Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thyroid Problems are Often Missed

Patients frequently present to doctors with complaints of fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, intolerance to cold, constipation, and sometimes depression. Doctors order routine thyroid blood tests, which turn out to be on the lower side of normal. The patients leave the doctor’s office frustrated because they were declined treatment and their symptoms persist. Holistic physicians recognize that these are indeed symptoms of hypothyroidism that need to be treated regardless of a normal TSH. Natural thyroid is prescribed and the patients improve. It is important that not too much thyroid replacement is prescribed to avoid side effects and the risk of osteoporosis. This condition might affect 27 million Americans, according to the American Council on Collaborative Medicine. See the ACCM journal, Health Sense, vol. XIX, Issue 2, p. 1-2. Celebration of Health Association website

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