What in the World is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s Disease, the thyroid epidemic is sweeping our country. According to Dr. Amy Myers, in her book The Thyroid Connection, at least 27 million Americans and 200 million people worldwide have it! In my estimation, that’s probably a low statistic because so many people are misdiagnosed or have the disease undiagnosed for years. The number of people who suffer from this autoimmune disease is probably a lot higher. Hashimoto’s is responsible for 90% of cases of Hypothyroidism in the U.S.A according to Dr. Izabella Wentz as she mentions in her book, Root Cause. Even scarier, Dr. Amy Myers says that one out of eight people have thyroid dysfunction and women are five to eight times more likely than men to be affected. Friends, Hashimoto’s is a big deal and something that has to be addressed!

Is There Something You Can Do When You’ve Been Diagnosed With Hashimoto’s?

Though not very easily, I was diagnosed over a decade ago with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease. My endocrinologist at the time, the top in the state and endocrinologist to a Major League Baseball team, in treatment did not do anything for my Hashimoto’s. He only gave me T4 (thyroid hormone) and said I would be on it the rest of my life and there’s nothing else he can do for how I was feeling. He also said that Hashimoto’s is not related to Hypothyroidism or my thyroid lab numbers!

If your story bears any resemblance to that, I’m here to tell you that information that a doctor often spews out is simply NOT TRUE. There is A LOT you can do about your Hashimoto’s diagnosis to feel better and Hashimoto’s Disease is directly related to Hypothyroidism.

I want to teach you what I have learned about what Hashimoto’s is (and isn’t) that I didn’t understand when I was first diagnosed. This information and understanding will empower you and help you discover what’s going awry in your body. Knowledge truly is power! You can take this information and begin to reverse your Hashimoto’s Antibodies, remit your symptoms and get your life back!



A Short Lesson on Your Thyroid Gland

This butterfly shaped gland is an organ you can feel in your neck right below your Adam’s Apple. It is responsible, synergistically, with other organs, for producing thyroid hormones that literally reside in every single cell in our bodies. The thyroid gland and its proper function are vital for a thriving life because no cell can function without the hormones it produces.

Thyroid hormones that come from this gland have the role of:

  • regulating our body temperature
  • growth and development of our nervous system (which is why you need optimal levels when you’re pregnant)
  • aid in producing other hormones (stress, sex, sleep, female and male hormones)
  • help extract vitamins from food
  • help obtain energy from food
  • stimulate metabolism
  • and many more micro processes that are too complex to list for this article

Hypothyroidism & Autoimmunity

Before I jump into what Hashimoto’s is, you need to understand two important terms: Hypothyroidism and Autoimmunity. Hashimoto’s is connected to Hypothyroidism in 90% of cases, so it’s essential to understand both. 40% of the population suffers from low thyroid function and women are most susceptible. When a person is diagnosed with Hypothyroidism it means that their body is not making enough thyroid hormone (T4) for their body to properly convert to the active thyroid hormone called T3, which is utilized in the cells. This diagnosis can also mean that your body is not converting the T4 hormone into the active thyroid hormone T3 well and this can be due to a number of reasons. Hypothyroidism is also known as an underactive thyroid. As I mentioned, above, 90% of people whose thyroid does not make enough thyroid hormone and are diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, also have Hashimoto’s which is the autoimmune component of the thyroid dysfunction.

Autoimmunity is when your body actually starts attacking itself rather than the true foreign antigens that enter the body. Instead, the body goes rogue and thinks that your own organs (or the proteins they are made of) are alien and must be assailed. What gets attacked could be anything from your skin, brain, nerves, liver, pancreas, heart, joints, intestines and much more – even blood. In the case of Hashimoto’s, your body is basically bombing your thyroid gland and, if left undealt with, will render your thyroid non-functional.

What is Hashimoto’s

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, as it’s medically called, is an autoimmune condition that creates an all out attack on your thyroid when antibodies (TgAb & TPO) physically wage war on the gland and, if left untreated, will render the organ useless. This potent disease leads to inadequate thyroid hormone production and potential glandular enlargement called a goiter. Its peak effects commonly happen around puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

During the chronic attack, white blood cells pool around the thyroid and cause scar tissue to build up because thyroid cells are actually being destroyed. There can be a roller coaster or thyroid hormones surging through your body from not enough to too much which cause countless symptoms.

Symptoms and Risks of Hashimoto’s Disease

Honestly, the list can feel endless at times. Rather than write every minute symptom that can occur, because there can be hundreds, I will share with you the main symptoms & risks that can happen with Hashimoto’s.

 

Chest Pain
Joint Pain
Thyroid Cancer
Increase Risk of Heart Disease
Goiter
Depression
Anxiety
Mood Swings
Hair Loss
Extreme Dry Skin
Cold Hands and Feet
Weight Gain
Other Autoimmune Conditions:
(Lupus, Celiac, RA, MS, Type 1 Diabetes, etc)
Constipation
Brain Fog
Insomnia
PMS
Infertility
Low Blood Pressure
Low Heart Beat
Heart Palpitations
Panic Attacks
Weight Loss
Weak Muscles
Hives
Rashes
Itching




Causes of Hashimoto’s Disease

There is never just one cause of Hashimoto’s Disease. Usually, the cause stems from a combination of factors. My personal causes were: a childhood diet high in refined sugar and processed foods, too many antibiotics, and being vaccinated (which caused metal toxicity and an overdose of toxins in my body.) In tandem with those factors, the hormone fluctuations during my pregnancy with my first son as well as two root canals and crowns and a year later triggered my Hashimoto’s gene to turn on. Furthermore, I had a 5 year period during my life that was filled with chronic, intense marital stress that sent me into a tailspin of symptoms that, in some ways, I still battle periodically today.

As you can see from my story, it is impossible to pinpoint just one thing that caused my Hashimoto’s. I have several root causes.

In a nutshell, the top causes of Hashimoto’s can be:

  • nutritional deficiencies
  • leaky gut
  • pregnancy
  • a traumatic life event
  • chronic stress
  • poor oral  health
  • infections (yeasts, parasites, molds and fungi)
  • chronic sleep deprivation
  • toxins from the environment, healthcare, skincare, food, cosmetics, toiletries, and cleaners




Hashimoto’s Disease is Complex

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all remedy for healing this autoimmune disease. However, be encouraged because it IS a condition that can be reversed and the destruction of the thyroid gland can be slowed and even stopped! There’s hope that you can thrive in your life and live symptom-free so don’t let any doctor tell you otherwise. And, if they do, don’t believe them. I’m confident to say they must not be educated enough in autoimmunity. Even with a Hashimoto’s diagnosis, you can live your best life and thrive rather than just survive.

My Favorite Tried and True Hashimoto’s Books and Resources!

Every single one of these resources have helped me in my decade long journey with Hypothyroidism and Hashimotos. I can confidently recommend them to you because I know they will change your life. They will enlighten you, educate you and help you understand the intricacies of what you, or someone you love, is dealing with in this complicated disease. They are all worth the investment of your time and money in order to get you on the path to healing!

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The Best Video and Audio Summits to Learn About Your Autoimmunity and Hashimoto’s

{These summits have already aired so when you click on them you will see past dates of the actual launch. These awesome summits are still available for viewing/purchasing and changing lives! I HIGHLY recommend choosing a few and watching them}




Now is Your Time to Take What You Have Learned and Put Healing Into Action!

Some other articles that will interest you are:

My Top 7 Treatments that Put My Hashimoto’s Antibodies in Normal Range

3 Thyroid Details I Wish I Had Known Before Miscarrying My Babies

The Top 8 Food That Can Cause Reactions and Why You May Need to Avoid Them

6 Tools I Used to Stop My Hair Loss from Hashimoto’s

Hashimoto’s, Oral Health and Autoimmunity

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