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WHY Is Hashimoto’s The Invisible Thyroid Illness?

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invisible thyroid illnessHashimoto’s thyroiditis is a debilitating autoimmune thyroid disorder that is often called the invisible thyroid illness because “you don’t look sick”.

BUT it’s real, and millions are struggling with Hashimoto’s every day. In fact, it’s the most common cause of hypothyroidism, especially among women.

As I explain in my eBook ‘The Natural Thyroid Diet. Your Holistic Guide to Living Well, Living Vibrantly’ this complex autoimmune disorder develops when the immune system launches an attack on the thyroid.

This autoimmune attack damages the thyroid. And over time this important gland fails to function properly which triggers a long list of hypothyroid symptoms. The main symptoms include ongoing fatigue, a cold body temperature, an enlarged thyroid, and swelling around the throat.

Blood Tests To Diagnose Hashimoto’s Disease

The #1 sign that your thyroid is under autoimmune attack is raised thyroid antibodies.

So if you are feeling concerned you need to get tested for thyroid antibodies which is relatively straightforward.

Let Me Explain More…

+ Hashimoto’s is associated with excess production of thyroid antibodies. Therefore you need to get two specific tests done; thyroid peroxidase Abs (TPO), and antithyroglobulin Abs (ATG Ab). The TPO test is the most common test used to diagnose Hashimoto’s.

+ Thyroid antibody testing should be done as part of a complete thyroid panel. Along with testing make sure your medical practitioner orders a thyroid ultrasound to check for any abnormalities within the gland.

+ The mainstay of treatment is thyroid hormone replacement. The drug of choice is titrated levothyroxine sodium, aka T4-only medication or simply ‘thyroxine’.

Natural dessicated thyroid (NDT) is considered an alternative to the commonly prescribed single T4 medication. This thyroid medication contains a combination of T4 and T3.

What Causes Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

The cause of Hashimoto’s is very poorly understood. However, based on my own experience and research over the years I have identified some key reasons WHY this autoimmune thyroid disorder develops.

The leading causes are chronic infections, prolonged emotional and physical stress, low nutrient intake, food sensitivities (most notably gluten), adrenal fatigue, and exposure to thyroid disrupting chemicals.

Like to learn more?

You will see I’ve written a large number of posts that shine the light on healing Hashimoto’s.  If you missed any of these be sure to check them out.

Six Thyroid Health Blog Posts That Shine The Light On Healing Hashimoto’s

What is Hashimoto’s; The Invisible Thyroid Illness?

This thyroid disorder was first described by the Japanese specialist Dr. Hashimoto Hakaru in 1912. These days there are studies to show Hashimoto’s is the leading cause of hypothyroidism in developed countries.

> > You can learn more facts here: What is Hashimoto’s?

Is It Safe to Take Iodine When You Have Hashimoto’s Disease?

There’s still a lot of debate about how much iodine is safe to take when you have a thyroid disorder. If you are feeling confused, you are certainly not alone! I answer this important question from my Naturopathic perspective on this blog post.

> > Is It Safe To Take Iodine When You Have Hashimotos Disease?

Is There a Difference Between Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid fails to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormones. Over time a decline in thyroid hormone activity triggers a variety of hypothyroid symptoms. That said, if you’ve been told you have hypothyroidism it does not necessarily mean you have an autoimmune thyroid disorder.

> > Is There A Difference Between Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?

What You Need To Know About Thyroid Testing To Gain the Most Valuable Insights

Do you feel your doctor is stuck using outdated testing methods? You are well within your rights as a patient to get a second opinion. You see, comprehensive testing is vital to diagnosis a problem, and comprehensive testing is also useful to track improvements in thyroid health if you do have a specific thyroid disorder.

> > What You Need To Know About Thyroid Testing To Gain The Most Valuable Insights

Want To Know Why A Gluten Free Diet Could Help Your Thyroid?

There are many thyroid websites, blogs, and Facebook groups that recommend going gluten-free. And I agree! You see, a gluten free diet is  effective in helping manage an autoimmune thyroid disorder.

> > Want To Know Why A Gluten Free Diet Could Help Your Thyroid?

Top Everyday Detox Tips to Safeguard Thyroid Health

Environmental chemicals are everywhere; in our food, water and the air we breathe. I am convinced daily exposure to harmful environmental chemicals is contributing to the sharp rise in thyroid health problems.

> > Top Everyday Detox Tips to Safeguard Thyroid Health

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  1. Have Diagnosed Hypothyroidism. This was helpful am learning all the time.

    • Louise O'Connor says:

      Good to hear these articles are helpful Marion. Best wishes, Louise O’Connor

  2. Leewyn Limmer says:

    Lovely to read this. Great to get localised information. Thanks.

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