If you’re experiencing fatigue, depression, pain, brain, fog or even unexplained weight gain, there’s one “forgotten” organ that could be to blame—your thyroid.
Your thyroid helps regulate most of your body’s main functions, like weight management, metabolic rate, memory, bowel regularity—and that’s just naming a few.
As Dr. Fred Pescatore explains in his Ultimate Anti-Aging Protocol, “If your body was a car, your thyroid would be the engine. If it isn’t running properly, everything will eventually break down. So, you really need to know what your thyroid is doing.”
But determining your thyroid health requires diligence that’s lost on some doctors. In fact, Dr. Pescatore says flatly that you can’t count on your doctor to test your thyroid correctly.
So, today I’ll explain why most doctors miss the mark on thyroid testing and how you can easily keep this vital organ in tiptop shape.
These five thyroid tests are essential
When assessing your thyroid health, most conventional doctors usually just check your levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH.
If it’s in the “normal” range—usually 5 or lower—they’ll tell you there’s nothing wrong. But in Dr. Pescatore’s opinion, any patient with a TSH over 2 actually requires treatment.
Plus, while most physicians only check TSH levels, Dr. Pescatore explains an accurate assessment of the thyroid requires four additional blood tests:
- Free T3
- Free T4
- Reverse T3
- Thyroid autoantibodies
Dr. Pescatore stresses that thyroid autoantibodies are vitally important and need to be checked because their presence will tell you whether you have a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis—when your body attacks and destroys its own thyroid.
He adds that this is a common condition—and also one of the most under-diagnosed because most physicians never even look for it.
And in Dr. Pescatore’s view, that’s simply shameful because it’s the leading cause of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), which can lead to heart disease and an increase in all-cause mortality.
He also explains, “Free T3 and free T4 tests will tell you how much available thyroid hormone is circulating in your body.
“A reverse T3 test, meanwhile, will tell you if your body is storing T3 or if it is using it properly. This is a big issue for many people, because T3 is the active form of thyroid hormone in your body.
“T3 begins in the inert form of T4, however, which your body must then convert. And as we age, we lose our ability to convert T4 to T3.”
And yet, in spite of this knowledge, Dr. Pescatore points out that almost all conventional doctors recommend Synthroid—a synthetic form of T4.
“Needless to say,” he adds, “I do things differently…”
Balancing thyroid levels naturally
Dr. Pescatore says that he almost exclusively uses Nature-Thyroid, Armour Thyroid, or a compounded version of thyroid hormone. These contain a bioidentical mixture of T3 and T4.
These products are derived from the thyroid of animals—mostly pigs—and Dr. Pescatore acknowledges that this might be a deal-breaker for some patients. Nevertheless, he points out that this type of hormone therapy is the most natural, balanced, and effective form available.
And hormones, he adds, are all about balance. “If one is off,” he says, “it can take the others with it—and that will have a serious impact on how you feel.”
Dr. Pescatore urges you to talk to your doctor to see if your thyroid is healthy enough to support a long, active life.
In Dr. Pescatore’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Protocol, you can learn more about caring for your thyroid and other metabolic issues that have an enormous impact on your overall health and longevity.