-1000 mg of l-tyrosine a day.You may need to increase Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium, As well as Trace minerals, B Vitamins and a good high potency Food supplement such as Natures' Way Alive. . You should set a Saliva TSH Test. and/or TSH, Free T4, and T3 blood tests

    Note: Are You Overwhelmingly Both Combinations of 1&2?

    This is often noticed on those who are being treated for hypothyroidism. This situation is most likely caused by the inability to use T3 or if you cannot covert T4 to free T3.

    If you have been on T3 supplementation such as Cytomel and are using the generic. ( It doesn't seem to work as well get brand name). You may want to consider Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut oil, as well as 500-1000 mg of l-tyrosine a day,  Progesterone Cream, Endobalance essential oil blend,  1 drop daily on the top of each big toe.. Nutmeg essential oil and true myrtle essential oil 1 drop each rubbed over the thyroid daily. And Black Pepper essential oil 1 drop daily on the inside of your elbow daily. You may also want to consider adding Armour Thyroid or have a Compounding Pharmacist make a better preparation for you.

    If you are not taking any prescription medications are are taking T4 only (Synthroid/ Levoxyl):

    You really should find a Physician who will put you on direct thyroid replacement that contains T3 such as Armour, Cytomel, or compounded. You may want to consider Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut oil, as well as 500-1000 mg of l-tyrosine a day,  Progesterone Cream, Endobalance essential oil blend,  1 drop daily on the top of each big toe.. Nutmeg essential oil and true myrtle essential oil 1 drop each rubbed over the thyroid daily. And Black Pepper essential oil 1 drop daily on the inside of your elbow daily.