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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Like a country with geographical barriers to invasion, the human body has barriers to bacteria, viruses, and other bad guys breaking and entering. When the army fails to protect the country, foreign invaders can overwhelm to country. The same thing happens with the human body. What is the body’s army? Look at the borders of your body as the skin, the lining in your intestines, brain, etc.. When these barriers leak, antigens (undigested food, parasites, chemical toxins, molds, and bacteria) invade and cause an immune response. Soldiers (macrophages) envelope the invader and call for help. If the help just right, the body destroys the invader and the army is sent back to the barracks. If the army over reacts, then innocent civilians are killed or to put it another way, the body mistakes its own healthy tissue as a foreign invader and targets it for elimination. On the other hand, if the army is not strong enough, the invaders win. In autoimmune thyroid Hashimoto’s Disease, either the army over reacts or the invaders win. Either way healthy tissue is tagged as a bad guy and the immune system designed to protect you slowly eats away at healthy tissue. Ironically, the thyroid gland has a similar molecular structure to GLUTEN. In Hashimoto’s, the individual is gluten intolerant and when gluten enters the body the autoimmune response not only targets gluten for elimination but the thyroid as well because it can’t tell the difference.

IMPORTANT: If the thyroid is being destroyed by the immune system, why is the standard medical treatment targeted treating a healthy thyroid when the problem is not thyroid but an immune attack on the thyroid. All thyroid and endocrine societies in the U.S. agree that more than 50% of all thyroid conditions are autoimmune Hashimoto’s Disease. So why are most people with thyroid conditions not tested for autoimmunity? The reason is because the only medical treatment available (steroids) is worse than the effects of the disease itself. So the only thing standard medicine is left with is to treat the thyroid symptomatically as the thyroid continues to be destroyed by the autoimmune reaction. The medication dosage continues to increase as the thyroid is ultimately completely destroyed and the person them must remain on thyroid medications for life.

THERE IS ANOTHER WAY! Don’t wait until it’s too late. The key is to clean up the leaky barriers, especially the gut, and then to support the immune system thus slowing down the immune response and subsequent thyroid tissue destruction.

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

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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).

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Very simply, true hypoglycemia is a state of low blood sugar (FASTING glucose levels). The CAUSES are bad dietary habits, bad adrenal gland function from too much stress, hypothyroidism (low thyroid) which is secondary to many illnesses in the body, drug reactions, and growths or tumors.

HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE HYPOGLYCEMIA? Symptoms include:
(1) irritability or shakiness and lightheadedness if meals are late or missed.
(2) sweet cravings
(3) fatigue
(4) memory loss and fogginess
(5) lethargy
(6) headaches

IMPORTANT: Hypoglycemia is an entirely manageable condition that can controlled (usually completely eliminated) with discipline, diet, and exercise combined with a stress reduction lifestyle.

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.

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Thyroid metabolism (in a nutshell) goes something like this: The hypothalamus of the brain ( the main control center for the autonomic nervous system ) produces Thyroid Releasing Hormone to excite the pituitary gland (the main endocrine gland). In turn the pituitary gland releases another hormone called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to the thyroid gland. TSH stimulates the production of Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO). TPO uses iodine to create T4 and T3 hormones. Most of these thyroid hormones are T4 (93%) and the rest to T3 (7%). But wait. The body only utilizes T3. So 60% of the T4 is converted in the liver to T3. Now we have 67% T3 that is useful. Fortunately, the most of the remaining T4 is converted to T3 in the peripheral tissues and the gastrointestinal tract (GI).

Here’s the problem. Things can go wrong with each of these steps. The brain may not release the TSH. The pituitary may be malfunctioning. TPO may fail to stimulate the use of iodine. The problem may be autoimmune where circulating antibodies have identified the thyroid as a foreign invader. Note that the thyroid has a similar chemical structure as gluten and this is why the body mistakenly identifies the thyroid as an enemy and attacks it. Autoimmune thyroid diseases include Hashimoto’s Disease and Graves Disease. Other non-thyroid autoimmune diseases include Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc..

The thyroid is a complex organ with cross talk to literally every bodily system ( brain, GI tract, neurotransmitter system, adrenal glands, liver, etc.).

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.

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If you think of the human organism as an airplane, the thyroid is the engine that lets the body fly. The thyroid is the 4 engines of the airplane and controls body temperature, regulates the rate of energy production, powerfully affects brain chemistry, modulates emotions and moods, profoundly affects immune function, and is intimately tied in to hormone regulation. Failure can result in a myriad of symptoms including but not limited to:

(1) weight gain (2) Constipation (3) fatigue (4) loss of circulation in the hands and feet (5) Depression (6) muscle cramps (7) excessive sleep (non refreshing) (8) itchy, dry skin and brittle hair that falls out (9) swelling (10) loss of the outer 1/3 of the eyebrow (11) digestive problems (12) slow wound healing (13) hypersensitivity to cold weather (14) increased risk for infections (15) morning headaches that wear off as the day wears on (16) low body temperature.

Autoimmune low thyroid (Hashimoto’s Disease) is likely to include symptoms that include but are not limited to:

(1) difficulty GAINING weight (2) Insomnia (3) Night sweats (4) Nervousness and Emotional Stress (5) Heart palpatations (6) Increased pulse (resting) (7) Trembling (inward)

The body  just won’t get off the ground or fly well without ALL aspects of thyroid integrity. Between 25 and 30 million Americans suffer from thyroid malfunction and 50% or more don’t know it. Current research indicates that more than half (in functional medicine we think it is closer to 90%) of all thyroid problems are AUTOIMMUNE. Autoimmune means that antibodies designed to attack foreign invaders have “betrayed” the host and are now attacking the host as a foreign invader. Not fair? I agree.

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

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When the brain or the thyroid degenerate, the most common symptoms are BRAIN FOG, DEPRESSION and FATIGUE. In our office, we notice when a new patient comes in and “had trouble getting here”, comes in late, has trouble filling out paperwork, and taking their history takes forever. The brain is just not working and the question is why? Science has proven without a doubt that depression stems from decreased frontal lobe activation. The frontal lobe is the ” lobe of humanity” or the lobe of executive function and it separates us from the beasts of the field. There are basically two models for depression: (1) thyroid malfunction and (2) cytokine inflammation leading to decreased nerve conduction. Cytokines are small signaling molecules secreted by glial cells. The majority of depressed patients have a leaky gut and inflammation. The gut is considered the 2nd brain and is responsible for 70% of immune function. Cytokine inflammation caused by abnormal glial cell activity leads to brain fog. Glial cells are the “scaffolding” of the brain, keeping neurons alive. Some thyroid patients will not respond to anti-depressants until inflammatory cytokines and leaky gut are calmed down. With persistent brain fog, healthy glial cell activity must be restored. With gluten (wheat, hops, etc.) exposure, brain fog may last from days to weeks. Gluten exposures will break down the blood brain barrier (BBB) allowing toxins that should normally be screened out to pass into the brain. This is why we recommend all thyroid patients get on a gluten free diet. people suffering  with hypothyroidism will produce less serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) so they become depressed. THE CURRENT DRUG MODEL DOES NOTHING TO RAISE THE AMOUNT OF NEUROTRANSMITTER but in functional medicine we can. The drugs’ temporary effects last no more than two years because they burn out. Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune hypothyroid) triggers blood sugar, gluten, and adrenal problems resulting in inflammatory cytokine activity. Thyroid malfunction also leads to hippocampus degeneration. The hippocampus is a small but important cross road from the primitive limbic system to  the temporal lobe of the brain and is critical in preserving short to long term memory.

If you suffer from brain fog, depression, and fatigue and would like a drug-free approach to solving these problems or you have not responded to standard medical care, 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.

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