Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Announcing the The World’s First FREE Online Thyroid Health Event (Starts May 4th, 2014)!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in autoimmune, gluten sensitivity, hashimotos thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, Online Events, Support, thyroid disease, thyroiditis, Wheat Intolerance | 3 comments

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 […]

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Hashimotos Thyroiditis: Wouldn’t it be Nice if Treatment Success was Based on our Symptom Relief? Dr. Redd Comes to the Rescue!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in autoimmune, Functional Medicine, hashimotos thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, Support, thyroid disease, thyroiditis, videos | 6 comments

Having a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Facebook Support Group brings up many questions about what is going wrong with the standard of care in conventional medicine for us as Hashi’s patients. Why are we not getting well? Why are we feeling like the best thing to do might be to just cut out that stupid thyroid, or give up altogether? Why doesn’t anyone understand? My blog is meant to be a resource for as many people as possible so I often post a variety of ways to get help that I particularly believe in or have experienced as profitable, from diet, to Functional Medicine, to finding out if you are gluten sensitive and resources that will help you with that research. Well, in this post, I asked Dr. Redd, founder of RedRiver Health and Wellness Center to answer some of these questions for us. I am thrilled to present his responses in video form below. There are two videos. Before each one, I will cover the questions you will get answered. Recently, on our Facebook Support Group page, there was some discussion about why some of us function just fine while others are severely debilitated. This turned into a time where I needed to intervene, because some were not able to comprehend how in the world you can have the same “disease,” yet it cause so many different symptoms and in such differing severity. I am sad to say that some of the comments were uncaring and harsh when those who were truly suffering were asking for compassion and help. This question has been the source of much contention over many months and this is why I asked Dr. Redd to help us understand this and I am also hoping it gives us more compassion for those who are hurting worse that we are, as well as justification for those who are struggling much worse. He also explains why just taking out the thyroid may not be the best answer. And IF we decide to have our thyroid removed, does this mean our autoimmune disease is also removed? Please listen to Dr. Redd as he explains why this is happening: So you may be thinking after watching the above video, “Well, thank you very much but how do I address this autoimmune disease then?” Fortunately for us, Dr. Redd took the time to explain the process of detective work that sometimes needs to be done in order to find those triggers, imbalances and additional deterrents to getting well. What is the cascade of events causing our flare ups? Why is it so hard to control? What are the answers? The following video will hopefully address this as simply as possible for us and help us understand why conventional medicine is not dealing with the real source of the problem. Why don’t they address our quality of life when we go in to the doctor and our TSH is normal? If you are like me, and you’ve had this happen many times in your journey, they really do make you feel like a hypochondriac. I’m sorry, but I’m done with that. I had to leave conventional medicine and move into the world of natural and Functional Medicine (Dr. Redd practices this type of medicine) in order to feel understood and justified. Yes, there is out of pocket expense to get help like this, but if we are not being helped in conventional medicine, at this time, I really don’t know of any other way. I am grateful that doctors like these Functional Medicine doctors have taken the time to acknowledge our pain and suffering and it would not be fair to think they shouldn’t be paid for this very detailed and difficult troubleshooting path they must help us through. So, I thank Dr. Redd for helping us understand our condition better and applaud him for his hard work in providing a practice that will give more of us a chance to feel better. In light of this post, when interacting with other sufferers, let’s all remember that our symptoms could be very different. We all need a place to feel safe and understood, especially when we can be suffering so severely. Let’s reach out to the hurting ones among us and help them feel heard without judgment. This is the reason I developed this blog and Facebook Support Group. There was a time in my life that there was not one person anywhere that seemed to understand my illness, but that was 20 years ago. We have much more help now thanks to professionals like Dr. Redd and other specialized doctors in his center. If you would like to find out more about RedRiver Health and Wellness Center, you can find them here and you can follow them Facebook where you can see customer testimonials, tips, and other great articles to help you along your way. It doesn’t matter if you live in the area or not. Dr. Redd takes patients all over the world and offers a FREE initial consultation via either phone or Skype! If you would like to look for other Functional Medicine doctors in your area, there are searches here and here, but please always get references and consult with these doctors before moving forward to make sure they are a good fit for your particular needs. Here’s to our continued healing journey.        

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: I Know Your Pain!

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in autoimmune, Dr. Kharrazian, Functional Medicine, gluten sensitivity, hashimotos thyroiditis, Support, thyroid disease, thyroiditis, videos, Wheat Intolerance | 0 comments

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. […]

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Is Conventional Medicine the Only Way?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in autoimmune, Dr. Kharrazian, Functional Medicine, hashimotos thyroiditis, Mercury/Amalgam Dental Fillings, podcast, thyroid disease, thyroiditis, videos | 1 comment

While searching on the internet, trying to find answers, how many times have you seen these types of results? “Watch out for ‘biological dentistry’, it’s quackery!” “Stay away from Functional Medicine doctors! They are not ‘real’ doctors!” “Alternative medicine doctors are all quacks!” “NEVER, NEVER, diagnose or treat yourself” (it’s not really YOUR body anyway, right?) “Diet cannot reverse any condition, it can only be a helpful aid to conventional medicine.” I used to believe most of the lies above. I used to be so scared to step out and research for myself due to the intimidation of conventional medicine or these Internet “warnings.” Before I found a way to get better, and as you will hear in my story during my podcast interview at GNOWFLINS recently, conventional medicine will not listen to you if you still have symptoms, yet your TSH is “in range.” To them, there is only ONE RIGHT way to deal with Hashimoto’s. But guess what? It is not the right way! It is only treating one symptom of the root problem. For the root, well, they could care less if your thyroid is being destroyed and not to mention, modern science is suggesting that this destruction can be minimized or even prevented! And do they tell us that we need the proper amount of thyroid hormone (not just TSH) for almost every function of the body which is why we have so many symptoms? No, let’s just keep doing what we’re doing, even though you are feeling worse. Does this make sense? Not to the ones suffering! Let’s take a look at each of these untruths and how getting past these misconceptions helped me. Please also allow me to insert a disclaimer at the end of each section lest you think I am not also putting a “blanket statement” out there that the above statements have absolutely no truth to them. Watch out for “biological dentists”, it’s quackery! Let’s see. In my early 20’s I was given about 6 additional mercury amalgam fillings by my, then trusted, dentists. About 20 years, an autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, and severely high mercury levels later, I had them removed and many of my symptoms immediately were helped. Coincidence? I think not. Scientifically proven? Well, some say yes but I will leave that to your research. All I know is that they were removed and I felt better! My follow-up mercury test is incredible.  My symptoms are what matters to me. If you are the kind who wants to wait for conventional medicine to catch up with the science, you might have about a 17 year wait time until you get the treatment you need! I wasn’t willing to wait that long. Disclaimer: Although I believe there are some absolutely life saving biological dentists out there, I also caution you to do your research before hiring anyone to work on your teeth and that also goes for the dentists that your insurance plan covers. Here’s a link to some possible leads for biological dentists in your area, however, as with all links I provide on this blog, I highly recommend you get references and check out the track record of anyone you hire. Stay away from Functional Medicine doctors! They are not “real” doctors! As seen here in this interview with Dr. Kharizzian by Mary Shomon, he says: Dr. Kharrazian: The doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree is equal in hours to the doctor of medicine (MD) degree, with almost identical programs the first two years. The programs diverge, however, in the second half. During this time, the DC program focuses on diet, nutrition, and spinal manipulation, while the MD program emphasizes the study of pharmacology. (For full interview, compliments of About.com, see it here.) If you don’t think this is enough education, that is your choice. If conventional medical school has less than one week of nutritional education, do you think we should trust them for that area of our lives? Not me. I think I would like to go to someone who has more thoroughly studied the effects of diet on the body. If I want medication (and sometimes this is necessary), I will go to conventional doctors since this is their specialty. But I want to have the choice, don’t you? I think both should be covered by insurance! Disclaimer: I have heard my share of stories about either outrageously priced Functional Medicine doctors, or that their patients did not feel they were helped by their protocol. I truly believe, just like in conventional medicine, that you need to “shop” around for a doctor who fits your needs and respects you as an active partner in your own treatment. Anyone who doesn’t listen to your needs, conventional, functional, or otherwise, is not a good fit for a partner in your care (in my humble opinion). Alternative medicine doctors are all quacks! The very first glimmer of hope I had was from an Alternative Medicine doctor! After 10 years of suffering in the conventional model that would not listen to my symptoms and the relationship to my autoimmune condition that THEY diagnosed, I was forced to find help outside of the system. My story in-depth is in podcast form here. No one can tell me I was wrong to look elsewhere. I went through enough in conventional medicine to tell me I was not going to be heard. This needs to stop. I hope our voices will be heard. Disclaimer: Not all the Alternative Medicine doctors I have tried have been the best fit for me. Some worked too similarly to conventional medicine which attempted to demean me as a partner in my own treatment protocol. Some depended too much on a certain protocol that they either pushed or partnered with, causing them to care more about the treatment they promoted, over my particular needs. If you are wise, you will strive to pick this out at a consultation before you hire them as your physician. As I said above, you […]

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: My First Podcast Interview With Wardee at GNOWFLINS

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in autoimmune, Cross-Contamination, Dr. Thomas O'Bryan, Functional Medicine, gluten sensitivity, hashimotos thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, podcast, Support, The GAPS Diet, thyroid disease, thyroiditis, Traditional Food Preparation | 2 comments

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.

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: How to Finish?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in autoimmune, Dr. Thomas O'Bryan, gluten sensitivity, hashimotos thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, The GAPS Diet, thyroid disease, thyroiditis | 0 comments

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?

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