I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s when I was 23.
Looking back on my life (poor diet, gluten intolerance, early childhood stress, lots of sugar, being overweight) I can see that all these stressors were setting the stage for autoimmunity. My body just happened to attack my thyroid.
Growing up, I also really struggled with liking myself. I hated the way I looked, and I felt like I was never enough. The memory of that internal pain can still bring me to tears- my heart just breaks for that little girl! And I was not a sullen, mopey teenager. I was a great student, class president, popular, outgoing, funny. All of this was happening on the inside, and I was good at hiding it.
I’m pretty sure that self-loathing is NOT good for the body and greatly contributed to my body physically attacking itself just as intensely as I had energetically attacked it with my thoughts. I also find it interesting that the thyroid is in the part of our body that corresponds to the throat chakra.
“The throat chakra is the center of energy in the body that is about speaking and hearing your inner truth and the truths of others. It is the center of communication, listening, and creativity. The thyroid will mirror an imbalance in this chakra and vice versa. Throat chakra imbalances are evidenced through lying, gossip, criticism, and verbal abuse. Subtler energetic imbalances are apparent through misalignment of thought and action, not opening to the communications from others, and inability to speak from your true inner self” Thyroid Chakra
To this, I would add that it is even more caustic to the body when the gossip, lying, and criticism is directed inward. I don’t have any research to back this up-although I am sure that there probably is some- but what I DO know is that our body hears everything our mind says. And most allopathic practitioners tend to forget this basic tenet of our biology/psychology. We can not separate ourselves from ourselves- mind, body, spirit- we are one and when we forget this, we disrupt our innate intelligence, our feminine wisdom, our intuition.- and that my friends is always a recipe for disaster.
So, at 23, when diagnosed with the most common autoimmune disorder there is, what advice was given to me???? Here is a prescription for Levothyroxine. That’s it, because this is the standard of care for this disease! Have problem = treat with x medication. No one asked my why my immune system was attacking itself. Why even with medication I didn’t feel better? Why I continued to suffer from depression (mild) fatigue and weight gain despite religiously taking thyroid hormones. It was never suggested to me that I remove common triggers like gluten, that we should investigate the possibility I might have some gut issues, no one asked about diet or stress or ANYTHING really. So, I continued to suffer for years with low thyroid and Hashimoto’s.
Turns out, Hashimoto’s is not a thyroid disease, it’s an immune disorder. And we must address the root of the problem to have any lasting results.
Join me for this 5 part series addressing the root cause of Hashimoto’s and how we can support the body foundationally to drastically improve our symptoms and put Hashi’s in remission.
So great Kim. You have definitely found your calling. I could have written that 2nd paragraph about myself. Student body president, yearbook editor, good grades, tons of friends….miserable inside about my weight and my worth and afraid I would never be “enough”. Isn’t it crazy how we can project one persona on the outside, but feel completely different on the inside? But our body always knows.
Looking forward to the rest of this series.
Thanks Melissa!! Unfortunately, I think most women can relate to to our story.
Part 2 comes out Monday!