Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body’s own tissues
I had initially found Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis to be quite a challenge to treat. Things changed when I considered “the why”.
It’s important to consider the gut with any autoimmune disease. Think of the gut as a soaker hose with tiny holes that normally allows only small healthy things to enter the body while preventing large “bad” things to pass through the gut.
Sometimes, due to a poor diet or stress, the gut’s “pores” become bigger and things that aren’t supposed to enter the body, start flooding in. Our body responds with inflammation and antibody response. Sometimes the body confuses healthy tissue with the bad stuff that is pouring in. When it happens to the thyroid gland, it’s called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Initially, your thyroid labs may actually look normal, but your antibody levels could be elevated. Is your doctor checking for antibodies? Among other things, Inflammation interferes with hormones getting inside the cells and working properly. That’s why you have to fix the inflammation where it started. Otherwise, taking anti-inflammatories, alone, would be like trying to fill up a sink with the stopper out.
If you have Hashimoto’s, you have inflammation. That’s why I put my patients on an anti-inflammatory/autoimmune diet and I fix the gut.
I use low dose naltrexone because it dampens the antibody response to the thyroid and makes it easier to manage your levels. If you don’t fix these things then all of the thyroid medication in the world won’t help you.
Dr. Scott’s Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Treatments can help you return to normal thyroid function.
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