Why Toy with the Thyroid


The thyroid is the organ that is primarily responsible for the rate of metabolic activity. It also impacts on protein synthesis, digestion, absorption, and calcium regulation. The thyroid can be easily affected by the environment, toxins, heavy metals, perceived stress, gut imbalances, as well as several thyroid-oriented diseases including Hashimoto’s and Graves.


If the thyroid isn’t working properly, we may experience a great many symptoms including anxiety, changes in weight, palpitations, insomnia, appetite changes, muscle weakness, increased intolerance of temperature extremes, fatigue, etc.  Anomalies in thyroid performance is a  significant reason why patients come to The Body Guard Clinic for individualized treatment.


The thyroid needs the right balance of iodine, selenium, tyrosine, zinc, selenium, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, et al., to function properly. This is very much the area of naturopathy and nutrition. Naturopaths also have access to additional tools such as herbal medicines which can help reduce thyroid antibodies as well as help the thyroid adjust metabolic activity. Exercise, nutrition, diet, and meditation can also contribute to adjusting and optimizing thyroid performance.


My experience at The Body Guard clinic suggests that the basic standard TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) test most often ordered by GPs (who can be restricted in their choice of tests due to limitations imposed by Medicare) is generally inadequate in assessing thyroid performance. I have had many patients who have had what might have been considered perfect TSH results from a lab margin point of view but nevertheless they are still experiencing hyper or hypo tendencies and symptoms. Generally, we need to do testing additional to the TSH as alone, it can be a little misleading.


These are the steps that I like to consider when investigating thyroid function (although not necessarily all of them unless absolutely warranted) :-

  • Visual examination of the patient as well as a full consultation.

  • Tissue mineral analysis (HTMA)

  • Comprehensive blood test of Thyroid hormones (Full Thyroid Panel)

  • Functional microbiome test

  • Multi mineral blood tests

  • And if required:-

    • Ultra sound of Thyroid (requires a referral from a medical Dr)


If you feel you need your thyroid performance investigating or are suspicious that you may have symptoms caused by a dysfunctional or imbalanced thyroid, please phone me at The Body Guard Clinic on 07-31512183 (or email christine@thebodyguard.com.au). I can help.



Thyroid: DBCLS 統合TV [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


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