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5 thyroid lab patterns that doctors miss

5 Thyroid Lab Patterns That Doctors Miss

Why Getting the Complete Thyroid Lab Panel MattersI’ve talked before about the importance of getting a complete thyroid lab panel for ALL thyroid patients and today we are going to drive that home.  If you aren’t familiar with the idea of the complete thyroid lab panel then free T3.  Back to our topic today… We are going to …

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8 types of Hashimoto's thyroiditis

8 Types of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Including Causes and Triggers)

Why does Your Type of Hashimoto’s Matter?If you have Hashimoto’s then you probably understand the struggle associated with this autoimmune disease.  For those who are newly diagnosed, though, let me fill you in on some important details about Hashimoto’s.  The first thing that you should know is that Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease of your thyroid gland.  This …

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lab tests every thyroid patients needs

Lab Tests Every Thyroid Patient Needs (Not thyroid lab tests): The Complete List

You Need More than Just Thyroid Lab TestsIt probably won’t come as a surprise but you need to be ordering more than just your typical thyroid lab tests if you are a thyroid patient.  And that’s exactly what we are going to be talking about today.  I mentioned in my previous post and video that people with …

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Do you have thyroid tunnel vision?

Do you have Thyroid Tunnel Vision?

What is Thyroid Tunnel Vision?I’ve been treating thyroid patients for years and during that time I’ve seen a lot of different patients and outlooks on thyroid function in general.  One of the more concerning outlooks is something that I refer to as thyroid tunnel vision.  Thyroid tunnel vision is the idea that EVERYTHING going on with your …

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Thyroid Therapies You can use (at Home) Without a Doctor

Thyroid Therapies You can use (at Home) Without a Doctor

One of the most frustrating aspects of having a thyroid problem is getting on the right treatment/therapy.  For most people, this includes changing up the medication they are taking to include some combination of T4 + T3 medication.  If you aren’t familiar with this idea and why it is so superior to taking just Synthroid/levo alone I …

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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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thyroid medication dosage chart

Thyroid Medication Dosage & Conversion Chart (For All Thyroid Medications)

Are you taking one type of thyroid medication but considering switching to another? If so, then this is the article for you.  The truth is that while many thyroid medications contain similar ingredients the switching process is not as straightforward as you might think.  We are going to talk about switching from T4-only medications (levothyroxine …

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why your thyroid dose changes over time

You Can’t Stay on the Same Thyroid Medication Dose Forever

It might come as a surprise to hear that your dose of thyroid medication will probably need to be changed constantly throughout your life.  In other words, it’s very unlikely that you will be on a “stable” or “constant” dose of thyroid medication for the rest of your life.  In this article, we are going …

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10 things to know about armour thyroid

10 Things Thyroid Patients Should Know About Armour Thyroid

I’m a big fan of Armour thyroid (and other formulations of NDT) and have used it on many, many patients.  But, like any prescription medication, Armour thyroid has some important aspects that you should be aware of as a patient.  If you are someone who is considering using Armour thyroid, if you are someone who is already …

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6 downsides of functional medicine

6 Big Problems With Functional Medicine That You Should Be Aware Of

Is it possible to reverse chronic disease with a new approach to medicine? Is this type of medicine better than conventional medicine? Are there any downsides to this approach? In this article, we are going to explore all of these topics while focusing on some of the downsides to functional medicine.  I make these comments as a practitioner of …

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