One thing that I keep going back to as I make this journey through Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is that this disease is not much different than any other disease in that there undoubtedly is a root cause. Not many admit to that, but as I research natural remedies, one thing keeps coming up: diet is key. Okay, that is no surprise to most of us. But one thing which is making a popular comeback is the idea that we might just be preparing our foods wrong. Huh? Many people I talk to cannot figure out what I could be suggesting. It is still a “foreign subject” to many Americans. Everyone knows that white flour is inferior to whole wheat but why would preparation be an issue? Isn’t it just that whole wheat is “better” for you. But why can’t we digest it properly?
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:
Okay, I know I said I wouldn’t go with the technical approach to Hashimotos Thyroiditis but really, this is amazing! I’d rather see this in somebody else’s thyroid for educational purposes 🙂 so I thought I’d share this with you! Thank you to the maker’s of this video: Every bit of information helps when dealing with this disease! Technorati Tags: Hashimotos thyroiditis, thyroiditis, thyroid disease, hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroiditis Powered by ScribeFire.
Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Herbal Remedies The question is burning in me; can an herbal treatment go a long way in helping someone with Hashimotos Thyroiditis? I have to confess, I’ve never been one to trust herbal remedies for something as complicated as this disease, but recently my research has been promising. I may consider, for the first time, delving into the thought a bit more. read more… Technorati Tags: Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Hashimotos Disease, Thyroiditis, Herbal Remedies Powered by ScribeFire.
If you are new to this disease, I hope you will feel more support than I did when I was first diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis about 14 years ago or so. I say this because I had no internet access, the disease was relatively unfamiliar and because of this, difficult to research. To top it all off, my doctor basically slapped the diagnosis on my lap and said, “it’s no big deal. You just take a pill every morning and it’ll take care of it. You will live just as long a life, it’s just that your thyroid will eventually die.” This was said in a short, 5 minute phone conversation as he noted that I had a prescription waiting for me at the pharmacy! He never mentioned that my life would never be the same! Okay, I don’t know about you but when someone tells me a part of my body is on its way to death (and I was only in my early 30’s) with such casual delivery too, it can really be confusing. I’m thinking to myself, I guess it’s fine, as long as it is my health and not his! The reason I am writing this little entry is hopefully to ease your mind a bit.
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.”
I thought it would be appropriate to share a video I found a few years ago describing the techinical side of Hashimotos Thyroiditis. All the mumbo jumbo in the professional arena was really getting to me! Anyone with this disease will attest that some days, you really just don’t feel you can understand things let alone technical jargon about your disease! So view this little video when your brain fog is not too bad. 🙂 Here’s the video: Click here to download (requires Real Player)