Autoimmune Hypothyroidism: Throwing Water on the Fire
Last week we touched on the importance of identifying the antigen in autoimmune cases. Never underestimate the importance of this step, but understand that this alone is worthless if you don’t have the know-how or tools to remove the little buggers that are causing the inflammation. Here’s where we get creative, as every person is a little different as to what will work in their case.
Remember, antigens will fall into three possible categories: Bio-toxins (living organisms like bacteria, molds, fungi, virus), Chemical toxins (heavy metals, pesticides, additives, colorings, and thousands of others), and Food-based toxins (gluten, casein, egg, soy, yeast). The testing you do MUST include a proper search in all three categories. It is possible and not all that uncommon to have two antigens!
Let’s use a case example: Mary has hypothyroid treated for the past 15 years with Synthroid and has never really felt well for as long as she can remember. She read my book and called my office for a consultation. Living in another state than our practice, I recommended she complete my extensive new patient paperwork and schedule for an in-depth interview with myself. Multiple ‘red-flags’ on her symptom checklist as well as her answers to my questions suggested an autoimmune connection and she was accepted as a patient in our Distance Program (we take care of patients around the world this way).
I sent her multiple ‘test kits’ to be completed with my instructions and when I received back all the lab results we determined that, sure enough, an autoimmune, Th1 dominant (hyper-Th1, killer-cell attack) was presently assaulting Mary’s thyroid and brain. The antigen testing revealed gluten and mercury. There was a down-regulation of the Hippocampus (a part of the brain that controls the circadian hormone production rhythm), and a congestion of the liver. What does one do???
Here’s where a lot of experience and an obsession for knowledge come in mighty handy. Mary’s case started with a detoxification of the colon and small intestine, a healing of the gut-barrier, then followed with a liver cleanse. Time is measured in months through this stage of the game and the worst mistake would be to hurry the process. If the proper avenues of detoxification aren’t healed then it’s like bailing out the sinking Titanic with a gallon bucket – your toxicity exceeds your detoxification and you are simply circulating poisons to different locations. Result: you’ll be sicker than before you started.
We’ll continue this discussion in next week’s post. Read all about this and similar information on Dr. Conners website and even download a FREE COPY of his book at www.upperroomwellness.com.
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