“I tried to rescue my Jessica from the clutches of the cardio contingent, but to no avail until a month ago when she called to tell me that a blood test had confirmed her doctor’s suspicion: she had hypothyroidism — her body no longer made enough thyroid hormone. Her metabolism slowed to a snail’s pace and the fat was accumulating. Now she had a culprit to blame, it wasn’t the cardio causing her problems, it was her body rebelling. When Jessica asked my advice, I told her to do two things: schedule a second test for two weeks later and until then, stop all the goddamn running.”-From the article, Women Running into Trouble. By John Keifer, on Elitefts.com
“the molecular structure of gliadin, the protein portion of gluten, closely resembles that of the thyroid gland. When gliadin breaches the protective barrier of the intestinal gut, and enters the bloodstream, the immune system tags it for destruction. These antibodies to gliadin also cause the body to attack thyroid tissue. This means if you have AITD and you eat foods containing gluten, your immune system will attack your thyroid”
As a brilliant doctor in these fields said to me the other day while discussing Keifer’s article, “When the HPA axis is activated, the CRH response from the hypothalamus to pituitary begins the upregulation of the adrenal axis and directly inhibits TSH. And the glucocorticoid response will also inhibit TSH. If the body is under siege and goes into a catabolic state it should naturally have an inbuilt protective mechanism to slow the rate of breakdown! ” Thank goodness our body has this mechanism !