It is well documented that 40% of women have an underactive thyroid or thyroid problems. At the Lucy Rose Clinic, we believe after examining thousands of pathology test results, this is more like 80%. There is an epidemic in Australia right now and by treating thyroid conditions we are able to massively reduce chronic disease and other potential long term permanent damage to our bodies.
The original concept for the Clinic chain came from Lucy continually seeing common issues with women’s health, particularly thyroid conditions when she was operating in New Zealand in 2004 (where Lucy started the largest natural and integrative health centre in New Zealand). Frequently women would come into her clinic with the same symptoms over and over, and once she found the accurate diagnostic there was no stopping her.
Lucy has a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine), Diploma Naturopathy, Diploma of Nutrition, Diploma Massage and Diploma Herbal Medicine. A large part of developing the diagnostic process was spending time in the USA with top thyroid specialist, Dr Prudence Hall, who runs the Hall Centre. Dr Hall is a Thyroid Endocrinologist and is very well known and highly sought after for education and diagnosis in the specialist area of thyroid management. Lucy also works closely with another United States specialist who is an Endocrinologist, Dr Noemi Quintanar, and regularly refers patients for specialist support when required.
What Is The Thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped, hormonal gland that sits in your throat. It sits just below your larynx and has two lobes that sit either side of your trachea. The thyroid hormones (called T4, T3, T2 and T1 and calcitonin) act like chemical messengers and deliver instructions to various tissues and organs via the bloodstream. The cells within the target organs then use the thyroid hormones and respond by using energy to speed up or slow down their activities. Calorie burning is an essential bodily function, our tissues and organs cannot function at a healthy rate without it. Balancing your thyroid gives you the best possible chance to lose that extra weight. Overall, the thyroid gland is responsible for the speed of metabolism (metabolic and chemical processes) in your body (including reflex speed, heart speed, mental speed and many more), by affecting every cell, tissue, organ and organ system in your body. The thyroid gland is therefore essential for life, weight management, growth and development. It works with all the hormones in the body to tell them what to do and how to work.
The 7 most common thyroid diseases:
- Hypothyroidism –underactive thyroid or low thyroid
- Hyperthyroidism – over active thyroid or high thyroid
- Graves – autoimmune disease causing over active thyroid (one of the causes of Hyperthyroidism)
- Hashimoto’s – autoimmune disease causing underactive thyroid (one of the causes of Hypothyroidism)
- Thyroid cancer – cancer of the thyroid
- Thyroid nodules – lumps on your thyroid
- Thyroiditis – inflamed thyroid (can be seen as a goitre or swelling of the thyroid in the throat)
Women are more likely than men, to have thyroid disease and there are a huge variety of reasons for this condition to develop. The thyroid is involved with every function in the body and if it’s out of balance it leads to a multitude of symptoms ranging from energy problems, weight issues, insomnia, joint aches and pains, memory loss, anxiety to name just a few. Remember that the thyroid is responsible for the speed of everything in your body - metabolism included, which is why it is crucial that you get it balanced and enable your body to work at its optimum.
New Way of Testing
American thyroid specialists, Dr Konrad Kail and Dr Daryl Turner have developed a quick and non-invasive medical thyroid screening test, that’s been used by US doctors for the past seven years to accurately diagnose thyroid issues. The good news is, once your thyroid function is accurately diagnosed, the medication and nutrients you need to get your thyroid balanced can be established. With a balanced thyroid, your energy will increase, you will lose weight easily and you’ll feel happier in yourself. Your health is your greatest asset, so, if you suspect that your thyroid isn’t quite right, don’t put off getting tested, you deserve to feel fantastic every day.
Clinical Assessment is a MUST if you are to get the correct diagnosis on your thyroid function, metabolism and fat burning. This means using all of the following to establish a true diagnosis:
- Blood work (specifically reverse T4, T3U, and thyroid antibodies)
- Urinary Iodine Test to establish whether or not you have enough iodine. The thyroid cannot work at all without the right amount of iodine. According to Dr David Brownstein, the author of “Iodine: Why You Need It and Why You Can’t Live Without It,” every patient can benefit from correcting a low iodine status. We now also offer Halide testing which looks at Iodine levels as well as Bromide, which is a nutrient/toxin that interferes with Iodine metabolism.
- Thyroflex test (reflex test) Ref: 80-120 m sec Relaxation Phase of Tendon Reflex. Numerous studies have shown that this is a more accurate measure than serum blood tests and is imperative to assess for accurate diagnosis.
- Basal Body Temperature 36.5 Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).
- In depth assessment and elicitation of presenting symptoms, including palpation of the thyroid gland. The body will tell a skilled physician what is wrong with it by careful evaluation of the symptom picture.
Current blood testing methods don’t tell the whole story. The common blood test Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) can only measure how much thyroid hormone you have in your blood – it does not measure how well your hormones are working. Relying solely on a TSH result may not always pick up a thyroid problem.
The Standard Blood Tests miss many cases of Thyroid Disease. In 1971, in his speech at the Medical Society’s Transactions Dr R.I.S. Bayliss, a famous Endocrinologist (one of the most renowned endocrinologists in the USA on blood tests) was asked after many decades of treating thyroid conditions how he could tell when a patient had adequate thyroid replacement.
“I am often asked how the correct dose of thyroxine is determined. The answer is clinically by the patient’s pulse rate, his sense of wellbeing, the texture of his skin, his tolerance of cold, his bowel function, and the speed with which his deep tendon reflexes relax.” Is thyroid not the hormone capable of raising the constitution and well-being of the patient? Anyone can be brought up to the top of their constitutional capabilities when tested adequately for thyroid hormone. This would only be done by clinical assessment, not blood tests; there is no relation between the signs and symptoms of low thyroid disease, the TSH, or the other related blood tests”.
Dr Kent Holtorf (a revered thyroid specialist in the USA) stated: "A normal TSH does not rule out thyroid dysfunction and a low TSH is shown to be an indication of excessive tissue thyroid levels only 20% of the time (80% of the time that is not the case). The TSH becomes an extremely poor marker for tissue thyroid levels if there is any inflammation, depression, chronic illness, chronic dieting, obesity, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, diabetes, insulin resistance, leptin resistance present."
Thyroid Function Test - Thyroflex is a non-invasive thyroid test which measures your brachio-radialis reflexometry (BR reflex) and resting metabolic rate, providing results in 5 minutes. The Thyroflex test identifies if your thyroid function is under or overactive or within optimal range. If you are already taking thyroid medication, the Thyroflex helps to ensure you are on the appropriate thyroid hormone replacement dosage with 98.5% accuracy.
The Lucy Rose Clinics
The Lucy Rose Clinic endorses a series of practitioners; you can find the locations listed on the website. The practitioners endorsed by The Lucy Rose Clinic are all fully qualified clinical assessors of thyroid function and perform reflex testing, iodine screening and understand the importance of getting the thyroid gland balanced.
The Lucy Rose Clinic practitioners are mentors and health coaches to other health professionals. Their sole focus is treating you as an individual and rejuvenating your total body systems. The Lucy Rose Clinics have been designed from the ground up with this one clear focus, to provide a safe, non-toxic, welcoming place where men and women can come, relax and have their individual needs addressed. The aim is to help make your dreams of excellent health a reality. - See more at: http://thelucyroseclinic.com.au/about-thyroid/why-use-our-clinic/#sthash.eISBIhY0.dpuf
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So what can you do?
Get clinically assessed by a skilled practitioner who will use reflex speed, specific blood testing and full nutritional screening (including a 24-hour Iodine Load test or Halide test) to find a true diagnosis and put the whole picture together so the best treatment can be established.
Phone: 1300 849764 to book an appointment today.
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