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Is it a miracle? My thyroid has healed!

by (3180)
Updated about 2 hours ago
Created September 09, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Remember me? I'm the guy who quit taking his Synthroid last month. The doctor that put me on it 7 years ago said it was for life. Subsequent doctors said the same thing. The Quilt said "BULLSHIT!". Well, N=1, I started half-dosing my Synthroid (prescription is for .15mcg) in June. Stopped it altogether Aug 15th. Tested TSH yesterday: 2.56 (Normal range is .34 - 4.82). FT4 is .95 (normal .59 - 1.61).

So, this must be a miracle from heaven, right? Or could it be I'm now Leptin Sensitive and have been eating primal 9 months and lifting heavy things? How could all my doctors have been so wrong, why would none suggest I try stopping my Synthroid after I lost 60lbs, my trigs went from 200 treated to 33 untreated, blood pressure fine untreated, and fatty liver has completely healed? N=1 works! Thanks for the courage Quilt!

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4413 · July 26, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Seriously! The doctors WHO CHOOSE AND PRESCRIBE THESE MEDS are who need to "change their position". Patients would not choose inferior meds for themselves if they had the prescription pad.

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4413 · July 26, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Seriosuly! The doctors WHO CHOOSE AND PRESCRIBE THESE MEDS are who need to "change their position". Patients would not choose inferior meds for themselves if they had the prescription pad.

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2199 · June 13, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Did you do the leptin reset with or without CT?

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2417 · June 13, 2012 at 2:57 AM

You're operating from such a position of privilege to be able to look down your nose at people on something like Synthroid. Christ, I was sleeping 13 hours a night pre-synthroid! I know more know, a lot more, but at the time, it was a freaking miracle to me that a little pill gave me back body heat and the ability to stay awake. I get so sick of the perfect being the enemy of the good on here...

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2417 · June 13, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Quilt, that's just offensive. C'mon, be specific, at least. Drawing a broad brush like that is a slap in the face to a lot of us who didn't choose to have disease X or Y and who haven't yet been able to fix "it" with diet and lifestyle changes. You want to spend YOUR teens and 20s and 30s in serious chronic pain from endometriosis with minimal access to decent surgeons, surgeons who won't do a hyst on someone in childbearing years, and docs of all stripes who refuse to prescribe pain meds? Walk in my shoes and then tell me to my face that BCP isn't a small price to pay to function.

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510 · September 12, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Thank you for elaborating on your story and congratulations on your success!

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

The hospital usually sends out a questionaire about your visit, I'm thinking real hard about what to write in it. This is the same doc that thinks a super-low vit D level is just fine, in facy, he bragged his was 8!

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I think if my doctors would have run a different set of tests early on, they could have treated the real problem and not medicated every new symptom that popped up. When they wanted me on diabetes medicine in 2008, I said 'there must be a better way' I spent two years trying to lose weight the CW way, low fat, high cardio and could lose some, but felt hunrgy and couldn't keep it up resulting in yo-yo weight loss. It wasn't until paleo eating and Primal Blueprint lift heavy things exercising that I was able to regain control of my health.

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I quit my BP meds in March, Trig meds in Apr, but was scared to quit the hypothyroid med until I read and re-read The Quilts various levees and blog posts. I took the plunge and here I am! Thanks for asking.

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I started using a CPAP 7 years ago, but the "metabolic syndrome" cascade had begun. I showed rapid weight gain (went from 200 to 250 in two years), gout, pre-diabetes, fatty liver disease, high trigs, high chol, high BP, and hypothyroid. After going paleo, a la Primal Blueprint, the weight came off and I stopped my meds one at a time and lab tested to be sure I was good.

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Not exactly. I found Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint back in Jan 2011, and lost 35 or so pounds to date. During the journey, I found Paleo Hacks and The Quilt. I am 100% sure, based on The Quilt's comments here, on MDA http://www.marksdailyapple.com/, and on his own blog http://jackkruse.com/jacks-blog/ that my problems started 8 or 10 years ago due to untreated sleep apnea, and I had become Leptin Resistant.

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 1:59 AM

I chop a chaga off a birch tree, grind it up, and use 1-2TSP in a coffee pot to make 2-3 cups of tea. I really think, though, that I got my thyroid working right again by eating paleo and losing weight. The chaga alone did not do it. That being said, I hope to be able to drink chaga every day for the rest of my life. If you read up on it, you will see why.

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384 · September 10, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I'd love to get off the Synthroid. I went on it because of fear. My TSH was at 171 when I was put on it. I was in horribly rough shape at the time.

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25467 · September 09, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Not all doctors.....

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11099 · September 09, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Do you have any info on how you take the chaga and what your dosage has been? Thyroid issues run in my family, and I would love something simple like this to nourish my thyroid, which is slightly underactive.

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250 · September 09, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I am taking the light blue pill, 150mcg/.150mg same thing.

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250 · September 09, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Thanks for posting this! I have been taking Synthroid since 1982, was taking .2mg for most of that time, then when I went low carb about 5 years ago the doc lowered it to .175mg. Now that I am 100% Paleo it has been lowered to .150mg. Having my labs done again in 3 months! Hope I can get off the Synthroid completely someday!

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Just like taking daily vitamins, you don't really notice anything different about how you feel when you drink Chaga tea or not, however, I was having a gout attack every 4-6 weeks from 2006-2010. After I found Chaga, I have been drinking it daily since May 2010 and have not had a single gout attack despite slightly elevated uric acid levels. I am working with the U of Wisc, Madison, supplying a researcher with good Alaskan Chaga for research they are doing on Chaga. Do a quick search on PubMed for Chaga or inonotus Obliquus--you will be amazed. If you live where it grows--get some!

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5629 · September 09, 2011 at 7:10 PM

That Chaga info is REALLY interesting. How does the Chaga Tea make you feel?

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10502 · September 09, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Consider a badge given --- although, I suggest akman monitor himself carefully going forward.

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Let us know! Good luck...

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I always screw that up. The bottle says 150mcg, it's a light blue pill. They stared me off on 25mcg, then 75, then 100, and finally 150 over a 2 year span. I've been taking 150mcg since 2007.

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:13 PM

There will be no shutting me up! I'm in close contact with many vets every day who are in the 'metabolic syndrome' trap. Many have already commented on my weightloss over the past year. I have been quiet about my Synthroid journey until I could back it up with proof. I can't wait until my next physical when the doc asks why I haven't refilled my Synthroid in a year!

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19220 · September 09, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Can I just be clear that you were taking 15mcg or .15mcg?

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:10 PM

In my case, I was never diagnosed with anything other than "High TSH". When I asked what caused the high TSH, they'd say--"Just happens", "Metabolic Syndrome", "Something you came in contact with in the military", or some other non-sense. If they find Hashimoto or something more believable it may be a different story.

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:06 PM

The lord in this case can be found at www.marksdailyapple.com!

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I supplement with Vit D 5000IU/day. Pop an occasional multivitamin, maybe twice a week. I drink Chaga tea every day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaga_mushroom Chaga grows around my house. I credit Chaga for curing my gout and primal blueprint for getting everything else under control.

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I wish I had a home cortisol test kit; I have been stressing for the past month abou my thyroid. Doctors all told me if I quit Synthroid, my TSH would be out of control. Today I feel like a new man, walkin' on air!

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5853 · September 09, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I started to supplement with kombu. I grind it in spice mill and use it to flavor fish. Works great, and with alot of nutrition :)

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39841 · September 09, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Do you supplement with iodine and selenium? I bet you could bring that TSH down and FT3 up (which I'm presuming is low-ish).

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25467 · September 09, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I have no hope for people taking synthetic hormones. You must change your position and get a doctor to do that as well.

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1186 · September 09, 2011 at 5:27 PM

go akman! it's ya birthday!

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25467 · September 09, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I'm glad you took your health into your hands and sound mind. Please pay it forward with others now.

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I wish I had a home cortisol test kit; I have been stressing for the past month abou my thyroid. Doctors all told me if I quit Synthroid, my TSH would be out of control. Today I feel like a new man, walkin' on air!

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1299 · September 09, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Congrats! No, not a miracle. A miracle is something which occurs that is beyond or outside of the the actual "laws of nature". There is absolutely nothing supernatural about what you have done for your own health. You simply started following/adhering to those physiological laws. I have witnessed numerous folks who have had similar "impossible' experiences to what you have had. Only those ignorant of human physiology would call it a miracle. It is a time for celebration and then, as the good doctor said, pay it forward to others with your story, your inspiration and your knowledge.

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:13 PM

There will be no shutting me up! I'm in close contact with many vets every day who are in the 'metabolic syndrome' trap. Many have already commented on my weightloss over the past year. I have been quiet about my Synthroid journey until I could back it up with proof. I can't wait until my next physical when the doc asks why I haven't refilled my Synthroid in a year!

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6433 · September 09, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Congratulations - that's wonderful news!

Patrick should start giving out badges for defying conventional medical prognosis - but until he does, have a nice, juicy upvote from me.

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10502 · September 09, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Consider a badge given --- although, I suggest akman monitor himself carefully going forward.

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3313 · September 10, 2011 at 2:34 AM

It's paleo feel-good stories like you that will compel medical professionals to investigate more seriously the health benefits of living an ancestral lifestyle, eating the best foods the earth has to offer.

This rediscovery of health and human potential depends on success stories like yours.

It's vital that you translate your story for the medical field. If anyone out there is Paleo and achieving results like this - shock your doc - hold nothing back about what you know. When you leave his/her room, he/she will be left with invaluable information that is impossible to ignore.

Just remember that he/she will be treating hundreds of others after you. If med school can't train them to heal and optimize the health of human beings, we will.

There is no proof like living proof.

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

The hospital usually sends out a questionaire about your visit, I'm thinking real hard about what to write in it. This is the same doc that thinks a super-low vit D level is just fine, in facy, he bragged his was 8!

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510 · September 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM

I'm not sure if you have clarified this elsewhere--so forgive me--but you followed the Quilt's protocol for restoring LS and nothing else? thanks.

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I quit my BP meds in March, Trig meds in Apr, but was scared to quit the hypothyroid med until I read and re-read The Quilts various levees and blog posts. I took the plunge and here I am! Thanks for asking.

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I think if my doctors would have run a different set of tests early on, they could have treated the real problem and not medicated every new symptom that popped up. When they wanted me on diabetes medicine in 2008, I said 'there must be a better way' I spent two years trying to lose weight the CW way, low fat, high cardio and could lose some, but felt hunrgy and couldn't keep it up resulting in yo-yo weight loss. It wasn't until paleo eating and Primal Blueprint lift heavy things exercising that I was able to regain control of my health.

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510 · September 12, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Thank you for elaborating on your story and congratulations on your success!

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I started using a CPAP 7 years ago, but the "metabolic syndrome" cascade had begun. I showed rapid weight gain (went from 200 to 250 in two years), gout, pre-diabetes, fatty liver disease, high trigs, high chol, high BP, and hypothyroid. After going paleo, a la Primal Blueprint, the weight came off and I stopped my meds one at a time and lab tested to be sure I was good.

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3180 · September 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Not exactly. I found Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint back in Jan 2011, and lost 35 or so pounds to date. During the journey, I found Paleo Hacks and The Quilt. I am 100% sure, based on The Quilt's comments here, on MDA http://www.marksdailyapple.com/, and on his own blog http://jackkruse.com/jacks-blog/ that my problems started 8 or 10 years ago due to untreated sleep apnea, and I had become Leptin Resistant.

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10255 · September 09, 2011 at 4:59 PM

this deserves a parade! congrats on the miracle

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817 · January 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

CONGRATULATIONS! I too healed my thyroid with Paleo! Yay us for getting of those nasty chemically meds!

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51 · January 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hope this happens for me!! I'm HYPERthyroid, Graves' disease & has been eating primal for 3 weeks. I see results already :)

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4413 · June 13, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Hello akman. This Question of yours is some months old so Im just curious if you have continued to have good levels of thyroid. In reading your info, I also wondered about your Free T3 (as you only mention T4)... then again it must have been go or you wouldn't have been able to lose the weight most likley. Did you have high thyroid antibodies (Tpo)? Im just curious about that as I do have Hashimoto's. Thank you.

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1187 · September 09, 2011 at 7:05 PM

glad to hear it, good for you. It's good to hear from someone who quit synthroid. People don't believe nature had it right. Medical doctors will never see this kind of results bc they encourage people to eat SAD.

Keep us posted on your next set of great results.

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25467 · September 09, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Not all doctors.....

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384 · September 09, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I'm jealous! I thought my TSH was getting bette, down to .78, but this last retest had it back up to 2.1. Gah! Doe sthe Quilt have any hope for me? I take 100 mcg of Synthroid.

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25467 · September 09, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I have no hope for people taking synthetic hormones. You must change your position and get a doctor to do that as well.

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:10 PM

In my case, I was never diagnosed with anything other than "High TSH". When I asked what caused the high TSH, they'd say--"Just happens", "Metabolic Syndrome", "Something you came in contact with in the military", or some other non-sense. If they find Hashimoto or something more believable it may be a different story.

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384 · September 10, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I'd love to get off the Synthroid. I went on it because of fear. My TSH was at 171 when I was put on it. I was in horribly rough shape at the time.

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2417 · June 13, 2012 at 2:57 AM

You're operating from such a position of privilege to be able to look down your nose at people on something like Synthroid. Christ, I was sleeping 13 hours a night pre-synthroid! I know more know, a lot more, but at the time, it was a freaking miracle to me that a little pill gave me back body heat and the ability to stay awake. I get so sick of the perfect being the enemy of the good on here...

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2417 · June 13, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Quilt, that's just offensive. C'mon, be specific, at least. Drawing a broad brush like that is a slap in the face to a lot of us who didn't choose to have disease X or Y and who haven't yet been able to fix "it" with diet and lifestyle changes. You want to spend YOUR teens and 20s and 30s in serious chronic pain from endometriosis with minimal access to decent surgeons, surgeons who won't do a hyst on someone in childbearing years, and docs of all stripes who refuse to prescribe pain meds? Walk in my shoes and then tell me to my face that BCP isn't a small price to pay to function.

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4413 · July 26, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Seriously! The doctors WHO CHOOSE AND PRESCRIBE THESE MEDS are who need to "change their position". Patients would not choose inferior meds for themselves if they had the prescription pad.

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4413 · July 26, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Seriosuly! The doctors WHO CHOOSE AND PRESCRIBE THESE MEDS are who need to "change their position". Patients would not choose inferior meds for themselves if they had the prescription pad.

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70 · September 09, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I just had my blood retested, but I haven't received the results from my doctor. I'm curious what the results are now.

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Let us know! Good luck...

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1159 · September 09, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Hallelujah! Praise the lord!

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3180 · September 09, 2011 at 6:06 PM

The lord in this case can be found at www.marksdailyapple.com!

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