I wanted to pause from my story and share a little bit about the disease that I have since some of you still may be scratching at your head wondering what is Hypothyroidism and this hashi whobi whati disease you have.
So let me break it down to you in simple terms and put it in my own words. I am no doctor or nurse but I have done a substantial amount of research. So much reading and reading that it seems impossible to retain all of it especially with the functioning of my brain these days (or lack thereof).
Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid doesn’t produce an adequate amount of thyroid hormone for your body. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, simply meaning your immune system is attacking itself and in this case it’s the thyroid gland. Your thyroid is responsible for regulating body temperature and metabolism, extracting vitamins from foods to use as energy and many other functions. Without the proper function of the thyroid, your entire body in turn suffers.
According to Dr. Izabella Wentz’s book “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis,” “Hashimoto’s affects up to 10 percent of the population in the US.” So if you are one of the blessed ones not to have it, you probably know of someone who does. Hashimoto’s is the cause of hypothyroidism in 9 out of 10 people.
In Hashimoto’s, the problem doesn’t lie in the dysfunction of the thyroid but rather in the immune system. So why is the immune system attacking itself then? Here is a theory again from Dr. Wentz’s book that makes it clear as mud.
“ 1) Thyroid cells are damaged by a trigger such as a toxin or an infection.
2) Dying thyroid cells send out a stress signal.
3) Immune cells rush in to “save” the thyroid from attackers.
4) Immune cells attack the thyroid instead.
5) More thyroid cell damage occurs.
6) Body runs out of resources to regenerate thyroid cells.
7) Thyroid is no longer able to produce enough hormone.”
This is why many Hashimoto’s patients including myself still had symptoms even after being on thyroid hormone replacement because in reality your body will continue this attack on your thyroid. Only until you get to the root cause will you be able to get out of this perfect storm.
It’s fascinating how our Creator intricately designed our bodies. But also how he designed our bodies to live off of the food and lifestyles he intended for us. We can’t control everything that goes on, but I am here telling you that there is a huge chunk that you CAN control. Are you ready to get your health back? Do you even remember the last time you felt 100%?
What if Jesus could be talking about more than just salvation through him in John 10:10 when he said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” What if he was also saying that living a diet and lifestyle of the Maker’s would be rich and satisfying??
Maybe…just maybe, our health would be in a much better state if we lived the Maker’s diet and the Maker’s lifestyle.
Food for thought! 🙂