Specialized Alternative Thyroid Management Solutions for You

Addressing the Root Cause at its Source.

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Unique Metabolic Approach

This isn’t like anthing you have ever experienced, this simply isn’t another medication or magic natural supplement for weight loss and energy, for life. If you’ve been told that there’s no other option for you, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The ability to eliminate your hypothyroidism is real because our office locates and addresses the root, underlying cause to your problem. No cover-up pill is needed with our unique approach.

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Personalized Patient Care

By thinking outside the box and applying well-grounded science and research in thyroid physiology, we’ve put together our most advanced care in place for you. Our formula is highly specific: find the root cause and apply specific metabolic and neurological care. Simply put: personalized and patient-specific care gives your thyroid, brain, and body the best possible chance to reverse the damage that may have occured over time.

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Thyroid Symptoms

  • Tired/sluggish
  • Cold hands and/or feet
  • Require excessive amounts of sleep
  • Weight gain, even on low calorie diet
  • Gain weight easily
  • Difficult, infrequent bowel movements
  • Depression/lack of motivation
  • Thinning of outer third of eyebrows
  • Excessive hair loss
  • Mental sluggishness

6 Main Causes of Hypothyroidism

Do you STILL have thyroid symptoms, even though your lab tests may be normal? Truth is, your thyroid may not be the problem. Here are the 6 main sources of low thyroid:

  1. Hashimoto’s (Thyroid autoimmunity)
  2. Primary Hypothyroidism
  3. Decreased Pituitary gland function
  4. Excess estrogen/testosterone
  5. Thyroid hormone under-conversion
  6. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Get Back To Feeling Like Yourself Again.

Understanding The 6 Main Causes of Hypothyroidism

Only a small percentage of the time is your thyroid gland the entire culprit for your hypothyroid symptoms. Thyroid disorders are commonly misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and improperly managed. At our office we look at the entire person and address the underlying root causes that give you the answers you’ve been looking for.

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Hashimoto's (Thyroid autoimmunity)

The most common (up to 80-90%) cause of hypothyroidism is due to autoimmune disease to the thyroid gland, called Hashimoto’s disease. In this instance, addressing the underlying reasons and factors that are influencing why your immune system is attacking your thyroid gland must be evaluated. This is necessary for you to have any chance at improving your health.

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Excess Estrogen/Testosterone

Very few doctors take into account that estrogen and testosterone will directly affect your metabolism by influencing the availabilty of thyroid hormones. These reproductive hormones will affect the transportation of thyroid hormones throughout the body. It may be very important in your thyroid case to evalate this mechanism.

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Primary Hypothyroidism

This condition is due to and underfunctioning thyroid gland in which it doesn’t make adequate amounts of thyroid hormones. In this instance, an elevated TSH will be seen via blood test. Thyroid medication will be needed, however many nutritional and metabolic factors can influence the effectiveness of your thyroid gland and its ability to have appropriate function. 

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Thyroid Hormone Conversion

A majority of what is produced by the thyroid gland is a metabolically inactive thyroid hormone, T4. A healthy liver and gastrointestinal tract converts T4 into T3. This is a very important process because it’s T3 which gives your metabolism the fuel it needs. Scenarios of dysbiosis (imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria), inflammation and stress can all lead to thyroid hormone under-conversion.

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Decreased Pituitary Gland Function

The pituitary gland is an endocrine gland that lives at the base of the brain. It’s output is important in thyroid physiology and when it’s ability to function appropriately is diminished, hypothyroidism and low thyroid symptoms may follow. Factors such as stress, inflammation, neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine), and the hippocampus (memory center in the brain) all impact the pituitary.

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS has been established as the “great mimicker of hypothyroidism.” PCOS can be seen in a female that has multiple cysts on the ovaries, has increased testosterone, or loss of menstrual cycle. A female will promote this condition when she gets insulin surges, seen in Insulin Resistance.  The insulin surge will convert the estrogen into testosterone.

Meet the Doctor and his Unique Integrative Approach

“I’m Lucas Gafken DC, DACNB and I want to share some extremely important information in regards to hypothyroidism and it’s root causes here in America.  I take a unique approach that is research-based and at the forefront of health care.  As one of just a dozen national speakers for Dr. Datis Kharrazian (author of ‘Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal’) and Apex Seminars, my natural approach, management and therapies reflect the most up-to-date and cutting-edge approach in the world of functional medicine and functional neurology.  Taking a look at the whole person, listening to their symptoms, and addressing the underlying root cause is exactly how I’m able to help patients.”

“As a chiropractic neurologist and an authority in functional medicine, I’ve seen the healing potential my patients have when we address the real reasons why their health is so poor. The avenue for success in our office is due to our abiltiy to evaluate the whole person. A complex web of interaction occurs between the nervous system, immune system, and endocrine (hormone) system and when these three systems lose appropriate communication you are left with weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, cold hands and/or feet, hair loss, constipation, and depression that doesn’t fully heal from medications.”

Most Times, Thyroid Isn't The Problem

In very few instances is the thyroid the only culprit as to why you don’t feel your best. Our office realizes that there can be other reasons why your thryoid may not be functioning the way it should. So if you’re still experiencing hypothyroid symptoms, even if you’ve been told that your labs are normal, there’s a really good chance something else can explain why you don’t feel great. We are here to take a deeper look at your case and uncover these underlying reasons. 

Hashimoto's Explained

Hypothyroidism is due to an autoimmune reaction against the thyroid, little of which is ever addressed by traditional management of thyroid disorders. Thyroid replacement hormones, as well as nutritional thyroid glandulars, have no impact on influencing your immune system. Despite how common this condition may be, very few fully understand how to correctly manage this condition.