The thyroid is a small gland that can cause big problems when it’s not functioning properly. At Unison, we’re able to diagnose and treat thyroid disease using a holistic, medication-free approach – restoring balance, harmony and health to your body.
I discovered I had a thyroid problem when my husband and I were having trouble conceiving our first child. With Dr. Jacobs’ help, I got my condition under control and we welcomed our beautiful baby girl a year and a half later. I can’t recommend his practice highly enough.
What is Thyroid Disease?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. It produces hormones that influence critical processes in the body, such as how quickly your heart beats and how efficiently you burn calories. When this gland isn’t functioning properly, it leads to thyroid disease, which may be known as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
With hyperthyroidism, the thyroid produces too much of the thyroxine hormone, causing weight loss, a rapid heartbeat and sweating. If left untreated, this form of thyroid disease can lead to heart problems, osteoporosis and even vision loss.
Conversely, hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough critical hormones, causing fatigue, weight gain, and a constant feeling of being cold. If it’s not properly treated, hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged thyroid gland, heart problems, mental health complications, infertility and birth defects.
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A holistic approach to treating thyroid disease
In most doctors’ offices, thyroid disease is treated exclusively with conventional medicine. For example, if you suffer from hyperthyroidism, your doctor will suggest anti-thyroid medication, surgery or radioactive iodide treatment to suppress your body’s ability to overproduce hormones. For hypothyroidism, physicians typically prescribe a synthetic form of the thyroid hormone, which you’ll be required to take for the rest of your life.
All of these conventional treatments are very effective in correcting thyroid issues – but they aren’t for everyone. In these cases, Dr. Jacobs may recommend alternative therapies that may be just as effective as traditional medications in managing your condition. For example, acupuncture, chiropractic treatments and herbal remedies are all known to have a positive impact on thyroid disease. Also, a specialized diet that is rich in iodine, calcium, protein and magnesium can support your thyroid and balance your hormones in profoundly effective ways.
In treating your thyroid disease at Unison, you can be assured that we will work with you to manage your condition. We won’t simply write you a prescription and send you on your way. We’ll figure out why your thyroid gland is unbalanced, and help you fix the underlying issue. We’ll figure out exactly what treatment regimen is most effective for your unique situation, so you can balance your thyroid gland and restore your optimal health – without requiring medication for the rest of your life.