The link between Hashimoto’s disease and brain health

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hashimotos-disease(NaturalHealth365) Hashimoto’s disease, also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is currently the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States.  But, did you know that this autoimmune disease can threaten your brain health?

Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, has become increasingly widespread, with women developing this condition at a rate 7 times more than men.  In fact, celebrity figures such as Oprah Winfrey, actress Nia Vardalos, and fitness guru Jillian Michaels have all recently shared accounts of combating hypothyroidism.

Does Western medicine know how to protect your brain health from Hashimoto’s disease?

In addition to causing hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease can have serious effects on brain health, even causing a condition known as accelerated brain degeneration.  The response of conventionally trained doctors is to push thyroid replacement therapy, but long-term use of Synthroid – the most prescribed medication in the country – not only causes serious side effects, but has been linked with breast cancer; in fact, a recent study shows that women taking thyroid medication are twice as likely to develop the disease.

Protect your brain health: On the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Carri Drzyzga reveal a drug-free approach for treating Hashimoto’s disease – with particular emphasis on the link between Hashimoto’s and the brain.  Dr. Carri and Jonathan talk about why Western medicine can not provide a solution for autoimmune diseases; the effect of Hashimoto’s disease on the brain plus, most importantly, proper testing and effective treatment options.

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Hashimoto’s disease can destroy your physical and emotional well-being

With Hashimoto’s disease, your immune system attacks and damages your thyroid gland – which normally produces hormones vital for coordinating body functions.  But, the resulting inflammation can cause your thyroid to become underactive – creating a variety of uncomfortable and potentially debilitating symptoms.

Signs of an underactive and weakening thyroid include fatigue and sluggishness, pain, stiffness and swelling of joints, feelings of being cold – especially in the hands and feet – a need for excessive amounts of sleep in order to feel rested, weight gain, constipation, morning headaches that resolve as the day progresses, dry skin and scalp, and thinning hair – especially on the outer thirds of the eyebrows.  Sometimes, a telltale swelling at the front of the neck, or goiter, is visible.

Warning: Hashimoto’s disease can also trigger an excessive amount of LDL cholesterol – putting you at risk for heart disease.  But the adverse effects of Hashimoto’s disease can go way beyond just physical symptoms.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can cause depression, fatigue, brain fog, a lack of motivation, fumbling for words, memory loss and, in general, slower mental speed.  These mental symptoms are classic indicators of low thyroid function in general, but they can also mean that your Hashimoto’s disease is bringing about a condition known as accelerated brain degeneration – which has been linked with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  But, there are solutions available to this complex disorder.

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Discover a natural way to improve thyroid health

For example, adaptogenic herbs – such as ashwaganda, ginseng and rhodiola, (to name a few) can be useful in treating Hashimoto’s disease.  Iodine, obtained from seaweed and sea vegetables, can also promote healthy thyroid function.

However, some healthcare providers say that too much iodine can actually be harmful to those with Hashimoto’s disease, so be sure to discuss your iodine intake with a trusted, integrative physician.  You can also support thyroid health by getting sufficient amounts of trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, as well as vitamins A and C.

Of course, let’s not forget the value of meditation, acupuncture, homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine – all of which can help heal the body of disease.  On the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, we’ll take a closer look at how to naturally eliminate the signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease.  Don’t miss this informative show.

This week’s guest: Dr. Carri Drzyzga, the “Functional Medicine Doc”

Find out how to properly treat Hashimoto’s disease and avoid poor brain health – Sun. Sept. 4

Dr Carri, a naturopath, chiropractor, author and speaker, is the host of the popular podcast “The Functional Medicine Radio Show” and the author of “Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again! Fixing the Root Cause of Your Fatigue With Natural Treatments.” Trained in Functional Medicine and The Kalish Method, Dr. Carri is also a Certified Gluten Practitioner.

Specializing in fatigue, chronic pain, hypothyroidism and digestive health, Dr. Carri is dedicated to helping patients find the root cause of their health problems and fix the cause with natural treatments so they can feel normal again. She has a private functional medical practice in Ontario, Canada.

jonathan landsmanAbout the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of, the NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show – and the NaturalHealth365 INNER CIRCLE, a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.

Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host, Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic, non-GMO diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise and meditation.


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  • Carol Molnar

    Who knew thyroid medication could be so dangerous. What I do know is that it hasn’t fixed the problem. i can’t wait to hear about what you can do.

  • Norma Dillber

    Fixing a thyroid problem isn’t easy. My medication has been changed at least 3 times. I can say for sure it hasn’t done much. A few symptoms have improved, but i am not 100% there yet.

  • Carlyn Joyce

    To fuel our brain and keep our mood stable and memory good we need the right hormones. The thyroid is the master gland so I can see how it is important for brain health.