Healing success!

I cannot believe how things have changed in the last month.  I have been spending some time in prayer for wisdom, healing, and knowledge to find the answers to heal my body.  My prayers are being answered with clarity and I am finding the answers and seeing results.

I’ve literally lost another 10lbs.  That’s a total of 30lbs!

fullsizeoutput_2892Since my last docs appointment I have switched to a bovine raw thyroid supplement, I’ve begun taking thiamine(B1) for fatigue, and B12.  In addition to continuing my nutrition on the AIP side of Paleo.  I have tested a few foods after being on the AIP over a month now, from occasional (meaning once or twice in a week) basmati or sushi rice, and a few minimal exposures to parmesan in pesto.  Neither have given me any noticeable negative side effects.  Also I’ve begun limiting my exposure to blue light after sundown and reduced the physical stressors on my body. I have also been taking a better CBD oil by Fairwinds suppliment for inflammation and pain, and over all neuro-protection.  Last but most informational, I watched this amazing docuseries by Dr. Isabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP and Hashimotos survivor as well.  Seriously if you suffer from auto-immunity you have to watch this. The Thyroid Secret

My inflammation is drastically decreased and my brain fog is almost virtually gone.  My joint pain has improved, but I am still working on a few things to help improve that even more.  I just had my blood drawn again for my hormone levels and my thyroid function which I will report in my next post.

Success is a 100 little wins!

Ciao

Pizza and (root)Beer

Tried this amazing recipe from the arsinal of http://www.grazedandenthused.com

It is a homemade AIP Paleo Chicken Pesto Pizza.  Loaded with Pesto, shredded chicken, olive bar olives, roasted artichokes and Truffle Sea salt.  It was so simple to go to a local store with a great variety of natural and organic and specialty foods to get the ingrediants I did not already have on hand. You can find the recipe here Chicken Pesto Pizza and I made it in less than an hour including the flat bread crust.  It was amazing and I’m so glad I found it, since I’ve been on the AIP its been difficult to watch others eat typical weekend dinners like pizza and such.  Not that I have a problem with eating steak and Salmon or grilled chicken instead of Pizza, but sometimes you just want Pizza!  So I found an option.  And I gotta say its better than most normal pizzas its more flavorful and rich.  The crust is delicious and slightly doughy and still crispy on the outside.

AIPaleo Chicken pesto

In an effort to heal my gut and help me with digestion during this process of healing.  I have been trying lots of probiotic foods and drinks like this.  I have found that Humm kombucha is so far my favorite for fruity flavored kombucha, because I really cant stand the taste of regular kombucha.  But  I decided to try this one while I was shopping at my local Natural Grocers, and I liked it.  I figured if I sipped it while I walked and I didnt like it, it was a less then 3dollar cost to give it a go.  But I REALLY liked it! So I bought five more.  It gave me a little treat because it tasted like my dad’s homemade rootbeer, and yet I know that it had the benefits of the probiotic, organic, gluten free (soda).  So glad I took the chance to try it. It was a treat.

Kombucha Rootbeer

Medicinal Update

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Here it is. It has been a slow process since I have a hard time reading a book in my hands vs. listening to books.  However as I’ve been on this self healing journey, I am getting further in my book “The Root Cause” and learning a little more about the Dr.’s research and even self experimentation.  According to “The Plan” which I read last year those who have low thyroid function need iodine.  So as per the advise of Lyn Genet, I started taking Kelp.  However I found out recently that this is a hypothesis that is widely spread by some in the nutrition community and it is not backed by testing and scientific facts.  Therefore as I am willing to try things, but never convinced until I see facts and results that prove the test to have a result that is consistent and sustainable.  I am skeptical of many nutritionists who learn a few things about some test that showed results in some people and then try to say that is the truth for all.  I am just as skeptical of doctors who live by the bible of their medical training and the practices handed down by generations before them, which sometimes prove to be founded in truth, but other times result in false assumptions and flawed medicine.  Therefore, I am removing the Kelp from my regimen to test the results without, and to actually test my iodine levels with a urinary iodine test before continuing with any method to reduce or increase iodine in my system.

That being said, I am increasing Selenium for the time being which counteracts the over consumption of iodine in food and other sources.  An abundance of iodine without a correlating amount of selenium will actually make matters worse for the thyroid.   also found to contribute to digestion issues that are found Crohn’s, celiac, and IBD, according to Dr. Isabella Wentz (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause, 2015) The Hashimotos:celiac or even mild gluten-intolerance dance is so common among us who suffer that it is finally becoming noticed among those in the community of people discussing and sharing stories about Hashimotos online.  Low levels of selenium is part of the equation and I would even say it is one more tentacle of the monster that becomes this cycle of symptoms vs. cause.  The major benefits of selenium are that it facilitates the conversion of T4 into T3 which is one of the problems with the thyroid in Hashimotos; and it protects the thyroid from the oxidative damage from dangerous levels of hydrogen peroxide that occurs from excessive iodine. As well Selenium, reduces anti-thyroid antibodies and so I am testing the effect on my body and will be visiting with the doctor this week to get new lab work done.

The thing is, the more I understand it, iodine, what Dr. Wentz refers to as a “goldilocks supplement” meaning that there is so much conflicting data on the occurrence of iodine in thyroid disease because if it is too high it causes severe problems, and if it is too low it causes other extreme symptoms.  So until I have that test done, I will be staying away from supplementing with iodine.

I’ve replaced the daytime adrenal supplement with a nighttime supplement, as I still have symptoms of adrenal imbalance.  I’ve also re-added milk thistle (for liver health), and switched to a new digestive enzyme.

As well I’ve decided to add magnesium to help me with anxiety, fatigue, energy, and helping to reduce kidney stones, and increase DHEA.

I will be updating again after my labs are back, as I am looking into alternative thyroid therapy that Dr. Wentz discusses rather than the Synthroid I was taking before.  I found that some of my thyroid symptoms did return after the Synthroid was out of my system.  But the benefit was so minimal that I wish to try an alternative medication to bring my thyroid levels to normal.

I am following her book very closely and taking the steps to test and treat and I am now officially on an auto immune paleo diet as well to further reduce inflammation.

Medicine cabinet

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Almost completely pharmaceutical free (except allergy medicine)

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.

Ciao

Bio Hacking part 3

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.

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

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.