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Student Club Training Dr. Ryan Davis

Dr. Ryan Davis on Hashimoto’s: Case Study

This week, Dr. Ryan Davis from The Wellness Way in Largo, Florida educated The Wellness Way Student Club on a different approach to addressing Hashimoto’s.

History:

  • 20 yo female
  • High-level swimmer in HS
  • Hashimoto’s + Hypothyroid since she was a teenager
  • Contracted Epstein-Barr in high school

Before starting TWW:

  • 30+ lbs weight gain
  • Severe exhaustion
  • High stress as a freshman at USF
    • Labs (2022)
      • TSH: 11.4
      • Total Cholesterol: 295
      • Triglycerides: 151
      • LDL: 186

Symptoms:

  • Liver was swollen and tender on palpation
  • Thyroid was swollen and tender
  • Lymph nodes swollen and tender
  • Trouble swallowing
    • Clinical pearl: trouble while swallowing can be a symptomatic indicator of Hashimoto’s
  • Sweats easily
  • Poor sleep

Testing Results:

  • Food Allergies:
    • With an autoimmune process, typically you would expect to see a high number of food allergies
    • The patient had 24 IgG allergens
  • CBC/ Immune Panel:
    • Epstein-Barr (IgG): the virus is a re-activation, they do not currently have it
    • Epstein-Barr (IgM): active Epstein-Barr virus in circulation, the body is fighting it
    • Thyroid peroxidase (TPO): over 1000
    • Thyroid antibodies: over 200
  • Stool Test (Genova):
    • Pancreatic elastase: below 200 (low)
    • SCFAs (low)
    • Beta-glucuronidase (low)

Supplements/Recommendations:

  • Bioactive selenium
    • Thyroid support
  • Albizia
    • Inflammation
  • Thyroid Glandular
    • Thyroid support
  • Iodine
    • Thyroid support
  • Vitamin D3+K2
    • Immune system
  • Oregon grape
    • Upper digestion support
    • Liver support
  • Zinc
    • Immune support
    • Thyroid support
  • Increase protein intake

Post-Testing:

  • Lost 7 pounds
  • First regular cycle
  • Pregnenolone increased from 18.2 to 127
    • This hormone is the hormonal reserve and should be far higher than 18 for a cyclical female
  • Detox and re-testing are scheduled for later this year!!

Clinical Pearls:

What should I watch for to “clue me in” to a potential Hashimoto’s case?

  1. Do they have metal fillings?
  2. Are they struggling with weight gain, fatigue, cold hands/feet/core?
  3. Is their thyroid swollen/tender on palpation
  4. Are their bowel movements regular?
  5. Do they feel like they have something “stuck” in their throat?
  6. Are they taking iodine?

 

Submitted by Bailey Scholz

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