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

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. 

Healing my cold

I am currently sick and tired… Sick because I have caught a cold and tired because I am in the midst of hell week for a play that I am preforming in my local dinner theater.

So I’m desperately trying to rest at home now in between getting up for the kids or puppy, or to make myself a little healing broth.  This is why I’ve been a little absent from writing.

Recipe here:

4-6 cups water

three lemons squeezed and one lemon rind

6-10 garlic cloves crushed or cut in half

1/4 cup ginger paste

Raw honey to taste

Cayenne pepper

boil and then reduce heat to low wait until both looks caramel colored and then strain through cheese cloth into mug.  Add 1 tbsp raw honey and two shakes of cayenne pepper. Drink all day…

This drink is courtesy of a recipe I found online, and I’ve altered it a little, but the main ingredients are the same.  I find it does help me feel more energized and I’m really hoping the garlic will act as my natural antibiotic to kill this virus.