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For those of you who are not very familiar with guided meditation, it is a focused way of meditating to get in a higher state of consciousness in order to achieve a specific goal or purpose. It can be used for healing among hundreds of other things, and it’s a powerful way to achieve things you never thought possible. I’ve dedicated a chapter for healing hypnosis and guided meditation in “Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery” because it did help me and I’m sure it can help you too. Here’s the download link, it’s quite a large file (about 300 MB) so it may take awhile to download if your connection is slower (after you download it, you’ll need to unzip the folder).
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[TRANSCRIPT – VIDEO PART 5 OF 5: HOW TOXIC ARE YOU?]
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about one of the well-known causes of Hashimoto’s and that’s heavy metal and pesticide toxicity. As you probably know Hashimoto’s is thought to be a result of both genetic and environmental factors. You need to be aware that everything you use – from your laundry detergent to household cleaners to those non-stick pans you cook in, releases substances that end up in your body. And if all these toxins aren’t eliminated, they start accumulating and can cause a myriad of health problems. You can’t avoid all pollutants and toxins, of course, they are absolutely everywhere – including our air, food and water but you can somewhat limit your exposure by making smart choices about the products you use and the foods you consume. Here are a few tips:
– Use hypoallergenic and all natural products – there are whole lines of products formulated with natural ingredients, no dyes and no perfumes
– Ditch the plastic bottles immediately and go for a safer alternative like glass
– Storing your food in safe containers is another thing I’d like to mention here. Most of us have plastic containers in our homes that we use to store, refrigerate and freeze food in. I used to do that too but not anymore. Plastic containers are made of toxic chemicals like BPA, Phthalates, and other estrogen mimicking compounds which can easily leach into your food and water. When entering the body, these chemicals can and will attach to estrogen receptor sites which leads to hormonal imbalances. They’ve also been shown to cause birth defects in babies.
– The cookware you use is just as important as the food you cook in it. Almost every home has non-stick cookware. But as convenient as these are, much has been said about the safety of cooking in them in recent years. If you are cooking your food in those non-sticking Teflon pans, you should know that you are cooking your food on fluoride. And as you know, fluoride suppresses thyroid function, making you feel even worse.
Here’s a quote from Mike Adams, author of Natural Health Solutions that sums up things nicely:
“Eliminate all conventional home care and personal care products from your life: Shampoo, deodorant, soap, cleaners, detergents, dryer sheets, air fresheners, hair spray, hair dye, cosmetics, etc. Replace them all with green home and green personal care products. Stop eating out of plastic, styrofoam, Teflon and aluminum foil. Eat out of Pyrex or glass containers. For cooking, use iron or stainless steel. Clean your air and water. Never drink tap water. Invest in a good water filter.”
I always try to use natural products, and just try to reduce my exposure to all the chemicals and toxins that are all around us. You can’t avoid all chemicals but you can surely reduce your exposure to some of them by making little changes and smart choices. In my book “Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery” I show you the best way to detoxify your body that doesn’t involve fasting. It’s one of the things that helped me most in my recovery and something every Hashimoto’s patient should be doing. Thanks for watching.
I hope you found this video informative. Here’s what kind of selenium I take: 200mcg of Selenium
[Transcript – Video Part 4 of 5: 5 Weight-Loss Secrets for Hypothyroid Patients]
The thyroid has a big job to do: the hormones it produces help regulate heart rate, maintain healthy skin, and play a crucial part in metabolism. When the gland is underactive, it can rob you of energy, dry out your skin, make your joints ache, cause weight-gain, make your hair brittle and kickstart depression. Many hypothyroid patients struggle with weight gain so if you’re one of them – don’t worry, you’re not alone. As some of you may know, I didn’t gain any weight even after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I attribute that to my strict diet. In this short video I’ll tell you about 7 things you can do right now to jump-start your weight-loss.
Number 1: Cut out sugar and white flour. When you think about it, it’s unfair to even categorize sweets and white flour products as foods. They’re really more like drugs. That’s why they have such mood-altering power. We know that the corn, sugarcane, and sugar beets that sugar is extracted from, and the grains that flour is extracted from, contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. But after the extraction process, most of those beneficial nutrients are gone. What’s left is a potent crystallized concentrate, not unlike other plant concentrates like cocaine or opium, which are also extracted from plants full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber by the way. These two refined white crabs can force a release of your brain’s natural feel good neurotransmitters, serotonin and endorphins. This brain chemistry disruption and depletion leads to the need for another cookie for another brief mood boost….and then another….and another. Sugar also suppresses the immune system which is already malfunctioning in Hashimoto’s patients. As for the gluten in white flour, numerous studies have shown that the majority of Hashimoto’s patients have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, so you’d be doing your body a huge favor just by avoiding these two foods.
Number 2: Avoid foods that suppress your thyroid. There are some foods that aid thyroid function and some that suppress it. If you’re unaware of this, you might be unknowingly consuming foods that are making it harder for your thyroid to produce the necessary hormones. One such food is soy. It’s advertised as a health food and many people consume it on a daily basis. A recent study, however, showed that the isoflavones in soy act as potent anti-thyroid agents, and are capable of suppressing thyroid function, and causing or worsening hypothyroidism. In my book Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery I’ve listed which foods you need to avoid and which ones you should be consuming on a daily basis.
Number 3: Eat small portions and eat often. I myself eat 3 meals and 2 snacks – needless to say, no junk food allowed. This helps keep your energy up throughout the day without burdening your digestive system. Also drink plenty of water.
Number 4: Don’t over-exercise. You’re probably thinking right now, “This is crazy. Exercise helps burns calories and lose weight.” While that’s how it usually works, with hypothyroid patients it can be a little different. Some studies have shown that over-exercising can stop your body from producing the active thyroid hormone immediately. An intense exercise requires your body to use up a lot of sugar very quickly, and if your liver can’t properly store sugar then you don’t have any fuel and your body will have no other choice but to increase stress hormones to break down your muscle tissue to use as sugar. And in the end, you’re left with less muscle and more fat, especially around your abdomen. Walking, swimming, riding a bike and jogging are all great choices for hypothyroid patients.
Number 5: Take selenium – selenium plays an important role in thyroid biochemistry and can decrease antibody levels in hashimoto’s patients. Selenium deficiency has been implicated in the etiology of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and selenium supplementation has been found beneficial. Three Selenium studies have been published in the peer reviewed medical literature showing Selenium is beneficial in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The recommended dosage is 200 micrograms. Keep in mind that too much selenium can be toxic.
[Transcript – Video 3 of 5 – These “healthy” foods are actually making you feel WORSE!
Today I wanted to tell you about some foods that are supposedly good for you but not if you have Hashimoto’s. You’re having dinner – some pasta with chicken, broccoli on the side, and strawberries for dessert. Sounds pretty healthy, right? Well, you’re in for a surprise. All these foods might actually be exasperating your symptoms. Let’s break it down:
Pasta contains gluten – studies have shown that most people with Hashimoto’s have gluten intolerance or sensitivity. In fact the connection is so obvious that it’s been recommended that all Hashimoto’s patients be tested for gluten intolerance and celiac’s disease and vice versa. You may be thinking, “I’d surely know if I was gluten intolerant!” That’s what I thought too until I found out that you don’t need to have any gastroenterological symptoms in order to have a food intolerance. Without you knowing, it creates a low grade inflammatory response that lasts 12-14 hours. Over time, this breaks down your intestinal lining creating leaky gut and leaving you vulnerable.
Well, broccoli is healthy, isn’t it? In a word, yes, but broccoli also contains goitrogens. Goitrogens are naturally-occurring substances that can interfere with the function of the thyroid gland. There are two general categories of foods that have been associated with disrupted thyroid hormone production in humans: soybean-related foods and cruciferous vegetables. And since broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, it does contain goitrogens. In the absence of thyroid problems, there is no evidence to suggest that goitrogenic foods will negatively impact your health. But if you’re already hypothyroid, you should limit your intake of foods containing goitogens.
That brings us to strawberries – believe it or not, strawberries also contain goitrogens as do peaches, radishes and peanuts. As you can see, a meal that’s seemingly healthy can actually be making you feel worse if you suffer from Hashimoto’s. One extremely important thing to remember is that your diet directly affects your symptoms.]
[Transcript – Video Course Part 2 of5] Suffering from hypothyroidism? You might have an auto-immune disease!
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder, characterized by the production of thyroid antibodies by the immune system. This condition may be so mild that it may go unnoticed for many years, but eventually it may destroy so much thyroid tissue that hypothyroidism develops. The diagnosis is made by measuring the blood levels of thyroid hormones T4 and T3, thyroid-stimulating hormone or TSH as well as Thyroid peroxidase antibodies and Thyroglobulin antibodies. Please refer to the chart below for normal lab values for all those tests. The reason why I wanted to talk about Hashimoto’s today is because in 90% of the cases if you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you have Hashimoto’s. Not every doctor tests for Thyroid peroxidase antibodies and Thyroglobulin antibodies which are the markers of an auto-immune attack on the thyroid and subsequently they won’t tell you that you have an auto-immune disease; and if you don’t know you have it, you’d probably won’t attemp to treat it. So if you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism definitely ask to be tested for the presence of the above mentioned antibodies.
Now, you’re probably wondering how Hashimoto’s is different from hypothyroidism. While in primary hypothyroidism the problem lies in the thyroid gland itself, in Hashimoto’s the problem is the immune system which attacks the thyroid and damages it, making it unable to produce enough hormones. Unfortunately western medicine treats both conditions exactly the same – with thyroxine supplementation when these are clearly two different conditions that need to be treated differently. One essential part in the treatment of both is your diet. In “Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery” I’ve explained that in great detail and I’ve also shared my treatment plan that allowed me to become symptom-free and regain my health. Thanks for watching this short presentation and I’ll see you in the next video.
[Transcript – Video Course Part 1 of 5] Are you on the right hypothyroidism treatment?
I often receive emails from patients asking what’s the best treatment for hypothyroidism. In terms of hormone replacement you have two choices – synthetic hormones and the natural thyroid hormone like Armour. The synthetic hormone is the most common form of treatment hypothyroid patients receive. When you see your doctor, you’re usually presented with a prescription for generic levothyroxine or synthroid. While some people respond well to that type of treatment, others still suffer from debilitating symptoms. Sometimes you’ll need your dosage adjusted in order to feel better, or you may be given a combination of T4 and T3.
The main problem with taking synthetic thyroid hormone is that it doesn’t do anything for the actual cause of your condition, and that paves the way for other auto-immune conditions developing in the future.
Some patients prefer the natural thyroid hormone, made from porcine thyroid glands. There are several brands available like Armour, Westhroid and Nature-Throid. When a patient isn’t doing so well on synthetic hormones, he or she might be prescribed natural thyroid hormone. Some people prefer to try out both types in the course of several weeks to determine which one is better for them. As in the case with synthetic hormones, natural hormones also do not address the cause of the disease; all they do is manage the symptoms stemming from low thyroid hormone levels.
So it becomes clear that if you want to recover and restore your health, you’d need to find out what caused your disease in the first place. Most Hashimoto’s patients are told by their doctor that they will need to take pills forever but that’s not always the case. Many patients can restore the function of their thyroid gland back to normal by following the right treatment protocol.
Another very important thing I wanted to mention today is knowing how to take your thyroid medication correctly. The most important thing is consistency: take the same dosage at the same time of the day, with the same interval from foods. After you’ve been on the medication for a few weeks you’ll notice that your body is actually expecting a dose of thyroxine at that time. If you become inconsistent with the timing, undesirable side-effects may occur.
Consistency is more important than which time of day you choose to take your medicine. Although most doctors recommend taking Levothyroxine first thing in the morning, many people find they suffer from fewer side effects if they take their dose mid-morning or even last thing at night. Recent studies have shown that a night-time dose seems to be the most effective, least disruptive and best-tolerated time for taking thyroid medication so you might want to reconsider if you’re taking it in the morning and suffer from side effects.
The majority of the thyroxine dose is absorbed from the small intestine so make sure you drink a full glass of water with your medication. Allow at least one hour before eating or drinking anything else besides water to allow the medication to be absorbed and converted correctly in the body. Wait at least four hours between taking calcium or iron supplements and a dose of thyroxine. Be sure to check that any orange juice you drink is not fortified with calcium, as even a small amount can affect absorption. Some substances bind with the Levothyroxine, so that it cannot cross the gut wall to be absorbed. These substances should never be taken at the same time, or within an hour of taking Thyroxine tablets. Some examples are iron salts, antacids, milk and soy-based formulas. Recent research suggests that caffeine may also prevent full absorption of Levothyroxine.
"Hi, Petra, just wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for putting this book together. "Overcoming Hypothyroidism" is an eye-opener. Everything is explained in an easy to understand way and it's a complete guide on how to regain not only thyroid health, but your overall health too. I recommend it to anyone struggling with hypothyroidism."
Sylvia Ling, PA, USA
Five years ago my doctor said I was hypothyroid, gave me a prescription for levothyroxine and said I'd be back to normal in four - six weeks. What a joke! Is normal being exhausted all day? Is normal being unable to get out of bed in the morning? I don’t think so. This book teaches you how to use additional treatments to feel truly normal again. We all know levothyroxine doesn’t work for all your symptoms, if you want to be symptom-free, you need to address the underlying conditions that led to the disease. This book teaches you how to do that, and more.
Stan Bradley, MA, USA
This is one of the most comprehensive, well-researched books on hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s I’ve read. The author is not a doctor, she is actually a patient who got no help from doctors when she was really sick. It’s commendable when people like her refuse to be told by their doctor that it’s all in their head. Keep asking questions, stay informed, and search for solutions until you find your answers. Start with this book – it will give you more information than your doctor ever did.
Maria Cole, NY, USA
“Overcoming Hypothyroidism” will give you the knowledge you need to regain your health. The book explains the thyroid function and impacts. It discusses tests and treatments. From what I’ve experienced, most doctors don’t really understand hypothyroidism. They have been brainwashed by drug companies to believe that just one little pill fixes everything. Thyroid issues are much more common than most people realize and the symptoms are often vague. As women age the percentage effected is higher. And if your thyroid was tested years ago, have it tested again now. The "normal" TSH range has been lowered. The book also explains why you can’t rely on the standard TSH testing to diagnose Hypothyroidism and what other tests you need. This book is an absolute life-saver!
Brent Steely, CA, USA
“Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery” is the BEST book I have ever read on hypothyroidism. And believe me, I’ve bought every book out there. The author teaches you how to help yourself even when your doctor tells you "you are fine, your TSH is in normal range.” I feel great knowing I am not alone in this. This is the one and only thyroid book to buy.
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