Just published this post on Purehealth blog but here it is in case it helps you too..
I am fare whizzing along with the updates to some of the factsheets in the Health A-Z!
This time, I have massively updated the Thyroid Factsheet with a ton of info, tips, resources, testing and treatment recommendations on, mainly, hypothyroid (underactive thyroid) as I get asked about this such a lot!
In fact, I have to say, I’m not sure that many of you use the A-Z automatically when searching for health condition info – the new Google Custom Search I have added to the site will help you find what you need now over my clinic site and both blogs – all from one search, so that should make it easier for you to search this huge resource. Do remember it’s there for you.
Other new factsheets recently include Leaky Gut and Worms, would you believe! Do check the A-Z out if you need some info – I have usually written something somewhere about a subject close to your heart! A lot of the links need updating now, of course, which I am slowly doing to the new shop etc, but the info is more or less there. I seem to update or add something daily currently.
Anyway, back to the new Thyroid Factsheet. Here’s a bit to start you off – read the full factsheet here where there is tons more for you.
In short, what you need to know is that it is very unlikely that a normal TSH/T4 test in mainstream medicine will diagnose a more hidden thyroid disorder. Sad, but so very true. I have lost count of the number of people who have been left with ‘no problem found’ and still feel completely on thier knees because of a thyroid disorder.
My own approach has been specifically to look for conversion problems – where someone shows enough TSH or T4 but it isn’t converting into the active hormone – T3 – enough. Very common. See the iodine and selenium issues below – once you’ve identified this, it is relatively simple to solve and can save a lot of suffering!
Secondly, someone could be producing enough T3 but too much of it is being converted into Reverse T3, which is the inactive form of it. So, again, someone would look Ok but really hasn’t got enough active hormone even though the surface situation on tests looks OK.
The third angle to look at is the autoimmune antibodies. If someone’s thyroid has been identified with a problem, one of the major causes of that is autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland. Have your levels of peroxidase AND thyroglobulin been checked; often only one of them is and I have often found the other one high when I double-checked? Some docs do, some don’t. I always check as sometimes it can be the only indicator of a developing problem – early identification means early heading it off! And you can. I regularly see antibodies reducing – just this morning, in fact. Always so nice to see.
The most common cause of autoimmune attack on the glands – adrenal or thyroid – in my clinical experience is a form of gluten related disorder – not necessarily coeliac disease. And PLEASE don’t tell me you’ve had a coeliac test done and you were fine – this is another test that you simply cannot rely upon. See my Gluten Illness page for more on this and Gluten Tests here. In short, I have seen loads of people have seemingly intractable adrenal and thyroid issues helped by treating the gluten disorder. Don’t shoot the messenger 😉.
I have written quite a bit about the Thyroid-Gluten link on my specialist blog at TrulyGlutenFree so do search on there. Here’s one post to start you off:
Finally, you need to consider what your adrenals are up to. I’ve touched on this more below for you, but so often a ‘resistant’ thyroid issue is hiding an underlying adrenal problem that has to be fixed first. I come across this quite a lot. Here is a blog post, for example, I wrote a while ago now but has some good tips for you on this:
Read the full Thyroid Factsheet here. Hope it helps 🙂