hyroid nodule

Analyzing accurately thyroid nodules for thyroid cancer.

                30 % of adults in Europe have a thyroid nodule. Thyroid cancer occurs in 5-15 % of thyroid nodules. Thyroid cancer is a major and growing health challenge. Chances of survival and full recovery to a great extent depends on an early and fast diagnosis and an effective treatment. To exclude thyroid cancer when screening thyroid nodules, ultrasound followed by fine needle aspiration biopsy of suspicious nodules[…]


Emotions and inflammation

                  Emotions are associated with specific patterns of nervous system activation with separate downstream hormonal and immunologic effect. Acute changes in proinflammatory cytokine activity may be linked to specific emotions, as shame. Shame is a threat emotion. How do you deal with threat?  1) Attack – Revenge 2) Anxious – flee, submit 3) Self-attacking & self-harm 4) Seek reassurance 5) Self-soothing 6) Other


Alcohol and thyroid

                  Alcohol is the world’s third largest risk factor for disease and disability. The effect of alcohol on the hypothalamo-pituitary-thyroid axis is substantial. Alcohol consumption affects almost all aspects of the functioning of the thyroid gland. Alcohol causes direct cellular toxicity on thyroid cells which leads to thyroid suppression: blocking both fT4 and fT3, and increases reverse T3 and reduction of the thyroid volume. What is your[…]

depression, Hashimoto thyroiditis

Thyroid autoantibodies are a vulnerability marker for depression

                  The association between the presence of TPOAb and depression has been unclear. Though, most studies investigating the relationship between thyroid function and depression measured just the current presence of depressive symptoms, thus focused on state* characteristics of depression. It may be questioned whether thyroid function is more distinctly associated with trait** markers. A study based on a large population-based survey in the Netherlands explored this hypothesis.[…]

food and Hashimoto's

Interaction between grapefruit and thyroid medication

                  Grapefruit is suggested as a protector against cardiovascular diseases and cancers. However it is also inhibiting enzyme systems: • the intestinal cytochrome P – 450 3A4 system, which is responsible for the first pass metabolism of many drugs • the P – glycoprotein pump, which transports many of these cytochrome P – 450 3A4 substrates By inhibiting these enzyme systems, grapefruit juice alters the movement of[…]

Hashimoto, inflammation

Grounding and inflammation

                  Hashimotp.Help is a big supporter of grounding. We have seen its healing effect on many Hashimoto’s. When we let our body make contact with the surface of the Earth= grounding, this produces positive effects on physiology and health. Using grounding on a daily basis relates to prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disease. A selection of grounding exercises you can find in our training

autoimmune thyroidism

Hugs strengthen the immune system

                  The first sense we develop as foetus is touch. Touch is our first language. We are born to touch and to be touched. The positive outcomes of touch has been proven in many ways. Touch decreases inflammation. Hugs strengthen the immune system. This is explained by the gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge which stimulates the thymus gland responsible for the regulation of[…]

distress, Hashimoto's

Does stress has anything to do with the onset of Hashimoto’s?

                    Short-term stress can increase the expression of immunoprotective (e.g. wound healing, anti-infectious, anti-tumor) or immuno-pathological (pro-inflammatory, autoimmune) responses. From the other side, chronic stress can suppress protective immune responses and/or worsen pathological immune responses. Thus, stress has an adaptive function. It has a profound influence on the immune system through different neuroendocrine networks. Stress can have an effect on inflammatory autoimmune diseases, both in predisposing[…]

Anxiety, Hashimoto's

Subclinical thyroid disorder and anxiety

                  Important complications of the subclinical thyroid dysfunction are related to cardiac, bone metabolism and neuropsychiatric disorders. Two-thirds of patients with thyroid disease are reporting having psychiatric disorders. Subclinical thyroid disorders may cause anxiety. A study issued at Endocrine Journal studied if there is a relation between the subclinical thyroid dysfunction and anxiety. Scientists refer to subclinical thyroid disorders when fT3 and fT4 are in a normal[…]

autoimmune disease

Using oral contraception while having autoimmune disease

                  Many autoimmune diseases are more prevalent by women. Effective contraception, either hormonal or non-hormonal is essential in young patients with autoimmune disease. Despite this need, there is a lack of literature on the safety of contraceptives in autoimmune diseases. Some evidence suggests that oral contraceptives can induce antibodies and increase the thrombotic risk. Other studies advocate a positive effect of oral contraceptives. For example positive effect[…]

hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's

About 18% of adults 65 years of age or older suffer from subclinical hypothyroidism.

                  Subclinical hypothyroidism is defined as elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and a serum free thyroxine level (free T4) within the reference range. Most patients with subclinical hypothyroidism have no symptoms or have nonspecific symptoms. About 18% of adults 65 years of age or older have characterises of subclinical hypothyroidism. Subclinical hypothyroidism is a possible contributor to many problems in older persons: vascular system and the heart,[…]


Expressive writting improves immune functioning

                  The benefits of writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to result in improvements in both physical and psychological health, both in non-clinical population and in people battling terminal or life-threatening diseases. While the exact mechanism by which expressive writing brings health benefits is not clear yet, there is abundance of evidence that expressive writing results in significant improvements in longer-term physical health[…]

Hashimoto's, depression

Are you taking medication for your depression while having autoimmune disease?

                  Hypothyroidism (above 90 % of those with hypothyroidism are having Hashimoto’s) and mood disorder often manifest together. In such cases, pharmacological management can be complex because of potential interactions between psychotropic medications and thyroid function. For example this is the case by lithium therapy, a treatment used for bipolar disorder. It is important to carefully evaluate patients before starting with lithium therapy as well as monitoring[…]


Sleep protects from wait gain

                  We need on average about 7.5 hours of quality sleep per night. Sleep loss results in metabolic and endocrine changes including: – decreased glucose tolerance: stop smoking and using alcohol. Smoking keeps you awake and prevents the onset of sleep entirely. Alcohol is damaging to the sleep cycle. – decreased insulin sensitivity – increased evening concentrations of cortisol (eliminate caffeine, evening exercise, negative thoughts before sleep)[…]


Certain food, drugs, and gastrointestinal disorders can influence the absorption of your thyroid medication

  Certain food, drugs, and gastrointestinal disorders can influence the absorption of your thyroid medication (levothyroxine) which can change your treatment outcomes The absorption of levothyroxine takes place primary in the gastrointestinal tract. Around 60% to 82% of the administered dose is absorbed during the 3 hours after taking the medicine. Soybeans and coffee have the greatest impact on the reduction of absorption, whereas vitamin C has the ability to increase it. Many gastrointestinal disorders, such[…]


Have you experienced a serious life event before age of 14?

  When a child experiences a serious life event (e.g. death and illness, divorce/separation, conflicts between adults, new adult in the family, unemployment) at any time during the first 14 years of life, he/she has an increased risk of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes independent of heredity, heredity for type 2 diabetes, mother’s pregnancy age, the parents’ education level, whether the mother worked part time before the child’s birth and the childhood body-mass index[…]


Fibromyalgia and thyroid

  Fibromyalgia is a systemic disorder. It is a global pain syndrome generated by the nervous system. Be aware that symptoms of musculoskeletal pain can be caused by medical conditions (autoimmune disorders), metabolic disorders (hypothyroidism, food allergies/sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies), mental conditions (post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks). Muscle symptoms are a frequent found in thyroid diseases. There are significant similarities between noninflammatory joint diseases and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction. Fibromyalgia patients have some[…]


Subclinical Hashimoto thyroiditis?

By subclinical Hashimoto thyroiditis patients have raised TSH level and normal level of serum thyroid hormones. In most of the cases increased antibodies are also present. Those patients are more opt to coronary heart disease, psychiatric disorders, and pregnancy problems. Diagnosing on time those subclinical cases with slight hypothyroidism and properly treating them is essential in order to slow down the progression of the disease and But how to spot those subclinical cases if there[…]


Early diagnosis of Hashimoto thyroiditis

Early diagnosis of Hashimoto thyroiditis is essential! A bioassay technology is available, which enables to quickly diagnose autoimmune thyroiditis in just a few days via thyroid-blocking immunoglobulin (TBI) detecting method. In autoimmune thyroiditis, thyroid-blocking immunoglobulin (TBI), prevents or blocks the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) from binding to its own receptor (TSHR). This event stops the intracellular signalling cascade required for the production and secretion of thyroid hormones.

Hashimoto, hypothyroiditis

More than 2 billion people are affected by low dietary selenium intake.

Selenium is essential for our health. It is an powerful antioxidant and supports our immune system. Furthermore it is vital for the synthesis of many proteins. Even very small selenium deficiency may contribute to the development as well as maintenance of autoimmune thyroid diseases. Most affected are agricultural areas of Europe and India, China, southern South America, southern Africa and the south-western United States. Research shows that selenium supplementation improves the inflammatory activity in patients[…]


Are your TPOAb positive and considering to become pregnant?

Are your TPOAb positive and considering to become pregnant? Have you developed postpartum mood disorder? Recent study published in Frontiers in Endocrinilogy states that postpartum thyroiditis is more likely to occur in pregnant thyroid autoantibodies positive women compared to negative women. Concerning positivity for TPOAb, approximately 10% of pregnant women are TPOAb positive, and around one-third to half of them will develop postpartum thyroiditis within 12 months after delivery. At least 2–3% of women have[…]

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Interleukin-17 and inflammation

Interleukin-17 is a cytokine (small proteins important by the cell signalling) whcih helps protecting against extracellular bacterial and fungal infections. It plays important role in inflammation. Though, when produced in excess, it contributes to chronic inflammation associated with many inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, as Hashimoto thyroiditis. What can we do to contribute to the balance? Some examples are: – Learn what causes us chronic stress and reprogram our response – Bring our body to its[…]

thyroididism, Hashimoto's, Hashimoto thyroiditis

Memory and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is considered to have detrimental effects on the brain and consequently on the memory. There is controversial evidence that the treatment of hypothyroidism may be associated with definite recovery of overall neurocognitive functioning. Currently published study on memory and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis under levothyroxine treatment, examines healthy participants with positive instructions, healthy participants with negative instructions, Hashimoto patients with positive instructions, and Hashimoto patients with negative instructions. The study did not detect any[…]

Breakthrough First-in-Human Study Shows Vagus Nerve Stimulation Significantly Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms, Inhibits Cytokine Production

We are living in an exciting time! The Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam showed that targeting the inflammatory reflex may reduce inflammation of reumatoid arthritus. The direct correlation between vagus nerve stimulation and the suppression of several key cytokines like TNF as well as reduced autoimmune signs and symptoms demonstrates proof of mechanism, which might be relevant for other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases as Hashimoto thyroiditis as well.  


Stroke in Hashimoto thyroiditis patients

There has been a discussion about the increased risk of stroke in Hashimoto thyroiditis patients. The research findings of a big cohort study point out that this risk is slightly increased for this group of patients. And the risk is due to thyroid hormone deficiency rather than a cumulative effect of autoimmune pathology. Screening and early diagnosis of Hashimoto thyroiditis are essential!

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Listening to ‘Weigtless’ song reduces anxiety by up to 65 %

Sound therapies have been popular for long as a way of relaxing and restoring our health. Researchers wanted to know what kind of music induces the greatest state of relaxation. What they found is that the song “Weightless” results in 65 % reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and 35 % reduction in their usual physiological resting rates. Enjoy! But be careful when and where you are going to listen to it. This song will lead[…]


An international team of 56 researchers in five countries has confirmed a hypothesis first proposed by the ancient Greeks – that different diseases are characterized by different “chemical signatures” identifiable in breath samples. The Na-Nose can detect 17 different diseases including cancer from the breath and are developing Sniffphone for disease detection through a Smartphone. We are living in an exciting time! You can read more here: https://www.businessinsider.nl/disease-breathalyzer-detec…/…

Webinar “Placebo effect in autoimmune disorders” with Prof. Anderea Evers

1 What is placebo effect? Is placebo simply influenced by our experience and perception? Can placebo cure health disorders as autoimmune disorders? These and many other topics will be discussed during our April webinar with prof. Andrea Evers – a leading expert in psychoneurobiology of somatic complaints  and conditions (e.g., chronic inflammatory conditions), with particular emphasis on placebo effects, stress mechanisms, and treatments. Are you interested attending this webinar? There are just limited places available.[…]


Hashimoto.help is selected for the Brightlands Innovation Factory program

Congratulations! Hashimoto.help is named as a Bright company and a creator of tomorrow. On 26th October on the Fall 2016 Venture Expert Day, Dr. Anna Huysse gave a pitch and presented Hashimoto.help to an audience filled with expertise.     If you want to know more about Brightlands Innovation Factory, watch the video below and follow the link: http://www.brightlands.com/              

Women Economic Forum: European Union reinventing itself, Women empowerment and inclusion

Dr. Anna Huysse has been invited as a speaker at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) – European Union reinventing itself, Women empowerment and inclusion in Den Haag, where she brought attention to the burden of autoimmune diseases. The Women Economic Forum focused on the current challenges facing the integration of the European Union. WEF believes the way forward is for the EU to reinvent itself into a more collaborative, more inclusive and more flexible Union.[…]

Hashimoto: reset your immune system

            The first training from the series ‘Hashimoto: reset your immune system’ is now available online: Hashimoto’s heart. A mixture of many factors is often the cause of misbalance and autoimmune diseases as Hashimoto. The last scientific insights show us that consciousness and emotions are states of the body, in particular, the immune system. This training is not about medical tests, medicines, supplements, and healthy diet. It is not about[…]

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