Barbara Griffin, NMD Outlines How to Get an Accurate Diagnosis of Thyroid Function and Why Inflammation in the Body Plays a Key Role

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Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Specialist, and Director of Vital Health, Inc. outlines what tests and factors need to be considered when diagnosing thyroid function and how inflammation levels in the body play a key role.

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Functional blood ranges, metabolic dysfunction, inflammation levels throughout the body are just a few of the complex mechanism that need to be studied.

Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Specialist, and Director of Vital Health, Inc. outlines what tests and factors need to be considered when diagnosing thyroid function and how inflammation levels in the body play a key role. The thyroid is a powerful gland located on the front part of the neck below the Adam's apple. The gland produces thyroid hormones, which regulate body metabolism. Thyroid hormones are important in regulating body energy, the body's use of other hormones and vitamins, and the growth and maturation of body tissues. Getting proper diagnosis and treatment for proper thyroid function is challenging since the thyroid affects and is in-turn affected by so many critical parts of the body.

“Most people do not realize that the small butterfly shaped gland in their neck is responsible for producing a hormone receptor that connects with every cell in the human body. This means that if the thyroid gland, or the hormones it produces are not working right, they can suffer from a host of symptoms,” began Dr. Griffin.

Common Thyroid Dysfunction Symptoms:

  •     heart palpitations
  •     fatigue
  •     depression
  •     insomnia
  •     cold hands and/or feet
  •     require excessive amounts of sleep
  •     easy weight gain
  •     difficult or infrequent bowel movements
  •     hair loss
  •     inward trembling

Dr. Griffin continued, “Having even a couple of the symptoms mentioned above can affect the quality of a person’s life. The current medical approach for diagnosing a thyroid condition is 50 years old. What is more concerning is that for many physicians they only recognize and look at one type of hypothyroid cause when there are actually 24 specific underlining conditions in the body that can cause hypothyroidism. As a result, proper testing is essential. Testing needs to be comprehensive; with more than traditional blood analysis being considered. Functional blood ranges, metabolic dysfunction, inflammation levels throughout the body are just a few of the complex mechanism that need to be studied.”

A pathological range is used to diagnose disease. This is the range that is used by most laboratories testing such as a CBC. In the case of detecting a thyroid disorder, the pathological range used by physicians is approximately 0.5 to 5.0. (http://www.thyroid.about.com) If a person’s thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was between that level, he/she thyroid would be considered fine. A functional range is used to assess risk for disease before it develops. The functional range for a person’s thyroid level is 1.8 to 3.0. Dr. Griffin added, “Looking at the functional range is important, because if a person’s functional range is out of the norm, and if symptoms are already present, by actively supporting the body with proper nutrients, vitamins and supplements it can help stop the body from progressing to reaching the pathological range, and full blow thyroid disease.”

Natural healing occurs when the human body has all of the tools it needs to repair, heal, and care for itself. When inflammation is present, it causes havoc on the body and can lead to a number of negative symptoms and disrupts normal organ function. One of the modalities Dr. Griffin uses at Vital Health is Electro-dermal Screening (EDS). Medical research is now proving that EDS is a powerful tool in helping people gain insight to the health of key organs within the body, as well as food and environmental sensitivities.

Dr. Griffin continued, “Just as an EKG machine measures the electrical activity of the heart, EDS measures these same electrical pathways to provide critical information about organs and body systems. EDS can help recognize a patient’s organ dysfunction even before physiological symptoms manifest themselves. The scan shows how much stress an organ’s meridian is under and can aid Dr. Griffin in determining what can be helpful in eliminating the imbalance. It can detect inflammation within the body and it can be used to identify food and environmental sensitivities as well.”

Dr. Griffin explained that since the thyroid can affect a number of organ systems it is important identify all of the areas of the body that are inflamed. There are other areas of metabolic dysfunction such as gut dysbiosis, food intolerances, adrenal dysfunction, thyroid antibodies and radiation exposure that all play into optimal thyroid function.

Looking at the functional blood range of the thyroid, total body inflammation on major organ systems, vitamin D levels, food intolerances, and other body dysfunctions may indicate the need for nutritional supplementation or medical intervention. Neither the EDS screening, nor Barbara Griffin provide medical diagnoses or medical treatment. Follow-up with your medical doctor before beginning any new plans is strongly recommended.

About Vital Health, Inc.:
At Vital Health, Inc. Dr. Griffin integrates a whole body approach with the intention of facilitating wellbeing and optimal amongst her clients. Dr. Griffin’s specialties include: traditional naturopathy, nutrition, EAV Meridian Stress Assessment, Food Sensitivity Screening, Environmental Screenings, Iridology, SKASYS, Live Blood Cell Analysis as well as established integrative therapies such as Neuroemotional Therapy, Neuromodulation Technique, Cold Laser Therapy, Emotional Stress Integration and Neuro-link Technique. In addition, Jade Derma Ray Lymphatic Massage and BioCleanse Foot Detox are also available at Vital Health, Inc. For more information please visit Vital Health’s website at http://www.vitalhealth.org.

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