My Journey to Healing from Thyroid Disease
I’ve shared my story on various occasions with clients, on my blog, on social media, and in many different interviews, and I feel it is important to continue doing so. There was a time when all I did was search for healing stories—ones that did NOT include taking medication for the rest of my life.
About 7.5 years ago, during one of the happiest periods of time in my life, I was blindsided and inundated with a laundry list of horrendous neurological symptoms. I saw what felt like hundreds of doctors from conventional to alternative and underwent extensive medical testing. I had hard proof in my lab work (which suggested a need to be seen by 7 different specialists) that a lot of things just weren’t working correctly—but really lacked a true understanding of WHY my body was (what I thought at the time) failing me. I also had to deal with people in my life who just didn’t know what to say or do to help me (most of them meant well, it was just a lot to take in). How could I go from happy, healthy, thriving and running every morning to this?! I began to doubt everything as I navigated through this new world of feeling unwell.
I was eventually diagnosed with neurological Lyme, and then an autoimmune thyroid condition with a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) of 95 (for reference, normal is around 1.5) and my antibodies were through the roof. (If you’ve been down this road before, you get it. If you haven’t, I pray you never will.)
Desperate to feel like myself again and with faith in the “experts,” I tried conventional antibiotics for the Lyme and went on thyroid medication. I felt worse and worse and worse and worse as myriad health issues kept accumulating, including very scary and debilitating ocular migraines. If you have never had one, imagine your vision going white and sparkly. Imagine looking at someone and seeing their eyes and mouth but not their nose. This happened to me month after month—while being alone caring for my newborn son.
Despite how hard it is to revisit any of this awfulness, I share my story because so many others have stories that have started similarly. (And truth be told, I am asked over and over to tell my story…and I get it, it feels SO good to know you’re not alone and to finally be understood!) People are told that they’ve got a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, or perhaps Graves’ disease, or a nodule, a cyst, or a tumor! Or even Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia! Or is it menopause? “It’s probably just stress.” Or maybe the person is a hypochondriac? Is he/she making up or exaggerating symptoms for attention? I could go on.
Regardless, as a result of increased thyroid antibodies, elevated levels of TSH, an enlarged thyroid gland, and/or related symptoms, the suffering people are told, “you have an autoimmune condition and your body is attacking itself!” They then start to feel betrayed by their genes, their lifestyle, THEIR BODIES! Worse yet, doctors and the medical community will say its caused by genetics. Even in my situation, my family history included my grandmother having thyroid disease, my mom having thyroid disease, and alas, after my first baby, I was diagnosed with it too. I was told that I was basically stuck with this awful disease that’s been passed down through the generations and the only “solution” was/is medication to control the symptoms.
At such desperate times, we want to feel better, we NEED to feel better, so we oblige. In my case (and in so many of my clients) the medication made the symptoms far worse. I went quickly from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid and continued to fluctuate between the two. Alternating between hyper symptoms of shaking, night sweats, insomnia, a racing feeling and hypo symptoms of extreme fatigue, tingles/numbness, zaps down my head and face, muscle aches, feeling freezing cold (burning myself in the shower just to bring my body temp up), and brain fog.
After much struggle and a ton of learning as I navigated through allllll of the pain and suffering, I can say that I am living proof that the previously mentioned plan is NOT the only option. New York Times best-selling author, Anthony William’s, extraordinarily accurate health information showed up in my life in the nick of time, and now I live to share with others what helped me get my life back. It was a Godsend to learn the ultimate reason for my symptoms and that there existed a food-based, natural treatment plan that would actually work!
You did not create your illness. You did not attract or manifest it. You did not imagine it. You’re not sick because you’re crazy, lazy, weak-willed, defective, or bored. You did not bring your symptoms upon yourself by thinking the wrong thoughts or fixating too much on fear….
…your body has not let you down. Thyroid symptoms and illnesses are not your body rebelling against you. It would never betray you. All your body does is work day and night to support you – because your body loves you unconditionally.
Here’s the real cause: the thyroid virus… Epstein Barr (EBV)
As Anthony tells us, this virus is VERY easy to pick up (he shares a list of 22 triggers in Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth Behind Hashimoto’s, Graves’, Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules, & Epstein Barr) and can cause all kinds of symptoms (both involving and not directly involving the thyroid, which is why removing it does not solve all of one’s problems). As it turns out, by the time the virus has reached a person’s thyroid, this virus is in its third stage. You can also read more about these stages in the Thyroid Healing book, but for today, I want to share with you some basic recommendations for starting the healing process.
Healing from Thyroid Illness
Celery juice — Start each day with a 16 oz of pure celery juice. Celery juice strengthens hydrochloric acid in the gut and helps the liver produce bile to break down food.
“It provides mineral salts that are anti-EBV and help support the central nervous system with powerful electrolytes while they stabilize and support the adrenal glands. Celery has the ability to cleanse the thyroid of EBV toxins. It also bolsters the production of the thyroid hormone T3.”
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie — This smoothie is delicious, and is also a perfect combination of five key ingredients for detoxing heavy metals. These ingredients are wild blueberries, cilantro, barley grass juice powder, spirulina, and dulse.
Zinc and B12 — Zinc gives a major boost to the immune system by strengthening white blood cells so that they can seek out and destroy EBV cells. Because it is antiseptic, taking zinc also reduces inflammation and the growth of nodules, tumors, and cysts. Zinc also strengthens the thyroid and stabilizes the adrenals!
It is critical to get enough B12 (as adenosylcobalamin with methylcobalamin) to protect your entire body from EBV’s neurotoxin damage. B12 gives special support and repair to the central nervous system and endocrine systems and helps strengthen neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain so it can stay strong against EBV. This vitamin also bolsters your immune system, boosts you mentally and emotionally, and helps with methylation issues and reducing homocysteine levels.
Diet — Be sure to include lots of cruciferous vegetables, such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli raab, arugula, and cabbage. As Anthony shares, the phytochemical compounds in these veggies will help to push the virus out of the thyroid and destroy it.
Other ideal considerations include artichokes (fresh are best), bananas, cucumbers, garlic, asparagus, radishes, tomatoes, and barley grass juice extract powder.
Atlantic sea vegetables are also key — Dulse and kelp help you protect your thyroid if it’s under attack from EBV and support healing in powerful ways.
“The iodine in sea vegetables also protects the thyroid from radiation and helps to prevent thyroid cancer and other cancers.”
It is also imperative to avoid the following unproductive foods: eggs, dairy, gluten, canola, corn, soy, and pork.
Where I Am Now & Where You Can Be Too!
By starting my healing with the recommendations above, I was able to attack the actual source problem of my symptoms, get OFF of thyroid medication, and I even had a healthy pregnancy after being told it would never happen! I am no longer forced to believe that I am stuck with a genetic inheritance of doom, and I am now fully aware that I have the life-changing toolkit to make major changes within my body.
This just goes to show that there is absolutely hope for anyone else who’s been diagnosed with a thyroid problem and/or autoimmune disease or those struggling with a mystery illness who aren’t healing despite following the advice of the “thyroid experts.” I encourage you to begin (or continue) researching this information and/or sharing this pivotal truth with those in your lives who may need it. If you’re new to Medical Medium, check out Thyroid Healing (and his other books as well), and please take the time to learn more about scheduling a consult with Reclaimers of Health.
You too can regain your health, spirit, and vitality!
I have now helped thousands of women of many age groups all over the world follow in my footsteps of being free from the thyroid trap, from symptoms/illness/dis-ease using the life-changing information of Anthony William.