Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition of the thyroid gland. When the body produces antibodies that attack and destroy the thyroid, nodules appear and the gland’s function is affected. Oftentimes, supplementation with thyroid hormone is necessary.
For many patients, Hashimoto’s disease is a chronic health issue that will be with them for life. Naturopathic physicians work to slow the progression of the disease by addressing it’s underlying cause, which may include heavy metal toxicity, gastrointestinal infection, food allergies, low cortisol levels, or a past history of oral contraceptives. With proper treatment, some patients’ antibody levels normalize and we can say that the disease has gone into complete remission.
Because Hashimoto’s disease is so common, ALETRIS naturopathic physicians measure antibody levels in every hypothyroid patient to screen for the condition. Even if thyroid hormone levels are normal, patients with hypothyroid symptoms are tested for thyroid antibodies to rule out the disease. Normal TSH levels do not necessarily rule out Hashimoto’s, and patients with normal thyroid levels sometimes test positive for the disease.
ALETRIS naturopathic physicians investigate the cause of Hashimoto’s disease and customize appropriate treatment for each patient. Call our office to schedule an appointment with an ALETRIS physician.