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Hyperthyroidism A Precursor to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hyperthyroidism A Precursor to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis | The Paleo Diet

I happen to be Hyperthyroidic patient with plenty of Methimazole to take. My T4 is 15.5 and TSH .006 currently. I do kind of enjoy dairy foods like pot cheese/farmer’s cheese, Raisin Bran with organic milk and some shredded wheat cereal. I can give that up. It tastes like horse food hay. My mom loves the Shoprite supermarket baguette Italian bread with plenty of artificial substances in it. I am trying to eat less and less of that. I have given up chocolate and I don’t eat green tomatoes generally but the milk has vitamin D and I don’t want to overindulge in supplements. My weight has been stable at around 188. I am 6 ft 3in. I weighed 147 early in 2009. I am 38 tomorrow. Now I can’t substitute milk/vitamin D or can I? I do enjoy Soy. What else should I take or eat?

Lon

Maelán Fontes’ Response:

Dear Lon,

Hyperthyroidism could be the initial step in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Disease. This happens to be an autoimmune disease where immune cells, namely T-Lymphocytes) attack cells of the thyroid gland, although a more comprehensive analysis is needed in order to do a diagnosis in your case. Another autoimmune disease called Celiac Disease carries an increased risk for other autoimmune diseases including HT. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease where the immune system mounts an attack against the epithelial cells lining the gut, triggered by gluten containing grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Hence, we believe that gluten containing grains may increase the risk for thyroiditis (remember that sometimes starts with hyperthyroidism and them moves to hypothyroidism). All grains and legumes (including soya and peanuts) contain harmful substances namely Lectins which increase intestinal permeability and this is associated to an increased susceptibility to autoimmune diseases.

Regarding dairy, they have several immunogenic (activate the immune system) proteins that may pass through the intestinal barrier if intestinal permeability is increased. Therefore, dairy are not the best choice to eat calcium, but rather green vegetables, such as kale, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.

Vitamin D is a crucial substance in terms of immune regulation. We suggest to measure blood levels of vitamin D and ensure they are in the 50-70ng/ml range.

The bottom line is to eat a diet based on grass produced or free ranging meats, seafood, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts and olive oil. This will also provide you with big amounts of nutrients and antioxidants which may help to your overall health.

I hope this is helpful,

Maelán Fontes, MS, Ph.D., Candidate in Medical Sciences at Lund University, Sweden; International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

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  1. Karen says:

    I have a hyper thyroid with menopause. I have gained 40 pounds and cannot lose weight, unless I stop eating,
    I gave up red meat, cut out carbs which is the hardest for me to do, and I cannot lose weight
    Please help me.
    I am so sad and lonely because my stomach extends out like I am 9 months pregnant. I am lost. Can you help me???

    • Hi Karen, I think Maelan has done a very good job of explaining the basics of the Paleo Diet, particularly for people like yourself with thyroid issues that may be autoimmune related. Keep the faith, your body will eventually correct itself, particularly when it is re-immersed in a contemporary nutritional and exercise environment that mimics that of our ancestors.

      There is no need to give up red meat – only unhealthy red meat such as processed meats (hot dogs, bacon, salami, bologna, canned meats) and fed lot produced meats (fatty ground beef, ribs, t-bone steaks etc.) which represent the “sick” tissues of animals force fed grains for the last 6-7 months of their lives. Focus upon FRESH beef, pork, poultry and lamb that has been produced under free ranging or “grass” and pasture produced conditions. These are generally healthy animals whose meat and organs are considerably healthier for us, their human consumers.

      Carbs should not be “cut out”, but rather limit them to healthy carbs from fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid all high glycemic load carbs including refined grains, whole grains, refined sugars an virtually all processed foods. These simple steps will help your weight to normalize, but also may prove to be therapeutic for your thyroid issues.

      A number of studies have linked wheat (gluten) consumption to thyroid problems through a variety of mechanisms. By adopting the Paleo Diet, you will remove gluten containing grains from your diet. There are no know nutritional risks to contemporary Paleo diets, but rather they have the potential therapeutic benefits.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Am I correct to assume your diet willgreatly help but not cure Hashimotos?Is there a non-medicine curefor this disease?Thank you

  3. Matt Metzgar says:

    What do you think about the theory that Vitamin D supplements may have negative effects:http://www.aacijournal.com/content/5/1/8

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