Thyroid Health


Dr. Matt Lewis to Speak at Tampa’s Thyroid & Autoimmune Summit

Dr Matt Lewis BioDesign Wellness Center Tampa StaffSeven of South Florida’s leading experts in the detection and treatment of chronic illnesses are set to deliver talks next week as part of the 2nd Annual Tampa Thyroid & Autoimmune Summit. And representing BioDesign Wellness Center will be our very own Dr. Matt Lewis, DACBN, CFMP®.

The summit runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Root Cause Medical Clinic in North Tampa. Besides Dr. Lewis, the daylong event features other esteemed area functional medicine practitioners, including:

According to recent research, nearly 5 percent of the nation’s population over the age of 12 suffers from hypothyroidism, with the thyroid cancer incidence per 100,000 people in Florida being 12.1 at last check. As for autoimmune diseases, there are between 80 and 100 different types, with an untold number of continue reading

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Restoring Thyroid Health: Part 2 — Hyperthyroid

Editor’s Note: Below is Part 2 in our two-part series on restoring thyroid health. As we learned in Part I of the series (which we encourage you to read before moving on to the post below) Restoring Thyroid Health: Part 1: Hypothyroid — Just shy of 15 percent of the U.S. population is expected to develop a thyroid condition at some point, while roughly 20 million people in the U.S. have a form of thyroid disease, and 60 percent of those people with thyroid disease are actually unaware of their condition.

In this part, the focus shifts to diagnosing and treating hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid).

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Symptoms of hyperthyroid include:

  • Appetite change (decrease or increase)
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased sweating
  • Irritability
  • Light menstrual or missed menstrual periods
  • Mental disturbances
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Fertility issues
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremor/shakiness
  • Vision changes
  • Weight loss-or (less likely) weight gain
  • Dizziness
  • Thinning hair
  • Itching/hives

Clinical manifestations of hyperthyroid include heart arrhythmia, rapid pulse, elevated thyroid hormones (see the next section), bulging eyes, and softening of the nail beds.

Diagnosing Hyperthyroid

Most of the patients who come to our office with hyperthyroid have already been diagnosed as having it. Diagnosis typically involves measuring the levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and the continue reading

Restoring Thyroid Health: Part 1 — Hypothyroid

According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. The ATA also points out that “undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.”

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located just below the larynx (voice box). It is part of the endocrine system — the body’s chemical (hormone) messaging system. Although it is relatively small, weighing only about 25 grams, its performance impacts every cell, tissue, and organ in the human body by regulating the body’s metabolism — the process by which the body extracts and uses energy from food.

In the endocrine system, the hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland whenever more thyroid hormone is needed. The pituitary gland then releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that tells the thyroid gland to produce the thyroid hormones Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). This process regulates numerous vital bodily functions, including the following: continue reading

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