Hypothyroidism affects millions of people today without them even knowing it! Discover how detoxification and sleep really help the thyroid and adrenal glands recover from daily stress and let you feel your best. Here are 2 more major ways to support your thyroid and adrenal glands. Taking these actions will help you feel better in a number of ways, and your overall health will also be much improved if you can address any factors where you have subpar thyroid or adrenal performance occurring, as these glands affect the entire body. 1. Detoxification Does a Body Good. Cleansing helps support the liver, the thyroid, the adrenals, and the rest of the body. You can detoxify with nutrients, such as Chlorella, and Cilantro, or you can do it with many different herbs including milk thistle, and other nutrients such as Alpha-Lipoic Acid. There are many other herbs and nutrients that are very helpful, so you may want to research anything you choose to use. The suggestion is made to start with a trial first to see how you respond. There is a caveat with some nutrients such as chlorella and cilantro. Some practitioners believe these substances can stir mercury up and cause it to redistribute in the tissues, so proceed cautiously whenever using such items. Do this especially if you have a number of silver (mercury) amalgam fillings. It is recommended you have any silver fillings removed safely by a holistic dentist trained in proper removal, and replaced with safe materials. Ask your dentist to see the material safety data sheet for the filling material, and Google the ingredients for safety reasons.   Finally, whatever you finally choose to detox with, start with a very low dosage every few hours on a regular schedule and see how you do. There are support groups on the internet who will coach you in proper detoxification. Dr. Andy Cutler, a research scientist has written an excellent book on detoxing mercury from the body if you care to Google him as a resource – some consider him to be a premier authority on such issues. Detoxification products are available from Life Extension, and Pure Encapsulations. 2. Sleep Serves as a Super Health Aid. The final tip for today is that you really need adequate sleep to support your thyroid and adrenals, as well as your whole body. A recent study reported that 76% of Americans suffer with sleep problems, so please take note – catching up on your sleep is one of the quickest routes to feeling good again! So take some extra time to invest in yourself, and find some helpful supplements. One great product is melatonin, you can start at 3 mg and you can double and triple the dose; it’s very safe, and people with immune deficiencies or cancer can even take 20 or 40 mg daily. Other options include herbal teas, chamomile, valerian, hops, and GABA. GABA can be obtained in capsules, or now we even have the chewable GABA that not only helps with sleep, but with anxiety and stress disorders also. OK, that’s enough for today – 2 more super health tips to get started with; applying these tips will provide a boost to your thyroid, adrenal, and perhaps overall health. But please don’t stop after a short trial – adequate sleep and regular cleansing of your body should be a way of life. Please catch our next article, where we will inform and educate on more super supplements for thyroid and adrenal health. Thank-you for joining us, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness   Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods. With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide.  
Has your thyroid and adrenal disease been missed or mistreated? There are an estimated 60,000,000+ people today with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Discover how gut healing nutrients, vitamin C and sea salt really help the thyroid and adrenal glands do the job they were meant to do. Here are 3 major ways to support your thyroid and adrenal glands. Taking these kinds of supplements will help you feel better in a number of ways, and your overall health will also be much improved if you can address any factors where you have subpar thyroid or adrenal performance occurring, as these glands affect the entire body.
  1. Gut Healing Nutrients. There are several nutrients that are very important for gut healing, for healing inflammation, certainly if you have food allergies, if you have yeast, or if you have leaky gut and these items may include glutamine, the omega 3s, or Krill Oil. Aloe is very helpful, MSM, licorice can very helpful, and colostrum. Next, coconut oil is good for gut health, good for thyroid, good for improving your weight, and may even have some benefits for brain health. So coconut oil is another simple, easy thing that you can add as a nutrient into your body. Probiotics are essential probably for everyone, but certainly if there is gut inflammation, if you have food allergies, if you have yeast. Again, probiotics mean you are putting the good bacteria back in to replace the bad bacteria and yeast, and the function of the intestines is dramatically improved and probiotics even help for weight loss and for mood problems and mental health. So replace those bad bacteria with good bacteria by taking probiotics.
  2. Vitamin C’s Remarkable Properties. Vitamin C is good for every human being on the planet, and it’s really critical for fatigue and especially for adrenal fatigue and adrenal burnout. Vitamin C is not made by human beings or other primates, and also fruit bats and guinea pigs are not able to make vitamin C in their liver, we lost the ability, so we need to take in more vitamin C than just to prevent scurvy and dying within a few months. We need it for our vascular system, our joints, our connective tissue, and absolutely for our adrenals – at least 2000 mg a day, is the preferred dose. It is available from Life Extension, from Pure Encapsulations, and you can get it in capsules, sometimes powdered, buffered form, and even chewables. It’s excellent for kids to adults, any age. For adults at least 2000 mg, children, 1000 mg would be reasonable.
  3. Let’s Talk Salt. Next, tip number three, salt is very important for the body. Our bodies require salt, and you need to use unprocessed sea salt that is not white, that has all the good trace minerals in it. It may be Celtic, or Himalayan Salt from deep deposits in the earth that have all the preserved natural minerals. If you have white salt, it is not the right salt; it has been made to look good, but all the minerals have been removed. Sources (of unprocessed sea salt) are available from health food stores.
There you have it – 3 more super tips to put to use; these three supplements will provide a boost to your thyroid, adrenal, and perhaps overall health. As far as these and other supplements go, you may want to consider testing to see if you are deficient in any areas, thereby knowing what you need to be taking and what kind of dosage is appropriate. It is safe to say that most people would benefit from Vitamin C, coconut oil, omega 3s or Krill Oil, sea salt and probiotics at some level to start. Please catch our next article on Detoxification and Sleep where we will inform and educate on more ways to support thyroid and adrenal health. Thank-you, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods. With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide.
Has your thyroid and adrenal disease been missed or mistreated? There are an estimated 60,000,000+ people today with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Discover how Iodine and Vitamin D really help the thyroid and adrenal glands function at optimal levels. We start with two vital elements needed for thyroid and adrenal support – Iodine and Vitamin D. Number one, your body does not make Iodine, and your thyroid absolutely needs Iodine, which is supplied throught diet, to function properly. Number two, also for thyroid, Vitamin D plays an important support role. Now let me make what is perhaps a disturbing statement, “You are most probably deficient in Iodine, and maybe Vitamin D too!”  Yes, it may be true – studies conducted in Michigan showed over 95% of those tested had low Iodine levels, and Iodine is critical for proper thyroid functioning. Some say this is a global problem, and it may be a shame, because Iodine is available and cheap. If so many Michigan residents are deficient, we can assume those in nearby areas are too.  After all, this was part of what was known as the “Goiter Belt” years ago, where persons would show up at their doctor’s with enlarged necks due to their thyroid not receiving enough iodine. The Iodine had been depleted out of the soil. That’s why Iodine or Iodide was originally added to our salt.  Perhaps you live elsewhere, but it is likely that by today most soils lack Iodine and other critical nutrients like Selenium, which aids the thyroid as well. So Iodine is critical for everybody, but absolutely essential if you have thyroid problems.  Our bodies don’t get enough from the salt that we eat.  We have currently added Iodine to the diet through salt enhancement, but the problem is it is only added in small amounts to the white salt we consume. Unfortunately, this white salt has been processed and all the minerals have been removed.  So what you want to do is use only the unprocessed, natural sea salt that is usually pink or gray. This will have no Iodine, so to raise your levels, what you really need to do is mimic what the Japanese people do, and take Iodine pills or eat sea vegetables, or take kelp tablets and try to get your Iodine intake up to 10,000 or 12,000 mg per day, which is the average for the Japanese, who live longer on this planet than any other nationality.  They also have the lowest rate of breast cancer in any developed nation for their women.  Iodine is what your thyroid uses to create thyroid hormones, either 3 or 4 Iodine molecules, and all the other chemicals we are exposed to like bromine, fluoride, and chlorine interfere and block this Iodine we are getting, so we need to make sure we are getting adequate amounts to begin with to keep the thyroid functioning well. Vitamin D is also very important for health, and many people show low levels when tested. Vitamin D helps your thyroid, it lowers breast cancer risk, and probably most cancer risks; it helps improve your immune system for flu, for infections, and it lowers the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and even multiple sclerosis.  So your vitamin D Levels should be, that is, your 25 hydroxy Vitamin D levels should be, 50 to 80, and this is referenced per Dr. Hollick, who is a Vitamin D expert.  Studies have shown that women have 50% less breast cancer when their vitamin D level is 52 or above.  So it’s very important to work with your thyroid and your immune system by keeping your Vitamin D levels adequate too. Sunshine helps the  body make Vitamin D, so if you live in areas where the sun is not available for long periods you may be deficient unless your dietary intake is high.  One tip is to get out in the sunshine for short periods daily – it really does help you feel better and be healthier. Just don’t overdo it – you do not need hours a day in the sun, 20 or 30 minutes may be sufficient.  Thank-you for reading, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods. With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide.
Has your thyroid and adrenal disease been missed or mistreated? There are an estimated 60,000,000+ people today with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Discover the truth about more toxic things that may negatively affect thyroid and adrenal function. This is part 3 of 3 articles. In this final article, we present an additional 7 items that can be toxic to your thyroid and adrenals. We have tried to present the major or critical offenders in each article presented, and although there is some overlap in what we have written, we hope you have gained some valuable insight into what may be affecting your thyroid and/or adrenal health. Once again, the purpose of the thyroid gland is to make, store and release thyroid hormone into your blood. But let’s talk about some related glands. The amount of thyroid hormone made by your pituitary, as well as part of your brain called the hypothalamus, adjusts the amount of thyroid hormone made by your thyroid gland. The pituitary, aided by the hypothalamus, controls many of your glands, as well as helping to control other bodily functions such as thirst, hunger, sleep and body temperature. All three of these glands need to work together to control the amount of thyroid hormone in your body at any given time. When toxins get into any of these glands or any of our body’s critical areas they may affect the production of hormones and other things our bodies need to function properly. Our purpose here is not to overwhelm you with information, but just to give you some basic data that you can put to use in your daily life. It’s by knowing what toxins might be affecting you that you can take action and hopefully gain a positive result. Here is the final list for now of things that have or may have a negative effect on our thyroid and adrenal glands. Thyroid and Adrenal Health – Some Final Toxic Things to Avoid
  1. Smoking. You know how toxic this can be to your health, and especially the thyroid.
  2. Radiation. In any form, it affects the thyroid and adrenals negatively.
  3. Wheat. Processed wheat breads contain gluten as a major ingredient, which causes inflammation, and stresses the thyroid.
  4. Environmental Toxins. Try to avoid exposure to pesticides and other toxic chemicals used around the house and yard.
  5. Over medication – Avoid prescription medicines whenever possible – they often cause worse side effects than the issues they treat.
  6. Starvation or overeating carbohydrates. Radical diet changes may affect thyroid function, adrenal function too.
  7. Vegetarianism – small amounts of animal protein help the thyroid and adrenals function. If you do go vegetarian, consider supplementing with proteins, extra coconut oil, and other items.
There you have it – 7 additional things that may be serving as unwanted burdens in your life, and may need to be addressed as to reducing or eliminating exposure. This finishes our discourse for now on toxins that affect the functioning of your thyroid and adrenal glands. Future articles are planned on supplements and ways to support your thyroid and adrenals, so please stay tuned. Thank-you again for your interest, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness   Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods. With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide.  
Has your thyroid and adrenal disease been missed or mistreated? There are an estimated 60,000,000+ people today with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Discover which toxic things may be affecting your thyroid and adrenal health. This is part 2 of 3 articles. This article continues with more possibilities as to what may be affecting your health in a negative manner. It is not always easy to discern whether your thyroid and adrenals are an issue for you, but it is helpful to know that adequate thyroid hormone is being produced and available in the blood. First of all, why should you care about thyroid hormone levels in the blood? Because thyroid hormone must be present in adequate amounts to feel good. Toxins interfere with production of thyroid hormone, and because thyroid hormone affects virtually every cell in the body, having too little of this hormone in the blood can slow the body down. This is called hypothyroidism, and symptoms are numerous with major hypothyroid symptoms showing as weight gain, fatigue, depression and hair loss, as well as many other problems. To continue, let’s give you just a bit more information in case your doctor or someone else speaks to you about hypothyroidism. The purpose of the thyroid gland is to make, store, and release thyroid hormone into your blood. This hormone affects nearly all your cells and if too little exists in the blood you are hypothyroid. Too much thyroid hormone is called hyperthyroidism. We will reveal more facts on thyroid in the next article. So for today, here it is – list number two with 7 more things that have or may have a negative effect on our thyroid and adrenal glands. Also, please remember to examine your life for other toxins not on this list that can be reduced or eliminated. Thyroid and Adrenal Health – 7 More Toxic Things to Avoid
  1. Fish. Basically limit your intake to Wild Pacific Salmon; all other fish are going to have mercury in them and not worth the risk. If you do eat other seafood, at least try to keep it too occasionally.
  2. Cabbage. Try to limit foods that use any plants in the cabbage family. These contain chemicals called pro-goitrins which may affect thyroid function.
  3. Processed Foods. As you know, eat as close to nature as possible, and avoid refined, manmade foods. Most food additives that extend shelf life are not good for you.
  4. Deodorants. Most of these contain toxic elements such as aluminum, so check the ingredient list, and choose one that is natural. There are coconut based products available.
  5. Hair Dye. Again, find a natural one if you can.
  6. Sugar and sugar substitutes. Aspartame and other sweeteners can be toxic. Perhaps try stevia, which is a natural sweetener.
  7. Negative emotions and stress. It has been proven that our minds affect our bodies, so work on staying stress free. Eliminate clutter from your life if you can.
And that’s it – 7 more things that may be serving as toxins to your thyroid and adrenal glands. Please stay with us for the last article which presents another 7 toxins that affect the functioning of your thyroid and adrenals. Thank-you for reading, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness   Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods. With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide.
Has your thyroid and adrenal disease been missed or mistreated? There are an estimated 60,000,000+ people today with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Discover which toxic things may be affecting your thyroid and adrenal health. This is part 1 of 3 articles. As with all things, don’t go overboard with all these suggestions. It would drive you crazy trying to eliminate every one of these items out of your life. However, you can probably work on identifying and reducing the major toxic offenders in your situation. Doing so will guarantee a positive result in your health. Why? Because when the toxic burden is lessened, the thyroid, adrenals, and all other organs have to work less hard to maintain a healthy state. It is when the body is overloaded with toxins that a state of disease results. Here is a list of things that have or may have a negative effect on our thyroid and adrenals glands. Although there may be toxic items that are not shown here, please check out this list and see if there are any items you can take action on. Also examine your life for other toxins not on this list that can be reduced or eliminated. Thyroid and Adrenal Health – Toxic Things to Avoid
  1. Soy. Of course, you know about Soy Milk and Soy Beans, but Soy is also hidden in many foods, such as dressings and processed foods.
  2. Fluoride. You are probably going to have this in your tap water, your shower, fluoride added toothpaste and mouthwash, so you want to get natural sources and filter your water.
  3. Bromine. Unfortunately, for as much as it is used in our foods, bromine is very toxic. Bromo-Seltzer, brominated hot tubs, pretty much any processed flour now has bromine in it.
  4. Chlorine. We find this in our tap water, and though it is great to kill off bacteria, it damages the good bacteria in our gut and interferes with iodine.
  5. PFOAs and Teflon. Teflon and PFOAs are also toxic and interfere with our thyroid. These are usually going to be in either plastic bottles or coated pans.
  6. Mercury amalgams. Silver fillings have 50% mercury in them, and mercury is not good for your thyroid; it also interferes with the T4 to T3 conversion process.
  7. Flu shots and vaccines. These often had mercury in them also in the form of thimerosol, and even though many vaccines have taken them out, there is still mercury in some vaccines they give adults as well as pregnant women and children..
And that’s it to start – 7 things that may be serving as toxins to your thyroid and adrenal glands; items you can work on reducing or eliminating from your life to see if you feel better, or if you feel good, to feel fantastic. In any case, taking these steps now will keep you healthier and stronger for a much longer time, letting you live life to its fullest. Please stay with us as the next couple articles will identify more toxins that affect the functioning of your thyroid and adrenal glands. Thank-you for your attention, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods. With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide.  
Has your thyroid and adrenal disease been missed or mistreated? There are an estimated 60,000,000+ people today with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Use this hypothyroidism questionnaire to determine if your thyroid and/or adrenal glands are underperforming. In the last 2 articles, we covered 11 major thyroid and adrenal disease testing methods that would let you ascertain if you have thyroid or adrenal issues. Some of these tests would give you helpful information concerning the status of your overall health regardless of whether it was thyroid or adrenal in nature. So there would be some value in doing these tests regardless.  However, before deciding if you even need to conduct such tests, you can first use this thyroid and adrenal questionnaire to determine if you actually do have thyroid problems or adrenal problems, and if pursuing the thyroid tests listed in the last 2 articles is warranted. Here is the thyroid adrenal questionnaire – please print this out, and place a checkmark by each positive response. Hypothyroidism Questionnaire and Symptom Evaluation (check any positives) (_____) Sensitivity to cold or hands and feet are usually cold (_____) Morning temperatures are less than 97.8 (_____) Wear socks to bed often (_____) Dry or scaly skin (_____) Need to apply lotion and oils frequently (_____) Often daily fatigue (_____) Never seem to get enough sleep or naps for energy (_____) Memory and concentration are decreased (_____) Hair is thinning, course, dry, breaking off (_____) Nails are thin, chip, peal or break (_____) Lower legs are puffy, or indent with pressure (_____) Hands and fingers are puffy (_____) Carpel Tunnel symptoms (_____) Outer third of eyebrows are thin or absent (_____) Libido or sex drive has decreased or is low (_____) Weight is difficult to lose or gain even when dieting (_____) Bowels are sluggish or constipated or need to take laxatives (_____) Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid, Lupus, and Vitiligo (_____) Low B12 or Pernicious Anemia (_____) Known or suspected food allergies or Celiac Disease (_____) Silver Amalgams now or in the past (mercury fillings) (_____) History of radiation therapy to neck or chest (_____) Drinking now or prior, water with chlorine and/or fluoride (_____) Eat moderate amounts of soy milk, cheese, burgers, dressings, etc. (_____) Family History of any type of Thyroid Problems (_____) Eat fish frequently esp. tuna, sushi, non-wild Salmon (_____) Moody, depressed, irritable, apathetic (_____) Fatigue on waking even after good night’s sleep (_____) Use of Teflon Pans (_____) Using white salt instead of gray or pink unprocessed salt (_____) Craving caffeine as soon as you awaken…or hard to get started (_____) Second wind in evening and may be up late and hard to sleep (_____) Leg cramps and charley horse symptoms (_____) Puffy eyelids (_____) Sluggish bowels…may need laxatives and softeners (_____) Use Mountain Dew or Bromo Seltzer (_____) Use hot tubs with chlorine or bromine (_____) May struggle to push through several hours of activity after waking How did you do? Less than 3 or 4, you are probably fine in the thyroid adrenal area, but if you scored positive on 5 to 9, you probably have some moderate thyroid issues. If you scored 10 or higher, your thyroid and adrenals could definitely use some attention. The prevalence of things that are toxic to your thyroid and adrenal glands and the nutritional deficiencies in most people’s diets is overwhelming – hence the huge number of undiagnosed persons walking around with hypothyroidism that could help themselves feel much better through prudent action.  One tip is to immediately cut back on anything bad for your thyroid like soy or excessive fish, and see if you feel better in a week or two. Another is to add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil, which is good for your thyroid, to your daily routine. Stay tuned, as we will cover things to avoid and things that enhance thyroid and adrenal health in upcoming articles – you will not want to miss these super alternative, natural health tips! Thank-you for joining us, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness   Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods. With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide.
Has your thyroid and adrenal disease been missed or mistreated? There are an estimated 60,000,000+ people today with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Discover what it takes to get properly tested; this is part 2 of 2 articles on thyroid adrenal disease testing. In this second article, we continue with 6 more critical or major tests you should address if you really want to know what is going on with your thyroid and adrenal glands. While there is other thyroid adrenal disease testing that could be helpful, having these tests done should be a great start on assessing status and determining what kind of actions you can take to improve the functioning of your thyroid and adrenal glands. Your overall health will also be much improved if you can address any factors where you have subpar thyroid or adrenal performance occurring, as these glands affect the entire body.
  1. Basic Food Allergy Testing. If you have any food allergy findings, anything positive, you really should see a nutritionist, and especially a holistic nutritionist to help you review what you are eating, what you can change, and how you can revise your diet. If there are several food allergies that are elevated, you may want to consider a complete blood panel of IGG blood testing, and several of the laboratories like Bio Tek are able to do that from even just a little finger stick of blood.
  2. Heavy Metal Testing. This should definitely be done if you have any amalgams or silver fillings, if you eat or every ate any significant amount of fish, certainly if you have exposures, just being near a coal factory that is coal burning, and certainly if you have any neurological symptoms, any tremor, any symptoms of Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, any brain fog, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, as all of these can be related to heavy metal toxicity.
  3. Vitamin Testing. This is very essential, and the things that are most related to thyroid problems are zinc levels, and especially RBC, red blood cells zinc level is important, you serum selenium is significant, those are both required for thyroid conversion in the cells to the active form (T4 to T3 conversion). And B vitamins are also essential, it is especially easy to measure B1, B6, and B12.
  4. Comprehensive Analysis of Intracellular Nutrients. For more complete testing, there are labs such as Spectra-Cell that can do a very comprehensive analysis of intracellular nutrients, and they will measure 33 different vitamins, many that you can’t get from a regular lab such as vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, certainly all the B vitamins, but also Biotin, CoQ10, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, selenium, chromium, calcium, which is the only way to get an accurate level, not possible from traditional labs, magnesium, zinc, copper, glutathione, Carnitine, serine, glutamine, on and on. So this is a very helpful test, and everyone I have tested so far has one, and usually several, deficiencies that are essential for maximizing your health.
  5. Saliva Testing for Adrenals. If you have concerns and you’re not sure, there are several companies including Diagnostics that will do a saliva test – a little spit 4 times during the day, and they can even measure your DHEA and cortisol as it fluctuates through the daytime and evening, and this is really much more accurate than one single blood test at one point in time. And it will tell you if you are having adrenal fatigue or adrenal burnout, or high cortisol, maybe high stress, both of these may be detrimental to your thyroid function.
  6. Complete Panel for Food Allergies. Again for food allergies, if you have one or two of the common food allergens such as gluten or casein you may want to consider a whole panel, because often with leaky gut there may be other foods that have caused problems and you have become allergic to them. Several companies, including Bio-Tek will do 96 different food allergens by IGG from just several drops of blood and you can even do this test at home – just a finger stick and put a drop of blood on a little card, dry it and send it off. So it is a fabulous way to get a very complete analysis, with minimal cost and time.
In summary, these tests, combined with the first five will provide a comprehensive picture of your thyroid and adrenal health. By knowing in depth what is going on, you can then move on to specific action steps to address any deficiencies, and work to correct any imbalances. In the next article, we will provide a checklist questionnaire that will allow you to determine for yourself if you may have thyroid and adrenal concerns. If you score positively on many factors listed on the questionnaire, then it may be worth pursuing the additional testing that we wrote about in this article and the last one. Thank-you for reading, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness   Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods. With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide  
Has your thyroid and adrenal disease been missed or mistreated?  There are an estimated 60,000,000+ people today with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Discover what it takes to get properly tested. Due to many factors, some beyond our control, we don’t always recognize that we may have a problem with our thyroid or adrenal glands. And doctors often miss the diagnosis of hypothyroidism; testing really needs to be done in a specific way in order to determine if a low performing thyroid is affecting you. Today we will talk about five different factors that are important in testing your thyroid – different things you need to know about and really think about to evaluate your thyoid properly. This will be part one of two articles on testing for thyroid.
  1. Complete thyroid blood testing.  A TSH is not adequate to decide if you have thyroid disease.   You really must know not only your free T3, free T4, TSH, your thyroid antibodies, which include TPO and ATG, and you have to have reverse T3 to see if you have inactive thyroid production.  Anyone of those may be enough to indicate that you have thyroid disease.  So if you don’t have the whole panel, your physician isn’t doing enough to evaluate your thyroid.
  2. Complete thyroid exam.  Thyroid disease can be picked up on your blood work, but also many suggestions from your physical exam will suggest you have thyroid problems.  You have to examine the skin for dryness, flakiness, itching, hair thinning, nails can be pitted, eyebrows, lateral brow thinning is a common problem, the thyroid gland itself can show nodularity, enlargement, sometimes this is subtle, sometimes very severe. And pretibial edema or just some mild pitting or denting of the legs when you press on them with your thumb and also the reflexes of the lower extremities can affect the and be an indication of thyroid problems.
  3. Thyroid questionnaire.  This tool may be a significant help in indicating if you have thyroid problems, and will be provided after these first two articles on testing.  So, you really need to go through this one by one, check off the ones that seem relevant to you, and take this to a thyroid, open minded physician, who can evaluate all your symptoms.  So we have looked at your labs, your physical findings, and now your symptoms all by themselves may be a strong indicator.
  4. Body temperature. Checking your basal body temperature is very important in evaluating if you have thyroid concerns, since the thyroid gland sets the metabolic rate.  So to check you thyroid, you test in the morning for your temperature, letting you evaluate how your temperature is compared to normal, which should be 98.6, or maybe minus a degree, but if it is less than 97.6, than you really have significance for possible thyroid issues.  Many people run 96 or 95 and their doctors tell them, “that’s just the way you are, your temperature runs low.”  But usually there is a reason for it and most often it’s because your thyroid isn’t completely functioning.
  5. Food allergy testing. This is something critical if there is any concern with thyroid disease and especially if you have elevated thyroid antibodies, but food allergies are so common today that probably everyone should have them done.  And this has to be blood work with IGG or IGA blood tests, the skin test or IGE blood tests that an allergist might do, or a pulmonary specialist are going to have nothing to do with whether your food allergies are significant related to your thyroid.  Those are going to be related to peanut allergy or asthma problems. But you have to specifically ask for and get IG or IGA blood tests, especially for gluten, which is related to wheat, and casein, which is a protein in dairy.
That’s it for today – 5 tips on proper testing for thyroid and adrenal disease. Please stay tuned for more testing tips in article number two to follow shortly. Thank-you for your attention, Diane Culik, MD ABC Wellness Diane A. Culik, MD, reveals secrets you really should know and promotes simple steps to greater health using natural, alternative methods.  With Dr. Culik, you get the credibility and safety of a trained medical doctor, and the cutting edge alternative treatments of a Holistic Practitioner. For a free video on “Top 10 Things to Know about Thyroid and Adrenals before You Visit Your Doctor,” please visit http://thyroid-adrenal-solutions.com. © Diane A. Culik, all rights reserved worldwide.  
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