If you have or suspect that you have thyroid problems then this article is very important to you.
It turns out that the majority of people who have a thyroid problem have it because of an autoimmune condition.
This condition is often referred to as Hashimoto's thyroiditis and it is something that EVERY thyroid patient should be aware of (and should be tested for).
This article will walk you through the importance of thyroid antibody testing, how to test for Hashimoto's, and some basic treatment guidelines.
Hashimoto's is the number 1 cause of hypothyroidism in the United States (and in many other countries).
Despite this fact, there are basically no good treatments which attempt to cure or reverse this condition from conventional medicine.
But don't let that scare you, there are still some therapies which can potentially be helpful for some people.
And that's exactly what we are going to talk about in this article:
Do you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Are you wondering about how to treat or manage this condition?
If so then you need to understand the main difference between the standard approach and the integrative approach to treating this disease.
In this guide, you will learn the basics of Hashimoto's, what causes this condition, how it presents and the conventional vs alternative treatment options available.
Let's jump in:
Do you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis?
Are you considering going gluten-free?
Maybe you are wondering if going gluten-free will even be helpful, or if it is some sort of fad diet.
Maybe you've gone gluten-free and it just isn't helping like you thought it would.
If so, you are in the right place.
It turns out that going gluten-free may be beneficial for many patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis but not for the reasons you might expect.
By evaluating the research we can determine why going gluten-free may be a good idea if you have Hashimoto's:
Hashimoto's symptoms can vary drastically from person to person.
Couple that with the fact that the symptoms of Hashimoto's disease change through time and can "flare" due to certain triggers makes the disease even more difficult to diagnose and manage.
It turns out that your symptoms may be telling you something about your body and can help you determine the source and cause of your Hashimoto's disease.
Managing and treating the autoimmunity and inflammatory aspect of Hashimoto's is critical for reducing these symptoms.
Let's dive in:
Your anti-TPO antibody levels mean that your thyroid may be functioning sub-optimally.
The presence of these antibodies indicates an inflammatory state in your body that needs to be treated.
You can focus on certain therapies to help reduce these antibody levels and improve your thyroid function.
In this guide, I will walk you through optimal ranges for thyroid lab tests (including thyroid peroxidase antibodies), the complete symptom list for patients with autoimmune thyroiditis and 5 steps to reduce these antibody levels.
Let's dive in:
*This post was most recently updated on January 29th, 2019 with new information.*
Do you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis with elevated antibodies?
Would it surprise you to know that it may be possible to lower these antibody levels and reduce the damage done to your thyroid gland?
Many doctors seem to blow off the fact that you have elevated TPO or Thyroperoxidase antibodies by saying that it doesn't affect treatment or worse, they don't even test for them.
It turns out that having elevated antibodies is a big deal because it may affect your treatment.
Not only does having TPO antibodies present in your serum indicate you may have inflammation and autoimmunity present, but it also changes your management and treatment.
This article highlights several therapies that I've used successfully in patients to help them LOWER their TPO antibodies, inflammation, and reduce the autoimmune process.
These therapies may not work for everyone with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, but they should still be considered in most cases.
If you have Hashimoto's or Hypothyroidism and weight loss feels impossible, then you need to read this patient case study.
This is a case study from my office and I want to share it with you guys so you know that feeling better is NOT impossible.
It's not uncommon for me to receive emails like these:
But for many patients out there suffering in the insurance model, it can be difficult to get the care they need.
If you fit into this category you can find resources to help you find a knowledgeable doctor here.
So let's talk about what it takes to lose 50+ pounds, drop 40 inches and reduce Hashimoto symptoms by almost 100%.
**Update 12/2/16: Patient now down to 191.2 pounds from starting weight of 250. 50+ pounds lost over 9 months so far with pictures below and progress below:
You can find the exact same program this patient used to get these results by clicking here.
**Update 8/22/16: This patient has now lost 40+ pounds and over 40+ inches...
*Note: This article has been updated on 1/17/2019 to contain new information*
Do you ever get confused with which supplements you should or shouldn't be taking?
The truth is this:
There are some specific supplements which are VERY helpful to patients with Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism and there are a lot of others with a bunch of "hype" and no science or legitimacy backing their use.
Today I want to show you what I consider to be the best supplements for Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism, but more specifically...
Why I like them.
Let's look at the facts and the science so you can get on the right track to feeling better and treating your Hashimoto's...
If you want the quick version here are the top supplements I recommend for patients with Hashimoto's in 2019 (keep reading for detailed information on why these are helpful and how to use them):
Why do so many patients with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's suffer from brain fog?
Is there a connection between these two disease states?
The answer is yes and we are going to explore why in this post.
You're about to learn why brain fog may be an early indicator of damage to your brain, what steps you can take to reverse this condition and what steps you should be taking to prevent brain fog: