What Does the Thyroid Do?
The thyroid is a small but important gland that lies in the front of the neck, just below the throat. The thyroid produces hormones that impact the function of nearly every part of the body. Known as the “metabolism gland”, thyroid hormone influences the pace of the body’s processes, including digestion, heart rate and body temperature regulation. Thyroid hormones also influence cholesterol levels, mood, and even a woman’s menstrual cycles.
What Are The Symptoms of a Thyroid Imbalance?
Thyroid imbalance can present in two different ways: underactive or overactive. In underactive thyroid imbalance (otherwise known as hypothyroidism), symptoms may include fatigue, cold intolerance (you’re cold when everyone else around you is warm or comfortable), constipation, heart palpitations (often a slow heart rate or skipped heart beats), unexplained weight gain, thinning eyebrows (especially the outside edges), dry skin or hair loss. Hypothyroidism can also cause irregular or absent menstrual cycles, depression and contribute to low sex drive. In overactive thyroid imbalance (otherwise known as hyperthyroidism), the exact opposite symptoms are commonly seen, including difficulty sleeping, anxiety, palpitations (often a fast heart rate or skipped heart beats), diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, sweaty skin and thinning hair. Generally, hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism, and both are more common in women than men.
What Are The Causes of Thyroid Imbalance?
The most common cause of both hypo- and hyperthyroidism is autoimmune disease. In hypothyroidism, the body’s immune system does not recognize your thyroid as “self” and begins to attack it, causing it to function improperly. Autoimmune hypothyroidism is also called Hashimoto’s Disease. In autoimmune hyperthyroidism (also known as Grave’s Disease), the body produces immune chemicals that cause the thyroid to overproduce thyroid hormone. Besides autoimmune causes, a whole host of other causes–from nutritional to environmental toxins to stress–can contribute to thyroid imbalance.
How is a Thyroid Problem Diagnosed?
A simple blood test can reveal thyroid imbalances. WellnessScripts’ wide array of testing options can help uncover additional information to explain why the thyroid imbalance is occurring, including nutritional markers, stress hormone levels and the presence of environmental toxins. As with all WellnessScript tests, your thyroid laboratory evaluation can be completed in the comfort of your home.
If I Have A Thyroid Problem, How is it Treated?
Depending on whether your thyroid imbalance is hypoactive or hyperactive, autoimmune or not, we can customize your treatment approach to meet your unique needs. Your WellnessScript clinician can help you decide the approach that makes sense to you, and our pharmacists can provide all forms of thyroid medication, including Amour, NP-Thyroid, West-Throid or Nature-Throid as well as custom (compounded) options. Personalized thyroid support supplements, all packaged in convenient daily packets and delivered to your home along with your medications.
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Dr. Julie Briley, Functional & Naturopathic Medicine
About Dr. Julie Briley
As a naturopathic doctor, I am dedicated to helping you reach your health and wellness goals by identifying the underlying causes of your symptoms or conditions. We will work together to find the best approach to support your body’s natural healing process. As an expert in holistic health care, I blend the best of modern science with traditional natural medicine to help you optimize your diet, lifestyle, energy, sleep, mood, digestion, and hormones, so you feel great every day.
Following the naturopathic principle of “doctor as teacher”, I strongly believe that one of the most effective tools I provide is education. Understanding your body’s physiology and natural response when things are out of balance is empowering, and an essential part of reaching optimal health.
My longstanding interest in natural medicine and health education was first sparked when I served as an Environmental Education Specialist for the Peace Corps in Paraguay. That interest deepened when I returned to the U.S. to have my first child and struggled to find a medical provider that could provide compassionate, holistic health care for my family. I believe that everyone should have access to the health care approach they desire, and thus, becoming a naturopathic doctor not only combined my interests and experiences, but has allowed me to help fill a gap in the health care field.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). In addition to my clinical practice, focused on addressing hormonal imbalances and digestive disorders, I co-founded the Food as Medicine Institute at NUNM, which provides community-based nutrition and cooking education for underserved populations. I also co-authored the book, Food As Medicine Everyday: Reclaim Your Health With Whole Foods, which is a practical nutrition guide to help shift your diet from processed foods to whole foods.
I look forward to hearing your story and getting started on your wellness journey, together.
Functional & Naturopathic Medicine
$200 Initial Consult - 1 hour
Dr. Julie Briley
Follow-up Appointment: $100 for 30 min/$200 for 60 min
Expertise: Food sensitivities, gut health, detoxification, hormone balancing, adrenal fatigue.
Clinical Experience: 10+ years practicing naturopathic and functional medicine, advanced training in digestive disorders & food as medicine.
Happy & Healthy Patients
I don’t think I’ve ever had better medical care in my life. I have been working with Dr. Julie Briley for about 6 months and she is so patient, thorough, and a critical thinker. To her, I am not just a thyroid issue, but a whole body! Not once did I ever feel like I was being rushed. Dr. Briley took as much time as I needed to answer all of my questions. She is super great at explaining how things work and why she thinks we should do certain treatments.
I have had the privilege of meeting Dr. Julie Briley and now my husband, family and a few friends are seeing her now too. I am finally feeling better and I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I was dealing with menopause symptoms and only feeling worse as time went by, but getting no relief from my usual doctor. I brought my recent tests results to Dr. Julie. She looked them over and immediately realized some of the issues I was having and why. She did a full hormone test, full lipid panel, food sensitivity and a test of my neurotransmitters. I feel that she finally has me on the right track. She is personally interested in my well-being and getting me to a happier, healthier place. I’m grateful I found her. As good as mainstream doctors can be, sometimes we must dig deeper to solve health issues. I prefer to do it the healthiest way I can. I don’t believe in taking drugs that cause more harm than good. Taking a holistic approach will yield excellent results.