Today I reveal “Hidden Cause Number 3 Why You Still Have Thyroid Symptoms”, even though your labs look normal and even though you're taking thyroid hormones.
The third hidden cause is high levels of cytokines.
Cytokines are messengers that your immune system uses as part of the inflammation process.
Women that have inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel conditions, asthma...or autoimmune conditions like Lupus or RA...usally have high levels of cytokines.
When cytokines are high, they suppress/inhibit/ and squash the circuit in your brain that helps you make thyroid hormones. It may not squash it enough that your TSH becomes lower or higher than the "normal lab range." But remember, the lab ranges that are used to measure TSH and T4, those are very wide, forgiving ranges.
In my office, I use a "functional" range. Now the functional range is an opinion. It’s a narrow range. And I’m going to tell you something...I pick up a lot of dysfunction using a narrow range and then supporting the person based on what I detect.
"How do you know if you have elevated cytokines?"
Well these cytokines have names like interleukin 2, interleukin 4, tumor necrosis factor alpha. You can easily test for these. These are blood tests. In fact, these are some of the tests that I do for our autoimmune patients to find out about exactly how their immune system has become unbalanced.
Same thing goes for my thyroid patients, the people that come in suffering with thyroid symptoms but their labs are normal.
Understand that this is a huge group of women that are wandering through life lost.
They feel horrible...they have fatigue, depression, they can’t lose weight. It's cruel, but they gain weight very rapidly. Ttheir hair is brittle, their nails are brittle, a lot of them are depressed.
But the doctors are telling them, “Well, I just don’t see a reason why you still feel bad. Maybe we’ll up your prescription or maybe we just need to give you an anti-depressant.” And that’s exactly the wrong thing to do.
There are over 24 different ways that your thyroid hormones can go wrong. And the third way, is when cytokines get high enough to put their foot on that normal circuit that helps you make thyroid hormones.
The next question is... what's causing the inflammation? Answering this question is where a comprehensive approach, like the one I use in my office, comes into play.
- Food sensitivities/ intolerance (I use the most sensitive test available)
- Gastrointestinal infections (totally hidden 80% of the time)
- Viral infections
- Vitamin D deficiency (some women have a genetic problem called a Vitamin D Receptor Polymorphism)
What I’m telling you is that you can’t just accept the fact that your doctor says,
“Hey, your labs are normal; you’re taking thyroid hormones; you still feel bad; guess maybe you’re just depressed.”
Don’t buy that! Do not settle for a life where you feel horrible.
You just have to find the right doctor that knows how to assess comprehensively... and knows about these different factors. There all in the scientific literature. But as a newsflash to you that you may not know about, a lot of doctors don’t read---even like a "number one" endocrinologist--- many of them don’t read.
What I do is not their approach. They do not take a functional approach. They’re looking just at the lab ranges and if the lab numbers are okay, you’re okay.
You and I both know that that’s ridiculous.
Today I've shared with you how cytokine elevations can cause low thyroid symptoms. You can test for these with simple but specialized blood tests.
Do NOT settle. You don't have to suffer.
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© 2010 David Clark
Dr. David Clark, DC
Diplomate College of Clinical Nutrition
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist