Hypothyroid disorder, or hypothyroidism, is a common health issue for many Americans. Dr. Steve Hyjek of The Functional Medicine Center treats many patients for this condition, which commonly causes symptoms such as weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, brain fog, and mood disorders.
“Very often, the patients I see who have been diagnosed with a hypothyroid condition do not know that their thyroid disease is caused by an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. In fact, this is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Treating a thyroid condition with medication alone does not get at the underlying causes of the disease,” says Dr. Steve Hyjek, Doctor of Chiropractic, Owner at The Functional Medicine Center. “I find that our patients respond much better when their autoimmune triggers are addressed.”
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can be easily detected through testing the blood for thyroid antibodies. Determining the underlying sources of the problem requires a detailed health history and diagnostic analysis. Most patients have several causes that can include the buildup of toxins from exposure to various types of mold and heavy metals, imbalances of fungus, yeast, viruses, or bacteria, and a host of other components that can affect metabolism.
“In addition to toxins, there are many other variables that can affect a person’s symptoms. There might be nutritional deficiencies. There could be an insufficiency of amino acids or fatty acids. We find out each patient’s personal challenges through testing and then create a personalized, comprehensive plan. The plan could include detoxification, improving a patient’s microbiome, optimizing neurotransmitters, or addressing nutritional deficiencies,” says Dr. Steve. “These actions can provide amazing results for people suffering from hypothyroidism in general and Hashimoto’s in particular.”
The Functional Medicine Center in Irvine, California specializes in helping people with thyroid conditions and has had a great deal of success in helping people with their symptoms, including those caused by Hashimoto’s Disease.
Patients have seen remarkable changes when they are treated by Dr. Steve Hyjek at The Functional Medicine Center, whether in person or through the practice’s virtual consultation platform.
“I came to Dr. Steve with chronic joint pain, low back pain, general edema, fatigue, and insomnia. Within a couple of months I was close to symptom-free for the first time in over two years! His approach to diagnosis and treatment was clear and easy to follow,” says Andrea, a patient who has been treated at The Functional Medicine Center for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. “I’d just like to say that Dr. Steve is one of the nicest people I’ve worked with in any capacity. I couldn’t recommend him more, whether it’s for a routine adjustment or a full workup.”
Dr. Steve believes that thyroid health should be treated with a comprehensive and personalized approach. He runs specialized testing including TSH, free T4, free T3, Reverse T3, and antibody levels in order to properly diagnose a patient’s condition. More importantly, he also runs tests to locate and correct the root cause of thyroid problems. These tests can involve blood tests, stool testing, urinalysis, and/or saliva testing,
By determining the cause of Hashimoto’s or other thyroid diseases and assessing the issues that may be related, The Functional Medicine Center can create a program to help patients regain their energy, eliminate brain fog, and feel good again, all without drugs or surgery.
Dr. Steve Hyjek has dedicated his career to helping people get healthy. By integrating a groundbreaking systems-oriented approach to medicine known as Functional Medicine with a Physical Medicine approach focused on Chiropractic, low level laser, and corrective exercise, Dr. Steve has created a unique hybrid that utilizes the most advanced therapies available to achieve optimum wellness. He is a leader in his field and through his private practice, community outreach, and public speaking he seeks to empower others to stop managing symptoms and start correcting the underlying causes of illness. Dr. Steve Hyjek opened The Functional Medicine Center to provide personalized healthcare solutions to achieve better living through better health.
The Functional Medicine Center has helped many people with thyroid disease including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and Grave’s disease. Those who suspect they may be dealing with thyroid disease are invited to contact The Functional Medicine Center, which can be reached through their website at: https://fxmedicinecenter.com/contact-us/.
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