The thyroid is a small gland located on the front part of the neck adjacent to the Adam’s apple. This small gland produces thyroid hormones known as triidothyronine (T3), and thyroxine (T4). When the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, the resulting condition is called hyperthyroidism. Conversely, when the thyroid gland fails to produce an adequate amount of thyroid hormone, the condition is called hypothyroidism. Proper thyroid hormone production is under the control of an intricate feedback system involving the anterior pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, and the peripheral tissues.
There are a variety of conditions that may cause thyroid gland dysfunction. In some, there may be a genetic predisposition to thyroid disease. In others, a condition such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, is responsible for thyroid problems. Environmental toxin exposure and certain medication interactions may also cause thyroid problems. Some people may find themselves experiencing thyroid gland dysfunction despite any clear reason being evident.
At Longevity Medical, our naturopathic approach to unraveling thyroid dysfunction starts with an investigation into the potential causes of the problem. Special attention is always given to our patients’ concerns and questions about their thyroid issues. Additionally, our doctors use conventional laboratory testing, along with newer more individualized tools, such as Thyroflex testing, to help discern any potential causes.
Once the potential causes of thyroid dysfunction have been identified, treatment can be offered. Our doctors can prescribe a variety of treatments, including natural thyroid hormone replacement designed to mimic the body’s own balance of thyroid hormones. Some patients may be prescribed a custom compounded thyroid hormone prescription and others may elect to use a conventional medication. Our physicians address the cause of disease and support the normal functioning of the thyroid gland with every patient. Furthermore, our doctors educate every patient about his or her treatment options and prescribe the treatment that best suits the individual.
By combining our thyroid testing methods along with in-depth patient history and years of experience, our patients see fast and desirable results.