A Quiet Epidemic: As Many As 80% of Americans Suffer From Thyroid Dysfunction
Do You Suffer From Any Of These Symptoms?… And 80% of those are cases of hypothyroidism The AACE (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) estimates that about 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid dysfunctions! Thyroid medications are usually in the top 3 of all prescription medications prescribed in the country.
- Fatigue – feeling tired or slow
- Weight gain
- Heavier menstrual periods
- Joint or muscle pain
- Paleness or dry skin
- Thin, brittle hair or fingernails
Have You Been Diagnosed With Any of the Following?
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Grave’s Disease
- Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)
- Hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid)
- Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
What Does Your Thyroid Do?
The thyroid gland communicates directly or indirectly with almost every other gland and organ, and is involved in regulating critical functions of the body, including:
- Heart rate and heart contractions
- Heat production
- Maintaining blood pressure
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Gastrointestinal motility
- Calcium storage & bone health
- Metabolic rate
- Renal water clearance
- Glucose oxidation
- Regulating tissue growth and repair
Women’s Thyroid Issues
- Helps regulates menstrual cycle
- In pregnancy, the thyroid serves the developing fetus, and in infancy and childhood, the thyroid helps develop the skeleton & nervous system
How Does it Work?
Within the endocrine system, the thyroid communicates both “upstream” with the pituitary gland and the brain, and “downstream” with the adrenal glands, the liver, ovaries or testis, and virtually every other organ and tissue.
Is My Thyroid Making Me Sick? …or Making Me Fat?
The idea that “my thyroid is making me fat” is faulty. The thyroid simply responds to the current conditions in the body. To understand thyroid function, it is necessary to understand the NEI System (Neuro-endocrine-immune system) and how they relate to each other. The endocrine system is a “secondary system,” meaning it is not the first system to respond to a change or threat to the body. The endocrine system responds to the two “primary systems,” the Nervous System and the Immune System. For example, if you go for a walk when it is cold outside, your nervous system identifies the cold, sends the “cold” message to the brain, and directs your thyroid to raise your metabolism and increase your body temperature.
The presence of heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, EMF radiation, environmental toxin exposures, and oxidative stress, and emotional states can all affect thyroid health.
How We Can Help
To find the cause of thyroid dysfunction, it is necessary to investigate what other factors are involved, usually through Lab testing. Applied Kinesiology testing (muscle testing) by a trained practitioner may also help identify ways to strengthen your thyroid.
Tests Can Reveal Whether Or Not Your Thyroid Is Functioning Properly
Dr. Jennings uses a more comprehensive lab test than is normally done, to reveal the most complete picture of your thyroid function. Only measuring TSH, T4 & T3 gives only a partial picture of what’s happening, and omits some vital information if the goal is to truly heal your body.
In addition, Dr. Jennings may also employ muscle testing to identify dietary and product changes that can facilitate healthy thyroid function.
Dr. Jennings is a recovered autoimmune thyroid patient herself. She was diagnosed with severe autoimmune hyperthyroidism (Toxic Multi-nodular Goiter) in 1998, and has lived a vibrant and healthy life without drugs or surgery since regaining her health in 1999.
Dr. Jennings has a special interest in helping patients recover from thyroid conditions. She is proof that it is possible to heal from serious thyroid and autoimmune cases!