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Dr Hagmeyer Explains 5 of The Biggest Mistakes Thyroid Sufferers Make

Hypothyroidism can make you feel tired, sluggish, depressed, anxious, and cold all of the time. Because other conditions may cause similar symptoms, Getting The Right Thyroid testing may seem simple enough…… right? WRONG!! When it comes to thyroid testing and thyroid treatment, there are 5 mistakes I see patients and doctors make over and over again. Be sure to also check out the video at the end of today’s article for a few other mistakes worth being aware of.

5 Thyroid Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

5 Things that are sabotaging your success when it comes to treatment for Thyroid disease and Hashimoto’s.

#1 Not getting tested for Hashimoto’s
#2 Switching from one medication to the next or relying on T3 replacement to fix your Thyroid.
#3 Relying on Medication/Thyroid Replacement to fix your problem
#4 Not having a Complete Thyroid Panel before treatment. 
#5 Not looking at the Big picture​​

Let’s unpack these 5 Truths/Reminders about Thyroid disease

Dr Hagmeyer Explains 5 of The Biggest Mistakes Thyroid Sufferers Make 1

Mistake #1-Testing For Hashimotos

One of the biggest thyroid mistakes I see in the treatment of thyroid disease is not getting tested for Hashimotos. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland, leading to inflammation and damage to the gland. This autoimmune response can cause a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, dry skin, hair loss, and muscle weakness. As the immune system continues to attack the thyroid gland, it causes hypothyroidism, a condition characterized by an underactive thyroid.

Why is this so important? Because the #1 cause of Low Thyroid/hypothyroidism/ Euthyroid/Underactive Thyroid is something called Hashimoto’s.(*) More and more doctors are becoming aware of this disease- but there is no way of knowing you have it unless you get your antibody levels tested. So that is mistake #1-Not testing for Hashimotos.

Watch this video to learn more about the antibodies you need to get tested. 

Mistake #2 Not Understanding Thyroid Replacement. 

Another thyroid mistake I see many patients make is switching from 1 medication to the next or Relying on T3 replacement to Treat your Thyroid disease or your Hashimoto’s. Let me explain what I mean. Taking thyroid medication and I don’t care if it’s T3 or T4, Natural or Synthetic-It’s Never the answer! There is so much talk these days about Low T3 and Armour and Cytomel. But again these Never treat the Root cause of why your thyroid is not producing or converting hormones. Low T3 is not the problem- the cause of why your Low T3 is the problem. Does hormone replacement replace your low thyroid levels? Yes, But DOES it address the reason why your body can’t make sufficient amounts of T3 causing Low T3 in the first place?…… NEVER.

Does it address the conversion of T4 to T3 more efficiently……. NEVER.

This conversion takes place throughout the body, in places like the gut and the liver. So no matter what dose, brand, or formulation of thyroid hormone replacement you’re taking, it still has to be converted in your gut(*) and your liver. (*) Thyroid replacement can’t fix things like leaky gut(*), gut dysbiosis, fatty dysfunctional liver, SIBO, Fungal overgrowth, or nutrient deficiencies, or other triggers for autoimmunity. Does it stop the immune system’s attack on your Thyroid?- No…. it doesn’t do this either. 

Unless you have had your Thyroid removed- I believe it is more prudent to investigate the reasons for poor production of thyroid Hormones (T4, T3), and poor conversion leading to Low T3 and Thyroid resistance.

What else is sabotaging your Thyroid recovery? Here are some other thyroid mistakes I see every day.

Mistake #3- Ignoring the Immune System

Relying on Medication/Thyroid Replacement to fix your thyroid problem is a big mistake we see people making every single day. I talk to too many patients who for years have known they have thyroid disease and Hashimotos and the only thing they have done is take their thyroid hormone.

The immune system plays a crucial role in thyroid disease, particularly in autoimmune conditions affecting the thyroid gland. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease, occur when the immune system mistakenly identifies components of the thyroid gland as foreign invaders and mounts an attack against them. This autoimmune response leads to inflammation, damage, and dysfunction of the thyroid gland.

In the case of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the immune system targets the thyroid gland, causing chronic inflammation and gradual destruction of thyroid tissue. This process interferes with the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones effectively, leading to hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid state.

When it comes to Hashimoto’s I want you to Imagine this scenario. I want you to imagine that the Navy or Air Force is attacking a battleship, and instead of trying to stop the Navy or Air Force, the commanding officer says… “There’s nothing we can do about that attack, so just start bailing the water out with some buckets…” That is exactly the mentality of the medical community is doing for their patients who have Thyroid disease or Hashimoto’s disease. They are Ignoring the attack, just replacing the hormone.”

If you have Hashimoto’s disease, you need to work with a functional medicine doctor who will do one main thing for you and that’s Identify your Individual Autoimmune Triggers– these vary from person to person- may be things like food sensitivities, it may be due to high viral/bacterial load or chronic infections from things like Herpes, EBV, H.pylori, Lyme disease, etc, it may be leaky gut, it may be nutritional deficiencies, it may be inflammation, it may be chemical reactivity– The point is when dealing with Autoimmune disease you have many triggers to contend with.

Conversely, Graves’ disease involves the immune system producing antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormones. This results in hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid state characterized by symptoms such as weight loss, rapid heartbeat, heat intolerance, and anxiety.

In both cases, the immune system’s dysregulated response to the thyroid gland disrupts the balance of thyroid hormones in the body, leading to a range of symptoms and potential complications. The ongoing immune attack on the thyroid gland in autoimmune thyroid diseases can result in long-term thyroid dysfunction and may necessitate ongoing management and monitoring.

Only after these immune triggers have been identified, can you start the road to recovery. Diet alone or going on a gluten-free diet is not enough. With all of this being said, Never stop taking your thyroid medication unless your prescribing doctor has instructed you.

Mistake #4- TSH

When It Comes to Sabotaging your Thyroid Treatment Success- Not getting a Complete Thyroid Panel is where your problem often starts. Most doctors only run TSH, Free T4, and sometimes a Free T3 (if you are lucky). But there is so much more that a Complete Thyroid Panel can uncover. I have talked about the importance of having a complete Thyroid panel in past articles. So I won’t spend too much time on this because I feel like I have addressed this many times in the past.

But……I do want you to know that there is no one singular reason your Thyroid is failing- There are many reasons but- you need a complete thyroid panel. Once you have this complete Thyroid panel, however, I recommend you work with a Certified Functional Medicine practitioner.

A while back I spent some time putting together a free Thyroid guide, I recommend you download it.

Alright, my last point about all of this is that, I tell prospective patients who come to me with only having a TSH and T4 that trying to navigate thyroid function without a full thyroid panel and specialized testing, Is like trying to navigate the open sees with only the moon and the stars as your guide as opposed to a GPS.

Watch this video on understanding your TSH

#5- Ignoring The Big Picture

Overall, The “Big Picture” approach emphasizes the importance of treating the whole person, identifying root causes of health issues, and implementing personalized strategies to support optimal health and well-being.

The “Big Picture” approach typically involves looking at all aspects of an individual’s health, including physical, emotional, and environmental factors. This holistic perspective recognizes that multiple interconnected systems in the body can influence overall health and well-being. By understanding and addressing these underlying imbalances, we can promote and optimal health.

The “Big Picture” concept involves a personalized treatment plan that includes a combination of dietary recommendations, lifestyle modifications, targeted nutritional supplements, exercise routines, stress management techniques, and other interventions tailored to each individual’s specific needs. Full Thyroid Panel

Next Steps. Our Thyroid Treatment Program is a Great place to start

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Step 1 Take the Thyroid Quiz here

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