How to Treat Low Thyroid Hormone Naturally and Effectively
Over 70 million prescriptions are written for thyroid medications in the USA alone every year. Low thyroid hormone symptoms most often include fatigue, cold sensitivity, constipation, dry skin, and unexplained weight gain. It can also include depression, memory issues, infertility, hair loss, high cholesterol, and other conditions.
Many of us have had one or more of those conditions at one time or other, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have low thyroid hormone levels, but it is always good to investigate and treat if necessary. Here we are going to talk about the true causes of an under-active thyroid and you can help in a natural and effective manor.
Causes of Low Thyroid
Foods Sensitivities and Low Thyroid Hormone
There are many foods that can cause thyroid disorders. Previously we talked about the pro-inflammatory chemical solanine found in nightshade fruits and vegetables. Solanine has a tendency to be stored in the thyroid gland, and can cause hypothyroid type symptoms.
Those with celiac disease and/or gluten sensitivities also suffer from hypothyroidism at an increased rate. Other food sensitivities to things such as dairy, eggs, corn, etc. can increase inflammation and can an autoimmune attack against ones thyroid.
Heavy Metals and Low Thyroid Hormone
Chemicals and Low Thyroid Hormone
Studies on cattle have shown increased fluoride intake to be associated with hypothyroidism. Studies in England have also shown twice the number of hypothyroidism events in areas where fluoride is added to the water compared to areas with no fluoride added.
Fungus and Low Thyroid Hormone Symptoms
In clinical experience we often see those with fungal issues display “low thyroid” type symptoms such as tiredness, weight gain, and water retention. Helping one get over a fungal or candida overgrowth can greatly increase energy, help lose weight, and increase overall health.
Microbes and Low Thyroid Hormone
Dysbiosis (an altered gut bacteria ratio) and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) have been shown to alter thyroid function. Evaluation for bacterial, parasitic, protozoan, and other microbial infections is a key part of helping to restore proper thyroid function.
What causes Hashimoto’s thyroiditis?
Hashimoto’s thyroidits produces low thyroid but is classified as an autoimmune disease. It is 7x more common in women, and often have family members suffering from other autoimmune diseases. Many factors can induce/increase autoimmune diseases including chemical toxicity, microbial infections, and food sensitivities. Nightshades are a major food group associated with autoimmune conditions, but many others including wheat, dairy, corn, eggs, etc. can contribute.
Testing for Low Thyroid
Lab Tests and Low Thyroid
There are many ways to test for hypothyroidism. The standard exam includes testing for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), along with T3 and T4. There are many other tests that you can run which can shed more light (reverse T3, TRH, etc.) on your condition. When getting tested studies show that you should test TSH fasting, otherwise you can get falsely low TSH values.
Applied Kinesiology and Thyroid Disorders
Using Applied Kinesiology (AK) to help treat thyroid disorders is a very beneficial tool since it helps the doctor evaluate what is the true cause of ones thyroid issue. The patient can be evaluated for all of the factors mentioned above, including amino acid and nutrient deficiencies, to help determine the root cause of your issue, and how to treat it in a fast and effective manor.
In laboratory testing a “typical” low thyroid person will have elevated TSH levels, and low thyroid hormone levels (T3 and T4). Below are two of my most recent cases dealing with patients suffering from low thyroid disorders.
I recently had one patient come in with feelings of fatigue and weight gain. Lab testing from her MD the previous year showed her TSH level at 12 (.5-5.5 is normal) and low thyroid hormone levels. Because of this she was prescribed synthetic thyroid hormone. After working with her we were able to decrease her fatigue, help her lose over 10 pounds. She then told her MD she wanted to get off her thyroid hormone, and she was able to gradually stop over 2 weeks. We re-did her blood work 3 weeks later and her new lab results showed a TSH of 2 (.5-5.5) and her thyroid hormone was normal. She was thrilled!
Another patient was a 35-year-old male with low energy and cold extremities. His TSH was 6.7 (above 5.5 is high) and his thyroid hormone (T4) was 0.8 (below the 0.89 normal range). After treating him for all of the above mentioned causes in several weeks we were able to increase his energy while also lowering his TSH down to 2.25 and raising his T4 to 1.05.
These are just two of many of my patients where thyroid issues can be treated in a natural way.
How to treat Low Thyroid Hormone Naturally
When treating low thyroid nothing should be taken out of context. All of the above causes of thyroid dysfunction should be evaluated to make sure that you are able to get to the root cause of the thyroid dysfunction and not just put a Band-Aid over the issue, making you feel better, but not addressing the real cause. In addition to the above-mentioned causes, low thyroid function can be caused by an amino acid deficiency, L-Tyrosine. L-Tyrosine is used by both the thyroid to make thyroid hormone, and also used by the adrenal glands to make adrenaline (epinephrine). Identifying and addressing this and other nutrient deficiencies has helped many patients. Unlike some other supplements the brand/form of L-Tyrosine can make a huge difference, which is why in my practice I’ve had to do testing to figure out which form is the correct one.
Thyroid hormone prescriptions may be needed in some occasions, but more often than not if you address the above issues then you can avoid having to go on a prescription thyroid medication.
So remember, if you have low-thyroid type symptoms be checked by a competent doctor who is suited to check for all of the above mentioned issues and can help you by addressing the root cause of why your thyroid isn’t functioning correctly in the first place.
As always email me at DrNoahLebowitz@gmail.com if you have any questions.
-Dr. Noah Lebowitz is a second generation Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist practicing in Tacoma / Seattle WA. Dr. Lebowitz treats the chronically ill patient with fatigue, intestinal issues, depression, autoimmune conditions, etc. The patients he sees have often seen many other doctors beforehand and are able to be helped using the unique protocol developed by Michael Lebowitz DC. He also works with professional athletes (including NHL and MLB All-Stars and MVP players) and amateurs working to optimize muscle function and nutrition helping decrease injuries and increase performance.