bugbomb Posted April 10, 2012 Share Posted April 10, 2012 Not a Whole30 endorsement per se, but my wife was diagnosed with Hashimoto's (an autoimmune disease that targets the thyroid; it causes hypothyroid symptoms) about six months ago. Hashi's is interesting because it is triggered by gluten. Gluten (as we all know) can penetrate the intestinal lining and enter the bloodstream. For folks with Hashimoto's, the immune system confuses the gluten in the bloodstream with thyroid tissue, and begins to attack the thyroid, suppressing function. My wife's blood tests indicated low thyroid function as well as high levels of Hashimoto's-indicating antibodies (TGAB ~1300 and TPO ~80). She opted to go gluten-free rather than take Synthroid, which was the only course our (terrible) doctor was willing to recommend. After a few months gluten-free, she had bloodwork done again. Unfortunately, she was inadvertently exposed to gluten about a week before the tests (sneaky oyster sauce in a Thai stir fry), but even with that exposure, her levels were WAY down (TGAB ~160 and TPO 17) and her thyroid hormone levels were in the normal range. We're going to experiment with selenium supplementation next, so we'd welcome any input the community might have on that front. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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