You would think that someone with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis would have already experienced the gluten free diet—especially since I had a post that told you all about it’s “failure” to make a difference in my disease. Well, a lot of time has passed since then and it has become painfully apparent that I really didn’t go truly gluten free. I thought I had by just avoiding obvious gluten sources, mainly wheat – especially in processed foods. However, what I now know to be TRUE gluten free is much, much different than what I had submitted myself to a few years ago.
The quest for the root cause of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is very dear to my heart. It HAS to be. I have suffered many years with this disease. That’s why I think I have the experience to post on this subject. Mary Shomon has been a patient advocate and a thyroid patient herself for many years now. The problem I have and why I am writing today is to find balance in a bold statement she made in her latest article correcting Oprah Winfrey’s suggestion that somehow your thyroid disease can be your fault. Oprah admitted to working extra hard and being extremely tired before her diagnoses. Here’s the excerpt from Mary Shomon I am concerned about:
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.”