Thyroid problems can manifest as many different types of symptoms. Dr. Tina Marcantel is a naturopathic doctor in Gold Canyon, Arizona, and also serves the East Valley cities of Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Gilbert, and the greater Phoenix area.
In this excerpt from a lecture at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Marcantel talks about how thyroid problems can manifest as many different types of symptoms.
The body is so intelligent, and it’s going to try to give us hints through the symptoms on how to balance it. So we always listen–it’s very important that we listen to the intelligence of the body because it’s always trying to tell us something.
A lot of women come in with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and are on all kinds of drugs and a lot of times, because the thyroid is one of the major glands if you take care of the thyroid those things go away. Because I can have ten people come into my office, they all have different symptoms but they’re all caused from thyroid.
So, again, I’m not against medication–I prescribe–but instead of anti-anxiety, anti-depression, Lyrica, on and on, we have to look at the root cause. It’s time for us to. And I think that’s why you guys are here, mostly, is because you’re asking questions. People are rising up and asking questions: “Why? Why? I didn’t get my answer from that doctor. I want to go somewhere else. Why? Why?” So, this is the movement that I get excited about.
An increase in hair loss, or, you know, just feeling cold all the time, tired, these are symptoms of low thyroid. And remember that they’re all intertwined, they all work with each other because the body supports all the different systems in the endocrine system. They are supported by one another.
Cortisol takes thyroid and brings it out of the blood into the cell to make it work.
Estrogen dominance affects the thyroid gland. I won’t go into all kinds of details but they all work together.
Let’s say you’re walking through life and you’re tired, you’re irritable, you’re not sleeping, it’s kind of going on and on– for a person with adrenal fatigue the simplest task can be exhausting because of low motivation, lack of energy, and such as this. And this, again, is from the stress in our life.
The causes of hypothyroidism: stress, overexposure to certain toxins, certain things that Dr. Mittman was just talking about.
And we use different treatments: bioidentical hormone therapy, botanicals, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, all these are important.