Natural Hashimoto's Treatment - Essential Questions To Consider
Posted Apr 15 2010 10:52pm
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, also known as AutoimmuneThyroid, is
the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Peple all over
the world suffer from this particular type of thyroid disease. Simply defined,
Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroid is the result of the bodies own immune system
becoming dysfunctional and beginning to attack and destroy your own gland.
The fundamental thing to understand from a patient
perspective is that Hashimoto’s is an immune problem not a thyroid problem. The
immune system is destroying the gland, and that is the reason the thyroid is
producing less hormone.
The standard treatment of Hashimoto’s disease is to give a
synthetic or even natural thyroid hormone replacement, and then alter the dose
until the TSH drops below a certain level. At this point the condition is
considered "managed well". This type of approach gives little thought to the
patients symptoms, or how the patient is actually responding. As soon as the
lab numbers come back “normal”, any remaining thyroid symptoms get attributed
to something else.
Let’s consider depression that is caused by decreased
thyroid function. Depression is a possible symptom of hypothyroidism. So if the
thyroid panel moves into the normal range, and the depression remains, you end
up at a psychiatrist, or with a prescription for an antidepressant. Are you
depressed or still suffering from the original thyroid symptoms? This is the
problem with giving replacement thyroid hormone and ignoring the real problem.
Let’s compare Hashimoto’s
disease to a leaky bucket. If we had a bucket full of water that was slowly
leaking we could take two approaches. We could try to pour water into the top
as fast, or faster than the water is leaking out.Or the second option, and obviously the wiser
and better long term solution would be to repair the leak while we were keeping
the bucket full.
When Hashimoto’s is treated with only a thyroid replacement
hormone it’s like putting water into the top of the bucket. The immune system
is destroying the gland, and producing less thyroid hormone, so we are going to
dump thyroid hormone back into the blood stream, but completely ignore the
leak, which is the immune attack in this case.
So if you suffer with Hashimoto’s disease, and you are
faithfully taking your thyroid replacement every day, ask yourself “what about
the immune attack?” How much more thyroid cells are going to be destroyed if
the immune system isn’t specifically addressed?
Modulating and calming the immune system is certainly
difficult. It requires the doctor to step back and look at the big picture.
Immune triggers must be identified and dealt with in systematic manner. Then
immune system must be ‘dissected’ and looked at from a functional perspective in
terms of overall immune configuration and in terms of immune dominance. It is
this approach that is required to slow and repair the leak, instead of just
dumping water in the top.
It is for this reason that Hashimoto's sufferer's from all over the world seek help and apply to be members of our Institute.