Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can lead to an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism). In this video from a series on her book, Imagine: A Whole Different Kind of Medical Care, Dr. Tina Marcantel discusses the importance of recognizing and controlling stressful thoughts to help manage symptoms. Dr Tina Marcantel is a naturopathic physician in Gilbert, Arizona, who also serves the East Valley cities of Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, and the greater Phoenix area.
Again, stress can be caused from our thought processes.
For instance, if we’re constantly being overwhelmed with negative thoughts, whatever that may be. “Oh, I didn’t do this or I didn’t do that, or did I do enough of this?, or all these things I have to do tomorrow.” When the mind is constantly thinking thoughts of being overwhelmed, or even thoughts of being hard on ourselves, or guilt, criticism, or anger–any of that–that is a form of stress. It affects the nervous system and the nervous system affects the endocrine system and the thyroid gland is part of that endocrine system.
So, yes, that can be a very important part of controlling Hashimoto’s thyroiditis–the symptomology–is figuring out where is the stress coming from? What’s the root cause of the stress here?
Because often people don’t think of symptomology as being emotional, but it can be, as you mentioned earlier, with the thoughts and things of that nature. It doesn’t occur sometimes to people but it’s important. And it can change–you can change it yourself.
Exactly! And that’s where, for instance–you know this from a personal standpoint–positive affirmations are very important in turning your thought processes around. When that happens, it calms the nervous system. The nervous system, in turn, helps to balance the endocrine system, thus balancing the thyroid, as well, and thus decreasing the symptomology of the patient.
So, absolutely, there are so many practices that need to be incorporated in order to decrease the anxiety in our lives, feeling of being overwhelmed, stress, whatever it is. We need to look into alternative therapies and use such things as yoga and positive affirmations. And there are so many other things, such as energy medicine, energy work, that we’ll talk about at a later date, as well.
Dr. Tina Marcantel, NMD
201 W. Guadalupe Rd. Ste. 202
Gilbert, AZ 85233