The sad truth is that many doctors won’t do in-depth thyroid testing unless you ask for it. And even then, most patients don’t know what to ask for.
At Parsley Health we don’t just test your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. We routinely test your Free T4, Total T4, Free T3, Total T3, Reverse T3, Anti-thyroglobulin and anti-TPO antibodies, inflammatory markers, Vitamin D and other nutrient deficiencies .
This is how we identify thyroid problems before it’s too late and help people recognize that the weight gain and fatigue they have been suffering from isn’t normal or their fault.
One of the main things other doctors miss is that a patient may have nutrient deficiencies contributing to their continued thyroid issues.
Proper thyroid function depends on key nutrients for the production of T4 and the conversion of T4 to T3, which is the thyroid hormone that is active on the cellular level. These nutrients include: Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin D and Iron.
We also test for all of these at Parsley Health. Nearly 90% of people we treat are Vitamin D deficient. We correct these deficiencies through supplements and dietary changes (aided by our health coaches) and retest in 3-6 months as appropriate to make sure we have fixed your problem.
At Parsley Health we test for heavy metals with something called a provoked urine test, because we know that blood levels only indicate recent exposure, not total body storage. We then help people naturally detoxify using diet, supplements and lifestyle practices like saunas and mineral baths. Then we retest in 4-6 months and show that their levels have been vastly decreased.
This isn’t rocket science. For us, it is just the right way to treat patients.
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Dr. Robin Berzin is the founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin completed medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.