The Thyroid Debacle
The Undiagnosed Epidemic of Cellular Hypothyroidism by Eric Balcavage, DC
In Dr. Eric Balcavage’s eye-opening new book The Thyroid Debacle, readers will discover why hypothyroidism is not just a random dysfunction of the thyroid gland as outlined for decades by the medical model, but often the result of underlying cellular stressors rarely addressed. Stress as the result of chemical, physical, emotional and microbial stressors from major life events, the environment, poor nutrition, infections, demanding physical activity and many more, can all trigger chronic cellular stress impacting thyroid health. The result of this cellular stress? A condition called Cellular Hypothyroidism; a concept rarely discussed… until now!
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Our Functional Medicine practice is one of the most unique in the entire country.
We start by getting to the basics of what causes health challenges including the primary stressors: Physical, Chemical, Emotional, and Microbial. At Rejuvagen, treatments are personalized based on the patient’s unique individual biological needs. Through advanced therapies and functional testing not offered in the traditional medical model, we can identify when the body is not functioning correctly and potentially address the problems before disease is even identified.
Dr. Eric Balcavage is a leading functional medicine expert with a focus and passion for thyroid physiology. He consults with people local to his Philadelphia area practice as well as those in other areas of the country and world.
Dr. Balcavage has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on his unique approach to thyroid physiology and thyroid conditions. He is the co-host of the Thyroid Answers Podcast as well as being a guest on multiple health related podcasts.
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Dr. Balcavage is the most knowledgeable person I have ever met. If you want to optimize your health so you can enjoy life to the fullest, check into the treatments at Rejuvagen.
I came to see Dr. Balcavage for Neuropathy, poor balance and stability, and lower back pain. The care has been very beneficial. Considering my blood sugar and dairy issues, Dr. Balcavage recommended changing my diet which has improved my health plus I’ve lost over 20 pounds. The Neuropathy is less severe, I feel that I am walking better, and I have more stamina. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Balcavage. His approach differs from medical doctors and he addresses issues of the body that benefit from manipulation.
The initial reason I consulted Dr. Balcavage was for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The care I have received from Dr. Balcavage has improved my overall health and quality of life. Three to four months ago when going to the grocery store, I could never walk through the entire store to shop for what I needed. My foot and leg pain were so bad that I always had to stop and sit on the bench and take a break. Now I can walk much better without pain. Before I came to see Dr. Balcavage I didn’t get much sleep at night because of the burning sensation and pain in my toes. I can now sleep all night without any pain and discomfort. I would definitely recommend Dr. Balcavage’s care to others suffering with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
My initial reason for consulting with Dr. Balcavage was for the balance and stability issues that I was having. The care that I received at Dr. Balcavage’s office has much improved my balance. I am able to walk a straight line and I can maneuver in tight quarters without always having to hold on to stationary objects for stability. I would definitely recommend Dr. Balcavage’s office to others! In fact, I have already on many occasions recommended Dr. Balcavage’s office to friends and strangers.
My initial reason for consulting with Dr. Balcavage was for the cramping I was having in my legs and toes. The care that I have received in his office has improved my primary complaints and overall health tremendously! I no longer have pain in my legs and the cramping in my toes has decreased. I have lost over 20 pounds which has helped my health and I don’t think I can ever go back to eating “junk” food! I would definitely recommend Dr. Balcavage’s office to others. I never knew what problems I had with my feet and legs until I went to the luncheon hosted by Dr. Balcavage. His program has helped my overall health more than you can imagine
There was a time that I thought I was in good health. After fighting with constant knee pain, I was introduced to Dr Balcavage originally to ease joint discomfort. Once under his care the outcome changed my life. I didn’t realize that for many years what I was eating was doing me more harm than good. Inflammation is only the tip of the iceberg with a host of other problems that are related to what we eat. I was in a secret agony. Under Dr Balcavage’s care I was taught what to eat and what foods to avoid for better health. Together with supplements, that are based on real food not chemicals, combined with exercise and a healthy eating habits is the perfect combination to live by. I don’t know where I’d be without the guidance of Dr Balcavage.
After starting with Dr. Balcavage in March, I am well on my way to eating differently and feeling quite well. Although I didn’t have many bad effects from my gluten sensitivity (which isn’t a good thing in a way) the unknown ones were really affecting my health, such as blood sugar, joint problems, bowel problems, sleep and balance. Dr. Balcavage took a great deal of time with me and my questions. He never rushed me and since he also suffers from gluten sensitivity, he really has expertise on the subject. I was really happy to have his conclusion backed up by blood and saliva tests. Also, the one insignificant proof of my improvement was the fact that my fingernails have grown and become quite healthy looking. I am 76 years old and sorry I didn’t find him sooner.
I have been a patient of Dr. Balcavage’s for a number of years, and I have always received exceptional and comprehensive care. He has changed my life by changing my health. He diagnosed me with celiac intolerance, which had greatly impacted my health, metabolism and digestion. By following his treatment protocol, I not only feel 100% better, but I also lost weight, which I have maintained for over a year. I highly recommend Dr. Balcavage, as he provides a holistic approach to ensure long- term good health.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. No doctor in my area was willing to treat me and did not want to listen to how I was feeling or even look into what was causing my problems. They wanted to do surgery and remove my thyroid. After reading everything I could get my hands on about Hashimoto’s and understanding the auto immune condition better, I started searching for a doctor that understood the condition. Dr. Balcavage name came up consistently. I found his videos online and watched them. Everything that was on the videos sounded like what I was going through. I called and set up a consultation visit. On my first visit, I was nervous, not knowing what to expect. Thinking to myself, is this going to be like every other doctor I have seen. The entire office made me feel comfortable as soon as I walked through the door. Dr. Balcavage allowed me to tell him what I was feeling, what my outlook was on everything. Just having a doctor listen to me and understanding what I was going through made me feel better. I wasn’t rushed in and out of his office. He takes the time to try and understand everything. After the consultation, I was given a care plan to look over along with some lab work he recommended for me. I had the labs done and set up my next appointment. The labs revealed that there were other issues that needed to be addressed, that I had no clue about. After following his care plan for about a year, I can say I feel great again. I am able to function and not feel like I need to take a nap an hour after getting out of bed. I have my life back! I would and have recommended Dr. Balcavage to everyone. We need to have more doctors like Dr. Balcavage. I drove over 5 hours one way each trip and it was worth it.
I have hypothyroidism and my medication was increased because my test numbers increased, I can’t lose weight, feel tired and have no energy. My body ached and I just didn’t feel well. I wanted to try a different approach than my primary doctor’s protocol to feeling better and finding out why I felt this way. I have been seeing Dr. Balcavage for 5 weeks now and doing the anti-inflammatory diet, etc. I definitely feel better, have more energy, not as tired, and am sleeping better. I even feel more focused. I would recommend Dr. B to people who are interested in a more natural approach to whatever health issues they may be having. He is thorough and orders a number of different tests to help determine what might be causing your issues after extensive discussions and questionnaires are completed. He looks at the body as a whole not just one area.
When I came to see Dr. Balcavage, I was feeling the lowest I had ever felt physically and emotionally. He was the ninth physician I had seen over the course of the last 2 years. Most of the physicians I had previously seen told me my labs were fine and could not give any reasoning as to the symptoms I was experiencing. When I meant Dr. Balcavage I felt exonerated that I wasn’t crazy and that there really was a reason I felt so lousy. The simple truth was that I wasn’t functioning well in my own life. I was suffering with headaches, fatigue, severe brain fog, no energy, difficulty concentrating, cold all the time, insomnia, constipation, reflux, and allergies. I have seen improvement in all of these symptoms within a few months of Dr. Balcavage’s metabolic program. I have completed an incredible journey in eliminating most things from my diet and reintroducing them one at a time. Through the guidance of Dr. Balcavage, I have identified what my dietary triggers are. I have learned what I can eat, what I cannot tolerate, and how to eat healthier. Most importantly, I have also learned how to live healthier. Stress management is a big issue for me. It is a journey and I am learning. I have room for improvement, but I am well on my way. I would like to give my thanks to Dr. Balcavage and his staff, Amy and Megan, for their knowledge, kindness and compassion in leading me on this path of healing. I live 2 hours away from the office and it was well worth my time to travel to see him. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to live a better life and identify health issues before they become a permanent problem that cannot be fixed.
After seeing few different doctors in a one year of what seemed like eternity, going through different detoxes, flushes, pills, being somewhat may be diagnosed, yet getting worse. I finally found Dr. Balcavage. During our introductory meeting I was supposed to write down 5 things that I wanted him to help me with… those were 5 symptoms that lowered my quality of life, 5 symptoms that other doctors disregarded or told me I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. 4 months later, he did it! He fixed me! Finally, for the first time in very many years, I have no complaints!