7 Hashimoto’s Diet Myths Debunked (What Most People Miss)

7 Hashimoto’s Diet Myths Debunked & Why They Aren’t True

The Food you Eat Can and Does Impact Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

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The food that you put into your mouth and into your body can either have a positive or negative impact on Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

I’m definitely not disputing that. 

But in this article, I want to dispute some of the so-called “facts” that float around the internet, Facebook groups, and other forums, regarding how effective diet CAN be for treating and managing Hashimoto’s. 

I’ve had the advantage of treating hundreds with Hashimoto’s personally and getting into contact with thousands more through this blog, emails, Facebook comments, youtube comments, podcasts, and more. 

What I’ve learned other the last 5-6 years is that there are all sorts of ideas about how food can both positively and negatively impact thyroid function in the setting of Hashimoto’s. 

Some of these ideas are absolutely true, others are mostly false but contain kernels of truth, and others are just completely false. 

And yet, even the obviously false information is often passed down from person to person on the internet as the gospel truth!

Today we are going to dispel some of these Hashimoto’s food-related myths and talk about what you can and should expect from your diet. 

You will learn…

  • The top 7 most common Hashimoto’s food myths
  • The types of food which are actually harmful if you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • The nuances associated with diet and certain types of foods such as dairy
  • The story on iodine and how that impacts Hashimoto’s
  • Whether or not the AIP diet is the “best” diet around for treating Hashimoto’s
  • And much much more

Let’s jump in: 


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The Top 7 Hashimoto’s Food Myths Debunked

This list has been curated based on my own experience in treating patients with Hashimoto’s and also based on the many interactions I’ve had with people who have Hashimoto’s. 

As such, it’s not meant to be an all-encompassing list that includes every single dietary myth out there. 

If you have any other “facts” that you’ve heard about but aren’t 100% sure are accurate then please leave a comment below and I can continually add to this list. 

But without further ado, let’s jump into the top 10 most common Hashimoto’s food myths: 

#1. Changing my Diet can Heal or Reverse my Hashimoto’s and it’s all I need to do. 

The first on the list is probably the most common and it stems from the idea that diet is sufficient to heal just about any malady out there. 

While there is no doubt in my mind that diet plays a key role in regulating the body and overall health, I’ve never seen evidence that there is some combination of certain foods which if consumed at the right time of the day or prepared in the right way, will heal any medical condition. 

The idea is very alluring because, in essence, it promises that fixing your thyroid autoimmune condition is within reach if you can just unlock the mysterious food code. 

And because you have control over whatever you put into your mouth it means that you potentially have control over your thyroid condition. 

There’s only one problem:

It doesn’t quite work that well. 

But I can tell you after exhausting just about every combination of food, doing just about every food allergy and sensitivity test available on the market, that this just isn’t true for every single person. 

To make things worse, the idea that food can fix or heal Hashimoto’s will sometimes force people into psychological pathology. 

There is a medical condition given to people who obsess over healthy eating and it’s called orthorexia (1). 

Being consumed with eating healthy actually CAUSES you to be unhealthy!

It can cause extreme mental stress which can be felt somatically exacerbating autoimmunity and increasing inflammatory (2) levels in the body. 

I can almost always tell when someone has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating based on the questions they ask and the importance they place on their diet. 

Diet IS important but it isn’t the ONLY thing you should be thinking about. 

Over-the-counter supplements, thyroid hormones, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and off label medications are often even more important!

But don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely possible for diet to heal and reverse Hashimoto’s in SOME cases. 

The key here is SOME cases and not ALL cases. 

Focus on your diet but not to the point that it causes pathology in your body. 

#2. Once I get my Hashimoto’s under control I will be able to eat like my friends. 

This is probably the most frustrating myth but it is something that you should be aware of. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s then the chances of you eating like your friends who do NOT have autoimmune disease is basically zilch. 

The unfortunate truth is that those who have Hashimoto’s will always need to be cautious and aware of the foods that they put into their body. 

What do I mean?

It means that if you and your friends go out to eat for lunch or dinner you shouldn’t be splitting that deep dish pizza with some beer on the side. 

Or when your friends go out to get their morning latte it’s far better for you to politely decline and instead go for some herbal tea. 

What you need to understand is that even though you may be consuming the same foods as your friends, that food is impacting your body DIFFERENTLY than it is impacting theirs. 

Processed foods with industrial seed oils can trigger inflammation in YOUR body which can make your autoimmune disease worse. 

Drinking alcohol may have a suppressive effect on YOUR thyroid gland which will be felt much more strongly than it would be in your friends. 

Consuming coffee in the morning may reduce the absorption of YOUR thyroid medication whereas your friends will otherwise be fine. 

This is true even if you have your Hashimoto’s under control, by the way!

For the rest of your life, you should be both aware and cognizant of the impact that your diet will have on your thyroid condition. 

But let me be clear, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life. It just means you need to find different ways to partake in the fun!

Nowadays, there are all sorts of gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free alternatives to modern-day foods and even though they may not be healthy, they are still far less damaging to the body than the regular food you’d get when eating out. 

#3. I don’t have to avoid gluten because I don’t have Celiac Disease. 

Another common misconception has to do with who should be eating gluten and who shouldn’t be eating gluten. 

Most people wrongfully assume that gluten only needs to be avoided if you have Celiac disease. 

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that REQUIRES the absolute removal of gluten from the diet. 

If you have Celiac disease and you consume gluten your body will create antibodies to it which will destroy the lining of your gut and lead to all sorts of problems. 

Both doctors and patients know this and they also know that you can test for Celiac disease by checking some simple blood tests

So the obvious conclusion is that if you DON’T have these antibodies in your blood (meaning you do NOT have Celiac disease) then it’s safe to eat gluten, right? 

Wrong, actually, and this is where people get into trouble. 

While Celiac is a big problem for people with Hashimoto’s there is a more sinister problem known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (3). 

These are people who test NEGATIVE for Celiac disease but still have a sensitivity to gluten which can cause problems if consumed. 

For this reason, it’s almost always a good idea to completely remove gluten from your diet if you have Hashimoto’s for at least 90 days regardless of what your blood tests show. 

I believe in this so strongly that I rarely ever order gluten antibodies on patients unless I know that they have been consuming gluten before the test. 

I just assume that avoiding gluten will be beneficial to the patient and just about 100% of the time it is. 

If you have Celiac disease then avoiding gluten is great, if you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity then avoiding celiac is great, and avoiding easily processed foods that contain gluten is always a good idea for better health in general. 

It’s pretty much a win, win, win, no matter how you look at it. 

Not everyone will have to avoid gluten forever, though, so keep that in mind. 

Rarely, do I run across someone with Hashimoto’s that can tolerate gluten, especially in the form of Einkorn grains. 

But figuring that out is something you should do down the road once you get your Hashimoto’s under control. 

Don’t play around with your health in the beginning while you are trying to get your Hashimoto’s under control. 

#4. AIP Is the Best Diet if you have Hashimoto’s. 

Next up has to do with which diet is BEST if you have Hashimoto’s. 

There are a lot of people out there who will tell you that hands down the best diet for managing Hashimoto’s is the AIP diet. 

If you’ve never heard of the AIP diet, allow me to explain. 

AIP stands for the autoimmune protocol and autoimmune paleo diet. 

In a nutshell, this diet is a stricter version of paleo which acts as a quasi-elimination diet that removes pretty much any chance you will have some sort of reaction or sensitivity to the foods that you eat. 

And while it is extremely effective (4), it’s also overkill for most people. 

I’ve written about why I typically don’t recommend the AIP for most people with Hashimoto’s in previous articles so I would encourage you to check those out if you want more in-depth information. 

For the purposes of this article, allow me to briefly explain. 

Consider this analogy:

Imagine you are trying to get rid of ants in your backyard. 

You have the option of using some non-toxic bug spray or the option of using a hand grenade. 

Both options work, it’s just that one is considerably more destructive and much more than is necessary to get the job done. 

In this analogy, the non-toxic bug spray is the gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free diet while the hand grenade is the AIP diet. 

For MOST people, the AIP diet is overkill and not required. 

Even though it works well, it can cause all sorts of issues including increased sensitivities to food down the road as you start to incorporate them back into your diet as well as issues with non-compliance. 

More important than getting on a diet to treat Hashimoto’s is STAYING on a diet to treat Hashimoto’s. 

What good is your diet if you can only stick to it for 30 days before you revert back to normal?

It would be far more effective in the long run to pick a less intensive diet but one that is easier for you to stick with. 

Make sure you consider all of these factors before you jump into any diet to treat and manage Hashimoto’s. 

#5. Ashwagandha is harmful if you have Hashimoto’s. 

This one isn’t super popular but there are certainly some people out there who believe that ashwagandha is harmful if you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. 

This stems from the idea that Ashwagandha is technically a member of the nightshade family and nightshades are one of those “must remove” foods if you have autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. 

It doesn’t help the situation that nightshades are not allowed if you are following the AIP diet, so this gives people more ammunition for this myth. 

The logic is that consuming ashwagandha will cause inflammation which will worsen autoimmune function and make your thyroid worse. 

But is this true? 

I have to say that it sounds plausible when you are talking purely in the hypothetical sense, but it just doesn’t seem to matter clinically. 

I rarely ever think twice about using ashwagandha in patients with Hashimoto’s and I’ve never had a problem to date. 

In addition, many of my own thyroid supplements (including those I recommend for Hashimoto’s) contain ashwagandha!

I can look at the number of bottles sold and compare it to the side effects that people email me about when using my supplements. 

And I can tell you after providing supplements to over 40,000 patients with thyroid problems and Hashimoto’s that this just isn’t a problem. 

Does this mean it can’t cause issues for some people?

There’s always a possibility that YOU may as an individual may have problems but the idea that everyone with Hashimoto’s should avoid it isn’t really founded or warranted. 

Don’t avoid ashwagandha just because you have Hashimoto’s but always pay attention as you take supplements to see if they work for YOU. 

#6. Iodine must be avoided 100% if you have Hashimoto’s. 

This is a myth that I feel will be around for years and years to come!

There is this idea that the use of iodine is harmful to people with Hashimoto’s because it may trigger (or at least contribute) to autoimmune thyroid disease. 

There’s only one problem with this theory and it’s called human physiology. 

As much as you may hate iodine it is required for life and cannot be produced by the human body. 

Without iodine, your body simply cannot produce thyroid hormone. 

And if you don’t produce thyroid hormone, you won’t be living very long. 

There is no shortage of people who tell me that they don’t respond well to iodine or iodine found in supplements and that they are somehow allergic to iodine. 

But what these people don’t realize is that iodine is found in all sorts of common foods including foods like bananas, strawberries, milk, tuna, eggs, turkey, yogurt, and canned corn

The chances are incredibly high that you are consuming iodine found in THESE foods on probably a daily basis!

So how is it possible for you to be allergic to iodine when you are consuming it in foods on almost a daily basis and it is required for life? 

While it’s highly unlikely that you are truly allergic to iodine, it may be that using various doses of iodine from non naturally occurring sources CAN cause some issues. 

This is true, but the default position that you should take is that iodine is both necessary and required even if you have Hashimoto’s. 

You can figure out later if you need to adjust how much you are taking or from what sources you are getting your iodine. 

But avoiding iodine because you believe it is harmful is most likely going to cause more harm than good to your body

And, again, I have lots of data from providing patients with thyroid supplements that contain iodine. 

It’s very rare that I see people have truly negative reactions to iodine. 

So rare, in fact, that it’s probably close to 1 in 5,000 or 1 in 10,000. 

The chances are very much in your favor that you will handle taking iodine if you have Hashimoto’s without any issue. 

#7. Cutting my Calories is the Best Way to Lose Weight. 

There is this idea that the best and only way to lose weight is by cutting your calories. 

This path to weight loss has been rehashed time and time again by doctors, patients, Instagram celebrities, Facebook groups, and the news. 

It’s particularly attractive to those with Hashimoto’s because people who have Hashimoto’s often have issues with weight gain.

The same people who have problems with weight turn to diet and calories as a solution. 

The problem with their weight gain isn’t from their diet, though, and is instead from being undertreated for their thyroid problem

It should come as no surprise to you that most people with Hashimoto’s are not treated correctly. 

I’m sure you have experienced this issue during the course of your disease. 

How easy was it for you to get diagnosed? How easy was it for you to get put on thyroid medication? Did you actually feel better when you started your levothyroxine? Did you gain weight before you were diagnosed? Did that weight gain come off when you started treatment?

If you answer these questions honestly then you should have no problem coming to the conclusion that doctors often fail patients with Hashimoto’s. 

And if you wanted more proof then you can always check out the surveys done on tens of thousands of other patients who feel the same way. 

The bottom line is that most patients with Hashimoto’s are NOT treated correctly and their weight gain is a reflection of this issue. 

What this means for you is that no amount of calorie restriction is going to fix the problem when the problem is your thyroid! 

In fact, the opposite is usually true. 

Calorie restriction, especially yo-yo dieting, causes a reduction in circulating free T3 (5), causes an elevation in reverse T3, and may reduce your metabolism!

Instead of trying to cut your calories, focus on a regular and normal amount of calories full of whole foods. 

This will at least may improve thyroid function by reducing inflammation. 

Weight loss will come as you focus on improving your thyroid and NOT when you cut your calories. 

Wrapping it Up

The bottom line?

Be careful about what types of foods that you eat but don’t obsess over those foods. 

At the end of the day, your goal should be to manage your Hashimoto’s so that you can return to your normal self. 

This process should occur with multiple therapies including medications, hormones, supplements, and other lifestyle changes. 

Know that your diet is important but also don’t believe everything you read on the internet!

Lastly, remember that each person is unique and there simply is no one size fits all for Hashimoto’s management. 

Now I want to hear from you:

Did any of these myths surprise you?

Are you guilty of perhaps believing any of them or following any of them?

Are you one of those rare people who CAN eat gluten or who CAN consume dairy?

Have you been able to manage your Hashimoto’s with diet alone?

Leave your questions or comments below! 

#1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23045897/

#2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16019592/

#3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25583468/

#4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28858071/

#5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12055988/

6 hashimoto's diet myths you should know

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39 thoughts on “7 Hashimoto’s Diet Myths Debunked & Why They Aren’t True”

  1. Hi Dr. Childs. Thanks for the interesting article. Can you go into more detail why einkorn specifically gives issues? I had always heard it was a healthy grain

    • Hi Evelyn,

      I might not have made it clear in the article but what I was trying to say is that einkorn tends to be BETTER tolerated compared to hybridized wheat. It has fewer chromosomes and is typically more tolerated for those who only have non celiac gluten sensitivity. This isn’t always true, but it is true for some people. If you have true Celiac disease then it should obviously still be avoided, though!

    • Hi Kristi,

      If you are talking about my supplements, they are created for adults in mind so the dose is often much higher than what is recommended for a child.

  2. I was on the KETO diet 6 months ago and I think that was what triggered my HASHIMOTO or some type of thyroid related issue (Im diagnosing myself because my 2 doctors think it is all anxiety *eyeroll*).
    Since being on the Keto diet I have lost so much hair, always fatigued, brain fog, experiencing shortness of breath, and back pain. I am NOT the very active 30 year old that I use to be :(.

    2 questions:
    -Can thyroids cause back pain? I haven’t read anything of yours that talked about that.
    – Would taking the Thyroid Glandular help with hashimotos?

    My labs:
    TSH 4.26
    FT3 3.3
    FT4 1.36
    RT3 18.7
    T3 110
    TgAB 4.9
    TgOab 10

    P.S. I love you. I wish you were my doctor.

  3. Hi Doc,
    As far as diet and say, eliminating refined sugar for hypothyroidism and overall health…
    I have been using Stivea for some months now and discovered its side effects can produce fatigue, headache, gastrointestinal problems and muscle weakness,,,which sounds like the hashimotos Im being treated for (ten weeks now on Armor).
    I stopped Stivea especially because I felt I wasn’t improving and in 3 days time have already begun to feel better.
    I read a plethora of info on this and was astonished that my experience was common for others also, regarding the downfall of Stivea for sugar replacement.
    I also read it may AFFECT the thyroid gland production?
    Are you familiar with this topic?

  4. Hello Dr. Childs:
    Do you have any book in reference to the Hashimoto Thyroiditis diet?
    I have 4 books on that subject AIP, Paleo and Hashimoto Thyroiditis, but all of them are contradictory on what I suppose to eat or not. One says yes to nightshades, the other one says nightshades are fine to eat, another other say no beans/legumes, oh no this one says yes to it. I am lost.

    • Hi Adriana,

      You will never find consistency among dietary recommendations for any disease as your diet must be personalized. It’s more important to focus on the trends being recommended rather than the specific recommendations.

  5. Is it possible that I DONT have Hashimoto’s or any thyroid problem ? And was menopause
    Was put on Eltroxin for 2 years did nothing but make me put in weight , TPO was 1300
    Stopped taking Eltroxin
    TPO dropped to 255
    Was put in Thybon and TPO started increasing , not only that but endometriosis has returned ‍♀️ So I’m how tapering off Thybon ,
    I am gluten and dairy free ,
    Wondering if you have have come across any of the above ?

  6. Thanks for the interesting article. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s 8 years ago and went gluten free after doing my own research 7 years ago. I’m curious about your comment that patients may not have to be gluten free forever. Can you explain that concept further? My understanding is that the gluten molecules mimic your thyroid molecules therefore triggering additional antibodies attacking the thyroid. I’d love to reintroduce a bit of gluten back into my diet (I could never go full-out with gluten again, but here and there when traveling or at a friends’ house would be absolutely amazing). Thanks for your time.

  7. I have been hypothyroid for about 2 decades now, started out on Levothyroxine & then moved to Synthroid. About 2 1/2 years ago I had a very traumatic surgery that kicked off what I now know is Hashimoto’s (just diagnosed 3 months ago by my nutritionist as my TPO antibodies are 236). Anxiety runs in my family & I had it very badly 20 years ago, but this does not feel the same. Of course my Primary doctor & Endocrinologist tell me it is all in my head & that I need meditate more! I have been meditating, exercising, stretching, therapy, etc this entire time. My nutritionist focuses on diet changes to fix this condition by having me go completely grain & sugar free, which caused me to obsess & become anxious over trying to follow the diet (just the kind of person I am). I am still following the diet, but doing gluten free rather than completely grain free as I never felt full or satisfied. I am interested in trying the Hashimoto bundle, but my concern is that while my thyroid is low almost all of my Hashimoto symptoms are more hyperthyroid in nature. I am waking early, muscles extremely tense, metabolism running very fast (I have never gained weight while hypo) & lost 25 lbs within the last 2 1/2 years & feel as anxious & as though I am “jumping out of my skin” (especially in the morning). Would the bundle benefit me even with the hyper symptoms?

    • Hi Stephanie,

      The Hashimoto’s bundle is still the best option because it focuses on both thyroid function and immune function. Your current symptoms should improve if you can reduce the inflammation/autoimmune component of Hashimoto’s.

  8. Thank you, I have read your blog many times and appreciate your ability to make the uber complex understandable. I don’t usually chime in but wanted to add some “food for thought” (pun intended, haha) My journey thus far has been that of being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, initially having subclinical labs (which have worsen recently to full hypo due to an elevated antibody assault and my many diet mistakes). Basically, I have spent the last 4 years in an overly restrictive diet, a morphed version of AIP and food sensitivity tests that have left me with a handful of “safe” foods, multiple nutritional deficiencies and a very real and painful eating disorder. I am working with my doctor and getting counseling to overcome my “food fear” in order to re-introduce foods back into my diet that I should have never removed in the first place. I hope to find myself on the other side as a thriving Hashimoto’s warrior someday soon. My advice to anyone buying into the myth of a magical diet combination fixing everything is: “just don’t”

    • Hi Carla,

      Thank you for sharing! I’ve seen my fair share of people in the same situation and it can lead to significant problems down the road. I hope you are able to reintroduce foods in the future.

  9. I had a doctor put me on lowest dose of iodine possible, however, it caused me to spot between periods. I thought I was possibly getting enough already in my diet but not sure why it effected me that way.

    Also Ashwagandha helps me tremendously but It too messes with my cycles causing me to spot or when taken on a regular basis it caused me to have two periods in the same month. I wish I knew why that effects me that way because it really helped me with anxiety, more energy and slept better.

    Has anyone else had these experiences?

    • Hi Alyssa,

      Therapies that impact thyroid function can impact the menstrual cycle but typically go away after a few cycles as the body regulates itself.

  10. Is it possible that the problem with dairy is pausterization? I really miss raw forms of pastured butter, milk and cheeses. In general they are so nutritious too, so sad.

    • Hi Lizzie,

      In my experience, it’s usually related to the dairy/milk proteins and sugars but pasteurization could play a role in some people.

  11. Hi Dr Childs,
    I was diagnosed with hashimoto’s 6 years ago.
    I went on a paleo diet and lots loads of weight.
    Although I havent put all the weight I lost back on I have gained back 3 stone and no matter what I do it won’t shift.
    I had a full hysterectomy 2 years ago and wondering if this is causing the inability to lose weight.
    I was on 2 grains Erfa but had really bad heart palpitations due to a hyper swing. It then went back to hypo and because I had dropped to 1 grain of Erfa I felt terrible. I’m now finally starting to feel better but I’m only on 1 1/2 grains. So I think I’m undermedicated but as my tsh is 0.01 my gp won’t let me have more Erfa. I feel like I’m stuck in limbo and just can’t lose weight. My face looks puffy and most of the weight is around my middle. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Hi Lisa,

      It’s almost certainly related to your hormones and probably a combination of estrogen/progesterone and thyroid function. You’ll want to check all of those on your next lab draw.

  12. Thank you for all your information and supplements! I have Hashimoto’s and you confirm what I have been doing for my diet now for a few years, is the ‘right thing’ 🙂 I’ve been using your supplements for quite a while now and my numbers have improved.

  13. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s several years ago, put on Levothyroxine and had so much pain in all my joints. I was able to convince the doctor to put me on Armor Thyroid and the extreme pain subsided though I still have flares of it. My newest anomaly is chronic eye infections–like sties and Chalazions and they are so painful and are making me feel sick. I never had any such thing in my life till 6 months ago and I am almost 72. I have other nasty symptoms but after watching your videos I am convinced much of it could be from years of PPI’s my gastroenterologist believes are totally safe( about 12 years of it now). I have been eating plant based for almost a year and have not lost a pound. No dairy or meat. I want to try your Hashimoto’s bundle but would like to know if it will benefit me if I don’t totally get rid of gluten. I believe gluten is hidden in many foods besides the obvious.
    Thanks so much.

    • Hi Linda,

      If you’ve been on PPI’s for that long then there’s a high chance you are deficient in many nutrients. Supplements would be a great place to start in such a situation. Supplements can still have benefit regardless of whether or not you remove gluten from your diet. They might work better if you completely remove gluten but they will still work even if you don’t.

  14. Just wanted to add one thought. I can take iodine with no problem, but give me iodine contrast and whow. I was told to never use iodine contrast dye again.

  15. I have been told I have hashimoto and have been on by levothyroxine for 5 years. My endo only tests tag. I have had a thyroidectomy which eliminated a very small nodule of less than a centimetre of contained cancer. My question is does the recommendations here apply to my situation since I have no thyroid?

  16. Hi Dr Childs, Thanks for great information. I’m Vegan ( not a diet but about animal rights), I want to know why soy is not ok? I only really have tofu as a soy food and only maybe once or twice a week and then even none for weeks) I take no medication ( as all has lactose which I can’t tolerate). I haven’t seen a problem with soy but then I am at a loss as to how to read my symptoms as I have sjogrens too and fatigue has become my middle name Thanks 🙂

  17. Dr. Childs,
    This is a bit OT, but I have a question about your supplement “Thyroid Adrenal Reset Complex” that I take along with several of your other supplements.
    I just read that spirulina should not be taken when on ACE inhibitors because of its high potassium content. It would seem chlorella (which is included in your supplement) also contains a lot of potassium.
    My question is: do you recommend your patients to take chlorella with ACE inhibitors? I have not found any information about chlorella and this drug. But I read that too much potassium can lead to hyperkalemia which is a potentially fatal condition.
    BTW, your supplements are very effective!

    • Hi Anna,

      The chlorella content in Thyroid Adrenal Reset Complex is small compared to a full-blown chlorella supplement. I’ve never seen any issues in people taking that with ACE inhibitors.

  18. Hi doctor
    I actually have experienced gut problems with some brands of milk but not all of them, I even tried lactose free milk and it was the worst one in inflicting gut pain. I don’t know what the problem is exactly!
    Thanks for your helpful work!
    bests for you 🙂

  19. Oh dear, so…….I’ve been free of quite a few foods for over a year, for the exact reason you describe.
    Been gluten free, dairy free, soy, corn, grain, nightshades, legumes and processed sugar free.
    You are saying that gluten, dairy and soy free is sufficient?
    Btw, my TPO went from 160 to 27, TGab was always <1.


    • Hi Maggie,

      Not necessarily, I’m saying that it may be sufficient for SOME people. Whether or not you fit into that group depends a lot on the severity of your disease and other factors. Some people do need to be more restrictive in their diet compared to others.

  20. Hi Dr Childs. According to my medical chart I have chronic thyroiditis (hashimoto’s disease) as of October 2015. I was put on levothyroxin generic brand. Then switched to Synthroid name brand 112mcg. Was diagnosed by my PCP. Didn’t see an Endocrinologist until 2023. Test were run and recommended I try a liquid version of synthroid. Cost was $400. I couldn’t afford that and remain on synthroid. My question is inspite of eating basically a whole foods diet and avoiding gluten, I continue to gain weight. I do notice improvements in how my gut feels overall. Should I add iodine to my routine? Is there anything else I can do that’s manageable to help with losing weight? I’m 56 years old and weight 170lbs and 5.2


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