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Karen Filbert wrote at 2006-11-03 23:07:12
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroid disease about three years ago.  I am a vegetarian and eat very well.  I am also 55 years old.  1 week ago I started going to a chiropractor for other back and neck problems and all of a sudden I have started losing weight.  I used to walk 3-4 miles a day but with thyroid problems I basically have stopped around a year or so ago.  I am now taking 160 mcg synthroid a day and nothing has helped me lose weight.  Is this because the chiropractor I am now seeing now?  I don't really know but I am not eating anythin different or exercising.  Seems very concidental to me... I do not recommend this Doctor over an endocronologist but it is surprising that after all these years that I am losing weight...


jengino wrote at 2007-07-02 19:34:00
While I agree that medical treatment is the way to go with thyroid disorders and that there may be no evidence that chiropractic manipulation can help hypothyroidism, I have to say that it CAN help.  I started going to the chiropractor six months ago (for back issues, not for my hypothyroidism which I've had for five years),and during that time I have decreased my meds (per my general practitioner's orders) twice and lost twenty pounds.  I have had no dramatic change in eating or exercise habits, either.  The only thing that has changed is going to the chiropractor. I'm not saying it'll work for everyone, but it did work for me.


Dr. Kramp wrote at 2009-10-20 19:24:35
While I'll agree that there are no studies that show that chiropractic helps with thyroid issues it should be noted that there are also none that show that it doesn't. The physiology of the body would suggest that there could be a correlation between the two, however, at this time it can not be confirmed nor denied through research. Certainly there are several anecdotal reports of there being a correlation, however, rigourous research needs to be done to determine if that is indeed the case.

The notion that neck manipulations carry a risk of stroke is misleading in and of itself because recent research shows there is no correlation between the two. In fact there is research that states you are at a far greater risk of stroke by performing a simple shoulder check while driving than to get a chiropractic neck adjustment. Despite the fact that there are individuals crying wolf over the correlation of neck adjustments and stroke due to isolated case reports all research has shown to date that this correlation does not exist.


Lisa wrote at 2009-10-28 14:43:35
What a ridiculous and inacurate response to the question about chiropractic care. Stick your head in a book and do some research before you make such an erroneous statement.


robert wrote at 2010-04-16 21:23:47
Whoever this person SONJA that posted the answer doesn't know any thing about chiropractors. The thoracic spine has nerves that connect to all internal organs. People talk about a pinched nerve in their neck or low back, but the same is for the midback that controls organs. I got an education from a chiropractor and My wife Tried chiropractic care and it helped her a lot. She still TAKES HER MEDS BUT HAS DECREASED THE DOSAGE WITH BETTER RESULTS.  


Ani wrote at 2010-05-21 22:45:31
Chiropracters work on the root of the problem and do not only prescribe you a medication but help you to catch the problem on the root. I have mild signs of hypothyroidism and that doesnt mean you will always have problems with it. Eat right and exercise and you won't belive how much better you will feel. My chiroprac gave me supplements which really help me feel better


Chirostudent wrote at 2010-07-13 21:45:47
WOW!! i cannot belive you call yourself a chiropractor!  Do some research before you go making accusations against a great profession!  Chiropractic does not cause stroke.  It's just as likely for someone to have a stroke in a hair salon while having their hair washed.  Furthermore, chiropractic can help with all kinds of internal problems such as visceral disorders and allows the body to heal itself.  Im not suggesting that chiropractic is the end all be all of treatment, im just saying do some research before you MISLEAD people of what chiropractic cant do.


pro chiro wrote at 2011-09-21 06:07:23
the person who answered the question previously is ignorant. Chiropractors remove subluxations in the spine. A subluxation is when there is a bone out of place in the spines allignment. they gently put it back into place so there isnt any dis-ease between the communication from brain down the nerves and where they are sending the messages to, for example, your thyroid. So if you look online and see which part of the spine the nerves are connected to in relation to your thyroid. get it checked by a chiropractor. If they tell you that those are the ones out of line, they are full of crap. people get out of alignment all the time because of gravity and our daily lives. no one has perfect posture. Its good to be checked. If you think about a nerve only sending 50% of the message to your heart, how do you think your heart would perform with only 50% life force. Not so good...so go see a Chiropractor and get rid of those subluxations!!


MrPibb wrote at 2011-11-24 16:43:22
I feel like I'm on a duck pond here with all these quacks.  Chiropractic is based on false biomechanics and propaganda. These thyroid specialists are inadequately trained in diagnosis and can't prescribe medication.  If you listen to these quacks you will be sorry.


WEP wrote at 2011-12-01 21:01:40
ajb, you ought to reconsider the information you are sharing with people whom are grossly ignorant due to the bombardment of Big Pharma and the nonscientfic MD's out there. Most ONLY know to cover symptoms by adding a pill or taking a organ out. If you are so educated on "Straight" Chiropractic you would understand how the body actually works. Chiropractors have never made this stuff up, it is just simply how it works. The body self heals and regualtes itself when there is no interference between the brain and the tissue cell. Chiropractic will certainly not hurt a single patient physically or internally when applied correctly. drugs and surgery do hurt patients physically and internally more than they help, always! They do however work great at covering symptoms which is the body's red flag that Hey something is not working here fix it....would you put tape over your check oil light??? Or would you get the oil changed? never take HOP away from the patient, be the doctor! ENUF SAID!


Thyroid Doctor wrote at 2012-02-25 04:35:29
The thyroid gland is under direct control by the pituitary gland by way of blood level of TSH.  This is a direct control without involvement of "nerves".  That is why they call "TSH" a hormone.  Look up the definition of hormone.  Then you will appreciate how the body regulates various metabolic pathways.  No spinal manipulation can help or cure thyroid illnesses.  Chiropractors should focus on what that have been trained to do, that is, in the alleviation of chronic pain.  Leave diabetes and thyroidal illnesses to Internists or Endocrinologists.  


Erin23 wrote at 2013-10-17 00:31:10
I have hypothyroidism and have found that chiropractic adjustments have helped me so much! I know many MDs want to smear chiropractors and would rather give you drugs, but I now don't have to take my thyroid medicine because my spine is now healthier. And btw, my husband is a doctor and we both believe in chiropractic. Fix the problem don't mask it. And there is an extremely minute chance of stroke with chiropractic adjustments. Please research and don't let others scare you about chiropractic.


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