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Hashimoto's disease and the Paleo Diet

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Anyone have Hashimoto's disease and on the Paleo Diet like me?

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0 · December 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

My doctor told me last week to eat the Paleo w Hashimotos restrictions. I've had Hashimoto's for 12 years. She, an actual MD, told me to eat this way to cure my "incurable" disease. I was floored that an MD would actually take it seriously. She said she's had patients have no Hashimoto's antibodies in their blood after a few months eating 100% Paleo w/no nightshades, no goiterogenic vegitagles & no eggs.

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10 · July 07, 2012 at 4:38 PM

So glad I found this site. You can feel alone when you talk about your symptoms sometimes because nobody outside Hashi suffers get it. My last labs were: TSH 1.35 / Free T4 .74 / Free T3 2.5 My doc increased my T3 to get my T3 in a better place. My antibodies are also very high 2300 from 1000 a year ago. Just started eliminating grains 2 months ago, but have stopped glutten over a year ago. Also.. this past year, cant drop a pound and have gained a few. Is their a correlation between increase antibodies?? Even though nubmers are not crazy?? Thank you!!

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2341 · May 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Yes I am pretty strict paleo, grain, legume, very minimal dairy, minimal nuts and seeds. I do drink a little wine most nights - about 1/2 glass now. I was drinking more - I think that is not great for my hashis

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2341 · May 15, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I find low carb is not so great for my hashimotos, I'm better with a moderate carb diet - about 100 grams carbs day

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167 · May 15, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Nothing is ever clear cut, I guess. Are you grain free too? I wouldn't be surprised if this disease has more than one cause. In fact, that is how a lot of diseases work unfortunately. Wish there was a magic bullet.

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2341 · May 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Mine are still high - my TPO was 1600, last time I measured down to about 1100. I am strictly gluten free. Haven't measured lately but my TSH has gone up again since coming off the auto-immune version

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Definitely update on how your results come out.

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Please update on how your results turn out.

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219 · May 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Thanks for posting about your experience. I'd like to try the same but am waiting until I have a FT job so I can test thyroid more regularly (more than HMO would like) -- to catch it if I am turning hyper.

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1453 · May 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I dunno -- I'm not much to judge from as I never had many symptoms other than maybe some fatigue and a giant thyroid nodule (ended up having half my thyroid removed for that). And I've never been particularly strict. But anyway I do assume the Hashimoto's was gluten-related as I used to eat a ton.

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Thank you for the feedback, by the way. I'm so glad to hear that this diet worked for you. I just transitioned from years of grain, gluten and diary free eating to giving up legumes, which puts me in paleo territory. I'm waiting to see if any more improvement occurs.

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Yeah, I mean crazy as in, "it blew my mind." I kills me that such an obvious answer to a pretty common disease is being ignored because it can't be sold by the pharm companies. My doctor initially told me that there was no cure and was totally flabbergasted when my numbers went into normal range. I later learned about gluten/leaky gut and antibodies when I started reading about the Paleo diet and it all started to make sense. Nonetheless, when I tell people about this, I sometimes get treated like I'm into quack medicine, so I like hearing about people who have had similar experiences to me.

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1453 · May 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

My TPO antibodies also went into normal range once I got off gluten. (I've always eaten dairy.) It's not crazy at all -- you're no longer triggering an autoimmune reaction. I have Hashimoto's and it seems very stable since I went first low carb then paleo. Actually I've been eating more carbs lately and I just got bloodwork last week and my T3 was higher than it's been since we started monitoring years ago -- have to cut back my Cytomel dosage.

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2341 · March 17, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I have Hashimotos - here are few good links, and my self experement on auto-immune paleo diet

http://paleozonenutrition.com/2011/07/30/final-thoughts-on-my-30-days-of-auto-immune-paleo/

http://paleozonenutrition.com/2010/08/26/hashimotos-auto-immune-thyroid-disease-avoid-gluten-like-the-plague/

http://paleozonenutrition.com/2011/11/02/the-paleo-diet-variation-to-treat-auto-immune-disease/

Read articles in Dr K's blog: Iodine and Hashimotos, Changing your diet is the first step in addressing Hashimoto???s http://thyroidbook.com/blog/

Listen to this interview with Dr K: Blog Talk radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/undergroundwellness/2010/08/19/why-do-i-still-have-thyroid-symptoms-with-dr-datis

Buy this book, follow the protocol: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto???s Disease and Hypothyroidism By Datis Kharrazian http://www.thyroidbook.com/

Read this excellent in depth series on thyroid disorders on ???The Healthy Skeptic??? The Healthy Skeptic Blog ???Thyroid Disorders??? Series http://chriskresser.com/category/health-conditions/thyroid-disorders

This is a great overview of thyroid issues and treatments from Nutrition Bites ; Get acquainted with your thyroid http://www.maryvancenc.com/2011/09/get-acquainted-with-your-thyroid/

And this too: Celiac Causes Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases (Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase Can Lead to Hashimoto???s Thyroiditis) http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.co.nz/2009/07/celiac-causes-allergies-and-autoimmune.html

Here's another blog with a ton of info in Hashimotos http://outsmartdisease.com/category/hashimotos-thyroiditis/

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170 · March 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Saw the info at the link...and all I can say is that going gluten-free and dairy-free is the answer. Sounds too easy, but gluten and casein are the root cause of every autoimmune disease and skin problem. I know this, as a 30+ year sufferer of celiac and casein allergy. Once I went casein-free (the protein in milk, whey, etc.), my lifelong sinus and skin problems disappeared. Haven't had a sinus infection since 2006, and it's wonderful. Gluten flat out causes autoimmune diseases of every kind. Read a book called Dangerous Grains by James Braly. Also, this explains how gluten destroys the body through "molecular mimicry": http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2010/09/19/paleo-diet-solution/ . My life has changed dramatically since going gluten-free. I'm no longer itchy (after a lifetime of having so many skin problems), my stools are normal, I don't get gassy anymore, I no longer need naps or as much sleep, I'm more energetic all day long (no more 2pm crash!), and I don't get sick anymore. My mom and my dad have gone gluten-free/dairy-free, and it has transformed their health as well. One other great book is called The H-Factor Solution: Homocysteine, the Best Single Indicator of Whether You are Likely to Live Long or Die Young by Dr. Patrick Holford.

The good news is...you can radically transform your health, without drugs! Read those books and that article on molecular mimicry, and PLEASE take them seriously. You can be free of years of misery, and it could be as simple as cutting gluten and casein. But no doctor will tell you that. In fact, they'll probably tell you it's nonsense. But do it and watch every blood test change (for the better), and watch as your symptoms disappear. There is no financial incentive to cure you at the doctor's office. You have to take your health into your own hands. Best of luck!

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0 · December 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

My doctor told me last week to eat the Paleo w Hashimotos restrictions. I've had Hashimoto's for 12 years. She, an actual MD, told me to eat this way to cure my "incurable" disease. I was floored that an MD would actually take it seriously. She said she's had patients have no Hashimoto's antibodies in their blood after a few months eating 100% Paleo w/no nightshades, no goiterogenic vegitagles & no eggs.

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I'm interested to know how the paleo diet went for folks with Hashimoto's? My TPO antibodies dropped into normal range, which is crazy. I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.

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10 · July 07, 2012 at 4:38 PM

So glad I found this site. You can feel alone when you talk about your symptoms sometimes because nobody outside Hashi suffers get it. My last labs were: TSH 1.35 / Free T4 .74 / Free T3 2.5 My doc increased my T3 to get my T3 in a better place. My antibodies are also very high 2300 from 1000 a year ago. Just started eliminating grains 2 months ago, but have stopped glutten over a year ago. Also.. this past year, cant drop a pound and have gained a few. Is their a correlation between increase antibodies?? Even though nubmers are not crazy?? Thank you!!

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2341 · May 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Yes I am pretty strict paleo, grain, legume, very minimal dairy, minimal nuts and seeds. I do drink a little wine most nights - about 1/2 glass now. I was drinking more - I think that is not great for my hashis

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167 · May 15, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Nothing is ever clear cut, I guess. Are you grain free too? I wouldn't be surprised if this disease has more than one cause. In fact, that is how a lot of diseases work unfortunately. Wish there was a magic bullet.

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2341 · May 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Mine are still high - my TPO was 1600, last time I measured down to about 1100. I am strictly gluten free. Haven't measured lately but my TSH has gone up again since coming off the auto-immune version

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219 · May 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Thanks for posting about your experience. I'd like to try the same but am waiting until I have a FT job so I can test thyroid more regularly (more than HMO would like) -- to catch it if I am turning hyper.

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1453 · May 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I dunno -- I'm not much to judge from as I never had many symptoms other than maybe some fatigue and a giant thyroid nodule (ended up having half my thyroid removed for that). And I've never been particularly strict. But anyway I do assume the Hashimoto's was gluten-related as I used to eat a ton.

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Thank you for the feedback, by the way. I'm so glad to hear that this diet worked for you. I just transitioned from years of grain, gluten and diary free eating to giving up legumes, which puts me in paleo territory. I'm waiting to see if any more improvement occurs.

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Yeah, I mean crazy as in, "it blew my mind." I kills me that such an obvious answer to a pretty common disease is being ignored because it can't be sold by the pharm companies. My doctor initially told me that there was no cure and was totally flabbergasted when my numbers went into normal range. I later learned about gluten/leaky gut and antibodies when I started reading about the Paleo diet and it all started to make sense. Nonetheless, when I tell people about this, I sometimes get treated like I'm into quack medicine, so I like hearing about people who have had similar experiences to me.

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1453 · May 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

My TPO antibodies also went into normal range once I got off gluten. (I've always eaten dairy.) It's not crazy at all -- you're no longer triggering an autoimmune reaction. I have Hashimoto's and it seems very stable since I went first low carb then paleo. Actually I've been eating more carbs lately and I just got bloodwork last week and my T3 was higher than it's been since we started monitoring years ago -- have to cut back my Cytomel dosage.

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30 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I have Hashimotos and have been on thyroid meds for about 8 years. About a year ago I started the Paleo diet with the hope of either reducing my meds or getting off of them entirely. I'm planning to get a thorough thyroid panel of tests done later this year and will hopefully have a better picture of what's going on in my body and how eating Paleo has improved it. But along the way on this journey I"m having a blast coming up with Paleo recipes that will be eaten by the rest of the family. So far I've found quite a few that have replaced non-paleo favorites in my house. Take a look if you are looking for paleo recipe ideas. http://northwestcavegirls.com

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Please update on how your results turn out.

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15 · December 04, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Did anyone go back to their normal weight after adopting Paleo. It always seems to be a struggle for me no matter how little or much I eat. I've been Paleo with Autoimmune Protocol for nearly 30 days and my scale barely budges.

Thanks, Jeanine

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6229 · June 08, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Here's a 37 year old woman (now Paleo) Hashimoto's patient who's a certified athletic trainer, licensed physical therapist, and trigger point therapist.

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/wellbeing/health/how-a-gluten-free-paleo-diet-changed-my-life.php

The article: All of your blood work looks fine. The only thing that comes up is thyroid antibodies, but that???s nothing to worry about.??? My primary care doctor said these words to me in 1999, after I told him I???d been feeling anxious and jittery and couldn???t sleep for days at a time. I???d just had my first child a few months before, so since nothing else could be determined, the most obvious diagnosis was that I had postpartum anxiety and depression.

But while the symptoms went away over time with treatment, they were soon replaced by a mind-numbing fatigue. Little did I know that my own body was in the process of attacking itself because of an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto???s Thyroiditis.

Fast-forward to 2007. I had been under a tremendous amount of stress over the year. Though I continued to exercise, somehow I gained almost 20 pounds, and my hair began falling out in clumps. Even after eight hours of sleep, I was still so exhausted I could barely get out of bed in the morning.

I began researching my symptoms. My doctor???s words came back to me, and I began reading everything I could find on thyroid disorders. After getting an ultrasound, I discovered I had *nodules on my thyroid.*So with medication, over a few months I began to feel like I was getting some energy back. But my weight didn???t change, and exercise still proved too painful.

The impact this disease had on my life in the beginning was huge. I had been an athlete my entire life, swimming competitively in college, running 10Ks, and doing triathlons. At 37, I suddenly found myself unable to walk three miles with my children. To say that I was afraid for my future would be an understatement.

Going Gluten-Free

About a year into treatment for Hashimoto???s, I mentioned to a coworker that I felt better, but still not great. He suggested I try going gluten-free for a few weeks. I resisted, because I loved cereal, bread, and pasta. But then I learned that celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, and people with one autoimmune disease are more likely to be diagnosed with others over the years. I decided to give it a go.

After two gluten-free weeks, I felt 80 percent better. I was feeling more energetic, and gone were the cramps and painful bloating. I began to lose a little bit of weight, and I had the energy to begin gentle bodyweight exercises again. That was two years ago.

The Paleo Life

Then last spring I heard rumblings about the Paleo lifestyle. I researched the principles and learned that grains like wheat, rye, and barley can cause damage to the gut lining and put people at high risk for autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto???s Thyroiditis, type 1 diabetes, and lupus. I went Paleo and cut out all of my gluten-free treats and dairy, increased my intake of coconut milk and oil, and began consuming larger quantities of grass-fed meats.

Almost immediately I noticed a difference in how I felt. My joint and muscle pain slowly faded away, I felt more rested when I woke up in the morning, and my brain felt sharp again. I even lost most of the weight I had gained over the years.

In the six months since I went Paleo, I???ve gone from not being able to walk a few miles to running, hiking, rock climbing, and weight lifting. My blood work looks good, my thyroid nodules are smaller, and I feel like I???m back to living the healthy life I had before Hashimoto???s decided to wreak havoc on my body.

More important, I don???t feel deprived of anything, because being able to play with my kids again is more important to me than eating pizza.

There is plenty of research to support the Paleo lifestyle as part of the comprehensive treatment plan for autoimmune diseases. A good place to start is by reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. The book explains the science and includes an index at the back listing 30 pages of research articles that helped convince me to take on this diet.

From my frustrating and trying experiences, my approach to working with my own patients as a physical therapist and trainer has changed. As part of my objective to treat the ???whole person,??? I want to be sure I provide my patients with as much information as possible, so it doesn???t take them five years to get back to living, like it took me. It was a long journey, but it feels good to be in my skin again.

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219 · May 15, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Same here, Hashimoto's. I just posted a question this weekend about getting worse on low carb paleo. There are many good points there.

Many Hashi's sufferers seem to do just fine on LC Paleo.

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2341 · May 15, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I find low carb is not so great for my hashimotos, I'm better with a moderate carb diet - about 100 grams carbs day

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1467 · March 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I have it and am hoping that Paleo will help. I have only been paleo for a very short time so I am going to take tests in 2 months to see if anything has changed. Good luck! have a look at paleothyroid google group for some info.

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167 · May 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Definitely update on how your results come out.

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0 · September 22, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Well, this is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!

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289 · November 01, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I have Hashimotos and follow the autoimmune protocol. I didn't see any benefit in regular paleo but the autoimmune protocol has been a miracle for me. Just got my tpo antibodies tested and they were half what they were last test - hope to eliminate them soon.

I blog about my experiences with diet and autoimmune disease at the site linked in my profile. There is also a great group on Facebook called Hashimotos 411 that is awesome. Good luck!

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