Los Angeles Hashimoto’s Disease specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur offers her Back to Wellness Program to Los Angeles area patients suffering from the effects of Hashimoto’s disease. This autoimmune disease has certain triggers which may vary from patient to patient.
For this reason, Dr. Anju Mathur does a comprehensive analysis of patient history, lifestyle factors, diet, and emotions, and as a part of her Back to Wellness Program, she evaluates multiple bodily systems, which include the endocrine, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and immune systems.
Upon completing a thorough analysis of the patient’s current state of health, Dr. Anju Mathur will customize a Back to Wellness Program for Los Angeles area patients with carefully selected therapies that will improve their particular conditions and imbalances.
Patients in the Los Angeles area can receive a customized treatment protocol that will reduce the effects of Hashimoto’s disease and improve overall immune function.
What is Hashimoto’s disease?
Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, or autoimmune thyroiditis, affects 14 million people in the United States alone. It is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple, causing inflammation. Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of the metabolism and other bodily functions. The resulting inflammation, if not treated early, can eventually lead to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age as well as children.
Hashimoto’s Disease Symptoms
- Panic attacks
- Muscle weakness
- Dry skin
- Restless sleep
- Sleepiness during the day
- Memory loss
- Hard to focus
- Concentration problems
- Hair loss
- Muscle or joint pains
How is this different from hypothyroidism?
In the beginning phases of Hashimoto’s disease, thyroid cells are being damaged by antibodies produced by the immune system or the thyroid itself. The damaged thyroid cells begin releasing thyroid hormones in excess, producing symptoms that look like overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism. The patient may feel palpitations, anxiety, sweating, tremors, diarrhea, and rapid weight loss. When attack abates, thyroid hormone levels could come back to normal or become subnormal. In this phase, patient may feel tired, lethargic, mentally slow, depressed, and unable to lose weight or alarming weight gain in spite of diet and exercise. This is like a roller coaster ride and usually a conundrum that could even baffle practitioner and patient alike. As the disease progresses, more and more of thyroid tissue is destroyed leading ultimately to hypothyroidism. At this stage, patient will require lifelong thyroid hormone replacement.
What Tests do I need?
Traditionally Doctors test for TSH to determine if the patient has thyroid issues. However, TSH only tells us if communication between Pituitary and thyroid gland is intact. It does not tell us anything about the thyroid cellular activity which reflects the actual thyroid status of a person. Thyroid hormone is needed practically by every cell in the body, where they control metabolism (conversion of oxygen and calories to energy). The thyroid gland produces 80% of T4 and 20% T3. T4 is converted to T3 in peripheral tissues especially liver. TSH is not a good indicator of thyroid status especially in Hashimoto’s disease because as cells are being destroyed and they release T4, TSH could remain normal.
Since Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder, antibodies against thyroid proteins (Thyroid peroxidases and thyroglobulin) may be elevated but not always. If your antibodies are elevated you have the diagnosis. But if antibodies are negative it does not rule out Hashimotos. This is a complex disorder and should be evaluated thoroughly using all diagnostic modalities and clinical picture. At Angel Longevity we do comprehensive thyroid testing including free T4, free T3, Reverse T3, antibodies against Thyroid peroxidase enzyme and thyroglobulin antibodies. We also have the patient take their basal body temperature, another clinical indicator of thyroid function.
The right tests and early diagnosis can help halt the progress of the disease and heal the inflammation in your thyroid gland and preserve as much of the thyroid function as possible.
What causes it?
It is not specifically known what causes Hashimoto disease or triggers the immune system to suddenly start attacking the thyroid gland. However, the dysfunctional immune system could be triggered by the cumulative toxic burden on the body. This can include, but not be limited to: stress, injuries, surgery, heavy metals, chemicals, plastics, food additives, food allergies, refined and processed foods, viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungus, and mold.
- Food allergies (esp. gluten intolerance) have been found in patients with several different autoimmune disorders.
- A variety of Chronic viral infections like Epstein Barr virus, mycoplasma, CMV or HHV 6 virus can cause Hashimoto’s disease. The chronic infections in the body can cause an imbalance of Th1 or Th2 immune pathways and can lead to a dysfunctional immune system which fails to differentiate self from invading pathogens. Many autoimmune disorders are created by this shift in immune pathways. Hashimoto’s disease is one such condition. This could even be seen in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromes as well.There could also be a genetic predisposition in some cases. In some, familial predisposition is a strong factor; both mother and daughter are seen to be afflicted with Hashimoto’s disease. What are the natural treatments for Hashimoto’s? Chronic viral infections should be treated if found to be present. This could halt the disease of that in the underlying cause of the disease. We use nutritional supplements as well as intravenous therapies to address the viral load. Identifying Food Allergies and food sensitivities will eliminate the trigger factor in many patients. Treating leaky gut will resolve hyper permeability issue in the gut. As 70% of the immune system resides in the gut, it makes sense to balance the microbiome of the gut by increasing intake of probiotics and eliminating any infection present in the gut.
- This autoimmune disease has a root cause in each patient and it is definitely not necessarily the same for everyone. Getting to the correct cause for each patient is what we do. We use what is called an integrative functional medicine approach which is designed to thoroughly investigate and determine the cause and the appropriate treatment.
- Once Hashimoto’s is diagnosed, treatment should begin immediately if thyroid gland is to be saved. Otherwise if left untreated, it can lead to other conditions especially heart conditions, severe depression, chronic fatigue etc. These may not be amenable to standard treatment with an antidepressant, pain killers or heart medications.
- Immune boosting modalities will help reverse the disease. Treatment that boosts up Th1 pathways and calms down hyperactive Th2 pathways will reverse the disease. This is very helpful especially when chronic viral infections are present.
- Treatment is highly personalized depending upon the individual being treated. If the patient is showing antibodies against thyroid, treatment should begin immediately to halt the progress of the disease and to save as much thyroid tissue as possible.
- Pregnant women are also at high risk of developing Hashimoto’s as there are shifts in the immune system during pregnancy.
- Another theory is too little or too much of iodine (or essential minerals like selenium, iron or zinc) that can cause inflammation of thyroid gland.
Getting the correct treatment plan for each patient is what Los Angeles Hashimoto’s Doctor, Anju Mathur, M.D. specializes in, and in her comprehensive Back to Wellness Program, she uses certain treatment protocols that can reduce the symptoms of Hashimoto’s and improve overall thyroid function. Dr. Mathur’s Back to Wellness Programs offers a variety of therapies to reduce the symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may improve this condition because it can supplement thyroid hormone with a version of the hormone that is exactly like what is produced in the human body. Phospholipid Exchange Therapy can detoxify the body at a cellular level, and IV Nutrient Therapy can help the body get the nutrition it needs to support a healthy immune system. Dr. Anju Mathur’s uses what is called an integrative functional medicine approach, which is designed to thoroughly investigate and determine the appropriate treatment protocols. Dr. Anju Mathur’s Back to Wellness Program can help patients to improve overall levels of health and wellness with advanced therapies.