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!
As a member of the online community who tries very hard to make you aware of all ways possible to get help, I am very excited to tell you about this FREE event starting this week. The Thyroid Summit is an incredibly educational and informational event unlike any in the past decade. Fun, life-changing and better yet, it’s ONLINE and FREE from June 2-9, 2014. You can watch from your couch while enjoying 7 days of presentations to help you rediscover your health. America’s Pharmacist Suzy Cohen and Dr. David Brownstein created The Thyroid Summit because they both had personal experiences with undiagnosed thyroid illness. Their mission is to spread the word about thyroid disease, especially how it masquerades as dozens of other diseases. They’ve united more than 30 world leading authorities on health, medicine and fitness to teach you how to test, treat and tame the symptoms. Save your seat today! Save your seat for FREE today by clicking here! WHY SHOULD YOU TUNE IN? The Thyroid Summit brings together more than 30 of the world’s leading authorities on health and wellness, with a focus on thyroid illness. You don’t have to fly anywhere. You don’t have to wait in long lines. You don’t have to watch from the back of a room. You don’t have to spend a dime to hear what the experts have to say. It’s all free! You will learn so much, including: Why conventional medicine has FAILED most thyroid patients What are the BEST lab tests to order Which blood test you DON’T need Why you’re ALWAYS the coldest one in the room What are the IDEAL “normal” ranges for blood tests (because your lab “normals” are not ideal) You want answers, like… Which natural remedies work for Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, nodules and cancer The connection between thyroid hormones and pregnancy, PMS and post-partum depression Losing those last few pounds or more! What supplements can make your hair and nails grow faster How to relieve anxiety, depression and other emotional problems related to low thyroid And many more! Here are a few of the incredible presenters: David Brownstein, MD Holistic Options for Thyroid Disease and Cancer Suzy Cohen, RPh Thyroid Healthy: Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine Joe Mercola, DO Thyroid Toxins, Hidden in Your Food and Water Jacob Teitelbaum, MD Shine Program: 5 Simple Steps to Overcome Fatigue and Thyroid Disorders Hyla Cass, MD A Holistic Psychiatrist’s Approach to Thyroid Disorders Izabella Wentz, PharmD How to Heal Hashimoto’s Dana Trentini Fertility, Pregnancy and Postpartum Thyroid Issues Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, MT The Most Important Lab Tests You Should Take and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity With over 30 additional presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this summit is sure to offer the most life-changing, powerful information you’ve ever received. This invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for men and women everywhere! As soon as you sign up, you’ll be given instant access to the following FREE GIFTS which will empower you to take the next steps to get well: FREE access to the first presentation of The Thyroid Summit by Mike Adams, Health Ranger from NaturalNews.com, who is bold enough to tell the world the truth about “Everyday Pollutants that Poison Your Thyroid,” and what you must do to protect yourself. FREE copy of the 1st chapter of Dr. David Brownstein’s best-selling book, “Overcoming Thyroid Disorders” FREE copy of the 1st chapter of Suzy Cohen’s book, “Thyroid Healthy: Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine” Tune in and watch/listen to The Thyroid Summit ONLINE for FREE from June 2-9, 2014–it could help you rediscover your health! Or if you are the kind who just want to move forward on your own for immediate access and purchase your full digital copy, you can click on the banner below!
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Announcing the The World’s First FREE Online Thyroid Health Event (Starts May 4th, 2014)!
I am so excited to tell you about another FREE event coming in May that will give you access to some very helpful information by presentations regarding thyroid issues from an incredible line up of the top Thyroid experts bringing the most groundbreaking information to our community today! Once again, Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness, gives us this fantastic opportunity to learn from so many who have literally changed my life in the last few years. Many of them have given me the tools to navigate to better health, stay updated on the latest science for Hashimoto’s and autoimmune disease, and continue to be on my radar for new developments in each of their fields. It is my pleasure to announce this FREE event. Mark your calendars and register here for the launch date of May 4th to continue until May 17th, 2014 when you will have access for free to these presentations and the ability to purchase the whole package if desired during or after the event. So if you happen upon this post after the event or, you cannot make it the week it is scheduled, no worries, you will be able to purchase it at a great price. As always, the speakers are a gold mine to see all in one place. Look at this incredible line up of experts and subject discussions below! The presentations for each day will remain up for 48 hours. If you miss one, you can still purchase the whole Thyroid Sessions event for your digital library to view at your own convenience. Sunday, May 4th + Monday, May 5th Chris Kresser, LAc – Author, Your Personal Paleo Code Thyroid Myths and Truths – Why the TSH test is not enough! (And what is.) – Cruciferous vegetables, to eat or not to eat – How a rise in thyroid antibodies can be a GOOD sign – One single dietary change that can reverse autoimmune disease. Reed Davis, FDN – Founder, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Stop Chasing Symptoms: And Illustrated Guide to Finding the Root Cause of Thyroid Disorders – How a dysfunctional liver can be to blame for thyroid problems – The friendly bacteria in control of 20% of your thyroid hormone – A digestive “toxin” that sends your thyroid control center offline – 3 simple non-blood tests that investigate the WHY behind thyroid disorders Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP 7 Supplements to Subdue Hypothyroidism – Why hypothyroidism can sometimes feel like HYPERthyroidism – A highly common bacterial infection connected to thyroid antibodies – How to make sure your compounded meds are the same every time – The cigarette ingredient that reduces thyroid antibodies Tuesday, May 6th + Wednesday, May 7th Nora Gedgaudas – Author, Primal Body, Primal Mind How to Beat Hashimoto’s – Telltale (and confusing) signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s – Why most docs don’t bother looking for antibodies – The “healing” foods can make Hashimoto’s worse. – How a fat-based diet may be the diet of choice for Hashimoto’s Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD – Author, The Hormone Cure How to Lose Weight When Your Thyroid is Off – What your eyebrows, lashes, and fingernails can tell you about your thyroid – The 3 main symptoms of “thyropause” – Why a low-carb diet may not be a good idea…if you’re a woman. – Green juice: Why nothing can be worse for hypothyroid Dr. David Brownstein, MD Thyroid Nodules and Cancer: Causes and Treatments – Details unknown at this time Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND Alternative Treatments for Thyroid Disorders – Details unknown at this time Thursday, May 8th + Friday, May 9th Christa Orecchio, CN – Founder, The Whole Journey Thyroid Gone Rogue: A Food and Lifestyle Approach to Healing and Graves’ Disease – How to clear radiation from the thyroid – The viral connection that can “turn on” Graves’ disease – What to do if your thyroid has been removed – 5 foods to ban from your diet…and which to add Dr. Kelly Austin, ND – Naturopathic Doctor Thyroid Medications: What You Need to Know – The gluten-containing medication that can make your thyroid worse! – The medication you DON’T want to take if you have Hashimoto’s – The 2 cleanest, natural thyroid meds — free of dyes and additives – The 3 words you want your doc to write on your prescription slip Suzy Cohen, RPh – Author, Thyroid Healthy Drug Muggers: How Thyroid Meds Rob Your Body of Thyroid-Friendly Nutrients – The little-known “active ingredient” in The Pill that can deactivate your thyroid – Name brand Rx drugs that mug your thyroid of nutrients – The best probiotic for your gut flora fingerprint – Non-drug solutions for fatigue, hair loss, constipation, and migraines Ben Greenfield – Author, Beyond Training How Exercise Destroys Your Thyroid and What You Can Do About It! – Why your body’s survivalist instincts shut down your thyroid. (Don’t do this!) – Why cardio gets such a bad rep. Hint: calories DO count… – The most important nutrient when it comes to thyroid health – The BEST tests to find out if exercise is affecting your thyroid Saturday, May 10th + Saturday, May 11th (Mother’s Day Theme) Kim Schuette, CN – Certified GAPS Practitioner The Thyroid’s Effect on Conception and Pregnancy – Subtle, slow detox strategies to prepare the body for pregnancy – The single worst food to consume if you want to get pregnant – Kim’s highly effective pre-conception/fertility diet – How a mother’s low iodine levels affect the IQ of her child Katie the Wellness Mama My Journey with Hashimoto’s – Details unknown at this time Bridgit Danner, LAc – Founder, Joyful Mammas Your Fertility Depends on Your Thyroid Gland. Support It! – How low thyroid can be the “first domino” to fall with reproductive problems – The autoimmune disorder that may cause major pregnancy complications – How late nights and bright lights can crash your thyroid…and your fertility – 15 foods to support your thyroid, liver, and gut (plus, a few to avoid) Jen […]
Hashimotos Thyroiditis: Wouldn’t it be Nice if Treatment Success was Based on our Symptom Relief? Dr. Redd Comes to the Rescue!
Having a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Facebook Support Group brings up many questions about what is going wrong with the standard of care in conventional medicine for us as Hashi’s patients. Why are we not getting well? Why are we feeling like the best thing to do might be to just cut out that stupid thyroid, or give up altogether? Why doesn’t anyone understand? My blog is meant to be a resource for as many people as possible so I often post a variety of ways to get help that I particularly believe in or have experienced as profitable, from diet, to Functional Medicine, to finding out if you are gluten sensitive and resources that will help you with that research. Well, in this post, I asked Dr. Redd, founder of RedRiver Health and Wellness Center to answer some of these questions for us. I am thrilled to present his responses in video form below. There are two videos. Before each one, I will cover the questions you will get answered. Recently, on our Facebook Support Group page, there was some discussion about why some of us function just fine while others are severely debilitated. This turned into a time where I needed to intervene, because some were not able to comprehend how in the world you can have the same “disease,” yet it cause so many different symptoms and in such differing severity. I am sad to say that some of the comments were uncaring and harsh when those who were truly suffering were asking for compassion and help. This question has been the source of much contention over many months and this is why I asked Dr. Redd to help us understand this and I am also hoping it gives us more compassion for those who are hurting worse that we are, as well as justification for those who are struggling much worse. He also explains why just taking out the thyroid may not be the best answer. And IF we decide to have our thyroid removed, does this mean our autoimmune disease is also removed? Please listen to Dr. Redd as he explains why this is happening: So you may be thinking after watching the above video, “Well, thank you very much but how do I address this autoimmune disease then?” Fortunately for us, Dr. Redd took the time to explain the process of detective work that sometimes needs to be done in order to find those triggers, imbalances and additional deterrents to getting well. What is the cascade of events causing our flare ups? Why is it so hard to control? What are the answers? The following video will hopefully address this as simply as possible for us and help us understand why conventional medicine is not dealing with the real source of the problem. Why don’t they address our quality of life when we go in to the doctor and our TSH is normal? If you are like me, and you’ve had this happen many times in your journey, they really do make you feel like a hypochondriac. I’m sorry, but I’m done with that. I had to leave conventional medicine and move into the world of natural and Functional Medicine (Dr. Redd practices this type of medicine) in order to feel understood and justified. Yes, there is out of pocket expense to get help like this, but if we are not being helped in conventional medicine, at this time, I really don’t know of any other way. I am grateful that doctors like these Functional Medicine doctors have taken the time to acknowledge our pain and suffering and it would not be fair to think they shouldn’t be paid for this very detailed and difficult troubleshooting path they must help us through. So, I thank Dr. Redd for helping us understand our condition better and applaud him for his hard work in providing a practice that will give more of us a chance to feel better. In light of this post, when interacting with other sufferers, let’s all remember that our symptoms could be very different. We all need a place to feel safe and understood, especially when we can be suffering so severely. Let’s reach out to the hurting ones among us and help them feel heard without judgment. This is the reason I developed this blog and Facebook Support Group. There was a time in my life that there was not one person anywhere that seemed to understand my illness, but that was 20 years ago. We have much more help now thanks to professionals like Dr. Redd and other specialized doctors in his center. If you would like to find out more about RedRiver Health and Wellness Center, you can find them here and you can follow them Facebook where you can see customer testimonials, tips, and other great articles to help you along your way. It doesn’t matter if you live in the area or not. Dr. Redd takes patients all over the world and offers a FREE initial consultation via either phone or Skype! If you would like to look for other Functional Medicine doctors in your area, there are searches here and here, but please always get references and consult with these doctors before moving forward to make sure they are a good fit for your particular needs. Here’s to our continued healing journey.