The 4 Causes of Hypothyroidism
and How to Overcome Them Naturally

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The 4 Causes of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism has 4 primary causes. The effective treatment of any disease, be it hypothyroidism or asthma, should try to get to the root cause. That way full health can be restored permanently.

When you don’t treat the cause of hypothyroidism, you run the risk of long-term prescription medication use without true healing.

While prescription thyroid medication does put more thyroid hormone into the body, it is not a long-term solution. This approach does not heal the thyroid gland. And it does not attempt to address the 4 causes of hypothyroidism.

The thyroid gland is not a “closed-system”. It’s proper function depends on the health of other organ systems. If those systems experience difficulty, the thyroid will be affected.

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In my clinical experience I have found 4 potential causes of hypothyroidism. Although the end-result is the same—decreased thyroid function—the treatment for each is different. To optimize results you need to customize the treatment plan.

We’ll take a look at each of the 4 causes of hypothyroidism briefly.

Dopamine Deficiency

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are similar to hormones, but are faster-acting. Where hormones can take hours, or even days to change body chemistry, neurotransmitters can change how we feel in minutes.

Dopamine helps with memory, focus, and learning. It keeps us sharp, focused, and present. When our dopamine levels are balanced we follow conversations and absorb new information easily.

Dopamine also increases thyroid function. It does this by helping thyroid hormone attach to cell membranes more effectively. It also makes the effects of thyroid hormone “stronger”.

A dopamine deficiency will not be corrected through the use of prescription hypothyroid medication. Correcting a dopamine deficiency requires specific diet and nutritional supplementation. But once the proper diet and supplement program are implemented, results occur fairly rapidly (a week or two).

Toxicity/Liver Problems

Liver problems don’t usually show up on standard blood tests until it’s too late. In some cases the liver may be up to 80% damaged before liver enzymes are elevated on blood tests. That may be too late, and hypothyroidism causes by liver dysfunction may be present for years before the liver enzymes elevate.

The liver is one of the major filtration systems in the body, along with the thyroid gland. When one filter in the body gets congested or “clogged up”, it’s not long before the other filters start to clog up as well. As a result, liver dysfunction is one of the 4 causes of hypothyroidism.

The thyroid and liver form a sort of “assembly line”. Or, more accurately, a “dis-assembly line”. As filters, the thyroid and liver work to break down larger toxic compounds like bacteria, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals into smaller parts. These smaller parts fit through filters better, and can be more easily eliminated from the body.

When the liver isn’t filtering properly, the thyroid has a greater work load. When a switchboard loses one of its operators for a day or two, the other operators have to handle more phone calls for a while. It’s the same with the thyroid when the liver “calls in sick to work.”

The thyroid isn’t always healthy enough to handle the extra work load. If it’s not, then hypothyroidism will follow.

Leaky Gut/Dysbiosis

“Leaky Gut” refers to a condition where the lining of the walls of the intestine have holes in them. Food is allowed to leak out of the gut and into the bloodstream before it is fully digested. This is a root cause of autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto’s, because the immune system might recognize these food particles as “foreign invaders”.

“Dysbiosis” is a condition where the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria in the gut is out of balance. The gut should contain 80% good bacteria, and 20% bad bacteria. In many Americans, gut balance is the opposite of that. Candida (yeast) overgrowth and parasitic infections result, and digestive issues are common.

Thyroid hormone is becomes activated in the gut by the presence of good bacteria. When gut balance is out of whack, thyroid hormone is not activated. It may be produced by the thyroid gland, and even undergo conversion from T4 to T3 in the liver, but if the gut is off the train stops there. Hypothyroidism eventually occurs.

Adrenal Fatigue/Burnout

The final cause of hypothyroidism is adrenal fatigue or burnout. The adrenal glands are the “fight-or-flight” glands in the body that make adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones. When they have difficulty the thyroid will start to break down.

The adrenal and thyroid glands are two of the most important energy-producing glands in the body. When the adrenal glands become fatigued, the work load on the thyroid increases. If the thyroid gland isn’t ready for this work load then hypothyroidism will result.

The thyroid will never be fully healthy as long as the adrenal glands are fatigued. Healing the adrenal glands restores the energy-producing abilities of the body. This takes stress of the thyroid gland and helps restore it to optimal health and function.

Why You Need to Heal Your Thyroid

When your thyroid isn’t functioning properly you’re missing out on life. You don’t have the energy and vitality you need to really experience the joy of living. And you don’t have the focus and attention to be fully present and soak up life.

You only have so many years in this life, and you owe it to yourself to get and give as much as possible while you can.

Healing your thyroid will help you:

  • be more happy
  • be more present
  • be more patient
  • be more caring
  • be more energetic
  • be more motivated
  • be more enthusiastic
  • be MORE

Aren't you ready for that?
Haven't you waited long enough?

Natural Healing Approach

In The 4 Causes of Hypothyroidism you’ll learn what’s causing your hypothyroidism. You’ll discover the exact diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements you need to create true healing in your mind and body. You’ll be able to overcome your hypothyroidism once and for all so you can move on with your life with energy, joy, and purpose.

$9.99 E-Book will be available for download immediately after purchase.

How to Heal Your Thyroid

Today we have three healing tools in our tool box to help us overcome any injury or illness—diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements. When used appropriately, each can lead to a speedier and more complete recovery. When used incorrectly, each can lead to delayed healing or further worsening of the condition.

In The 4 Causes of Hypothyroidism you’ll learn the optimal diet, exercise, and nutritional supplement strategies for your type of hypothyroidism. You’ll receive a customized action plan, not a “shotgun one-size-fits-all” approach that might or might not work. This will give you greater chances of faster, more complete healing.


The proper diet to heal the thyroid depends on the cause of the hypothyroidism. A liver cause, for example, will require a more low-carb approach than a dopamine deficiency. While the adrenal fatigue type of hypothyroidism will require higher dietary fat intake for healing to occur.

In The 4 Causes of Hypothyroidism, you’ll learn the optimal macronutrient balance for your thyroid type, so you can get your protein-fat-carbohydrate ratio just right. You’ll also learn which “power foods” can speed your healing process, and which foods you need to avoid.


Exercise is a great way to increase circulation in the body, speeding the delivery of healing nutrients like vitamins and minerals to the cells that need them most. When your cells receive the nutrition they need in a timely fashion they heal faster. This includes the cells in your thyroid gland.

Exercise, when done properly, can speed the healing process. When done incorrectly, however, exercise can not only delay healing but sometimes prevent it from occurring entirely.

Each hypothyroid type has a type of exercise which is optimal for them. In The 4 Causes of Hypothyroidism you’ll learn the best type of exercise for your type. So you can ensure the exercise you’re doing is helping, not hurting, your healing process.


Nutritional supplements help guarantee that we’re still getting the nutrients we need when our diet is deficient. Also, when you suffer from hypothyroidism (or any other disease), it is likely that you have several vitamin and mineral deficiencies present in your body. Often, these deficiencies have grown so great over time that diet alone is not enough to correct them quickly.

The ideal nutritional supplements administered at optimal levels can make healing possible when diet alone isn’t enough). In The 4 Causes of Hypothyroidism, you’ll learn the exact nutritional supplements that are most beneficial for your type of hypothyroidism, as well as the optimal dosages for each.

Are You Ready?

If you’ve grown tired of “managing” your hypothyroidism with multiple office visits and blood tests that don’t heal your body, and are ready to change your life and your thyroid health forever, then this is the e-book for you.

By discovering the cause of hypothyroidism and following the customized approach outlined within the book, you’ll be able to take charge of your health. You’ll start living life on your terms, playing by your own rules. You’ll start getting what you want out of life, instead of just dealing with whatever life throws your way.

You'll handle life more quickly, efficiently, and decisively. Your energy and mood will increase. You’ll be the person you’ve known all along you were capable of being.

And if you need a  little more help, you’ll even learn how you can work one-on-one with Dr. Mike from any part of the world. So you can receive professional guidance on every step of your journey, fully confident along the way.

Meet the Author

Dr. Michael E. McGovern, DC
runner, cyclist, cat dad
chiropractic nutritionist
A 2006 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Mike is entering his 10th year of clinical practice. He has always realized the importance of a total approach to health and wellness, and incorporated nutritional therapy and hormone testing into his chiropractic practice shortly after graduating.
He has post-graduate education in:
Metabolic Optimization
Hair Analysis
Natural Hormone Balancing
Epigenetic Nutritioneering
Sleep Restoration

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