So delighted to get the opportunity to interview Amy Myers, M.D., author of, “The Thyroid Connection: Why You Feel Tired, Brain-Fogged, and Overweight – and How to Get Your Life Back”.
Did you know that one in eight women suffer from thyroid dysfunction?
During our talk, Dr. Myers shares her own personal thyroid and autoimmune journey. She emphasizes the many vital differences between conventional approaches versus the integrative functional approach to therapy and healing. So interesting; and so important in discovering what is going on in your own body.
Dr. Myers feels the number one thing most people diagnosed with a thyroid dysfunction initially do is wrong. Simply taking medication alone is not the solution.
In contrast, she believes that an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle should be the initial steps to treatment; removing foods that are inflammatory as well as reducing toxicity exposures due to mold, household products, personal care products, systematic infections (such as Lyme disease) and even stress. Mold in particular causes tremendous toxicity and inflammation, including autoimmune issues.
Along with thyroid healing diet and lifestyle changes, the immune system must also be treated. Why?
A vast number of identified thyroid issues are also autoimmune, such as with Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease. Hashimoto’s is the most common form of underactive thyroid. Graves’ disease is one kind of autoimmune disease where your thyroid over-performs, known as hyperthyroidism.
In our discussion Dr. Myers talks about:
- The 5 root causes of thyroid dysfunction
- Why your gut and immune system health are important to thyroid function
- How stool tests and other self-help checks are key to self-discovery
- The effect of birth control pills on your thyroid. They can cause you to be hypothyroid, depressed, foggy, and overweight
- Peri-menopause and menopause thyroid issues
- Free versus bound hormone tests
- How estrogen dominance affects the binding thyroid hormone