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Brooke Lounsbury

Brooke Lounsbury, Registered Nurse, has over 26 years as a nurse. Her primary field was in Home Health and Hospice until she left the mainstream medical field in 2008 and started teaching classes devoted to helping people empower themselves through education, public speaking engagements, classes and coaching -online and in person.

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All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  
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Thyroid Gland Overview

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Thyroid Gland Overview
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

 The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland that is located above the Adams apple. The hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) effect every cell in the body. The physiology of the thyroid hormone process is complex. Many nutrients, such as selenium and iodine play a crucial role in thyroid health. If even one of the several nutrients are missing the thyroid gland cannot function. This results in many systems in the body unable to do their tasks, from cardiac health to respiratory health and metabolic regulation to name a few. Without understanding the delicate interactions and nutrients required for a healthy thyroid, it is impossible to understand thyroid diseases and conditions.


Upon completion the participant will be able to:

1. Explain the anatomy of the thyroid gland
2. Explain how tyrosine and iodine combine to make thyroid hormones
3. Discuss the hypothalamus pituitary negative feedback loop
4. Identify key nutrients needed by the thyroid
5. List thyroid lab tests done and what they determine


Chapter 1: Introduction to Thyroid gland and its function

• Anatomy of the thyroid gland
• Function of the thyroid gland
• Hormones produced by the thyroid gland
• Nutrients needed for proper functioning of the thyroid gland

Chapter 2: Labs for thyroid gland

• Thyroid stimulating hormone(TSH)
• Thyroid perioxidase(TPO)antibodies
• Thyroglobulin
• Thyroglobulin antibodies
• Free T4
• Free T3
• Reverse T3
• Radioactive iodine uptake test
• Thyroid scan
Chapter 3: References
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