My Thyroid on Fire: A Story in 15 Glimpses

My Thyroid on Fire: A Story in 15 Glimpses

Dr. Cynthia Li’s personal story had me hanging onto every word…incredible.
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Reversing Autoimmune Thyroid Disease Is Possible

Reversing Autoimmune Thyroid Disease is Possible

Michelle healed herself of Hashimoto’s and Lupus and has been free of symptoms and antibodies since 2009.
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Leaky Gut: The missing piece in many Autoimmune Diseases, like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Leaky Gut: The missing piece in many Autoimmune Diseases, like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

When I first heard the term “leaky gut” I recall thinking, “What the heck is that?”

Treatment for leaky gut would turn out to be one of the key pieces to my thyroid success story.
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Autoimmune Patients, Have You Heard of Th1 and Th2 Dominance?

Autoimmune Patients, Have You Heard of Th1 and Th2 Dominance?

I remember the day I was reading the book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal by Dr. Datis Kharrazian and came across the section on the importance of Th1 and Th2 dominance in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I had never heard of this concept before and found it intriguing. I recently came across Mickey Trescott’s explanation of Th1 and Th2 dominance and felt it important to share with all of you. [Read more…]

Paleo Autoimmune Protocol 101

Paleo Autoimmune Protocol 101

I hear from readers with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis all the time raving about the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) for changing their lives. Eileen Laird reversed her autoimmune disease Rheumatoid Arthritis with food. I invited her to share the basics of AIP and some of her favorite recipes. [Read more…]

A Different View on a Common Autoimmune Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

A Different View on a Common Autoimmune Disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

I read this paper published in Naturopathic Currents an evidence-based publication for the Naturopathic profession in April 2014. The author Dr. Fiona McCulloch wrote a review of the most current research on the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I was fascinated and reached out to Dr. McCulloch about her findings.

Thank you to Naturopathic Currents and Dr. Fiona McCulloch for permission to repost it here at Hypothyroid Mom.

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Autoimmune Diseases Brew In Your Body FOR YEARS Before Diagnosis

Autoimmune Diseases Brew In Your Body FOR YEARS Before Diagnosis

It is said that 90% of people with hypothyroidism have the thyroid autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Sadly thyroid antibodies are often not tested so many of my readers are not even aware they have an autoimmune disease. (Psssst…Do you know that if your doctor refuses to test your antibodies you can order your own thyroid lab tests?)

Do you know that when you have one autoimmune condition you are statistically at risk to develop others and that research reveals antibodies can brew in your body for YEARS before you receive your diagnosis?

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healing auto-immune disease, by someone who’s been there

healing auto-immune disease, by someone who's been there

Australian TV presenter, blogger, journalist, New York Times bestselling author…bike-loving Sarah Wilson.
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Guilt: The Worst Symptom of Chronic Illness

Guilt: The Worst Symptom of Chronic Illness

A raw look inside the life of a chronically ill mom.

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Is Yeast Overgrowth Destroying Your Thyroid Health? The Hidden Epidemic

Is Yeast Overgrowth Destroying Your Thyroid Health?I remember noticing all of a sudden that my regular 28-day menstrual cycles shifted to 25-days at age 42. I had just taken a round of antibiotics and didn’t think much of the connection. Those 25-day cycles became my norm and I figured that I was entering perimenopause on my way to menopause. Unpleasant symptoms included bloating and massive hair loss.

At age 47, I visited a functional medicine physician who did comprehensive lab testing including stool testing and let me know that I had candida in my gut. I started an herbal treatment that included Caprylic Acid and Oil of Oregano and voila my cycles magically shifted back to 28-days and my hair slowly shed less and less.

It all finally made sense. The broad spectrum antibiotic that I had taken all those years ago eliminated much of my normal bacteria in my gut. What I didn’t realize at that time was how important it is to take a probiotic when you take an antibiotic to help maintain the body’s normal levels of “friendly” bacteria. Oral antibiotics can dramatically increase Candida levels in the intestinal tract. That Candida in my gut actually had the power to shift my sex hormone levels too!

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PCOS and Thyroid Health

PCOS & Thyroid Health

Fiona has PCOS herself and she commonly works with women who have PCOS and suboptimal thyroid hormone levels. I knew she would be the perfect person to invite to write a guest post about this important connection between PCOS and thyroid health. [Read more…]