Autoimmune Hypothyroidism: The Bigger Picture
While it may be impossible to cover everything about autoimmune disease treatment in a series of blogs, I hope I’m giving readers a spattering of information that excites their taste buds for more. Today I’m going to give you a series of warnings, a set of ‘Do Nots’:
- Do NOT think that, “If I just go on a detox, I’ll clear my antigen and get better.” These are perhaps the sickest patients that enter my office; those who’ve tried detox on their own or through a caring, yet ill-informed doctor, but simply circulated poisons and awakened ‘sleeping giants’. Don’t do this! You must make sure your detox pathways are clear, heal gut mucosal lining issues, fix barrier compromises, and clean the liver and kidneys, just to name a few.
- Do NOT take supplements that stimulate EITHER a Th1 or Th2 response until you are properly tested to see which dominance your immune system is in. This is a HUGE mistake and I see it all the time. Patients come in lugging bags of supplements they ‘read about’ or were prescribed by doctors making money selling potions. Don’t do this! If you are, for example, Th1 dominant Hashimoto’s and are taking Th1 dominant stimulators, you may as well drink cyanide. You will never get better. I show a list of these supplements in my book (free download) but it is a partial list. There may be others that stimulate a particular response in you, so be safe and stay off everything except Vitamin D, Omega 3’s, and probiotics until you get checked.
- Do NOT go off your medication. I have seen hundreds of Hashimoto’s patients self-medicate and stop taking their Synthroid because they ‘want to get off it and go natural.’ Don’t do this! If you’ve been on supplemental thyroid hormone of any type for any length of time, there has been sufficient down-regulation of the thyroid gland that is going to require lifetime use of synthetics. The goal is not to get off the meds, the goal is to correct the cause, stop the ‘fire’ and allow the meds to work the way they should.
- Do NOT ‘try’ to treat yourself. It’s hard to be objective and thorough treating yourself. Seek advice of competent professionals who are humble enough to admit they don’t know everything and are motivated to dig, learn and grow with you. If you desire to contact me, you may. We treat many patients from all over the world through our Distance Program or may be able to find someone near you.
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 or a complete copy at www.immunebook.com.
Tags: advice against self-treatment, autoimmune disease, Autoimmune hypothyroidism, detox, graves' disease, hashimoto's thyroiditis, immune response to supplements, supplements, supplements that stimulate Th1 or Th2, The Bigger Picture, thyroid disease, written by Dr. Kevin Conners