If you’ve ever reached rock bottom with hypothyroidism
where you can’t keep your eyes open and function each day,
you already know there are no words that will ever come close to describing it.
I am a bookworm. I have been all my life. When I was a little girl my mother was always telling me to go outside and play, while I hid in my room to read my books. At night when the lights were out, I would read with a flashlight under the covers.
Now I am a woman with my head forever buried in books. I always have a book in my purse wherever I go.
So when I reached my lowest point with hypothyroidism and worried I would never get back up, how did I climb out of that dark hole?
How did I finally get to this point where I feel great despite hypothyroidism?
Books, of course.
The Book That Started It All
I lost my unborn baby needlessly to hypothyroidism.
At that time, I did not do my own research. I completely trusted my Ivey-league medical school trained New York City doctors to manage my hypothyroidism. I failed to be an advocate for myself and my child.
I will live with that regret the rest of my life.
Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know by Mary Shomon
The day I stumbled upon Mary Shomon’s book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You… That You Need to Know (Revised Edition) was a miracle. Following my miscarriage, my hypothyroidism symptoms worsened so dramatically that I struggled to stay awake to care for my young son. I felt like I had been dropped in a deep dark hole.
This book was my gut-wrenching ‘Aha!’ moment. I realized that I lost my child all because my doctors did not properly treat my hypothyroidism. I sobbed for days.
This is the book that started it all. I’m now living well with hypothyroidism.
Despite all the advancement in technology, I am still old school with my books. I love the feel of the pages in my hands. However for those who love to read their books on Kindle, Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You… That You Need to Know
The Book That Will Save Babies
The day I lay on a medical exam table in early 2009 waiting for the D&C to remove my unborn baby from my body, I stared up at the ceiling tears streaming down my face. I vowed that moment to research all I could about thyroid disease in pregnancy and warn women everywhere.
Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease: A Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Wellness by Dana Trentini & Mary Shomon
My vow was fulfilled the day my new book Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease: A Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Wellness released June 2016 from Perseus Books/Da Capo Press.
There is currently NO universal thyroid screening in pregnancy despite mounting evidence that thyroid disease is a danger to mother and fetus in pregnancy. It’s time to stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
I can’t go back and change what happened to my child no matter how much I long to do so, but what I can do is save babies in memory of my child.
The day I signed the contract with Perseus Books/Da Capo Press along with my thyroid hero Mary Shomon my eyes were overflowing with tears that I could barely read the words. My book contract is filled with markings from my tears of sorrow and joy.
We interviewed leading experts on hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease, thyroid nodules, goiter, thyroid cancer, gynecology, obstetrics, infertility, and more, to create the first book of its kind. Part 3 of Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease provides comprehensive checklists including testing, treatment, dietary changes, and supplements, so that you will know more than even your doctor about making babies with thyroid disease.
The mainstream medicine protocol for testing and treating hypothyroidism focuses on TSH and Levothyroxine drugs like Synthroid. While this approach may work for some patients, it fails for many of us. We are all individual in terms of which treatment works best for us. Do your research.
Thyroid Healthy, Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine by Suzy Cohen
Congratulations to Suzy Cohen, aka America’s Pharmacist, on her new book Thyroid Healthy, Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine Suzy has appeared on Good Morning America Health, The Dr. Oz Show, The 700 Club, The View and The Doctors. Thank you Suzy for mentioning Hypothyroid Mom in your book.
Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?: A 3-Step Program to Restore Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance, Beat Hormone Havoc, and Feel Better Fast! by Richard Shames & Karilee H. Shames
Thanks to this book Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?: A 3-Step Program to: Restore Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance, Beat Hormone Havoc, and Feel Better Fast! I first learned how thyroid health is really a puzzle with many pieces. It explains how the hormonal system is a 3-legged stool involving the thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive hormones. Thanks to this book, my testing and treatment includes all the pieces of the puzzle and I’m feeling fantastic.
Stop The Thyroid Madness by Janie Bowthorpe
Janie Bowthorpe, author of Stop the Thyroid Madness, personally went from depths of nearly 20 years of T4 only hell to having the energy and stamina of a teenager thanks to natural desiccated thyroid and dosing not by TSH but according to the complete elimination of symptoms and the Free T3. I thankfully found myself a great doctor open to exploring the thyroid treatment options and looking beyond TSH to get me well again.
Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed by Dr. Steven Hotze
In the book Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed Dr. Hotze reveals how commonly hypothyroidism is overlooked, misdiagnosed, and mistreated in women and men. Individuals with all the signs of low thyroid are often told their blood work is “normal”. Dr. Hotze explains why hypothyroidism cannot be determined by blood tests alone.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease by Dr. Alan Christianson & Hy Bender
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease sifts through the vast amount of conflicting advice to help readers learn how to seek appropriate treatment for hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Goiter, Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease, Thyroid Cancer, and Adrenal gland diseases. I particularly like how the authors have described this otherwise overwhelming topic in very easy to understand language.
Kindle Edition, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease
Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It by Dr. David Brownstein
Dr. Brownstein’s book Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It explains why iodine deficiency may be the root cause of thyroid problems including hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer. He shares what forms of iodine you need, why there is not enough iodine in salt, how to get iodine in your diet and improve your immune system.
The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol by Dr. Sara Gottfried
All too often women are told that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part of being female. Or they’re led to believe that the answer can be found only at the bottom of a bottle of prescription pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician and nationally recognized, board-certified gynecologist, refuses to accept that being a woman means feeling overwhelmed or that popping pills is the new normal. Love Sara’s book The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol
Hypothyroidism can affect every part of the body. It can cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, headaches, constipation, chronic infections, skin problems, hair loss, chronic pain, menstrual issues, pregnancy complications, bipolar, anxiety, depression. It can also be a major factor in heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness by Dr.Broda O. Barnes and Lawrence Galton
Dr. Broda Barnes was a thyroid pioneer. Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness provides a comprehensive look at how low thyroid affects the entire body. It offers detailed case histories of patients, often thought hopeless, whose problems were discovered to be related to hypothyroidism. When I read this book, my jaw dropped. I felt like he was describing me and my lifetime of symptoms!
Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic by Dr. Mark Starr
Dr. Starr is a pain specialist. During his quest for the answer to his own chronic pain, as well as his patients’, he discovered that hormone problems, chiefly hypothyroidism, are not only responsible for chronic pain but also responsible for the majority of chronic illness in modern society. Unfortunately most doctors have not heard of type 2 hypothyroidism where blood tests are normal but the patient is still hypothyroid. This book Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic highlighted for me that we are more than just lab numbers.
I was particularly fascinated by Dr. Starr’s discovery that chronic pain and fibromyalgia were often linked to undiagnosed or insufficiently treated hypothyroidism in his patients. So many Hypothyroid Mom readers contact me about chronic pain.
The Kindle Edition, Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers by Dr. David Perlmutter
Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. I found this book particularly fascinating because I’ve heard rave reviews from Hypothyroid Mom readers about the benefits of gluten-free and Paleo on hypothyroidism symptoms including brain-related issues (and I’ve personally experienced the benefits too). Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers is a must-read book.
Headache Free: Relieve Migraine, Tension, Cluster, Menstrual and Lyme Headaches by Suzy Cohen
Chronic, persistent, painful headaches are one of the first signs for me personally that my thyroid treatment needs adjusting. Chapter 11, The Thyroid Connection, in Suzy’s new book Headache Free, Relieve Migraine, Tension, Cluster, Menstrual and Lyme Headaches really resonates with me.
Hmmm…I wonder how many thyroid sufferers suffer from chronic headaches and have no clue about the connection?
Why Isn’t My Brain Working? A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover by Dr. Datis Kharrazian
I hear from so many Hypothyroid Mom readers struggling with brain-related symptoms like memory loss, inability to focus, brain fog, lack of motivation, depression and anxiety. This book teaches how diet, lifestyle changes, and nutritional therapy can improve brain function. Chapter 17, The Hormone-Brain Connection, is particularly important for those with thyroid issues. If you are struggling with brain-related symptoms, read this book Why Isn’t My Brain Working?: A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain’s Health
Kindle Edition, Why Isn’t My Brain Working?
The Menopause Thyroid Solution: Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems by Mary Shomon
At age 44 I’ve recently started noticing signs of perimenopause with an obvious change in my menstrual cycles. With this has come a sudden worsening of my hypothyroidism symptoms. You bet that I’m using books like this one The Menopause Thyroid Solution: Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems to take back my health. Perimenopause will not take me down. I’ve fought too hard to feel great despite hypothyroidism.
There are three times in a woman’s life when she is particularly vulnerable to develop or worsen an existing thyroid condition: puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Our sex hormones and thyroid are so intricately connected that during these times in our life when our sex hormones are fluctuating, we are more vulnerable to thyroid issues. If you’re struggling with perimenopause or menopause, you should read this book. What you may not know is that the drop in reproductive hormones frequently triggers a thyroid slowdown that can be the main cause for our symptoms. This marks a time to take a closer look at our thyroid health.
Kindle Edition, The Menopause Thyroid Solution
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, yet thyroid antibodies are not routinely tested. Be an advocate for yourself and insist on thyroid antibody testing.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz
Hashimoto’s is more than just hypothyroidism. It is a thyroid autoimmune condition where the body mistakenly attacks its own thyroid gland. There are many potential triggers underlying Hashimoto’s that should be tested and treated including blood sugar imbalance, food sensitivities especially to gluten, adrenal issues, nutrient deficiencies, leaky gut, inflammation, heavy metal toxicity, and chronic infections. With this excellent book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause every person will have the information they need to take charge of their Hashimoto’s.
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal by Dr. Datis Kharrazian
This is the first book I ever read on Hashimoto’s. It was the first time I read about the importance of eliminating gluten from the diet and many of the other triggers for Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? when My Lab Tests Are Normal: a Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism provided me with a foundation to understand the autoimmune condition at play in Hashimoto’s.
The Kindle Edition, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal
You’re Not Crazy And You’re Not Alone: Losing the Victim, Finding Your Sense of Humor, and Learning to Love Yourself Through Hashimoto’s by Stacey Robbins
You’re Not Crazy And You’re Not Alone: Losing the Victim, Finding Your Sense of Humor, and Learning to Love Yourself Through Hashimoto’s shines a flashlight on the emotional, physical, and spiritual journey within women with this autoimmune disease. With honesty and humor, Stacey tells stories that inspire readers to look at this autoimmune disease differently–and to consider loving themselves as part of their treatment too.
On Kindle, You’re Not Crazy And You’re Not Alone
The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body by Sarah Ballantyne
The benefits of dietary changes to heal Hashimoto’s is such an intriguing topic to me. I’ve heard from countless readers raving about the Paleo diet in improving and (in many cases reversing) their Hashimoto’s symptoms. Amazing really. This book The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body explains how to adapt the Paleo diet and lifestyle to bring about recovery. Read it to learn why foods marketed as “healthy”—such as whole grains, soy, and low-fat dairy—can contribute to the development of autoimmune conditions. Discover what you can eat to calm your immune system, reduce inflammation, and help your body heal itself.
The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness by Mickey Trescott
Research shows there is a clear connection between diet and autoimmune disease. In the book The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness, Mickey provides a resource for those looking to embark on the Autoimmune Protocol, a version of an ancestral diet that is focused both on removing potential food triggers as well as healing the gut. It includes 112 delicious recipes suitable for anyone at any phase of the Autoimmune Protocol–no grains, beans, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, or nightshades. Although this is quite the list of exclusions, she offers many simple delicious recipes.
Thyroid Advocates I Love
Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, “Thyroid Sexy” Life by Gena Lee Nolin & Mary Shomon
Actress and model Gena Lee Nolin has gone public with her struggle with Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism. She is the first internationally-known celebrity to tackle worldwide thyroid awareness as a personal mission. Her Thyroid Sexy Facebook page ROCKS! When Gena teamed up with thyroid superstar Mary Shomon to write Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, “Thyroid Sexy” Life, I knew this was a book I had to read. What an honor to see Hypothyroid Mom mentioned in their book.
Wow, Your Mom Really Is Crazy: A Complete Guide to Coping with Thyroid Disease: Stress, Weight Loss Tips, and More by Carol Gray
I love following fellow thyroid advocate Carol Gray (aka Crazy Thyroid Lady). When Carol moved to an upper-middle class neighborhood, she found that it wasn’t just her living space that was bigger; her physical and mental problems were also growing. Most people who suffer from autoimmune diseases are usually sick an average of ten years with various ailments before getting the correct diagnosis. Carol was no exception, and she struggled to maintain the façade of normality among the neighborhood’s stay-at-home moms, green lawns, and white-collar dads. In Wow, Your Mom Really Is Crazy: A Complete Guide to Coping with Thyroid Disease: Stress, Weight Loss Tips, and More, she recalls her struggles and shares stress-coping tips, nutritional advice, alternative therapies, and insights on dealing with friends and family who want to see evidence of an invisible disease.
Hands down the number one question I hear from Hypothyroid Mom readers is how to lose weight.
The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast by Dr. Mark Hyman
I love following Dr. Mark Hyman, so of course when his new book came out I jumped to read it. According to Dr. Hyman, the key to losing weight and keeping it off is maintaining low insulin levels. The Blood Sugar Solution 10-day Detox Diet offers practical tools including meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists, as well as step-by-step, easy-to-follow advice on green living, supplements, medication, exercise, and more. Not only did participants in Dr. Hyman’s program lose weight, they also “experienced a 62 percent improvement in medical issues including irritable bowel, acid reflux, fatigue, migraines, anxiety, joint pain, rashes and hives”.
The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss by Mary Shomon
The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss is a New York Times bestselling book that every person with hypothyroidism struggling to lose weight should read. The thyroid gland is a major player in regulating your metabolism, therefore optimal thyroid health is essential for weight loss.
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis
After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, renowned cardiologist Dr. William Davis reached the conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health – Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health.
I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook by Sarah Wilson
When Australian Hashimoto’s thriver Sarah Wilson learned that her sugar consumption could be the source of a lifetime of mood swings, fluctuating weight, sleep problems, and thyroid disease, she knew she had to make a change. (I was a sugar addict, so quitting sugar has been personally very challenging but well worth the effort.) I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook makes it easy to quit the sugar habit.
Available on Kindle, I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook
Gluten-Free & Paleo
What’s with all the gluten-free?
The topic of gluten came up so frequently in my reading that I just wondered how important a factor it really was in hypothyroidism. I grew up with an Italian mom who makes the best pasta in the world, so you can imagine the challenge I had going gluten-free. It was not easy for me, however when I started personally noticing the benefits of gluten-free on my symptoms including maintaining my weight, I became a believer. Now since starting Hypothyroid Mom, I’ve heard from so many readers raving not just about gluten-free but also the Paleo diet for their hypothyroidism symptoms. I’ve heard from readers with Hashimoto’s disease who have actually cut their thyroid antibodies in half and some have completely reversed their thyroid antibodies to normal by dietary changes! It’s definitely worth a try.
The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day
When Carrie Vitt was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, she was put on an elimination diet to cleanse her system that removed gluten and grains. Failing to find recipes that followed her strict diet guidelines and still were delicious, she began experimenting in her own kitchen. Through organic, unprocessed foods Carrie has reversed Hashimoto’s disease, chronic migraines, IBS and eczema.
Carrie’s book The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day is set to release this month on November 18, 2014. It is available for pre-order. I was fortunate to receive a copy and loved it. Books like this are what have helped me discover that going gluten-free is not as challenging as I originally expected.
The Paleo Cure: Eat Right for Your Genes, Body Type, and Personal Health Needs by Chris Kresser
Chris Kresser is a leading voice within the Paleo nutrition community. I’ve been a longtime fan and loved his book The Paleo Cure. Chris Kresser uses the Paleo diet as a baseline from which readers can tailor a program to fit their lifestyle, body type, and genetic blueprint.
Kindle Edition, The Paleo Cure
Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo
Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle is an excellent resource for those new to the Paleo diet or struggling to integrate it into their everyday lives. It is packed with over 120 easy recipes. There are even meal plans designed specifically to support hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease.
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat is packed with recipes for food that you can eat every day, along with easy tips to make sure it takes as little time as possible (saving time is so important for me as a busy mom of 2 boys!). I particularly love the concept of a Weekly Cookup so that you have ready-to-go food for snacks and meals every day.
This book was so popular that there’s now a part two Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat
Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle Walker
Having battled the autoimmune disease Ulcerative Colitis the modern-medicine way for many years, Danielle Walker took matters into her own hands and set out to regain her health through the medicine of food. After four years of turning her kitchen into a laboratory for revamping her culinary point of view, Danielle mastered the art of grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free cooking–and improved her well-being, eliminating all her ailments. Love the recipes in Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great.
Available on Kindle, Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans offer delicious Asian-influenced recipes free of grains, legumes, and added sugar. Not only did I love the recipes but I laughed and laughed. This book made Paleo easy and fun for me.
At the Kindle store, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
Fertility & Pregnancy
Having trouble getting pregnant? Your thyroid could be the problem – and your doctor may not even know it.
Sadly I lost my unborn baby under the care of Ivey-league trained and award-winning New York City doctors who didn’t have a clue that my insufficiently treated hypothyroidism was a danger in pregnancy. That fateful day I lost my child so needlessly I set out on a mission to get as thyroid healthy as possible. I went on to have my second son at age 40 and I’m here to tell you that miracle babies are possible for us.
In addition to optimal thyroid treatment, here is the book that played an important part in helping me get pregnant and have my child. Every woman struggling to conceive, should read it.
Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility by Dr. Sami David & Jill Blakeway
I found a fantastic doctor who got my thyroid optimally treated. Once I was thyroid healthy, I started trying to conceive. For seven months I was having no luck when one day my acupuncturist told me about NYC fertility guru Dr. Sami David and his book Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility. I took the questionnaire to determine my “fertility type” and began the recommended supplements. I literally got pregnant that same month. Making Babies is a must-read for every woman trying to conceive.
A Child Lost to Thyroid Cancer
This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, Wayne Earl & John Green
Meet the 16-year-old girl who passed away in 2010 of thyroid cancer and inspired the movie now playing in theaters The Fault In Our Stars. On January 28, 2014, Esther Grace Earl became a published author—something she had always dreamed of! A portion of her journals, fiction, letters, and artwork were published in a beautiful memoir-style book called This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl. Her book touched me deeply.
Esther’s book is a New York Time Bestseller!
Kindle Edition, This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
The Books I’m Reading Now
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by Dr. James Wilson
Last year at age 43 I had a sudden onset of hair loss. Looking at the balding areas at my temples and over my ears was so devastating to me that I set out on a mission to win back my hair. In the article 10 Things That Stopped My Hair Loss, I write about how I was going through a great deal of stress at the time of my hair loss and that adrenal testing was one key factor to regaining my hair.
The body relies on the adrenal glands located on top of each kidney to manage stressful situations. Our thyroid and adrenals are so intricately connected. Saliva testing for my cortisol levels revealed that I was struggling with adrenal fatigue. I recently finished reading a fabulous book by Dr. James Wilson and not only has it helped my hair loss but my energy levels have been improving day by day. Are you being treated for hypothyroidism, but you still don’t feel well? The adrenals are an important piece of the thyroid puzzle you should read about in Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life From Thirty to Fifty by Dr. John Lee, Dr. Jesse Hanley & Virginia Hopkins
Our thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones require a fine balance in our bodies. I discovered this so clearly at that time in my life when I was losing my hair. Turned out for me that at age 43 I was in premenopause. I was under enormous stress at that time and before I knew it I was struggling not only with adrenal fatigue and thyroid imbalance but also estrogen dominance, too much estrogen relative to progesterone.
Several of my Hypothyroid Mom readers mentioned Dr. John’s Lee’s book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life From Thirty to Fifty. I decided to give it a read and I’m so happy that I did. I discovered the benefits of natural progesterone cream and it’s been a life saver for me (it has also saved my hair!).
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!