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What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Gluten Sensitivity Could Hurt Your Thyroid

Even though awareness has never been greater, research shows that the overwhelming majority of people with gluten sensitivity are unaware that a simple dietary change could make a big difference in their health. And sometimes we would prefer not to know, because maintaining a diet without gluten can be challenging at first!

wheatSome people are sensitive to the gluten, which is found not only in wheat, but other grains such as barley, rye and spelt, without even being aware of it. This sensitivity can lead to a “wearing away” of the lining of the intestines. One big purpose of the intestines is to separate what is supposed to get into the bloodstream and what is supposed to be kept out of the bloodstream and excreted as waste. When the intestinal lining wears away, the gut may begin to let larger molecules into the bloodstream that ought to be kept out of the bloodstream (sometimes called Leaky Gut Syndrome). These large molecules can be recognized as intruders and initiate an auto immune response against your own tissues. This auto immune response can sometimes adversely affect the health, in general, and the thyroid gland in specific.

If you have low temperatures, I suggest that you consider a gluten free diet for a time to see how much better you might feel. That one change alone can sometimes make a tremendous difference in those that are affected.

Normal body temperatures can also help the function of the gut and the rest of the body. Standard testing doesn’t always correlate well with body temperature. You can have normal blood levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and suboptimal thyroid hormone activity.

That’s why I recommend people take their body temperature. (For directions on how to do this correctly, see my website “How are body temperatures measured?”) Consistently low temperatures–97.8.6 F (36.56 C) or lower–are a sign of low metabolism, which interferes with many of the biochemical processes in the body. This condition is called Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome.

Normal metabolism and body temperatures can be achieved by taking supplemental T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. Thyroid support herbs and nutrients such as selenium and vitamin D can help support body temperatures already in the normal range. Your doctor can call us at 800.420.5801 to get more information about how to use T3, along with nutritional and herbal support, and to discuss your individual case.

Taking a course of T3 can give your thyroid gland a chance to rest and heal itself. It can also help your intestinal lining rebuild properly. Both organs need to heal in order to reduce the body’s autoimmune response.


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About the Author:

Denis Wilson, MD described Wilson 's Temperature Syndrome in 1988 after observing people with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature, yet who had normal blood tests. He found that by normalizing their temperatures with T3 (without T4) their symptoms often remained improved even after the treatment was discontinued. He was the first doctor to use sustained-release T3.

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