Dr. Taggart has been practicing in Kirkland for the last 20 years using metabolic testing and advanced neurological therapies to help his patients restore their health. He decided he would dedicate himself to the field of chiropractic and natural medicine after the amazing changes he noticed with his own health as a result of care as a young man.
Dr. Taggart believes very strongly in the natural ability of the body to heal itself. He uses standard diagnostic methods in conjunction with Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing) to determine causes. He utilizes adjustments, specific rehabilitative exercises, neurological brain based therapies, nutritional counseling and mind-body techniques to restore health and function.
CureJoy talked to Dr. Taggart on the critical role of the thyroid gland in maintaining the right health balance and why diagnosing and treating it early is essential to lead a healthy life.
Q: How important is the role of the Thyroid gland in maintaining the right hormonal balance?
Optimal thyroid function is critical for your overall health because every cell in your body needs thyroid hormones to function. The thyroid gland along with the rest of your hormonal system all work together to balance your body chemistry.
Q: What are the main triggers that affect Thyroid function? Are unhealthy lifestyle habits aggravating these triggers?
A Poor diet that contains processed foods, high sugar content, lacks nutrient dense fruits and vegetables puts your thyroid health at risk and your overall health as well because your thyroid and all the systems of the body need vitamins and minerals to function properly. The thyroid specifically needs adequate protein, selenium, iodine and B vitamin to make thyroid hormones.
Q: Are there indicators from the body one should look out for to diagnose thyroid imbalances early?
Since the thyroid is so important for health, when it’s not working properly there are a lot of symptoms that a person can experience. The most common are fatigue, thinning hair, feeling cold when other people aren’t, constipation, depression, chronic joint pain and an inability to lose weight even on a low calorie diet are classic low thyroid symptoms.
Q: What are the types of Thyroid imbalances and how does it impact your health and lifestyle?
Thyroid imbalance and be divided into two main categories, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is much more common. Hypothyroidism can further be separated into auto-immune thyroid and non–auto-immune. Research shows that 80-90 percent of all hypothyroidism is caused by an auto-immune disorder called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
In this disorder you immune system has become dysregulated to the point that it is attacking your thyroid gland and possibly other tissues as well. The only approach that will improve this condition is to address the immune system. Thyroid replacement therapy does not address the immune system and will not be an effective single approach to this condition. (In a future article titled. “Thyroid disease, what do you do when the medications don’t work?”) I will talk a lot more about Hashimoto’s.
The non-auto-immune thyroid condition is best handled by looking at the entire endocrine system and preforming the appropriate tests to determine what mechanisms are creating poor thyroid function.
Q: What should a person do if they suspect or already have a thyroid problem?
The most important thing to do is to find the proper natural medicine doctor who is an expert in thyroid dysfunction and make sure you run all the necessary tests to look at your entire metabolic function. Medical doctors can only offer you thyroid medications this approach may be appropriate in some cases but in most cases it fails to find the cause of why your thyroid metabolism isn’t working properly.
It is also important to know that thyroid problems are one of the most underdiagnosed and mismanaged endocrine disorders. This occurs because not enough testing is done, outdated thyroid lab ranges are used and a general fact that most doctors have not kept up on the most current research on thyroid dysfunction.
Q: What tests should be run to get a true picture of your thyroid health?
The minimum tests that should be run are:
- TSH, Free T3, T3 uptake, Thyroid antibody tests
- (TPO and TPG). In addition a Comprehensive Metabolic Profile
- Hepatic panel including Cholesterol and Triglycerides
- Complete WBC count with differential
- Iron and ferritin levels
- Vit D level
- Homocystein level
- Uric acid
Q: What if my current doctor is not cooperative in my investigation of my thyroid problems or symptoms?
If your doctor is not willing to be an advocate for you, despite the non-resolution of your symptoms then you need to find a more qualified doctor who is an expert in thyroid dysfunction and is using the latest researched based approaches. This gives you the best opportunity to reverse your symptoms and improve your thyroid health.
Q: In general what can a person do to improve their thyroid health?
Every health conditions will improve to a point with a better diet. Eat organic meats and dairy, more fruits and vegetables, increased good fats from fish and nuts. Eliminate processed food, decrease grain consumption. Consider going Gluten free, research shows a connection between gluten sensitivity and Hashimoto’s.
My sister has Hyperthyroidism, and it affected her Pituitary Gland at one time. She had milk as if she just had a baby. It affected her vision also. The Drs medicated it out, but she's still hyper in many ways. Opposite of me with hypothyroidism. I'm more calm & relaxed. We both take synthroid, but different dosages.
I have changes just about everything with my diet and even personal products like shampoo and condioners...I make them myself. I don't eat Gluten anymore and I eat Way more fruits and veggies than I ever have. I feel better but test results don't show a whole lot of progress \U0001f615
What's irritating for me is I can't tolerate Hypo meds. They make me Hyper...All of them on the lowest doses. Can't find a doctor that can tell me Why....
http://www.curejoy.com/content/thyroid-care-symptoms-hyperthyroidism/ you can refer to the link! Susan Day :)
Join this group for more info 411 hashimoto on fb. You will find out more about what you have that others have as well
Barbara there are three different tests for thyroid but they won't test for them unless u ask for them specifically. T3 and t4 and I can't remeber the other one
Get a cat scan . I saw 7 doctors finally discovered huge tumor coming off thyroid... Just had surgery
I have graves im supposed to be on meds but they make me so tired so i dont take anything i feel fine i read it can reverse itself
Sarvangasana (All Member's Pose) Sarvangasana This is a mysterious Asana which gives wonderful benefits. This is termed "all-members' pose," because all the parts of the body are engaged when this Asana is performed. TECHNIQUESpread a thick blanket on the floor and practise this Asana over blanket. Lie on the back quite flat. Slowly raise the legs. Lift the trunk, hips and legs quite vertically. Support the back with two hands, one on each side. Rest the elbows on the ground. Press the chin against the chest and form a chin-lock firmly, Jalandhara Bandha. Allow the back, shoulder portion and neck to touch the ground closely. Do not allow the body to shake or move to and fro. Keep the legs straight. When the Asana is over, bring the legs down very, very slowly with elegance and not with any jerks. Do the Asana very gracefully. In this Asana the whole weight of the body is thrown on the shoulders. You really stand on the shoulders with the help and support of the elbows. Concentrate on the thyroid gland which lies on the front lower part of the neck. Retain the breath as long as you can do with comfort and slowly exhale through the nose.You can do this Asana daily twice, morning and evening. This should immediately be followed by Matsyasana (fish posture). This will relieve pains in the back part of the neck and intensify the usefulness of Sarvangasana. Practise this Asana for two minutes in the beginning and gradually increase it to half an hour.BENEFITSIn this Asana, the thyroid gland is nourished properly which plays a prominent part in the metabolism, growth, nutrition and structure. Healthy thyroid means healthy function of the circulatory, respiratory, alimentary, genito-urinary and nervous systems of the body. This thyroid operates in conjunction with other ductless glands, pituitary, pineal in the brain, suprarenal above the kidneys, liver, spleen, testes. If this thyroid is diseased all the other glands suffer. A vicious circle is formed. Sarvangasana keeps a healthy thyroid. Healthy thyroid means healthy functioning of all the organs of the body.I have taught this Asana to hundreds of persons. I have started a Sirsha-Sarvanga Propaganda. I generally recommend these two Asanas, combined with Paschimottanasana invariably to those who approach me. These three Asanas alone can keep you in perfect health. You need not take any long walk or physical exercise. All have unanimously reported to me of the wonderful, mysterious, beneficial results of this Asana. As soon as you come down from the Asana, it braces you up and gives a new vigorous, healthy tone. It is an ideal "pick-me-up".It supplies a large quantity of blood to the spinal roots of nerves. It is this Asana which centralises the blood in the spinal column and nourishes beautifully. But for this Asana there is no scope for these nerve-roots to draw sufficient blood-supply. It keeps the spine quite elastic. Elasticity of the spine means everlasting youth. It prevents the bone from early ossification (hardening). So you will preserve and retain your youth for a long time. This Asana destroys the ravages of old age. It helps a lot in maintaining Brahmacharya. Like Sirshasana, it makes you an Urdhvareto-Yogi. It checks wet-dreams effectively. It acts as a powerful blood tonic and purifier. It tones the nerves. It is a cheap, readily available blood, nervine and digestive tonic. It is at your disposal at all times. It will save your doctor's bills. When you have not much time to practise a course of Asanas, do this without fail daily along with Sirshasana and Paschimottanasana. It is useful in gonorrhoea and other diseases of bladder and ovaries. It removes sterility and diseases of womb. Ladies also can practise this Asana with safety. Sarvangasana awakens Kundalini and augments the Jatharagni (digestive fire). It removes dyspepsia, constipation and other gastro-intestinal disorders of a chronic nature. It energises, invigorates and vivifies. A course of Sirsha-Sarvangasana powerfully rejuvenates.
got thyroid problem ,fatigue problem etc.-sarvangasan is best solution-see results in a week-its a magic wand-those who have spine problem should avoid it.it directly stimulates thyroid.it must be complimented by matyasasan. 2 minute x 4 times & 2 minute x 4 times exercise.
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