Vera Peiffer

Hair loss and hypothyroidism

If you have toxins in the body, they can very easily affect your thyroid. One of the most common effects is that the thyroid is no longer functioning at its optimum level.

When you have an underfunctioning thyroid, this has an effect on your hormonal balance, and in many cases, this will affect your hair. It is therefore a good idea to have a medical test done to establish free T4 and/or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels. The higher TSH levels, the more likely it is that you have a problem with an underactive thyroid.

There are also home test kits available if you don’t mind pricking your finger. I found one at, but I’m sure there are others.

There is one problem with any of these tests though. If your levels are within the normal range, your doctor will tell you that you have no problem and will not treat you. So if, for example, your free T4 is between 10 and 23 pmol/litre and your test shows that you have 14, this is considered normal and will not result in you getting any treatment. However, people normally only go to the doctors to have this test when there is something wrong with them. If you took the same test when you are healthy and your hair is doing fine, you are likely to have a much higher level of free T4, let’s say 19 pmol/litre. So your personal normal level is 5 points higher than the level that was tested when you were ill. This means that you are UNDER your optimal level, even though you are in the ‘normal range’.

I cannot check your T4 or TSH level, but I can check what toxins you have or which foods prevent your thyroid from working correctly. For more info, please see the ‘Services’ section and go to  hair sample testing.

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