Pregnancy can trigger hypothyroidism

Since the book was published I have received countless emails from women whose thyroid problems began after pregnancy. This is fairly common for a number of reasons: Shifts in immune function during and after pregnancy Shifts in hormone function during and after pregnancy Already existing stressors to the body (blood sugar imbalances, food intolerances, gut…

When Hashimoto’s is misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder

After a bipolar diagnosis, this patient was prescribed eight different psychotropic medications and received a dozen electroconvulsive treatments. After six months of support for Hashimoto’s, her symptoms resolved and she is now drug-free, with the exception of thyroid hormone medication. Was her bipolar disorder simply misdiagnosed Hashimoto’s? I receive many amazing stories from people around…

Good thyroid health depends on good gut health

When you have hypothyroidism it’s easy to get caught up in thyroid lab values and which thyroid meds and supplements work the best. While these are significant factors in improving thyroid health, it’s important to remember gut health is foundational to thyroid health. As long as you struggle with a leaky gut, gut inflammation, gut…

Changing your diet is the first step in addressing Hashimoto’s

When it comes to addressing hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, certain nutritional and herbal compounds are invaluable. All the supplements in the world, however, will fall short if you fail to make the necessary dietary changes to support your condition. Americans are infatuated with pills, thanks to decades of conditioning from the pharmaceutical industry. It doesn’t matter…

Unraveling thyroid antibody tests

When it comes to thyroid antibodies, those definitive markers for Hashimoto’s, confusion sometimes arises. For instance, do your high antibody counts mean your Hashimoto’s is worse than your friend’s, whose counts are low? Or how come you first presented with negative antibodies, and now that you’re on your practitioner’s protocol and feeling significantly better your…

Heart disease is a gut-immune-hormone disease

An ancient surgical procedure, called trepanation, consisted of drilling a hole in the head and removing a piece of the skull. It is thought this practice was used to release evil spirits that caused mental illness, migraine headaches and other ills. Nowadays, however, if you went to your naturopath with complaints of headaches and she…

Bone quality and hypothyroidism

Bone quality, not density, is the issue with hypothyroidism Most hypothyroidism patients are treated with thyroid hormones while the underlying cause, immune dsyregulation or a breakdown in the thyroid hormone pathway, is ignored. As a result they may suffer from the consequences of poor thyroid function, one of the most serious being compromised bone health.…

Iodine and Autoimmune Thyroid — References

If you’re interested in some of the research that has been done on iodine and autoimmune thyroid diseases, this post is for you. Although adequate iodine consumption is important for thyroid hormone production and iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide, its supplemental use in autoimmune thyroids is contraindicated. Iodine is the…