Hello, lovely readers!
Along my journey as a hashi-warrior, I have found several sources which have helped me learn more about my condition and how to manage it properly. This post is a descriptive list of my favorite resources on the topic of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), there are 100 known autoimmune (or autoimmune-related) conditions (click here for their list). As I mentioned in the previous post, Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition of the thyroid gland. For further details, read this article which explains the symptoms and treatment. Whether originating from a specialized doctor or a fellow hashi-warrior, I have certainly benefited from the content provided by these sources. As with all my posts, I hope you find the following paragraphs both interesting and informative. Perhaps you will benefit from these helpful resources, as well. Please feel free to ask questions and give constructive feedback in the comments section.
#1 – “The Root Cause” by Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP
Probably the most comprehensive source on the list! This book examines all aspects of the condition. From combating symptoms to healthy recipes, Dr. Wentz answers just about every question concerning the topic. She explains everything you need to know regarding how to treat Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in a scientific, yet easy-to-understand manner. One unique aspect about this source is that the author has the condition herself! She knows exactly how you feel and she is on a mission to help you function at your best! Her blog and website are also great sources to explore. Check them out by clicking here. You can also follow her on Instagram (@izabellawentzpharmd).
Honestly, my eyes were opened to the reality of my condition through this book. It propelled me forward in my endeavor to conquer this disease by learning all there is to know about Hashimoto’s.
#2 – “The Autoimmune Solution” by Amy Myers, M.D.
Rather than focusing solely on Hashi’s, this source gives an overview of treating autoimmune conditions. Dr. Myers is quick to identify autoimmunity as a major problem affecting the well-being of millions in the U.S. alone. The major factors which produce negative effects on autoimmune conditions are diet and lifestyle. Poor nutrition significantly increases symptoms and eventually will cause other autoimmune conditions to develop. Similar to Dr. Wentz, Dr. Myers strongly makes the case for implementing healthy diet and lifestyle interventions as the path toward healing chronic, autoimmune diseases. She includes the medical facts regarding autoimmunity, but also gives practical strategies to apply on a daily basis. Dr. Myers also produces her own products compliant with the diet restrictions she recommends. Her website is also full of information for anyone seeking to learn more! Click here to visit her site. Follow her on Instagram for even more insights (@amymyersmd).
#3 – Dr. Jockers Website
This website by Dr. David Jockers is a good source for anyone who wants to improve their overall health. Most of the articles include info-graphics which help visualize key information. One of my favorite articles published on his site concerns using the ketogenic diet as a means for fighting autoimmunity and inflammation. If you take a moment to read it, you will notice that he explains the major details of the topic, ensuring the reader fully understands. Take a moment to read this article and browse the other topics. He also delves into hypothyroidism itself (click the hypertext in the first paragraph) and also suggests a nutrition plan as a means of fighting the disease. Like most everyone, he also has a presence on Instagram (@drjockers).
#4 – Autoimmune Wellness with Mickey and Angie
These gal-pals run this blog, podcast, and website to promote the Autoimmune Protocol diet and lifestyle as a means of treating autoimmune conditions. Basically, it is an elimination diet for people who want to target their autoimmunity by identifying their food sensitivities. Of course, gluten is avoided on the protocol, but so are foods such as legumes, other grains, and nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, etc). After removing the “trigger foods” from your diet for a period of time, reintroductions can take place and bodily responses can be recorded. Furthermore, the long-term goal is to formulate a custom diet according to one’s tolerances to certain foods. Other sources have given information and inspiration for this diet action plan, but these ladies have contributed to a clinical study which examined the effects of the AIP when followed by Hashimoto’s patients. Read more about the findings here. They can also be found on Instagram (@autoimmunepaleo).
I followed the AIP at the start of 2019. It’s not easy, folks. Even though I had already eliminated gluten, I was shocked to notice how much better I felt when I avoided dairy and legumes. Eating nutrient-rich foods really made a difference overall.
#5 – The Encephalitis Society
Not all who have Hashimoto’s deal with an episode of encephalitis. Unfortunately, because I was uninformed about and mismanaged my condition, I experienced a bout of Hashimoto’s encephalitis. It’s the main reason why I share what I’ve found with others. Treating autoimmunity is much different than treating something like bronchitis. You cannot simply take a medication for 7-10 days and have your chronic symptoms dissipate. It takes much more effort and consistency to achieve healing results when treating an autoimmune condition. This website helped me understand what my body went through and how I could recover from the debilitating after-effects. To learn more about HE, read this article. Their website gives more information regarding the different types of encephalitis and explains the general recovery process.
Each of the individuals listed above noticed that conventional medicine alone was not effective enough to properly treat autoimmunity. They discovered better methods to achieve wellness through diet and lifestyle changes. From my personal experience, their conclusion is correct. Treating Hashimoto’s with a daily medication was not a true solution to my symptoms. The real issues were not addressed through this method alone. Thankfully, after years of illness, I found these resources on Hashimoto’s. I would not be on this path of healing without these valuable resources. If you think you might have an autoimmune condition, do not hesitate to investigate! Learn from this HashiKitty and take action against your autoimmunity properly and as soon as possible.
Thanks for reading. Happy healing, everyone.