Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Director of the Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ Answers a Common Question Asked By Women Suffering With Low Thyroid:
Here is a question I get asked a lot. Can you cure Hashimoto’s? When I get asked this question, I always tell the patient about Dr. Hawkinson. He was one of my instructors in school and he would always drill into our heads that-
“You only cure two things: bacon and ham. The power that created the body will heal the body. Your job as a doctor is to figure out why the body isn’t healing itself, remove any road blocks that are stopping it, help support it when necessary, and let it do what it was intended to do. “
So the answer is “no”. You cannot cure Hashimoto’s.
But…Can the symptoms of Hashimoto’s be reversed? YES!
Now Hashimoto’s is a genetic condition. That means you get it from your parents. It usually happens at three different times in a woman’s life: puberty, pregnancy, and perimenopause. And at these times your epigenetic factor can get turned on and your body has an auto immune response to your thyroid.
That means that your body starts to attack your thyroid and starts destroying it.
Now I know there are a few doctors out there saying that they can cure Hashimoto’s. That is not the case. Many times what they will do is look at the TSH level and when it goes back into the normal level they will say that the Hashimoto’s is cured. That is not the case. You can look at a woman’s TSH level throughout the year without treatment and it can bounce up and down. The same is true for antibody levels. They can fluctuate as well. That is why we are lucky when we test antibodies and they show positive. An estimated 15% of woman that have Hashimoto’s will not even show the antibodies on the blood test. That means they don’t make the antibodies.
So what do you have to do to help these ladies with Hashimoto’s? Well you have to help with reversing the symptoms; the constipation, fatigue, dry skin, cold hands and feet, brittle hair or hair falling out. You can reverse those symptoms. That can be done without question. So how do you reverse the symptoms? How do you do that? Well, the first thing you have to do is find a doctor that understands that Hashimoto’s is an auto immune condition. You have to look at gut toxicity, T cells, B cells, vitamin D and food sensitivities, blood sugar, adrenals, and all the stuff that plays a role in the immune function.
If your doctor is not trained in that and is not schooled in those ways, they are not going to be able to offer much help in reversing those symptoms.
So don’t get caught up in the idea of having to cure your Hashimoto’s. That is not possible. But it is possible to reverse the symptoms. You can be better. You can feel better.
What if you could to feel 70%, 80% or 90% better and your Hashimoto’s had not been cured?
Would that be worth it? Of course it would. So can you reverse the symptoms of Hashimoto’s? Yes you can, as long as your doctor knows how to help you.