Hypothyroidism, IBS, migraines, chronic fatigue, etc.

Having thyroid problems, migraine headaches, IBS “irritable bowel syndrome”, chronic fatigue, etc?

Did you know that “thyroid problems” can be caused by many things other than a bad thyroid? A few years ago I went to the doctor for an infection, during the blood work testing it was discovered my TSH “thyroid-stimulating hormone” level was 6.5, which is high and an indicator of hypothyroidism. During that time I was also very sick, overweight, and felt like I was dying. I had a goiter “enlarged thyroid” forming that was painful and made it hard to swallow. Not wanting to take thyroid hormone medication I started digging into possible causes and remedies without the drugs, what I found through prayer and God’s guidance changed my life. Thyroid hormone is found in possibly every cell of our body, and quite often the cause of the “thyroid problems” is not the thyroid at all. In my case it was an autoimmune issue called Hoshimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is the immune system attacking the thyroid. Multiple things can cause this reaction, but what was causing it for me was leaky gut syndrome, caused by food intolerance. I found that I had an issue with gluten, eggs, dairy, soy and possibly some others. Another thing that can damage the lining of the intestines and cause issues are exposure to things such as pesticides in your food from eating conventional produce and conventionally fed meat products. GMO’s “genetically modified organisms”  are another big cause of all sorts of health problems. By going gluten free, organic, non-gmo, grass fed, free range, as close to God’s original creations as possible I shrunk the goiter, lost weight, felt healthier, overcame illnesses I had been struggling with, dropped my TSH from 6.5 to 1.38, which tested last at 1.23 and felt so much more alive. No drugs, no hormones, using food as medicine I cured myself of so much illness and misery.

Now that I’ve been gluten free for a while it’s very easy for me to tell when I get accidental exposure, and now know all that it had caused for so many years that I had no idea was caused by gluten. It causes severe, debilitating migraine headaches, gastrointestinal distress, extreme bloating, gas, pain, diarrhea, extreme fatigue, confusion, inability to focus or concentrate on anything. The slightest exposure affects me for anywhere from 1 – 3 weeks and it can actually take several months to a year to fully recover from a single exposure.  I have found after being off of them for a while so my intestines could heal that I can tolerate eggs again, as long as they’re organic free range. Occasionally if I eat too many they may bother me, but when they do I just back off for about a week then I can eat them again in moderation. I can also tolerate grass fed organic dairy, where conventional gives me issues every time.

Being gluten intolerant is a life sentence, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy any of the things you like. There are lots of yummy gluten free products out there you can buy and enjoy in place of your old diet. There are some pretty good breads, muffins, cookies, pastas, all sorts of things out there, and the more people recognize and realize this is a much more common issue the more you can find. There are way more stores carrying way more products than there were just a couple years ago. And while you have to be careful about cross contamination, there are multiple restaurants out there that are trying to cater to the gluten free society. Most, while they serve gluten free you have to remember that it’s still conventionally raised/grown ingredients, so if you’re an organic eater like me you may experience the side effects from the conventional food. Chipotle is one of the few places I can go and enjoy a meal without the worry of gluten or the quality of ingredients. If you tell them you are gluten intolerant they will do everything they can to try to make sure you don’t get contaminated food. Out of dozens of times eating there I’ve gotten sick from contamination maybe twice, which isn’t bad. And if they really understand and care they’ll give you everything out of fresh stock if they can with clean spoons and there is no worry of contamination that way.

If you have any serious health issues I urge you to at least try giving going gluten free a try and see if they don’t improve or completely go away. One thing that I do feel the need to mention is that if you’re on thyroid hormone medications going gluten free alone will not help enough to stop taking the medication. When you take thyroid hormones your body stops producing its own, so while if you’re still having symptoms despite being on hormones going gluten free may help relieve or eliminate the symptoms, you will likely need to keep taking the medication for the rest of your life.

Going gluten free is a lot harder than one may think, you can’t just stop buying gluten containing foods and think you’re good, you need to decontaminate your home so you’re not getting gluten from lingering sources. My next post will be instructions for how to prepare for your new gluten free lifestyle.

Cure for Depression

This is sort of a mix of a story, message and a healing remedy for depression, anger, rage, fear or any other negative feeling your facing. I had my first major surgery in March, despite my faith I have to admit I was filled with one of the biggest sins I’m sure everyone commits at one time or another, fear. I tried to fight it, deny it, hide it, but it was still there right up to the point of them giving me the meds that worked very well, thank the good Lord. I don’t like taking medications of any kind if I can help it, and the good Lord has helped me overcome quite a bit without any, but for something like a major surgery I didn’t really have a choice. I have had bad reactions to so many that I didn’t know what something new was going to do to me, so all I could do was pray and leave the outcome in God’s hands. Despite “giving it to God” I still couldn’t overcome the fear, the closer it got to the day of surgery the more fear I was battling. The surgery was actually a breeze, everyone was surprised at how well I was doing afterward and of my lack of need for strong pain meds, no narcotics for me, thank you Jesus! Following surgery I went through a few months of torture and torment of pain, sickness, depression, anger and rage. I was on a downward spiral I never thought I would get out of, at one point I even got mad at God. I tried turning toward natural supplements to try to take control of the depression, anger and rage attacks, only to have them make me unable to function. Then I had a breakthrough after talking to a good friend at the dinner table one evening, instead of being angry with God, I turned to him. Before my surgery I was on a roller coaster ride in my soul, tormented and torn by what someone had told me that I didn’t agree with but couldn’t get confirmation until that evening at the dinner table. Receiving that confirmation brought peace and harmony back to my soul and I knew then what I had to do, turn back to the one who’s always been there for me since childhood. This is the message I was given when I asked God to help me overcome all the battles I was fighting for 4 months following my surgery.

Fear is one of the “gateway drugs” satin uses to attack us, once we let the fear set in it gives him the open door he needs to attack and torment us. The fear I had before surgery allowed him to sneak in and take control, leading to the pain, return of illness I had already overcome once, depression, anger and rage attacks. What is the cure for fear? God! Give everything to me says the Lord, let me worry about your health, your finances, your relationships, anything you may be worried about. Truly and completely let it go, give it to him and it will set you so free and give you so much peace. With fear out of the way lets work on the depression. Know what the cure is for depression? Happiness and love. If we are filled with happiness, joy, peace and love there is no room left for depression. There are many things that can trigger depression, anger and rage such as a bad relationship, a job you hate, loneliness, loss of a loved one, the list goes on and on and on. If in an abusive relationship pray about what he wants you to do, while marriage is meant to be until death do us part, sometimes we don’t make the right choices of who we are with. For the times when we take the wrong path and choose who we want instead of who God has meant for us we do have the option of getting out. While he meant for marriage to last a lifetime he does not want to see us live with torment, fear, abuse, neglect and adultery. He created divorce as a way out of the wrong relationships we get ourselves into, which I’ve been through twice myself before finding my lifelong soulmate God had for me. As far as jobs go, I’ve always said if you don’t like what you’re doing there’s no sense doing it. If you’re stuck in a job that when it’s time to get ready to go to work makes you say, “Do I gotta go”, you’re doing the wrong job. Above all else, if you’re feeling any negative feelings, if you’re not completely filled with happiness, joy, hope, love and peace you need God. Jesus has an amazing ability to turn all of your sorrow and sadness into joy and happiness, often without any explanation as to what changed you. What does it is him changing your heart, filling it with the living water that hopefully will overflow and spill out to those around you, in turn changing them.

There’s no “magic pill” that can make you happy, no liquid in bottle that’ll bring you pure joy. All the medications they prescribe for depression do is dull the pain, make you numb to the pain you feel which can also take away the joy you should have. By all means, I’m not saying if you’re on any medication for depression to stop taking it, that can be very dangerous if not done right. But if you’re battling with depression, anger, rage, homicidal or suicidal thoughts or any other negative feelings and aren’t taking any medication, before you decide to take them pray. Ask Jesus to come into your heart, to take away all the bad and overflow it with His love and joy. He has the ability to heal your heart and soul so you’ll never feel those bad things again, and he’ll remove the pain without making you numb. You have nothing to lose turning to Jesus, but a whole lot to gain.