HASHIMOTO’S DISEASE (AUTO-IMUNE THYROIDITIS) INTEGRATIVE APPROACH
Definition - Hashimoto’s Disease is a condition in which your own immune system attacks your thyroid gland. Initially the inflamed thyroid may produce excessive levels of thyroid hormone. Immune mediators may produce inflammatory problems. Eventually, enough thyroid gland damage occurs that you can no longer produce optimal levels of thyroid hormone, resulting in low thyroid symptoms.
A confusing array of symptoms may occur with features of low thyroid fluctuating with features of high thyroid with inflammation problems thrown into the mix, along with symptoms from food and chemical sensitivity.
Low Thyroid Symptoms
Low body temperature Feeling cold – cold hand and feet
Fatigue Easy weight gain
Hard time losing weight
Thinning hair Loss of outer third of the eyebrows
Slowed down mental process
Depression – headaches Irregular, crampy periods
High Thyroid Symptoms
Rapid Pulse Pounding Heart
Anxiety/nervousness – tremors Feeling too hot Insomnia
Racing thought process
Diagnosis is made when thyroid antibodies are found on a blood test. Below are various testing and treatment items which are utilized on an individual basis as indicated. Copyright Dennis W. Remington, M.D., P.C. May 6, 2014 Testing for immune triggers that cause or contribute to Hashimoto’s Disease: Microbes – found by cultures Yersinia (thought to be the major microbial trigger contributing to Hashimoto’s Disease.) Candida (Yeast) Gut microbes (pathogenic bacteria, other yeast species, and parasites) Microbes found by blood antibodies: H Pylori Hepatitis C Other viruses – EBV, CMV Mold – identified by mold culture, blood tests Food Allergy, Sensitivity Gluten, Gliadin, identified with blood tests including: Antigliadin antibodies, tissue transglutaminase, endomysial antibodies. Food Reactions – Most food reactions are not caused by IgE antibodies, and are not true “allergies.” Standard allergy testing seldom identifies food related problems. We have found Electrodermal Testing, also called Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA) to be our most helpful food “sensitive” or “compatibility” test. Heavy Metal Toxicity identified through a provoked urine test. Thyroid Hormone tests Free T4, TSH, Total T3, Reverse T3, T3/Reverse T3 ratio, - (Blood tests) Thyroid Antibodies Thyroglobulin antibodies Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (TPO) MSA test thyroid medications for compatibility Treatment Kill pathogenic microbes Antibiotics – Yersinia Candida Treatment – diet and medication UVBI (Ultra Violet Blood Irradiation) – kills virus, bacteria High dose Intravenous Vitamin C Replace probiotics Copyright Dennis W. Remington, M.D., P.C. May 6, 2014 Immune enhancement Sublingual antigen Candida antigen Yersinia Sublingual Antigen or LDA(Low Dose Antigen) treatment T3/T4 antigen Treatment – Food “allergy”, “sensitivity”, “incompatibility” Sublingual Antigens, LDA (Low Dose Antigen) NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) SRT (Sensitivity Removal Technique) All of these “allergy” treatments can decrease the inappropriate immune response to Yersinia. Thyroid Hormone Replacement For decreased thyroid hormone production Natural (Desiccated) thyroid: (Armour Thyroid, Westhroid, Naturethroid)) Synthetic T4 (Synthroid, Levothyroxine) T3 treatment for imbalance T3/RT3 ratio Treat individually for problems not resolved with the Hashimoto’s treatment protocol.