What is Hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism occurs when thyroid hormones are being over produced by the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body and therefore hyperthyroidism will affect all bodily functions.
The thyroid itself is a butterfly shaped gland that is located below the larynx- in the throat. It is the only endocrine organ that stores it’s hormones in large quantities. The thyroid hormones include TSH (thyrotrophin) which is produced by the anterior pituitary, T3 (triidothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). Hyperthyroidism usually presents with low TSH and high T3/T4.
Acne vulgaris is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.
Sometimes it can seem like you are doing everything right but still not losing weight. There is nothing more frustrating and I do see a lot of patients who are not necessarily eating poorly and are doing adequate exercise but just not seeing good weight loss results. This usually will mean that there are some imbalances within the body that are inhibiting fat loss. Read more
Being a healthy child is adult’s work, so when the little people in our lives are unwell we want them to feel better pretty quickly. The toddler years can be pretty difficult on the immune system: an average of 6-8 colds every year is considered normal, with infections lasting between 3-5 days. As they get older their immune system matures, reducing the frequency of colds and flu’s per year. Read more
Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 Australian women and more then often is it misdiagnosed or even undiagnosed. This chronic inflammatory condition can be completely debilitating to a women’s life, mentally, emotionally and physically. An Australian government report stated that endometriosis annually cost $7.7 billion, with 2/3 of these costs attributed to loss in productivity, as it is not unusual for women with significant pain to take one or two days off a month. Read more
Bloating is one of the most common complaints that I hear from my patients. Many people seem to think that discomfort, feeling sluggish and bloating is a normal part of everyday life. However, this is definitely not the case. Bloating is a sign that your digestive tract is not functioning optimally and would benefit from some support. Read more
Food intolerances are one of the most common causes of health complaints that bring kids into our clinic. Intolerances can cause an array of symptoms that can affect your child’s health and often go undiagnosed in the medical industry. This is largely because food intolerances can be difficult to diagnose without the right testing. Read more
The craze for treating cholesterol has led to pharmaceutical companies flooding the medical world with cholesterol lowering medications. In fact, statins are now the number one selling class of drugs, with new cholesterol lowering drugs being manufactured every day. Read more
Menopause is a time of big change for most women. The physical and emotional changes can be overwhelming, debilitating and frustrating. It occurs naturally in women usually between the ages of 45-55 when the ovaries cease to function, you no longer ovulate and your body will reduce its oestrogen production. In the few years before your final period (called perimenopause), hormone levels fluctuate as oestrogen production reduces. Eventually oestrogen levels decrease to such a point that menstruation stops completely. Once you have not had a period for 12 months you are officially menopausal. Read more