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Hashimoto’s Causes Suffering Even if TSH Levels Are “Normal”

Dr. David Clark, DC – Center for Low Thyroid Solutions Durham,NC – shares important new information about how Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis can make you feel bad, even if your TSH, T4, T3 are normal.

I’m going to tell you why Hashimoto’s negatively affects your quality of life even if your TSH and your hormone levels are normal.

First,  is Hashimoto’s really a big deal?  A lot of doctors say,

“Eh, Hashimoto’s is no big deal.  You take the medication.  You live with it. There’s nothing you can do.”

That’s not true. They’re saying that it’s no big deal because they only have one thing to offer you…and too bad if it doesn’t help.

If you’re suffering with Hashimoto’s, you know how bad it is….

  • Constipation
  • dry skin
  • vaginal dryness
  • muscle weakness
  • feeling cold all over all the time
  • frequent sweating
  • hair loss
  • depression

These are classic low thyroid symptoms.

And Hashimoto’s is the most common cause of low thyroid. (NOT iodine deficiency or tyrosine)

New research out this year proves that when women have TPO antibodies–which, along with anti-thyroglobulin antibodies are what you test for when you’re lookng for Hashimoto’s-have a decreased quality of life even if their TSH and their hormone levels are normal.

Case in point…. just yesterday I was talking to a new patient and she told me she just found out from her endocrinologist that she has a “raging” case of Hashimoto’s….

But the doctor  “can’t do anything” for her because her TSH is normal.


I was floored.  It’s like her doctor thinks she’s handcuffed….

I know you’ve got these antibodies, but I can’t do anything for you because of some bogus artificial “rule” that the pateint’s TSH must be higher than X number etc.

The doctor could do something for her,  IF the doctor had training in non-drug management.

But I guess in fairness the only thing that her doctor has is to give her hormone replacement.  And the doctor’s guideline is that if your hormone levels are normal, even if you’ve got antibodie, then the doctor can’t do anything for the patient.

There’s thousands of women who are suffering with Hashimoto’s…who feel helpless….because no one will help them.

If you’re reading this and you’ve got positive TPO antibodies or positive TGB antibodies, here’s some piece of mind…

….Understand that the research shows that you can have

  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • hair loss
  • vaginal dryness
  • weakness
  • feeling cold all the time
  • requiring excessive amounts of sleep to function….

..AND your thyroid hormone levels be “normal” (aka “euthyroid.”

This study I mentioned gave approximately 600 women questionnaires, and the researchers found out that…

Women with positive TPO antibodies are having a horrible time with symptoms even though they’re not classically “hypothyroid.” 

They also analyzed the kinds symptoms in two groups of these women–those with TPO antibodies  less than 121 or TPO antibodies greater than 121.  What they found out is these women are suffering in all domains: social roles, their zest for life, their physical ability, their pain.

If you’ve ever been made to feel that you’re crazy, or “just depressed” because you’ve got these TPO/TGB antibodies–but you’re not low thyroid… so the symptoms you’re having can’t be due to Hashimoto’s….

Well, now you can go back to that doctor and say…

“Why don’t you read this study? Why don’t you read something that’s up to date? There is a reason I feel bad.”

What will happen next? 

Well, the doctor’s probably not going to be able to give you thyroid hormones because based on your lab work–and using their goofy rule—you don’t need them. So that MD is probably not going to be able to help you.

What you’re going to have to do next is find someone who can look at your thyroid problem and this Hashimoto’s autoimmune tissue reaction,  from a functional perspective. A doctor who understands that there are steps to take so you can feel better, and there are things that you should and should not do.

I’m talking about specific diet changes. Specific lifestyle changes.  Specialized testing that could be done to get to the bottom of why you’re attacking your thyroid gland.

It becomes complicated.

You should walk away today knowing you’re NOT crazy.  There is a reason why you feel bad even though your thyroid hormone tests are “normal.” 

Thousands of women have TPO antibodies and/or Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies PLUS low thyroid symptoms…but their TSH isn’t elevated or their T4 isn’t low.

Those women are in a medical wasteland. Feeling frustrated and abandoned.

Now you know you still need to find help…fast.

You’ve got to find someone who understands that Hashimoto’s negatively affects your quality of life in all areas, whether your thyroid hormones are normal or not.

© 2011 David Clark. All Rights Reserved.

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Fibromyalgia and Hypothyroid (low thyroid)

Let’s talk about the connection between fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism.  If you don’t know what fibromyalgia is let me first tell you that  I think it’s a garbage can diagnosis.

I’m not saying Fibromyalgia is not real… but I am saying the diagnosis is lame.

I’ve done a lot of research on this topic and I discovered a dirty little secret about the way millions of women were diagnosed with Fibromyalgia….

The criteria that were originally established for fibromyalgia over 15 years ago were based on a doctor having actual physical contact with the patient (makes sense, right?) Recent published research did a retrospective review of thousands of women diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The reseachers found that doctors who had been busy diagnosing women with Fibromyalgia were not correctly following the established diagnostic critera.

So what were these doctors doing?

An alarming number of doctors had never physically examined the women they diagnosed with fibromyaglia.

This is ridiculous, considering that muscle tenderness was one of the criteria. That means the doctors should have put their hands on these patients to determine if the patients actually had any tender points.

In reality, in a doctor’s office, Fibromyalgia means you have chronic unexplained pain. (among other things).

Here’s the funny thing –using the established criteria, out of the next 50 people that walk by my office, I could diagnose 25 of them with fibromyalgia. That’s why Fibromyalgia is not much of diagnosis.

Why am I talking about Fibromyalgia and Low Thyroid?

Every month, I’m seeing more women coming into my office that are already diagnosed with fibromyalgia– and they also have diagnosed hypothyroidism (low thyroid) or symptoms of low thyroid.

Now what is the connection between the two?  Their symptoms overlap. On the one hand let’s take  hypothyroid. What are your common hypothyroid symptoms?

  • Depression
  • weight gain
  • increased sensitivity to pain
  • Feel cold in hands, feet or all over
  • Widespread muscle aches and pain
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disturbances

And the common symptoms of Fibromyalgia are…

  • Depression
  • Widespread, chronic Muscle pain
  • Low endurance
  • Poor exercise intolerance
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance — non-restful or non-restorative sleep

See the overlap? (Actually, there are a couple of other conditions that can overlap in here as well. A thorough doctor would rule those out).

Here’s the problem…

There’s a popular chain of fibromyalgia and fatigue clinics that–basically–treat every women diagnosed with fibromyalgia as ALSO being hypothyroid.  And they give thyroid hormones to almost everyone who walks through the door. (In fact, they have a nifty handout titled “Are All Fibromyalgia Patients Low Thyroid?” that lays out their case for doing this).

Giving thyroid hormones to all women diagnosed with Fibromyalgia is a mistake.

Granted, yes, some of the  people that have fibromyalgia symptoms are indeed hypothyroid.  Hypothroidism is very common.

But, the number one cause of low thyroid in America is Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune condition… and giving  thyroid hormones is going to help a little bit, but it not’s going to do squat for the autoimmune attack.

Giving thyroid hormones to every woman who has Fibromyalgia symptoms is just like giving them an energy drink….

She’ll feel good for awhile…maybe she’ll think she’s finally found the ‘right’ thing…

But her pain will return, because either

A. She’s not hypothyroid at all.

B. She actually IS hypothyroid, and it’s caused by Hashimoto’s (autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland), but the thyroid hormones just don’t help. See These Posts.

I don’t like this approach because it’s a cookie cutter way of getting a lot of people to come to a fibromyalgia and fatigue clinic….then charge them a bunch of money….then give them all hormones and see how the cookie crumbles. Some will get better, many won’t.

Probably 25 or 20 percent of those women are going to feel better when you give them some thyroid hormones because they’re on hypothyroid side of the coin.

In my opinion, these doctors are not digging deep enough.  It takes almost no extra effort on the doctor’s part to figure out what’s going on. But it does take having the correct training to know what to look for.

So the connection between fibromyalgia and hypothyroid is that the symptoms overlap. But the “diagnosis” of  fibromyalgia isn’t helpful in the first place. At least with hypothyroid there are some lab tests you can use as evidence.

Does that make sense?

A disturbing number of women with fibromyalgia symptoms actually have some form of an autoimmune attack on one or more of their tissues or organs. 

Many people with fibromyalgia actually have poor firing brains in the frontal lobe and the parietal lobe.

I can guarantee you that any mainstream medical doctor that diagnoses you with fibromyalgia is not investigating whether you’ve got autoimmunity (sure, they may run ANA antibodies).

They’re not investigating to see if you’ve got weakness in your frontal lobe of your brain.

They’re just looking at a checklist, and eventually they decide,

“She’s had this pain for five years. She’s seen a neurologist, orthopedist, physical therapist..and no one really knows what’s causing her pain….  So, she’s  got fibromyalgia.”

Well that doesn’t help us at all, does it?

If you’ve been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, or  you think you have fibromyalgia…I don’t want you to lose hope.

Don’t settle for “Fibromyalgia.” Don’t settle for “Hypothyroid.”

You need to find….

….A doctor that understands that hypothyroidism and Fibromyalgia can overlap, but you don’t automatically need hormones.

….A doctor that understands that “Fibromyalgia” is just a label and knows how to discover why you have these symptoms

….A doctor that understands how to check for Hashimoto’s, and knows what to do if you have it.

…A doctor who’s willing to take the necessary time and leave no stone unturned.

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Can Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis Be Reversed?

Dr. David Clark, DC in Durham, NC answers the most important question you can ask if you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis and suffer low thyroid symptoms.

Here’s the most important question you can ask if you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid…

Can Hashimoto’s be reversed?


But…can the symptoms of Hashimoto’s be reversed?  YES!

And here’s what I mean:

The fact that you can’t reverse Hashimoto’s the disease is not bad news, as you’ll see. Hashimoto’s really is a genetic condition. Genes get triggered. Once they’re “ON”, you can’t stop them. (hold on)

The 3 P’s of Hashimoto’s

Now, Hashimoto’s usually occurs in women at about three different times of their life–

  • Puberty
  • Pregnancy
  • Perimenopause

During those particular times there are certain factor…triggers…I don’t want to go over all of them today…

…but these triggers turns genes on (that you were already carrying) that make your immune system target your thyroid gland and destroy it.

Important point: You can’t turn off those genes no matter what anybody tells you.

You can’t cure Hashimoto’s.

I don’t care what you look at–antibodies, TSH…whatever.

There’s a lot of doctors– some not so alternative doctors, I might add – that are practicing folklore.  They look at TSH as some barometer for success.

“Hey, look, this person’s TSH level is normal.  We’ve cured their Hashimoto’s!  We’ve reversed the disease!.”

No you haven’t.

If you monitored the TSH levels of a Hashimoto’s patient  over the course of six months– with no intervention at all—the TSH level will go up and down like the wind…

Month 1 TSH: hypothyroid.

Month 2 TSH: normal.

Month 3 TSH:  hyperthyroid

Month 4 TSH: normal

Month 5 TSH: hyperthyroid

Month 6 TSH: hypothyroid

And that’s with NO diet change, iodine, selenium, immune booster etc.

If your doctor checked your TSH in Months 2 and 4, he/she would think they’re a wizard. You’re cured!

But if the doctor checked in months 2, 3, 5 or 6 –not so much a wizard.

So, the people that are telling you that they can  reverse Hashimoto’s and their proof is TSH levels—they’re full of it.

Another group of Hashimoto’s experts use antibodies to prove they’ve reversed Hashimoto’s…

“Mrs. Smith, your antibodies are decreasing. You’re almost cured.”


“Mrs. Smith, your antibodies are within normal range now.  We’ve cured your Hashimoto’s.”

No, you haven’t.

Just like TSH, TPO Antibodies and TBG antibodies can fluctuate wildly and are not a reliable indicator of progress.

You’re lucky if you were tested and you actually showed elevated antibodies.  Scientific research shows that about 15 percent of Hashimoto’s victims are seronegative—they don’t make enough antibodies to be detected. Even though they really do have Hashimoto’s and have got all the symptoms:

  • hair loss
  • hair thinning
  • constipation
  • fatigue
  • cold hands and feet
  • sleep excessively to function
  • brain fog, slow thinking
  • dry skin, flaky skin
  • occasional HYPERthyroid symptoms

The Verdict:

Using thyroid antibodies as proof of progress or cure is a waste of time.

What can you use to let you know you’re getting better? Two things:

  1. Your signs and symptoms (how you feel matters, darn it)
  2. T cells & B cells

Reversing the symptoms…the fatigue, the brittle hair, the hair falling out, constipation, and cognitive problem.

You can reverse Hashimoto’s symptoms– without question.

How do you do that?

The first thing that a doctor has to do is understand that Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition.  You have to look at it from an immune system perspective.

That means you’ve got to look at T-cells and B-cells.  You’ve got to look at regulatory T-cells.  You have to understand how vitamin D and food sensitivities and how occult infections and how toxicity…

…How all of that matters when working with a person suffering with Hashimoto’s (or a person suffering with low thyroid symptoms but NOT diagnosed Hashimoto’s).

If your doctor isn’t schooled in these matters…..

If your doctor doesn’t understand how to analyze these factors/triggers…

Then your doctor isn’t able to offer you much help in reversing those low thyroid symptoms beyond the standard, run of the mill, inside the box thinking…replacement hormones and medication.

I’m trying to give you a message of hope.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, you can be better.  You can feel better.

I don’t want you to get stuck on the idea that  “I need to cure myself of the Hashimoto’s to feel better.” That’s not necessary..

What if you could feel 70 percent better or even 80 percent better..but your Hashimoto’s was not cured?…

Would you be ok with that?  Of course you would.

You can’t reverse Hashimoto’s the disease, but you can absolutely reverse Hashimoto’s symptoms and feel really good again…If your doctor knows and does the right stuff.

© 2011 David Clark. All Rights Reserved.

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Low Thyroid (Hypothyroid) Mistake #4 – Thinking You’ve Had the Correct Tests

Dr. David Clark, DC Durham, NC explains why most women have not had the correct tests to get to the bottom of their low thyroid symptoms.

Thinking that you’ve had the correct tests to determine what’s causing your low thyroid is Mistake #4.

I guess I should back up for a second.

Many of you probably haven’t had any tests to determine the real cause of your low thyroid symptoms.  What usually happens is you start suffering with low thyroid symptoms such as fatigue, depression or constipation or hair loss (or a combination of those things).

And you endure them for a few months thinking maybe they’ll just go away…

After some weeks pass, you go see a doctor who runs a bare bones blood chemistry panel and says,

“Hey, look at that.  Your TSH is high.  Your T4 is maybe a little low, might be normal….You’re “low thyroid.”  You need to take thyroid hormones.”

This makes logical sense to you because you’re not a doctor–you’re not trained in thyroid hormones.  So you take the replacement hormones as directed.

You feel better for a few days or weeks. You’re having a “Hormone Honeymoon.” That honeymoon might last a week or a couple months…but then the honeymoon is over and those low thyroid symptoms start to creep back.

The depression, feeling cold all over, fatigue that feels like a ton of bricks…these symptoms come back to haunt you again. You start to think “maybe there’s something wrong with mementally

When you go back to the doctor to get help, he says,

“Well hey, your TSH is normal.  I don’t know what could be causing this.  Maybe you’re just depressed.”


The real problem is that you haven’t had the correct tests.

Remember, the number one cause of low thyroid in America is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s hypothyroid. I’ve found that most doctors, even if you have low thyroid symptoms, they never run the test to find out if you have that autoimmune condition.

This would mean that your immune system has mistakenly turned on you and is killing your thyroid gland and causing your low thyroid symptoms.

What I ‘ve found with the patients I’ve seen is most doctors aren’t even running the test for that condition.

What tests should they run for you? These two simple tests:

  1. TPO Antibodies
  2. TBG Antibodies

These are not exotic, weird or “alternative.”

If you have elevated antibodies it means that you’ve got Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – an autoimmune disease that MUST be dealt with if you’re ever going to feel normal.

Many doctors aren’t even running these tests.  So please don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ve had the correct tests.

NOTE: About 20% of women who do get these antibodies tests done have false negative results.  They’re what we call seronegative Hashimoto’s patients.  It means that even though the blood test shows negative, your symptoms clearly indicate that you really do have Hashimoto’s.

But how did you get this way in the first place?

There are several tests that must be done to answer that question. These additonal tests provide the answers that will help the depression, the hair loss and help you take a trip back in time, feeling good like you used to years ago.

There are many triggers for  Hashimoto’s (and I’ve got some posts on that that you can read):

  • Food sensitivities (huge)
  • Viral infections
  • Parasitic infections (many women have one and dont’ know it)
  • blood sugar problems (high and low)
  • Vitamin D deficiencies
  • Pregnancy, Perimenopause
  • Heavy metals like mercury, nickel

These factors determine-in part- whether or not you turn on that gene that starts the attack on your thyroid.

But more than just starting Hashimoto’s, these same X factors PROMOTE the continued attack…like a spectator egging on a fight.

And it’s vitally importan– it’s crucial–it’s a matter of life and death to find out if those things going on in you right now. Because if you have a hidden GI infection…if you have a food sensitivity….if you have a viral infection,…f you have a vitamin D deficiency, then it’s promoting your autoimmune attack on your thyroid gland.

Remember— most doctors aren’t even testing to see if you have Hashimoto’s.

And if one does, you may be “seronegative”–you really do have Hashimoto’s even though the labs are negative.

It’s a mistake to assume you’ve had the necessary tests to get to the bottom of YOUR low thyroid symptoms.

Out of all the women that have come to me for help, not a single one has had all the correct tests.

But, they have had all the “medically necessary” tests—what a terrible joke.

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Low Thyroid (Hypothyroid) Mistake #3 – Immune System Boosters

Dr. David Clark, DC -Center for Low Thyroid Solutions in Durham, NC-helps women suffering with low thyroid symptoms avoid the huge mistake of taking tyrosine supplements.

Low thyroid mistake number three is–taking broad spectrum immune system support.

Now you need to pay close attention.  Here’s what you have to understand about this risky and potentially catastrophic mistake….

Botanicals, herbs, plants—they all effect your immune system. Some plants make your immune system go one way, some things will stimulate your immune system to go another.

So I’ll explain it like this. There are two sides to your immune system—TH1 (that stands for T Helper 1) and TH2  (T Helper 2.)

Well each of these is stimulated by different plants.  Some things stimulate T Helper 1; some things stimulate T Helper 2.

Here’s why this matters and why we’re talking about low thyroid.  The reason it matters in low thyroid is the number one cause of low thyroid in America is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. In this condition called Hashimoto’s, there’s an imbalance between T Helper 1 and T Helper 2– it’s skewed one way or the other (TH1 is dominant, or TH2 is dominant).

If you take an herb or supplement that makes your immune system more unbalanced, you’ll feel worse.  You’ll make your autoimmune attack worse.

How could you avoid this problem?

Don’t take herbs or supplements that are supposed to boost your immune system.There’s plenty of things out there.  You can look on the Internet, or go to a health food store (where the employee simply looks in a nutritional “cookbook”) and you’ll find a ton of herbs and supplements that claim to “be for low thyroid.”

Or they are supposed to “balance the immune system.” That’s bogus.

Don’t take these herbs and supplements if you have not had the proper testing to find out if you’re TH-1 is high or TH-2 is high.

When you take these supplements without the proper testing  you are playing Russian roulette with a bullet in all six barrels.

Those aren’t good odds.

You may know someone or see someone in a forum or a message board someplace that says hey, I took this thing, it was an immune system product and I felt so much better.  Well all that means is she got lucky.  She took something that maybe, temporarily shifted her back towards a balance.

But if you take it….or another Hashimoto’s sufferer takes it….or another low thyroid patient takes it…

The results could be disastrous and I mean dis-astrous. You could trigger an attack on a NEW tissue, like cartilage, or myelin in the brain, or the cerebellum.

So instead of just having low thyroid symptoms, you could take one of these immune system products and now you end up with a condition that looks like Multiple Sclerosis.  Or worse, you would never even know this was happening until the damage was severe and advanced. You could take one of these immune system support formulas that skews your immune system and it could actually cause an attack on a heart valve, it could cause an attack on the lining of your stomach and you wouldn’t even know it but it would be happening beneath the surface.  ( I hope I’m driving this home to you.)

Taking broad spectrum immune support without the proper evaluation is a massive mistake.

I see this mistake in 9 out of 10 women that come into my office with low thyroid symptoms.Many of them have Hashimoto’s and they’re taking (or have taken) some of these immune system products…. or they’re taking some botanicals and the story is always the same.

These formulas never helped at all….or, the supplements “helped” for a day or two and then stopped…or the supplements made them worse.  And without fail, with almost every single one of these women, when you take them off all those things, even if I did nothing else and just took them off those things, they start to stabilize and feel better.

We’ve talked about iodine, we’ve talked about tyrosine and now we’re talking about broad immune system support.  You’ve got to get the right testing to find out what the heck you even need.

If you’re taking immune system support herbs or supplements without the proper testing, you are counting the days while you wait for a NEW horrible symptom to show up.

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Hypothyroid (Low Thyroid) Mistake #2 – Tyrosine

Dr. David Clark, DC -Center for Low Thyroid Solutions in Durham, NC-helps women suffering with low thyroid symptoms avoid the huge mistake of taking tyrosine supplements.

Huge Mistake #2 Made by Women Suffering with Low Thyroid

A long time ago someone mis-interpreted some research and they concluded that tyrosine would be good for thyroid metabolism.

There’s never been a single study to show that tyrosine improves thyroid hormone metabolism.

In fact, what really happens is tyrosine gets converted into catecholamines such as epinephrine and norepinephrine and these compounds actually suppress thyroid function and worsen her symtpoms.  You can look it up.

This shines a real bright light on something I was just talking about on another post..

The problem is that this realm of “alternative” medicine, in a lot of ways is not so alternative.

They have their conventional standard way of doing things that have been going on for 30 or 40 years and they’re doing it blindly…. and they’re doing it without even referencing or thinking about new scientific findings.

Tyrosine in fact doesn’t do anything good for improving thyroid metabolism.

What it does more often than not is actually suppress thyroid metabolism by converting into sympathetic nervous system chemicals, adrenaline and noradrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These will slow down thyroid function.

So here’s a common scenario… a woman starts feeling low thyroid symptoms like

  • depression
  • hair loss,
  • quick weight gain
  • feeling cold all over
  • constipation
  • brain fog.

And she seeks help at her local health food store or she goes to the mall, or she even sees a well-meaning alternative medicine practitioner. And that person, since they don’t understand the full spectrum of what can be causing low thyroid, suggests tyrosine–which will probably only make her symptoms worse.

Side note: Often the NON-effectiveness of tyrosine gets missed because the woman will take the tyrosine as part of a supplement with MANY ingredients, some that might actually help. So it’s a two steps forward, three steps back situation.

There are 24 different ways thyroid function can go wrong…tyrosine is not one of them.

But because it’s kind of a tradition, the well-meaning health food store or practitioner looks in one of these books that you can get for $10 or $15.  It’s like a recipe book for all sorts of ‘common” problems. (You know what I’m talking about.)

They flip it open; say oh, the person needs tyrosine and iodine.  Iodine I already talked about, and they give the woman tyrosine and what usually happens is…nothing happens.  Or they give her tyrosine and because tyrosine is converted into chemicals that will further squash her pituitary and thyroid…she feels worse. Yuck!

So the second mistake I see, the first one was iodine and please go back and look at that post. The second mistake is tyrosine support.

Tyrosine support should not be used with someone with low thyroid.

It just shouldn’t.  There are formulas available that do not contain tyrosine–But better yet, don’t even try to supplement yourself.  Find someone that understands the complex nature of thyroid hormones. And it is more complicated than iodine and tyrosine.

The thing you’ve gotta remember and I’m gonna say this a million times if you listen to me very often…

The number one cause of low thyroid in America is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s.

If you have Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, it needs to be controlled right now.

Because if you don’t get it under control, that autoimmune process is going to march through your body and find other things to kill…such as your pancreas, brain, cartilage. I think understand how these could ruin your life.

So it’s time to do your homework.  If you’ve got low thyroid problems, please, don’t take tyrosine.  Find a doctor that can actually do the detective work and find out what’s wrong.

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Thyroid Hormones and Women-Misunderstood and Mismanaged

Let me explain why someone taking thyroid medication and hormones STILL has thyroid symptoms….even if their labs are ‘normal.”

It’s why hormone problems in women have got to be the most misunderstood and mismanaged health problems that a woman could ever face.

I’ll tell you what brought this on. ..

I help women and men in my practice with thyroid problems. If you ask the first five people that you meet or that you know, probably one of them is going to be diagnosed with low thyroid.

Now there’s where the confusion starts.  The standard of care medically speaking for anyone with low thyroid is you give them thyroid hormones.  That’s pretty much it across the board no matter why they’re low thyroid.

But that’s the key to whole puzzle right? Why?

Not every person is low thyroid for the same reason.

Here’s the big shocker—

In America the number one cause for low thyroid is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

This means that the number one cause for low thyroid n America is an autoimmune attack.

Meaning—your immune system has turned on you and is targeting your thyroid…and is killing it…. and that’s what’s causing you to be low thyroid.

And taking thyroid hormones will NOT do anything for this attack. You will continue to lose more and more of your thyroid.

But the standard of care for that is giving you thyroid hormones.  I think you probably understand now that this not a thyroid hormone problem.  That’s not the battle.  The battle is an immune system battle; an autoimmune battle.

Here’s some examples of other autoimmune conditions:  MS, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, you’ve heard of these things.

Well, what I’m telling you (and I hope this is sinking in) is the number one cause of low thyroid in America is an autoimmune process just like those where the immune system is attacking the body.  Giving thyroid hormones isn’t going to do anything for that.  It isn’t going to do squat for that problem.

What the doctor is going to do is they’ll monitor your TSH–thyroid stimulating hormone –level.  They’re going to try to make it stay within a certain numerical range,—but that’s going to fluctuate all over the place and it’s not really getting to the problem. In fact, it’s worthless.

The problem is your immune system. So just the other day, I have a patient that comes in; actually one that I’ve known for a little while.  She comes in and she’s been through the ringer over the last year.  A lot of stuff has gone wrong with her.  She’s had to have a D&C.  She’s had all kinds of hormone problems outside of the thyroid.

We’re sitting down and we’re talking and she said she has low thyroid.

I said, “Do you know the number one cause for that is an autoimmune condition.’

She says, ‘Hashimoto’s?’

I said, ‘Yes, how do you know?’

She said, ‘Well I was just diagnosed with that.’

I said, ‘Really?…Thank God.  Now we already know what the problem is.  You have an autoimmune condition.’

Now I’ve got to work on squashing that because unfortunately when you have this autoimmune thing kick off and attack your thyroid, you can’t stop it.  Meaning you can’t cure it.

It is a genetic condition.  Genes have turned on that are making this thing happen and unfortunately you can’t stop it completely. But if you don’t slow it down…if you don’t try to squash it and balance out and calm down the immune system …it has a very nasty habit of going on and attacking other organs—which is exactly what had happened to this lady.

The immune system will not only attack the thyroid, but it will start attacking the cells in the lining of your stomach that help you be able to absorb B-12 and you’ll end up with a pernicious anemia.

Then it’ll move on and attack your pancreas and make you start to have diabetes symptoms, insulin problems…just like this lady.

Then the immune system will even go on and it’ll start to target and attack your brain, a part of your brain called your cerebellum. You’ll end up with vertigo and dizziness and balance problems, like this lady.

This has all happened in the last five years for her.  She was flabbergasted.  It made perfect sense to her that this was an immune system problem.

“Why am I not being treated for that?” she asked.

I said, ‘It’s real simple.  They don’t know how.  They don’t know what to do.”

Working with someone that has Hashimoto’s is real simple…

You’ve got to find out how their immune system has shifted and if you’ve read any of my other posts and videos you know that the immune system’s got two divisions.  It’s got a TH-1 and a TH-2 division.

We have to find out which one of those has become abnormally dominant and why.

Is it because of an antigen? –something that the immune system has been trying to kill for so long that it’s increased its immune attack on this antigen and then it flipped the scales and now we have an autoimmune condition.  Antigens include food proteins, like gluten and casein, viruses, bacteria, even chemicals and metals.

Or…has the immune system become imbalanced because of disregulation.  Hormonal surges can do this.  Stress can do this.  Blood sugar problems.  Inflammation can do this.

That’s how you manage and figure out with a Hashimoto’s patient how you’re going to help them because giving them thyroid hormones is not going to do anything for that problem.

Thyroid hormones are not going to halt that horrible progression I told you about from thyroid to pancreas to brain. It’s not going to stop that.

So if you know someone that’s suffering with Hashimoto’s, someone with low thyroid.  They’re taking thyroid medication.  They don’t feel any better….

You know what?  It’s time to find someone who can investigate this further.

This has been bugging me for a long time and this lady coming in just kind of set me over the edge and I just finally said,  I’ve got to tell people about this because this is important.  There’s millions of you out there right now that have this problem and you don’t know it.  Millions of you.

It’s why you still have thyroid symptoms even though you’re taking medication–you have an autoimmune conditon (whether diagnosed correctly or not).

Just remember:  low thyroid, almost always autoimmune.

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