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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Thyroid and A Gluten-Free Diet

Thyroid disorders, particularly hypothyroidism (the under-functioning of the thyroid gland) is very common in North America.

The thyroid is an endocrine (hormone-secreting) gland located in the area of the "Adam's Apple"-- the word 'thyroid' comes from the Greek for "shield".  If you put your hand so your thumb rest on one side of your throat, and your other fingers on the other side, you can feel that bony shield covering the gland.

My husband and I have begun to read a book called "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal?" by Dr. Datis Kharrazian DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci.  It is a clearly-written text with some very illustrative metaphors, such as comparing the protein-bonded thyroid hormones to taxicabs in New York that won't let their passengers out.

Very interesting to us was reading about the fact that people with any thyroid dysfunction should give up gluten-containing foods (even oats, alas).   If persons with gluten-sensitivity and/or Celiac disease eat gluten foods, they are prevented from absorbing the necessary nutrients in their diet.  Dr. Kharrazian makes a strong case for eating gluten-free and for looking to a healthy, whole-food diet (vs. pharmaceuticals) in order to get well.  People suffering from some forms of thyroid disease have shown that merely eliminating gluten from their diets has healed up their thyroid disease within 3 to 6 months!  What a great reason for getting the gluten out, eh?
Listen to learn more about Dr. Kharrazian's book:

Podcast interview with Jimmy Moore
Livin La Low Carb Vida
Free Audio Chapter:audio/video page

Listen to a radio interview with Dr. Kharrazian
Part One -- Part Two

Get instant delivery with Amazon Kindle eBook of Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? ($7.50)
Disclaimer:This blog reflects my own personal beliefs about the health benefits of being gluten-free. I am not a Medical or Health Care professional and any information or products contained in this blog are not meant to replace your responsibility to consult with the appropriate health care provider about your own circumstances and concerns.
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