Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis causes fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pain, anxiety, depression and more. A growing number of sufferers — not satisfied with conventional medical treatments — are finding relief in the Asian botanical kratom.
The thyroid gland is a very important endocrine gland situated on the front of the throat, just below the “Adam’s apple”. It is a center for regulating many endocrine functions. Wikipedia has this to say about thyroid gland function: “The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls the body’s sensitivity to other hormones. The thyroid also produces calcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis.”
Why are so many young people succumbing to a scary variety of diseases, such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? (Typically, Hashimoto’s is a disease that appears more often in middle age.) And, why are so many people finding a better quality of relief from the Southeast Asian herb, kratom? Studies should be done to learn why this herb is doing so much good for a wide variety of diseases involving symptoms of pain, brain fog and cognitive difficulties, lack of energy and more.
Unfortunately, medical research studies to prove the value of kratom in treating diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are unlikely, due to the cost involved and the low profit potential. This isn’t stopping patients, tired of conventional treatments, from trying kratom for themselves. Below are some of their comments on the benefits they are experiencing.
Kathrynn: “I actually have BOTH Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in addition to fibromyalgia. Prior to kratom I was bed bound for a lot of the time because I refused to take opiate narcotics or any of the other drugs they tried to give me, which have major negative long term side effects.
“Kratom takes the pain away better than narcotics ever did. I am able to get up and move now. I do not feel in any way impaired or high while using kratom for my pain and it does not dull my intellect whatsoever. While using kratom I was actually able to go back to college. Not only was I able to live on campus and carry a full time schedule, but I maintained a high B grade point average while doing it and got the recommendation of many of my professors.”
“Kratom not only helps me with my pain, but because the different strains and colors (of the kratom leaves) carry different alkaloid profiles there are strains of kratom to give me energy, which is greatly needed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and the ensuing “brain fog” and lack of metabolism, but also there are strains which improve mood and lessen the depression and anxiety caused by severe chronic pain and illness.”
Pepper: “A lot of people don’t know about the work of a doctor who has cured her own Hashimoto’s. Kelly Brogan, MD is a functional psychiatrist who works at the forefront of the field (healing with natural food and supplements, rather than prescription drugs.)” [More on Dr. Brogan at the end of this blog.]
[Editor’s Note] It deserves to be mentioned that drinking fluoridated tap water and using fluoride toothpaste both contribute to the down-regulation of the thyroid gland. (See more on the harm of fluoridation here.)
Erica: I take Synthroid. I should have my thyroid levels tested every couple months but I haven’t kept up with it. There is pain with Hashimoto’s. I feel it in my joints, muscles, and sometimes my throat will be sore. I’ve had swollen lymph nodes a lot. People have told me my thyroid looks inflamed… just from looking at me. I have serious brain fog. I have tried different things to deal with it. Eugeroics like modafinil, stimulants of all varieties… which helped me a a ton. [Editor’s Note: Modafinil/Provigil should not be taken with kratom, due to seizure risk.] I have no energy otherwise. My spark in my life is gone with the dullness my thyroid gland has caused. it’s changed me so much. I’m a different person now than I used to be.
“I was diagnosed about four years ago at 24 years old. I was having awful anxiety and went to the doc to talk about it and he was great… He ended up taking some blood tests to rule out other things that could be causing my severe anxiety. He gave me benzos (benzodiazepines) to use when I really needed them, (responsibly of course). He felt my throat area and ordered an ultrasound. My labs came back showing high antibodies and wacky thyroid levels so I was told Hashimoto’s was the culprit. It does cause anxiety and depression so it was very much contributing to the anxiety and exhaustion I’d been feeling. I was constantly doing tests. Next came a biopsy and then a surgery to remove a nodule on my thyroid that was cancerous. It was pressing against my wind pipe and vocal chords and I was having trouble breathing. I used an inhaler when I didn’t know what was wrong with me. It (the tumor) was taken out and my thyroid was left intact. Since then, I have been learning again how to live in this body. It’s crazy. I used to be pretty energetic and was lively and social. I am really sad to say I’m so different now.
Erica: “Kratom has helped tremendously. I tried it on a whim because pain meds weren’t working and obtaining them is impossibly difficult — So is dealing with dependency. So, I have been using kratom for energy and to be happy. Kratom regulates my moods and I feel like a new person, not someone who can’t even go outside because I’m so tired. Stimulants even stopped working at a point in time, and I believe they work best when cycled and taking a break from them was necessary for me. I’ve never been a coffee person who has it daily but to me kratom is like that. It makes it so I’m able to focus and my cognizant awareness and abilities are not only present but coming to me in new and useful ways.”
Erica: “The thyroid gland regulates everything. It plays such a huge role in your mind and body and health. So many people struggle endlessly to find themselves after being taken over by this disease. I wish I could show them all kratom and how it’s helped me.”
The best explanation of how kratom might be helpful to counteract many of the symptoms patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis experience is this quote from Edward Boyer, MD: “Mitragynine—the isolated natural product in kratom leaves—binds to the same mu-opioid receptor as morphine, which explains why it treats pain. It’s got kappa-opioid receptor activity as well, and it’s also got adrenergic activity as well, so you stay alert throughout the day. Kratom also has serotonergic activity, too—it binds with serotonin receptors. So if you want to treat depression, if you want to treat opioid pain, if you want to treat sleepiness, this [compound] really puts it all together.”
Naturopathic Doctors don’t accept the theory that our body mysteriously decides to start attacking itself, causing what medical doctors call autoimmunity.
Medical doctors follow the mainstream allopathic school of thought, which favors the use of pharmaceutical drugs for medical issues that are, from the Naturopathic viewpoint, merely nutritional deficiencies. MDs prescribe drugs which only manage the symptoms of diseases for which they admit they have no cure. Naturopaths instead prescribe medical-quality nutritional supplements that replenish our body’s stores of the nutrients we are lacking. They get good results — better than the MDs — at a far lower price. Unfortunately, due to the political power of the relatively new pharmaceutical industry, the pharmaceuticals are covered by insurance and Medicare/Medicaid, but the less expensive (but more effective) natural nutrient supplements and herbs are not. They should be.
This discrepancy is causing substandard treatment outcomes, while funneling almost 20% of the U.S. Gross National Product into the coffers of the pharmaceutical companies. This really needs to be addressed by Congress, if they are not thoroughly enamored by the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying efforts and campaign donations, which are increasingly being seen as bribes by the voters.
Pharmaceuticals certainly have their place in medicine, but it is obviously not serving the American public to make synthetic chemical remedies the only option that is paid for by insurance. When herbs like kratom provide better symptomatic relief, in the estimation of the patient, why shouldn’t they be covered by insurance?
Paul Kemp writes frequently to report the pleasing results he and others in the kratom community are experiencing.
To Learn How a Smart Medical Doctor and functional Psychiatrist — Kelly Brogan, MD, PhD — Went to Naturopathic Physicians to Get Help Reversing Her Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, See This
For more on how Kathrynn has found relief for her Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, go to ThePaleoMom/Autoimmune-Protocol
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