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Thyroid Disorders

There are several disorders that are associated with a malfunctioning thyroid and some of them have different names. Some of the names for these different disorders are:

So what’s the real problem?: The three main thyroid issues that go misdiagnosed, under-diagnosed and mistreated are Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease or Autoimmune thyroiditis. These are 3 that we primarily work with in our office as they are the most common overlooked and mistreated..

Traditionally to be classified as having a hypothyroid condition your blood labs need to show a low thyroid hormone level. Typically what is ran is TSH and T4. If TSH is high and T4 is low then you fit the general classification for a hypothyroid condition.

To be classified as having a hyperthyroid condition the physician will be looking for a low TSH and a High T4.

80% of hypothyroid conditions are due to having an auto-immune thyroid aka Hashimoto’s disease. To be classified as having Hashimoto’s disease your lab values have to show thyroid antibodies.

Where most physicians go wrong is they never order a full thyroid panel, so you never know if you have Hashimoto’s disease or it your other lab values are low, which is an indicator for a thyroid problem.

The reason most physicians will not order the full panel is because their treatment for each one is typically the same, medication. Now medication is absolutely appropriate at certain times; however it should be used as a temporary solution—not a lifetime coping mechanism. In order to restore the body’s proper function one must treat the underlying issue causing the problem.

At Total Body Wellness Clinic we run a full panel that shows all the hormones and values that are required to accurately diagnose a true thyroid disorder. We also look for cellular inflammation by running a specially designed in house test. Once it is determined that a patient has cellular inflammation we then work at identifying which of the 7 toxicities are causing the problems, and put together a unique plan to correct them. To learn more about the 7 toxicities,

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PARASITIC INFECTIONS

Parasites aren’t limited to travelers and exotic-food fans?

Approximately 1 in 3 Americans are infected with an intestinal parasite. Most of the time your body’s immune system helps to keep parasites in check and/or clear them from the body so they don’t cause any symptoms. Unfortunately other times what could be normalized as a pesky digestive complaint, could actually be a sign that the parasites are getting the better of you.

While intestinal parasites can cause a multitude of symptoms, here are five general warning signs to keep an eye out for:.

  • Changes in the appearance or frequency of bowel movements, especially if you have excessive diarrhea or loose stools for two weeks
  • Chronic exhaustion not resolved by a week of restful sleeps
  • Unexplained and sudden weight loss of at least 10 pounds over two months
  • Itching around the anus for at least two weeks, especially if there is no rash
  • Cramping and abdominal pain

To be even more specific, here are the signs and symptoms of four common parasitic infections.

TRICHINELLA

Infection with the microscopic parasite Trichinella leads to trichinellosis, also known as trichinosis. People contract the parasite by eating raw or undercooked meat from infected animals. Initial signs and symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramping. As the infection progresses over the course of about a week, symptoms may become more severe and include high fever, muscle pain and tenderness, swelling of the eyelids or face, weakness, headache, light sensitivity and pink eye (conjunctivitis).

HOOKWORM

Hookworm infects an estimated 576 to 740 million people worldwide and was once a common infection in the U.S., particularly in the southeast. Fortunately, the number of infections has dropped thanks to improved living conditions. Hookworms are a type of helminth, or parasitic worm, that you can contract by walking barefoot on contaminated soil. Most people with a hookworm infection have no symptoms, but because the worm’s larvae can penetrate skin, an early sign of infection could be an itchy rash at the site of exposure. Digestive complaints may follow, with nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain that is worse after eating and increased flatulence. If infection persists, anemia and nutrient deficiencies may result.

DIENTAMOEBA FRAGILIS

This parasite is one of the smaller parasites that can live in the large intestine. How it spreads is unclear, but is likely related to oral contact with infected fecal material (yet another reason to wash your hands before eating). In the acute infection, diarrhea and abdominal pain are the most common symptoms, with diarrhea being more predominant, lasting for one to two weeks. Stools tend to be greenish brown and watery or sticky. In chronic infection, abdominal pain is usually the dominant symptom, but people may also have loss of appetite, weight, nausea, vomiting, bloating or flatulence.

PINWORM

Pinworms are small, thin, white worms that most commonly infect children but are also contagious and may affect adults. The worm’s eggs may be carried to surfaces including hands, toys, bedding, clothing and toilet seats and must be ingested to cause infection. After an incubation period of at least one to two months, the main symptom is itching around the anus, which may be particularly bad at night. Disturbed sleep or abdominal pain may also result.

What to expect at our clinic

We will ask if you have traveled out of the country or to certain areas in the US recently or in the past and whether you have had started to have some of the above mentioned symptoms. If we feel you have an intestinal parasite, you will probably have one or more of the following tests:

  • Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test (checking for positive biotin exposure),
  • Organic Acid Test (showing what yeasts and bacteria are out of control),
  • Fecal Testing (examination of your stool can identify both helminths and protozoa).

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