Do you have Hashimoto’s?
If you have Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, or some other autoimmune disease, chances are good that you’ve been to a lot of doctors. Chances are also good that those doctors have focused on your symptoms and ignored your problem. If you have Hashimoto’s, the doctor may have told you that thyroid hormone is a viable Hashimoto’s treatment Burlington and will make you feel a lot better. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may have been told that you need to take pain medication for your joints. If you have Crohn’s disease, you may have been given anti-inflammatory medication for your intestines.
What have all of these doctors ignored? Your immune system. If you have an autoimmune disease, the central target of the treatment needs to be the immune system. But until recently, effective immune system treatments were largely ineffective and/or toxic. But thanks to recent research in the field of herbal immunology, powerful protocols are now available for Hashimoto’s treatment Burlington.
Our Hashimoto’s Treatment Process near Burlington
For example, Jenny, a 42 year old mother of three, came to my office of Dr Travis Elliott Naturopathic Physician with debilitating fatigue and a story that was similar to many of my Hashimoto’s-suffering patients. Despite increasing thyroid hormone therapy, her symptoms got dramatically worse after the birth of her third child. While driving her children to school, she was forced to pull over to the side of the road in order to take a nap. She was increasingly unable to get through a storybook with her 4 year old without falling asleep. And she was gaining weight at a rate that alarmed her.
During her first Hashimoto’s treatment Burlington visit, I explained the treatment strategy that was originally designed by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, and outlined in his book “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal?” My functional medicine approach is closely aligned with Dr. K’s book. To Jenny, I described this multi-faceted and individualized treatment plan that would, in the first phase, quickly get her back on her feet, and, in the second phase, methodically identify and heal body systems that were causing her trouble. I had her do a Th1/Th2 challenge at home, followed by a glutathione transdermal cream and higher dose vitamin D to start the immune calming process. The Th1/Th2 challenge clearly illuminated a Th2 dominance issue, so we added a Th1 supporting herbal combination containing echinacea, astragalus, and reishi mushrooms to her regimen.
Within a week, Jenny was feeling tremendously better. This change gave her the energy to start digging deeper into the diet and blood sugar issues that were making her immune system flare-up. To be clear, she put in a lot of hard work and suffered some ups and downs. But her good days were now greatly outnumbering her bad days. The boost that the initial immune modulation gave her was enough motivation to work towards a healthier lifestyle with the help of a naturopathic doctor. Over the next several months, I guided her body on a path of restoration that gave Jenny the energy and enthusiasm to enjoy being a mother again.
Is your doctor putting your immune system first? Or is your treatment dominated by the old-fashioned “let’s give thyroid hormone and help it cures Hashimoto’s” approach?
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