Thyroid disease is a common condition affecting the thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck just below the Adam’s apple.
The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate many bodily functions, including metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature.
The pituitary gland controls the thyroid gland, which is located in the brain and produces thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
According to the American Thyroid Association, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
The Function of the Thyroid Gland
The thyroid gland produces two main hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones regulate the body’s metabolism, heart rate, temperature, and other vital functions.
The pituitary gland controls these hormones’ production and release, which produces TSH.
What are the Top Disorders of the Thyroid?
Several different disorders can affect the thyroid gland, including:
- Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, and dry skin.
- Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Symptoms include weight loss, heat intolerance, anxiety, and rapid heartbeat.
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, leading to inflammation and damage. Symptoms can include fatigue, weight gain, and joint pain.
- Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system produces antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland, producing excess thyroid hormone. Symptoms can include weight loss, heat intolerance, and rapid heartbeat.
Common Symptoms of Thyroid Disease
Common symptoms of thyroid disease can include:
- Weight changes
- Changes in body temperature (feeling too hot or too cold)
- Hair loss
- Mood changes (depression, anxiety, irritability)
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Muscle weakness
- Joint pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dry skin and hair
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased heart rate or heart palpitations
- Swelling in the neck (goiter)
However, the symptoms of thyroid disease can vary widely depending on the specific disorder and the individual.
What Causes Thyroid Disease?
Various factors, including genetics, environment, and lifestyle, can play a role or cause thyroid disorders.
Common causes of thyroid disease include:
- Nutrient deficiencies, such as iodine, selenium, or vitamin D.
- Food sensitivities or intolerances.
- Chronic infections, such as Lyme disease or Epstein-Barr virus.
- Heavy metal toxicity.
- Chronic stress.
- Hormonal imbalances.
- Autoimmune dysfunction.
- Leaky gut syndrome.
- Exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides or plastics.
- Adrenal fatigue.
Natural Treatments for Thyroid Disease
At Anatara Medicine, we take a comprehensive approach to treating thyroid disease that addresses the condition’s root cause and uses natural and holistic therapies to bring the body back into balance.
Everyone is unique, so treatment is based on your disease factors, history, and accompanying health conditions.
Treatment may include one or more of the following:
- Hormone optimization
- Healing any autoimmune or other health conditions
- Improving organ health through targeted nutraceuticals
- Detoxifying environmental toxins
- Healing gut issues
- Addressing any food sensitivities or intolerances
- Improving stress management
Heal Your Thyroid at Anatara Medicine
If you are struggling with thyroid disease, we encourage you to contact us today to learn more about our natural approach to thyroid health and how we can help you achieve optimal health and wellness.
Call (415) 345-0099 or to learn more or schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
We, unfortunately, do not take insurance. Our proprietary treatments, therapies, and diagnostics are exclusive, offered by only a few practitioners in the US. As such, insurance companies do not cover these yet.
Yes, we offer Telehealth services to many locations.
Making a trip to our lovely city of San Francisco does not need to happen right away. Based on your initial consultation, what testing has come in, our doctors will tailor recommendations for you, and we will do our best to work around your schedule.
We begin with an in-person or Telemedicine consultation with one or two of our doctors. The doctor(s) will typically recommend conventional and state-of-the-art, leading-edge tests based on the consultation. Some of these tests will likely require a blood draw. Once the test results are back, we will schedule an appointment for the doctor to review your results with you in detail.
The doctor may recommend you begin specific therapies during your initial visit before your labs have come back in certain circumstances. The doctor will discuss any such recommendations with you in detail.
Because Anatara is a leading and cutting-edge treatment center, most therapies will be received at our center in San Francisco, however, where possible, we will work with partnered centers across the country to accommodate your schedule.
Therapies are tailored for you by the doctor and Anatara team based on many variables. We offer individual targeted therapies and some treatment packages, and we will be happy to review those in detail with you once they are recommended. Many of our treatment plans include IV (intravenous) therapies, a very efficient way of administering medications and nutrients into your bloodstream to get to the tissues and cells. Some IVs only take ~ 1.5 hours, while others can take 3.0-4.0 hours, based on the tailored treatments the doctor has recommended