How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Good Reads on Thyroid Disease
Last week I gave you a little sneak peek into my email inbox and revealed some of the health and food e-newsletters I receive weekly. They’re where I find information and determine whether or not I agree, disagree, how the information could affect my life and health, and want to do further research. In following that theme, this week, I’d like to share a few articles I came across that are thyroid-related and good reads. Now, these articles aren’t straight out the medical journals — they’re just news I happened to come across on various websites and considered interesting. Hope you find them interesting too.
Now, I don’t follow this website and know nothing about it, but found this article very interesting. That’s because I am all about dispelling “symptom myths. What I mean by that is, I hate the list of acceptable symptoms for thyroid disease because I never experienced but two or so of those — weight gain, memory issues, depression. Those don’t necessarily scream thyroid disease — they could have been attributed to anything. I never got cold, constipated, lost hair, etc. etc. etc. Instead, I have experienced the most fringe, freaky, what-the-fuck-is-wrong-with-my-body and no-one-else-talks-about-these-symptoms kind of physical problems. So, when I read/hear about a new symptom being attributed to thyroid disease, I wanna advertise it, so that someone else out there with “not-on-the-official-listÃ¢â‚¬ symptoms can feel less alone, less freakish. So, this article about other people’s experience is worth a read. And it’s my little way of saying fuck you to the “official symptoms” list.
Power of Prevention
This website is an awareness campaign, sponsored by the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. (Here’s an article that summarizes the intent). On the site, they offer a free e-book, which is based on the idea that “Staying in shape and watching what you eat can prevent many diseases-and that includes endocrine-related disorders such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, obesity and conditions related to numerous glands and hormones… Does that statement stop anyone else in their tracks?!?!!
Now, I looked through the booklet (it’s about 30 pages), and essentially, thyroid disease plays red-headed step-child to diabetes. As always. The focus is mainly diabetes in its various incantations, but there are a few mentions of thyroids. Now, personally, I don’t agree with the nutritional advice they’re giving, and maybe you will or won’t agree too, but either way, it stopped me in my tracks that they would include thyroid disease in a “lifestyle-can-prevent” booklet. Whether you or I agree with that statement or not, the statement in and of itself, and coming from these particular sponsors, is highly controversial, and in my opinion… revolutionary!!
If you still had any doubts about soy, this article details that prisoners in an Illinois state prison have experienced physical and mental problems after being fed high-soy diets, and are suing with help of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Unfermented, genetically-modified, full-of-hexane soy is not good for the body. It is especially not good for the thyroid.
Also be sure to look into the W.A.P. Foundation — they offer great information on natural health, and wholesome food choices.
What Causes Low Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)? What Can We Do About It?
I saved the best for last. This website/article was a tip from one of our thyroid ladies and I’m so glad I found it. I cannot agree more with the information in this posting. That’s because it parallels my own personal experience and research. This is, essentially, the same plan that I follow(ed) and which allowed me to experience success. Well, that is, all of his suggestions except “take natural thyroid supplementation — I’ve never done that one, so I can’t speak to it. I would encourage everyone to look into his suggestions on yeast, estrogen dominance, chemicals (chlorine, fluoride, perchlorate, plastics, even mercury toxicity), organics, sugars, etc.
Happy reading and until next week,
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