Correct Thyroid Blood Test

Why would a physician not order the correct thyroid blood test?

Recently I saw a PA, after the car accident I was involved in, to get my thyroid panel done.

You all know that stress influences the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal axis and H-P-Thyroid axis in a negative way which can cause low adrenal function as well as low thyroid hormone output.    (if you don’t know what the HPA-HPT axis is, please go to my website, contact me and ask for the ebook on Hypothyroidism).

So, I asked the PA to run a thyroid panel and knowing that most of them don’t order the correct tests, I also asked which blood markers she would usually run.

Her reply was that she tests the TSH and Free T4.

To my request wanting the Free T3 and TPO antibodies as well, she said:  You don’t need the Free T3 and why would you like to the TPO antibodies tested?

I asked her why she thinks that the Free T3 doesn’t need to get tested.

You will not believe her answer: Free T3 is not important since the active form of thyroid hormone is Free T4. The thyroid produces Free T3 which gets converted into Free T4. WHAT?

I almost exploded and told her that Free T3 is the active thyroid hormone, which enters the cells and is necessary in every cell of the body.

She insisted that her statement was correct and told me that I got this backwards.

I had a hard time composing myself and just replied “you got this backwards and I would suggest you read your medical books again.”

At the next visit she showed me on her phone the source of her knowledge about thyroid hormones. She mentioned it is  or something like that. It actually states that Free T3 is the main hormone produced by the thyroid gland which then is converted into Free T4.

I was speechless / well I also still suffered from dizziness from the concussion and just wanted to go home, so I didn’t want to get into a big discussion about her false information.

When I asked her if the lab results came in, she mentioned yes, they are normal. I told her the TPO antibodies can’t be normal yet. Her reply: They (whoever they is) don’t test the antibodies when the labs were normal.

I never ever heard of such a stupid explanation in all the years since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.

So, what is going on here or with other physicians who just test the TSH, and antibodies only once to diagnose Hashimoto’s.

A friend of mine is an Endocrinologist in Switzerland. She told me that her textbook contained two (2) pages about Hashimoto Thyroiditis.

Well, that says it all. Our physicians usually have no knowledge about thyroid hormone conversion problems; therefore they don’t test the Free T3 or reverse T3.

They also wouldn’t know what to do if they would suspect a conversion problem, would they?

They only diagnose diseases and then prescribe drugs.

In regard to Hashimoto’s it means that they only have to test the TPO antibodies once to get paid by the health insurance for the hard work they did on their patients.

After that they just prescribe thyroid replacement hormones and if the blood levels of TSH, Total T4 and Total T3, maybe Free T4 are falling into the lab ranges, then they did their work and the patient should be fine and not complain.

My intention to get the TPO antibodies tested is based on the fact that I got them down from over 15K to 123. One year later they increased to 1400 and my best bet was the re-activation of   Epstein Barr Virus.  Ever since I knew this I was supporting my immune system in different ways which I will talk about in another newsletter.

My explanation for the inexcusable behavior of the PA is that the pharma industry is educating physicians to make even more profit and keep people sick, keep them on prescription drugs and make them coming back with more “side” effects to get more drugs.

In order to understand this part I suggest the interview by Sean Croxton with. Gerald Roliz, an Ex- pharma rep.

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Candida – Can you free yourself ?

Candida overgrowth is not recognized as a real health issue; therefore, most physicians don’t test for it.

However, you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Bloating
  • Brain fog, difficulty concentrating and/or focusing
  • Fatigue, tired all the time
  • Sugar cravings
  • Sinus congestion
  • Headaches
  • Skin irritations, acne, rashes
  • Depression, mood swings, even anxiety
  • Vaginal itching

Everyone has Candida yeast in the gut, mouth and vagina. Candida is not all bad, as it helps with digestion and nutrient absorption.  Other gut bacteria need to be kept in check, otherwise we end up with Candida overgrowth and once we have reached this point, we develop symptoms.

Causes of Candida overgrowth

Candida is called an opportunistic organism, which means it will get out of control like a child or teenager left alone at home. We need adults at home, which are other good bacteria to keep Candida in check. So, if there is an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in the gut, called Dysbiosis, Candida will do what it does best; multiply.

This brings us to the next question:

What are the causes of Dysbiosis of the microflora?

  • Toxins from the environment
  • Heavy metals
  • Stress, lifestyle stressors, not enough sleep, poor diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Adrenal issues, too much or too little cortisol
  • Parasite infection

How to get rid of Candida?

Well, we never can get rid of Candida, but we can get rid of Candida overgrowth.

As a Functional Diagnostic Practitioner, I look at underlying causes of symptoms. In the case of Candida overgrowth, I know that it is not the problem, but it is the result of the underlying problem.

Most of the time, the immune system is compromised and bacterial dysbiosis in the gut, due to a lack of supervision so to speak, creates the opportunity for Candida to grow uncontrollably.

  • Candida lives on sugar and refined carbohydrates. In order to starve it, food items that contain those sugars need to be eliminated.
  • In regard to the dysbiosis, we need to heal the gut, which includes balancing the gut flora.
  • I mentioned stressors as the cause of Candida overgrowth; therefore, we need to look at those and eliminate as many as possible.

Takeaway: if you think you have Candida overgrowth and you follow one of those protocols to kill Candida offered online, it may not work for you in the long run.

My approach as a Functional Diagnostic Practitioner:

  • Starving Candida with a sugar and starch free diet.
  • Eating “Real” Foods such as grass fed beef, eggs from free roaming chicken not fed with grains, replenish minerals and vitamins and healthy fats.
  • Stress reduction: Identifying inside stressors such as parasites and bacterial dysbiosis and correcting the problem with the help of herbal supplements. Identifying external stressors such as the influence of a negative person in one’s life, environmental toxins.
  • Sleep hygiene. Going to bed around 10pm.
  • Exercise: not everyone can go to the gym 3-5 times a week. Some are just too weak to even walk around the block. Whatever exercise you can perform is the one you could start out with.
  • Biofilm disrupter: this is huge. All bacteria in the gut or sinuses block the immune system from reaching it by creating a biofilm. Most of the time, biofilms are several layers thick and are hard to break open.
  • Identifying pathogens and getting rid of those with herbal supplements.
  • Supplementation with antifungals to kill Candida.
  • Gut healing supplements: they repair the mucosal barrier in the gut lining
  • Probiotics play a big role in balancing the intestinal flora; they even help to digest food and produce nutrients.
  • RestorFlora contains S.boulardii  or
  • MegaMycoBalance

This holistic approach to restoring balance and function in your entire body is the principle that I work with. It may not always be easy, but it is the best option to support the body in healing itself.

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Stop calling it Adrenal Fatigue. Call it HPA -Axis Dysfunction

Do you feel tired during the day and wired at night? Aren’t most of your friends and acquaintances complaining about being exhausted? Do you assume that this may be the norm?

Although it may be common for a lot of people to be tired most of the time it is not normal.

Symptoms associated with HPA axis dysfunction include:

  • Weight gain in the midsection
  • Fatigue, feeling of tiredness all the time or in the afternoon
  • Sleep problems, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Allergies, seasonal allergies, or food allergies
  • Depression, not being motivated
  • Memory problems, can’t remember where you parked your car or put your key
  • Visiting the restroom often
  • Constipation
  • Blood sugar problems, low blood sugar or high blood sugar
  • Blood pressure problems, feeling dizzy all of a sudden, legs feel heavy
  • Anxiety or nervousness, feeling jumpy
  • Brain fog, not being able to concentrate
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling cold all the time, or just having cold hands and feet
  • Loss of libido

Why do I call adrenal fatigue “HPA axis dysfunction”?

The adrenal glands produce hormones, especially cortisol as a stress hormone, which help us cope with daily stress. But they also help regulate blood sugar levels, and reduce inflammation. However, the adrenal glands do not work in a vacuum; they are connected via a hormonal feedback loop with the hypothalamus.

The Hypothalamus checks the level of hormones in the blood and sends hormonal signals (CRH) to the Pituitary which in return sends ATCH, a hormone, to the Adrenal glands to either reduce the production of cortisol or to elevate it. We call this connection the HPA axis.

HPA axis

Stress induces the release of corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH)

CRH stimulates the release of drenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) from the anterior pituitary

ACTH stimulates the release of glucocorticoids from the adrenal cortex

As you can see the interaction between the different hormone glands in the HPA axis is complex.

Remember, Cortisol is a stress hormone, therefore any kind of stress will elevate this very important hormone. If you suffer from chronic stress your adrenal glands will be constantly stimulated via the HPA axis.

Not only are adrenal gland hormones effected, but also the thyroid hormones through the HPA-HPT (T for Thyroid) axis. Remember, Cortisol is a Stress hormone. Therefore, any kind of stress will elevate this very important hormone. If you suffer from chronic stress your adrenal glands will be constantly stimulated via the HPA axis.

adrenal fatigue hpa axis

Moreover, chronic stress disrupts the glucocorticoid dynamics, modifies cortisol levels which disrupts the HPA-axis feedback loop and can have a negative impact on mood and neurotransmitter.

A simple dried urine test could help you determine your adrenal function if you produce too much or too little of the stress hormone cortisol and or estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or melatonin. The dried urine test will also determine the hormone metabolites, but this needs to be explained in a separate article because it involves gene mutations and methylation processes.

Unfortunately, the medical community doesn’t really recognize HPA axis dysfunction as a serious condition. The problem lies in the way cortisol is being tested. The dried urine test measures cortisol four times a day while your doctor only measures cortisol in the blood one time during a particular day or in a 24 hour urine test of the total cortisol output.

If you get tested or not, my recommendation is to reduce external stress as much as possible, eat a whole food diet and get adequate sleep. If you suspect internal stressors such as pathogens or mineral imbalances, get tested.

Environmental stressors and epigenetic control of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis (HPA-axis) 
Richard Lee and Akira Sawa 

Role of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in Developmental Programming of Health and Disease Fuxia Xiong and Lubo Zhang

Food sensitivities

Food sensitivities can lead to a lot of symptoms. Often times they are not being associated with problems with foods and the immune system. Take migraines, headaches, skin rashes for example.                            MRT

The food sensitivity test I offer is called MRT which stands for Mediator Release Test.

This is not an antibody test.

Food and food-chemical sensitivities are an important source of inflammation and symptoms in many chronic inflammatory conditions.

The cytokines, leukotrienes, and other proinflammatory mediators, released from leukocytes in response to dietary antigens are the direct cause of inflammation and symptoms in sensitivity reactions.

Sensitivities can involve multiple mediator-releasing pathways, and the most common pathway doesn’t involve any antibodies.

Unless all reactive foods and food-chemicals are identified and eliminated from the diet, optimal outcomes cannot be achieved.

MRT accounts for the most mediator-releasing pathways and has the highest clinical utility of any food sensitivity blood test.

Why is MRT the best blood test for food sensitivities?

MRT is the best food sensitivity blood test because it gives the most complete picture of the actual inflammation-generating and symptom-provoking reactions taking place inside your body. This means MRT predicted diets will produce better clinical results as compared to ELISA, IgG, ALCAT or any other blood test.

Food sensitivity reactions are complex, involving multiple mediator-releasing pathways and a wide range of mediator releasing leukocytes. They also have a dose dependent feature that can result in either low-level sub clinical inflammation, or a symptom-provoking inflammatory response. Single pathway tests such as ELISA IgG only account for one potential mechanism, which is involved in less than half of all food sensitivity reactions. In addition, IgG cannot identify meaningful reactions to food-chemicals. Other testing options are also limited in the scope of pathways they can identify and none offer any insight into sub clinical inflammation.

MRT provides the most complete picture of clinical and sub clinical reactivity that you can get. This provides testing that lead to the best clinical results.

When you order the test through me, the test kit will be shipped to your house directly from the lab. You will get blood draw instructions from me via an email and a link to find a blood draw location.

After the lab results are delivered to me and you, we will meet via Skype or the phone for several consultations. I will lead you through the process of eating according to the foods listed as green, yellow and red from the MRT food list, how to implement adding in foods that are not on the list and how to choose the right food groups.

MRT Food list

Contact me if you have any questions.


I was suffering from chronic cystic acne around my chin before working with Linda. I would try and keep a food journal to try and figure out what I was eating that was causing this debilitating condition. The problem is that food sensitivities can show up 72 hours later, and it was too hard to figure out which food item it was. I finally decided to just work with Linda and take the MRT test. I had enough of guessing what foods were causing the cystic acne. When I got the results back, I was surprised about the items I tested sensitive to. I simply removed all those items from my diet, and my face got to its clearest in years within three weeks! No more painful nodules on my face! I’ve noticed that if I eat items from my list, I can feel a reaction on my face coming, so I know the test is accurate. I just stop eating those items, and my face clears again. I highly recommend working with Linda. She is very attentive to detail, and is committed to you having the best results for your condition related to diet. I only wish I did this earlier.    Rich, CA


Toxins in Personal Care Products and the Environment

toxins in cosmetic

Toxins are present in the environment, drinking water, food, food containers and maybe cleaning products. Toxins can also be found in chemical ingredients that are used in personal care products. Care products we use every day such as shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, body lotion, make up, foundation, facial creams, perfumes, and shaving cream have toxin in them. These chemicals can have impact on your body because your skin easily absorbs whatever you rub onto it – body lotion or magnesium gel.

There are certain chemicals which are often used in personal care products that could affect your health. These personal care products that contain some dangerous chemicals need be avoided. Let us look at some of these chemicals that could be hazardous to your health.


There are certain chemicals that made up Parabens and these include Methylparaben and Propylparaben. These two chemicals are found in hair products, shaving cream, body lotion and cosmetics as antimicrobial preservatives. They act as endocrine disruptor and they interfere with estrogen activity and bind to alpha and beta estrogen receptor in female. Besides, these two chemicals increase the risk of breast cancer. They cause breast cancer because parabens mainly accumulate in breast tissue.


Phthalate has Ethylparaben, 4-Hydroxybenzoic acid and many other chemicals that could be dangerous. Phthalates are used in plastic bottles because they soften the material. Every personal care product that is sold in soft containers is being contaminated with phthalates. Phthalates are also found in frequencies, paint pigments and flooring as well as in plastic milk containers.

Phthalates are also endocrine disruptor with estrogenic activity. Women who suffer from endometriosis often times have elevated levels of phthalates as well as children on the autism spectrum. Phthalates are linked to birth defects, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

These chemicals that made up Phthalate can decrease male fertility by lowering sperm count and testosterone. However, it is important to remember that the law in the USA does not require full disclosure of fragrance mixtures. Therefore, it is hard to know if the products you are purchasing contain phthalates or not. Phthalates are fat-soluble. Foods such as butter, milk and cheeses stored in plastic container have higher amounts of Phthalates than foods that do not contain fats.


Bisphenol-A, also called BPA, is found in food containers especially food cans with epoxy lining. It can also be found even on some sales receipts. BPA is present in plastic containers with the #7 recycling code as well as in water bottles and sometimes in water supply pipes.

BPA exposure can occur through store receipts and personal care products. It often bypasses liver metabolism and thereafter enters the bloodstream directly. BPA is an endocrine disruptor with estrogenic activity. Foods such as butter, milk and cheeses stored in plastic container have higher amounts of BPA than foods that do not contain fats.

When BPA get into foods, it can cause a higher than normal risk for type II diabetes, interfere with infertility, increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, prostate and testicular cancer.

Perfluorinated Compounds PFC’s

These are teflon chemicals which repel oil and water and are basically indestructible. They are found in food packaging such as fast food wrappers, and of course in cookware coated with PFC’s. Furniture, carpets and clothing can be treated with PFC’s to become stain-resistance.

Effects of PFC’s on animal

PFC’s are hormone disruptors. Several studies conducted on animal revealed abnormal thyroid and testosterone levels after exposure to certain PFC’s. Other animal studies found that PFC’s can cause certain types of cancer such as kidney and testicular cancers.

According to pubmed, “Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the hormone system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immunological effects in mammals.” Further studies found that even substances that were banned a long time ago can be detected in the body of almost every tested animal and human. This can be explained by the fact that endocrine disruptors are highly lipid soluble which leads to their bio accumulation in adipose tissue. Estrogen disruptor acts on estrogen receptor sites in the cell nucleus as well as changing the expression of genes by binding to DNA.

Why chemicals are difficult to remove from the body

The liver is the number one detoxification organ in humans’ body. It works in two phases to get rid of waste products to keep us healthy. Phase I is the Hydroxylation phase where molecules such as hormones, neurotransmitter, drugs and toxins become activated. The enzyme CYP450 converts such molecules and those can act as carcinogens and free radicals.

In Phase II detoxification the liver inactivates and detoxifies the substances from Phase I. The waste products are sent via the bile into the intestines and can get re-absorbed into the liver. This is the stage it gets difficult to remove chemicals from the body.

Problems with the detoxification process can occur when we lack phytonutrients because we eat a poor diet. Fried foods, processed foods are especially harmful to the body. What we need are fresh vegetables and fruits, grass fed beef and free roaming chicken for proteins, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Another reason why chemicals are difficult to get rid of has to do with gene variations that we are born with, which down or up regulate enzymatic activities. These enzymes metabolize estrogens.

Metabolism of estrogens is a complex process and can be monitored with a combination of gene test and a urine hormone test which also measures the metabolites of estrogen and other hormones.

What can you do to reduce your exposure to toxins?

If you are looking to get more information on how to reduce toxins generally, login to      The Environmental Working Group’s

  • Charles, Ak, Darbre, Pd. Combinations of parabens at concentrations measured in human breast tissue can increase proliferation of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. J Appl Toxicol. 2013; 33(5); 390-8
  • Dodge LE, Williams PL, Williams, Missmer SA, Souter I, Calafat AM, Hauser R, Associations, between paternal urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations and reproductive outcomes among couples seeking fertility treatment. Reprod Toxicol. 2015; Oct 6
  • Lin J, Chen W, Zhu H, Wang C. Determination of free and total phthalates in commercial whole milk products in different packaging materials by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. J Dairy Sci. 2015; Oct 7
  • Naraanan KB, Ali M, Barclay BJ, et al. Disruptive environmental chemicals and cellular mechanisms that confer resistance to cell death. Carinogenesis. 2015; 36; S89-110
  • Urinary Paraben Concentrations and Ovarian Aging among Women from a Fertility Center / Kristen W. Smith Irene Souter, Irene Dimitriadis, Shelley Ehrlich, Paige L. Wiliams, Antonia M. Calafat and Russ Hauser

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Fibromyalgia and Oxalates

Chronic Disease, Green Smoothies and Oxalates

What are oxalates?

Oxalates are a natural, plant pesticide if the body doesn’t excrete them, it’s possible they accumulate in the muscles, brain, urinary system, causing a range of problems.

Green smoothies and oxalates:

They contain a lot of ingredients with high oxalate content.

The amount of oxalates in 2 cups of spinach is 15 grams; a potentially lethal dose.

The mean lethal dose by ingestion of oxalates is 10 – 15 grams.

Symptoms after eating foods high in oxalates:

  • Headache
  • muscle cramps
  • joint pain
  • muscle twitching
  • convulsions
  • weak and irregular heartbeat
  • drop in blood pressure


  • Oxalate binds to calcium. You need to consider this if you are eating a diet high in oxalates combined with foods low in calcium.
  • Oxalate intake mg one green smoothie 15,000 mg
  • Average dietary intake: 100 mg mean USA diet per day

Oxalates in arteries

  • When oxalates crystallize they can be deposited by the body in the urinary system such as the kidney or bladder.
  • Statistically about 10 – 15 % of adults will be diagnosed with a kidney stone in their lifetime.
  • 1 mill Americans develop kidney stones each year
  • Once you have had one kidney stone attack, your chance of recurrence is about 70 – 80 percent
  • 75-90 % of kidney stones are oxalates
  • Oxalates can deposit in any tissue of the body such as muscle, heart, kidneys, bones, brain, blood brain barrier, skin, and thyroid gland, joints, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, thymus, fat, teeth, mouth, nerves, brain, and bone marrow.
  • Oxalates in the heart can cause arrhythmia
  • Fungi such as Aspergillus and Candida can produce oxalates. Aspergillus can live in the GI tract and combine with heavy metals.
  • Oxalates bind to calcium, zinc and mercury.


  • Low oxalate diet
  • Calcium citrate with each meal to neutralize oxalates in the urine. The calcium has to be taken during a meal so it can bind with the oxalates. (Calcium needs to be in balance with magnesium. Since most people are deficient in magnesium I would suggest to get a hair tissue mineral analysis done prior to starting with a calcium supplement.)
  • Magnesium citrate with each meal
  • Vitamin B6 stimulates an enzyme so glycine is formed instead of oxalic acid
  • Candida treatment with anti fungal and a spore based probiotic, best would be Megasporebiotic .  One more word on Candida albicans. The body probably causes a hyper-immune response to the antigen from the Candia. Even a small amount of Candida can cause a servere reaction of the immune system.

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Townsend letter jan 2015  issue 378, pgs 52 - 55

Oxalic acid in foods and it’s behavior and fate in the diet   journal of nutrition 18(3):233-246,1939

Car Accident

Friday the 12th June in the afternoon I was involved in an unnecessary car accident.

My son and I went to Crown Ford in Fayetteville, NC to look at the car he had his eyes on.

Since it wasn’t serviced, the sales person drove us with a brand new car from one lot to the other across the street. It was 90 F outside so I was happy to sit in the car with the A/C on high.

On our way back to the used car lot, the street and our view to the right hand side lane, was blocked with a big truck.

In spite of that the salesperson, Trent L. Taylor, drove around the back of the truck and stopped at the middle line.

We couldn’t see to the right because of the truck still standing there.

At that point I heard the engine making a sound like the driver was flooring the gas pedal. I looked instinctively to the right when we were propelled forward ending up in the middle of the other lane. At this point I saw a black pickup truck flying at me and slamming into the passenger door where I was sitting.

Our car jumped to the left, the side airbag hit my face and I woke up being slumped over to the left with my head almost on the drivers arm.

I saw white smoke in front of my face and panic stricken I screamed “get me out of here” .

Later on I realized the white smoke was white dust from the airbag.

I tried to open the door which didn’t work, when I saw my son standing next to the car also trying to open it. Adrenalin rushing through my body I used both feet to push the door open while my son pulled from the outside.

I got out and didn’t even forget to take my purse with me. Isn’t that funny?

At that point I realized that several people stood next to the car having watched us struggling with the door. Somebody called the ambulance and we were transported to the hospital for assessment.

car accident


The only injury visible at that time was a big red spot on my lower leg and my lower back was hurting. In the ER they x-rayed both areas and 5 hrs later they sent me home with an ice pack and instructions on how to use it and which symptoms I should look out for in the upcoming days.

Two days later I went to the nearest urgent care with extreme dizziness, nausea, pain from head to toe, bruises on my arms, both knees, and right leg. They sent me to another ER where I got a cat scan (finally), which did not show any bleeding. They did an ultrasound of the carotid arteries which did not show any plaque what so ever. Well, they didn’t really look for plaque; they were looking for some kind of damage from the airbag. BUT, no plaque, at my age of 57? I am supposed to have plaque and be on cholesterol lowering medication, right? Here is the evidence 🙂      

I couldn’t help tell the doctor that I basically live on fat, eating grass fed butter, bacon, grass fed beef with fat, coconut oil and olive oil.

They also x-rayed my knee which was “only” bruised.

Again I was sent home with the instructions to rest, use ice and a prescription for Tylenol for the inflammation. Needless to say that I didn’t take Tylenol reduces glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant the body produces in the liver, by up to 90% and damages the liver.

Instead I used high doses of turmeric and boswellia and added even more fat to my diet.

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7 Steps to Regain Your Health

7 Steps to Regain Thyroid Health

published in Thyroid

Thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism or an autoimmune thyroid condition, are never just the result of one or two causal factors; they stem from a number of different causes.

Therefore, in order to overcome thyroid issues, a complex approach is necessary.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroiditis in 2009 and developed multiple health issues which left me unable to care for myself. All of this changed when I started looking at underlying causes as to why my immune system and my adrenal glands were overactive.

Lets take a look at what Symptoms are:

Symptoms appear last, after the body begins to develop malfunction. Therefore, nothing that will “treat” a particular symptom will support the body in its quest to reach homeostasis again.

What we actually need to do is search for

underlying causes of symptoms

What makes this oftentimes a difficult task is the fact that the same symptom can have different causes in different people.

For example, take headaches. Say you are suffering every day from a headache; could it be because you are dehydrated or because of stress in your life, or do you have food sensitivities?

Create a game plan

You know yourself better than anyone else. If you don’t feel well and any approach you or your doctor have tried didn’t make a difference, then you  need to take matters into your own hands and seek help from someone who listens to you and knows what to do to get you feeling better.

  1. Change your diet  to a gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free diet. Your immune system will have a better chance to calm down. Oftentimes, TPO antibodies go down as well.
  1. Heal Leaky Gut
  • Find out if you have a parasite and /or Candida overgrowth.
  • Tackle biofilm. Parasites, bad bacteria, Candida, and viruses all hide from the immune system by wrapping themselves in layers of cells called biofilm.

Hippocrates said

All disease starts in the gut.

Today, with the study of the microbiome, we know that this statement is very true. We have more bacteria in the gut than cells in our body. We also don’t have enough genes to perform all functions in our body. So, the question arose — who is actually performing those functions our body can’t? Your gut bacteria take on those jobs.

Dysbiosis of the gut microbiome (meaning an imbalance of good versus bad bacteria) can lead to a whole host of health issues. The good guys in your digestive system help:

  • Keep the bad guys in check
  • Train the immune system
  • Produce digestive enzymes
  • Produce vitamin K2
  • Keep the mucosal lining intact

Therefore, choose your probiotic wisely. Only a spore-based probiotic survives the harsh environment in the GI tract.

  1. Adrenal issues are basically HPA axis issues.  The Hypothalamus – Pituitary- Adrenal axis sends hormonal messages from one gland to the other to stimulate or reduce hormone production. There are a number of adaptogenic herbs which can be very helpful, such as Ashwagandha and Holy Basil.

  1. Blood sugar issues can lead to adrenal issues and lack of sleep. We all know that our body needs sleep to be ready for the next day.
  • Get a glucose meter to monitor your blood sugar and adjust your diet accordingly.
  • Eat a protein rich breakfast.
  • Eat protein snacks in between meals such as nuts, seeds.
  • Stick to healthy fats such as coconut oil and olive oil.
  • Eat fiber rich foods.

  1. Check for mineral imbalances with a hair analysis.    Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
  • The Calcium/Potassium ratio and the single levels of those minerals are very important for thyroid function. This ratio gives us the trend of thyroid dysfunction. A blood test oftentimes looks “normal” and, therefore, thyroid issues are dismissed.
  • Sodium, Magnesium, Selenium, Iron and Copper are also very important minerals for proper thyroid and adrenal function, and thyroid hormone conversion. You have to remember that the thyroid function will slow down when the adrenal gland function slows down.
  1. Methylation issues can occur with the presence of gene mutations. We need cofactors, vitamins and minerals, for proper function. Having gene mutations doesn’t mean that your gene doesn’t produce adequate amount of enzymes. It all depends on your lifestyle, the diet you eat, the toxic load on your body, etc. With proper nutrition, gene mutations can be bypassed. Vitamin B6, 12, and folate are very important for the immune system and brain function. The gene test, 23andme, can be ordered online if you are interested in the status of your gene mutations.
  1. Get a blood test. A chemical panel and a complete blood count will give you a lot of information about hydration status, infections markers, and liver enzyme function. Only a functional analysis of the blood test result will look at patterns. Looking at single high or low blood markers doesn’t tell you anything and only leads to “treating” the test result. Only when blood levels fall into the optimal ranges can the body can start to heal itself.

The bottom line is to pay attention to stress. You can identify and minimize a lot of external stressors, and with the help of a professional, using functional lab tests, you can find internal stressors.

With the removal or reduction of stress, the whole body has a chance to recover.

Contact me if you need any help

Linda Wilbert – Stewart, FDN-P, HHP