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.

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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.

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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 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.

Standard Medical Treatment (of autoimmune thyroid disease)

The standard way to treat thyroid disease amounts 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,.

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 thyroid disease by treating 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.

How Food Intolerance Testing Helped My Thyroid Issues

In January 2015 I was diagnosed with a condition called Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. The symptoms I was presenting with at the time were extreme tiredness and fatigue, low energy, a general feeling of unwellness. I noticed that my skin, my nails, my hair were all in really bad condition.

I decided to research, to see if there was anything to do to help my thyroid problem. During my research I discovered that there is a significant link between the digestive system and the thyroid.

Martin was really helpful, and he explained what the test was all about and what the intolerance and the elimination involved. If you are somebody who is suffering from the kind of symptoms that exists with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, I would advise you to have food intolerance testing. It’s made a huge difference to my life.

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