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    Can I have Hypothyroidism with Normal TSH?

    February 15, 2015
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    Can I have Hypothyroidism with a Normal TSH? A common question people ask is “Can I have Hypothyroidism with Normal TSH?” The answer is YES. Even though my doctor says I do not have Hypoth

    Should I Take Thyroid Medicine Sublingually?

    February 11, 2015
    How should I take thyroid medicine? There are many questions about the best way to take thyroid medicine. Specifically, how to take natural desiccated thyroid medicine (NDT) brands Armour Thyroid, NP
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    Can I have Hypothyroidism with Normal TSH?

    February 15, 2015
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    Can I have Hypothyroidism with a Normal TSH? A common question people ask is “Can I have Hypothyroidism with Normal TSH?” The answer is YES. Even though my doctor says I do not have Hypothyroidism? YES. My TSH result was always considered “normal,” which is why most doctors would not treat me for hypothyroidism. Countless […]

    Should I Take Thyroid Medicine Sublingually?

    February 11, 2015
    How should I take thyroid medicine? There are many questions about the best way to take thyroid medicine. Specifically, how to take natural desiccated thyroid medicine (NDT) brands Armour Thyroid, NP Thyroid, and Nature-thyroid. Foods and supplements can interact with NDT medicine. So its important to know how to take thyroid medicine. Can I Swallow […]

    Hotze Health and Wellness Center for Thyroid and Adrenal Treatment

    December 31, 2014
    The Hotze Health and Wellness Center for Thyroid and Adrenal Treatment may be an option for getting treatment if you can’t find help with a local doctor. Recently a fellow patient, Jill, told me that she went to the Hotze Health & Wellness Center and had a wonderful experience.Not having any luck getting treatment with local doctors in getting treatment for hypothyroidism […]

    Iodine Reviews from Amazon

    May 10, 2014
    To learn more about iodine, read there iodine reviews from my customers at Amazon. Specifically, these iodine reviews from Amazon are for J.CROW’S® Lugol’s Solution of Iodine 5%. 5.0 out of 5 stars “A superior Lugols product” May 7, 2014 By Donald T This review is from: J.CROW’S® Lugol’s Solution of Iodine 5% – FREE SHIPPING […]

    Proper Treatment for Hypothyroidism Looks Like This…

    April 18, 2014
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    Just wanted to share some recent photos for inspiration. This is me at my gym, Crossfit. This is what life is like with good thyroid treatment — weight loss, energy, the ability to exercise, and so much more. I am not saying its easy – it does take effort — but the good kind of […]

    How to Diagnose Hypothyroidism

    April 8, 2014
    First it’s important to understand that TSH can be unreliable. This means many people might be living with undiagnosed Hypothyroidism because their doctor is relying on the TSH alone. With that in mind, there are other ways for doctors to diagnose Hypothyroidism. Body Temperature Many doctors feel body temperature is an accurate method of assessing […]

    The Halogen Battle — Bromine, Fluoride, Chlorine Fight Against Iodine

    April 7, 2014
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    Dr. D.C. Jarvis wrote that Iodine is necessary for the thyroid gland’s proper performance of its work. In addition to the thyroid, Iodine is needs Iodine. At one time Iodine was added to bread and table salt but that is no longer the case. Historically, people living in certain areas — such as the “Goiter Belt” – have […]

    My Treatment for Adrenal Fatigue

    April 7, 2014
    My Treatment for Adrenal Fatigue Here is the history of my treatment for adrenal fatigue. Each person is different so please consult a doctor you trust. This information is available for educational purposes. Please read about diagnosis and treatment options. Diagnosing Adrenal Fatigue First I did a 24-Hour Saliva Test to get a diagnosis for Adrenal […]

    Adrenal Fatigue Testing

    April 7, 2014
    Adrenal Fatigue Testing There are several options for Adrenal Fatigue Testing, including the free at-home Pupil Test, Blood Pressure test; and the 24 Hour Saliva Test. These testing options may give you some information in order to have more insight when you talk with a good doctor. Symptoms Checklist If you answered yes to at […]

    What is Adrenal Fatigue?

    April 7, 2014
    What is Adrenal Fatigue? Low energy, feeling tired and run-down, frequently waking up at night, craving salty or sweet snacks, frequent illness, feeling overwhelmed, difficulty waking up in the morning are all possible signs up Adrenal Fatigue. With Adrenal Fatigue the body burns itself out trying to produce Cortisol. If you’ve had a poorly functioning thyroid, […]

    Adrenal Fatigue Treatment Options

    April 7, 2014
    There are several Adrenal Fatigue treatment options, including supplements and prescriptions, depending on the severity of the condition and doctor recommendations. This information is made available for educational purposes, to discuss with a good doctor. Licorice For slightly Low Cortisol. Licorice is an anti-stress herb known to increase energy, endurance and vitality. Licorice has also been […]

    Foods for Adrenal Fatigue Recovery

    April 7, 2014
    Finding the right balance of foods for adrenal fatigue was a helpful part of my recovery. Because of adrenal fatigue, I had severe hypoglycemia which meant I needed to eat every two hours. And I was drawn to foods which gave me a boost, including sugar and caffeine. Understanding how foods affect my body helps […]

    Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

    April 7, 2014
    Below are some of the Adrenal Fatigue symptoms. There are similarities between Adrenal Fatigue and Hypothyroidism. It’s possible to have both conditions, or one condition but not the other.  According to Adrenal Fatigue.org, if you are regularly experiencing one or more of the following this could mean indicate fatigue: You feel tired for no reason. […]

    Iodine and Thyroid Health

    April 6, 2014
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    Excerpts from Folk Medicine by D.C. Jarvis, MD, source J.Crows.com: It is well established that the iodine content of the thyroid gland is dependent upon the iodine available in the food and water intake of the individual. If the iodine intake is low the gland is deprived of an element it needs to do its work. Iodine […]

    Hypothyroid Symptoms

    April 5, 2014
    Here is the list of Hypothyroid Symptoms from sources and patients . Hypothyroid symptoms vary from person to person. Not all symptoms apply to everyone, but if you are nodding your head thinking: “Yes, a lot of these sound like me!” (especially being cold and tired all the time) there is a chance you are […]

    Understanding Lab Test Results

    April 5, 2014
    Understanding lab test results for hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, and related conditions is an important step toward learning and healing. Below is a list of common lab tests with recommended ranges   . These are organized into two categories, what I believe to be primary (or most common) and secondary (less common). PRIMARY LAB TESTS 24-Hour […]

    How to Find a Good Doctor for Hypothyroid, Hormone, and Adrenal Treatment

    April 5, 2014
    How to find a good doctor is the biggest question people ask me. First, you have to know what I mean by a “good doctor.” A good doctor is someone who: Listens to your symptoms Will let you increase your medicine dose based on body temperature rising, and elimination of hypothyroid symptoms Looks at the […]

    Recommended Lab Work

    April 5, 2014
    Here is the full list of recommended lab work for assessing possible thyroid, adrenal, and hormonal health issues compiled from  Stop the Thyroid Madness and other sources. First it’s important to understand the TSH test commonly to diagnose Hypothyroidism can be unreliable. Learn more about how the TSH lab test can be unreliable. Second learn how to diagnose […]

    TSH Test is Unreliable

    April 4, 2014
    For the last forty or so years, the TSH lab test has been used to diagnose thyroid conditions. However, many people and doctors do not know that the TSH test is unreliable! A person can have what is considered “normal” TSH, but still be hypothyroid. This was the case for me and many others. For the first […]

    My Success Story with Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, and Weight Loss

    April 4, 2014
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    This is my success story with Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, and Weight Loss. Much of my life I lived undiagnosed with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. Being undiagnosed left me feeling awful with unexplained health issues. Like many people with untreated hypothyroidism, my symptoms included weight gain, high cholesterol (at a young age), mild depression, blood pressure issues, […]

    Historical Before and After Photos of Hypothyroid Patients

    April 4, 2014
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    Hypothyroidism: Before and After Photos Source: J.Crow’s. Here are some amazing historical before and after photos of people treated for Hypothyroidism (also referred to as myxedema) after treatment with Natural Desiccated Thyroid Medicine..               Above: A severely affected 14-year-old hypothyroid girl with puffiness around the eyes, thickened lips, depressed […]

    Before and After Photo, Good Treatment for Hypothyroidism Looks Like This

    March 26, 2014
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      Hi everyone!! Last week I found the most amazing photo of myself at age 29… before treatment for hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue!! This before photo is so hard to look at but I think it helps show my journey. About six years ago I threw away almost all my pre-treatment photos because they were […]

    The Annual Winter Blues, Time to Boost Thyroid Medicine

    March 25, 2014
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    Here is my new video about Hypothyroidism and the winter blues on Youtube! REPOST FROM FEB 2011 Here it is March 2014 and I am thinking “Wow, I’ve been feeling kind of blue lately.” It’s the yearly seasonal thyroid drop, which always happens around early March and goes until May. Late winter through early spring […]

    Blood Pressure and Hypothyroidism

    March 18, 2014
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    According to the Stop the Thyroid Madness , blood pressure and Hypothyroidism can go hand-in-hand. Apparently, it is common to have low blood pressure due to thyroid disease or being treated with T4-only medicines like Levoxyl, Synthroid, Extroxin, etc… If untreated or treated with these T4-only medicine, low blood pressure can take an ugly turn into high […]

    Low Sex Drive and Hypothyroidism

    February 26, 2014
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    Get ready…I am going to talk about the elephant in the room. SEX. Wow, okay, it’s out there. I feel better!!! Let’s discuss because this is a huge issue affecting so many people. With hypothyroidism one of the B.I.G side effects is no or low sex drive. How awful, right!?! When you’re tired all the […]

    The Iodine Crisis and Iodine Literate Practitioner Directory

    February 24, 2014
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    Over the last few months I’ve been reading an incredible book, The Iodine Crisis, by Lynne Farrow which explains the relationship between hypothyroidism, breast cancer, bromine toxicity and iodine deficiency. This book is incredible. A must read!! I plan to write a lot about this book in the coming months but wanted to quickly point […]

    Shredded Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Thyme, a Fast Easy Way to Eat Healthy

    February 11, 2014
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    In the last six months I’ve become much more interested in eating raw vegetables. I noticed that my body feels happier eating raw rather than cooked vegetables. Raw vegetables keep me feeling full longer. They give me more energy, snd help me maintain my weight easier. One day I was walking around my kitchen thinking […]

    Reach for Happiness, Adapt and Overcome

    January 6, 2014
    Happy New Year!!!! Big love to all of you. I’m off to a good start this year, focusing on the importance of positive energy and thoughts. Here is the most amazing secret I want to share with you today. In the words of Abraham/Hicks: “You are the creator of your reality.” You can be, do, […]

    Yearly Reminder and Some Inspiration!

    March 15, 2013
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    Hi friends, I was feeling sluggish, tired and unmotivated this week and then I remembered, of course!, it’s that time of year for the hypothyroid annual winter blues. Sheesh, it’s really like clockwork. I’m going along in February, feeling great, tons of energy and then suddenly in early March I hit a wall. Overnight I lose […]

    Healthy Eating Trick: Curb the Craving for Foods like Pizza, Mac and Cheese, and Nachos?

    February 25, 2013
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    Understand the Craving Recently someone asked about how to handle cravings for foods like pizza, mac and cheese, and nachos. (OMG, I am salivating as I write….) Being hypothyroid, many of us have difficulty eating these kinds of simple carbs and flour. So meals can be especially challenging when we have cravings. Maybe what you […]

    The Connection Between Thyroid and Candida

    February 18, 2013
    Are your carb cravings out of control? Do you have allergies or sinus headaches which don’t respond to treatment? Recurring infections like colds, ear aches or sinus infections? Do you have symptoms of IBS, flatulence, bad breath or acid reflux? Or mental emotional difficulties like attention deficit, depression, irritibility, poor memory? Or perhaps have cold […]

    Salad with Fried Eggs, Ham and Dried Cranberries

    February 13, 2013
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    Being hypothyroid means meals have to be fast and easy, and also a good mix of protein and vegetables so I don’t get hypoclycemic. For these reasons, salads are a big part of my diet (even for breakfast). Here is a salad recipe which takes about 5-7 minutes, with minimal prep and cleanup. Best of all […]

    Fast, Easy Tricks for Everyday Salads

    February 7, 2013
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    Even with proper treatment for hypothyroidism, I still get tired and uninspired to cook. Sometimes I just can’t cope with making a meal. When I am tired it’s so easy to reach for junk food. So I need to make sure I have healthy foods on-hand, which are fast and easy to prepare. For breakfast […]

    The Journey to Regrow My Hair

    February 6, 2013
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    It’s been over a year since my last hair update and I am so happy to report that my hair is doing much better. During the Hair Disaster of 2010, I was taking Hydrocortisone and DHEA which I believe ruined my hair. Within six months I had lost half my hair volume and what remained […]

    Foods for Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue

    February 5, 2013
    After tons of research to find foods that are good for me and foods to avoid I have compiled a list of the items I keep stocked in my pantry and fridge, or buy when they are on sale or in season.  Fruits Apples Pears Raspberries Strawberries Blueberries Peaches Lemons and/or Limes Vegetables Green Beans Corn […]

    My First-Ever Unassisted Pull-up

    June 22, 2012
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    Determined? Yep. I reached a really exciting milestone yesterday. After a year of doing CrossFit (perhaps the hardest workout on the planet) 3-5 days a week for over a year… I did my very first unassisted pull-up. Hanging from the bar, full dead-weight, unassisted pull-up. OMG so exciting. And here are the words that went through […]

    The List of Good Doctors

    June 15, 2012
    Happy Friday! I am happy to say the early Spring Blues are gone. For those of you who were suffering, I hope you are feeling better too!  Anyway, for today… The first, most important, step in getting good treatment is finding a good doctor. If you would like the Good Doctor list (USA) please join […]

    High Cholesterol and Hypothyroidism

    March 14, 2012
    For many people have who high cholesterol, the underlying issue may actually be hypothyroidism. Rather than diagnosing and treating the hypothyroidism, many people are told they simply need to eat healthier, exercise more and take medicine to lower their cholesterol. What’s worse is that sometimes doctors make us feel bad, like we must be fat, […]

    Six Years Later: Here’s What Good Thyroid Treatment Looks Like

    March 5, 2012
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    Hi my friends! I thought today would be a good time for some inspiration. It’s been six years since I started the journey to solve my hypothyroid condition. If you are new to my story, this meant I couldn’t exercise, I had no energy, I would sleep 10 hours and wake up tired, I was […]

    Where to Get Advice

    February 23, 2012
    Hi my friends, I feel so lucky now having the energy to tackle life, head on, every day. This also means sometimes I take on too much! For many of you, I know that sounds like an impossible dream — to have energy and feel great — but hang in there and keep looking for […]

    Pumpkin Cheesecake with Honey, and Almond Crust

    November 18, 2011
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    As I noted in my Thanksgiving Dinner Survival Guide, personal happiness at Thanksgiving means having a fabulous dessert which I can eat — meaning, no flour, no grain, and no sugar. Seems impossible I know! When faced with a challenge, I try to make the best of the situation. This led me to my new […]

    Thanksgiving Dinner Survival Guide

    November 17, 2011
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    Vermont CremeryThanksgiving is one of those holidays that’s all about carbs and sweets — pretty much the foods which make me feel bleh because of hypothyroidism. That’s why I developed my own way of eating with the Miss Lizzy Diet. At Thanksgiving everyone is eating what they want, so I wanted to find a way […]

    Latest Update on My Medicine for Hypothyroid and Adrenal Fatigue

    November 8, 2011
    Hi my friends, It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my medicine, and it’s been an interesting year! So I wanted to share what I’ve learned. First, I want to say wow – it’s all a big experiment! And that’s tough sometimes because I want the answer right now. But the only way to […]

    The Hair Saga Continues: My Hair after DHEA

    October 19, 2011
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    Hi my friends, I wanted to share a new update on my hair (after the Great Hair Disaster of 2010). My hair is definitely doing better, but the regrow stage is slow going and the volume is slowly coming back. Hair grows about 6 inches a year, and considering the trimming, it just seems to […]

    Super Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake, Sweetened with Honey

    July 31, 2011
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    Time for something fun and happy. If you’ve read my hypothyroid diet, you might recall I don’t eat grain or sugar. But this makes it pretty darn hard to have baked goods. And I am no martyr, my friends. Through sheer determination to satisfy my sweet tooth, I’ve found some great recipe workarounds. Like many […]

    Recovering from the Great Hair Disaster of 2010

    July 15, 2011
    Hi my friends, Wow, sorry for the big delay in posting. I have so much to share and plan to do more frequent updates this summer. First I wanted to share an update on my hair, after the Great Hair Disaster of 2010. To give you a refresher… in May 2010, using myself as the […]

    Get a Buddy!

    May 6, 2011
    Hi friends, I have an idea to share. I think it’s big. Here is what I’ve noticed… all this hypothyroid stuff is overwhelming! There is so much to learn. We have low energy, difficulty coping with everyday tasks and have foggy thinking. So simple things for other people, like calling a doctor, ordering labs, learning […]

    How Important is Body Temperature?

    April 19, 2011
    Hi friends, The short answer…body temperature is really important for determing if you may be hypothyroid. The long answer… Body temperature is such a simple idea, isn’t it?! Before getting thyroid treatment I was always amazed that my body temperature was so low — 95.5 degrees at it’s worst! And how so many doctors never […]

    Become a Health Detective through Tracking

    February 27, 2011
    I’ve accepted the fact that either I am a) health obsessed, or b) a full on hypochondriac. That said, if I’ve learned anything with hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue, good health is a practice which takes effort, research and intention. In doing so I have become a bit of a health detective. For example, I use […]

    Thyroid Hormone, the Missing Ingredient in Fibromyalgia Treatment

    February 27, 2011
    Hi friends, Even though I know this, I am still amazed by how many health conditions are tied in with thyroid function. And how easy it is to treat them individually as though they are unrelated; asthma, allergies, arthritis, PMS, depression headaches, high cholesterol, hair loss, hormone imbalances, dry skin, and more… We could easily […]

    Studies Show Fluoride Can Lead to Hypothyroidism

    February 13, 2011
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    Hi friends, Happy Saturday! Today I want to share some info about fluoride. First I want to say there is so much to keep track of when it comes to our health, it can all get overwhelming sometimes. And with foggy brains from hypothyroidism, I know it’s especially hard to remember everything! I never want […]

    The Quick, Free Test for Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue

    February 8, 2011
    Hi peeps, Frequently, people ask how to test for hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. Especially if they had labwork and the results said they were “fine”.  There is way to get immediate insight about possibly hypothyroidsim and adrenal fatigue without all the expensive lab work. By immediate, I mean today, this week. How? Check your body temperature! […]

    Kids Have Hypothyroidism Too (Another Reason to Question “Normal Labs”)

    January 3, 2011
    A big wow, you’d think I would have explored this sooner. My poor son, who turns nine this month, has always struggled with weight. He is a big guy; off the charts for height, and weight has always been in the “at risk” range. So I’ve been watching his development knowing there could be a […]

    A Christmas Miracle: I Ate Sugar and Didn’t Gain Weight

    December 29, 2010
    I hesitate to even write this post because it’s too early to be sure. And I don’t really know what it means yet, but if it is true, it’s big, as in B.I.G. Let’s rewind… After the Halloween Candy Fiasco of 2009 I stopped eating sugar. Really, it’s true. It’s been over a year without […]

    Losing Hope with Naturthroid, Venturing into Compounds and Canada

    December 2, 2010
    Hi Friends! It’s been ages since my last post. While I’ve been a totally bad blogger, to my credit I’ve collected lots of good info to share. The big news: I’ve been experimenting with desiccated thyroid medicine! After the Armour reformulation fiasco two years ago, and then the Naturthroid reformulation about six months ago I’ve […]

    My Doctor, the super-awesome, Charles Brummer is online!

    September 14, 2010
    Hi friends, I am super excited to say my doctor, Charles Brummer, just started a website. Dr. Charles Brummer  The key to my success in treatment for hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue has this been this awesome man who listened to me when other did not, was open minded to explore treatment options, and overall became […]

    Caring for Ruined Hair

    August 25, 2010
    If you’ve been following my posts over the last few months, you probably already know about my experiment-gone-wrong with DHEA and the horrible things it did to my hair. Today the saga continues, but with a ray of hope for life after a hair disaster. To recap, in case I wasn’t clear, DHEA was a disaster for […]

    Low or “Normal” TSH Lab Results, and Why You Can Still be Hypothyroid

    August 19, 2010
    For years I went undiagnosed for Hypothyroidism because I am one of those people who has an extremely low TSH. It was only on instinct that I pursued treatment even though many doctors told me that I wasn’t Hypothyroid, based on the TSH test.  Here is some incredible new information about why TSH is inaccurate. According to this article by […]

    Weird Reactions to Thyroid Medicine

    August 12, 2010
    Some people have reported odd reactions to many types of thyroid medicine, including shooting pains, burning sensations, heart palpitations (and probably lots more we don’t know about). I asked the yahoo community and one nice lady wrote back with some great insights.  She experienced very weird symptoms from thyroid medicines that have a microcrystalline cellulose filler […]

    Coconut Oil for Dry Hair, Split Ends and Shine

    August 11, 2010
    Since my last post about major issues related to DHEA, and dry hair from hypothyroidism, I found some good info from the ladies on the Grow Hair Group on Yahoo. Namely a few people suggested Coconut Oil to help with dry hair. Naturally, being an over-eager experimenter, I ran out to Whole Foods, bought organic […]

    Hair Growth, Dry Hair, DHEA and Evening Primrose Oil

    July 28, 2010
    After my experiment-gone-wrong with DHEA in May, my hair has been in a terrible state. Dry, breaking, split ends that look like I singed them over an open flame, and major hair loss.  My thin hair is now even thinner and won’t style into anything (think Straw Man from the Wizard of Oz). I’ve been […]

    Reverse T3 (RT3) when normal thyroid treatment isn’t working

    July 10, 2010
    If you are taking the right dose of thyroid medicine, and perhaps are even getting adrenal support, but still have many hypothyroid symptoms you may have Reverse T3 (RT3). This information came from the experiences of other patients on the RT3 Yahoo Group and specifically patient Nick Foote who did some great work compiling a Question and Answer site […]

    Hypothyroid Symptom: Inability to Stand for Long Periods of Time

    June 17, 2010
    There are so many random symptoms with hypothyroidism, like the inability to stand for long periods of time, I often thought these things were unrelated. At times doctors even told me they were unrelated. So I wanted to describe the symptoms to help you know to look out for with tired legs. The inability to stand for […]

    Experimenting with DHEA

    June 16, 2010
    If you’ve been at my site you know the whole story about hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue, but even after all this time my treatment is a work-in-progress.  This means treating everything in life as an experiment (in fact you can browse my ongoing experiments on edison – the experimenter’s journal). Of course, using oneself as […]

    Why Iodine is Vital for Thyroid Function

    June 3, 2010
    Isn’t it interesting that this tiny little gland called the Thyroid is responsible for major functions of our body? Like managing how quickly the body uses energy, regulates the rate of metabolism and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones? With this kind of importance in the body it seems like the Thyroid would be […]

    Hypoglycemia, Energy Crashes, Exercise and Hypothyroidism

    June 2, 2010
    At some point everyone has experienced Hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar. You may not know the term but you probably know the feeling. You wait too long to eat or eat high carb foods (say a bagel for breakfast), then within a few hours it feels like you hit a wall.  You might […]

    Beet Roesti with Ham, Egg and Asparagus

    May 26, 2010
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    I love this meal but a word of caution, it takes every pan in the house to cook so it’s better for a day when I have lots of energy. But the ingredient list is simple which is a big plus. Roesti is just a fancy word for pancake.  It’s a fun dinner, and while […]

    A Simple Treat: Peanut Butter and Chocolate

    May 26, 2010
    In a desperate moment trying to satisfy my sweet tooth I discovered this low carb treat.  Its great by the spoonful or on apples, and it’s really easy. I like easy. Plus the protein of the peanut butter holds my appetite over so I don’t have a sugar crash. It’s a win/win treat. I prefer […]

    The Real Story About Salt

    May 26, 2010
    According to James Wilson author of Adrenal Fatigue, salt craving is a common symptom for all stages of adrenal fatique.  Sadly our salt-phobic society has deprived millions of people the very nutrient needed to decrease adrenal fatigue symptoms and increase recovery.  For people with high blood pressure salt can be an issue but since low blood […]

    Omega-3 Eggs: Healthy and Taste Great

    May 26, 2010
    Healthier Eggs – the Omega-3 Eggs Chickens that are fed healthier feeds with seeds containing omega-3 fatty acids actually lay eggs with healthier fats in the yolks. In fact, eating these enriched eggs may improve your cholesterol and blood lipids. For a long time people have been scared away from eggs due to the high […]

    Getting Started: My Hypothyroid and Adrenal Worksheet

    May 25, 2010
    Hypothyroid and Adrenal Fatigue Worksheet Could you have Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, or both and not know it? Are you frequently tired even after a good night’s sleep? Are you especially tired in the afternoon? Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Do you have trouble losing weight? Are you often cold? Do you have cold […]

    Doctors and Politics

    May 21, 2010
    I just wrote this message on another post but I think its worth calling out.  When it comes to getting treatment for Hypothyroid and Adrenal Fatigue it can be very frustrating to talk with doctor who says: “Its all in your head, you don’t have a problem,” or “You are depressed, overweight and tired, but […]

    Shepherd’s Pie

    May 19, 2010
    This is a variation on Gordon Ramsey’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe. It’s a great winter or rainy day meal. It has potato which is a carb treat sometimes. And I increase the carrots for flavor and to get more vegetables in the base. The recipe takes time but makes plenty for leftovers. Cook Time: 1 hr […]

    Sauteed Apples, Pears or Peaches

    May 18, 2010
    Many fruits can be sauteed in butter for a delicious dessert.  In particular pears, apples, and peaches are great. Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 1 (multiply as desired)   Ingredients 1 Pear, Apple, or Peach 1 Tbs Butter Dash of Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Chili Powder Truvia or Stevia Liquid Sweetener Sour Cream or Yogurt (Full […]

    Cheese Souffle

    May 18, 2010
    (Adapated from Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything”) Ingredients: 4 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup Spelt Flour (or White Flour if that’s what you have). 1/2 tsp. Salt (Ideally Celtic or Real Salt brands) Pepper to Taste 1 1/2 cups milk (Warm to the touch) 6 Eggs Divided (Fresh eggs or Omega 3 Eggs taste great) […]

    Fried Egg and Avocado Salad

    May 18, 2010
    This simple salad works for any meal.  Like all my recipes, natural salt such as Real Salt, makes a huge difference in taste. And natural salts are especially beneficial for those of us with Adrenal Fatigue.   SERVES 1 (multiply ingredients as needed)   INGREDIENTS 1/4 to 1/2 Avocado, sliced 3-4 Leaves Romaine Lettuce 2 Eggs (Omega 3, […]

    Tomato Soup with Onion, Carrot, Sour Cream and Chives

    May 18, 2010
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    Serves 2-4 Time: 20 minutes including prep This is a really simple soup recipe that’s also pretty. 1-2 Tbs Olive Oil 1 Onion (diced) 2 Carrots (diced) 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes 1 Cup Chicken Stock 1/2 Tsp Ground Thyme Sour Cream (full fat, it tastes better and adds protein) Chives or Scallions Parmesan (Shredded or […]

    The Depression Hypothyroid Connection

    May 18, 2010
    One of the many unfortunate symptoms of Hypothyroidism is Depression, but its easy to think they are unrelated conditions and treat them separately with separate medicine. In some cases they are unrelated, but on Stop the Thyroid Madness (STTM) there is a long list of inspiring stories of depression that went away when people started […]

    Do It Like It Matters

    May 17, 2010
    My yoga teacher, Katie, is one of the great influences in my life.  She has a unique talent for challenging her students to push their limits but in a supportive, encouraging way. She never says “Tonight we are doing handstand… oh silly you, you just fell! What were you thinking?”.  Yet that’s the kind of […]

    Getting Started with Natural Desiccated Thyroid Medicine

    May 14, 2010
    When starting natural desiccated thyroid medicine like Naturthroid or Erfa, the big questions are “How much should I take?” and “How quickly should I increase my daily dose?”. While I am just a patient and can’t give medical advice, I can share my experience, and what others have tried. Getting to the right dose for […]

    Desiccated Thyroid Medicine vs. Synthetic T4 only (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine)

    May 14, 2010
    Its easy to think all medicine is the same but when it comes to thyroid treatment, there is controversy about the effectiveness of the synthetic medicines like Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine, Oroxine, and Norton. If you are taking a synthetic prescription like these keep reading, its possible the treatment is only doing part of the job, […]

    Hypothyroid and Adrenal Treatment 101: Finding a Good Doctor

    May 12, 2010
    This is the single biggest obstacle in getting treatment for Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue, so I will likely write about it often.  Many traditional doctors and Endocrinologists won’t treat Hypothyroidism with natural desiccated thyroid medicine like Naturethroid. And many doctors don’t understand or believe in Adrenal Fatigue. But don’t let this discourage you, just find […]

    Hypothyroidism: the Frustration of Dry, Fine, and Thinning Hair

    May 12, 2010
    A common issue for hypothyroid people is fine, dry, slow-growing and/or thinning hair. In some cases, especially with bad treatment, balding spots can occur (more on that another time).  If you’re like me and have experienced these kinds of hair issues, you know its really upsetting and frustrating. I am here to share some hope […]

    Can I have Low TSH and still be Hypothyroid? Yes!

    May 11, 2010
    This is such an important topic I am going to post about it again.  There are many folks like me whose lab work shows low TSH levels.  Doctors who treat only according to TSH will say that means we are fine and normal, but this may not be the case. Certainly for me it was […]

    The Secret Message Behind Chocolate Cravings

    May 10, 2010
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    Did you know craving chocolate, especially during PMS, can actually be sign of low magnesium?  According to James L. Wilson, Ph.D., author of Adrenal Fatigue , magnesium helps mediate the symptoms of PMS because it is is directly involved with the production of progesterone. Since chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, craving chocolate is the body’s way […]

    Fear of Failing My Lab Work

    May 3, 2010
    Ever since my first lab work for Hypothyroid testing came back “normal,” I have a terrible fear of failing my labs. I always knew my body wasn’t working right, but year after year the lab work claimed otherwise. Frustrating! And the doctors only believed the numbers, they didn’t believe me. It was a dreadful feeling. In […]

    Getting to Yes, with Your Doctor

    April 30, 2010
    Whether you are just getting diagnosed as Hypothyroid and want to try a natural desiccated thyroid medicine like Naturthroid, or you’ve been diagnosed and want to switch from a T4-Only medicine like Synthroid or Levoxyl there are ways to talk with your doctor.  Start with then end in mind; the goal is getting to “Yes”. I have […]

    Simple Tips for Starting or Switching Thyroid Medicine

    April 30, 2010
    Getting treatment for Hypothyroidism can seem overwhelming and intimidating, so today’s post is about KISS. Keep it simple sweetheart! Getting to Yes with Your Doctor  Whether you are just getting diagnosed Hypothyroid, or switching from a T4 medicine like, simply tell your doctor that you want to try natural desiccated thyroid meds as an experiment! That […]

    Could Salt Cravings be an Indicator of Stress?

    April 20, 2010
    Remember all the talk about how salt is so bad for our health? And the low-sodium, flavor-less diets that ensued?  For years I ate bland, tasteless meals thinking I was doing the healthy thing. But get this: For people with Adrenal Fatigue salt is actually good for us! According to EIR, Sodium is an essential nutrient for […]

    Why Getting Up Before 9 a.m. is Bad for My Health (and Maybe Yours too!)

    April 16, 2010
    If you have adrenal fatigue like me, or know someone who does, getting up before 9 a.m. can often be painful. As far back as high school I joked about not being “a morning person”. Staying up late at night was easy for me, but mornings were so bad that in college I scheduled all […]

    Curing the Muffin Top Blues

    April 16, 2010
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    Maybe you already know this secret girl trick for the The Muffin Top dilemma, but I just found out about it and I have to share. With the introduction of low-rise jeans women everywhere, of all ages and sizes, have to face the Muffin Top fashion dilemma.  My skinny sister, Rebecca, clued me in to this awesome […]

    The Skinny Girls at the Gym…

    April 13, 2010
    Or, why exercise is hard with Hypothyroidism or Adrenal Fatique My entire life exercise was nearly impossible. In high school, I joined the track team but realized running was way too exhausting, so I did the shot-put instead (three steps, toss, and you’re done).  I desperately wanted to do sports but I couldn’t keep up […]

    My Treatment for Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue

    April 11, 2010
    Hypothyroidism is closely tied to Adrenal Fatique, and the symptoms overlap, so I found I needed to treat both conditions to reach an optimal health level. My one regret is that it took me 2 years to get there, so I really wish I had been more proactive. From what I read on Stop the […]
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