Guess I’m Smarter Than I Thought I Was

While waiting in the self-checkout line behind someone who isn’t qualified to scan their own groceries, I had plenty of time to browse the covers of a wide selection of magazines. One, though, really caught my attention.

I don’t know a whole lot about Dr. Oz, but a lot of people seem to think he’s a medical genius. And since he was covering a topic near and dear to my heart, I wound up buying the magazine. Why? Because the article is about detoxifying your thyroid.

What does the great and powerful Dr. Oz have to say about that?

1. Take a vitamin D3 supplement. Check. Already been doing that for about 2 1/2 years. I am sorry to see that, like my doctor and pharmacist, he neglected to mention D3 is a fat soluble vitamin, so you need to take it with a little fat in order for it to be properly absorbed. You also need to take it with some calcium – for the same reason.

2. Iodine supplementation. Check. I started an iodine protocol, after much research, six or eight weeks ago. He only recommends using iodized salt, and eating foods like seafood, seaweed (uh-uh!), shellfish, milk and eggs. But I’ve spent months looking into the studies of Dr. David Brownstien and have chosen to go with his recommendations instead.

3. Supplement with selenium. Check. Just got an order of gluten-free selenium after discovering I’d been taking one containing wheat. Oops. I really needed something to help contribute to my never-ending fatigue. Not!

4. Cook cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. He did include Brussels sprouts in the list, but because I consider those to be non-food, taste bud torturing, nasty, awful things, I’m not going to worry about them. Anyway, they’re all goitrogens, and those are bad for your thyroid if they’re not cooked or steamed. Check. I never liked raw broccoli or cauliflower anyway. It does pretty much do away with cole slaw consumption though.

5. Cook with thyroid boosting oils, specifically coconut oil. Check. I’ve been using coconut oil for 2 1/2 years now and would have trouble getting through a day without it. I cook with it, and I take 1-3 tablespoons a day, too. Plain. It’s not as disgusting as you might think – once you get used to it anyway. Your liver processes it immediately, and differently, than it does other fats so it doesn’t turn to fat on  your body. It’s a medium-chain fatty acid, which is really good for you and your thyroid.

So, I bought the magazine for one reason…only to find out that I’m already doing everything the good doctor recommends. But you know what? I don’t consider it a waste of money. It’s nice to see that an expert is confirming that I’m on the right track, and that my ongoing research isn’t a waste of time.

I’m a better researcher than I thought I was, too. I was just being a smart aleck and Googling songs about thyroids…and found there actually are a few. While I still have…and fully intend to keep…my thyroid, this song made me laugh.

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4 Responses to Guess I’m Smarter Than I Thought I Was

  1. Good for you Kristy! We have to become our own advocate anymore. I think we’re all suffering from one ailment or another and need to keep ourselves educated. And eating the right foods and taking the right supplements are part of the equation. It’s just so hard to keep up with it all. Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge. We can learn so much form one another. {{Hugs!}} 🙂

    • Kristy K. James says:

      Thanks, Karen. 🙂

      And we sure do have to advocate for ourselves these days. I only trust one doctor, and that’s guy who takes care of my eyes. Well, there was another one who I saw for a couple of years after my accident, but I don’t have to go there anymore.

      I do my best to educate myself, mostly because I prefer not to take prescription medication if I can avoid it. I’m hoping this iodine protocol, as well as a natural, non-prescription thyroid supplement will be enough to heal my thyroid.

      We can learn from one another…and I’m grateful for everyone who has posted legitimate information that works. I’ll be more grateful after I get a nap so I don’t sound like a rambling drunk, lol. My dog and the dogs down the road were having a bark-off from shortly after I went to bed until I finally had to get up. I can hardly keep my eyes open…but if I don’t get a gluten-free turkey today, it will never thaw by Thursday morning. Hugs to you, too. 🙂

  2. Korinna Berry says:

    I have to send that to my daughter! I mentioned before she has Hashimotos (autoimmune) and I have hypothyroidism. A great resource for me since she was dx at 4 years old (she will be 25 in May) is the American Thyroid Association at Have you used their site yet? It is. Very informative.

    • Kristy K. James says:

      Hi, Korinna…
      Oh your poor daughter! I can’t imagine having to deal with thyroid issues from such a young age. I have probably been to the website at some point over the past two and a half years or so. I know in the beginning I spent countless hours researching. I’ve never actually stopped because the prescription medicine didn’t help much. I’ll have to check it out again, though the longer I’ve been off the wheat-filed selenium, the better I’m feeling. The iodine protocol may be working better than the Synthroid ever did. 🙂

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