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.