Dr. Lane has created a Thyroid Healing program that addresses the complex nature of thyroid disease in a way that empowers her clients to take control of their thyroid health. We believe the thyroid can be healed for many people once the primary trigger has been identified and treated. For others, pharmaceutical therapy continues to be necessary but this doesn’t eliminate the need to determine the primary issue so that worsening disease or additional issues do not arise. Thyroid disease is nearly always autoimmune, meaning the primary issue is not thyroid dysfunction, but rather an autoimmune attack on your thyroid. Dr. Lane’s program goes beyond treatment of the current issue, or just the symptoms, and addresses long-term health.
One of every ten Americans is estimated to have thyroid disease, but many go undiagnosed because it can be a quiet epidemic. The thyroid regulates the energy level of every cell in your body, so when the thyroid malfunctions, you can develop symptoms involving any part of your body but not any one issue specifically. You may feel tired, anxious, become forgetful, depressed or have a foggy mind if your brain is more affected. You may have heart palpitations, feel cold frequently, gain or lose weight, discover brittle nails, dry skin, or loss of hair may fall out all dependent upon how your body responds to a dysfunctioning thyroid. You may even have “normal thyroid labs” but still feel miserable. Conventional medical doctors often only assess the bare minimum labs and therefore, misdiagnose. Furthermore, when the disorder is identified, “conventional medicine focuses on restoring normal thyroid function through the use of supplemental hormones. If we are to use the analogy of a cup with a hole in it that is leaking liquid to symbolize the depletion of thyroid hormones, conventional medicine does not consider the source of the leak (autoimmune destruction), simply, it keeps adding more water into the cup” (Wentz, 2013, p 36).
Is your doctor educating you?
Have you considered the root cause of your thyroid health, or were you simply provided pharmaceutical management? Synthroid is not a cure. It is a band-aid that ignores the fact that your thyroid is sending alarm bells about your body’s overall health. Let’s work to discover why your thyroid is struggling. Why is it under attack? Many have an autoimmune issue which should not be ignored, and can be corrected.
Do you understand thyroid hormones and how to measure them? Do you understand the purpose of the thyroid, its function, and why it is often called the “canary in the coal mine?” Do you understand iodine, how it works within the body and if it is beneficial or harmful for those with thyroid conditions? Are you familiar with the foods that can cause thyroid inflammation? What pharmaceuticals are available – synthetic or natural – and among those, are you familiar with which one might be best for your needs? Have you considered allergies, toxins, or your lifestyle as causes of your thyroid dysfunction or even another condition entirely? Have you considered the possibility of other underlying issues, such as adrenal health, lupus, lyme disease, CMV, mono, or parasites, even H. pylori as potential causes?
Can your practitioner also treat my thyroid condition?
Dr. Lane has a wealth of experience in primary management of various thyroid disorders. As primary care providers for women, she is happy to manage your thyroid treatment, including laboratory and pharmaceutical needs. If preferred, or for our male clients, we can collaborate with your chosen provider. Either way, you deserve to be educated.
Thyroid management can be tricky for the best of clinicians. According to a 2003 survey by thyroid health advocate Mary Shomon, over half of all thyroid sufferers are unsatisfied with their treatment. Some are never given the best medication for their needs. Others start out well, but grow worse as their prescribed medication fails to keep up with their changing conditions. Yet others are on the right medication but are prescribed the wrong dose. Dr. Lane can help you determine which regimen best suits your individual needs, which may change over time. You should never settle for less than optimal treatment. With all the options available for treating hypothyroidism, you should be able to lead a life just as rich and symptoms free as that of anyone with a perfectly healthy thyroid.
Unlike physicians who are trained to quickly diagnose and prescribe pharmaceuticals, Dr Lane’s training is holistic. As a nurse, she focuses on the client, their individual needs, and creating a plan that integrates a mirage of resources. As an advanced practice nurse, she can also diagnose and prescribe where appropriate. Her functional medicine education causes her to dig deep into the root of the problem, and unlike chiropractors and naturopaths, Dr. Lane can combine both conventional and natural therapies into a truly integrative approach to thyroid management.
There are no official “Thyroid Specialists.” Endocrinologists certainly see their fair share of people with thyroid conditions, but they also focus on a number of other endocrine disorders. As a result, most don’t have the time to look into holistic methods to help their patients. And to be frank, most don’t have the desire to use natural treatment methods on their patients. Chiropractors and naturopaths ask themselves, “what is the actual cause of this condition?” However, they lack the primary care training to move beyond natural remedies and addressing the nervous system. As an advanced practice nurse with functional medicine training, Dr. Lane is in a unique position to address your thyroid health.
Desire Healing & Empowerment?
Join Dr. Lane’s discussion on Understanding the Thyroid and learn how you can gain this important education and work towards thyroid healing. Our practice offers a very in-depth program of care that offers:
- consultations with the functional minded clinician to review health history, review labs and obtain a limited physical exam;
- either primary management of your thyroid condition including evaluating labs and diagnostics with pharmaceutical management or collaboration with your chosen provider;
- a full educational curriculum including eight two hour classes; and a
- grocery store tour.
Radioactive iodine treatment was the treatment method of choice for 68% of physicians in the United Statements, 22% of European physicians, and only 11% of Japan physicians in one study. American physicians are clearly eager to remove organs. While we can live without our uterus, gallbladder, appendix, and tonsils, nobody can live without their thyroid without depending entirely on synthetic hormones. The thyroid is one of the last organs we should be quick to eliminate. Explore your options and feel comfortable with your decision.
What have attendants thought of our thyroid classes?
Listen to previous attendants after attending one of the eight classes in our Healing Your Thyroid program.
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Why Dr. Lane Doesn’t Recommend Self-Treating
We are big advocates of taking control of your own healthcare and educating yourself so you can make informed decisions. Natural treatments are our preference and because so many conventional practitioners aren’t comfortable utilizing, or even supporting complementary medicine, we can empathize with trying to take this on yourself. However, natural supplements and herbs can invite risks of their own. Don’t assume that because they are natural, they are safe. You certainly don’t want to manage titrating your thyroid medications either, and abruptly stopping them can be exceedingly dangerous.
Dr. Lane has read a plethora of books on the issue, and many are great, but there are also some very popular texts that just aren’t sound. Many of these books aren’t written by healthcare professionals, and even when they are, they aren’t often primary healthcare providers. Meaning they may be an expert in nutrition or botanicals, but don’t have the expertise to evaluate and manage complex endocrine disorders. Even when learning from the best, treatment plans will vary depending on the unique nature and presentation of each person. It is extremely difficult to come up with a plan that will work simply based on the information you read on a website or a book.
Many people choose to self-treat their condition because they figure they will save money by taking this approach, but keep in mind that your investment in the various supplements and educational material may prove not to be fruitful and you’ll likely end up needing expert guidance later into the disease process. This may increase costs in the end, and not just financially. You may sacrifice optimal health. The body is very complex, particularly the endocrine system. Our goal is to work with you to help you understand the various thyroid conditions, and specifically your unique situation, as well as how you can utilize natural treatment options and lifestyle modifications to improve your health.
Can I utilize your services if I don’t live locally?
Telemedicine is the wave of the future! There are a plethora of resources today that can assist in creating a “face-to-face” consultation without actually entering our office. These have worked exceptionally well in our experience and do not increase cost to you what-so-ever. There simply aren’t a lot of practitioners who special in endocrine disorders so this has become a more common practice for Dr. Lane. It may be necessary to get a head-to-toe assessment with a local practitioner, and potentially labs or pharmaceutical management, but consultations and education can easily be conducted remotely.