Hello there, I’m Dr. Andrea Purcell and I am a naturopathic doctor. I have been helping women struggling with health and hormonal concerns reclaim their health and their life using natural medicine for over 20 years. I believe strongly in the healing power of the body and your body’s ability to heal.
The thyroid is the master gland of the body and controls most body functions. Thyroid disease can involve many aspects of health and significantly affect quality of life.
In menopause, thyroid disease affects one in every three women.
This is incredibly important when it comes to energy, body temperature, proper circulation, weight control, healthy hair, proper digestion and literally dozens of other symptoms. It affects every organ system and makes life much harder to deal with. This is mostly because in cases of hypothyroidism all body processes slow down. Metabolism is a biggie, Digestion, enzyme reactions, brain function, hair growth. A thyroid issue can come on very slowly and one day you notice that you are having a hard time losing weight, that you are relying on coffee more than you used to.
There are a number of ways the gland can misfire. It can go hyper (too high), hypo (too low), swell, develop nodules, cysts and goiters, or become autoimmune such as in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thyroid disorders are on the rise. One of the biggest issues with the mismanagement of thyroid disease is testing.
For thyroid, Conventional medicine focuses on disease management, mostly with surgery and synthetic thyroid hormone replacement. It does not focus on finding or fixing the underlying cause of thyroid disease. In many cases, lifestyle changes and supplements can make a big difference. That’s why a natural approach is important. We’ll work with you to run the proper tests to see if your glands are functioning properly and what we can do to get them back on track to restore your health. We’re not here to put a Band-Aid on the problem, it’s about learning how to help yourself so you can have the health and the life that you love. We look forward to talking with you so we can learn more about you and see if we can help.
Talk to you soon,