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The Problems

As people in the United States continue to face the unprecedented levels of health problems brought on by chronic stress-related disorders, they have two choices:

  1. Work with an FDN practitioner and opt in for the self-care model
  2. Forced-in disease care model using traditional health care

As they seek answers and relief to their never ending hypothyroid symptoms, they face the frustrating responses from their doctors such as, “your bloodwork looks normal”…and they wonder if what they are feeling is all in their head! Actually, doctors do play a very important role in modern medicine, but they can’t meet all of the needs of their patients.

So as an FDN practitioner, I provide a “needs gap” between the never ending cycle of diet & exercise trial and error and what we consider health (healthy living, symptom-free).

As an FDN practitioner, I assist my clients in finding the underlying causes and conditions of their hypothyroidism that has led to their health complaints through high-quality lab work.

My mission is to teach you and as many people as possible how to get well and stay well naturally and find resolutions to their hypothyroid symptoms.

HERE IS THE REAL PROBLEM!

Individuals have hidden causes that are preventing their body from achieving a state of optimal health or function. This, in turn, may have a huge impact on hypothyroidism and symptoms!  Not finding or treating these hidden causes will not allow the body to heal without the proper interventions and treatment. Below, are the top causes that we focus on as practitioners and happen to be some of the largest factors in hypothyroidism:

IMPROPER DIET

Many of us eat what we call the Standardized American Diet (SAD) which means we eat too much, plus we eat too much of the wrong things. As you can imagine this is completely detrimental not only to our health but can be a big factor in hypothyroidism.

As a nation, we’ve become hooked on fast foods. We tell ourselves we don’t have time to prepare and eat decent meals. When we do cook, it’s all too tempting to just open a box and nuke something in the microwave. Or we’re tired after work and just don’t feel like cooking. And hey–we deserve a break today, don’t we?

We are at the mercy of the food industry, which spends nearly $10 billion a year advertising unwholesome junk food and fast food.

Actually, it’s our bodies that deserve a break and not just today. Our bodies need a permanent break from what we’re really putting in them when we eat fast food, convenience food and junk food. These are the things we’re dumping into our bodies without a second thought:

  • high-carb foods, especially those low in nutrients
  • manufactured trans fats in the form of hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
  • sugar in all its forms
  • refined flour

Instead, once starting one of our programs, you will learn to fill your plate with wholesome whole foods, while focusing on a plant based diet: colorful and rich in antioxidant vegetables and fruits.

The most important thing you can do for thyroid health is eating nutrient dense foods to balance your blood sugar. So, learning how to combine good protein (fish, organic eggs, small amounts of lean poultry, nuts, etc.…), good fats (fish, extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, olives, nuts, seeds and avocados) and good carbs (fruits and vegetables) at each meal is vitally important in order to optimize your thyroid health.

STRESS

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As you can see from the diagram, when stress plays a role in hypothyroidism, we know that thyroid disease may be secondary to the adrenals.  And what we find is that stress affects thyroid function and thyroid hormone levels in the following ways:

  • When an individual is bombarded with chronic stress (mental emotional, physical and biochemical stress), the hypothalamus cranks out corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH) and the CRH tells the pituitary to slow down TSH output which results in lowered thyroid function and therefore, less Free T4 and T3.
  • Elevated cortisol (glucocorticoids) levels will suppress the thyroid by inhibiting TSH output. Again, lowering T3 & T4 levels.
  • Elevated cortisol levels inhibit conversion of T4 to active T3 resulting in low T3 symptoms (fatigue, temperature dysregulation, hair loss, poor wound healing, poor recovery from exercise, constipation, dry skin, depression and prone to infections, etc.…)
  • Elevated cortisol levels raise rT3 and rT3 binds to T3 receptor sites which block T3 resulting in lower T3 levels and again precipitating further hypothyroid symptoms. 

 

DIGESTIVE INSUFFICIENCIES

It is not uncommon for individuals to have a compromised gut lining even when they do not have digestive symptoms. Intestinal permeability tests can help make inferences about the integrity of the mucosal barrier and whether the areas between the enterocyte cells called Zonula occludens (aka as tight junctures) have loosened up. The process of the tight junctions loosening up is also known as “leaky gut.”

When using the Intestinal permeability test, an elevated lactulose recovery particles indicate that these particles are leaking through the tight junctures, This can result in food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions such as autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, thyroid disease, etc.

In contrast, an elevated mannitol level reflects increased transcellular permeability and cell damage which may result in the passage of small antigens across the barrier, thereby triggering an immune response. This increased transcellular permeability can result in the following malfunctions:

  • Impaired permeability associated with bacterial translocation and increased detoxification burden.
  • Malabsorption leading to depletion of nutrients and eventual malnutrition.
  • It can also help you reveal whether there may be damage to the gut barrier function triggered by chronic inflammation, dysbiosis, NSAID use, alcohol, food allergy, or oxidative stress.

INFECTIONS/PARASITES

Our microflora screening can identify parasitic and pathogenic involvement (parasites, bacteria, and fungus) and whether this could be blocking proper gastrointestinal function. But more than identifying a particular bug, additional insights can be gathered in this GI pathogen screening test such as:

  • Insights that contribute to the overall assessment of the client’s immune system, toxicity, and digestive function.
  • Solidify our impression of what the client needs to do to return to health, and guide the healing process.

Pathogens are obvious contributors to adrenal dysfunction, maldigestion, malabsorption, toxicity, detoxification issues, elimination and mucosal barrier problems.

Our objective as practitioners is to reduce and eliminate cortisol dysregulation factors that contribute to metabolic chaos which leads to disease and symptoms.

NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

Some nutrients are essential for proper thyroid function. In fact, hypothyroidism and possibly even autoimmunity may be in part triggered by nutrient depletions. Some additions in nutrients are not only required for proper thyroid function, but some are required for the proper immune system, liver, gut and adrenal function because all of these functions are so closely related. Thus a depletion may be compromising thyroid function directly or indirectly.

But, you may ask, why would I have a nutrient deficiency? As I mentioned above in regards to diet, many individuals adhere to the SAD diet (Standardized American Diet), full of processed foods, bad fats, refined sugars and flours. So, eating this type of diet, you are not getting the proper nutrients from rich antioxidant foods such as fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins and fats, etc.…

Also, conventional commercial farming practices reduce our nutrient content as vegetables and fruits absorb their nutrients from the soil which they are grown. Conventionally grown crops are full of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and are in the same fields over and over again, causing soils to become depleted thus devoid of many needed nutrients.