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5 Myths That Keep Hashimoto's Patients From Feeling Better

"I have felt that no one was listening to me I've been to several doctors and the answers are always about medication but not about how I am feeling and symptoms are still present. " 

- Kaye

Myth 1. Iodine is bad for Hashimoto's

Have you been told to avoid iodine because it causes an autoimmune flare-up? That's a common medical misconception, repeated by well-intentioned people and some healthcare providers. You will be happy to know the problem isn't iodine. The problem is, some people aren't using it correctly. Iodine is essential for every cell in our body, including the thyroid, breast tissue, ovaries, uterus, prostate, stomach, eyes, pancreas, brain, and pineal gland. When used correctly, iodine may be safe and effective for people with Hashimoto's.† 

Myth 2. Levothyroxine and NDT work for everyone

Have you been told that thyroid medication will improve Hashimoto's? The truth is that Levothyroxine and NDT, commonly prescribed to manage hypothyroidism, aren't always the magic bullet for Hashimoto's patients. The assumption is simple: add thyroid hormone, and symptoms should improve. However, thyroid medication doesn't always solve the problem. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks the thyroid, often causing inflammation and instabilities in thyroid hormone levels. As a result, a patient might continue to have symptoms even though they are taking thyroid medication.

Myth 3. Weight gain is due to diet

Have you been told that weight gain is always due to your diet? The truth is that while diet plays a role in overall weight management, there's more to the story when it comes to Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Hashimoto's, an autoimmune disorder, can lead to hypothyroidism, where the thyroid doesn't produce sufficient hormones. These hormones play a pivotal role in metabolism, and when they're deficient, metabolic rates can slow, leading to weight gain regardless of caloric intake. Furthermore, inflammation and water retention linked to Hashimoto's can contribute to weight changes. Thus, while diet is undeniably important, it's not the sole culprit behind weight fluctuations in Hashimoto's patients.

Myth 4. Low body temperature is normal

Have you noticed that you sometimes feel colder than others around you? A consistently low body temperature can be more than just a preference for warmer climates; it may indicate an underlying thyroid issue. Hypothyroidism, often caused by Hashimoto's thyroiditis, results from reduced production of thyroid hormones, which play a crucial role in regulating the body's metabolic rate. Metabolism, in turn, generates heat, helping maintain our body's internal temperature. When thyroid hormone levels dip due to conditions like Hashimoto's, metabolic rates can decrease, reducing heat generation capacity. As a result, individuals with hypothyroidism often experience persistent coldness, a symptom that underscores the body's intricate dependency on thyroid function for thermal regulation.

Myth 5. Mineral deficiencies don't matter

Are doctors overlooking the role of iodine and selenium deficiencies in Hashimoto's? In the medical world, the importance of these two trace elements in thyroid health is well-established, yet their potential connection to Hashimoto's thyroiditis is often underemphasized. The thyroid requires iodine to produce thyroid hormones, while selenium plays a key role in converting the T4 to its active form, T3. A deficiency in either can disrupt these processes, potentially exacerbating Hashimoto's symptoms. However, many medical practitioners focus primarily on hormone replacement therapy, such as Levothyroxine, without diving deeper into underlying nutritional imbalances. Addressing these potential deficiencies, alongside conventional treatments, might offer a more holistic approach to managing the condition.

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