If you’ve ever wondered what normal thyroid labs look like from an optimal functional, I feel like my best self range versus a conventional range. This Thyroid Strong Podcast episode is for you. I have a very special guest, Dr. Christine Maren DO, board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and certified practitioner under the Institute for Functional Medicine. We dive deep into thyroid lab ranges, the nuances of the different thyroid medications, what often gets missed with being overmedicated, fertility and hypothyroidism, mold exposure, and childhood trauma and autoimmune diseases down the road. Grab ad pen and paper ladies and let’s dive in!
In This episode:
01:34 Why is Hashimoto’sso commonly underdiagnosed?
3:00 What lab should I get for Hashimoto’s?
4:49 When does a conversion issue happen in the thyroid?
5:06 When to look at gut health with thyroid issues?
5:45 What’s the difference between the 2 thyroid antibody tests?
6:33 What are ideal thyroid lab values?
8:38 Why is reverse T3 a controversial issue in conventional medicine?
9:53 Differences in thyroid medications
12:25 Dr. Maren’s go-to thyroid medication
13:07 What to look out for in compounded medications
13:44 Overmedicated with T3
16:57 How often do you check labs when you’re trying to titrate that optimal dose when you’re first working with a patient?
20:27 What are some dietary solutions to help Hashimoto’s symptoms?
25:13 What to do when you’ve changed your diet and don’t feel better?
26:59 Fertility and Hashimoto’s
29:56 Do fertility treatments affect someone who is on thyroid medication?
31:28 Why do so many women get diagnosed with Hashimoto’s postpartum?
33:33 Can someone have a healthy pregnancy with hypothyroidism?
34:25 Childhood trauma and autoimmune disease
38:06 Where to start with your Hashimoto’s diagnosis?
40:19 Can you heal while living in mold?
About Dr Christine Maren DO:
Christine Maren D.O. is a board-certified physician and the founder of virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami (pronounced: “Mommy”), a platform dedicated to helping women navigate healthy and happy motherhood. Dr. Maren was introduced to functional medicine after struggling with pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriages. A functional medicine approach helped her address her own underlying health issues associated with gut infections, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance, and mold toxicity. Now a mother of three, she’s devoted her professional life to helping women optimize their health before pregnancy, thrive postpartum and get their lives back. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She is a compassionate clinician, speaker, and wellness advocate. She is married to a surgeon and together they balance rewarding careers with raising three beautiful children. Learn more at drchristinemaren.com.
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