People suffering with Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis always tell me the same thing… “My doctor told me my condition is incurable because it’s autoimmune.”
The doctor is correct in his or her understanding. From what they learned in medical school, autoimmune conditions are incurable and treated with medications that suppress bodily symptoms.
Unfortunately, this can exacerbate the situation and make conditions worse!
Thankfully, there are many natural health practitioners, health coaches, and integrative/functional medicine professionals that understand something completely different about healing the body.
It’s called getting to the root cause of the problem. The root cause of ANY autoimmune condition starts by first diving into the digestive system.
Over 70% of our immunity lives in the digestive system. If the digestive system is overrun by rogue bacteria and viruses, immunity can, and will, become compromised.
According to the National Institute of Health and US National Library of Medicine. “There are more than 80 identified autoimmune diseases. Multiple factors are thought to contribute to the development of immune response to self, including genetics, age and environment. In particular, viruses, bacteria and other infectious pathogens are the major postulated environmental triggers of autoimmunity.”
The first thing I do with clients suffering from autoimmune thyroid conditions is to clean up their internal environment. That includes getting bugs, parasites, worms and pathogens, that have grown out of control, out of their digestive system and gut.
I recommend an herbal product called Paraguard because it’s a triple whammy; it gets rid of bugs, worms and parasites! Most of us have these little creatures living inside us and we don’t even know it.
In general, the deeper the illness (how long the client has been suffering), the longer the herbal protocol. For most autoimmune thyroid conditions twenty-one days would be sufficient.
During that time I would suggest NOT taking probiotics!
I understand this may go against everything you’ve read about gut health, but there is a reason for this. As long as rogue bacteria are populating the digestive system they are going to EAT those probiotics you send them and they are going to thrive.
I had a client that complained about feeling gassy and bloated all the time. This can be an indicator of bacterial overgrowth as well as liver congestion. I suggested she stop taking probiotic capsules and incorporate some bug-killing herbs into her routine.
Within two weeks, the bloating she had been suffering with for almost a year was gone. Now, she swears that her bloating and gas actually came from taking probiotics!
Don’t get me wrong, I DO recommend eating probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, yogurt, and kefir as you are doing a bug and digestive system cleanse. But, I do NOT recommend powdered probiotic products that contain extremely high doses of bacteria (billions and billions of organisms).
The physical body may not need, or be able to handle, 50 billion microorganisms (or more) in one shot – as is the case with most probiotics.
Another thing to note is that when probiotic bacteria comes in the form of food, it is processed differently by the body. More organically, so to speak.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.