Wilson's Temperature Syndrome
Do you suffer from:
Easy weight gain
Poor memory & concentration, brain fog
Cold and or heat intolerance
Anxiety and panic attack
Headaches and migraines
Dry skin and hair
Thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, hyperthryoidism, hypothryroidism, hashmoto’s disease
You may have Wilson’s temperature syndrome (WTS). This medical condition is caused by acute and/or chronic stress. It results in a multi-system body malfunction. WTS has become more and more prevalent with our busy modern life style. It may be a major contributor to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
What is Wilson’s temperature syndrome?
Our thyroid gland is a master gland that produces T4, a thyroid hormone that regulates our metabolic rate and our body temperature. People with WTS may have normal T4 on blood tests, but they have problems converting the T4 in the blood into the active form (T3) in peripheral tissues. While the body suffers all the symptoms of low thyroid function, doctors may rule out a thyroid problem because the blood tests are normal. Most chemical reactions in our body require enzymes as catalysts. These enzymes are made of protein with specific configurations that are temperature dependent. When our body does not convert T4 to T3 properly, our body temperature will drop below the normal 98.6 F, and our enzymes will not work efficiently. The end result is we suffer from fatigue, brain fog, poor digestion, etc.
Many patients on thyroid medication, such as synthroid or Armour still don’t feel well. This is often due to a problem converting thyroid hormone(T4) into the active form (T3) that actually does the work in the tissue. These patients can benefit from the treatment and feel well on little or no medication.
How is Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome assessed?
Our naturopath will take a thorough case history and perform a relevant physical exam to rule out other causes of your symptoms. Blood and/or saliva tests may be ordered to assist in the diagnosis. A series of body temperatures will be taken throughout the day for several days to determine low body temperature.
How do we treat Wilson’s Temperature syndrome?
Diet and lifestyle changes will be recommended to help restore healthy thyroid function and prevent future occurrences. WTS is treated with specific herbs and supplements that are of benefit to the thyroid gland and assist in the conversion of T4 to T3. In severe cases, patients may need to be treated with a series of increasing doses of T3 itself, followed by a weaning off in order to ‘reset’ thyroid function. If this is necessary a referral will be made to the appropriate doctor for T3 prescription.
For more information please refer to www.wilsonssyndrome.com or consult your Naturapathic Doctor.