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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Other Hypothyroid Treatment Methods

Updated on August 4, 2011

If you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, or any other hypothyroid condition, then there are essentially three different treatment options that you have to choose from.

Treatment Option #1: Synthetic Thyroid Hormone. This is the treatment method that most people with hypothyroidism choose. Of course it’s usually not a matter of choice, as when they see their endocrinologist or general practitioner they are usually only presented with this option. And while many people live a normal life on synthetic thyroid hormone with no symptoms, others don’t respond well to this. Sometimes all it takes is adjusting the dosage, or giving a combination of both T4 and T3 (T4 is what is usually given by most endocrinologists), but other times these adjustments still don’t provide complete symptomatic relief.

One of the primary problems with taking synthetic thyroid hormone is that it doesn’t do anything for the actual cause of your condition. In other words, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other causes of hypothyroidism don’t just develop “out of the blue”. Sure, some people become hypothyroid after receiving thyroid surgery or radioactive iodine treatment. But even for these people, most of the time the underlying cause of their condition hasn’t been addressed, which can pave the way for other conditions developing in the future.

Treatment Option #2: Natural Thyroid Hormone. Some people choose to take a natural form of thyroid hormone, such as Armour or Westhroid. This is especially true for those people who aren’t responding well to a brand of synthetic thyroid hormone. However, not everyone will respond better on a natural thyroid hormone, as some people are better off taking a synthetic form. If you need to take thyroid hormone, then your best bet is to try both out types (under the supervision of your doctor of course), and then determine which one is best for you.

Just as is the case with synthetic thyroid hormone, natural thyroid hormone also doesn’t do anything for the actual cause of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or other forms of hypothyroidism. All it does is manage the symptoms, which of course is necessary for many people. After all, some people have thyroid glands that can no longer produce a sufficient amount of thyroid hormone on its own, and therefore will need to take a synthetic or natural form of thyroid hormone for the rest of their lives.

Treatment Option #3: A Natural HypothyroidTreatment Protocol. More and more people are choosing natural hypothyroid treatment methods in an attempt to restore their health back to normal, so they won’t have to take synthetic or natural thyroid hormone for the rest of their lives. While most people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other hypothyroid conditions are told by their doctors that they will need to be on thyroid hormone forever, the truth is that many of these people can restore the function of their thyroid gland back to normal by following a natural treatment protocol.

Once again, some people who have had thyroid surgery or received radioactive iodine treatment will need to take thyroid hormone for the rest of their lives. On the other hand, for those people who haven’t had their thyroid glands completely damaged or removed, natural treatment methods might still be able to restore the function of their thyroid gland. Either way, the goal of any natural treatment protocol is to get to the underlying cause of your disorder, and attempt to restore your health back to normal.

The Thyroid Gland Is Usually Not The Primary Cause Of The Condition

What you need to realize is that in just about every case of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, as well as other types of hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland is not the actual cause of the condition. For example, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is often labeled as a “thyroid disease”, when it is actually an autoimmune disorder that involves malfunctioning of the thyroid gland. In other words, it is usually the compromised immune system that leads to the malfunctioning of the thyroid gland. Other areas of the body can also be the underlying cause, such as the adrenal glands and digestive system. So when an endocrinologist or a different type of medical doctor prescribes synthetic or natural thyroid hormone, this might do a good job of managing the symptoms (although not always), but it won’t address the actual cause of the condition.

And while some people can’t have the function of their thyroid gland completely restored back to normal, these people still need to correct the autoimmune response, weak adrenals, and whatever other problems they are experiencing. If these issues are not addressed, chances are this will lead to other conditions in the future. And even though some people can’t have the function of their thyroid gland restored to 100%, many people can begin producing a sufficient amount of their own thyroid hormone after following a natural hypothyroid treatment protocol. Most people underestimate the natural healing abilities of their body. Either way, I recommend that just about everyone with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or a different type of hypothyroidisim at least consult with a natural endocrine doctor to see if they can be helped through a natural treatment protocol.

How To Choose A Natural Endocrine Doctor

Choosing a competent natural doctor to help treat your condition is no easy task. While there are many different types of natural doctors that may be able to help you, very few specialize in endocrine disorders such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. And some holistic doctors that do specialize in hypothyroid conditions simply recommend natural thyroid hormone, rather than try to restore the patient’s health back to normal, assuming this is possible of course.

Some people try to self-treat their condition by taking supplements from their local health food store. Although some supplements can be helpful, keep in mind that most thyroid support supplements that are sold in retail stores or online won’t restore your health back to normal. Many are a complete waste of money, while others may help a little, but taken alone won’t do enough to justify the money spent. After all, restoring the health of someone with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or a different hypothyroid disorder involves more than just taking supplements.

Plus, when it comes to taking supplements, keep in mind that different people have different nutritional deficiencies, which means that not everyone will need to take the same supplements, the same dosage, etc. So rather than play around with your health, if you decide to look into natural treatment methods, I highly recommend speaking with a competent natural endocrine doctor.

Which Treatment Option Is Best For You?

As for which treatment option is best for you, this is obviously something you need to decide for yourself. Being that I’m a holistic doctor, I’m obviously biased towards natural treatment methods, although I do realize that in some cases conventional medical treatment is necessary. I just find it sad that many people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, as well as other forms of hypothyroidism, take thyroid hormone daily for the rest of their lives, when many of them can restore the health of their thyroid gland through natural treatment methods.

Sure, not everyone with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis can be helped by following a natural hypothyroid treatment protocol. But when you think about it, you really don’t have anything to lose by consulting with a natural endocrine doctor. The worst case scenario is that you won’t be a candidate for natural treatment methods, and will need to continue taking thyroid hormone daily. On the other hand, just think about the possibility of restoring the health of your thyroid gland, and not having to take medication for the rest of your life. It might sound too good to be true, but many skeptics have received great results through natural treatment methods.

What I recommend is doing some research, and then do what feels right to you. The last thing you want to do is have someone talk you into doing something you’re not comfortable with. Whatever treatment option you choose is fine, as long as you’re comfortable with your choice. But doing a little bit of research will ensure that whatever treatment method you choose, you won’t have any regrets in the future.

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