Your Thyroid Is LowYou know it, because you feel it. But let me share with you that "Normal" is just the opposite. This last week I had my annual exam. I brought my blood test results and cortisol tests because you know if I were in an accident, the person they are going to go to for your medical records is the primary care physician. I don't like the idea of working with the left hand, and the right hand has no idea what you are doing.
You see there is a reality beyond the "normal" numbers that they teach in medical school. I'm thankful that the doctor I have been going to for testing my blood work was able to read the results and know what was wrong with me. I'm thankful that she cares enough about her clients to heal them. Now, follow me on this whole crazy notion... who do you think goes into the labs to get tested? Sick people. If a lab creates its “normal” range based on test results from sick people, is that really a normal range? Does that tell us anything about what the range should be for health? This is why I want to learn more, and help more people. This week the general physician told me that all of my prior tests were "normal". So that's why I now feel so much better... I just went out and got WEIRD!! I prefer weird then, give me the bioidentical, super food weirdness any day of the week. Are you with me?
My Thyroid Was Low
Did you know that truly scientists believe that up to 40% of the population are effected by low thyroid levels. My levels apparently are "normal", but not by Dr. Tami's levels. What seems to be the norm is that a doctor may put you on Thyroid pills, probably not compounded, which we know is better used by the body. When they test you they'll see after adding thyroid supplementation your TSH level is low, which means too much thyroid. That is only because you are being supplemented. A doctor that has not had the appropriate will think you are on too much thyroid and lower your dosage. Here's the thing.. you would know if you had too much thyroid in your system. You'd suddenly start seeing hand tremors, racing heart beats, and quick weight loss.
Since I had my blood work done about six months ago I've been feeling better every day. In fact I'm starting to wake up early again, and not horribly tired all day. I am working out again, mostly hitting the yoga mat and some weight lifting, but it feels BLISSFUL!!
So let me share what my test results were, I don't know if it will be helpful to you, or anyone else. I shared it recently on my Facebook page, and hopefully you'll realize that just because one doctor says your levels look fine, you can keep searching for someone that knows that you do need supplementation.
How my levels were
Ferritin (which is our stored iron) was 8. It should be 90 or higher. Ferritin is the fuel for the entire hormonal system so let's say you are taking thyroid but seeing no results. It could be because you have low ferritin. I started with 1 iron supplement a day, and each week increased another until I got up to 4 capsules a day. I'm not taking the Food Based New Chapter Iron. I take the iron with the Whole Foods Acerola Chewable Vitamin C 500 mg - 2 with it, and 1 later in the day.
My Thyroid was TSH 2.680 and Triiodothyronine, Free was 3.0. I was put on 15 mg of Armour initially and then increased after 30 days to 30 mg of Armour.
My Free Testosterone was 0.3 - I do 1.5 ml of yam based testosterone cream a day.
My Progesterone was 4.3 - I do a pediatric dose of compounded progesterone (regular progesterone pills have peanut proteins in them) each night until a couple days before my period.
My estrogen was great, she recommended taking DHEA but it gave me major zit face. So I stopped. My vitamin D was 30.0 - I started with 5,000 IU a day, went up to 10,000 IU a day and am now back to 5,000 IU a day. It should also be up at about 100.
I did the ZRT Laboratory Cortisol spit test. The results are easy to read and you can order this test from Amazon to do on your own, or go through True Health or your local doctor's office. Shows you exactly when you are low or high - which of course is exactly what you need to do for using any supplementation. My doctor had me start taking 1/2 of the Cortisol Manager each night at bed time since that is when my cortisol was low.
The last few weeks I've started doing a full vegan plant based food nutrient complex, cellular vitality complex each day. I am now also doing the detox blend twice a day - morning and evening. Cleansing is an important component of preparing for pregnancy. Fertility cleansing consists of supporting the livers natural ability to cleanse itself as well as supporting uterine health and circulation. This in turn supports hormonal health and encourages a healthy uterine environment. I did a cleanse several months ago, and then did last month a 10 day cleanse as soon as I got back from vacation because I was pooped, I was craving nothing but sugar all day long.
Also this detox and the other whole food and cellular supplements I can take for prenatal throughout pregnancy, so that make me feel great if I get pregnant. I was told it could help with decreasing nausea taking the detox supplementation.
I also am taking Ecological Formulas Kelp. It has great levels of selenium, very bioavailable and has the iodine and kelp. Contains no corn, soy, yeast, etc.
I use essential oils but you must be safe about it if you are ttc get pregnant especially, and a lot of women should think about it. I've had quite a few friends using a blend of essential oils and these while doing IVF, and that needs to be addressed with your clinic, your doctor and your aromatherapist.
I'm now doing clary sage and geranium with fractionated coconut oil on rotation.
The recommendation is to not apply at the same time you do your iron. So I usually do this when I take my thyroid pill. The blend that was shared for those with metabolic symptoms was:
10 drops of clary-sage essential oil
10 drops of fennel essential oil
7 drops of geranium essential oil
3 drops of rose essential oil
Option 1: Add these amounts to 2 tablespoons of EVOO or Coconut oil and gently rub over the abdomen.
Option 2: Make the synergistic blend using these proportions and use 6 drops to a bath.
Option 3: Make the blend and use 5 drops synergistic blend to 1 teaspoon EVOO or Coconut oil or place in a vegetable capsule and take internally.
After reading more I determined that since my whole food complex has helped me so much because it's just food, so it can be taken while trying to conceive and not be feared as something horrible to take if you do get pregnant.
That's been my only concern during this process, the what if I were to get pregnant. You have to think outside of the right now, and consider that what if sometimes.
I hope that within the next year I'll be able to drop the thyroid supplementation as I've fixed the dietary issues. A lower carb diet, healthy real foods, good sources of omega-3's, ferritin levels getting up to normal, vitamins and minerals should correct the problem.
One note: I am not in need of estrogen, but I've read that you should not take oral estrogen with oral thyroid. The oral estrogen binds T4 so it cannot convert usable T3, which would make you more hypothyroid. Just FYI as you are working on your own endocrine system balance.
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