The common cause of thyroid disease is Hashimotos’ Disease or thyroiditis. This autoimmune disease affects at least 1 in 10 women and is the number one cause of hypothyroidism.
In this article by Katie Rothwell, she explains that testing for thyroid antibodies is the only way to truly know if you have Hashimoto’s disease. However, these are some of the signs and symptoms she sees in people who have an autoimmune thyroid condition. These are usually in addition to the ‘regular’ or classic symptoms of hypothyroidism such as fatigue, trouble losing weight, cold body temperature and constipation.
Here are seven signs you have Hashimotos’:
Analysis of the year to year increase in hypothyroid conditions indicates that extrinsic or environmental factors must be the prime driving mechanism. Women are most widely affected, but the handful of studies that have quantified the rise of hypothyroidism indicate that the relative percentages of both men and young people are on the increase.
Conventional medical treatment for hypothyroidism involves either supplementation with synthetic or biologically similar thyroid hormones, or with iodine, but obviously this achieves nothing in a healing context where the causal mechanism is auto-immunity driven by external factors. As is often the case, we address the symptoms, not the cause, and if we are lucky, we will receive some dietary advice which may or may not be helpful.
But the dietary advice is one thing we really need to improve our health and to deal with the cause of the disease. In this article Tom Rothsey has some suggestions on which foods are good for you and the ones to avoid.