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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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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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© 2010 Dr. David Clark, DC DACNB DCCN FACFN FABVR


Hypothyroid (Low Thyroid) Mistake #1 – Iodine

Dr. David Clark,DC -Center for Low Thyroid Solutions in Durham, NC-blows the lid off the biggest mistake women with low thyroid can make….taking iodine.

The Biggest Mistake A Woman With Low Thyroid Can Make is Taking Iodine.

Make sure you understand what I’m saying…

Iodine should not be used in someone who’s suffering with low thyroid symptoms.

I know that flies right in the face of a few very prominent “thyroid experts,” but here’s what you don’t know about iodine.

You’ve probably been told that iodine is necessary for thyroid hormone synthesis. And it is, but here is the problem…taking supplemental iodine is dangerous and here’s why.

Over the last 20 years, in various  places around the world with iodine depleted soil, well-meaning groups have gone in and tried to cure the goiters. A goiter develops when you get a swelling of the thyroid gland because you’re iodine deficient.

See, that’s where it starts.  This thinking that well, if you’re iodine deficient, give people iodine to get rid of their goiter—that must be good for someone who has low thyroid.– Hang with me for a second.

What has happened in every single case where they’ve given people iodine in Turkey, Sri Lanka, China… they have simultaneously cured their goiters and given them an autoimmune disease.

How’d you like to be one of those people?  You can clap yourself on the back.  Hey, we cured your goiter but we also gave you Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis.

What that means is iodine is a trigger. It’s a trigger for Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid.

Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid is the number one cause of low thyroid in America–not iodine deficiency.

This whole issue of iodine exposes a nasty similarity between traditional medicine and “alternative” medicine.

Traditional medicine is looking at TSH and T4 and T3 and they didn’t really care about iodine.  They’re not even going to give you iodine because whatever the real cause of your low thyroid symptoms might be..the only thing you’re going to get from them is replacement thyroid hormones. No matter what. It’s pretty much the only tool they have to offer. (And you know the old saying…”If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like nails.”)

They don’t care if  the cause of your symptoms is

  • Hashimoto’s…
  • T4 to T3 overconversion problem…
  • Under conversion problem…
  • Thyroid binding globulin problem

—doesn’t matter.  You’re getting thyroid hormones from the traditional medical doctor. This is why so many women STILL feel terrible.

So traditional medicine has nice little box. You’ve heard of thinking “outside the box?” Well Traditional medicine has their nice little dusty box, been sittingt here for 30, 40 years and that’s how they do it. (humph!)

Over here we have the not so alternative-alternative medicine approach.  And what they do is they also have their sad, outdated box way of thinking. Inside their box is the idea that everyone with low thyroid needs iodine supplementation, or tyrosine, or broad immune system support ,or they need to take thyroid glandulars.

Here’s what the not-so-alternative medicine doesn’t know…conventional medicine, they do some testing. Not-so-alternative medicine does almost no testing at all.  They’re still doing things like the Barnes underarm thyroid test and that is an ancient, prehistoric, non-useful way of evaluating the thyroid.

There are also people in this camp that are doing the iodine absorption test as if that had any real relationship to your need for iodine (it doesn’t).

The craziest thing is that these not-so-alternative practitioners ignore the fact that iodine is a trigger for Hashimoto’s.  If you wanna give yourself Hashimoto’s, keep taking the iodine that one of the not-so-alternative medicine doctors gave you. They mean well,  by the way. I’m not trying to slam them.

But that well meaning “alternative” doctor doesn’t understand the fact that what we’re really dealing with, almost 90 percent of the time, is not low iodine.The problem is an autoimmune problem.

And you can look through my other posts on Hashimoto’s; it’s a very complex issue. But iHashimoto’s can be managed and you can feel great again.


If you think you’ve got low thyroid….please don’t go to the health food store and open the book “Prescription for nutritional healing” or ask the minimum wage employee what to do, because you’re going to get recommended  iodine (or you’re gonna get tyrosine, I’ll talk about tyrosine later. )

Iodine is a trigger.  One of the studies I quoted calls it an  “explosive mix.”

That’s what I want you to remember.  If you’re taking iodine—and you’ve got low thyroid symptoms—and you haven’t had the correct tests done—you don’t even know if you’re autoimmune or not–taking Iodine is like swallowing  a burning stick of dynamite with a long fuse on it.

It could trigger a massive autoimmune process that can’t be stopped.(but could be slowed down)

See, having low thyroid symptoms because of an “underactive” thyroid gland is one thing, although not as common as you might think.

Having an autoimmune disease is a whole ‘nother ball game and if you keep taking iodine, you are playing Russian roulette with six loaded barrels.  You’re swallowing dynamite.

I don’t know how many analogies I can mix here but you need to stop.

That’s the biggest thyroid mistake I see.  A person with low thyroid symptoms taking iodine.

Iodine is a trigger for autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

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© 2010 Dr. David Clark


Triggers And Causes of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Low Thyroid

Dr. David Clark, DC-Center for Low Thyroid Solutions in Durham, NC- talks about the common causes, or “triggers,” of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis–the most common cause of low thyroid in the United States.

One of the most common questions asked by women suffering Low Thyroid symptoms is this one:

“What Causes Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid?”

It’s a simple but complex answer.  What it boils down to is genetics and environment.  It’s kind of the old argument of nature versus nurture, if you’ve ever heard that.

What I mean is that there are known genes that make you at risk for developing an autoimmune attack on your thyroid gland.  However, just because you have those genes doesn’t mean they’re going to turn on and actually make you have the autoimmune attack.  See, what causes the attack are triggers.

Now there’s a whole bunch of environmental triggers, but the ones I want to tell you about were just discussed recently at a meeting in May of the American Thyroid Association.  There was a presentation where the presenter proved that environmental compounds, things that you find in your environment, can trigger your autoimmune thyroid.

And here they are.  I’ll make sure I don’t miss any of them.

BPA… BPA is short for a nasty chemical called bisphenol A, used in a lot of plastics.  It’s kind of being phased out but it is in almost every one of the canned foods that you’re buying; almost every one of them.  BPA is bad for thyroid health and it can trigger Hashimoto’s.

Rocket Fuel….You hear ‘rocket fuel’ you think, well, what the heck is that?  How am I getting exposed to rocket fuel? The studies have shown that around 30 to 40 percent of women in American have remnants of rocket fuel in their body.  (that’s a very scary fact)

Cigarette Smoke…. Chemicals in cigarettes can trigger Hashimoto’s.  So, guess what one of the risk factors for developing autoimmune thyroid disease is….smoking.  Smoking is stupid anyway.

One of the other things the presenter talked about, and this usually causes a tremendous amount of controversy, so I can’t wait to see the comments I get from this…

Iodine…. Iodine can trigger your Hashimoto’s autoimmune attack. Iodine can set it off.   You may think, well gosh, I saw my naturopath or my nutritionist or my alternative medical practitioner and they said I had low thyroid function and that I need iodine.  —->  Wrong!

If you want to give yourself Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid, start taking some iodine.

Remember, the number one cause of low thyroid in America is Hashimoto’s.

This next part is extremely important for you to understand…

Iodine (and not just excessive iodine) is a trigger to turn on those genes that will give you Hashimoto’s. That should take your breath away.  If you’re taking iodine right now because you had low thyroid symptoms or you had elevated TSH, you might want to consider getting off of it and talking to someone who understands what I’m telling you about.

In many parts of the world—Sri Lanka, Turkey, China–where people had goiters, when they were given iodine supplementation….it cured their goiter and….gave them Hashimoto’s!

What that has proven is that iodine is a trigger for Hashimoto’s (and I know I’m going to get a bunch of comments about this)  But that idea that everybody that has low thyroid needs iodine is bogus. It’s from 50 years ago. And forget the iodine skin absorption test.   There’s new scientific information that should not be ignored. Environmental triggers will set off Hashimoto’s. Iodine is one of these triggers.

So we’ve got BPA, cigarette smoking, rocket fuel, and iodine.  There are other triggers, but these for were specifically mentioned at this meeting in May.  This is good news for women suffering low thyroid symptoms such as hair loss, depression, fatigue and constipation. Here’s a scientist talking to a group of mainstream medical doctors about autoimmune thyroid triggers.

It will be interesting to see how many of these doctors actually put any of this new information into their practice.  I’m kind of cynical…but I will tell you very few of them probably will, even though this data was presented to them at a thyroid meeting.

What most of them are going to do, they’re still just going to give you thyroid hormones.  If you show up with Hashimoto’s, you’re getting thyroid hormone.  They’ll totally ignore any of these environmental triggers.  They’ll totally ignore your immune system.

That’s why a lot of women reading right now still have thyroid symptoms, even though they’re taking thyroid hormones and their labs are normal.

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© 2010 Dr. David Clark