Thyroid Problems Case Study
Mother and daughter both came to see me regarding their under active thyroid glands caused by the autoimmune disease known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. They both had psoriasis affecting their skin, which is another manifestation of autoimmune inflammation attacking the skin; obviously they shared many of the same genes.
The mother had tested positive on her blood test for a genotype that had genes that predisposed to gluten intolerance and she wanted her daughter tested for this. Not many people, including a lot of doctors, recognize the association of gluten intolerance with autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and psoriasis. I have explained this in detail in my book called Healing Autoimmune Disease: A plan to help your immune system and reduce inflammation.
Notwithstanding the 20 year age difference, the daughter’s thyroid gland was very under active, whilst the mother’s thyroid gland was still functioning normally, even though she had antibodies in her blood that were attacking her thyroid. Both women also displayed another imbalance that predisposes to thyroid disease, namely a deficiency of the hormone progesterone. The mother had benefited from the use of a natural progesterone cream and this had relieved her heavy painful periods. The 15 year old daughter’s lack of progesterone was manifesting as an absence of menstruation even though she had plenty of estrogen being produced in her body. The daughter had an enlarged thyroid gland which felt knobbly and hard due to nodules within it, which is an unhealthy condition of the thyroid tissue in the gland.
The daughter’s blood tests showed an iron deficiency, most likely due to undiagnosed gluten intolerance damaging her gut and reducing the absorption of iron from her diet. She also had a high level of thyroid antibodies in her blood, which had attacked her thyroid gland making it under active.
Yes the parts of the jig saw puzzle were coming together so that we could employ a holistic strategy to reverse a disease process, which would have otherwise progressed to a chronic condition of poor health.
My holistic plan
- Both women would need to use a cream containing natural progesterone to balance their hormones – in the mother’s case this would prevent her heavy menstrual bleeding and in the daughter’s case this would prompt a healthy regular menstrual cycle.
- Both women would need a gluten free diet to cure their psoriasis problem and lower the thyroid antibodies in their blood.
- Both women would need a supplement containing selenium, iodine, zinc and vitamin D to reduce the thyroid antibodies and to make the thyroid tissue healthy and shrink the thyroid nodules. I gave them Thyroid Health capsules and asked them to follow the guidelines in my book Your Thyroid Problems Solved.
- BactoClear capsules for the daughter, to kill bad bacteria and yeast in her gut.
An interesting point is this – why was the daughter’s thyroid condition worse than her mothers, even though she was 20 years younger? I concluded that this was so because her daughter had suffered with childhood asthma, which was treated with many courses of antibiotics and steroids. These drugs had damaged her immature immune system, her liver and her gut probably causing a leaky gut and unhealthy bacteria and candida overgrowth in her gut. The gut and liver are a vital part of the immune system and if their function is compromised by an overuse of steroids or antibiotics the manifestation of autoimmune diseases will occur earlier in life and be more severe.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.