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Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease

Have you been hearing the term Hashimoto’s lately and wondered what it’s all about?

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid gland. It eventually leads to hypothyroidism (low thyroid function). Diagnosis of Hashimoto’s has increased significantly in the last few years due to increased awareness in the medical community and the public.
It can be diagnosed with a blood test measuring antibodies to thyroid peroxidase (needed for the production of thyroid hormone).

Many factors contribute to the development of autoimmune conditions including chemical exposure, genetic predisposition, infections and nutrient deficiencies. Though we are still figuring out what causes these conditions and how best to treat them, new research is pointing to commonalities among autoimmune conditions. There is a common association between gluten intolerance and Hashimoto’s and studies have shown that avoiding gluten can quiet and sometimes stop the development of Hashimoto’s and improve hypothyroidism.

An increased awareness of Hashimoto’s thyroid disease and its connection to a gluten intolerance may help many people with low antibodies levels who have not yet progressed into low thyroid function improve their thyroid status and decrease their risk of developing hypothyroidism.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. AM says:

    Dr. ZOe, I have hashimoto’s and would like to know what medical treatments you offer your patients aside from the common: taking selenium, avoiding gluten, balancing T3 nd T4, taking iodine, etc. It appears that there needs to be a balance as well between your TSH 1 and 2. I could not find a doctor yet who can pinpoint or guide me in how to mitigate the side effects of hashimotos.
    Thanks!
    AM

    • Zoe Wells says:

      Hello AM, I’ve treated hundreds of patients with Hashimoto’s and changing the diet, adding the necessary minerals for thyroid hormone production without overstimulating the gland, and providing the right medication levels when needed all manage the condition quite well for most people. For those that need extra support, using homeopathic treatments to normalize thyroid gland activity can really help. In health and wellness, Dr. Zoe

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