That turns out not to be true.
Because hypothyroidism doesn’t have to be permanent.
Its underlying causes are now well understood. And those underlying causes are easy to deal with.
People like me used to have hypothyroidism but don’t anymore.
Our joints no longer ache, our skin and hair is in good condition.
We’re full of energy – and depression or low mood has given way to relief and happiness.
The following video tells my story.
And my story can quite quickly become your story.
Hypothyroidism is a frustrating disease.
You’ll know what I’m talking about.
There’s the symptoms…
It made my hair thin out. I gained weight – even when I was off my food. I got moody and occasionally depressed. Sometimes I was constipated.
I was able to sleep a solid 10 hours and still wake up exhausted. I found it difficult to focus at work and a struggle to really enjoy family and social life.
My low moods and anxious thoughts created one or two relationship difficulties too. People try to be understanding but… my condition wore them down.
Even more frustrating was that doctors simply didn’t believe there’s anything wrong with me.
After several discussions, my doctor looked at my thinning hair, accepted that my dry skin and aching limbs ‘wasn’t normal’…
…but then put my fatigue and anxiety down to me being preoccupied with my thinning hair and aching limbs!
He told me he couldn’t find anything wrong with me. He advised I eat better, exercise more and take up a hobby.
When he did finally have my blood tested – hypothyroidism was diagnosed.
I was put on a lifetime course of drugs.
They had some positive effect but they mostly reduced symptoms a little – they never got rid of them.
So I was still tired an awful lot – but I could mostly keep my eyes open.
My hair and skin sill thinned and dried – but a little less.
And so on.
The meds became a problem.
I developed some dosage problems – which is common with hypothyroidism meds.
They’re sensitive drugs. A bit too much or too little can have dramatic effects on a person’s health.
Even taking pills from a new batch can lead to adverse reactions.
My doctor informed me that for many people thyroid problems fluctuate over the course of the year. Which, as I found out, means the dosage had to fluctuate too.
I’ve never been keen to take drugs for illnesses. They’re toxic, unnatural and, over time, can cause as many problems as they solve.
Yet here I was… stuck, basically.
I wasn’t getting better. The drugs’ downsides could hit me between the eyes at any time – but I didn’t know what else to do instead.
Anyway. That’s all done with now.
I no longer have the disease.
So I can look back on those days and smile. It’s all over for me. I’m fully well.
I do still recall it all though. And I feel for others who are ill now the way I was then.
My recovery is complete. It happened pretty quickly – about 4 weeks, give or take a few days.
And that disease ain’t coming back either.
I’ll explain why.
Not everyone suffers hypothyroidism for life
About 18 months ago a lady called Jodi Knapp was in front of me in a long line at the supermarket. While we waited to be served we started talking.
Long story short, Jodi knew all about hypothyroidism. She was a natural health practitioner and some years previously had helped a close friend – who had it really bad – get over the disease.
Today, Jodi routinely treats hypothyroidism in hundreds of people. She gave me a link to some information about how she approaches the disease and we chatted some more while we waited.
What I eventually learned from Jodi about hypothyroidism was jaw-dropping.
Because I’m the kind of person who trusts doctors unquestioningly. If a doctor can’t beat whatever you’re suffering from then it can’t be beaten. Plain and simple. I realize that can sound dumb but that’s how I am.
When I was finally free of hypothyroidism I changed that view. I had to.
Because the essence of the problem is this: doctors tend to treat only the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
They fully understand that an under-active thyroid isn’t producing the hormones the body needs.
They of course know that these hormones – known as T3 and T4 – regulate our metabolism.
Which means they directly affect how fast your heart beats, how deeply you breathe, your body temperature, cholesterol levels – and whether you’ll gain weight or lose it.
And doctors understand the effects of an under-active thyroid: weight-gain, depression, poor skin and hair quality, disrupted menstrual cycles in women, aching joints, ongoing tiredness and so on.
And so they tackle the hormones problem – insufficient T3 and T4 – with artificial hormones and then, perhaps, tinker with the other effects – tiredness, low moods and so on.