The Ultra Thyroid Solution: What Does Mark Hyman Know About the Thyroid that Other Doctors Don’t?
Hypothyroidism — an underactive thyroid — can cause unexplained weight gain.
Sluggishness, exhaustion, brain fog and skin problems are also symptoms of a low-functioning thyroid.
But these are things a lot of people know.
In his program, Dr. Hyman discusses how the thyroid is often overlooked by doctors
In fact, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists estimates that 10% of Americans — more than the number of Americans with diabetes and cancer combined — are affected by thyroid problems.
Further, they estimate that over half of those people with a thyroid problem are not being diagnosed at all.
And for those diagnosed, the standard conventional treatment is not effective.
Bottom line — it’s a widespread problem that’s under-diagnosed, and for those fortunate to receive treatment, that treatment is often ineffective.
It can be one of the most challenging conditions to diagnose and treat, but when a doctor gets it right, it can have a dramatic affect on your health.
Moreover, hypothyroidism in particular affects premenopausal and menopausal women, but doctors can sometimes have difficulty identifying the cause.
Here’s the problem for someone who knowingly or unknowingly struggles with hypothyroidism . . .
Because most doctors are experts in acute illnesses, they often fail miserably when it comes to addressing subtle symptoms in your body that affect the quality of your life.
Anyone can diagnose a heart attack if they see someone who is pale, sweaty, clutching his or her chest, and complaining of crushing pain in the chest.
Thyroid problems, however, are COMPLETELY different.
Even if you have all the symptoms of low thyroid function, your problem can still easily be ignored.
Why does the thyroid get overlooked?
Well, historically this wasn’t the case. In the past, doctors treated thyroid diseases based on symptoms and personal exams.
Now, however, doctors rely almost completely on laboratory testing. This prevents them from diagnosing more subtle cases which are not detected by the conventional tests.
That explains why you may still feel so BAD even when your doctor tells you your TSH levels are fine.
Most doctors will shrug off symptoms like dry skin, thinning hair, sensitivity to cold, muscle soreness, decreased libido, waking up tired, constant fatigue, concentration problems, brain fog, and trouble losing weight.
However, when there is a constellation of symptoms such as these, the thyroid may play a role. More detective work is needed.
Who is Mark Hyman?
Dr. Hyman started the Institute of Functional Medicine, has had 3 books on the New York Times Best Seller List, has been featured on public television and was just on The Today Show last month. He is a doctor the Health Hound can respect (and I am not big on “alternative docs”).
He was the first U.S. doctor on the ground in Haiti and is a consultant to folks on the hill who actually care about changing our healthcare system.
His company, Ultrawellness, has an A- rating with the BBB – which means they do good business. And I haven’t been able to find any negative chatter on Dr. Hyman or his company. He also doesn’t promote miracle supplements – very rare.
More about the Book
The book provides a resource directory in the book where you can find doctors in your area who are hip to the complexity of the thyroid. If there is no one in your area, he gives you the questions to ask your doctor and the tests to request.
Knowledge is power.
So, if you have any of the issues mentioned earlier (problems like dry skin, thinning hair, sensitivity to cold, muscle soreness, decreased libido, waking up tired, constant fatigue, difficulty concentrating, brain fog, and trouble losing weight), I think investing in this book is not a bad idea.