Category Archives: Autoimmune Disease

5 Thyroid Lies Your Endocrinologist May Try to Tell You

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It’s hard enough to be a thyroid patient without realizing that some doctors out there are very misinformed when it comes to thyroid disease. Endocrinologists, whose “specialization” is the endocrine system — which includes the thyroid gland — are sometimes the worst offenders in providing dubious information about your thyroid diagnosis and treatment. Get smart and discover the five lies that your endocrinologist may try to tell you. 1. “Your TSH is Normal.” Integrative doctors consider the Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test to be only one of many tests to diagnose and manage thyroid disease. TSH, however, is considered the “gold standard” test by many endocrinologists. Too bad they don’t even agree on the cutoff points for the reference range for this test. Some endocrinologists consider any number within the reference range (it’s around .40 to 4.0 at many US labs) “normal,” and others feel that TSH must be as high […]

Everything You Need To Know About Hypothyroidism: Symptoms, Testing and Treatments

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Thyroid disease affects about 27 million adults in the United States. One of the most common forms of thyroid disease is a condition known as hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many are not only unfamiliar with the condition but also unaware that they are suffering from it! Some studies estimate that up to one third of those with hypothyroidism are undiagnosed, making it virtually impossible that they will be able to manage their condition. Resolving the problem of hypothyroidism requires that everyone have greater awareness and understanding of the thyroid and hypothyroidism. Understanding the Thyroid Gland To best understand hypothyroidism, it is important to first have a good understanding of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. Despite its size, it has a very large impact on virtually every bodily system and function. Some areas most affected by the thyroid are metabolism, mood, and weight. However, the […]

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and How Is It Treated? – An Interview with Dr. Holtorf

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Transcript Interviewer: Hi! We’re here today at the Holtorf Medical Group with Dr. Holtorf. Today we’re going to be talking about Hashimoto’s disease. So Dr. Holtorf, Hashimoto’s has been in the news a lot lately and a lot of controversy surrounding it. So what exactly is Hashimoto’s? Dr. Holtorf: Well, what is Hashimoto’s… I think it’s great that people are bringing out more awareness because it’s very common and certainly getting more common. Basically, Hashimoto’s is when the body is attacking the thyroid. Instead of trying to fight an infection, it’s going after the thyroid. So it’s an autoimmune disease. Interviewer: Okay. I know a lot of doctors say this, and this is another controversial statement, but are there any treatments for it? Dr. Holtorf: You know, there is. Absolutely! You get a lot of endocrinologists and doctors say, “Why check it if you can’t do anything about it?” But you […]

Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism: Autoimmune Connection

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Thyroid disease is complex and highly impactful. Two of the most common forms of thyroid disease are hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis acts as a precursor to hypothyroidism. However, hypothyroidism may also develop without the influence of Hashimoto’s. Understanding the relationship between these two conditions is key to identifying and treating thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, or Both? Thyroid disease may manifest in a variety of ways. Hypothyroidism is the most common, followed closely by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hypothyroidism is a condition wherein the thyroid no longer produces the hormones necessary to maintain proper bodily function. This is typically accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, poor cognitive function, weight gain, and depression. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that triggers the release of antibodies that attack healthy thyroid tissue. This causes irreparable damage to the thyroid gland, often resulting in a decline of thyroid function and subsequent hypothyroidism. Even though Hashimoto’s […]

AIP Diet: What Is the Autoimmune Protocol Diet?

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Any form of immune malfunction can cause serious disruption throughout the body. However, perhaps of the most impactful form of immune dysregulation is autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease is well-known for causing a wide range of symptoms and being difficult to treat. Interestingly, studies show that through proper implementation of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet, those with autoimmune disease may ease or begin to resolve their condition. Read on to learn more about the impressive efficacy and benefits of the Autoimmune Protocol diet. What is Autoimmune Disease? Autoimmune disease causes the immune system to misidentify healthy cells and tissues as a threat. When the immune system labels these structures as a dangerous it releases autoantibodies to eliminate them. As these autoantibodies assault healthy tissues, they induce significant inflammation that can cause serious and, sometimes, irreparable damage. This leads to the development of an array of symptoms and often other illness. Resolving […]

How Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Addresses Autoimmunity

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Do you struggle with constant fatigue, have difficulty thinking clearly or regularly get sick? If so, you may be one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from autoimmune disease. Autoimmune malfunction of any variety has a significant impact on wellness. Autoimmune disease specifically, besides detracting from one’s well-being, is exceptionally difficult to treat. A great deal of research has been done on how to best resolve autoimmune disease. Recent studies have found that Naltrexone, a medication with a long history of use in addiction therapies, has impressive immune-regulating qualities that may prove highly beneficial in treating autoimmune disease. A Brief Look at Immunity The immune system is an integral component of health. When working correctly, the immune system fends off harmful pathogens including germs, bacteria, allergens, parasites, and viruses. When the immune system recognizes any of these harmful agents in the body, it releases antibodies to eliminate the specific pathogen. […]

What Are Common Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease?

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Studies suggest that autoimmune disorders are increasingly common in the United States and elsewhere, but have you ever wondered what the common symptoms were? Sadly, many are not aware of the potential threat of autoimmune dysfunction or the significant impact it has on individual wellness. Having a strong understanding of the basic characteristics of autoimmune disease may provide you with the information you need to better identify autoimmune dysfunction in yourself and others. How Does the Immune System Work? Your immune system is an impressive collection of tissues and cells whose job is to protect you from infections and harmful substances. The immune system defends against many pathogens including bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, and much more. Normally, when the immune system encounters something that could be potentially harmful, it mounts a defense to destroy or eliminate the threat. However, immune malfunction can disrupt or significantly alter this kind of healthy response. For several […]

Can Infections Cause Autoimmune Diseases?

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In recent years, a great deal of research has been done on autoimmune disease. Our improved understanding has dispelled many previously held beliefs, specifically regarding the cause of autoimmune disorders. It has been recognized for many years that genetic factors influence some autoimmune diseases. However, we now know that underlying or chronic infections may also play a significant role in the development of autoimmune diseases. To better treat autoimmune illness, we must implement new and reliable information regarding the connection between autoimmune disease and infections. Delayed Implementation of Important Data If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, your doctor may have told you something like “all autoimmune diseases are genetic,” “autoimmune conditions have no known cause,” or “there is no treatment for autoimmune disease other than managing symptoms.” These statements are untrue. While medical professionals are knowledgeable and well-meaning, they often cannot keep up with current research on specific […]

What Causes Autoimmune Disease?

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Healthy immune function is one of the most important factors of wellness. When working correctly, the immune system protects the body from an array of illnesses. However, chronic immune malfunction can cause serious lifelong health issues such as type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and rheumatoid arthritis. These and other autoimmune disorders often cause a significant decline in overall quality of life. Therefore, limiting the risk of developing autoimmune disorders should be a priority for all. To do so, we must understand the basics of autoimmune disease and be familiar with factors that may contribute to its development.  The Basics of Immune Function During a healthy immune response, the immune system recognizes harmful bacteria, germs, or viruses in the body and dispatches fighter cells to eliminate them. Once the threat has been eliminated, the cells are deactivated, and the body returns to its normal state. However, immune malfunction, specifically that caused […]

What is an Autoimmune Disease?

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There is a significant lack of understanding regarding the identification and treatment of autoimmune disease in both the general public and medical community. Because of this, patients suffering from an autoimmune disease often do not seek the aid they need and if they do, they may not receive effective treatment. To resolve this issue, it is important to be familiar with the function of the immune system and the basic characteristics of autoimmune disease. How Does the Immune System Work? The immune system is one of the primary defenders against dangerous foreign substances such as germs, bacteria, allergens, and viruses. When functioning correctly, the immune system identifies harmful agents and releases fighter cells to eliminate them. If the immune system does not recognize the attackers a response will not be triggered, thereby allowing the foreign substances to enter the body and cause potentially serious damage. Understanding Autoimmune Disorders Autoimmune disorders […]

6 Signs You Have a Weak Immune System and What You Can Do About It

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The immune system acts as the body’s primary line of defense against disease. As such, a decline in immune function often results in greater occurrence and increased severity of sickness. Unfortunately, many people overlook or do not recognize when their immune system is not working at its best leaving them more exposed to illness. Resolving this issue requires that people be familiar with the signs of a weakened immune system and implement effective ways of supporting its function.  What is the Immune System? The immune system is a collection of cells, tissues, and organs whose primary goal is keeping the body safe from antigens that cause disease. When working as intended the immune system identifies dangerous bacteria, viruses, and parasites then eliminates them through the release of antibodies. However, if the immune system is weak, it may not be able to respond appropriately thereby increasing the risk of contracting an […]

All About the Immune System

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We live our lives with the ever-present risk of coming into contact with health-harming agents that cause sickness. Fortunately, we are protected by our immune system. This powerful protector of wellness acts as the first line of defense against numerous forms of disease. Knowing more about the immune system not only instills a greater appreciation for this impressive system but it may also provide insight into how to better support wellness. The Importance of the Immune System The immune system is a complex network of cells, organs, proteins, and tissues that span the entire body. The primary role of the immune system is to prevent and/or limit infection of harmful substances that cause illness. This is an essential factor in staying well. In fact, without a working immune system, we simply could not survive. If we did not have an immune system, assailants in the form of viruses, bacteria, parasites, […]