Many conventionally trained clinicians will simply run a TSH test and if TSH is high regardless of other findings, and without running a confirmatory TSH will prescribe synthroid or levothyroxine. If your TSH normalizes yet your symptoms remain, your considered a success. This approach has not changed in over 40 years.
Functional Medicine Approach based on research.
The one thing that hasn't changed in the functional medicine approach based on research is new research keeps on happening.
What this means for you, unless you see a Functional Medicine doctor who keeps up with the latest research, you run the risk of wasting time and money trying to reach your health goal.
For example, the number one cause of hypothyroid is still an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's. It used to be thought "just fix your gut" and you will be healed. While this may be true for many thyroid sufferers, we now know there are many non-gut related reasons for Autoimmune problems that just "fixing your gut" will not help.
Labs for Full Thyroid Problem
Free T3 and Free T4.
Reverse T3 (rT3)
Thyroid antibodies TPO and TGB
IGG IGA IGM
High Sensitive CRP.
B12 and Methylmalonic Acid
“Thyroid sufferers gain mental clarity, lose weight, and gain energy with Dr. Kirshner’s metabolic program.”— Karin D
Danielle- CEO of ACME
I saw 4 different doctors until Dr. Kirshner figured out the cause of my Brain Inflammation.” — Danielle