Dr Bastomski’s Thoughts:
Actually the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the US in individuals older than 6 years, is the thyroid auto immune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. In terms of auto immune disease as a category by itself, the thyroid is the most commonly affected organ.
The most common cause of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is genetic susceptibility and environmental toxins such as all of the chemicals in our air and food.
As with all auto-immune disease, women are by far more likely to be affected. Also as with all auto immune disease, there is almost always a food allergy component involved and with thyroid until proven otherwise, it is gluten.
As part of one’s yearly blood test, I always recommend that my patients obtain a thyroid panel to include a bit more than is traditionally checked. This would include the standard TSH, as well as adding ones total T4, total T3, free T4 and free T3, reverse T3 and the thyroid auto immune antibodies to thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin.
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For additional information on how I approach the treatment of thyroid dysfunction see my Thyroid website page here. If you would like to discuss help with understanding and treating underlying dysfunctional issues and exploring other effective methods of natural healing, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Jacob Bastomski
Dr.Jacob Bastomski, a board-certified chiropractic neurologist, has served the Santa Barbara area since 1981. As a Santa Barbara chiropractor, Dr. Bastomski seeks to improve health through functional neurology and clinical nutrition.
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