Updated: Jun 1, 2020
I finally found answers for my chronic extreme fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, digestive issues, low moods, anxiety, nail ridges, sleep issues and more through Medical Medium’s Thyroid Healing Book. This book confirmed, what I intuitively felt inside, that a virus (Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)) was behind many of my symptoms and behind most thyroid issues (including Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism and nodules).
If you haven’t read Parts I & II of my story about how my symptoms started and how I finally obtained the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s read them here – Part I and Part II
At first, I started to drink Celery Juice in the morning on an empty stomach, and noticed that my energy improved and I started losing weight for first time in 5 years! I was so excited that I quickly started applying other Medical Medium recommendations.
I implemented a low-fat mainly vegan diet with LOTS of fruits, greens, potatoes, sweet potatoes, other targeted foods, herbal teas and supplements specific to my symptoms.
I started to witness changes that I hadn’t had with any other protocol:
Came OFF desiccated THYROID MEDS (was experimenting with it for a year to see if it would improve symptoms and became dependant on it)
LOST WEIGHT for first time in 5 years (despite previous “clean” diet)
Number of HEADACHES decreased and only happen if I am triggered by something
My ENERGY levels became better and I wasn’t reliant on coffee anymore
DIGESTION has improved – GAS and BLOATING reduced, improved elimination, increased ability to tolerate beans and legumes
No BAD BREATH in mornings – caused by food rotting in the gut
MENTALLY FEEL MYSELF most of the time
Hair, skin and nails have improved – HAIR LOSS decreased, more hair has regrown, EYEBROWS grew in (can be a sign of low thyroid function), NAILS growing long and strong (used to have to take collagen or supplements so they wouldn't break) and skin is "glowy" and I don’t feel like I have to wear make-up all the time
PERIODS are easier – CRAMPS have decreased (used to take meds every month) and breast tenderness prior to periods has stopped (signs of better liver functioning)
ECZEMA on my hand is gone
Under eye puffiness rarely experienced (I used to often feel puffy as if waking up from a night of drinking)
Can now wear natural deodorant with no issues (ladies you know what I am talking about)
INTUITION has gotten much stronger with the improvement of my physical health (it’s all in the GUT!)
OVERCOMING THE DOUBT
Naturally I had doubt when I started the protocols, as the information was SO different from anything else I have learned but as I witnessed my body change and connected with others who have successfully healed, my faith grew stronger. I’ve felt tremendous relief to find ANSWERS for all the horrible symptoms I’ve felt for all these years. No more searching, no more running from practitioner to practitioner and getting multiple tests done only to be disappointed yet again, no more protocol after protocol to only find temporary relief, if that at best.
I finally feel like I can see a future where I am back to myself again, only a better version of me this time, enjoying my life fully once again!
SHIFTING MY MINDSET TO HEAL!
I have also continued to focus on my spiritual work to accompany the Medical Medium protocol – treating myself with kindness and compassion, shifting my mindset to one where I know my BODY IS WORKING FOR ME not against me, having patience and cultivating trust in the process, following signs the Universe presents me and reprogramming my thoughts around being healthy again. When someone has been sick for so long a pattern develops energetically that keeps the body stuck in illness, as it’s a pace of “familiarity” and it’s important to address this piece. I do believe the inner work goes hand-in-hand with the nutritional piece.
I am still healing but I know that my body is moving in the right direction. It took years and years (and possibly generations) to get to a point of having all these symptoms and I know it can take a bit of time (timing varies for everyone). Things like viral loads, heavy metals, toxins pass on to us from our parents and grandparents and we live in a toxic world – from candles, perfumes, air fresheners, pesticides, plastics, fungicides, medication, cleaning and beauty products, radiation and more! This isn’t to scare anyone but more so to give you the awareness and POWER to know that you can take CONTROL of your health, when you have the right information!
USING FOOD AS MEDICINE
Some of the key healing tools I apply daily include:
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie to draw out heavy metals, radiation and other toxins
Low fat diet (eliminating/reducing animal protein because it is higher in fat, reduce plant based fats such as oils, nuts, seeds and avocado) to thin out the blood so that the body can eliminate the toxins and have a better chance of putting EBV into a dormant state
Low fat diet also gives the liver a break and allow it to detoxify and focus on repairing versus producing bile for fat digestion (IMPORTANT: when you lower fats you MUST increase the amount of fruits, greens and veggies you consume significantly) and this is also key for longer term weight loss (as is balancing thyroid and adrenal health)
LOTS of healing fruits such as bananas, blueberries, papayas, mangos, pears, pineapple, apples, dates, raspberries, oranges, avocado (in smaller quantities)
LOTS of greens including cilantro, parsley, spinach, dandelion greens and different lettuces
Critical carbohydrates such as potatoes (contain l-lyscine especially helpful against EBV) and sweet potatoes
Other vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, radishes, tomatoes
Herbal teas and targeted anti-viral supplements
Spiritual work to explore emotional triggers and let go of stored emotions (which release following a protocol like this) – I love using my essential oils to help with this also
Proper sleep (hours of 10pm - 2am are the most restorative), relaxation, meditation
Using non-toxic beauty products and cleaning products to minimize toxic exposure so my liver can focus more on healing
Surrounding myself with people and things that uplift me, bring me joy and help me grow and evolve as a person
MY JOURNEY LED ME TO MY PASSION
Ten years of personal life experience in treating my own Hashimoto's and digestive issues with nutrition and holistic lifestyle, inspired me to complete my Holistic Nutrition degree. As a Holistic Nutritionist I work with clients hand-in-hand to create a plan to overcome digestive or thyroid symptoms that are making it challenging to enjoy life! Everyone of us is unique and a customized approach is required for your unique symptoms and lifestyle. My first priority is to give you changes that are sustainable for your lifestyle, which may look very different for two people with the same diagnosed condition or undiagnosed set of symptoms.
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