At Minneapolis Integrative Medicine Center we are data driven. We can get to the root of your concerns by knowing exactly what is going on inside your body & base our recommendations on your biochemistry. It may sound complicated – but it’s actually really neat & useful. We take the time to explain your results to you, leaving no question unanswered. We can test practically anything and you can give blood, breath, stool, or saliva samples all in the name of science. But when you’re taking a whole-body, root cause approach to medicine, data is absolutely necessary. These are some tests you’ll find us recommending to our patients:
Comprehensive thyroid panelWhen you think of thyroid screening, you may think of a standard TSH test your doctor once ran. TSH is the hormone that comes from your brain, and messages the thyroid to keep working. Conventionally we assume that if our brain keeps telling our thyroid to work – it just will. But what this test lacks, is information about the levels of hormones our thyroid is actually producing (is it even doing its job?), and whether those hormones are being utilized by our cells. In a comprehensive thyroid panel we include:
- Free T4 – inactive hormone that is produced by the thyroid (is it producing enough?)
- Free T3 – T4 gets converted into T3 and is the active hormone that is bioavailable to be used by the cells. (can you actually convert to active form?)
- Reverse T3 – When your body cannot use the Free T3 for any reason (say, inflammation, environmental toxins, stress…) it gets converted into this inactive ‘stored’ version of T3 which is not able to be utilized.
- Thyroid Antibodies – an often underdiagnosed condition is Hashimoto’s, which is an autoimmune condition where your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. Prolonged attack can wear out your thyroid and cause constipation, hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, low libido, amongst others.
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