- Did you see Dr. Kelly Wallace live on Facebook in February? If you missed it, check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/rubyyogastudio/videos/1226200947457292/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE It was a great event, hosted by Amanda from Ruby Yoga, talking about Naturopathic Medicine, Yoga and much more!
- Wallace was also published in the first edition of the new North Bay Life magazine. Check out a copy of that article below, and look for her next article in the June edition of North Bay Life.
- On April 29-30, Dr. Kelly will attend a course on advanced hormone compounding and prescribing, to further her skills in this area. This will include male and female hormones, as well as thyroid and adrenal hormones. If you’ve been thinking about getting your hormones balanced, this is the time, call us today!
- Spring is here, and we will once again be doing our annual Spring Detox! For those who have done it before, if you want to join in again, just give us a call, or shoot us an email before April 28th. For those who are new to this program, it’s pretty simple, we use the Metagenics Clear Change kit, which gives you 10 days of meal plans & menus, as well as a detoxing shake mix and online support. It’s simple and effective. Call or email us today to order your kit (if you aren’t already a patient of Dr. Wallace, you’ll need to book a short consult first, to ensure that this is safe for you). We’ll be ordering the kits on April 28th, so don’t delay! Our number is 705-474-2727.
Is it your Thyroid? (or “Are you exhausted, overweight, bloated and depressed?”) (reprinted from North Bay Life – April 2017)
Your thyroid gland is one of the most important glands in the body. It controls your body temperature, your metabolism and it interacts with all of your other hormones. If it is working well, you can take on the world. If it’s not, then every day is probably a struggle.
Typical signs of low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) include fatigue, brain fog or depression, difficulty losing weight, constipation, dry or thinning hair or eyebrows, and cold intolerance. An overactive, or hyperthyroid, usually causes anxiety, possibly panic attacks, weight loss, heart palpitations, insomnia, sweating and maybe diarrhea. This is less common, but does occur as well.
So how do you know if you might have a thyroid problem? In the realm of thyroid testing, there is one main test (called TSH) that most doctors use. TSH stands for Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone. This is important because this first-line test does not actually measure the levels of thyroid hormone in your body. TSH is a hormone that is produced by the brain, to tell your thyroid to either produce more or less thyroid hormone, depending on what your need at that time. So, the brain sends a message to the thyroid (via TSH) to make thyroid hormone (T4), the thyroid (if everything is working properly) does this. Your T4 level in the blood rises and eventually turns off the message from the brain. The body uses T4 up over time and as the brain notices there is less T4 in the blood, it sends more TSH to the thyroid, to turn it on again. If the thyroid isn’t working properly, or you are missing important ingredients like iodine, you can’t make enough T4, so it never gets back to the brain to turn off the message. The TSH then stays elevated. With an overactive thyroid, the opposite happens, there is lots of T4 in the blood all the time, so the brain never has to turn on the TSH, and it stays very low. This means that a high TSH actually indicates an underactive thyroid and vice versa.
To further complicate matters, there is another, more important thyroid hormone called T3. Most of the T3 in the body is made when your peripheral tissues (muscles, liver, brain…) convert T4 into T3. T3 is actually the more active form of thyroid hormone. In order to convert T4 into T3, you need certain nutrients such as selenium, vitamin D and zinc. If you are low in some of these, or under excess stress, T4 can be turned into reverse T3 (rT3) instead. rT3 is a mirror image to T3, but isn’t active in the body. So you might have a normal TSH, lots of T4 and rT3 and still not feel well, because you don’t have any actual T3!
Unfortunately, aside from TSH and sometimes T4, these other markers are rarely measured on routine bloodwork. Even if a TSH and T4 are measured, the “normal” range used by most Ontario labs is quite large, so it is possible to be normal by the lab standards, but not be in the optimal range for health. Because of this, a lot of people are being told that there is nothing wrong with them, although they are still feeling exhausted, depressed, brain-fogged and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.
Because of the way various hormones in the body interact, women are much more prone to thyroid problems than men, especially around times of large hormonal fluctuation, such as during or after a pregnancy, or around menopause. It is quite common for these women to be told that their symptoms are due to menopause and they’ll have to learn to live with them. The good news is, for most people, this isn’t true. Proper testing and treatment can help!
If you think you might have a thyroid problem, get the full picture! A TSH alone isn’t enough for someone who still has symptoms. Your N.D. can help you arrange this.
“The Thyroid Connection” by Dr. Amy Myers gives a great overview of the thyroid, how it works, what to test and areas that should be addressed to get it working again.
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