Hypothyroidism means you do not have enough (or any) thyroid hormone to effectively regulate your cell’s use of oxygen and energy. EVERY CELL in the body depends on the thyroid hormone to function properly. It is essential for survival.
Common symptoms of hypothyroidism (low intracellular thyroid):
Weight gain (10 pounds or more in the past three months for no apparent reason)
This is a very common disorder with a high occurrence among women. It is estimated that up to 80% of patients suffering from it are not yet diagnosed!
How useful is TSH testing?
Many patients with hypothyroid symptoms have had “normal” TSH and FT4 results, the most commonly used tests to rule out hypothyroidism in conventional medical practices. When this happens, hypothyroidism may go undiagnosed and untreated. This leads to lifelong negative health effects and much suffering. We now have proof that a normal TSH is NOT a reliable marker of global tissue thyroid effect.
At Wise Woman Wellness we delve deeper to properly diagnose hypothyroidism.
We work closely with world renowned thyroid specialists who have developed protocols and testing methods that go beyond simply looking at TSH and FT4 lab results. We use a combination of serum results (TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, anti-TPO antibody, antithyroglobulin antibody), clinical assessment, and measurement of reflex speed and basal metabolic rate to most accurately determine overall thyroid status in each patient.
Untreated hypothyroidism has many health risks:
High or low blood pressure
High cholesterol (if your cholesterol has suddenly increased for no discernible reason suspect thyroid disease)
Parkinson’s like diseases
Double the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Arthritis and inflammatory diseases
Miscarriage and premature birth
Pregnancy complications and birth defects
4x chance having a child with Autism
If you suspect you have a thyroid problem, please attend our End Hormone Havoc seminar.
It is with much gratitude and sincere appreciation that I thank doctors such as Kent Holtorf, MD, and the other brave, intelligent physicians and researchers teaching us practitioners on the front lines how to practice the medicine of the future today!
For more information please visit www.nahypothyroidism.org. This is a non-profit group of thyroidologists, headed by Kent Holtorf, M.D, who are dedicated to the promotion of scientifically sound, and medically validated concepts and information pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (HT) is an autoimmune disease which causes the body to attack the thyroid gland. It is found to be the underlying cause of 90-97% of all hypothyroidism.
HT is diagnosed through blood tests and/or thyroid ultrasound. High levels of thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO) or thyroglobulin (TG) antibody levels are indicators of HT.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism and HT can be vague and confusing and are often attributed to other ailments before looking at the thyroid. Weight changes, fatigue, hair loss, anxiety, fertility problems and more can have a common factor of hypothyroidism. Remember, EVERY cell in the body relies on the thyroid for proper function.
In order to heal, it is important to support your immune system properly, and find and remove the triggers.
HT autoimmune triggers left unchecked or treated, can progress to more autoimmune issues or diseases, like diabetes, MS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, asthma, allergies, etc.
The good news is removal of the triggers will put HT into remission.
Risk factors for HT:
Genetics – it runs in families.
Stress – a stressful event or lifestyle can predispose you to HT.
Toxins and chemical exposure – the average person is exposed to an estimated 12-15 estrogen mimicking or endocrine disrupting chemicals a day.
Bacterial infections and viruses in the body, such as mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr virus, H. pylori bacteria, or yeast.
Leaky gut – a condition where the cells lining the intestine are not tightly held together so pathogens and other large, undigested proteins are allowed into the blood stream and your immune system is called into action to fight them.
Gluten – there is a clear link between gluten consumption and HT. According to research, the structure of one component of gluten called gliadin, is very similar to thyroid cells. As leaky gut persists and the immune system tags gluten molecules for destruction, thyroid cells get destroyed, too. The more gluten you eat, the more antibodies you will make, and the more thyroid will be attacked. (Kellman, 2015).
At Wise Woman Wellness we are experienced in helping patients get to the root cause of their HT. We help patients learn about lifestyle and diet changes, and offer treatments to help them feel better.
Please attend our End Hormone Havoc seminar to learn more about hypothyroidism, HT, and treatment options.