Hi Everyone, I've just completed my training in Functional Medicine to broaden my approach as an osteopath. Hope some of you find value in my blog here, would really appreciate any feedback.
"You must be very confused. If my doctor had just told me that my thyroid was to blame for my low mood, constipation, weight gain and generally feeling pretty crappy I would be too. Just a quick Google of any one of these symptoms, or any of the many more that can be associated with thyroid problems, will leave you bamboozled.
For a decade, I’ve dived deep into why some people maintain good health whilst others suffer ill health. I’ve therefore studied the thyroid on many different occasions. I even have a vested interest as family members suffer thyroid problems and so this encourages further reading in that area.
What I can now safely say is; if your doctor has only measured one or two markers, such as Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) they’ve not delved deep enough into your case. If you’ve only ever been offered synthetic T4 (it has different brand names across the globe), you’ve probably been short changed when it comes to interventions.
Imagine many different sized buckets all on the floor together in the rain. The buckets represent the different systems within your body and smallest bucket of these is your thyroid gland, because it fills up quickest and alerts you a problem with your health as a whole. Now you could tip the water from this bucket into another bucket and that would relieve the pressure temporarily but surely it’d make more sense to find the leak and stop so much rain reaching the buckets in the first instant.
Having read Dr Ray Peat’s work, Chris Kresser LAC’s work and Dr Kharrazian’s work, there’s one common theme: start with the diet and digestive system. If your doctor doesn’t acknowledge the role of the digestive system in your current symptom picture then they clearly aren’t interested in finding a long-term solution for you. Take ownership of your own health and find somebody else to work with to get the results you want.