I have always thought that there is a window of
opportunity in which alternative medicine fits. A time slot where it not only
works quite well but better than any medicines at our disposal. That window
opens when you first realize that you may have a problem and closes when the
problem becomes acute. The time frame can be as short as minutes (such as in an
insect or snake bite) or as long as several years (such as in chronic illness.)
The more acute the problem, the more likely it becomes necessary for medical
The key to using alternative medicine is in knowing what
to do (immediately if you have just minutes) or knowing where to find the
information you need if you have the luxury of time. My goal has always been to
avoid medical intervention whenever possible... using alternative medicine
first, even if only for a day or a week before starting conventional treatment.
In most cases, my alternative treatments have worked well enough to allow me to
avoid conventional therapy altogether.
Over a period of about 30 years,
my thyroid became more and more sluggish. During the last 10 years, I knew I had
a problem but I didn't know what to do about it. Every year the same
conversation ensued with my doctor. The last five years were worse as I gained
weight without eating. The intent of this article is not to prescribe a
treatment for hypothyroidism. It is simply to share what worked for me in my
attempt to avoid having to take a medication for an escalating problem with no
end in sight.
I never watched what I ate because the weight gain was so gradual I didn't
notice it until I was in my 40s and all of a sudden, size 12 didn't fit anymore
and I found myself buying size 14. My blood tests showed my thyroid number
declining each year but still in the normal range. Finally, it was right on the
bottom line for hypothyroidism but still not low enough for medical
intervention. I really didn't want to take medicine but I could see that, if I
did nothing, that's exactly what I would have to do the following year. The
problem simply had to be addressed before it got to that point and my medical
doctor really couldn't help me.
So I went to an alternative doctor who suggested that my system was toxic and
therefore my thyroid (and probably other organs as well) was simply clogged. He
recommended an antioxidant called Mega H to clean out the
toxins. He spent considerable time explaining to me how
Mega H worked and that it was
extremely important that I increase the dose gradually. He also explained that I
might break out in a purple rash within the first three days and if that
happened to just stop taking it for a week and continue.
I did break out in a rash but it wasn't itchy and it just appeared on my
chest but it looked weird so I followed his advice and the rash never
reoccurred. I didn't notice any difference at first but once I reached four a
day, my face and neck looked noticeably thinner. When I reached eight a day
people started commenting on how good I looked.
I kept slowly increasing the dose by one every two weeks over the course of
six months until I was taking four with each meal or 12 a day. I would stop
taking it or step back the dose if, in the normal course of events, I started to
come down with a cold or something. I was afraid it could make matters worse by
overloading my system when it was not working at peak capacity. I stayed on 12
daily for a few months and then gradually cut back by two a day every three
weeks or so until I reached a maintenance dose of four a day. If I noticed my
system slipping back, I increased back to the previous dosage for another month.
A remarkable thing happened! I went from a size 14 to a stable size 10 in
less than a year... all with no change in my diet except for the fact that I was
eating more. As my weight increased I had started eating less and less but as my
thyroid began working properly, I found I could eat normally again. Another
positive side effect was my wrinkles seemed to disappear and my skin is
exceptionally smooth. Everyone wanted to know what I was doing.
I enjoyed my size 10 for a year or so. Then I read Dr. D'Adamo's book,
Eat Right 4 Your Type and I
started to incorporate some of his suggestions into my diet. It wasn't hard. I
just ate more of what I liked that was good for me and eliminated what was bad.
Over the next 12 months I went to a size 8 and felt much healthier.
I was completely happy at size 8 but after a conversation with my Mega H
rep, I decided to try a Royal Body Care product called BioShape.
It is an amino acid supplement that requires drinking a lot of pure water. I
really don't like water. Since BioShape must be taken an hour before meals and I
never know when I'm going to eat, it was a real problem for me to take it
seriously or with any routine. I suppose I took it about 3-4 times a week for a
few weeks but never on a regular basis. My lifestyle just didn't allow it so I
took it whenever I could. But the bottom line is I am now a size 6 petite. So I
guess it worked although I really didn't expect it to because of the way I
abused the directions.
I don't know what will work for other people. Lucky for me, my alternative
doctor initially pointed me in the right direction with
Mega H. I wish I had
known about Dr. D'Adamo's diet long ago.
I have always shied away from taking weight control supplements, but BioShape
seemed so harmless I thought I'd give it a try. Although I don't have any other
experience to compare it to, I can definitely say it worked for me. The only
side effect is an increase in urination, probably because of all the water. I
like to think I'm peeing my fat away. Once you get to your desired weight, you
simply stop taking it. If you start to gain again, take it for a few days or, in
my case, one day... or perhaps one day a week or once a month. Whatever works is
what's right for you.
I hope this helps if you are on a quest to save your thyroid from medical
bombardment. I'd much rather take supplements than
medication but then... not everyone shares my point of view.
Good luck and good health,