Did you know that Hashimoto’s Disease, or Hypothyroidism, affects approximately 11% of the population of the United States – that’s a whopping 34 million people! And the majority of these people are female.
Sadly, many practitioners don’t consider hypothyroidism to be an autoimmune disease, which is strange because 90% of hypothyroid cases are autoimmune!
Having thyroid antibodies present in blood work is conclusive evidence for Hashimoto’s Disease. These antibodies slowly, but continually, destroy the thyroid gland, ultimately causing thyroid failure. Patients with Hashimoto’s are typically offered thyroid hormone replacement therapy, or glandular and iodine support, but unfortunately these treatments often add fuel to the fire.
The Main Causes of Hashimoto’s Disease
All autoimmune conditions, including Hashimoto’s Disease, occur when there are three criteria present in the body. These conditions include;
- Genetic Susceptibility
- Leaky Gut
- A Trigger.
We now know of several triggers that exacerbate hypothyroidism and autoimmune conditions, and these include;
- Gluten aversion;
- Vitamin D Polymorphism – meaning our body’s inability to make use of natural Vitamin D;
- Heavy Metal Toxicity;
- Excess of Iodine;
- Surges in Estrogen;
- Pregnancy: particular postpartum changes;
- Insulin surges; and
- Gastrointestinal infections.
It appears that the critical, and most common, trigger is gluten intolerance (not only celiac disease) which about 80% of Americans have a genetic predisposition to.
What We Do
At Chronic Conditions Chiropractic based in California, we specifically focus on removal of the root cause, thus allowing your body to heal itself. Patients who have this debilitating condition are very rewarding people to work with because huge changes can be achieved very simply.
Your detailed history will be taken during your initial visit, because autoimmunity is a very complex condition. It’s during this visit that we’ll gain many clear insights into your particular case, and we’ll then be able to determine a specific treatment plan for you. It’s our belief that determining then addressing immune dominance is vitally important in the effective treatment of Hashimoto’s Disease.
To state it quite simply: is there one side of your immune system leading the antibody reaction, and over time destroying the thyroid? It’s almost impossible to control an autoimmune condition without first addressing and managing the immune system.
Please fill out the request an appointment form below and begin to find relief from your thyroid disorder today!