Some of you know about my fight with Graves Disease, an auto immune system disorder, which causes an overactive thyroid. Since I was diagnosed 7 years ago, I have made it my business to know everything I possibly could about the condition & this has probably saved my life.
I have blood tests on a regular basis & in November last year, I was told that my T4 levels are normal & again in January the same.
My thyroid stimulating hormone was finally starting to work too, after 7 years of lying dormant, so I suggested I came off the anti thyroid drug & my GP's response was to continue for a while longer.
A month ago, I rang my GP & suggested again that I come off the drug or at least halve it, as I was feeling so well & was concerned about the drug pushing me into being under active. Again, she said to be patient & they would send for me when it's time for a blood test. I don't normally do as I'm told, but decided to stick with it a bit longer.
Last week I became aware that I was definitely becoming under active, so demanded a blood test.
I had the test on Monday, my GP rang me on Tuesday & asked for me to get into the surgery straight away.
Surprise, surprise - my thyroid has become so under active that I've virtually gone off the scale!!!
The doctors are completely baffled as to how this could have happened within 3 months & I explained it was due to my diet changes... They won't accept this, but I know I'm right.
My body is finally working properly & with no complicated foods to break down any more, it's allowing the healing process to kick in naturally. So I'm off the anti thyroid drug, which was on the verge of damaging my bone marrow (& probably would have done if I hadn't strengthened my immune system). A lot of people don't survive this severe side effect of carbimazole because they are usually extremely ill & weak.
Although being under active is a bloody nuisance (apparently my levels are so low that it is a miracle I am able to get out of bed & my GP couldn't believe that I am capable of working & actually don't appear to have too many side effects). I am happy in the knowledge that I stopped the drug before any permanent damage was done & so grateful I educated myself on my condition. I am lucky to know my body extremely well & would urge anybody taking conventional drugs to do the same. Do lots of research on your condition, the drugs you take & make sure you eat as healthily as you possibly can. Doctors are not always the experts we expect them to be, their knowledge is often limited & they certainly don't know enough about food & nutrition.
I was told that diet would not make a difference to my condition & after Sime & I were shown the graphs of my blood tests over the last few years - we both know that the last 3 months has made a terrific impact on my health!
If you have an auto immune system disorder, I would recommend giving up dairy & oil - you will be absolutely amazed!
Porridge time, then work...
Hope you all have a good weekend!