Written by Dr. Kevin Conners
“I have hypothyroidism,” states a patient in a tone suggesting that she has discovered the answer to her problems. “What’s the cause?” I retorted, leaving her a bit stunned and at a loss for words. “I don’t know,” she continued after a long pause, “he just said that it was the reason for my symptoms.” Now I’m not one to burst anyone’s bubble, but there is a cause for every disorder, including Hypothyroidism, and if you don’t dig a little deeper than a superficial desire for a named diagnosis, you’ll simply be left with a label and NO solution. There are actually six main reasons for hypothyroidism; the most common is autoimmune hypothyroid, called Hashimoto’s Disease.
In my latest book, “Help, My Body is Killing Me, Solving the Connections of Autoimmune Disease to Thyroid Problems, Fibromyalgia, Infertility, Anxiety, Depression, ADD/ADHD and more,” I explore the response of the immune system in chronic diseases. It is really the practice of Functional Medicine, a mix of the traditional and alternative to ‘dig to find the reason WHY.’
There is no need for confusion regarding autoimmune disorders. It is important to understand that an autoimmune disease is a ‘state’ that the immune system is in. It is NOT a disease of an organ; and even though it is given a multitude of names depending on the tissue currently affected, it is a STATE of the immune system attacking the tissue it was meant to protect. ‘Google’ Hashimoto’s Disease and you’ll learn that it is an autoimmune attack on the thyroid. The bigger challenge is to find the answer to ‘why is my immune system attacking the thyroid?’ Once you really understand the mechanism of autoimmune disorders, you’ll understand the possible reasons ‘why’.
The autoimmune response is an inflammatory response, which produces chemicals called cytokines, which are part of the body’s natural defense system against outside invaders. The body’s immune system may be separated into a Th1 and a Th2 response which must be in balance. A person with an autoimmune disease has this process stuck in the ‘on’ position, either hyper-Th1 or hyper-Th2, which if prolong, destroys the tissue where the antigen is recognized. This is an inflammatory, destructive response and causes the symptoms that the patient expresses.
We will be uncovering this mysterious disorder over the next six weeks to help you deal with your thyroid problem in a more intelligent manner. There IS a reason for your symptoms. If you are fed-up with simply suppressing them with medications and desire to explore the root cause, continue to follow my articles on this blog. I have been graciously invited to share my insight with you for the next few months.
Read all about this and similar information on Dr. Conners website and even download a FREE COPY of his book at www.upperroomwellness.com.
Bio: Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University; Fellowship in Health Research Outcomes, National Institutes of Health; currently studying for Diplomate Status in Neurology, Carrick Institute; Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine; Fellowship in Integrative Cancer Therapy; and Master Degree through South Florida School of Medicine; over 100 hours postgraduate study in Autism Spectrum Disorders; practicing Applied Kinesiologist