Hashimoto’s Disease is a condition characterized by the body attacking the thyroid gland. This condition is the most common thyroid disorder in America.

Hypothyroidism affects approximately 34 million people (11%) in the United States, a majority of those being female (11:1 ratio). Unfortunately, many people and practitioners don’t recognize hypothyroidism as an autoimmune disease, even though 90% of hypothyroid cases are autoimmune, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis!

The presence of thyroid antibodies in blood work is conclusive for the autoimmune disease known as Hashimoto’s.  Ultrasound can also be used to support and confirm the diagnosis of thyroiditis.

These antibodies gradually and continually destroy the thyroid gland, eventually resulting in thyroid failure. Patients are typically offered thyroid hormone replacement therapy or, alternatively, iodine and glandular support, but these treatments may actually add fuel to the fire!

The Three Causes of Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto’s Disease, along with all other autoimmune conditions, develops when three criteria are present in the body: leaky gut (permeability), genetic susceptibility, and a trigger.

There are several known triggers that exacerbate autoimmune conditions and hypothyroidism including:

  • Gluten intolerance,
  • Vitamin D polymorphism (the body’s inability to use natural vitamin D),
  • Iodine excess,
  • Heavy metal toxicity,
  • Estrogen surges,
  • Pregnancy (especially postpartum changes),
  • Gastrointestinal infections (or any hidden infection),
  • and insulin surges (blood sugar handling).

Perhaps the most common and most critical trigger is gluten intolerance (not just celiac disease!), to which 80% of Americans have a genetic predisposition.

Dr. Autoimmune’s team takes a functional approach to Hashimoto’s. Rather than symptom suppression, we focus on removing the root cause and allowing your body to heal itself.

People who suffer from this debilitating condition are some of the most rewarding clients to work with as great changes can be made very simply.  Are you ready to change your life and soar once again?

Since autoimmunity is very complex, a detailed history is always taken at the first visit. It is during this visit that many insights regarding your particular case surface and a more specific treatment plan can be determined.

We have found that determining and addressing immune dominance is integral in the treatment of Hashimoto’s Disease. (As described in: Why do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by Datis Kharrazian).

Put simply, is one side of your immune system driving the antibody reaction, thus destroying the thyroid over time? It is nearly impossible to manage an autoimmune condition without addressing and regulating the immune system.We perform a comprehensive neurologic and metabolic exam plus a QEEG “brain map”, and typically obtain a comprehensive blood panel to compare your ranges to healthy populations, not just a comparison to those already sick!  The depth of information is critical to customizing your care plan and making sure Dr. Autoimmune is confident you will see an amazing transformation.

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

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

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