Understanding thyroid issues

Understanding thyroid issues

Thyroid issues are among the most common problems seen in clinical practice, and by some measures, is approaching epidemic levels. In part this phenomena is related to improved early diagnosis, but in some respects it is also related to over-diagnosis, especially in the sense that medical diagnosis often leads to drug treatment and a resultant dependency on pharmaceuticals. Most thyroid issues are hypothyroid, or an under-functioning thyroid, and most of these are diagnosed as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Among hyperthyroid issues, or an over-functioning thyroid, the most common diagnosis is Grave’s disease. While these diseases in some respect couldn’t be more different, they are both caused by autoimmune factors, when the immune system attacks the thyroid. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis the immune system damages and impairs the thyroid, whereas in Grave’s disease, the immune system overstimulates its activities. While Hashimoto’s and Grave’s are both clearly described autoimmune disease … [Read more...]