Autoimmune Hypothyroidism: Stopping the Attack
Written by Dr. Kevin Conners
In lesson two we discovered that Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease where your immune system has ‘turned-on’ against something that either isn’t ‘killable’ (like a toxin that isn’t living) or will not die (like a stubborn infection similar to Lyme disease). When this happens, your immune system gets ‘stuck’ in a hyper-Th1 or hyper-Th2 response – the two main parts of the immune system.
This hyper-immune response is what destroys self-tissue. The immune killer cells are like Tasmanian Devils, gobbling up everything in an attempt to kill the antigen (an antigen is the new name given to the toxin the immune system is attempting to kill). Most Hashimoto’s cases involve a hyper-Th1 response called Th1 dominant. This constant, ramped-up killer cell attack simply destroys the thyroid over time, making synthetic hormone substitution necessary. However, as we discussed, if we simply give Synthroid without stopping the attack, we’ve done nothing to correct the immune response (the real cause of the problem).
So if you don’t care about correcting causes, stop reading now. If you desire to fix the problem, we have more work to do. There are several parts to my protocol of care with an autoimmune patient. I might add that it makes NO difference WHAT autoimmune disorder one has, the protocol is the same. Whether one has Hashimoto’s or Graves (hyper-thyroid), Rheumatoid, MS, ALS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia and even many cases of Anxiety and Depression, ALL autoimmune diseases are addressed with the same protocol:
- Identify IF the patient is autoimmune.
- Identify the specific antigen(s) in this immune dysregulation.
- Identify if the patient is Th1 or Th2 dominant
- Identify if the Th17 system is also ramped-up
- Identify other areas of inflammation (most commonly in the brain)
- Identify other down-regulated organ systems
- Start immune regulatory procedures to calm the immune attack
- Start detoxifying the antigen(s)
- Start correcting the imbalances elsewhere
In the next few weeks we’ll break these steps up and explore them in detail…oh my, hopefully they’ll give me a few more ‘guest appearances’ on this blog for me to get through these. Your positive response tells me and them whether this is well accepted or not.
Read all about this and similar information on Dr. Conners website and even download a FREE COPY of his book at www.upperroomwellness.com.
Dr. Conners’ 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. Full bio here: http://drkevinconners.com/?page_id=1
Tags: autoimmune diseases, Autoimmune hypothyroidism, autoimmune response, graves, Hashimotos, protocol to address autoimmune diseases, Th1 response, Th2 response, Upper Room Wellness, written by Dr. Kevin Conners