DUCKS IN A ROW–how you need to do it all
All too often, more than one problem can cause the same symptom, which end up fooling thyroid patients into thinking “this” is their problem, when in reality, “that” may be their problem. So, for example, a person may wrongly raise their thyroid meds when, in reality, they may have needed to look at their iron, or their B12, or their adrenals, etc.
Numbers 1-6 below are key elements to feeling better again, thyroid patients have learned, and must be maintained, as well. So if you still feel bad, you need to be CLEAR on numbers 1 – 6 below:
- Thyroid hormones: get to the right amount, or the amount you can tolerate until you correct #2 and 3 below. (See Chapters 2 and 12 in the revised STTM book .)
- Adrenals: bringing cortisol to right amounts whether through the use of Adrenal Cortex or HC, or the T3CM for minor low cortisol in the mornings only, and/or by having good progesterone levels (which converts to cortisol), and/or by improving one’s MTHFR issue (which is discovered via genetic testing), and/or by lowering inflammation.
- Iron: you need optimal amounts, not just in range. (See Chapter 13)
- B12: should be in the upper quarter of any range. Lower and you could have symptoms which resemble hypo. (See Chapter 13)
- Vit. D: should be at least 50 with a range of 40-80. Other goals are 60. (We go by the Vitamin D Council. Also see Addendum C in book)
- Better Absorption: Putting one tablespoon ACV or any acid in the drink you use to swallow your supplements will enhance absorption–key for the low stomach acid too many thyroid patients have.
Once you have made SURE ALL the above is being worked on, or corrected and then maintained, and if you still have issues….then it’s time to look at these. DO NOT put focus on the below when you haven’t also put focus on all the above! Because the above are common problems with thyroid patients and do, in fact, explain many problems.
- Re-activated EBV (Epstein Barr Virus): very common for hypothyroid patients under stress. My Med Lab tests this.
- Lyme disease: the lab IGeneX may give more accurate lab results than does the Western Blot and ELISA labs from Lab Corp. Another clue you may have Lyme: having reactivated signs of all of these—EBV, HHV-6 and Cytomegalo (CMV) virus)
- Other viruses: get your doctor to identify and test any other potential viruses, but do get the above three tested.
- MTHFR defect: look this up if you seem to need high doses of T3 for what seems to be a “thyroid resistance”, have high iron, high copper/low zinc, hard time getting or keeping certain nutrients up, high B12, high homocysteine….http://mthfr.net/
- Chronic inflammation: can be discerned by too-high ferritin and/or a CRP test. You need to get inflammation down–it can not only spread, but affects your HPA axis messaging negatively.
- Candida: promotes inflammation!
- Stomach/gut issues (intolerance to certain foods like gluten and more)
- Blood sugar
- Sex Hormones: low levels can make you feel bad. Also look into PCOS.
- Parathyroid issues here.
- H. pylori infection - a bacteria in the stomach
- Over-exposure to mold
- Iodine levels
- Extreme gluten sensitivity
All of the above can be shared with your doctor! Let’s teach them what we’ve learned!