Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Better Way to Hope and Healing

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in autoimmune, Book Review, Dr. Joshua Redd, Functional Medicine, hashimotos thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, thyroid disease, thyroiditis | 0 comments

As I was working to answer questions and helping others find support on my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Facebook Support Page this week, I found myself saying under my breath “OH, I cannot WAIT until they get to read this book!” What book you say? Well, today Dr. Joshua J. Redd, DC, MS, DABFM, DAAIM, is launching his book “The Truth About Low Thyroid, Stories of Hope and Healing for those Suffering with Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid Disease” and I couldn’t be more excited AND it couldn’t be more timely.   Does this sound familiar to you? “Over and over I was told the same thing: ‘Your thyroid is fine. You shouldn’t be putting on all this weight. Stop eating so much, and get some exercise.’ When I was finally put on thyroid replacement, they increased my dosage every time I started to feel worse. It didn’t do any good.” Or this: “I’d never been depressed in my life, but with the changes in my health, my appearance, the pain, and the fact that I could no longer do everything I was accustomed to doing, I knew I couldn’t go on much longer. My body deteriorated so quickly that I was sure I was going to die.” And sadly this: “I never told anyone how bad I felt because I knew from experience it wouldn’t get me anywhere. I didn’t want to complain. I was doing everything I could to find an answer, but no one could find anything wrong with me. I began to question myself, and started wondering if I was just crazy. I didn’t want anyone else to wonder, too, so I kept my illness to myself.”   That last one was me for years! I got tired of going to the emergency room because over time, I began to see the words “panic disorder” or “hypochondriac” written in my file. Once the ER doctor saw those words in my file, you can only imagine how quickly I was dismissed! And no, I am not making a profit by telling you about this book (only the book was given to me for an honest review). I just feel SO incredibly sad to hear the same stories over and over again from people who are not being listened to by their conventional doctors! We really need change in the way conventional medicine is treating us! It is just inadequate! But for now, we NEED to find answers in alternative ways until conventional medicine catches up to what these knowledgeable and VERY educated Functional Medicine doctors already know will help you! (Seeking Functional Medicine is what finally turned my journey around and led me to many great diet changes and healing protocols that conventional medicine still will not acknowledge. Ask a sufferer though who got this help, and they will tell you how much of a difference this approach has made for their health and symptoms!) The emotional damage from not feeling validated is unbelievable! If you take nothing else from this book, this may be the most important aspect as you read the stories of those who have suffered like you might be, highlighted in its pages. You will be able to identify with them and it will validate your suspicion that you just simply may not getting the right help for your symptoms!     It’s a (too) long road I have kept this blog about my journey with Hashimotos Thyroidtis for many years now. The main question I get on a regular basis on my companion Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Facebook Support Group is this: “Why can’t we get any real help from our doctors?” Although the wording is different from person to person, it is the same question in a nutshell and many are told to go seek emotional counseling instead of getting the validation and help they need! This continues to cause me distress daily when I hear of so many of those who come to my page suffering. In some ways, I believe they are needlessly suffering because I know of the help available but conventional medicine will not yet validate it so they are left to be suspicious of any natural or alternative interventions.  After all, I have been diagnosed now for over 20 years and not ONE thing has changed in the treatment protocol for Hashimoto’s in conventional medicine even though thousands and thousands of sufferers confirm on a daily basis that the current standard of care is NOT working!   Instead they blame it on the patient and send them away!   This is unacceptable and I am so glad that doctors like Dr. Joshua Redd are attempting to get the word out that there IS hope and although it may take some personal responsibility and work to get the help you need, it IS out there and your symptoms are NOT your imagination!!   Thankfully, it’s easier to get help than ever before So today, I want to give you hope! I want to tell you that others have gone before you, suffered for years, looked for all kinds of alternative treatments, asked all the same questions, and finally found the hope they were looking for! Dr. Redd from ReddRiver Health and Wellness compiled this book of testimonies full of hope from those who have cried out for help like you have. Those who have felt the same hopelessness and fear. Like me, at the point of almost giving up, they barely “hobbled” into the doctor’s office who finally gave them the hope they needed. Each of us have different triggers, different circumstances which brought us to our Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis diagnosis. This is something Dr. Redd and others in Functional Medicine help you pinpoint. But guess what? Even with all our different situations, we still suffer with the same lack of help from our conventional doctors. This is because they are not looking for the root cause of your symptoms. They continue to watch your thyroid numbers and if they are “in range,” you are […]

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Hashimotos Thyroiditis: Step Forward with the Best Resources from 2014! Happy New Year!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in autoimmune, Functional Medicine, hashimotos thyroiditis, herbal remedies, hypothyroidism, Supplements, thyroid disease, thyroiditis | 0 comments

As I have said in earlier posts, after over 10 years of blogging about natural interventions for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I maintain that this year has been the most productive and rewarding year for the community I have ever seen! I also had a personal health breakthrough this year which I will tell you more below. This post is going to be short and sweet because I know you and I have many New Year’s Resolutions to consider. It may not add too much to that endeavor, but hopefully will help you along the way! I am going to link you to what I believe were the most helpful resources I took part in this year so you might find something to help thrust you forward in 2015! First, what good is a post without some food pics? So, I will share some of my favorite foods I prepared during this holiday season. The recipes will be linked to the picture, and for other grain free recipes I enjoy, you can find on my Pinterest page. Starting off the year in 2014, I made a commitment to move forward with my Functional Medicine protocol and found a great amount of help through that. I had been on the GAPS Diet for about 2 years but still needed help from Functional Medicine for helping me fine tune and get testing along the way. If you have not heard about Functional Medicine, you can find out more from my post here which I did in the spring where Dr. Redd of RedRiver Health and Wellness helps coach us through all the different triggers to our symptoms. You can also find RedRiver Health and Wellness on Facebook here. Then in the spring I was stunned to find a natural weight loss and blood sugar balancing supplement that just completely changed my life after so many years of debilitating symptoms! I had been looking for something to help me with my symptoms and we knew my blood sugar was still not where it should be (even though my tests did not reveal this) but my diet was very clean and zoned in for that purpose. I was on a grain, sugar, and gluten-free diet at the time but still having trouble with adrenal issues, chronic fatigue, severe mood swings, PMS, food sensitivities, terrible brain fog and other symptoms that were not yet responding to my good diet of over 2 years. If you look up how blood sugar highs and lows can really trigger some major symptoms for us with Hashi’s, you will see why it may have helped me so much, although I was convinced before I started that I was pretty much as stable in this area as I could be. Due to my new energy and relief from some chronic symptoms, I decided I needed to offer the supplement to others, so I created another website to help people like me see if they could also find similar relief through the supplement. I am happy to help others along the way if they are interested. Visit my site here for more details and my personal video testimony of how it helped me. And one major thing that I noticed this holiday, is that my homemade paleo muffin was left half eaten which had never happened in my life before. I have complete control of my cravings now and this has been an added benefit of the supplement! At about the same time, I put together a post with the most helpful books and resources I had come across to date and some helpful links to resources to help you along the way. I found it to be one of the most helpful for those who are trying to help themselves as they either wait for professional help or fine tune their own protocols. Shortly after the huge benefits I achieved in my overall health through supplement, a whole bunch of FREE educational online events poured in and offered life changing information through professionals highly esteemed by the alternative and natural community to help people like us who have been stuck for so long in our symptoms. Some of those events still offer their materials for a very reasonable price and I highly recommend you consider taking advantage of any who still offer those materials online. It can really help you zone in on the right doctors, protocols, and diets for your particular needs. And because we are ALL different, we do have to troubleshoot for ourselves most of the time or find someone to help us with this task. This can add to the stress of Hashimoto’s, but these events have really helped this area of getting us to the right resources faster. It took me literally years to uncover the tips that are available all in one place now, so don’t hesitate to partake in these fantastic resources. It could save you a lot of run-a-round and get you on the road to success much faster. I am not sure which ones are still available for purchase, but feel free to click around through these links to see which are available. So, I have to say, this has been the most exciting year for me personally in my health goals that I have ever had. I cannot express how much I have been helped by that one supplement. Although it may not work the same for everyone, I think it is worth a try for those who are at their wits end and not sure where else to turn. May you all have a wonderful 2015 and I look forward to hearing of many new success stories as we go! HAPPY NEW YEAR!    

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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: Why Can’t I Find a Good Doctor?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in autoimmune, Functional Medicine, hashimotos thyroiditis, Supplements, thyroid disease, thyroiditis | 0 comments

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!

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Don’t Miss the FREE Online Thyroid Summit June 2-9, 2014!

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in autoimmune, Online Events, Support, thyroid disease, thyroiditis | 0 comments

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!

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