Jul 06, 2010
I have suffered from thyroid disease and weight gain / loss for probably 10 years. About 7 years ago I started to ask doctors what was wrong with me. They told me I was depressed and gave me Prozac. They told me I had brain fog because I did not get enough sleep. They told me my constant exhaustion and weight gain was poor sleep habits (well yeah I could not get any normal sleep!) They told me the pain in my neck was muscle problem and told me to go home, and on and on it goes. One doctor told me my TSH was a bit low but nothing to worry about (so I didn’t) and on and on it goes. I went through 6 doctors in 7 years.
I went from being a normal sized man, 5.9 tall and 140 pounds in my thirties, to being 298 pounds exhausted and feeling hopeless in my forties.
Finally, last October, I went to one of those traveling health screening groups that ran several basic tests, including ultrasound of various arteries, and also the thyroid. The tech doing the scan says to me, “do you know you have cysts on both sides of your thyroid”? No I didn’t, nor did I know what that meant, but I was overjoyed! Yes, overjoyed, because finally, there was some kind of answer to all this misery about what was wrong!
I went to my doctor and he did the lab work and my TSH was .02 He sent me to an Endocronolgist who, with a new better ultrasound in hand, told me that I had Toxic Multinodular Goiter (Plummer’s Disease) and the only option for me was RAI or surgery. Nether of these options sounded appealing to me, and since there was no sign of cancer in the nodules, I asked, “are you sure there are the only two options?” She said , “Well I can give you Methimmazole, but that will only solve your problem in the short term, I thanked her for producing third option from thin air, and told her I would take the Methimizole and learn all that I could about my condition before I make any decision about any treatment.
So off I went fat, exhausted, brain fogged, and sleepless, off to the book store, and my favorite trusty search engine. I searched day and night for a cause of my disease, trying to find the answer from what others had done. From October to January I read 8 books about all sorts of thyroid disease. Among the most important was “Living Well With Graves Disease and Hyperthyroidism” In Chapter 10, I read “The Johnson Nutritional Protocol” Reading this chapter was like a light bulb being switched on. I have believed that my thyroid disease was caused in large part, to various deficiencies and a poor diet full of nasty chemicals like brominated vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup and SOY to name just a few. This guy Johnson was really on to something here, his thinking was very much akin to my own. This chapter of the book saved my life.
As simple as it sounds, the old adage, you are what you eat really is true. I had a poor diet, I was lacking proper nutrition and I feel that over time, my body had great difficulty breaking down certain vitamins and nutrients.
After reading these many books, and this single chapter of this book in particular, I found my direction. First I had to correct what I was eating.
I weighed 298 pounds. I could barley tie my own shoes. My thyroid was going nuts. I had pain in my thyroid, and some problems swallowing. I had, before learning so much, thought that I could loose weight and feel better by eating “natural” granola with Soy flakes, fresh raw vegetables like Cauliflower and Broccoli for lunch, and would be happy taking my Methimozole. As I found out, For me, SOY and these fine group of vegetables was like kryptonite to Superman!
I stopped eating all fast foods. I stopped eating all processed foods. I went to see a Naturopathic Doctor, and went on the “Blood Type Diet” I am Type A. I was now moving in the right direction. I discussed with my endo the problems I was having with Methimazole and she took me off it and, we parted company for the most part. I visited the Endo once more for a 3 month check up, (but more about that later). The concept of me not eating steak and potatoes was very foreign. I did not think I could do it, however, once I got started I was amazed to find that I was loosing weight, approximately 2 pounds and week on the Blood Type Diet, and eliminating most dairy, refined sugars, meat etc, actually made me feel incredibly better. By this time I had stopped taking my statan drug since I was not ingesting animal fat anymore, except for some limited white cheeses, I also cut out Gluten and fund some delightful recipes and snacks that I could eat that were actually good and good for me!
During this time I was loosing weight, and feeling better, My Naturothathic Doctor put me on various suppliants including an iodine containing product called Thyadine. All these things, this new way of life, was like the difference between Night and Day for me! I did not miss fast food at all, and I was shocked, people in my office would bring back fast food lunch for themselves, and I could smell the grease in it from across the hall. How amazing this was to me that I had gotten to this point.
Remembering what I had learned from Chapter 10 in Mary Shomon’s book about the Johnson Protocol, and reading more at Mr. Johnson’s web site, www.ithyroid.com I decided to go a step further and see how true all this was. Was I really curing myself and loosing weight at the same time? I had my hair analyzed, The 22 page report I received was spot on, I was deficient in Copper, Magnesium, Manganese and host of trace minerals, as well as ratios of minerals that were way off. I took the report to my Naturopathic Doctor, and we fine tuned my supplements, and Increased my Magnesium . I had already been taking Copper as the Johnson protocol suggests, but had no idea how low I was in Magnesium. Within 3 days of adding 300 mg more of Magnesium, just as Johnson explains in the book, my heart palpitations and racing heart stopped being a problem.
I went to my family doctor for follow up lab results to see what my thyroid levels were now 6 months after starting this educational lifestyle changing journey, Much to my family doctor’s surprise, (but not to mine) My Free T3, Free T4 and TSH were all normal! And by this time I had lost 10 pounds on “The Blood Type Diet” and continued to feel good, but I needed to lose more weight.
Now that I had my thyroid somewhat in check, I went to see my Naturopath about how I might lose more weight. I exercise several times a week and was losing weight but I wanted more. My Naturopath suggested I would be a good candidate for HCG. She explained what it was, and I read as much as I could about it. I purchased the drops and went on my way with my modified blood type diet and HCG. I followed the protocol to the letter and I am proud to say that I lost 20 pounds in 40 days and I have not felt this good in 10 years. I have been on maintenance for 3 weeks, and I lost another 5 pounds and will be starting a second round of HCG this week for another 40 days. My goal is to lose another 50 mounds and get below 200 pounds for the first time in ten years.
After losing 40 pounds from my first Endocrinologist visit, normalizing my Thyroid numbers and getting my bad cholesterol down to half of what it was, I went to see my former Endocrinologist for a 6 month follow-up. I explained to her all about the work I had done and how I got myself to this healthier state. She said, “that is great you lost weight”. “Glad to see the Methemizole helped”. (she had no memory, or interest to read my chart, that I only took the Methemizole for 3 weeks and it nearly killed me) She said “your thyroid numbers are normal but you are still a good candidate for RAI or surgery”. “You need to continue to take your Crestore because that is the only way you can keep that cholesterol down”. I said, “wait, what?”
Amazing that I spent so much of my money over the last ten years for that kind of “help” form the almighty doctors!
Very Simplified list….
1) Cut out all fast food
2) Cut out all processed food – No microwavable dinners etc.
3) Cut out all artificial sweeteners and anything containing Brominated vegetable oil and High Fructose Corn Syrup.
4) Cut out 99% of refined sugar.
5) Cut back on caffeine
6) Stopped eating goiteous vegetables. Raw Broccoli, Cauliflower etc. 7) Stopped eating ANYHITNG containing SOY .. soy really caused me problems but I never connected it. Soy is in so many foods you really have to read labels carefully.
8) Eat Gluten Free as much as possible.
9) I take a good Multivitamin Supplement and various other supplements - and Minerals based on Hair analysis which showed several deficiencies.
10) Thyadine 3 drops twice a day every day.