Are you having a hypothyroid freak out? 10 ways to push the reset button

Are you having a hypothyroid freak out? 10 ways to push the reset button

So many Hypothyroid Mom readers write to me about anxiety and panic attacks, yet doctors have never considered taking a closer look at their thyroid, adrenal, and gut health. Shocking really. Jen Wittman, creator of Thyroid Loving Care, shares her personal experience along with 10 tips to relieve stress, anxiety, and panic. [Read more...]

Hypothyroidism and Autism: The Story of Micah Boy Genius

Hypothyroidism and Autism: The Story of Micah Boy Genius

Micah (image via Jadranka Isabel Photography)

In August 2013 an article appeared in Endocrine Today entitled Gestational hypothyroxinemia associated with autism occurrence. It referred to a large-scale study published in the Annals of Neurology that revealed mothers with severe hypothyroxinemia (defined as maternal free T4 in the lowest 5th percentile with normal serum TSH) were four times more likely to give birth to a child with autism. I think of this article often and wonder about the madness of a medical system that fails to protect our children. Despite the research showing the potential dangers of thyroid disease in pregnancy, there is currently NO routine thyroid testing in pregnancy.

A mother named Jessica wrote a comment on my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page. Jessica has hypothyroidism and her two sons have congenital hypothyroidism. Her son Micah has congenital hypothyroidism and autism. This photo of Jessica’s son Micah on their Facebook page Micah Boy Genius (the same one I’ve used above for the photo of this article) grabbed my heart. I just knew that I had to hear more of his story.

I write Hypothyroid Mom for us the adults with hypothyroidism. However to tell you the truth, I really write Hypothyroid Mom to create change for our children, so they do not suffer the same struggle for proper diagnosis and treatment as us. A child is never too young to be tested for hypothyroidism. Watch your children for signs. You must read Micah’s story and you will be convinced. Micah was born February 2009. Happy 5th Birthday Micah. Thank you to you and your family for sharing this unforgettable story. I have no doubt your story will help many children. [Read more...]

Thriving Through Thyroid Disease

Thriving Through Thyroid Disease

I was honored to be voted Runner-Up for Change The World: The Search For The Next Global Thought Leader sponsored by Ghost Tweeting last June. One of my fellow Global Thought Leaders was Michelle Madrid-Branch, founder of LetHerBeGreater.com. From the first time I connected with Michelle I knew she was an inspiring woman. Michelle has a positive spirit that glows. Turns out she is a fellow thyroid thriver. Michelle’s story of Hashimoto’s, Lupus, gluten allergy, and the metaphysical is so thought-provoking, I invited her to share her story at Hypothyroid Mom. [Read more...]

Weight Loss Tips for Hypothyroid Moms

Weight Loss Tips for Hypothyroid Moms

What can we do to lose weight despite hypothyroidism? I’ve read so much about the benefits of the Paleo diet. I’ve heard from readers that rave about Paleo for improving their hypothyroidism symptoms including help with weight loss. What are great Paleo resources, recipes, and menu plans? I reached out to holistic health expert and thyroid specialist Jen Wittman for answers. [Read more...]

In Season, Out of Sync

Thyroid Disease - In Season, Out of Sync

I enjoy being part of a Google+ Community called Hypothyroidism Help created by Dr. Forrest Beck, a naturopathic physician, author, natural health expert, and currently the Health Team Leader for AlMansoori Specialized Engineering in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is author of the book Cultivating the Fine Art of Selfishness. I invited Dr. Beck to write a guest blog post for Hypothyroid Mom. [Read more...]