Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Introduction

An ever increasing number of common conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and skin conditions such as psoriasis etc, are all due to the body attacking and damaging its own tissues.

This incredible phenomenon of the body attacking and destroying its own tissues is referred to as autoimmune disease. Thyroid disease is most commonly caused by this very same autoimmune (self-destruct) mechanism.

Standard Treatment (of autoimmune disease)

This bizarre phenomenon of “self destruction” receives very little media attention. Equally bizarre is the standard medical treatment of these autoimmune conditions which is mostly focused upon relieving the presenting symptoms (usually with surgery or medication). In most cases the underlying root cause – the immune system – is totally ignored! This explains the poor treatment outcome for many of these autoimmune conditions.

Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Next to rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease is perhaps the second most common autoimmune disease. The immune system is literally destroying its own thyroid gland and this is commonly referred to as Hashimoto’s disease.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Symptoms manifest as either excessive production of the thyroxine hormone or a deficiency of this vital hormone.

Excess of this Hormone:

  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety / panic attack / agitation
  • Bulging of the eye

Deficiency of this hormone:

  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Chronic coldness (unable to get warm)
  • Sluggish mental function
  • Infertility issues
  • Hair loss

Standard Medical Treatment (of autoimmune thyroid disease)

Standard thyroid treatments amount to the surgical removal or obliteration of the gland with radioactive medication in cases of thyroxine excess or the taking of thyroxine hormone in cases of hormone deficiency. However, this approach fails in many cases to halt the destruction being caused by the immune systems.

Left untreated, the immune system progresses to finding different targets and starts attacking other tissues and body systems. Such patients often develop additional autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, MS, digestive disorders such as crohn’s or ulcerative colitis etc,.

Testing for Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

The vast majority of people suffering with thyroid symptoms do not know if the root cause of the condition is autoimmune (result of their own immune system attacking and destroying their own thyroid gland). This is because thyroid autoimmune antibody tests are not standard.

The Thyroid Autoantibody Test measures auto-antibodies to human:

Thyroid Peroxidise (TPO)
Thyroglobulin (TG)

The presence of such antibodies unequivocally confirms autoimmune thyroid disease and they are frequently the only indication of the underlying thyroid destruction that is taking place. Only a few pinprick drops of blood are required to do the analysis.

Price of Test: €90

How To Order

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Treating the Root Cause of Thyroid Disease

Unless you treat the root cause – the immune system – you will never make any progress with this condition.

How to treat the root cause:

Almost 70% of your immune system is located in your intestines.
Food intolerance (undigested foods arriving in the intestines) is a vital link.
This is why so many people with thyroid disease also experience a variety of digestive / intestinal symptoms such as bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, etc.

Food Intolerance Testing

Refer to the food intolerance test section of this website for more details.