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 […]
Dr. Tom O’Bryan, creator of the world-changing event last November “A Grain of Truth: The Gluten Summit”, has put together a FREE, follow-up webinar about diagnosing gluten-related disorders. That, in itself, is enough to get us incredibly excited for this event! But what is the next step? See the video below for details where you will discover how many resources are available online for FREE before the event! CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR FREE: “Now That You Know, Where Do You Go?” is a 90-minute webinar that will guide you though a conversation with your healthcare professional, identifying answers to such questions as: What tests should I take to see if I have a disorder? Could it be gluten? Or dairy? Or another food triggering symptoms? How do I order tests? What if I’m outside of the U.S.? When should I take the tests? How do I interpret the results? What if my results come back positive for a gluten-related disorder? Do I really need to take nutrition? If so, for how long? DATES: January 30, 10:00 A.M. U.S. EST – February 2, midnight U.S. EST LENGTH: 90-minute audio with video REGISTRATION: FREE! You don’t want to miss this FREE, online event available from January 30 – February 2! CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR FREE This information is invaluable to our healing journey! Please don’t miss this opportunity! I will see you there! And if you missed The Gluten Summit, you can still purchase the full digital package below:
Many with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are aware that taking gluten out of their diet can be a huge first step to healing. But for a large percentage of those people, there are so many questions left unanswered. Questions like: What tests should I take to see if I have a disorder? How do I convince my doctor to order the tests? Could it be gluten? Or dairy? Or another food triggering symptoms? When should I take the tests? How do I get them? How do I interpret the results? What if my results come back positive for a gluten-related disorder? What testing options are available outside of the U.S.? These and many more of these types of question will be answered in Dr. O’Bryan’s upcoming webinar as the follow-up to the Gluten Summit. Now That You Know, Where Do You Go? is the next step in our journey and it is also FREE! Just register for free and you will get all this invaluable information and the emails leading up to the event scheduled from January 30 – February 2! I am so excited about this opportunity. I feel like I am being lead down the exact road I have been attempting to forge all by myself for months, but now I have incredible experts to lead the way! Join me for this FREE webinar to learn what the next steps in your personal journey might be. This is the important part. Not everyone will take the same route, so this webinar will cover the step-by-step instructions for as many paths as possible! You will need to figure out which path is best for you because there is no cookie cutter approach to the right one! For those who have already been through the Gluten Summit, you will gain knowledge on how to implement the steps needed to move forward in your journey. For those who have not seen it, you will have a fantastic opportunity to review the most important material for free through this webinar! You don’t want to miss this FREE, online event available from January 30 – February 2! Register Now! And if you missed The Gluten Summit and would like to purchase the whole digital package to review before this next webinar, you can still do that now! This is the most valuable information I have ever had in one place on gluten. I am so glad I have it. Here’s the wrap up video from the Summit in case you missed it which includes Dr. O’Bryan’s touching story on why he is so committed to getting this message out! Click here to purchase the digital package!
As I sit here feeling incredibly blessed to be alive and moving in the right direction, for a change, I must reflect a bit this year on the challenges and blessings it brought. You may have had similar victories and defeats, challenges and good fortunes. This flourless chocolate cake (that totally tastes like a chocolate cheesecake!) is evidence that I can live again as I exit 2013 and look forward to even more healing in 2014. It is a tribute to those foods I left behind and don’t wish to bring back into my world. This cake is different. It is delicious AND allowable on the GAPS Diet (chocolate is allowed after enough healing and as one tolerates). I will link the recipe to my Pinterest board.
For those interested in hearing me talk about my healing journey, I was a guest on the “Know Your Food” podcast with Wardee Harmon this week! Wardee and I have known each other for a few years while I was seeking wellness through natural remedies and nutrient dense food which I learned to make through her fabulous online classes. She was there when I went through my mercury poisoning at the beginning of my GAPS Diet journey and has continued to be a huge support through the many months of my healing through gluten-free, amalgam removal, GAPS Diet Intro and the Full GAPS Diet, to now the fine tuning of my diet for further healing. Her support has been invaluable as well as other members in her classes who offered support through her private class forums.
I’m in a unique position. But not in a position many of you have not been in or will be in. Today I was contemplating life choices. I lost my mother to pneumonia earlier this year. She was 80 years old. She had a host of health problems from atrial fibrillation, diabetes, high blood pressure, crippling arthritis, chronic acid reflux, and the list goes on. I spent many years helping her through these debilitating conditions. What occurred to me today was that I was in that middle place – 30 years to 80 and 30 years from 20. In the past, I agonized over how quickly time is going by and how now I am in the place where I am not very far off from the final years of my life. But then I thought this morning that I am in a very important stage of my life too. How to finish?