This information is from a series of Doctors who are specialists in Thyroid function from the notes I have taken listening to the speaking in The Thyroid Secret 2017. I have included links to their web pages for further information. These Doctors are dedicated to healing patients not just suppressing symptoms by getting to the real cause of the health problems.
Thyroid Misinformation and Misdiagnosis Part 2
Part 1 here
Dr. Jean Dodds DVM
Web page hemopet.org
With pets one of the most unrecognized early signs of thyroid dysfunction in pets is behavioral change, the client will tell that to the vet and the vet doesn’t have any idea. Or the pet will start having seizures out of the blue in an adult, this is not juvenile epilepsy. They are 3-4 years old and all of a sudden these will start sometimes associated with the moon lunar cycle, sometimes with weather changes. The vet will refer them to a neurologist and will do all kinds of testing, sometimes even do MRI’s or CAT scans and never look for thyroid dysfunction. They will be gaining weight and the vet will say you’re overfeeding them and you’re not.
This can also be a subtle sign in people of a beginning of thyroid dysfunction. It’s only until 70% of the thyroid in people and animals that you see the typical levels of routine testing go down. I did the normal T4, it’s normal, your dog is normal, meanwhile it’s biting people.
GABA and serotonin are both very calming with anxiety. Junk food, pesticides, food additives, are all bad because we can’t make the neurotransmitters properly. Eat grass fed red meat, wild fish of sardines or salmon. A lot of people with anxiety have problems with low blood sugar so having healthy proteins at breakfast is key. Getting off gluten is important for hyperthyroidism, celiac disease, anxiety, panic attacks. If you have a sensitivity gluten it can damage the gut lining and cause malabsorption of nutrients and lower serotonin levels. We need good gut health and if there is damage to the gut it’s going to effect the microbiome and mood as well. There are a subset of people with anxiety that need to give up the caffeine in coffee which is also loaded with pesticides and drinking it out of plastic cups. The coffee also effects your blood sugar levels depressing them, making you feel more anxious. Low zinc levels will often mean you have high copper levels, they normally balance each other out so when you have high copper you get low zinc. When we supplement with zinc that is going to push down the copper, lower the anxiety, and zinc is up for thyroid health as well.
Dr. Alan Christianson NMD
Web page drchristianson.com
Hashimoto’s is the cause of thyroid disease across the board. If you are struggling with mental health symptoms, fatigue, weight gain, miscarriages, and other mystery illnesses, make sure you have a comprehensive thyroid workup including thyroid antibodies.
Dr. David Haase M.D.
Web page maxwellclinic.com
If you’re having symptoms of depression, fatigue, you should heed these symptoms they’re meaningful. The body is designed to thrive, it’s designed to feel well. I see people recover their health all the time in my practice and that’s when they address the underlying cause of their dysfunction. The idea that there is a single magic formula to fix everybody is really hubris, the body is so incredibly complex. Our lives and the number of factors that intervene upon us are not defined by a simple equation. There are fundamentals that you can do that can be helpful like cleaning up your diet, being aware of the toxic load in your life, addressing the stress that goes on in your world, getting better quality sleep, assessing your relationships, exercising at a level that doesn’t cause you degeneration and burn your fire up, doesn’t burn your fire so hot that it essentially causes damage. The body heals but only if you give it what it needs and keep it away from what harms it.
One of the most overlooked issues of Hashimoto’s, there is so much focus on diet, celiac, and leaky gut and not so much on where the rest of the autoimmunity is. Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy means inflammation of the brain. Hashimoto’s classically when their antibodies get really high, they get delirium, confusion that’s really progressed. There are subtle degrees of Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy that people have on a regular basis. Sometimes people have post Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy when they get a brain injury they have chronic inflammation in the brain and the brain degenerates over time and they start to have all these neuropsychiatric symptoms, like we see with NFL football players. It’s this encephalopathy that’s low grade not very obvious over time. The same low grade encephalopathy happens with Hashimoto’s patients without question. The research clearly shows that antibodies can attach to the brain, thyroid antibodies.
Idiopathic sporadic ataxia means, ataxia you can’t walk in a straight line, if they close their eyes and try to walk like they’re on a balance beam and can’t do it for more than three steps. Idiopathic means there is no known head trauma, no known neurological disease, have not had a stroke. Sporadic means some days it’s worse and some better. If a person has Hashimoto’s they should check to see if they have that, if they do there is a strong likeliness that the Hashimoto’s thyroid antibodies are in the brain. Most people don’t know how big the a deal the thyroid is in brain function from an electrical standpoint, thyroid dysfunction shows aberrations in the brain.
Trudy Scott Certified Nutritionist
Web page nutritionwithtracy.com
A lot of people go to the doctor and get a diagnosis, you have anxiety or depression and they will be given a medication and it may be the thyroid that’s causing the problems. It’s common knowledge that thyroid problems can cause depression, it’s less well recognized that thyroid problems can contribute to anxiety. A study published in 2010 found there was three times the incidence of anxiety in women who have underactive thyroid, more common than a lot of people realize. The classic thyroid problem that you would immediately correlate anxiety with a thyroid disorder would be overactive thyroid or Graves Disease. It’s common to have the heart palpitations and insomnia, go to the doctor and be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder when it’s an overactive thyroid. Then we will have an underactive thyroid as well as depression, often you will see anxiety.
Dr. Sarah Ballantyne PhD
Web page thepaleomom.com
Depression, anxiety, mood issues, brain fog, memory problems, these are really common symptoms of a huge range of autoimmune diseases. We know now some really disturbing facts, up to 80% of people diagnosed with bipolar disease may not actually be bipolar, they may have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. When you treat them with thyroid hormone the symptoms of bipolar can go away. This is very under investigated in the mental health field and it’s not recognized yet. Hopefully soon running a thyroid panel will become part of the diagnostics. If you have any mental illness in your family make sure your investigating your options in terms of functional integrative medicine and looking at an underlying cause that’s easier to treat, that changes lives. There is an amazing amount of resources that can really help people.
Anxiety is usually attributed to Graves Disease and over abundant hormones, studies have found that anxiety is often a symptom of Hashimoto’s as well. This is because the immune system begins to attack the thyroid gland. Broken amount of thyroid gland containing small amounts of thyroid hormones that are dumped into our bloodstream causing a transient hypothyroidism and resulting anxiety. Anxiety is oftentimes the first symptoms reported by people in the first stages of Hashimoto’s. Many of them are misdiagnosed with anxiety disorders and panic attacks. I have even seen people misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder when in fact they had a thyroid condition.
Dr. Hyla Cass MD, DABPN, ABIHM
Web page cassmd.com
I think the way conventional medicine is treating depression is really a disaster and that is simply writing prescriptions for antidepressants. I get these women that are outnumbering men coming to me that have been failures at antidepressant therapy. They are still depressed and they now have side effects from being on antidepressants. They can’t sleep or they are sleeping too much, huge weight gain and with thyroid issues you are already gaining weight. Dizziness, nausea, lack of libido, so many problems with the antidepressants and it’s not directed at the cause.
When I see them what I do is look under the hood because an antidepressant is simply a band aid and a way of getting someone out of your office in fifteen minutes, if that. I say you have to do a good medical workup on everybody. It may not be thyroid but very basically you do THS, Free T3, Free T4, and possible anti-thyroid antibodies. When you have all these symptoms what was really going on was hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. So they were being treated with the wrong things and nobody looked at something that is basic medical care. The most conventional doctors will do is TSH which really isn’t adequate because you could have a normal TSH and still have other hormones not be normal. I like to see a TSH well below 2, I cover this in 8 weeks to vibrant health found on my web page.
In a trial done the sequenced treatment alternatives to relieve depression found that some people who failed antidepressants actually found relief in depression with using the thyroid hormone known as T3.
Dr. Mark Hyman
Web page drhyman.com
I think the challenge with thyroid disease is it’s often subtle so people start to think the emotional and psychological consequences of low thyroid function whether it’s depression or anxiety, sleep issues, or fatigue, sort of normal. They interfere with their daily functioning, their daily life, ability to have good relationships, low sex drive. All these things are a real biological phenomenon that happens as a result of a thyroid function. If you walk around thinking these things are in your head and it’s your fault or some defect in your relationship, then that’s a problem. The truth is that it’s not. it’s an hormonal dysfunction or imbalance that has a fix. The sad thing is half the people that have this problem have no clue and our correct method of diagnosing is so crude that most doctors completely miss it.
I remember a woman who was infertile who tried for years to get pregnant and wanted a baby desperately. It turned out it was her thyroid, I corrected her thyroid and she had her baby. We have these people with heart disease and high cholesterol and their doctors are giving them statins and the thyroid was not working that’s what was causing the high cholesterol and heart disease. That’s what functional medicine is it’s detective work to find the root cause of disease, how to get the body to work better on it’s own.
Too much iodine can cause a massive autoimmune attack, 50% of people with Hashimoto’s antibodies have brain antibodies so they get all these brain symptoms.
I recommend further research of his web sites and methods of treatment with low laser therapy. He spoke too fast for me to get proper notes but the interview of what I did catch was fascinating and his results were promising.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.
M. Scherker medical researcher