In 1996 I was diagnosed with an incurable condition.
I had a goiter (picture at left) PLUS auto-immune thyroid disease.
I was also suffering with allergies, cold sores, poor immunity, and I was 25 pounds heavier than I am today.
My doctor recommended that we radiate my thyroid.
My gut instinct said, “no freakin’ way!” I questioned that treatment for thyroid disease. And, if I hadn’t, I would not have a thyroid today.
Years prior to my diagnosis, I watched my mother go through the modern medical treatments for cancer. In the 1980’s she had a radical mastectomy plus radiation. Subsequently, five years of blood testing and MRI’s showed her to be cancer-free. The surgery and radiation had apparently worked.
But, eleven years later, mom fainted and couldn’t stand up. At the hospital they discovered that the breast cancer had come back with a vengeance. It was now everywhere: in her lungs, her brain, her liver, and her bones.
I remember taking my mom to the hospital in Long Island for weekly radiation and chemo treatments. She never wanted to go. She told me it made her feel sick and she wanted to stop. But, we didn’t stop. We followed the modern medical protocol and didn’t question it.
As I watched her suffer, I began questioning that medical treatment. So did my father. He read an article about a doctor that had healed himself from pancreatic cancer using a natural diet. So we tried it.
We switched mom from standard American eating to a more wholesome diet and immediately noticed changes. Her lips regained their pink color instead of the bluish gray they had become from the cancer treatments. And, the ashen color of her face was growing peachy once again.
It was obvious this new food was giving her a little more life. Like a houseplant that hadn’t been watered for a while; once you add water the plant perks up. That’s exactly what happened; she perked up a bit, but it wasn’t enough to bring her back (Honoring My Mother’s Journey).
After mom died I vowed that if I got sick I would not destroy my body with surgery or radiation. I would try a natural approach first.
So there I was… exactly four years to the date after my mother’s death. Sitting on the examination table listening wide-eyed as my doctor advised me to take radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid. She said my condition was “incurable.”
She was right. According to what she had learned in medical school, my disease was incurable.
Thankfully, I didn’t go to medical school, so I had a different perspective.
I said, “hey doc, instead of destroying my thyroid, what if improved my diet?”
She said, “your diet has nothing to do with your thyroid.”
I didn’t believe that.
So, instead of leaving her office with a prescription for thyroid destruction, I left with a focus on improving my diet and lifestyle to heal my body.
I began my healing journey by eating wholesome foods direct from the earth that didn’t come out of colorful pre-packaged boxes.
Four months later I returned to the doctor and my blood tests showed that my thyroid was indeed changing. My hormone levels had dropped from dangerously high to just above normal.
My doctor said, “it’s still not in the normal range. You need medication.”
I said, “Thanks, but no thanks, doc. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.”
For the next two years I went for periodic blood testing with a new doctor each time to get a second and third opinion. Each doctor informed me I had a new and exciting disease. First it was hyperthyroid, then it was hashimotos thyroiditis, and then it was hypothyroid. They all recommended some type of medication to eliminate the symptoms my body was experiencing – all of which I refused.
Two years after my initial diagnosis with an “incurable thyroid disease,” I no longer had that large goiter and my thyroid tested normal. It took time, patience, and a whole lotta self-love and self-care, to rebalance my body’s condition.
Sickness doesn’t happen overnight. My thyroid disease took twenty-eight years to develop. If you’re thinking about incorporating a natural healing plan, keep in mind that health and wellness doesn’t happen overnight either. Improved health doesn’t come after one magical cup of soup. It can take years of eating well, exercising, and other natural healing practices to correct imbalances.
I am healthy today, but still consider myself in the process of healing. First my physical body, then my emotional body, and then my spiritual body – all of the layers that make me human.
Here are some basic steps to healing the thyroid:
- Eat organic and clean foods: This is a no brainer. Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are endocrine disruptors. The thyroid lives on the endocrine system. Eat clean to ensure the endocrine system is not disrupted.
- Eat Local and Seasonal: Food grown in or near the environment where you live is the best choice for your body. The pineal gland takes information from outside your body and relays it to the inside of your body. Eating out of season and/or out of climate sends mixed messages to your internal system, throwing the thyroid and endocrine system out of balance.
- Eat Naturally Raised Animal Products: Factory farmed animals live in highly stressed conditions without access to fresh air, clean food and sunshine. If you eat animals that live a crappy life you will absorb that energy. This can disrupt the body physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The above tips are a great place to start, but there is so much more to healing the thyroid.
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And, if someone tells you to radiate your thyroid or that your disease is incurable, question it.
Then give your body the best physical, emotional and spiritual food (plus patience and lots of love), that it needs to truly heal.
You can do it!
Andrea Beaman is a 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 individuals and health practitioners how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.