Learning About Hashimoto’s (hypothyroidism part 5)
Sadly, for a good 6 months after being diagnosed with a clear case of Hashimoto’s (my TPO antibodies were 416)…. I did not have my normal brain, I could sit in a chair and feel as if the room was spinning, I did not have good a train of thought, I was not loosing weight at a good rate, I was VERY easily frustrated, and I did not have enough energy. Certain things did improve while using Armour once again though… I was no longer constipated, my eyes no longer had a yellow jaundice tint, I lost a little weight, I had a little more energy, and that’s about it! Not enough improvement to feel I wanted to spend the rest of my life like this! During this time my lab numbers improved (not antibodies), things like TSH & free T3/T4 were normal.
So, after about 6 months I knew the clouds had lifted enough for me to try to get to the bottom of this. I knew the Rx, Armour, was just treating the symptoms of my disease, but I really wanted to get to the cause! I submitted myself to the idea that “Even if I have to take a medication for the rest of my life because my thyroid is damaged, I HAVE to stop this autoimmune reaction to improve my quality of life and not get another autoimmune disease!!!”
In my research I found very few other women writing healing and having success (even among natural sources). Oh, they wrote about hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, drugs to use, supplements to try…. but not about healing it (or putting the disease into remission) – the common theme was: frustration! Women were frustrated they weren’t getting better, that the doctors told them they’ll be like this for the rest of their life, and to just take anti-depressants. Was that ever incentive for me to work harder at researching!?!
In February 2011 I attended a gathering of the Weston Price foundation, where they showed videos from the 2010 WAPF conference. Two of the three presentations dealt specifically with thyroid & adrenal health. This was a major blessing to me, as those were my exact issues. Here were the speakers:
1) Fat: An Endocrine Organ -Stephanie Seneff, PhD
2) Thyroid-Adrenal-Lyme Connection -Bruce Rind, MD
3) Stress and Hormones, What’s the Connection? -Anne Fischer-Silva, CNT, LE
The book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? was sold at this event, and I got to reading! After reading that book, and speaking with Anne Fischer Silva (one of the above speakers) personally, I went off of gluten immediately (and have yet to purposefully have another bite). Going off of gluten and keeping my blood sugar more regulated (by eating less carbs) have TO DATE been the most obvious improvement I’ve felt in all of the healing I have done.
Just avoiding the gluten didn’t fix my problem though! The adrenals were next. And that’s where I’ll start next time!
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