Up to 90% of hypothyroid patients have what’s called Hashimoto’s disease. This is an autoimmune attack on the thyroid itself. Not to mention the Thyroid gland is VERY sensitive to the activity of your immune system. Many infections, both chronic/hidden and acute, can throw off the delicate chemistry that keeps our thyroid functioning. But when there is an active immune attack on the thyroid, you will have symptoms that wax and wane. You may feel like you are on a roller coaster until the thyroid completely gives out on you or you find a nutritionally trained practitioner to help! It’s time to get yourself checked!
Dr. Chad’s recommended Thyroid Tests:
- Total T4
- Free T4
- Total T3
- Free T3 (Very Important)
- Reverse T3
- T3 Uptake
- TPO – Antibodies
- TG – Antibodies
- Sed Rate, Westergren
- Iodine Loading tests
- Stool testing
- Adrenal Stress Index
- Food Sensitivities
I have people coming into my office every week bringing their lab reports in and the only tests that have been ran were TSH and TT4. Now TSH is the gold standard but it’s a snap shot of one point in time and TSH alone isn’t a complete enough picture as to what’s going on. TSH come from the Pituitary Gland that is hardwired into our brain and it tells the thyroid gland to produce Thyroid hormone (T4). Two things can happen here, the thyroid may become sluggish and the brain starts secreting more TSH to try and stimulate it to produce more Thyroid hormone. Or the pituitary gland may not secrete enough tsh to make the thyroid produce enough thyroid hormone, this is commonly missed among even the top alternative practitioners!
Moving on, Thyroid Hormone travels to the liver and the GI tract where it is converted into T3. Now, T3 is the most active form of thyroid hormones and is where the rubber meets the road. This is why measuring T3 levels are important. As well, look where this conversion happens. It’s important to make sure your gut and liver are in tip top shape in order for this conversion to occur. Many things can throw this conversion off, causing lower than normal T3 levels and are typically missed on labs.
Hashimotos, is the most common cause of thyroid disfunction that I have seen. It’s been said that it is the root cause of 90% of diagnosed hypothyroidism. This starts out normally after a pregnancy or stressful even in life. But most of the time I see mothers coming in saying their symptoms started after a pregnancy. You will also have good weeks and bad months as the immune system fluctuates. Typical treatment is to just let the immune system eat up the thyroid and just supplement with thyroid hormone. This simplistic way of treatment overlooks the underlying cause that may be wreaking havoc elsewhere in the body. Read more: (What You Need to Know About Hashimoto’s Disease!)
In autoimmune diseases, you typically don’t get just one. Autoimmune diseases come in pairs, where there is one there is normally another. Do you know if your hypothyroid symptoms are from hashimoto’s? If so, do you know what other parts of your body your immune system is attacking? Other common sites of autoimmune attack are your brain and pancreas. This sets the stage for early onset neurodegenerative diseases and adult onset diabetes. Ever wonder why so many hypothyroid patients are diabetic too? Now combine the elevated blood sugar’s toxic effect on the brain with possible brain autoimmune attacks. You have a very sick person who feels awful and will probably have neurodegeneration earlier in life.
So what do you do?
Get tested! Ask for TPO-Antibodies, and Thyroglobulin-Antibodies or make an appointment today! You must find out what is environmental and dietary exposures that are stimulating your immune system to attack itself. This is the key in addressing the root cause! Even if you don’t have Hashimoto’s there are many natural approaches to improving these symptoms without drugs. If you want to live life to the fullest, it’s time to figure out what’s causing the symptoms and stop it before further damage is done even if you are on thyroid hormones
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