Archive | May 2014

Update on Goldie

Well, I just came back from the chicken yard.  I just let Prince Charming and the girls out to free range, while I let Goldie out of the broody box for her free time.  A broody needs to be off her nest at least once a day to eat, drink, poop and of course dust.  Goldie heads right towards her dusting spot every day and then to the water bowl and dips her feet while she drinks.  I think she’s multi tasking since she has just a short time off the nest.  Broody’s generally are off the nest no more than an hour, Goldie is usually back on the nest within a half an hour.  I also give her a handful of starter feed to get some vitamins into her.  While she’s off the nest I go in and collect eggs, so when she goes back into the coop, she doesn’t see other eggs and sit on them by mistake.  While I collecting the eggs, I took a look into her box and noticed that one of the eggs was broken open and there was a dead chick, still in the sack with a lot of yolk around it, 😦 so I’m assuming, possibly Goldie broke the egg??  So, I had to clean out the nest, when I did that I inspected the eggs and had to gently clean up a couple, I noticed that another egg was broke, so I got rid of that one and there is another that looks like its pipped but is also cracked, I did put that one back in the nest, not sure if that was the right thing to do or not, when my hubby gets home maybe we’ll make a decision to remove that egg.  So, at this point Goldie now has 6 good eggs.   The chicks are due to hatch on the 31st, I’ll let you know as zoon as that happens.

7 months old and still no feathers, but she is laying.

7 months old and still no feathers, but she is laying.

Also, an update on Fuzzy, Fuzzy is a rooster!  LOL!  His comb is now very big and he crows, that’s how we know he’s a roo the crowing.  He is still downy and limps but getting around just fine and his crow is still developing, but not too bad.

Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me THE DIET

Hello again!  I’m still researching and there’s allot of stuff out there, allot of conflicting things if you really research.  Of course, I am personally researching on how to naturally heal my thyroid, well actually heal my Hashimoto’s Disease which is an auto-immune disorder.  Most of the Hashimoto ‘diets’ out there lean towards the Paleo way, and thyroid ‘diets’ are different than Hashimoto diets, you’ll see some of the differences later on in this post.  Hoshimoto’s effects everyone differently and treatment needs to be individualized.  That being said, I’m going to personalize my ‘diet’ to me and my personal beliefs.  As I get into this new eating program, changes might be made, and if they are, you will know about it. For the time being, I will remain gluten free, which all the research I’ve done says to do.  I will also remain dairy free, and I will not cheat.  I do tend to be a little laxed in my diary free regimen.  I will add cheese some times and have had a frozen yogurt from time to time, but nows not the time to be laxed, I need to be disciplined.  I will also stay away from anything with additives or artificially created, which recently I went back to coffee with flavored creamer, yeah, that’s my downfall.  I will stop drinking coffee again and go back to herbal tea and I think I will focus on herbal tea with ginger.  So, I’m going to get back on track with the gluten, dairy & additive free regimen and now, here’s whats going to be new: First things first, I mentioned in my previous blog Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me that I deal with Young Living essential oils, so I pulled out my book Essential Oils pocket reference and looked up Hypothyroid (Hashimoto’s Disease).  Below is the page: 20140516-144457.jpg I highlighted some things.  Well, I don’t have all the oils currently in my possession, I had to order a few, so while I wait I’ll use the ones I have.  I’m going to use the singles (Ledum (currently out of stock), Myrtle, Myrrh, Peppermint, Clove, Lemongrass & Spearmint, and the way you use them is in layers, which is you apply one oil at a time, hence layering, that’s what I have highlighted.  Then, I’m going to again do the layering technique doing the Vita Flex points, which there is a method, and you can see that here on You Tube Vita Flex Technique.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Oh, as a side note, I’m also going to go natural with my body lotion, deodorant, face cream, shampoo & conditioner.  I already have been using just baking soda to brush my teeth and I have been oil pulling with sesame oil which I’m going to switch over to coconut oil. Next, the additions or deletions of foods from my current diet…..looks like mostly deletions.  Up to this point I’ve been eating pretty healthy with the occasional cheat or slip up.  My diet consisted of fresh fruits & vegetables mostly eaten raw, varied meats & fish and rice & quinoa.  So, I currently had a pretty extensive list of things that I can eat.  I am now going to eliminate: Sugar & Caffeine and possibly Oats:

  • Sugar and caffeine are the terrible twosome. These rascals can do a number on your thyroid by further stressing your system. When you have compromised glands, especially hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue, the last thing you want to do is amp your system with sugar, caffeine and refined carbohydrates like flour-based products, which the body treats like refined sugar.  (taken from Repair Your Thyroid)

I’m going to limit my intake of: Goiterigins (Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, turnips, rutabagas, brussel sprouts, strawberries & peaches) all of which I really love, of course.  From now on, I will only have them once or twice a week and they will be well cooked and I’m for right now going to eliminate strawberries completely, which saddens me, but if it works it will be worth it. Now, remember as you read below, my main goal is to heal my Hashimoto’s Disease, which should in turn heal my thyroid and my cholesterol.  So, as you read you’ll see somethings that I posted that are for thyroid, cholesterol or Hashimoto’s and during my research I’ve added a few other things to work on, like building my bones, etc.  You’ll see as you read on.

Taken from Repair Your Thyroid: Nutritional deficiencies play a significant role in thyroid dysfunction. While they aren’t the cause of hypothyroidism, not having enough of these micronutrients and minerals can exacerbate symptoms.

  • Vitamin D — Egg yolks, fatty wild fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut and sardines), fortified milk and yogurt, mushrooms, fish liver oils. It’s best to supplement with vitamin D, as since it’s nearly impossible to get everything we need from food sources. An adequate level of vitamin D is essential, as because it helps transport thyroid hormone into cells. (The standard minimum of 32 ng/mL won’t do it, as levels below this can contribute to disruption of hormonal pathways. Optimal vitamin D levels, I believe, are between 50–80 ng/mL.)
  • Iron — Clams, oysters, spinach, white beans, blackstrap molasses, organ meats, pumpkin seeds, lentils
  • Selenium — Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, tuna, organ meats, halibut, beef
  • Zinc — Oysters, sardines, gingerroot, whole grains, beef, lamb, turkey, split peas, sunflower seeds, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, maple syrup
  • Copper — Beef, oysters, lobster, crabmeat, mushrooms, tomato paste, dark chocolate, barley, sunflower seeds, beans (white beans, chickpeas)
  • Iodine — Primary sources: sea vegetables (kelp, dulse, hijiki, nori, arame, wakame, kombu), safe seafood; secondary sources: eggs, asparagus, lima beans, mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, summer squash, chard, garlic

NOW, that all being said, allot of what you just read is for healing your thyroid which is all and good, BUT even though my thyroid has issues, the issue lies within the Hashimoto’s Disease which is an autoimmune disorder.  So, if we now search out a diet for autoimmune disease, it says that all problems in the body start n the gut.  Which I do believe.  We eat, the food goes into our stomachs and into our intestines and then is distributed though out our bodies and what isn’t used is waste.  If our gut is clogged up, which most of us has some sort of leaky gut, if your not eating 100% healthy and haven’t done a cleanse and haven’t gotten your PH right, your gut is leaky.  So, an unhealthy gut is going to lead to an unhealthy body.  So, what do we do for a leaky gut? Change our diet, change our life style.  It’s not going to be easy, but it can be done. The most important thing I keep reading is go gluten free.  Now, you saw the foods listed above on the Repair Your Thyroid diet, not too bad right??  Here’s where it gets hard and confusing, the Autoimmune diet, check this out:

Foods to eat (taken from the Autoimmune Diet)

When confronted with this diet the fist thing people ask is what can they eat. hashimotos hypothyroidism dietIn fact you’ll be eating the way people ate for most of human history—there’s plenty of food that doesn’t come from a factory or an industrialized farm. Of course, if you have an intolerance to any of these foods, don’t eat it just because it’s on this list.

  • Most Organic Vegetables: including anise, artichoke, asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, cucumbers, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, radishes, rhubarb, shallots, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, watercress, yams, zucchini.
  • Fermented foodssauerkraut, kimchi, pickled ginger, fermented cucumbers, coconut yogurt, kombucha, water kefir, etc. You will probably need to make your own or buy one of the few brands that are genuinely fermented and free of sugars or additives. Also, search for information about anaerobic fermented foods in air-tight containers. These ferments do not produce histamines that some people react to (including rashes, digestive upset, inflammation) in aerobic, or open, ferments typically using mason jars.
  • Meats: including beef, chicken, fish, lamb, turkey. Fish should be ocean caught with a low mercury content. Swordfish, most tuna, and king mackerel are very high in mercury. Select hormone-free and antibiotic-free chicken, turkey, and lamb. Select beef that is grass fed, hormone free, and antibiotic free. Best choice are grass-fed and pastured meats from a local farm. Second best is organic. Avoid factory-farmed meats that contain antibiotics and hormones. For a source of good meat near you, contact your local Weston A. Price chapter leader, or order using the link on the Resources page.
  • Low Glycemic Organic Fruits: including apples, apricots, avocados, berries, cherries, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, peaches, pears, plums.
  • Coconut: including coconut butter, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, unsweetened coconut yogurt.
  • Noodles: shirataki yam noodles (sold in Asian grocery stores). Avoid the noodles that also contain tofu.
  • Herbs and Spices: including basil, black pepper, cilantro, coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sea salt, thyme.
  • Other: apple cider vinegar, herbal teas, olive oil, olives.

Are you confused yet???  Did you see the gloiterious veggies there?? There’s more:

Foods to avoid (taken from the Autoimmune Diet)

  • Sugars: including agave, candy, chocolate, corn syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, sucrose, coconut sugar, etc.
  • High Glycemic Fruits: including bananas, canned fruits, dried fruits, mango, pineapple, raisins, watermelon.
  • Grains: including amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, couscous, kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, spelt, wheat, wheat germ.
  • Nuts and Seeds: including almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds.
  • Gluten-Containing Compounds: including barbecue sauce, binders, bouillon, brewer’s yeast, cold cuts, condiments, emulsifiers, fillers, chewing gum, hot dogs, hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein, ketchup, soy sauce, lunch meats, malt and malt flavoring, malt vinegar, matzo, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, nondairy creamer, processed salad dressings, seitan, some spice mixtures, stabilizers, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein.
  • Dairy Products and Eggs: including butter, cheeses, cow milk, creams, frozen desserts, goat milk, margarine, mayonnaise, sheep milk, whey, yogurt (except coconut).
  • Soy: including edamame, miso, soy milk, soy protein, soy sauce, tempeh, tofu.
  • Fungi: edible fungi and mushrooms.
  • Alcohol: all alcohol.
  • Beans and Legumes: including black beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, pinto beans, soybeans.
  • Nightshade Foods: including eggplant, paprika, peppers, potatoes, Tabasco® sauce, tomatillos, tomatoes.
  • Other: canned foods, coffee, processed foods.

In the midst of doing this research and clogging up my brain with all these do’s and don’ts I came upon a book that I purchased last year called The World’s Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating.  I’ve had this book sitting on my end table for a year, its big and I didn’t want to put it away fearing it wouldn’t get used, well, one day it jumped out at me!  So, I picked it up and sat down with it.  Wow!  What a great book!  Full of great information!  If you want to know about the food your eating this is the book to get, I recommend it.  I found allot of useful information and the way it’s laid out in the book its very easy and there’s even charts!  I am going to post one the biochemical consideration chart, but in all fairness to the author, you’ll have to get the book to see the rest, but I’ll tell you about them.  You can click on the photos below to see them bigger.

These charts list fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts/seeds, legumes, dairy and fish/shellfish and break them down into groups for: food allergies, gluten intolerance, goitrogens, lactose intolerance, latex allergies, nightshades, oxalates, pesticide residues, purines, sulfites and wax coatings.  Very, very useful information.  Before the chart pages each group has a write up, again very informative. The areas where I have decided to work with are: gluten, goitrogens, calcium, fiber, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, nightshades & selenium.   You’ll see as I go on, that I really don’t have to add any other groups life say flavonoids, because all the foods that I’m going to list are in different groups, so I should be pretty well balanced.

I’ve also checked into the Paleo diet and as it might be for some of you, its not for me.   Throughout my research every time I questioned diet for auto immune disorders the Paleo way kept coming up, but looking at the items they want you to eat & not eat, and then information I’ve found out on what effects certain foods like goitrogens have, I don’t see how the Paleo diet would work.  You can see some of the items on the Paleo diet here, the Paleo diet is a hunter/gatherer diet, the believe back in the ‘caveman days’ that they only had the ability to hunt or gather their food, so they hunted meat and they gathered nuts and berries because thats all there was…yeah, right.  Funny thing is, that if anyone knows anything about the Bible, in Genesis, Adam & Eve’s 1st born son was Cain, was a farmer.  He grew crops.  You might remember the story of Cain & Able.  There was some jealousy there, Cain grew crops & Able kept the flock. Cain was jealous of Able because Able found favor with God and Cain killed Able.  You can read about it here: Genesis 4, if you have any questions feel free to ask.

I also did some research on correcting the PH of my body, because most of us our bodies, due to what are diets are based on, are acidic and our bodies were made and thrive on alkaline.  This plays a big part on our guts.  You can find a little bit of information here on Alkaline Diets, but there’s allot out there.

Okay, so ALLLLL that being said, here’s my list of what I’m going to eat, limit or eliminate and what their role in my diet is.  Please feel free to comment and ask questions.  I have allot of information that I haven’t shared and would be happy to.

My YES list of foods(remember: after doing my research, this is the plan I’ve designed for myself):

VEGETABLES
Asparagus: CalciumDietary FiberNiacin
Avocados: Calcium
Beets: CalciumMagnesiumManganese
Carrots: CalciumDietary FiberNiacin
Celery: CalciumDietary FiberMagnesium
Cucumbers: CalciumMagnesium
Fennel
Garlic: CalciumManganese
Green Beans: CalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganese
Green Peas: Dietary FiberNiacin
Olives
Olive Oil
Romain Lettuce: CalciumManganese
Sea Vegetables: Iodine
Summer Squash: CalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Winter Squash: Dietary FiberNiacin
Swiss Chard: CalciumMagnesiumManganese

FRUIT
Apples: Calcium
Apricots: Calcium
Bananas: Calcium
Black Berries: Dietary Fiber
Cantaloupe
Cherries: Calcium
Cranberries: CalciumDietary Fiber
Figs
Grapefruit: Dietary Fiber
Grapes: CalciumManganese
Kiwi
Lemons/Limes: Calcium
Oranges: Calcium
Papaya
Pears
Pineapple: CalciumManganese
Plums
Pomegranate: Calcium
Prunes
Raisins
Raspberries: Dietary FiberManganeseNiacin
Watermelon: Calcium

NUTS/SEEDS
Cashews: Dietary Fiber
Pumpkin seeds: Dietary FiberMagnesium
Sunflower seeds: Dietary FiberMagnesium
Walnuts: Dietary FiberMagnesium

LEGUMES
Black beans: Dietary FiberMagnesium
Split peas
Garbanzo beans: Dietary FiberManganese
Kidney beans: Dietary Fiber
Lentils: Dietary Fiber
Lima beans: Dietary Fiber
Navy beans: Dietary Fiber
Pinto beans: Dietary FiberMagnesium

DAIRY
Eggs: Iodine
Goat Milk: Calcium

I’ve done a little research on Kefir, so I might be adding this in to.

FISH/SHELLFISH
Cod: Niacin
Salmon: MagnesiumNiacin
Scallops
Shrimp; IodineNiacin
Tuna: Niacin

MEAT
Beef (grass fed): Niacin
Chicken: Niacin
Lamb: Niacin
Turkey: Niacin
Venison

HERBS/SPICES
Basil: CalciumMagnesium
Cayenne Pepper
Cilantro
Cinnamon: Calcium, Manganese
Dill
Ginger: Magnesium
Parsley
Black Pepper
Rosemary: Calcium
Turmeric: Manganese

Limited Foods:
VEGETABLES
Bell Peppers: nightshadesCalcium,
Broccoli: GoitrogenCalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Brussels sprouts: GoitrogenCalciumDietary Fiber
Cabbage: GoitrogenCalciumDietary Fiber
Cauliflower: GoitrogenDietary FiberManganeseCalciumNiacin
Collard Greens: GoitrogenCalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Corn
Eggplant: nightshadesCalciumDietary FiberNiacin
Kale: GoitrogenCalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Radishes: Goitrogen
Rutabaga: Goitrogen
Sweet Potatoes: Goitrogen
Spinach: GoitrogenDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Tomatoes: nightshadesCalciumMagnesiumNiacin
White Potatoes: nightshadesCalcium

FRUIT
Blueberries: nightshadesCalciumDietary Fiber
Strawberries: GoitrogenCalciumDietary FiberIodineManganese
Peaches: Goitrogen
Pears: Goitrogen

NUTS/SEEDS
Almonds: CalciumDietary Fiber, Magnesium
Flaxseed: GoitrogenDietary FiberMagnesiumManganese
Peanuts: GoitrogenDietary FiberNiacin
Pine Nuts: Goitrogen
Sesame seeds: CalciumDietary FiberMagnesium

HERBS/SPICES
Mustard Seed: CalciumMagnesium

GRAINS
Here’s an article Other Foods Act Like Gluten for Hashimoto’s Healing, so that’s why I’m eliminating some and limiting others,  depending on how my body starts to react I may eliminate more.

Amaranth (Now, if you do a little research, you’ll find that Amaranth isn’t really a grain, but some label it a grain, same for Quinoa.  You can see an article here on Amaranth): Dietary Fiber
Brown Rice: Dietary FiberManganese
Buckwheat: Dietary Fiber
Quinoa (Now, if you do a little research, you’ll find that Quinoa isn’t really a grain, but some label it a grain, same for Quinoa.  You can see an article here on Quinoa): Dietary FiberMagnesium
Buckwheat: Magnesium

Eliminated foods:

GRAINS
Wheat
Oats

LEGUMES
Soy: Goitrogen

DAIRY
Cheese
Cow Milk
Yogurt

Sugar

All artificial ingreadients.

So there you have it.  It’s overwhelming isn’t it?? and this is nothing!  But this is where I’m stopping for the time being.  I’m going this week to get my blood work done so I’ll let you know how that goes when I get it.  I’m sure you have questions, and I’ll be glad to help anyway I can, but remember I am NOT a professional, these are just my findings and what I plan to do to try and heal myself.  Just remember that what I have listed may not be complete and you might find contradicting information, which I’m sure you will if you do research.

At least now, by looking at my list, when I use go to my limited list I can try and use the items with the most value to my body rather than those that have little value for me.  This again, is what I AM going to do.  By all means please share any information that you have and if you have healed your Hashimoto’s please let me know!

FYI, you can find some additional information and FREE downloadable eBooks here at Chris Kresser’s website, its all Free you just have to register.  Also, on his site you can read: Why Changing Your Diet is Always the First Step in Treating Hashimoto’s

Here’s a list of sites that I found informative:

Dr.Josh Axe  There’s a free download there also
The Gaps Diet – this is valuable information if you want to start healing your gut, just be careful if you have food allergies or sensitivities because this diet allows allot.
Hashimoto’s Diet: Keys to Success
Eating Out of Hashimoto’s
Hashimoto’s vs. Hypothyroidism: What’s the Difference?
Autoimmune diet
Alkaline Diets

 

Goldie is Broody Again! and Some Updates on the Flock

It’s always so exciting when a hen goes broody isn’t it??  Maybe its my maternal side, but I can never get enough of broody hens and baby chicks!  We moved Goldie from the nest box to the broody box with 9 eggs on May 10 and the eggs are due to hatch on May 31! I can’t wait!  Goldie went broody last July and sat on 8 eggs of which 5 hatched.  Prince Charming who is now our head rooster (more on that in a minute) was one of Goldie’s hatchlings.  Goldie is the best mama hen we’ve had thus far.  In October she was still with her brood, you can see the photo of her with them here.  She actually never left the chicks, they finally just grew apart.  I can’t wait to see if thats how she is again.

Okay, I said I give you some updates, I’m a tad behind of that and I apologize.  On March 20th, Buddy and Prince Charming had a battle for the hierarchy of the flock.  Buddy lost.  If you remember back to May 4 of last year I posted ‘I Just Can’t Believe It!‘ Buddy and Reds had the same sort of battle and Reds won, Buddy got badly hurt but I nursed him back and we re-home Reds.  We shouldn’t have re-homed Reds because he won, we really should have re-homed Buddy, but I couldn’t bear to do that, I loved my Buddy, he was our first rooster and man is he good at what a rooster does.  Well, this time, we were home when this happened and my hubby separated the 2 guys.  My hubby said I had to decide what I was going to do with the roosters because they were out to kill each other.  I decided to re-home Buddy this time, he had never been the same since the last battle and I need to have a more alert rooster around here.  So, I sent out a plea to my girlfriend Sandy who has 3 chickens to take him.  She spoke with her hubby and he said yes!  Buddy is now the proud rooster of 3 hens and everyone is happy.

After that Prince Charming settled into being the head honcho and is very good at it, almost as good as his dad.  Prince Charming being a very young head rooster, he’s not a year yet, is taking very good care of his flock, so much so that ALL the hens are bald or nearly bald!  Buddy never did that, he’s very gentle with his girls.  They say a good number of hens per rooster is 9, we have 12 at this point, we re-home a few and my Lucy was one of them, she hadn’t been laying and my hubby said she had to go.  She was my girl, she would sit in my lap and just snuggle, I do miss her, none of my other hens are nearly that friendly, they all do eat out of my hand and right now only Mama (my RIR) and Saltie are the only ones I can pet.  Then there’s Fluffy.  Fluffy is now about 6 months old, she is the only survivor of 3, the other 2 were taken by hawks see my post on Terror in the Chicken Yard! Fluffy must have some sort of birth defect, she’s perfectly fine, except she does have a slight limp and she’s downy instead of feathers, she currently is sporting pin feathers on her head, we’ll see what happens there.  She is laying, so no problems there.  So, we just watch her try to fit in.  I don’t know if she knows she’s different, and of course she’s the youngest of the flock and the lowest in the pecking order and the others let her know that.  But she’s determined and she’s right there with them all and all that fluff makes her look big, which is a plus.

So, currently we have 12 hens (11 laying & 1 broody) and Prince Charming.  I hope that Goldie’s eggs hatch to be hens.  I need a few more.  If you check back on my post on Finally, We Have a Broody Hen where I tried to select the eggs that should produce hens, that didn’t work.  So, I’ll just let nature take its course.

Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me

Hello everyone!  I know, I know, its been a while, and I apologize its my fault.  LOL!  It has to be my fault!  I’m the one that does the writing!  Well, there’s been allot going on and even though thats no excuse that’s the one I’m going to use.  We’ve been traveling and I have a health issue, which of course is in the title!  That’s what I’m going to discuss here.  I will be adding at least one more post not related to this one to catch my readers up on Buddy’s Flock and if I get time I will post some recipes for those who are following those.

Now, before I get to the nitty gritty, I really would love any input that any of my readers have on this subject.  I’m learning and I WANT to heal myself naturally and not go on any life time drug regime.  Just a reminder, I am a Bible believing Christian and from time to time in my blog I may insert a Bible verse or 2, I welcome any comments or questions that you may have on the Bible.  I believe that God wrote the Bible, and that the Bible is our handbook to follow, it gives us the answers that we need if we just turn to it and look for them, they’re there.  I also do believe that God gave us doctors to intervene medically when natural healing can’t occur, like with my cranial aneurysm.  I also believe, that in our present day circumstances that going to the doctor and getting a pill to fix our problems is an easy out, which if your turning to diet and herbs and research for natural alternatives isn’t going to be as easy but the end result will be way worth it.  Do we really need to be running to the doctor for every little thing?  I don’t think so.  But that is MY opinion, and in this blog, this is all my opinion, your opinion is yours, but if your searching or questioning or just curious, follow me on this up coming journey, I don’t know where its going to lead but right now I have at least 4 months to try and heal this problem myself, naturally.  I believe that God will ultimately show me the right path to follow if I pray and listen to what he has to say or show me.  (Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.)  Herbs and Spices are mentioned in the Bible 4466 times.  If this interests you, you can check it out here on the Bible Gateway.

Okay, so here we go.  A quick summery:  January 2013 I was at my GP’s office for a check up, the PA noticed that my thyroid seemed enlarged and she sent me for an ultra sound.  The ultra sound showed that I had a couple nodules and the plan was to just keep an eye on them.  Of course during that time I was dealing with the anerysm so I completely forgot about the thyroid.

After, the aneurysm was taken care of, I switched GP’s.  My new GP sent me for routine blood work which included thyroid and cholesterol testing.  My thyroid counts came back good except for my  Thyroid Peroxidase (Tpo) Ab and my choleserol  numbers started moving (results will be posted below).  My GP called for me to come into the office, uggggg, I knew this wasn’t going to be good so started doing some research (which we’ll cover later).  Needless to say, she wanted me on thyroid medicine immediately, saying my thyroid was shutting down and basically going to die.  Sent me away with a prescription, which I filled but never took.  The following day I had an appointment with my cartiologist (just so happened to have been scheduled the year before) so I took my bloodworm results to him, knowing he was going to want to put me on a statin drug, I was prepared to battle with him over that.  The battle was horrible, he did say for me NOT to take the thyroid meds and to make an appointment with a Endocrinologist as soon as possible, but for the cholesterol I needed to take a statin drug immediately, I let him think he won, and walked out with an RX in hand, which I never filled.

I came home from the cardiologist, did some research, found a Homeopath doctor about an hour away and made an appointment.  Went to the Homeopath and she ordered repeat blood work to see if the numbers were just a fluke or reality,  the cholesterol started to drop but the thyroid was even more crazy.  In the meantime, she put me on a detox/cleanse called BodyAnew Cleanse (it was once called a Detox) the cheapest place I found it is on Vitacost), which has helped with my fatigue.  Upon my repeat visit to the Homeopath she concurred that I needed to see the Endocrinologist and said that I had Hashimoto’s Disease.

Luckily I had made the appointment with an Endocrinologist up in Philadelphia, PA when the cardiologist recommended to, so the appointment was a few days after the trip to the Homeopath.  So off to the Endocrinologist I went.  The Endocrinologist concurred that I do indeed have Hashimoto’s Disease and explained to me that after looking at the blood test results and the ultra sound report that the combination of results shows it, but, I have time!  Drugs aren’t needed at this point, he says from the blood work that I have given him my thyroid is most likely working at 75%.  I am to get blood work done now and then again with an ultrasound of my thyroid in 4 months right before I have to go back to him.  So that gives me 4 months to see what I can do naturally.

So that’s the quick version.  Below I’m going to add my blood work and ultra sound stats to date, I know some of you want to know.   Also, below that I’m going to add my plan of action with links, also to date, as I research I’m sure I will be changing or adding something.  I look for any input of  useful information that has worked for others.

Tyroid Ultra Sound 8/8/13
3 small nodules 2 in the right lobe and 1 in the left lobe.  The right nodule measures 4 x 3 mm and is upper pole solid nodule, the other is 5 x 3 mm mid interpolar
The left nodule measures 8 x 4 x 4 mm and is upper poe solid nodule
The Endocrinologist says they don’t worry until they reach 10 mm.
Also the report says: Grayscale and color Doppler sonogram of the thyroid demonstrates normal-sized both lobes, with mild heterogeneous echotesture and normal vascular flow. (the heterogeneous, is the key word in diagnosis)

Blood work 3/4/14
Thyroid:
Tsh – 1.370 Normal
Thyroxine (T4) – 5.6 Normal
Thyroid Peroxidase (Tpo) Ab – 297 High (Normal range is 0 – 34)
Triiodothyronine, Free, Serum – 1.8 Low (Normal range is 2.0 – 4.4)

Cholesterol:
Total Cholesterol – 278 High (Normal range 100 – 199)
Triglycerides – 75 Normal
Hdl (healthy/good cholesterol) – 98 Normal
Vldl Cholesterol Cal – 15 Normal
Ldl (bad) Cholesterol – 165 High (Normal range 0 – 99)

NOW, I did some research, none of which any of my doctors want to even take into account on cholesterol.  Seems there is a way to check your cholesterol ratio to see exactly how good/bad you are.  You can find the calculator here at How to Calculate Cholesterol Ratio.  When I followed the calculator for my Hdl you divide your Hdl into your Total, so 278/98 = 2.84 which is within the normal range which should be below 5.0 and if less than 3.5 is considered ideal.  The ratio for Ldl is done by dividing your Ldl by you Hdl which mine 165/98 = 1.69 and the value should be below 3.5 and ideally below 2.5  So according to this I’m good, (according to the AHA they don’t use ratios).

Also, doing research I found that when your thyroid is messed up it effects your cholesterol, again, my doctors don’t want to hear this.  Here is a little blurb of one of the pages I found: Millions of Americans are trying to lower their cholesterol through improved diet, exercise, and even cholesterol-lowering drugs. For some of these patients, thyroid testing and subsequent treatment for hypothyroidism can restore the body’s metabolism to normal and result in lower cholesterol levels and decreased heart disease risk. In some cases, they may even be able to, under their doctor’s direction, go off the cholesterol-lowering drugs.  Taken from: The High Cholesterol Thyroid Connection.  Do your research, there’s more out there this is just one of the links I found.

Blood Work 4/15/14
Thyroid:
TSH – 5.120  High (Normal range 0.450 – 4.50)
Thyroxine (T4) – 6.7 Normal
Trilodothyronine (T3) – 103 Normal
Thyroid Peroxidase (Tpo) Ab – 454 High (Normal range 0-34)
Thyroxine (T4) Free, Direct, S – 1.10 Normal

Yeah my Tpo went up even higher!  I’m not a happy camper, even though my T4 Thyroxine went up to normal.

Cholesterol:
Cholesterol, Total – 231 High (Normal range 100 – 199)
Triglycerides – 82 Normal
HDL (healthy) – 71 Normal
Vldl Cholesterol – 16 Normal
Ldl (bad) – 144 High (Normal range 0 -99)

My total cholesterol along with my HDL and LDL all came down, I was hoping my HDL would stay higher.  So my ratio’s change too, 231/71 = 3.25 which is within the normal range which should be below 5.0 and if less than 3.5 is considered ideal.  The ratio for Ldl is done by dividing your Ldl by you Hdl which mine 144/71 = 2.02 and the value should be below 3.5 and ideally below 2.5  So according to the ratio’s I’m still good but I have work to do again.

What happened besides the fact that my thyroid is messing with my numbers, I got very confused when researching diet and thyroid and diet and cholesterol.  They don’t go together, they almost contradict one another.  Here’s a sample of what I mean:

Your Heart Healthy Grocery List (taken from: WebMD: Cholesterol & Triglycerides Health Center)

Fresh Fruits and VegetablesLoaded with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, fruits and veggies also have fiber, which lowers cholesterol and improves heart health. Pull them out first when you want something to eat. Remember, you need 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day.

  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Foods to avoid for Thyroid health (taken from Elephant Journal:Natural Ways to Heal your Thyroid)

Avoid goitrogens

“Goitrogens” are naturally-occurring thyroid-inhibiting compounds that are found in several species of plants and vegetables. Anyone experiencing decreased thyroid function would be wise to avoid the following foods:

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Rutabagas
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts

Okay, see what I mean?? All the things I truly LOVE to eat are on that list!  So I went into a little melt down.  I was in a state of confusion as to what I should or shouldn’t be eating and raw vs. cooked.  I had been eating way more raw than cooked, now looks like I have to move on to or back to cooked.  I also admit, I don’t eat allot of fish, its not that I don’t like it, I have no problem eating fish, its just that its not my favorite.  So I’m going to start eating some sort of fish 3 times a week, but I have to research and make sure what I’m eating is doing me good.

So, now that I know that I have Hashimoto’s Disease, I started to research that and I’m going to see what changes I need to make in my diet and possibly life style and I will blog as I find new things and change things.   I’m going to post some links here that I’ve found interesting and/or helpful.

Hashimoto’s vs. Hypothyroidism: What’s the Difference?

Funny thing, when I started researching on how to heal this naturally, first thing to come up is go gluten free!  Well, I’ve been gluten free, dairy free and preservative free for a year, but not strict and I was eating like 75% raw.  I was eating allot of the “goitrogins” which I LOVE now have to limit.  I, like allot of folks will tend to slip from time to time, vacations make it hard and even harder is eating at a friends or a party, at least eating out I can eat a salad.  Now, for the next 4 months I’m going to be strict and disciplined.

One other thing, I’ve decided I’m not going to go back to the homeopath doctor.  This is not anything I’ve read or heard, after a few visits, I don’t feel this is the road I’m suppose to go down.  I think I’m looking more for herbs and possibly acupuncture.  So that being said and giving it allot of thought and prayer, it struck me just this morning, that, I am already involved with Essential Oils, where do these oils come from??? Plants and herbs…. man, what a wake up call.  So I pulled out my essential oils book and found some oils that might just help me.  I am a Young Living Essential Oil distributer so this is where I get my oils they are therapeutic grade which is very important with oils.  (I am not here to sell you oils, but just to let you know where I get mine, I became a distributer to get my oils at a better cost.  If your interested you can check the Young Living here, you can even join if you wish, the cost is just spending a certain amount and your in)

Anyway, part of my healing process is going to be using the oils.  I will fill you in on that as soon as I make up my mind and place my order.  Also, as soon as I figure out my new eating regimen I will post that too.  For the present I’m just gluten free, dairy free & additive free, there is definitely more to come.

Please remember, I am NOT a physician, I am NOT suggesting this is for anyone, this is what I am doing for my personal being and I hope & pray that it works.  I really don’t want to have to go on meds for the rest of my life.