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New Book: The Thyroid Connection
Longtime readers know that there are two versions of me: the one before my thyroidectomy in 2009, and the one I am now. Having my thyroid removed changed a lot for me—and much of the experience was difficult, troubling, unpleasant… basically all the yucky adjectives you can think of.
But in 2013, I started treatment with Dr. Amy Myers, and that’s when things took a very positive turn. For almost four months, I faithfully followed her Myers Way eating plan (basically, the Whole30 plus AIP plus a few other eliminations), I dialed down my exercise for a while, and I worked with her—and frequent blood tests—to find the right doses for my thyroid meds. Now, and for the last 18 months or so, my blood work is awesome, and I’m clear-headed, energetic, light-hearted… basically back to being the kind of person I want to be.
Now you, too, can benefit from Dr. Myers’ expertise because she has a new book: The Thyroid Connection. If you feel inexplicably tired and/or foggy-brained—and nothing you do seems to alleviate the situation—you might have a wonky-donk thyroid, and this new book can help you sort out your situation with your own doctor.
Things I like about this book:
The advice is compassionate and accessible.
The book opens with Dr. Myers sharing her own story, and you guys, she totally gets it. She’s been on the receiving end of doctors who didn’t take her symptoms and concerns seriously, so she’s committed to helping others manage that relationship.
The explanations make sense.
Dr. Myers outlines how the thyroid works, where things can go wrong, and how to talk to your doctor. That is a key point: She arms you with practical information—and even a sample letter—that you can use to communicate better with your physician.
There’s a practical, step-by-step plan.
The last two sections of the book go into easy-to-understand, but concrete-enough-to-be-helpful detail about how food, toxins, infection, and stress might affect your thyroid. Then she outlines a 28-day plan to start reversing the effects of the lifestyle factors that might be affecting your health.
It’s about people.
Throughout, the medical details are illustrated with real-life anecdotes of patients Dr. Myers has treated, so there’s a personal feel to the information.
There are quotes like this, which can be enormously comforting to someone suffering from “mysterious” symptoms:
“I don’t want you to suffer one more day because your doctor didn’t offer the right diagnosis or treatment. I don’t want you to wonder for one more moment whether your problem is “all in your head,” or to beat yourself up about not being able to lose weight. Knowledge is power… and in this book, you’ll find all the knowledge you need to partner with your doctor and take control of your health.”
Pre-order your copy now and get tons of helpful free bonuses from Dr. Myers.
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I”m Just curious, do you still follow “the Whole30 plus AIP plus a few other eliminations” ? Or is that something you did for a specified period of time?
I don’t… the elimination diet was while we were sorting out if I had any autoimmune conditions and food allergies. We learned that I don’t have AI concerns, and my food allergies are corn and artichokes (!), so now I eat Whole30 style almost all the time — I avoid gluten always, dairy almost always… when I have a treat, it’s usually a flourless cookie, popcorn (even though I have a sensitivity to it), or rice.
Is Dr. Myers book helpful to only those who still have a thyroid or is it beneficial to someone who has had a total thyroidectomy as well?
Good question! Although the focus is primarily on people who are hypothyroid for other reasons, there’s good info about the blood work that’s helpful, as well as supplements for hypothyroidism, that could be helpful to those of us without a thyroid. The other book that I’m loving right now, which has even more about recommended blood tests, is The Paleo Thyroid Solution (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014V4NGGU/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1). Lots of helpful info in both books!
Karen’s question is the exact question I was going to ask. I had a thyroidectomy at 20, over 15 years ago, due to large goiters related to Hashimotos. I’m now trying to learn as much as I can about thyroid health and autoimmune disease prevention, however it is sometimes hard to me to understand thyroid related advice and how it pertains to someone without a thyroid. Thanks for sharing your experience with Dr. Myers and I’d love to continue to hear about your journey!
Yes, the guidelines are a little different for those of us without a thyroid. Now that most of the thyroid doctors have focused on Hashimoto’s and such, maybe they’ll turn their attention to us thyroid-less folks. The issue underlying it all is whether there’s an autoimmune condition causing the thyroid issues or something else. If you have AI issues, then all of the advice for those with, say, Hashimoto’s still applies, I think.
Have you seen the new book, Hashimoto’s Protocol, by Izabella Wentz, just published in late March 2017?