nour;54492 wrote: From my naturopath, who took a second look at the full blood panel that I had done in January:
“I however I just checked your bloodwork again and your thyroid looks fine. The T4 is definintely on the low end indicating a very, very slight hypothyroidism; nothing serious, but we’ll watch it.”
I agree with raster about the thyroid. Thyroid tests are notoriously generous in the ranges given so what’s low normal on the test, might actually be hypothyroid given your individual biochemistry.
Here is what Andy Cutler has to say about thyroid issues, specifically in the context of mercury:
“Peopler who are sluggish, have dry, coarse skin, reduced body temperature, constipation, proptosis (bug eyes), repetitive thinking patterns, cold intolerance, or other typical thyroid symptoms should have appropriate thyroid tests. T3, T4, T7, and TSH are most commonly run. Free T3 and T4 are most informative. Basal body temperature should also be measured by the patient since this is the most informative indicator of positive response to thyroid supplement. Mercury poisons the hypothalamus, so TSH is not an informative test for thyroid function in a person who might have mercury poisoning.”
Here is Cutler regarding lab normal ranges and their importance:
“Someone who tests “abnormal,” but relatively close to the normal range, will be giving a result NORMAL FOR THEM in one person out of 20. Conversely, some people whose set point is in the “abnormal” range can give NORMAL results when they in fact are high or low (respectively) for them. Thus the merits of treating the patient rather than the lab report when it comes to things like endocrine problems. Laboratory tests are intended to uncover serious and acute pathological processes that drive the test result well outside the normal range. They are not useful for deciding on the exact level at which a patient becomes “ill” or “well” in a slowly developing disease process like chronic mercury intoxication. They are very useful for guiding therapy if you pay attention to how the numbers change and how symptoms follow that and ignore the “normal ranges.”