Olive Branch Wellness Center
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September 2018 Issue
Raynette Ilg, ND, Founder
Olive Branch Wellness Center
Hashimoto’s Disease: Is it the Real
Reason Your Thyroid is Slow?
Maybe you were told, or maybe you suspect, that your thyroid is sluggish or slow. You may even be taking thyroid meds from your doctor. Maybe they work, and maybe they don’t. Maybe your thyroid meds used to work but they don’t now. Or maybe your thyroid lab tests came back normal, and although you still had all the symptoms of thyroid disorder, your doctor told you it was all in your head and you didn’t get any medication.
Thyroid problems are tricky, whether it’s an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or an over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Here’s why they’re tricky: A large percentage of thyroid issues are caused by an underlying autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s disease.
Hashimoto’s, like all autoimmune conditions, is where the body’s immune system is attacking and destroying part of your body – in this case, your thyroid.
If your doctor hasn’t taken the time to check for Hashimoto’s and rule it out, no matter what you do, no matter what thyroid medications you take, your thyroid is still being attacked by your immune system. Medications can mask the symptoms and give you the thyroid hormones you desperately need, but until you shut off the autoimmune reaction caused by Hashimoto’s, your thyroid will continue to lose function and ultimately could be completely destroyed.
What can cause Hashimoto’s? Lots of things! Hashimoto’s disease can be triggered by undiagnosed food allergies, a leaky gut (yes, once again, your gut health and intestinal bacteria), overuse of antibiotics, environmental toxins, nutrient deficits, previous illness, genetic predisposition, and more. The good news is that with diligent detective work to find and eliminate the triggers, the autoimmune damage in Hashimoto’s can be healed and the attack on your thyroid reduced or stopped altogether.
But to do this, you’ll need to work closely with someone who can help you determine (a)Whether you have Hashimoto’s or not (b) How much the damage to your thyroid has progressed (c) What your unique Hashimoto triggers are and how to stop them. The rewards? You can start to feel normal again, restore your health, enjoy energy and vitality, lose weight more easily, and stop getting Hashimoto’s symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, depression, acid reflux, dry skin, allergies, etc.
Next month, we’ll talk more about the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease and steps I take to help patients stop the vicious and destructive course Hashimoto’s takes to destroy your thyroid. In the meantime, there is a great book available, titled: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating The Root Cause, by Dr. Isabella Wentz. It’s an important resource for everyone struggling with thyroid disorder, and is a good companion for finding your particular Hashimoto’s triggers.
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