Has anyone ever helped you more than they ever knew? Crystal from the Hope for Hashimoto’s Disease Blog is the woman that started it all for me and helped me tremendously—without ever meeting me!
When I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, like many of you, I was desperate to find answers as to why I had developed Hashimoto’s and whether there was anything that I could do to help or reverse my condition.
I spent hours upon hours searching out PubMed, patient forums, and blogs with the hope of finding an answer. That’s when I came across Crystal’s wonderful blog on Hashimoto’s, which in 2011, was the only place that offered any hope for a solution. Crystal was the first person that I read about, who was able to put her Hashimoto’s into remission through changing her diet and lifestyle!
I’m so grateful for her blog and for her willingness to share her story!
Crystal first learned that she had Hashimoto’s in 2007. She was experiencing symptoms of heart palpitations, fatigue, dizziness, panic attacks and nausea. At the time of diagnosis, her TPO antibodies measured 606 IU/mL (>35 is considered positive, >500 is considered aggressive), and her TSH was elevated at 6.9 mIU/mL (reference range is 0.3-3, but most patients without a thyroid dysfunction should have a TSH somewhere between 1-2 mIU/mL ).
She sought the opinion of a couple of doctors; one offered to put her on levothyroxine, while the other told her to let her thyroid die, and then he would medicate her. Of course, like many of us, Crystal wasn’t happy with either answer.
She knew that there was a natural cure for her condition and so she prayed and searched for an answer on the internet.
She began to see changes. Her symptoms improved, and her thyroid antibodies started dropping. After a year of her diet, she was no longer testing positive for Hashimoto’s! The last time she measured her TPO antibodies they were at 3! (<35 is considered a negative test, as a small amount of antibodies serve a normally occurring cleanup function).
Her TSH has normalized to 1.4, and she is not taking any medications. Best of all, she feels great!
Many have commented on her blog, stating that they followed her protocol and that they too, were able to get themselves into remission! Many of you are going to find this controversial, as gluten has been a major culprit in many autoimmune conditions, but Crystal continued to eat gluten and was still able to put her Hashimoto’s into remission.
Of course, other individuals need a different protocol. In my experience, most people need to be off gluten; some others need to follow a diet as strict as the autoimmune Paleo diet (Read my post about Hashimoto’s diets here).
For others, the diet won’t make as big of a difference in their “numbers” or symptoms, but treating an infection or multiple infections will (read my post about infections and Hashimoto’s). Other people may have a toxic burden that needs to be addressed before they can go into remission.
This just shows that we are all unique and we all need to find our root cause. I know in the beginning, I thought that if I just did the same exact things that someone else with Hashimoto’s did, that I would also go into remission.
I wish it were that easy!
When I came across Crystal’s blog, I had just been diagnosed with multiple food sensitivities, especially to dairy, and her blog encouraged me to keep going. Getting off dairy, soy and starting selenium (like Crystal) helped me to feel 90% better, and encouraged me to keep digging for my root cause, although, unfortunately, my TSH and antibodies didn’t normalize following these interventions.
Crystal inspired me to keep searching for something that would eventually help me, and eventually I decided to share my research in the Hashimoto’s: The Root Cause, as I thought that if it was possible for one woman than it would also be possible for me and if her story helped me so much, perhaps sharing my story would help others as well.
So today, I’d like to say a big “Thank you to Crystal!” and for all of you, I hope this blog, and my Facebook page and Hashimoto’s: The Root Cause help you in your journey to getting your health back. If you have your own Hashimoto’s success story, I hope you’ll share it as well, so that others can benefit. You can see additional Hashimoto’s success stories.
I’ll leave you with a little piece of advice from Crystal’s for other Hashimoto’s patients…
“Do your research and find out what is causing your Hashimoto’s and make necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle.”
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