Guest post by Dr. Tracy Thomas
Did you know that January is Thyroid Awareness Month?
(Well, you know now!)
And I love that. Because becoming aware of my thyroid and taking care of it literally changed my life.
Now, if you’re here on this website, there’s a chance that you already know a little about what your thyroid is (basically, your master hormonal gland), where it is (just below your Adam’s apple), and what it does for you (it’s like your body’s gas pedal, regulating your energy levels).
But few of us truly understand just how powerful this gland is until we’ve discovered what it feels like to go from having a dysfunctional thyroid to having one that operates effectively.
As a psychologist who now requires all of her clients to receive an extensive hormonal evaluation and treatment, I’ve seen people who have struggled with everything from weight gain and insomnia to anxiety and depression transform their lives.
And I know, from personal experience, what that transformation feels like.
My Thyroid Story
When I was 32, I started to notice some weight gain, even though my lifestyle hadn’t changed. I was told my thyroid was “normal,” that I was “just aging.”
At 35, I was worn out, unable to concentrate, and losing hair. My yearly physical and labs all continued to say I was in the “normal” range (and these results came from top specialists in New York City).
I felt anything BUT normal, though. By the time I was 36, I had gained 20 pounds, had a part 2 inches wide on my head due to hair loss, napped all the time, and was totally miserable. Finally, my doctor said I was “slightly out of range” and had a small thyroid issue, and he gave me a little bit of medication.
I felt a difference, but it wasn’t enough. I was still exhausted, depressed, anxious, and terrified that this would be the rest of my life. So I went on an antidepressant that made me feel blunted and flat.
I quickly decided that I did not want to exist like that.
Now that I knew my thyroid affected how I felt, I started doing my own research. I discovered that the thyroid gland is highly undervalued and extremely under treated.
I learned that there are multiple parts of the thyroid that need to be tested and treated, but most tests only look at one part – so the standard medications given (such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, or Levothyroxine) don’t treat the whole picture.
Through my research, I found recommendations for Dr. Holtorf and Holtorf Medical Group. With them, I was given the most extensive evaluation of physiology that I had ever encountered.
Results revealed that I had 8 significant hormonal issues, and that I had Hashimoto’s disease (my immune system thought my thyroid was a foreign body and was trying to kill it). My thyroid was so dysfunctional that it was unable to make use of the standard medication I had been receiving.
We started by treating everything that needed attention. Eventually, we were able to focus on just the thyroid (which runs every single part of my hormonal system).
Within less than a month of working with Holtorf Medical Group, I finally felt like myself again. I had more energy, lost 15 pounds, and found a new zest for life.
Sharing the Wealth of Wellness
I started sending family members and friends to Holtorf, and as a licensed psychologist and life coach, I now require that all of my clients get the Holtorf evaluation. Not one single person has had less than 4 issues. (Both of my parents had undiagnosed thyroid disease. They had thought they were just old and tired. Now my mom is practically swinging from the chandeliers.)
Honestly, I’ve never encountered or heard of another psychologist doing this (thinking about hormones is just not part of our training). Perhaps a therapist here or there recommends that you “get your hormones checked,” but I’ve seen, over and over again, just how powerful a more extensive evaluation can be.
And having a team of absolute experts to help balance hormones, alongside the psychological and emotional work that I do has helped my clients to overcome serious struggles. (You can get a taste of what my support looks like here.)
By taking care of their underlying hormonal issues, all of my clients and patients are able to overcome the symptoms that bring them to me in the first place – depression, anxiety, lethargy, addiction, and so much more.
In fact, the biggest issue my clients now face is having to adjust to a life of outrageous wellness. There’s a bit of an identity shift that happens when you begin to feel well all of the time. You’re suddenly able to work on purposeful living and focus on the more important priorities in your life. (Helping my clients through this shift is one of the most rewarding and most enjoyable parts of my work.)
For myself, I like to say that I now have a great relationship with my thyroid. Caring for it has changed my life, and in many ways, has saved my life. It may do the same for you.
Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month, I encourage anyone who may be feeling “off” or “not yourself” to look for proper testing and treatment. And if you can get yourself to one of Holtorf Medical Group’s locations throughout the U.S., you will get treatment from the best.
Tracy Thomas, Ph.D., is a psychologist, coach, consultant, and speaker. She knows people, and she knows how to get results, while bringing fun, humor, and a zest for life to her programs. Dr. Thomas works with individuals, couples, groups, and families, equipping them with the internal resources to lead their lives intuitively, strategically, and intentionally.
Would you like learn more about becoming the leader of your own life, so you can change your existence to one of ease and enjoyment? Check out Dr. Tracy’s website, http://www.drtracythomas.com/ for free resources. And be sure to sign up for Tracy’s free report, “Enjoy Existing: Mindset Shifts for Every Day.”