Gout, Underactive Thyroid, and Hashimoto’s…
- Posted by Bert Middleton
- On September 4, 2019
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- Gout and Hypothyroid, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Under-active Thyroid
...I have a history of getting gout (as you know!). Around the same time I got diagnosed with gout, (1997) I also was diagnosed with hypothyroid...was that the cause of my gout?! Here's the kicker...is it hypothyroid? (underactive thyroid) Or Hashimoto's Thyroiditis? Evidently, over 90% of people diagnosed with hypothyroid, actually have Hashimotos...which is an auto-immune disease.
This is a really important conversation that I don't think the gout world has talked enough about. So we are doing it now!
Gout and Underactive Thyroid
In my nutrition studies, we learned that the Endocrine System is the first system to become compromised by poor diet and lifestyle habits. The thyroid gland is a major player in how we "metabolize" the food we eat. Metabolize is the rate at which we break down the foods we eat and convert them to energy.
There are a number of symptoms that go along with hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Pain and swelling in the joints
- Sensitivity to cold
- Puffy face
- Elevated cholesterol
- Weak muscles
- Forgetfulness and/or impaired cognitive function
These are many of the symptoms I have personally experienced. What is more interesting however, is that there is significant evidence that hypothyroidism correlates with increased uric acid due to decreased renal function.
At the beginning of this year, I embarked on a new mission to find out how much heavy metal toxicity I am burdened with. With the expensive testing I paid for to find out, sure enough, I am off the charts with arsenic and lead!
You may recall, in my story about how I came to be The Gout Killer, I talk about my exposure to arsenic because of handling green treated lumber in my construction days.
Now I have a great acupuncturist and she is giving me needles, cupping, herbs, moxa, and closely monitoring me with blood tests...or trying to anyway. It snowed SO much this winter, I got completely thrown off track and my thyroid hormone balance (TSH) got all whacked out. As could be expected, I got some gouty stuff happening around June and July and we had to reel it all back in using thyroid glandulars as well as Armour Thyroid.
It's interesting how the gouty symptoms subsided and I am feeling so much clearer and stronger.
But what is more important about this long tale of gout, is that with the help of my acupuncturist and all the testing and observation, it is more likely that my underactive thyroid is actually Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
Hashimoto's is actually an auto-immune disease. The body perceives the cells that make up the tissues of the thyroid gland to be foreign invaders and attacks them.
You are doing amazing work to help people...
Hi Bert, I just wanted to send you a quick note and tell you that these emails are greatly appreciated. Your doing amazing work to help people.
Gout and Hashimoto's
So if it's an auto-immune problem that is contributing to my battle with gout, what do I do about it?
One of the most important things that can be done is to avoid gluten. Too many people think that the whole "gluten free" thing is a joke...it's not. My opinion is that gluten is causinng WAY more problems than we have even realized yet. Gluten gums up the works and changes the way our guts and our gut biome works. All auto-immune disease begins with gut dysfunction or "dysbiosis", leading to a leaky gut syndrome type of scenario.
...there is significant evidence that hypothyroidism correlates with increased uric acid due to decreased renal function.
Bottom-Line: Gout, underactive thyroid, or Hashimoto's...there are many different things that combine to result in gout. We have to be diligent in our efforts!
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Bert Middleton, The Original Gout Killer
“I know your pain. Let me help you kill your gout for good! And teach you to advocate for yourself and take ownership of your gout recovery, by showing you how to live the gout-free lifestyle.”
Two decades ago, Bert Middleton found himself diagnosed with gout. Like 8.3 million other people in the United States (approximately 4% of the population), he struggled helplessly with the physical, emotional, social, and financial impact that gout left unchecked can have on your life.
Prescription drugs were of limited help…
And the terrible pain of regular gout attacks left him unable to enjoy even the simplest daily pleasures. His marriage was suffering. His finances were spiraling due to the impact gout had on his ability to work. And maintaining a social life was often nearly impossible.
Tophi surgeries left him in terrible pain. And he found himself depressed … and angry … that gout was stealing years of his life.
Until one day, after hundreds of hours of research and self-experimentation, Bert finally had a breakthrough and created a blueprint for a way of living that would prove to be “the answer” to living gout-free for nearly a decade now.
Today, Bert and his “Gout Wife” Sharon devote their evenings and weekends to educating other gout sufferers on how to live the gout-free lifestyle via their website TheGoutKiller.com
Showing others his 911 Emergency Response Gout Recovery Plan for getting PAINFUL gout attacks under control in as little as 4 hours.
And then, how to make daily choices that keep gout under control for GOOD!
So you can finally start LIVING again!