Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis affects 70-80% of all diagnosed Hypothyroidism patients on some form of Thyroid Replacement Hormone (TRH). To accurately diagnose this condition it is necessary to run the TPO and TGB antibodies, many times in our practice we have seen the TPO (Thyroid Peroxidase) run on bloodwork without the TGB (Thyroglobulin), it is possible to have the one without the other and still be classified as having an Autoimmune Thyroid condition.
What could possibly be triggering the Autoimmune Thyroid condition? Such things as gluten which is found in grains like wheat, barley or rye, the gluten molecular structure is similar to the Thyroid tissue, so if there is a Gluten Sensitivity, Intolerance or Celiac Disease the attack on the Thyroid becomes and all out assault causing bouts of alternating levels of TSH leading to either Hyperthyroid or Hypothyroid states. In order to determine if there is a problem with Gluten specialized testing can be performed, the most accurate being genetic testing done by a stool sample. Can an individual be tested by their Physician for the Celiac Panel with the traditional medical blood test and have that test come back negative, but still be Gluten Sensitive? Absolutely, we see this all the time in our practice it is very common for the Celiac Panel to come back “false negative”, the reason being is the IEL’s ( Intraepithelial Lymphocytes) are not being picked up at the time of collection.
Other complicating factors in this paradigm include Gut Malasorption which leads initially to Osteopenia and eventually to Osteoporosis, Hormonal Imbalances causing early Perimenopausal symptoms ie, night sweats, hot flashes and irregular menstrual cycling. Many other symptoms with Hashimoto’s including but not limited to skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis herpetiformis, loss of the outer third of the eyebrows, significant hair loss either scalp or pubic areas, sleeping problems such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, blood sugar handling problems such Hypoglycemia or Insulin Resistance (IR) with IR being commonly associated with high levels of testosterone and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
In our Functional Medicine practice it our goal to find the underlying cause using specialized Blood Testing, Gut Function analysis, Adrenal Stress Index with hormones and of course Genetic Testing to look at those foods which might be causing an ongoing inflammatory response upsetting the balance of your Immune System. For further information you can our office at 714-964-9566 or go to www.youtube.com/valentinechiro and look at some our testimonials.
Hopefully this information has helped to explain some of the complexities of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis so that you understand that this is an Autoimmune condition that when left unmanaged will lead to other diagnosed autoimmune diseases.
Dr Michael Valentine DC
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