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THYROID DISEASE IS KILLING US

More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

Are you one?

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My Hashimoto’s Disease is Gone!

I want everyone of us to be able to say this!

After almost 5 months of treatment for Hashimoto’s Disease (10/9/10), my new blood tests show that it’s gone! Well, what that means is I’m just over the fence from it and just in the field of hypothyroidism again. But, that’s progress!

How’d I do it? Two things:

1. Diet

2. Supplements

There is exercise, of course and other lifestyle changes, but these two are the most important. (This assuming you are already on a thyroid hormone medication like Synthroid as well).

DIET

Staying committed to a clean diet that keeps inflammation down and allergies starved is the trick.

That means: Vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and nuts. Lots of fiber from this group. Period! Lots of water too of course.

And, the big NO to: Gluten (flour, corn, grains);  sugar (only Stevia); and dairy and soy (I chose to use almond milk).

If you’re feeling sluggish, fatigue, depressed, moody, low energy and sex drive, try this diet for at least 6 months to help your body get back to balance and give it time to heal. You will also lose weight doing this – a nice side affect! I lost 18 lbs in the first 5 months without trying to. (It would be very hard to gain weight on this diet.)

WARNING! A symptom of hypothyroidism is constipation. Eating this new diet will add to constipation sometimes unless you’re diligent about getting vegetables and water in early in the day and getting your body up and out for exercise.

HIGH QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS

I worked with my doctor on this and though it will be pretty much the same for most people with Hashimoto’s Disease, I couldn’t recommend what I was prescribed. But I will tell you that Vitamins D and  D3 are a must.

Vitamin D and D3 is almost non-existant in our bodies with this disease, and most all autoimmune diseases, so you could start taking more of that to help you build up your system.

THE THYROID DIET

If you don’t know how to change your diet, I suggest my Get Your Life Back! Reset Your Thyroid Health manual and forms which includes the clean diet, and much more, necessary to rebuild your body and brain more quickly. Read more and order here.

For a more indepth education program, this manual is also included in my Get Your Life Back! Reset Your Thyroid Health 6 Module Audio Home Study Course. See more here.

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185 comments to My Hashimoto’s Disease is Gone!

  • Jo-Mama

    Hello,
    I have had hypothyroid for many years, taking my medicine religiously, check my TSH levels annually and they come in around 2.5 – 3.5; under the recommended 5. I am taking antidepressants and have been since I was first diagnosed. I still feel a fog in my brain, fuzzy and hazy. I almost feel like a stroke patient, I can’t think of words in conversations in my work or with my friends. (Simple words, nothing complex) I haven’t had a stroke, I have been checked.
    Is all of this what you felt before starting a gluten free diet?
    When you worked with your doctor on medication… FP, IM or endocrinologist?
    Thank you for bringing us this newest website… I appreciate you and your talents very much!
    Jo-Mama

    • kim

      Yes Jolene,

      This is how I felt before not only a gluten free diet, but no dairy and no sugar diet too. Hypoglycemia can also cause the brain’s rolodex to miss words, or, create brand new ones! I’ve had this happen in the past many times.

      I’d suggest a couple things:
      1. As a do-it-yourself measure, stop all gluten, dairy and sugar for a few months and see how you feel. Which means you’ll be eating meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, oils (olive, coconut, flaxseed) and vinegars (balsamic, apple cider, red wine, rice wine). Period.
      2. If you don’t feel better even in a few weeks, you may need to find a different physician who knows how to read your blood tests better, and then possibly subscribe supplements to support your adrenal, sugar and hormone system which is most likely rock bottom with the symptoms you’re describing.

      If you’re located in the Denver/Longmont, CO area I’ll suggest either of these two doctors – go to http://thyroidu.com/practioners/ If you’re not in this area, let me know and I’ll find others for you in your area.

      Thank you for your questions Jolene, and I’m sorry you’re having to deal with this condition as well. But, it can get better with the few measures I noted above.

      Big hug and blissings,

      Kim

      • Namy

        Hello, I have Hashimoto from 13 years and will like to do something natural not take med and I cannot find any doctors in my area in Tn and Al.What supplements you had to take and I am sure still have take? Did you find out from antibody that you no longer have Hashimoto ?
        Did you have to give dairy and rice and other grain for good or you eat rice and yogurt now after healed?
        What supplements helped you?Thank you

        • kim

          Hi Namy,

          You shouldn’t have Hashimoto’s that long, you can heal it back to “just” hypothyroidism and let go of the bigger symptoms with Diet, Supplements and Lifestyle changes.

          You most likely will have to take thyroid hormone replacement medication of some kind. This needs to be diagnosed by a thyroid trained practitioner. There are few “natural” ways to go, sorry to say.

          PRACTITIONER:
          Go to my list at http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/. If you still can’t find one near you, call #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong here in Longmont, CO, my practitioner and he will help you by email/phone.

          The supplements I’ve taken were for my needs, and some are core ones, like Vit. D3, but the dosage is something that your doctor will figure out for your body as mine continues to assess for me.

          DIET:
          Yes, I have given up dairy, gluten and other foods for good. A thyroid specific diet is the BIG solution that you can start right now by yourself. The Thyroid Healing Diet is in my Get Your Life Back! Manual plus the Checklists that will help you help your doctor help you better, too.
          Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

          Or, my 6 Module Audio Home Study Course which has even more information and includes the Get Your Life Back! Manual and Checklists.
          http://thyroidu.com/get-your-life-back-reset-your-thyroid-health-home-study-course/

          • Namy

            As I wrote in another post . I am on med .25 mcg by endroclogist but you know lot of symptoms like energy and others donot go away .I have this for very long time.Is your med is prescribed by endroclogist or the Chiro you see?. Have you
            tried the natural med ?

          • kim

            Hi Namy,
            As I stated earlier, I’ve been taking L-Thyroxin for over 20 years, no others. Yes, it’s a synthroid/synthetic hormone.

            The problem for you will be that your endocrinologist is not thyroid trained. The medication, natural or synthetic, will not deal with the over 70 symptoms we have. You will need to find a thyroid trained practitioner to help you with the other symptoms, some which are triggered and by your diet. The thyroid diet is in my Get Your Life Back Manual.

            Practitoners: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

            Order manual with diet here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      • Namy

        What brand of almond or cocnut. Milk you use which does not have carrageen in it . I read carrageen is harmful for the stomach it is thicking agent they use to thicken the milk. TIA

        • Ally

          My research is showing carrageen/carrageenan is the same as irish moss, touted for it’s health benefits. But studies have been done proving it is a toxic substance and should be avoided. So, since it is in every alt milk I’ve come across, I have started using straight coconut milk and have found that the full organic is wonderful, especially as a coffee creamer. There is also coconut cream that I have but haven’t tried yet.

      • Ana

        Im allergic to every fruit, vegetable, nut, etc. Does that mean i cant be cured of hashi?

        • kim

          Hi Ana,

          1) You can’t be “cured” of Hashimoto’s disease any way, but it can be healed back to hypothyroidism.

          2) Find a thyroid trained practitioner near you from my list http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ as you can probably beat your allergies and eat those foods again.

          If you can’t find one near you, you can contact #1 on the list, my doctor here in Longmont, CO, Dr. Jared Allomong, DC, Allomong Center of Applied Kinesiology (303) 827-3772 email: allomongak@gmail.com

          You can send him your tests as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you need to do. He’ll work w/ you by phone/Skype/email.

  • Liz

    Kim, what a great site you have here! Love it! I applaud you for all you’ve done for your health! What a great story. I actually have the same story as you — I healed my Hashimoto’s naturally and now I work as a Holistic Health Counselor, teaching others to do the same! You deserve to be honored for all your hard work; bravo! :)

    Thanks for spreading the word that these diseases do not have to be lifelong.

    • Louise Lovrich

      Hi Liz,

      How did you heal you Hashimoto’s naturally? I have been diagnosed now for 3 1/2 years and would like to get off the meds. IS this at all possible? Are you taking any meds currently?

      • kim

        Hi Louise,

        I didn’t heal my Hashimoto’s “naturally”. I had 1/2 my thyroid out in ’93 and must be on an THR for life, I use L-Thyroxine which works best for me now. Plus, I had lots and lots of help with supplements from my thyroid trained practitioners, and still do.

        If you still have Hashimoto’s you need to see a thyroid trained practitioner because it’s not just about “meds”. There is not reason to have it that long if you’re being treated correctly.

        1) You’ll need to change your diet:
        The complete Thyroid Reset Diet is in my manual – You can get started immediately w/ the diet and forms by ordering it here – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

        2) And, you can find a thyroid trained practitioner near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
        If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

        Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772
        They will most likely ask you to send any lab tests you already have as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you needs to do.

        I hope that helps,

        Kim

  • Florentine

    Kim, thank you so much I have been searching for information to heal my thyroid. I have Hashimoto’s Disease. Quite frankly, I am excited to try the diet and nutrition tips you recommended. I have tried some of the tips on my own before but not all maybe that will be the difference. Especially the gluten free part. I have noticed on other websites on youtube a nutritionist mentioning to stay away from all soy products and vegetables like kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts because it disrupts the endocrine system. Others suggest to eat small meals every 2-3 hours to keep up the sugar level aside from cutting out all refined sugar, sugar and processed foods. I am looking forward to trying your tips will keep you posted on my progress. Thanks for your blog you are amazing! I will bookmark you.

  • Kimberley

    Hi there. That’s so good to hear. I’ve also recently been diagnosed with Hashimotos and have only been on the medication for 3 weeks and am feeling worse than I was prior to going on the medication! My doctor briefly mentioned that because Hashi’s is an auto immune problem then you can be susceptible to other auto immune diseases like Coeliac disease. She didn’t explore this further at the time. However I had been seeing the doctor for quite a few years prior to my Hashi’s diagnosis with stomach and digestion complaints, like cramping, bloating and mucus. On each time I was told by different doctors that it’s just probably stress and I shouldn’t eat too fast. After my new Hashi’s diagnoses I investigated the gluten link and it does appear that a lot of people are saying the same thing. I recently cut gluten from my diet and almost straight away I noticed a complete difference in my digestion. I don’t get pains and problems in my digestion anymore. So hearing this is good news and I’ll definitely keep up the gluten avoidance. I am wondering about dairy though. I know dairy is an allergen to some people, however I have also heard that soy milk can exacerbate thyroid issues. Is this true? I was drinking soy for a long time and had cut dairy because of my digestion complaints. Is dairy as bad as gluten?

    • kim

      Thank you Kimberly for your great comment.

      Yes, Hashimoto’s Disease and Graves’ Disease are autoimmune diseases and tend to tag on others, like Celiac Disease, MS, Lupus and Fibromyalgia, to name a few. So, the better you are at taking care of cleaning up your diet now hopefully you can keep the others from getting serious.

      I’m glad to hear that cutting gluten out cut down on your symptoms quickly. Dairy – go dairy free for a few weeks and see how that helps too. Dairy is laced with man-made substances including estrogen, pesticides in the foods the animals are fed, antibiotics, hormones etc. which are all very bad for us. You can certainly switch to organic only dairy products and see if they bother you, but, I believe it’s a good idead to go without for a while and just give your body a rest and let it rebuild.

      If your doctor doesn’t know how to treat Hashimoto’s Disease, you might check my PRACTITIONERS tab at the top of this site to find someone in your area who really knows how: giving you the right panels of blood and other lab tests, reading them correctly and treating you with the right supplements too to help support your endocrine and immune system to function with the diet changes you’re making so that your body is actually motabolizing everything correctly.

      Make sure to click on the POSTS at the top of this site to get my new posts delivered automatically to your inbox!

      My Thyroid Health Plan Manual and Forms will be available soon too which is a great help to stay on track to take back your life.

      To your health!

      Kim

      • Gail

        Hi Kim.
        I am actually going to see endocrinologist next week. I basically diagnosed myself. I did some research about Hashimoto’s and asked my PCP to get me tested for thyroid antibodies. They were 177 instead of <9. For many years now I am losing my hair and gain weight even though I exercise and eat better than most people. My TSH levels were 5-6 and they would always tell me that I am in the normal range. Now symptoms got worse. I have unstable heart beat, headaches, vision got worse and brain fog. I am forgetting very simple things during conversation.
        I am wondering – is it necessary to take syndroid or l-thyroxine at all ? Can it be treatable without any steroids ? It seems that everybody that I know is taking those pills. Physicians these days don't want to take care of you. They want to prescribe you something and get rid of you as soon as possible. Is there fully holistic way or we still need to take hormone replacement no matter what? Thank you so much for your blog.

        • kim

          Hi Gail,

          I’ll answer your last question first.

          If your doctor prescribes a thyroid hormone replacement pill, take it.

          Then, if your docs DO NOT give you a specific thyroid healing diet, they will be of little to no further help because they are not thyroid trained.

          I suggest that you start eating the thyroid reset diet immediately. Your thyroid health depends on nutrition changes and supplements to rebuild your health.

          You can get get the diet and a lot more in my Get Your Life Back Manual. You can get started immediately w/ the diet and checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, etc. to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

          And, you need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner as you may need specific supplements too to help repair your health as there are many layers to a thyroid condition that aren’t about just the thyroid. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

          If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

          Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

          After changing your diet and seeing a thyroid trained practitioner, you may in fact no have to take any medication, but in the beginning it’s good to use it to stabilize your thyroid.

          You’re in my thoughts for your best health soon,

          Kim

  • Alexia

    Wonderful website. I have Hashi’s. First, Synthroid.. Horrible then Armour- GREAT until the formula was changed. Onto Naturthroid.. eh.. I found Erfa from Canada.. Excellent natural thyroid medication

  • Jennifer

    Kim. I’m trying to save my son. He’s 21 and has Hypothyroidism and I can’t seem to get him the right I know he needs I spend my spare time reading and taking him to different places and nothing ever changes. Don’t know where to turn………

    • kim

      I’m so sorry, Jennifer for your situation, but don’t give up finding a practitioner who can help you.

      See the tabs at the top of my site, click in PRACTITIONERS, there are several there and links to many, many more around the world.

  • Vida

    Dear Kim,

    Thank you so much for sharing your information and experience and this amazing website. I am also suffering from hashimoto’s. I am so glad that your hashimoto’s is gone, but does that mean that your blood work showed that the antibodies are gone too? or just the symptoms?

    I was also wondering if you have any experience or information regarding Armour Thyroid vs Levothyroxine for hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. I am reading Dr.Kharrazian’s book “Why Do I still Have Thyroid Symptoms?” and on page 26 of the book he has mentioned that, “In severe autoimmune thyroid diseases, antibodies to T4 and T3 can develop.This pattern may be found in polyglandular autoimmune diseases that affect multiple organs. Clinically, people with these conditions do worse and experience more inflammation with bio-identical hormones than synthetic hormones.”

    I used to take Levothyroxine 75mcg per day, but I had brain fog and fuzzy thinking and my energy level was low. So I switched to Armour (60mg per day). I immediately started to feel more energetic and my brain fog went away. But I started to get these hyperthyroid flare-ups very frequently and this weird pain in the veins in my ankles!!

    To be able to get the benefits of both drugs, I am currently taking the combination of 50 mcg of Levothyroxine and 30mg of Armour per day. I have also started a gluten/dairy/soy free diet. I have been feeling much better since I have done these two things. But I am still wondering what if, now that I am strictly following this gluten free diet, Levothyroxine alone would work better for me. I still have this pain in the veins of my ankles, which as I said started as soon as I switched to Armour. I would appreciate your thoughts. (Of course, ever since I reduced the dosage of Armour from 60mg to 30mg and started the gluten free diet, the pain is much less and it comes and goes, but it’s still there.)

    Thank you so much,

    Vida

    • Lesa

      Vidal, you have described me to a tee! I also have this ankle soreness, and it is worse when I first wake up in the morning or after I have been relaxing a while and try to walk. I now have severe soreness in the lower back and neck, shoulders. I have been gluten free for one week and no dairy. Please update me with your progress as I have never had anyone describe my ankle pains like you. I am so excited to. Have found this site!!!

  • Ada

    I’m so glad to find this helpful website. I was just diagnosed w/ hashimotos disease but I don’t have hypothyroidism. However, I had hyperthyroidism about 5 yrs ago for a brief period until I was conceived w/ my first child and my hyperthyroidism completely disappeared! My dr told me that there’s no cure for Hashimotos and we can only monitor and make sure I won’t have hypothyroid in the future. In addition to cutting out gluten, what else can I do? I also have a small thyroid nodule but thank god it’s not cancerous.
    Thanks everyone!

    • kim

      Hi Koalabear22ac!

      Your Dr. is correct, outside of a miracle, there is no cure for Hashimotos, but relieving the symptoms and rebuilding your health to keep it away is all about nutrition and supplements… and a healthcare professional who knows what to test you for and what to offer you, more than once or twice a year.

      Here’s the basic nutrition and lifestyle changes http://thyroidu.com/lifestyle-life-balance/

      You can also order my new Get Your Life Back! Thyroid Health Reset Manual with the diet and lots of great ideas in it to keep you on track!

      Yes, we are so not alone in this! Millions of women (and some men) are dealing with it every day.

      I hope this helps! Make sure to read all the posts on my site for more ideas.

      You can also sign up for my the RSS feed to get new posts directly into your inbox when I post them. It’s the POST icon at the top right of the site.

      Enjoy summer while rebuilding your health!

      Oh, and if you feel like your doctor is not quite on top of your needs, there are plenty of lists to see those who are specifically trained in thyroid health. Find them here: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

  • Teresa Lienhard

    Hi Kim,

    I`m amazed about your succesful diet – congratulations!
    It wasn`t clear for me, if you took Vitamin D only from food or did you use supplements of Vitamin D. If so, I would like to know which brand you used and how much you took dialy.
    What I find very difficult is, that here in Germany – where I live – we have Jodine everywhere, especially in milk and eggs. I don`t know, if it is the same case in the U.S.

    Many greetings

    Thank you

  • Chrissy

    Hi Kim,

    I was diagnosed with Hashi’s a year ago, but just recently came to realize that diet could be playing a role in the underlying autoimmune response (my doctor had told me that nothing could be done, but one should never take that lying down!). I am so happy to have found your website.

    In your posts on diets, you mention primarily meats, fish, veggies, no gluten, no dairy, and no soy. Do you include non-glutinous grains like rice or quinoa in your diet, or do you eschew grains altogether.

    • kim

      Yes, Chrissy, I do include non-glutinous grains like rice or quinoa in the thyroid diet. Stick to this strict, clean diet for at least 6 months and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel!

      • Namy

        No beans? So eggs quinoa ,brown rice can be eaten right?.Do you take k2 since you take are D3. I heard that is good to take when taking D?
        Dairy yogurt , corn is no allowed either ? Beside the gluten grains .

  • Chrissy

    Sorry, that last sentence was a question! hit the wrong key… Gotta love brain fog!

  • Sandi Bellack

    Hi Kim,
    I was on a gluten free diet and recently diagnosed with Hashi’s. I am trying the low sugar, and I used to have my smoothie in the morning with all fruits, pomegranate juice, lactose free, organic yogurt (Green Valley)and coconut ice cream. At my Dr’s suggestion, I added rice protein, Almond Milk, less juice and coconut yogurt but it’s causing me cramps which I didn’t get before. Also, I am doing less sugar all around, more protein and eating healthy every 2-3 hours.I also added 2000 iu’s of Vit D daily (I live in Fl and go in the sun 15 minutes a few days per week) although my Dr wants me on 5000 daily. I also take glutathione and Adrenal Calm. I’m still getting some feelings of adrenal rushes through my stomach/solarplexes at night which wakes me up!! Not sure how to stop that. Any suggestions would be helpful – I want to get this under control! Thanks, sandub2@comcast.net

    • kim

      Short answer:

      1. Get off ALL sugar except for very low glycemic fruits for a while. http://www.lowglycemicdiet.com/fruitsgi.html

      2. Smoothies will cause cramping when too bulky/heavy. This is true for too much fiber as well.

      I’m going to suggest you order my Get Your Life Back! Reset Your Thryoid Health manual and forms. It includes the complete diet and more. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      You said: I also added 2000 iu’s of Vit D daily (I live in Fl and go in the sun 15 minutes a few days per week) although my Dr wants me on 5000 daily. I also take glutathione and Adrenal Calm. I’m still getting some feelings of adrenal rushes through my stomach/solarplexes at night which wakes me up!! Not sure how to stop that.

      3. The sunshine will not help you if your Vit D receptors are collapsed. Lab tests can verify this. Depending on your blood panel and other lab test results (that have to be the right tests and your Dr. has to be trained to read them) you may need 10,000 iu’s or more for a while.

      4. If your doctor is not offering you a full array of adrenal support and other supplement topical creams, he/she is not up on the best treatment and training for thyroid health.

      5. Go here http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find a trained practitioner in your area. Some, like mine, http://allomongak.com/index.shtml (#1 on the list) will also work w/ you over the phone if you have none in your area.

      My good thoughts to your best health soon, Sandi!

    • Lynda

      Hi Sandi, in response to your comment about adrenal rushes in stomach and solarplexes. I’m hypothyroid and have struggled with medication for a very long time now.i had a severe case of ‘burnt out adrenals’ with lots of that horrible adrenal stomach sensation. I took lots of adrenal supplements and nothing really helped me until my GP (in the UK) finally let me try Liothyronine T3, the already converted thyroid hormone. It’s going very slowly for me, but the adrenal rushes stopped virtually completely as soon as I was able to take a reasonable amount of T3. I’ve been following something called ‘The circadian method’. It involves taking a dose of T3 within the 4hour period just before your natural waking time in the morning. There is a book by Paul Robinson called T3 and The Circadian Method’. He pioneered the method which cured him. It works on the principal that the adrenals need T3 and the correct timing of a dose during the 4hour window before waking, feeds the adrenals.
      Hope this might be of some help to you.
      I’m still struggling with what I think is an impaired immune system, but that’s another matter!!
      I wish you all good luck with your recovery. Lynda.

      • kim

        Thank you so much, Lynda for your feedback and input re: the Circadian Method. I’ve heard of it but not tried it.

        Stay true to your healing path. I look forward to hearing how you’re doing in the future. Make sure to check back!

        Blessings of health and healing,

        Kim

  • Lindsay

    Kim,

    I have been recently diagnosed with Hashimotoes after two years of a steady decline. I have every symptom of hypo but endocrinologist says thyroid is right perfectly in the middle. No treatment. I am a single mother,have own business, but my quality of life is zero now. Everything is suffering. I have used sugar and caffeine to function these two years. I realize it is a cycle to nowhere. It has been out of necessity. My endo will not treat until tyroid number drops. My question is this, if I have all hypo symptoms, plus a test of only 4 of the Cortisol hormone in the a.m., couldn’t my thyroid be on the decline and hence the symptoms? I dont understand. We just wait for number to drop even though I have all symptoms and I am guaranteed to be hypo? Am I crazy?

    • kim

      Dear Lindsay,
      I’m so sorry to hear of your health issues.

      The answer is, get a trained thyroid practitioner and get rid of your enocrinologist!

      Go to the following link on my site and find a practitioner near you – all on these lists are trained in thyroid health, blood and other panels, how to read them and treat you.

      http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

    • Jenn

      I was the same way. I have had Hasimotos since I was 15. I have a history of symptoms, both hypo and hyper, one doctor confirmed my physical state as hypo while a next confirmed it as hyper. Both doctors changed their minds once blood results came back and diagnosed me with sub-clinical hypothyroidism, this was with the the understanding that I “should not be symptomatic.” Last year, I was recommended to see a Holistic doctor by two different people. It took me almost a year to get in to see him but what was great was that he believed my symptoms, I had also taken in all of my test results and biopsy (my thyroid is just under 4 times the size it should be). Keep searching for answers, I have no idea if this is going to work or not but it is nice to have someone that listened to me, didn’t tell me that it medically shouldn’t be and offered something besides synthroid to shrink my thyroid.

  • Dan

    Hi Kim,
    I too have high thyroid antibodies and skin discoloration. I just checked my vitamin D level it is 21….range from 30 to 80.

    What else can I add? Can I eat chicken?

    Thx
    Dan

    • kim

      I’m sorry, Dan that I don’t have a specific answer for you. Please check with your Practitioner. If you don’t have a thyroid trained practitioner, check the tab at the top of this site to find one near you.

      My good thoughts are with you, Kim

  • Jenn

    Kim,

    Thanks for posting such a website! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto when I was 15. I had a small goiter then but nothing too impressive. Over the past 15 years, my goiter has grown to well over 7cm in depth, deviates my windpipe and sticks out like I should be choking on an orange. I have had doctor after doctor tell me to try Synthroid to see if it shrinks, it never does. My TSH is typically high while my thyroid hormone is typically normal, this causes doctors to suggest that I should not have symptoms, one even wanted me to get tested for a sleep disorder to correct my fatigue. I have flip flopped from hyper to hypo by more than a couple of doctors. My fatigue is so bad, I can sleep 10 hours and have to drag myself out of bed then drown myself in caffine just to get going. I am a therapist so this just can not do, can’t sleep during a session, and certainly can’t be foggy or drift off!

    Last summer my Hashimoto neighbor recommended me to see a Hollistic doctor in the area, he has the disease as well and my neighbor stated that he had had part of his thyroid killed off with Radioactive Iodine (which they keep wanting to do to me) and that he wished he had seen this guy before then. I started attempting to get an appointment with him in July 2011, I finally made it in to see him May 2012. Blood tests show a profound dairy intolerance and he states that this “lights up” my immune system. I still don’t fully understand it but I am willing to go with him on this one. He has me on ATP Cofactor, Lugols Iodine, Vit C, Magnesium, Vitamin D (this is based on my own individual levels and results, also he wants me on a couple of other things that I couldn’t afford just yet) . He has also told me to lay off the dairy (big sad face since I LOVE cheese!) He is convinced that my symptoms will improve and that my thyroid will shrink! I am so excited to see if all of this works! I have no idea how long to expect results but I imagine it will take some time.

    I have a question for those of you that are lactose intolerant. We currently buy Lactose Free Dairy Milk, my husband loves his tea and won’t put anything but dairy milk in it and this was our compromise, has anyone had this and still had problems or does it seem to improve just having the lactose removed?

    Additionally, clean eating, which is what my doctor recommended as well, gave me one reaction, the sight of dollar signs. I did find that Clean Eating Magazine offers “Budget Recipes” and “Budget Shopping List” to get your pantry stocked which might be helpful (I will be starting a clean diet with our next shopping trip). http://cleaneatingmag.com/Meal-Planning/Shopping-Lists.aspx http://cleaneatingmag.com/Recipes/Budget-Recipes.aspx

    Here’s to all of our health and I look forward to checking this blog to see everyone’s results for encouragement!

    Jenn

    • kim

      Hi Jenn, thank you for your great input and story. I’m so sorry this has been so hard for and on you.

      Yes, dairy, sugar, plus, plus all mess up our thyroid. I went straight from milk to nut and flax milks – almond, coconut, flax milk. Sorry, but your husband doesn’t get to vote on the milk when it messes up your health!! :)

      Yes, I love cheese too. But eating a clean diet changes your needs/cravings for foods and taste buds over time and it gets better.

      In my Thyroid Manual I have the thyroid diet. I just read through the shopping list on the Clean Diet Magazine link you listed. It’s NOT thyroid friendly and won’t help you.

      You might order my manual http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ and use the diet and information in it which has been very successful for many. Also if your pracitioner thinks the other list of groceries is okay, then he’s not thyroid health trained and won’t be able to help you completely. It’s all about the right “clean” thyroid specific diet (and those dang hereditary genes!)

      :) Thanks again, Jenn!

      Kim

  • tired of this disease

    I have been battling this disease for the last 7 years. I was taking Armor Tyroid, but the Government thought it was working too well and forced the company to change the formula needless to say it I started to get a goiter.. tons of fun to have a growth in the front of you neck. I finally found a pharmacy that will compound my medication and my doctor can adjust the T-3 or T-4 levels individually. I still struggle with my depression and weight gain. When my thyoid was out it messed up my hormones levels my body was not producing any progesterone my Testerone level well lets just say my husband was wonder it I was going to grow any parts that I was not have. My doctor recommended the below vitamins and they have been making me fell better.

    1. Iodine. Most people are iodine deficient. ( natural sea salt health food stores sell it)

    People with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis should not take iodine until the autoimmune response is addressed. So while many people with this condition are iodine deficient, their symptoms will usually worsen if they take iodine before addressing the immune system component. For more information on iodine, the book “Iodine, Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It”, by Dr. David Brownstein.

    2. Vitamin D. Vitamin D is another supplement, vitamin D is extremely important in immunity, and thus is very important for helping people with autoimmune thyroid disorders, such as Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. If you are vitamin D deficient, which can easily be determined through a simple blood test.

    please visit the website http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

    3. Selenium. In order for T4 to get converted to T3, an enzyme that contains selenium is necessary. As a result, a deficiency in selenium can affect this conversion process, and thus impair thyroid function. The good news is that you can obtain all of the selenium you need by consuming one ounce of raw brazil nuts every day. If you don’t like brazil nuts then garlic is also a good source of selenium.

    4. Magnesium. Magnesium is an important mineral to take, as many people are magnesium deficient. In addition to getting magnesium from your diet through leafy green vegetables, whole grains, and other sources, one should also consider taking a magnesium supplement. This is even more important if you are supplementing with iodine, as magnesium is necessary for the proper absorption of iodine.

    5. B Vitamins. Taking B Vitamins is also important for optimal thyroid health. Like magnesium, taking B vitamins is important for anyone supplementing with iodine. The reason for this is because the B Vitamins (specifically B2 and B3) help with the utilization of iodine at the cellular level. But even for those people with a thyroid condition who are not iodine deficient, it still is a good idea to take B vitamins on a daily basis.

    • kim

      Wow! You’ve been doing great research for yourself. Good for you! That’s the way we get well, to research and ask questions.
      Bravo!

  • Sanda Mondecar

    Hi, Kim and all reading this..
    I have to say, this is first POSITIVE site I’ve seen! Thank you, so much.
    I’m from Croatia, and all “croatian” sites suggest pills. And I’ve been surfing the web for days trying to find alternative way to cure Hashimoto. Everybody is saying that Hashimoto is incurable, for life, and that antibodies stay this high (1200) forever!!! C’mon.

    I have learn about my condition a week ago, and I’m still scared and I can feel my thyroid freeking. But now, I’ve found this page! And it gives me hope.
    I will listen to your advice and cut gluten, sugar and milk and cheese(which I adore, offcourse). Starting now.

    And, if this helps anyone, I will meditate (which I never did in my life) and try to picture my thyroid working properly, and I will “tell” my brain not to attack our thyroid.

    Oh, every doctor I’ve been to is telling me to start with pills. That there is no other cure.
    Will just see about that, wont we?

    Thank you again..

    • kim

      You’re very welcome for a “positive site!”

      Correct, “ust pills” is not answer; it’s about 10% of the answer. The rest is diet and supplements to rebuild your body and brain health.

      Yes, changing your diet is everything, and yes, meditating helps as reacting to life and stressors depletes our adrenal system, our immune system, and so our thyroid and overall health. Ommmmmm!

      Yes, you can “heal” Hashimoto’s disease, though I wouldn’t say “cure.” Short of a healing miracle, between your genes, quality of food and environment, plus supplements to rebuild your brain and body, getting back to “just hypothyroidism” and decreasing symptoms is key.

      If you can cure yourself of it all, I want you to start a blog too and I’ll follow you!! :)

      You may need to find a different practitioner who is trained in thyroid health. See my lists on my PRACTIONERS tab on this site. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ Food and thyroid medication cannot do it alone when you’re system has been so attacked by an autoimmune disease like Hashimotos.

      My good thoughts and prayers are with you,
      Kim

  • Chad

    I have thyroid issues. Doctor got me on Armour and told me no gluten or sugar. 2 months later my throid tests are better except for the two that show inflammation (not sure the name right now). My inflammation is off the charts! She has me on 2000units of vitamin D and two natural supplements to try to help the inflammation. She basically said all sugar is bad. Only do 2 servings a day of low glycemic fruit like apple, pear or berries. That is essentially 1 cup of fruit a day! So hard.

    She did not mention anything about dairy, eggs, other grains etc. Just gluten and sugar. How much fruit do you recommend eating? I have pretty much stopped milk and use coconut milk but use jarlsburg cheese and gluten free crackers for snacks as well. Started juicing carrots and beets and apples but the doctor said beets and carrots have to much sugar! Very confused.

    • kim

      Yes, inflammation is caused by sugar, so for us with thyroid and autoimmunce conditions, all sugar is bad. :(

      Your practitioners advise for “Only do 2 servings a day of low glycemic fruit like apple, pear or berries” is correct.

      You noted that “She did not mention anything about dairy, eggs, other grains etc. Just gluten and sugar.” There are many foods you should not be eating, more than just the high-glycemic fruits, to get your health back. You might want to order my thyroid health manual http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ in which you’ll get the entire thyroid health diet and checklists to keep track of symptoms and supplements.

      “Started juicing carrots and beets and apples but the doctor said beets and carrots have to much sugar!” Yes, carrots and beets are high in sugar. Find more info here on my blog: http://thyroidu.com/1213/thyroid-diet-glycemic-food-index/

  • tired of this disease

    Kim,
    I did a bit more checking, should stay away from High fructose corn syrup, Hydrogenaded oils, processed soy products, artifical sweeteners,wheat, gluten, rye, barley, margrine, substite fake butter and Canola, vegetable oil (made from soybeans). These can make your body create more antibodies, some of the food particles escape through the walls of your colon and your body thinks it is an invasion and calls out more white blood cells to attack it so you have more white blood cells looking for something to attack so for me it finds my thyroid and does not know is should not attack.

    Eating foods your body is sensitive to creats inflammation, sore joints, water rentention, etc. It is causing a reaction not like some one who will quit breathing because they ate some thing. but you body does reacts to it. It could be gas cramps, becoming more tired, loosing more hair, etc, everyone is different the way their bodies react. It is all trial and error quit eating gulent ( wheat, rye, barley, and gluten) products for 2 – 3weeks see how you feel, if you feel better that might be your answer. If you don’t feel any different try something else.

    Everybodys body is different and reacts differently to foods and chemicals.

    For bread choices rice and Spelt bread I know Hyvee sell them in the health food area.

    I hope this might help someone else I don’t have as much brain fog and my brain seems to be processing information a bit better than before. NO wheat products for me. I already have to stay away from Dairy. I am feeling so much better.

  • Vicki

    Kim,
    Wow I ran across a u-tube video through Dr. Berg website. Under thyroid body types..well when I listened to you I felt wow this woman really gets it and understands how rotten you feel with Hasimoto’s.

    I was one of those women who crashed while under stress from building a new home and trying to paint the whole house myself because of my perfectionism…and a daughter getting married moving into our old home. I am 55 and that was 11 years ago…my world fell apart like yours. I woke up one nite with a panic attack and from there on went on a downward spiral…I could write a book.

    I went in the hospital as a outpatient because I was so depressed. Was put on antidepressants only to feel suicidal. You know the story on and on and some of my sisters thought it was just me being
    selfish, thinking only of myself. Then the guilt I had after they
    told me that. I had a understanding husband thank the Lord.

    You would think I was a nut case if you seen my books, a whole library of health books. I think you know the rest ofthe story – Tests, Doctors, supplements etc.

    I am on Naturethroid and know about some of the things you talk about. I have the book Why do I still have hypothyroid symptoms? by Datis Kharrazian. I was wondering is that part of your treatment? I am also familiar with EFT. I have done phone consultations with Dr. Lam for adrenal fatigueon website. It was very expensive and did nothing for me.

    As you can see I have spent so much money and feel like crap still. I am able just to get by in life and try to be normal as possible. No one knows except people like you and me how terrible we feel
    some days…the spacey feeling and no energy are the worse for
    me…I would apprecite any advice..Thank you for your website.

    Yours truely,
    Vicki

    • kim

      Boy, Vicki, yes, I hear you loud and clear. This thyroid health dance can be a struggle, confusing and painful, but… there are ways to make it better.

      I can’t tell you what supplements to take, etc. as I’m not a medical practitioner, but there are plenty of thyroid trained Drs around the world now who can – and many will work with you by phone, just ask.

      Yes, Dr. Datis Kharrazian is one of the few leading Drs who is training others how to help us. His treatment plan is the one I followed through my practitioner.

      It’s not just one thing, but a combination, as I note in my video, of
      1. the right practitioner to read the right lab panels
      2. thyroid medication
      3. your diet
      4. all around lifestyle – staying away from toxins of all kinds in food and the home
      5. and the right, quality supplements, prescribed by a thyroid trained practitioner.

      I don’t know where you live, but do look at my PRACTITIONERS TAB and see if you can find one of the qualified practitioners there.
      http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      Also, you need to be on a clean thyroid-diet that will help to rebuild your body and brain. I have this diet in my manual, plus checklists that are helpful in keeping track of everything and to take to you Dr.
      http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      I truly hope you can find a Dr. close to you quickly who will set you on the right path immediately.

      Thank you for reading my blog, I hope any ideas I offer are continually helpful to you.

      Kim

      • Mike Perry

        Kim said, “Yes, Dr. Datis Kharrazian is one of the few leading Drs who is training others how to help us. His treatment plan is the one I followed through my practitioner.”

        You do realize, don’t you, that Dr. Kharrazian is NOT an Endocrinologist. He’s NOT even a medical doctor. He is a Chiropracter. There is another group of Chiropracters who are hiding the fact that they are NOT medical doctors in order to take advantage of thyroid patients, and they’re raking in over $300,000 a month! A news station in Denver did an expose on this and, in all fairness to your readers, Kim, you should let this post stand so people can make informed decisions: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/chiropractor-s-videos-show-how-he-s-cashing-in .

        • kim

          Hi Mike,
          If Endocrinologists would go back to school and learn about thyroid problems we could all go to them. But they haven’t and they don’t know how to help us.
          Thank goodness for Dr. Datis Kharrazian and other “chiropractors” who have taken up this health condition focus and do know what to do to help us.

          I know all about The Denver Channels investigations and who they’re investigated. There will always be people who take advantage of the system. They’re in every industry, including Endocrinologist’s and other “medical doctors.” I know about that too all too well!

  • Kasha Hunkele

    I always take Magnesium supplements because it helps with my bruxism. Magnesium can really relax the tensed muscles.

  • Janine

    Kim, by following this diet did your antibodies actually disappear or reduce in number? How often do you have blood work done? I would like to try this diet in the hopes that I can stop taking Armour Thyroid. If a diet can cure Hashimoto’s, I’d much rather treat it with nuturition than drugs (even natural ones!)
    Thank you,

    • kim

      You asked:
      Kim, by following this diet did your antibodies actually disappear or reduce in number? How often do you have blood work done? I would like to try this diet in the hopes that I can stop taking Armour Thyroid. If a diet can cure Hashimoto’s, I’d much rather treat it with nuturition than drugs (even natural ones!)
      Thank you,

      I just saw this pop into my inbox to moderate, so I’ll get right on it here!

      My antibodies reduced in number – Hashimoto’s can be “cured” (not a great word but nothing else lines up with it for healing) but hypothyroidism remains. So, depending on the level of your thyroid dysfunction, and short of a miracle, you won’t be able to get off your thyroid medication. But, I do believe in miracles!

      Diet, the right supplements, the right practitioner to read prescribe blood tests and read them and other lifestyle changes I describe in my book and home study course are the answer.

      Manual Ebook: Get Your Life Back! Thyroid and Health Reset Manual & Diet
      http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      6 Module Audio Home Study Course: Get Your Life Back! Thyroid and Health Reset (includes Get Your Life Back! Manual & Diet)
      http://thyroidu.com/get-your-life-back-reset-your-thyroid-health-home-study-course/

      Practitioners: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      I get annual blood tests, but not the full panels since the first ones 2 years ago. They are very expensive and not necessary if you are doing all the above.

  • jaclyn

    Hi. I just found out I have hashimtos this month. Long story short my gyno felt my thyroid and felt it was enlarged. i got a somogram- and i had 6 nodules, 1 that looked suspicuous and got a biposy to find out it was not cancer. It was then I found out that I had hashimitos… i read a ton about it and it made perfect sense. i havent felt right for 5 years since the day i went off bc that i was taking for 7+ years. my sex drive went from amazing to literally 0, i have anger issues, dry skin, always cold, small heart paliipitations, high cholesterol ( even though i eat pretty well) … in the last 6 months i have gotten sick every month for a few days, fever and all- which i never get and my period has been messed up all of a sudden. I feel like ive had it for years and its finally starting to really show signs to me. i believe 100% in the gluten free diet- for the first week i cut it out 90% but read articles saying you have to cut itout 100% … questions for you are ( i refuse to take medication)
    how can i get my sex drive back ?
    is there soy sauce that doesnt affect it ? i know there is 1 that is gluten free- can i use that ?
    what do you think of organic non gmo corn ( to make home made popped corn)
    waht about brown rice ?
    i travel a lot for work and theyll make me gluten free bread etc… thats made with poattoe starch, soy flours, corn flower, etc as are a lot of gluten free products- are these ingredients safe ?
    i wanted to start these supplements :
    micronized glutamine powder
    dhea
    n-acetyl cysteine
    co-q10
    acetly carnetine + ALA
    im also going to take a fish oil as well. and a multi

    I used to have SEVERE conspitaion, which after I did a colonics, and a colonoscopy- I started taking aloe juice, vitamin c crystas and eating glute free and its cured. Im very aware now and refuse to become consipated anymore.
    I live in nyc-there seems to be no drs that treat this here, that take insurance.
    in my blood work the only thing that comes back abdormal is my ana autoimmune test
    thyroid functions always come back fine
    does hashimtos affect glucose as that was high on me even though stay away from high glycemic foods… anything you can offer to answer is so helpful.

    • kim

      Jaclyn,

      I sounds like you’re doing a good job on your diet re: going gluten free. Yes, do go 100% GF for at least 6 months to heal your body, then add back gluten slowly. You’ll notice the symptoms immediately if it’s a problem. My Get Your Life Manaul has the full thyroid diet and checklists as well. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      RE: “i refuse to take medication.” That will be a mistake if you need thyroid hormone replacement such as Synthroid. Your body is not making the hormones correctly and you have to replace them.

      Sex Drive
      re: “how can i get my sex drive back!” Through a clean diet and medication as directed by your blood panels.Then again, there is no guarantee you will get it back. But your body needs time to rebuild and heal to even have a chance.

      Soy Sauce:
      GF soy sauce is better than not, but the problem with soy (in anything) is that it’s GMO’d, unless organic and the hormones in it affect us. However, you’re not drinking cups of it, so a little will be okay.

      Corn
      Organic non-gmo corn for home made popped corn is okay, but not that often, as corn, a grain, does not digest well.

      Brown rice
      Go for it!

      RE: GF Bread “made with poattoe starch, soy flours, corn flower, etc as are a lot of gluten free products- are these ingredients safe?”
      Yes and no. Again, soy and corn are not good for us in the way they are processed. Having just a little is okay, but not on a daily basis.

      RE: “I live in nyc-there seems to be no drs that treat this here, that take insurance.”
      Make sure to check my list at http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      Some will “see you” by telephone no matter where they are in the world.

      RE: “Does hashimtos affect glucose as that was high on me even though stay away from high glycemic foods… anything you can offer to answer is so helpful.”
      Yes it does. It’s such a combination of things causing glucose problems, not just high glycemic foods. This is why it’s important to see a trained thyroid pracitioner as some supplements they will prescribe help to rebalance this.

  • becky

    Quick question! I seen that some of you are actually taking a combo of synthroid or levothyroxine with armour.. do you know where i can find any articles supporting this? I asked my doctor about doing this and I think she is a little nervous about dosing both at the same time! any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Heather

    Dear all, on 27.7.12 my blood tests came back showing a TSH score of 120 and a T4
    Score of 5.5. My doctor told me that with such results people enter a comma. Was given levothyroxine 50mcg a day. After taking it for 3 consecutive days I had a phenomenon where my heart was racing wild, had waves going through my body and legs and heavy pulsing in my head. I though I was having a heart attack. It calmed down in the evening. Dr. Said to go down to 25mcg. I began my own regime: tons of vitamins and minerals and a lot of rest. I also stumbled on “earthing” which I began to do every day in the park for 1 hr. 10 days later my blood scores came back TSH 50 T4 8.3. Anti TPO Antibodies above 1000. The Dr. Told me that my thyroid gland is completely destroyed and there is no hope of it ever working. I did not accept. Continued my regime and 7 days after being on 25mcg I had same symptoms. Dr said to go down to 12.5mcg. After several days on this dose began feeling lousy again so cut it down to 6.25mcg. 37 days later from initial diagnosis my blood work showed TSH of 12.8 and T4 10.3. I of course went to a new dr. And she said to try one month more and see how I do on my own. Also my initial ESR was 55 and after 37 days it was 44. I did not abstain from wheat or gluten. I eat lots of soy products. I Beleive that anyone with gluten intolerance who didn’t have it from birth has a leaky gut probably from candida overgrowth.

  • Lusi

    Hello!

    My name is Ludmila and I’m from Bulgaria. Sorry for bad English, but I’m working with Google translator. Since two years I’m diagnosed with Hashimoto. I visited a lot of doctors here, but unfortunately for us wait hormone levels change dramatically and then prescribe medication. It is believed that the disease is incurable. I can not buy the recommended textbooks because of the problem with the language, but I’m glad that I have this site, I learned many useful things.
    I want to share my brief experience. I found that my symptoms significantly decreased in physical activity? sometimes deal with Callanetics. When I travel, ie I am enthusiastic about a change in my life also feel good. So I would add? moderate physical activity and hobbies, interests and positive life changes.

    Greetings!

    • kim

      Hi Ludmila,

      Your English is very good!

      Hashimoto’s cannot be “cured” but it can heal back into “just” hypothyroidism and lesser symptoms.

      RE: Physical activity
      Thank you for sharing this. Yes, I’ll be writing another blog post on this soon as getting out of our heads and pain-symptoms through exercise, hobbies, interests, etc. is all very good.

      You’re in my thoughts for wellness and healing, Ludmila.

  • Cherise

    Here is Help with “Fog Brain!”

    I have Hasimoto’s, and during my long journey I have also been diagnosed with Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and have also found i am allergic to soy, among other things! I was on only a thyroid replacement, until i did tons of research and also found that thyroid patients also usually suffer with a b-12 deficiency. See here… http://www.livestrong.com/article/501346-hypothyroidism-with-adrenal-insufficiency-or-b12-deficiency/
    First my doctor prescribed monthly shots, then we found this simply wasn’t enough so now i give myself bi-weekly shots. I have no more “fog brain” and tons more energy! Not to mention as long as i do not miss my shots i no longer feel the need to eat all of the time. (Which was a HUGE problem! I wasn’t hungry just wanted to snack.)Obviously my body was craving the b-12 and didn’t know how to get it. It took me 2 years to figure out my body. I hope this helps someone on their journey!
    Peace to all!

  • Elle

    Hi,

    After too many years (about 8) of suffering with Hashi’s – always swinging between hypo and hyper with a myriad of symptoms – I’ve finally stumbled onto something that is giving me hope… I quit dairy (two months ago) and my thyroglobulin antibodies have fallen by half.

    I was on natural thyroid for the longest time but it took me awhile to discover that it was the culprit in giving me diarrhea and I was finally switched to Synthroid. For years I have also been taking thryroid specific supplements (zinc, selenium, vit D, B complex, vit C, fish oil, digestive enzymes), also an iron supplement for anaemia (very common among thyroid patients). A couple of years ago I started a gluten-free diet, and a year ago my doctor added Cortef for my weak adrenals. It’s only since quitting dairy, however, that my antibodies have dropped and and I no longer get that weird tightness around my voice box (I’ve always called it thyroid voice).

    I still have a long ways to go in getting balanced hormonally though. My FT3 and FT4 are still below the reference mid-level and I’m feeling cold. But I’m soooo happy to see those antibody numbers coming down!

    thanks for this site.

    Elle

    • kim

      Thank you, Elle for your health report.Boy, yes, so much running around to get answers that don’t work and losing time and life.

      I’m so glad you’re getting the solutions that are working for you.

      Diet is everything, followed by the right supplements at the right time.

      The Thyroid Diet that is in my Get Your Life Back! Manual has been so helpful to my clients. You’re on the right track for sure!

      Blissings and continued improved health, Elle!

  • Kathie Oatman

    Who could you recommend0? I live in Burns Oregon, 1/2 way between Boise Idaho and Bend Oregon.
    Thank you.

  • Dear Kim
    Thanks for your such a great effort. The information avaialable here is really useful.
    I am one of minority (male, 37 years) with this hashimot’s. I am working in a hospital. This June 2012, I had nothing; I was completely enjoying my life without any symptom or complaint. One of my friend suggested me for the routine medical screening. I went through this, Doctor has written many blood tests for me. All the test were normal, including CBC, ESR, LFT…..but later TSH wer 28 while T4 & T3 were normal. Repeated again TSH (18) and T4 (normal) third repetition without any intervention TSH (26) T4 normal. Doctor has prescribed me to take 50 microgram (µg) of thyroxine for rest of my life. I started taking this dose for 2 months.
    In September 2012, my TSH were 9.32 and T4 were normal. Then Dr suggested to increase to 75 µg of thyroxine, but once I started 75, I was feeling stretch in my mussels, I discussed with Dr. but he said no, its nothing to do with the thyroxine dose….I continue my 75 µg for almost one month and then reduced my dose from 75 to 50 µg. Test showed my TSH reduced to 6.5….after one more month of 50 µg I met with an endocrinologist, He insisted to increse my dose from 50 µg to 100 µg. He told me, this is the basic dose for your age group. You should continue with 100 µg (from 18 Nov 2012) for 2 month and should visit me with your latest lab results.
    I am now on this 100 µg of thyroxine, but my muscles stretches are converted to continuous pain….What should I do with this pain? What would be the possible cause of this pain….I have been taking pain killers/ muscles relaxers but no postive outcome is there….This pain is killing me psychotically …. Any suggestion…..?

    Thanks

    • kim

      Hi Hunza,

      I’ve gone through a lot of muscle pain as well. Yes, thyroxine has a number of side affects, one of which is muscle pain. This might also be fibromyalgia which tends to be part of hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, fibromyalgia itself is a vague condition that has no real remedies.

      Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause a variety of muscle or joint-related symptoms. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are known to cause what are called myopathies — the medical term for diseases that affect skeletal muscle.

      Here is a paper on the subject as well that might be helpful.
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1526-4637.2012.01354.x/abstract

      As I tell all my readers, please check my PRACTITIONERS list http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and get another opinion from a Thyroid Trained Practitioner who may have other answers and supplements for you so that you can discontinue the pain killers, etc.

      You will also need to change your diet to help heal the inflammation in your body which helps the muscles too. This diet can be found in my Get Your Life Back! Thyroid Manual – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

  • Joy

    Hi. I’m reading conflicting information regarding using Armour with Hashimoto’s. Some say a big “NO!” What should I believe? Thanks

    • kim

      Hi Joy,
      I know people who use Armour successfully, others who do not.
      You may need to try it and see how it works for you. If it doesn’t, ask you practitioner to switch you to another thyroid medication. There are several.

      Make sure that your practitioner is “thyroid trained” to receive the best help. Check my PRACTITIONERS list http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and get another opinion from a Thyroid Trained Practitioner who may have other answers and supplements for you.

      My best to your best health.

      Kim

  • Joy

    Thanks much. By the way, that list of Mary Shomon (not Solomon as you state) is very outdated–years old. A lot of the numbers I called were out of business now. Just a heads-up. Really glad to see an alternative list. Hadn’t thought about “distance”. Good idea.

    Joy

  • Vladimir

    Kim, thank you for this page!

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto 2 years ago, and recently was thinking to change my diet to gluten free etc… Your page was the final nail which convinced me to try this. Thank you. :)

  • Stephanie

    I really want to feel a lot better, I take vit D, multi vitamins anf sih oil Iam now on a gluten free diet. For breakfast I have a plain BIO yogurt with nuts and a little fruit. Should I be cutting out the yogurt? What milk can I use in my tea. I will do anything to feel normal again. Stress and panic attacks are the pits.
    Thank you
    Stephanie

    • kim

      Re: yogurt.
      Yogurt is “dairy”, made with milk, and/or soy, of which both can be GMO – genetically modified, and our bodies don’t do well with soy. So, no yogurt.

      Milk: Almond or coconut.

      Yes, Stephanie, stress and panic attacks ARE the pits! Been there, still have tiny tremors of them once in a while.

  • Cilla

    Hi Kim,
    I have typical Hashimoto symptoms, the last 12mths my GP has been monitoring my Thyroid for Hypothyroid and started me on 50mcg of Thyroxin but now thinks my fatigue and weight gain have nothing to do with my Thyroid?? but a recent blood test I did in December 2012 is showing I might have Hashimoto’s Disease? I’m a bit confused and I asked my doctor yesterday to tell me straight out if I have Hashi’s or not and he said he would have to keep monitoring and checking my blood work but more than likely I have it???? I have fatigue, I’ve gained weight, I’m sluggish and it has worsened since my Hysterectomy in August last year. It was great to find your blog yesterday around your success on change of diet and adding supplements that I’ve started the glutten free, sugar & dairy diet today! and I will add the supplements too. Thank you.

    • kim

      Hi Cilla,

      I’m glad you’ve started the lifestyle changes that will help. However, it’s a must that you find a practitioner who is “thyroid trained” to receive the best help. Check my PRACTITIONERS list http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and get another opinion from a Thyroid Trained Practitioner who may have other answers and supplements for you to help rebuild your body faster.

      :) Kim

    • Mike Perry

      Cilla: If you had a hysterectomy, then you may be experiencing menopausal symptoms. Ask your doctor if a combination of Climara (patch) + progesterone (taken on odd days of the month) would be helpful for you.

  • Lola

    I am 13 and this disease has been a pain. Even though i exercise a lot i just continue to put on weight. I take vitamin D and cod liver oil but i was hoping you could tell me some tips help me. I cant really stop my dairy since i am a growing child but i heard fish is really important if you have thyroidism.

    • kim

      Hi Lola,

      I’m so sorry, that at 13 you’re having to deal with a thyroid condition.

      Two issues: 1) Dairy/Milk, 2) Weight

      1) Milk/dairy, two things:
      1. You can use almond milk as a substitute. It actually has as much calcium (and more vitamins and antioxidants) as cow’s milk.
      After fortification, cow, almond and rice milk are approximately equivalent in calcium and vitamin D concentrations, delivering about 30% of your daily need for calcium and 25% to 45% of vitamin D in each serving.

      2. If you are going to stick with cow’s milk, buy “organic” cow’s milk so that you’re not drinking pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, etc.

      2) Weight
      There’s a lot more to the Thyroid Reset Diet than just Vit. D, cod liver oil/fish and milk of course.
      1) I’d suggest you see a thyroid trained practitioner who can help you with a diet for you and your age.
      Here’s the link to find one: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      2) Ask your parents to check out my Get Your Life Back! Thyroid Manual and Forms ebook which includes the Thyroid Reset Diet and much more – that your whole family can follow too for full-family-health benefits!
      Here’s the link to read more: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      I’m sending you good, positive thoughts and energy for the right answers for your young body and life, Lola!

      Kim

  • Michelle

    Hey Kim, great blog! I have recently found out I am hypothryoid, and with all of the other symptoms I’m having (hair loss, low body temps, Raynaud’s in my hands, etc) I’m pretty sure I’ve got Hashimotos. Autoimmune problems run in my family as well. I have been following a thyroid friendly diet, don’t do dairy or grains and am taking a Maca supplement as well as coconut oil capsules and Vit D supplment. I feel much better than I did before, but I am concerned about whether or not I should be taking a synthetic thryoid or dessicated thyroid supplement.

    I notice that in your blog you don’t ususally respond to people’s questions about thryoid meds, not sure if that’s for legal reasons (medical advice) or because you don’t believe in it. Myself, I haven’t seen enough positive info about thryoid meds and plenty of negative side effects so I’ve stayed away….but I am just wondering if not taking them could make my problem worse in the long run. Any thoughts or ideas?

    • kim

      Hi Michelle,

      Oh, yes, I do take thyroid medication. I have since 1993 when I had 1/2 my thyroid removed due to a benign lump.

      I take L-Thyroxine 88 mg/day. I asked my practitioner about Armour, but he’s not convinced it’s that great. I know there are plenty of people who take Armour and other thyroid meds instead of L-Thyroxine and get great results.

      If your blood tests are coming back alright, then you might not need a thyroid med. However, few will experience this outcome. 99% of us need the medication as the hormone replacement and adjuster for our thyroid not working right.

      I’d suggest to make sure you’re seeing a “thyroid trained practitioner” who will prescribe the correct blood tests – and then is able read them correctly – to see if you need a thyroid med too. If you don’t have a thyroid trained practitioner already, check my site page and find one close to you http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      Thanks for the comment!

      Kim

      • Namy

        IHi Kim, I read one of your other post which Inyhought you take Armour and want to get off it Forgive me if its mistake . The medicine you take is in same family of snthyroid or levexol???? Spellingis wrong .I take levexol again spelling is wrong but too lazy to get the bottle . You know the feeling .

        • kim

          Hi Namy,
          I’ve been taking L-Thyroxin for over 20 years, no others. Yes, it’s a synthroid/synthetic hormone.

          Each person’s body’s needs are different and best helped with assessment of a thyroid trained practitioner.

          Thyroid Trained Practitioner: Find one on my list at http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/.

  • Billy

    Hi Kim:
    I am one of the anomalous males who suffers from hashitmoto’s. What is so distressing is that it was almost certainly self-induced. I applied lugol’s iodine along with dmso to some scar tissue for several months. The whole time I was suffering from intense anxiety–“lump” in my throat, but with no worries on a cognitive level–and didn’t make the connection until recently. I am so upset with myself even though it was unintentional, not to mention that I continue to experience extreme anxiety, depression and fatigue that comes with this condition.

    I am under the care Dr Mary Eckerley in Tucson. She is a Harvard/Hopkins-trained MD/psychiatrist who predominately focuses on naturopathic and homeopathic methods. She is the one who ordered all the blood test. TPO-90 (<9) TG-antibodies – 32.90. TSH has been consistently "normal." Also, my blood pressure has skyrocketed from 100/75 to 140/94. I have lost about 25 pounds and am experiencing some tingling/numbness in my arms and sometimes face. I was in great health before all of this–Bikram yoga, work out five times a week.

    I'm wondering if this "lump' in my throat–which feels like extreme anxiety even though I'm not worried about anything on a cognitive level–is the literal swelling of my thyroid???

    Anyway, Dr has me on a strict protocol of supplements and the typical diet (gluten/corn/dairy-free). It has been less than two weeks since I saw her. I was told to expect to feel worse before I get better. My fear, however, is that my condition is so severe that the symptoms may be beyond amelioration. Some days I cannot get out of bed/off the couch and am only able to work part-time–putting other career plans on hold.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks.

    • kim

      Hi Billy,

      I can’t speak to all of your crash and burn, but 20% of all illness is genetic. So, you were predispositioned for it anyway. Maybe the iodining your scar tissue just triggered it, with other extenuating triggers.

      DOCTOR
      It doesn’t matter where a doctor was educated, if they are not “thyroid trained” they can actually harm you, or at least not help you. I can’t speak for Dr. Eckerley, but I do suggest to go here http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and search the lists for someone in your area who is specifically thyroid trained. Doctors can take all kinds of lab tests, but it’s important that they take the right ones and then can read the results correctly for thyroid issues.

      I would hope that your practitioner should be able to make some diagnosis about the lump in your throat as well.

      DIET
      In my Get Your Life Back thyroid manual is a core diet for thyroid conditions.
      http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/
      However, it sounds like you’re on a pretty clean diet, but check my blog for more answers if you need.

      Diet and supplements plus thyroid medication are the core of reseting your thyroid body/brain health.

      I had plenty of days/months of not getting out of bed or off the recliner for long as I was so exhausted, plus plenty of extreme anxiety, panic attacks, depression and fatigue that comes with this condition. It does get better.

      I hope that you experience a shift for the better soon, Billy.

      Kim

  • Billy

    Thanks for the prompt reply. Dr Eckerley, I’m fairly certain, is thyroid trained in the same vein as Dr Kharrazian http://www.mypassion4health.com/articles/thyroiditis.html. She has hashimoto’s herself. The testing was very comprehensive, and some of the blood work (for mold toxicity, lyme and chronic fatigue panel) are still under way. Leaky gut, finding a certain double helix gene that I have through extensive blood testing, along with many other things were and are continuing to be addressed. I went to AZ for initial visit. Will be doing subsequent appts via phone.

    To follow up, last week I consulted briefly by phone with a Dr from Dr K’s referral list here in Austin, TX — Dr Cullenton. I read him the list of supplements I was prescribed and he verified that they were pretty much on target. I may go to see him personally to get a more thorough second opinion, and to see if there is anything, in addition to the care I’m receiving now, that he feels he can offer. That said, I do feel, all in all, I am on the right track.

    Do you think it would be a wise move for me to ask my GP for a sonogram re the “lump”? Would that help to indicate nodules, goiter or cancer? If I receive that through my GP it covered under my health plan for a nominal co-pay–the rest of this is not.

    Incidentally, my iodine levels were tested just prior to my visit, and they were fine. So iodine is not the problem, but definitely was the/a catalyst. There is some iodine in the “Thyrocare” that I am taking but I understand that that is okay–even beneficial–as long as there is adequate selenium.

    • kim

      Hi Billy,

      I’m so glad to hear that Dr Eckerley is thyroid trained in the same vein as Dr Kharrazian. You’re in excellent hands then.

      I would ask either of your Dr’s about getting a sonogram re: the “lump”. With thyroid problems, it’s not something to be taken lightly. Could be a goiter or growth on your thyroid – I had a growth that, upon removal, was found to be benign.

      Sounds like you’re on the right track for sure.

      Plus, if none of your docs use energy work, like Kinesiology or NET, you might check my list again, http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ or call around in your area to chiropractor offices to find someone who does both, thyroid and Kinesiology or NET (Neuro Emotional Technique.) Having one’s body answer YES and NO to supplements, nutritional, emotional and physical issues is very helpful in healing too.

      Blessings of health,

      Kim

  • Mike

    Hello everyone, i have been suffering from thyroid problems for over fifteen years now. I literally saw over 25 “regular doctors” even some thyroid specialists. Than i started to learn about real health! You can all fix your problems without drugs, yes diet is very important but if you dont remove the bad stuff it may only help a little or still mask something harmful in the back round. For me it was mercury toxicity which can really effect your thyroid. For others it may be mold, parasite, bacteria, virus. Best doctors for mercury are Dr. Shade and Dr. Pompa. Others include cutler,hyman,mercola, klinghardt, mcguire, tanner. In with the good, out with the bad, its that simple.

  • Amy

    I live near Denver/Longmont and was wondering if there’s a doctor out there that accepts regular insurance that is also naturopathic in their approach because I have a low income and can’t afford the naturopaths, but I do have insurance. Recommendations? I haven’t been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s but have all the symptoms, but I know the regular medical community is not good at recognizing it.

    • kim

      Hi Amy,

      Yes, in Longmont area, I recommend my practitioner, Dr. Jared Allomong. 303.827.3772 He is thyroid trained and practices Natural Medicine. They do take insurance, just call and discuss with them. If you email me at kim@thyroidu.com I can also send you a coupon for a free session too!

      Let me know if that works out for you or not.

      Otherwise, you can go to my PRACTITIONERS page at http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ – check with any on these lists.

      I’m also teaching the following class next month:
      “10 Ways to Manage Low Thyroid Symptoms”
      Over 15 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease, mostly women. Most doctors have no idea how to help us. Realizing that fatigue, “fog brain”, muscle pain, cold feet, hard to lose weight and other symptoms aren’t your fault is great! Now, find out how to manage your symptoms and find a healthcare professional trained to help you back to vibrant health. During this course we will look at thyroid symptoms and autoimmune diseases, learn the Thyroid Reset Diet, and explore who can help you.

      Location: Front Range Community College / 3645 W. 112th Ave, Westminster, CO
      Thursday, March 7
      6:30 – 8:30 pm (2 hours)
      Fee: $39.00 res. / Plus: Instructor Fee $1.00.
      Pre-register: 303.404.5465 or visit http://wcicpd.frontrange.edu/
      CODE: WLNS1022-001

      My best to you,

      Kim

  • Amanda

    I believe I have Hashimoto’s disease or at least hypoactive thyroid. I have all the symptoms and have had for many years. There is a history of thyroid disorder in my family. But I am also in perimenopause. So every time I try to get a doctor to address it I can not get beyond a T3 and TSH test. They put it down to menopausal neurosis, tell me I ‘mustn’t worry’ and try to prescribe me anti-depressant medication. I have a very low income and no medical insurance. So I can not afford to doctor shop or seek alternative medical help.
    Do you have any thoughts on how to convince a doctor to test?

    • kim

      Hi Amanda,
      I’m so sorry for your frustrations.

      1. YOUR DOCTOR
      No, you can’t convince your doctor to test you differently as he/she doesn’t know the tests and won’t know how to read them after they get them. You’re already pigeon-holed in their mind for other problems they can fix with a pill.

      2. You do need to find a thyroid trained practitioner as soon as you can. Go to my site page and find one in your area ASAP. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ Even one appt., with the blood tests you already have, will give you a different outcome.

      3. DIET
      What you can do right now is change you diet to start rebuilding your thyroid/body/brain health and start to diminish the symptoms. You’ll have to do it anyway.

      I outline this diet in my manual. Stick to it strictly for a minimum of 6 months. It’s only $37.00 and includes pages of checklists to take to your thyroid trained practitioner, where you won’t be seen as crazy or hormonal. Your regular doctor will not care about your real symptoms or these lists.

      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      My good thoughts for your best health always,

      Kim

  • Hannah

    Hello Kim – what a pleasure it is to see this conversation in 2013. I have been suffering worse and worse from Hashimoto’s for 3 years, with increasing dizziness/vertigo the past year, and antibodies that continue to increase to very high levels. I don’t want to get into all the details of the ups and downs and things I’ve tried over the 3 years, but suffice to say I’ve been gluten-free for 2 years and taking vitamins B12 and D regularly recently, but cannot solve this dizziness which impairs my ability to function normally. I am just starting dairy- and egg- free this week in hopes I will feel better – something I am ingesting is triggering my immune system attack, whether it’s my thyroid medication itself, foods I eat, or substances I’m coming into contact with.

    My question for you is: I get a compounded medication with a lactose filler. Do you need to cut out lactose on the dairy-free protocol to help Hashimoto’s, or is it the proteins in dairy products that are the problem rather than the lactose? I don’t think I’m lactose intolerant as I’ve always felt good after eating cheese and don’t have digestive problems after eating cheese, but I want to follow the dairy-free protocol correctly, and just not sure if eliminating lactose is a factor or just the dairy items themselves.

    Thanks again for your kind demeanor and informative, hopeful communications!

    Hannah

    • kim

      Hi Hannah,

      There are layers of reasons for all of our symptoms, gluten is just one.
      So, yes, dairy is part of it too. It’s not really the lactose, it’s the chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, hormones, etc. that are injected into the cows to get the “dairy”, plus what they are eating.

      And, it’s more than that.

      I’d suggest the road we all must travel to really get to the roots of this:

      1. DOCTOR
      You do need to find a thyroid trained practitioner to help figure out what all is triggering your ongoing symptoms. Go to my site page and find one in your area ASAP. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ Even one appt., showing them the blood tests you already have, will give you some new answers.

      2. DIET
      What you can do right now is make all of the changes you need in your diet to start rebuilding your thyroid/body/brain health and diminish the symptoms. You’ll have to do it anyway.

      I outline this diet in my manual. Stick to it strictly for a minimum of 6 months. It’s only $37.00 and includes pages of checklists to take to your thyroid trained practitioner.

      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      I hope you’re better soon,

      Kim

  • shamini

    hi been suffering from hashimotos last 3 years ….. i did not understand my problem.now iam all better ,is there a thyroid advocate in los angeles

  • Krissy

    Kim, I just wanted to say I appreciate this website more than you could imagine. I am at a very low point in my life and I don’t know where to turn. I have hashimotos disease. My doctor first prescribed me 88mcg of levothyroxine. About 2 months after taking it I noticed myself going completely downhill. I started experiencing severe dry eyes, there is no moistness at all in my eyes, severe anxiety, shortness of breath,weight fluctuation, restlessness and extreme nervousness. I wasn’t feeling this bad until after I started taking the medicine. I spoke to my doctor and told her I thought I was on too much of the dose, because those symptoms are all of HYPERthyroidism. So she lowered it down to 75, and still the same symptoms. So she lowered it one last time to 50, and I’m still not seeing a difference and ive been on this dose for 2 months. I know it’s the medicine because ever since I started this medication I started feeling all of these things. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know where to turn, I am helpless. Do you really recommend a diet alternative? I understand nothing will cure this disease, but is there any natural way I can do just so I can feel normal and not have to take this horrible medicine? Please when you have time, get back to me. I am 24 years old and I can’t go on anymore like this.

    Thank you so much for your time,
    Krissy

    • kim

      Hi Krissy,

      I’m so sorry that at your young age you are being dragged down by your thyroid dysfunction. I’m glad that my blog is helpful.

      There are layers of reasons for all of your symptoms, and the medication certainly can cause some of them. You do need to take it, but your current doctor does not know all of the reasons for your symptoms so is using one big hammer for a lot of jobs.

      What I can hear in your story is that your doctor is not thyroid-trained and really cannot help you further.

      So, first, you must find a thyroid-trained practitioner to help figure out what all is triggering your ongoing symptoms. Go to my site page and find one in your area ASAP. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ Even one appointment showing them the blood tests you already have, will give you some new answers.

      And secondly, yes, it’s really about your diet and nutrition to rebuild your broken down health-system.

      What you can do right now is make all of the changes you need in your diet to start rebuilding your thyroid/body/brain health and diminish the symptoms. You’ll have to do it anyway. Your new thyroid-trained pracititioner will help you with diet and nutrition ideas as well.

      I outline this thyroid reset diet in my manual. Stick to it strictly for a minimum of 6 months. It’s only $37.00 and includes pages of checklists to take to your thyroid-trained practitioner. You could take these same checklists to your current doctor, but they won’t know what to do with them.

      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      I hope you’re better soon and again, I’m glad you can get some answers on my blog as well.

      Kim

    • Hannah

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks so much for your response. I have been working with a very knowledgeable naturopath who follows Dr. Kharrazian’s approach and also a great endocrinologist the past year and we keep taking new steps to try to help me feel better, but things keep getting worse. I am amazed at how similar Krissy’s story is to mine. Three years ago I too felt normal before starting medication, and I only went to the doctor because I had promised my mother I would, to get a physical and to check my cholesterol after not going to the doctor for many years – aka, I wasn’t even feeling bad when I went to see the doctor. I was then diagnosed with Hashimoto’s – I had a TSH of 42 but really felt physically normal – I did not feel bad. Within weeks of starting levothyroxine it was all downhill. It has been downhill ever since, with changes in diet, supplements, types/doses of thyroid medication, changes that don’t occur fast because you must give each new change weeks/months to see if it works even when you feel worse and worse.

      Clearly I need thyroid hormone in my body based on my TSH, T4, T3 and antibody readings. But I have been overwhelmingly perplexed at how much better I felt with that 42 TSH before medication than I have any single day in the 3 years since being on thyroid medication. It’s clear any dose of medication makes me feel horrible and I absolutely don’t understand it – I’ve been researching and working with different doctors for 3 years trying to understand how this can be, and there are no answers. I just wish I could have one fleeting moment of the time before medication when I could function normally and feel physically good every day, even with that high TSH, which I absolutely cannot do now. I just don’t know how this can be.

      Thanks so much for your caring ear and site and comments Kim,

      Hannah

  • Kathleen

    I had hyperthyroid…and it is normal now. I have a close relative with Hashimoto’s.

    I have used Rich’s MSM to help with arthritic inflammation and one of its side issues is more energy…not to take it after 3 pm. Also, another is coconut oil, which is known to rev up metabolism. Are these OK to take by those with Hashimoto’s?

    • kim

      Hi Kathleen,

      I can’t speak for Rich’s MSM, but yes on coconut oil! I ad coconut oil to my smoothies and use in lots of cooking to get it in my daily diet. I have just eating it out of the jar too! Sounds odd as an “oil”, but it’s not lard! :)

      To check on Rich’s MSM and other supplements, find a thyroid-trained practitioner to help test you for them, preferably one who uses muscle testing. Just ask when you call their office. Go to my site page and find one in your area. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      And, re: your relative with Hashimoto’s Disease. They MUST find a thyroid-trained practitioner ASAP. No waiting. It’s serious.

      They will also need to go on a thyroid healing diet to rebuild their broken down health-system.

      Send them this blog link to start reading up. They can also get a head start on the diet by ordering my Get Your Life Back Manual and Checklists. It’s only $37.00

      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      To your health,

      Kim

  • Sergio

    hey.i have been on antidepressants to treat my anxiety and panic attacks for 8 years but it kept getting worse and worse and now i cant even leave my house. i know its a huge link between emotions and hormones and i wanted to ask you…if my anti thyroglobuline level is 5 times bigger and anti peroxidase is also bigger than the normal values but my tsh is normal can i feel bad because of this ? i went to 2 docs and they didnt gave meeds because they said my tsh is normal.what do you think ?

    • kim

      Hi Sergio,

      Yes, there’s a huge link between emotions and hormones, do you know any women! :)

      I can assume that the 2 docs you went to were not thryoid trained, so they wouldn’t know the lab tests you need or what to look for when they got them back. So, if you really have a thyroid problem, they may only see one marker that shows that your tsh is “normal”, but it’s not.

      I highly recommend that you find a thyroid-trained practitioner to assess our health issues correctly.

      Go to my site page and find one in your area ASAP. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ Even one appointment showing them the blood tests you already have, will give you some new answers. Some work by phone as well, just ask.

      My best,

      Kim

  • Emily

    I have had hashimotos for 3 years now. I’m currently on 117 levo a day. I am 100 lbs. overweight and have been trying to lose weight for about 6 mths now with no results! I gain 2lbs lose 2lbs but that’s it. I eat an apple or 2 when I wake up, with 250 mg. of bladderwrack. I then workout for 30 min plus weight training. I drink a smoothie of oat milk (I make it myself), 2tbsp hemp, 1 tbsp flax, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 tsp blue algae, cocoa powder and a banana. I eat a normal lunch and then just a plain oatmilk,banana,cocoa powder shake for dinner. Sometimes I workout for 1 hour. I still consume flour, sugar, etc for lunch, but I’m a strict vegan. What am doing wrong? I’m so depressed that there are no results. Please help me.

    • kim

      Boy Emily, you’re doing a lot of things right, but something’s sure clogging the system for you.

      I can’t definitely say why you’re not losing weight, but with Hashimoto’s disease, it’s much more than just the diet as your body is not functioning on many levels and in many organs and glands in your body.

      Being vegetarian is not a perfect answer for many people either.

      You DO have to stop sugar and gluten for sure until your body rebalances.

      Plus, I can’t say that all the medications and supplements that you are taking are the best combination with Hashi’s.

      My biggest suggestion for you is to get to a thyroid-trained practitioner to assess our health issues correctly and fully ASAP.

      Go to my site page and find an trained doctor in your area. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ Even one appointment showing them the blood tests you already have, will give you some new answers. Some work by phone as well, just ask. If you can’t find any close by, call my doctor’s office (Dr. Jared Allomong) in Colorado and see how you can work with him by phone to get some immediate answers. He is #1 on http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ .

      My best to you for your best health,

      Kim

  • Emily

    I will see one of the doctors on your list in my area, and am really excited to see that there is one very near me! I have a question regarding oats and hemp. Are they considered gluten? I found some websites say no, but others say not to take a chance. I realized that I eat gluten heavy things and I never considered cutting them from my diet. It’s definitely an “uh duh” moment for me. Thank you for making this information readily available! I’ve been searching for a long time.

  • Patricia Richetto

    Hi, Kim,
    Thank you for your commitment to finding and sharing answers to Auto-immune conditions and particularly for the treatment of HypoThyroidism. I have taken Armour Thyroid for 13 years; but, still have symptoms that alter my lifestyle. I will try your recommended diet and let you know how that works for me. I recently connected with a Dr. Andersen, at the Red River Clinic in Jordan, UT. He offers 2 free phone consultations and ordered an extensive panel of bloodwork to determine if I do have Hashimoto’s. I was a bit concerned since his “out of pocket” fees are $4,000.00-$6,000.00 for treatment and $400.00-$600.00 for supplements. What is your experience with the “out of pocket” costs for treatment?

    • kim

      Hi Patricia,

      There is one simple blood draw to find out if you actually have Hashimoto’s, but the extensive panel Dr. A ordered will give you more answers too, which is good. It’s either get them all at once or after you find out your have Hashi’s.

      My 6 month treatment in 2010 was $7,000, some pay 2ce that. However. I now know that that was overpriced.

      I don’t know what Dr. A is going to do for the fees of $4,000.00-$6,000.00 over what period of time, but the $400.00-$600.00 for supplements is correct – over time. Plan to be on supplements for years/lifetime for some to keep body rebuilt and maintained.

      One of the biggest things I paid for in my 6 month Rx was going in weekly to have them ask me how I was. They would check on how I was eating and change supplements to match my wellness quotient of body/brain health as I went. That’s how and why I created my Get Your Life Back manual and forms. So much of it is diet and supplements, and staying committed to the diet.

      I apologize that I don’t have my list in front of me to check if you’ve purchased my manual/diet already, but if not you can order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      I look forward to hearing from you on how you’re doing, Patricia.

  • Sally Stuart

    Kim – i have terrible back pain. I get epidurals that help alot but still deal with alot of pain. Please help. Have had hashimotos for 17 years. I’m finally realizing that i prob have to go on gluten free diet also. Sally

    • kim

      Hi Sally,

      I can’t say that all of your back pain is from hashimoto’s disease, but you can move past hashimoto’s in a few months time on the right diet and supplements protocols and then continue to change your lifestyle to stay on that clean diet to help your symptoms continue to lighten up.

      You need to see a thyroid trained practitioner ASAP. Find one close to you at my site page: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      And, regarding your diet, it’s much more than just going gluten free. You can get the Thyroid Healing Diet and more. I highly suggest your order my Get Your Life Back Manual and Checklists.

      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Thank you for finding my site. Keep reading my blog posts for more help.

  • donna

    does any one know of a alternative thyroid dr in NJ 0r NY area that can help with RA and Hashimotos?

  • Renatty

    Hi,
    I enjoyed everybodys’ comments about Hashimoto,which is my constant *partner* since 2 years with already mild sympthoms.
    Diet and exersize is very important.!!
    Body and brain regular movement.Avoid soy,
    cabbage,gluten products,which reduce the strength of Euthyrox.Would love to try Armour thyroid,but the fear of plenty side effects is there!!!A lady from the Aqua Jim cured Hashi in Mayo clinic-Italy
    with one month Gamma globulin intravenous treatment.I’m on my way to find out how far?? What about Erfa ??? Kindly lets know if the experience is there.
    Warm wishes for much Luck and good mood.

    • kim

      Let’s ALL go to Italy and get cured, Renatty! I’m with you! :) Ciao!

      re: Armour. I’ve heard of plenty of good outcomes with it too. Hard to tell as each body is different.

  • Dana

    Currently I’m being treated for RA but after a family member advised me that I should check into Hashimoto’s I’m finding my signs point more towards this. All of my thyroid tests have been normal. But I have such joint pain in my feet, knees, ankles, fingers, wrists and elbows that they are treating me for RA with meds. I also have developed problems with my monthly cycle now that I have 3 weeks on and 1 week off. I’m losing hair in handfulls, constantly tired, gained 30lbs within a very short time and constantly cold even on hot days seem like I need to be wrapped up. I also started taking paxil for anxiety and depression before all the symptoms increased. I was never an anxious or depressed person ever. I’m not sure how this autoimmune disease starts or comes on. But I’m seeing changes even now with treatment for RA and starting to question if my uncle isn’t right. Besides diet, suggestions of what else could help? Thankyou.

    • kim

      Hi Dana,

      I’m so sorry for your pain and condition.

      Your thyroid tests reading “normal” and your symptoms don’t match. Yes, I’d certainly say you have Hashimoto’s Disease and hypothyroidism, which have over 67 symptoms.

      You’ll need to do a couple of things to rebuild your health starting immediately:

      1. DOCTOR
      You’ll need to find a “thyroid trained” practitioner. Any “regular” doctor won’t have been trained or understand the depths of this condition to help you past giving you the thyroid hormone replacement medication.

      You can take the lab tests you have now and get them to a practitioner who can help you immediately by reading them differently and correctly. Find a new one close to you at my site page: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      2. DIET
      Diet is the BIG solution that you can start right now.
      You’ll need to change your diet and take the necessary supplements (from your thyroid trained practitioner) to help your symptoms reverse. This will include RA symptoms, they are all connected.

      You can get started on this right away by yourself. The Thyroid Healing Diet is in my Get Your Life Back Manual plus the Checklists that will help you help your doctor help you better.
      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Or, my 6 Module Audio Home Study Course which has even more information.
      http://thyroidu.com/get-your-life-back-reset-your-thyroid-health-home-study-course/

      HAIR LOSS
      Specific to hair loss. It can be caused by the wrong level of thyroid medication and other imbalances. I had hair loss especially when I was on too high a dosage of L-Thyroxine thyroid hormone replacement. I take many supplements to help rebalance my health, including Evening Primrose Oil 2000 mg/day. With the lower dosage of THR and the EPOil, my hair is much better.

      You can also read this post that might be helpful:
      http://thyroidu.com/1698/thyroid-health-and-hair-loss-can-vitamin-d-help/

      Bottom line, if you have a thyroid condition and hair loss, it’s not just one answer, so make sure to see a thyroid trained practitioner to help you out.

      My prayers are with you for your best health,

      Kim

  • chris

    I have had hosimotos disease for about 5 years. I was put on thyroid medicine 100 mg. and took D3, 5000 mg. Well I felt like I had good days and bad days. Days I felt horrible. Palpatations , going to heart doctors , anxiety and panic attacks and breathing problems. I just have had blood work and it showed my calcium levels high and possibility of having parathyroidism. Well I went off the D3. After a month that sick feeling went away. I consult with a endroconolgist (thyroid dr.) I was overmedicated on the thyroid , he put me on Armor Thyroid a all natural thyroid hormone and said too much of the D3 can be TOXIC. That is why I was feeling sick. BE VERY CAREFUL WITH VITAMINS!!!! Get you nutrition through foods…..

    • kim

      Yes, Chris, we can overdose on many kinds of vitamins and supplements. That’s why it’s important to see a “thyroid trained practitioner” who also does muscle testing to check the doses right for your body. Muscle testing can be done any time so that you’re not dependent on waiting for the next lab report, or paying for more blood tests. Glad you found the answer!

      Thyroid trained practitioners list: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

  • Lisa

    Hi Kim
    I have Hashimotos and am working with a naturopath as well as taking synthroid. I am currently on a no wheat/dairy/sugar ‘cleanse’. I have replaced the yogurt I use in my smoothies with Almond milk. I have been looking some things up and have noticed that a number of people say I shouldn’t be using almonds as they encourage goiter? I notice that you recommend it….Just wondering if you suggest limiting it in anyway?
    Great information thanks so much! Will be ordering your book!

    • kim

      Hi Lisa,

      Almond milk is a food generally associated with health benefits. But almond milk can present risks for people with low thyroid function.

      The problem:
      Severe iodine deficiency causes goiters. Almonds are known goitrogens, which means they contain chemicals that inhibit thyroid function by interfering with iodine intake.

      Almond vs Soy Milk
      So, is drinking almond milk in large quantities something can could pose a problem? No. Almonds are not known to be a significant goitrogen, but I suspect what you heard (or what someone else heard and misinterpreted to you) was that drinking a lot of soy milk can interfere with thyroid function, possibly leading to goiter. This is true.

      Preparation
      While people with hypothyroidism are advised to avoid goitrogens, the goitrogenic effects are negated by cooking or light steaming. Most almond milk is produced raw, and can also be heated to prevent any potential goitrogenic effects.

      MY CHOICE
      I will continue to drink almond milk daily. You can certainly switch to coconut mild or flax milk as well.

      • Namy

        Kim, what brand you use of almond or coconut milk.I prefer these but silk and other brand have carrageen which is thinking agent they use and bad for the health.Please what brand you use?.Thanks

  • Lisa

    Thanks so much for that Kim….I was feeling a bit miserable about it as I always have a smoothie with berries for breakfast! Almond milk means I can carry on doing that so when I read there might be an issue it was rather depressing…! I do take an iodine supplement. Would you recommend that I take that some time after my smoothie?

  • Hi Lisa,

    I would check with your doctor about how much and when to take iodine. It can depend on how your body is using it.

    Kim

  • Bethany

    Hello,
    I discovered today that I have Hashi’s. I am alarmed to discover how harmful gluten is to me. Is it ever ok to have gluten on rare ocassions? I am a world traveler and I can’t begin to figure out how to travel in lne futue and avoid gluten. Giving up gluten ievery day is hard enough , but I’m heart broken over the hundreds of world’s food I won’t ever get to try. Is there any hope ? This is a huge passion in mylife.

    • kim

      Hi Bethany,

      I’m so sorry that you had to find out you have Hashimoto’s Disease. It was life changing for me too.

      Food wise it was a good change for me however. Yes, I miss gluten too sometimes yet, and other foods that are off limits at least for the first 6 months to reset your thyroid health and get back out of Hashi’s.

      The problem with Hashimoto’s Disease too is that it’s not just about the thyroid gland, it affects your whole body. Plus, when a person gets on autoimmune disease, others can trigger. So, the sooner you change your diet, the better all around.

      The 2 top things you need to do now is

      1. Find a Thyroid Trained DOCTOR
      You need to find a “thyroid trained” practitioner. Any “regular” doctor/GP or even specialist won’t have been trained or understand the depths of this condition, what tests to run, how to read them and the supplements you need to rebuild your body and brain health.

      You can take any lab tests you have now and get them to a practitioner who can help you immediately by reading them differently and correctly. Find a new one close to you at my site page: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one close to you, use one of those on the list by phone #. You can email or fax your test results to them and/or they can tell you which tests to have done and get the results back to them. Many will work with you by phone/Skype.

      2. DIET
      Diet is the BIG solution that you can start right now to loss weight. It’s not just about being gluten-free.

      You’ll need to change your diet and take the necessary supplements (from your thyroid trained practitioner) to help your symptoms reverse.

      You can get started on this right away by yourself. The Thyroid Healing Diet is in my Get Your Life Back! Manual plus the Checklists that will help you help your doctor help you better.
      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Or, my 6 Module Audio Home Study Course which has even more information and includes the Get Your Life Back! Manual and Checklists.
      http://thyroidu.com/get-your-life-back-reset-your-thyroid-health-home-study-course/

      My thoughts are with you in this frustrating time,

      Kim

  • Suzy

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you for all your hard work, your story is really inspiring. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last november and have been trying to treat this naturally since then. My diet is pretty good, gluten and dairy free and I had been vegetarian for the last 10 years but have started eating just a little fish since my diagnosis. This week I have been doing some extra research and talking with my friends at the natural health food store where I work we feel that I have probably got Hashimoto’s as I have anti-bodies and with all the supplements and diet change nothing seems to be making a difference.If fact I am getting more and more tired and brain-fogged by the day. Today I bit the bullet and asked the doctor to put me on levothyroxine although I’m totally against pharmaceautical medication I just don’t know what else to do. In hindsight I can see that I’ve probably had this condition since childhood but it’s been un-diagnosed. Most foods that I eat at the moment are giving me a sore throat and massive mucous build up, even quinoa and rice which are gluten free and because I follow a diet for my A blood type there are not many foods left to me to eat after taking out the goitergenic one. Over the last month I’ve become so despondant with food that I dread eating anything and don’t really have the energy to be creative with my food, which is a bit of a problem as I’m a nutritional chef. I wonder whether you might have any insight or inspiration to share? With warmest regards, Suzy

    • kim

      Hi Suzy,

      Thanks for “biting the bullet” and taking thyroid medication. You really do need to take it to rebalance thyroid hormones.

      The rest of your symptoms (and there are over 67) need attention from a “thyroid trained practitioner”, which I don’t know if yours is or not. There are many supplements and other tests that could be run to find out what else your body needs right now. If all your doc can offer you is the medication, but it ends there, he/she is not trained.

      PRACTITIONER:
      Read more about why you need a “thyroid trained practitioner” here: http://thyroidu.com/2050/thyroid-health-why-you-need-to-find-a-thyroid-trained-practitioner/
      You can find one at http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/. If you can’t find one near you, call #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong here in Longmont, CO, my practitioner and he will help you by email/phone.
      He can help you with supplements and answers to your lab tests, etc.

      DIET:
      A thyroid specific diet is the BIG solution that you can start right now by yourself. Being a vegetarian is great, but there are some vegetables that you should not be eating and other specifics.
      The Thyroid Healing Diet is in my Get Your Life Back! Manual plus the Checklists that will help you help your doctor help you better, too.
      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Or, my 6 Module Audio Home Study Course which has even more information and includes the Get Your Life Back! Manual and Checklists.
      http://thyroidu.com/get-your-life-back-reset-your-thyroid-health-home-study-course/

      My thoughts are with you for you best health quickly, Suzy.

      Kim

  • Patti Harrison

    I was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos by my Endocrinologist and was a little confused on the difference between Hashimotos and Hypothyroidism so I did some resurch and have found the last few days since I cut out Gluten,wheat,Soy,refined salt and sugars, chlorine, aspartame, calciferous vegetables, and night shades, I have bin feeling a bit better but I am having more heart burn and bloating. I also have IBS could the new diet be effecting it? another thing I love green beans are they OK to eat or are they a night shade I have not yet gotten a clear answer on that? also If you could recommend some Vitamins thank you

    • kim

      Hi Patti,

      I’m glad that you’ve taken your health into your own hands so quickly. Good for you!

      Most vegetables are fine – just don’t eat them raw. Steaming/cooking zaps the bad chemistry out of them.

      I’m not sure why you’d have IBS, heart burn/bloating, as I don’t know your exact daily diet, but it can also be bacteria in your gut causing it. This is something that can be tested for, though your doctor may not know about it.
      See the following posts on this blog: http://thyroidu.com/1826/thyroid-disease-hypothyroidism-and-abdominal-bloating/
      http://thyroidu.com/1688/thyroid-health-when-everything-i-eat-makes-me-bloat/

      I highly advise you find a thyroid trained practitioner. Go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the list. If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily.

      You will get better with the right practitioner and diet. The diet is in my manual, see more here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ You can buy it and refine your diet immediately, as you’ll need to anyway. Your doctor will not know about this as he/she is not trained in nutrition and the whole scope of thyroid problems.

      Vitamins: My vitamin regimen is set up with my practitioner, Dr. Jared Allomong. There are some basics of course, Vit D, multi, etc, but it can take quite a while to get your brain, body and balance back and you may need specific supplements that are not available in the stores.

      My best to you, Patti,

      Kim

  • Myriah

    Hi Kim,

    Thank you so much for this site.

    I have a few questions and apologize if you have already had them.

    I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s 2 years ago. I was put on synthroid 25 mcg and sent on my merry way. After much independent research, I have cut out dairy, gluten, soy, corn and eggs (my body developed an allergy). I did find a local chiropractor who assisted me with allergy testing. I did this all about 18 months ago and was strict on it for 5 months. I felt better than I have in years. I slowly began cheating after we went on a vacation. Needless to say, I started gaining back weight, body aches, feeling sluggish, etc. About 2 weeks ago, I put myself back on (and plan for it to be permanent) no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no sugar and am starting to feel better. I noticed the strict no sugar. I do try to avoid all sugars. However, I like to sometimes have a glass of organic red wine. I know this contains sugar. I feel like I am so restrictive with my diet that it truly is a treat for me from time to time. What are your thoughts on this? Should I stay off until my gut heals again? Should I try to avoid it forever? moderation? I appreciate your thoughts.

    Secondly, I have started to have to clear my throat several times a day. The mucus is clear, but it is definitely a new symptom. Is this Hashimoto’s related? I fear my body is reeling from the past months of abuse.

    Also, I noticed Dr. Kharrazian recommends drinking Kambucha. I have read several articles saying that kambucha is high in fluoride. What is your opinion?

    Lastly, (sorry!), I have begun taking 2 tsps of Braggs organic apple cider vinegar three times a day. Do you do this? any thoughts?

    I apologize for the length of this, but SO appreciate your response. My practitioner doesn’t believe in the gluten free or dietary changes and says that I will simply need to take synthroid for life. :( My husband is very supportive, but the rest of my family gives eye rolls and sighs about my “new diet” giving very little support.

    Thank you,
    Myriah

    • kim

      Hi Myriah,

      Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you!

      1. My direction to anyone with a thyroid condition is to get on and stay on a very strict thyroid reset diet for 6 months. No cheating of any kind. Then add back very slowly a food that you have otherwise not been eating and see how you feel.

      2. Mucus.
      Yes, sadly, I know this one too for years. I’ve researched it a lot and never find a definitive answer of the WHY of it related to thyroid. I did find that the thyroid deals with mucus creation in our body. But nothing really pointing to anything helpful. I will continue my quest to find out though as I’d love to stop it as well!

      3. Kambucha
      You can make or buy it. Choose your water sources if creating, and read the labels with buying. Find an organic brand and it should be the best option. I’ve not liked it personally.

      4. Apple cider vinegar
      Yes! Good stuff. No, I’ve not committed to using it (yet.) But it is very good for our bodies. Keep it up!

      5. Doctor
      Yours is not helpful. I highly suggest trading him/her in for a thyroid trained practitioner immediately! Plus, it’s not just about gluten, there’s SO much more.

      Here’s the list to find one close to you. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      If you can’t find one close, you can contact mine – see #1 on the list. He’ll work w/ you by phone/Skype.

      The diet and more is in my manual – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Bless your husband for understanding (have him read the other comments on this site and he’ll be with you 100%!)
      Bless your family for being humans. When one of them ends up with some autoimmune disease, and a large % of all humans will, and their doctor tells them to eat like you are now… well, there you have it! :)

      Blissings!

      Kim

  • heather

    When you say no sugar, does that include fruit?!??!

    • kim

      Hi Heather,

      You can eat fruit, but the whole fruit. Must have the pulp in it. No juicing, juice is all sugar. Then, limit fruit to 2-3/day.

      :) Enjoy!

  • Sarah B.

    I too have Hashimoto’s/hypothyroidism. My endocrinologist did my Thyroid Peroxidase Ab a few months ago and my value was 2,513! So high! Did you see your antibodies lower when you cut out gluten/dairy from your diet? Of course my endocrinologist said there is nothing I can do to help with the Hashimoto’s part of my hypothyroidism. Thank you so much for the dietary suggestions with cutting out gluten/dairy/sugar, etc. I have already cut out gluten for a few months and have noticed a difference. I am now considering cutting out dairy as well. I live in North Carolina and attempted to go see a holistic doctor to help with my thyroid condition however in NC, holistic medicine doctors are not able to prescribe medication. So if I went to a holistic doctor, I would still have to continue seeing my endocrinologist for my prescriptions. This is very frustrating and is not in my budget! Do you have any suggestions for this? My husband and I actually might be moving to the Denver area which would be a huge blessing for having more holistic thyroid doctors.

    • kim

      Hi Sarah,

      1) Yes, my antibodies lowered when I cut out gluten/dairy from my diet, and other foods and toxins.
      The thyroid diet you need to follow has several more key changes you’ll need to know too.
      I’d suggest using the diet list that is in my manual – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2) Of course my endocrinologist said there is nothing you can do to help with the Hashimoto’s part of my hypothyroidism.
      He/she has no idea, is not trained in this issue. You CAN heal your Hashimoto’s away, though you will still be hypothyroid,
      which is workable.

      3) Yes, you’ll still need a regular doctor for prescriptions, but you’ll really only need one medication for thyroid anyway.
      All the rest – supplements – will be from your thyroid trained practitioner.

      DO THIS
      Here’s the list to find a thyroid trained practitioner close to you. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      If you can’t find one close, you can contact mine here in Longmont, CO – see #1 on the list.
      Dr. Jared Allomong will work w/ you by phone/Skype/email.

      Make sure to click on the red lettered “read my blog post” on that page re: why you need to add/switch doctors.

      If you move to Denver, you’ll love it here! We’re a great area/state to wellness and health for sure.

  • Lity

    Hi Kim!
    I need advice. I was concerned about a swollen lymph node in my neck and went to get an ultrasound, Dr said by lymph node was fine and from drainage from my mouth (gross) but also informed me it looked like I had Hashimoto’s and I should get a blood test.

    Went to my PCP two weeks ago and got tested. My TSH is in the normal range but my anti thyroglobulin (supposed to be <3.9 and mine is 5.2) and anti thyroid peroxidase (supposed to be <8.9 and mine is 25.5) tests came back abnormal. Dr said it looks like I have an increased RISK but apparently don't have it because my numbers are only slightly out of the normal range. Does that make sense? Do I not have it cuz my numbers aren't higher? Do you think getting it is inevitable or can I prevent it from taking hold if I diet properly?

    I AM tired all the time no matter how much I sleep. It doesn't keep me bed ridden or from doing things but I never feel energetic. Also, less then two weeks ago my left arm went numb, cold, and pins and needles feeling. After that I have been feeling pins and needles and sensitive skin in both my arms and legs/feet. I know Paresthesia is a symptom of Hashi's so could this be related despite me supposedly not having it do do you think it IS connected? If it isn't it sure is quite a coincidence. Thanks for your time and I appreciate all the help you are providing.

    • kim

      Yes, paresthesia is a symptom of Hashi’s, along with 70+ others.

      Do this:
      The lab test numbers really don’t mean much when you have a lot of other stuff going on. Please contact my thyroid trained practitioner here in Longmont, CO, Dr. Jared Allomong, DC, Allomong Center of Applied Kinesiology (303) 827-3772 or allomongak@gmail.com . You can send him your tests as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you need to do.

      Plus, no matter what you have exactly, you’ll need to switch to a clean, thyroid diet. You can find that in my manual and can get started on that immediately. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      I look forward to hearing back from you after you talk to Dr. Jared Allomong. Plus, contact his office soon as he’ll be out most of Sept and early October.

      My best thoughts for your all around good health, Lity.

      Kim

  • Tracie Wain

    Hi. I first was diagnosed with Hashimotos about 6 months after the birth of my first child in 2009. I since then have had another child and now my meds have gone up again. I am currently on 112mcg of tirosint, which they tell me in a liquid version of synthroid. I just can not accept that it has to be like this for the rest of my life. Now articles are coming out saying that Levo has been linked to lung cancer. I am only 32 years old, i teach zumba classes, attend yoga and pilates and for the most part, I eat healthy, I try to stay gluten free for the most part, but most gluten free food, have corn or grains as a replacement. Can you offer some advice for a very busy mom of two to stay on this diet. I feel like it would be hard for an on the go mom like me. but I really want to try it.

    Tracie

    • kim

      Hi Tracie,

      I’m so sorry for your struggles with thyroid health issues.

      1) You need to be on a thyroid specific diet. What you shared in your question lets me know that you still have some imperative changes to make. You can find that in my manual and can get started on that immediately. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      To rebuild your thyroid health is all about nutrition and supplements. Your doctor can help you with the supplements for your compromised system. See #3.

      2) Glad that you’re so very active, that certainly is a good thing.

      3) You need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner.
      Check these lists to find one near you. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, you can contact #1 on the list, my doctor here in Longmont, CO, Dr. Jared Allomong, DC, Allomong Center of Applied Kinesiology (303) 827-3772 email: allomongak@gmail.com. You can send him your tests as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you need to do. He’ll work w/ you by phone/Skype/email.

      Thank you for reaching out for more answers,

      Kim

  • Hello Kim,
    I have read many a health blog in my search to feel better. I must congratulate you on maintaining this site for so long and in such a responsible way. This is the first time I have felt compelled to join in. Kudos to you!

    I have Chiari Malformation I, a brain condition which can inhibit proper messaging to the glands because of interference with the spinal column and spinal fluid. It’s most often inherited so other members of my family have it too and we tend to blame everything on that. Chirarians typically have metabolic problems. I also have close relatives with autoimmune disorders.

    But for decades doctors have told me my thyroid was “a little low,” and prescribed thyroid medication for my symptoms. I have tried Armour and a T3/T4 combo, both of which give me chest pain, and 3 types of synthetics, which all give me reactions of wild heart palpitations and gasping for breath, no matter how low the dose started with. So no help for me there.

    Due to migraines and other severe symptoms, I was tested by an integrative internist in Aurora, CO, for IGg antibodies (food reactions – what some docs call “hidden allergies”) as opposed to the regular type allergies, which involve IGe antibodies. In order to eliminate these issues I have been on a diet close to the one you describe for years. I am now 72 and the difference it made to get the offending foods out of my diet has made has been huge. Very rarely am I on the couch with a five-day migraine fatigue problem. I should mention that many of the foods I react to are fresh vegetables and fruits, though, so if anyone is on a strict diet and still having problems, it’s worth the money to get tested for IGg antibody reactions.

    The other huge help I have found for neuralgia-type symptoms and general nerve pain and headaches is a nerve support formula that contains high concentrations of the B vitamins benfotamine (thiamine) and methycobalamin (methyl B 12).These are not the same formulations as in regular B vitamins and are worth looking for.

    In the last couple years my low thyroid symptoms have intensified greatly however. I sometimes have my head drop over when sitting in my chair in a state of stupor. I’m not talking about being just drowsy or needing a nap. My integrative physician did the T3/T4 tests and said everything is fine and no medication is needed. I love that doctor’s office and thought they would know what to do, but thanks now to your advice I will check your list and try to find one who actually does.

    I have started taking a health product company’s bovine thyroid glandular product out of desperation and it is helping greatly, but it is unregulated and I am having to play with the dose so much to figure it out. I’m not sure that’s wise. Because of the constant ups & downs and the energy and brain focus waning more and more I can’t hold down the part-time job I need to afford the treatments. It’s kind of a catch 22 to pay such a large % of one’s income for health insurance and then not be able to get the right kind of care though that insurance!

    • kim

      Hi Esther,

      I’m so sorry for all of your health issues.

      You need a thyroid trained practitioner.
      No, it’s not wise to self-medicate.

      I’d highly suggest you waste no more time and go straight to my doctor in Longmont.
      He can work with you by phone and email.

      Dr. Jared Allomong, DC, Allomong Center of Applied Kinesiology
      (303) 827-3772 email: allomongak@gmail.com

  • Arleen

    I’m 61 and have suffered with all the symptoms of Hashimoto’s for years….7 years ago, after a routine blood test, my doctor said my TSH was low and I was put on Synthroid……I noticed some improvement, but still fought anxiety, constipation, depression, and the brain fogs…After about 3 years, my dosage was increased (75 to 100mcg)…Still no major improvement. Last year, after another blood test, my TSH was low and my doctor told me to cut back….That definitely didn’t work……Finally, a friend who is a bio-chemist and works for a blood lab asked about the tests I was given. She recommended Reverse T3, Free T3 (not T3), and the anti-body tests – Formal name: Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPOAb); Thyroglobulin Antibody (TgAb); Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Receptor Antibody (TRAb)….I ordered the tests on my own…Wow! I was way out of range and my friend “diagnosed” Hashimoto’s. I went to my doctor with the results. She agreed and, at my request, put me on Armour Thyroid. For me it has been a MIRACLE. I also watch my diet (primarily gluten free and I juice)….I have lost over half of the 30 pounds I had put on — and will never go on Synthroid again. It may be an ok drug for some people, but not for me. With Hashimoto’s, your TSH level is not nearly important as your antibody responses. If you are not finding success in your current situation, switch meds – and go natural, not synthetic. Good Luck!

  • kate

    hi I’ve had hoshimoto’s for 2 years and was on 450mcg of thyroxin dr’s couldn’t balance my levels so just kept upping the dose, it wasn’t doing anything for me and I wasn’t feeling any better on it so I quit using it. In 2 years I have gained 40kg I’m tiered, depressed, cant walk due to legs,feet,swelling and the pain associated, my face and hands are also swollen. my memory and concentration are poor. my hair is very thin and just keeps falling out, my nails don’t grow and are very brittle, I find it hard to talk sometimes as I know what I want to say but something different comes out of my mouth, I forget the most simplest words. Please, Please help me, I sit here and cry because my brain cant focus on all the information, I have just had my 45th birthday and feel like I’m 85, I see ladies in there 80’s healthier than me. You can follow my story, but please can you write and send me a simple weekly diet plan and tell me of the supplements please??? I have spent a lot of money at naturopaths but still don’t feel better. I don’t think I could read a book and try and figure out what I’m supposed to do. Please help me, Dr’s are starting to suggest a disability pension I’M 45!! I’ve nursed for 26 years and now it’s looking like I need to be nursed and cared for I’M 45!!! PLEASE HELP ME GET MY LIFE BACK :(

    • kim

      Hi Kate,

      I’m so sorry for your health problems for so long. Unfortunately, “regular doctors”, endo’s and naturopaths are clueless as they are not thyroid trained.

      Diet and supplements are key, and some supplements, like high doses of Vit D3 and Omega-3 fish oil are crucial, but you do need to see a thyroid trained practitioner to access your specific needs too to help you (body and brain) the best. Check these lists to find one near you. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, you can contact #1 on the list, my doctor here in Longmont, CO, Dr. Jared Allomong, DC, Allomong Center of Applied Kinesiology (303) 827-3772 email: allomongak@gmail.com. You can send him the tests as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you needs to do. He’ll work w/ you by phone/Skype/email from anywhere.

      Diet and lifestyle
      Yes, you’ll need to be on a thyroid specific diet. The basics are in my blog here, but in my manual you’ll get a one page list that you can then easily work from. I created it when my brain was not working, so I know anyone can use it.

      Plus, in my manual are the forms you absolutely need to track your many symptoms and take to your Dr. These lists are so helpful to keep your daily schedule in place and supplements taken, etc. as well, especially when our brain is wacked out.

      You can get started immediately w/ the diet and forms by ordering my manual here – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Thank you for reaching out for more answers for your girlfriend, and caring enough to ask questions.

      Kim

  • Alexandre

    Hello Kim,
    I just discovered your site today – great work, very helpful and positive.
    Saying “NO sugar”, how will you comment the use of genuine honey (bees’ only work, no additives, no extracts)?
    Once again, great site, congratulations,
    Alex

    • kim

      Hi Alexandre,

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad that survival can look so helpful and creative as my blog! :)

      The Honey question. Yes, honey is awesome, natural and lovely. Annnnd, it’s sugar. To our bodies it’s still just sugar, that can spike our blood sugar.

      So, if you have Hashimoto’s Disease, stay away from all sugars for the first 6 months.
      After that, you can add back, but don’t go wild. Inflammation is the killer for us, and sugar kicks it in.

  • Alexandre

    Thanks a lot Kim,
    OK, will forget the honey for at least six months, but as far as dairies are also supposed to be avoided, what will be your opinion about yogurt and goat cheese, as both are produced after fermentation and in general are supposed to be good for you?
    Thank you again and have a nice day,
    Alex

  • nicki

    I have been following a strict diet, which sounds like what you suggest.
    Gluten, dairy, sugar, legumes and soy free. I was advised not to even have fruit except maybe some berries, and none of the gluten free options out there. I am also taking some supplements. I have hashimotos. About a month into the diet i felt aton better. 2 months in, my levels are way better! I am trying to find info on what to do now and am not finding much help or guidance.. Do I have to eat like this forever? Can I integrate some foods back in? If so which? My understanding is gluten is forever bad. Is everything else to? I would like to better understand how to proceed. I really can’t imagine living with this strict diet forever. I’m not saying I’ll go back to soda and cookies! Can I cheat or shift it and with which food groups….and stay healthy?

    • kim

      Hi Nicki, BRAVO for your hard work on the diet!

      You can add some things back in, but only one at a time to see if they affect you.

      You might want to order my Get Your Life Back Manual with the complete Thyroid Reset Diet.
      This will confirm what you’ve been doing, but also tell you want to do to continue so that you
      don’t feel so restricted. What other option you have to stay health and keep inflammation and
      antibodies down and out.

      You can order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

  • Nana

    Hi, Kim
    Wanted to share my story with you and seek some advice. My daughter is 10 and she has been diagnosed with Hashimoto. Her hormones are all ok, but antibody levels very high-500. I have seen 2 private doctors and they advised to do nothing and check her hormones levels every year. We have no symptoms at all, just noticeable enlarged thyroid. I have put her on gluten free diet 4 months ago and will test her again after 6 months hoping the antibodies will get down. She also has eczema and gluten free diet doesn’t seem to make a difference so far. I understand that she will develop a hypothyroidism in future but want to delay it to as far as I can. Also giving her simple vitamin D supplement.

    • kim

      Hi Nana,

      I’m so sorry that such a young person has to start dealing with this. It is our culture now, sadly.

      First, your 2 private doctors are not thyroid trained, or they would have done much more for her.

      Second, her health has way more to do with her diet than just gluten-free foods.

      What to do:

      1) You need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help her correctly lickety split! Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      2) He will most likely get her started on a thyroid reset health diet like the one in my manual.
      You can get started immediately w/ the diet and checklist forms by ordering it here, or wait until you work with a thyroid trained practitioner – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      I hope that helps,

      Kim

  • Tanya Schultz

    Please help me find a good thyroid doctor in my area. I have spent thousands and years of my life…but my Abos are ever increasing and I feel worse all the time. One question — I am on an autoimmune diet and have been for over one year…I am working on my candida and leaky gut. No one has given me anything for my adrenals…yet this all started when I was falsely diagnosed with MS…I quit sleeping in fear and lived in fear…for 3 years while docs treated me for a condition I did not have. Now I have a child with chronic health issues…and I again live in fear…so my thyroid condition is worsening. I am an all-day care provider to my child. Finally one doctor has recommended GAIA adrenal support herbs, but I have read online that such supplements can worsen Hashis…so I am hesitating to take them. But I KNOW from testing my adrenals are wrecked. Any information for me on supplements for adrenal support? One doctor recommended herbs and another glandulars.

    • kim

      Hi Tanya,

      I’m so sorry for your health issues.

      What to do:

      1) You need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner ASAP. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained and works will all health and autoimmune issues. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split! Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      2) Adrenals and other supplements. Yes, you really need adrenal support. I don’t suggest people self- medicate/supplements for these issues. As I noted in #1, please see a thyroid trained practitioner ASAP as they can check your lab tests and body for your personal needs and get you headed in the right direction quickly.

      3) Diet: A thyroid trained practitioner will tell you what diet to follow too, and adjust anything you’re following now.
      I do have the thyroid reset diet to help rid you of Hashimoto’s in a few months in my manual (which may be close to what you’re using), plus symptom checklist forms to help you doctor help you better.
      http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      I hope that helps,

      Kim

  • Romy

    Thank you for all your great info.
    Dealing with low thyroid/hashimoto 29 years; no more Synthroid/Levoxyl for me
    it gave me terrible insomnia :( and still trying to balance sleep naturally; antibodies are down now and no longer taking meds.
    Problem now I lost more weight down to 102 lbs at 5.8; taking gut support from APEX
    Could the weight loss be bad absorption?
    What to do about it?
    I know most people have a weight problem; but mine is weight loss;
    also been using soy free raw protein powder.
    Is it ok to use Lecithin granules from organic soy?
    Thank you kindly.
    Romy

    • kim

      Hi Romi,

      Boy, you are having a myriad of symptoms. I’m so sorry.

      I couldn’t tell why you’re weight is down, but that you have Hashi’s.

      Are you seeing a thyroid trained practitioner? You must. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      Go to my list to find one near you, or contact #1 on the list, he’s mine – Dr. Jared Allomong. He can work w/ you by phone/email/Skype if you’re not near.

      My best thoughts for your best health,

      Kim

    • Patty

      HI Romy,

      You sound just like me. It’s been 20 years and the synthroid is killing me. I’m thin and sleepless. Plz let me know how you got off of the T4 and what dietary changes you made.

      Patty

      • kim

        Hi Patty,

        I know how you feel, I’ve been there, and gladly can say that you can get well again too if it is only your thyroid health that is the major issue of course (that’s my focus.)

        I have been taking thyroid medication for 20 years as I had 1/2 of my thyroid removed. Most people with a thyroid problem will always need some level of a thyroid replacement medication.

        Thyroid medication is not the culprit, the bigger issue is nutrition (or, lack of and your body not metabolizing your food). You’ll need to start eating the clean diet specific for us/thyroid patients, that I’ve created through research, education and experience. I have this for you in my Get Your Life Back! Manual. You can get started immediately w/ the diet and checklist forms by ordering it here – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

        And, you need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner as you may need specific supplements too to help repair your health as there are many layers to a thyroid condition that aren’t about just the thyroid. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

        If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

        Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772
        They will most likely ask you to send any lab tests you already have as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you need to do.

        My best thoughts of great health to you, Patty.

        Kim

  • mohammad reza

    hi kim and thanks for your knowledge sharing
    plus sorry for my english
    i just wanted to ask what if i-someone in early stages of hypothyroid/hashimoto go gluten/dairy/soy free with selenium/iodine/vit d supplement plus body detox will his/her condition ultimately be cured without need of medication for rest of his life
    im waiting for your respond
    regards mohammad

    • kim

      Hi Mohammad,

      Your English is just fine!

      The list you gave will certainly help anyone with hypothyroid/hashimoto’s:
      to go gluten/dairy/soy free with selenium/iodine/vit d supplement plus body detox.

      You will want to get checked for iodine though, not everyone needs it or should take it.

      There is no “cure”, though you can change the antibodies of Hashimoto’s disease and get rid of it by staying on the Thyroid Health Reset Diet.

      Medication? You can only know if you’ll need it with a lab test and over time with the diet if you’ll continue to need it.

      If you need the complete thyroid reset health diet, as nutrition is key to healing your brain and body from these conditions, you can find the diet and more in my manual – You can get started immediately w/ the diet and checklist forms by ordering it here – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2) And, you need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner as you may need specific supplements too to help repair your health. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772
      They will most likely ask you to send any lab tests you already have as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you need to do.

      I hope that helps,

      Kim

  • Fiona

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for such a great blog. It is so reassuring to hear everyone’s stories. In a year I have managed to get my Anti-TPO ABs down from 750 to 120. My TSH has gradually come down too now and is in the normal range after 7 years of hypothyroidism. I have avoided gluten, alcohol, sugar and cow diary products. Goat dairy products seem to be OK for me. I have stayed away from any GMO foods or anything treated with pesticides/herbicides. I have also stayed away from black tea (high in lead). I also got rid of any dishes, pots from China because so many glazes contain lead. I am gradually decreasing the Synthroid (Thank God). Here’s what helped me:

    Selenium was a huge help in converting T4 to T3.
    A good multivitamin daily
    Good whey protein daily
    Vit B12 (methyl)
    5-HTP helped enormously for the depression and mood swings.
    Vit D – 2000U daily
    Vit C – 3000mg per day
    glutathione and low iodine dosage

    I think my problem all along has been lead and mercury toxicity (++amalgam fillings as a child). To deal with that I have been taking modified citrus pectin in the afternoons (so it doesn’t interfere with the Synthroid absorption) as well as chlorella, cilantro and potassium citrate.
    I think I may check out the detox products at Quicksilver Scientific as well. I am also staying away from cells phones/WiFi towers as much as possible. I have learned sooo much about environmental factors this last year.

    Thanks again for this site and just wanted to share what has worked for me. cheers, Fiona

  • Jen

    Hi Kim,
    I am so glad to find your website. I believe I have been hypothyroid/hashimotos since about 1995 when I had my third daughter. I talked to my ob/gyn about being exhausted and his response was, “Well, you’re a mother of three, what do you expect?” It wasn’t until 2000 that I was actually diagnosed. After 13 years of dealing with this, I am STILL EXHAUSTED and have little energy and am taking 3 grains of Naturethroid and anti-depressants. I am mostly a happy-go-lucky person with lots of energy, so this is really frustrating. Three years ago I was diagnosed with gluten-intolerance as well, so I have been off gluten for all this time. I guess it is time to take out the dairy and sugar… Why is it that mentally it seems like “there goes all the good food”? I get so frustrated at not being able to live a “normal” life!

    • kim

      Hi Jen,

      I’m so sorry for your thyroid health condition, and doctors who don’t understand.

      How I got well…
      Yes, getting off gluten, dairy and sugar will help, but there’s more.

      I share the clean diet specific for us/thyroid patients, in my Get Your Life Back! Manual. You can get started immediately w/ the diet and checklist forms by ordering it here – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2) And, you need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner as you may need specific supplements too to help repair your health. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772
      They will most likely ask you to send any lab tests you already have as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you need to do.

      My best thoughts of great health to you, Jen.

      Kim

  • Joe

    I’m curious. How can you claim your Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is gone? It is a non curable autoimmune disease. I was recently diagnosed with HT (12/06/13). My TSH was 144 (yes ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR) and my T4 was .1 on the initial testing. Multiple FNA and core needle biopsies later and my Endo thought I may have Riedel’s thyroiditis. So, my Endocrinologist set me up an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Spent a week down there with a team of doctors ( 3 Endocrinologists, 2 Otolaryngologists, 3 Pathologists, 1 Radiologist) poking and proding and scanning. Turned out negative for Riedels. I was relieved. I asked them how I can get rid of Hashi’s, what treatment can I do to. The 3 Endos (between the 3 of them they had over 90 years of experience) told me there is no cure for Hashi’s, once you have it you have it. Not even a thyroidectomy can rid you of it. “You take levothyroxine for the rest of your life, it’ll replace the hormones you aren’t producing. Your immune system is going to continue to attack your gland until it has nothing left to attack, until it is completely fibrotic and serves no function. There is no cure”
    So, if you’ve been ‘cured’ of Hashimoto’s either your doctor is lying, your doctor isn’t educated, or you are misleading people on here for whatever reason.

    • kim

      Hi Joe,

      I’m so sorry for your health issues and medical experiences.

      My Hashimoto’s disease is gone, my markers and all numbers/antibody levels are at only hypothyroid levels now. I did not say I was cured of anything.
      So, yes, if I don’t maintain my thyroid diet, supplements and lifestyle to keep the markers at bay, it can return.

      If you need more help from a thyroid trained practitioner, you can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype.
      Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      My best thoughts of great health to you, Patty.

      Kim

  • Christina Melia

    Kim,

    My name is Christina. I am 32 years old have two children. I am divorced so I am being a single mom. I lost my job back in July due to missing work because I would get sick with colds or get little infections that would take a long time to get better. I have now been struggling for 2 months straight with hot flashes, headaches, heart palpitations, tremors, extreme fatigue, hair loss, body aches all over, and tingling sensations in my brain along with back and forth constipation and diarrhea. I wast just sent to an endocrinologist and diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. This past Monday I saw him for the first time and he wanted to do more blood test but also suggested the wait and see what it does. My thyroid was hyper the last two test one 7 weeks ago and another a week ago. I have been extremely ill also getting infections within the last month. I have never been told something was wrong with my thyroid and have been checked a lot because my doctors said that my symptoms at times make them think my thyroid was off but no test until now has ever come out abnormal. I am going to buy your book when I have money however I am scared and confused about this. I am a single mom who is a nursing student Fulfilling my dream. I want to be better so I can work and take care of my kids. I don’t know what to do especially as far as being my own advocate. I don’t know a lot about this disease either because the medical assistant with the Endocrinologist forgot to give me the pamphlet on it she tried explaining it to me but it was the first time I had heard of this and it was me I was a little in shock. Can you please help me to understand more before I get a call from them again so I know how to stand up for my care and take control before it controls me. I would really appreciate it. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thanks, Christina

    • kim

      Hi Christina,

      I’m so sorry for your layers of frustrations right now.

      I can tell you that you can heal your brain/body from Hashimoto’s disease with the thyroid reset diet and supplements to reset and rebuild your health within in just a few months (for a chunk of the symptoms – some symptoms are stubborn and take a little longer.)

      I can also tell you that since your endocrinologist/docs have said nothing about nutrition yet, they won’t and cannot help you further because they are not thyroid trained. They may prescribe a thyroid hormone replacement med, do take it consistently.

      So, yes, 1) as soon as you can, order my Get Your Life Back Manual. You can get started immediately w/ the diet and checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, etc. to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2. You need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner as you may need specific supplements too to help repair your health as there are many layers to a thyroid condition that aren’t about just the thyroid. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      You’re in my thoughts for your best health soon,

      Kim

  • When staying away from sugar then that means stay away from lactose that they use as a binder – filler in synthetic levothyroxine.

    L-thyroxin is a name of levothyroxine medication that has no lactose and cannot be bought everywhere, so try to find a synthetic levothyroxine that does not contain lactose, and check yourself for H-pylori a very nasty bacteria and eradicate it.

  • Big mike

    Hi,
    I’m new at this and scared as hell. Today my doctor sent me to a endo doctor. She found a couple of lumps on my thyroid. And I have all the symptoms so hichimotos. I’m a 6’2 290 former cop who is scared to death. Should I be?

    • kim

      Hi Mike,

      I’m sorry for your thyroid dysfunction. I had 1/2 my thyroid out 20 years ago due to a lump that thankfully was benign.

      What are the treatment options for Thyroid Modules? Treatments include destroying the gland using radioactive iodine, blocking the production of thyroid hormone with medications, or just following the patient if symptoms are mild. Removal surgery is also an option and is recommended when a nodule is in excess of 4cm, a complex cyst is seen on ultrasound, comprehensive symptoms are present or signs of malignancy including vocal cord dysfunction are apparent.

      So, first, take a deep breath until you find out more. 1 out of 8 women have thyroid issues, not as many men.

      Second, if your doctors are not thyroid trained they will do little more after the fact (in your case possible surgery) than prescribe THR – Thyroid Hormone Replacement medication. You will however need more than that by far including a change in diet and other lifestyle changes that will be very healthy for you over all, so that’s all good.

      You’ll need to start a clean diet to rebuild your body/brain health. You can start on this diet immediately by ordering my Get Your Life Back Manual. Included are numerous checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, etc. to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Third, you need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner as you may need specific supplements too to help repair your health as there are many layers to a thyroid condition that aren’t about just the thyroid. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      You’re in my thoughts for your best health soon,

      Kim

      PS Thank you for being a police officer and helping other in their time of need.

  • April

    I have Hashimoto’s and Celiacs. I have been gluten free and grain free for over 1 year. However still active antibodies. So you suggest no dairy. But without supplementing is it possible to get enough calcium from food sources? I notice you drink Almond Milk but was told by a doctor that most of the “artificial milks” contain carageenan which should be avoided at all cost. I’m confused. Do we have to live on supplements our entire life and if we do supplement how do we know the calcium is going to our bones and not clogging our arteries??Thank you.

    • kim

      Hi April,

      Good job on being gluten and grain free for over 1 year! Yea!

      RE: Almond Milk and carrageenan.
      Yes, we should avoid it. There is no reason to add it, it’s very frustrating. It’s found in even “healthy” deli meats too.

      Here’s more on carrageenan: http://thyroidu.com/2419/thyroid-diet-what-youre-eating-may-have-carrageenan-linked-to-digestive-diseases/

      Answers:
      You can find almond, and some coconut, flax and hemp milks without carrageenan, but not easy to find. SPROUTS food store has a SPROUTS store brand almond milk that I buy without it. Ask your stores to supply a carrageenan-free brand.

      Sources of calcium, as you may well know:
      Green leafy vegetables, including kale and spinach, and broccoli (but for us/thyroid people, must be heated to take out cruciferous aspects).
      http://thyroidu.com/1743/thyroid-health-vegetables-the-problem-with-cruciferous-vegetables/

      Almonds are a good source of calcium not “milked”, but are also a goitrogen food, but fortunately, not known to be a significant goitrogen.

      FISH – Eating salmon or sardines with the bones can also provide a good source of calcium.

      MEAT/BONE BROTH/SOUP:
      http://thyroidu.com/2516/thyroid-diet-why-you-need-to-eat-meat-and-soups-with-bones/

      SUPPLEMENTS

      Yes, the antibodies really mess up our bodies. But, you’re really off to a good start to help heal your body.

      PRACTITIONER
      It sounds like your practitioner may be thyroid trained? This is imperative to your long term health.
      If he/she is not, you can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/
      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      You’re in my thoughts for your best health soon,

      Kim

  • Soledad Rios

    Hi Kim, found this site today.Happy for your victory! I’m 64.I went to doctor today and I asked if it would be possible to not have Hashimoto but just low thyroid (like you)& her answer was that my thyroid is destroyed. Is that possible? Could brutal physical abuse as a child could have caused this? Or is she just ignorant of how to help the thyroid to heal properly with proper nutrition and personal care? I been with this issue(hashimoto) for about 25 years. First doctor gave me aspirin,then others started me on Syntroid,Armour,Cytonel.Been on a roller coaster with no real answers.In the last 6 months lost 20 pounds that I did not need to lose since I was 112 pounds.Continue to lose hair by clumps, no stamina and so on. I asked her if I could have a deficiency somewhere. Meanwhile through the years I took myself off milk, wheat,cereals, wrong oils, chemicals and more. Lately found Paleo to be the best for me since I had become sensitive to just about everything. No true hunger, sense of smell or taste.I’m alone in my care doctor wise because it seems that they don’t see a whole person but only blood labs. I need answers about restoring my thyroid. I took myself off Armour because it was the worst offender to my body and emotions. The dosage was so high, 120 MG, that I was well for a few months after coming off it. Then the ‘tank’ became empty. A doctor gave me Iodine (later on I found out that it’s not prescribed for Hashimoto). What is your opinion about having someone say an important organ is destroyed? Most natural doctors don’t take my insurance because otherwise I would be searching for a new one right now. I’m glad I found your site just to express the painful emotions am experiencing right now and which is a way to take care of myself(earlier I called a friend to share my pain and that helped too). Can’t afford negatives emotions with this condition.
    Thanks for any feedback, and have a blessed day!

    • kim

      Hi Soledad,

      It breaks my heart every time I get comments and emails like yours from around the country. Doctors who are clueless making us worse when there are clear solutions. I’m so sorry. I can’t say it’s directly linked to any abuse in childhood, it is mostly genetic and a byproduct or our nutrition, or lack of over years of time. 1 out of 8 women have faltering and “destroyed” thyroid glands.

      1. If your thyroid gland is “destroyed” then it is not producing the hormones, etc. that it needs to be. So yes, your whole body is under attack with all the symptoms you already know.

      2. You’ve done so many things, some right on, some that may have hurt you more due to doctor ignorance.

      3. Your diet is eve rything, but also the right supplements to help rebuild your brain/body health.
      I would suggest the thyroid reset diet in my Get Your Life Back Manual, but you’ve already been doing some of the right things. You might want to order it anyway however since your doctors haven’t given you any direction for this and Paleo is okay, but there are specific things you need for thyroid health. Also, included are numerous checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, etc. to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      4. I understand your financial issues with doctors, but you must work with a thyroid trained practitioner or you’ll be no further and worse in years to come. You hopefully can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you on that list, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly immediately using many of the lab tests, etc. that you already have. Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      You’re in my thoughts for your best health soon,

      Kim

  • Angela M

    I have just been diagnosed with hashimotos and I am beyond anxious about this. I have had the symptoms for years and my doc never pin pointed anything. I went back and forth between different doctors and have never been more overwhelmed as I am now. If you could please e-mail me I would appreciate it

    • kim

      Hi Angela,

      If your doctor is not thyroid trained, you’ll need to find one immediately, and start eating the diet to heal your Hashimoto’s away and balance your hypothyroid symptoms.

      To get started on the right foot:

      1. THYROID / HASHIMOTO’S DISEASE HEALING DIET
      You’ll need to start a clean diet to rebuild your body/brain health. You can start on this diet immediately by ordering my Get Your Life Back Manual. Included are numerous checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, etc. to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2. THYROID TRAINED PRACTITIONER
      You also need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner as you may need specific supplements too to help repair your health as there are many layers to a thyroid condition that aren’t about just the thyroid. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      You’re in my thoughts for your best health soon,

      Kim

  • HI!

    Hi!

    Do you really think that is not too late for me, i’m on Eu.for about three years, and i jave 33 years, and i’m very afraid of this condition, i live in Europe, and still we don’t have a real thy.pract.so can you help me with some advices, because i feel very confused about all this, and i can’t enjoy in life, i have three months daughter, and i wan’t to be good for her.my ant.were 165,i don;t know your parameters here, and my family doc.said , why they give you med, but then i didn’t know abou t diet…so is it real , that we can heal us with propre food, please write me, cause i;m going deeper in my thoughts..:-(

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