Dr. Su Fairchild

Integrative Medicine
Bloomsburg, PA
26 years experience female

Locations

Alliance Integrative Medicine

Herndon, VA

Address

462 Herndon Pkwy, Suite 103, Herndon, VA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 10am - 4:00pm
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Office

Bridgeville, PA

Alliance Integrative Medicine

Bloomsburg

About

Bio

Integrative Medicine (Board Certified), Orthomolecular Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Nutrigenomics/Genomic Medicine. I deal with MTHFR, Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Hypothyroidism, Autoimmune Thyroid (Hashimoto's, Graves), Bio-identical Hormone Replacement, Food and Gluten Sensitivities, Heavy metal detox, Mold Exposure. And, yes, I do prescribe Armour Thyroid and Low Dose Naltrexone

Specialties
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Integrative Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Environmental Medicine

Holistic Medicine

Orthomolecular Medicine

Licenses

United States: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia

Doctor Q&A

856 Answers
551 Agrees
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Absolutely: Immune complex deposition in joints can cause joint pain. Headaches, mood changes, fatigue, etc are possible. Deficiencies from malabsorption can also... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
CoQ: Consider coq 10 supplementation in relatively higher doses. Heart muscle depends heavily on mitochondria, and coq is very important in mitochondrial f... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: On in the same way a heart attack or a stroke is, but it can certainly decrease your health and contribute to illness.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes if symptomatic: If you are symptomatic, certainly. If not symptomatic, consider detox and thyroid supportive measures to see if your thyroid function improves.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Eat whole foods: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes you... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Was the synthroid (thyroxine) doing anything for you in the first place? If it helped you before, it should do so again. If you went off it because yo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Symptoms and labs: Go by how you feel as well as by checking free t3, (liothyronine) reverse t3, (liothyronine) and other thyroid labs.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Still hypothyroidism: It is where you TSH is normal but your free T3 and reverse T3 are not normal. Need Armour Thyroid to treat this, not synthroid (thyroxine).
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Root cause: Why is there gastroparesis? Rule out thyroid problem. Check free T3 and reverse t3. Ft3 should be in upper range and rt3 in lower range. If your ratio... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes there can be: Acid reflux could be due to inadequate digestion, especially low stomach acid. Stomach cells require energy to make enough stomach acid, and if one is... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Type: Type of iron supplement is also important. Some are harsher than others. Stick with the polysaccharide kind and avoid the sulfate. Extra vitamin c hel... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Also: check vitamin D levels and rule out IgG deficiency
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Gluten: Consider trial of gluten and dairy free. No sugar. Lots of organic vegetables. Probiotics such as kombucha, real sauerkraut, water kefir, etc.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Lightly cook the cruciferous vegetables at least. Do not eat them raw. Limit soy and choose fermented (miso, tempeh, etc) soy over unfermented soy (so... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Also consider food sensitivities and heavy metal overload. Both can be tested for. Do alcat for food, and post provocation urine heavy metals. Also re... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Armour: Armour thyroid is natural porcine thyroid hormone. Also make sure you are not iodine deficient. One drop lugol's two to three times a week may help.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Not all tests done: I would bet your doctor never tested a reverse t3 (liothyronine). Must test free t3 (liothyronine), reverse t3 (liothyronine), free t4. Can almost pro... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
See list: People living in an urban environment should take nac 600 mg twice daily. Also, ester c 500 mg twice daily, vit d3, magnesium. Other vitamins and supp... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Not so much: Best to treat the hypothyroidism. Glucophage (metformin) uncouples your mitochondria and is not always a good thing.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Perhaps: Too much caffiene can mimic anxiety. Watch caffiene intake and do not overdo it.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Test results?: Do you have lab results? Muscle cramps could be low magnesium. Check my website for more information on magnesium. What is your dose of d3? You may ne... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes you... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: Could possibly be hypothyroidism, but also can be adrenal fatigue. Consider a 24 hour urine hormone panel. You may need to get that done via a special... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Gluten free: Possibly gluten and dairy free. Malabsorption can be caused by gluten sensitivity damaging your gut cells. Test thyroid properly. Check free T3 and re... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Not really: You may feel tired and draggy, but there should be no major problems from you being off your meds for a month.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Definitely. Upper back and neck muscle tightness and spasm can be from hypothyroidism. Other factors can contribute. Magnesium and zinc are helpful. A... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Armour: Hypothyroidism can slow healing. Treat hypothyroidism with Armour Thyroid and consider zinc picolinate supplementation. Also vit c and magnesium.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Ester c 500 mg once or twice daily would be a good dose.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Processed carbs: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product.. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes yo... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Eat better: Consider gluten sensitivity and dairy intolerance and 3 mth trial off these. Eat more organic vegetables and avoid processed food. Drink lots of water... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Processed carbs: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product.. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes yo... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: But some people need more protein and good fats so modify the diet accordingly. Olive oil can be added after food is cooked, and coconut oil is good t... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Omega 3: You could also need better hydration. Drink lots of water. Also improving the fatty acid balance of your cells may help. Omega 3's may help dryness. C... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
No: Hypothyroidism usually does not do this.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Any autoimmune problem may signal an immune system disregulated due to toxicity. Xenobiotics, heavy metals, endocrine disrupters etc. Cleanse and deto... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Minerals and water : Cramps can be due to mineral and electrolyte imbalance. Consider magnesium supplementation and drinking more water. Also gentle exercise.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Check free T3 and reverse t3. Ft3 should be in upper range and rt3 in lower range. If your ratio is off, you may need Armour Thyroid or t3, and synthr... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Amour is just fine: Armour thyroid is one of the better medications for hypothyroidism, because it mimics natural thyroid hormone levels way better than synthroid (thyrox... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: I think the problem may possibly have been caused by you not taking the active form of b6. When the inactive form is taken, there is a rate limiting f... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Some people do well on more of a vegan / vegetarian diet. You probably were low on magnesium and the diet change helped that.
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Usually T3 (liothyronine) SR: T3 sr is usually compounded with cellulose. This theoretically gives a slower absorption. Cytomel (liothyronine) can also work well if divided three t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Whole foods: Avoid alcohol, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and other drugs that can be harsh on your liver. Eat whole organic foods including lots of fruit and vegetable... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
More: Aim for serum level of 800 or higher. If oral dosage still does not achieve that after you increase whatever doses you are taking, you may need inject... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Enzymes: You can try digestive enzymes, or betaine hcl. If you try betaine, take it after the middle of the meal, not with the first bite.
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A member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Cultured foods that have good probiotics in them are safe in pregnancy.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
See psychiatrist: Please make an appointment with a good psychiatrist asap. Psychiatrists are specialists best able to help you decide on the best medication for dealin... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Probiotics: Reflux is often due to poor digestion which is more often due to insufficient stomach acid than too much. Giving someone like that an acid suppressor ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
None: Do this instead of diet pills: simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product as the fine grind makes... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Sometimes hypoglycemia can be reactive. Consider cutting back on sugar and flour products, pour 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 tbsp coconut oil o... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Aluminum: Leaching of aluminum into food can happen. Short term risk to the baby is negligible, but long term risks from aluminum can occur with life long use. ... Read More
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Sep 22, 2015
I am grateful for Dr. Fairchild's presence here. She collaborates well with colleagues and has excellent bedside manner. We learn much from her here on HealthTap, both patients and doctors alike!
Mar 29, 2014
It's great finding another doc testing everyone for MTHFR since it appears that many docs have never even heard of it, let alone know how to treat. Great to find a "partner in cure" :)
Oct 21, 2013
Dr. Fairchild is an extremely knowledgeable, generous, and helpful physician whose answers are concise and on target. She had taught me a great deal, and I highly recommend her.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! My doctor is not willing to put me on armour thyroid and I have a difficult time with sinthroid. I am trying to convince her that there is not an imbalance of t3 and t4 ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks I've heard good reviews from natures bounty on vitamins but just wondered if there was a comprehensive Beideman for a woman of my age and menopausal sym...Read More
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Thank you, your post was very helpful! Thank you very much for your insight. Being a Flight Attendant with a very sporadic diet for days on end, I'll focus on adding supplements.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Pennsylvania, PA
MD

Awards

Top Integrative Medical Practitioner in Virginia, Winter 2013
Top Integrative Medicine Specialist, National, Summer 2014
Top Integrative Medicine Specialist, National, Summer 2013

Affiliations

International College of Integrative Medicine
International Association of Attunement Practitioners
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