Archive for October, 2011

Take Action Now

Hello Everyone,

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Thyroid Success Secret #24

Take Action Now!
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Take action!  Do not think it is going to get better on its own.  See, many people think that once they are taking medication, their problem isn’t going to get any worse or there is nothing to worry about.  And this isn’t true.  The reality is you’re either getting better or your getting worse- you are not staying the same.

So if you sit and wait around for it to just go away on its own or you sit and think that you cannot do anything and that you will be just fine, you falling into a deep, dark well.  Avoid this type of thinking at all costs.  Remember to get tested, managed, and retested functionally or optimally.  Remember that M.D.’s use lab values that are very broad and wide.  And you want lab values that are much narrower, those optimal or functional levels.  Once you get properly tested and managed, then, and only then, will your symptoms go away.

Call if we can help!

Dr. Price
www.DrSeanPrice.com
850-862-2224

Control Your Health Destiny!

Hello Everyone,

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Thyroid Success Secret #23

Control Your Health Destiny!
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No one else is responsible for your health!  YOU are responsible for your health!  Take your health care into your own hands!  We are trained to believe that medical doctors know best, and what the doctor says is the best thing.  It is true, medical doctors are doctors; they have pure intentions; they treat people; and they want to help people, but the reality is that just writing a script and throwing a medication at a person isnt actually treating the patient and it isnt necessarily in the best interest of the patient.  Proper testing must be done.

With something as complex as hypothyroid or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Grave’s disease, you have to literally grab the bull by the horns and take charge.  it is your life.  It is your body.  What are you going to do for the next 30-40 years?  Are you ging to accept the status quo and continue to push from M.D. to M.D. only to find out that they have no answer for you?  It is up to you.  Nobody is going to care about you more than you.  You need to take action.  You need to get the testing done.  You need a thorough work-up.  Nothing else is going to help you with your thyroid condition more than the proper testing and treatment.

Call us if we can help!

Dr. Price
www.DrSeanPrice.com
850-862-2224

Medications As a Crutch

Hello Everyone,

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Thyroid Success Secret #22

Don’t Use Medications as a Crutch
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Are you relying solely on medication to treat your symptoms?  Ask yourself if you really think all of the medication that you are taking is actually making your body functional or healthy.  Is it really fixing your symptoms?  Think about this:  If you gave the medication that you are taking to a healhty person, would they remain healthy or would they become sick?  They would become sick!  All medications have side effects.

All you are doing with medications is covering up symptoms.  You are also creating unwanted side effects, which may in the long run make you worse.  I cannot tell you how many people I have seen in their eighties that started off with one or two medications in their thirties, ended up with four or five meds in their 50’s, and now in their 80’s they are taking thirteen to fifteem medications!

Don’t think that you need a medication to be healthy.  And do not get me wrong; I am not saying to stop taking your medications this minute.  But…as we test you and we are managing you and we are retesting you, you are bound to improve, and, eventually, you can go back to your medical doctor, and you can ask him to manage your medications appropriately (which can quite often mean discontinuing the meds or decreasing the dosage).

Our goal is to get to the cause of your problem.  We want to reverse your symptoms.  We want to get to the root cause of the malfunction in your body and get the problem taken care of…to allow your body to function properly!

Call us if we can help….

Dr. Price
www.DrSeanPrice.com
850-862-2224

Thyroid- Don’t Get Boxed In

Hi Everyone,

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Thyroid Success Secret #21

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR HEALTH CONDITION TO BE LABELED AND PLACED IN A NICE, NEAT BOX!

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Do not accept “hypothyroid” or “Grave’s Disease” as a label for all of your symptoms.  There is no simple explanation for why you have a thyroid problem.  That’s why ALL of the testing needs to be done.  When you were first diagnosed with a thyroid problem, you might have been happy to finally have somebody call it, or name it, or put it in a box.

It is scary to have symptoms that no one can explain- it leads your mind to worry.  But don’t accept the label for all your symptoms.  Remember, ALL of the tests need to be done.  If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition or hypothyroid, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, realize that there are things that can be done to help you!  There are answers out there.  The key is- you need to be tested thoroughly.  You need to be tested, correctly treated and retested.  THAT is the only way you will achieve health!

Have a great day….and call if we can help!

Dr. Price
www.DrSeanPrice.com
850-862-2224

Run All The Tests

Hello Everyone,

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Thyroid Success Secret #20

“Everything has been done?”
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Believing that all of the labs that have been done are normal can be WRONG!  I can’t tell you how many times a patient tells me that their labs are normal, and yes, they may be normal in regards to lab values, but not in regards to optimal or functional value.  Remember that I said the lab value for TSH is .35 to 5.0?  At the optimal or functional level is 1.8-3.0?  This is a huge trap that many patients fall into and they have to avoid.  They believe that all of the correct tests have been done, and that all of those tests are normal, just like their doctor said they were.

The truth is that functional testing has not been done.  You need specific lab tests.  You need a complete metabolic panel.  You need a lipid panel.  You need a complete thyroid panel that includes seven or eight thyroid tests.  And you need a CBC with auto-differential.  You need sensitivity testing done.  Sensitivity testing will determine if you are sensitive to gluten, milk, soy, egg, or yeast.  You need the immune panels done.  Remember, I said there are two parts to your immune system, TH-1 and TH-2.  You want to find out which one is working.  So you are testing those cytokines that we talked about, interleukin-2, TNF-alpha, interleukin-4 and interleukin-10.  You are testing the CD-4 – CD-8 ratio.  I know that sounds like a big term, but the CD-4-CD-8 ratio is normally between 1.2-2.4.  If it is a 2.4-2.5 or above, you have an active antigen.  There is something that is causing your immune system to run amuck.  There is something that is causing your T-cells to attack your body.

If it is below 1.2, you have a problem with disregulation, and anemic condition, a blood sugar problem, a gut function problem, or a liver function problem.  So it is important that all the tests are run.  Do not get into the false belief that everything possible has been done- if you do, then you have missed the point and you will stop searching for answers and information that will help you.

Please let us know if we can help you.

Dr. Price
www.DrSeanPrice.com
850-862-2224

Your Gut and Your Thyroid

Hello Everyone,

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THYROID SUCCESS SECRET #19

INTESTINAL FORTITUDE….LITERALLY!
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Gut function is extremely important, and can be affected by something called “Leaky Gut Syndrome” (LGS).  You may or may not have heard of it.  Leaky Gut Syndrome is where the lining of your intestines have become more pemeable, so it allows things like food particles and large molecules to permeate your system and create havoc with your immune system.  It is also important in gut function to be tested for parasites.  Many people suffer from parasites and don’t know it.

A lot of people who suffer with thyroid problems also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  They have problems with constipation or diahrea, or both.  Repairing your gut begins at the plate.  Chronic inflammation is caused by poor diet.  When you have increased intestinal permeability, another name for LGS, you will also have chronic inflammation, because a healthy GI tract is a tightly woven mesh of tissue that does not allow the absorption of bacteria, harmful foods, or undigested particleses in teh blood stream.  When you are suffering from LGS, this is exactly what is happening.

Once in the blood stream, these particles are recognized as foreign invaders or antigens, which the immune system attacks.  And, unfortunately for many people, especially those with insulin resistance, this response happens almost every time they eat, resulting in chronic inflammation or ittiable bowel syndrome.  This sets the stage for development of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s or some other autoimmune problem.

So the first step in repairing the gut is to remove the foods that are creating a chronic immune response: gluten, soy,milk, egg, yeast.  And then it is important to heal your body.  And you can heal your body with a 4R colon progra, which means removing or eliminating problems- gluten, milk, soy, yeast, or parasites- inoculating and using a probiotic.  On a 4R colon program you replace specific enzymes to repair your gut and utilize specific neurological compounds.  This is why it is important to have healthy gut function in regards to treating your thyroid.

We are here to help,

Dr. Price
www.DrSeanPrice.com
850-862-2224

Cytokines and Thyroid

Hello Everyone,

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THYROID SUCCESS TREATMENT #18

CYTOKINES
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Cytokines are the messengers that your immune system uses as part of the inflammatory process.  When a patient has an inflammatory condition like arthritis, IBS, asthma or an autoimmune condition like Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis, there are usually high levels of cytokines.

When cytokines are high, they suppress the circuit in your brain that helps you make thyroid hormones.  It suppresses your pituitary, which suppresses hte pituitary’s ability to make TSH.  And remember, I said the functional range for TSH is 1.8-3.0.  Anything outside of that is a severe thyroid condition.

Remember, I said htere are two parts to your immune system, TH-1 and TH-2.  If you have high interleukin-2, or TNF-alpha, then you are probably TH-1 dominant.  If you have high interleukin-4, or interleukin-10, you are probably TH-2 dominant.  If you are dominant with those cytokines, you are probably creating more problems for your thyroid condition.  The key is to get tested for that cytokine function to make sure everything is within the optimal or functional range.

Have a great day!

Dr. Price
www.DrSeanPrice.com
850-862-2224