5 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Your Thyroid

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Do you know 5 things your doctor won’t tell you about thyroid?

This is a guest post from Dr. Justin Marchegiani who is a cutting edge functional medicine practitioner in the Bay Area. He deals with many issues relating to thyroid dysfunction on daily basis. He specializes in looking for the root cause of health problems not just treating symptoms.

5 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Your Thyroid!

Q: What do you think is causing an explosion of low thyroid cases?

A: A combination of gut infections, auto-immunity, dysbiosis (an imbalance of healthy gut flora), food allergens, nutritional deficiencies, adrenal dysfunction, and toxicity from chemicals and heavy metals.

When dealing with the thyroid it is not a simple solution. In medicine it’s very common to specialize and only focus on one area of the body. So you have a gastroenterologist that only looks a gastrointestinal problems, you have a hepatologists that only looks at liver problems, you have an endocrinologist that only looks at hormonal issues and the list goes on….

The problem with this paradigm is that all systems in the body are connected, sort of like a spider web, requiring a background in all of the above areas. If you have instability on one side of the web, it inevitably affects the entire web. So the goal is to look at the body holistically and support systems that are not functioning optimally.

We know that having a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract is important in activating thyroid hormone. Almost 20% of thyroid hormone is converted from T4 to T3 via the sulfatase enzyme which is present in healthy guts. Eating healthy fermented foods along with addressing gut infections, food allergens and an overabundance of sugar and carbohydrate in the diet can help resolve this issue.

The liver is responsible for almost 60% of thyroid hormone conversion from T4 (inactive) to T3 (active hormone). Addressing toxicities that overburden the liver is essential for allowing the liver to maximize thyroid hormone conversion. Various chemicals from pesticides, hormones in food, birth control pills and toxic skin care or hygienic products provide a significant burden on our liver and detoxification pathways.

Below is a picture that provides a summary of the above information: