You have Graves’ disease and had Radioactive Iodine (RAI) or a Thyroidectomy. Now What?

You have Graves' disease and had Radioactive Iodine (RAI) or a Thyroidectomy. Now what?

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that leads to overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). I have Hypothyroid Mom readers struggling with hypothyroidism now since treatment for their Graves’ with radioactive iodine (RAI) or thyroidectomy. I welcome Barbara Lougheed, author of the book Tired Thyroid: From Hyper to Hypo to Healing – Breaking the TSH Rule.

Barbara has generously offered her book to 3 lucky readers! Don’t miss the GIVEAWAY below. [Read more...]

Suicide plan interrupted: What prevented this thyroid patient from going through with it?

Suicide plan interrupted: what kept this thyroid patient from going through with it?

There are certain people who inspire me every day to continue writing Hypothyroid Mom. Lorraine Cleaver of the Thyroid Petition Scotland is one of them. She is a woman fighting for change for thyroid patients across the globe. I am honored to know her and call her friend.

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Experts Share Tips for Starting the Paleo Diet

Priming for PaleoI’ve heard from Hypothyroid Mom readers who rave about Paleo for improving 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!

The digital health magazine Health Perch interviewed 4 Paleo experts – Dr. Loren Cordain of The Paleo Diet, Neely Quinn of Paleo Plan, Melissa Hartwig of Whole9, and Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites – on what it means to really “go Paleo.” They all discuss why a Paleo diet is so important and their own special tricks for managing cravings.  Thank you Health Perch for sharing these incredible interviews with Hypothyroid Mom. [Read more...]

90% of people taking thyroid hormones will fail to feel normal: Why?

90% of people taking thyroid hormones will fail to feel normal: Why?

I watched a video created by the Hashimoto’s Awareness Organization featuring Dr. Steven Geanopulos. I was intrigued and contacted him. Turns out Steven is a Hashimoto’s thriver himself. He uses what he discovered on the path to his own personal wellness to help treat his patients. [Read more...]

It’s a ‘Beautiful’ Thing…

It’s a ‘Beautiful’ Thing…

I had the pleasure of reading Stacey Robbins’ book 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. 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. [Read more...]

TSH Wars: The Unreliable Thyroid Lab Test

TSH Thyroid Wars

TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the gold standard for measuring thyroid function in mainstream medicine. Unfortunately this one thyroid lab test does not provide a complete picture. Many doctors don’t run a full thyroid blood panel which should include at minimum Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies.

I was fortunate to find a great thyroid doctor who treats “me” the person and not strictly my lab numbers. I personally take a natural desiccated thyroid called Nature-throid plus a time-release T3 medication created by a compounding pharmacy. My TSH is suppressed below the “normal” reference range. I feel great without symptoms of over-medication. My doctor focuses on my symptoms and testing that includes Free T4, Free T3, and Reverse T3 at every blood testing. If I was being treated by a doctor who focused solely on TSH and T4-only Levothyroxine drugs, I would be a very ill woman today.

I invited thyroid expert Dr. Jeffrey Dach to share his clinical experience with the TSH lab test. [Read more...]

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