Link Between Gut Health & Thyroid Dysfunction

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Thyroid issues have increased dramatically over the past few decades. Could the reason be your gut health?
Air Date: 10/16/15
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Raphael Kellman, MD
Raphael-KellmanDr. Raphael Kellman, MD, author of The Microbiome Diet, is a pioneer in functional medicine who has a holistic and visionary approach to healing. In 17 years of practice, he has treated more than 40,000 patients, many of whom have come to him from all over the world and after suffering without help for years.

Dr. Kellman is driven by his desire to alleviate suffering and to help people regain health based on a new vision and understanding of healing and the causes of disease. As a doctor trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dr. Kellman uses the latest drugs and technology to treat specific diseases but his approach to medicine is patient- centered and holistic. He focuses on the complex interaction of systems — not just the disease but on you as a whole person who is greater than the sum of your parts.

Dr. Kellman’s treatments are informed by his background in the philosophy of science, and administered with compassion and kindness. Drawing on the latest research, he addresses your biochemistry, metabolism, hormones, genetics, environment, emotions, and life circumstances to help you achieve optimal health.

Dr. Kellman attended received post-graduate training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and St. John’s Hospital, and conducted Cancer research at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. He serves as Holistic Medical Director for Health Check in Bay Ridge, and Queens, and Medical Director for the New York Center for Addiction Treatment Services. He is also the author of three books included, The Microbiome Diet, Gut Reactions, and Matrix Healing.
Link Between Gut Health & Thyroid Dysfunction
Fatigue, unexplained weight gain, constipation, dry skin, sensitivity to cold... if you're struggling with any of these symptoms, it's not all in your head. It could be an issue with your thyroid. 

The above symptoms are indicative of hypothyroidism, in which your thyroid gland becomes under-active. Hyperthyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland is overactive, and may cause symptoms like unexplained weight loss, rapid heart rate, sweating and irritability. 

Dr. Raphael Kellman, MD, author of The Microbiome Diet, is a pioneer in functional medicine who has a holistic and visionary approach to healing. Dr. Kellman believes that thyroid issues have become an epidemic in our society.

Why has the occurrence of thyroid and related diseases increased so drastically?

Dr. Kellman believes the phenomenon is tied to your gut health and the trillions of bacteria that make up your microbiome.

Your immune system and your microbiome work in tandem. When your microbiome becomes unbalanced (due to many different factors: bad diet, and overuse of NSAIDs, PPIs, antibiotics), your immune system and your overall health is compromised.

Listen in as Dr. Kellman joins Dr. Susanne to share more about this gut-thyroid connection, as well as natural supplements you can use to help ease your symptoms and get both your microbiome and your thyroid back on track.