It is well known that autoimmunity is the leading cause of thyroid dysfunction in the developed Western world. The goal of any comprehensive thyroid treatment approach should consider the step before the autoimmunity leading to a Tolle Causum, or Treat the Cause, approach to the philosophical and intellectual approach of the physician. In addition, both novel and traditional approaches to thyroid disease management exist that offer an often highly advantageous and superior treatment alternative. This lecture will present clinical evidence of patient improvement and health optimization in respect to thyroid function and metabolism while undergoing a comprehensive treatment that treats the cause. The clinical evidence of improvement/non-improvement will be reported through the measurement of various markers including serum thyroid autoantibodies including anti-thyroidperoxidase (anti-TPO), anti-thyroglobulin (anti-TG), CRP (C- Reactive Protein), RBC sedimentation rate, serum IgG (Immunoglobulin G) reactions to ingested foods, brachioradialis reflex speed, resting metabolic rate as measured by indirect calorimetry, and patient self-reporting of symptoms, among other measurements.
To understand and learn to treat the underlying cause of thyroid autoimmunity in a comprehensive and effective fashion.