Biofeedback and Stress Management
“Health is more than just the absence of disease; it is a vital dynamic state which enables a person to adapt to, and thrive in a wide range of environments.” – Iva Lloyd, ND
Biofeedback is a safe, noninvasive, evidenced-based method to help people develop greater awareness and ability to regulate their physiology by using signals from their own bodies with the goal of improving their well-being, health and performance. Sensors connected to your body provide you with information in real time about its functioning, such as muscle tension, sweating, temperature, respiration and heart rate.
Numerous studies have shown that mental and emotional stress can cause physical changes in the body, leading to other health problems. When our nervous system is in a state of balance, the immune system operates better, the body heals faster and we can achieve optimal health and performance. Finding your inner strength and cultivating a sense of meaning and purpose are at the heart of this approach. Dr Em will help you to train to live in a way that is most beneficial to your whole-person well-being.
We will use biofeedback to help retrain your nervous system to be more resilient and produce more helpful responses in the long term such as:
- healthy stress coping skills
- increases in exercise and restful sleep,
- positive changes in relational dynamics
- reductions in anxiety and depression
- decreases in muscle tension, chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, food cravings, and unhealthy eating habits.
Conditions for which mind-body approaches have been researched to be helpful include:
- High Blood Pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Panic Attack / PTSD
- Chronic pain
- Chronic Fatigue
Each session lasts 60 minutes.
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FAQs about Hashimotos
The primary idea is to find the underlying cause of the Hashimotos that is causing thyroid dysfunction.
This means digging deeper than just looking at thyroid hormones through blood tests and giving medicine to “normalize” the lab values. One must find why the immune system decided to put out the autoimmune molecules in the first place.
Digging deeper means checking nutrient status – does one have enough B12, folate, Vit D3, on board? Do you have poor digestion, low stomach acid, gas and bloating? Are you commonly sick more than once a year or had a major illness in the last few years? Have you had a lot of stress in your life leading you to not sleep, nor eat well or to do too much alcohol? Have you been checked for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or parasites? Do you have any viruses or been impacted by Lyme’s disease or molds? Another underlying disorder contributing to Hashimoto’s can be environmental toxins. Clearing one’s diet of all genetically modified foods is a good start towards getting toxins out of your food supply.
What does Hashimoto’s disease do to your body?
It can cause hypothyroid like symptoms such as fatigue, cold hands and feet, hair loss, constipation, hoarse voice, depression, and the inability to lose weight. Puffiness under the eyes or face or neck area can be longer term effects. Thyroid impacts tendons and ligaments as well causing joint pain and aches. Additional symptoms are racing or pounding heart, anxiety, increased sweating with fatigue afterwards – this is when the thyroid cells are being attacked by the autoimmune molecules either TPO or TGA – this attack opens up cells in the thyroid gland causing a release of hormones that then rev up our systems including the heart.
Because the thyroid gland has a finger in so many pots of bodily functions it impacts one’s overall health significantly. Here are some functions that are influenced by the thyroid glands: Bone metabolism, gastrointestinal function, male reproduction, gall bladder and liver function (can cause congestion due to slow processing even gallstones); decreased growth hormones, fat burning, sugar metabolism, lipid production, and also brain chemistry. Adrenal fatigue is also commonly experienced with Hashimoto’s. Sluggish adrenal glands can cause depression, mood disorders, lethargy, and weight gain.
How serious is Hashimoto’s disease?
Hashimotos and hypothyroidism negatively impact many organs. These disorders decrease the bodies detoxification pathways particularly the liver, kidneys, stomach, and skin. Hypochlorhydria or low stomach acid is often seen with hypothyroidism which contributes to heartburn and low protein metabolism and calcium dysregulation. Hashimotos can cause the heart to race or raises homocysteine levels which increases one’s risk for heart disease. Some doctors will say this person has an anxiety disorder so let’s treat them with anti-anxiety meds. Now they are unnecessarily drugged and still don’t feel better.
Additionally, Dr. Kharrizain and others have clinically seen that once a person has one autoimmune disorder, they are at higher risk to get others. There is a progression of attacks on various organs if the immune system is not healed. Pernicious anemia can be seen where B12 can’t be absorbed due to a breakdown of intrinsic factor in the stomach and duodenum, later the pancreas could be attacked looking like type 2 diabetes. If this goes on unchecked it can even cause brain issues such as issues with balance, motion sickness, nausea from focusing, and nausea or dizziness from flashing motions on a computer or TV or moving fans. A cerebellar autoimmune disease is likely the cause of gluten ataxia, where your brain gets inflamed from gluten or thyroid antibodies because the blood brain barrier is damaged, much like the gut… leaky gut can lead to leaky brain.
What not to eat when you have Hashimoto’s?
One should avoid all gluten and wheat containing products. It’s estimated that 43% of Americans are genetically predisposed to Celiac disease, and 81% are predisposed to gluten intolerance. These foods inflame the gastrointestinal lining thereby causing the cellular junctions to expand which causes “leaky gut”. This means gluten molecules are now in the blood stream where the body will consider them as invaders and began an attack to clear them out. Because the thyroid antibody molecules are so similar in size and shape to the gluten molecule every time the immune system mounts an attack on gluten it also attacks the thyroid. And this immune reaction can last for up to 6 months so eating a little bit of gluten now and then still causes thyroid damage.
Dairy and eggs are common allergens that cause inflammation and can contribute to all immune disorders.
What is the difference between Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism?
Hashimotos is an autoimmune disease where your body makes molecules that attack the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism can be the effect of this autoimmune disorder or not. Both can cause the following symptoms: Fatigue, weight gain despite adhering to a low calorie diet, morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses, depression, constipation, hypersensitivity to cold, poor circulation even numbness in hands and feet, muscle cramps at rest, increased susceptibility to colds, flu’s and various infections; slow wound healing, excessive amounts of sleep required to function, chronic digestive problems, itchy, dry skin, dry to brittle hair that falls out easily, low temperature, pulse and/or blood pressure, edema (especially the face), loss of outermost portion of eyebrows.
Hashimoto signs can be heart palpitations, inward trembling, increased pulse rate – even at rest, feelings of nervousness/anxiety/emotional distress, insomnia, night sweats, with difficulty gaining weight.
What triggers Hashimoto’s?
Many things cause the thyroid gland to weaken or be depressed in its function such as; irregular immune problems stemming from the gut, adrenal dysfunction, poor blood sugar regulation, gut infections (such as a bacterial or parasitic infection) or hormonal imbalances. When one’s healthy gut bacteria are decreased or damaged due to diet, antibiotics, stress, illnesses then the amount of T4 conversion to T3 is decreased. We also see gluten-intolerance or Celiac disease, estrogen surges, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome, vitamin D deficiency, environmental toxicity, and chronic inflammation as components impacting the immune system.
Estrogen fluctuations can trigger Hashimotos particularly after pregnancy or during perimenopause when estrogen is going up and down. If one has Hashimotos it can mimic symptoms such as hot flashes, nervousness, anxiety, irritability and insomnia.
Ruling out insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome is important as they can trigger autoimmune disorders including Hashimotos. Insulin resistance promotes inflammation which then impacts the gut which is the majority of your immune system.
Does Hashimoto’s cause weight gain?
It can impact ones metabolism so fat burning is turned down thereby not allowing the body to lose weight. It can also cause weight loss if the Hashimoto’s disorder is severe.
Does Hashimoto’s make you tired?
Yes and so does hypothyroidism.
Can Hashimoto’s turn into cancer?
It’s a very rare complication, but Hashimoto’s thyroiditis may increase your risk of developing a specific kind of thyroid cancer known as thyroid lymphoma. Thyroid lymphoma is highly treatable and curable when it’s detected early on. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to any thyroid nodules (or thyroid lumps) and get them examined by your doctor as soon as possible.
Can you die from Hashimoto?
If your immune system disorder(s) go untreated then long-term your health will be severely compromised and eventually that could cause death. The main thing is to not let your hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s go untreated. Severe Hypothyroidism causes myxedema and left untreated this can cause coma and death.
Is coffee bad for Hashimoto’s?
Possibly – especially if it is caused by adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands make adrenaline and caffeine in any form can also rev up our system in the way adrenaline does increasing our fight, flight or freeze response.
Can I eat eggs if I have Hashimoto’s?
It’s best to avoid them as they contribute to allergies and inflammation.
What is the best diet for Hashimoto disease?
Gluten and dairy free as well as soy and sugar free.
Can Hashimoto’s go away?
According to Dr. Kharrazian once a gene for an autoimmune disorder is turned on it can not be turned off; however it can be turned down or down-regulated so it causes less immune system stress and less thyroid tissue damage.
What virus causes Hashimoto?
Viruses, like parasites or other internal infections cause the immune system to go into action mode to clear out these invaders. This response can be overdone or is difficult to turn off if we don’t have the proper internal molecules to do these jobs. So, we can say that viruses contribute to a cluster of issues that can cause Hashimoto’s but there is not one specific virus that causes Hashimotos directly.