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Hi folks,

Well, from my previous replies, I understand it looks like I have Hashimotos after all instead of Graves, but where do I go from here? Do I need to do anything apart from supplementing and eating well? I'm not currently on any medication and am feeling well apart from trouble shifting weight and the old problem of constipation.

Any pointers if needed would be gratefully received.


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This is what i am doing..wish i had known about it years ago..

This is from Dr. Isabella wentz , who put her hashi's into remission..


For those of you not familiar with Functional Medicine, according to, “Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership”.

That’s right, a whole medical specialty dedicated to finding and treating underlying causes and prevention of serious chronic disease rather than disease symptoms. I was tickled pink when all of the presenters were talking about treating the root cause of diseases!

When I first set off to treat myself with a systems perspective and to find the root cause of my condition, I did not realize that I was using a functional medicine approach, I just believed in cause and effect.

The basic theory behind functional medicine is as follows:

Food is information. Beyond calories, the type of food you will eat will help determine if you are going to be healthy or sick. Functional medicine practitioners realize the value of a whole foods based diet as well as the role that inflammatory foods and food sensitivities can play in chronic disease.

Stress is a precursor to disease and weakens our body causing it to break down and makes us more susceptible to chronic infections.

Proper gut function is key to a healthy body.

Here is a glimpse of the information the attendees learned in the GI module:

If you work with the gut 60-70% of any disease will get better

The best way to give your patients the right treatment and diagnosis is through listening to them (I love that one!)

Treat the gut before attempting detoxification, as the gut is a main elimination organ, detoxification first may result in toxins circulating when gut function is impaired.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a precursor to autoimmunity and chronic disease.

This last one really resonated with me, as I was diagnosed with IBS in 2002, Hashimoto's in 2009. Many of you may have never been diagnosed, but have had many of the symptoms. My IBS and GERD helped me connect the many dots to get to my root cause.

If we can catch IBS in the early stages, perhaps we can prevent thyroid and other autoimmune conditions. Additionally, since we understand that IBS is a precursor for the thyroid condition, treating the root cause of IBS will often result in remission of the autoimmune condition.

During the conference, three cases of IBS were presented, the root causes of these cases of IBS included:

Case #1: parasite

Case #2: pancreatic enzyme deficiency, gluten sensitivity, overactive stress response

Case #3: low stomach acid, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Those of you that have read my book may have already been able to work out your root cause, and many of you have contacted me with great news of the success you have had from reading the book!

But some of you may need additional guidance, and I hope that you will consider having a clinician trained in functional medicine as part of your healthcare team.


Now that I understand functional medicine, I am amazed that most traditionally trained physicians don’t recognize this links between nutrition, stress and gut imbalance that cause chronic illness.

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Thank you Faith63. 🙂


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