Update: Please see my follow-up post here describing how I did not do the TRUE gluten free diet properly as suspected in this post. My conclusion in the post below that it would not help is only based on doing it improperly. This post describes the proper way to do the gluten free diet. My journey shows the need for great care in understanding whether you are doing something right before concluding it doesn’t work. 🙂 And this post describes the success it had! _________________________________ For many years I’ve wondered if I could somehow reverse my Hashimotos Thyroiditis by finding the “root” problem. I began to entertain the thinking that there was a connection between autoimmune thyroid disease and gluten sensitivity. After some research, I found articles that seemed to point me further in that direction like the following one from Mary Shomon: According to research recently reported on in the medical journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, a significant number of patients with autoimmune thyroid disease also have celiac disease. Celiac disease is a disorder that causes the intestines to react abnormally to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt,kamut, and other related grains. “…researchers found that…organ-specific autoantibodies (i.e., thyroid antibodies) — will disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet.”
I thought it would be appropriate to share a video I found a few years ago describing the techinical side of Hashimotos Thyroiditis. All the mumbo jumbo in the professional arena was really getting to me! Anyone with this disease will attest that some days, you really just don’t feel you can understand things let alone technical jargon about your disease! So view this little video when your brain fog is not too bad. 🙂 Here’s the video: Click here to download (requires Real Player)
Hi, I’m Maureen. The reason I am starting this blog is to share my journey, tips and support to those who are either new to Hashimotos Thyroiditis or are just looking for others to share with. I have always seen this road as a “lonely” one. I haven’t met anyone in person that has this disease yet, and I’ve been diagnosed for about 14 years! The best support I’ve had has been online. I have a great set of friends that have been helping each other for years now. I tend to keep my focus simple – not making an issue of the test numbers and other technical stuff. There’s a place for that but to focus on it is very frustrating for me. I choose to “listen to my body” more than the tests. There have been great rewards as I’ve left the “system” of the HMO and begun my own research toward a more natural approach. The book that started it all for me was “Solved: The Riddle of Illness” by Stephen Langer and tipped me off to the more natural path I am now on. I followed this up with my diet “bible” called “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon. Please consider joining me as we work together to manage thyroiditis and hopefully gain new strategies of coping with the symptoms (which are very real). I say that because many of us have been labeled “hypochondriacs”. (See “my story” on my web page.) It seems that Hashimotos Disease has a way of appearing differently in people. In all the years I’ve communicated with others, it seems like there are no two sufferers exactly alike. What one person is dealing with and finding answers for, can really help another down the road. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. I plan on posting a really great video on the “technical side” of Hashimoto’s Disease just “for the record” but I prefer to stick with the “whole body” approach regardless of what the symptoms are. My main purpose here is to lend support. I hope to have others involved too! On any given post, I will be asking for your experience, your thoughts, and your comments to help us all as we search for answers.