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Having difficulty losing weight, or can’t control gaining weight? You’re not alone. Far too many people struggle with weight on a regular basis.  As with most dis-eases, weight gain is really an amalgamation of several different factors. Two of those factors are often involved, one of which is generally neglected altogether.


The thyroid gland, is quite often the culprit. Many people suspect they have thyroid abnormalities or sub-optimal function, yet after doing blood work to check it out, on paper it appears their thyroid is “normal”. Could you still have thyroid problems if your lab tests are within reference range? Note here, there is a difference between “normal” and “reference range”. When you are out of reference range, those numbers reveal that your thyroid (and other functions tested) are in trouble and in need of intervention. If you are within reference range, you could still not be “normal”, or healthy functioning. Wait long enough and you’ll be sick enough to show up on your labs where doctors now can intervene. I don’t recommend that.


How do you know? What are the symptoms? Twenty years ago, they would say that if your thyroid was low functioning (hypo-thyroid) that you were likely to be overweight.  If your thyroid was over-functioning (hyper-thyroid), you were likely to be underweight and unable to gain weight. That is no longer true. Part of that is because auto-immune thyroid disorders on both ends of the scale are skyrocketing. Either way, it needs to be investigated.


In addition to weight gain, symptoms of hypo-thyroid include fatigue, cold hands and feet, dry skin, loss of eyebrow hair, hoarseness, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing or feeling like a lump in your throat, elevated cholesterol levels, puffy face, thinning hair, impaired memory, depression, inability to stay asleep and the list goes on.


These symptoms can mean lots of things, but obviously the more you have, the more it warrants investigation of the thyroid and other associated functions.


Another consideration, and one often neglected, is the adrenal glands. Symptomatically, the adrenals and thyroid share similar symptoms - weight gain and difficulty losing weight is included. Medically, the adrenal glands are considered either fully functioning or in crisis – there is no in between. Well, most of us realize that unless there was an accident, health crises occur over time. Months and months or years of sub-function finally degrade into a medical crisis. Fortunately, the adrenals and thyroid hang in there for a long time before they degrade into such a condition that they need help fast. The slow onset of weight gain, sleep deprivation and fatigue are examples.


If you are struggling with weight gain, fatigue, sleep issues, depression, or any of the other symptoms mentioned above, come to Vital Health. We are here for you.


© 2018 Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.




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Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with nearly four decades of experience.  Dr. Carling is a “Health Detective,” she looks beyond your symptom picture and investigates WHY you are experiencing your symptoms in the first place. Dr. Carling considers herself a “professional student” – she has attended more than 600 post-secondary education courses related to health and healing. Dr. Carling gives lectures here in the U.S. and internationally and has been noted as the “Doctor’s Doctor”. When other healthcare practitioners hit a roadblock when treating their patients nutritionally, Dr. Carling is who they call. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic.  Visit Dr. Carling’s website at to learn more about Dr. Carling, join our e-mail list and read other informative articles.  Dr. Carling can be reached at 208-765-1994 or and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.