Functional
Thyroid Doctor

Functional
Thyroid Doctor

Functional Thyroid Doctor

Functional Thyroid Doctor

Thyroid issues are overdiagnosed and overtreated. In fact, even many functional medicine doctors get things wrong when it comes to hypothyroidism. Research has shown that approximately 37% of patients taking medication for hypothyroidism don’t actually need it.

Beyond the problem of overmedication, gut health imbalances are often the root cause of thyroid problems or symptoms attributed to the thyroid— and most people don’t consider them. It’s important to understand the gut-thyroid connection, and focus on identifying and healing the underlying issues that might be contributing to your symptoms.

Our team at the Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine knows how to properly interpret test results, use medication only when necessary, and find & treat the true underlying cause of your symptoms. We are here to help you restore your thyroid health and gut health and get better results, at a minimal cost, and with less reliance on medication.

Thyroid issues are overdiagnosed and overtreated. In fact, even many functional medicine doctors get things wrong when it comes to hypothyroidism. Research has shown that approximately 37% of patients taking medication for hypothyroidism don’t actually need it.

Beyond the problem of overmedication, gut health imbalances are often the root cause of thyroid problems or symptoms attributed to the thyroid— and most people don’t consider them. It’s important to understand the gut-thyroid connection, and focus on identifying and healing the underlying issues that might be contributing to your symptoms.

Our team at the Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine knows how to properly interpret test results, use medication only when necessary, and find & treat the true underlying cause of your symptoms. We are here to help you restore your thyroid health and gut health and get better results, at a minimal cost, and with less reliance on medication.

The Thyroid - Gut Connection

When you receive a thyroid diagnosis, healthcare practitioners tend to exclusively focus on thyroid treatments (such as medications), without looking into underlying issues that may be contributing to the problem. While thyroid medication can be helpful for improving your thyroid hormone levels, it doesn’t always result in symptom relief. The missing piece? Often, it’s the gut.

Research supports using a gut-focused approach to treating thyroid patients. Gut-directed therapies can not only improve your thyroid symptoms, but they can also reduce thyroid inflammation, reduce thyroid antibodies, and potentially reduce your need for thyroid medication.

The Overtreatment of Thyroid Issues

The Overtreatment of Thyroid Issues

For those with true hypothyroidism, medication is necessary (alongside other strategies to address underlying causes). But every week in our clinic, we see patients who have been erroneously prescribed thyroid medication when they aren’t actually hypothyroid. Research has shown that a substantial percentage of patients taking medication for low thyroid levels don’t actually need it. Many practitioners continue to prescribe thyroid medication based on lab findings of subclinical hypothyroidism (not true hypothyroidism), even though research continues to demonstrate that those patients are unlikely to benefit from the treatment. This means patients are missing out on finding the real root cause of their symptoms and feeling better. At our clinic, we treat patients based on an up-to-date understanding of the research and clinical standards when it comes to your thyroid. Our clinical team is also dedicated to ongoing research on thyroid health, helping to dispel myths and develop a detailed, effective treatment algorithm.

Thyroid Concerns Addressed

Below are some of the common thyroid issues we work with at the Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine.

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease (including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease)
  • Subclinical hypothyroidism

If you are experiencing symptoms, a simple thyroid panel can determine the problem with your thyroid. This will also help determine the most appropriate next steps of treatment for restoring your health.

Common Symptoms of an Unhealthy Thyroid & Gut

Common Symptoms of an Unhealthy Thyroid & Gut

Symptoms like fatigue and brain fog are not unique to hypothyroidism and other thyroid issues. They can also be symptoms of gut health conditions. These overlapping symptoms can include:

 
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Acne
  • Brain fog
  • Slowed metabolism
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Female hormone imbalances
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Joint Pain
  • Plus many more uncomfortable symptoms