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Molly, your reg medical insurance should pay for T3 and T4 tests, if you have insurance. From my understanding TSH is not the true determinator of how well your thyroid is functioning. If you go to the link I provided up a few posts, there is some very good info there and explains it well. Well, here it is, it's quite a few posts up: http://www.endocrineweb.com/tests.html
Molly, What you want to do is check the entire thyroid system. TSH is produced by the pituitary and is only one part of the system. In fact, you really can't even completely evaluate TSH on its own.
For example, secondary hypothyroidism is where the pituitary doesn't produce enough TSH. You really need some T3 and T4 numbers to tell if the amount of TSH matches them. In your case, if your T3 and T4 were really low, but your TSH is normal that could indicate that your body is not producing enough TSH. This could be caused by the hypothalamus not producing enough TRH, which stimulates the pituitary to release TSH, or the pituitary just not producing enough TSH. There is a follow on test called a TRH stimulation test that can determine which one is the problem.
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You should have been advised not to use products on your hair before the sample was taken. I had to let color grow off of my hair. I also used Avalon organics shampoo only around the time the sample was taken. I had very high sodium and potassium, but in the correct ratio. My nutritionist thought that might have been due to a home water conditioning system, but I didn't have one. So, yes there are definitely things that can interfere with the hair analysis results.
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MoDon thanks for that explanation above. I knew that there were a bunch of different glands involved, but couldn't remember all the names. Molly, what MoDon explained is to what I was referring. It's not as simple as the doctors would lead us to believe. There are so many things that have to be in sync for it all to work right. Like a clock, if one cog is broken, nothing works JUST as it should.
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Molly, I was diagnosed with a multi nodule goitre and an underactive thyroid(Hypo) over 6 years ago. My Naturopath recommended BTD and a Homeopathic Kelp treatment which as it happened turned out to be Fucus V. I have followed the BTD and the Kelp drops strictly fo 6 years and the last two years my annual blood test has shown my thyroid back into the lower levels of what is considered the normal range. No T3 or T4, no synthroid, just a good healthy lifestyle and the Fucus supplement.