As a health care provider, and someone who is so health-focused, I was honestly shocked when I found out.
In working with a naturopath, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and mercury toxicity. I was lucky enough not to have any symptoms yet, but it led me to question: How could I be mercury toxic if I have never had a mercury (amalgam) filling?
It turns out the thyroid and mercury toxicity problems are interrelated.
One can become mercury toxic from an unhealthy gut (leaky gut) in which mercury from food and other sources builds up in the gut and is not properly eliminated.
In my case, I also do not produce enough of the important antioxidant glutathione, which is shown to be important with mercury elimination.
Leaky gut can be difficult, and lengthy to properly treat.
Mercury toxicity and thyroid disease are also closely related. The thyroid is very delicate organ. As noted by Dr. Kellman, a leading specialist: “Toxins do not have to reach very high levels in order to affect a system that is very, very vulnerable to toxicity. The thyroid is the most vulnerable component of the endocrine system”.
How does this occur? Our diet is a huge contributor. Iodine, Selenium, Iron and/or cortisol deficiency can contribute; without sufficient amounts of these nutrients, thyroid hormone metabolism can occur.
Gluten looks very similar to the thyroid hormone, and can interfere with the hormone bonding on receptor sites. This is why gluten-free diets are sometimes recommended for thyroid disease.
My Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis was diagnosed by my naturopath. They look at several tests for your thyroid: the TSH, free T3 and T4, Thyroid Antibody testing, and reverse T3. I am taking the natural route, adjusting my diet and taking dietary supplements to control my disease. Thankfully, I am on the path to great overall health.
This article was originally posted on March 16, 2016.
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