Thyroid Blood Tests – FT4

Free T4 T4 is the storage form of thyroid hormone.  It is also known as thyroxine. Your body holds thyroid hormone in this form until it is required for use.  It makes up approximately 90% of the total thyroid hormone in your body. Your cells must first convert the...

Thyroid Blood Tests – Thyroglobulin

Thyroglobulin Thyroglobulin is a normal protein produced by the thyroid gland. It is not normally tested in the case of auto-immune thyroid disease. As some thyroid cancers can also produce it, it is often used following cancer treatment or thyroid removal to ensure...

Send your Cold packing with a Hot Cup of Tea!

I woke up this morning, literally feeling like death warmed up!  My head was fuzzy, my nose dripping, sinuses blocked, headache.  Yep, the whole kit and caboodle.  Luckily it is school holidays so I didn’t have to leap out of bed and race to get the kids out the door...

Thyroid Blood Tests – TPO Ab and Tg Ab

Thyroid Peroxidase Auto-antibodies & Thyroglobulin Auto-antibodies Auto-antibodies occur when the immune system becomes “confused” and fails to recognise its own self. Just as it would attack and kill off germs, it begins to attack and kill its own cells. This is...

Thyroid Hormones

T3 and T4 are often collectively referred to as thyroid hormone which is “the body’s major metabolic hormone” (Marieb & Hoehn, 2013, p. 607) T3′s ‘proper’ name is triiodothyronine and is thyroglobulin with three iodine atoms attached (hence T3). T4 is called...