Erika Schwartz a medical director had an elderly patient walk into her office.
After going through the old man’s medication and examining his symptoms she had to ask to see his cardiologist and discuss with him about altering the old man’s schedule.
The old man was slow and obese and had low testosterone as well as low thyroid levels. He had trouble sleeping as a result of itching and he also had chronic eczema.
After several attempts to reach his cardiologist, Dr. Schwartz eventually got through to him after three weeks of trying. The old man’s cardiologist was advised by the doctor to put the old man off some medication, as it led to him having chronic eczema.
The cardiologist was however rude to Dr. Schwartz and actually hung up on her.
After a series of talks with the old man, he decided to stick with whatever advise Dr. Schwartz gives him.
The doctor placed her new patient on thyroid hormones boosting medication and also stop his cholesterol treatment. His fear of having a heart attack as a result of a suspension of his cholesterol treatment was soon assuaged as his cholesterol levels were coming down even without the cholesterol medication he was taking before.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the lower front portion of the neck and it is responsible for releasing thyroid hormones.
Thyroid hormones are of two types namely;
- triiodothyronine (T3)
- thyroxine (T4)
The T4 converts to T3 and through the bloodstream it finds it’s way to other organs of the body.
The primary responsibility of the thyroid is to regulate metabolism and energy. They also ensure the proper functioning of the liver and heart ensuring that they function properly.
Hypothyroidism is a major problem linked with the thyroid where it does not generate enough hormones, this could be caused by both external and internal factors such as Hashimoto’s disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include;
- brittle nails
- hair loss
- body temperature irregularities
- feeling cold
- brain fog
- poor reflexes
- dry skin
- weight gain
- mood change
Checking for thyroid imbalance before giving a prescription is important because these symptoms tend to overlap with other known medical conditions.
It is believed that the standard testing methodology for hypothyroidism is flawed.
This test is known as the thyroid stimulating hormone test (TSH) and it reads the amount of pituitary hormone—TSH—in the blood. The pituitary hormone boosts the thyroid gland and stimulates it to produce and release thyroid hormones.
The problem is the TSH test gives no measure of the volume of T3 or T4 that circulates in the blood.
It would be better if the amount of T3 and T4 in the blood is properly evaluated.
The patients of Dr. Schwartz range from 16 to 94 years and she always uses a holistic approach to ensuring that their health improves.
She examines all angles from diet to exercises, then to hormones, stress and supplements. From experience Dr. Schwartz discovered that treating the entire body as a whole rather than just individual symptoms gave better outcomes.
It is important than the correlation between immunity, hormones and diet cannot be overemphasised and should not be taken lightly.
The MD and founder of the Emerson Health & Wellness Center in Queensland, Australia – Dr. Greg Emerson suggests that our lifestyle has been greatly altered by the toxins in the world and that mycotoxins and molds are the most toxic.
When the thyroid is producing too much hormones then this condition is known as hyperthyroidism.
Having a balanced diet will go a long way in improving your health, you can also regularly exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
There are certain questions Dr. Emerson has suggested we should ask ourselves and they include the following;
- Am I drinking the right water?
- Am I eating the right food?
- Am I getting enough exercise?
- Am I getting enough sun?
- Am I getting medicines in my food?
- Am I getting enough sleep?
These questions were supported by Dr. Schwartz and she also included the following questions along side the aforementioned.
- Do you sleep with the TV on?
- Do I have all these electronic equipment sitting right next to me?
It is important to answer these questions before you go and see your doctor.
In the United States a renowned alternative medical practitioner known as Joseph Mercola states that people who want a much better lifestyle may require more than just one recommendation, he also supports Dr. Schwartz’s methods.
He suggests that it is important that people adjust their lifestyle accordingly if they want to have better health. He is of the opinion that having a positive mindset is vital to ensuring that one maintains good health.