WHAT’S GOING ON IN HASHIMOTO’S

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN HASHIMOTO’S

There’s more to Hashimoto’s then just low thyroid function.

Most patients with Hashimoto’s will present with acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, intestinal permeability, food sensitivities, gum disorders and hypoglycemia in addition to the “typical” hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, cold intolerance, hair loss, fatigue and constipation.

The body becomes stuck in a chronic state of immune system overload, adrenal insufficiency, gut dysbiosis, impaired digestion, inflammation, and thyroid hormone release abnormalities.

This cycle is interrelated and reinforces itself through a positive feedback loop, meaning the cycle is self sustaining and will continue causing more an more symptoms until an external factor intervenes and breaks the cycle apart.

Be sure to check out my process map:

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THYROID PHARMACIST FAQ

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What is the difference between hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?

Hypothyroidism is a lack of thyroid hormone that can occur as a result of a variety of different factors such as Iodine deficiency, surgical removal of the thyroid or damage to the thyroid. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that results in the immune system damaging the thyroid. Most cases of hypothyroidism in the US and other countries that add iodine to their salt supply are caused by Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune condition. I am a proponent of not just using medications for hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s, but also of rebalancing the immune system to prevent further attack on the thyroid.

WHERE DO I START WITH HASHIMOTO’S?

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WHERE DO I START WITH HASHIMOTO’S?

Through my research, I’ve discovered that there is more to Hashimoto’s than just your thyroid.

Most patients with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism will have acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, leaky gut, food allergies and adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms of impaired digestion/absorption, anxiety, chronic fatigue and chemical/environmental allergies may be seen as well.

Hashimoto’s is a complicated condition with many layers that need to be unraveled. While conventional medicine only looks at each body system as a separate category, and is only concerned with the thyroid’s ability to produce thyroid hormone, Hashimoto’s is more than just hypothyroidism.

It took me three years to figure out the lifestyle interventions for Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR CONDITION?

You have to DIG AT IT.

You start with the simplest modifications, by removing triggers, followed by repairing the other broken systems to restore equilibrium, allowing the body to rebuild itself. You will dig down to why the immune system is imbalanced in the first place and this will tell you how you begin to finally feel better, reduce your thyroid antibodies and even take your condition into remission.

You will have to create your own health timeline. Look back at your overall history as far back as you can remember. Look for infections, periods of sever stress, the use of medications (especially antibiotics, antacids, and oral contraceptives), accidents, and exposure to toxins. These are events that may have contributed to Hashimoto’s. Once you do, you will know what types of changes you need to implement to make yourself feel better.

SIX STEPS TO BREAKING THE VICIOUS CYCLE IN HASHIMOTO’S

Step 1: Correct Diagnosis
Getting the right diagnosis is the first step to getting your life back. Our aim is to help you understand your diagnosis and the implications associated with autoimmune thyroiditis so that you can be empowered to fight back effectively.

Step 2: Medication Management
Thyroid hormones affect every organ, tissue and cell in the body. Appropriate medication management will allow you to recover from the effects of hypothyroidism, giving you the energy, vitality and support to continue working on optimizing your health.

Step 3: Food Pharmacology
Optimizing your health starts with food. Figuring out which foods nourish you, and which ones cause you harm is the single most important thing you can learn in your health journey.

Step 4: Balancing your Adrenals
The adrenals are the glads that secrete our stress hormones. Excessive stress turns off the body’s ability to heal and wreaks havoc on our hormones. When you support your adrenals, your body will reward you.

Step 5: Healing Your Gut
Your gut is home to your immune system. When you heal and balance your gut function, you immune system recovers as well. Hippocrates said: “All disease begins in the gut”.

Step 6: Removing Toxins
Toxins can trigger autoimmune disease. Reducing your toxic burden allows the body to heal itself.

Weight Loss With Hashimoto’s

Professional Village Compounding Pharmacy Sacramento wants to bring you some more information about Hashimoto’s

Weight gain and the inability to lose weight may be a devastating consequence for many with hypothyroidism.

Many of you have been asking how to lose weight with Hashimoto’s/hypothyroidism…

Here are some helpful strategies

1) Get your latest lab values for TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 from your doctor. You may have been told that these numbers were “normal”, but sometimes when these numbers are on the outskirts of normal, your metabolic rate may still be impaired making it more difficult for you to burn calories.

Additionally, new guidelines have redefined the normal range for TSH to be below 3, however, not many labs have implemented this guideline. Your doctor may be using old ranges.

Most people report feeling well with a TSH between 0.5-2. 0. Remember, thyroid medications are dosed in micrograms, (that is 1/1000 of a milligram), sometimes a teensy increase in the dose can make a world of a difference. Talk to your doctor.

2) Consider the type of medication you are taking. Some report more weight loss with T4/T3 combinations (Armour, Nature-Throid, compounded medications) versus T4 medications (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Tirosint) alone. T4 is a precursor to T3, but some individuals do not convert T4 to T3 properly, and the T3 component is the metabolically active one.

3) Consider the type of diet you are eating. The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) full of sugar and simple carbohydrates is perfectly designed to cause us to gain weight year after year. Even yogurts that are marketed as “healthy” contain the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar!

I like to think about eating “real food”. If it wasn’t considered food 200 years ago, we probably shouldn’t be eating it now!

Divorcing the S.A.D. is often a step that many of us must take to not just lose weight, but to also feel better and in some cases minimize or eliminate the immune system attack.

Some diets that have been helpful include the Body Ecology Diet, the Paleo Diet, the Virgin Diet, Autoimmune Paleo Diet, GAPS diet, SCD diet, Weston A. Price Diet, or the Mediterranean Diet.

These diets are meant as a starting point, you may need to modify these diets to fit your own individuality. People with Hashimoto’s usually have multiple food intolerances, especially to gluten.

My advice is to eliminate sugar, processed foods of all kinds, gluten, dairy, corn, rice and other simple carbohydrates. Carbohydrates get stored in our bodies as fat. Instead, focus on eating lots of good meats and vegetables (preferably organic), and good fats like avocados, olive oil and coconut oil. Don’t count calories, rather eat until you are satisfied. After an initial week or two of withdrawal, your body will start to thank you. You will start noticing stomach aches, bloating, acid reflux and fatigue subside. You will also start to lose weight without trying.

4) Consider taking a probiotic or eating fermented foods.

New research is showing that people who are overweight have an imbalance of bacterial flora in their guts. The particular bacteria found in overweight people extract more calories from food than people who have normal weight! This means you could be eating the same amount of food as your skinny friends, and gaining more weight from it! Probiotics and fermented foods that contain beneficial bacteria may be helpful with balancing your bacterial flora.

5) Choose a physical activity that you will enjoy and continue, such as walking, yoga, swimming, Pilates, running, Zumba or P90X. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it.

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Anthem/Blue Shield/Blue Cross are NO LONGER GOING TO COVER COMPOUND MEDICATIONS!!!

Breaking News! Anthem is no longer covering certain compounded prescriptions. They state that “For a compound drug to be covered it must contain at least one ingredient/drug that requires a prescription to obtain. Additionally, that ingredient/drug must also be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)”.

You might ask yourself why your compounded prescriptions are not FDA approved. It is not within the FDA scope to be able to approve OR disapprove compounded medications. However, the chemicals and ingredients we compound with are purchased at FDA approved and inspected facilities. Unfortunately, we are not sure why your insurance is using that as an excuse to not cover compounded prescriptions.

This is not the first time insurance companies have tried to eliminate coverage of compounded medications. So what can patients do? We recommend reaching out to Anthem to fight for medication coverage. The most important action you can take is to call and let them know how much this will affect you. Make sure you spread the word to anyone else that uses Anthem and could be affected by this decision. The more people who get behind this, the more powerful the message will come across.