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Tuesday, March 26, 2024 8:40 PM

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Eight out of ten individuals with a thyroid disorder have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Most often, this will be Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks (and eventually incapacitates) the thyroid as if it were an enemy. Hashimoto’s is on the rise but is already the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S., prompting massive sales of synthetic thyroid hormones. Thyroid authority Raphael Kellman makes the important point that Hashimoto’s actually is not a thyroid disease but rather “an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.” 

Based on years of clinical observation, Dr. Robert Thompson, author of The Calcium Lie, has developed five distinct categories of hypothyroidism that illustrate the many different ways that thyroid health can go awry. (He admits that “the medical profession does not generally recognize them thus far.”) They include: 

• Type 1 (the failure to produce sufficient thyroid hormones)
• Type 2 (thyroid hormone resistance, where the body is unable to recognize or use the thyroid hormones that it produces)
• Type 3 (autoimmune thyroid disease, including Hashimoto’s)
• Type 4 (severe selenium deficiency)
• Type 5 (Wilson’s Thyroid Syndrome).

According to Dr. Thompson, the five types are not necessarily mutually exclusive. 

For virtually all of these thyroid-related conditions, dietary and environmental factors are major parts of the problem. Aspects of modern life that are contributing to thyroid disease include the Standard American high-soy, low fat and fat-soluble-vitamin-deficient diet; iodine imbalances; and exposure to toxic substances, notably fluoride. Diet and detoxification should, therefore, represent critical elements of any solution. As holistic nutritionist Dr. Ronda Nelson states, “Don’t fix your thyroid, feed it!
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