Why do so many thyroid problems begin after pregnancy?

(1) Pregnancy decreases pituitary function. Located at the base of the brain, the pituitary is the guiding system for hormones. Pregnant women can have existing, blood sugar, adrenal, hormone, food tolerance, and gut problems  that depress the pituitary without even knowing it. Consequently, the pituitary fails to release enough thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to stimulate the thyroid. So the thyroid can’t work if the pituitary doesn’t send the signals. For most women who fall into this category, it results in hypothyroidism (low thyroid) and postpartum depression.

(2) Pregnancy lowers  immune function and can trigger autoimmune conditions including Hashimoto’s Disease (autoimmune low thyroid). Research indicates that Hashimoto’s is more prevalent in women due to the complexity of the hormonal systems.

(3) The newborn child can also be affected by those moms with leaky gut, adrenal, blood sugar and immune dysfunction. Not only does research indicate that brain development in the child may be impaired, but in those with a genetic predisposition to Autoimmune Disease,  Hashimoto’s may be triggered in the child. Research also indicates that the root cause of many cases of Autism is a compromised immune system from leaky gut.

If you have wondered if chiropractic neurology and functional medicine can help you, see a chiropractor. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown, DC DABCN FACFN.

How are we different? We specialize in neurological, immunological, and endocrine rehabilitation without the use of drugs or surgery. Conditions treated include: sleep disorders, cognitive disorders, mood disorders, balance disorders (Vertigo, Dizziness, etc.), Headaches, Migraines, Peripheral Neuropathy, movement disorders (Tics, Tremors, Tourette’s, etc.), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ADHD, ADD, OCD, CDD, PDD, Asperger’s, etc), Fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disorders, hormone disorders, adrenal disorders, and blood sugar disorders (Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Hypoglycemia).

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In 1912, a German publication delineated the first Autoimmune Disease ever, Hashimoto’s Disease, named after the Japanese physician who first described it. Since that time, Autoimmune Diseases, which were once rare, are accelerating at a disturbing rate. Why does an immune system turn on the person and attack HIM or HER instead of the toxic invader. Why does the body tag its own tissue as an enemy? In functional medicine, we believe that the stresses of modern life, especially in America, have led to this near catastrophic plague that traditional medicine has no answer for. To the best of our knowledge today, once your body identifies its own cells as foreign, then it is there for life. The treatment is to support the immune system with healthy doses of Vitamin D, Glutathionne, Super Oxicide Dismutase, and all the other known immune boosting supplements. Reducing stress is also a lifestyle necessity for all Autoimmune patients. Stress comes in many forms (psychological, environmental, nutritional, etc.). 20% of Americans have Autoimmune Diseases and 75% of those are women. 90% of Hypothyroid patients are Autoimmune.

If you have wondered if chiropractic neurology and functional medicine can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, do both and see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown.

How are we different? We specialize in neurological, immunological, and endocrine rehabilitation without the use of drugs or surgery. Conditions treated include: Sleep Disorders, Cognitive Disorders,Mood Disorders, Balance Disorders (Vertigo, Dizziness, etc.), Headaches, Migraines, Peripheral Neuropathy, Movement Disorders (Tics, Tremors, Tourette’s, etc.), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ADHD, ADD, OCD, CDD, PDD, Asperger’s, etc), Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune Disorders, Thyroid Disorders, Hormone Disorders, Adrenal Disorders, and Blood Sugar Disorders (Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Hypoglycemia).

Call us today at (303) 986-7600 for a free consultation. We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, and Evergreen.

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Two separate studies (2008 on 13,000 women and 2010 on 28,000 women) indicate that cell phone usage while pregnant results in a statistically higher percentage of children with behavioral difficulties. If the children themselves used cell phones before puberty, the likelihood of behavioral abnormalities increased by 50%. The studies also confirmed that mom’s health habits especially the foods that she  eats affects the child’s food preferences. Mom’s who had trouble getting pregnant, suffered from Chronic Fatigue or Depression, had Autoimmune Disease, heavy metal toxicity, Diabetes, and a whole host of other conditions have also been shown to have a greater likelihood of behavioral and Autistic Spectrum problems.

Is it worth the risk? As with tobacco and “FDA approved” drugs, it may be a long time before the effects of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’S) are fully investigated. Animal studies have shown that EMF’s in the same frequency as cell phones can impact liver, heart, endocrine, and muscle tissue and may even alter DNA. According to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, a nervous system expert, this is exactly what is happening and the genes that “flip” as a result of EMF damage may cause Muscular Dystrophy and Developmental Delays.

A healthy regimen in pregnant women should consist of:

(1) Vitamin D3 ( 5-8,000 I.U.’s per day)

(2) Glutathione and Super Oxide Dismutase enhancing foods and supplements ( I use Oxi-cell from Apex Energetics and Protandim, both which are available in our clinic)

(3) Probiotics (healthy bacteria to fight the bad ones) ( I use Probiotic Perls from Intergrated Therapeutics or Strentgia from Apex)

(4) Omega 3 fatty acids (I use Brain E from Apex Energetics or Pure EFA from Integrated Therapeutics)

(5) Regular exercise

(6) Brain based chiropractic adjustments to ensure proper central nervous system integrity and prevent pregnancy related back pain

If you have wondered if chiropractic nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown

Call us today (303) 986-7600 at Brown Chiropractic Neurology for a free consultation! Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Morrison, and Evergreen Colorado (CO).

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Science clearly indicates that there is functional communication or crosstalk between the brain and the thyroid gland. Like the immune system, the brain is powerfully influenced by the thyroid. Thyroid hormones have consequential effects on the microglia cells which are the brain’s first defense against an attack (inflammation). Thyroid hormones also significantly influence neurotransmitter pathways. Neurotransmitters are chemicals which relay, modulate, and amplify signals between a neuron and another cell. This makes sense since thyroid sufferers develop a huge array of mood, neurological, and cognitive disorders. Neurotransmitters are important for coordinating the feed back loop between the hypothalamus (which maintains homeostasis through the autonomic nervous system), pituitary (which is the master gland of the endocrine system), and thyroid (which takes iodine and converts it into thyroid hormones). This is called the HPT axis.

There are interactions between neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and acetylcholine), microglia, and the thyroid. Thyroid hormone support neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, dendritic growth, axonal growth, neuronal migration, and precursor cell proliferation. This results in greater plasticity (brain shaping and forming), greater brain function, and lessening of neuro-degeneration.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, blood, saliva, stool and/or other necessary analysis is done that includes thyroid antibody (proteins against foreign invaders) testing. This is not done in traditional medicine circles. Why not? Because the treatment (steroids) for autoimmune disease causes side effects that are worse that the disease. So in allopathic medicine, there is not a treatment for the immune problem and the thyroid is treated as a common hypo – or hyper-thyroid condition. While thyroid hormones may be necessary, the treatment alone will not address the autoimmunity and the condition will continue to worsen. If you suffer from autoimmune conditions, we’d like to help.

If you have wondered if chiropractic natural nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in functional medicine, we look at your cholesterol (lipid) panels thoroughly (not just total cholesterol) to determine the best diet and supplement regimen for you. Call us today at (303) 986-7600.

We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge Colorado (CO).

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The indexed scientific research now clearly indicates a functional CROSSTALK between the thyroid and the immune system. Thyroid hormones exhibit influences on cellular messenger systems and promote regulation of T- and B- cell activity. T- cells are white blood cells that tailor the body’s immune response to specific pathogens (disease). B- cells promote antibodies (proteins) necessary to fight off infections.  Thyroid hormones also influence cellular apoptosis (pruning of unwanted cells) and cytokine (small proteins affecting interactions between cells) release. In all our cases of thyroid malfunction, we consider immune deregulation and challenges.

Immune signaling mediators (cytokines, and adjuvants) have been found to disrupt ALL aspects of the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis which regulates hormones and thermoregulatory systems. These mediators also affect thyroid receptor site activity, transcriptional expressions, and peripheral metabolism. So immune disorders have a great potential to disrupt thyroid physiology (Hashimoto’s Disease, Graves Disease).

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, lab work is performed that includes thyroid antibody (proteins against foreign invaders) testing. This is not done in traditional medicine circles. Why not? Because the treatment (steroids) for autoimmune disease causes side effects that are worse than the autoimmune disease. So in traditional medicine there is NO TREATMENT for the immune problem and the thyroid is treated as  just a common hypo- or hyper-thyroid. While thyroid hormones may be necessary, the treatment alone will not address their autoimmunity and the condition typically worsens. If you suffer from autoimmune conditions, we’d like to help.

If you have wondered if chiropractic natural nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in functional medicine, we look at your cholesterol (lipid) panels thoroughly (not just total cholesterol) to determine the best diet and supplement regimen for you. Call us today at (303) 986-7600.

We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge Colorado (CO).

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Take this test to help determine the state of your thyroid function. Answer 0 (never or seldom), 1 (infrequently or sometimes), 2 (frequently), 3 (all or most of the time

THYROID

Thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows  0, 1, 2, 3
Tired and sluggish most of the time  0, 1, 2, 3
Cold all over especially hands and feet   0, 1, 2, 3
Require excessive sleep to function  0, 1, 2, 3
Mental sluggishness   0, 1, 2, 3
Dryness of skin or scalp   0, 1, 2, 3
Thinning of facial or genital hair  0, 1, 2, 3
Excessive hair falling out    0, 1, 2, 3
Depression, no motivation  0, 1, 2, 3
Difficult, infrequent bowel movements   0, 1, 2, 3
Morning headaches that wear off later  0, 1, 2, 3
Weight gain even on low calorie diets  0,1, 2, 3

If you answered mostly 2’s and 3’s, it is probable that your thyroid is not functioning properly.

PITUITARY

Inward trembling   0, 1, 2, 3
Heart palpatations  0, 1, 2, 3
Night sweats  0, 1, 2, 3
Increased pulse even at rest  0, 1, 2, 3
Nervous and emotional  0, 1, 2, 3
Insomnia  0, 1, 2, 3
Difficulty gaining weight  0, 1, 2, 3

If you answered mostly 2’s and 3’s, it is probable that you have: (1) a pituitary problem (2) a primary pituitary problem with secondary thyroid symptoms (3) an autoimmune problem. With thyroid issues, it is imperative to perform a blood panel (including anti-body testing) to determine  which of the above three it is. Note: 90% of thyroid sufferers today have autoimmunity (mostly Hashimoto’s Disease). In functional medicine, we believe strongly that the way to treat autoimmune thyroid, as opposed to regular hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, is as different as night and day. If you are suffering from thyroid symptoms, we would like to help with drug free treatments whenever possible.

If you have wondered if chiropractic natural nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in functional medicine, we look at your cholesterol (lipid) panels thoroughly (not just total cholesterol) to determine the best diet and supplement regimen for you. Call us today at (303) 986-7600.

We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge Colorado (CO).

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

The holiday season is a wonderful time for many people, yet for others it is a time of sadness. What most people don’t realize is that extreme happiness and extreme sadness can stress your nervous system the same. Research has shown that getting married and getting divorced causes EQUAL stress. Likewise, getting a new job and getting fired also cause the same amount of stress.

Psychologists estimate that an average American today has more stress in one week than his great grandparents did in an entire lifetime.  Either that or we are not as well equipped to handle the stress in our lives.  I’m not so sure which is more prevalent, but one thing is for sure – stress is multiple times greater on people today and the effects are not just emotional but pervade the entire Neurological, Endocrine and Immune Systems. Let me explain: excess stress impacts an extremely important neurological center called the HPA Axis (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) in a negative way. The HPA Axis is like the command and control center for the temperature, hormone, blood sugar, thyroid, detoxification, and intestinal  regulating systems. If this powerful master switch fails, there are so many body functions that malfunction. Under enough stress for a long enough time, even the strongest of individuals can lose integrity of multiple body systems.  Stress affects the sex lives of both men and women by lowering testosterone levels in men and estrogen levels in women. Stress leads to depression, fatigue, immune dysfunction and autoimmune conditions, weight gain, leaky gut, impaired detoxification, Insulin Resistance (Diabetes), memory loss, and the list goes on.

Everyone has too much stress at some time in their lives. Minimize the impact of stress and prevent chronic stress by: (1) getting a massage and a chiropractic adjustment – fast stretch of muscle spindles and joints powerfully enhance brain function (2) go for power walks and march like a soldier with exaggerated arm swing (3) Find someone who makes you belly laugh and laugh a lot  or watch a funny movie (4) enjoy fabulous times with your significant other (5) play with your dog or pet (6) listen to music (7) avoid sugar, caffeine, drugs, and alcohol  (8) take supplements that promote immune, adrenal, gut, and brain health (9) get enough sleep – very important (10) don’t procrastinate.

If stress is making your life miserable – I’d like to help. Call Brown Chiropractic Neurology today at (303) 986-7600

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