I’ve wanted to help people with their health as far back as I could remember… I grew up watching my mom at work as a medical doctor and always admired her. In elementary school, I was introduced to the scientific method, and thought “This is it! This is what I’m going to do when I grow up!”
I began to read about innovative health research as early as junior high, and hoped that I could one day dedicate my life’s work to science! I took honors and AP science courses in high school, and majored in science in undergrad, missing the Thursday night parties because I had to study for chemistry, biology and physics pop quizzes that I had on most Fridays. But I didn’t mind! I was excited that I got to synthesize chemicals, grow cells in petri dishes and make my own electronic gadgets.
I then enrolled in a 4-year PharmD program (Doctor of Pharmacy) and became a pharmacist with the goal that one day I would be able to discover new treatments for people who were suffering. It wasn’t long after my graduation from pharmacy school when I was able to find a position that allowed me to grow my research skills and utilize my passion to help people.
I worked as a consultant pharmacist at a case management center that helped people with disabilities and rare conditions. I loved to spend hours reading about various, often unknown health conditions and treatments, and enjoyed solving pharmacological problems based on the person’s unique physiology!
My diagnosis became my mission..
Once I received the Hashimoto’s diagnosis, I turned my research skills and passion to getting myself, and eventually others with the condition well…
I rebelled against the traditional Hashimoto’s “authorities” and set out to figure out the root cause of my condition instead of just masking its symptoms.
Over the course of the last six years I’ve spent countless hours reading and analyzing every piece of research about Hashimoto’s that I could get my hands on!
I have to say I love it! I felt like a kid coming out of a candy store when I received 680+ new research articles on Hashimoto’s and autoimmunity last month. You should have seen the grin on my face!
I’ve learned so much from the published scientific studies…
For example, up to 30% of people with Hashimoto’s may be affected with the stomach bacteria, H Pylori… An Italian center found that treating 10 people with Hashimoto’s and H Pylori bacteria resulted in a significant reduction of thyroid antibodies over the course of 18 months! Thyroid antibodies dropped from >1000 to less than 100 in many of the subjects studied!
But in addition to strictly scientific articles, I’ve also found a tremendous amount of value from listening to people with Hashimoto’s! I’ve learned that different people may have different root causes, but also that there are certain things that help most of us.
When I first wrote my book, I dreamed that a research institution would take the interventions I gathered and found helpful and turn them into a clinical trial, taking people’s experiences and turning them into best practices…
But then it occurred to me…
We, the Hashimoto’s community of Root Cause Rebels, can create our own research and clinical trials!!
So I started with surveying some of my clients… To date, we’ve had a total of 138 responders and I’m super excited to share the data with you.
Here are some of the most helpful DIY interventions according to my clients:
1. Going gluten free helped 95% of them feel better. Read more about diets.
2. Taking Selenium methionine 200mcg daily resulted in 83% of people with Hashimoto’s feeling better. Read more about Selenium.
3. Paleo Diet- 89% of those who tried the Paleo diet felt better!
4. Sugar free- 84% felt better kicking their sugar habit!
5. Taking a B12 supplement helped 83% of respondents to feel better. Note: I recommend the methylcobalamin version. Read more about B12.
6. Eliminating grains helped another 80%
7. Going dairy free (my most helpful intervention), helped 77% of people with Hashimoto’s. Read more about dairy
8. Omega-3 Fatty acids were helpful for 76% of people
9. Optimizing vitamin D levels with a Vitamin D3 supplement helped 73% of people. Read more about Vitamin D
10. Eating a low glycemic index diet helped another 70%. Read more about the Glycemic Index.
Additional promising interventions included using Turmeric (article coming soon), the autoimmune paleo diet and liver support as well as various functional medicine interventions…
I’ve been approached by two medical journals to publish information about helpful Hashimoto’s interventions, and I would love your help!! The more people we have, the more significant the information becomes in the hands of researchers and health care professionals, meaning that together we can change the way Hashimoto’s is treated!!
I would LOVE to invite you, my Root Cause Rebels to help me conduct the first ever “clinical trial” for innovative Hashimoto’s lifestyle interventions.
What’s in it for you?
- By participating in the research, you will help me identify patterns in your own life, and you will also get a sneak peak at some of the new interventions I’ve been able to identify…
- You will help to advance the knowledge base about Hashimoto’s (that I will share in future blog posts, interviews, medical journals and books with the Hashimoto’s community…)
- You will have the option to be notified about new protocols that I am currently testing
- And you’ll also get the Hashimoto’s Intervention Journal once you submit your survey… I developed this journal working in healthcare quality improvement to track my interventions. Tracking your interventions and improvements over time will help you identify whether you are on the right path to healing.
I hope that you found this information helpful in your healing journey!
Your Thyroid Pharmacist,
Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP