I came across an interesting podcast on auto-immune hypothyroidism that I thought I would share with you. It might be a interesting listen even if you don't think you have it as many cases go undiagnosed for years.
This podcast is featured by a presenter that I follow quite a lot. He basically tries to get people who are at the forefront of state-of-art, evidenced based medicine (not in the pharma-sense though- so no 'latest drug to cure xyz'), including new books and diets and interviews them.
He has done a lot of interesting work so do take the trouble to listen to older podcasts. Most of the people he interviewed have written books so if anyone resonates with you, see if they have written any books.
Who should be listening to this:
- If you already have a positive diagnosis and want more information
- If you have 'regular' hypothyroidism but still don't feel your best despite treatment
- If you have symptoms such as fatigue, cold frequently, thinning hair, constipation, weight gain, puffy face, swollen neck (goitre), muscle and joint pain, infertility and multiple miscarriages, constipation, among other symptoms.
- If you already have another autoimmune condition
In a nutshell, some salient points to take note in the podcast are:
The 3-Legged Stool that forms the basis of Hashimotos:
- Epigenetics: how genetics and environment affects disease. This means that despite having a gene for a particular disease, we may never develop the full blown disease whilst in others, even within the same family, it can manifest in a totally different way. This is a newish way to look at things and very encouraging as there are now many more studies showing how environment and managing its affects can suppress undesirable genetic traits
- Leaky Gut: This is a condition that is either becoming more common, or is simply being recognised a lot more. It is not necessarily recognised by the traditional medical establishment but for those who have attempted to seal the 'leak', results have been astounding. A lot of work has been done in this area with some wonderful books written on it. Do research GAP diet (Dr Natasha Campbell Mc-Bride) and Dr Sarah Myhill's website for more information. In a nutshell, it is a situation where partially digested food components ( eg larger protein molecules versus their completely broken down forms) passes through a defect in the bowel; the body then tries to contain the 'invader protein' and attacks it. In time, you find that you have developed new food intolerances. When toxins 'leak' into the blood stream through the gut, it can be transported to many different organs such as joints (joint pain), brain (migraines and foggy head), skin (eczema, rash, acne) or anywhere else. This is only in brief. I will write more in time.
- Microbiome: This is the billions of inhabitants in our gut. Throughout our lives, the good ones usually keep the bad ones in check- they all live in harmony. However when things go wrong, you could get a condition where the balance is off the bad guys proliferate. This is the reason the probiotic business has suddenly gotten so popular. This is a whole topic in itself and very complex. Do look at Weston A Price Foundation for some preliminary information especially their section on fermented foods. In a nutshell, things go wrong when we are on long term antibiotics (the antibiotic will kill everything and cannot differentiate), long term oral contraception, exposure to pesticides, xeno-oestrogens, hormones/antibiotics in intensively farmed animals, amongst other things. When there are too many bad guys, they need a lot of sugar to survive and sugar cravings go up, as does weight and insulin resistance may develop (a precursor to diabetes), it can lead to leaky gut and the two conditions usually go hand in hand. It increase with age due to wear and tear, which is one reason why older people fart more- all that fermented gas needs to escape!
Enjoy the podcast!