Other Causes of Thyroid Issues

There are 6 common patterns of Thyroid Dysfunction plus autoimmune thyroid called Hashimoto’s. Only one of these patterns is a primary thyroid problem. Studies estimate this accounts for only about 10% of all thyroid diagnosis. Each of these patterns have very specific causes. These causes can be:

  • Anemia
  • Stress and Adrenal Malfunction
  • Exogenous Hormone Use (Hormone Creams/replacement)
  • Blood Sugar Imbalances (Dysglycemia)
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Insulin resistence
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Digestive Disturbances
  • Gerd, IBS, etc.
  • Low Stomach Acid
  • Liver Malfunction
  • Kidney Malfunction
  • Gut Infections
  • Thyroid Hormone Therapy

The paperwork we send home is very important. There are questionnaire’s that ask detailed questions about every system of your body including hormone balance, stress, digestion, sleep habits, and everything in between. The answers to these questions, plus any current lab findings, allow us to “zero in” on what is causing your thyroid to malfunction and what pattern you fit into. Once we can find the cause of your thyroid dysfunction, there are very specific scientifically based nutrition treatment protocols we will place you on, in order to help stabilize the cause of your thyroid dysfunction. Once we stabilize the cause of your thyroid malfunction, the thyroid may begin to produce the appropriate amount of thyroid hormones all by itself!


The number one cause of thyroid malfunction in America is called Hashimoto’s disease. Some studies say it accounts for over 65% of all thyroid patients. This is when your immune system mistakes the thyroid cells as foreign invaders and constantly attacks them. It is an autoimmune condition and the result is thyroid malfunction. What is absolutely important to know is this: Treating the thyroid, without treating the cause(immune system attack) will never allow you to get better. Stopping the immune system from attacking the thyroid is the key to you getting better. Thyroid medication can never do this but healthcare providers continue to treat it with medication. Remember, if you have or suspect you have Hashimoto’s and are taking medication, you will NOT get better unless we treat the immune system. In order to truly get better, you need a healthcare provider who knows (1) What to test (2) How to treat…That’s exactly what we do!


A second and very common cause of thyroid malfunction is pituitary gland fatigue. The pituitary gland is called the master gland. It is responsible for growth hormone, the thyroid gland, the adrenal gland, and the testes/ovaries to name a few. Stress, among other things, cause this gland to become sluggish and disrupts the function of these other glands, especially the thyroid gland. In order to determine if the pituitary gland is your problem, specific testing must be done well beyond TSH and T4. Again, the thyroid is only malfunctioning because the pituitary gland is causing it to. Fix the pituitary gland and the thyroid will start working properly again. Thyroid medication cannot do this and in fact will burn out the thyroid gland if taken too long. Yes, the medication can actually cause thyroid problems.


Two more causes of thyroid malfunction have to do with conversion of T4 to T3. When the thyroid makes thyroid hormones, about 97% of the hormone produced is T4. Roughly 3% is T3. The strange thing is that the body can only use T3. Through a serious of biochemical steps, the body has to convert T4 to usable T3. 60% occurs in the liver, 20% in the gut, and 20% in peripheral tissue. Sometimes, due to many factors, the body will not convert enough T4 to T3 and you will have low levels of usable T3. Other times there may be a problem with binding globulin and you will have too much T3, called over conversion. Either way, the thyroid is not the root of the problem, conversion is. Once again, lab testing is extremely important. To identify this pattern, T4, T3, both bound and free, reverse T3, FTI, and TBG must be tested in order to determine if this is your problem. You can’t identify the cause if you don’t test properly.


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