Andrea Nakayama — founder of The Girl’s Guide to Hashimoto’s — stopped by the podcast this week to discuss all things Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Click the player below to listen in.
Here are my bullets!
1:04 – Whoops! I mis-numbered the podcast episodes. My bad.
4:06 – The journey that brought Andrea to her Hashimoto’s diagnosis.
6:42 – Almost everyone with Hashimoto’s is dealing with stress, genetic predisposition, and digestive issues.
7:16 – How a practitioner completely overlooked Andrea’s thyroid and made her feel worse!
8:38 – How does someone with Hashimoto’s feel? The A-Z checklist.
11:04 – Let’s back up. What exactly is Hashimoto’s?
12:34 – The 3-Legged Stool: 3 things that must be present for Hashimoto’s to express itself.
18:10 – Women with Hashimoto’s outnumber men 10 to 1. Why?
19:54 – The problem with lab ranges and the soaring rate of thyroid misdiagnosis.
22:00 – How to create a “strategic partnership” with a practitioner who can work WITH you to heal your thyroid.
23:41 – Does Hashimoto’s ever go away, or is it something that must be managed and “danced with”?
26:00 – Defining your bike lane and your poison ivy. Andrea’s best tips for taking care of yourself when life get stressful.
30:40 – To iodine or NOT to iodine. Andrea’s take!
33:51 – Checking Out: A common yet seldom discussed obstacle that gets in the way of healing.
36:37 – How “owning your Hashimoto’s” is a GOOD thing.
42:28 – Learn more about The Girl’s Guide to Hashimoto’s.
The Thyroid Sessions are changing the world!
As of this writing, a whopping 105.5K people have registered to attend the event and over 2000 comments have been posted on the presentation pages.
Many of those comments have been questions for our experts.
To ensure that you get the answers you’re looking for, I’m hosting 3 LIVE Q&A sessions on the UW podcast. The first session went down last Thursday, when Reed Davis, Ben Greenfield, Christa Orecchio, and Andrea Nakayama joined me for the hour.
Here’s what our callers asked and our experts answered:
3:38 – My TSH is normal but my antibodies are sky high. AND I have nodules. What should I do?
8:32 – I’m extremely gluten sensitive. Can gluten antibodies attack the thyroid enough to cause nodules? And what kind of dietary modifications should I make if I’ve had my thyroid removed?
12:50 – I have Graves’ disease and have had my thyroid irradiated. But I’m still experiencing weight gain and mood symptoms. What can I do?
20:09 – I have major digestive problems and have gone gluten-free. My thyroid scores are abnormal. I was told to investigate my gut, liver, and possible LPS toxicity. And thoughts?
23:24 – I have alopecia, an autoimmune disorder. Is there a connection to thyroid problems?
25:55 – Is there any connection between the MTHFR genetic mutation and Hashimoto’s?
28:07 – I am hypothyroid and gluten sensitive and have been diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. What can I do to go deeper? Should I try juicing or colon cleansing? I’d like to put the antibodies in remission.
The game is about to change.
Far too many men and women with obvious signs and symptoms of thyroid problems are not getting the help they need from their doctors.
At last count, an estimated 30 million people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a thyroid disorder — only half have been properly diagnosed. Even less are receiving proper treatment.
They’re getting the wrong tests.
No one is checking them for antibodies.
Their medications contain ingredients and fillers that trigger their symptoms!
This is a shame.
So, we can either wait for our medical practitioners to get caught up with the latest thyroid research, or we can just do it ourselves.
We can become the experts on our own thyroids.
by Sean Croxton
I love living in downtown San Diego.
I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
I’ve been here for almost three years. The people are nice, crime is low, and Padres season never fails to liven things up during the spring and summer months.
But if there is one thing I haven’t gotten used to in all my time here it’s the one-way streets. Those things come out of nowhere! There have been plenty of days when I’d come to my senses at just the last moment before going against traffic down 7th Avenue.
I prefer walking to driving anyway. At least once a week I catch myself waving my arms frantically from the sidewalk in an attempt to get an errant driver’s attention.
No one wants to see an accident.
But imagine a place where no one called out to that driver, a place where oncoming traffic preferred not to flash their lights and slow down, where bystanders just stopped, watched, and waited for a head-on collision.
That would be crazy.
Such is the state of conventional medicine’s approach to autoimmunity. Allow me to explain.
Right now, approximately 50 million Americans, or one in five people reading this blog right now, suffer from autoimmune disease. According to our good friend-in-gluten Dr. Tom O’Bryan, autoimmunity is the number three cause of morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) in the industrialized world. Unfortunately, many people with autoimmune conditions are either misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.
Autoimmunity is what happens when your body’s immune system goes haywire and confuses your own tissues as foreign invaders. The immune system produces antibodies against these tissues, causing their progressive destruction.
The keyword here is progressive. It doesn’t happen overnight.
For example, your immune system may be currently producing antibodies to your thyroid. You may not feel any effects today, however five years from now you may experience symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Your doc may ignore the antibodies (they usually never test for them anyway) and prescribe some form of thyroid medication. Yet the problem does not reside in the thyroid itself. Rather, the root cause is the autoimmune reaction being perpetrated by the thyroid antibodies produced by your immune system! Medication won’t stop these antibodies from flaring up and chewing away at your thyroid tissue. The destruction continues.
So you’re in and out of the doc’s office for years with the same recurring symptoms that only seem to be getting worse. Eventually, you are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition for which severe conditions are commonly treated with steroid medications. Not good.
Here’s my beef. In order for an autoimmune condition to be officially diagnosed, there must be severe tissue destruction. But again, this destruction does not happen overnight. It is progressive. What absolutely boggles my mind is that the current medical approach to autoimmunity is to be the bystander watching the car drive against traffic without warning until an accident happens!
Math is an all-or-none discipline. The answer is either right or wrong. There is no gray area. No in-between. A single misstep can undermine the entire outcome. I think we can all relate to spending an hour on a problem, only to later learn that we miffed on the second step. As above, so below.
Such is the case with fat loss. While diet and exercise are so loudly espoused as the sole elements of the fat loss equation, they rarely solve the problem.