Do you have a doctor you recommend in my area?
I believe that everyone needs to find a practitioner that will let him/her be a part of the healthcare team. I recommend working with a functional medicine doctor- functional medicine doctors approach the body as a whole, and not just the thyroid hormones. (Here is a blog post I wrote about the functional medicine approach to the thyroid)
We are currently building a list of doctors; you can view the list here.
Do you provide consultations?
I do provide a limited number of consultations, however, most of the information required to get your health back is covered in my books, Hashimoto’s: The Root Cause and Hashimoto’s Protocol. At the present time I am not accepting new clients.
Help! My doctor won’t test my thyroid! What can I do?
I recommend that you find a doctor that will let you be a part of your healthcare team. You can check out my patient recommended practitioners list here. You can also order your labs tests via direct to patient lab testing through Ulta Labs here.
Help, I have a high deductible and lab testing costs a lot of money! Are there cheaper tests I can get?
Help! I don’t have insurance and can’t afford to get thyroid tests done! What do you suggest?
Please go to http://www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf for a list of free and sliding scale clinics in your area.
I’ve also set up a direct to patient lab testing portal through Ulta Labs, which offers many discounted lab panels.
Another great way to start taking charge of your own health without costly lab tests is by looking at your diet. I believe humans do not thrive on processed and packaged foods. The best foods for us are meat and vegetables. If it wasn’t food 200 years ago, I don’t eat it, and this has made a world of difference in my life.
What is your opinion on vaccines for children of parents with Hashimoto’s?
Unfortunately, vaccines and pediatrics are not my areas of expertise. I do have friends with Hashimoto’s who have vaccinated their children without any apparent problems, and also have friends who feel that their children were vaccine injured. While vaccines have saved countless lives, there’s a possibility that some people may have horrible reactions to them. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any tests that would help us predict who would have this type of response. While most studies have shown that vaccines are very safe for most people, every drug can have cause an adverse reaction, especially in those who are genetically susceptible. Ultimately, it’s up to you, your family, and pediatrician you trust that would have to decide if a vaccine is the right thing for your child. In some cases, you may have to involve legal authorities to help advocate for your rights.
What is your opinion on vaccines for people with Hashimoto’s?
As a pharmacist, I am well aware that medications can have various adverse reactions, especially in those who are genetically susceptible. While vaccines have saved countless lives, there’s a possibility that some people may have horrible reactions to them. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any tests that would help us predict who would have this type of response.
My feeling is that a person with autoimmune, genetic predisposition may be more likely to have an adverse reaction to a vaccine. I doubt that it’s the mercury, more likely it’s introducing a mutated germ into the person’s body that can cause an immune response and cross-react with body cells.
Molecular mimicry, when the immune system thinks a part of the body is a foreign invader it was exposed to is one of the leading autoimmune theories. Unfortunately this is not something I can prove, as there’s not a lot of scientific information connecting vaccines to autoimmunity that we can take to our doctor, and quite frankly I try not to get involved in the vaccine debate as it’s not my area of expertise and I am just stating opinions and theories instead of things I know to be facts. Ultimately, it’s up to you, your family, and doctor you trust that would have to decide is a vaccine is the right thing for you and/or your family member. In some cases, you may have to involve legal authorities to help advocate for your rights.
There’s one only study on the vaccine Gardasil that found elevated levels of Hashimoto’s, although the researchers did not find this statistically significant http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/757661
I was tested for Hashimoto’s, and the antibody test came back negative, but my symptoms are consistent with Hashimoto’s. Does a negative antibody test mean that I don’t have Hashimoto’s or do I need an ultrasound?
About 5-10 percent of those with Hashimoto’s may not have antibodies. An ultrasound of the thyroid will help you see if your thyroid has changes consistent with Hashimoto’s. There is also a test called reverse T3, that can indicate if you are having thyroid symptoms because of other reasons, such as stress or adrenals. You can learn more about thyroid antibodies here.