Over the past several years, women have sought out the Happy Hormone Cottage to have their hormones checked and then balanced. Their focus has for the most part has been on balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Part of our strategy is to educate our women on the 3 major hormones of the body: Insulin, cortisol, and thyroid. Up until now, we have been successful with testing cortisol and discussing insulin resistance and control.
Thyroid has always been a challenge. We are limited by using current blood testing of TSH, T3, and T4. Most women have “had” their thyroid checked by blood and have often been told that they are “normal”. Worse than that, women are often diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but are then inadequately treated. Relying on these same tests to determine dose has left most women undertreated and left with not feeling any improvement when taking medication. Symptoms of low thyroid include: cold body temperature, fatigue, hair loss, tendency to gain weight, dry skin, low sex drive, brain fog, and poor sleep. Chronic hypothyroidism disease can lead to heart disease, insulin resistance, arthritis and inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Symptoms of a Thyroid Condition
There are many different causes of a thyroid condition, all of which must be taken seriously. For example, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that directly can affect your hormone production. Other conditions include thyroid surgery, radiation, medication, etc. It is always important to stay on top of your health condition. One way is to report any symptoms you may be feeling to one of our doctors. These symptoms include:
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Hoarse voice
- Hair loss or hair that is thinning
- Painful joints
- Memory loss
Relaying your symptoms and going to a provider who can accurately test and treat a condition can greatly enhance the effectiveness of treatment. Our team at Happy Hormone Cottage is here to assist you with our expertise and state-of-the-art Thyroflex machine.
How To Properly Test With the Thyroflex Machine
The problem with current blood testing is that it doesn’t acknowledge the role of thyroid in the body. Thyroid does not have any effect in the blood. In order for the thyroid to be effective, it must leave the blood and enter the cells. Once inside the cells, thyroid (t3) travels to the mitochondria (think energy factory) and is involved in a complicated chemical reaction to produce energy for the cell. Without this hormone, there is a significant lack of energy and the cell either loses function, or dies. There are a great many processes that affect the thyroid’s ability to get in the cell and work its magic. When testing only blood, the assumption is that all these processes are working effectively and this clearly isn’t the case. This is why so many women don’t feel their medication is working.
How Our Experts Use The Thyroflex
In an effort to solve this issue, the Happy Hormone Cottage has begun testing thyroid function. Once we check existing thyroid blood levels in our unique 11 point panel, we have begun also testing the effectiveness of the hormone INSIDE the cells. We use the Thyroflex machine during testing.
The Thyroflex is an FDA approved, non-invasive test that measures the speed (in milliseconds) of the brachioradialis reflex in the arm. It is a simple, painless test that takes only about 4 minutes to administer. The value of the thyroflex is that it can accurately measure the function of the thyroid. We find that women that have been told in the past that they had a “normal” thyroid function test for low thyroid function on the thyroflex machine. Once therapy has been initiated, retesting of the thyroflex can be used to titrate to the proper and effective dose of thyroid. Having the proper amount of the hormone entering the cells is critical to improving symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Our Unique Approach to Thyroid Health Care
Our current strategy is for our clients to meet with our nurse practitioner(s) for sex hormone and adrenal intervention and then to work on thyroid from that point. Typically, we like to run our 11 point thyroid panel with our phlebotomist on staff; then discuss results and next steps, including thyroflex testing, with our NP from there. Clients coming to us already on thyroid medication are able to discuss this with our NP to develop next steps. The cost of thyroflex testing is $60, plus the nurse practitioner’s fee. It is important to address cortisol issues and estrogen/progesterone balance simultaneously as they have a dramatic impact on thyroid function.
As always, the Happy Hormone Cottage’s mission statement is “women helping women for wellness.” We are all about educating women so they can own their journey to their best health naturally. For further information, or to schedule an appointment in Centerville, Vandalia, and Mason, OH, call us at 513-444-6343 for details.
Our Experts Can Effectively Treat and Test Your Thyroid
If you are looking to sleep better, preform better, and stop unnecessary weight gain we can help. The thyroflex machine paired with our industry leading knowledge can help you effectively manage and treat the side effects of hypothyroidism. Therefore, contact us today to find out if you are a candidate.