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.…

Which thyroid hormone is right for you?

A question I frequently get is, “What is the best thyroid hormone?” and the answer is, “It depends!” No one magic thyroid hormone medication exists—instead a variety of factors must be considered. For instance, many people on thyroid hormones have a normal TSH but still suffer from hypothyroid symptoms. Others have a history of trying…

Iodine and Autoimmune Thyroid

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