Full of antioxidants, flavonoids, and my morning wake up call. Although I like to drink it all day long.
So I’ve been reducing and removing traditional prescription drugs to do continue the goal for complete cleansing of my body of toxic and depleting substances. I’ve found wonderful substitutes for many of the medicines and I am pleased to also say that though there have been a few recurrences of some of my hashimotos symptoms I been successful in reducing and removing almost all of them. So here are the herbal, natural, and vitamin medicines I am taking to serve the purpose of self healing and treating while I find the root causes of my hashimotos symptoms.
I am also happy to say I have officially hit the lost 20lbs mark in my fitness pal, and though it has taken about 6 months I am very happy that I finally am seeing loss that is sustained and not yo-yo’ing. I have begun fasting more regularly, and with the reduction of carbs, and removal of gluten again I am pleased that I have seen no flair ups of my digestion issues or bloating. I am happy with the success I have achieved with finding self healing and weight loss, and I am continuing on the road to my goal of full remission. I am taking it slower now and trying not to get too discouraged as I know it is a long road for many who have hashimotos and it is difficult. If anyone else is suffering along with me, follow hypothyroidmom.com and check out Isabella Wentz’s book the Root cause.
One more thing, I still take the tincture that I was given and will finish it off, but I will not be getting more. As well I still take the digestive enzymes and the probiotics.
So I’ve been gone a while and I want to explain… since I last wrote we’ve moved, the kids are in school and I have gone back to school for my MBA. So needless to say I’ve been limited for time, due to school work. However, I had a clear answer to prayer while crying out to God on my knees for an hour….a couple of months ago. I asked him among other things what he wants me to do with my talents and ambition. he said “multiply your talents” the following day I received a call back from one of about 10 schools I was looking into for my plans to go back in two years and after he told me to do it now, I was both caught off guard but pleased because it was going to speed up my journey. So here I am on Christmas break after two and half months back into school, sitting at he local indoor trampoline park with the kids. I thought it would be the perfect time to update. This may mean I am not as active however I will still be updating my health journey.
I recently come to the conclusion that I should test a few foods that I had not tested before. I unthoughfully stopped eating wheat products and replaced them with gluten free options a couple of months ago. As of a couple of weeks ago I was going over my resources and wondering why I was not having a great deal of success in loosing weight if I was removing a food that was a common trigger for hashimotos patients. I was having better results with my gut and symptoms of lower gut bloating and idegestion. So I got all of my resources together and started to dig. I realized that I had increased my carbohydrates dramatically when I started eating gluten free because I felt safe eating the gluten free baked goods. I didn’t realize I was actually eating more gf-breads and such than I had been before going gluten free. I thought because I went gluten free that the indegestion and bloating was getting better. However I realized when I looked at the other factors that I had increased digestive enzyme simultaneously. So needless to say I had a period where I actually stopped all of my thoughts and focused solely on lowing sugar even if I was still having an occasional wheat product. Since then I have done some fasting to reset my metabolism and restart my efforts to focus on more portion control and reducing sugar to try and regulate my insulin levels. I am not depriving myself of anything just refocusing, exercising and hydrating more. Finally I started to see results again and the more I told myself, I am allowed to have anything just not all day everyday. I also re-read a great motivational book “reshaping it all” by Candace Cameron Bure, and finally read the “Skinnygirl rules for getting and staying naturally thin” by Bethany Frankel. The great thing about both of these books they are both teaching natural health through eating right rather than dieting. The hashimotos makes my situation unique because of the symptoms that come along with it, they cause me to have a difficult time doing normal things and so it has been a battle of taking herbs and spices and finding what works, what makes a difference for me! Hashimotos also makes nutrition an issue, because there are some common triggers as I mentioned earlier like gluten. My focus has been to start by exercising more regularly each morning, before the kids get up for school, and eliminating breads until I have reset my sugar levels. Then my plan will be to introduce only gluten free items for a week once per day, to test. Followed by a similar test with wheat products to test. If I see the digestive issues return I will then know that the wheat does react in my gut. The key will be to limit the breads so that I do not mess in my sugar levels again. I am happy to say I have lost 15 pounds and kept it off for at least a month. I am going slow and steady to get into a routine and be consistent with my sustainability of my nutritional intake. I have also quit synthroid and began taking a high content cinnamon and a turmeric supplement to impact inflammation. This was a recommendation from a friend who also has hashimotos and has seen massive results in reducing inflammation through her limitation of sugar and taking these two anti inflammatory supplements. I will update my medicine list in my next post. One other thing, I forgot to mention that my allergy test did show a very mild reaction to all of the main ingredients to gf baked goods, so I will proceed with that in mind, as the allergist explained it simply means that I should not live on those ingredients, because then I will trigger more reaction. It’s better to build up tolerance with small consistent doses.
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.
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)
- Non existent libido
- Unexplained weight gain
- Skin problems (acne)
- Vasculitous (on my shins)
- 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.
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:
- Removing gluten from my diet completely to test intolerance(this has virtually reduced all symptoms of constipation and almost all indigestion issues)
- 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.
- Taking a custom tincture containing the following:
- 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.
- Rosa – for addressing a number of mental and emotional ailments
- Birch – for infections of the urinary tract and kidney, as well as hair loss, joint pain
- Tilia – for digestive help and inflammatory and antioxidant support
- Goji – for antioxidants
- Ginger – for digestive and anti-inflammatory properties
- Petitgrain – for acne, fatigue, and stress
- Lavender – for anxiety, and neurological health
- Taking Norwegian Kelp supplement for iodine supplement for thyroid function
- I began taking a ultra Adrenal complex, which almost immediately gave me a boost in energy.
- Increasing use of digestive enzymes to facilitate better nutrient absorption
- 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
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.
Some of the resources I’ve come across that are helpful after sifting:
Bulletproof Pod cast and website
Isabella Wentz Pharm D
First we have GF caramel cinnamon buns, made with grassfed butter, cultured dairy for kindness to my gut.
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)