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I would be extremely surprised if you had no other sx given those very low temps. The sx are pretty wide ranging:
www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/long-and-pathetic/

Recently I've found out that the alternative allergy guru in our area has found that there is a high degree of correlation between low thyroid function and his allergy patients. Both DS and I have low temps and some sx other than food intolerances. Both of us show low free T3 and high reverse T3. (These tests are not usually run)

I've been intensively researching the thyroid lately. I have concluded that lab numbers mean nothing... especially since most drs go by the TSH and T4 only. My favorite books are by Dr. Stephen Langer, Dr. Broda Barnes, Dr. Mark Starr and Dr. Datis Kharrazian, all of which describe longtime practice of treating sx ... and going by BBT.

Blood tests do not show what is actually getting into the body's cells, nor do they show whether the cell mitochondria is actually using the hormone once it's there. And the common T4 testing doesn't show conversion to active T3, another common problem. Reverse T3 blocks the receptor but is not used by body.
If there were one book to read to figure out how to treat myself for thyroid, what would it be? Don't have time to read 6. My #s were all within range for everything but I've been wondering a lot lately (especially since the weight gain) if I shouldn't just try treating thyroid.

ETA: That website is down right now. Hope it comes back.

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If there were one book to read to figure out how to treat myself for thyroid, what would it be? Don't have time to read 6. My #s were all within range for everything but I've been wondering a lot lately (especially since the weight gain) if I shouldn't just try treating thyroid.


I know my thyroid took a dive at the beginning of this year- I gained 15 pounds in a month, and I was so fatigued I thought I was pregnant (even though I knew I really wasn't.) I think it started after I started supping iodine, which I'm not doing anymore. I think my midwife will run all the thyroid tests if I ask... I should probably do that. But even then, what do I do to fix it? DD had a few thyroid numbers run- TSH: 1.3, TSH Uptake: 27.6, free T3: 4.6 (almost at the top of the normal range), free T4: 1.24. All seemed within range... is there anything that looks off for her?

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Speaking of DD.... I need you guys to help critique her diet. She's eating a ton (imo, for an almost-3yo), but she's still losing weight (although it has slowed down.)
- Breakfast: a 2-serving size bowl of quinoa flakes with a little honey & cinnamon
- lunch: lamb burger, approx 1/4lb raw weight, ~1 medium zucchini fried in lamb fat
- dinner: lamb steak, approx 2/3lb raw weight (w/bones), broccoli- anywhere from a couple bites to a small head; sometimes cooked carrots or cauliflower.
- snacks (1-3 from this list per day, depending on what she asks for): 1/2 can of olives, a small bowl of applesauce, watered-down apple juice, avocado.

That's the normal everyday diet for her. I've already cut back my meat consumption a LOT because she's eating so much more, and frankly we can't afford that much meat for both of us. I'm just not sure what else to add that would be nutrient/calorie dense. blah. I'm going to try another tapioca bread/cracker experiment today, since the allergist said she passed the tapioca trial (I don't think she did, but I'll try anyway.)

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Maybe my low and wide-ranging temps would make more sense if I tell you why I stopped trying to temp. I was getting so little sleep, and so inconsistently (due to the baby, i personally sleep great), that when I would wake up and take my temp I never knew if I had been unconscious long enough to have gotten into a deep sleep. I didnt know if a higher temp by a few points meant any activity in my cycle, or if it meant I hadn't been really fully asleep. I didn't know if a lower temp meant anything or if it was just the result of being so exhausted and not having completed a single sleep cycle in the whole past week.

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I know my thyroid took a dive at the beginning of this year- I gained 15 pounds in a month, and I was so fatigued I thought I was pregnant (even though I knew I really wasn't.) I think it started after I started supping iodine, which I'm not doing anymore. I think my midwife will run all the thyroid tests if I ask... I should probably do that. But even then, what do I do to fix it? DD had a few thyroid numbers run- TSH: 1.3, TSH Uptake: 27.6, free T3: 4.6 (almost at the top of the normal range), free T4: 1.24. All seemed within range... is there anything that looks off for her?

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Speaking of DD.... I need you guys to help critique her diet. She's eating a ton (imo, for an almost-3yo), but she's still losing weight (although it has slowed down.)
- Breakfast: a 2-serving size bowl of quinoa flakes with a little honey & cinnamon
- lunch: lamb burger, approx 1/4lb raw weight, ~1 medium zucchini fried in lamb fat
- dinner: lamb steak, approx 2/3lb raw weight (w/bones), broccoli- anywhere from a couple bites to a small head; sometimes cooked carrots or cauliflower.
- snacks (1-3 from this list per day, depending on what she asks for): 1/2 can of olives, a small bowl of applesauce, watered-down apple juice, avocado.

That's the normal everyday diet for her. I've already cut back my meat consumption a LOT because she's eating so much more, and frankly we can't afford that much meat for both of us. I'm just not sure what else to add that would be nutrient/calorie dense. blah. I'm going to try another tapioca bread/cracker experiment today, since the allergist said she passed the tapioca trial (I don't think she did, but I'll try anyway.)
I wish I had answers but I don't. My thyroid #s were all within the reference ranges but dang if I"m not exhausted, gaining weight along with a host of other things. Grasping at straws now and that's why I was thinking about testing thyroid. Doing 5-htp trial now and so far it only makes me jittery.

That does sound like a lot of food. How is she digesting fats?

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Carren, how much 5htp are you taking, and how often? Plain htp, or is there other stuff in it?

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That does sound like a lot of food. How is she digesting fats?
Uhhhhh... fine I think? Let's see... her stool test was fine in the absorption category for fats. Not sure what else to look for.

I should add- she would just eat meat all day long if we let her. We used to share a steak, but she was always still hungry so DP started giving her a whole one. Which I think is a LOT of meat for such a little person... but not sure what our other options are.

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Speaking of DD.... I need you guys to help critique her diet. She's eating a ton (imo, for an almost-3yo), but she's still losing weight (although it has slowed down.)
- Breakfast: a 2-serving size bowl of quinoa flakes with a little honey & cinnamon
- lunch: lamb burger, approx 1/4lb raw weight, ~1 medium zucchini fried in lamb fat
- dinner: lamb steak, approx 2/3lb raw weight (w/bones), broccoli- anywhere from a couple bites to a small head; sometimes cooked carrots or cauliflower.
- snacks (1-3 from this list per day, depending on what she asks for): 1/2 can of olives, a small bowl of applesauce, watered-down apple juice, avocado.

That's the normal everyday diet for her. I've already cut back my meat consumption a LOT because she's eating so much more, and frankly we can't afford that much meat for both of us. I'm just not sure what else to add that would be nutrient/calorie dense. blah. I'm going to try another tapioca bread/cracker experiment today, since the allergist said she passed the tapioca trial (I don't think she did, but I'll try anyway.)
DS is exactly the same age as your daughter, and he eats just as much, if not more. He is not gaining (maybe 1-2 lbs in the past year), but isn't losing, either. He is getting taller.

Like your DD, he LOVES meat and he will also eat beans (DH calls him Protein Man). Can you include beans (kidney, black...) in her diet? Are refried beans safe? DS can eat almost a can in one sitting if we let him. And they are super-easy to make - use bone broth for soaking water to up the nutrition!

Is she not eating rice or other grain because of allergy restrictions?

Are you trying to get more veggies into her? She seems to be eating a few, (more than my DS), but I am sometimes able to sneak more veggies into a burger or ground meat. So, dice or grind up safe veggies and make them a part of the burger. This will also "stretch" your meat. I put onion, pepper, zuke, and rice into ground beef or lamb.

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Carren, how much 5htp are you taking, and how often? Plain htp, or is there other stuff in it?
I took 200mg a couple of times but I seemed kind of wired from it. so the ND said to try 400mg. I tried that. She said if I was wired then maybe I was taking too much b12 so I should ease off on that. Then I took a break to do the amino acid test.

I am going to try the 400mg again. I'm sleeping so poorly now its not even funny. I don't really feel like I am getting into a deep sleep. It's weird.

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DS is exactly the same age as your daughter, and he eats just as much, if not more. He is not gaining (maybe 1-2 lbs in the past year), but isn't losing, either. He is getting taller.

Like your DD, he LOVES meat and he will also eat beans (DH calls him Protein Man). Can you include beans (kidney, black...) in her diet? Are refried beans safe? DS can eat almost a can in one sitting if we let him. And they are super-easy to make - use bone broth for soaking water to up the nutrition!

Is she not eating rice or other grain because of allergy restrictions?

Are you trying to get more veggies into her? She seems to be eating a few, (more than my DS), but I am sometimes able to sneak more veggies into a burger or ground meat. So, dice or grind up safe veggies and make them a part of the burger. This will also "stretch" your meat. I put onion, pepper, zuke, and rice into ground beef or lamb.
Nope, she doesn't tolerate any other grains (and I'm not sure that she's 100% ok with quinoa either.) No beans either, although I'm going to do another trial soon. She did have a bite of my homemade hummus yesterday and was up all night crying, but it could have been the lemon juice rather than the beans. She actually doesn't mind veggies at all- she's pretty good about eating them. We just don't have a huge selection to choose from. We can't do potatoes or sweet potatoes, which seem like they would be more filling. We always do zucchini and broccoli, every day, and try to rotate in a couple other veggies during the week- usually whatever I can find in the organic section at the time- like asparagus, cauliflower, rutabaga, etc.

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So she's eating olives but you're not using olive oil? Could you add a little bit of olive oil to her quinoa maybe? It seems to me that her breakfast may be lacking in fats. Or perhaps add some avocado "pudding" on the side? Just something to get some fats in there for her? As well as "tiding her over" longer, the fat should also make some nutrients more available.
I wonder if you could make some "crackers" with just oil, quinoa flour, water and salt? Maybe some sugar (or concentrated/reduced apple juice?) for sweetener to make it a cookie? I know, I know... I need to get some quinoa flour.
I also recommend Susan's suggestion of mixing either quinoa or zucchini (or both) into her lamb burgers to "stretch" it although then I'd want a different "side". Have you tried giving her quinoa as a side for supper or lunch, either plain with salt or cooked in lamb broth? Again, I know you're concerned that quinoa's not safe too, so I completely understand if you haven't.
Also, just a reminder that herbs and spices DO pack a nutritional wallop so any safe ones you have, I would seriously consider using liberally!

Anyway, supposed to be cleaning the bathroom while kids nap.
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I know my thyroid took a dive at the beginning of this year- I gained 15 pounds in a month, and I was so fatigued I thought I was pregnant (even though I knew I really wasn't.) I think it started after I started supping iodine, which I'm not doing anymore. I think my midwife will run all the thyroid tests if I ask... I should probably do that. But even then, what do I do to fix it? DD had a few thyroid numbers run- TSH: 1.3, TSH Uptake: 27.6, free T3: 4.6 (almost at the top of the normal range), free T4: 1.24. All seemed within range... is there anything that looks off for her?
I was reading something about if you're low selenium, then taking iodine can make you hypo and vise versa. If you're low in both, you inch them up together. That's where I am right now, I think.
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Uhhhhh... fine I think? Let's see... her stool test was fine in the absorption category for fats. Not sure what else to look for.

I should add- she would just eat meat all day long if we let her. We used to share a steak, but she was always still hungry so DP started giving her a whole one. Which I think is a LOT of meat for such a little person... but not sure what our other options are.
For the meat cravers, first guess is pancreatic support, and the UAA if you want data. 3 months of enzymes later, and I'm finally feeling like it's possible for me t eat too much protein in a meal.

Second day of preschool not as awesome as the first. It was my workday, so dh came too, and we traded off watching our designated area and playing with dd. Dd's reserves were also totally spent, and after 6:30 bedtime with no dinner last night, she was up at 5:30 this morning (but still sleepy). 3:45 nap today, and now ds is going out too. If I were smart, I'd try to go lay down with him. Instead it's time for internet shopping. I found safe ketchup packets!

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If there were one book to read to figure out how to treat myself for thyroid, what would it be? Don't have time to read 6. My #s were all within range for everything but I've been wondering a lot lately (especially since the weight gain) if I shouldn't just try treating thyroid.

ETA: That website is down right now. Hope it comes back.
One: Starr's or Langer's b/c they both reference Barnes pretty heavily and focus chiefly on treatment with desiccated thyroid hormone. All 3 of those doctors have treated thousands of patients with success focusing on symptoms and not lab tests.

You can try Dr. Lowe's desiccated thyroid or I would bring either of those books in to the doctors you are seeing and start the discussion.

Two: Kharrazian's is a little overwhelming and his treatment relies so heavily on his custom immune supps.... but I do appreciate his take on how getting the thyroid to function doesn't always mean taking thyroid hormone. I'm not sure that he is the last word however, given the long term success and simplicity of the other doctors' approaches.

I came across over and over again in my reading that things like methylation and even nutrient absorption is controlled in some degree by the thyroid. Not to mention symptom after symptom that rang bells for me esp. digestive and chemical intolerance, so I really see it all as chicken and egg right now.

Adrenal is definitely a concern for you too. A thyroid that doesn't work correctly draws on adrenals constantly to raise metabolism and assures the development of adrenal fatigue. If one doesn't tolerate thyroid hormone, the problem is usually adrenal fatigue.

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So I just realized that i have lumps on my arms. No the underside but the top. Jane is this the product of thyroid problems? Lumpy arms?

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I know my thyroid took a dive at the beginning of this year- I gained 15 pounds in a month, and I was so fatigued I thought I was pregnant (even though I knew I really wasn't.) I think it started after I started supping iodine, which I'm not doing anymore. I think my midwife will run all the thyroid tests if I ask... I should probably do that. But even then, what do I do to fix it? DD had a few thyroid numbers run- TSH: 1.3, TSH Uptake: 27.6, free T3: 4.6 (almost at the top of the normal range), free T4: 1.24. All seemed within range... is there anything that looks off for her?
If iodine causes your thyroid to tank the chief concern would be Hashi's I believe. JR what do you think?

I no longer think tests are indicative of what the thyroid is actually doing in the body cells. They are a good first step, and antibodies should always be run when you have a good reason to suspect thyroid problems but the major thyroid doctors getting results on symptoms treat with desiccated thyroid. Or the immune system which is the new player on the scene, Dr. K:
http://www.thyroidbook.com/

Have you taken her AM temps? Is she frequently cold? cold hands, feet, back or butt. My DS has low BBT, only grew 1 1/4" last year and is frequently cold not to mention the allergies, respiratory issues and chemical intolerance which also seem to be classic signs of impaired thyroid function.
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So I just realized that i have lumps on my arms. No the underside but the top. Jane is this the product of thyroid problems? Lumpy arms?
Wha? opposite the bicep you mean, not near the lymph nodes? I have not heard of mucin being lumpy but I imagine it's possible.
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Maybe my low and wide-ranging temps would make more sense if I tell you why I stopped trying to temp. I was getting so little sleep, and so inconsistently (due to the baby, i personally sleep great), that when I would wake up and take my temp I never knew if I had been unconscious long enough to have gotten into a deep sleep. I didnt know if a higher temp by a few points meant any activity in my cycle, or if it meant I hadn't been really fully asleep. I didn't know if a lower temp meant anything or if it was just the result of being so exhausted and not having completed a single sleep cycle in the whole past week.
In that case I would do average of 3 day temps, see Dr. Rind's chart:
http://www.drrind.com/therapies/meta...perature-graph

Poor sleep can tank your adrenals big time too.
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Doesn't the thyroid form based on mom's thyroid levels during the critical period of pregnancy? So in theory, isn't it possible that someone's thyroid might never work optimally? Would that have to show up as congenital hypo or might it be what some of us are looking at? Just wondering if this is something worth doing with nutrients alone, or if dessicated thyroid is a better option than it sounds. And why would my thyroid hate me lactating?

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I wish I had answers but I don't. My thyroid #s were all within the reference ranges but dang if I"m not exhausted, gaining weight along with a host of other things. Grasping at straws now and that's why I was thinking about testing thyroid. Doing 5-htp trial now and so far it only makes me jittery.
Well I'm reading about how panic attacks and depression also resolve with thyroid hormone in addition to all the other stuff I just posted about so I don't think you are grasping at straws at all.

I've been suspecting thyroid for years for myself and some things have improved over the years with nutrition but some have only gotten worse. That is why I read somewhat obsessively on the subject partly to convince myself since I've been told upteen times by multiple drs it's not my thyroid... but then everything makes perfect sense when I read about the drs who treat the sx, of which I have many, and not the lab tests.
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Doesn't the thyroid form based on mom's thyroid levels during the critical period of pregnancy? So in theory, isn't it possible that someone's thyroid might never work optimally? Would that have to show up as congenital hypo or might it be what some of us are looking at? Just wondering if this is something worth doing with nutrients alone, or if dessicated thyroid is a better option than it sounds. And why would my thyroid hate me lactating?
Now THAT'S a discussion I've love to have right now. Forget dinner with Einstein, Marie Curie and Michaelangelo, I want to get these thyroid doctors in a room together!!

Totally where I'm at right now Shannon. I've chased nutrients for too long I feel. Both me and DS. I still hate to think that lifelong hormone replacement is the answer so that is why the obsession to make sense of it. I do believe in nutrient healing deficiencies, and genetic need for more, and I've seen enormous help from it in past 4 years, but I keep hitting brick walls it seems.

Plus our family hx. One grandmother died of heart attack at 55, a classic hypoT condition for a woman. The other one was on lifelong thyroid hormone. My father has nodules. Aunts on both sides clearly have hypoT sx. And the bells going off with sx after sx for me...

Today I noticed my knees sometimes crack "like ice" when I go upstairs. Another HypoT sx according to Langer/Starr/Barnes.

The only mention similar to this "being born w/ a hormone deficiency" I've read I think in Wilson's adrenal fatigue book is that the fetus will support the low adrenal mother with their adrenal hormones and thus be born fatigued. And the mother will feel better when the fetus's adrenals come online in second and third trimester. Which describes our situation perfectly. DS's very agitated self, reactiing to foods, touchy personality, also speaks of adrenal fatigue.

I don't imagine that the thyroid would be any different (the fetus's hormones supporting the mother's low thyroid function).... plus the theory that ALL adrenal fatigue in fact starts with a low thyroid.

I've thought about this a lot. I also wonder that bm protected him in some way from worse hypoT sx is that he was also getting thyroid hormones in my bm for several years? Because his brain is not effected. I take what blessings I can.
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And why would my thyroid hate me lactating?
Forgot to respond to this... what directs prolactin production? The only thing I recall is that low thyroid women often have problems producing enough bm. I never did (only when my calcium dipped low when went dairy free).

all the hormones are intimately connected so I wouldn't be surprised if there is a good explanation. If you look into it, lmk.
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Wha? opposite the bicep you mean, not near the lymph nodes? I have not heard of mucin being lumpy but I imagine it's possible.
The lumps are sort of to the side of the bicep.

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If iodine causes your thyroid to tank the chief concern would be Hashi's I believe. JR what do you think?

I no longer think tests are indicative of what the thyroid is actually doing in the body cells. They are a good first step, and antibodies should always be run when you have a good reason to suspect thyroid problems but the major thyroid doctors getting results on symptoms treat with desiccated thyroid. Or the immune system which is the new player on the scene, Dr. K:
http://www.thyroidbook.com/

Have you taken her AM temps? Is she frequently cold? cold hands, feet, back or butt. My DS has low BBT, only grew 1 1/4" last year and is frequently cold not to mention the allergies, respiratory issues and chemical intolerance which also seem to be classic signs of impaired thyroid function.
You know I had my thyroid antibodies tested a year ago. And I had a complete workup by a rheumatologist for a "suspected" autoimmune disease and the conventional doctors came up with zilch. My antibodies were fine and they could not confirm I have an autoimmune disease. come back in 6 months. The best they came up with was a "touch" of fibromyalgia. I just don't know what to think anymore. I just want to feel better and nothing seems to be getting me there.

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Dd woke up mid-post, so I'll add the beginning of this when I'm back downstairs...

Anyone want to point me to their favorite grape seed extract and/or GABA? Now that I'm finally ordering from iherb and my brain is too fried to choose between the hundreds of choices?

The discussion I want to have is about when to declare enough is enough. At some point, it comes to a decision of keep trying and researching vs calling it good enough and moving on with life. There's this need to 'be healthy' but how healthy is healthy? There's always something more. Where's the balance? Do I get good enough for me to be more or less symptom free? Me and the kids? Work on the kids to 'save' future generations? Stop for myself once kids are done nursing? Keep chugging as fast as I can while reproducing then call it done for myself and just live life after?

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That's a good question Shannon... I go back and forth. And I probably will continue to do that- research for a while, chill for a while, put energy into research/education projects, chill....

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So she's eating olives but you're not using olive oil? Could you add a little bit of olive oil to her quinoa maybe? It seems to me that her breakfast may be lacking in fats. Or perhaps add some avocado "pudding" on the side? Just something to get some fats in there for her? As well as "tiding her over" longer, the fat should also make some nutrients more available.
I wonder if you could make some "crackers" with just oil, quinoa flour, water and salt? Maybe some sugar (or concentrated/reduced apple juice?) for sweetener to make it a cookie? I know, I know... I need to get some quinoa flour.
I also recommend Susan's suggestion of mixing either quinoa or zucchini (or both) into her lamb burgers to "stretch" it although then I'd want a different "side". Have you tried giving her quinoa as a side for supper or lunch, either plain with salt or cooked in lamb broth? Again, I know you're concerned that quinoa's not safe too, so I completely understand if you haven't.
Also, just a reminder that herbs and spices DO pack a nutritional wallop so any safe ones you have, I would seriously consider using liberally!
I do use olive oil when I use oil. Haven't tried putting it in her quinoa. I hate to add omega-6's to her diet though. arg. And no, as much as I would like to give her a consistent carb source throughout the day, I really don't want to add any more quinoa to her diet. Plus, she doesn't seem to digest the groats as well as she does the flakes.

Oh- and I should add that she's not like constantly begging for food. If I put it in front of her, she will eat it. But she doesn't seem hungry (for the most part.)

My plan was to make some tapioca crackers today... haven't gotten around to it yet.

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For the meat cravers, first guess is pancreatic support, and the UAA if you want data. 3 months of enzymes later, and I'm finally feeling like it's possible for me t eat too much protein in a meal.
Well, we did the lamb glandulars for about a month, and I saw absolutely no change in DD during that time- not with her eating, digestion, weight, symptoms, nothing.

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If iodine causes your thyroid to tank the chief concern would be Hashi's I believe. JR what do you think?
hmmm... need to look into that.

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Doesn't the thyroid form based on mom's thyroid levels during the critical period of pregnancy? So in theory, isn't it possible that someone's thyroid might never work optimally? Would that have to show up as congenital hypo or might it be what some of us are looking at? Just wondering if this is something worth doing with nutrients alone, or if dessicated thyroid is a better option than it sounds. And why would my thyroid hate me lactating?
Ok, I definitely need to have my midwife run all the thyroid numbers at my next appointment. Can I fix anything while pregnant though?

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Sounds exactly like my year.

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Now THAT'S a discussion I've love to have right now. Forget dinner with Einstein, Marie Curie and Michaelangelo, I want to get these thyroid doctors in a room together!!

Totally where I'm at right now Shannon. I've chased nutrients for too long I feel. Both me and DS. I still hate to think that lifelong hormone replacement is the answer so that is why the obsession to make sense of it. I do believe in nutrient healing deficiencies, and genetic need for more, and I've seen enormous help from it in past 4 years, but I keep hitting brick walls it seems.

Plus our family hx. One grandmother died of heart attack at 55, a classic hypoT condition for a woman. The other one was on lifelong thyroid hormone. My father has nodules. Aunts on both sides clearly have hypoT sx. And the bells going off with sx after sx for me...

Today I noticed my knees sometimes crack "like ice" when I go upstairs. Another HypoT sx according to Langer/Starr/Barnes.

The only mention similar to this "being born w/ a hormone deficiency" I've read I think in Wilson's adrenal fatigue book is that the fetus will support the low adrenal mother with their adrenal hormones and thus be born fatigued. And the mother will feel better when the fetus's adrenals come online in second and third trimester. Which describes our situation perfectly. DS's very agitated self, reactiing to foods, touchy personality, also speaks of adrenal fatigue.

I don't imagine that the thyroid would be any different (the fetus's hormones supporting the mother's low thyroid function).... plus the theory that ALL adrenal fatigue in fact starts with a low thyroid.

I've thought about this a lot. I also wonder that bm protected him in some way from worse hypoT sx is that he was also getting thyroid hormones in my bm for several years? Because his brain is not effected. I take what blessings I can.
Seriously? Knees that crackle - that's my mom, and me as of dd being about 1yo. Mo seems to help some With that and the mucin, my connective tissue needs some work!

The pg thing - it was almost the first symptom - my weight redistributed from arms/face to belly. Like, around 6 weeks, back to pre-dd normal for me (well, minus the belly). I don't think baby's glands had kicked in by then!

Did you actually get a copy of that type 2 thyroid book? I'm thinking about ordering it. In fact, I should add that to my internet shopping list of the moment.

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From the link you posted, it's the COMT+ that has higher pain (physical & emotional). Dopamine also affects motivation, pleasure seeking...
Met is the slow comt, which is comt+, I thought? I'm AG and met/met, so I average out, pain-wise.

Prolactin is regulated by dopamine. Apparently it's not uncommon to be hypothyroid if you have high prolactin levels, and it's common to check.

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Uhhhhh... fine I think? Let's see... her stool test was fine in the absorption category for fats. Not sure what else to look for.

I should add- she would just eat meat all day long if we let her. We used to share a steak, but she was always still hungry so DP started giving her a whole one. Which I think is a LOT of meat for such a little person... but not sure what our other options are.
My 3yo can eat 2 whole lamb chops in a sitting, or a whole steak. He loves green veggies too. And bread and crackers. Actually, he likes everything and eats a ton of everything. He doesn't seem to fatten up. He grows larger, but stays lean and muscular.

I personally do best on large portions of fatty rare meats, followed by green leafies. (Shannon, I AM on pancreas support. But my ND thinks I should eat like that regardless of how my pancreas is doing at any particular moment.)

(Have you ever seen the Dirty Carnivores website? They say the ideal diet is 70% animal fat, 30% animal protein. They consider themselves "dirty" because they contaminate their diet with small amounts of plant foods. They try to eat as much as possible of their meat in raw form. I think I would have a little trouble with eating like they do, but they seem really happy with it.)

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Poor sleep can tank your adrenals big time too.
Yeah I know. I made it through about a year of that before my body just ran out of ability to cope with it. Good thing around then he started sleeping better. I've been beefing myself up since then. And my ND gave me some supplements for a short period of time to support my adrenals. And I seem to be all fixed up now, 2 years later. Enough that I felt ready to get pregnant again.

But I haven't tried temping since. So I wonder.

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The discussion I want to have is about when to declare enough is enough. At some point, it comes to a decision of keep trying and researching vs calling it good enough and moving on with life.
That's why I decided to finally spend my money on a naturopath. How long is it worth it to try to figure everything out yourself, spend a fortune on sups to experiment with, etc. At some point you just say "let me go to someone who is reasonably knowledgeable about these things and stop stressing myself about them." I didn't know if it was going to work, but it did. I know it is hit or miss. But I was just sooo ready for someone else to do it!

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My 3yo can eat 2 whole lamb chops in a sitting, or a whole steak. He loves green veggies too. And bread and crackers. Actually, he likes everything and eats a ton of everything. He doesn't seem to fatten up. He grows larger, but stays lean and muscular.

I personally do best on large portions of fatty rare meats, followed by green leafies. (Shannon, I AM on pancreas support. But my ND thinks I should eat like that regardless of how my pancreas is doing at any particular moment.)

(Have you ever seen the Dirty Carnivores website? They say the ideal diet is 70% animal fat, 30% animal protein. They consider themselves "dirty" because they contaminate their diet with small amounts of plant foods. They try to eat as much as possible of their meat in raw form. I think I would have a little trouble with eating like they do, but they seem really happy with it.)



Yeah I know. I made it through about a year of that before my body just ran out of ability to cope with it. Good thing around then he started sleeping better. I've been beefing myself up since then. And my ND gave me some supplements for a short period of time to support my adrenals. And I seem to be all fixed up now, 2 years later. Enough that I felt ready to get pregnant again.

But I haven't tried temping since. So I wonder.



That's why I decided to finally spend my money on a naturopath. How long is it worth it to try to figure everything out yourself, spend a fortune on sups to experiment with, etc. At some point you just say "let me go to someone who is reasonably knowledgeable about these things and stop stressing myself about them." I didn't know if it was going to work, but it did. I know it is hit or miss. But I was just sooo ready for someone else to do it!
Yeah... But with the amount of *protein* (as opposed to fatty meat) I was eating, and my UAA were still all low, and the die off I've seen from enzymes/pine nut oil, I'm still going to red flag meat cravings for (more) pancreas support. I literally couldn't get enough meat, cause I wasn't digesting it. And now my food preferences have changed, subtly.

I've tried every doc I can find, but dh doesn't want to waste money on a professional he doesn't believe in. He's into modern science-based medicine (as opposed to mainstream medicine), and while he acknowledges the limitations, he's had bad experiences in the past, so the risk is high with the alternative practitioners. At this point, I can't get my hopes up about practitioners anymore. And my supp/success rate is actually pretty high

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Leigh--I'm so glad you found someone to work with who was helpful. That's great.

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Anyone want to point me to their favorite grape seed extract and/or GABA? Now that I'm finally ordering from iherb and my brain is too fried to choose between the hundreds of choices?

I haven't searched beyond Yasko's yet. I decided to drop the GABA for a while, not sure it was doing anything, but I'm wondering if glutamates, esp when I move metals, may be an issue, so I kept the grapeseed extract. When I run out, I should look at iherb's offerings.

The discussion I want to have is about when to declare enough is enough. At some point, it comes to a decision of keep trying and researching vs calling it good enough and moving on with life. There's this need to 'be healthy' but how healthy is healthy? There's always something more. Where's the balance? Do I get good enough for me to be more or less symptom free? Me and the kids? Work on the kids to 'save' future generations? Stop for myself once kids are done nursing? Keep chugging as fast as I can while reproducing then call it done for myself and just live life after?
This has been on my mind lately, esp with me not feeling good ever since getting back from El Paso. I feel like I'm not doing great (also not doing great with the basic stuff I know will help me feel good, like more meat, fewer thrown-together meals, earlier bedtime), and it feels like it did a year or two ago when I still had a lot of work to do. And that BBT thing--is my thyroid just, at some level, permanently broken? But if I feel pretty good when I take care of myself, does that still count?

I'm wondering if I'm going to cycle back to some of this after I'm done with pregnancy and nursing (presuming I'm not done now given that my cycles are still pretty messed up, but I haven't put a concerted effort toward just fixing them yet), and so that's part of why I've been okay with feeling pretty good.

But even then--I thought I felt normal and okay before all this--maybe my expectations were too low? Because I know if I went back on gluten, or ate anything like I did before, bad stuff would happen (like my gluten experiment last fall). So clearly some things are more fragile than they used to be. That's disturbing.

For the kids... it's hard to say. DD's moods, in the past 3 years, have gotten much more even, there's a lot less overreaction, she's a lot more pleasant to be around. Part is surely aging, but part is the health stuff. A friend commented just recently on how DD doesn't whine/fight about stuff with me (I was quick to mention it happens at home), but I really think part is due to the work I've put in. But I don't know how to differentiate between potential easygoing-ness and easygoing-ness that's inhibited by health problems.

Maybe it's okay to stop for a while, and reserve the right to revisit the issue at a later time? But I don't know what I'm going to do (hopefully next spring/summer) when I know I'm done chelating the kids with ALA, I've given them a reasonable amount of glycine, I've given them modified citrus pectin--basically I've done all the things that I could fit in, time-wise, for myself, if I still see lingering issues, or more likely I taper off the supps and then problems start creeping in. That's my fear, and I don't really know where to go with it.
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For the meat cravers, first guess is pancreatic support, and the UAA if you want data. 3 months of enzymes later, and I'm finally feeling like it's possible for me t eat too much protein in a meal.
Yup. DS doesn't crave protein any more, and I'd say he eats about the same amount of food as he used to when he was nursing 20+oz a day - and he's gaining weight and growing now. So his calorie intake is down, but his growth is up. I think three factors - supporting pancreas (glandulars, pancreatic enzymes, D), supporting fat digestion (pancreatic enzymes, bile salts, pine nut oil), and supporting protein digestion (pancreatic enzymes, papain).

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Anyone want to point me to their favorite grape seed extract and/or GABA? Now that I'm finally ordering from iherb and my brain is too fried to choose between the hundreds of choices?
We are using the NOW brand for both - simple, cheap, no weird stuff. They have more than one option, we use this grape seed extract. I use the gaba capsules right now (they have a tiny amount of B6), but I'll go with powder next, so I don't need to uncapsulate.

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I do use olive oil when I use oil. Haven't tried putting it in her quinoa. I hate to add omega-6's to her diet though. ...

Well, we did the lamb glandulars for about a month, and I saw absolutely no change in DD during that time- not with her eating, digestion, weight, symptoms, nothing.
Olive oil is actually fairly balanced (about 10:1 for omega 6:3), so it's not terrible. I'm guessing she gets plenty of fat from the lamb though - the issue would be is she digesting it.

We didn't see any obvious impact from the glandulars either, although I think that + vitamin D has helped his immune system. The enzymes are a lot more concentrated. If you can't use those, what about trying some bile salts for fat digestion, and some papain (is she IgE to papaya?) for protein digestion? Or try some lamb sweetbreads like Shannon did?

The other angle might be the zero lactobacilli - they help with digestion. Remind me, can you do water + honey kefir for her?

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