Hashimoto's Information

There have been some questions and comments about Hashimotos and autoimmune thyroid conditions over the last few days so I thought some might be interested in these links.

The first is from hypothyroidmom.com and it a guest editorial by Dr. Holtorf. The comments are also quite informitive.

hypothyroidmom.com/hashimot...

This is the full article from Dr. Holtorf's practice site. Lots of info here about various thyroid conditions.

holtorfmed.com/hashimotos-d...

And of course Mary Shomon started her journey into the world of thyroid because of hashimotos and has a lot of info on her two sites.

thyroid.about.com/

thyroid-info.com/

I hope these sites will prove useful for those seeking information. PR

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  • Thanks, I will have a read :)

  • This was especially interesting from your second link:

    Not so common treatments

    In addition to treating Hashimoto's disease patients with thyroid hormone replacement therapy, there are other medical and nutritional additions that can have a positive impact on the disease.

    Individuals with Hashimoto's disease often have low levels of DHEA and testosterone. When these are supplemented, it can decrease levels of antibodies and decrease the ongoing destruction of the thyroid gland.

    Scientific studies have also shown that selenium deficiency can play a role in Hashimoto's disease. Taking Selenium supplements can often reduce antibody levels, though selenium should not be use as a replacement for thyroid medication.

    Low Dose Naltrexone has also shown to be very effective for autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto's disease. There are many patients on Low Dose Naltrexone who report a significant lowering of their anti-thyroid antibodies.

    Treating intestinal inflammation or “leaky gut” can also be beneficial. With leaky gut, large proteins leak out of the gastrointestinal track into the body causing an immune reaction.

    Identifying and treating any chronic viral or bacterial infection that may be the underlying cause of the immune dysfunction can reverse the disease.

    The immune-modulatory properties of gamma globulin, either given intramuscularly or intravenously, can be very beneficial.

    It might seem strange but immune boosters can help Hashimoto's disease. But they must boost the TH1 portion of the immune system and not the TH2 immunity. Treating with TH1 immune boosters can cause a reduction of the hyperactive TH2 immune response that is present in Hashimoto's disease and help reverse the underlying cause. This may be especially helpful when a chronic infection is present, which is often the case (especially in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia).

  • Heloise, I believe Dr. Holtorf is one of our current "best minds" in the endocrine world. It is too bad we can't clone him and spread him around. PR

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