What is it?
As seen on TV, Dr Daryl Turner has developed a method to test thyroid function. It has been documented “research shows that 80% of the population has some level of thyroid dysfunction.” The Thyroflex tests thyroid function with a non-invasive procedure, with results within 5-10 minutes. The Thyroflex is 98.5% accurate (as opposed to the 18% of a TSH blood test) and is FDA certified.
The Thyroflex is an instrument used to test if your thyroid function is under or overactive or within optimal range by measuring the speed of your brachiradialis reflex in your forearm. The Thyroflex provides information about what’s happening inside your cells, rather than what’s happening outside your cells (in your blood). With the Thyroflex you get to find out how the body is utilising its thyroid hormone.
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is the gland that sits in your throat and is largely responsible for conducting the “orchestra” that is your hormone system. If your thyroid is not functioning optimally, your hormones won’t either. If your hormones aren’t balanced, more stress is placed on the thyroid which can create further hormone imbalance. The thyroid also has another very important job of regulating your metabolism and determining how much energy you have and how much fat you burn.
Who would benefit from this test?
If you haven’t had your thyroid function tested or your blood test results have come back “borderline” and you have any of the following symptoms:
- Tired and sluggish
- Muscle cramps or weak muscles
- Sleeping more than usual
- Low libido or impotence
- Poor memory
- Puffy hands and feet
- Sensitive to cold
- Depressed or mood fluctuations
- Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Hormone Imbalance
- Dry Hair and Skin
- Slow or confused thinking
How does It work?
Years before blood tests were developed to evaluate the function of your thyroid, doctors used the reflex response to determine the thyroid status of a patient.
The Thyroflex Test uses a ‘hammer’ (which is connected to a computer) on a reflex point on your arm. When the hammer strikes your arm a message is sent up the spine, to the brain, and back down again, initiating a reflex response. The Thyroflex measures how long this takes to happen. This speed directly correlates with thyroid activity.
What happens when having the test?
Whilst sitting, a small strap is placed around your hand. The exact reflex point on your arm is located and marked with an X. A metallic hammer that is connected to a computer is used to strike the reflex point. The computer measures the time between the strike of the hammer and the upward fleck of the wrist.
Your healthcare practitioner will interpret the Thyroflex report during your appointment and, if necessary you will be advised on taking thyroid supplements and nutritional changes to optimise the health of your thyroid gland.
What are the benefits?
Assessing thyroid function and bringing it back into balance can help to restore health throughout your body. A healthy thyroid ensures regulated metabolism, energy production, weight management, hormone balance and a healthier response to stress.
We offer the Thyroflex test at our retreat in Gozo, Malta – click here to find out more.