This success story was originally posted in September of 2015, based on personal experience provided by Carrie Vitt, author of The Grain Free Family Table and Deliciously Organic. I have since developed new articles and resources for Hashimoto’s that might be helpful for you. For the latest information on dental procedures as triggers, please visit the following:
- Are Dental Amalgams (Silver Fillings) Your Root Cause?
- Mercury Exposure and Hashimoto’s
- Periodontitis, A Trigger For Hashimoto’s?
- The Many Dental Triggers of Hashimoto’s
A Hashimoto’s Success Story
I love Hashimoto’s success stories!
Nothing makes me happier than to learn that yet another person who was once diagnosed with a condition that was deemed to be “irreversible” by doctors, has been able to reverse the condition completely!
I started corresponding with Carrie back in 2014 when she reached out to me to let me know that just as I had described in the Hashimoto’s: Root Cause Patient Guide, she was able to get her Hashimoto’s into remission! Best of all she was able to do so in a delicious way!!
Carrie Vitt is the creative genius behind the mouth-watering recipes at Deliciously Organic and the author of the Grain-Free Family Table Cookbook. I was so excited to learn that she has been able to get her Hashimoto’s into remission through the use of food and nutrition, even recovering from heavy metal toxicity induced by an amalgam filling that was removed improperly.
Through organic, unprocessed food her family of four has overcome severe asthma, eczema, Hashimoto’s, irritable bowel syndrome and migraines, all without drugs—just good, natural, real food.
Here’s Carrie’s Hashimoto’s Remission Story (from Carrie)
“A simple trip to the dentist turned my life upside-down. In the spring of 2008, I went to the dentist’s office because of a cracked amalgam filling in one of my teeth. The dentist removed the filling without taking the proper precautions. As soon as I sat up from the chair, I felt terrible and knew something was wrong. I spent a week in bed, gradually regained some of my strength and went on with life.
A few weeks later, I started having problems with my complexion and then developed hives from the neck up that wouldn’t go away. I hadn’t changed anything in my daily regimen, I was on a diet of unprocessed organic foods, and I exercised regularly. I was confused.
Then once morning, I woke up and splashed some water on my face. Immediately my face turned bright red and started burning. “Oh no!” I thought. “It’s the water!” It seemed the chlorine in the water was also making me sick. I talked to my husband, and we tried to figure out our options. In the meantime, I couldn’t touch tap water, let alone drink it. My husband bought large 5-gallon bottles of filtered water, and I sponge bathed for over a month until we were able to install a water filter in our home. It wasn’t cheap, but it helped. At least I could finally bathe again.
My skin cleared a little, but things got worse. Much worse. My hair began falling out; I couldn’t sleep, and I had allergic reactions to nearly everything I ate or came in contact with. If I ate vegetables, I would swell. If I ate meat, I would swell. If I walked into a room with too much perfume, I would swell.
I cried. I became very depressed. I didn’t want to go anywhere and spent all day in bed with ice packs on my face because my skin was burning, red and peeling.
The worst part of this entire ordeal was that I spent nine months going from doctor to doctor without anyone listening or running tests. They kept telling me I had dry skin, would hand me a tube of steroid cream and send me on my way. I’m not an idiot. I knew my skin wasn’t “dry” and I knew I had to dig deeper.
I finally found a doctor who investigated my case, sent me to an allergist and they ordered the required tests. In the spring of 2009, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
I was relieved to finally have a diagnosis, but the doctor’s prognosis was unsatisfying. He told me I could take a drug to potentially manage my symptoms, but my thyroid would eventually stop working, and I’d be on medications for the rest of my life. I was already having extreme reactions to almost everything I came in contact with, so I didn’t feel that medication was the right decision for me. I decided to look for another path.
Years before, I had overcome chronic migraines, IBS, and eczema with food, so I had a hunch my eating could play a role in my recovery. I began working with a certified nutritionist to help me get to the root of the problem.
Remember the amalgam filling I had removed and refilled? After many tests, we discovered my thyroid had absorbed heavy metals from the amalgam filling. Consequently, my liver “backed up” so it couldn’t properly filter any toxins my body encountered. This helped explain the hives and the thyroid disorder.
My nutritionist prescribed a Grain-free, nutrient-dense diet and gentle detox therapies. I was also very fortunate to have a supportive family. When they learned of my need to drastically change my diet, my husband said, “If you have to do this, then we do it together.” So my husband and two daughters joined in for the ride, and it’s been a fantastic experience for us all.
After several years of disciplined eating, gentle detox, whole food supplements as prescribed by my nutritionist and hard work, I’m happy to say my disease is in remission. I can’t even tell you how much a Grain-free, nutrient-dense diet has changed my life! I can now spend time with my kids, family, and friends and be an active member of my community.
I know each body is different. I share this information to bring you hope and encouragement. If you’re struggling with chronic health issues, I encourage you to seek out a practitioner who can help guide you toward better health. Even if everyone around you says it can’t be done, follow your instincts. If you think it’s possible, run toward that hope. After my experience, I truly believe that many of the diseases that ail us can be avoided or reversed with the right foods, detox, and support.
My health struggles and path to healing led me to write my new book, The Grain-Free Family Table. In the book, I share my entire story of recovery, tips to help reduce inflammation and encourage recovery from disease, and over 125 grain-free recipes to get you going on this new path.
Here’s one of Carrie’s delicious recipes!
Cauliflower and Bacon Hash
I adapted this recipe from husband’s favorite breakfast – potato and bacon hash. I use finely chopped cauliflower in place of the potatoes. The first time I made it my husband was a bit skeptical, but after a few bites he said, “This is amazing!” It pairs well with scrambled or sunny-side-up eggs.
- Serves 4-6
- Preparation Time: 15 minutes
- 6 bacon slices (nitrate-free and pastured preferred), cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 large yellow onion
- 1 head “riced” cauliflower*
- 2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
Place the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate. Add the chopped onion to the bacon fat and sauté until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower and salt. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cauliflower has softened and some pieces are just beginning to turn golden brown on the edges. Stir the bacon into the cauliflower mixture and serve.
*Cut the cauliflower into 2-inch pieces. Place half the cauliflower in the food processor and pulse for seven or eight 1-second pulses, or until the cauliflower pieces are about the size of grains of rice. Pour into a medium bowl. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower.
To see more of Carrie’s recipes and to get her list of top inflammatory foods, head on over to her website: Deliciously Organic!
Hope this information helps you on your health journey!
P.S. Recommended New Book: I try to read one new book each week, and this week I want to share a new book with you that I think you’ll enjoy. I know I did. It’s called Kale and Coffee: A Renegade’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Longevity by my friend Kevin Gianni.
Kevin was once a raw food vegan, who made himself sick from his diet. He was so disillusioned from gurus and diet experts; he decided to then go the opposite way, eating whatever he wanted as long as it was organic. This didn’t work for him either, and soon enough he was 30+ pounds over his ideal weight. The book is about his journey to try to find balance in the sometimes confusing world of diet and health.
Inside, Kevin tackles the hard questions like which diet is right for you, should you drink coffee or not, is wine ok, how much salt is best (if any), can you eat a little gluten and much more. But it’s not just a health book, it’s filled with great stories that make it a real page turner and best of all, it will make you laugh! Sometimes we can make health too serious, and Kevin does an amazing job at making this journey an entertaining one. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. You can get it on Amazon or at your local bookstore.