Opinion

SPOTLIGHT ON NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE: Hypothyroidism can cause many issues

By Dr. Andrea Hornyak, Spotlight on Naturopathic Medicine

The thyroid is a large gland in the neck that secretes hormones regulating metabolism, growth, and development.

When the thyroid stops functioning optimally it is called hypothyroidism, which may be caused by an under active pituitary gland in the brain, genetic predisposition, autoimmune disease, medications, stress or inflammation.

If you have some or a combination of the following symptoms, the thyroid gland may be the root cause: fatigue, dry skin, feeling cold, weight gain, hair loss, muscle aches, depression, difficulty concentrating, heavy periods, infertility, high cholesterol and/or hoarse voice.

However, other factors that often contribute to these symptoms include fluctuating blood sugar levels, increasing and decreasing energy, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea due to food sensitivities or low good bacterial flora triggering an autoimmune response, diminished liver detoxification pathways increasing toxicity to the thyroid, poor absorption of vitamins and minerals due to low stomach acid, and chronic stress causing inflammation.

Hypothyroidism is often diagnosed through specific blood tests, however a result within the normal range does not rule out the condition.

If a patient is already taking a pharmaceutical drug when they see me, I will monitor my treatment via blood testing, as there is a great deal that naturopathic medicine can do to help support the function of the thyroid gland.

Since the root cause for each individual varies, naturopathic medicine focuses on the function of the entire body and tailors the treatment modalities to treating their individual symptoms using a combination of non-toxic approaches. Naturopathic medical treatment goals are to increase function of the thyroid by reducing inflammation and stress on the body and improving nutrition vital to the gland.

For more information on Treatment of Hypothyroidism, check out my blog at www.vitalforcenaturopathic.ca

Dr. Hornyak has been in private practice as a Licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. To book an appointment, phone the Norwich Medical Centre at 519-863-2338 or visit www.vitalforcenaturopathic.ca.