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THYROID DISEASE IS KILLING US

More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

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Thyroid Health and Diet: Egg Yolks and Inflammation

When dealing with a thyroid condition, and other autoimmune diseases, you’ll find that foods that cause inflammation need to be side-stepped.

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s first response to an injury or disease.  Inflammation informs you that you need to pay attention to an injured or diseased area so that you don’t continue to use it and worsen the problem.

Inflammation is an immune system response. Say you have hurt your shoulder and it’s “inflamed”, the inflammation is initially beneficial when your shoulder needs protection and care. But it can become self-perpetuating. The body creates more inflammation in response to the existing inflammation. Sometimes the immune system goes haywire and triggers an inflammatory response when there is no injury or disease process present. This is an autoimmune disease. Thyroid problems are in this category.

Certain foods can cause inflammation to get worse.

EGG YOLKS and INFLAMMATION

One of the highest Arachidonic Acid foods – those that cause inflammation in people with autoimmune diseases – are EGG YOLKS. 70 mg per yolk. Egg yolks are also Omega 6’s, which we tend to have too much of in our systems in the American SAD diet (Standard American Diet). Maybe you don’t eat egg yolks every day, but they are ingredients in many pre-packaged foods so count up over time.

Noticable symptoms from inflammation can include aching in burning in legs, joints, etc.

Effects of Inflammation: Symptoms, Conditions, and Related Diseases

There is a wide range of conditions and diseases that are linked with chronic  inflammation or that have an inflammatory component:

  • acid reflux/heartburn
  • acne
  • allergies and sensitivities
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • asthma
  • atherosclerosis
  • bronchitis
  • cancer
  • carditis
  • celiac disease
  • chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • cirrhosis
  • colitis
  • dementia
  • dermatitis
  • diabetes
  • dry eyes
  • edema
  • emphysema
  • eczema
  • fibromyalgia
  • gastroenteritis
  • gingivitis
  • heart disease
  • hepatitis
  • high blood pressure
  • insulin resistance
  • interstitial cystitis
  • joint pain/arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis
  • metabolic syndrome (syndrome X)
  • myositis
  • nephritis
  • obesity
  • osteopenia
  • osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • periodontal disease
  • polyarteritis
  • polychondritis
  • psoriasis
  • scleroderma
  • sinusitis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • spastic colon
  • systemic candidiasis
  • tendonitis
  • UTIs
  • vaginitis

Thyroiditis  is not on this list, but fibromyalgia is, and all symptoms that become part of a thyroid condition over time are increased by inflammation.

Where to get Omega 3’s if not from Eggs

The total Omega Fatty Acids in an Egg Yolk:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids = 554mg
  • Omega-6 fatty acids = 8597mg

We need more healthy Omega-3s than 6s due to our pretty bad American diet which is overloaded with Omega-6s. So, some doctors claim that in order to process arachidonic acid correctly (a component in iodine that is in egg yolks), and get your supply of the Omega-3 fatty acids, is to find it in fish oil.

Eat Fish, Take Fish Oil

Fish salmon

Eat 3-5 servings of fish a week, and/or supplement with high grade fish oil to boost brain power and other health goals and resolve problems with inflammation.

How many Omega Fatty Acids in the Egg White? ZERO!

Egg Whites

What you do get from egg whites is protien plus a few vitamins but more minerals, like:

  • Calcium  17.0mg  2%
  • Iron  0.2mg  1%
  • Magnesium  26.7mg  7%
  • Phosphorus  36.4mg  4%
  • Potassium  396mg  11%
  • Sodium  403mg  17%
  • Zinc  0.1mg  0%
  • Copper  0.1mg  3%
  • Manganese  0.0mg  1%
  • Selenium  48.6mcg  69%

The problem, even with egg whites is that if the egg layer – the awesome chicken – is fed questionable grains laced with supplements, iodine, pesticides, hormones, GMO grains, etc. they are not healthy for you.

Find out about EGG YOLKS and IODINE too!

Can I Ever Eat The Whole Egg Again?

It’s not “never” eat eggs with the yolk if your body is symptom free, but mostly, if you’re going to eat eggs, eat the nutritious egg whites and buy organic-grass-fed.

33 comments to Thyroid Health and Diet: Egg Yolks and Inflammation

  • Katherine

    Hi Ms Wolinski —
    Wow! Am I glad to find your website for both thyroid problems & declutter!! Seems like your work is a God-sent answer to several prayers for help that I’ve been sending out fervently.
    Most important to me is your work in hashimoto’s disease, which for me has gone beyond mere hypothyroidism lately & really become a serious problem.
    I’ve been off dairy for several weeks now (actually since mid April) & following the ClearVite®-SF detox program prescribed by my doctor. You mention part of the reason to stay away from dairy is the pesticides & other pollutants that may be ingested by cows that produce dairy products sold commercially. You wrote: “I’m glad to hear that cutting gluten out cut down on your symptoms quickly. Dairy – go dairy free for a few weeks and see how that helps too. Dairy is laced with man-made substances including estrogen, pesticides in the foods the animals are fed, antibiotics, hormones etc. which are all very bad for us. You can certainly switch to organic only dairy products and see if they bother you, but, I believe it’s a good idead to go without for a while and just give your body a rest and let it rebuild.” I had been a big fan of Lactaid products (which include cottage cheese & ice cream), even though I’m not lactose intolerant nor allergic to dairy products. But in addition to being advised to avoid gluten, the first thing I learned to give up was dairy. Period!
    I miss milk & ice cream so badly!! It’s been a real struggle to let go of dairy in my diet. Non butter products seem to have multiplied in the last few decades, and I’ve started trying out different ones. (do you have a favorite?)
    But I don’t understand why I have to be off eggs. I’m used to keeping some hard boiled eggs handy for quick snacks & to add protein to my salads. Are eggs “no-no” because of my hashimoto’s disease? My daughter has more than a dozen hens, & she let’s me stop by to get eggs practically any time I want to. I truly miss eggs. I can force myself to find other dairy substitutes (such as almond milk & non dairy ‘ice cream’), do I need to use egg substitutes too?
    And, do u have a non-egg mayonnaise recipe if I must give up eggs entirely?
    Thank you for your recommendations for Vit D — I plan to discuss them immediately with my doctor. My mom died because of severe osteoporosis & I’ve been concerned about my bone health for some time. I’m taking calcium supplements but only recently discovered they contain nearly ZERO Vit D!!
    Building back my health is something I’m devoting more & more time to learning about & doing. I’m glad my research led me to your sites & blogs. I’ve signed up for your newsletters & will be studying your blogs and resources. What a pool of excellent info — I’m diving in now!
    Katherine

    • kim

      Hi Katherine,

      You sound like you’re really doing your job at finding the answers you need. Bravo!

      RE: Lactaid products – try to find organic so that you don’t have additives, toxins, etc. in it.

      RE: Going Gluten-Free – Yes, millions of people are gluten-intolerant, even slightly. If you have a thyroid condition, it’s imperative that you go gluten-free for 6-12 months and then, as you add back some foods occasionally, see how it affects you.

      RE: Non butter products – I use 100% real butter, organic of course. I use it so sparingly and seldom however, that I could actually just move over completely to Coconut Oil or Olive Oil.

      RE: Eggs – See this post above and one before or after it re: eggs.
      I eat eggs, again, very sparingly. I would stay very clean on your diet however until you’re past Hashimoto’s levels.
      Also, what does your daughter feed the chickens? If she feeds them grain, is it GMOd? If so, you’re getting GMOd eggs. 🙁

      RE: Non-egg mayonnaise recipe. http://thyroidu.com/1217/thyroid-diet-non-egg-mayonnaise-recipe/

      I hope these answers are helpful!

  • Niki

    Hi,
    I am thyroid patient and badly over weighted person.
    I have started eating eggs but i am having 2 eggs in a week, Is it bad for me?I am really worried.
    Thanks

    • kim

      Hi Niki,

      If you have intense and numerous symptoms, it’s best to just eat the whites for now.

      The complete Thyroid Reset Diet is in my manual – You can get started immediately w/ the diet and forms by ordering it here – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Plus, you need to see a thyroid trained practitioner to access your specific needs to help you (body and brain) the best. Check these lists to find one near you at http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you from these lists, you can contact #1 on the list, my doctor here in Longmont, CO, Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772 email: allomongak@gmail.com. You can send him any lab tests you already have as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you needs to do. He’ll work w/ you by phone/Skype/email from anywhere.

  • Jennifer

    My doctor told me that Omega 6 is better to get from egg yolk than fish because of mercury. Any better alternatives? I have hypothyroid, have hashimotos, and on auto-immune protocol diet. Missing eggs after 6 weeks, afraid to eat them, but need to balance my fats. Any advice?

    • Jennifer

      Also, I have high mercury levels.

      • kim

        You need to find out where the mercury is coming from; dental work? You may need to get them replaced.

      • vp

        Hi Jennifer – This is informational only, in no way prescriptive etc. Mercury(II) reductase is a NADPH dependent enzyme. NADPH requires niacin – suggest niacin as nicotinic acid rather than the reduced form you find in multi vits (which I believe is useless, thus – many with high mercury and other chemical sensitivity issues). NADH and NADPH-dependent enzymes are involved in close to 800 reactions – they’re busy. Niacin as nicotinic acid is also involved in thyroid function. While egg yolk contains iodine, my understanding is it’s the egg white that is the allergenic part of the egg. I suffer immune and thyroid dysfunction and only eat egg yolks – no egg whites whatsoever. I ensure adequate niacin (supplement), selenium (supplement) and vitamin D (sunlight). Kind regards, V

      • vp

        N.B. I wrote: “I suffer immune and thyroid dysfunction” – wanted to add, is currently under control and my hair is growing back. I also wanted to add that I found raw pumpkin seeds to be the most hypoallergenic source of omega-6 EFA. I find the smaller, lighter green seeds more tolerable – the larger, darker green seeds seem very ‘harsh’ (for want of a better description). I don’t tolerate anything from the daisy/ragweed family (i.e. safflower oil, sunflower seeds/oil), or almonds (which are too high in both salicylate and amygdalin). Good luck.

    • kim

      You can eat egg yolks, but not every day, and make sure they are Organic eggs.
      Your doctor should also know about Omega 3 and 6 supplements/liquid to help where fish and eggs don’t, especially with Hashimoto’s disease.

  • Amanda Lynn Mayhew

    I was diagnosed with Graves in 1998 .. had serious issues with the choking feeling even after my RAI.. 95% of my thyroid was dealt with.. now after many years, and of course eating eggs.. on a daily basis… I have been fine for about ten years. This past week, everything is messed up again and I am trying to narrow down what it is exactly, is it the salt, the eggs, the diet.. I haven’t changed anything but I have this unbearable choking feeling and it is starting to take over my life.. again..

    • kim

      Hi Amanda,

      First, I’m so sorry for your thyroid dysfunction.

      Second, your symptoms have way more to do with your diet than just eggs. You may also be heading into HYPOthyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease, which most people with Graves’ disease do.

      What to do:

      1) You’ll need to get started immediately on a thyroid reset health diet:
      The complete Thyroid Reset Diet is in my manual – You can get started immediately w/ the diet and checklist forms by ordering it here – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2) And, you need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772
      They will most likely ask you to send any lab tests you already have as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you need to do.

      I hope that helps,

      Kim

  • Lisa

    I have Hashimotos and noticed that the last few times that i have eaten eggs I have had an upset stomach. My husband and I both noticed the new development. Last night I ate one over easy egg and about an hour later i started to get a bad stomach ache. I was more miserable than the other two times. My husband found this article and it makes sens. No more eggs for me.

  • Marga

    I have to disagree with you – egg yolks are high in iron, which is needed for proper thyroid functioning. In fact, it one of the important co-factors in thyroid function. Deficiencies in iron causes malfunction in the thyroid.

    Then, eggs (especially the yolk) are a good source of iodine – the building block of thyroxin, the hormone made by the thyroid. Why would you cut iodine?
    Our water contains chloride, our toothpaste contains fluoride and our baked goods bromide – all of these are halides, together with iodide – unfortunately because of our high in take of water, toothpaste and baked goods, it replaces a lot of our iodine in the body, where you will find most patients lacking proper iodine for normal thyroid function.

    Then, egg yolks are high in omega-3 fats – it is not just AA fats. Egg yolk has a perfect ration of 1/3 Saturated fat, 1/3 mono-unsaturated fat and 1/3 poly-unsaturated fat – the perfect fat! The perfect protein!
    Omega-3 is very important as a natural anti-inflammatory food.

    I do not understand why you would like to cut out such a fundamental food from your diet, that aids normal body function and thyroid function.

    I would also like to know if you have any clinical studies (evidence-based information)to back your claims.
    If so, I would love to read them.

  • Nagveni

    I have hypothyroid and have gained weight.. I happened to bump in on YouTube on losing 10 kilos in 10 days by egg diet followed with green tea and apple. Morning 3 boiled eggs and green tea. Afternoon 3 boiled eggs one Apple n green tea, evening snacks I could eat apple, cucumber, carrot and sprouts.. For dinner one oat meal.. I have been following this diet from 5 days now… I m also asthmatic, have developed inflammation n bad throat coughs.. But otherwise this diet has helped me loose 3 kilos in 5 days… I am concerned and want to know if I should make any changes to the diet or discontinue.. Not sure if the inflammation is becoZ of boiled eggs.. Please advise.

    • kim

      I just have to go with the research, Nagveni! You might get a blood/lab tests and see if they show anything, but make sure you do this through a “functional medicine doctor” as they know how to read the tests better. Also, could have a food allergy test, again, using a “functional medicine doctor”.

  • Essie

    Had thyroid removed and am taking snythroid 75 mg, do you have a food program that will give me some guide line as to what is safe to eat for hashimoto disease , I was unaware of the problem with eating eggs ,for instance.
    Thanks
    Essie

  • Leonardo

    For me it was actually the opposite. When i introduced daily raw egg yolks i have had an energy boost and depression, which i experienced, disappeared!
    Egg yolks contain high ammounts of vitamins, as well as safe cholesterol. One of the important vitamins egg yolks contain is choline, which is quite hard to find in other foods (at least, in the quantity egg yolks contain). Choline can also be fundamental in the process of toxins conversion (MTHFR).

    So i have to say i don’t agree: egg yolks are superfood!

  • Hi Kim, I am a mess! I do not know where to begin! I was diagnosed by a nutritionist about ten years ago with low adrenal glands! She wanted to put me on Dhea, but my neurologist, felt it would work against me because my seizures were due to my hormones! He did not want to stimulate them! Well here I am ten years later and suffering with hypothyroidism! A holistic doctor diagnosed me with this! I have severe food sensitivities and allergies! I cannot take fish oil because my throat closes with any form of fish!! I break out in rashes! Feel worried about heart! Have pain in arms and back upper thighs! Dark circles in inner corner of eyes! I take Keppra for seizures! I was told by holistic dr. to take natural synthroid and my primary dr. Said I would lose more weight! This I did not want to do because I already lost 55lbs. I do not want to lose more weight ! Please help! I do not want to die!!

    • kim

      Hello Izzy, I’m so very sorry to hear of what you’re doing through.

      Please contact my thyroid practitioner, Dr. Jared Allomong – he can work with you by phone/Skype/Email from a distance most times.
      Go here and call or make an appointment: http://functionalhealthcolorado.com/

      My good thoughts for your best health always, Kim

  • Anjali Mehta

    Hi Ms.Kim
    I am very much upset because of my hyperthyroidism. Because of this am also having irregular cycles and I have been eating this L-THYROXINE medicine for the last two months as prescribed by my doc.and as seen the thyroxine level was on its normal after that but it was only because of the med.and doc.says that may be I will have to take this medicine whole life and seriously I don’t wanna do that.I don’t know what all to eat what not to eat so dat I don’t have to take the medicine also and my thyroxine level be also normal.

    • kim

      Hello, Anjali,

      If you need the thyroid replacement, you will need to take it for your lifetime.

      But, get a 2nd opinion, always.

      Please contact my thyroid practitioner, Dr. Jared Allomong – he can work with you by phone/Skype/Email from a distance most times.
      Go here and call or make an appointment: http://functionalhealthcolorado.com/

      My good thoughts for your best health always, Kim

  • Nisa

    Hi Ms. Kim

    My TSH level is 0.185 and my Dr told me it is slightly outside the normal range and she want redraw next two weeks. Do you know is it hyperthyroid or hypothyroid? And can I take iodine salt for that?
    Thank you very much for your help

    • kim

      Hi Nisa,

      Every “body” is different.

      You need to make sure you’re seeing a “thyroid specialist” who knows what they’re reading and doing for you.

      Try this list – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you don’t find one on this list I highly suggest you contact my thyroid practitioner, Dr. Jared Allomong – he can work with you by phone/Skype/Email from a distance most times.
      Go here and call or make an appointment: http://functionalhealthcolorado.com/

      My good thoughts for your best health always, Kim

    • kim

      Hi Nisa,
      It’s important for you to get the right thyroid help from a thyroid specialist as every “body” is different re: iodine, etc.
      Try this list – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      If you don’t find one on this list I highly suggest you contact my thyroid practitioner, Dr. Jared Allomong – he can work with you by phone/Skype/Email from a distance most times.
      Go here and call or make an appointment: http://functionalhealthcolorado.com/

  • Sherin

    Hello kim

    I have hypothyroidism. I’m under medication. I wish to stop the medication and improve my thyroid health naturally. I consume half boiled raw eggs often that are from grass fed. I eat fish that are fried and milk. Does these have impact on thyroid functioning? Please help. Thanks.

    • kim

      I have a couple of answers.

      1. You may or may not be able to “stop the medication” and improve your thyroid health naturally.

      2. Some of the foods you noted may be impacting your thyroid functioning.
      In my ebook there is the Thyroid Reset Diet, the bedrock of what will be helpful to get you started. You can purchase it here: It is the full diet for hypothyroidism: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      3. Plus, it’s imperative to go to a thyroid specialist to test you for what your body needs specifically.
      Check the lists here http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ to find one in your area.

      To your best health,

      Kim

  • Lynn pascale

    Hi my name is Lynn. I have a very high thyroid for years. Just recently i have been eating 2 hard boil egges in the morning before i go to work. I started this 3 months ago.
    But i have notice that i have a rash on ny right siagoof my belly…and i get itchy all over my body. While im laying down in bed. not to sure if its soap or the eggs im allergic to.
    Its a prickly feeling so i need what to do ?

    • kim

      Hi Lynn,
      sounds like you need to stop one of these at a time to see which it might be.
      Stop one for a few weeks. If problem still there, stop the other.

      Good luck!

      Kim

  • acgcha hadvatydch

    hi yall,

    i agree with some posters here. i appreciate very much the article, but i disagree with the evaluation of eggs. not all eggs are alike. those from grass-fed humanely treated hens are far superior to those from the cheap, GMO-fed, imprisoned hens (see cornucopia.org, who police the egg industry, for their scorecard). there are other problems with eggs though. cholesterol can be exercised away. the biotin in the eggs is great for skin, hair, and nails. however, eggs are some of the most concentrated sources of choline, which has been linked to cancer of all sorts – and this is the only problem i have with eggs. otherwise, i can deal with the cholesterol

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