Understanding the Two Types of Thyroid Problems - Aspire Natural Health

Understanding the Two Types of Thyroid Problems

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In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-Some of the most common thyroid questions we get at ANH
-The two big buckets all thyroid problems can be divided into…
-…so you can understand whether you need to take or be on thyroid medication for a short while or the rest of your life

Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health

And in this quick video I want to talk to you about your thyroid. At Aspire Natural Health we see a lot of people with thyroid issues.

The fact is that thyroid problems are disturbingly common in our society.

Some of the most common reasons are autoimmunity, toxicity, nutrient deficiencies, and other hormonal problems.

We often get questions like: Does everyone need to take thyroid hormones? Can I stop taking my hormones? And why is my thyroid having an issue?

To better understand questions like these, it helps to divide thyroid problems into two big buckets.

These buckets are: 1. Functional thyroid problems and 2. Pathological thyroid problems.

Let’s unpack what that means.

Pathology is the study of disease, so a pathological thyroid problem is going to be a thyroid issue where there is significant disease present.

This can range from autoimmune damage to the thyroid in Hashimoto’s, to the hyperthyroidism of Graves disease, to thyroid cancers or tumors, or diseases in other organs of the body that are causing thyroid problems.

Generally the conventional medical community is pretty good about finding these issues and so most people with pathological thyroid issues are aware of it.

The other bucket are your functional thyroid problems. In a functional problem there is no ‘disease’ present and if you look at the thyroid you’re not going to see it looking ‘messed up’. But it’s not working or functioning in the way it’s supposed to and that’s why you’re having the symptoms you are.

If you have a lot symptoms of a messed up thyroid and you’ve had the proper tests done and they’ve told you your thyroid is fine, chances are you may have a functional thyroid problem.

When we look at questions like what’s going on for a person and whether they’re going to need thyroid medication we’re looking at whether they have a functional or a pathological thyroid issue.

Let me give you a couple of examples:

Linda (not her real name) came to see us with long-standing Hashimoto’s. For anyone who’s listening who doesn’t know what Hashimoto’s disease is, Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease where your body’s immune system is attacking your thyroid. Over time the autoimmunity chips away at your thyroid destroying it.

Now my personal experience has been that if someone has active Hashimoto’s that’s been going on for more than 5 years, their chances of getting completely off of thyroid medication are quite low.

Linda had been dealing with Hashimoto’s for more than a decade, and she was not able to stop her thyroid medication without feeling terrible. Her thyroid had just been too damaged over the years by her immune system. Our bodies have a tremendous ability to heal and rebuild themselves, but there are limits, and a frustrating reality check is that we’re not always going to be able to heal everything, as much as we want to.

What we did find with Linda was that by finding the right type of thyroid medication we were able to help her feel better, by working on her digestion we found she actually needed less thyroid medication, and by working on the rest of her, after all Linda wasn’t just a thyroid but a person, we were able to take care of other issues that were going on for her. Linda was a happy camper.

That’s a pathological thyroid problem.

In contrast, Mary (also not her real name) came to us with many of the symptoms of low thyroid. We did a comprehensive evaluation which showed that her thyroid was not working well, but there were no signs of pathologic issues going on.

As we began to work with her, we decided, because her fatigue and symptoms were dramatically interfering with her life to do 3 months of thyroid medication while we worked on the underlying causes. The thyroid medication helped her feel significantly better, and she did the ‘root cause’ work. At the end of 3 months we were able to wean her off the medication and she continued to feel great.

Mary’s thyroid had a problem, it wasn’t working right, but not because it was broken, but because of other issues she had going on, like an inappropriate diet for her, high stress levels, and other hormonal dysfunctions.

So there you have it…

Not everyone with thyroid problems needs to be on thyroid medication, or needs to be on it long-term.

And some people absolutely DO need to be on thyroid medication.

One of the keys to understanding whether you need to be on thyroid medication or not is understanding whether you have a pathological or functional thyroid issue, and a good practitioner should help you be able to do that!

If you’d like to know more about your thyroid, I’d like to offer you an audio recording of a lecture I gave on what the real holistic treatment of your thyroid looks like. All you need to do is click the button below and fill out the short form and we’ll happily send that to you for FREE. So please, click down below.

At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at treating digestive issues and autoimmune diseases. If that’s you, we’d love to connect.

We offer a no-obligation no-pressure chat to see if we can help you, and if we’re the right fit to work together.

If we are, we’ll move forward, and if we’re not, we’ll do our best to connect you with the person who can best help you.

You have nothing to lose, so call us now at 425-202-7849 or email us at info@aspirenaturalhealth.com.

Until next time folks…Take care!


At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people suffering with digestive issues and autoimmunity.

Are you looking for help?

Email us at info@aspirenaturalhealth.com or call us at 425-202-7849.

The first step of our process is to see if we’re a good fit for one another. If we are, we’ll talk about next steps. If not, that’s okay, and we’ll do our best to help you find the right person.

Everything is no-obligation and no-pressure, so you don’t have to worry. You have nothing to lose!

Call us at 425-202-7849 or email us info@aspirenaturalhealth.com now!

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