Don’t Have A Thyroid Issue? Think Again!

In my house the kitchen is a place of learning as well as nourishing.  So, for today why not pull up a stool and learn about something that may change your life for the better.

With all that I am learning about my own health, I decided to pass along any tidbit or major breakthrough I come across.  The biggest thing I want you to realize is that we are in charge of our own health.  Not our doctors or other healthcare practitioners, but you.  With that in mind, I also feel it is important that we share what we find (not opinion or speculation) so we can all be empowered to make correct choices when choosing doctors or when helping them to better help us.  This is my hope as we all search to achieve our own optimum health.

That said, I want to tell you about a book I am reading.  It’s called “Stop the Thyroid Madness: a Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment” by Janie A. Bowthorpe, M.Ed..  Janie takes real patient data from thousands of thyroid sufferers to help us, the reader, get educated on our own symptoms and what to do about them.

This book was born out of frustration of going to doctor after doctor, taking Synthroid (or other synthetic thyroid medications) for years, still feeling crappy and being diagnosed with a myriad of other problems.  Out of frustration, the author points out in great detail, the failings of modern medicine when it comes to treating thyroid and adrenal conditions.  She also discusses how hundreds of thousands of people suffer needlessly because many doctors are unwilling to let go of their textbook education and listen to their patients.

I encourage you to at least educate yourself with the following list of symptoms and see if you can relate to any, some or most of them…even if you already take medication for your thyroid or don’t think you have a thyroid issue!  What you are feeling may be related to thyroid/adrenal issues.  The author also has a website so you can begin your research right away – you can find it at  Read the patient testimonials and then take charge of your own health (with the help of an educated, open-minded, compassionate doctor of course).  Get her book if you still feel like you want more information.  I promise, you won’t regret learning more.  …and if you don’t need this information right now, you likely know someone who does.

Less stamina than others Osteoporosis
Less energy than others Poor skin quality
Deep exhaustion Hives
Long recovery period after activity Exhaustion in every dimension: physical, mental, spiritual, emotional
Bad reaction to exercise Slowing to a snail’s pace
Frequent napping Illegible handwriting
Arms feeling heavy after activity Internal itching of ears
Inability to hold children for long Ringing in ears
Chronic low-grade depression Inner ear problems
Chronic severe depression Weak fingernails
The need for anti-depressants Anxiety
Suicidal thoughts Inability to eat in the mornings
Often feeling cold Joint pain
Cold hands, feet Carpal tunnel symptoms
Colitis No appetite
Irritable bowel syndrome Heart fluid retention
Constipation Heart palpitations
Hard little round stools Swollen legs that prevent walking
Painful bladder Blood pressure problems
Thinning or no eyebrows High cholesterol
Dry hair Rising cholesterol levels
Dry skin Being on Statins
Cracked heels Varicose veins
Ridged fingernails Low body temperature
Hair loss Tightness in throat; sore throat
White new hair growth Swollen lymph glands
Hair breaks faster than it grows Overreaction to cold medications
Nodding off Allergies (which may also be related to adrenal fatigue)
Requires naps in the afternoon A cold rear-end
Sleep Apnea Painful bladder
Air Hunger Dysphagiam Nerve Damage (inability to swallow fluids/food)
Inability to concentrate Pneumonia
Forgetfulness, Foggy thinking Easy sickness
Easy weight gain Aching bones/muscles
Inability to lose weight Swelling
Relationship problems Poor iron levels
NO sex drive Poor cortisol levels
Crabby, Moody Digestive problems
PMS Worsening PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Heavy period Inability to work full-time
Failure to ovulate and/or constant bleeding Overactive Autonomic Nervous System (Dysautonomia)
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