Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

The damaged thyroid: when you are diagnosed too late

The (scary) statistics about hypothyroidism [1]: An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems. One in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. Then, let’s add the following statistics [2]:  In iodine-sufficient regions, autoimmune thyroid disease […]

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

The American Thyroid Association define the autoimmune Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis as follows: “Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis. It is an autoimmune disorder. This means you develop antibodies [thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and/or thyroglobulin (Tg) antibodies] that damage your thyroid gland. These antibodies cause inflammation in your thyroid gland.” [1] What […]

The 5 Stages of Hashimoto’s

If you have been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I believe it is important to know at which stage you are.  Most patients are only finally diagnosed at the advanced stages, where there is already significant damage to the thyroid gland.  Stage 1: Genetic predisposition You have the genes that puts you at […]

Should you take iodine if you have an underactive thyroid?

One the first things I learned when I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, is that the thyroid gland needs the mineral iodine to make thyroid hormones.  So the “logical” conclusion is that if you take a supplement with iodine in, surely your thyroid gland will make more thyroid hormones.   But unfortunately, this is not […]

Thyroid medication does not treat your thyroid

One of the biggest misconceptions in many hypothyroid patients that I have come across is that thyroid medication treats the thyroid gland.  I too had this misconception for many years.  I thought, as per other medications, that you take it and it will treat the problem, fix it, sort it out.  But with thyroid medication, […]

Getting back to basics in 2023: Know your numbers

January is Thyroid Awareness Month.  Perfect timing to refocus on your thyroid health.  And to start us off this year, I want to get back to basics. The first of the basics is to KNOW YOUR NUMBERS.  When last did you have your thyroid labs done?  If it was a few months ago, I recommend that […]

When to take your thyroid medication

Many thyroid patients take their thyroid pills every day as prescribed, yet they don’t feel better.  Today I want to look at the factors that impact how your thyroid medication is absorbed, or not.   When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2003, my doctor never told me that I would be taking my thyroid medication […]

What is Reverse T3? And does it matter?

When you are struggling with an underactive thyroid and your symptoms are not getting better, you may have high levels of Reverse T3.   Reverse T3 (also written as rT3) is one of those thyroid tests that most doctors will not request. I believe that many conventional doctors do not understand the value of the test, […]

The link between vitamin D and hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s

Research has shown that there is a strong link between vitamin D and hypothyroidism.  Let’s have a look at what it means if you have an underactive thyroid or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Today I want to look at vitamin D and what vitamin D deficiency means for hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s patients. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s […]