Case Study #95
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Dental / Hashimoto's Disease Connection
The Mayo Clinic states that "Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children. Patients with Hashimoto's Disease often first experience hyperthyroidism. With hyperthyroidism comes a high T4 (tetraiodothyronine), T3 (triiodothyronine), or both can cause an excessively high metabolic rate. This is called a hypermetabolic state. When a hypermetabolic state exists, you may experience a rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and hand tremors. You may also sweat a lot and develop a low tolerance for heat. Hyperthyroidism can cause more frequent bowel movements, weight loss, and, in women, irregular menstrual cycles. Visibly, the thyroid gland can enlarge into a goiter, which can be either bilaterally swollen or one-sided. Your eyes may also appear quite prominent, which is a sign of exophthalmos, a condition that's related to Graves' disease.
Following a period of over activity, a state of under activity, hypothyroidism, follows. Hypothyroidism is associated with the following signs and symptoms:
The following case had an interesting origin for the cause of Hashimoto's Disease. Lisa was a 24-year-old accountant who was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease by her medical doctor. Lisa presented with severe fatigue, weight gain, poor memory, and insomnia. When Lisa came home from work she would literally crash and have to go to bed.
My examination uncovered two key causative factors. One was the presence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in her jawbone where a wisdom tooth was extracted seven years before. The CMV had migrated via her lymphatic system into her thyroid. The second factor was nickel which had its origin from a bonded orthodontic retaining wire behind her lower front teeth. The nickel ions also had migrated through her lymphatic system into her thyroid. Both the CMV and nickel both were being attacked by her immune system. This was Lisa's source for her "autoimmune disease." In reality her immune system was doing its job. Unfortunately the medical industry has no possible clue of these type connections.
Lisa was placed on a nutritional program to combat the CMV infection and chelate out the nickel from her thyroid. Removal of the two offending items resulted in the disappearance of her "autoimmune disease" along with her symptoms. In reality there is no such thing as autoimmune disease. Practitioners must start looking for underlying causes if they are to be successful in their treatment.
Dr. Gerald Smith