Most of you know someone with a thyroid imbalance. Perhaps you have one yourself?
A great majority of the people I'm working with are struggling with this potentially destructive imbalance. How do you know if you have a thyroid imbalance? The Naturopathic methodology is very different than most MD's. As Naturopaths, we look at the body, the symptoms, even the temperament and personality of the individual. Doctors often rely solely on lab results, numbers & scans to help them discern if disease exists. They rarely recommend nutritional support for the thyroid. It is simply not a tool in their toolbox.
Did you know that the test most doctors use to determine thyroid imbalance actually measures a hormone stimulated by the pituitary gland? The thyroid could be out of balance; but if the hormone secreted by the pituitary, (TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone) is within range (a pretty big range too), they will deem your thyroid "normal". Then they begin to look elsewhere. Perhaps your depressed, maybe you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? So, back to the original question: How do you know if you have a thyroid imbalance?