Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, that most commonly afflicts adults, and can affect people as young as six years of age. Hashimoto’s was named after Dr. Hakaru Hashimoto, the Japanese surgeon who first discovered the disease in 1912. Hashimoto’s disease is a serious autoimmune condition that is often overlooked by medical doctors.
Although Hashimoto’s can affect both men and women, it is 10 times more likely to affect women between the age of 30 and 50. The majority of clients I see are women, with Hashimoto’s.
The thyroid is a critical part of the endocrine system, and it influences the function of every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. The thyroid secretes hormones that manage metabolism, and it controls the conversion of nutrients into energy.
Here are some of the most common symptoms:
Poor gut health
Dry skin and other skin issues
Fatigue, tiredness, sluggishness
Joint and muscle pain
Nerve issues & neuropathy
Weight gain (weight-loss resistance)
A comprehensive thyroid panel and a proper analysis is essential to the proper diagnosis of Hashimoto’s. Most doctors simply check thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels and do not actually check to rule out Hashimoto’s.
A full panel will check:
Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Antibody levels (TPO and Tg)
Free T3 (fT3)
Free T4 (fT4)
Reverse T3 (rT3)
Total T4 (thyroxine)
Total T3 (triiodothyronine)
I see clients globally who have gone years thinking that they only have hypothyroidism, when they have actually had Hashimoto’s all along.
The #1 reason that medical doctors do not perform a proper thyroid panel is because their treatment is identical, whether a patient has Hashimoto’s or not - thyroid medication for life.
In addition to having the proper panel to begin with, it is essential that you receive a proper interpretation, using optimal ranges. The standard ranges used routinely include the markers of sick people, and this is another reason that Hashimoto’s can hide under the radar.
If your thyroid is switching back and forth from hypo- to hyper- thyroidism, you are not alone. Some folks think that this is rare, or that their condition is out of the ordinary. It is actually quite common, and very serious.
In the early stages of the disease, people can experience symptoms and labs, associated with hyperthyroidism. This is an indication that the thyroid cells are being destroyed sporadically.
Based on research, we know that all autoimmune disorders are caused by cellular inflammation. Cellular inflammation is caused by a wide array of toxins and interferences that bioaccumulate over one’s lifetime.
Hashimoto’s is linked to several main interferences, stemming from poor oral health, infections, and poor gut health leading to nutritional deficiencies.
Poor Oral Health
Many people are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s after having dental work. A common problem that I often see is the triggering of Hashimoto’s after the removal of amalgam fillings. Many people do their own research, and conclude that removing their silver fillings is a good idea. More often than not, people do not have the procedure done by a qualified biological dentist, and do not know how to prepare their body and cells for the process. This leads to a toxic storm in the body, and can actually result in a worse outcome than having the amalgams in the first place.
Dental compounds containing mercury, nickel, and other heavy metals can all lead to Hashimoto’s. Root canals and cavitations frequently become infected and inflamed and spread bacteria and other pathogens throughout the body, including to our thyroid.
Unaddressed parasitic and bacterial infections are another main reason that people can develop Hashimoto’s disease.
Specifically, research has found a link with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes, HTLV-1, mumps, and rubella. Understanding the cause is a vital first step. These infections must be identified, isolated, and completely removed from the body, at a cellular level in order to completely heal from Hashimoto’s
Poor Gut Health
Poor gut health is attributable to 10% - 40% of people with Hashimoto’s. These issues include leaky gut and poor nutrition, which are completely within our control, through epigenetics.
Leaky gut is quite serious, and occurs when the gut lining becomes thin and develops holes. As the gastrointestinal tract leaks pathogens, toxins, and undigested food into the bloodstream, the immune system mistakes these toxins for foreign invaders and creates antibodies to fight them. This is one direct way that autoimmune can be created within the body.
Knowing how to eat properly can be complicated, and a healthy and nutrient-dense diet is essential for proper thyroid function. Many people with Hashimoto’s suffer from significant nutritional deficiencies, such as:
Vitamin A, D, and E
Cellular inflammation keeps vitamins and minerals in the bloodstream, unable to permeate the membrane of the cell. Eating foods dense in these nutrients, or taking supplements may not be enough until the body and cells are prepared to begin correcting this issue. In addition, one should not run out and buy supplements unless they are certain that there is a deficiency, based on bloodwork.
Most people treat Hashimoto’s under the care of a doctor of conventional medicine. This treatment involves taking thyroid medication that contains synthetic thyroid hormones, for life. When the disease progresses, patients may undergo surgery to remove the thyroid altogether, which can cause other challenges..
Conventional medicine considers Hashimoto’s disease as a chronic, incurable condition, with no known root cause.
Functional Medicine with Epigenetics
Functional Medicine alone is no longer enough to completely heal from autoimmune diseases. The overlay of Epigenetics is essential in order to properly determine the root cause and to develop effective solutions. Epigenetics is the study of how behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way genes work.
Prep the Body & Cells
All people with Autoimmune Disease have one thing in common - a poor Drainage Pathway. This is why we start with preparing the body and cells for the healing process by opening the Drainage Pathway, which are the colon, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, lymphatic system, and gut.
It is essential to ensure that the damaged mitochondria is repaired inside each cell. This is where cellular energy is made, and once it begins to restore, people feel much higher levels of energy.
This phase is essential in order to address the root cause of cellular inflammation
Remove the Interferences
Removing the interferences and toxins begins with addressing the gut. The gut is also referred to as the “second brain”, and is responsible for overall immune health. In this phase, we rebalance the gut pathogens, and in the later phase, rebuild gut lining and repopulate in the correct order and at the right time.
Identifying the primary Interferences, such as parasites, bacteria, viruses and retroviruses in the body, is important so that they can be specifically targeted. These primary nterferences must be cleared before we address deeper-level interferences.
Many people attempt to detox on their own, prior to removing interferences. Often they use detox programs that they have purchased, or have sought the advice of practitioners who are not properly trained in the removal of interferences. These approaches leave people feeling even sicker, and cause re-toxification of their bodies.
Repair & Restore
Identifying and removing deeper-level toxins and interferences can occur once the primary interferences are out of the way. These include heavy metals, Lyme and co-infections, radiation, and chemicals.
These steps ensure that we are creating healthy cells in the body. When our cells replicate, we want them to replicate healthy cells, not unhealthy cells. This results in good genes being turned on and bad genes being turned off.
Optimizing your health over a lifetime is the formula to longevity and prevention. The right health strategies, applied long enough for them to matter, is the only path toward optimal health and longevity.