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Hashimoto’s doesn’t have to be a lifelong, progressive condition.

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If you’re working with a conventionally trained doctor, he/she likely told you that Hashimoto’s is a lifelong, progressive condition that will require you to take medications for the rest of your life. You might also hear that having Hashimoto’s puts you at a greater risk for additional autoimmune conditions.This is true if you only take thyroid medications and don’t implement lifestyle changes. However, lifestyle changes and functional medicine can improve the prognosis of your condition. Many of my clients have reported a reduction of their symptoms and their antibodies after implementing changes to their diet and lifestyle.

Most physicians and endocrinologists will say that in Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism is irreversible and ends with complete thyroid cell damage, leading to a lifelong requirement of thyroid hormone medications. However, this isn’t true! It has been reported that thyroid function spontaneously returned in 20% of patients with Hashimoto’s. These individuals will return to normal thyroid function even after thyroid hormone replacement is withdrawn. (1,2)

How?

Studies show that once the autoimmune attack ceases, the damaged thyroid has the ability to regenerate. Thyroid ultrasounds will show normal thyroid tissue that has regenerated, and the person will no longer test positive for TPO Antibodies.This regeneration may often be missed in adult patients because they are assumed to have hypothyroidism for life and antibodies and ultrasounds are not usually repeated after the initial diagnosis.Most cases of hypothyroidism in the United States, Europe, and Australia are caused by Hashimoto’s, yet many people do not know that they have it.

In addition to the ultrasound and TPO antibodies, a test can be done by administering TRH (Thyroid Releasing Hormone), which will cause an increase in T3 and T4 if the thyroid has recovered. This test will help determine if the person can be weaned off thyroid medications safely.While this information is readily available in the scientific literature, most physicians do not attempt to administer TRH in an effort to see if patients could be weaned off of their thyroid medications.


October 21, 2018
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