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3 Causes of

Disease That Often
Get Missed

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Chances are, if you are reading this article, you are frustrated with the way
your doctor has handled treating your thyroid condition. Hypothyroidism is one
of the most common medical conditions diagnosed in the U.S. Thyroid
medications account for the 4th most commonly prescribed drug. It costs
patients more than 4 billion annually to treat, while the disease effects an
estimated 13 million plus people(Data source here). All of this medication has
not been a viable solution. Why you ask? Giving thyroid medication only
serves to artificially elevate your thyroid hormone levels. The bigger question
to ask is Why is your thyroid gland not working properly? Healing thyroid
disease naturally requires that you understand some basic fundamentals. In
my experience there are three primary types of thyroid dysfunction:
1. Autoimmune disease (AKA Hashimotos)

2. Nutritional Deficiency problems that contribute to an inability to

produce, regulate, convert, or activate thyroid hormone.

3. Chemical exposures that can damage the thyroid gland and


The Thyroid Problem

Some of the most common symptoms of inadequate thyroid hormone include:
fatigue, weight gain, bloating, dry hair and skin, joint pain, elevated cholesterol,
sleep disruption, infertility, depression, and cold hands and feet. Traditional
diagnosis is made based on a set of lab tests typically ordered by a general
doctor, internist, or endocrinologist. This work up includes:

TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)


One of the many problems with this approach is that it is not
comprehensive. If your TSH comes back high or if your T4 and T3 come back
low, the doctor tends to diagnose you with hypothyroid disease. Unfortunately,
this approach often times leads to treatment with medications without further
investigation. Keep in mind one fundamental point Having a low thyroid
diagnosis and taking medicine does not fix the problem. Ultimately, the goal
of the doctor and patient is to identify the reason the thyroid levels are
abnormal. And this, my friends, requires a fundamental knowledge of nutrition
and biochemistry.
Lets take a deeper look at some of the common things that can contribute to
low thyroid hormone production so that you can heal your thyroid disease

Nutritional Deficiencies (vitamins, minerals, etc)

Gluten induced autoimmune response
Excessive exposure to the halide elements chlorine, bromine, and
Eating massive quantities of goitrogenic foods (i.e. soy, peanut,
Adequate Nutrition is Crucial for a Healthy Thyroid
The diagram below illustrates some very important nutrient-thyroid
relationships. Vitamins and minerals help drive the chemistry behind the
production of the different thyroid hormones. They also help these hormones
communicate with the DNA and other organs to improve and regulate


The following is a list of nutrients that your doctor should measure when
evaluating your thyroid:
Protein most Americans eat too many carbohydrates and not
enough protein. Protein is absolutely necessary to form the backbone
of thyroid hormone (particularly the amino acid in protein called
tyrosine). Protein is also responsible for carrying thyroid hormone
through the blood stream to your tissues.
Magnesium this minerals help your body make TSH (the hormone
made in your brain that tells your thyroid gland to make T4).
Zinc like magnesium, this mineral also helps your body make TSH
Selenium this mineral is responsible for converting T4 (inactive
thyroid hormone) into T3 (active thyroid hormone). This nutrient
also plays a role in how the body can eliminate toxins that damage
the thyroid gland.
Iodine this mineral helps the body build T4 (the hormone that
doctors commonly measure that floats through the
bloodstream). The 4 in T4 represents how many molecules of
iodine are present.

Manganese is crucial for thyroid hormone production and also

works as an antioxidant to protect the gland from free radical

Vitamin C is extremely important for helping deliver iodine into T4

Vitamin B2 is extremely important for helping deliver iodine into T4

Vitamin B3 is extremely important for helping deliver iodine into T4

Vitamin D allows T3 to communicate to your DNA to regulate

Vitamin A works in conjunction with vitamin D to help T3 to
communicate to your DNA to regulate metabolism

Vitamin B12 one of the most common B vitamin deficiencies, B12

deficiency can mimic low thyroid.


Gluten and Your Thyroid

Gluten sensitivity contributes to hypothyroidism in a number of different
ways. Gluten induced gastrointestinal damage is one of the main mechanisms
of action. It is this mechanism that leads to a domino like effect. The first step
in this process is the creating of intestinal hyper permeability (AKA Leaky
Gut). When the intestinal barrier is compromised, a cascade of inflammation,
immune over stimulation, and molecular mimicry can ensue. Over time these
processes can cause an autoimmune thyroid reaction often times referred to as
Hashimotos disease.


Gluten induced gastrointestinal damage can contribute to poor digestion and

absorption of thyroid critical nutrients. Gluten can also alter normal gut
bacteria. These bacteria play a crucial role in thyroid hormone
conversion. Many doctors will argue that no research exists between gluten
and thyroid disease. They are wrong. The image below is taken from a quick
search in the National Library of Medicine database.

Multiple medical research studies show a connection between gluten and

thyroid disease

Thyroid Problems Linked to Chemical Halide Exposure
The halides chlorine, bromine, and fluoride all compete with iodine for uptake
into your thyroid. Over exposure to these toxic elements is linked to an
increased risk for hypothyroidism, but also to thyroid cancers. Avoidance of
excessive exposure to halides is recommended to maximize thyroid
function. Below are common sources of exposure.

Chlorine is typically found in: plastics, pesticides, paper products, unfiltered

drinking water, bath water, swimming pools, processed salt products, and
Splenda (sucralose). Water filters on your drinking water and bathing water are
Bromine/Bromide is typically found in: brominated flour products, citrus
flavored soft drinks, chemical additive used in municipal water purification,
pesticides, dyes, leaded fuel additive, brominated flame retardants: Carpet,
upholstery, electronics, mattresses; bromocriptine (hyperprolactinemia), and
OTC antitussives (cough medicines).
Fluorine/Flouride is typically found in: Toothpaste; fluoridated drinking
water; infant formula; processed cereals; non-organic grape juices; wine; beer;
soda; tea (higher in decaf); glass etching; Freon/refrigerants; cockroach
insecticide fluoridated salt; non-stick coatings, Medications: Anesthetics:
(Enflurane, Isoflurane & Sevoflurane); fluconazole; fluoroquinolone antibiotics,
and linezolid antibiotics, Prozac/fluoxetine, efavirenz, fluorouracil, flurbiprofen,
fenfluramine, cerivastatin, paxil, fluvoxamine, astemizole (allergy), cisapride,
fluvastatin, fluocinonide & fluocinolone (topical corticosteroids); fluticasone &
flunisolide; fluocinolone acetonide (intravitreal implant); fludarabine (antiviral);
fludrocortisone; antimalarial drugs.
Foods That Contribute to Goiter (Thyroid Enlargement)
There are a number of foods that can impact thyroid hormone
production. These are typically referred to as goitrogenic foods, because when
eaten in large quantities, they can cause a goiter to form. The following is a list
of foods that have these properties. Keep in mind that just because a food is
goitrogenic doesnt mean you cannot eat it. Cooking them reduces this effect
by as much as 70-80%.

Soy (cooking does not reduce the goitrogenic effects of soy)

Brussels Sprouts








The Labs You Should Have Your Doctor Analyze to Thoroughly

Evaluate Your Gland
Most doctors perform limited lab assessment to diagnose thyroid disease. This
typically only involves TSH and T4 testing. However; if you want a
comprehensive evaluation done, take this list of labs to your doctor and ask for

1. TSH, T3 and T4, plus free T3 and T4

2. Reverse T3

3. Iodine loading test (urine test)

4. Spectracell (vitamin and mineral deficiency blood test)

5. Thyroid antibody testing includes TPO and anti-thyroglobulin

antibody testing

6. Genetic testing for gluten sensitivity

7. Food allergy testing

8. Chemical immune response testing (especially to pesticides)

9. Heavy metal testing (especially mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium)

10. Mold and yeast overgrowth testing

11. Mycotoxin testing mycotoxins are chemicals produced by

molds. This testing is not the same as measuring for mold

12. Also consider measuring gut bacteria as a deficiency contributes to

nutritional deficiency and immune dysfunction.
Healing Thyroid Disease Naturally
To overcome hypothyroid disease naturally, you have a lot to consider. It is
highly recommended that you develop a relationship with a functional medicine
doctor who is experienced and can help guide you, and

If you want more information about this condition, check out this documentary
on natural thyroid solutions. It is called The Thyroid Secret. The information in
this excellent series is life changing!

If you want more help with the gluten sensitivity, click below


If you have had a recovery from thyroid problems by addressing your diet and
nutrition, leave a comment below. Your story might help change a
life! Knowledge is power.

Always looking out for you,

Dr. Osborne The Gluten Free Warrior

If you think that this information will help someone you love suffering with a
thyroid problem, please forward this along.
Gluten Free Warrior Commentary

3 responses on 3 Causes of Hypothyroid

Disease That Often Get Missed
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Knick says:
January 22, 2017 at 3:18 pm
Great article, excellent information. Im at a point where I dont know what I
can buy at the market and need easy recipes. Thank you

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Sally says:
January 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm
Great info- but what about the parathyroid I had 2 removed due to
adenomas- any recommendations- parathyroid hormone levels are within norms


Gluten Free Society says:

January 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm
Typically the parathyroid malfunctioning is highly linked to vitamin D
Have your doctor measure 25 OH D at least twice per year.
Dr. Osborne