Hacking & Healing part 2

UPDATE!

After evaluation and trying out the calorie restriction part of my plan, I’ve decided that I had more success with the South Beach modified diet using a higher fat intake for ketosis to help my insulin resistance.  In addition to modifying SB by increasing fat, I am also using a GlutenFree SouthBeach cookbook.  After reading Isabella Wentz article concerning how to loose weight with Hashimotos and a couple of other hashimotos books and articles, I felt that it was probably best not to cut calories as it may exhaust my thyroid instead of encourage healthy thyroid hormone balance.  I am also going to go back to my doc and ask to run my blood again to see what my thyroid and hormone levels are to see if we can find a different thyroid medicine to try as I have not seen any improvement since I’ve been on the thyroid medicine.

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So, the steps I have taken thus far to deal with my hashimotos and surrounding symptoms.  As mentioned in my previous post I was put on thyroid replacement and my thyroid ultrasound result was sent to a diabetes and endocrinology clinic where the hashimotos was confirmed.  Unfortunately while I was searching for answers I came across many others who had similar experience with their doctors and even the specialists.  They were told that the Synthroid (thyroid replacement med) was the answer and that the thyroid would just get eaten and then should the symptoms change they will re-evaluate the treatment should thyroid levels change.   So as you might imagine when I heard this very typical answer from the specialist I went to, I was very disappointed.  Not only did the doc not seem too worried about the hashimotos, but he also told me the symptoms were not connected.  But I knew they were.  Since the research I had done confirmed my suspicion that my symptoms were related it also prepared me a little for what I would experience when I went to see the doc and he was not so motivated to help me.  Honestly the only good thing that came out of the appointment was that I found out I was insulin resistant, which I also found out is common among hashimotos patients.  So basically he told me that was what I needed to address and put me on Metformin, and told me to diet and exercise.

My new symptoms:

  • Hair loss
  • Abnormally dry skin
  • Indigestion & acid reflux
  • constipation (prior to first step to healing)
  • Plantar Faciitus

Previously noted symptoms:

  • Hormone imbalance (low testosterone)
  • Lethargy
  • Non existent libido
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Skin problems (acne)
  • Vasculitous (on my shins)
  • Forgetfulness
  • Emotional instability
  • So I’ve since then gone to a rheumatologist for my Vasculitus who told me to keep working on anti-inflammatory lifestyle I told him I am implementing.

I’ve also seen a new holistic doctor and she has recommended some natural medicinals and I am also working with a nutritionist at her office for moral and motivational support through my diet and exercise.

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Above is a picture of the map of cause and symptoms created by Dr. Wentz, which helps to target root cause and treat.  The first steps I’ve taken toward healing, to address symptoms and multi-system attack at all angles:

  1. Removing gluten from my diet completely to test intolerance(this has virtually reduced all symptoms of constipation and almost all indigestion issues)
  2. Due to the insulin resistance I was instructed to Increase fat intake for a ketogenic effect and using 310 nutrition meal replacement when I do not have time or need a quick easy meal, as well as metabolic exercise using alternating large muscle group weight lifting.  This is an effort to get my insulin resistance under control and with the Metformin use I hope to continue steady weight loss with out rebound.  So far I’ve been successful in loosing weight in the past month and two weeks since focusing everyday on my diet and exercise.
  3. Taking a custom tincture containing the following:
    1. Ribes – Blackfoot Indians used blackcurrant root (Ribes hudsonianum) for the treatment of kidney diseases and menstrual and menopausal problems. Currant root and seeds are high in gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA). GLA has been clinically verified as an effective treatment for pre-menstrual syndrome.
    2. Rosa – for addressing a number of mental and emotional ailments
    3. Birch – for infections of the urinary tract and kidney, as well as hair loss, joint pain
    4. Tilia – for digestive help and inflammatory and antioxidant support
    5. Goji – for antioxidants
    6. Ginger – for digestive and anti-inflammatory properties
    7. Petitgrain – for acne, fatigue, and stress
    8. Lavender – for anxiety, and neurological health
  4. Taking Norwegian Kelp supplement for iodine supplement for thyroid function
  5. I began taking a ultra Adrenal complex, which almost immediately gave me a boost in energy.
  6. Increasing use of digestive enzymes to facilitate better nutrient absorption
  7. Within the last week I’ve begun taking CBD oil (Cannabidiol) with these medical properties and effects of those properties.  My main goal in using it is for the whole body anti-inflammatory effects as many of my symptoms are a result of widespread inflammation.  It has also been found to be helpful for those with auto-immune diseases like mine.
    Antiemetic Reduces nausea and vomiting
    Anticonvulsant Suppresses seizure activity
    Antipsychotic Combats psychosis disorders
    Anti-inflammatory Combats inflammatory disorders
    Anti-oxidant Combats neurodegenerative disorders
    Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer Combats tumor and cancer cells
    Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant Combats anxiety and depression disorders

    Disclaimer Note: Cannabidiol is non psychotropic and does not have THC which is the chemical that produces the “high” experienced from smoking Cannabis.

So far I am noticing some positive results.  I am seeing some changes in my body as well as  generally feeling better on a day to day.  I have seen some great results with my dietary changes, however I still need to test more foods that I suspect may be causing some problems because of sensitivity.  Thanking God and Prayer for healing and knowledge of the answers to my healing and understanding are still the number one method of seeking answers and healing.  Praise God in these times of trial.

Shabbat Shalom beloved

Hacking & Healing Hashimotos part 1

So, its been a while and this summer has been filled with a lot so I have a lot to sum up.  As of my last post I found out some more info about my health diagnosis.  I have an auto immune disorder called Hashimotos.  Now you may or may not be familiar with this autoimmune disease, so I will give you a little basic explanation.  Hashimotos is a condition where the thyroid is attacked by the body’s immune system and essentially devoured.

There are many symptoms that are commonly activated and systems of the body aggravated with autoimmune  patients.  Because we know that the hip bone is connected to the leg bone, all systems are connected.  This is the first thing I concluded when I started seeing all of the symptoms that seemed to show up one after the next.  It seemed only obvious that they were connected.   This is not to say that you cannot have two separate issues at the same time that are not having anything to do with each other.  However I knew the symptoms that I was having were related somehow.  I have always been one who is very in-tune with my body and mind to the point that I have been told I am very self aware.  I love to research and I always want to find an answer so I started looking and documenting after a while.  Over time my pieces started to form a picture.

I also started to suspect once I found enough information that seemed to point in the direction of the thyroid and then with the list of symptoms I had been experiencing the answers narrowed to the autoimmune disorder Hashimotos.  It became a chicken or the egg? dilemma…  which caused which, and does treating one cure the other.  So many people who expressed common symptoms had hashimotos, and yet doctors I went to see would tell me “they (the symptoms) have nothing to do with one-another.”  I was determined to find real help.  None of the doctors I went to were really trying to find the root cause of my problem.  I kept asking and going to more doctors because I knew I was not crazy, or having some delusion that I had symptoms and they were piling up.

I started asking the doctors what the root cause was for my hormone imbalance, my vasculitis, my fatigue, my weight gain, my hair loss, and on and on… With doc after doc telling me it was one thing and then another telling me different or not able to tell me a real answer at all.  So finally I asked my doc if I could have him do another blood test as I found out more about how the levels of hormones relate to particular illnesses and I was suspicious that my hormones were off again.  After getting the results back and asking straight out “is this hashimotos?” He was unable to answer confidently so he said “I want to send you to a more specialized doctor” and after waiting for over a month to finally get in to see the doctor I was utterly disappointed.  The only good thing that came out of it was that he told me I had insulin resistance based on the fluctuation of my sugar and insulin levels during a test I had taken a few months prior.  Funny thing was because the settling rate at the end of the test was within “normal” range I was told I did not have insulin resistance, but then this “specialist” looked at it and said “oh yes you have insulin resistance, because the levels were so far out of normal range during the test, and settled at normal after the whole process and the sugar had metabolized”.  The disappointing part was he was supposed to be the specialist that could help me with my thyroid issue, however though he said I had Hashimotos he had no real help for me to treat it.  He actually said that because my thyroid levels were low but still within range of normal, that I did not need any other change in treatment and that the thyroid replacement I was receiving was the treatment.  Mind you I had no real relief or change in my symptoms while on the thyroid replacement.  So it was a little disappointment and a small amount of relief knowing that I was one step closer to finding real answers now that I had a couple of diagnosis.  So feeling again like I had a doctor telling me there was nothing to do or telling me to change my diet and exercise which I was already doing.

I then, after much sifting through medical websites, blogs, and  articles; I found some information that seemed legit and a doctor named Isabella Wentz Pharm D. who actually has Hashimotos herself, was finding real solutions and cures to the issues that surrounded Hashimotos.  I think she found a true path to finding the root cause of the symptoms accompanying the autoimmune disease.  She described her personal experiences and struggles with hashimotos and the symptoms surrounding it in a book.  “Hashimotos’s Thyroiditis Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause” She also talks about her journey, what she refers to as hacking your own health, to find the roots of each symptom and methods to treat and heal the symptoms.  As well as even reversing the disintegration of the thyroid itself which she refers to as remission.  I am currently reading it, and implementing the beginning steps to my life.  I will follow with a series of posts that describe the steps and results in this process.

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Some of the resources I’ve come across that are helpful after sifting:

Bulletproof Pod cast and website

Hypothyroidmom Blog

Isabella Wentz Pharm D

Going Gluten free for thyroid’s sake

First we have GF caramel cinnamon buns, made with grassfed butter, cultured dairy for kindness to my gut.

#nongmo #momsplaceglutenfree 


Summer grill lunch

Featuring:

GF homemade hamburger bun

GF Grass fed beef burger

GF Stubbs BBQ sauce, Olive oil mayo, Mustard

Traditional German fermented sauerkraut (Extra treat for my gut&thyroid)

Avacado & lettuce

GF Tim’s cascade style kettle cooked  potato chips (anti-inflammatory treat for my thyroid)

Finding an over the shoulder Boulder holder when they are fake.

I must admit this has been quite a challenge for me for the last two years. Finding a bra that fits my breasts because of the ratio of cup size to band size and shape of the underwire or cup. If you have ever had a BA and opted for large silicone ones you may have had the same issue. I would love to know if there are many out there with my problem. I find that the cup is never the right size because the shape of silicone implants are not like breasts they are round. More like a slightly settled ball of dough that is sitting on my chest. I love them, I wanted them to look fake and round, but it’s extremely difficult to find a bra. I fluctuate between a 34-36 band. And my cup is generally a DDD or E in uk size. So my problem come when finding an unformed cup first of all; that does not cut horizontally through the middle of my breast on top causing a double boob. It seems almost impossible to find a cup that is not also shaped. Again due to the shape of the implant it is not shaped like a more natural breast which tend to be more like a bullet or even a rounded cone and more moldable. So far I’ve found that mostly brallettes and tube bras. But if I want a bra with underwire or lift it seems almost impossible. Thankfully because I had a lift as well I do not need much lift, just for special occasions. Does anyone have this struggle? I’d love to hear thoughts and comments. Thus far the only bras I’ve found for girls with large breast and smaller chest is a uk co. Bravissimo. So far very few in the US, I did fine two by Chantelle that are very lacey with a mesh lining that work, but could be better. So for now I’ll have to try to make due. I will follow up with more news as my search goes on. 

Please tell me if you’ve experienced this and if it is also a struggle for you. 

Ciao beauties 

Where is Dr House when I need him. 

Ive documented some of the health struggles I’ve experienced over the past and most recently over the year and a half of living here. Last I found that I was having under-active thyroid and hormone imbalance specifically low testosterone. This last follow up my doc checked my thyroid levels and also my hormone levels.  Though I was actually put on a very low dose of thyroid medication, my thyroid levels went down even more.  This is quite unsettling, as its only been about two month that I was on the low dose. So I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had not been on any hormones. Here’s a list of my symptoms:

Hormone imbalance (low testosterone)

Lethargy

Non existent libido

Unexplained weight gain

Skin problems

Vasculitous (on my shins)

Forgetfulness 

Emotional instability

So he’s increased the hormones to triple the dose and also is thinking of doing an ultra sound on my thyroid to see if that can tell us anymore. Unfortunately the waiting is the hardest because everyday I cannot function normally is one more reason I become depressed and plagued with a feeling of failure. I am just praying that he is able to find an answer to some root cause that I can at least learn about and we can attempt to fix. Update in about a month.