shutterstock_120329119 If  there’s one thing Americans collectively love, it’s food. The country is a melting pot of different people from different cultures. Americans come from everywhere, and they bring with them the foods and drinks from their native cultures–Italian, Mexican, European, Asian and Indian. And of course there is nothing more American than burgers, fries and a cold beer on a Friday night. Unfortunately, there is one common ingredient in much of this food that is making many Americans sick: Gluten. Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley, which means it’s in everything from pasta to bread to pizza dough, pastries, tortillas, crackers and, sadly, beer. Not too long ago, the adverse effects of gluten on the human body were not well known beyond natural healthcare advocates. But today, even traditional doctors are acknowledging that people with gluten allergies can suffer ill effects ranging from mild bloating and constipation to hyperthyroidism to serious illnesses including Celiac disease. Gluten can and does wreak havoc on the human body, affecting everything from the ability to properly digest foods to hair growth to joint function and even emotional and mental stability. It can and does impede people’s ability to live high-quality lives. But there is good news, especially for people who develop thyroid problems as a result of eating gluten–there are natural thyroid solutions. First among them is to acknowledge that a thyroid problem exists. Signs of a thyroid problem include a lack of energy, rapid and unexplainable weight gain, hair loss and joint pain. Once it’s clear that a thyroid problem exists, it’s time to explore natural thyroid solutions. shutterstock_106058405One of the best ways to address thyroid problems is to try a gluten-free diet. Of all the natural thyroid solutions, gluten-free diets seem to offer the most potential for success. This is because the protein found in gluten is very similar to the hormone produced by the thyroid gland. The result is that the body thinks it has an excess of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland and and the body starts to overcompensate by shutting down the thyroid. Everything gets out of whack–the person’s metabolism slows down, hair stops growing, digestive problems arise. This is because, in reality, the body does not have enough of the hormone to function properly. And that’s why a gluten-free diet is among the most effective natural thyroid solutions. Cutting out gluten by eating the plethora of “gluten-free” foods on the market today puts the body back into balance. It will no longer think it has an excess of the hormone the thyroid gland produces. It will “turn on” the thyroid. And the body will have the proper amount of the hormone it needs to provide energy, burn fat and allow the person to lead a happy, high-quality life.  To learn more about what may be causing your thyroid condition, download our FREE REPORT and diagnose your thyroid symptoms, or schedule an ASSESSMENT with one of our physicians TODAY!

Thyroid-InfographicAccording to the National Thyroid Institute, millions of Americans live with thyroid problems—some knowingly, others unknowingly. These people live with the effects, which include sudden and unexplainable weight gain, hair loss, fatigue and body pain. Some develop cancer, which can significantly alter their quality of life or even kill them.

The thyroid, a small, butterfly shaped gland located in the neck, produces a hormone that the body uses to regulate the body’s metabolism, which is related to everything from proper digestion to muscle growth to a person’s overall energy and vigor. When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, nearly every other part of the body is affected.

When considering how to treat an improperly functioning thyroid gland, it’s important to first have a clear understanding of what is causing the problem.

There are two distinct types of issues that cause people’s thyroid glands to malfunction: hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease.

The first, and perhaps most important, thing to understand about Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism is how they differ—Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the thyroid gland is attacked by the body’s own cells. If left untreated, Hashimoto’s can destroy the thyroid gland entirely.

Hypothyroidism is not a disease. In fact, it is a condition that can occur as a result of Hashimoto’s disease—one of the most dire consequences of the disease. When a person has hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland does not produce enough of its hormone to allow the body to function properly. It is important to know that a person can develop hypothyroidism without the presence of Hashimoto’s disease.

One of the biggest differences between Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism is what causes them. In general, Hashimoto’s disease is hereditary, meaning it is passed on from generation to generation in the same family. Hypothyroidism, however, has many causes, including autoimmune diseases, diets high in gluten and exposure to iodine from radiation.

Thyroid GraphicEven though Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism have different causes, their symptoms and treatments are similar. Symptoms for both can include rapid weight gain, hair loss, enlarged glands on the neck, joint pain, irritable bowels and emotional issues ranging from anxiety to depression.

There are many treatment options for people with hypothyroidism, ranging from gluten-free diets to surgery in severe cases. Hashimoto’s disease is typically treated with hormone replacement therapy. If diagnosed early enough, both Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism can be effectively treated, but it is important that a proper diagnosis is made. People who visit the doctor to have their thyroid function examined should be sure to ask their doctors:
  • Whether gluten is to blame for the thyroid problem
  • What natural treatment options may be available as alternatives to surgery or hormone replacement
  • Whether or not a daily regiment of exercise, increased vitamin and mineral intake and rest could adequately address the problem.

The key thing for everyone to remember when faced with a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism is that they are not the same thing–the disease needs to be treated through traditional medical techniques, the condition can often be treated through alternative medicine.

The confusion of Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism is one of many common myths surrounding this frustrating disease.  To learn more about what may be causing your thyroid condition, download our FREE REPORT and diagnose your thyroid symptoms, or schedule an ASSESSMENT with one of our physicians TODAY!


Thyroid Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year.  While thyroid cancer isn’t the deadliest form of the disease—nearly 2,000 people die from the disease every 12 months—it is serious. Treatment is often painful, and the symptoms affect everything from a person’s ability to regulate body temperature, keep their hair, walk and enjoy a good, pain-free quality of life. The effects on a person’s body largely depend on what type of cancer a person is diagnosed with. Today, science knows of four types: Anaplastic carcinoma Anaplastic carcinoma is the most aggressive and lethal of the cancers that affect people’s thyroid glands. Luckily it is also relatively rare; only two out of every 2 million people will be diagnosed with it, and only one out of every person with thyroid cancer has anaplastic carcinoma. Its symptoms, which usually occur in people over the age of 60, begin with moderate to severe pain in the neck, where the thyroid gland is located on the body. Eventually, as the cancer progresses, the neck area begins to quickly enlarge. Traditional treatments for anaplastic carcinoma include radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. None has proven successful.   Follicular carcinoma About 15 percent of the 50,000 thyroid cancer diagnoses in the United States each year will be follicular carcinoma. It is, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the second-most common type of cancer in the thyroid gland. It is also one of the most aggressive. Its symptoms, which typically occur in people over the age of 40, start with a hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing. Eventually, the symptoms progress to neck pain and swollen lymph nodes. In advanced cases, follicular carcinoma can spread to other parts of the body, specifically the lungs and bones. Traditional treatments include surgery and injections of radioactive iodine. Surgery can range from relatively minor procedures where only the small area affected by the tumor is removed to more aggressive procedures that can leave a patient unable to talk or swallow without difficulty. However, all three of the most common traditional treatment options have proven successful. shutterstock_82853839Medullary Carcinoma The third most common form of thyroid cancer is medullary carcinoma. It affects about 3 percent of people diagnosed with the disease and, like the other forms of thyroid cancer, is more common in women than men. The most common, and effective, traditional treatment for medullary carcinoma is a thyroidectomy, during which all of the patient’s lymph nodes and fatty tissues of the neck are removed from the side of the neck where the cancer is present. The traditional treatment has proven successful in helping patients live longer, higher-quality lives. Papillary carcinoma Of the 50,000 Americans who are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year, most have papillary carcinoma. It accounts for 85 percent, or about 43,000, of all new cases of thyroid cancer and can appear in people as young as 30 years old. Experts believe that most people who develop papillary carcinoma do so because of exposure to radiation. Papillary carcinoma symptoms begin with a small lump on the neck, under the chin or jaw bone. Eventually that lump can result in neck pain, difficulty swallowing and a hoarse voice, although there is often no pain associated with the symptoms. If left untreated, the cancer can spread to other parts of the body, including the lungs and lymph nodes. The treatments for papillary carcinoma includes surgery during which the tumor, or tumors, are removed from the body, or radioactive iodine therapy. Both treatments, which are often used together, have proven very successful.   Thyroid Cancer is one of the most treatable forms of this deadly disease. The key is early detection. To learn more about what may be causing your thyroid condition, download our FREE REPORT and diagnose your thyroid symptoms, or schedule an ASSESSMENT with one of our physicians TODAY!

shutterstock_68774518 It’s not one of the most talked about parts of the human body, but the thyroid gland is every bit as important to living a healthy and active life as the heart, liver and kidneys. Located in the neck and shaped like a butterfly, the thyroid gland produces a hormone that plays a critical role in the body’s metabolism. It helps people turn food into muscle and energy. It helps people digest food properly. It helps with emotional health. And without a properly functioning thyroid gland, everyday activities including getting out of bed, walking and even sleeping can become difficult—and people are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, depression and even hair loss. Unfortunately, many people have never heard of the thyroid gland. Even worse, it’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. have a thyroid condition that causes their gland not to function properly—and they don’t know it. Luckily, there are things people can do to ensure that their thyroid is functioning, prevent themselves from developing a thyroid condition and, if need be, compensate for any problems they have. Signs of a thyroid condition Because the thyroid gland plays such a pivotal role in a person’s health, issues with nearly every part of the body can be a sign of a thyroid condition. For example, muscle and joint pain including carpal tunnel and tendonitis could be a symptom of a thyroid problem. So can hair loss and excessively dry skin, digestive problems and menstrual issues, chronic fatigue, and dramatic and unexplained weight changes. While each of these health issues could be unrelated to a thyroid condition, are also signs of a thyroid problem—especially if a person experiences several of them at the same time. Preventing thyroid conditions Luckily, there are things people can do to protect themselves from developing a thyroid condition. Naturally, there are some reasons that are beyond people’s control that cause their thyroid glands to stop working properly, such as heredity. But many of the causes of thyroid problems are avoidable. For example, smoking tobacco damages thyroid glands. Fluoride commonly found in municipal tap water has been shown to cause issues with the thyroid gland. So has too much soy, salt and stress. Naturally, then, some of the best ways people can protect themselves from developing a thyroid conditions are to stop smoking cigarettes or cigars, drink bottled water that does not include fluoride, cut down on salt and soy, and find ways to relax. One thing every doctor does tell their patients—regardless of the reason for the checkup—is that exercise is good. And that holds true for preventing thyroid conditions, too. Not only is it essential for a person’s physical health, but it is also a great way to relax.

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Treating a thyroid condition

Many doctors won’t tell their patients this, but it is possible for people to correct their thyroid problems without expensive prescription medication. Many experts agree that, once the issue with the thyroid gland is confirmed, a heavy and consistent dose of natural supplements can help. In short, this means getting serious and being highly intentional about ingesting vitamins and minerals. It means taking a lot of iodine, zinc, vitamin D, Vitamin E, antioxidants, amino acids and essential fats. Taking multivitamins can help, but it’s important to supplement them with specific vitamins—A and D—and essential fatty acids. One of the best, and most easily digested, ways to accomplish this is by finding supplements in a powder form. The thyroid gland is important to nearly everything a person does. It is worth taking the right steps to keep it healthy.  To learn more about what may be causing your thyroid condition, download our FREE REPORT and diagnose your thyroid symptoms, or schedule an ASSESSMENT with one of our physicians TODAY!