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Healing My Thyroid Naturally




By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.;

As you might have read in the “About” section of this blog, I was diagnosed with an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) in 2001. I have to admit that when I first heard the diagnoses, I didn’t know much about the disorder, nor did I care enough to do much research on the topic. I let my doctor’s convince me that it is a very normal occurrence among men and woman these days and that I shouldn’t be too concerned. They prescribed me Levothyroxin, which is a synthetic form of thyroxin (otherwise known as the thyroid hormone T4). I was advised to take 2 pills per day at 100 mcg. This was my routine for 5 years. Two pills a day at 50 mcg for approximately 5 years. That’s roughly 3650 synthetic, chemically formulated pills, equaling 182,500 mcg, ingested into my body. To me, the most ironic part in all of this is that I hadn’t even noticed anything wrong with me in the first place! I had simply gone for a yearly check-up and blood test, and this was “found”. It wasn’t until after I starting taking the medication that I actually noticed the “symptoms”. Was it because I felt them, or because I was told that’s what I should be feeling?

It was in 2006 that I met my future husband, Jordan. When he found out that I was taking synthetic medication for my thyroid, he suggested talking to a naturopath and looking into to some alternative options. At first, I was resistant to the idea. After all, I trusted my doctors, specialists and family who all told me that I would be on this medication for life. Once you start taking medication for your thyroid, there was no stopping. I was told by my doctor that our thyroids were unable to heal themselves. In most cases, it only got weaker with age. Jord didn’t give up on me though. He was convinced that there was an alternative approach.

In early 2007, I contacted a local Naturopath and it turned out that he actually specialized in thyroid function. (I love the synchronicity that life has for us all) Within a month, I had stopped taking Levothyroxin and I had replaced it with Nature-Throid, which is a natural form of desiccated thyroid hormone. Nature-Throid is made from the thyroid glands of pigs, and is therefore considered a “natural” thyroid product. I was prescribed 1 ½ grains (90 mg) per day. This meant taking three pills per day. After a couple of months, my symptoms did improve and I was extremely happy that I made the switch. There were a few problems though. Not only was Nature-Throid not covered by my health care plan, costing me about $30/month, it was also becoming increasingly hard to get. My Naturopath went to great lengths to bring this medication across the border from the USA into Canada and even then, this medication was becoming high in demand and the manufacturer was having a hard time keeping up with the orders. I was also becoming more and more aware of what I was putting into my body. 

In the spring of 2008, Jord and I were becoming increasingly interested in health. We began researching everything we could about how to take care of ourselves and improve our overall health. We decided to try a raw food diet. This consisted of eating nothing cooked above 118F (48C), eliminating all meats, dairy, wheat, and processed sugar. It included ample amounts of nuts and seeds, vegetables and fruits, collard greens, superfoods and smoothies. It was a difficult endeavor at first, but we pushed through and it quickly became our routine. We felt AMAZING!! We also eliminated as many toxic chemical products as we could. This included those used in our house or on our bodies (i.e. laundry detergent, toothpastes, shampoos, soaps, deodorant, dish soap, makeup, hair products... to name a few) We simply made our own alternatives or purchased a natural variety at local health stores. It’s amazing what is out there and for the most part they work the same if not better!! Eliminating all of this toxicity was an amazing feeling, but I couldn’t feel completely clean while I was still consuming three pills a day, “natural” or not. Due to the fact that I was feeling so great, I decided that I was going to try to get off my medication all together. I started slowly. I began to take only 2 pills a day. I did this for about a month and then went for a blood test. My Naturopath was happy to see that my blood levels had remained stable and that I seemed to be doing great. He warned me though about reducing the dose further. It was unlikely to him that I would be able to get away with it. I had made my mind up though and I could sense that my body was now strong enough to proceed. So I did. I reduced my dose to 1 pill a day. I did this for 2 months before going back for blood work. To my Naturopath’s surprise, my levels remained the same. I was so excited. My goal of getting off my medication was so close. For some reason, getting off that last pill was a difficult step for me. Something in my head was still listening to those doctors who told me that I would never be able to stop for the rest of my life. Thankfully, I pushed through those feelings and stopped taking my last pill. It has been over a year that I have been “pill free”, and I’ve never felt better. I know that it is because of the dramatic health change that Jord and I chose to pursue. I am thankful everyday to my loving husband, who cared enough to suggest the “impossible” and I’m thankful to myself for having the courage to listen to my own body.

Please note that this has been my experience and that we are all different. I am definitely not a doctor and I am not providing advice to anyone. The goal of this article is to hopeful inspire someone who has or knows someone who has hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism to seek out alternative therapies.  I have seen from personal experience that it is possible for our thyroids to heal themselves; they just need a little bit of help along the way.

If you have any questions about further details or the exact methods and supplements I used in my journey to recovery, please feel free to contact us via this website. Please also check out our "Books" section for further references.

~ Believe in yourself and your body’s ability to heal ~

Your questions: Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder? If so, what medical treatment have you chosen? (post your comments below)
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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

14 comments:

  1. Did raw foods heal your thyroid? I'm currently coming off raw foods and going back to animal products and feel much much better. I'm taking Metathyro now. Any advice?

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  2. Thank you for your comment. We always enjoy connecting with those who are consciously aware and who are taking charge of their own heath.

    Although, raw organic foods played a big part in healing my thyroid, I believe that there were other factors that helped as well. Some of these included 1) Getting grounded (please see a previous blog for more information), 2) Exercising regularly – this assists in activating the thyroid into producing necessary hormones, 3) Removing and/or replacing as many toxic products as possible. There are many natural/homemade alternatives available that work the same, if not better (i.e. soap, shampoo, perfume, deodorant, toothpaste, hair products, creams, makeup, etc) 4) Eating organic foods that support thyroid health (i.e. kelp, ashawaganda, fermented foods, coconut oil, superfoods, etc) 5) Staying away from foods that suppress the thyroid (i.e. soy/soy based foods, cruciferous vegetables such as raw broccoli and cauliflower) 6) Making sure to get enough sleep for what my body requires. For me this means around 7-8 hours per night. 7) Eliminating the consumption of tap water. We now collect fresh spring water from the source. It is amazing! (please see a previous blog for more information) 8) Thyroid tapping. This is a method used to increase circulation and hormone production. This involves lightly tapping the thyroid three times a day, while making a humming noise. 9) Messaging coconut oil into my thyroid area every day. This can raise basal body temperature while increasing metabolism. (This is especially effective for an underactive thyroid) 10) Practicing various breathing techniques. Yoga has been a great help in my overall healing. 11) Maintaining positive thoughts. This might sound hokey to some, but I truly believe that if we trust in our bodies’ ability to heal itself, we are that much closer to accomplishing our goal.
    Something to keep in mind is that this was all done gradually. Our thyroid is very sensitive to drastic change and I am still make adjustments. (i.e. switching to organic clothing, towels, sheets, etc)
    At first, this might sound like a lot of change and I can’t tell you if it was only one of these that worked. Everyone is different, so continue to experiment. It is at least encouraging to know that none of these things mentioned will hurt your thyroid.
    I hope this helps you.
    We wish you all the best in your journey toward recovery.

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  3. Thank you so much for your blog. I am also on 1.5 grains of Nature-Throid, and it is just starting to be "not enough." And interestingly, I am a former raw foodist. I have to hold out for two weeks, and then a raw food chef will be preparing my meals for a week, and working with me to make smoothies after that. I'm a guy, and I'm no cook at all. So that's my biggest hurdle. But with this raw food chef's support, I hope all will be well.

    But this thyroid tapping...I did it after reading your comment and I already feel a little better, and again interestingly, my body kept "feeling" that this was something it needed. I would instinctively put my hand on my thyroid and shake it, and separately, I would hum. But the tapping while humming seems to work GREAT!

    Many thanks!

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  4. P.S. If anyone hears of an energy worker who specializes in thyroid healing, anywhere but even better if it's in Michigan, please let me know...shumashu at gmail.com

    Many thanks!

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  5. Thank you for the informative post. I was recently diagnosed with an active thyroid and I will be incorporating some of the foods you mentioned in my diet.

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  6. What an inspiring story ! thank you so much for sharing :))))

    I have had a hyperthyroid condition for the last 15 years. I have always refused the advice of doctors who originally wanted me to take the radioactive dye and synthetic thyroid hormone for the duration of my life.

    Some doctors recommended surgery and somehow then, I knew, it was not the right course of treatment for me.

    After many years of remaining idle, intuitively knowing, the answer would come when I was ready to hear it ... I make the transition to vegetarianism and am now working my way into a raw lifestyle.

    What I have noticed is that my thyroid gland has reduced in size (goiter/graves). In the last 10 years the doctors considered me a paradox patient since I had gained so much weight and yet my blood levels indicated hyperthyroidism. In the last 6 months the weight has started to come off without any effort as the goiter was also starting to diminish in size.

    My new lifestyle (in the last year) has dictated no animal products. Something tells me that this issue will resolve itself without allopathic intervention. I have researched a great deal and have a few plant medicine options I wish to incorporate - crosses fingers.

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  7. Well, it's a lot easier to heal regular hypothyroidism (if it's a problem with the gland itself) through diet and food but if you have Hashimoto thyroiditis, then it's a problem with the immune system NOT thyroid gland itself, the you are just stuck with it and can't heal it but can definitely improve through organic diet and food...It's unfortunate I am inflicted with that and no matter how well my diet is my symptoms are always there, cramps in legs every morning, fatigue and worse hair loss, which the thyroid medication never helps..

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  8. Hi Jenn,
    Thank you for your comment and sharing your experience. Hashimoto's is classified as a condition of under activity of the thyroid, which is caused by overactivity of the immune system. For this reason, it can be difficult to improve symptoms, however it is possible. Since overactivity of the immune system is involved, it is important to strengthen the immune system with things like essential fatty acids and protein, while making sure not to boost it. Boosting nutrients would include echinacea, astralagus, mushroom extracts, etc. It is also important to reduce inflammation/allergenic reactions. Foods that can contribute to these reactions would include saturated fats such as dairy and red meats, as well as foods that cause sensitivity/allergy - corn, soy, gluten, milk, and eggs are among the top allergens and should be considered as possible triggers of inflammation/allergy. Anti-inflammatory phytochemicals can also be of added benefit. These include curcumin, ginger, omega 3 fatty acids, etc.
    Emotions and thoughts have been scientifically proven to directly impact the way we feel. Although it can be difficult when we are not feeling well, it is vitally important to maintain a positive attitude. Positive emotions send chemical triggers though our body and can do wonders.
    We wish you all the best on your journey.
    With love,
    Kyla & Jordan

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  9. Glad raw food worked for you. For me, it seems, it is not. In just roughly 3.5 months of being raw my thyroid (TSH test) went from 2.8 to 3.7. I too avoided cruciferous vegetables for this same reason. Also my weight loss halted, and my hair started to fall at a more rapid pace. I'm currently at a crossroads. Disillusioned. Anyone's symptoms get worse? Is it normal for this to happen?

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  10. It is so amazing that by doing your own research how you managed to cease taking the thyroid pills all togethwer. Truely inspiring! So happy for you Ky! I hope this opens people's eyes, allowing people to take a step back and think "Maybe doctors DON'T know eveything after all". Keep up the amazing work you two!! Love Taryn

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  11. Thanks for the loving message Tare! We love you. Continue shining your light. xo

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  12. Hi Kyla, I've beed diagnosed with hypo about 10 years ago, taking dessicated thyroid and would love to get off this medication. Who is your Naturopath?
    Thanks

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  13. For those are suffering hair loss and fatigue please look into having your iron, copper, zinc and b-12 levels tested. Many private labs can run this panel if your dr will not. Also as equally important is to make sure your adrenal glands are properly supported as your thyroid is not able to function properly without them working properly. Many times those that have thyroid problems have very stressed out adrenal glands as well.

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  14. Thank you for your post! It has allowed me to reclaim hope! I have been mostly Raw for the past 17 years, but in the past three years I have tried to be 100% (yes, because it felt so wonderful),but I've developed a few issues that have caused me to eat cooked foods and animal products. I can't say, however, that introducing more animal products and cooked food into my diet has done me any good. In fact, i can say the opposite, but every time I have gone to the doctor (or other alternative) with an issue (likely caused by the cooked foods), I am told the reason for my issue is my Raw diet (though I have not exactly been adhering to that anymore. The result has been a yo-yo-ing of diet choices, and I can't see straight anymore. I've lost my instinct for what to do, because when I try to get help, I am told the thing I am doing to help is what is causing the issue.

    So, a few months ago I was told I was hyperthyroid. After a few months of trying to deal with it on my own, only to have my symptoms worsen, I went to a alternative doctor. He sold me a bag full of pills, which I was not ready to take (animal glands, and he told me I'd have to take them forever). So, I did not take them, and re-centered, determining I'd deal with it myself, and with Raw foods. Even so, though, just going to the doctor and being told to eat animal products and cooked food, etc., has a strong influence on me, and I do as told (so that it takes me a while to regroup and get back on MY healing path). Having determined I was going back to Raw foods and taking care of myself, I decided to go to an acupuncturist, as I thought that might help and speed things up (meanwhile my symptoms were worsening and the doctor had scared me enough to not feel confident on my own). There I was again, though: the acupuncturist told me the Raw foods were the reason for the imbalanced thyroid, and told me to eat ALL Cooked foods! So I was on the verge of going back to eating a lot more cooked foods when I saw your very positive article, showing that it can be done! Thank you!!!

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