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 […]
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 […]
As a 20 plus year “veteran” of Hashimoto’s and with 10 years of interaction with the Internet thyroid community, I feel I can really say “I know your pain.” Although I have healed quite a bit in the last two years, I have no trouble remembering and sometimes reliving the symptoms that used to be my common, day-to-day life with Hashi’s before I got the help I so desperately needed. After giving up gluten which really marked the beginning of my more accelerated healing, I found a world of new food choices and this has really helped me with my transition to gluten-free and nutrient dense food. As I write this post, I am enjoying a handful of beautiful blueberries. These types of moments have given me some simple pleasures that have replaced my previous sugar gluten laden and nutrient destroyers. This has nothing to do with this post but just thought I’d “set the mood” a bit and give you a little glimpse of one of my newfound favorite foods. In order to show you why I know your pain and exactly where I’ve come from, here are just some of the symptoms I had on a regular basis before I started the GAPS Diet a couple of years ago (by the way, this list is long and although many people without Hashi’s will look at this with disbelief, I know my Hashi friends will believe me so I am going to list as many of the symptoms as possible): No particular order but here it goes (* = these are symptoms that can come back with triggers like gluten, or are now very minimal – bold means they are gone or significantly reduced so much I don’t consider them current symptoms): *brain inflammation as a result of food sensitivities and leaky gut triggering autoimmunity (no, I haven’t been tested so I cannot be sure on this – regardless – it was the symptom), *bloated stomach after eating, upper stomach pain after eating, pounding in the upper stomach (like blood rushing to the area) after eating, *racing heart after eating, *racing heart at bedtime, *dizziness, *unsteady gait, weight gain for no reason even after eating only one small meal a day, heavy “bones,” terrible debilitating eye pain that came in cycles and spasms, numbness in arms while sleeping, twitching before falling asleep (always explained this as an electrical charge), throat pain and inflammation, chronic recurring infections and colds, *extreme cold extremities, feeling like I have the flu, no energy at all, *lack of concentration, *lack of motivation, *severe anxiety and feelings of “doom,” lost words (which made me feel I was losing more than words, this accounted for loss of time and relationships), headaches/migraines that brought me to the emergency room, brain fog that felt like cotton in my head, disorientation, terrible short-term memory loss, inability to explain my own thoughts, allergies to everything, chronic acute asthma needing nebulizer treatments daily, breathing problems aside from asthma, irregular heart beats, *skipped heart beats, *eye floaters, extremely dry hands in the winter, dizziness in the car, motion sickness while just sitting on a chair that barely moved, light sensitivity (I had to leave restaurants due to the lighting which made me sick feeling), *chemical sensitivities (terrible), loss of small motor skills at times, GERD so bad I could not lay flat in bed for hours at night, *insomnia, *exercise induced fast heart rate (within seconds of the beginning of exercising), chest discomfort, body wide inflammation, fingers too inflamed to wear my wedding ring, foot pain when walking, joint pain at night, feeling like I am going to pass out when I laughed hard from the pressure that went into my head (boy am I glad that symptom is gone – imagine having to control your laughter all the time!), *pressure in head during any exertion or bending over that gave me the same feelings, and an obvious blood sugar imbalance that caused me to be extremely irritable before meals and happy after them which also included terrible mood swings throughout the day. And believe me when I say I have not covered all of them here! (I talk about some of these symptoms in my one year update after starting the GAPS Diet here.) All the above symptoms caused me to never plan to be at any social event. My life had to be on a spontaneous basis and based on whether I could function at all that day or not. Often, even if I did make it somewhere, I would have to go home shortly after due to some trigger while I was there (food, environment, exercise, etc.). Need I go on? I can! But I won’t. Although sometimes I think I should. I’ll tell you why in the next paragraph. The reason I sometimes think I should go on is that on my Facebook Support Group page I get questions every day about others feeling “weird” symptoms and wonder if anyone else has them. As you can see from the list above, you can understand why my common response is, yes, many people have that symptom! Why? Because we are dealing with a system wide problem. We are not dealing with the thyroid (although indirectly we are because our body needs thyroid hormone to function properly in almost every function and organ of the body). But what we are really dealing with is the foundational root problem of Hashimoto’s disease; which is not the thyroid. We are dealing with an autoimmune condition which has triggered the progressive destruction of the thyroid. There is a huge difference! It’s kind of like trying to fix a broken object while someone else continues to beat on it. You need to either address the attacker or remove the object. Unfortunately, with autoimmune disease, you cannot remove your whole body! You need to address the attacker or you will never make progress! Fast forward two years now in March of 2014, I can report that few of these symptoms are left on a regularly basis; some are completely gone. […]
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!