Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Why Didn’t I Know How Much Digestion Played a Role When I Was First Diagnosed?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in autoimmune, Food Sensitivities, Functional Medicine, Online Events, Support, Wheat Intolerance | 0 comments

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!

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: 20 Minutes Might Just Give You The Information You Need To Change Your Health!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in autoimmune, Food Sensitivities, Functional Medicine, gluten sensitivity, hashimotos thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, Support, thyroid disease, thyroiditis, videos, Wheat Intolerance | 0 comments

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!        

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: The Most Exciting Year So Far for Hashimoto’s and Here We Go Again!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in autoimmune, Dr. Kharrazian, Dr. Peter Osborne, Dr. Thomas O'Bryan, Food Sensitivities, Functional Medicine, gluten sensitivity, hashimotos thyroiditis, herbal remedies, hypothyroidism, Online Events, Supplements, Support, thyroid disease, thyroiditis | 0 comments

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 […]

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Gluten Summit Follow-Up “Now That You Know, Where Do You Go?”

Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Cross-Contamination, Dr. Thomas O'Bryan, Food Sensitivities, gluten sensitivity, Wheat Intolerance | 0 comments

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!

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: So How Do I Cook Allergy Free Food?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Food, Food Sensitivities, gluten sensitivity, hashimotos thyroiditis, Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon, Support, Traditional Food Preparation | 0 comments

One of the most important things I learned a few years ago was how to make nutritious food at home. Yes, I always loved to cook, but the food I loved to cook was laden with my favorite foods, most of which I now need to avoid. And of course, I was a bit dependent on that box of chicken stock or cream of mushroom soup from the grocery store! Now I have so much more confidence in the kitchen because I am not dependent anymore on processed foods. To top it all off, the foods that can be cooked in your own kitchen are going to be more nutritious than any food you can get in the grocery store or a restaurant and of course, they will be much more safe from contaminants and toxins. It’s been at least 3 years now since I first started taking the online classes by GNOWFLINS and at that time, I was learning traditional food preparation as outlined in one of my favorite books by Sally Fallon called Nourishing Traditions. This is the main book that got me started with traditional food preparation but I was intimidated by the idea of cooking everything from scratch. When I found out that GNOWFLINS had online classes to teach me these basics, I had no hesitation to get into those classes and can you believe that I am STILL in her classes every week? Yes, she has since built upon these classes to include all kinds of offerings including cheese-making (for those who can still have dairy), naturally fermenting foods, dehydrating classes, and so many others. The pictures in this post represent just some of the foods she helped me learn to prepare for optimum nutrition. However, what prompted me to do this post was that she is now tackling the hardest thing for most of us and that is cooking around allergies/sensitivities! This is a class I have been looking forward to for many months now. If you are intimidated by the food restrictions you or a family member needs to avoid, look no further. Wardee will take you through all the common food allergies/sensitivities and help you learn how to cook nutritious alternatives with real food, not packaged food lacking nutrition! She understands your needs because her family has had great results in adopting these changes and have seen great health benefits along the way. Whether you are gluten-free, nut free, soy free, egg free, etc., Wardee will help you get around these allergies/sensitivities with ease (it CAN be done) and enjoy your food again! I owe a lot to Wardee because she really helped me get started on this journey to healing by her wonderful teaching skills and encouragement along the way. There are videos, PDF print outs, forums and more that are included in her eCourse packages but most exciting to me is that you have unlimited access to ALL prior classes and you can learn at your own pace! What a bonus feature! I still go back and refresh myself on how to make certain foods (I’m a visual learner) and just love the video format. It’s like having a video cookbook at my fingertips 24/7! So, if you are ready to get some nutritious and allergy free cooking going in your home, I highly recommend these classes. There is no long-term commitment but you do get a better deal when you buy the year in advance. And I want to let you know that although Wardee did not have an affiliate program for the first two years I was taking her classes, I am now happy to be an affiliate for her since I already promote her classes regularly. So, if you do decide to take these classes, you can also support my blog and Facebook Support Group efforts by using the links on my blog or in this post. Happy cooking!    

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Hashimotos Thyroiditis: Let’s Go Gluten Free Series #7 – What about other Food Sensitivities?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Food Sensitivities, Let's Go Gluten Free Series | 0 comments

I really don’t like the subject of food sensitivities – well it’s not the subject I don’t like so much I guess, it’s the food sensitivities themselves! The reason is that it took me literally years to figure out that I was needlessly suffering from all kinds of symptoms that could have been alleviated just by eliminating certain foods. The problem was that I found it very difficult to figure out which food caused what. I now look back and realize that it could have been much easier if I knew to first cut out gluten, and then work on identifying the remaining food sensitivities. Symptoms like rapid heart rate, frequent urination, feeling bloated, blurred vision, eye pain, joint pain, migraines, inflammation, anxiety, depression, mood swings….yes, I know what you’re thinking – those symptoms are from Hashimoto’s!

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