The naturopathic doctors at the Whole Health Naturopathic Clinic believe in treating the whole person in order to achieve optimal health. We will perform a thorough assessment, including detailed medical history, evaluation of signs and symptoms, hormone test results, and any other relevant test results, which include thyroid testing, adrenal stress testing, and blood work. Your naturopathic doctor will integrate this into an individual assessment and treatment plan, which may include dietary changes to optimize thyroid function and hormone conversion, lifestyle changes, herbal medicine that can help to enhance or suppress thyroid hormone function, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and if needed, dessicated thyroid.
Doing thorough blood work allows for better insight into what is going wrong and at which level. Our naturopathic doctors always start with a full thyroid panel to get a baseline, which includes:
- Free Triiodothyronine (T3)
- Free Thyroxine (T4)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Thyroperoxidase Antibody (TPO)
- Reverse T3
Our thyroid gland produces two key thyroid hormones, T3 and T4, which are key players in our metabolism. Our thyroid gland is told how much hormone needs to be released by the brain via the “Thyroid Stimulating Hormone” or TSH. This TSH test is the most common test done to monitor thyroid health, but a lot can affect brain signals regarding the status of the thyroid, and thus, TSH levels could be ok, but your body is still suffering from thyroid excess or deficiency. At our clinic we are looking at not only TSH, T3 and T4 to ensure that they are signalling properly, we are also looking at auto-antibodies to check for autoimmune conditions.