It's possible this topic is just on my radar now in light of being recently diagnosed with hashi's, but there seems to be an influx of hashimoto's cases on Paleohacks lately.
Curious what other's think about Danny Roddy's latest article, Hashimoto's Disease: Excess Estrogen In Disguise? Parts of the article are a little over my head, but it certainly seems to describe my own predicament: hashimoto's thyroiditis combined with a severe hormone imbalance (almost zero progesterone and sky-high levels of estrogen).
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on March 12, 2012
at 04:43 PM
Danny Roddy is the only person that makes me doubt about a lot of paleo perceptions. I'm glad lean meats are now considered silly, and that Dr. Harris and Dr. Jaminet make sugar more popular, but there is still a list of things to think about :
"metabolic damage, fructose hysteria, fruit makes you fat, sucrose ruins your health, fish oil mega-dosing, calcium isn't important, avoidance of dietary salt, etc."
The amount of times I hear that calcium is not important freaks me out. It's supposed to be okay because vitamin D3 and other fat-soluble vitamins increase absorption. Partially true, but calcium is still of utter importance and we should think about it way more than we currently do.
Also, I agree with you there's a lot of thyroid talk lately. I hope all those with problems will take Danny Roddy's advice on how to reduce estrogen seriously, because they did help me (I now walk around in T-shirt the whole day because I'm just not cold) :
Protein (especially gelatin), orange juice, reducing endotoxin (carrot), consuming enough calcium (& VD,VA,VK), can all improve liver health, which handles excess estrogen.
As for scientifically analyzing the post, I'm definitely not the right person to do that. I love his website design btw. Nice, simple graphs and a good layout. Compare that to Dr. Kruse's blog ...
on March 12, 2012
at 04:44 PM
Autoimmune disorders affect women at a rate of 5x compared to men in general so sex hormones have long been suspected as a cause of autoimmune disorders, including Hashimoto's. It is believed that both estrogen increases susceptibility and testosterone decreases it. In other words, both are believed to be involved independently. There is a trial underway in Boston using testosterone eye drops to see if it can help Sjogren's patients or just those with dry eye syndrome. I wouldn't be surprised if there are trials for other diseases as well but since women naturally need levels of hormones which promote autoimmunity the focus has been on localized treatments I think.
on March 19, 2012
at 10:35 AM
There's an easy way to tell. Alternatively take some iodine, and some DIM. DIM blocks estrogen. Iodine kick starts the thyroid (though in some cases, it can cause worse Hashimoto's.)
If the DIM improves symptoms, it was excess estrogen. If the iodine improves symptoms, it was the thyroid.
(But be sure you know your T3/T4 levels before you mess around with this.)
Supposedly, according to Ray Peat, aspirin also blocks estrogen, but since it can cause leaky gut, we should probably stay away from it.
on March 12, 2012
at 04:53 PM
Correlation does not equal causation. Thyroid problems disrupt the endocrine system, and endocrine disruptions cause, contibute to, or are the result of thyroid problems. Stress is a factor, genetics, toxins, or maybe even bad medicine from well intentioned drs.
To pin it one one thing is pretty crazy.