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Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Thyroid Brain Fog: 7 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Sep 07, 2021

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's can cause brain fog can be difficult to live with. Here are 7 things you need to know about thyroid brain fog.

While Brain fog may not be a medical term, it’s something many people with chronic illness know well. This is especially true for those with autoimmune hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's.

Brain fog can mean a lack of mental clarity, poor concentration, and more. Living with brain fog is hard…it affects everything you do throughout the day, every interaction you have.

Here are 7 things to know about Thyroid Brain Fog:

  1. It’s difficult to explain what brain fog is, especially in the middle of an episode. Even if people know you have it, there isn’t always an easy way to let them know that’s what’s happening. Excuses will range from “I’m having a brain fog day” to “Brain not working.”
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Topics: Hypothyroidism, thyroid symptoms, Hashimoto's, low thyroid, autoimmune thyroid, Hashimoto's diease, hypothyroid symptoms

Hashimoto's Thyroid - Why Standard Medical Management is Not Enough

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Jul 13, 2021

Hashimoto thyroiditis: clinical and diagnostic criteria

P Caturegli   1 A De Remigis   2 N R Rose   3   PMID: 24434360 DOI:  10.1016/j.autrev.2014.01.007
 
Abstract
Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT),  now considered the most common autoimmune disease , was described over a century ago as a pronounced lymphoid goiter affecting predominantly women.
 
In addition to this classic form, several other clinico-pathologic entities are now included under the term HT: fibrous variant, IgG4-related variant, juvenile form, Hashitoxicosis, and painless thyroiditis (sporadic or post-partum).
 
All forms are characterized pathologically by the infiltration of hematopoietic mononuclear cells, mainly lymphocytes, in the interstitium among the thyroid follicles, although specific features can be recognized in each variant.
 
Thyroid cells undergo atrophy or transform into a bolder type of follicular cell rich in mitochondria called Hürthle cell.
 
Most HT forms ultimately evolve into  hypothyroidism , although at presentation patients can be  euthyroid  or even  hyperthyroid .
 
The diagnosis of HT relies on the demonstration of circulating antibodies to thyroid antigens (mainly thyroperoxidase and thyroglobulin) and reduced echogenicity on thyroid sonogram in a patient with proper clinical features.
 
The treatment remains symptomatic and based on the administration of synthetic thyroid hormones to correct the hypothyroidism as needed.
 
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The Knowledge Base on Autoimmune Thyroid is Expanding

This article reflects that our knowledge of autoimmune Hashimoto's thyroid has grown significantly.
 
What this article reveals, however, is that the standard treatment has not progressed beyond thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
 
At Johnson Health and Wellness Center, each Hashimoto's patient is given a comprehensive, unique plan designed to specifically meet the individual's needs. We go beyond standard care.
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Topics: thyroid treatment, Hashimoto's, thyroid, Brain Health, thyoid disease, Gut Health

TSH: What Your Doctor Should Know

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Jan 02, 2019

TSH: What Your Doctor Should Know

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is the hormone produced by your pituitary gland to control the function of your thyroid gland. A high TSH means your pituitary senses that your thyroid is underactive.

 

Many labs are misleading physicians by using outdated ranges of normal for TSH, thus preventing doctors from giving their patients the most effective thyroid treatment they need. 

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III)  demonstrated that the mean TSH in apparently normal, healthy participants is 1.4 uIU/mL.

Based upon the results of NHANES III, The National Academy for Clinical Biochemistry has recommended since 2002 that a serum TSH level between 0.5-2.0 uIU/mL be considered the optimal therapeutic target for replacement treatment of hypothyroidism. 

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Topics: Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, hypothyroid, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Are Your Adrenals Sabotaging Your Health

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Those of us with Hashimoto's (or other forms of thyroid disorders) often blame our thyroid for the many signs and symptoms we experience.

Hair loss? Thyroid!

Weight gain? THYROID!

Fatigue? It's gotta be the thyroid!

Treating hypothyroidism without treating the adrenals is one of the biggest reasons people continue to feel exhausted despite receiving treatment with thyroid hormones.

Patients may initially report feeling more energetic after starting thyroid hormones, but this is usually followed by feeling worse and worse until they are right back to where they were before they started the thyroid medications. They will go back to their physicians to check blood work and will be told that everything is normal. 

AdobeStock_Woman_Thyroid-1200.jpegThe patient begins to feel crazy … but that’s when another layer of what is broken in Hashimoto’s becomes unraveled. Many symptoms of hypothyroidism actually overlap with symptoms of underactive adrenals, however, physicians don’t routinely check adrenal function in those with Hashimoto’s.

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Topics: Hashimoto's, thyroid, stress, adrenal gland, adrenal fatigue, Stress Control

Can Gluten and Other Grains Affect Your Thyroid?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Sep 10, 2016

Somewhere in all of your research you have probably read something about the little wheat protein called gluten that is causing a big fuss. Perhaps, you may be one of many people who is noticing the ever expanding Gluten-Free section at your local grocery store. What is the big idea with this little grain? After all, we have been eating it all of these years right? So why is it being ever so publicized today? Maybe perhaps it’s just a fad-diet? Well fad diet or not this gluten-free thing is here to stay, and it may be contributing to how you are feeling, especially those who have thyroid related issues.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, Hashimoto's, gluten, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, thyroiditis, thryoid, gluten cross-reaction, thyoid disease

Control Inflammation Naturally To Thwart Autoimmune Damage And Pain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Nov 15, 2014

What if I told you that doctors have discovered a breakthrough in treating patients who suffer with Fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome? Would you be open and willing to learn about what that breakthrough is? If the answer is YES, then it is from this space of openness and willingness where you will begin your healing journey. 

In overcoming our health challenges, it is imperative that we approach our health from a radically new mindset. Essential in forming this new mindset is entertaining the notion that anything is possible when it comes to our health, and yes, YOU CAN heal yourself and thrive.

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Topics: autoimmune, Hashimoto's, gluten, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, soy, chronic fatigue

Top 11 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Thwart Autoimmunity

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

When you are suffering with mysterious health challenges, including autoimmune issues such as Hashimoto's, Celiac disease, Scleroderma, Diabetes, vitiligo, etc., you need to know how to reduce inflammation. Using foods known to reduce inflammation at every meal and snack while also eliminating pro-inflammatory foods is a health promoting strategy that is easy to implement. 

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Topics: autoimmune, Hashimoto's, inflammation, celiac, anti-inflammatory, Vitiligo

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