The holistic treatment of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

So why doesn’t this path work for most “hashis”? Why aren’t they okay with that? Quite simply: Hashimoto affects our entire system and viewing this autoimmune disease as an isolated thyroid disease can have fatal consequences.

I myself have the subtenant, Mr. Hashimoto , as a guest and we usually get along quite well. I deliberately avoid the expression: “I have Hashimoto’s disease”, because that is not true . On the contrary, despite Hashimoto, I’m in top shape. However, this is of course no coincidence. Here it is really important to treat holistically , to include all systems in the therapy and to adjust the diet accordingly.

Our system works like clockwork, all gears mesh and support each other to ensure that people function well. The following systems work hand in hand for us: immune system, hormone system, organ system, mitochondria, pineal gland, pituitary gland, vascular system, nervous system, thymus, muscles, bones and connective tissue. Wow – quite a lot…

If several cogs in this whole system no longer work, the whole person suffers . Let’s take a closer look at the most important systems. What Happens to You in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

The immune system calls for an attack

Our immune system normally protects us from invaders in the form of viruses, bacteria and fungi. If an unknown pathogen comes from outside, it is eliminated by the immune system. In an autoimmune disease, the immune system is misdirected and attacks its own body.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis attacks your own thyroid. This leads to tissue destruction, the thyroid tissue dissolves. The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 are increasingly flushed into the blood and there is a short-term hyperfunction, triggered by the inflammation , the tissue destruction and thus the flooding of the hormones.

Graves’ disease is often diagnosed at this stage , which can have fatal consequences , because thyroid blockers are prescribed. However, there are sensitivities that indicate whether it is Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I want to explain the difference here:

  • Graves’ disease:
    Hormone formation through overproduction , active in the metabolism, burning hot.
    Merseburg triad: protruding eyes, goiter, accelerated heartbeat. High body temperature, > 37°, sweating, restlessness, jittery, rapid weight loss.
    The thyroid marker TRAK must be higher than 10!
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis:
    Increased hormone release due to inflammation and tissue destruction, passive metabolism, drop in performance, freezing, low body temperature, < 36.3 °, weight gain, exhaustion.
    The thyroid markers MAK and/or TPO-AK are greatly increased > 200

Find the “fireplace” of the immune system . What makes the immune system burn? Is it the diet, the stress, a virulent/bacterial event, a trauma…?

The thyroid – delicate and sensitive

They say the thyroid is the seat of the soul , and that’s true. When I look at my thyroid patients, they’re either sad and down or angry and upset. Their souls feel the same way. A healthy thyroid tissue is soft, delicate and vulnerable, but our gland queen controls the whole human being with ease and joy.

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If there is inflammation in the thyroid tissue, I very often also notice “inflammatory” mental processes in the patient . Blazing, destructive and demanding, these processes push themselves outwards and want to be looked at.

In the case of scarred, reduced thyroid tissue, the thyroid pulls in its little wings, it makes itself small, inconspicuous and so is the person behind it – contracted and without strength, he resigned and has little self-confidence. Our own, gentle touch of the neck region above the thyroid lets us pause and reconnects our soul with the thyroid.

Stress subsides: the adrenal glands become exhausted

The adrenal glands sit like a cap directly on top of the kidneys. They are the best seismograph when it comes to measuring our stress levels. Cortisol is formed in the adrenal glands, especially overnight , so that it is available to the human being as power in the morning. It then continues to rise steadily until 2:00 p.m., reaches its peak and then falls off over the afternoon. It is lowest in the evening. This is the optimal course.

In the case of an autoimmune disease, things are a bit different: the patient is in an adrenal gland “exhaustion”. He is constantly tired, exhausted, underperforming. The cortisol reacts excessively at first, then falls too sharply around midday and is finally formed far too little. Adrenal exhaustion is often only ridiculed in conventional medicine. We distinguish individual phases in naturopathy:

  • Stage 1 Adrenal Irritation :
    Rising blood pressure, heart rate, stress, overshooting, aggressive, moody, driven, weight gain, bulking especially around the waist (cortisol bacon), poor sleep/overly psyched.
  • Phase 2 Adrenal weakness:
    Still reasonably fit in the morning, there is still enough cortisol, then from midday there is a noticeable drop in performance with tiredness and exhaustion because the cortisol drops sharply. Completely exhausted in the evening.
  • Phase 3 Adrenal Fatigue:
    Complete exhaustion throughout the day, digestive problems, loss of appetite – “too weak to eat”, cold, powerless, unable to do any work, have to lie down, exhausted falling asleep at night – not sleeping through the night, the body is very sensitive to pain.

Conventional medicine, there is only the adrenal insufficiency. This is not what is meant here, but it can develop from an adrenal insufficiency .

The main remedies for adrenal fatigue are 1. REST! 2. SILENCE! 3. SILENCE!

All B vitamin supplements, remedies and powders only help to a small percentage in healing the adrenal glands. Take the stress out of your life! No – please don’t roll your eyes, I’m completely serious. After all, I’m also a “Hashi” and therefore know what I’m talking about.

There are various reasons that trigger stress in our system and not only the external stress (a lot of work, children, household) is meant. The biggest stress traps lurk in our inner being in the form of unresolved mental conflicts, because an autoimmune disease always comes in a serious crisis. Meditation or muscle relaxation according to Jakobsen help the body find peace.

The digestive organs weaken

Most Hashimoto patients suddenly have digestive problems and don’t know why. To put it very simply: the metabolism works too slowly, the digestive organs are overloaded.

Our digestion begins in the mouth. This is where carbohydrate digestion begins with the enzyme alpha amylase. It then continues in the stomach, where the hydrochloric acid breaks down the protein. Due to the slowed metabolism, the stomach produces too little acid to be able to break down the protein properly.

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The digestive juices from the bile, the enzymes from the pancreas and the detoxification function of the liver are no longer sufficient to break down the food into its individual building blocks so that they can be metabolized well. This can result in symptoms such as nausea, stomach pressure, heartburn – yes, you read that right, too little stomach acid can also cause heartburn.

The entrance to the stomach is called the sphincter in medical terms. It’s a muscle and it’s pH controlled . If the pH value is too low due to the lack of acid, this muscle becomes slack and no longer closes properly. The result: Stomach acid flows back and irritates the mucous membrane of the esophagus.

simple test of whether there is enough stomach acid would be to eat beetroot, for example. If the urine then turns red, you can assume that there is not enough stomach acid. A tablespoon of ORGANIC apple cider vinegar , stirred into a little water and drunk before each meal , helps the stomach with digestion.

Our main detoxification organ is the liver. Due to the permanent inflammation in the thyroid gland and the slowed down metabolism, it can no longer detoxify properly. This leads to problems in the form of accumulated toxins and degradation products.

The pain of the liver is fatigue. The liver as such does not hurt, it does not send pain signals to the brain when it is overloaded. We get tired and listless. Itching all over the body can also be interpreted as a liver sign, such as the constant nocturnal awakening between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. – at liver time (organ clock).

The pancreas produces too few enzymes – as a result, the food is not properly broken down into its components. Insulin resistance can also develop. Carbohydrates can no longer be broken down adequately and diabetes can develop as a result.

The gut – without charm

Our digestive organ, which is the largest in terms of surface area, is also the most stressed in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The problems range from miscolonization of the microbiome, inflammation of the mucous membrane and intestinal villi to a bile acid loss syndrome (which causes inflammation in the terminal ileum) to leaky gut syndrome (the perforated intestinal mucosa) .

If the entire intestinal process remains untreated, the intestine can no longer send the nutrients and hormones into the metabolism to supply our system sufficiently. Despite supposedly good nutrition, there is a shortage of food .

Which diet is right here?

There is no such thing as the one, only true diet that fits everyone with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Period. In practice, I experience it every day how patients torture themselves with celery juice, vegan nutrition and prohibitions because they read all of this on the Internet or in some books.

We have forgotten how to listen to our body’s signals. Every metabolism reacts differently. Some respond to the histamine-producing foods, while others do not. One tolerates iodine, the other not at all.

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But what I notice in many patients: Gluten causes difficulties for most “hashis”. However, this does not necessarily always have to be expressed as an intestinal problem. Headaches, tiredness, fog in the head, bad mood after a meal containing gluten are all signs that the metabolism is overwhelmed by the gluten .  

Sugar consumption can also trigger the same symptoms. For example, I get thyroid inflammation after eating foods containing gluten, and migraines from too much sugar and histamine. But that doesn’t have to apply to everyone.

In my practice, I often observe that the diet is too carbohydrate-heavy and the liver and pancreas can no longer metabolize the amounts of carbohydrates. Here, a moderate carbohydrate diet of 100 grams per day should be considered.

For a ketogenic diet , the body’s detoxification must work well, because with this type of diet, energy is built from the fat stores. This is also called: keto-adapted. The disadvantage is that our fat has stored many toxins, which are then flooded into the metabolism. If the elimination organs are too weak, these toxins are not eliminated.

” Vegans are not humane ” says my mentor and trainer Dr. medical Bernd Rieger. He’s right. Even if the indignation is spreading among some readers: “How!? You still eat meat!?” It’s not about ethics, it’s about the medical background and of course everyone can decide for themselves what’s right for them.

Our metabolism is not made for veganism from a purely medical point of view. This is due to the composition of our intestines. We humans have a lot of stomach acid, a very long small intestine – which allows us to take long breaks from eating, and a short large intestine. We need certain bacterial cultures in the gut to keep us healthy.

A herbivore, such as a cow, has low stomach acid, a very short small intestine, a very long large intestine, and spends nearly 20 hours a day properly breaking down its plant food in order to utilize it. This metabolism requires a highly specific intestinal flora and a completely different colonization than we humans.

Is it really our goal and healthy to re-breed the entire gut flora through veganism? In the course of my many years of practice, I have now found that some “vegan” patients have very good blood counts, but no longer have any real strength to live their lives. You can find more information about this from the nutrition expert Mag. MSC. Julia Tulipan. Source:

what does your soul want

Finally, I give you the tip: Adjust the diet to your metabolism, not some self-proclaimed “nutrition gurus”. All those “don’t eat that anymore” challenges might be good for a limited time.

But is it really what your soul wants ? How many possibilities for the joy of eating would open up for you if you simply included, in reasonable measure, the foods that taste so good and bring you joy? The quantity makes the poison.

I love tomatoes, but they have too much histamine for me. So on Mondays I eat a small amount, glad I can eat it, and then skip it for a while. Begin to feel your body again, it shows you the way.

I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart and much healing for the thyroid gland.

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