Can you share how your journey with natural health started?
I grew up eating the standard American diet, I thought I had a stomach of steel, until things slowly started to go wrong. The final straw was a night when I was living in NYC, a friend and I decided to order pizza from Rubirosa, my favorite pizza place, and Sprinkles cupcakes. I went home about 2 hours later and couldn’t bend over, my stomach was so swollen, I was burping like crazy, so hard that I threw up, I was crying and couldn’t even lay down. I knew then that I was suddenly not able to eat gluten, dairy or possibly both anymore. So I started to cut them out and realized I was feeling better, but would still have those foods occasionally. Things kept getting worse, my fatigue was unbearable, I would need a nap sometimes even after an hour after waking, I didn’t know what to eat, literally everything was causing me pain. I had seen a gastroenterologist, he quickly diagnosed me with IBS after one visit and wanted me to take a prescription which didn’t sit right with me. Finally my boyfriend recommended that I see this natural doctor in LA, after blood work results he said I had leaky gut and an intolerance to gluten, dairy, eggs, and a few other things. He put me on a supplement routine and had me remove the foods from my diet, I instantly started to have more energy and feel better. From there I started to geek out over all things health, toxic chemicals in our daily products, became fascinated by so many podcasts, and realized our bodies are amazing and they have the ability to heal. I wanted to make sure that I started to treat this body the best that I could, since it’s sticking with me until the end and all.
What’s been the most helpful natural treatment for your Hashimoto’s?
NRT (nutrition response testing), supplements, celery juice every morning on an empty stomach, and eating real foods.
Every health journey has stumbling blocks. How did you manage yours?
My stumbling block was probably realizing sometimes you can reach a road block when working with a doctor or healer. I was working with an Eastern/Western Medicine doctor and I feel he did all that he could do for me, but he obviously wasn’t going to tell me he didn’t know what else to do. It took me probably 2 visits to realize we weren’t coming up with any new solutions and I was wasting my money just to get answers that made me feel like all my symptoms I still had were in my head. Everything on paper looked fine! After that, I just got burnt out from doctor visits, lab work appointments, food journaling, so I just stopped everything and didn’t want to think about my health for little bit, it was consuming my life. Then after some time off I came back to it and saw a new doctor my chiropractor recommended, she’s incredible and listened to me when I told her I thought something was up with my thyroid. Turned out I was right! That’s when she diagnosed me with Hashimotos after blood-work.
Who’s on your healthcare & holistic wellness team?
My amazing acupuncturist Dr. Nathalie Cabrera and my chiropractor / NRT / everything doctor Dr. Theresa Gormly. They work in the same office and compare notes whenever I go in. I’m seeing a new holistic doctor for my thyroid and hormones, her name is Dr. Gisler, in two weeks so maybe she will be added to my team! Makes you feel good when everyone is on your side and doing whatever they can to get you to heal.
What’s the one thing you would say to someone newly diagnosed with hashimoto’s?
Be your own doctor!! People can tell you everything to do, but unless you fully understand what they are saying, things will be a lot more difficult. Google, read books, listen to podcasts, find people on instagram, so many easy ways to learn more and not feel alone.