thyroid-cancer-test-self-examYou can test your own thyroid at home to see if you have cancer.

The doctor in this video explains how your thyroid desperately needs a good source of sea kelp. This is the one we personally use. Just one a day and this is very inexpensive. Watch the video below to learn to do a self exam.

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When visiting your physician here are a few test they can perform to give you a better idea of your thyroid heath.

1. TSH test You want to check the hormones released by the thyroid, as well. The TSH checks the pituitary, which tells the thyroid how to work. The hormones released include the T3 and T4. The free versions of those hormones are more meaningful than the total version. If it does not say anything besides just T3 or T4, this is the total version and not the free.
2. It is also good to check thyroid antibodies. If your body is attacking your thyroid, the gland typically gets diseased. So, you want to see if your body is attacking it. There is the thyroglobulin antibody (TG) and the thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO).
3. There is also thyroglobulin which is not the antibody, just thyroglobulin. Thyroglobulin is a good measurement on how irritated or inflamed your thyroid is.
4. You also want to check reverse T3. Reverse T3 is a by-product of your body getting rid of T4, and this can be abnormal, as well.
The last thing I encourage for those who suspect thyroid disease is to get an ultrasound. There are many times when patients’ labs are normal, or they don’t have measurable antibodies, yet an ultrasound shows they have nodules, goiters, calcifications, clear signs of Hashimoto’s.

In terms of the labs, the one test that has the biggest difference in ranges from healthy populations to populations typically tested is the TSH test. Some argue that the free hormones (like the free T3) should be on the higher end of the range. I do not see data to support that. The healthy populations show a large range of T3 and a large range of T4. They are not all in the upper end of the range. The TSH scores in the healthiest populations are at the lower end of the range. So, being on the lower end of the range means you’re further away from being hypothyroid. Specifically, numbers above 1.9 are pretty suspicious. If your TSH is above 1.9, and you have some strong symptoms and some structural abnormalities, that’s thyroid disease. It’s time to treat it, so you can feel better.

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