If thermal findings indicate thyroid dysfunction and clinical symptoms are present, Thermologists often recommend that thyroid lab tests include the following: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Thyroglobulin Antibodies, and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies.
According to thyroid.org, "More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.”
Because there is such a wide range (.5-5.0) for TSH normal levels, many symptomatic patients are told that there is no thyroid problem. That’s why there has been some controversy in the past with talk of changing the levels to a more narrow range (.3-3.0). If the normal reference range were to be changed, as many as 60 million Americans, who now fall outside the reference range, would be diagnosed with thyroid disease.
Why is the number of people with low thyroid levels continuing to increase? Some causes are:
- chemicals and toxins in the environment
- radiation exposure
- multiple dental x-rays
- increased consumption of soy products
- lack of iodine in the diet
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