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I have a friend who happens to be a doctor… and I remember the first time I asked him “what can you tell me about hypothyroidism?”
He said (as a friend to a friend) “if you have hypothyroidism they’ll put you on thyroid hormones and you’ll have to take them for the rest of your life”...
That’s all there was to it…
… as seems to be in the minds of most doctors...
In my mind, I refused to accept that as my faith.
Inside, I shook my head “no”... and said “uh uh” to myself. No way this will be a “forever” thing. The idea of going through this as long as I was alive was a nightmare.
Hypothyroidism is ROUGH to live with.
Some days are worse than others.
A forever thing?
I needed to figure something out.
If I really need hormones, then sure, I’ll take supplements but most importantly I wanted to know why my body wasn’t producing hormones and what to do about it.
So when I finally figured it out, I had my biggest epiphany about hypothyroidism… the definition.
See I believe there is a huge flaw in the definition of hypothyroidism “underactive thyroid disease - meaning the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones”
Here’s why I think it’s flawed…
If the ONLY problem was an underactive thyroid then taking more hormones should fix it right?
… but that’s not always the case.
I’ve met so many people who are losing their hair, have brittle nails, are tired all the time, have brain fog and keep gaining weight even though their lab test numbers are normal… (it seems like this is the only goal doctors have… get your numbers to be normal, nevermind how you feel)
I don’t know if this is normal, but the doctors I went to didn’t listen to me about my symptoms… it was all about the lab numbers. Everything else was just in my head… “psychosomatic” they call it.
The only solutions doctors seem to offer are to medicate, radiate or cut.
I think I’ll keep my thyroid, thank you.
That’s when I realized my doctor’s ability to help me had ended
If I wanted to get my energy back and lose weight again, I needed to go explore on my own.
Why is it that so many people are still fatigued and gaining weight out of control even after taking thyroid hormones??
I remember back in 2012… I put on 32 pounds out of nowhere… this was just before the holidays too!... by the time holidays were over I was probably closer to 46 pounds heavier than I had been just a few weeks ago!
That’s when I came across a hypothyroidism education program that talked about how the thyroid works. It pointed out that the thyroid produces primarily T4 hormone, but THE LIVER converts T4 into T3… (Hint: The body functions on T3 primarily, not T4)…
So even though the thyroid produces thyroid hormone, the liver makes it “active”.... That’s why when my liver was not functioning properly converting T4 into T3, I became fatigued and gained weight out of control.
That’s why in my opinion… hear… me… out…
It. Is. Not. “Just”. An underactive thyroid…
It could be… but...
I have found it could be an underactive thyroid or a liver malfunction or BOTH… but not “just the thyroid”.
It doesn’t end there, though
Once the liver converts the thyroid hormone T4 into T3, it needs to enter the bloodstream and get delivered to the cells of your body… this is where different toxins and hormone imbalances keep your body from using the thyroid hormone it just made.
Again, it’s not just the thyroid you need to worry about. There’s the liver, toxins, gut problems… I don’t even want to get into all the digestive issues and allergies I went through before I figured this out… including breaking out in hives with over ⅔… maybe ¾ of my body attacking itself...
It was painful just to watch.
That’s how I started to understand why there are many people who take T4 hormones and still feel like crap. Even people who switch to taking both T4 and T3 may still be struggling with autoimmune problems, weight and fatigue. That’s because they are not addressing the root cause.
Is it the thyroid?
Is it the liver?
Is it toxins?
Is it your gut?
Is it the active thyroid hormones T3 turning into “reverse T3”?
This is more or less the path I had to go through… my journey involved answering these and other questions for myself.
So if you take thyroid hormones and feel good, then congratulations, you’re set.
… but if you still feel fatigued, have brain fog, having thinning or losing your hair... or keep gaining weight no matter what... then you can go through our “Energy Jumpstart” program to start getting your energy back.
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