It is estimated that up to one in five women can expect a diagnosis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis or another thyroid disorder in their lifetime.
Hashimoto's is the fastest growing autoimmune disorder in the US and it's becoming clear that a functional medicine approach has much more to offer patients than standard medical care alone.
For Dr Izabella Wentz, also known as The Thyroid Pharmacist, a diagnosis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis at age 27 set her on a path of research and discovery.
Throughout her quest for answers she has chronicled her successes and failures, which has culminated in two best-selling books, making her a key authority on the subject. Her most recent book "The Hashimoto's Protocol" has just been released and offers a 90 day plan to reverse thyroid symptoms and put people on a path of healing.
Dr Wentz joins us today to share her expertise on recognising, managing and living with Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
Covered in this episode
[01:00] Introducing Dr Izabella Wentz
[01:59] Dr Wentz's background
[03:24] The wounded healer
[06:24] Why there is resistance to integrative approaches
[08:38] Getting to know the thyroid
[11:00] The impact of immunity and inflammation
[11:51] Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 5 stages
[16:19] Hashimoto's thyroiditis: known triggers
[17:20] Women are affected more than men
[22:10] Toxic load and endocrine disruptors
[24:10] Seasonal foods and lifestyle changes
[26:34] Genetic and epigenetic factors
[30:00] The contentious issue of adequate testing
[37:26] Grieving the diagnosis
[40:02] Stages of treatment
[45:37] Gauging the effectiveness of treatment
[47:00] What about iodine?
[51:25] Dr Wentz's resources
[53:15] Final thanks to Dr Wentz
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|Dr Izabella Wentz - Gifts|
|The Hashimoto's Protocol|
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