So What Is Up With My Thyroid?
Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:
Let’s talk about the thyroid. The thyroid is a small gland located in the front of the neck below the Adam’s apple. It produces hormones that regulate how fast we burn food (metabolism), and it helps to regulate body temperature, body energy, use of other hormones and growth and development of body tissues.
What can go wrong with the thyroid? The gland can produce too much or too little hormone, an issue that is more common in women than in men.
Symptoms of thyroid overproduction include:
- Weight loss even if eating more
- Increased heart rate
- More frequent bowel movements
- Muscle weakness, trembling hands
- Goiter (enlarged gland)
- Change in menstrual cycles
Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include:
- Tiredness, mental slowness, depression
- Slow heart rate
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Tingling or numbness in hands
- Constipation, heavy menstrual periods
- Dry skin
- Dry, thinning hair; loss of outer eyebrows
- Swelling around the eyes
- Decreased circulation to the skin resulting in dry, coarse skin on extremities
- Redness over front of neck-lines in front of neck prominent
Children can also experience thyroid problems. Symptoms include being tired, poor growth, delayed tooth development, decreased sexual development, poor school performance, behavioral problems, anxiety and being too active. Infants can be overly tired and constipated.
Lab tests which can tell us which type of thyroid problem you may have include CBC, CMP, TSH total and free T4, T3, Reverse T3, T3 uptake, TPO antibody and TGB antibody. Muscle testing can identify subclinical cases.
But if you are negative for any thyroid issue, there are other reasons for feeling tired all the time. The main possibility is adrenal fatigue, which is caused by physical and emotional stress. An overload occurs in the body and chemicals are released into your system. This wears out adrenals, often resulting in poor sleep, anxiety, depression, nervousness, dizziness when stand up, faintness, fatigue and not enough energy.
Physical stressors include travel, injuries, toxins, lack of sleep, bad diet and an unhealthy nervous system.
Emotional stressors include losses, threats, and toxic people.
What can you do to help your healing abilities? You can ignite the body’s healing spark!
First we start with Nutrition Deficiency Testing so we can find out exactly what your individual body requires for healing. Treatment is natural supplements that heal the organs. Testing removes all the confusion! We don’t try to find good health in a pill, but rather by supporting the body with nutrients that it needs and wants.
Chiropractic care allows your organs to heal through improving the health of your nervous system, so if this is part of your health problem, we can help you here as well.
My goal is to help you get and stay well and feeling great!
Our August monthly specials are just for women. We have several products on 20% off sale in celebration of Women’s Health Month. They are Osteoben™ (osteoporosis), Symplex F (supports the healthy function of the ovaries and the adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands), Adrenal Support (emotional balance) and Thyroid Support (thyroid). Ask about them at the front desk next time you are in.
Beach Week begins next Monday, August 29…Just a reminder that next week – August 29 – September 3 – is Beach Week at our office. Come “Hang Ten” with us and enjoy fun, free snacks and drinks, beach music, and more. Tell your friends and family about our New Patient Special. Only during Beach Week, new patients without chiropractic coverage get their first visit for $29 cash, a $177 value! (Those with health insurance pay their usual co-pay as required by their health insurance.) Every time you refer a new person to us during Beach Week, you will enter our drawing for a one-hour massage and a month supply of our organic multivitamin. There’s no limit to how many times you can refer and enter! Drawing will be held on Saturday, September 3 and you don’t need to be present to win.
Yours in health,
Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award,
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
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