Thyroid issues

Thyroid issues encompass a range of disorders affecting the thyroid gland, which plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism, energy, and overall bodily functions. The main types include:

  1. Hypothyroidism: Characterized by an underactive thyroid gland. Classifications include primary (thyroid gland issues with high TSH, low T4/T3), secondary (pituitary problems with low TSH), tertiary (hypothalamic disease), peripheral (thyroid hormone insensitivity), and subclinical (elevated TSH, normal T4).

  2. Hyperthyroidism: An overactive thyroid gland, is subdivided into thyrotoxicosis and thyroiditis.

Functional/Medicine tackles thyroid, adrenal, and various hormonal disorders by identifying and addressing the root causes of imbalances. This approach includes thorough testing to evaluate hormone levels, an assessment of dietary and lifestyle habits, and an investigation into possible environmental and genetic influences. Personalised treatment plans may include dietary interventions to support hormonal balance, targeted supplementation, stress management strategies, and lifestyle modifications to enhance overall health. Focusing on restoring hormonal equilibrium and addressing contributing factors, Functional/Medicine aims to alleviate symptoms and manage these disorders holistically and personally, improving overall well-being.

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Case study

Ben*, male, 37-year-old, ski instructor, Megève, France

Address Thyroid issues with Functional/Medicine

Symptoms: John struggled with unexplained weight gain, chronic fatigue, and mood swings, impacting his productivity at work.

*The case study uses “Ben” as a pseudonym to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

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Ben’s Personalised Plan

Dietary Changes: John increased his intake of nutrients crucial for thyroid health, supported detoxification and elimination processes, and addressed pathogens and heavy metals.

Lifestyle Adjustments: He began practising mindfulness and incorporated regular exercise into his routine to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. He also eliminated numerous thyroid disruptors.

Supplement Regimen: John started taking specific supplements to support his thyroid health.

The Results

These holistic changes led to a boost in her physical and social well-being. A follow-up DEXA (dual x-ray absorptiometry) scan confirmed no further progression of osteoporosis, highlighting the success of her comprehensive approach.

“I not only feel healthier but also more balanced both mentally and physically. I highly recommend Fabiola’s comprehensive method to anyone facing similar thyroid challenges.”

Ben