Are You Sure Your Thyroid Is OK?
I am Dr. Nancy Mullan, a medical doctor. I help people whose lives are being devastated by chronic illness, who feel body slammed before they even wake up in the morning, who may have been sick for 5, 10, 15 years or more, and who want to know how to recover starting now.
God was not having a bad day when you were made!
Your symptoms do not come from any one cause. There are usually multiple causes for longstanding, intractable symptoms. One of them that you can eliminate early in your renewed treatment process is your doctor’s having missed your thyroid disorder.
How hard is it to diagnose thyroid disorder?
The TSH test is the single test used by some doctors to diagnose thyroid disorder. It was developed in the first half of the twentieth century.
Doctors use this test because it is still relevant, but it is only a very small part of the big picture of how thyroid hormone is made, regulated and functions in your body.
Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced in the anterior pituitary gland of your brain. TSH from your anterior pituitary stimulates your thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone. When a sufficient amount of hormone is produced and is present in your blood, your anterior pituitary gets the signal to slow down the production of TSH.
When TSH production goes down, the stimulation of your thyroid gland drops, and thyroid hormone production is reduced. When the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood becomes too low, your anterior pituitary gets the signal to produce more TSH, and the production of thyroid hormone goes back up again. So measuring TSH does seem logical for measuring thyroid function.
While this model is accurate, it describes only very basic thyroid function. Your thyroid is the most central metabolic gland in your body. It is the gland that regulates your cell temperature, energy production, cell function, cell growth and the metabolic rate of your entire body, and it is being assessed by one test only in some cases.
If you go to your HMO or mainstream doctor with the most obvious symptoms of low thyroid function, and your TSH measurement comes back normal, he will tell you that your problems are not due to low thyroid. You then may go on a years-long wild goose chase trying to find out why your hair is falling out, you are tired all the time, you can’t lose weight, and your skin is sagging.
TSH measurement alone is totally unsuited for detecting subtle thyroid failure. The thyroid system in your body is much more complex than the current model describes. Your TSH level reflects the status of only one thyroid hormone receptor, the one in the anterior pituitary of your brain. There are different types of thyroid receptors on different organs in your body, in different areas of your body, and even in different areas of a particular organ in your body.
Using TSH from the anterior pituitary alone to determine the status of thyroid hormone function in your entire body is analogous to using the thermostat in one room of a hotel to decide the temperature for every room in the building.
Thyroid receptor sites differ in the ways in which they bind thyroid hormone, and the ways in which they send the signal that the binding of the hormone initiates. Certain substances can block the binding of active thyroid hormone to its receptor site. And what these substances are can be different for different body sites.
It is complicated, and it gets even more involved. But this email was not meant to be a treatise on thyroid hormone production.
Rather, it was meant to invite you to a clinical conference call that I do on Tuesday nights.
Here is your chance to learn what you need to know to recover. Your thyroid gland is only one of the many areas I cover. I take your questions on many topics, among them the impact of your personal genetics on your biochemistry. I discuss how to balance your biochemistry with nutritional supplements that bypass problem genetics.
It is up to YOU to learn more about treating your chronic illness successfully.
And this is your opportunity.
My Tuesday evening calls are ongoing. They happen every week. There is no charge to come on this call. It is a free forum where you can ask your questions. I am there to answer you, and I have a group of experienced patients who will give you their insights also.
It’s a great way to answer your most pressing questions, clear up confusion, overcome the obstacles you may be having, and get on the path to wellness.
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You are giving people a huge gift by empowering them… It’s about helping the patient become their own healer by taking them to a higher level of consciousness…
Thank you so much Dr. Mullan. Thank you so, so much for everything you do.
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