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Addressing the Root Cause of Thyroid Disorders

Addressing Fatigue, Cold Extremities, Hair Loss, and Fuzzy Thinking: A Comprehensive Approach by Dr. Dubroff

The Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine,  focuses on addressing common symptoms like fatigue, cold extremities, hair loss, and fuzzy thinking, often linked to thyroid issues. Understanding the broader picture of a patient’s health and conducting comprehensive evaluations can help identify the root causes and develop effective treatments.

Thyroid Hormone and Fatigue

In clinical practice, Dr. Dubroff frequently encounters patients prescribed large doses of thyroid hormone. While thyroid hormone is essential for regulating metabolism and energy levels, excessive amounts can be harmful. Conventional medicine often focuses narrowly on thyroid issues when diagnosing fatigue, but it’s crucial to consider other factors as well.

Comprehensive Hormonal Assessment

Fatigue can be caused by a range of hormonal imbalances, not just thyroid issues. Stress can impact adrenal function, leading to fatigue, and high-stress levels can also reduce testosterone, contributing to feelings of tiredness. Therefore, a thorough hormonal assessment is necessary to pinpoint the exact cause of fatigue.

Identifying Thyroid Symptoms

Symptoms like fatigue, cold extremities, hair loss, constipation, fuzzy thinking, and ridged nails are often indicative of thyroid problems. Dr. Dubroff often says that thyroid issues “quack like a duck” because they present a distinct set of symptoms that are easily recognizable. However, these symptoms can persist even when thyroid blood tests return normal results according to conventional standards.

The Limitations of Conventional Thyroid Testing

Conventional thyroid testing often relies on broad ranges for thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, which might not capture subtle imbalances. Integrative medicine narrows these ranges, allowing for more accurate detection of thyroid dysfunction. For instance, while conventional medicine considers a TSH level of up to 4 as normal, integrative medicine prefers a narrower range, such as up to 2.5. Additionally, free T3 and free T4 levels are examined to get a more complete picture of thyroid health.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Autoimmunity

A significant portion of hypothyroid cases are due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Conventional medicine often overlooks this, but integrative medicine excels at modulating the immune response safely. Diet plays a crucial role in this modulation, as certain foods can trigger immune reactions that affect the thyroid.

Dietary and Supplemental Interventions

By identifying and eliminating foods that cause immune reactions, thyroid inflammation can be reduced, and symptoms improved. Specific dietary interventions, immune system modulation, and the use of glandular supplements that provide a full spectrum of thyroid hormones and nutrients can be highly effective.


For those experiencing symptoms of thyroid dysfunction and finding their current treatments ineffective, it may be time to see an integrative medical doctor for a comprehensive evaluation. At the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine, a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating thyroid issues is taken, considering all aspects of health. Contact the center for an appointment to explore a more effective treatment plan tailored to individual needs.

The Akasha Center looks forward to helping patients achieve better health. If these symptoms are present, please reach out for a consultation.

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