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Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the thyroid gland. It is the most common thyroid disorder in America.

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body is attacking the thyroid gland. If you’re one of the 14 million people in America who are suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help improve symptoms and get some relief.

90% of the time, the cause of hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The body makes antibodies (little warriors) that attack the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in your throat. This can cause an underproduction of thyroid hormones and harm the hormone system that is needed to keep the body functioning properly.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Symptoms

Do you suspect or know that you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis? You may experience symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Brain fog 
  • Constipation or “tummy troubles”
  • Muscle weakness or joint pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Hair loss
  • Dry or pale skin
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hoarse/deepened voice

Triggers for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

What can trigger or fuel an imbalance in your thyroid gland?

  • Gluten sensitivity and other food trigger
  • Viral infection such as Epstein Barr virus (EBV)
  • Plastics like BPA, phthalates, parabens
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Mold toxicity
  • Low glutathione status
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Leaky gut
  • Blood sugar dysfunction

How Can Dr. Autoimmune Help?

Typically in treatment for Hashimoto’s, an oral hormone medication is prescribed and can be helpful for the symptoms. However, since this drug may cause long-term damage to bones and the cardiovascular system, many people choose to find more natural ways to treat thyroiditis. 

It can be frustrating trying to find help with chronic and complex conditions, which is why we have chosen to dedicate our practice to exactly that. Instead of treating the symptoms, our functional medicine approach focuses on finding the causes.

All autoimmune diseases start in the gut.  We design custom plans of dietary intervention, supplements and lifestyle recommendations to help heal the gut and support the immune system rather than focusing on the thyroid.  In supporting these fundamental functions of the digestive tract we can reduce inflammation and see dramatic changes in symptoms.

Finding the Root Cause

We know that autoimmunity requires 3 things to develop:

  1. Genetic predisposition
  2. Leaky gut (a.k.a intestinal permeability)
  3. An environmental trigger

It All Starts in the Gut!

Our small intestine consists of 25 feet of tubing, the inside surface area being equivalent to that of a doubles tennis court!

Proteins called “tight junctions” prevent a flood of material into the gut. Low vitamin D levels coupled with inflammation in the gut starts to widen the space between cells, allowing materials (bacteria and food) to start seeping through.  This triggers inflammation and as antibodies are formed they begin to target the thyroid.  This is why medication may help symptoms but it can never resolve your thyroid condition.

Ian really knows A LOT about thyroid problems! His knowledge and confidence convinced me to make the lifestyle changes -including no gluten, no sugar, and more exercise-that are essential to healing hormonal imbalances and to staying well. Several months later, I feel stronger, more energetic, and am happier than I have felt in a long time. Many thanks for all your help!

- Anonymous

Dr Ian helped me overcome many health problems. When I initially went to see him, I was suffering from hypo-thyroidism. With his help, I am no longer hypo-thyroid. Amazing Results! He is highly recommended!

- Mary

I initially started seeing Dr Ian for intense tiredness, digestive problems, low thyroid and a slew of other symptoms. He has been so amazing in supporting me to continuously make improvements and the results have been incredible. I highly recommend him, he is intuitive, wise and a high integrity person that I respect and value!

- Susie

Start Your Health Consultation

We’ve set up a comprehensive new patient special that includes everything necessary to determine the root cause of your condition and start you on the journey to getting your life back.

✓ 1-Hour Comprehensive Physical and Neurologic Exam
✓ Advanced Brain Mapping
✓ Complete Blood Panel – Examining Over 80 Unique Markers (Includes lab fees)
✓ Follow Up Session to Review Findings and Develop Customized Care Plan

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