July 2011

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Founder of the Arizona Fibromyalgia Institute Comments:

One of the questions I seem to always get asked is “What caused my Fibromyalgia”. Honestly, it is no single cause for Fibromyalgia. Although we know through research that it is a neurological problem, there are many factors that contribute to it. For most doctors it is a diagnosis given when they feel they have run out of options. It is really it is a syndrome, or a name that describes a group of symptoms. Now before I go any further I don’t mean to imply the pain, fatigue, insomnia, or other symptoms are not real, not at all.

My position on this has always been… “there is something definitely wrong, and if we look hard enough, at the right things, we can create a phenomenal outcome for fibromyalgia patients.” I want to share a story of one of our patients that flew in to see us. Her daughter, who was suffering with Fibromyalgia as well, had told her she needed to come see us.

She was looking for real answers, not just more pills. I don’t mean to demean or put down any patient who must take medications to create some resemblance of normalcy, but they DO create long term side effects, and they NEVER address the source of the problem. Anything that is going to make things more bearable in the short term, are often necessary. You have to get through the day. Certainly though, just getting through the day can’t be the long term goal.

So let me tell you about a particular patient I have had the pleasure of beginning to work with. At the onset, after reviewing a lengthy case history, we decided that there was very likely a number of metabolic underpinnings that lied at the root of her pain and other symptoms. So we agreed to run some laboratory tests that would give us great information about her condition in addition to our findings on her neurological evaluation.

So what did we find? Well we had several significant findings on her blood test, stool test, and exam. Now I don’t arbitrarily order these tests. In this case the history necessitated that THESE tests be ordered. There were definitely many things that were wrong with her body, that were specific, and that led us to very specific action steps to change her life in a profound way.

After reviewing the results, she actually was a little angry, not at me, but angry at the medical system that had pushed pills and band-aids on her, and never really worked hard for her. When you deal with something for 30 years, and never really get the answer you are looking for, you can become a bit jaded.

We were fortunate enough to be able to help her get her life back. What she called a “normal life”. I am happy to say that we were also able to help her daughter rid herself of Fibromyalgia as well. Although have not seen her in over 2 years, she still sends me emails during the holidays (as well as a few funny ones in between) to let me know she is doing great.


Research shows that the most common  reason for hypothyroid symptoms is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  It is estimated that 80% or more of people suffering with hypothyroid symptoms have this autoimmune disease.  If this is the case, why don’t doctors check antibody levels.

Before we talk about that, let’s look how bad  an autoimmune disease  really is.  An autoimmune disease is where the body is attacking itself.  The body tries to destroy different tissues inside itself.  That is a serious problem.

Now the biggest reason doctors don’t check the antibody levels is because it does not change their management protocol.   For thyroid treatment most doctors are going to give you synthetic thyroid replacement hormones, intermittently check your TSH, and call it a day. If you continue to suffer with the same symptoms as before they will be attributed to some other ailment, usually depression or anxiety, and be treated accordingly.

The second reason is that it is seen as a “medical waste” in the eyes of the insurance company.    I do agree with the insurance companies on this.  Why pay for a test if it isn’t going to change the course of management?  The payment for a test that will not alter the course of management is in a way wasteful, but the real waste is in ignoring the underlying cause of the problem and leaving the patient to suffer.

Having no alternative management plan for Autoimmune thyroid, and the resultant medical waste of a test ordered but that has no bearing on the patients management are the two main reasons many Hashimoto’s patients go undiagnosed and ignored in the system.

It is critical to determine if your hypothyroid symptoms are  from an immune mechanism.   If it is from autoimmune disease,  it  should absolutely be managed in more comprehensive way, not only including some type of replacement hormone, but it should also include management of the immune systems destruction of the gland itself. A more comprehensive approach by a natural thyroid doctor in Phoenix AZ gives the patient a better chance to feel and function normally.

{ 1 comment }

Hidden Causes Of Low Thyroid #2 – Cortisol | Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ near Phoenix

July 18, 2011

High levels or cortisol is another hidden cause as to why you still have thyroid symptoms even though you’re taking thyroid hormone or even though your lab numbers are normal. So what is cortisol?  It’s a hormone made in your adrenal gland.  I know you have heard of them.  They are known as the  “stress” […]

Read the full article →

Hidden Cause Of Low Thyroid #3 – Iodine | Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ

July 18, 2011

  As I consult with patients that suffer from hypothyroid symptoms on a daily basis at the Arizona Thyroid Institute located here in Scottsdale Arizona, I see 7 common mistakes that keep hypothyroid patients from experiencing relief from their thyroid symptoms. The third reason is this series is: Iodine Supplementation   Your Iodine Supplements May […]

Read the full article →

Low Thyroid Symptoms and Vitamin D

July 18, 2011

Should you be supplementing with vitamin D? Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Director of the Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ Explains: More and more people are taking vitamin D.  They have seen on the news or the web that it is good for them.  Taking vitamin D is good for you…IF YOU NEED IT.Modern diets […]

Read the full article →

Low Thyroid Symptoms and Blood Sugar Levels

July 18, 2011

Low Thyroid Symptoms and Blood Sugar Levels Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Scottsdale Phoenix Metro Area Doctor Shares how Hypothyroid Symptoms are affected by Blood Sugar Levels   Let’s take a look at the important role of balanced blood sugar levels and your low thyroid symptoms Proper Blood Sugar levels are critical for anyone with low […]

Read the full article →

Increase memory 1800%

July 11, 2011

How can you increase  memory 1,800%? I’m sure you’ve noticed ads for products that claim to enhance mental performance? After hearing all the research and the hype, I always try to ask myself the question “Why is that working?” and “What’s the underlying mechanism?”. You could take 20 or 30 different nutrients to increase brain […]

Read the full article →