I am, just now, coming back to paleo after a break of several months. Worsening autoimmune thyroiditis symptoms scared me off before, but eating conventionally, my thyroiditis is still all over the place. I am looking at Robb Wolf's autoimmune protocol, with perhaps safe starches.
One thing that I think would help me, is visiting a medical practitioner who could help to track my symptoms in response to changes. For example, someone who may be able to help me track antithyroid antibodies, omega 3 to omega 6 ratio, and other changes against dietary and lifestyle changes.
The alternative, as I see it, is to use online lab services to do this sort of testing. Ideally, I guess I would like to work with someone who is familiar with and supportive of lifestyle changes as well as medical issues.
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on October 20, 2012
at 09:11 PM
Any physician who is open-minded and willing to listen will help you with this. It may take a bit of trial and error to find the right one for you. My family practice doctor only sees patients part time, it takes weeks to get an appointment and she is always running 30-45 minutes late, but it is totally worth it because she listens to me and doesn't look at me like I am crazy.
I, too, have autoimmune thyroiditis. I also, through trial and error, have found an endocrinologist who really works with me now. I asked her to test my anti-thyroid antibodies as sort of an experiment to see if strict, 100% gluten free would make a difference. To my surprise, instead of just placating me she told me about a recent study she had read regarding gluten, leaky gut and autoimmune disease. She was happy to order the labs for me and was as thrilled as I was when 8 weeks later my antibodies reduced by 20%.
So, anyway...it may take some hard work and time, but if you can find a family practice doctor and/or an endocrinologist who is open minded and willing to work with you, you should be all set.
on October 20, 2012
at 08:24 PM
You may want to try to find a functional medicine practitioner. Here is a good place to search:
Functional medicine is focused on finding the cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms. It is a much more holisitic approach to health care and a practitioner would be very supportive of dietary and lifestyle changes to control your symptoms.