Category Archives: Thyroid

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and How Is It Treated? – An Interview with Dr. Holtorf

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Transcript Interviewer: Hi! We’re here today at the Holtorf Medical Group with Dr. Holtorf. Today we’re going to be talking about Hashimoto’s disease. So Dr. Holtorf, Hashimoto’s has been in the news a lot lately and a lot of controversy surrounding it. So what exactly is Hashimoto’s? Dr. Holtorf: Well, what is Hashimoto’s… I think it’s great that people are bringing out more awareness because it’s very common and certainly getting more common. Basically, Hashimoto’s is when the body is attacking the thyroid. Instead of trying to fight an infection, it’s going after the thyroid. So it’s an autoimmune disease. Interviewer: Okay. I know a lot of doctors say this, and this is another controversial statement, but are there any treatments for it? Dr. Holtorf: You know, there is. Absolutely! You get a lot of endocrinologists and doctors say, “Why check it if you can’t do anything about it?” But you […]

Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism: Autoimmune Connection

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Thyroid disease is complex and highly impactful. Two of the most common forms of thyroid disease are hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis acts as a precursor to hypothyroidism. However, hypothyroidism may also develop without the influence of Hashimoto’s. Understanding the relationship between these two conditions is key to identifying and treating thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, or Both? Thyroid disease may manifest in a variety of ways. Hypothyroidism is the most common, followed closely by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hypothyroidism is a condition wherein the thyroid no longer produces the hormones necessary to maintain proper bodily function. This is typically accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, poor cognitive function, weight gain, and depression. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that triggers the release of antibodies that attack healthy thyroid tissue. This causes irreparable damage to the thyroid gland, often resulting in a decline of thyroid function and subsequent hypothyroidism. Even though Hashimoto’s […]

5 Weight Loss Tips for Thyroid Patients

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Eating less and exercising more is often not enough to achieve weight loss goals in those with a sluggish thyroid – and can actually be counterproductive! There are many reasons why thyroid disease complicates weight loss efforts. Read on to learn more and to find out five things thyroid patients must address if they want to succeed at achieving a healthy weight and feeling their best. 1. Adequate Thyroid Testing & Treatment A sluggish thyroid means a slow metabolism. A crucial part of regulating metabolism and in turn shedding those extra pounds is to get the right thyroid testing and treatment. A properly working thyroid is dependent not only on enough thyroid hormones being produced, but also on inactive thyroid hormone (T4) being converted to active thyroid hormone (T3). It is also dependent on these hormones getting from the blood into the cells, where they can be used by the […]

How Your Diet Can Ruin Your Metabolism and Cause Weight Gain (+ How You Can Fix It)

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Many are familiar with the struggles of losing weight. All too often we experience the temporary elation of weight loss followed by an almost immediate return of the pounds we worked so hard to remove. Another common experience you may be painfully familiar with is simply being unable to lose weight no matter how many calories you cut or how much exercise you do on a weekly basis. These situations are incredibly frustrating and share a common weight lose inhibitor; low metabolism. Our metabolism is responsible for burning calories and giving us the energy we need to get through the day, which has powerful influence over our weight. Unfortunately, many of us have unwittingly done significant damage to our metabolisms by following diet trends pushed by our society and in some cases our doctors.  Severely reducing your caloric intake, yo-yo dieting, or chronically dieting all have a major negative impact […]

How Thyroid Dysfunction Can Cause Sleep Disorders

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The thyroid influences numerous bodily functions, many of which can affect sleep quality and duration. Unfortunately, thyroid disease and its effect on sleep is frequently overlooked. Understanding the role of the thyroid, its common forms of malfunction, and how they can impede sleep quality may help you resolve persistent sleep problems. What is the Thyroid? The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck. This powerful system is also responsible for regulating and influencing a wide range of essential bodily functions including metabolism, neurological function, immune activity, and others. The thyroid accomplishes this through the production of several hormones. Although there are many hormones produced by the thyroid, for the purposes of this discussion we will focus on just three: thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), and reverse triiodothyronine (RT3). Each hormone is charged with specific tasks and must work together to maintain healthy bodily function. T4, also known as the […]

Is Thyroid Dysfunction the Cause of Your PMS?

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Even though a great deal of research has already been done concerning the mechanisms of PMS its cause is not yet entirely understood. However, research has shown that hormone balance plays a significant role in its occurrence. As such, hormone-influencing systems such as the thyroid may be an important element in determining PMS occurrence and severity. Therefore, being familiar with the relationship between thyroid function and PMS may improve your understanding of and ability to alleviate PMS. What is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)? PMS is a condition resulting from a hormonal imbalance most often triggered by menstrual activity. Menstruation is a regularly occurring event that most women experience during their childbearing years. This natural process prepares the body for potential pregnancy and involves the production and mobilization of many different hormones. Chief among them being progesterone and estrogen. Both of which play pivotal roles regarding women’s health and influence the occurrence […]

5 Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body + 10 Tips to Reduce Stress

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Originally Posted November 2016Updated October 2019 We all hear about stress and how bad it is for our health but few know how extensive the effects of stress are on the mind and body. Many people consider stress a part of modern life and learn to live with it, but stress is not normal and it can be overcome! You just need to learn how. Knowing the far-reaching effects of stress, not only on our psychological well-being but also on our entire bodies, can help us remember to prioritize stress management and other self-care practices. Stress, Cortisol, and Adrenals You may have heard these terms used together, but are not sure how they are connected. Stress is any kind of outside factor that our body perceives as a threat to our safety or well-being. Many people think this only refers to emotional stress or trauma, but it also includes physiological […]

Everything You Need to Know About Thyroid Ultrasounds

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Typically, the thyroid is assessed through an array of blood tests. However, ultrasounds may be used to accurately and safely examine the physical attributes of the thyroid gland. The safety, efficiency, and accuracy of ultrasounds makes them an excellent method of assessing the thyroid gland. What is an Ultrasound? Ultrasound, which may also be called sonography or ultrasonography, is a medical procedure that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to generate images of the internal systems of the body. As the powerful sound waves are projected through tissue, they create reflections and echoes. These can be recorded and used create a video or still image of soft tissue structures including but not limited to the liver, heart, kidney, arterial blockages, reproductive organs, and the thyroid. Using this method, doctors can identify abnormalities in tissues and organs. One of the greatest benefits of ultrasound testing is that it often facilitates early cancer recognition. […]

5 Thyroid Lies Your Endocrinologist May Try to Tell You

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Originally Posted January 2015Updated September 2019 Endocrinologists, whose “specialization” is the endocrine system — which includes the thyroid gland — are sometimes the worst offenders when it comes to providing dubious information about your thyroid diagnosis and treatment. Get smart, and discover the five lies that your endocrinologist may try to tell you. 1. “Your TSH is Normal.” Integrative doctors consider the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test to be only one of many tests to diagnose and manage thyroid disease. TSH, however, is considered the “gold standard” test by many endocrinologists. Too bad they don’t even agree on the cutoff points for the reference range for this test. Learn about what’s in a complete thyroid panel and get a FREE lab slip here. Some endocrinologists consider any number within the reference range (it’s around .40 to 4.0 at many US labs) “normal,” and others feel that TSH must be as […]

How a Vitamin D Deficiency Can Disrupt your Thyroid and Promote Hashimoto’s

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One example of this connection is found in relation to vitamin D and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Research suggests that reduced levels of vitamin D may have significant importance regarding the occurrence of an autoimmune thyroid disorder known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Recognizing and appreciating the relationship between Hashimoto’s and vitamin D deficiency may help you better protect yourself against severe dysfunction.  Immune Function and Hashimoto’s The immune system is the body’s first line of defense. When working properly it identifies potential threats including pathogens, viruses, and bacteria then releases antibodies to eliminate them. Typically, this process effectively protects the body from all sorts of ailments. However, if the immune system becomes stressed, overworked, or exhausted, it can begin making critical errors that prompt the development of chronic malfunction. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is one possible outcome of such dysfunction. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition wherein the immune system misidentifies healthy thyroid tissue as a […]

Is it Mental Illness or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

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Originally Posted November 2019Updated September 2019 Imagine having all the symptoms of a major mental illness such as manic depression, paranoid schizophrenia, psychotic depression, or even a bipolar disorder. One day you wake up with overflowing physical energy, even feeling severely anxious, with a rapid heartbeat, profuse sweating, trembling hands, and diarrhea, and you can’t stop losing weight. Then soon enough, without warning, your energy plummets. You feel like a slug, are constipated, your hair starts falling out, you gain weight no matter how little you eat, and you are severely depressed. You may have difficulty swallowing, sound hoarse, and feel like you have swallowed something that wont go down. And then, suddenly, your old symptoms return, and you feel anxious, sweaty, trembling, and panicky. This cycle can repeat itself again and again. While your symptoms resemble a mental health issue, they could be signs of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, one cause […]

What You Don’t Know About Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

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Originally Posted August 2016Updated September 2019 The reality is that without knowing what’s truly going on in your body and what are the real causes behind your symptoms, you risk undergoing the wrong health approach. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of these people are unaware of their condition. One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. So it makes sense to shed some light into the matter and start with the basics. Learn more about hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s here. What Are The Symptoms Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? It’s possible to have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis for years without experiencing a single symptom. But there are hallmark signs and symptoms and it’s important that you know what they are, because the sooner you recognize the symptoms, the sooner you can receive effective treatment. Every patient’s experience with the disorder is different. You might have preponderantly skin issues and hair loss, […]