Dr. Nedic explains about the epidemic of underactive thyroid
The prevalence of world Hypothyroidism has increased in the past 50 years. It occurs so frequently in South African women, that it is often not considered to be a disease but rather an inevitable commonality. They make peace with this condition and continue to take thyroid medication for the rest of their life without even questioning the cause and potential cure.
The most common form of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It is an autoimmune condition where the individual’s body immune system mistakenly attacks their own thyroid gland. The patient is often unaware of the complexity of this problem and are misguided into thinking that Thyroid medication will change the outcome of the disease. Due to lack of information provided by some conventional doctors, patients agree to take symptomatic medication and suffer from the disease indefinitely. However, having Hashimoto’s means that something is actually very wrong in the body and intervention is required.
Thyroid hormones are used by every cell in the body to regulate the metabolism and body weight by controlling the burning of fat for energy and heat. A deficiency of thyroid hormones contributes to a myriad of symptoms that can be difficult to recognize for two reasons: it affects many organs and tissues unrelated to each other and often only a few of them are present.
These are: fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, lethargy, constipation, dry scaly skin, dry and loss of hair, unexpected weight gain, muscle aches, and stiffness (often present as fibromyalgia pain) joint pain, depression, anxiety, irregular menses, heavy menstrual bleeding, low libido, high LDL cholesterol. One of the symptoms which is always present in underactive Thyroid is: tiredness! The patient wakes up feeling tired and once they start moving they start to feel better but as soon as they sit to have a rest tiredness invades the body again!
Risk factors and causes are:
- Being a women (first period, after pregnancy, menopausal period, estrogen dominance etc.)Family history (several genes are identified CTLA4 gene, HLA, Thyroglobulin gene)
- Family history (several genes are identified CTLA4 gene, HLA, Thyroglobulin gene)
Stress and Adrenal Fatigue
- Iodine deficiency -due to bromide and fluoride environmental toxicity
- Goitrogenic food (excessive amount of cabbage, broccoli, kale in uncooked form or soy)
- Having an additional autoimmune disease
- Potential immune triggers include: Viruses, Bacterial Parasitic and Yeast infections, Environmental radiation and pollution, Heavy Metals, Pesticides, and especially Cosmetics
- Leaky gut with different food sensitivities: Gluten, Dairy, GMO Soy, nuts etc. and chronic alcohol intake.
In Johannesburg the most predictable and typical stream of reasons which contribute to underactive thyroid and Hashimoto’s are stress with Adrenal fatigue, Estrogen dominance (overused of birth control pill) and environmental toxicity with compromised Detoxification and Leaky.
Taking all of these reasons into consideration it is very clear that prescribing only T4 Thyroid drugs in a conventional manner will not cure the problem. In fact, many of these patients are convinced that if their blood results are normal, their hypothyroidism is cured!? It is only when pointed out that many of their symptoms such as body weight, tiredness, muscle pain, etc. are still there that they realize it. Often just checking body temperature would be enough to see that the condition still persists.
The Thyroid gland produces the less active form of a hormone T4 that needs to be converted into a more active form T3. The problem is that a person needs to be perfectly healthy for this to happen! Low Iodine, Selenium, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin A, B2, B12and B6 will decrease this conversion. High Mercury and Aluminum block this conversion. Abnormal cortisol levels due to stress, Vitamin D deficiency, estrogen dominance (birth control pill) ,ferritin deficiency and high antibodies stimulate conversion to Reverse T3 form which blocks activity of T3 hormone. When T4 medication is given to these unhealthy patients, the conversion into an active T3 form is compromised and many symptoms still persist.
Hypothyroidism is a complex and stubborn condition which requires detecting the cause and using comprehensive integrative approaches to alter lifestyle and dietary habits as well as detoxification, stress control and hormonal balances and it doesn’t have to be an ongoing condition.