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the problem with optimal thyroid lab tests

The Problem with Optimal Thyroid Lab Tests: Fact vs Fiction

Among thyroid enthusiasts, there is often a big push to help people understand the difference between optimal thyroid lab tests and normal thyroid lab tests.  This way of viewing thyroid lab tests has lead to improved outcomes in many patients over the years.  But there’s one big problem: It’s not the right way to look at thyroid lab …

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adrenal fatigue testing: is it even necessary?

The Best Adrenal Fatigue Test: Urine vs Saliva vs Blood

While it is possible to test for cortisol, is it even helpful?  The answer is both yes and no which is why this topic deserves a deep dive into adrenal fatigue and cortisol testing.  In this article you’ll learn: Why adrenal fatigue is so controversial and why many doctors do not believe it exists. Why testing cortisol is not …

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Biotin and thyroid lab tests

Biotin & Thyroid Lab Tests: Is it Dangerous to use this vitamin?

Is it true that taking the over the counter supplement biotin can interfere with your thyroid lab tests?  The answer is yes.  But there’s a lot more to it than that.  In this article, we are going to explore whether taking biotin is safe if you have thyroid problems, how it impacts your thyroid lab tests, what to …

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How important is the free T3_ reverse T3 ratio_

How Important is the Free T3:Reverse T3 Ratio For Thyroid Patients?

As a thyroid patient, you’re probably well aware of some of the more advanced tests available to assess thyroid function including things like reverse T3 and sex hormone binding globulin.  But, are you aware of the calculation (not lab test) of the free T3:reverse T3 ratio? This calculation can give you a lot of extended information about …

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How to use Total T3 to test your thyroid

How to use The Total T3 Lab Test to Help Evaluate your Thyroid

Total T3 is one of many thyroid lab tests but few are more important.  Unfortunately, most thyroid patients aren’t even aware that it exists and even fewer have had it tested!  This creates a big problem when trying to understand how well your body is utilizing T3 and how well you are converting T4 into T3.  Today, I …

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Why the TSH isn't the Best Test for Evaluating Your Thyroid

Reasons Why TSH Testing Fails as a Thyroid Lab Test

If you’ve been on my website before, or if you’ve read my blog, then you know that one of my major goals is to try and change how doctors think about treating thyroid-related issues.  My personal belief is that patients do not benefit from the archaic treatment paradigm which focuses solely on the TSH.  Today I want …

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How to Diagnose Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis with Lab Tests & Symptoms

If you have or suspect that you have thyroid problems then this article is very important to you.  It turns out that the majority of people who have a thyroid problem have it because of an autoimmune condition.  This condition is often referred to as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and it is something that EVERY thyroid patient should be …

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TSH Levels During Pregnancy: What’s Healthy & Normal?

Pregnancy puts extra strain on thyroid function.  This is especially true if you suffer from thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s.  If you fit into this category then you should pay special attention to your thyroid numbers while you are pregnant.  This article is devoted to that topic.  I want to share with you the importance of understanding …

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