Thyroid Healing by Anthony William – My Story – Update and Results #2 – Hiatus

On January 12th, I shared my book review for Thyroid Healing by Anthony William and I also shared my story about how I’ve struggled with anxiety and autoimmune disease. If you haven’t seen the original post and would like to read it, you can find it HERE.

On February 23rd, I shared my first update. You can find it HERE.

Today is August 2nd, 2018 and I’ve been on the protocol now for 7 months. I haven’t strayed at all and I’ve remained obedient with my supplements and my foods. Here’s what I’m doing now:

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  • I’m drinking celery juice nearly every day with only occasional breaks.
  • I haven’t had gluten, pork, eggs, canola, or any of the other problematic foods mentioned in the book. I’ve had occasional organic corn, but very rare and in small amounts.
  • I’ve used many of the recipes from all three books by Anthony William.
  • I’m still taking the Hawaiian spirulina, liquid zinc, evening primrose oil, L-lysine, and all of my other usual supplements including olive leaf extract and selenium.
  • I have a tiny piece of real licorice every day or so.
  • I’m using my essential oils on a daily basis, including lavender and vetiver for anxiety, peppermint for occasional headaches.

After being lowered down to 175mcg of medication, just after 6 weeks, my labs were perfect. My TSH was .71 and my free T4 was 1.77. Just 3-4 weeks later, they started to drop and I became symptomatic. I was having heart palpitations pretty much every time I laid down and some throughout the day as well. When I went in to see my practitioner in May, my labs weren’t looking so good.

TSH – 5.25 | FT4 1.80

She instantly wanted to increase my medication back up to 200mcg again, which I thought was asinine. She knew I was previously hyperthyroid on that dose and so I begged her to go with 188mcg instead to be safe, but her ego took over. I knew if she increased me I’d be hyperthyroid again in a matter of a few weeks. Being my own patient advocate, thank God, I decided to abandon her plan and I went back to my endocrinologist early July. My TSH was now 3.91 and my FT4 still 1.80. He agreed that an increase might not be a good idea because I seemed to be adjusting slowly and my FT4 was still high. So, here I am now, still on the 175mcg with a few symptoms. He doesn’t want to see me until November, but I think I’ll go back in late September to be sure my TSH is back up where it belongs. The one thing I did do was switch back to name brand Synthroid.

On and off, I’ve had palpitations, including one very scary event. In the book, Anthony William blames the Epstein Barr10011881004_d5ab6d7cd9_b.jpg virus for the palpitations. Now, since last year, I’ve had an increase in arrhythmia’s, but to be fair, I have a congenital heart defect which needs to be checked on once a year. Since I hadn’t been to my cardiologist since 2015, I went this week and now have to wear a 30-day heart monitor and have an echo-cardiogram as well. This will tell my doctor if the defect has changed and if it’s causing the palpitations. My thyroid honestly hasn’t been correct since before last year and I think it’s a good chance that it’s the thyroid disease and not my heart, at least I’m hopeful. I don’t want to have to take heart medications or have this thing fixed, but I’m going to have to do what I have to do, regardless.

I’ve noticed that I seem to have issues if I try to go more than 1 day without morning celery juice, which I think is strange. I’ve had some vertigo and other weird symptoms when trying to stop the celery juice. My plan was to take a few weeks off, but something tells me whatever virus I have in my body is being knocked down by the daily celery juice. Seems nuts, right? With that said, my mom who also has thyroid disease has been following this protocol (loosely) and she has had vertigo multiple times and it’s lasted up to a week for her. It’s made her quite miserable. She hasn’t been drinking the celery juice at all and has just worked to remove the problematic foods. She also hasn’t taken any of the recommended supplements. The celery juice seems to be extremely important.

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The anxiety has been on and off through the roof, mainly because whenever I have heart stamp-114438_960_720.jpgissues, it causes me to get a little worked up, not only that, I think my adrenals are trying to kick in and help out a bit. When I first started taking Synthroid in 2006, all my heart problems started and led the doctors to discover my heart defect in the first place. Although at that time they stated that the palpitations were more than likely from the Hashimoto’s thyroid disease. I’ve been working on this for many years and here I am again practicing cognitive behavioral therapy because my body wants to go into full blown panic mode. This is the hardest part because I have to remind myself that I’m NOT in control and control is an issue for me. I’m working on it.

I have to also mention the possibility of my iron levels causing my thyroid labs to appear hypo. I was eating a bowl of gluten-free cheerios nearly every morning and didn’t realize they were so high in iron!

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Oops! I totally forgot that you aren’t supposed to take iron within 4 hours of Synthroid and I was doing this nearly every morning. So, just two cups of these cheerios contains 100% of the iron you are supposed to eat in one day. That doesn’t even include the rest of the iron I was eating, especially from my dark chocolate which also contains 45% in one serving, plus the supplement I was taking earlier. My iron in May was just over the borderline and flagged as high, so I’ve taken a break from the morning cheerios and dark chocolate for now. My endocrinologist agreed that this could be part of the problem.

I’ll do another update in September after I see my endocrinologist again to update on the situation. By then, I’ll have my heart testing back. I’m hopeful I can stay on the 175mcg pills, but I just don’t know if my thyroid is ever going to function again. I don’t know if it’s healing or not, I mean, it’s really damaged. I’m hopeful, but I don’t know. It’s mentioned in the book that it can take years for someone like me who’s been on thyroid medications for so many years. I suppose if I could sit down with Anthony William, he could clue me in on some of these questions that I have. I haven’t tried to contact him yet, but I see that he may be available on Twitter and I might try that.

Regardless whether or not my thyroid ever functions again, I will never go back to the problematic foods, especially gluten. For the most part–outside of the heart issues I’ve been having–I’ve felt okay with just a little fatigue. I know I’m more susceptible to anxiety when my thyroid is off so, there are many pieces to the puzzle here. By now, I had hoped to be lowered on my medication again and on the road to recovery. I had hoped to have a more positive update for you all as well, but this is what’s happening. This is ME though and not you. Everyone has their own unique situations. Don’t lose hope if you’re doing this protocol!

*I’ll be taking break from blogging over the next month. I’ll try to post occasionally, but with the school year starting and everything else, I’m in dire need of a break. I hope to keep up on everyone’s posts. *

❤ Mischenko

 

 

 

 

54 thoughts on “Thyroid Healing by Anthony William – My Story – Update and Results #2 – Hiatus

  1. starjustin

    I totally agree about never going back to the problematic foods. I think stopping gluten has cleared up my autoimmune skin disorder. There are many foods, including fast foods, that the human body doesn’t do well with and rejects them in the form of autoimmune disorders and other illnesses as well. I believe diet plays a huge role in maintaining wellness. I’ll be looking forward to your update on this and wishing you well with getting through the testing and improvements in your health. 😉💕

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    1. Yeah, it’s just not worth the risk to me. I don’t want to be sick! I do miss eggs and pork, but I don’t feel like I need them. My body just doesn’t seem to want to accept anything other than fruits and veggies. I hope to have a more positive update in Sept. I also hope your issues will be resolved by then. Thank you!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. I really need to try some of what you are trying. I am still having symptoms of both hypo and hyper and yet my labs are completely fine. Yet I don’t feel fine at all. If anything I’m getting worse. I also never knew about the no iron within 4 hours of Synthroid. I usually take my dose in the evening but I know my mom takes hers in the morning. I need to check with her and make sure she knows about the iron. I really do need to educate myself more. I think I’ve been burying my head in the sand for too long.
    I really appreciate your update and I hope things get better for you. Anxiety really is hard to live with and I hope you start to feel better.
    We will all miss you but I hope that your time off helps take some stress off. Sending you lots of hugs and good vibes ❤

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    1. Thank you Deanna. ❤ Yes, the iron is so important and also calcium or antacids! None can be takin within 4 hours. I’ve read it a hundred times, but for some reason didn’t associate the cheerios lol. I’ll do another update next month and I’m hopeful!

      I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling up to par either. It seems to be quite common with this disease. I hope in the future they’ll have more treatments that aren’t just the little pill they refer to as “magic”. There’s so much more to it! ❤😘 Hugs xoxoxo

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  3. Favorite M, I just knew this was going to be a positive update, too. I am so sorry to hear about what you have been going through. It sounds like you are doing all the right things, though with your CBT strategies, seeking help from your endocrinologist (your practioner means well, I am sure, but your endocrinologist knows so much more). I probably need to make those same dietary changes, and I have meant to try the celery juice since you told me about it. I will be thinking of you, and sending lots of good thoughts and hugs as you transition into the school year and also hopefully feeling better at the same time. 💗 💕 xo

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    1. Thanks for your support, Jenn. You’re the sweetest. My endo is definitely more in tune with my needs and wants to be safe. That’s so important to me and I won’t waste my time with practicioners because it just isn’t safe to mess around with thyroid hormones.

      The celery juice helps so much. There are so many people who endorse it that don’t even have thyroid conditions lol. I suppose it’s worth a try! ❤😘 Take care, friend and have have a wonderful weekend.

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      1. I hope you are feeling well this morning. I was literally just thinking of you as I take my spirulina. It always gives me an energy boost. If I remember correctly, you said you take Hawaiian spirulina. Mine is from California. Is there a special benefit to Hawaiian that you’ve found? It is definitely important that you feel your doctor is listening to you and cares about you. I hope you have a great weekend, too, and sending lots of hugs. 💗 xo

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        1. I’ve been feeling pretty good the last few days. Thanks for your concern, sweet friend. You are the best.

          Surprisingly, my body has been quite chill over the last few days which is exactly what I like. 😁 I just need a break to regroup and I’ll be glad when these tests are over and I can get back to living life without a worry in the back of my head.

          The Hawaiian spirulina is supposed to be the purest and most potent form. That’s the only reason I went with it. It’s recommended by Anthony William in his books. I’m sure yours is fine, but he has specifics that’s he recommends and I just went with it. I’ve been pleased with everything I’ve taken so far like the liquid zinc, L-lysine, and licorice. If you head over to his website, he has all the supplements he recommends for multiple ailments on there. Affiliate (amazon) links are included. Hope this helps! 🧡❤🧡 xoxo

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        2. Thanks, M. I’m so glad you are feeling well, and here’s to continued feelings “chill.” 😊 That totally makes sense, and I will check out the supplements. I researched when I chose this one. I knew it needed to be from the US, etc. But I may look into the Hawaiian too. 😊 Honestly, I think spirulina is my favorite supplement I take. I can feel the effects on my energy within an hour or so, and it sometimes helps with a headache when nothing else does. L-lysine- I had to give that to Bailey for his eyes. I definitely have some reading to do. Thanks so much, favorite M. Every time you post, I learn new things, and I love that. Happy weekend and lots of hugs. ♥️ xo

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        3. I’m so glad that enjoy reading my posts and that you’re learning. I’m certainly no expert, but I enjoy sharing everything that I learn with hope that it may help others.

          L-lysine is supposed to help with anxiety too which I never knew. In my case, anytime my thyroid is off, it makes me susceptible to all the symptoms, including the anxiety. Until the thyroid is corrected, the nothing really stops the symptoms totally. It’s crazy how one small little thyroid gland controls our entire bodies.

          The brand that I use is Nutrex Hawaii Pure Spirulina. You take like 6 a day. I bought it on Amazon and keep it in the fridge.

          Anyway, enjoy your day! Hope to chat soon. ❤😘

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        4. Oh, if L-Lysine helps with anxiety, I am going to look into it more. Yes, the thyroid is so powerful. Hormones are so powerful. Just one little change, and you can feel really off. I have to take six of my spirulina as well, but once I have taken all I have of the CA type, I’m going to get the Nutrex. I will add it to my wishlist. Thanks, M! ♥️ xo

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  4. David R. Dowdy

    OMG, I’m trying to catch up on a lot of things including your blog. I don’t have nearly the free time this year as I have had in recent years. Anyway, I just read your thyroid update and I truly hope you and your Mom find some resolution soon. Sending good vibes and peace your way! You are a huge resource and inspiration! 💝

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  5. Wishing you all the best Mischenko. I can relate to some of this. I had part of my thyroid removed a few years back and I think it’s causing issues now. I feel lousy most of the time so I’m going to have my thyroid checked next time I see my doctor. I know how scary the palpitations can be too. I had them for two years!! Actually more skipping heart than palps, but it all stinks. They have finally stopped (for now), but may start up again. Mine might be linked to hormones. But who knows. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I’m sorry you have to deal with these health issues. I hope you find relief soon and find what will work best for you.
    Have a happy break. 😊

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    1. Laurie, I’m so sorry you are dealing with thyroid issues as well. I hate to complain, but thyroid disease is such a bummer! I hope your doc can help you sort yours out. Palpitations are the worst and I’m sorry you had them for two years! They’re scary and often mine are either skipped beats or extra beats. I know it’s common with thyroid issues, but still. Hormones can be such a pain. 😫

      Thanks so much for sharing and for your well wishes. Take care. ❤❤❤ xoxo

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      1. Yes Mischenko, palpitations are awful. I’m so sorry you experience them. They’re a nuisance too. The thyroid affects so many things and can make you feel terrible when it’s not working properly. Such a small thing but it has large consequences when not functioning properly. Hormones can similarly make you feel horrible when they’re out of whack.

        I don’t mind if you complain Mischenko, because I know just how you feel. Sending heartfelt well wishes, and hope you get to feeling much better soon. xoxo 💕

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  6. That’s a lot you’re dealing with at the moment. Sharing your story though will be so helpful to ppl who are going through similar trials. I sincerely wish you good health! I hope between your protocols and very intuitive reactions and even the meds, that you will get your health under control. All the very best to you and your family. Enjoy the rest of your summer ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thanks, Nina. I’m hopeful it’s nothing and if it is, then I’ll deal with it. The thyroid controls everything and it could totally be that. I appreciate your support. You’re a great friend. 😘🧡

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. Basically it’s high in vitamins and minerals, but it’s the salts in it that supposedly keep viruses under control. So, Anthony William lists it as a must every morning to fight Epstein Barr, a virus he says causes thyroid disorders. I instantly started feeling better after drinking it only for a few days. It seems to help a lot and many people recommend it based on their own general health results. I’m not sure if my thyroid can heal as my immune system went nuts and now its shrunken and damaged lol. I feel like the issues I’m having could just be hormonal at this point, but I guess well see. I’ll do more updates as time goes one.

      Take care and thank you so much for your support. 🌺🧡❤😘

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      1. Hmmm… Maybe I should be drinking this. I’ve actually been checked out for Epstein Barr a couple of times due to health issues I’ve concocted… Better safe than sorry!!
        This is going to sounds weird, but I’m sure you’ll know what I mean, I hope your issues are hormonal! (something I never thought I would say to someone and mean it in a good way!! 😊) I hope you start feeling better! 💟💓💖🍻

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        1. It’s worth a try really. I’ve already tested positive for it, but it only proves that it was sometime in the past. These viruses lay dormant and come back when they want to. Such a pain! I do have a very positive update to share soon already. Crazy.

          Hormones are in control of everything and I think that’s the majority of my problem. I feel bad for other women who have to deal with hormonal fluctuations!

          Chat soon and take care. ❤

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