This guide will detail the diagnosis and holistic treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Holistic means treating the whole body, and not just a single part. Thyroid disease often begins some place else other than the thyroid gland. Too much focus on "treating hypothyroidism" can lead to accumulation of general information, which although valuable, is nonetheless not always helpful at treating the individual.
The question is not how to treat hypothyroidism per se. It is rather; how to treat the individual who presents with hypothyroidism as part of a larger clinical picture.
I have attempted to be concise. However, thyroid disease is by its nature complex. In order to make this guide useful I included detail beyond what you would find on health tip web sites.
This guide is not:
- A series of health tips. You can those all over the Internet.
- Selling some miracle cure thyroid supplement.
- Selling a specific protocol that will work for everyone.
What this guide is:
A detailed review of the causes and treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, based up my education as a naturopathic doctor, professional seminars attended, and experience working with thyroid patients.
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism Symptoms
The thyroid is a gland in the neck whose main job is to produce thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone stimulates cellular activity and metabolic rate. The metabolic rate is how much energy each cell produces. Too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) causes symptoms of having too little energy. Too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) will causes symptoms of elevated metabolic rate.
Lab testing for thyroid disorders is not an exact science. Reference ranges for is considered "normal" are far to large. Both symptoms and labs need to be considered.
Thyroid Disease symptoms
The following are not comprehensive lists of all symptoms, just some of the most common ones.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Fatigue, lethargy
- Weight gain
- Dry, coarse skin
- Cold intolerance
- Swelling of hands, legs and face
- Chronic infections
- Postnasal drip(especially in the back of the throat)
- Muscle cramps
- Arthralgia(joint pain)
- High cholesterol
- Abnormal blood sugar
- Parasthesia (sensation of tingling or numbness, feeling “pins and needles”) 
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:
- Heat intolerance
- Increased appetite but weight loss
- Fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle weakness
- Tired, but unable to sleep
- Protrusion of the eyeballs (exopthalmos)