Hashimoto’s Causes Suffering Even if TSH Levels Are “Normal”

Hashimoto’s Causes Suffering Even if TSH Levels Are “Normal”

Dr. Richard Hagmeyer, DC – Naperville Institute For NeuroMetabolic Solutions, IL– shares important new information about how Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis can make you feel bad, even if your TSH, T4, T3 are normal.

I’m going to tell you why Hashimoto’s negatively affects your quality of life even if your TSH and your hormone levels are normal.

First,  is Hashimoto’s really a big deal?  A lot of doctors say,

“Eh, Hashimoto’s is no big deal.  You take the medication.  You live with it. There’s nothing you can do.”

That’s not true. They’re saying that it’s no big deal because they only have one thing to offer you…and too bad if it doesn’t help.

If you’re suffering with Hashimoto’s, you know how bad it is….These are classic low thyroid symptoms.

  • Constipation
  • dry skin
  • vaginal dryness
  • muscle weakness
  • feeling cold all over all the time
  • frequent sweating
  • hair loss
  • depression

Follow along with me here for just a minute…………………

notice normal TSH but Thyroid antibodies

 

Above you see some of the blood work I recently ran on a patient. She was still suffering with thyroid symptoms (inward trembling, heart palpitations, hair loss, extreme fatigue) despite being told everything is “Normal”.

Imagine how long this patient was suffering prior to coming to our office and getting the diagnosis that she has an autoimmune disease. You can clearly see that her TSH is normal, Her T4 levels are Normal, Her T3 Levels are Normal.

She clearly has an autoimmune problem.

“If we just treat numbers we miss the person standing in front of us!” The person whose world is crashing down.

 

NORMAL TSH BUT   FOR ANTIBODIES

 

As you can see form this study published in Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism- A patient suffering with a Thyroid disorder Should Have their Antibodies tested. Patients can have normal thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH) but have Hashimoto’s.

BUT WAIT JUST A MINUTE…………………..

WHAT IF YOUR DOCTOR NEVER RAN THESE TESTS (TPO, TGB antibodies)?

OR

WHAT IF YOUR DOCTOR NEVER FOUND OUT THAT PATIENTS WITH AUTOIMMUNE THYROID DISEASE ARE AT AN INCREASED RISK FOR OTHER AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES?

(ie Celiac, Type I Diabetes, Crohn’s, Neuropathy, MS, IBS, Lupus, RA, and any other kind of Autoimmune disease we can think of)

 

 

Patients with autoimmune thryodi at risk for more AI conditions

 

WHAT IF YOU DOCTOR NEVER DID ANYTHING TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING?

WHAT IF ALL THEY DID WAS PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS FOR YOUR SYMPTOMS?

WHAT IF THEY NEVER IDENTIFIED YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TRIGGERS?

YOU WOULD GET SICKER WOULDN’T YOU!

 

Hashimoto’s is the most common cause of low thyroid. (NOT iodine deficiency or tyrosine)

New research out this year proves that when women have TPO antibodies–which, along with anti-thyroglobulin antibodies are what you test for when you’re lookng for Hashimoto’s-–have a decreased quality of life even if their TSH and their hormone levels are normal.

Case in point…. just yesterday I was talking to a new patient and she told me she just found out from her endocrinologist that she has a “raging” case of Hashimoto’s….

But the doctor  “can’t do anything” for her because her TSH is normal.

What?!

I was floored.  It’s like her doctor thinks she’s handcuffed….

I know you’ve got these antibodies, but I can’t do anything for you because of some bogus artificial “rule” that the patient’s TSH must be higher than X number etc.

The doctor could do something for her,  IF the doctor had training in non-drug management.

But I guess in fairness the only thing that her doctor has is to give her hormone replacement.  And the doctor’s guideline is that if your hormone levels are normal, even if you’ve got antibodies, then the doctor can’t do anything for the patient.

There’s thousands of women who are suffering with Hashimoto’s…who feel helpless….because no one will help them.

If you’re reading this and you’ve got positive TPO antibodies or positive TGB antibodies, here’s some piece of mind…

….Understand that the research shows that you can have

  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • hair loss
  • vaginal dryness
  • weakness
  • feeling cold all the time
  • requiring excessive amounts of sleep to function….

..AND your thyroid hormone levels be “normal” (aka “euthyroid.” This study I mentioned gave approximately 600 women questionnaires, and the researchers found out that…

Women with positive TPO antibodies are having a horrible time with symptoms even though they’re not classically “hypothyroid.”

They also analyzed the kinds symptoms in two groups of these women–those with TPO antibodies  less than 121 or TPO antibodies greater than 121.  What they found out is these women are suffering in all domains: social roles, their zest for life, their physical ability, their pain.

If you’ve ever been made to feel that you’re crazy, or “just depressed” because you’ve got these TPO/TGB antibodies–but you’re not low thyroid… so the symptoms you’re having can’t be due to Hashimoto’s….

Well, now you can go back to that doctor and say…

“Why don’t you read this study? Why don’t you read something that’s up to date? There is a reason I feel bad.”

What will happen next?

Well, the doctor’s probably not going to be able to give you thyroid hormones because based on your lab work–and using their goofy rule—you don’t need them. So that MD is probably not going to be able to help you.

What you’re going to have to do next is find someone who can look at your thyroid problem and this Hashimoto’s autoimmune tissue reaction,  from a functional perspective. A doctor who understands that there are steps to take so you can feel better, and there are things that you should and should not do.

I’m talking about specific diet changes. Specific lifestyle changes.  Specialized testing that could be done to get to the bottom of why you’re attacking your thyroid gland.

It becomes complicated.

You should walk away today knowing you’re NOT crazy.  There is a reason why you feel bad even though your thyroid hormone tests are “normal.” 

Thousands of women have TPO antibodies and/or Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies PLUS low thyroid symptoms…but their TSH isn’t elevated or their T4 isn’t low.

Those women are in a medical wasteland. Feeling frustrated and abandoned.

Now you know you still need to find help…fast.

You’ve got to find someone who understands that Hashimoto’s negatively affects your quality of life in all areas, whether your thyroid hormones are normal or not.

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Thyroid Seminar| 8 Steps To Overcoming Your LowThyroid Symptoms|Naperville IL

Dr. Hagmeyer will be presenting new information about Holistic Thyroid treatment on April 16th at 10:30am and 630pm at the Naperville Institute For NeuroMetabolic Solutions. Many people are not aware of the powerful affects Functional medicine and lifestyle changes can be on chronic health problems.

Dr. Hagmeyer will be offering this seminar at no charge. This seminar will give you hope and inspiration that a new life is just around the corner. Hundreds of patients all over the country have reclaimed their health using the Natural Thyroid Methods implemented in Dr Hagmeyers office.

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Estrogen, Progesterone and The Thyroid Connection| Holistic Thyroid Doctor

The hormones in your body are like a delicate symphony. If one hormone is off, out of balance, too much or too little, it can affect many other hormones in the body.

Natural hormonal balancing means identifying imbalances within all of the systems of the body including the adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, pineal, and sex hormones for optimum function.

One of the biggest problems I see within the practice of functional medicine, is the same problem seen within standard medicine. Instead of looking at the big picture, many doctors still only look at the system of the body that has symptoms.

Many so called holistic doctors, Integrative practitioners fail to look at the interaction or the relationship of these hormones.

In this video Dr Hagmeyer explains the connection between Female Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone and the relationship it has on thyroid function.

Remember this.. You don’t have just a thyroid problem or just a female hormone imbalance.



Thyroid Surgery and Autoimmune Thyroid.| Holistic Thyroid Specialist

Will Having My Thyroid Gland Removed Make Me Feel Better?

getting to the root causeMany patients with autoimmune thyroid have their gland removed surgically.  The problem is that the underlying immune dysfunction is still there. This often results in patients having difficulty utilizing their hormone replacement and as a result they continue to have the same thyroid symptoms. Just because you remove your thyroid does not mean that you have fixed the underlying cause.  If this sounds familiar, there is hope.

Our approach is to focus on the immune aspect of this so that you can actually get relief of your thyroid symptoms.

So Where Do You Start?

1.   Identify and remove the trigger(s) that aggravate the immune system (foods, chemicals, hormonal imbalance, etc.).

2.  Quench the existing body-wide inflammatory cascade (with diet & lifestyle changes and specific supplements that down regulate pro-inflammatory processes and up-regulate anti-inflammatory processes).

3.  Aid in the repair the GI tract barrier

4.  Support the damaged autoimmune target with specific supplements and/or medical hormone replacement therapy (as in the case of thyroid and pancreas damage by co-managing the illness with your medical doctor)

 

It is important to consider that the thyroid gland has major influence in all of these areas:

  • Enhances a portion of the nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system.
  • Promotes breakdown of blood sugar, mobilizes fats, essential for protein synthesis, and enhances the liver’s synthesis of cholesterol.
  • Promotes normal adult nervous system function and mood.
  • Promotes normal functioning of the heart.
  • Promotes normal muscular growth and function.
  • Promotes normal GI motility and tone; increases secretion of digestive juices, particularly that of the gallbladder and the stomach.
  • Promotes normal female reproductive ability and lactation.
  • Promotes normal hydration and secretory activity of the skin.

Here are a few more key things to remember:

HEART DISEASE AND WOMAN

Bone:  Deficiency of thyroid hormones lead to a decrease in bone development and an abnormal architecture of the bone that is created.  Generally, a functionally low (which means low but not flagged as of yet) serum calcium is noted in hypothyroidism.  Elevated thyroid hormones causes an increased serum calcium, as it pulls calcium from the bone, leading to increased risk of pathological fractures of the spine and weight bearing joints.

Gastrointestinal Function:  Transit time is affected directly by thyroid hormones as is absorption of nutrients.

Male Hormones:  Hypothyroidism has been linked to diminished libido and impotence.  Although this condition is rarer in men, it must be considered in treating these conditions.

Liver and Gallbladder Function:  Low thyroid function caused decreased liver clearance and gall bladder congestion through thickening of the bile, often also associated with an elevation of cholesterol.

Body Composition:  As you may know all too well, low thyroid function causes an inability to lose weight.  This is caused by a slowed conversion of glucose and fat into energy, and altering the way Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is metabolized in the body.

Blood Sugar Regulation: Low thyroid slows the insulin response to glucose following eating carbohydrates or sugar and it also slows glucose uptake into cells and tissues, and slows absorption of glucose from the intestinal tract.  In other words, your entire energy production system is slowed.  It is quite confounding to your body and brain, in that the glucose is in the blood, but the tissues are not able to absorb it.  This really confuses the pituitary gland and adrenal glands, resulting in a “stress physiology,” even if life is good.

Cholesterol:  As mentioned earlier, low thyroid increases your cholesterol and triglycerides, so your doctor tells you your diet is poor.  You become even more strict in your diet, and the tissue starvation (low glucose, low energy) gets worse, which makes the stress physiology worse, which makes your cholesterol higher, which prompts your doctor to put you on cholesterol medication, which interferes with energy production, which further stresses your physiology…whew!  You are frustrated!

Depression:  Low thyroid impairs the production of stimulating neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that antidepressants work on.  Low stimulating neurotransmitters leaves you, as one of my professors described, feeling “lower than a snakes belly.”

Female Hormones:  Low thyroid changes the way estrogen is metabolized in the body, shifting toward an estrogen metabolite that has been proven to increase the risk of breast cancer.

Stress: Low thyroid slows the elimination of the stress hormone cortisol, which leaves you feeling stressed out, not because of “stress,” but because the stress hormone can’t be removed efficiently.

Detoxification:  Low thyroid slows an enzyme critical for metabolic biotransformation, or detoxification, the process by which the body binds and removes all environmental chemicals, and normal byproducts of metabolism, including hormones.  “Toxicity” further slows your metabolism, and leads to headaches and other toxic symptoms.

Digestion: Low thyroid reduces the release of Gastrin, which determines the output of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, leading to poor protein digestion, sour stomach, and GERD.

Thermoregulation:  Regulation of body temperature is affected by low thyroid, resulting in hot flashes and night sweats, which is especially prominent in perimenopausal women.  This is often blamed on estrogen dropping, but may be directly caused by low thyroid.

PMS and Infertility:  Low thyroid affects the progesterone receptors, making them less sensitive to progesterone, which feels like low progesterone, although the progesterone levels may be normal.  Since the activity of progesterone is diminished, the health of the uterus is insufficient for implantation in the second half of the female cycle, leading to difficulties getting pregnant and PMS.  Low thyroid also reduces sex hormone binding proteins, leading to an increase in estrogen activity.

Anemia: Low thyroid, as mentioned affects protein metabolism, which then lowers the red blood cell mass, which carries oxygen to tissues for metabolism of energy.  Yes, another mechanism for feeling lousy.

Homocysteine:  Low thyroid slows a process called methylation, often evidenced by elevated serum levels of homocysteine.  Elevated homocysteine in the blood has been proven as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, and cervical dysplasia.

So if you have had your thyroid removed because of an autoimmune condition, and are still suffering, there is hope for you to get your body to heal itself and get your vitality and zest for life back.  

It boils down to finding a doctor that knows what we just talked about and understands that you can still feel crummy, even though you have had your thyroid removed.  Find a doctor that knows there are many other factors that play into the health of your thyroid hormones.  One who is willing to examine you, look at all your health factors, and help you get your body to heal itself back up the way it was designed to.

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Thyroid Diet| A list Of Foods To Eat And Avoid if You Suffer With Autoimmune Thyroid disease|Holistic Thyroid Specialist

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If there is one thing I have noticed when it comes to working with people who are struggling with a chronic health problem is that they are very motivated ready for change! Hippocrates said let food be your medicine and medicine be your food. The science behind healthy foods is only becoming more confusing and more complex with all the new foods, fat free, sugar, free, gluten free and on and on. Years ago we could just eat foods and benefit from them, nowadays we have to navigate through the grocery isle with many foods claiming to have health benefits. Many of which will downright make you sick. To the person with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism or other autoimmune disease, this can be frustrating.

clip_image004Autoimmune disease and leaky gut create a vicious cycle

A person suffering from autoimmune disease invariably has gut issues. The more severe the autoimmune disease the more severe the gut issues. In a self-perpetuating vicious cycle leaky gut flares up autoimmune conditions, which in turn further damages the gut lining.

 

The Autoimmune Gut Repair Diet

The goal of our Thyroid Recover Program is always to work with the body rather than against it. By doing so, means that we want to fuel the cells of your body with good nutrition to aid the body in healing itself. When a perspective patient asks me, ” What kind of foods do I have to eat” my response is, “Only the foods that are going to help you heal.” Everyday you are either fueling your body with the nutrients, minerals, enzymes that will help healing, or you are fueling it with the foods that perpetuate disease. It really is that simple….Almost!

Another Part of our Thyroid and autoimmune Recovery Program, is to identify the dietary triggers that are hurting your immune system, remove them and in turn  decrease inflammation and decrease yeast overgrowth in the gut, and intestinal permeability. By calming inflammation in the gut, you will be able to better calm inflammation throughout the body and brain, including autoimmune flare-ups.

Good Fats
Focus on ample vegetables, essential fatty acids (such as from olives, olive oil, and fish), and fermented foods to support healthy gut flora.

Steady Supply of Blood Sugar to Brain and Tissues
Eat frequently enough to avoid the energy crashes of low blood sugar—do not let yourself get hungry, and stay hydrated with plenty of fresh, filtered water.

Eliminate the Inflammatory Foods
It’s vital to strictly avoid the foods on the “Foods to avoid” list. Even just a small snack or a bite of these foods can trigger an immune reaction, inflammation, and an autoimmune flare-up. The cravings will pass quickly, especially as you start to feel and function better.

This diet is powerful on its own, however to boost the repair and recovery effects, please work with a qualified practitioner who understands the connections between gut health and the brain, immune system, and endocrine system. He or she can provide you with proven nutritional compounds that have been shown to significantly aid the process of repair and recovery and unwind self-perpetuating inflammatory cycles in the gut.

Foods to eat

When confronted with this diet the fist thing people ask is what can they eat. In fact you’ll be eating the way people ate for most of human history—there’s plenty of food that doesn’t come from a factory or an industrialized farm. Of course, if you have an intolerance to any of these foods, don’t eat it just because it’s on this list.

  • Most Organic Vegetables: including anise, artichoke, asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, cucumbers, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, radishes, rhubarb, shallots, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, watercress, yams, zucchini.
  • Fermented foods: including kimchi, kombucha tea, pickled ginger, sauerkraut, unsweetened coconut yogurt. You must make your own or buy one of the few brands that are genuinely fermented (not made with vinegar) and free of sugars or additives.
  • Meats: including beef, chicken, fish, lamb, turkey. Fish should be ocean caught with a low mercury content. Swordfish, most tuna, and king mackerel are very high in mercury. Select hormone-free and antibiotic-free chicken, turkey, and lamb. Select beef that is grass fed, hormone free, and antibiotic free. Best choice are grass-fed and pastured meats from a local farm. Second best is organic. Avoid factory-farmed meats that contain antibiotics and hormones. For a source of good meat near you, contact your local Weston A. Price chapter leader, or order using the link on the Resources page.
  • Low Glycemic Organic Fruits: including apples, apricots, avocados, berries, cherries, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, peaches, pears, plums.
  • Coconut: including coconut butter, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, unsweetened coconut yogurt.
  • Noodles: brown shirataki yam noodles (sold in Asian grocery stores). Avoid the noodles that also contain tofu.
  • Herbs and Spices: including basil, black pepper, cilantro, coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sea salt, thyme.
  • Other: apple cider vinegar, herbal teas, olive oil, olives.

Foods to avoid

  • Sugars: including agave, candy, chocolate, corn syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, sucrose.
  • High Glycemic Fruits: including bananas, canned fruits, dried fruits, mango, pineapple, raisins, watermelon.
  • Grains: including amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, couscous, kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, spelt, wheat, wheat germ.
  • Nuts and Seeds: including almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds.
  • Gluten-Containing Compounds: including barbecue sauce, binders, bouillon, brewer’s yeast, cold cuts, condiments, emulsifiers, fillers, chewing gum, hot dogs, hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein, ketchup, soy sauce, lunch meats, malt and malt flavoring, malt vinegar, matzo, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, nondairy creamer, processed salad dressings, seitan, some spice mixtures, stabilizers, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein.
  • Dairy Products and Eggs: including butter, cheeses, cow milk, creams, frozen desserts, goat milk, margarine, mayonnaise, sheep milk, whey, yogurt (except coconut).
  • Soy: including edamame, miso, soy milk, soy protein, soy sauce, tempeh, tofu.
  • Fungi: edible fungi and mushrooms.
  • Alcohol: all alcohol.
  • Beans and Legumes: including black beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, pinto beans, soybeans.
  • Nightshade Foods: including eggplant, paprika, peppers, potatoes, Tabasco® sauce, tomatillos, tomatoes.
  • Other: canned foods, coffee, processed foods.

Autoimmune hypothyroidism diet recipes

I have created a resource on my website for many patients to find recipes that are autoimmune friendly. For certain individuals you may need to avoid certain recipes due to your specific food sensitivities. We offer this kind of testing in our office, and this only helps target and refine even further potential foods that could be troublesome to your immune system. This diet can seem daunting at first, and planning is essential to success. You must have the right foods on hand at all times. It’s like the old saying, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to Fail”

It is difficult to find recipes that accommodate everyone’s individual restrictions, however take a look at our recipes selection and I think you will find it to be a tremendous resource.

See Gluten Free and Many Paleo Recipes here. Visit often because we are constantly updating and improving them.

Why no grains or legumes?

Some people with Hashimoto’s give up gluten and feel only marginally better. Many practitioners have found in these cases a diet free of grains, starchy vegetables, legumes, and most sweeteners may be necessary. This type of diet, called a monosaccharide (single sugar) diet, is more commonly known today as the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet, or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). It is based on consuming a diet free of foods that contain disaccharides or polysaccharides, more complex sugars and carbohydrates, such as those in all grains, most beans, and most sweeteners. These complex sugars feed harmful bacteria in the small intestine that prevent its repair or proper function.

Some foods can cross-react with gluten

Grains and legumes present problems for other reasons. Research has shown that many gluten-intolerant people cross-react with other foods. In other words, their body erroneously recognizes other foods as gluten and reacts accordingly. Not surprisingly, most grains fall into the category of top 24 foods most often to cause cross-reactivity, including less common ones as amaranth and quinoa.

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Corn

I tell all my gluten-free patients to avoid corn, even though this contradicts the advice on many gluten-free websites. The gluten protein in corn is similar enough to that in wheat and wheat-like grains that it can provoke an immune response. Also, corn has been bred over the years to resist pests.

Lectins in grains and legumes

Grains and legumes are also high in lectins. Lectins have been shown to degrade the intestinal barrier. Once in the bloodstream they may bind to insulin receptors and leptin receptors (leptin acts in concert with insulin to control appetite). Some believe lectins may also have the ability to desensitize these receptors, thus contributing to insulin resistance and leptin resistance.

Hypothyroidism and Anemia| Why Something So Simple Can Have A Huge Impact On Your Thyroid

Anemia: Deal Breaker When It Comes To Thyroid Health

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If you have iron-deficiency anemia, it will be difficult to impossible to heal from chronic health issues. Because it robs the cells of oxygen necessary for basic functions, anemia is a deal breaker when it comes to improving your health. Knowing how to identify and address your anemia are crucial first steps to any healing program.

What is iron-deficiency anemia

Although there are many forms of anemia, iron-deficiency is the leading cause of anemia in the United States and the most common nutritional deficiency. The body uses iron to make hemoglobin, a part of blood cells that carries oxygen. When iron is low, the body makes smaller red blood cells and fewer of them. As a result, the body does not get enough oxygen.

 

Why oxygen is important

This is a problem because all the body’s cells need a constant supply of oxygen to function. All cells have mitochondria, which are like little power plants. The mitochondria produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), molecules that store and release energy, functioning like rechargeable batteries. This process is necessary to create new tissue, eliminate old tissue, convert food to energy, dispose of waste materials and toxins, and communicate with other cells. Healthy mitochondrial function and ATP production are vital to preventing and healing disease, and they require oxygen to work.

What causes iron-deficiency anemia?

A variety of factors can cause iron-deficiency. They include:

  • Not enough iron in the diet. Iron-rich foods include meat, eggs, and leafy green vegetables.
  • Chronic blood loss in the body from ulcers, heavy bleeding during menstruation, uterine fibroids, hemorrhoids, cancer, or regular aspirin use.
  • Pregnancy. The need for iron grows as the pregnant mother must supply iron for both herself and the growing fetus.
  • Inability to absorb iron. Iron-deficiency is common in undiagnosed celiac disease, which damages and inflames the small intestine so that it cannot absorb nutrients. Other food intolerances or poor digestive function can also result in poor absorption of iron.

Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia

The easiest way to determine whether you have iron-deficiency anemia is through a functional blood chemistry panel, which looks at a complete blood count and iron markers.

You can also evaluate your symptoms to determine whether you may be at risk for iron-deficiency anemia. Symptoms include:

  • Feeling weak and tiring easily
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling grumpy or cranky
  • Headaches
  • Pale skin, nail beds, and gums
  • Short of breath
  • Trouble concentrating

Managing iron-deficiency anemia

One should address the root cause of iron-deficiency anemia. For instance, a gluten-free diet and repairing gut damage resolves anemia in many people. If you need an iron supplement, it’s important to choose one that is well absorbed by the body and will not cause an upset stomach or constipation.

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Avoid iron toxicity

There are many different forms of anemia besides iron-deficiency anemia, such as anemia caused by a B12 deficiency, inflammation, or an autoimmune disease. Supplementing with iron when you don’t need it may increase the risk of excess levels of iron in your body. Although the body needs iron to function, in excess it is toxic.

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8 Steps To Reversing Your Thyroid Disorder and Feeling Better Than Ever|April 18th|Dr. Richard Hagmeyer

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Have you been taking thyroid replacement hormones and yet you are still suffering with thyroid deficiency symptoms?

Are your lab tests “Normal”, but you’re still suffering with symptoms such as these? 

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10 CAUSES OF A LEAKY GUT AND HOW IT COULD BE HURTING Y0UR THYROID| CHICAGO HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE

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The concept of leaky gut is becoming more widely accepted—even Dr. Oz talked about it on his show recently. It’s important to know the cause of leaky gut can be different for each person. For instance, it could be the result of a junk food diet for one person and chronic stress for another. Knowing why you have leaky gut can help you address the right target to restore gut health.

What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut, or intestinal permeability, is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed, damaged, and porous, allowing undigested foods, bacteria, fungus, and other foreign invaders into the sterile environment of the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream these toxins trigger the immune system, causing inflammation and leading to a long and varied list of symptoms. Chronic conditions associated with leaky gut include depression, joint pain, Crohn’s disease, food allergies, eczema, psoriasis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and more.

Ten causes of leaky gut

Although the causes of leaky gut can be ambiguous, Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS has identified 10 factors that contribute to leaky gut:

  1. Diet: Most people blame poor diet, and rightly so, as many popular foods can damage the gut. Gluten in particular is associated with gut damage. Dairy, processed foods, excess sugar, and fast foods are common culprits. Excess alcohol is another gut saboteur.
  2. Medications: Certain medications increase the risk of leaky gut. They include corticosteroids, antibiotics, antacids, and some medications for arthritis. Some medications may also contain gluten as a filler.
  3. Infections: An overgrowth of H. pylori, a bacterium in the stomach, can cause ulcers and leaky gut. Overgrowth of other harmful bacteria, yeast infections, parasitic infections, and intestinal viruses can also cause leaky gut.
  4. Stress: Chronic stress raises the adrenal hormone, cortisol, which degrades the gut lining and contributes to leaky gut.
  5. Hormone imbalances: The gut depends on proper hormone levels for good health. When estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or thyroid hormones are deficient or out of balance, this imbalance can contribute to leaky gut.
  6. Autoimmune conditions: We often think of leaky gut contributing to autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis. While this may be true, sometimes other factors can trigger an autoimmune condition, including toxic exposures or stress. In these cases, the autoimmune condition can be the cause of leaky gut and managing autoimmunity is a strategy to improving leaky gut.
  7. Industrial food processing: The food processing industry uses a variety of methods that can increase intestinal inflammation and leaky gut. These include deamidating wheat to make it water soluble, high-heat processing (glycation) of sugars, and adding excess sugar to processed foods.
  8. Environmental toxins: We are surrounded by toxins in our environment. Some of these toxins have been found to break down immune barriers like the gut. One way to shore up your defense against environmental toxins is to make sure your body is sufficient in glutathione, the body’s primary antioxidant.
  9. Vitamin D deficiency: Sufficient vitamin D is vital to good health and helps preserve gut integrity.
  10. Poor glutathione status: Glutathione is the body’s primary antioxidant and is necessary to defend and repair the gut lining. Poor diet and lifestyle factors deplete glutathione. Ask my office for ideas on how to boost your glutathione status.

These are just some of the factors Dr Datis Kharrazian has identified in the scientific literature as contributing to leaky gut. By better understanding the cause of your leaky gut, you will have more success restoring health to your gut and hence your immune system.

For more information on how to support leaky gut, contact my office.

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Thyroid Problems and The Importance of the Triglyceride/HDL Ratio

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Its hard to imagine that in the United States of America, a nation who supposedly has the best health care system in the world, 1 woman dies every 90 seconds. Many of these woman with high cholesterol may not know that the cause of their high cholesterol, is not due to their diet, or a lack of exercise, but due to an undiagnosed or mismanaged thyroid disorder.


Undiagnosed and undertreated hypothyroidism can cause elevated cholesterol, triglycerides and alter other important aspects of cardiovascular health. Of the estimated 13 million Americans with thyroid disease, at least half are undiagnosed and millions more are not sufficiently treated, opening them up to the risk of continued hypothyroidism symptoms despite treatment. 

One of the things I continually try to impress on men and woman who suffer with thyroid disorders is the importance of looking beyond the thyroid gland and approaching thyroid disease from a functional level. This means, that in order to correct the underlying thyroid imbalances, one must look at the influence of diet, hormones, adrenal health, and proper digestion. Correcting Thyroid dysfunction requires looking at the entire picture.  Learn more about a natural holistic approach to restoring Thyroid function here

 

If your Thyroid is not being properly managed, you are increasing the likelihood of having a heart attack by as much as 50-70%.

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Lets Talk About Cholesterol Ratios and Numbers. It Could Be The difference Between Life And Death.

It is the ratio between the level of HDL-”good” cholesterol and total cholesterol that we need to be concerned about.

Therefore, in adults, the HDL-”good” cholesterol/total cholesterol ratio should be higher than 0.24 (just divide your HDL level by your cholesterol).

Or more precisely, the HDL/total cholesterol ratio:

  • 0.24 or higher is considered ideal
  • under 0.24 – low
  • less than 0.10 – very dangerous.

Generally speaking, the higher the ratio, the better (the lower your risk of a heart attack). However, HDL is closely related to triglycerides. It appears common for people with high triglycerides to have low HDL’s, and these same people also tend to have high levels of clotting factors in their blood stream, which is unhealthy in protecting against heart disease. Therefore, in adults, the triglyceride/HDL-”good” cholesterol ratio should be below 2 (just divide your triglycerides level by your HDL).

Or more precisely, the triglyceride/HDL ratio:

  • 2 or less is considered ideal
  • 4 – high
  • 6 – much too high
  • And, since HDL (high density lipoprotein) is protective against heart disease, the lower the ratio, the better.

It is now believed that the triglycerides/HDL ratio is one of the most potent predictors of heart disease. In other words, the lower your triglycerides, or the higher your HDL, the smaller this ratio becomes.

A Harvard-lead study author reported:

“High triglycerides increased the risk of heart attack nearly three-fold. As you can see, with what we know about the influence of thyroid function on cholesterol and triglycerides it becomes essential to correct thyroid function by looking at all the pieces of the puzzle and not get “hung up” on just replacing thyroid hormones.

Studies also showed that people with the highest ratio of triglycerides to HDL — the “good” cholesterol — had 16 times the risk of heart attack as those with the lowest ratio of triglycerides to HDL in the study of 340 heart attack patients and 340 of their healthy, same age counterparts. The citation stated, the ratio of triglycerides to HDL was the strongest predictor of a heart attack, even more accurate than the LDL/HDL ratio.

What You Should Take Away From This Article

1. One Woman dies every 90 seconds, from a heart attack

2. Thyroid gland influences many cardiovascular factors such as Triglycerides, Cholesterol, Heart Rate and Heart Contractility

3.  The Vast Majority of woman are not being properly managed when it comes to thyroid function.

4. The most important risk factor for a heart attack is the Triglyceride/HDL ratio

5. The triglyceride/HDL ratio you need to shoot for is 2 or less.

6. Natural Thyroid methods, that implement a strategy that address diet, hormones, adrenal health,Immune Function and proper digestion can have a huge impact on reducing deaths associated with poor thyroid function.

You can find more information on Natural Thyroid treatments by visiting www.DrHagmeyer.com

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6 Giveaways That are suspicious of an Autoimmune Thyroid

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6 Giveaways That Should Make You Suspicious Of An Autoimmune Thyroid

getting to the root causeHow do you know if your immune system is attacking your body, especially your thyroid? Well…we just talked about the fact that we run tests, specifically TPO and TGB antibodies, to see if you have autoimmune thyroid or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, along with evaluating your immune system with a special “Immune quiz”.

The reality is…most people already know that they’re autoimmune just from the fact that they may already suffer from an existing autoimmune disorder, such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Celiac or IBS, MS, Migraines, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, and/or lupus.

The Second giveaway that you are most likely autoimmune is that their symptoms may wax and wane. Symptoms that wax and wane are a sure sign that you are most likely suffering from an autoimmune condition.

The third giveaway that you may be autoimmune is that they will come to a practitioner, such as myself, with a basket full of supplements–I mean a “truck-load”. I’ve had people bring in so many bottles of supplements it wasn’t funny. In many cases, the supplements that they are taking are actually making them worse!

Number four giveaway…your life fell apart after they got sick. That’s how they know they’re autoimmune. They’ve been to 12 or 15 or 20 different doctors and they have a stack of medical records sky-high, all because it’s an undiagnosed autoimmune condition.

Number five giveaway, you may develop an autoimmune condition following a pregnancy. Usually, women are TH2 dominant in the third trimester and TH1 dominant postpartum. This shift in immune system dominance can be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back forcing the immune system into attack mode.

And finally, the sixth giveaway, as I’ve mentioned, there’s positive testing via the immune panels and TPO and TGB antibodies. You see, your immune system is designed to protect you. When your immune system malfunctions, it starts attacking different parts of your body. It’s important to know that once you realize you have an autoimmune condition, you need to get checked for the causes I’ve outlined. In addition to the medical management that may be warranted, a functional medicine approach using dietary changes and specific nutritional protocols along with other drug-free means can be highly successful in restoring your health.

Getting to the Root Cause of an Autoimmune Condtion

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