Hypothyroidism affects approximately 34 million people (11%) in the United States. Unfortunately, many people and practitioners don’t recognize hypothyroidism as an autoimmune disease, even though 90% of hypothyroid cases are autoimmune!
Hypothyroidism affects approximately 34 million people (11%) in the United States, a majority of those being female. Unfortunately, many people and practitioners don’t recognize hypothyroidism as an autoimmune disease, even though 90% of hypothyroid cases are autoimmune, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis!
The presence of thyroid antibodies in blood work is conclusive for the autoimmune disease, known as Hashimoto’s.
These antibodies gradually and continually destroy the thyroid gland, eventually resulting in thyroid failure. Patients are typically offered thyroid hormone replacement therapy or, alternatively, iodine and glandular support but these treatments actually add fuel to the fire!
The Three Causes of Hashimoto’s Disease
Hashimoto’s Disease along with all other autoimmune conditions develops when three criteria are present in the body: Leaky Gut (permeability), Genetic Susceptibility, and a Trigger.
There are several known triggers that exacerbate autoimmune conditions and hypothyroidism including:
- Gluten intolerance.
- Vitamin D polymorphism (the body’s inability to use natural vitamin D).
- Iodine excess.
- Heavy metal toxicity.
- Estrogen surges.
- Pregnancy (especially postpartum changes).
- Gastrointestinal infections.
- and insulin surges.
Perhaps the most common and most critical is gluten intolerance (not just celiac disease!), to which 80% of Americans have a genetic predisposition.
The majority of these conditions are addressed at Red Tail Wellness Center and rather than symptom suppression, we focus on removing the root cause and allowing your body to heal itself.
People who suffer from this debilitating condition are some of the most rewarding clients to work with as great changes can be made very simply.
Since autoimmunity is very complex, a detailed history is always taken at the first visit. It is during this visit that many insights regarding your particular case surface and a more specific treatment plan can be determined.
We have found that determining and addressing immune dominance is integral in the treatment of Hashimoto’s Disease. (As described in: Why do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by Datis Kharrazian).
Put simply, is one side of your immune system driving the antibody reaction, thus destroying the thyroid over time? It is nearly impossible to manage an autoimmune condition without addressing and regulating the immune system.
We perform a functional medicine, neurologic and applied kinesiology exam which allows us to examine and properly educate you on a course of action in the months to come.
Please take a moment and listen to our patients talk about their success in working with Red Tail to heal their Hashimoto’s disease.
Michele: I first went to see Dr. Ian after a long struggle with extreme exhaustion and frequent illness. I had been diagnosed with “hypothyroidism” 8 years prior and was promptly told it was incurable and they put me on medication to deal with it. But yet I still had symptoms! Once I started seeing Dr. Ian I learned that I had Hashimoto’s and that it was indeed something that could possibly be, if not completely reversed, reversed enough to reduce or banish symptoms.
I also learned I have Celiac disease and that my small gluten cheats in the years prior had contributed to my ails. And finally I learned I had adrenal failure, which was what was contributing greatly to this latest bought of exhaustion. Immediately Dr. Ian started me on a plan to address each of these and within weeks I started feeling better than I had in years. He also pointed out some memory and neurological issues I had picked up through my years of eating gluten. (My particular type of Celiac disease resulted in entirely neurological symptoms, not gastrointestinal).
We have been successfully knocking down each of those issues and I have noticed a great improvement already in my memory, awareness, and attention. I highly recommend making an appointment with Dr. Ian if you have ANY inkling that you are suffering from thyroid issues, memory issues, feel that you may have any food sensitivities, or just don’t feel like you are full of energy and vigor. You deserve more, and Dr. Ian can help you get there.
Susie: Dr Ian helped me overcome many health problems. When I initially went to see him, I was suffering from hypo-thyroidism. With his help, I am no longer hypo-thyroid. Amazing Results! He is highly recommended!
Dasha: I had been feeling very ill since I had my son five years ago. I was suffering from debilitating fatigue, nausea, muscle pain, brain fog, bloating, anxiety attacks, and much more. After five years of seeing different doctors and being unable to find help (they were just ordering more and more of useless and very expensive tests) I found Dr. Ian at Red Tail Wellness. He has been really amazing. He knows more about thyroid issues than anyone I have ever met.
I love his holistic approach to every client. He is not only knowledgeable and attentive, but also friendly and fun. I respect him and thank him for making it possible for me to feel normal again. It took one inexpensive test to have me diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. He also made some significant changes to my diet (and I thought I was eating healthy ;)) and recommended several supplements, and I was feeling like a new person within a month. ALL my symptoms were gone! I would encourage everyone not to be afraid of having to pay too much, because it is actually the other way around. Trust me. Do it for yourself, you are worth it!
Joetta: I initially started seeing Dr Ian for intense tiredness, digestive problems, low thyroid and a slew of other symptoms. He has been so amazing in supporting me to continuously make improvements and the results have been incredible. I highly recommend him, he is intuitive, wise and a high integrity person that I respect and value!
Jill: “Using adjustments, blood analysis, supplements, suggested diet and exercise, Dr. Hollaman has been able to re-create the proper function of my endocrine system and I feel like a new person!
I’ve lost weight and feel good about myself again. I know that my health is better than it has been for many years and I am no longer taking thyroid supplementation.”
Mary: “Ian really knows A LOT about thyroid problems! Several months later, I feel stronger, more energetic, and am happier than I have felt in a long time. Many thanks for all your help!
Katherine: I would highly recommend Dr. Ian to anyone seeking to find a better pathway through thyroid issues. I was cycling downward and found myself depressed and with very low energy. Through blood panel analysis and saliva testing, Dr. Ian was able to analyze my problems and proscribe a regime of dietary changes and supplements that have been truly helpful. It has taken several months, but I feel better than I have for a long time. A secondary testing panel of blood/saliva helped show some significant changes for the positive. Dr. Ian is friendly and helpful and a good listener. If you have not tried an alternative approach to thryoid issues, Redtail Clinic is a great place to start.
Gail: I always look for the truth when it comes to my health. By that I mean why is my body challenged with…..? How can I bring my body back naturally … the body can heal. For the past 8 years I have been challenged with adrenal fatigue & exhaustion, thyroid challenges, digestive issues and weight gain! I decided to go see Dr Ian Hollaman at Red Tail Wellness.
I’ve known Dr. Ian for a few years and was inspired to have a consultation with him after reviewing his website. After consulting with Dr Ian I felt this was where I needed to be and began working with him. OMG I am so happy I did. My health is soaring!! Dr Ian’s knowledge is quite extensive, his listening skills are superb, his compassion is comforting and he truly understands the human body. I never hesitate recommending him. I am thriving, stronger every day. Lost weight, am keeping it off; all my spinal pain is gone; my digestive challenges are minute; I feel emotionally strong again!!! Love it!
Alex: If you’re looking for a caring pair of doctors, this is the place to go! After dealing with thyroid issues for over a year, I found Red Tail Wellness. I feel so much better and have learned so much about thyroid issues. They always take the time to educate and answer any questions. I highly recommend them! Dr. Karen & Ian have spent tremendous amounts of time learning the triggers of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and look forward to helping you regain your vitality!
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