What You Need to Know About Hashimoto’s & What to Do About It
By William Lovett, M.D.
Last time I discussed Hashimoto’s Disease (click here if you missed it), I explained the importance of your thyroid and how it regulates metabolism on every cell of your body. This time, we’re going to talk about the toxins that impact the development of Hashimoto’s and how we can purify our bodies.
Toxins affect everyone differently
There are internal and external toxic agents that can set off our autoimmune response to develop Hashimoto’s. Let’s go through a few of them so we can understand how to treat it.
What internal toxins affect Hashimoto’s?
The thyroid concentrates Iodine naturally – which it is supposed to do – but there are toxins that are chemically-similar to Iodine that are also concentrated in the thyroid. This is where the problem lies. We have to focus on doing everything we can to open the thyroid’s pores and allow the toxins to leave. The longer the toxins stay, the more inflammation occurs and the more diseased your thyroid becomes. Your body starts reacting to itself and Hashimoto’s develops.
What about external toxins?
There are a ton of environmental toxins that can set off the autoimmune response. It’s probable that this starts when we are in our mother’s womb where we are exposed to toxins that create an autoimmune response before we are even born. Fragrances and odors that we are attracted to may also cause Hashimoto’s Disease.
Can we measure toxins?
Blood tests are unreliable in testing for toxins that cause Hashimoto’s because many toxins and pesticides are cleared quickly into our organs and therefore aren’t in our blood to be measured. The better way to test for some of these toxic agents is to prescribe something that moves a specific toxin out of the organ, into the blood, and then measure it in a urine sample.
What treatment options are there for Hashimoto’s?
Unfortunately, there are no great options into the traditional sense. What we do know is that people with Hashimoto’s have to get their bodies as clean as possible to eliminate the toxins associated with and causing the disease.
1. Audit your diet and begin the detox.
Diet is the number one way we get toxins in our bodies. This includes eating contaminated foods and accidentally ingesting harmful sub-particulate byproducts in things like BPA and PVC in plastics. Plus, pesticides, processed foods, and preservatives all play additional parts in creating the autoimmune response.
By eliminating unhealthy options and adding super-clean food into our diet, we can begin to detox and decrease the build-up in our organs. The more you can eat true organic foods, the better.
2. Wash your food before you eat it.
One way you can protect yourself is by washing food before you eat it. Water and vinegar can help decrease the pesticides still on or absorbed by the food. For more information, you can check the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s latest listing of the top 12 produce that contain and absorb the highest amount of pesticides. You might be surprised!
3. Understand where your food comes from.
For example, there are a lot of toxins like PCB’s and mercury in fish. Salmon has always been called a good source of Omega-3 fish oil, but the real issue is that farm-raised salmon usually have a higher amount of PCB’s. Mercury is very harmful in brain development. So, using this example, tuna is usually a safer option than salmon.
4. Be cautious of food containers.
Microwaving food on or in plastic allows the plastic toxins to permeate the food. And we can’t forget about styrofoam. Pouring hot coffee into styrofoam allows the toins to be released into the coffee – and these toxins are known to cause cancer.
5. Read the latest research.
Besides detoxing your thyroid and body organs, there is now a lot of interest in the use of a medication called Naltrexone to help combat the autoimmune response. New research is ongoing. You can search “LDN” in your web browser or go to http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org for more information and the latest updates.
In summary, the best treatments for Hashimoto’s at this time is to :
- Treat with doses of combination T3/T4 thyroid medications to push your thyroid levels (especially Free T3) to higher range of normal
- Detox your thyroid and body organs
- Treatment with low dose Naltrexone.
Do you have Hashimoto’s?
If you experienced some of the symptoms I discussed in part 1 or if you think you may have a thyroid disorder, please fill out our online consultation form to get started. We’ll take a look at your health history and make sure you’re taken care of by our team.