Saturday, July 21, 2012

All of Me...

Did you ever watch that Steve Martin movie? I can relate...

If you have been around me lately, you know that I have struggled with my health, mainly my thyroid, for years and years. Baby number five put me on the bench for awhile and I have had a hard time getting back into the game. I have tried many diets that have worked in the past and cut out many foods from my diet. I upped my water intake to almost a gallon a day. Near double what it was. I don't eat late, have little meals, tried an over priced shake. I have been slowly working up to more and more exercise and can run about 2 miles at a pretty good pace. I even started going to bed earlier and earlier... I am still not healthy, struggling. I haven't written much because I honestly don't want to sound like I am complaining and I haven't had much hope, until lately. I thought I would share my progress, if anything, for myself. So here we go, starting from where I am at, on my journey back to me:

So, I stumbled on this info on the internet. I personally am not an internet searcher for much more than crafts, movies and addresses. I don't want to know what could be wrong with me because I am a touch of a hypochondriac and well, you understand...I am suffering from a few of the things listed in here so I am interested to talk to the doctor that sent it and see if there is a reasonable suggestion.  

Here is the info if you want to read on thyroid. It clicked for me and all that is going on but it may not for you....

The #1 cause of low thyroid or hypothyroid in the United States is something called Hashimoto's thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroid.  It's an autoimmune condition and it means that your immune system is attacking your thyroid.

An autoimmune condition is where your immune system is attacking a part of your body, and in your case, it is most likely attacking your thyroid gland.  Remember, your thyroid controls your body's metabolism.  ALL OF IT! Hashimoto's thyroiditis (aka. Autoimmune thyroid) is the #1 cause of low thyroid in the U.S. Your immune system is attacking your thyroid, and it is killing it. You just don't have a "thyroid" problem, you have an "immune" problem!  Unfortunately, thyroid hormones do nothing for this autoimmune attack.  You will continue to lose more and more of your thyroid taking the medications.  It is a slow, progressive, downward slide.

So the problem isn't just your thyroid: it is your immune system.  You have an immune system problem, and you need to heal your immune system.  Thyroid hormones are not going to help you heal your immune system.

There's two parts to your immune system, TH1 and TH2, and they should be in balance, kind of like a teeter-totter effect.  One should not be higher than the other.  If your immune system goes out of balance because of stress (physical, chemical or emotional), one system (TH1 or TH2) will become dominant and this will cause your immune system to attack your body.  There are specific blood tests that can be run to determine if you are autoimmune and if one part of your immune system is dominant.

Now the problem with autoimmune conditions is it just doesn't attack one area of your body...your thyroid.  It can attack other areas of your body.  It can attack your pancreas, causing diabetes, or it can attack your gut - your stomach lining - causing IBS, or it can attack your joints: rheumatoid arthritis.  It can attack your entire body.  You need to be tested to see if you have an autoimmune condition, and that's what's causing your thyroid condition.  That's what's causing your thyroid condition!

Every time I go to the specialist he tells me some new research and new advice. Last time I went he made me too anxious and pretty much told me that no matter what, kill yourself trying to loose your weight. I am finally to the point that I can see, there is something else they are missing. I also went to an oils class the other night and am more than excited to learn more about it. I feel like it is going to change the lives of my family. I am not usually into things like oils but I had too much of a feeling to deny, this is what I need. I am so thankful for the Holy Ghost. To know it is there and directing me and I am so thankful for my dear friend that introduced this to me without pressing. If she would have, I wouldn't have...I am now feeling "fringe" but I am ready to embrace it and move on to a healthier me. 


  1. Blaugh to not feeling well! I hope you get this figured out- you'll have to update how the oils do, I have been curious about them.

  2. I've felt somewhat the same way about being on the fringe. Goodness knows my mom has tried some crazy stuff but you just have to do what feels right. Nothing substitutes listening to your body (and the Spirit) and if oils are what it is telling you to do, then do it! I've learned to accept a lot of interesting (aka "weird") things and some of them may be a little out there for some people, but it is what brings health and balance to me.

    I hope things get better soon. It's no fun to not feel healthy. Love you!