Thyroid Disorders



Have you been told your labs are normal only to suffer from the same thyroid symptoms you had before you began hormone therapy?

Are you aware that EVERY cell in your body has receptor sites for thyroid hormone? Are you aware that the most common cause of hypothyroidism is NOT a problem in your thyroid gland but in your immune system? If your immune system is attacking your thyroid what ELSE is it attacking?

This very important component of the body has a direct impact on the metabolism that is experienced in the body. Individuals that suffer from issues with this gland may suffer from several different health complications. These include, but are not at all limited to, issues with the weight, the mood, and the energy that is experienced by the person.

Here are some common warning signs:

  • Fatigue
  • Increase in weight gain even with low-calorie diet
  • Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Overly sensitive to cold weather
  • Poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet
  • Muscle cramps while at rest
  • Catches colds and other viral/bacterial problems easily and has difficulty recovering
  • Wounds heal slowly
  • Require excessive amount of sleep to function properly
  • Chronic digestive problems (hypochlorhydria)
  • Itchy dry skin
  • Dry or brittle hair
  • Hair falls out easily
  • Edema, especially facial (myxedema)
  • Loss of outside portion of eyebrows

Many individuals experience symptoms of thyroid disease and do not even realize that the experiences they are having could indicate a potentially dangerous complication. The thyroid is a relatively small gland that is located in the lower region of the neck. Its sole responsibility is to secrete certain hormones throughout the body. There are two specific hormones that are released by this specific gland.

The first is known as “Thyroxine” or “T4″ and the second is known as “Triiodothyronine” or “T3″. The hormones that are released are responsible for delivering energy to the various cells in the body. There are many complications that may occur with the thyroid.

The implications of the thyroid on the rest of your body are vast.

The thyroid directly supports the following systems:

  • Bone metabolism
  • Immune System
  • Brain/Nervous System
  • Endocrine System (adrenal glands, ovaries, testes)
  • Gastrointestinal function
  • Liver and gallbladder
  • Growth/Sex hormones
  • Fat Burning
  • Insulin and Glucose Metabolism
  • Healthy cholesterol levels
  • Proper stomach acid

Thyroid “Cross Talk” Between Systems

The thyroid relies upon other organs and systems just as these systems rely upon it. We call this “cross-talk” between the systems. “Cross Talk” happens between the following systems:

Thyroid & Immune System

Thyroid & Gut

Thyroid & Brain

Thyroid & Endocrine System

Everyone affects the other! They do not act separately!

Thyroid Basics

The Hypothalamus sends a signal to the pituitary gland via TRH. The Pituitary gland sends a signal to Thyroid via TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). TSH causes enzyme TPO to stimulate the release of T4 (93%) and T3 (7%). These hormones ride the “taxicab”- thyroid binding globulin (TBG).

Thyroid Hormone Conversion

In the liver, 60% of T4 is converted to T3. A poor liver function will cause poor T4 to T3 conversion. 20% of T4 is sent to gut to be converted to T3. If you have poor gut flora it will cause poor conversion of T4 to T3. Also, 20% of T4 is sent to peripheral cells for conversion to T3 using 5’deiodinase enzyme. A small percentage T4 goes to Reverse T3.

A True Thyroid Functional Laboratory Test

Are you aware that there are 11 lab markers to properly evaluate your thyroid yet almost all doctors only order two?

  • TSH (this is what conventionally is ordered)
  • Total T4 (Thyroxine)

But what about these tests?

  • Total T4 (thyroxine)
  • FTI (free thyroxine index) (amount of T4 available)
  • FT4 (free thyroxine) (affected by prescription drugs)
  • T3 Uptake (How much of T3 is taken up by TBG)
  • FT3 (free triiodothyronine) (Active Thyroid Hormone)
  • Reverse T3 (Body cannot use)
  • TPO and TBG Antibodies (Hashimoto’s)
  • TSH Antibodies (Grave’s disease)
  • TBG levels

How can you manage health without all the information? Burning out the thyroid gland with hormone replacement is a 50-year-old model.

In order to manage your health, you need to look at the causes of the problem…not just the symptoms.


There are 6 Major Thyroid Patterns

  1. Primary hypothyroidism
  2. Hypothyroidism secondary to hypo pituitary
  3. Thyroid under conversion
  4. Thyroid over conversion – decreased TBG
  5. TBG elevation from contraceptives/HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
  6. Thyroid resistance

I. Primary Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland gets lazy and the pituitary gland tries to “kick it into gear” by pumping extra TSH (high TSH). This is the only pattern of the six that may need HRT (Hashimotos may need it too).

II. Hypothyroidism is Secondary to Pituitary Hypofunction

The pituitary gets “lazy” (low TSH below 1.8) for many reasons:

  • Chronic stress fatigues the gland
  • Hormone pills including Synthroid
  • Creams with Estrogen
  • Postpartum depression; pregnancy can fatigue the Pituitary Gland
  • Fluctuating insulin/glucose levels (Adrenal Gland fatigue)

III. Thyroid Under-Conversion

The gland is making enough T4 but there is a decrease in the conversion from T4 to the active form T3 (low T3). Why? Chronic Adrenal Stress gives rise to increased cortisol which suppresses T4 to T3 conversion. This is due to chronic infection/ inflammation. This condition is often missed because low T3 doesn’t affect TSH only T4 does and T3 is rarely checked for with the blood test.

IV. Thyroid Over-Conversion and Decreased TBG

Too much active T3 is made and is overwhelming the cells or too little TBG which means too much free T3. Why? The No. 1 cause is insulin resistance, especially in women. The cells are not “listening” to insulin so more insulin is secreted. This increases testosterone levels in females resulting in too much free T3 and too little TBG.

V. Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG) Elevation

Too much TBG in the blood and thus too little free T3. Why? Oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement therapy causes an increase in estrogen which leads to increases in TBG.

VI. Thyroid Resistance

Pituitary and Thyroid glands are fine and so are the hormone levels. However, the hormones aren’t getting into the cells. Why? Chronic stress response stimulates the adrenal glands to produce too much cortisol which causes cells to be resistant to thyroid hormones.

Nutritional support if caught early can reverse these problems- we use proper testing and specialized nutritional compounds to do this!

Thyroid Dysfunction is a Sign of Metabolic Dysfunction… Proper Testing is Crucial!

Complete Metabolic Profile

  • Includes complete thyroid profile, including thyroid antibodies
  • Vitamin D levels
  • Anemia
  • Kidney Function

Immune Panels

  • Checking for immune imbalance (TH1 vs TH2)

Adrenal Stress Index (salivary)

  • 24-hour cortisol levels

Food Sensitivity Test (stool)

  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Yeast
  • Egg

Stool Microbial Ecology Profile

  • Gut infections
  • Parasites
  • Yeast

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Autoimmune hypothyroid) and Grave’s Disease (Autoimmune Hyperthyroid)

These are not Thyroid problems! It is an immune system problem! Your immune system is mistakenly attacking TPO or TBG (Hashimotos) or TSH (Graves Disease). There is an imbalance in your immune system that needs to be addressed.

You need proper testing to first find out the cause of your immune problem- then you can take care of it.

Why would your immune system do this?

  1. Dysregulation:

The immune system is imbalanced because of stressors to it.

  • Chronic inflammation
  • Bad blood sugar
  • Bad adrenal glands
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Neurological imbalances

2. Active Antigen:

The immune system is imbalanced due to an “invader” aka an antigen

  • Chronic infection (bacterial, viral, mold)
  • Parasite in gut
  • Gluten sensitivity
  • Environmental toxins
  • Undigested food

Triad of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

  1. Antibodies to TPO/TBG
  2. Gluten Sensitivity
  3. Antibodies to the intrinsic factor protein which leads to lowered B12 which lead to pernicious anemia.

What Makes Our Office Different From Every Other Doctor That You Have Seen?

Functional Medicine!

Based on lab findings our nutritional products are dispensed to support the biochemical pathways for healing in:

  • Gut
  • Thyroid and Adrenals
  • Liver and biliary
  • Anemias
  • Sugar regulation
  • Autoimmune Regulation

We manage the brain misfiring and metabolic dysfunctions.

With periodic re-testing it lets us know we are on the right track.

We look at all of your test results to find the causes of your problems. We do not just care for your symptoms.

We bring together all the pieces and treat the Whole Person!

Your INITIAL exam at Chicago Natural Health Care will include:

  • A thorough case history
  • A complete functional health examination
  • A comprehensive look at any recent blood work you have had done to determine what testing still needs to be done
  • A comprehensive analysis of  findings
  • A written recommendation for a treatment plan, if we feel we can help you. This management plan will be specifically designed for your unique case.

If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for our breakthrough procedures for treating thyroid problems give us a call to schedule your evaluation and consultation.

We help patients who are suffering from Thyroid Disorders all over Chicago including these neighborhoods and areas:

Chicago, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Oak Park, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Des Plaines, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Schaumburg, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Naperville, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Wilmette, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Elgin, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Logan Square Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Gold Coast Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Lakeview Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Old Town Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Edgewater Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

West Loop Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Winnetka, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Glencoe, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Northfield, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Highland Park, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Lincoln Park Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

River North Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Streeterville Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Wicker Park Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Evanston, IL Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Bucktown Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

West Town Chicago Hashimoto’s Disease, Low Thyroid, Hypothyroidism

Who We Are

Welcome to Chicago Natural Health Care, located in the heart of Chicago, where we use a modern, research-based approach to manage and help people optimize their health. 




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Chicago, IL 60647


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