Passover / Anti-Viral Protocol

This works best for our clients / readers that are following a low glycemic, high nutritional eating plan. This is for informational purposes only, not to be used as medical advice or treatment and each person should contact their medical practitioner to make sure this or any protocol is safe for their individual use before proceeding.

Passover Protocol

“mostly” by R. Mitchell, MD

 

One reason for the stuck on stupid mentality of vaccine promotion is the cult-like indoctrination of an education subsidized by drug dealers. It makes no sense if you understand how viruses and the immune system work.

There are two important things I never hear mentioned on either side of the vaccine argument. Once you understand these basics, there’s not much to argue over. One is that viruses don’t produce a toxin. The other is that the “diseases” ascribed to viruses are actually caused by the production of chemicals, cytokines, by the immune system in response to a high number of viral particles. The Ebola virus can’t kill you, and the polio virus does not cause polio.

The damage to blood vessels causing exsanguination (internal bleeding) and death after Ebola infection comes from a “cytokine storm.” The paralysis of poliomyelitis happens for the same reason at a different anatomical site – spinal nerve cells. The exact same mechanism causes flu symptoms, the rashes from measles, and other viruses such as meningitis, etc.

This makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the flu shot to prevent the flu. The vaccine, if it were 100% effective, would only protect from three to four of the 200 or so viruses that cause the immune system response labeled the “flu.” Polio is an enterovirus. So is D68. Either will produce the exact same immune system response that targets spinal nerves. It’s simply given a different name when an enterovirus, other than the polio virus, is the infection. Acute flaccid paralysis is simply polio by a different name. So, it’s also IMPOSSIBLE to eradicate polio.

This information should change the narrative to one focused on preventing the increase in the number of viruses to a tipping point that causes the cytokine storm. It is fairly simple:

  1. Have a high intake of fruits/vegetables that contain carotenoids. These are the dark red/green/yellow/orange pigments made by plants. Carotenoids are converted to vitamin A, if thyroid levels are adequate. Vitamin A deadbolts cell membranes such that viruses cannot get inside and make millions of copies. It is the release of these millions of viral particles that cause the cytokine storm. This puts the virus in a position of a would-be burglar trying to break into a house which has a security system. The longer that burglar stays outside, the more likely he will be detected by neighbors or law enforcement. If you do get a viral infection, 400,000 iu per day of vitamin A per day (not beta carotene form) for two days will abort the infection, as it will strengthen cell membranes, preventing more cells from becoming breeding centers for new viruses. (We highly recommend Juice Plus+ Encapsulated Produce to increase plant nutrients. The research is proof enough despite naysayers. The results are also proof. “Flu season” is the time of year we double up. We keep Vitamin A 25,000iu for this specific protocol. If you are susceptible to viral infections, a smaller daily dose may be used to dead bolt those cells. I use 25,000iu a day. Caution: Women trying to get pregnant or who are pregnant should not use Vitamin A.  Beta Carotene is safe for pregnancy but not as effective for this protocol.)
  2. Get adequate vitamin D. Cholecalciferol is actually a hormone that stimulates your cell DNA to produce a variety of proteins. One class, cathelicidins, are your internal antimicrobials. If viruses are locked outside the cell due to adequate vitamin A, they get destroyed by cathelicidins. Less sun exposure in the Fall sets you up for low vitamin D and more viral infections, including flu viruses. You will be hard pressed to find a pediatrician who knows what cathelicidins are. Your blood work should show optimal levels between 70-100. Infomaniacs can go to the Vitamin D Council website to learn the many other health benefits of vitamin D, like cancer prevention. One contributor to me developing prostate cancer was low vitamin D levels. Most people can safely take 5,000 iu’s a day without knowing their levels.  Children can take 1000iu a day especially during the “flu season”.  Knowing the number helps to know how to supplement for optimal levels. At the onset of sickness, 50,000 iu can be given for 2 days.
  3. Be sure there is plenty of hydrochloric acid in your gut. I call HCl the “Passover” molecule. As in the Bible story, a pestilence that affects some will “passover” people who have adequate hydrochloric acid. Children are often born not producing adequate hydrochloric acid. The elderly have senescent production. This is why these two populations are more vulnerable to infections and targeted with vaccines. You should get familiar with “symptoms of low hydrochloric acid”. The indicator on your blood work is your MCV-mean corpuscular volume. This number tells you how large your red blood cells are. This number should be around 85. Larger or smaller indicates a nutritional deficiency (iron or B-12) or some other pathology. If hydrochloric acid production is inadequate, you cannot absorb B-12. This will cause red blood cells to rheostatically get bigger. If your MCV is above 85, you need evaluation for inadequate production of hydrochloric acid. We also carry a couple of HCl options in the office.
  4. Keep thyroid hormone levels optimal. Like spark plugs, thyroid hormone allows mammals to burn sugar in the presence of oxygen. The energy and heat from this combustion is critical to keeping your critter levels from getting to the cytokine storm tipping point. As body temperature drops below 98.6, we see the same effect that causes food poisoning. Food allowed to get cold on the buffet line will grow more critters and cause illness. Same thing happens if your body temperature drops from inadequate production of thyroid hormone. Levels normally start dropping around age 27. As with production of hydrochloric acid, the young may have immature production and the elderly will have senescent production. Again, the reason why these two groups are more vulnerable and targeted for vaccines. If your TSH is above 1.0, suspect inadequate production of thyroid hormone. The energy produced by the combustion of sugar in the presence of oxygen and thyroid hormone allows your immune system to be effective. Low thyroid = weakened immune system. (We carry Thyroid glandulars in office for those with hypothyroid symptoms and need assistance.)
  5. Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid, like cathelicidins, is virucidal – it kills viruses on contact. Again, a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables will supply you with vitamin C. Most mammals produce vitamin C in the liver. Humans do not. You must eat it or take a supplement. In case you do get a viral infection, use the “vitamin C/bowel tolerance” protocol. (Airborne is also another option that can be picked up at a local pharmacy or ordered online ahead of time to have on hand for use to prevent. This is most helpful to use as soon as symptoms present. I highly recommend having this on hand now. It is lower doses and is especially helpful for children. Not part of the viral protocol but extremely helpful is FluNada. Again, it is best to use to prevent or as soon as symptoms start.)
  6. Iodine/iodide – these mineral moieties have the same effect in your bloodstream as chlorine does in a swimming pool or municipal water. Minerals in this class called “halogens” are potent critter killers. Bromine is added to baked goods to keep critters at bay (You never see mold on a Twinkie or McDonald’s bun). Iodine and iodide attach to human cells (if you have adequate omega 3 fats) and “ride shotgun” to keep your critter levels in check. This is why fish can live in a big toilet, the ocean, without vaccines or antibiotics. (We carry the proper forms of Iodine/Iodide tablets in office. A liquid form of Iodine/Iodide is also available online and for those that can. Iodine should be started in very low doses as soon as possible continuing with a maintenance dose each day.  Seriously unhealthy people should be cautious taking high doses of iodine/iodide due to the Herxheimer reaction it can cause. Read how to use Iodine/Iodide and work with an iodine expert before starting.) Selenium is important to use with daily iodine/iodide supplementation for our Thyroid Protocol.

This is information we should have been taught in medical school. We were not because it obviates the need for the multi-billion-dollar vaccine industry.  Share this information with friends and pediatricians.

adapted from the original Roby Mitchell, M.D. (Dr. Fitt) Passover Protocol post

Whether Reports for Overall Health

The lab test recommended in order to look at your overall health.  We are not looking for highs and lows.  We are looking for warning signs in order to make changes before disease sets in.  My goal is to educate you on what these labs mean and indicate.  Labs are like road signs.  They tell you where you are at that specific moment.  A series of labs tell you which path you are on… wellness or disease.  Ask your provider to run these test and bring them to your next appointment so we can discuss your results.

WHETHER REPORTS by Dr. R. Mitchell, M.D.

CBC – This stands for “Complete Blood Count”.  This test gives your doctor information on the primary populations of cells normally found in the human blood stream.  These cells are produced in your bone marrow.  Numbers too high or too low can also red flag bone marrow conditions such as blood-born cancers. The “white blood cell count” (WBC) gives information on the condition of cells that help fight infection.  A high number can indicate infection.  Depending on which cells are high, it may suggest whether the infection is viral or bacterial. Fungal overgrowths, such as Candida Albicans, may not be reflected by an elevated WBC count.  Elevations of particular white blood cell populations can point to an allergic response.  Elevations of some populations of WBCs suggest blood-born cancers such as leukemia and lymphomas.  The RBC or ”red blood cell count” evaluates the condition of cells that carry iron and oxygen to all other cells in the body. If this cell count is too low, a diagnosis of anemia is made.  There are many different causes of anemia from heavy menstrual bleeding, to hypothyroidism, to low B-12, to undetected colon cancer, to drugs used in chemotherapy.  If RBCs are deformed due to a genetic defect, a low count may be due to RBCs being destroyed by the immune system.  This is the case in sickle cell anemia.  Since these cells carry oxygen that needs to be mixed with thyroid hormone and glucose to create energy, chronic fatigue is a common symptom of anemia.  If red blood cells are too high, there is an increased risk of blood clots. The third population of cells evaluated on the CBC are “platelets”. Platelets are the cells that assist with blood clotting.  If platelets are too high, there is increased risk of excessive clotting.  If platelets are too low, there is risk of excessive bleeding.

Chem 16 – This panel looks at the level of substances normally found in blood other than red and white blood cells.  “Glucose” tells if blood sugar is too high or too low.  Type 2 diabetes is a reversible condition indicated when fasting blood sugar stays elevated above 100.  Fasting blood sugar is not the best way to evaluate your blood sugar.  The term “hypoglycemia” is routinely misused.  When I was an ER doctor and would have paramedics check blood sugars in patients complaining of hypoglycemia, the blood sugar was always normal.  These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances.  Electrolytes are also evaluated on this panel.  If levels of sodium (salt), potassium, calcium, phosphorus, or chloride are too high or too low, it can indicate serious problems.  Carbon dioxide (CO2) gives an idea of your blood pH. BUN and creatinine give an idea of how kidneys are functioning.  Elevated levels may mean poor kidney function. Liver enzymes (AST and ALT) are markers I have come to recognize as early markers for “Toximation”. This is the toxic inflammation we find to be the root cause of most medical conditions in western societies.  If these numbers are above 25, it may indicate an overgrowth of Candida albicans in the liver.  This form of yeast normally resides in human colons.  If there is over exposure to antibiotics, deficient production of hydrochloric acid or a thyroid hormone deficiency – Candida can change into a form that overgrows and moves to other places in the body.  Candida thrives on sugar.  Because the liver is where carbohydrates (sugars) are stored- Candida head straight from the colon to the liver via a direct route called the portal vein.  Once in the liver, these yeast cells will ferment sugar into alcohol.  It’s the same process used to make beer and wine.  This will cause an elevation in liver enzymes the same as seen with alcoholism.  The presence of these invaders will also turn on the immune response of local immune system white blood cells called Kuppfer cells.  The war between immune cells and yeast, fungus, bacteria and viruses is call “inflammation” –Latin for “on fire”.  Inflammation is indicated by the suffix “itis”.    Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is more common in dark-skinned populations.

Bilirubin is another test that gives us an indication of liver function.  An elevation can cause jaundice – yellowing of the skin and eyeballs (hypothyroidism can also cause yellowing  in feet and palms.  This is due to a buildup of beta carotene-beta carotenemia.  Thyroid hormone is required to convert beta carotene into vitamin A.  Beta carotenemia is distinguished from jaundice by the absence of yellowing in the eyeballs.)  Jaundice is common in newborns due to immature liver function.  Viral infections in the liver, hepatitis, can cause elevations in bilirubin.  Elevations in bilirubin are associated with some forms of cancer.  Albumin and protein give indications of nutritional status.  Abnormalities in these numbers are usually only seen in hospitalized patients.

Hemoglobin A1C (Hgb A1C) – This is a more accurate way to determine if blood sugar levels are too high.  A fasting blood sugar is a snapshot that only tells what blood sugar is at the moment your blood is taken.  Hgb A1C measures how much glucose (sugar) is stuck to red blood cells.  Since it takes 3 months for red blood cells to turn over, the Hgb A1C gives your doctor a 3 month look at your average blood sugar levels.  This is another value that I noted was rheostatically associated with medical problems.  A level above 5.3 is where I would start to see symptoms.  Excess sugar on red blood cells promotes the overgrowth of critters such as Candida albicans.  Hgb A1C will be elevated years before you are diagnosed with diabetes.

Lipid Panel – This panel looks at cholesterol, its transporter proteins – LDL and HDL, and triglycerides.  These are all made in the liver.  Cholesterol is a critical building block used to make memory chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters), steroidal hormones (testosterone, estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, cortisol) and cell membranes.  The protein LDL transports cholesterol from the liver to the rest of the body.  The HDL protein gathers up unused, excess cholesterol and returns it back to the liver.  The LDL protein can become “oxidized”.  Oxidation is the process that makes a nail turn rusty or a cut open apple turn brown (oxidation is mitigated by “antioxidants”). Oxidized LDL is recognized as a foreign protein by immune cells.  They will attack oxidized LDL with the war called inflammation.  Over time, this process in arteries can cause “heart attacks”, strokes and reduced blood flow to kidneys, a common cause of high blood pressure.  Elevated cholesterol is not caused by cholesterol in foods but more associated with high dietary intake of sugar and grains.  This will also raise levels of tryglycerides.  Elevated cholesterol is often due to low thyroid levels.

PSA – This is a protein produced by the prostate gland.  An elevation above 2 indicates infection, inflammation, trauma, or prostate cancer.  There is controversy surrounding whether this is a good screening test.  The problem revolves around the biopsy procedure done if PSA is elevated above 4.0.  Prostate cancers can be very slow growing to the point of not being dangerous.  Prostate biopsies are painful (I’ve had 48), costly, and can cause prostate infections.  The test itself is a useful way to detect prostate problems early or follow the progress of treatment for prostate infection or cancer.  My dad had prostate cancer, so I stated getting my PSA tested in my 40’s.  When I saw it gradually rising around age 50, I was able to catch my prostate cancer early and control it without radiation, surgery or chemotherapy.  Most doctors are not aware of it but breast cancer cells may also produce the PSA protein.  So, PSA is also a screening test for breast cancer.

TSH – This test is used to assess thyroid function.  TSH is the hormone produced in the brain in response to low thyroid levels.  TSH is not thyroid hormone.  If TSH is high, it indicates low thyroid hormone levels.  My experience is that this is a very poor test for assessing thyroid function.  Thyroid hormone levels gradually start to decline in your late 20’s.  Accepted ranges of TSH will not show this decline until thyroid levels are very low.  Symptoms of low thyroid will be treated with drugs.  I had all the symptoms of low thyroid but normal TSH.  I found this to be true with most patients.  Thyroid hormone controls many critical processes in the body.  One is assisting insulin in moving glucose from the blood stream into cells to create energy and heat.  As thyroid levels gradually decline, starting around age 26-28, energy/heat levels start to decline.  Candida yeast thrive at lower body temperatures.  Overgrowth of Candida is often the cause of the chronic inflammation (toximation) that leads to many medical conditions.  Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar (metabolic syndrome) are related to low thyroid levels.  I reversed my own metabolic syndrome by adding thyroid hormone and changing to my BALi Eating Plan.  Thyroid hormone is critical to normal pregnancies and fetal development.  Low thyroid is a common cause of infertility and miscarriages.  If the mother’s thyroid hormone level is low during the first 3 months of pregnancy, irreversible brain damage can be done.  Even slightly low thyroid levels can cause reduced I.Q. in the baby.  Ideally, a TSH should be on record before pregnancy, done between the ages of 16-24. This can then be compared to TSH levels during pregnancy.  Levels above baseline should be addressed with thyroid replacement of desiccated thyroid hormone.  A Full Thyroid Panel with Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3 and antibodies would be ideal.  Hashimoto’s can present decades before a TSH is flagged hypothyroid.  Hashimoto’s can also present as hyper and hypo symptoms and can be confusing on lab test.  Symptoms are important to use with labs in order to make a correct diagnosis.  A thyroid expert will be able to pick this up immediately. (In Control Wellness offers a low thyroid function and a Hashimoto Protocol for health.)

Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone rather than a vitamin.  Hormones program cells to produce proteins needed by the body to maintain health.  One class of proteins programmed for production by vitamin D3 is “cathlecidins”. Cathlecidins perform many functions in keeping us healthy.  For one, they directly kill critters like bacteria, viruses and parasites.  In addition, they send out a signal to call other immune cells to the site similar to how a bee sends out a signal that recruits other bees after it stings you.  Another function of a specific cathlecidin, LL-37, is to encourage specific immune cells called macrophages to gulp up critters like Pacman.  An important function of LL-37 in preventing autoimmune conditions is its anti-inflammatory function.  If the immune response is too aggressive, autoimmune conditions such as asthma, psoriasis, Crohn’s, eczema, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Grave’s thyroiditis can develop.  Vitamin D3 also regulates proteins important in preventing cancer.  The Vitamin D Council recommends keeping levels between 70-100. Low Vitamin D should be taken very seriously.

CRP – This is another protein produced in the liver.  CRP levels go up when the immune system goes on the attack – inflammation (Latin for “on fire”).  The level of CRP tells us just how big the fire is.  It does not tell us where the fire is, just that there is a fire somewhere.

ESR – Similar to CRP, the ESR tells us if there is a fire (inflammation).  ESR may go up or down depending on the inflammatory condition.  Both are good ways to tell whether you are being successful in reducing inflammation.

DHEA – This hormone is produced by the ovaries, testicles and adrenal glands.  It is a building block hormone for testosterone.  Low DHEA levels can manifest as low sex drive, depression, bone loss and other symptoms.  If DHEA levels are elevated in the absence of supplementation, it can mean overproduction in the adrenal glands.  This is seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome in women.  It can cause excessive hair growth, acne, infertility, weight gain and multiple cysts on the ovaries.

Ferritin, Iron and TIBC – These numbers assess your iron levels and ability to carry iron.  Low iron can cause anemia.  Ferritin also falls into the category with ESR and CRP as a marker of inflammation.

Folate – This is a B vitamin that has many functions.  Low folate levels increase your risk for several cancers.  Low folate, along with low B-12 and B-6, can also cause an elevation of the amino acid- homocysteine.

Homocysteine – Elevations in this amino acid greatly increase your risks for “heart attack” and strokes.  This test appears to be more predictive than testing for cholesterol.  Elevated homocysteine is strongly determined by genetics.  This test should especially be done by those with relatives who have had “heart attack” or stoke at early ages. Elevations are caused by deficiencies in B-12, B-6, folate, hydrochloric acid and thyroid hormone.  Correcting these deficiencies will lower homocysteine levels to normal and reduce risk for “heart attack” and stroke.

Progesterone – This hormone, as are all steroidal hormones, is produced in both men and women.  Progesterone plays a critical role in pregnancy.  Low levels can cause infertility or miscarriages. Progesterone also balances estrogens in the body.  Estrogen levels gradually climb during the menstrual cycle.  If this is not balanced by progesterone, symptoms labeled as “PMS” can develop.  Progesterone protects against both prostate and breast cancer by modulating a protein called “P53”.

ABO Group – This test tells your blood type.  This test primarily will tell you your status as a blood donor/recipient.

Uric Acid – This is a breakdown product of many foods and alcohol.  If uric acid crystals deposit in joints, it can cause an acute and very painful condition called “gout”.  This is the traditional reason for assessing uric acid levels.  More recent studies have associated elevated uric acid levels with high blood pressure and kidney disease.  Uric acid appears to damage cells lining your arteries that produce nitric oxide.  Nitric oxide is the chemical produced by cells lining your arteries that allow arteries to relax.  This regulates not only blood pressure but the ability to achieve and sustain an erection.  Increased levels of Candida albicans are associated with increased levels of uric acid.

Cortisol – This is the so-called “stress hormone”. Cortisol is key in allowing us to recover from mental and physical stress.  Cortisol also allows us to effectively control blood sugar.  Cortisol synergizes with thyroid hormone.  Cortisol is key to immune system function.  Cortisol and related hormones control salt levels.  Low cortisol levels can cause symptoms of low blood sugar, low blood pressure, recurrent infections that take a long time to recover from, symptoms of low thyroid, infertility, poor wound healing, psychiatric disorders and more.

When the results return, ask your provider for a copy for your records.  They will be happy to provide these for you.  Schedule your follow-up appointment with In Control Wellness so we can take time to discuss these results and how they pertain to your overall health. My role is to educate you so that you can make better decisions for reaching your personal health goals. I look forward to our meeting in the near future.

Sherie Holland, Certified A4M Lifestyle Health Coach

Help for Autoimmune Conditions

originally posted by R. Mitchell, MD | June 3, 2017  (My notes for additional info at the bottom.)

Rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, Hashimoto’s, Sjrogrens, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, eczema, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s/Grave’s and other so called autoimmune conditions, are all reversible if you understand their cause.

The symptoms of autoimmune conditions are caused by cytokines, chemicals produced by the immune system in response to critter overgrowth. Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, tumor necrosis factor, histamine, metalloproteinases and other cytokines are responsible for most symptoms of infection/overgrowth, not the critters. The intent of the immune system in producing cytokines is to create an inhospitable environment for critters as well as kill them. Critters don’t like heat. Prostaglandins raise body temperature to reduce the ability of critters to multiply. Xylitol is produced as a decoy sugar for critters to attach to instead of sugars on cell membranes. Xylitol is a component of mucus that you cough up or blow out your nose.

Cytokines vary in their potency. They can cause a spectrum of symptoms from a runny nose to death from anaphylactic shock due to a food allergy. Produced chronically, cytokines can destroy normal cells. The chronic production of cytokines in arteries causes “heart attacks” and strokes.

In the case of autoimmune conditions, cytokines are being released in a specific tissue site due to critter overgrowth. Some microbe, often Candida yeast, attempts to hide inside these cells. The immune system tries to attack the critters but may damage normal cells in the process. The immune system is doing the same thing whether it’s asthma, Hashimoto’s, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo or rheumatoid arthritis. Your genetics determines where the overgrowth occurs. Reversing autoimmune conditions is relatively easy by following these steps:

1) Start following a BALi type eating plan – Foods on the BALi Eating Plan were chosen based on their ability to kill critters, especially yeast/fungi/mold, the primary predators for plants. Candida yeast overgrowth is a primary cause of autoimmune conditions. Following the BALi Eating Plan will reduce your critter levels and reduce cytokine production by the immune system.

2) Check your TSH – Thyroid hormone is critical for using glucose and oxygen to produce energy. A side effect of energy production is heat. This heat keeps the core temperature of the body at 98.6 degrees. This is the Intelligent Design temperature that normally keeps Candida and other critters from overgrowing. As thyroid levels decline, so does body temperature. This creates an environment for critters to overgrow same as standing water creates an environment for mosquitoes to overgrow. If your TSH is above 1.0, seek out a practitioner versed in using Intelligent Design thyroid replacement (the product is called OMG Spark Plug). This is thyroid replacement using the exact same molecule normally produced by human thyroid glands. The Synthroid/levothyroxine normally prescribed is an inferior, synthetic substitute for real thyroid hormone.

3) Check your MCV – MCV (Mean corpuscular volume) measures the size of your red blood cells. If these cells become larger, they don’t deliver oxygen and iron to the body effectively. Iron and oxygen also help keep Candida in check. Red blood cells get larger if vitamin B 12 becomes deficient. This happens when there is inadequate production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. So, MCV becomes an indirect barometer of hydrochloric acid production. Hydrochloric acid (Robynzymes) is the body’s most powerful disinfectant. Inadequate production of hydrochloric acid increases your risk for overgrowth of viruses, bacteria and Candida. (Note: GERD/acid reflux are commonly due to low stomach acid not too much. Check your MCV. We the stomach does not get acid enough when food is present, the Lower Esophageal Sphincter does not get the message to close, which causes any acid to go where is doesn’t belong.  You want the LES to close. Acid production is the signal to close.)

4) Incorporate powerful natural critter killers like black seed oil. Some plants make more powerful critter killers than others. Black seed oil is at the top of the food chain as for as having an orchestra of chemicals that kill bacteria, viruses, Candida, and even parasites.

Once your critter levels are down, your immune system will stop producing cytokines excessively and your symptoms of cytokine excess will go away.

My added notes:

Address your body when you have an autoimmune condition as if it had an overgrowth of yeast/fungus/mold. Support the body in a way to decrease the overgrowth and stop feeding it by removing all high glycemic foods/products.  Sugar feeds “critters”. The more antibiotics a person has used in the past makes this possibility of overgrowth more probable.  Antibiotics are mycotoxins.  Mycotoxins are the poisons released from fungus. The more you take, the more fungal poisons you accumulate.  So, keep that in mind and remember to only use when absolutely needed and put back in the probiotics.  If you are constantly sick enough to need antibiotics, then take a step back and ask why your immune system is struggling if you’d like to break the cycle. Find someone to help you with this issue.

Plants produce powerful chemicals. That IS there defense system from predators since they can not get up and run away. They release chemicals. These chemicals have amny names.  That’s not important to this topic. The important thing is to eat the plants that have higher anti-fungal properties. The darker the color of the plant, the more potent it is.  Spices are amazingly potent for reducing the overgrowth as well.  Sprinkle them on your foods.  When using Black Seed Oil, take internally (start low and gently increase dosage) and also rub it directly on the thyroid gland. No need to rush this process and an Herxheimer reaction is very possible. The sicker the person, the greater the risk.  GO SLOW for healing. Be kind to yourself.

Monitor the antibody levels if dealing with Hashimoto’s/Graves.  Thyroid nutrients are most helpful for everyone. Many, nearly all, people that suffer with thyroid problems were missing the thyroid nutrients in the beginning. Thyroid hormone replacement should not be used as the only way to help hypothyroid patients.  You are missing the nutrients. If anyone is on thyroid hormone, please do your research and add in the thyroid nutrients.  Early on, a patient may have ONLY needed the thyroid nutrients in the first place.  We all need thyroid nutrients.  Not having the nutrients allows an accumulation of toxins to build up due to the lack of iodine/iodide.  The major ones are iodine, selenium and zinc. There are more that are helpful for supporting the thyroid and the immune system, including Vitamin D. Not having these opens the door for other diseases, including cancers, especially reproductive cancers.  (See the links with a quick google search.)

PLEASE do not add in iodine/iodide when you have active Hashimotos’s/Graves unless, and ONLY unless, you are working with someone trained. (We can recommend a practitioner.) Zinc and selenium could be most helpful UNTIL the iodine/iodide can be added back. Adding iodine/iodide can cause Hashimoto clients to get worse initially as it kills off the accumulated toxins in the thyroid gland.  This is not a pleasurable experience. No one should try to suffer through this.  It can cause more harm than good.   As a Hashimoto’s sufferer, I have ALWAYS been told to avoid iodine/iodide.  This is why, but what I wasn’t told was how a lack of it can be a reason why the condition began in the first place and why after controlling the anti-bodies it can and should be used again. The dose at that time will be for you and your practitioner to determine.  I use a higher dose because I do not want any autoimmune condition to return.  It works very well for me at the moment. My illness has disappeared.

Let me reiterate, once the thyroid antibodies are completely controlled, then it would be recommended by your iodine trained practitioner to gradually start including the necessary iodine/iodide blend, but again, going extremely slow because iodine is powerful at keeping “critters” under control.  Iodine in the body works the same way the chlorine does in our swimming pools.  It’s essential but only after the body is detoxed and the immune system is “smart/rested” again. THIS IS A PROCESS.  This is a process I personally experienced.  It took me many months to finally get it under control.  And now, I have no thyroid antibodies and my body is feeling better than ever.  I have seen many clients, working with our knowledgeable practitioner get these results as well.  Again, no one should suffer, but the correct help can make this a worthy goal.

Choose health and choose practitioners that get the results you want.  I wanted complete healing. I found someone to show me, I followed the instructions and got that same result.

Sherie

Emotional Issues that Manifest into Physical Dis-eases

Louise Hay has published in her book Heal Your Body (affiliate link), a listing of dis-ease conditions of the body and the possible emotional causes that she feels could lead to eventual physical dis-eases. Here are samples from that list that may help you connect certain areas of emotional buildup that MAY be manifesting in your body:

List of Dis-ease Conditions:

A

Abdominal Cramps: Fear. Stopping the process.

Abscess: Fermenting thoughts over hurts, slights and revenge.

Accidents: Inability to speak up for the self. Rebellion against authority. Belief in violence.

Aches: Longing for love. Longing to be held.

Acne: Not accepting the self. Dislike of the self.

Addictions: Running from the self. Fear. Not knowing how to love self.

Adrenal Problems: Defeatism. No longer caring for the self. Anxiety.

Alcoholism: Feeling of futility, guilt, inadequacy. Self-rejection.

Allergies: Denying your own power.

Alzheimer's Disease: Refusal to deal with the world as it is. Hopelessness and helplessness. Anger.

Amenorrhea: Not wanting to be a woman. Dislike of the self.

Anemia: "Yes-but" attitude. Lack of joy. Fear of life. Not feeling good enough.

Ankle: Inflexibility and guilt. Ankles represent the ability to receive pleasure.

Anorexia: Denying the self life. Extreme fear, self-hatred and rejection.

Anxiety: Not trusting the flow and the process of life.

Apathy: Resistance to feeling. Deadening of the self. Fear.

Appetite, Excessive: Fear. Needing protection. Judging the emotions.

Arm: Represents the capacity and ability to hold the experiences of life.

Arteries: Carry the joy of life.

Arthritic Fingers: A desire to punish. Blame. Feeling victimized.

Arthritis: Feeling unloved. Criticism, resentment. – Rheumatoid Arthritis: Feeling victimized. Lack of love. Chronic bitterness. Resentment. Deep criticism of authority. Feeling very put upon.

Asthma: Smother love. Inability to breathe for one's self. Feeling stifled. Suppressed crying.

Athlete's Foot: Frustration at not being accepted. Inability to move forward with ease.

B

Back Issues: Represents the support of life. Back Problems: – Rounded shoulders: Carrying the burdens of life. Helpless and hopeless. – Lower Back Pain: Fear of money or lack of financial support. – Mid-Back Pain: Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there. "Get off my back!" – Upper Back Pain: Lack of emotional support. Feeling unloved. Holding back love. – Back Curvature: The inability to flow with the support of life. Fear and trying to hold on to old ideas. Not trusting life. Lack of integrity. No courage of convictions.

Bad Breath: Anger and revenge thoughts. Experiences backing up.

Balance, Loss of: Scattered thinking. Not centered.

Baldness: Fear. Tension. Trying to control everything.

Bedwetting: Fear of parent, usually the father.

Belching: Fear. Gulping life too quickly.

Bell's Palsy: Extreme control over anger. Unwillingness to express feelings.

Bladder Problems: Anxiety. Holding on to old ideas. Fear of letting go. Being "pissed off".

Bleeding: Joy running out. Anger.

Blisters: Resistance. Lack of emotional protection.

Blood Pressure: – High: Longstanding emotional problem not solved. – Low: Lack of love as a child. Defeatism.

Body Odor: Fear. Dislike of the self. Fear of others.

Bones: Represent the structure of the universe. – Bone marrow: Represents deepest beliefs about the self. How you support and care for yourself. – Breaks: Rebelling against authority.

Brain: Represents the computer, the switchboard. – Tumor: Incorrect computerized beliefs. Stubborn. Refusing to change old patterns.

Breast: Represents mothering and nurturing and nourishment. – Cysts, Lumps: A refusal to nourish the self. Putting everyone else first. Over mothering. Overprotection. Overbearing attitudes.

Breath: Represents the ability to take in life. – Breathing Problems: Fear. Not trusting the process of life. Getting stuck in childhood. Fear of taking in life fully. – Bronchitis: Inflamed family environment. Arguments and yelling.

Bruises: The little bumps in life. Self-punishment.

Bulimia: Hopeless terror. A frantic stuffing and purging of self-hatred.

Burns: Anger. Burning up. Incensed.

Bursitis: Repressed anger. Wanting to hit someone.

C

Calluses: Hardened concepts and ideas. Fear solidified.

Cancer: Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds.

Candida: Feeling very scattered. Lots of frustration and anger. Demanding and untrusting in relationships. Great takers.

Canker Sores: Festering words held back by the lips. Blame.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Anger and frustration at life's seeming injustices.

Cataracts: Inability to see ahead with joy. Dark future.

Cellulite: Stored anger and self-punishment.

Cerebral Palsy: A need to unite the family in an action of love.

Chills: Mental contraction, pulling away and in. Desire to retreat.

Cholesterol: Clogging the channels of joy. Fear of accepting joy.

Circulation: Represents the ability to feel and express the emotions in positive ways.

Colds: Too much going on at once. Mental confusion, disorder. Small hurts.

Colic: Mental irritation, impatience, annoyance in the surroundings.

Colitis: Insecurity. Represents the ease of letting go of that which is over.

Coma: Fear. Escaping something or someone.

Conjunctivitis: Anger and frustration at what you are looking at in life.

Constipation: Incomplete releasing. Holding on to garbage of the past. Guilt over the past. Sometimes stinginess.

Corns: Hardened areas of thought – stubborn holding on to the pain of the past.

Coughs: A desire to bark at the world. "Listen to me!"

Cramps: Tension. Fear. Gripping, holding on.

Crohn's Disease: Fear. Worry. Not feeling good enough.

Crying: Tears are the river of life, shed in joy as well as in sadness and fear.

Cuts: Punishment for not following your own rules.

Cysts: Running the old painful movie. Nursing hurts. A false growth.

Cystic Fibrosis: A thick belief that life won't work for you. "Poor me."

D

Deafness: Rejection, stubbornness, isolation. What don't you want to hear? "Don't bother me."

Depression: Anger you feel you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness.

Diabetes: Longing for what might have been. A great need to control. Deep sorrow. No sweetness left.

Diarrhea: Fear. Rejection. Running off.

Dizziness: Flighty, scattered thinking. A refusal to look.

Dry eyes: Angry eyes. Refusing to see with love. Would rather die than forgive. Being spiteful.

Dysmenorrhea: Anger at the self. Hatred of the body or of women.

E

Ear: Represents the capacity to hear. – Ache: Anger. Not wanting to hear. Too much turmoil. Household arguing.

Eczema: Breath-taking antagonism. Mental eruptions.

Edema: What or who won't you let go of?

Elbow: Represents changing directions and accepting new experiences.

Emphysema: Fear of taking in life. Not worthy of living.

Endometriosis: Insecurity, disappointment and frustration. Replacing self-love with sugar. Blamers.

Epilepsy: Sense of persecution. Rejection of life. A feeling of great struggle. Self-violence.

Epstein-Barr Virus: Pushing beyond one's limits. Fear of not being good enough. Draining all inner support. Stress.

Eye: Represents the capacity to see clearly past, present, future. – Astigmatism: "I" trouble. Fear of really seeing the self. – Hyperopia: Fear of the present. – Myopia: Fear of the future.

F

Face: Represents what we show the world.

Fainting: Fear. Can't cope. Blacking out.

Fat or Weight issues: Oversensitivity. Often represents fear and shows a need for protection. Fear may be a cover for hidden anger and a resistance to forgive. Running away from feelings. Insecurity, self-rejection and seeking fulfillment. – Arms: Anger at being denied love. – Belly: Anger at being denied nourishment. – Hips: Lumps of stubborn anger at the parents. – Thighs: Packed childhood anger. Often rage at the father.

Fatigue: Resistance, boredom. Lack of love for what one does.

Feet: Represent our understanding – of ourselves, of life, of others. – Foot Problems: Fear of the future and of not stepping forward in life.

Fever: Anger. Burning up.

Fibroid Tumors: Nursing a hurt from a partner. A blow to the feminine ego.

Fingers: Represent the details of life. – Thumb: Represents intellect and worry. – Index: Represents ego and fear. – Middle: Represents anger and sexuality. – Ring: Represents unions and grief. – Little: Represents the family and pretending.

Food Poisoning: Allowing others to take control. Feeling defenseless.

Frigidity: Fear. Denial of pleasure. A belief that sex is bad. Insensitive partners. Fear of father.

Fungus: Stagnating beliefs. Refusing to release the past. Letting the past rule today.

G

Gallstones: Bitterness. Hard thoughts. Condemning. Pride.

Gas: Gripping. Fear. Undigested ideas.

Gastritis: Prolonged uncertainty. A feeling of doom.

Genitals: Represent the masculine and feminine principles. Worry about not being good enough.

Gland Problems: Represent holding stations. Self-staring activity. Holding yourself back.

Gout: The need to dominate. Impatience, anger.

Glaucoma: Stony unforgiveness. Pressure from longstanding hurts. Overwhelmed by it all.

Gray Hair: Stress. A belief in pressure and strain.

Growths: Nursing those old hurts. Building resentments.

Gum Problems: Inability to back up decisions. Indecisive about life.

H

Hands: Hold and handle. Clutch and grip. Grasping and letting go. Caressing. Pinching. All ways of dealing with experiences.

Hay Fever: Emotional congestion. Fear of the calendar. A belief in persecution. Guilt.

Headaches: Invalidating the self. Self-criticism. Fear.

Heart: Represents the center of love and security. – Heart Attack: Squeezing all the joy out of the heart in favor of money or position. Feeling alone and scared. "I'm not good enough. I don't do enough. I'll never make it." – Heart Problems: Longstanding emotional problems. Lack of joy. Hardening of the heart. Belief in strain and stress.

Heartburn: Fear. Fear. Fear. Clutching Fear.

Hemorrhoids: Fear of deadlines. Anger of the past. Afraid to let go. Feeling burdened.

Hepatitis: Resistance to change. Fear, anger, hatred. Liver is the seat of anger and rage.

Hernia: Ruptured relationships. Strain, burdens, incorrect creative expression.

Herpes Genitalis: Mass belief in sexual guilt and the need for punishment. Public shame. Belief in a punishing God. Rejection of the genitals.

Herpes Simplex: Bitter words left unspoken.

Hip: Carries the body in perfect balance. Major thrust in moving forward. Fear of going forward in major decisions. Nothing to move forward to.

Hives: Small, hidden fears. Mountains out of molehills.

Hodgkin's Disease: Blame and a tremendous fear of not being good enough. A frantic race to prove one's self until the blood has no substance left to support itself. The joy of life is forgotten in the race of acceptance.

Hyperactivity: Fear. Feeling pressured and frantic.

Hyperventilation: Fear. Resisting change. Not trusting the process.

Hypoglycemia: Overwhelmed by the burdens in life.

I

Impotence: Sexual pressure, tension, guilt. Social beliefs. Spite against a previous mate. Fear of mother.

Incontinence: Emotional overflow. Years of controlling emotions.

Indigestion: Gut-level fear, dread, anxiety. Griping and grunting.

Infection: Irritation, anger, annoyance.

Inflammation: Fear. Seeing red. Inflamed thinking. Anger and frustration about conditions you are looking at in your life.

Influenza: Response to mass negativity and beliefs. Fear. Belief in statistics.

Ingrown Toenail: Worry and guilt about your right to move forward.

Injuries: Anger at the self. Feeling guilty.

Insanity: Fleeing from the family. Escapism, withdrawal. Violent separation from life.

Insomnia: Fear. Not trusting the process of life. Guilt.

Intestines: Represent assimilation and absorption.

Itching: Desires that go against the grain. Unsatisfied. Remorse. Itching to get out or get away.

J

Jaundice: Internal and external prejudice. Unbalanced reason.

Jaw Problems: Anger. Resentment. Desire for revenge.

K

Kidney Problems: Criticism, disappointment, failure. Shame. Reacting like a child.

Kidney Stones: Lumps of undissolved anger.

Knee: Represents pride and ego. Stubborn ego and pride. Inability to bend. Fear. Inflexibility. Won't give in.

L

Laryngitis: So mad you can't speak. Fear of speaking up. Resentment of authority.

Left Side of Body: Represents receptivity, taking in, feminine energy, women, the mother.

Leg: Carry us forward in life.

Liver: Seat of anger and primitive emotions. Chronic complaining. Justifying fault-finding to deceive yourself. Feeling bad.

Lockjaw: Anger. A desire to control. A refusal to express feelings.

Lump in the Throat: Fear. Not trusting the process of life.

Lung: The ability to take in life. Depression. Grief. Not feeling worthy of living life fully.

Lupus: A giving up. Better to die than stand up for one's self. Anger and punishment.

Lymph Problems: A warning that the mind needs to be recentered on the essentials of life. Love and joy.

M

Malaria: Out of balance with nature and with life.

Menopause Problems: Fear of no longer being wanted. Fear of aging. Self-rejection. Not feeling good enough.

Menstrual Problems: Rejection of one's femininity. Guilt, fear. Belief that the genitals are sinful or dirty.

Migraine Headaches: Dislike of being driven. Resisting the flow of life. Sexual fears.

Miscarriage: Fear of the future. Inappropriate timing.

Mononucleosis: Anger at not receiving love and appreciation. No longer caring for the self.

Motion Sickness: Fear. Bondage. Feeling of being trapped.

Mouth: Represents taking in of new ideas and nourishment. Set opinions. Closed mind. Incapacity to take in new ideas.

Multiple Sclerosis: Mental hardness, hard-heartedness, iron will, inflexibility.

Muscles: Resistance to new experiences. Muscles represent our ability to move in life.

Muscular Dystrophy: "It's not worth growing up."

N

Nails: Represent protection. – Nail Biting: Frustration. Eating away at the self. Spite of a parent.

Narcolepsy: Can't cope. Extreme fear. Wanting to get away from it all. Not wanting to be here.

Nausea: Fear. Rejecting an idea or experience.

Neck: Represents flexibility. The ability to see what's back there. Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility. Unbending stubbornness.

Nephritis: Overreaction to disappointment and failure.

Nerves: Represent communication. Receptive reporters.

Nervous Breakdown: Self-centeredness. Jamming the channels of communication.

Nervousness: Fear, anxiety, struggle, rushing. Not trusting the process of life.

Neuralgia: Punishment for guilt. Anguish over communication.

Nodules: Resentment and frustration and hurt ego over career.

Nose: Represents self-recognition. – Nose Bleeds:A need for recobnition. Feeling unnoticed. Crying for love. – Runny Nose: Asking for help. Inner crying. – Stuffy Nose: Not recognizing the self-worth.

Numbness: Withholding love and consideration. Going dead mentally.

O

Osteomyelitis: Anger and frustration at the very structure of life. Feeling unsupported.

Osteoporosis: Feeling there is no support left in life. Mental pressures and tightness. Muscles can't stretch. Loss of mental mobility.

Ovaries: Represent points of creation. Creativity.

P & Q

Pain: Guilt. Guilt always seeks punishment.

Paralysis: Paralysing thoughts. Getting stuck. Terror leading to escape from a situation or person.

Pancreas: Represents the sweetness of life.

Pancreatitis: Rejection. Anger and frustration because life seems to have lost its sweetness.

Parasites: Giving power to others, letting them take over and life off of you.

Parkinson's Disease: Fear and an intense desire to control everything and everyone.

Peptic Ulcer: Fear. A belief that you are not good enough. Anxious to please.

Phlebitis: Anger and frustration. Blaming others for the limitation and lack of joy in life.

Pimples: Small outbursts of anger.

Pituitary Gland: Represents the control center.

Pneumonia: Desperate. Tired of life. Emotional wounds that are not allowed to heal.

Poison Ivy: Allergy Feeling defenseless and open to attack.

Polio: Paralysing jealousy. A desire to stop someone.

Premenstrual Syndrome: Allowing confusion to reign. Giving power to outside influences. Rejection of the feminine processes.

Prostate: Represents the masculine principle. Mental fears weaken the masculinity. Giving up. Sexual pressure and guilt. Belief in aging.

Psoriasis: Fear of being hurt. Deadening the senses of the self. Refusing to accept responsibility for our own feelings.

R

Rash: Irritation over delays. Immature way to get attention.

Right Side of Body: Giving out, letting go, masculine energy, men, the father.

Ringworm: Allowing others to get under your skin. Not feeling good enough or clean enough.

S

Scabies: Infected thinking. Allowing others to get under your skin.

Sciatica: Being hypocritical. Fear of money and of the future.

Scleroderma: Protecting the self from life. Not trusting yourself to be there and to take care of yourself.

Scratches: Feeling life tears at you, that life is a rip off.

Senility: Returning to the so-called safety of childhood. Demanding care and attention. A form of control of those around you. Escapism.

Shin: Represents the standards of life. Breaking down ideals.

Shingles: Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Fear and tension. Too sensitive.

Sinus Problems: Irritation to one person, someone close.

Skin: Protects our individuality. Anxiety, fear. Old, buried things. I am being threatened.

Slipped Disc: Feeling totally unsupported by life. Indecisive.

Snoring: Stubborn refusal to let go of old patterns.

Solar Plexus: Gut reactions. Center of our intuitive power.

Sores: Unexpressed anger that settles in.

Spleen: Obsessions. Being obsessed about things.

Sprains: Anger and resistance. Not wanting to move in a certain direction in life.

Sterility: Fear and resistance to the process of life or not needing to go through the parenting experience.

Stiffness: Rigid, stiff thinking.

Stomach: Holds nourishment. Digests ideas. Dread. Fear of the new. Inability to assimilate the new.

Stroke: Giving up. Resistance. Rather die than change. Rejection of life.

Stuttering: Insecurity. Lack of self-expression. Not being allowed to cry.

Sty: Looking at life through angry eyes. Angry at someone.

Suicidal thoughts: See life only in black and white. Refusal to see another way out.

T

Teeth: Represent decisions. – Teeth Problems: Longstanding indecisiveness. Inability to break down ideas for analysis and decisions. – Root Canal: Can't bite into anything anymore. Root beliefs being destroyed. – Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Not giving yourself mental space to create a firm foundation.

Throat: Avenue of expression. Channel of creativity. – Throat Problems: The inability to speak up for one's self. Swallowed anger. Stifled creativity. Refusal to change. – Sore throat: Holding in angry words. Feeling unable to express the self.

Thrush: Anger over making the wrong decisions.

Thymus Gland: Feeling attacked by life. They are out to get me.

Thyroid Gland: Humiliation. I never get to do what I want to do. When is it going to be my turn. – Hyperthyroid: Rage at being left out.

Tics, Twitches: Fear. A feeling of being watched by others.

Tinnitus or Ringing in the Ears: Refusal to listen. Not hearing the inner voice. Stubbornness.

Toes: Represent the minor details of the future.

Tongue: Represents the ability to taste the pleasures of life with joy.

Tonsillitis: Fear. Repressed emotions. Stifled creativity.

Tuberculosis: Wasting away from selfishness. Possessive. Cruel thoughts. Revenge.

U

Urinary infections: Pissed off, usually at the opposite sex or a lover. Blaming others.

Uterus: Represents the home of creativity.

V

Vaginitis: Anger at a mate. Sexual guilt. Punishing the self.

Varicose Veins: Standing in a situation you hate. Discouragement. Feeling over-worked and overburdened.

Vitiligo: Feeling completely outside of things. Not belonging. Not one of the group.

Vomiting: Violent rejection of ideas. Fear of the new.

WXYZ

Warts: Little expressions of hate. Belief in ugliness. – Plantar Warts: Anger at the very basis of your understanding. Spreading frustration about the future.

Wrist: Represents movement and ease.

(I originally found this list at http://spheresoflight.com.au/index.php?page=energy_healing and want to thank them for putting this out to the world. )

I always enjoy information that makes you stop and think. We are are complex beings and science has yet to catch up to what potential we have. I am a huge believer (and have also experienced and witnessed) in mind over matter. Keep learning and choose health! #webecomewhatwethink

How to Burn Fat Hormonally 

 
When working to lose fat, focus on hormonal balance to release the stored
fat by FOOD CHOICES and then add in movement like walking (stress less)
…NOT high intensity exercise. (Keep reading and I’ll explain.)

Move, move, move your body in a way to reduce stress and allow the fat to be released. Leisurely walking, yoga, Thai Chi, light weights, anything that moves your body AND reduces stress. Even house cleaning counts as movement. (It may not reduce your stress unless you enjoy it…and that’s not me! 😉) Intense, long-duration exercises are stressful to the body (especially when dieting to lose weight) even when you enjoy them. Give yourself permission to switch to something else temporarily that is low-intensity if you are an avid exerciser.

ATTENTION: the amount of exercise you do to LOSE weight IS THE AMOUNT of exercise you need to do PLUS MORE in order to keep it off long-term. If you can not maintain the amount and intensity of exercise you are doing to lose fat long-term, then it is not a good long-term plan for maintaining. (Please understand this. Read that again and again until you memorize it.)
Exercise is fantastic, amazing and absolutely necessary for maintaining weight long-term, maintaining muscle mass, and for overall health, but very poor for losing fat. Studies have shown us this many times. People you know, and probably yourself, have been a victim of this, so you’ve personally seen it numerous times I’m sure. (Today it’s called “yo-yo” dieting.)
Let me explain. When you are eating less carbs (which is fantastic for lowering insulin and releasing stored fat) or just less calories (which is less carbs, less fat and less protein), and focusing on your diet, healing and hormonal balance… intense exercise, when not done correctly with a proper diet, will cause the adrenals to secrete stress hormones. Why, because you are not fueling yourself properly for strenuous exercise. You are eating for fat loss. You are not providing enough dietary energy to burn fat AND exercise intensely. Intense exercise tends to also make us hungrier and we overeat because we are hungry …because of the intense exercise. A vicious cycle right?!?
When the adrenals have been alerted, the body will secrete cortisol and adrenaline (“stress hormones”)…then your blood sugar will rise, because that’s what stress hormones do, in order for you to be able to “fight or flight (run away)”! You have then just stopped the fat burning process. (Read that again until you understand clearly.)
Chronic stress and not being able to lose weight go hand and hand. The thing is, some people lose weight when they get stressed. Please note, they are not losing fat, they are primarily burning muscle if they are not eating because of the stress and many times they are consuming carbs to “self-medicate”. You will not burn fat when you are stressed (high stress hormones and high blood sugar), but you will burn muscle. Ever see someone with skinny legs and arms but a large belly? High stress hormones is a possible reason. (This is not the only reason of course.)
Chronic stress is the number one killer in this country and NONE of us have to run from tigers/lions/bears, yet we live like it from the moment we wake up (alarms) to the time we go to bed and wonder why we are exhausted, have high blood sugar, have high blood pressure, low thyroid function and can’t lose fat.

 

When it comes to losing weight, particularly focusing on losing fat (which is the way I teach as a A4M Lifestyle Health Coach and Metabolic Effect Nutritional Consultant), you MUST focus on your DIET and simply move. Life is stressful enough, so don’t add to it at the moment when you are also trying to burn fat. Walking is THE BEST at helping your body release the stored fat (aka stored energy) and reducing stress. Do a few squats every day to work the leg muscles.(We NEED to be able to at least walk and squat for the rest of our life OR…you will need assistance as you get older to walk and go the the bathroom, so keep that in mind!) Once you reach your fat loss goals…exercise as much as you desire in a way that you enjoy!

 

The body can not be in “break down” mode (fat burning) and “build up” (building muscle) at the exact same time. It can not multitask. Because it requires different/opposing hormones to do the task. It can either “build up” (uses high insulin to build muscle and store excess energy/sugar in fat cells) OR it can be in “break down” (uses glucagon to release from the fat cells and muscle).

 

For this reason, it is imperative that you eat enough protein (not high protein because far too much protein will be broken down as excess and stored in fat cells as well) while you are in break down (burn fat) mode in order to PREVENT significant muscle loss during the “diet”.
For example, anyone ever watch Naked and Afraid?!? You see exactly what happens when you eat less and exercise more. Okay, I know this is the extreme, but the way I see some people try to lose weight, not by much! Yikes! The contestants eventually get to a point where they barely have enough energy to move if they can’t find protein within a few days. These people lose a lot of MUSCLE and very little fat. The more muscular participants actually lose a great deal of overall scale weight compared to the “chubbier” participants who lose some weight but they don’t actually get a great deal smaller. Why?!? Because muscle requires A LOT of energy. Muscle burns far more calories than fat at rest. If you are not providing the body with protein by your diet, your body will break down the muscle (as amino acids) in order to fuel you and your brain (this is called survival). If the body sheds some (or a lot) of the muscle, then it will not need to burn so much energy and you will be able to survive the famine better since you are not able to eat. Nowadays, the typical diets (eat less, exercise more) mimic this process to a lesser degree. Your body has no idea that you are choosing to do this to reduce your waist size. It only knows that it is starving and it needs to go in to “survival mode”.

 

Guess what happens when you have lost the muscle. You are excited that the scale went down, but now, your metabolism has slowed to a snails pace and then… because you reached your goal, you relax on the diet a little (or a lot) and cut back on the exercise. Then… the weight returns and usually even more pounds are added. (Again, it is called Yo-yo dieting!) You can not out smart biology. Never.

When focusing and working towards fat loss, you can not let the scale be your biggest indicator of success.  You can’t.  You have to focus on the hormonal balance of the food choices, by making sure your are eating correctly for you and keeping your hunger, energy, sleep, mood and cravings in balance (these are GREAT indicators of metabolic/hormone balance).  If all of these are in balance, and you are losing inches, then you are probably in a fat loss mode. (Working with a knowledgeable practitioner or health coach is advised to be certain and to help you find your personal balance based on your goals and health.)
So…long story short:

1) Focus primarily on diet.  Here is a simple plan that I often recommend starting.

2) Keep insulin low (by balancing blood sugar and eliminating all blood sugar spikes). Supplements can also be beneficial if you need help. Like MetabolicX for insulin resistance, or CarbCrave for help if you are addicted to carbs. CarbCrave is the BEST supplement I have found for helping people break the sugar addiction.

3) Hydrate (dehydration causes a high stress response, even more so than lack of food.)

4) Move as much as possible. (No intense exercise during fat loss). Movement is always required. Once you reach your goal, exercise as much as you desire. The Metabolic Aftershock program is short duration and can be used for low-intensity and also for high-intensity once you reach your goal.

5) Manage your stress throughout the day. (By taking deep breaths in & out (works immediately), prayer, meditation, stretching, think about someone you love, even using supplements, etc.) This is NOT optional. I have a reminder set on my phone 3-4 times a day to Breathe. Seriously I do. I recommend you do the same until it becomes a habit.

6) Get outside and get some sun directly on your skin and breathe in fresh air.  I can not emphasis how important this is!  15-20 minutes every day that you possibly can.

7) Enjoy life knowing that you are healing your body. As long as you are on this planet, there is NO finish line or end date for maintaining health and healing.

8) There are so many more things I can list here but…I can’t possibly post them all.
The rules change once you reach your goal and move into maintenance. I will cover that another day.

Depression can be due to Thyroid Dysfunction even if your test are “normal”.

thyroid depression
We are meant to thrive not just survive!

Please have your thyroid checked for optimal levels (not the damn normal lab values that are guidelines) for issues like fatigue & depression. I suffered for years with hypothyroidism (BUT I WAS “NORMAL” according to standard lab test) until finally my thyroid was so diseased it was growing nodules and they had to surgically remove half of it! Thank goodness I at least have the other half!

WHY do we wait until it is a full blown disease before we treat an obvious problem? If someone would have actually LOOKED at me I WAS the picture of hypothyroidism! Just LOOKING would have shown that! Sadly, that’s not a criteria on how we are diagnosed these days. Many of my years were lost due to every freaking sign and symptom of hypothyroidism yet I was “normal” and then diagnosed depressed because THE test result was normal. I KNEW I wasn’t normal regardless of the damn test. I was the walking billboard of HYPOTHYROIDISM. But because my labs were all NORMAL (normal was determined by a group of people that included hypothyroid people as well), I didn’t receive help.  (By the way, I wear a size 7 shoe and you wear a size 9 shoe. Both are normal and average sizes but if I go on a hiking trip in your size 9 and you wear my size 7 shoe, we will both be feeling a lot of pain in a matter of minutes wearing each others “normal” size shoe. Because…it’s not YOUR normal!)

After YEARS of diagnosed clinic depression, suicidal thoughts, postpartum depression, weight gain, inability to lose any weight, fatigue, hair loss, constipation, IBS, other digestive issues, skin issues, swollen neck, etc. and a crazy amount of pharmaceuticals (I couldn’t not begin to tell you how many) later I WAS worse than ever (and one even triggered non-stop seizures that landed me on life support even when I was told directly that it was safe)?!? I was on a sinking ship and didn’t even have a lifeboat!

WHY…because my thyroid was very, very sick!!! All those things I was experiencing was a SYMPTOM not a disease! Every cell in the body has thyroid receptors so every part of your body will be less efficient without thyroid hormone.  Everything!

The standard test for determining hypothyroidism then and still today is the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). Only the TSH. I hate to tell you but the TSH does not even test the actual thyroid. It is checking the pituitary’s (in the brain) ability to secreet T4 in response to the thyroid “calling out” that we need more thyroid hormone down here! The brain is going to be the last part of the body that will show a deficiency in thyroid hormone. By the time it (the TSH) test low, the rest of the body has been suffering tremendously for years!  Remember, chronic illness does not happen in a few days.  It is a slow and long process. This goes for thyroid, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer,s, and even Cancer.

My body did NOT need anti-depressants (not even with a family history of depression-which is ironic because we also have on one side of the family a history of THYROID problems and no one took meds for it.  It showed up as goiters.), it didn’t need stomach pills to reduce acid (I wasn’t making enough anyway due to the low thyroid function), it didn’t need therapy because THE LAB TEST showed nothing wrong so it must be in my head, I didn’t need pills to help me sleep and pills to help me stay awake, pills to clear up acne, etc!!! This is complete madness and I still see it daily! It absolutely infuriates me to see people suffering!

How do we make this STOP?!? Keep in mind too that when we have a low functioning thyroid, many times, the adrenals over compensate to keep you going and eventually adrenal fatigue sets in and then even thyroid medications won’t show improvement until that is addressed and corrected! Taking thyroid meds can make you feel worse! UHHHGGGG and here we go again…BUT…it can be corrected with a little time! You don’t have broken adrenals yet, just not optimal and YOU can work on that if you know how!

The point of all this is not to bash anyone or anything. Not to bash any healthcare professional. It’s really not! If you are reading it in that frame of mind, then start over because you are reading this the wrong way. This is to empower YOU the patient. To get back your life! Times ticking and it’s your life.  FIGHT for yourself!

You the patient need to understand that the standard test to check for thyroid problems is TSH and that is many times the only test they will check because the others will not be paid by your insurance. Your overall health and wellness can not be determined by a price. You won’t have to remortgage your house to have the test ran. It’s not that crazy expensive. You have to ask specifically for a full thyroid panel with antibodies and TAKE in a write out of exactly what you want tested and be prepared to PAY out of pocket for those test that YOU asked for! Physicians hands are tied by the insurance industry. That is unfortunate, but YOU are still in charge of your health. YOU! Is paying a couple or few hundred dollars to see if your thyroid is functioning properly worth losing years of your life because you are so damn sick and tired?!? NO it’s not. It’s not too expensive.

My lab test all came back normal for over a decade (10+ YEARS) because all I was being tested for was TSH. Once I educated myself (out of complete and total desperation) years later, I requested and paid out of pocket, for a full thyroid panel. I found out that I DID make some inactive T4 thyroid hormone, but I didn’t convert it to the active form of T3. I also found that even when I added a pharmaceutical T3 med, that it caused me to get worse because, further testing showed…the active T3 was not getting IN to the Cell where it needed to be for ME to feel “normal”! So I could have kept increasing the dose of Synthroid but I was NEVER going to feel better even when the TSH was “perfect” with medications! Without the full panel, we were missing a HUGE part of the problem.  I wasn’t converting to the active form (happens in the liver), and when adding in T3, it wasn’t going in to the cell! You will never know that with just a TSH test!

In order for the thyroid to work normally, ANY nutritional deficiencies (even JUST one deficiency including Vit D, B12, Folate (NOT folic acid), Selenium, Iodine) can block or prevent the conversion and then can block the hormone from getting in to the cells (it won’t do any good only floating in your bloodstream)! Proper DIET (not A diet), sleep, stress less, water, movement and sunshine are your necessities. They are critical!

As I write this all, believe it or not, I am grateful now for that long sick process because had I not lived through it, I wouldn’t be in the position to help others! I had to live it to be a voice for it! It was hard. The many dark, sick, scary years were a necessary part of my journey (even though I wouldn’t want to go through it again). I’m just thankful that I had a family that was so supportive and lived through it with me. My husband was my angel. He had to live through those dark years too remember! Oh how horrible it was.  The key word here is WAS! It’s a memory. I want it to be a memory for you too.

My goal for this post is to get you to look at the root problem of WHY you feel so bad.  You are not deficient in “insert any anti-depressant/pharmaceutical here”. You are deficient in something(s) but it is not a mind-altering drug that has serious side effects and even worse side effects when you decide to get off said medication.  (I am NOT opposed to the use of pharmaceuticals.  I am opposed to the use of pharmaceuticals INSTEAD of  fixing the real problem.  I’m not looking for a band-aid.  I’m looking for WHY I am not well.  I wan’t you to look at it that way as well.)

It is easier to get a prescription for anti-depressants (mind-altering drugs) than to get a Full Panel Thyroid test.  It’s even harder to find a health care provider that will treat you optimally regardless of if the test shows “normal”.  Is it YOUR normal?  You went to see them because you feel like crap! You are NOT normal! and you are MOST DEFINITELY NOT crazy or depressed. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. You just feel bad and are tired of feeling bad! Depression (the real deal depression) is not even in the same category as just being sad and frustrated because you aren’t getting answers!

I am so very proud to say that after all the horrible sick years that I am well.  Am I 100%? No not yet but I work at it every single day.  What other choice do I have but to work at it?!? Time will pass.  Either I work at getting better or I do nothing and go back to that sick state again.  It’s an easy choice for me.  I can tell you today that it has take me years to get well.  My initial journey didn’t actually start with trying to get healthy!  Crazy I know, but I really just wanted to get my thyroid medicine adjusted and to lose some weight!  That’s all.  Guess what.  It worked for a few months.  And then it stopped working.  All I was doing again was using a bandaid to cover a gunshot wound.  Until the body is balanced, weight loss may not happen no matter how hard you try and can even backfire.

I changed my thinking of ‘I need to lose weight now’ to ‘I need to get my body healthy and balanced’. I had to practice thinking that way because I’ve never thought that way before. Again, it took work and a lot of time.  Several years later, I am now at a place where I can say, I do not have a need for any pharmaceuticals anymore.  I fixed the underlying problems and then slowly was able to take away the medications because the “problems” starting disappearing slowly.  I do not have depression (despite having a strong family history).  I do not have any of the stomach issues (cleaned up my diet). I do not have many of the things I was “diagnosed” with.  I do still have some hypothyroid symptoms (like hair loss, fatigue, skin issues which flare up when I eat off plan). I have been and still am working with a fantastic Functional Nurse Practitioner to reduce those symptoms and it is totally working. I used to have mostly bad days and the occasional good day.  Now I have mostly great days with the occasional bad day.  I can usually pinpoint exactly what caused the “bad day”. It is something I did that caused it and then I learn from it and try not to do it again.  I do take ONE (out of the dozens and dozens of pharmaceuticals) medication today.  Only my thyroid medicine.  I have tried them all and the one that works the best for me is the WP Thyroid (it’s actually cheaper than the other ones). I asked my NP if I could try it and she thought it would be a great idea especially since I had food sensitivities and the very medicine I took 2 times a day contained the ingredients I was tryng to avoid! She works WITH me.  We are a team.  Your doctor should work for and with you not the other way around.  (This doesn’t mean if you ask for a dangerous drug and he/she says no that you should fire him/her and leave to search for one that will.) You both work together and DISCUSS options, ALL options, even the non-pharmaceutical ones to, to treat you and your health concerns.  It is a two-way street.  You have to do the work.  You are so worth it! I only take the one pharmaceutical but I do take MANY supplements.  I have to for now but given time to heal, I do not expect to have to take them all forever.

I need you to understand that you can get well.  You can change your health.  How bad do you want it?  I wanted it bad.  Then I got well, then I forgot how sick I was, stopped doing what I was supposed to do and started getting sick again.  That reminded me of WHY I was getting better.  So, the slip-ups are good reminders of WHY we stay on track.  It’s about healing at the core! Heal thy self! If you weren’t born with a disease, chances are you can reverse the disease (or at least manage it) or keep it from getting worse and turning in to new problems.

The body is made to heal.  You are in charge of that healing process.  It can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be.  I can help you take the first steps.  Have faith and take the first step to healing. Read the attached article to get started with healing.  She even provides a link to do your own testing without a physician if you need that option.  You can see your optimal levels and work with a health care professional or Health Coach to learn how to supplement in order to make things work more efficiently. Don’t wait for the diagnosis. You can start fixing your entire body now!

You are awesome and deserve the best life!  Let’s get going and heal!

Here is a Thyroid Adrenal program that I recommend and have used to get things in balance.   There are many excellent programs so look around for the experts and learn from them! Find one that is perfect for you and your needs!

(I am NOT a physician or nurse practitioner. I don’t even pretend to be! I do not treat anyone. I never want you to just take my word. I want you to do your research. No matter how busy you are, you DO have time to learn. As a Health Coach and Nutritional Consultant, it is my job to empower YOU with information so that you can be proactive in your treatment and overall health. I love that I can help people accomplish their health goals using foods and supplements. If more is needed in addition, then this is where working with your health care practitioner for proper COMPLETE testing and in some cases natural thyroid medicines are essential. The great news with a “normal” thyroid test is YOU don’t have a full blown disease. You have dysfunction and now we can work together to provide lifestyle options to make things run more efficiently. Don’t wait. Heal yourself now!)

http://suzycohen.com/articles/depression/

Taking care of yourself is NOT selfish.

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As a mother, I know all too well how this is going to sound.  It goes against everything we women have been told that’s supposed to happen when you become a mom!  Your kids come first!  While I do agree that our family and children should be our top priority, I want to challenge your thinking and maybe give you a new way to think.

If you constantly give and go and do and provide and clean and re-clean, to the point that all you do is work and give, what do you think will happen?  How will this impact your body, your mind, your soul?  Humans NEED to rest and recover JUST like we need oxygen, water, food and sleep.

There is a time in life where we as moms/parents are pushed to our limits and are so grateful even though we are about to pass out on the floor from exhaustion.  You know, like the first few months of your child’s life.  Oh boy, those are some of the most challenging, scary, glorious days ever right.  At the same time you feel complete exhaustion, you are filled with complete joy and happiness.

Then the infant grows into a small child then eventually gets even more independent.  If you have devoted every waking moment solely to your child, you may discover that you are feeling a bit empty and run down without the happiness that once was keeping you going.  What happened?  Nothing to pinpoint why the happiness is missing.  I mean, you are happily married, love your child or children to pieces, love your job (inside or outside the home), and life is great!  Why no happiness?

This happens because you give everything you have to the point that you are empty and have not taken the time to “refill YOUR cup”.

We each are born with a set of skills, talents, strengths and passions.  Our kids are NOT our skills, talents, strengths and passions (okay, sometimes a child can become our passions but especially a special needs child or a child that becomes injured or disabled).  You had all these things prior to your children and you will have them after your children have grown and have their own children.  So what does skill, talent, strength and passion have to do with this?

I’ll tell you.  When you neglect yourself (you as in the woman) by ignoring the things that make you distinctly YOU and “fill your cup”, your body, health and wellbeing will be compromised.  When this happens, you lose the happiness that you should be experiencing.

What can also happen is even worse in my opinion.  Your health takes a nosedive.  We gain weight easier, it’s harder to lose weight, depression sets in and we start experiencing gastric issues, skin issues, and many other common ailments.

WHY?  Because if you don’t take the time to nurture your soul, your body will also suffer.  It’s time to reclaim YOU the woman!

As a mother, one of our jobs is to raise our children to be independent and productive citizens right?  As much as we want to protect them and hold on to them for dear life, we have to let go eventually.  The trick is to not lose yourself in the process.

I feel strongly it is not just our job to show them how to be productive in life, but more importantly, it should be our goal to SHOW them how to live to be happy and healthy during our LIFE.  As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said,  “we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Your body is your vessel (Christians refer to it as their Temple).

When you put aside YOU (your soul) during the time you devote to raising your children, you have to find balance for yourself.  YOU need to be you AND a mom (and a wife and an employee, etc.). The best way to be present for everyone in your family is to be balanced.  We do this by taking care of ourselves first, then we go out to take care of all our responsibilities.  When you take the time each day (you do not have to devote a significant amount of time) or a few times a week for you, to do what you love to do, this is when the “refilling” takes place.

I want you to see how taking the time to take care of yourself is anything but selfish.  It is absolutely necessary.  Just like they tell us on the airplane when explaining how to use the oxygen mask. You use it first so you can assist someone else. That is great advice. We need to give to ourselves first so we can assist others.  How can you be of use to anyone if you are sick, depressed and fatigued?  You can’t.  Well maybe you can but it won’t be your best.  Then you are also setting the example of what life is supposed to be like.  You are the example of mom!

So what do we do?  How do we change? Where do we find time?  Those are all obvious questions. I have no clear and direct answer for those questions.  What I can tell you is that first you have to have a clear understanding of WHY you need time.  If you do not understand the importance, you will never make it a priority.  When things are a priority, suddenly time is no longer an issue. (Weird how that happens.)

To find what it is that will help you “refill”, you need to look at things you love to do.  What inspires you.  What do you (or did you) like to learn and read about.  Crafting, decorating, teaching, cooking, organizing, walking, painting, etc.  It’s the thing (or things) that gets you excited (the things you would do for free).  If you still don’t know, don’t stress over it.  This is when walking or trying yoga will help you to balance your mind, body and soul.  You just need some down time to start.  Inspiration (meaning “In Spirit”) will come when you are relaxed and disconnected to the ego.

Over the years I have had many passions. I’ve even had years where I didn’t have a clue how to find my passion much less let it “refill my cup”.  I had the happy marriage, the healthy, beautiful children, the nice home and food on the table.  I had no reason to not be happy, but something was missing.  I had lost me.  And because I had lost me, my children and my husband had also lost me. I wasn’t the mom/wife I was supposed to be nor was I the mom/wife I wanted to be.

Then I got very sick. Very, very sick. Those were the dark days.  I won’t go in to the details now.  That’s for another time.

So then, one day (over a series of months actually), I decided I was done! I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I didn’t wan’t to claim it anymore, but I had no idea what to do, but I was going to start somewhere. My drive came because I was no longer able to play with my new baby girl (she’s 8 now) and had already missed a lot of fun times with my son.  I had to change for them (I wasn’t ready to change for me yet). I did NOT want my children to learn from me that this was what life was going to be like when they got older. I had to “fake it til I made it”!  Boy, that was exhausting!

I didn’t know how to change yet but I was certain I couldn’t stay the same! My one decision to not stay the same was what jump started me on the journey that I am still on today and now teach others!  If you would have told me that I would be a Health Coach one day, I would have died from laughing.  Have you ever heard God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called?  That is exactly what happened to me!

I started researching (I did NOT have a great internet connection then so this wasn’t an easy task 7 years ago. But I took time (during my daughters naps and while my son was in school) to learn about how to change my food.  I found a “new” diet program that I thought I should try because I obviously did not know what I was doing.  The results I had initially were astounding.  THAT made me stop and think.  Like really think, “what in the world just happened”?  I mean I was eating less and exercising less but I just lost a lot of weight!  My calories were about the same so WHAT was different?

I made a connection to my health and my food choices and IT WAS ON!  I was filled with curiosity and wanted to know more!  I had found my new passion and I didn’t even know it!

I do think I went through the dark days in order to have lived it.  Because I had lived it, I can relate better to others. I mean really relate.

So, again I say to you to PLEASE reconsider that taking care of yourself is NOT selfish!  It is a necessity!  Loving life and thriving in life are the best gifts you can give to yourself, your children, your partner in life and even eventually your grandchildren…and dare I say, your great grandchildren!

With Love,

Sherie