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Thyroid cancer Treatment at sunridge medicalHypothyroidism is a very common condition in which the body’s production of thyroid hormone is below normal. Thyroid hormone affects metabolism, and its deficiency causes many of the body’s functions to slow down. An estimated 3 to 5 percent of the population suffers from hypothyroidism, and another 17 percent may be undiagnosed. It is more common among women than men, particularly those over age 40.
The thyroid gland, which is located in the lower part of the neck, uses iodine (found in foods such as iodized salt, seafood and vegetables) to produce thyroid hormones. The two most important ones are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T3 accounts for more than 99 percent of the thyroid hormones present in the blood stream that affects the metabolism of cells. Several other hormones regulate the amount of thyroid hormone normally released into the bloodstream.
Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), released by the hypothalamus, sends signals to the pituitary gland to release thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH in turn “tells” the thyroid gland to release the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Under normal conditions, TSH regulates the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood to allow for normal functioning. In a hypothyroid patient, on the other hand, TSH levels fall as the pituitary attempts to decrease thyroid hormone production. As a result, hypothyroid patients continuously have decreased blood levels of circulating thyroid hormone.

How Does Hypothyroidism Develop?

Causes of hypothyroidism include congenital defects, surgical removal of the thyroid gland, irradiation of the thyroid gland, inflammatory conditions and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an inherited autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks and damages the thyroid tissue, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It is eight times more common among women than men.

Lymphocytic thyroiditis, another type of inflammation of the thyroid, is caused by white blood cells called lymphocytes. This condition is common after pregnancy, affecting up to 8 percent of women. The initial phase of lymphocytic thyroiditis is normally caused by an excessive amount of thyroid hormone leaking from an inflamed thyroid gland, followed by a hypothyroid state that can last up to six months. Although most women eventually return to a normal state of thyroid functioning, some may remain hypothyroid.
Radioactive treatments for an overactive thyroid gland, or hyperthyroidism, which is a component of Grave’s disease, can also lead to hypothyroidism. Insufficient dietary iodine, which is essential for the production of thyroid hormones, can also be a cause. However, this is very uncommon in developed countries. Finally, other medications used to treat hyperthyroid conditions, psychiatric drugs and drugs containing large amounts of iodine may also cause hypothyroidism by decreasing the levels of thyroid hormones in the blood.

What are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary in severity, usually develop slowly over the course of a month or even years, and may initially go unnoticed. They include weakness; fatigue; constipation; depression; joint or muscle pain; thin, brittle nails; dry, flaky and thickening skin; slow speech; weight gain; hoarseness; intolerance to cold; swelling of the face; puffy eyes; generalized hair thinning; among women, heavy and/or abnormal menstrual periods; short stature; and delayed formation or absence of teeth. In addition, some individuals may develop a swollen neck due to an enlarged thyroid.
At Sunridge Medical, our highly-trained physicians are experts in providing an integrated approach to the treatment of cancer and chronic disease. Our treatment plans are individualized, and involve both traditional and alternative medicines.
The physicians at Sunridge Medical have found that symptoms frequently can be improved and even reversed with our natural treatments. We take a holistic approach to patient care and strive not only treat the disease, but also alleviate symptoms, increase quality of life and, most importantly, address the underlying cause of disease.

Thyroid Dysfunctions

The thyroid and parathyroid glands produce and secrete hormones. The thyroid hormone affects the metabolic rate of the body. The parathyroid controls levels of essential minerals in the blood. A blood test can diagnose thyroid dysfunctions that involve overactive or underactive thyroid production.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism or Overactive Thyroid Gland is a raised level of thyroid hormone in the body. Thyroxine is a hormone made by the thyroid gland and helps to keep the metabolism working at the correct speed. When the thyroid gland is overactive, it produces too much thyroxine which causes many of your body’s functions to speed up. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disease called Graves’ disease. The disease affects more women (2 in 100) than men (2 in 1,000), typically occurring between the ages of 20 and 50 years old. Hyperthyroidism can also produce thyroid nodules which are benign (non-cancerous) lumps which can develop in the thyroid gland.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism or Underactive Thyroid Gland is a reduced level of thyroid hormone. Thyroxine is a hormone made by your thyroid gland that helps to keep the metabolism working at the correct speed. When the thyroid gland is underactive, it doesn’t produce enough thyroxine which causes many of the body’s functions to slow down.

Autoimmune thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease which makes antibodies that attach to the thyroid gland, and the thyroid gland is then unable to make enough thyroxine. The disease affects more women (1 in 50) than men (1 in 1,000) and is more likely to occur with aging. If patients have untreated or improperly treated hypothyroidism, there is an increased risk of developing heart disease because a low thyroxine level causes lipids such as cholesterol to rise.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Goiter

Goiter or thyroid swelling is an enlarged or swollen thyroid gland. The disorder may be a result of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism but can occur in patients with normal thyroid hormone production. A goiter swells because of one or more lumps developing in the thyroid. A normal sized thyroid gland cannot be felt or seen in its position at the front, lower part of the neck directly in front of the windpipe.

If the thyroid enlarges, it causes a swelling in the neck which can be felt and seen. Thyroiditis is an inflamed thyroid which is painful and typically the result of an infection from a virus or bacteria. Graves’ disease and an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can damage the thyroid gland and cause a goiter. Nodular goiter(s) is a single lump or several lumps which develop and may be caused by a non-cancerous tumor or cyst.

Symptoms of a Goiter

Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid eye disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the fatty tissues and muscles in the eye socket to become inflamed and swell. The swelling pushes the eyeball forward and creates a variety of eye symptoms. Thyroid Eye disease usually is associated with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease.

The disease is also known as ophthalmopathy, dysthyroid eye disease, ophthalmic Graves’ disease or Graves’ ophthalmopathy. There is an active phase of the disease while inflammation and swelling occur which can be months to two years then is followed by a healing response. Treatment involves steps to protect the eye and control the thyroid hormone as the disease runs its course.

Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease

Alternative Treatment for Thyroid Disease

Sunridge Medical has an alternative treatment for thyroid conditions as well as complimentary treatment for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Our care for the disease is a custom formulated treatment plan that differs depending on the symptoms and underlying cause of the illness that the patient is experiencing.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of thyroid dysfunctions but they do not address the root of the problem. Generally, by undergoing comprehensive natural medicine testing, the root cause of disease can be found.

 

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