Many women wounder whether there is a connection between endocrine disrupting chemicals and their health problems.
Thyroid issues are becoming an increasing problem today that affects more and more women at younger age. Partially, this happens due to higher environmental toxicity and pollution our bodies have to deal with.
In fact, we are living in one of the most toxic periods in Earth’s history and we’re literally bombarded with hundreds of endocrine disrupting chemicals every single day. Unfortunately, they affect us in very subtle ways and they’re causing a lot of thyroid and even hormonal imbalances in women.
As a result, not only thyroid problems are on the rise but also other endocrine disorders such as diabetes, obesity and chronic diseases in general.
What Are Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals ?
Endocrine disruptors are any chemical or metal or substance that impairs the natural function of our endocrine system. It includes our thyroid, pancreas which is a factor in diabetes, it can include things like cholesterol. Our endocrine glands can change our blood pressure, mood and sex drive. They can change how women feel.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals become an issue in so many ways and even can cause obesity. Obesity can be thought of as an endocrine problem because fat can have some functions of an endocrine gland. Your body fat has the ability to produce hormones such as estrogen.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals affect our estrogen and insulin sensitivity and how our thyroid works.
Conventional Versus Integrative Holistic Medicine Doctors
One of the classic differences between conventional and integrative holistic medicine is this conventional medicine excels in acute care. For example, if you have a broken bone or if you’ve gotten it an infection and you need an antibiotic, conventional medicine is superior and excels.
However, when we start to deal with chronic disease such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and other health conditions they just don’t respond that well to conventional medical approach.
This is when an alternative and integrative holistic medicine excels and it does so with ways that are less toxic to the body. As a result patients are more likely to experience less side effects and have better treatment outcomes.
Depending on what the problem is, conventional medicine would tend to treat more the symptoms rather than the disease. For example, for a diabetic they would give them insulin and various drugs for the thyroid if they do manage to make a diagnosis.
A conventional medicine practitioner would, probably put a person with hypothyroidism on Synthroid whereas in integrative medicine practitioners are not looking only for the right drug to put somebody on. The goal is to discover what a person might be deficient in and what needs to be done to help their cells work better naturally.
By putting a patient on a drug is like slamming their body with a sledgehammer and forcing it to do things in a certain way.
Integrative medicine tries as far as possible to support somebody’s naturally using methods that work with the body rather than override it.
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How Intergrative Holistic Medicine Can Help
An integrative holistic medicine doctors have a lot more tools in their toolbox. They understand both the conventional as well as the holistic side of things. This enables them to decide what the best care for a specific case is, picking from both those sides.
The key to health is to view what happens to your body and treat imbalances from a holistic standpoint. We are not just individual body parts or individual body systems. All organs and bodily systems are interconnected to each other in different ways and everything is interrelated and everything matters.
Integrative holistic medicine doctors treat a wide variety of conditions including:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Acid reflux
- Multiple sclerosis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Asthma and many others.
Integrative holistic medicine doctors use a variety of treatment modalities including homeopathics, supplements, vitamins, minerals, body work and prescription medication when indicated. Some of the bodywork modalities could include acupuncture, therapeutic massage and osteopathic manual therapy.
Depending on diagnosis, different people respond better to different modalities and integrative holistic medicine doctors choose options that work best for the patient.
P.S. Would you like to learn more about how endocrine disrupting chemicals affect your thyroid? Here is the most dangerous thyroid endocrine disruptor that you can find in fruits and vegetables and how to reduce your exposure by 80% to protect your thyroid.