As I was working to answer questions and helping others find support on my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Facebook Support Page this week, I found myself saying under my breath “OH, I cannot WAIT until they get to read this book!” What book you say? Well, today Dr. Joshua J. Redd, DC, MS, DABFM, DAAIM, is launching his book “The Truth About Low Thyroid, Stories of Hope and Healing for those Suffering with Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid Disease” and I couldn’t be more excited AND it couldn’t be more timely. Does this sound familiar to you? “Over and over I was told the same thing: ‘Your thyroid is fine. You shouldn’t be putting on all this weight. Stop eating so much, and get some exercise.’ When I was finally put on thyroid replacement, they increased my dosage every time I started to feel worse. It didn’t do any good.” Or this: “I’d never been depressed in my life, but with the changes in my health, my appearance, the pain, and the fact that I could no longer do everything I was accustomed to doing, I knew I couldn’t go on much longer. My body deteriorated so quickly that I was sure I was going to die.” And sadly this: “I never told anyone how bad I felt because I knew from experience it wouldn’t get me anywhere. I didn’t want to complain. I was doing everything I could to find an answer, but no one could find anything wrong with me. I began to question myself, and started wondering if I was just crazy. I didn’t want anyone else to wonder, too, so I kept my illness to myself.” That last one was me for years! I got tired of going to the emergency room because over time, I began to see the words “panic disorder” or “hypochondriac” written in my file. Once the ER doctor saw those words in my file, you can only imagine how quickly I was dismissed! And no, I am not making a profit by telling you about this book (only the book was given to me for an honest review). I just feel SO incredibly sad to hear the same stories over and over again from people who are not being listened to by their conventional doctors! We really need change in the way conventional medicine is treating us! It is just inadequate! But for now, we NEED to find answers in alternative ways until conventional medicine catches up to what these knowledgeable and VERY educated Functional Medicine doctors already know will help you! (Seeking Functional Medicine is what finally turned my journey around and led me to many great diet changes and healing protocols that conventional medicine still will not acknowledge. Ask a sufferer though who got this help, and they will tell you how much of a difference this approach has made for their health and symptoms!) The emotional damage from not feeling validated is unbelievable! If you take nothing else from this book, this may be the most important aspect as you read the stories of those who have suffered like you might be, highlighted in its pages. You will be able to identify with them and it will validate your suspicion that you just simply may not getting the right help for your symptoms! It’s a (too) long road I have kept this blog about my journey with Hashimotos Thyroidtis for many years now. The main question I get on a regular basis on my companion Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Facebook Support Group is this: “Why can’t we get any real help from our doctors?” Although the wording is different from person to person, it is the same question in a nutshell and many are told to go seek emotional counseling instead of getting the validation and help they need! This continues to cause me distress daily when I hear of so many of those who come to my page suffering. In some ways, I believe they are needlessly suffering because I know of the help available but conventional medicine will not yet validate it so they are left to be suspicious of any natural or alternative interventions. After all, I have been diagnosed now for over 20 years and not ONE thing has changed in the treatment protocol for Hashimoto’s in conventional medicine even though thousands and thousands of sufferers confirm on a daily basis that the current standard of care is NOT working! Instead they blame it on the patient and send them away! This is unacceptable and I am so glad that doctors like Dr. Joshua Redd are attempting to get the word out that there IS hope and although it may take some personal responsibility and work to get the help you need, it IS out there and your symptoms are NOT your imagination!! Thankfully, it’s easier to get help than ever before So today, I want to give you hope! I want to tell you that others have gone before you, suffered for years, looked for all kinds of alternative treatments, asked all the same questions, and finally found the hope they were looking for! Dr. Redd from ReddRiver Health and Wellness compiled this book of testimonies full of hope from those who have cried out for help like you have. Those who have felt the same hopelessness and fear. Like me, at the point of almost giving up, they barely “hobbled” into the doctor’s office who finally gave them the hope they needed. Each of us have different triggers, different circumstances which brought us to our Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis diagnosis. This is something Dr. Redd and others in Functional Medicine help you pinpoint. But guess what? Even with all our different situations, we still suffer with the same lack of help from our conventional doctors. This is because they are not looking for the root cause of your symptoms. They continue to watch your thyroid numbers and if they are “in range,” you are […]
As I have said in earlier posts, after over 10 years of blogging about natural interventions for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I maintain that this year has been the most productive and rewarding year for the community I have ever seen! I also had a personal health breakthrough this year which I will tell you more below. This post is going to be short and sweet because I know you and I have many New Year’s Resolutions to consider. It may not add too much to that endeavor, but hopefully will help you along the way! I am going to link you to what I believe were the most helpful resources I took part in this year so you might find something to help thrust you forward in 2015! First, what good is a post without some food pics? So, I will share some of my favorite foods I prepared during this holiday season. The recipes will be linked to the picture, and for other grain free recipes I enjoy, you can find on my Pinterest page. Starting off the year in 2014, I made a commitment to move forward with my Functional Medicine protocol and found a great amount of help through that. I had been on the GAPS Diet for about 2 years but still needed help from Functional Medicine for helping me fine tune and get testing along the way. If you have not heard about Functional Medicine, you can find out more from my post here which I did in the spring where Dr. Redd of RedRiver Health and Wellness helps coach us through all the different triggers to our symptoms. You can also find RedRiver Health and Wellness on Facebook here. Then in the spring I was stunned to find a natural weight loss and blood sugar balancing supplement that just completely changed my life after so many years of debilitating symptoms! I had been looking for something to help me with my symptoms and we knew my blood sugar was still not where it should be (even though my tests did not reveal this) but my diet was very clean and zoned in for that purpose. I was on a grain, sugar, and gluten-free diet at the time but still having trouble with adrenal issues, chronic fatigue, severe mood swings, PMS, food sensitivities, terrible brain fog and other symptoms that were not yet responding to my good diet of over 2 years. If you look up how blood sugar highs and lows can really trigger some major symptoms for us with Hashi’s, you will see why it may have helped me so much, although I was convinced before I started that I was pretty much as stable in this area as I could be. Due to my new energy and relief from some chronic symptoms, I decided I needed to offer the supplement to others, so I created another website to help people like me see if they could also find similar relief through the supplement. I am happy to help others along the way if they are interested. Visit my site here for more details and my personal video testimony of how it helped me. And one major thing that I noticed this holiday, is that my homemade paleo muffin was left half eaten which had never happened in my life before. I have complete control of my cravings now and this has been an added benefit of the supplement! At about the same time, I put together a post with the most helpful books and resources I had come across to date and some helpful links to resources to help you along the way. I found it to be one of the most helpful for those who are trying to help themselves as they either wait for professional help or fine tune their own protocols. Shortly after the huge benefits I achieved in my overall health through supplement, a whole bunch of FREE educational online events poured in and offered life changing information through professionals highly esteemed by the alternative and natural community to help people like us who have been stuck for so long in our symptoms. Some of those events still offer their materials for a very reasonable price and I highly recommend you consider taking advantage of any who still offer those materials online. It can really help you zone in on the right doctors, protocols, and diets for your particular needs. And because we are ALL different, we do have to troubleshoot for ourselves most of the time or find someone to help us with this task. This can add to the stress of Hashimoto’s, but these events have really helped this area of getting us to the right resources faster. It took me literally years to uncover the tips that are available all in one place now, so don’t hesitate to partake in these fantastic resources. It could save you a lot of run-a-round and get you on the road to success much faster. I am not sure which ones are still available for purchase, but feel free to click around through these links to see which are available. So, I have to say, this has been the most exciting year for me personally in my health goals that I have ever had. I cannot express how much I have been helped by that one supplement. Although it may not work the same for everyone, I think it is worth a try for those who are at their wits end and not sure where else to turn. May you all have a wonderful 2015 and I look forward to hearing of many new success stories as we go! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Why Didn’t I Know How Much Digestion Played a Role When I Was First Diagnosed?
One thing those of us with Hashimoto’s know very well is that this condition is not simple! I learned this over 20 years ago when I was given a little thyroid pill and was told I would magically feel better and would not even know I had a thyroid problem. What I didn’t put together at the time was the profound “coincidence” that my digestion was severely out of whack and that I was also struggling with all kinds of stomach problems. But of course, this had to be separate from my thyroid issues, right? Well, that was what I thought was logical at the time. After all, there was a different doctor for those issues. If I wanted to fix the stomach, that is a whole different area of the body. Is it possible that fixing my stomach issues could have helped, or even reversed my crippled thyroid at the time? Now years later, I would have to say it would have had a good chance! And it still does. That is why I am writing this post today. I want to get this information out to as many as possible. Many of you are just beginning your healing journey. There is no better way to start than to look first at the gut. Digestion is where our body processes most of what it needs to survive. Doesn’t it make sense for this one area to be working as well as possible? Well, it does make sense now, but I really just didn’t see it 20 years ago. I was listening to my doctor who really wanted me to believe (and maybe he did too) that this little pill would take care of everything. Don’t let this happen to you. Look beyond that perceived thyroid pill “fix” and look into the amazing world of the digestive tract! Did you know that digestive problems cause things like autoimmunity, asthma, allergies, mood issues, cardiovascular disease, brain fog and joint pain? Well, thanks to an event coming up in November, you will learn exactly how this can all be connected and how to help give your digestion the tender loving care it really needs. I cannot wait to hear all the speakers and fine tune my journey. On November 9th, 2014, Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness Radio, is getting down to the nitty-gritty of digestion by bringing us his free new event, The Digestion Sessions! If you have ever listened to his podcast, you will agree with me that he has the best health interview shows you’ll ever listen to. So this makes him the perfect host for this event! You will hear the hottest topics in digestion right now including whether “gluten sensitivity” is real or not, why acid-blocking drugs can have some far-reaching implications you need to know about, and how in the world can we rebuild this immune system by starting with digestion intervention? The event kicks off next month and features 25 on-camera, one-on-one sessions with the world’s foremost experts on digestive health. Experts like Drs. Tom O’Bryan, Dan Kalish, Jillian Teta, Datis Kharazzian, Kelly Brogan, Alan Christianson, as well as Andrea Nakayama, Paul Chek, Christa Orecchio, and more. With a line up like this, it is sure to give us enough expert advice to fine tune our personal digestive help. In the United States alone, SIXTY-PERCENT of the population is dealing with at least one symptom of digestive dysfunction — gas, bloating, heartburn, candida, constipation, diarrhea, you name it. Sean and his panel of “A-list experts” cover them all in this FREE online event! You can watch the amazing trailer he put together below, save your seat for the event, and get INSTANT ACCESS to the Digestion Sessions Quick Fix video series, including: Dr. Teta’s 3 Best Tips for Beating Constipation with Dr. Jillian Teta? 3 Critical Lab Tests Your Doctor (Probably) Isn’t Running with Christa Orecchio? How to Save Your Gallbladder, And What to Do If It’s Been Removed! with Dr. Alan Christianson Please, if you know anyone with digestive problems, please share it. They’ll thank you for it! Register Here Today!
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: 20 Minutes Might Just Give You The Information You Need To Change Your Health!
In my last post, I mentioned how this year has been ground breaking for Hashimoto’s sufferers. The reason I call this year “ground-breaking” is not so much because the information is all new, but rather it is being delivered, for the first time, to the masses. It is not stagnant either, as this information is continuously being added to, as science and our own experiences cause it to become more and more fine-tuned. You and me finally get to have access to information that, in the past, was only available through intense digging into books, medical journals, or for those who could afford it, doctors who have been trained in these fields and were able to get this information to their patients. Yes, before this year, we have had the benefit of books like Dr. Kharrazian’s “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Labs Are Normal,” and Dr. Izabella Wentz’ book, “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause” in hard copy and eBook form, as well as other good resources I’ve highlighted along the way. But now, sufferers who have been challenged in having the time, brain power, or energy to do this research by reading, are finally getting it in forms that are easier to find, digest, and take action with! Last week we had the Hashimoto’s Institute that was free to our community, now available for purchase through this link. The perfect example of another resource is this interview with Dr. Redd from RedRiver Health & Wellness (or on Facebook here), on the Television show “The Younger You” with Troy Thompson on September 18, 2014, which I am highlighting below in this post today. This information was so practical and had so much in one 20 minute episode, that I felt the need to get this out to everyone possible. In this interview, Dr. Redd answers our practical, yet often left unanswered, questions by conventional medicine. And as I said in my last post featuring Dr. Redd, he comes to the rescue once more by answering these questions in visual form and with clarity: What exactly IS Hashimoto’s? What are the symptoms? What are the important tests to get? What are the common triggers to autoimmune flares? What can help with the symptoms? Why isn’t the pill (thyroid supplement) helping enough? When is it necessary to remove the thyroid? What is the best diet for the thyroid? Is it possible to feel better? Plus many more! Join Dr. Redd as he helps us understand what types of interventions can make a huge difference in our symptoms. I know this because I am a product of these interventions and they do help! I hope you are able to watch this excellent show from the beginning to the end because this information is not easy to find in one place and even more importantly, in 20 minutes! This is especially helpful if Hashimoto’s is all new to you or you are just now trying to find more natural, and I must insert here, more effective, treatment protocols than just a thyroid pill! Here’s to our continued healing journey!
I know it is a strange title but it is really the truth for me and I think we are finally on the right path! I have been blogging for over 10 years now about my journey with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and the challenges we all have with the lack of understanding and acknowledgment in the conventional medicine model. Just giving us a pill and sending us on our way, not listening to our symptoms, making us out to be hypochondriacs, and leaving us to feel helpless, has been the subject matter of the bulk of my posts in the past. After all, if the test results are in the “normal” range but we feel anything but normal, it’s not our thyroid and must be all in our head! (At least that is what we were told, and still are in conventional medicine most of the time!) About 3 years ago, I found Functional Medicine. I was delighted that someone out there acknowledged my symptoms as truly being associated with Hashimoto’s after all (yeah, finally) after close to 20 years of suffering without any help from conventional medicine. I cried when I was actually listened to for the first time and cried a bit harder when my symptoms were validated. Getting tested for gluten sensitivities and other food sensitivities brought me to the beginning of a huge turning point. I realized I had not truly gone gluten-free at that point, as I had attempted a few years earlier. My journey in this area and links to these references including my whole 8 part and free gluten-free series is here. Then about 2 years ago I was fortunate enough to add the GAPS Diet to my protocol and I finally got relief beyond that which I was getting from just eliminating gluten alone. Now I was getting more help but needed other lifestyle adjustments. Some of these came from my Functional Medicine doctor’s help and some from great books along the way. But THIS YEAR has been the most exciting because it has brought all these pieces to the Hashimoto’s “puzzle” out into the open by several free online events. All can be purchased if you missed them but if you cannot afford to go back and own the previous ones, I have good news! Things are about to get better. Another event is on its way! September 15th through the 22nd (2014) begins another FREE event! People with Hashimoto’s deal with a collection of confusing, chronic and uncomfortable low-thyroid symptoms that aren’t necessarily resolved with medication. That’s because Hashimoto’s affects all systems and the roots link back to your digestive function, your adrenal reserves, your genetic propensity and more. You can learn to manage your symptoms and thrive with Hashimoto’s but you need the pivotal information from the leaders in the field to take you there! If you’re ready to take back your health and thrive with Hashimoto’s, it’s time to enroll in the free Hashimoto’s Institute and dive into the wealth of information. Dr. Alan Christianson (the physician), Dr. Izabella Wentz (the pharmacist) and Andrea Nakayama (the nutritionist) are world-class experts who focus much of their time on thyroid and autoimmune conditions, like Hashimoto’s. They’ve joined forces and combined their clinical experience with the latest emerging research. They’ve gathered over 24 of the top experts in thyroid health to bring you the most cutting-edge Hashimoto’s information. You’ll hear from experts like: Dr. Datis Kharazzian Chris Kresser Sarah Ballantyne Dr. Tom O’Bryan Donna Gates Dr. Deanna Minich . . . and 20+ others Hashimoto’s is not merely a thyroid disorder. It’s your health. Your life. Get inspired and empowered during the Hashimoto’s Institute. You can also click the banner at the end of this post to get to this event. I will be posting the daily topics on the Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Support Group page so if you have not “liked” this page yet, make sure you do and I will keep you in the loop for each day’s topics. __________________________________ And finally, this year I found my favorite personal help so far. I have had more relief to my overall health than anything prior through a weight loss and blood sugar balancing supplement which has changed my life. So I made a brand new blog where my story is on the front page there, for those who are interested in that option. I would love for you to join me and see if it can help you too! I have a separate and private FB support group for those who decide to try it through my link there. You may contact me over on my other blog for that info. The bottom line is that this year has been a year of breakthrough in the community. Things I paid dearly for in years past are now free to the public and it has been so fulfilling to watch. I am so thrilled we have choices now and I believe it will get even better and better as time goes on because it will not be long before conventional medicine has to take another look at their inadequate treatment as we help them see we need other interventions. Many of us want health insurance to cover these breakthrough interventions so more of us can afford to have access to these fantastic natural doctors. At the end of this year I will write my “reflections from this year” post as usual, however, when I sum up the year this time, it will include the most helpful options I have ever been able to report. It is all happening so quickly. Finally, inadequate treatment of Hashimoto’s Thyroidtis is being recognized as something conventional medicine needs to acknowledge and address! My dream is that next year, we will be hearing of conventional medicine joining efforts with the natural community, so that we can use both together as needed, and are not ridiculed by conventional medicine for choosing natural options along with medication when necessary. If only conventional […]
Out of all the questions I get on my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Support Group, it is most sad when I see the ones asking for a better doctor in their area. The reason is because we all have different needs and just recommending a doctor that might have been great for one person, may not be great for another. There is one thing I can say I have learned over the last 10 years while interacting with fellow Hashimoto’s sufferers: Your journey and what part of it you are on is highly important when looking for a doctor! There are stages a person goes through AND there are personalities to take into consideration. For example, I see it as a funnel of troubleshooting. Here’s the process you might find helpful to go through in your mind as you decide where you are in the process of trying to find the right help for your situation. Are you already diagnosed and on medication? If so, you are probably in the phase where you need to fine tune your approach if it is not working with your current doctor. If you are not diagnosed, that would be the first step. Find a doctor willing to test you for Hashimoto’s which can be your current doctor or find one who will. Some of you are in areas who allow you to do this yourself through a lab who offers this without a doctor’s requisition. For many, you might want to look into a natural doctor who prescribes natural thyroid medication or a Functional Medicine doctor (the linked post helps you to understand why this approach is so helpful) to help you determine the root cause of your symptoms first. Perhaps your body is just needing nutrition, diet change, or natural interventions in other lifestyle habits that can really help your symptoms. Are you naturally minded and already diagnosed? If so, you might consider looking into diet and lifestyle interventions (if you are already diagnosed) and other ways to help yourself like the weight loss and blood sugar balancing supplement that has made a huge difference in my life after over 20 years of debilitating symptoms. My story is on the front page on my new blog there which I created so others can have access to it through me. Do you like to do your own research and come up with your own plan while on the treatment protocol of conventional medicine? If so, there is a whole resource area I have put together that might help you find the approach you would like to look into. There are also online events that have so completely educated the community this year, I was actually dumbfounded after all the years I struggled to find the same info looking into the nooks and crannies of the internet. If you want to basically take a “course” on thyroid health, those events are highly recommended and the links to them are in my last post here. They were FREE to the internet community in May and June and now can be purchased at a great price giving you immediate access to all the resources and information currently available. It is like having everything from the experts in one place. So, in the end, my journey had to go WAY beyond conventional medicine! My full story is here. In short, I had to, in a nutshell, learn about how going gluten free can be a huge factor in calming the immune system, get testing through Functional Medicine and direction from doctors practicing this type of medicine, work to get the gut healed (Google Leaky Gut + Hashimoto’s and you will see why), and had to learn more about body chemistry so I could adjust my nutrition to get a better body balance. After all this, I added the supplement that is helping me tremendously and I feel I am finally living again! So, what doctor should you see? It all depends on where you are in your journey! I hope this gives you a better idea on how to proceed. It took me 10 miserable years to stop looking to conventional medicine for a new pill to make me feel better. And from there, another 10 years of searching for natural interventions that worked. (I left out things that didn’t work for me like NAET, EFT, other alternative doctors, and diets like the Mediterranean Diet, The Maker’s Diet, juicing, and gluten free processed foods, among others.) My hope is that my journey might help others get to better choices earlier in their journey. For easy reference, here are links for different types of doctors and references I commonly refer people to: Institute for Functional Medicine (search page) Doctors who prescribe natural thyroid supplements Certified Gluten Practitioners Gluten Intolerance Group Medical Professional Referral Listing You may want to look into other alternative approaches other than those listed. It is highly recommended that you interview or have an initial consultation with any doctor you find in these searches to make sure they are right for you. You might want to ask for references from others who are currently under their care or check the internet for reviews before committing to their protocols. Here’s to continued healing!
I know I have been quiet on my blog the last couple months. There is plenty of reason for this. I will explain below. Three things have taken my attention away from this blog. First, the absolutely awesome Thyroid Sessions hosted by Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness was a focus for me in April and May and I spent much of my time learning from it and promoting it on my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Facebook Page that month. It was truly amazing! If you didn’t get your digital copy, you can still purchase it here. Next, was The Thyroid Summit at the beginning of June, hosted by Susy Cohen, America’s Pharmacist, and David Brownstein, M.D. which was also a fantastic addition to our resources and can also be purchased in digital form here, if you missed it or loved it like I did, and want a copy for your library. And finally, and most important to me personally, is that I experienced a major health breakthrough beginning in March when I started a weight loss and blood sugar balancing supplement, which is now being offered on my new blog. It had unexpected overall health benefits which really took me by surprise because nothing worked like this before for me! I didn’t want you to think I was giving up on my commitment to bring you the most helpful information on this blog so I felt the need to create a separate new blog for the purposes of spreading the word about this supplement that could possibly be of great benefit to many of you. My whole story is on the front page there! Those of you who have been following me for some time know I don’t have many good things to say about supplements and rarely talk about them. I find supplements can sometimes be like drugs; you take one supplement, let’s say Calcium, and then you find out it has caused your Magnesium to be out of balance! Or you take Iodine and find out you need a certain amount of Selenium or it can cause an imbalance that can possibly cause a serious flare to your Hashimoto’s! I was not fond of this model and tried to stay away from it. So, you can see, it is REALLY out of my character to talk about supplements on this blog. Any doctor who has ever worked with me knows how leery I am about supplements as they often didn’t agree with me, and I have not been a very good patient to that end, of which I am a bit embarrassed! However, this one fits the description of the type of supplement I used to dream about. The type that tries to balance the body as a whole. And, I waited this long to tell you about it because I needed to see if it stood the test of time. It is helping me balance my blood sugar in ways my strict diet could not do. It is helping me in my weight loss efforts after my very low carb diet began to fail me towards the end of last year. It is helping me to move toward greater health with much better results than diet alone. Please don’t misunderstand me! I know that certain supplements can be very helpful. I just have not been convinced enough in my OWN journey about any specific ones yet to mention them on my blog, until now. So check out my new blog where I share my journey with this special new addition to my health regimen. I invite you to join me and see for yourself if you can benefit from it too! And of course, this blog will remain a resource for Hashimoto’s as well as continuing to keep you abreast of my own journey. Here’s to better health!