* My current health protocol, listed below, has been updated (8/21/2019)
If you are reading this, it’s because you ARE or you LOVE my people, those of us who suffer from a thyroid disorder. My specific disease is Hashimotos Thyroiditis.
And I am taking back my life, one step at a time.
What Is Hashimotos Thyroiditis:
Some people who have a thyroid disease, have a simple explanation… their thyroid is working too hard or not hard enough. They take medication daily to manage it. Others, may have NO thyroid at all because of cancer or by removing the thyroid to manage the symptoms better. These people also take medication daily to manage it, but at a higher dose because there is no thyroid function at all. Then there are people like me, who have an Autoimmune based thyroid disease. This basically means that my body is actively trying to KILL my thyroid. Some days, it is a more brutal assault than others. Unlike other thyroid diseases, I can swing between being HYPER (too much) and HYPO (too little) thyroid from day to day. I am given the same medications as other thyroid conditions, because honestly modern medicine has no clue how to treat my disease. They treat the thyroid the best they can, but ignore the autoimmune aspect.
How Does Hashimotos Thyroiditis Affect A Person:
In the years since I have been diagnosed I learned a hard, cold, truth. Hashimotos Patients and their symptoms are like snowflakes. There are no two alike. My sister and I, both have the disease and our symptoms are VERY different. I chose the image above, because it’s a good start. Hashimotos sufferers will fluctuate between hyper and hypo, so you can have symptoms that fall on either side, or both of that graphic.
Additionally, it is becoming more recognized that once you have an auto-immune disorder, you are more likely to develop MORE AI diseases over your life time.
Hashimotos alone has over 300 symptoms that can affect a person, on any given day… at any given time. To most, Hashimotos is considered an invisible illness. We look ok, but we are very much NOT. We struggle daily, it’s just that some days the struggle is easier than others. The following chart has the most common:
What Are the Biggest Obstacles for Someone with Hashimotos?
- Lack of Adequate Medical Care – due to the general lack of information and research on our disease, most Hashimotos patients are receiving sub-par care. Doctors will look at our blood work results, adjust our medication, and send us on our way. They do not look at the root cause, the auto immune disorder. Unfortunately, most of the doctors that will are not covered by insurance. This puts many Hashi’s patients at a disadvantage for getting proper care.
- This Disease is, in Many Ways, Totally Out of My Control – many Hashi’s patients will suffer from symptoms that come and go as they please, which can lead to us canceling plans last minute because we are having a flare up. Other symptoms stick to us like glue and are at times an impossible hurdle to overcome, like our weight or fatigue. The medications that are currently on the market are not curing us, and often not even making us remarkably better. They are really just helping us get by from day to day.
- This Disease is Invisible, Which Means We Get Judged A LOT – by family members, friends, coworkers, and even health professionals. You would be amazed at the cruel things people will say to us, because they lack any understanding of what we go through. We get accused of cheating on our diets, or mocked for changing our diets, accused of being lazy, making excuses, blah blah blah. These judgments hurt us to our core because, see number 2.
- This Disease Affects My Entire Body – head to toe, it is apart of my every day life and nothing is left untouched. Hashimotos will affect your mental faculties, your hair may fall out, you will have issues with your dental health including bone loss in your jaw, you will experience swelling and discomfort in your neck, heart palpitations, your body will swell and diuretics won’t stop it, you will most likely suffer from some sort of food sensitivity, your libido will decrease, your muscles will ache, your skin will hurt to be touched, you may end up with balance and coordination issues, it can impact fertility, and the list goes on and on. In fact there are over 300 possible symptoms and no two hashimotos patients are alike.
What Are We Learning About Treatment?
- Integrative, Functional, and Holistic Doctors seem to have the best approach, because they look at the whole body. However, most insurance companies do not cover these doctors leaving patients to foot the bill. I have been fortunate that our insurance covers my doctor.
- We need to ensure the proper blood work is being done which includes testing for thyroid antibodies, food allergies, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal changes, adrenal fatigue, and other autoimmune disorders.
- Every patient will be different in regards to severity of disease, deficiencies, food allergies, symptoms, etc. Thus our treatment will differ from each other, and this is figured out one step at a time. Often we are throwing things at it, simply to see what sticks. Therefore patience through the healing process is imperative.
- Exercise affects our body differently, high intensity work outs can actually be detrimental to our weight loss because it puts our body under stress, which increases our cortisol levels, which affects our thyroid function.
- Most Hashimotos (and autoimmune sufferers) will have LEAKY GUT and repairing the balance and health to your gut will help you feel better. This often involves the removal of gluten, sugar, dairy and sometimes soy, corn for at least a year. Your doctor (and your body) will help you know when you have healed. Additionally the addition of certain probiotics will help the process move along faster, including the addition of lacto-fermented foods to help with inflammation (sauerkraut, kimchi).
Currently, I am seeing an INTEGRATIVE DOCTOR. Under her care, we are addressing my Hashimotos from an whole body approach. We are not just treating my thyroid, but also addressing the autoimmune component. She is covered under my insurance, although my co-pay is a smidge higher than my primary. Since every patient is different, just because this protocol is working for ME… it doesn’t mean it will work for you. So please be sure to work through your condition with your doctor. You are welcome to share my protocol with your doctor to discuss if any of these suggestions will be beneficial for you. Please also note, that all of the following have been discussed with my integrative doctor and are under her monitoring.
- Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar, Salt Free diet.
- I have removed coffee & all forms of caffeine from my diet.
- Increased my water intake. I use Ulla on my cup to remind me to drink.
- Thyrovanz 100MG (I was on Armour Thyroid 90mg, before that 125mcg of synthroid) 1xd
- UPDATE: Dr. Westin Childs Thyroid Adrenal Reset Complex (Amazon)
- UPDATE: Dr. Westin Childs T3 Conversion Booster (Amazon)
- UPDATE: Dr. Westin Childs Power B-Complex (Amazon)
- UPDATE: Young Living’s Cortistop (during high stress periods)
- UPDATE: Kencko Fruit Smoothies daily. Greens in the AM, Fruit in the Afternoon.
- UPDATE: Plexus SLIM Hunger Control, Metaburn, Pro-bio5, BioCleanse.
- Slim 1xd AM (sometimes a 2nd if I am hungry after 8pm)
- Metaburn 1xd AM before breakfast. I have taken and 2nd if I am in a situation where I know I won’t be eating my best.
- Pro-bio5 1xd after dinner.
- BioCleanse 1xd before bed.
* The Dr. Westin Child’s supplements listed above contain the vitamins I was taking independently or as part of my women’s multi.
Blood tests included thyroid levels, food allergies, vitamin/mineral levels, etc.
Currently – I am feeling the best I have in a VERY long time. Quite like my old self. In regards to the addition of the Plexus products, it took me years of hearing recommendations to try them out. I’m a huge skeptic, but after watching a personal friend who was also diagnosed with Hashimotos use them and actually go into full remission with Hashi’s and her Auto Immune (I saw her blood work personally)… I finally decided to try it. I definitely feel better since adding them into my protocol, and I’m also noting weight loss.
In a few days I am going to do a 15 day detox plan (again under supervision). I’ll update on that when it is over & I see how I feel from it.
Root Cause Suggestions:
- Magnesium: I currently use Jordan Essentials Magnesium Lotion and Magnesium Soak. JE Products are all natural, family friendly, and gluten free.
Protocol Suggestions from other Sources:
- Kefir Water, Probiotic Water – OR – Kombucha Tea (min. 2 oz daily, up to as much as you like. It is recommended to work your way up b/c too much too fast gives a bellyache)
- Saukerkraut or Kimchi (Lactofermented) 1TBS – 1/4C daily
- Acidopholus 1xd
Things I’ll Systematically Add This Year:
- Plexus Accelerator+ (boosts metabolism)
- Plexus Balance (Carb & Sugar Block)
- Still looking at Plexus Ease & Plexus Nerve (for those days when my body hurts)
There are the books I have used in my own research, or have been recommended to me:
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