The summit also comprised osteopath's and naturopathic practitioners, etc, etc, who also specialized in thyroid problems. Overall each presenter had something to offer given to their individual training and experience. The overarching perspective one comes away with is the complexity of treating hypothyroid (Hashimoto's), or hyperthyroid, (Graves Disease), which is far less common.
There is no one shoe that fits all when it comes to treating thyroid and this is no surprise for we are all different in our individual biochemistry. In the most part there exist some commonality among the basic's in the treatment protocol and these factors can apply to many other health related concerns as well.
No point going into all the symptoms here for there are just too many to list. What is most important though are these considerations; Vitamin D via daily sunshine / sunlight exposure is a must. Daily exercise, good dietary practices, stress management, a high potency multi - mineral and vitamin supplement. Sleep and rest are also important in the recovery process, and much more to consider...
Gluten in wheat, rye, barley, etc. and dairy foods need to be taken out of the diet, at least for a few weeks in the beginning treatment, and really in most cases of allergies and many other illnesses these foods repeatedly are shown to cause problems and should be largely eliminated from our diet. Of course excessive sugar intake (all types) should also be monitored in one's diet as well.
Basal (meaning base or lowest), body temperature reading's are taken in the mornings (upon awakening), and if possible taken throughout the day a few times, this can serve as an indicator of low thyroid function. If the reading is consistently (1) degree or more lower than normal body temperature, 98.6.F (37.C) this can be a strong indicator of low thyroid function. If under 97.0 then the thyroid is strongly suspected of being under active. Thyroid disorders are predominately found to affect women, however men on anti anxiety or medications for depression are more likely to have low thyroid function, especially after long term use of these drugs.
Salt intake also needs to be increased substantially, 1-1/2 teaspoons daily however not the processed types but the Celtic and Himalayan salts come highly recommended. Iodine solution or tablets may also be required, however it's best to not self medicate with Iodine. The salt's named above do not provide iodine, but they do contain 80+ other trace elements, which are very beneficial no matter the illness or disease.
Thyroid problems can be successfully treated, however your average GP is not going to qualify here. Neither are endocrinologist going to be of much help, for in the main they are more inclined to diagnose serious disease conditions like cancers rather than treat under active endocrine functions. Diabetes being the exception as this is where endocrinologist primary focus remains due to the exponential increase of this disease globally!
From what many of the presenters relayed, mainstream medical thyroid blood test parameters are very inconsistent and unreliable as well, some even declared that most thyroid test were inconclusive and a waste of time!
There are some very good books online on the subject, and the reader is urged to do their own research and proceed from there if low thyroid function is suspected. Also look online to find a healthcare practitioner in your area who may specialize in treating thyroid conditions. Of all the presenters I was privy to listen to, in my humble opinion the video presentation is most likely your best guideline...Be Well!