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Relief for PhD Candidate with Hashimoto’s Brain Fog and Fatigue

Natalia suffered with Hashimoto’s hypothyroid brain fog and fatigue even though she was taking thyroid hormone medication. Her symptoms were so bad she couldn’t write her doctoral dissertation, couldn’t deal with her children.—And, in her words “I felt so Inert.”

After only 30 days of treatment, her foggy brain disappeared, and then her energy improved and she felt like her old, active self. After 120 days, she says she’s 80% improved.

Natalia summed up her experience so far with this statement:
“Don’t believe the doctor who tells you that there’s nothing you can do for Hashimoto’s, because that’s NOT true.”

Many women with Hashimoto’s, like Natalia, STILL suffer these low thyroid symptoms even though they take medications like Synthroid®, Armour® and Cytomel®…and even though their lab results are “normal.”

  • Hair loss
  • constipation
  • weight gain
  • infertility
  • sleep problems
  • depression

 

Low Thyroid Brain Fog, Memory Problems, Hair Loss Eliminated

Corey shares her success with Low thyroid Brain Fog, short term memory problems and Hair loss.

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.

What?!

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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© 2011 Dr. David Clark, DC.. All Rights Reserved.

Hashimoto’s Hair Loss & Weight Gain Reversed-Relief

Dr. David Clark, DC director of the Center for Low Thyroid Solutions in Durham, NC talks with his patient, Susan as she shares her Hashimoto’s success story.

Dr. David Clark:    Susan, you’ve been doing how well?

Susan:    Much better.

Dr. David Clark:    Yeah?  So, explain again.

Susan:    Much better..My hair’s falling out less, my fingernails are a bit better, and this is, I think, only day 19, and my digestive problems have cleared up by 95 percent.

Dr. David Clark:    Cool.  And you didn’t really think you had any digestive problems, though, did you?

Susan:    And I didn’t think I had any, so now I –

Dr. David Clark:    But, you felt 95 percent better, right?

Susan:    – now I realize I did have it.

Dr. David Clark:    Yeah.

Susan:    Did have them.  And I got more energy.  I have a lot more energy.

Dr. David Clark:    So, how do you know that, though?  How do you –

Susan:    Well, because I work out really hard a few times a week, and my trainer says, “My God, you’re getting stronger,” and I’ve lost seven pounds.

Dr. David Clark:    Wow.  Wow, that’s –

Susan:    Without dieting, I mean, other than this diet….  I mean, and there was nothing I could do – I forgot to tell you that.  There’s nothing I could do before to get under 150.  No matter how much I ate, how much I didn’t eat, I stayed the same.  Giving up diary and the gluten –

Dr. David Clark:    Broke the barrier.

Susan:    – I broke the barrier.  I’m down seven, and I feel like I’ll probably lose a little bit more, but I kind of – I like being a little bit chunky, so I’m probably – I don’t want to get passed –…    I don’t want to be too skinny.

Dr. David Clark:    You don’t want to be a stick figure.  But, you want to feel good is the point, right?

Susan:    Yeah, I feel great.

Dr. David Clark:    So, where were you losing hair at?  Was it, like, hair on your head type thing?

Susan:    Yes.

Dr. David Clark:    And so, you noticed that you’re losing less?

Susan:    Yes.

Dr. David Clark:    Like, how much less would you say?  Could you quantify it at all, I mean?

Susan:    Probably three-quarters less.

Dr. David Clark:    Wow.  How would – how did you know you were using it?  Like, when you were taking a shower?

Susan:    I’d find it in the tub –

Dr. David Clark:    Wow.

Susan:    – or on the pillow or wherever.

Dr. David Clark:    On the pillow.  Well, that’s fantastic.

Susan:    Yeah.

Dr. David Clark:    That’s cool.  Well, great.  All right, well, we’re really just getting started, so I – we’ll talk to you –

Susan:    I’m ready.

Dr. David Clark:    Yeah, we’ll –

Susan:    And I’m very committed.

Dr. David Clark:    Cool, all right.

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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