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Posted by: Eric, Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10:42pm
I've been waiting three years to post this:

I didn't tell anyone that I was tested for thyroid function (TSH test) back in 2007.  I just started college and got a practically free visit to the doctor, so I was curious to see what the numbers were.  At the time I had been on the diet for about a year, but still felt like things weren't doing all that well.  The results showed a high TSH level, which meant my thyroid was too slow.  The doc prescribed Synthroid, and told me I'd be on the drug for the rest of my life.  Not exaggerating, those were his precise words.

Anyway, I didn't buy into that.  I was still in the healing process, and knew I could fix it by staying on course.  I picked up on one of Dr D's recommendations of taking a small dose of bladderwrack kelp for an extended period of time (and tossed the meds in the garbage).  About a year later, I felt like my thyroid was fine- I was more regular, I could think more clearly, had more energy, etc.  

Anyway, more time passed- I transferred to Boise State from BYU-I (where I was tested) and I finally got around to scheduling a thyroid panel last week.  The TSH level was right where it's supposed to be, and the doc told me everything is normal.  He was even surprised; he told me that if my thyroid was having problems three years ago, then by now I would have been severely screwed up.  So of course, he didn't believe that it was because of any diet or naturopathic route- he tried to convince me that I contracted a virus or something when my original test was performed. (insert laugh here)

Anyway, I have both records in my hand right now- and I'm going to fax them to the doctor that tried putting me on Synthroid.  Along with a note about the BTD ;)  I already tried telling him about the Blood Type Diet, but he thought it was nonsense.  Now I have something he can't argue with- bona fide medical records!  Thanks again Dr D & everyone on the forums
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10:58pm; Reply: 1
Congratulations for taking on and beating the Western Medicine Machine!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10:58pm; Reply: 2
Great.. make sure you put this on your website. ;D
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, April 10, 2010, 11:19pm; Reply: 3
(dance)(woot)(clap)
Posted by: Eric, Sunday, April 11, 2010, 12:21am; Reply: 4
Thanks!  Very well stated :)  Will do, Andrea
Posted by: 312 (Guest), Sunday, April 11, 2010, 1:19am; Reply: 5
Thank the Lord that you don't have to take synthroid!  You learned of this info in time!  I am so thrilled to hear this Eric! ;D
Posted by: Chandon, Sunday, April 11, 2010, 2:16am; Reply: 6
Hi Paula,

Let's hope that even on thyroid medication we can still help to rebuild healthy thyroids. I have heard of people being able to get off Synthroid when the diet is right.

I just tried to PM you and couldn't! I'm not sure what is happening there. I had trouble replying to your previous message to me too.

Eric,

Great news!
Posted by: Kumar, Sunday, April 11, 2010, 2:20am; Reply: 7
That is how I confront the "mainstream" medical doctors now and then. A fact is a fact is a fact and no theory can refute it as being a fact!
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, April 12, 2010, 5:02am; Reply: 8
wow, good news....bravo congrat Eric.... ;D(ok)(dance)(smarty)(clap)(clap)(sunny)
Posted by: balletomane, Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:13am; Reply: 9
Bravo! I'm so happy for you! (clap)(clap)(angel)(ondrugs)(woot)(sunny)
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:31am; Reply: 10
Way to go Eric happy for you ! BTD and GTD lead to success.
Posted by: Dr. D, Monday, April 12, 2010, 9:43am; Reply: 11
You heal the gut, you heal the thyroid.
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Monday, April 12, 2010, 12:39pm; Reply: 12
This is great Eric!  So glad for you.

I don't know if I could ever come off Synthroid (that would be nice but I doubt realistic) but I do believe that what is left of my thyroid does function better and that I will not have to take as much of Synthroid as I would have to without BTD.  I believe I'm helping the med work at top level and I feel so much better than I ever did.
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Monday, April 12, 2010, 5:01pm; Reply: 13
Eric, you are gutsy, determined, and passionate about your beliefs. I love it!
Posted by: kauaian, Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:36pm; Reply: 14
wonderful news Eric.  I think the same thing happened to me in reverse.  2 years ago my thyroid was running high normal.  My doctor @ the time was trying to find out why I was losing weight & having insomnia.  He didn't want to write it off as menopause so that was good.  Anyway a year on BTD, new doctor requested my medical records said my thyroid needs to be to be checked again said my thyroid was just fine.  Maybe I should get a copy for my old doctor. 8)
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:45pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from Dr. D
You heal the gut, you heal the thyroid.

Wow. Interesting. Thank you.

Posted by: Lola, Monday, April 12, 2010, 8:28pm; Reply: 16
you also heal the brain! ;)


among all other goodies!
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 12:37am; Reply: 17
Quoted from Lola
you also heal the brain! ;)


among all other goodies!


awesome!
Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 5:28am; Reply: 18
Thanks so much for the support everyone!  Past and present :)

kauaian- that's great!  We should start our own talk show lol

Dr D- I told the MD about the link b/n the colon & thyroid.. about how during malignant stages blood type antigens will be expressed in one, but not the other and vice versa.  He didn't seem to care at all.  I guess when you work at a health center and don't really get any incentives for learning anything new, it's a recipe for apathy.  Once again, thanks for sharing all your research and passion
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7:08am; Reply: 19
Please give me links on colon-thyroid connection. My mother has Hashimoto hipothiroidism and colon cancer, my cousin De Quervain disease, my brother is hypothiroid and I suspect also my sister is on this road. They all did not accept BTD, though now my sister is implementing it for her and her family Houray !
Maria Giovanna
Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7:44am; Reply: 20
This is a really good article... though extremely wordy :/  Definitely worth studying though! (speaking to myself lol)

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/119930338/PDFSTART

"The normal corresponding cells do not express ABH antigens which appear very strongly in colorectal and thyroid carcinomas..." p.11
Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7:51am; Reply: 21
Here's another good one:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2001419/pdf/brjcancer00530-0016.pdf

"The present study has confirmed that normal thyroid tisue, whether from a normal gland or associated with a neoplasm, is A, B, H and Y BGI (Blood Group Isoantigen) deficient and has shown that this state persists in both hypo- and hyperthyroidism. Thyroid adenomas, though generally antigen deficient, did in three of 13 cases show evidence of BGIs. This forms an interesting parallel with the situation in the descending colon and rectum. This organ displays the same pattern of blood group antigen deletion during late embryological development (Szulman, 1964) and also shows a progressive re-acquisition of BGI by benign adenomatous polyps..."
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 8:35am; Reply: 22
Many thanks Eric !
Posted by: mikeo, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 12:54pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from Dr. D
You heal the gut, you heal the thyroid.


the gut is really your second brain center
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 1:00pm; Reply: 24
Direct link between wheat and the thyroid.

Get rid of the nasty lectins and the body is so much happier ;D ;D and will reward you.

The body is biased towards wellness/health. ;)

Ah.. I think I get it.. O vegetarians/vegans damage the thyroid (  by eating bad lectins) which in turn leads to  unhealthy colon cell changes.

Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 1:06pm; Reply: 25
I initially found the BTD in the mid 90s after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.  I have had a long history of thyroid problems and had a thyroid cancer probably caused by radiation to my tonsils as a baby.  It was removed in Feb 1996 luckily while it was extremely small.  Although I had a near total thyroidectomy and partial parathyroidectomy (adenoma) I'm still struggling with it.  I just had bloodwork done yesterday that I haven't got the results on yet - appt. next week.  I've been feeling very very nervous so I'm guessing I need to have the meds reduced.  The whole thing has kind of gotten into my head and got me so worried that my blood pressure has been very high.  Yesterday when I thought I was pretty relaxed it was 138/96....not good.  Usually the bottom number is in the 70-80 range.  Even alternate nostril breathing doesn't seem to help.
Posted by: kauaian, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 6:07pm; Reply: 26
Oh Jane, I hope you start feeling better soon.  Could the thyroid meds cause high BP?  Anyway try to relax & maybe listen to some classical music, how about getting an aquarium?  I'm guessing the meds are constantly needing adjustment?  That must be so hard to handle.  Take care & good luck @ your appnt, it makes a difference if you have a good doctor. :)

Do you take magnesium?
Posted by: Symbi, Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 3:05am; Reply: 27
That's fabulous, way to go, Eric!
Posted by: SandrAruba, Thursday, April 15, 2010, 7:18pm; Reply: 28
I wish I had known about this diet before they took half of my thyroid out. But I guess it couldn't have been avoided seeing how they said the tumor was on my parathyroid and as such malignant. Only after they took it out, they discovered it wasn't (malignant that is). The other half was severely inflamed and the doctor said I probably had some kind of autoimmune disease. Seeing how I was on thyrax anyway, he saw no point in investigating that any further and said that the half that stayed would be gone within a few years also. I sometimes wonder if there is some left of my thyroid or not. I know I can't do without the pills. Would be nice if I could decrease the amount though.
Posted by: Jane, Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:04pm; Reply: 29
They took out one of my parathyroids (adenoma - benign) and near total thyroidectomy.  Test showed thyroid levels OK.  I think it was anxiety - got so bad the other day that I thought it was my heart so I went and had an EKG which was normal and today I had a echocardiogram.  According to the ultrasonographer, everything looked good.  My doctor wants me to have a stress test too so that's scheduled for next week.  I've never had anxiety like that.  I had tightness in the chest and a kind of heaviness in both arms.  I personally thought I just need some exercise to clear the cortisol but the doctor doesn't want me exercising until after I see her again on the 26th.  I can take walks.  She also gave me a very low dose of Atavan (generic one), .5 mg.  I can take that if I need it.  Took one that night and I did get some sleep but haven't taken any since.  Seeing endo next week and I'll discuss everything with him too.  Hopefully I'll have the results of at least the echocardiogram by then.
I've upped the Catechol.  I was only taking 2 a day, so I'm taking more until this gets under control.  Oddly enough the blood pressure was better, 138/80.  I'm pretty sure I need more not less exercise.
Jane
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 15, 2010, 10:22pm; Reply: 30
adapt the food lists in the cardio book for now, if not following swami
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Friday, April 16, 2010, 12:20am; Reply: 31
oooooh...ativan....ooooh.  I hate drugs and scripts but I must admit that Ativan is the one drug I could enjoy a little too much.  I just love the sleep I used to get from an Ativan.  ooooooh.

Sorry...got all caught up in the moment.  LOL

Hope you are feeling better soon..thinking of you.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Sunday, April 18, 2010, 4:06pm; Reply: 32
Great work, Eric!!!  I'm thrilled for your results.

My younger sister is having thyroid probs. I've tried to coax her into trying the BTD for years, I even sent her the hard-cover book (ER4YT) years ago, but I don't think she even cracked it open. They (sis and bro-in-law) thought my diet was flakey, just as they think I am flakey. My sister has suffered from IBS for years and that is why I sent her the book. Well, like I said, I don't think she ever read it, and she and my BIL have made many cracks about my diet (particularly my BIL). Well, fast forward to March and my BIL was in town for one night and took my mom and I out to dinner, and he was bowled over by my weight loss. Asked me a million questions. Didn't make one crack about the diet. Then my mom tells me about a week later that my sister called her, said my BIL said that Ed looks great, and asked my mom what is Ed doing?  God forbid she call me and ask directly bit let's not even get into my dysfunctional family dynamics. Anyway, my BIL told us at dinner that my sis has a thyroid prob, above and beyond that it doesn't function, which it hasn't for years now. He wasn't sure what the new prob is, but he said, now that they've diagnosed it, "we're hopeful they can help her". I wanted to scream:  why wouldn't she try the BTD if she is willing to go through all kinds of invasive medical tests and go on all kinds of drugs?!!!!  But I kept my mouth shut. I've learned not to shout into the wind.

I do NOT get people:  they think a natural diet is flakey and unproven, yet they just blindly and unquestioningly take whatever drugs a DOCTOR prescribes. It must be the white coat.

Well, Dr. D is a doctor and I'll take the diet he prescribes. The only side effects are positive.
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Monday, April 19, 2010, 4:22pm; Reply: 33
Twist I had a talk with my younger sister last night. She has had cold symptoms for 7 weeks and has taken 4 courses of antibiotics including some pretty severe ones. The antibiotics have given her acid reflux. I sent her some lemon ginger spice drops from the health food store that don't have any severe avoids(not sure about the tapioca syrup). They worked and she is starting to listen. I started out with baby steps and told her to avoid corn, wheat and dairy for a while and to get her daughter to cook from scratch for her for a while. I can't use the words BTD or GTD because she tells our other sister the NURSE PRACTICIANER everything. We'll see. BTW she is a type O and probably a nonsecretor based on dental history and med problems.
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 3:35pm; Reply: 34
Incredible Eric! That's a great thing to have happen.. I hope I see some good blood work results when I go back in May like you.
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 3:37pm; Reply: 35
Quoted from gulfcoastguy
Twist I had a talk with my younger sister last night. She has had cold symptoms for 7 weeks and has taken 4 courses of antibiotics including some pretty severe ones. .


You should have sent her a bottle of Elderberry syrup or jelly.  Very tasty.   :)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Saturday, May 8, 2010, 12:56pm; Reply: 36
Quoted from gulfcoastguy
Twist I had a talk with my younger sister last night. She has had cold symptoms for 7 weeks and has taken 4 courses of antibiotics including some pretty severe ones. The antibiotics have given her acid reflux. I sent her some lemon ginger spice drops from the health food store that don't have any severe avoids(not sure about the tapioca syrup). They worked and she is starting to listen. I started out with baby steps and told her to avoid corn, wheat and dairy for a while and to get her daughter to cook from scratch for her for a while. I can't use the words BTD or GTD because she tells our other sister the NURSE PRACTICIANER everything. We'll see. BTW she is a type O and probably a nonsecretor based on dental history and med problems.

I'm only now seeing this post, gcg, sorry. Great work helping your sister. Maybe mine will start asking questions when she visits this summer and sees for herself how much weight I've lost.  We shall see.

She now is adamant that she's a B (says she now remembers that they typed her when she was in the hospital to give birth to my younger nephew and she is sure the result was Type B) but I don't think so. She told me before that, that she thinks she's an A, which I think is far more likely. If she is really a B, though, that means our dad was a B, which kinda sorta blows me away, for some reason. He really fit the profile of an O non. I'm positive he was a non, whatever ABO type he was. I am all but certain my sister is a non, too.  Anyway...you can lead a horse to lemon-ginger spice drops...  
Posted by: RedLilac, Saturday, May 8, 2010, 1:24pm; Reply: 37
Great testimony Eric!!!!

It is so frustrating when you try to tell people you know who are suffering that they would benefit from the BTD and they just don’t listen.  
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