What is the Conventional Treatment for Thyroid Disease?
Most hypothyroidism is treated with hormone replacement, while most hyperthyroidism is treated with surgery or ablation. There is nothing wrong with either of these treatments, and they are often necessary. The problem arises when the prescription continues to increase, along with the symptoms of hypothyroidism (fatigue, constipation, weight gain, and hair loss to name a few) year after year with no attempt to slow the process. It is also extremely common to experience all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but have traditional labs tell you that your thyroid is not slow enough to qualify you for thyroid replacement.
How Does the Naturopathic Approach Differ?
Thyroid issues can be caused by many things. For many, there is an autoimmune component that patients are not even aware of. For some, there is a mineral imbalance that exacerbates problems surrounding the gland. Food intolerance and toxins competing with iodine may also become players.
Dr. Purdy will explore the root cause of your individual thyroid cascade, and then balance each of these problems. She utilizes herbal medicine to support the hormonal cascade surrounding the production of thyroid hormone. She will also work with you nutritionally to ensure you have no barriers to adequate thyroid production. She will also use nutritional supplementation and natural thyroid support to treat subclinical hypothyroidism, which is often ignored by the mainstream medical community.
When Should I Come In?
- If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, but have not yet been diagnosed with thyroid issues
- If you are interested in trying a natural approach in conjunction with your current medication
- If you have been on thyroid medication for years but feel like you are still experiencing the symptoms of low thyroid
- If you recently had abnormal thyroid values for the first time and are unsure where to begin.