But the unfortunate reality is that this happens all the time.
One doctors says it’s this. The other says it’s that. The next says it’s nothing. That all of your test markers are in the “normal range”.
Yet the symptoms keep piling up, making life — your relationships, work, family life, etc. — a daily ordeal that never seems to get better.
For Jen Wittman, it took 3 years and 13 doctors to finally uncover that her daily miseries were the work of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune attack on her thyroid.
While many of us may have accepted the opinion of the first doc we encountered, Jen took the road less traveled. She would not quit until she got to the bottom of it.
On this episode of Underground Wellness Radio, Jen shares the remarkably inspiring story of how she healed her Hashimoto’s naturally.
But we don’t spend our time talking about test scores and antibodies. Those topics have been covered almost ad nauseam on previous episodes and, of course, The Thyroid Sessions.
Instead, Jen and I discussed “the mindset” of healing, not only from Hashimoto’s but any chronic health condition requiring the support and understanding of others, as well as being fully onboard with loving and caring for yourself.
As of this writing, a whopping 105.5K people have registered to attend the event and over 2000 comments have been posted on the presentation pages.
Many of those comments have been questions for our experts.
To ensure that you get the answers you’re looking for, I’m hosting 3 LIVE Q&A sessions on the UW podcast. The first session went down last Thursday, when Reed Davis, Ben Greenfield, Christa Orecchio, and Andrea Nakayama joined me for the hour.
Here’s what our callers asked and our experts answered:
3:38 – My TSH is normal but my antibodies are sky high. AND I have nodules. What should I do?
8:32 – I’m extremely gluten sensitive. Can gluten antibodies attack the thyroid enough to cause nodules? And what kind of dietary modifications should I make if I’ve had my thyroid removed?
12:50 – I have Graves’ disease and have had my thyroid irradiated. But I’m still experiencing weight gain and mood symptoms. What can I do?
20:09 – I have major digestive problems and have gone gluten-free. My thyroid scores are abnormal. I was told to investigate my gut, liver, and possible LPS toxicity. And thoughts?
23:24 – I have alopecia, an autoimmune disorder. Is there a connection to thyroid problems?
25:55 – Is there any connection between the MTHFR genetic mutation and Hashimoto’s?
28:07 – I am hypothyroid and gluten sensitive and have been diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. What can I do to go deeper? Should I try juicing or colon cleansing? I’d like to put the antibodies in remission.
I’ve been here for almost three years. The people are nice, crime is low, and Padres season never fails to liven things up during the spring and summer months.
But if there is one thing I haven’t gotten used to in all my time here it’s the one-way streets. Those things come out of nowhere! There have been plenty of days when I’d come to my senses at just the last moment before going against traffic down 7th Avenue.
I prefer walking to driving anyway. At least once a week I catch myself waving my arms frantically from the sidewalk in an attempt to get an errant driver’s attention.
No one wants to see an accident.
But imagine a place where no one called out to that driver, a place where oncoming traffic preferred not to flash their lights and slow down, where bystanders just stopped, watched, and waited for a head-on collision.
That would be crazy.
Such is the state of conventional medicine’s approach to autoimmunity. Allow me to explain.
Right now, approximately 50 million Americans, or one in five people reading this blog right now, suffer from autoimmune disease. According to our good friend-in-gluten Dr. Tom O’Bryan, autoimmunity is the number three cause of morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) in the industrialized world. Unfortunately, many people with autoimmune conditions are either misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.
Autoimmunity is what happens when your body’s immune system goes haywire and confuses your own tissues as foreign invaders. The immune system produces antibodies against these tissues, causing their progressive destruction.
The keyword here is progressive. It doesn’t happen overnight.
For example, your immune system may be currently producing antibodies to your thyroid. You may not feel any effects today, however five years from now you may experience symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Your doc may ignore the antibodies (they usually never test for them anyway) and prescribe some form of thyroid medication. Yet the problem does not reside in the thyroid itself. Rather, the root cause is the autoimmune reaction being perpetrated by the thyroid antibodies produced by your immune system! Medication won’t stop these antibodies from flaring up and chewing away at your thyroid tissue. The destruction continues.
So you’re in and out of the doc’s office for years with the same recurring symptoms that only seem to be getting worse. Eventually, you are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition for which severe conditions are commonly treated with steroid medications. Not good.
Here’s my beef. In order for an autoimmune condition to be officially diagnosed, there must be severe tissue destruction. But again, this destruction does not happen overnight. It is progressive. What absolutely boggles my mind is that the current medical approach to autoimmunity is to be the bystander watching the car drive against traffic without warning until an accident happens!