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Natural Thyroid Treatment Methods For Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Updated on August 4, 2011

More and more people with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis are turning to natural thyroid treatment methods to restore their health back to normal. The reason for this is because people are getting sick and tired of covering up their symptoms, and whenever possible would like to get to the actual cause of the problem. While some people do need to take thyroid hormone daily for the rest of their life, many people with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis who were told they needed to take synthetic or natural thyroid hormone actually had their condition cured through a natural thyroid treatment protocol.

While most endocrinologists and general medical practitioners focus their efforts on the malfunctioning thyroid gland, the truth is that the thyroid gland isn’t the actual cause of the problem in most cases of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Let’s not forget that this is an autoimmune thyroid condition, and in most cases it is the compromised immune system that in turn causes the thyroid gland to malfunction in the first place. As a result, the goal of an effective natural thyroid treatment protocol will be to get to the underlying cause of the disorder, and not just manage the symptoms.

What Causes The Autoimmune Response In Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

As I just mentioned, the weakened immune system is what causes the thyroid gland to malfunction in Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. However, what causes one’s immune system to become compromised in the first place? There are numerous factors that can lead to this, but what’s important to understand is that this process takes months, and in most cases many years to develop. So while you might not have experienced many symptoms right before being diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, chances are this condition was developing for a number of years, and eventually reached the point where you became symptomatic.

With regards to what actually causes the immune system to become compromised, there are a combination of different factors that can lead to this. Lifestyle factors frequently play a big part in this, as someone who eats a lot of refined foods and sugars, doesn’t obtain sufficient sleep, and/or does a poor job of managing stress will most likely develop problems with their adrenal glands. They can also experience problems with their digestive system, a hormonal imbalance, and other issues. Any of these problems can over time lead to immune system problems.

Besides lifestyle factors, a weakened immune system can result from constant exposure to environmental toxins. This is becoming more and more problematic, and in fact a book called the “Autoimmune Epidemic” talks in detail about how different toxins can lead to autoimmune conditions. While we can’t completely eliminate our exposure to all of the different toxins out there, most of us can do a much better job of minimizing our exposure to them. This is especially true when it comes to the household products we purchase, as there are numerous chemicals that we bring into our homes that are harmful to our bodies.

Genetics can also play a role, although not as big of a role as most people think. This is actually good news, as this means that we have a good amount of control over our health. Simply making changes to our diet, getting quality sleep, managing our stress better, and minimizing our exposure to environmental toxins really can make a huge difference.

Can Natural Thyroid Treatment Methods Really Cure Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

Even after reading this, you might still be skeptical as to whether natural thyroid treatment methods can really cure Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. The truth is that not everybody with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis can be cured by following a natural thyroid treatment protocol. On the other hand, many people who were told to take thyroid hormone daily for the rest of their life have had their health restored by following a natural treatment protocol. While some people with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis have no problem taking thyroid hormone daily, other people aren’t satisfied doing this.

If you are thinking about giving natural thyroid treatment methods a try, one thing to keep in mind is that there isn’t a “magic” supplement that can restore your health back to normal. Since it usually takes years for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis to develop, it will take some time to reverse the process. So while you might experience a change in symptoms after only a few weeks on such a protocol, you’re probably looking at a minimum of a few months before your condition is cured, and it's not uncommon for it to take longer than this.

Some people think they can treat their condition on their own, but besides the potential risks involved when doing this, chances are you won’t receive optimal results by self-treating your condition. The reason for this is because there are numerous factors that can cause Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and so one first needs to determine what is specially causing their condition before they can successfully cure it. This is why it’s a good idea to consult with a natural endocrine doctor, as they will have a great deal of experience using natural thyroid treatment methods on people with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

What Will A Natural Endocrine Doctor Do To Help?

A competent natural endocrine doctor will not only do what any other good doctor will do (take a case history, conduct a physical exam, look over your thyroid blood tests, etc.), but will most likely recommend one or more additional tests to find out what is the underlying cause of your condition. For example, if you eat a lot of refined foods and sugars, and/or do a poor job of managing your stress, then there is a good chance they will advise you to receive an Adrenal Stress Index test (ASI) to evaluate the function of your adrenal glands.

Or depending on your symptoms the doctor might recommend a hormone panel, as this will help to identify any hormonal imbalances, which can cause a lot of problems and contribute to your condition. Another thing many holistic doctors will do is to determine if you have any nutritional deficiencies. For example, many people are deficient in Vitamin D, which affects immunity. A simple blood test can determine whether or not you are Vitamin D deficient and if you need to take daily supplements to help with this. Many people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are also deficient in iodine, although one can’t supplement with iodine until the autoimmune component has been addressed. There are of course other nutritional deficiencies someone can have, and it’s the job of a natural endocrine doctor to find this information out.

After determining the cause of your disorder, a natural endocrine doctor will then recommend a natural thyroid treatment protocol. Such a protocol will most likely involve you eating better, taking some quality nutritional supplements, and recommending changes in other lifestyle factors that can help with your recovery. Once again, restoring your health back to normal is no easy task, but with some persistence, and under the guidance of an expert, it is definitely possible.

For more information on how to treat hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis through natural treatment methods, please visit my facebook fan page, Natural Solutions for Graves Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis at www.facebook.com/NaturalThyroidTreatment

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