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.”
“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 sent home to suffer with your symptoms and this becomes a vicious cycles. Even those who may get temporary relief from a dosage change, often end up seeing their symptoms return because the focus simply cannot be on the thyroid only!
So why did Dr. Redd write a book full of stories we could relate to?
Let’s hear it in his own words:
So, you can see Dr. Redd has a heart for those with Hashimoto’s. He wants to offer hope to thousands of those who feel they have nowhere to turn.
And unfortunately, this is too common! I get frustrated often on my support group page because there are only two ways for patients to go.
- They either continue to look for answers from their conventional doctors and Endocrinologists, which offer little to no true help for their symptoms…
- Or they have to spend money pursuing unproven alternative therapies which can also be a dead end.
My hope was first found in Functional Medicine about 5 years ago with a great doctor who knew how to help and validate my symptoms. Dr. Redd is an expert in this approach. It may not be for everyone but if you feel you might be a candidate or want to know more about it, then this book of hope is for you!
My take on it
Because I had the privilege to review this book and feel I need to give you my honest opinion on how it may help you, I want to express it this way; if you feel like you are alone in your suffering and wonder if there will ever be any answers to your symptoms, this book will give you hope and encouragement to seek the right help.
Although the book cannot prescribe individualized treatment plans because you must get testing along with a personalized historical background for that, it can help you see the “red flags” you may be dealing with and how others have seen their health improve after being in the same position.
Do you need hope?
Do you want to know about effective ways to treat autoimmune?
Are you sick and tired of not getting the help you need?
Are you willing to look into another way?
I was and did and I don’t regret moving in this direction many years ago now! I just cannot believe it is taking so long to get this message out to the Hashimoto’s community as a whole because of the great relief so many of us see using these natural interventions!
Will it cost money? Most likely. Is it worth looking into? Definitely!
If you have family members or close friends who do not understand your symptoms and question whether you should be blaming Hashimoto’s for the countless symptoms you may be facing, this book will help you share the truth with them. It will help explain WHY you are feeling this way and even better, that there are things you can do to feel better. It is a tool you can use to get the support you need and the validation you long for.
Want to know more?
You can learn more by watching Dr. Redd in his T.V. Interview on Good4Utah.com and get more information on this book! If you are ready to purchase now, you can merely click the button below!
About Dr. Redd
Dr. Joshua J. Redd, DC, MS, DABFM, DAAIM, author of The Truth About Low Thyroid: Stories of Hope and Healing for Those Suffering With Hashimoto’s Low Thyroid Disease, is a chiropractic physician and the founder of RedRiver Health and Wellness Center with practices in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. He sees patients from around the world who suffer from challenging thyroid disorders, Hashimoto’s disease, and other autoimmune conditions. In addition to his chiropractic degree, Dr. Redd has a BS in Health and Wellness, a BS in Anatomy, and a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. He speaks across the nation, teaching physicians about functional blood chemistry, low thyroid, Hashimoto’s, and autoimmunity.
You can find Dr. Redd on Facebook too here!Disclaimer: All posts are describing my personal journey through health issues and are in no way meant to guide anyone towards any method in particular. I am not a medical practitioner or have a dietary or medical license, and this blog is not intended to be taken as authoritative advice. Please see your doctor, or health professional before making any drastic diet changes! Also, occasionally I find others to partner with whom I have had tremendous help from and therefore, there may be paid advertisements and links to support them and help me financially run this website.