Auto-Immune Disorder Book Recommendations
Have you been recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis? Are you ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary to manage your auto-immune disease? Do you just enjoy learning about health and wellness? Then read on for some great book recommendations...
I distinctly remember the moment I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I was driving to work one morning and I received a call from a clinician at the naturopathic medical school I was attending to tell me that my thyroid panel lab results were back. The clinician suggested I make an appointment to discuss the results, but I convinced her to reveal the information to me on the phone right away (I am never one for waiting on news, especially potential bad news). The clinician let me know that my thyroid antibody numbers were significantly elevated and therefore I was given the diagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I remember being simultaneously both relieved and worried. I was glad to have a probable explanation for my constant fatigue, brain fog and nearly 150 lb weight gain over the past three years, but I was now worried what this diagnosis meant for my future. After all, I did not have any diagnosed family members with Hashimoto's (though I now suspect there are several in my family) and I had only just begun learning about auto-immunity in school. I thanked the clinician for the results, made a follow-up appointment and immediately pulled over and performed what I like to call "paging Dr. Google". I googled Hashimoto's and took the first step on what would be an endless journey of educating myself about my new normal. While the internet is great for immediate feedback, when it comes to medical diagnoses, it can be a terrifying mix of patient horror stories, medical misinformation and empty treatment plan promises. Instead of diving down those rabbit holes, I found myself on Amazon, adding book after book about Hashimoto's to my virtual shopping cart. In a few days, I received my library of resources and I began to read and read and read some more.
While I read book after book on Hashimoto's, some common lifestyle changes and treatment plans kept appearing; namely adopting a gluten-free diet, reducing sugar intake, exercising regularly and supplementing with botanicals. (I discuss my personal Hashimoto's treatment plan in subsequent blogs and videos on www.anewleafnaturalmedicine.com and can be consulted at A New Leaf Natural Medicine in Evanston IL to create a personalized treatment plan for you).
Excellent Hashimoto's Resources:
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause By Isabella Wentz Pharm.D., FASCP - this book is an excellent place to start when you have a Hashimoto's diagnosis for disease etiology, description of related symptoms and simple lifestyle modifications. Written by Isabella Wentz, both a Pharm.D. and a Hashimoto's patient herself.
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism by Datis Kharrazian DHSc, DC, MS - this book is an excellent resource by Dr Datis Kharrazian, in my opinion one of the foremost authorities on functional medicine and auto-immunity. Dr Kharrazian explains why Hashimoto's doesn't show up on your standard lab tests, the link between diet and hypothyroidism, and why the thyroid gland is often the wrong treatment target. This book is essential to any library on thyroid disease.
Why Isn't My Brain Working? A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain's Health by Datis Kharrazian DHSc, DC, MS - while this book is not directly about Hashimoto's, it is an excellent resource for some of the most common symptoms related to Hashimoto's: brain fog, memory loss, mood changes and decreased brain function. This book presents cutting-edge scientific research and practical solutions for cognitive decline.