THYROID AND ADRENAL
BodyLogicMD of San Diego – Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Integrative Medicine
Serving all of San Diego County including Coastal San Diego, Downtown San Diego, North County, East County and South Bay as well as neighboring counties including Riverside County and Imperial County, and Mexico. Dr. Center also does “virtual consultations” on-line or via phone for patients who live in other parts of the country as well as foreign patients.
The thyroid gland is an H shaped organ found at the front of your neck. It secretes hormones that directly affect how our body functions – how we use energy, how we produce heat, and how we consume oxygen. When someone has an overactive thyroid they are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include irritability, diarrhea, anxiety, muscle weakness, and intolerance to heat, among other unpleasant symptoms.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the body does not produce enough thyroid hormones, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue (especially in the morning), sluggishness, constipation, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, weight gain, cold body temperature and even depression.
Many patients are not truly hypothyroid but their thyroid is not functioning optimally, even if they are on medication, and greatly benefit from thoughtful thyroid management.
As you can see, it is extremely important to take care of the thyroid and correct these imbalances so that you can feel like you did when you did not have any thyroid problems.
The adrenal glands are located on the top of your kidneys and are responsible for several processes that happen in the body. Like the thyroid, health problems and uncomfortable symptoms can arise when the adrenal glands are not functioning normally. The adrenal glands secrete critical hormones and are regulated by the central nervous system—the brain. This includes pituitary control and, separately, the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. So when adrenal testing shows abnormalities it may not be caused by the adrenal glands themselves but from over- or under-stimulation by the brain due to some form of internal, external or emotional stress. Initially the adrenals overproduce their hormones; then they drop—this often lingers indefinitely without treatment. Excess adrenal cortisol is known as Cushing’s Disease, while very low cortisol is called Addison’s Disease. Almost al of Dr. Center’s patients do not have these advanced conditions—they have less advanced forms of adrenal malfunction that can respond to a variety of holistic approaches to bring them back to normal function. This can help prevent further adrenal decline and restore normal energy, GI function, mood, sleep and weight, among other benefits.*
All new patients receive advanced testing and a thorough review of medical history, diet and nutrition, lifestyle and environmental factors. The goal is to establish accurate diagnoses, often missing from their previous encounters with physicians. Their doctors may have recommended drugs to make them feel better, when evaluating and then correcting the underlying cause of the symptoms was really what was needed. Many patients never receive an accurate diagnosis regarding their thyroid or adrenal dysfunction and are told they are “normal.” If their thyroid is treated with medication it is usually T4, a drug that is weakly active and often will not convert into the more active form, T3. They may lack iodine and other cofactors to activate their thyroid hormones. This must be looked at and corrected.
Dr. Center uses a variety of methods to improve thyroid imbalances, including whole thyroid, compounded thyroid, and the “Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome” (WTS) protocol. Often WTS will restore normal thyroid function so lifetime thyroid hormones are not needed.
Once adrenal and thyroid imbalances are corrected his patients often find that their morning fatigue, low body temperature, mood problems, and skin, hair and nail problems dramatically improve. They also find it easier to lose weight and maintain weight loss.
If you are interested in being seen as a new patient at BodyLogicMD of San Diego and have questions that might affect your decision, including testing and consultation fees and other logistical issues, please contact BodyLogicMD of San Diego at 866-693-3291 Press 3 then 4. If Dr. Center’s assistant cannot answer your questions your message will be forwarded to him and he will respond personally.
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