We are starting off the first issue of Know Your Thyroid with the basics:
an article written by Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski, D.N.
Dr. Kevin explains why there is so much confusion when it comes to thyroid testing and treatment and why those of us who suffer from this conditon continue to be ignored or undertreated.
Enjoy our first issue!!!
What Are the Causes of Hypothyroidism?
Until we find the causes of hypothyroidism, there will always be a struggle to find a solution and to prevent it.
The most important question you can ask your doctor is, “What are the causes of my hypothyroidism?”
Because until you and your doctor understand the possible causes of your hypothyroidism it will be very difficult to find a long-lasting solution that works.
You may be asking yourself, “Shouldn’t my doctor know what causes hypothyroidism?”
Well, unfortunately, most doctors don’t spend that much time investigating the cause. In fact, most physicians rely solely on one test for diagnosing hypothyroidism and that is the TSH blood test.
This test may indicate that you have a problem, but it doesn’t narrow down the question – why?
I know that you would like nothing more than to be able to flip a switch and shut off your symptoms of this condition, but the harsh reality is YOU have to start asking questions and making demands.
Yes, make demands.
Remember, this is YOUR body and your life and if you want to start feeling normal again, if you want to lose weight, if you want to stop feeling like a zombie all the time, then YOU will have to start doing some research.
Doctors are super-busy people and they don’t think about you after you leave their office. They hand over the file to someone and you’re put back into the filing cabinet until the next visit.
So, the first thing you should know is your numbers.
This means you should have more than just your TSH evaluated. You should have a complete thyroid panel performed. Just tell your doctor that’s what you want. If he says it’s not necessary – you’re in the wrong place.
Time to start shopping around for a good doctor that treats thyroid disorders.
Take some time and don’t hurry, this is your health we’re talking about.
How long does it take for you to find a great pair of skinny jeans? Do you just buy the first pair you find? No, of course not. And isn’t your health a bit more important than a pair of skinny jeans? Take your time and find a good doctor.
Knowing your numbers to a complete thyroid panel will help narrow down the causes of hypothyroidism.
Possible causes of your hypothyroidism
These triggers are what cause the most common type of hypothyroidism in the US, which is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
• Gluten intolerance
• Insulin surges
• GI infections
• Estrogen surges
• Heavy metal toxicity
• Iodine excess
• Vitamin D receptor polymorphism
• Combination of all of the above
Here’s the good news…
You can control most of these triggers. Yes, you will need some help in identifying and treating the causes to your problem.
But if you look at this list, you’ll notice most of them can be controlled by what you put in and on your body.
Gluten intolerance, insulin surges, and GI infections result from the wrong diet.
Pregnancy and estrogen surges may be a little more difficult to correct.
However, start to look at how you can reduce the estrogen in your body.
Estrogen is everywhere, including the makeup you put on your face and the creams you put on your skin. It’s in the food you eat and the water you drink.
Know what you’re putting in your body.
Heavy metals can also be reduced by paying close attention to what goes into your body.
If you have too much iodine, stop taking iodine supplements, look for iodine in the medication you may be taking and reduce your consumption.
And when it comes to vitamin D, most people are just not getting enough and if you have hypothyroidism, you will need more than the average Joe.
The bottom line is you have to start doing some research and under
stand what’s going into your body. Your doctor will not do this for you.
The causes of hypothyroidism are many, but you can control a lot of these triggers by educating yourself about your condition – that is the best pill you can take.
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski, D.N. has discovered that thyroid medication doesn’t fix hypothyroidism, but the right diet and supplements can reduce or eliminate your symptoms.
You can learn more at Dr. Kevin’s website:
See you next time,