Autoimmune Conditions

When the body attacks itself

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Autoimmune Conditions | 0 comments

When the body attacks itself

Your immune system is your body’s defender. It is designed to protect you against infections, toxins, and invaders — everything from bacteria, to viruses, to allergens. When the immune system encounters something it doesn’t recognize, it mounts a defense to help kill or overcome the “invader,” and protect the body. Whether ignited by a virus, food allergy or environmental toxin, the immune system sometimes goes haywire and gets confused. The confusion sends the immune system into disarray and it begins to see our own organs as a foreign invader.  Then the attack is on, causing...

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Thyroid Blood Work: Going beyond TSH and T4

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Autoimmune Conditions, Thyroid | 0 comments

Thyroid Blood Work: Going beyond TSH and T4

Many patients arrive at my office after years of feeling lousy.  They’ve had their thyroid function checked and have been assured it is normal.  But they feel terrible, experiencing fatigue, depression, brain fog and a host of other symptoms. The problem starts with the fact that the typical blood work run to test for thyroid disease is incomplete and only provides part of the picture.  TSH and T4 are the most common thyroid tests.  These two alone don’t reveal enough about what is really driving the patient’s symptoms.  To understand the complete picture of thyroid function, more needs to...

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