How Did I Develop a Thyroid Disorder?
–by Dr. Michael L. Johnson,
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist In 1998, the Journal of Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders stated that 90% of hypothyroidism is caused by an autoimmune thyroid.This means that the patient’s immune system is attacking the thyroid. Thyroid disorders are a chronic illness! Your body has been sick for years and now you have a new diagnosis…you have a THYROID DISORDER, whether it’s hypothyroid, hyperthyroid or Hashimoto’s! But…what causes hypothyroid, hyperthyroid or Hashimoto’s? Did you ever wonder WHY your body developed a thyroid disorder?
Did you ever wonder WHY you were “healthy” and the next thing that you know, you started getting fatigued, your hair started falling out, you couldn’t lose weight, you were depressed, your skin was dry, you couldn’t sleep or you started to suffer from any of the other multitude of thyroid symptoms? Thyroid disorders don’t fall out of the sky and hit a patient on the head! There has to be a cause, there has to be a reason! I will tell you why your body developed a thyroid disorder and it is my opinion, why the body develops ANY chronic health condition.
The answer is MUTATED GENES! You expressed a mutated gene! In the vast majority of cases, your body expressed an autoimmune gene, your immune system started attacking your thyroid and you were diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. How do you express “mutated genes” like an “autoimmune gene?” You express “mutated genes” by depleting your methyl groups. A methyl group is a hydrocarbon group that allows the cells of your body to use the food or nutrients that you consume on a daily basis. So you had depleted your methyl groups and you eventually had a toxin, strong EMF, hormone replacement therapy (estrogen in females and testosterone in men) or extremely stressful situation trigger the gene mutation. What helps create methyl groups? Hydrochloric acid (HCL) or stomach acid allows your body to create methyl groups. HCL breaks food down but by itself, it cannot methylate a cell. HCL needs a buffer in the form of potassium.
Potassium added to HCL creates tri-methyl glycine and it is the tri-methyl glycine that adds three methyl groups to each cell. Eighty percent of your immune system is in your gut which is WHY it is VITAL for you to have proper amounts of stomach acid or HCL! Methyl groups are extremely important for normal cell replication at the level of the DNA. They repair damaged DNA or fix mutations that occur in genes which help to prevent serious illnesses like cancer. Yes, I will tell you that there is a lot more to genetic expression but I am not going to bore you to death with a lecture on genetics! Just realize that methyl groups are extremely important for your good thyroid health! Methyl groups are also vital for liver detoxification, your body’s ability to use protein (aka. Protein synthesis), decreasing inflammation by controlling homocysteine metabolism, and good mental health via neurotransmitter synthesis (especially the “feel good” neurotransmitter, dopamine).
Inadequate methylation capacity can lead to birth defects, depression, cognitive decline, a host of other diseases including an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and….CANCER! We will get into the details of methyl groups and methylation in a future chapter, but the bottom line…you NEED an abundance of methyl groups to be healthy! THAT is a must!! The BIG THREE! Whenever I think of the “BIG THREE,” I always think of the big three automakers…Ford, GM and Chrysler. When it comes to your health, there is an entirely different “big three” and they are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT in your thyroid battle! I call them the “BIG THREE HEALTH THIEVES!” What are the BIG THREE HEALTH THIEVES? Inflammation! Toxins! Decreased immune response! If you are going to get healthy and live a long and happy life, you NEED to address these three health thieves IMMEDIATELY! What causes massive inflammation, toxicity and a decreased immune response? There are four components and ALL FOUR SUPPRESS the immune system, cause toxicity and inflammation… The four components are acidity, free radicals and excitotoxins, infections and autoimmunity. You need to address these four components in order to achieve thyroid health! You can beat thyroid disorders…NATURALLY! BUT…
Every thyroid disorder patient is different.
Therefore, every thyroid protocol must be different!
You are as unique as the marks on your thumb print; the genes that complete your DNA picture or the optic biometrics that identify you!
Forensic science has been using this knowledge for years. Biotechnology also talks about cellular medicine.
It’s time for doctors to apply the same principles of uniqueness of personalized health care to thyroid care.
You can beat thyroid disorders using natural protocols – at an individual level! I have personally done it!
Dr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983. He is the author of seven books which can be found at www.askdrjohnson.com. Dr. Johnson’s latest book, “You Can Beat Thyroid Disorders Naturally” is available at www.drjthyroidbook.com and his YouTube channel with over 90,000 views on his thyroid video alone is “Dr. Michael Johnson.” Dr. Johnson’s Facebook page is “Dr. Michael L. Johnson’s Natural Thyroid Solutions.”
© 2014 Dr. Michael L. Johnson