In my imaginary ideal life, I was a rock-and-roll disc jockey spinning the classics.
I wanted to be the voice on the radio guiding you through an awesome playlist that touched you to the core and brought you some happiness.
Becoming a thyroid expert and advocate for natural healing was nowhere on my agenda. But, the Universe had other plans for me.
What I’ve learned over the past twenty years about healing the thyroid is needed now more than ever. Take a look around, and you may realize that almost everyone you meet nowadays has been diagnosed with thyroid disease or they are suffering from its exhausting and often debilitating symptoms.
I was diagnosed in 1996, and at that time, I was informed that my thyroid condition was incurable. I chose not to accept my doctors “incurable” diagnosis. Their idea that a disease is incurable is what they had been taught in medical school, but it isn’t necessarily the whole truth.
Since healing my condition, I’ve gone on to share my voice and teach countless others around the world how to heal their thyroid conditions, too. I have seen the results in my own life and the results from clients and students who share their amazing stories with me.
I want you to know that it is possible to heal your thyroid naturally. You no longer have to suffer from debilitating symptoms:
- Weight problems
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Chronic fatigue
- Muscle and joint pain
- Heart palpitations
- Menstrual irregularities
- Sleep disturbances
If you are suffering from symptoms of thyroid disease, it is your body’s way of speaking to you and letting you know that something is amiss and needs adjusting. Your thyroid is giving you warning signals that the quality of your nutrition, stress levels, immunity, circulation, emotional health, and environment need to be assessed and addressed.
Many people begin suffering from symptoms of thyroid disease and get tested to discover that it’s either too slow or too fast, or not producing enough of the hormones needed to function properly. The answer in modern medicine is to take some type of thyroid hormone to lessen the symptoms, or to have the thyroid irradiated or removed.
A dear friend had a thyroidectomy a few years ago. The doctor assured her that it would eliminate the symptoms she was experiencing. He was correct. Her symptoms did go away for about six months. But, they came back within one year because she never got to the root cause of the problem.
Why was her thyroid out of balance? What was it trying to tell her about her overall condition and her diet and lifestyle?
The thyroid is not the root cause of the problem. Feeling out of balance is just a symptom of a deeper issue, and the thyroid is the communicator that is letting us know.
Taking thyroid hormone or destroying the thyroid is NOT the answer to healing a thyroid condition. To properly heal the thyroid, we need to get to the root cause of the symptoms.
- Is something not quite right with the person’s diet?
- Are essential nutrients missing?
- Is the person under some type of stress, either emotional or physical?
- Is the body depleted?
- What’s happening in the physical environment?
Stress, both physical and emotional, includes pregnancy! I know a LOT of women get diagnosed with thyroid disease when they are pregnant or just after giving birth—there is a reason for that. The baby takes most of the mother’s nutrients to grow, so the mother is left depleted and suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or adrenal fatigue. For those of you old enough to remember, this used to be called postpartum depression, but that’s passé now, and thyroid disease is the latest trend in diagnosis.
Other physical stressors include overworking, taking on too much, and not getting enough rest. How many of us actually get sufficient rest? We are a society that is functioning on fumes. If you are constantly on the go with very little down time, it can set the body up for adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, and many other illnesses.
If someone is suffering from an autoimmune thyroid condition like Hashimoto’s or Graves’, we have to look deeply into the digestive system for the clues to healing. The majority of our immune system lives inside there, and we cannot heal until we dive in and see what’s going on.
There are many underlying factors in understanding and eventually healing thyroid conditions. Western medicine focuses solely on the thyroid, or separate parts of the endocrine system, but looking at the body that way is limited in scope. It’s not the whole picture.
Don’t get me wrong… Western medicine has an important role in our life, but it’s not in healing thyroid disease.
Throughout the years, I’ve met with many other people who have tried to heal their thyroids naturally by changing their diets, but they were unsuccessful. They tried gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, raw foods, paleo, supplements, herbs—you name it! And, they were still suffering from thyroid disease and didn’t know why.
I even met with clients who have actually given themselves thyroid disease by taking on what they thought was a healthful diet. Unfortunately, what many people have been taught is healthful throughout the past few decades may actually be weakening and destroying the body instead.
Another reason some people do not heal their thyroid disease is because they don’t look any deeper into their condition. They stay at the surface and focus solely on the physical body. They get their blood checked, monitor their TSH, T3 and T4 levels, and chase their tails around and around and around, focusing on their hormone levels: “My T3 is low.” “My TSH is high.” “ I don’t have enough T4.” It’s all nonsense!
When I was going through the process of healing, my thyroid jumped from hyper to hypo to Hashimoto’s; my hormones were all over the place. If I had intervened with medication at any point during my healing process, I would have stopped my body from finding balance.
There is so much more to healing the thyroid than just looking at blood work. Human beings are multifaceted creatures with many layers. We are more than just our skin, bones, and blood. We are physical, emotional and spiritual beings. To heal disease, we have to look deeper:
- Where did this disease come from?
- What am I supposed to learn from this condition?
- Why is this happening at this time in my life?
There may be a higher purpose for the condition you are suffering from at this time in your life. I want to encourage you to bravely go into those places within yourself to discover the truth about your thyroid condition.
Healing is a process that takes time, especially when you’re dealing with the endocrine system and the emotional body. These are systems responsible for long-term changes, so we need to practice patience.
I was speaking at at conference and met a woman with a very large goiter who was suffering from hypothyroidism. She told me she had been trying to naturally heal her thyroid condition for over a decade! That indicates something may not be working with her approach. Although I do emphasize patience, ten years is a long time! I’ve seen people heal their conditions in three months to three years of taking on this thyroid healing journey.
One of the greatest things that you will experience from healing your thyroid is confidence in your body’s ability to do what it is designed to do. If you can heal your thyroid, you can potentially heal any condition that comes up for you in this lifetime.
My thyroid disease has been a blessing. It has taught me that the power to naturally heal a disease that is inside me is inside every human being on the planet. All it takes is a bit of unconventional courage, an open mind, and some stick-to-itiveness to reclaim your body’s innate wisdom and power.
What most people don’t know its that thyroid disease could quite possibly be the best thing that has ever happened to them.
Trust me, I know it may feel like this is the biggest pain in the neck (pun intended!), but your thyroid is going to teach you so much about yourself and your journey here on the planet.
Are you ready to heal your thyroid condition?
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Let me be the voice that guides you, step by step, through a playlist of natural healing methods, so you can discover what it’s like to live your life with a happy, healthy thyroid.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.