Tackling More Aggressive Measures
In my experience, I’ve found that starting with optimizing medications (when necessary), getting on the right type of diet and supporting nutrient deficiencies and the adrenals can turn a person around within a course of one to three months.
Here are a few notes I’ve received from readers in the last couple of years
“I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s 2 years ago by a non-holistic endocrinologist. (TSH of 29 with TPO antibodies of 460) Up until about 6 months ago, I was taking Synthroid and still experienced symptoms of hypothyroid. I purchased your book, Hashimoto’s The Root Cause, and read through it. I have since switched to a holistic endocrinologist and have made some dietary changes including eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, and caffeine. I also have been supporting my thyroid by supplementing with selenium, vitamin D, omega 3, folic acid, and vitamin C. I also switched from Synthroid to Armour. Since making these changes (about 10 weeks ago), my TPO antibodies dropped from 460 mIU/mL to 8 mIU/mL.”
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“Gluten free, soy free for 3 months and I was able to lower my meds and stomach pain, alternating diarrhea and constipation, anxiety and body aches all gone!!”
My second layer on interventions targets the gut—if a person has not gotten better on a nutrient-dense diet low in reactive foods (like the gluten-free/soy-free/dairy-free diet, Paleo or autoimmune Paleo diet) within three months, or has hit a plateau in healing, an infection (often in the gut or the beginning of the gut, i.e. the mouth) can often be a culprit. Often, treating a gut infection like H. pylori can bring about additional symptom resolution and sometimes even remission.
Here are two more notes from readers:
I have been reading your book and decided to tackle any infections in my body…through this investigation I found I had H. pylori and 2 tooth infections. I have taken care of these infections to the best of my knowledge…a few weeks later my hair-loss is at an all time low!! Yessss…and with the addition of T3 my hair texture feels better too. I wouldn’t have known to look into this so thank you! On I go to the next step of healing my gut now!
Dr. Izabella, I think you are on the right track…..I have had Hashimoto’s for 20 years….recently found out I had H. pylori. I have done the antibiotic treatment and my TPO just came back 17! I think the antagonist has been killed off!!! Haven’t felt this good in 20 years!
Read more about infections in the following articles:
If a person has the nutrition and the gut pieces handled but has again hit a plateau in healing, it’s time to address toxins and hormones. While layer one and layer two interventions will help to support the body in eliminating toxins and normalizing hormonal imbalances, sometimes we need to dig deeper.
I always recommend starting with supporting the detox pathways; this can work well to help your body process toxins (and excess hormones). The liver, gut, and skin are our most important detox organs and may need support if you’ve had Hashimoto’s for some time.
Here’s how to be sure they are working optimally
- Support your liver with plenty of green vegetables, green juices, fiber, and supplements like Amino-D-Tox, NAC, and Homocysteine Factors (especially if you have the MTHFR gene variation).
- Optimize your gut function. You should not be experiencing constipation or diarrhea. You stools should be consistently well formed, and you should have bowel movements at least every other day. Make sure that you are clear of infections like H. pylori, SIBO and/or parasites that could create a backlog in your toxin processing.
- One of the symptoms of hypothyroidism that people hardly ever complain about is a lack of sweating or reduced sweating. Unfortunately, when we don’t sweat enough, we lose the benefit of getting rid of toxins through our sweat. You should try to sweat on a daily basis. Some of my favorite strategies include hot yoga, detox baths (add one cup of Epson Salts to your tub), and sauna therapy.
You can find more detailed info on how to support your detox pathways in my book, Hashimoto’s: The Root Cause.
More aggressive measures…
Many times, just doing the steps listed above will help your body process all of the toxins you have over time, however, some people may need more aggressive interventions, like heavy metal chelation.
Please note: people who attempt chelation without having all of their ducks in a row can actually make themselves feel worse (see items 1, 2, and 3 above), as chelation will pull out the heavy metals hiding deep in the body, and if the person is not detoxing correctly (due to a liver backlog, gut dysfunction and/or a lack of sweating), the heavy metals will just find a new home within the body.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Tami Meraglia about her work with people with Hashimoto’s and hormonal imbalances. Dr. Tami and I met at a health conference, and we talked a great deal about how to get people with Hashimoto’s into remission.
Dr. Tami is a specialist in optimizing hormones and has had a great deal of success with helping people with Hashimoto’s in her clinic. You can watch my interview with Dr. Tami as we discuss the role of heavy metal chelation in Hashimoto’s, how to test for heavy metals, adrenals, hormonal imbalances, and Dr. Tami’s favorite healing diet!
Dr. Wentz, PharmD with Dr. Meraglia
Hope that this information helps you on your journey!
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