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Environmental Factors Behind Thyroid Disease | Wellness Clinic

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of the neck. It's in charge of releasing essential thyroid hormones which control the body's metabolism, the way the body uses energy. The thyroid gland's hormones regulate vital body functions, such as breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems, body temperature and more.

What causes autoimmune thyroid disease?
As essential as the thyroid gland is, however, the body's own immune system can sometimes malfunction and attack this important endocrine organ, ultimately affecting its function. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, like Hashimoto's thyroid disease and Graves' disease, have been on the rise in the United States. While the diagnosis of thyroid disease has increased, many doctors still don't know the cause of the issue, but these have been linked to several factors.

Environmental Factors for AITD
A number of environmental factors have been associated with the development an…

Find a Doctor or Hospital | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Find a Doctor or Hospital | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - El Paso Chiropractor

Dr. Alex Jimenez, El Paso chiropractor, has helped hundreds of his patients recover from injuries and/or conditions after being involved in an automobile accident or other unfortunate incident. From the first step of treatment to recommending and guiding people to the most suitable and qualified healthcare providers and legal representatives, Dr. Jimenez has supported many patients into recovery.
Find a doctor or hospital in Texas quickly and easily using the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Provider Finder. Search for a doctor by name, location or specialty to find a doctor in your area to meet your health care needs.
When you need to find a doctor, take the time to research your options. Follow the steps to help find the doctor that meets your needs.
  1. Make a List of Potential Doctors
    • Start with the network. Health plans like HMOs and PPOs use a certain group of doctors and health care professionals. This is called a provider network. Before you see a doctor, search Provider Finder® for doctors in your provider network. Register or log in to Blue Access for Members, our secure member website, for a personalized search experience based on your health plan and network.
    • Ask your family and friends for doctor references.
    • Check local resources. Check with local hospitals to see if they have a referral service. If you're moving to a new area, ask your current doctor to help you find a qualified doctor near your new home.
  2. Research and Narrow Your List
    • Ask questions. Contact the doctors on your list and ask for information about their background. Some of these questions might include:
      • What is the doctor's training and education?
      • How long has he or she been in practice?
      • What is the doctor's age and gender? (If important to you)
      • Is the doctor board-certified? (This requires specialty training.)
    • Check for complaints. Contact your state's department of insurance and see if the doctors you are considering have had complaints filed against them.
    • Go online. Search online for articles and reports about the doctors you are considering.
  3. Meet Your Doctor(s)
    • Meet and greet. Once you've narrowed your list to a handful of doctors, set up appointments so you can get to know the candidates. Bring a list of questions and be prepared to discuss any concerns. Some offices charge a small fee for a meet and greet, but it could be well worth it.
    • Make your choice. By now you should have a pretty good idea of your prime candidate. Save your research, just in case you decide to switch doctors later. But, if you've done everything outlined here, chances are you've found the right doctor for you!
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After being involved in an unfortunate accident which causes injury or aggravates a previous condition, finding the best health provider in the region is important. Blue Cross Blue Shield has made every effort to effectively appoint individuals to the best, most appropriate doctors and hospitals, to ensure the patient finds the finest care they deserve and restore their health.
For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

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