Hashimoto’s

Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism immune basics

About 90 percent of hypothyroidism cases in the United States are due to Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. It’s important to identify Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism because you then know it is the immune system you must address, although thyroid hormone medication may still be necessary. How to test for Hashimoto’s…

Nitric oxide modulation for autoimmune disease

In the thyroid book I introduced the concepts of TH-1 and TH-2 and their role in autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s. It turns out another key player in the autoimmune scenario is TH-17, and that we can work with nitric oxide and glutathione (which I wrote about earlier) to tame autoimmune destruction caused by TH-17.…

Eating gluten increases the need for thyroid hormones

A new study shows Hashimoto’s patients with symptomless celiac disease (i.e., no digestive complaints) require 49 percent more T4 to achieve the same TSH levels as non-celiac Hashimoto’s patients. After the patients followed a gluten-free diet for 11 months their TSH levels came down with the same T4 requirement as the non-celiac Hashimoto’s patients. Gluten…

The hypothyroid athlete

Competitive athletes seem unlikely candidates for hypothyroidism, a disease that frequently causes fatigue, depression, and malaise. But some athletes are surprised to learn their dwindling performance and failure to build muscle stems from improperly managed hypothyroidism. The fact that athletes are typically fit and slender makes it easy for doctors to overlook their symptoms. And…

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…

Readers write: The one-year anniversary of “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?”

“My doctor has been treating my hypothyroidism for five years with little to no effect. I really thought that I was meant to be tired, constipated, cold, and overweight for the rest of my life,” wrote one woman. In the year since the thyroid book was published, we have received thousands of emails from hypothyroid…

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…