The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck. The thyroid wraps around the windpipe and is located behind and just below the larynx. The thyroid produces several hormones which can affect mood, weight, nutrient intake, and many other aspects of a person’s health. Two thyroid hormones are critical, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones assist with oxygen delivery and control metabolism. Thyroid hormones can also affect menstrual cycles and fertility in women.
When the thyroid hormones are not balanced, many symptoms can occur. Assessment and treatment will depend on whether the thyroid is overproducing or underproducing hormones. Dr. Raisen will use a form to determine what is happening. Patients will rate statements from never to always and will include:
Dr. Raisen will employ a test which will examine the thyroid antibodies present to determine how the organ is functioning. These are blood tests which can assess the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), T4, T3, and free T4, which doesn’t respond to proteins like T3 and T4 can. On the day of the blood test, it is important not to take any thyroid medication used until after the test has been completed.
Dr. Raisen understands the importance of exercise and nutrition. A program will be created which will work to reduce dehydration, processed foods, and the amount of grains consumed which can tax the thyroid and adrenal glands by causing the body to produce too much insulin. Supplements will also be provided to increase the amount of fatty acids such as omega 3. Employing an emotional health regimen will also be recommended. When the adrenal glands are overworked due to emotional stress, the thyroid tries to compensate. It can not do that forever. Another unique aspect of treatment that Dr. Raisen employs is the use of desiccated thyroid extract. Desiccated thyroid extract contains levels of T4 and T3 in addition to small amounts of T1 and T2, which can also be beneficial.