How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Food Is Science Too!, OR, A Little HTKYTA Background
For those who haven’t been following this column and my health journey from the beginning, I’d like to ask you to head on over to The Nourished Life blog and read a piece I wrote for the site this week. But before you do that, let me give you a little background.
I based this column, How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass, on a Dear Thyroid letter I wrote, in which I mentioned I was working on kicking my thyroid’s ass, meaning, it wouldn’t get the best of me and I would find some way to get it working better. That one line prompted this entire column, whose focus is on natural lifestyle choices, and food and the many ways it can help or hurt the body.
In short, food is science too, and I think that often gets overlooked. Dietary choices aren’t only a means to lose weight or a caloric equation, they are scientific reactions within the body that can prevent, or contribute to disease. And it’s funny to me that dietary solutions to symptoms and illness get marked as “alternativeÃ¢â‚¬ because, since when is science an “alternative” approach?, In my opinion, dietary solutions aren’t in the financial interest of a doctor or pharmaceutical company, which is why they have been branded as “fringe” “alternative” “unsafe” and “ineffective”. The reality is, however, some doctors and researchers dedicate their entire lives to the discipline of food science. Take the Rudd Center at Yale for example. These people spend their waking lives studying food, it’s scientific components, and the effect of those on the body. So how does this get lost in the doctor’s office?
You can hate me (in the comments section, wink wink), but I believe that our current medication-only approach in much of Western medicine (for the chronically-ill) is inevitably flawed because it does not address root problems of sickness. Addressing root problems are considered alternative and controversial, and actually support financial interests that have nothing to do with the patient. Patients who are on medication for years and never truly feel good or normal (even with balanced numbers) know this all too well. My post for The Nourished Life blog goes in to this.
If we start looking at food as scientific reactions within the body, we can start relying on it more for better wellness and be less scared of its “alertnative-ness”. Goitrogens, food allergies, inflammation, hormones, genetically-modified foods, vili damage, iodine deficiency or overload, enzymes, antinutrients, bacteria, lectins, amino acids, fatty acids, chemicals in industrial food, food contamination (mercury in fish, ammonia in beef, aflatoxins on nuts and seeds), irradiation, and the list goes on — all science.
My story of food and health and my Hashimoto’s in un-medicated remission started with food science. Over the months, I’ve recommended a ton of great books, the ones I used in my journey, in hopes you’ll also benefit from it. Another book I’d like to suggest today is “Win The War WithinÃ¢â‚¬ by Floyd Chilton, Ph.D. This book explores the epidemic of inflammation in our country, and how so many diseases are actually related, though they may not seem like it, via inflammation: diabetes, asthma, lupus, eczema, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, cancer, obesity, arthritis, dementia, atherosclerosis, psoriasis, and so many others. Because autoimmune diseases, by nature, are inflammatory diseases, I’d suggest this book to anyone with autoimmune thyroid disease, or any inflammatory condition. Along with extensive science and research, Chilton also provides a food plan that has been proven to reduce inflammation and inflammatory disease. Let’s use this science to our advantage.
Until Next Week
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