Assessing Your Thyroid Function
One of the biggest mistakes doctors are making is not looking at enough thyroid tests to get the big picture and the real story.
Conventional thyroid management is based on two things:
- Measuring TSH and T4
- Using synthetic T4 meds to bring TSH into the “normal” range
But as I have explained in other thyroid articles, that strategy can find only one type of thyroid problem (an error in production), and worse, assumes that synthetic T4 meds are the best option for everyone.
Very quickly, when a full and truly adequate thyroid evaluation is done, we can find the problems in each of the following areas.
With so many potential problems that can be causing your thyroid symptoms, why on earth would you settle for a thyroid devaluation that ignores the majority of issues you need to check for?
When we know, or suspect someone has a thyroid problem, we need to know which type or “error” they have – a production error, processing error and/or a proteomic/receptor activation error. And you can have more than one problem at the same time.
So, in the spirit of helping you understand your own body, here is a list of thyroid tests that absolutely need to be done if you are going to catch all the problems you need might to fix rather than just one.
But if you have been tracking with my blog and other articles (thyroid and other issues) then you understand that all human functions and systems are interconnected. In the beginning of your journey to regain and create wellness, you can’t just look at your thyroid, although that is tempting to do and unfortunately what most doctors actually do in practice.
All of the different errors types listed above can be caused, or complicated, by other metabolic issues. Things like:
- Chronic infections
- Food sensitivities
- Leaky Gut
- Blood Sugar instability
- Adrenal Dysfunction and Chronic Stress
- Poor sleep patterns
- And much more.
The truth is that to really understand your thyroid you need not just a FULL thyroid pane, but you need to look at that within the context of all of your biological systems.
That’s why with my YOUniq Wellness programs, everything starts with a set of comprehensive labs that looks for the most common problems in all your major systems. This lets us peg whether you have production, processing or proteomic/receptor problems with your thyroid, but also gives us eyes on the other systems that are connected with and have an impact on your thyroid. That’s functional medicine, that’s YOUniq Wellness.