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What’s Really Going on in Hashimoto’s? Hashimoto's is more than
just hypothyroidism. Most patients with Hashimoto's will present with
acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, intestinal permeability,
food sensitivities, gum disorders and hypoglycemia in addition to the
“typical” hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, cold intolerance,
hair loss, fatigue and constipation. The body becomes stuck in a vicious
cycle of immune system overload, adrenal insufficiency, gut dysbiosis,
impaired digestion, inflammation, and thyroid hormone release
abnormalities. This cycle is self-sustaining and will continue causing
more and more symptoms until an external factor intervenes and breaks
the cycle apart. The lifestyle interventions discussed in this book aim
to dismantle the vicious cycle piece by piece. We start with the
simplest modifications, by removing triggers, and follow with repairing
the other broken systems to restore equilibrium, allowing the body to
rebuild itself.

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June 28, 2013

Would Have Saved Me 2+ Years of Research
HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS: LIFESTYLE INTERVENTIONS FOR FINDING AND TREATING THE ROOT CAUSE brings together the most up-to-date and helpful research and information available on Hashimoto's Disease.

I was diagnosed at the beginning of 2011, at the age of 23. Since then, I've spent hours upon hours, researching everything I could find online related to this disease. I was determined to beat my disease if at all possible! I've read the Stop The Thyroid Madness site, Mary Shamon's thyroid-info website, Dr. Alexander Haskell's book, Dr. Datiz Kharrazian's book and his diet recommendations, read what Jack Kruse has to say... I've looked into the GAPS diet, the paleo diet, the autoimmune paleo diet, and researched intestinal permeability and how to heal it. I've searched high and low to find success stories of other patients who have successfully put their Hashimoto's into remission. Eventually, I found the Hashimotos 411 FB group and found a bunch of other people who had done their research as well and were on a good path of healing as a result.

My point: I spent TWO YEARS and HOURS to find all the info present in this book. Back then, I searched to find such a book, and none was available. Much of this info wasn't even "out there" a couple years ago. I kept waiting for something to be missing from this book, but no, it was all there. Every related topic was covered with conciseness, thoroughness, and detail. If you have Hashimoto's, don't feel well, want to feel better, and don't know where to start, I highly suggest you buy this book. It will save you a ton of time, and if you implement what you learn, it will quicken your healing journey. And for those of you who are already healing, it's still an amazing reference manual to have. Even if just to give validation that you really are on the right path! I'm so thrilled to have this book, it still seems too good to be true! :)

I would suggest though, if there is ever a second printing, and an updated version, that the author include more advice/info on finding a good functional/integrative/holistic Dr. to work with, which testing is available and from which labs, how to navigate testing solo or with your Dr., etc. The book is already so packed and full of thorough information on everything else though, that I know it would have taken up a lot more room to do so.

I can see how maybe someone just getting diagnosed and with no background on all of this might be a little bit intimidated and not know where to start as far as implementing the advice and knowledge , unless they have a self-driven and self-starter personality/temperament. Knowledge is power, and is the first step. After that, the rest will come through research and talking to the right people online.
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December 30, 2016

Life Saving Guide to Autoimmune thyroid
This book has literally saved me MONTHS of research on my own. Dr. Wentz has created a wonderful resource not only for those suffering from Thyroidism, but frankly from ANY auto-immune disease. She has clear to follow explanations of how the thyroid functions, followed by chapter after chapter on how to heal. The best part of the book is her supplement guide, which includes not only what to take, but how it works, what is does, and what dosages are best.

I don't know if my personal story will be helpful, but let me start by explaining what I learned on my own versus what I learned from this book.

I was diagnosed with Hashimotos, but normal thyroid hormone levels, despite having *all* of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I saw three endocrinologists, three GPs, two neurologists, numerous chiropractors and massage therapists, two acupuncturists, and even a life coach and hypnotist (pretty much any health related professional whose bio suggested they might be able to help). I tried *everything*, and I mean everything, to get back on track but it just wasn't working until I found this book.

This book introduced me to two concepts that were critical: Functional medicine, and Hashimoto's Gluten sensitivity

This led to several significant changes. I *fully* committed to being gluten free. No bread, no soy sauce, no tempura sushi, not even cookie dough ice cream. I scoured labels, googled everything I ate, and was generally an intolerable friend to go eat out with ;) But it worked. That was the first huge leap forward.

The second came when I started looking for functional medicine doctors in Austin, TX and following the supplementation suggestions put forward in this book. I found Dr. Ben Anderson in Austin, TX who has been a life saver for me, and even for one of my friends now dealing with similar issues. I'd already been taking a mix of supplements, but he helped me find even better supplements that were attuned to my body. And he did hormone testing, which showed major adrenal fatigue.

So, with a few tweaks, here's the final list of supplements I'm on (but I'm not a doctor so consult yours first!)

Empty Stomach (AM):
- Licorice drops
- Probiotic
- Saccharomyces Boulardii

Lunch:
- Glutamine
- Methyl B12 (my Dr suspects a MTHFR gene mutation; regular B12 wasn't helping but this works great)
- NAC
- Zinc (this was huge for me; gave me lots more energy)
- Selenium

Bedtime:
- Magnesium
- CoQ10
- Probiotic
- Fish Oil w/vitamin D

Many of these don't have to be taken with food and the order could be switched up. This was just what worked for me based on balancing the load of how many things I was taking each time of day. I'd recommend chatting with your doctor about lab work for vitamin deficiencies and reading Dr. Wentz's supplement guide.

Also, keep hunting for a functional medicine doctor in your area who charges reasonable prices. The first one I found got great reviews but their "autoimmune cure" package was $4k. Crazy! Several others weren't much better at $750 for a one hour consult. I found my doctor through a case study in the book "Why isn't my Brain Working." That book had lots of case studies with doctors from across the country, so you might start there if you are looking for a local functional medicine specialist.

Good luck everyone!
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December 1, 2016

Changed my life for the better!
I bought root cause about 8 months ago. I started following the protocol. My antibodies went from 1200 + down to under 100 since then and I'm taking lower and lower doses of my compounded meds and cytomel. My Dr is amazed. I'm thrilled! Thank you! Another great side affect is I've lost 47 lbs during that time as well.
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February 8, 2017

You CAN reverse Hashimoto's disease!
When I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 2 years ago, after having horrible symptoms for 2 years prior to that, I thought there was no hope for a healthy life again. I started researching and soon found out that most doctors do not do extensive lab testing and that most hypo patients have Hashi's, and that a positive antibodies test would confirm it. Less than 5 months ago I was tested for one of two antibodies (Dr. refused to test both) and that test came back high positive which meant Hashi's. I was even more devastated! Within a week I ordered this book, not expecting much but at least hoping to get on the right track with diet. I went gluten, dairy, and soy free immediately and soon lost 20lbs without trying after having tried for the past 4 years to no avail. I eventually went on a more strict version of the Paleo diet and started taking most of the supplements Dr. Wentz recommends. I just got my lab tests back today, I had both antibodies tested and both were negative! If you go from having antibodies to being negative for antibodies, that is considered remission, or disease reversal. You may still have to be on thyroid meds and you will always have Hashimotos, but that means your body is no longer attacking and destroying your thyroid gland and it is possible for the thyroid to return to normal function eventually. That is what I am striving for. This book literally saved my health and my life, and please be aware that you can go into remission from ANY and ALL autoimmune diseases, not just Hashis and the diet is the main thing that can help you do that.
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July 31, 2017

Why Throid Patients Suffer
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz, Pharm.D., FASCP with Marta Nowosadzka, MD has a wealth of credible information on thyroid basics, symptoms, tests, and treatment. Izabella Wentz, a pharmacist and Hashimoto’s patient, has summarized three years of research in her book. I highly recommend her book, and I have attempted to summarize some of this information that I believe is crucial for every thyroid patient should know.

Thyroid Symptoms
As many thyroid symptoms are very non-specific they are often disregarded by the medical community in the initial stages. Patients are dismissed with having depression, stress or anxiety. Thyroid patients are prescribed anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications without consideration of thyroid function. Medical studies have shown that up to one-third of people who fail antidepressants report feeling better once started on Cytomel (a T3 thyroid hormone). Some patients have even been hospitalized and misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder or schizophrenia when in fact they were suffering from thyroid imbalances. People with anxiety, depression or other mood disorders should have their thyroid function checked, especially TPO antibodies. Some individuals with lifelong psychiatric diagnoses have been able to recover after receiving proper thyroid care.

Thyroid Basics
The thyroid produces thyroid hormones that affect the function of just about every organ system in the human body. Thyroid hormones are responsible for stimulating the metabolism of the foods we eat, extracting vitamins, and producing energy from food. They are also vital to the production of other hormones as well as the growth and development of our nervous system. The thyroid also maintains our temperature. Indirectly, thyroid function affects every reaction in the human body, as the temperature has to be just right for these reactions to take place properly.

T4 (Thyroxine) and T3 (Triiodothyronine) are the two main thyroid hormones. Only T4 and T3 are considered to be biologically active in the body, and T4 is 300% less active than T3. Twenty percent of T3 comes from thyroid secretion, while the remaining 80% comes from T4 when T4 is converted to T3 through the deiodination process (which removes on iodine molecule) in peripheral organs like the liver and kidney. However, stress, nutritional deficiencies, or other issues can impair the thyroid’s ability to function. Instead of converting T4 to T3, the body conserves energy by converting T3 into an inactive form of T3 know as reverse T3 (rT3). Reverse T3 is able to bind the receptor sites on the cell that T3 normally occupies, but it does not have the ability to unlock these receptors and enter the cell, thus not allowing the necessary reactions inside the cell to take place.

Total T4 includes:
• T4 hormones bound to protein. When bound to protein, thyroid hormone is not available to the cells and therefore can’t do its job in the body.
• FreeT4, which are T4 hormones that are free or unbound to protein.

Total T3 includes:
• T3 hormones that are bound to protein, and are not available to the cells and therefore can’t do its job in the body.
• Free T3, which are T3 hormones that are free or unbound to protein. Free T3 Includes reverse T3 (rT3) hormones that cannot enter the cells and therefore can’t do its job in the body. So, the only T3 that is beneficial to the body for thyroid function is Free T3 minus rT3.

Recommended Thyroid Functions Tests
• TSH Test: Low levels of T4 and T3 circulating in the blood signal the release of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), while high levels of circulating T4 and T3 stop the release of TSH. The problem with using the TSH test to diagnose and treat thyroid function is that the amount of T3 and T4 circulating in the bloodstream does not address the issue of how much Free T4 and Free T3 is actually available in the cells to ensure proper thyroid function required to produce hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitter, and muscle tissue, and have a healthy metabolism.
• Free T4
• Free T3
• rT3: TSH, Free T3, and Free T4 tests may be normal, but without factoring in the amount of rT3, patients may be suffering with thyroid symptoms.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Recommended Tests
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that results in destruction of the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States, and accounts for 90% of cases of hypothyroidism. In most cases of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, blood tests will reveal one or two types of anti-thyroid antibodies. Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOab) is the most common antibody present, and often antibodies against thyroglobulin (TGab) are found as well. These antibodies may appear decades before a change in TSH is detected. For this reason, TPO antibody screening is always crucial in suspected thyroid disease. Recommended tests are:
• TPOab: Antibodies above 500 kU/L are considered aggressive, while antibodies of less than 100 kU/L are associated with a reduced risk of progressing to hypothyroidism.
• Thyroglobulin Antibodies

Why Are So Many Thyroid Patients Suffering with Thyroid Symptoms?
Izabella Wentz’s research completely discredits the research currently used by traditional medicine. Traditional medicine’s diagnosis and treatment of thyroid function determines that any suppression of TSH, in spite of all other thyroid test results, indicates that the patient is hyperthyroid. This misuse of the TSH test results in a false diagnosis of hyperthyroidism; therefore, all the health risks they attribute to this erroneous diagnosis of hyperthyroidism are not valid. And could they defend their preference for T4 only medication if the patient’s medication was based on the results of all the lab work required to determine healthy thyroid function instead of basing it on their flawed research? Some of traditional medicines research is as follows:
• Overreplacement – Overreplacement with T4 should be discouraged. Overreplacement causes subclinical hyperthyroidism (normal serum T4 and T3 and low serum TSH concentrations), or even overt hyperthyroidism. The main risk of subclinical hyperthyroidism is atrial fibrillation, which occurs three time more often in older patients with serum TSH concentration < 0.1 mU/L than in normal subjects. Patents with subclinical hyperthyroidism, particularly postmenopausal women, may also have accelerated bone loss. It is therefore important to educate patients about the potential adverse effects of overtreatment with T4.
• Combination T4 and T3 therapy – Some hypothyroid patients remain symptomatic in spite of T4 replacement and normal serum TSH concentrations. As an example, in a large community-based questionnaire study of patients taking T4 who had normal serum TSH concentrations, 9 to 13 percent hypothyroid patients might benefit from substitution of some T3 for T4, an idea that has now been evaluated in multiple randomized trial, almost all of which showed that combination T4-T3 therapy does not appear to be superior to T4 monotherapy for the management of hypothyroid symptoms. In some trials, patients preferred combined therapy to T4 monotherapy; however, in one of those studies, patients were given overzealous doses of thyroid hormone resulting in mild hyperthyroidism. In general, clinical trials of combination T4-T3 therapy have not successfully replicated physiologic T4-T3 production.

The Future for Thyroid Patients
The truth about the current diagnosis and treatment based on the TSH test is that it has caused thyroid patients years, if not a lifetime, of suffering. By treating many thyroid symptoms, such as depression, fibromyalgia, CFS, stress and anxiety, etc. as separate illnesses, the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry are the only ones who benefit. And the scary thing that I am now noticing is that as older doctors retire, the younger doctors taking their place have been trained to diagnose and treat thyroid function based on traditional medicine’s research as if it is sacred scripture. The only hope that thyroid patients have now are alternative medicine doctors who understand thyroid function and know and use the correct lab tests. I was informed this year (2017) that the lab tests ordered by my Naturopathic doctor are no longer covered by Medicare and Medicaid insurance. Are these doctors being targeted to be phased out? What does the future hold for thyroid patients?

For additional information on why the medical profession should reassess the validity of using the TSH test and their preference for T4 only medications, read my review on Living Well with Hypothyroidism by Mary Shomon.
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April 11, 2017

Truth distorted to sell a book
I devoured this book, hopeful to find a cure for my Hashimoto's. Have you ever heard the parable of the person who went searching for treasure and returned to find it in their own back yard? Well, that was my journey.

I recommended this book to others, and purchased it for a several people, as I excitedly read the information by a trusted pharmacist. I altered my successful diet, thinking this author knew better, because of her expertise and personal experience (as it turns out, her info isn't new; she's just a new face promoting Functional Medicine, which I believed in, as well, when I first heard about it). Well, time will tell, and the more I followed her advice, the sicker I became.

Where are you on the spectrum of health?? If you eat an All-American junkie diet, of course you will benefit from this or ANY diet which promotes a healthier lifestyle than a rock-bottom bad diet. My diet was pristine, and did not include animal products. As I added those elements, per the advice of this author, and adopted the paleo autoimmune lifestyle, I became sicker and sicker, and my diet eventually felt totally unraveled for a while (althpugh even at that point was co sidered healthy compared to most, but was enough of a derail to make me very sick). I researched the medical literature to find the paleo autoimmune diet is studied, yet not found to promote health, but plant-based whole foods has supportive research. Now, I am back on whole food plant-based, and back on track to health again. I was off my medication for years, while plant-based. After adopting the diet recommended in this book, I had to go back on levothyroxine and armour thyroid. The longer one is on hormone replacement medication, the more the thyroid is damaged. Now, I fear I will not be able to get off of it again, and will be on it life-long. This makes me wish I would have never heard of this author!!! Yes, of course there are truths in her book, but no, you don't have to jump through all those hoops she recommends and although some people say the plant based diet is extreme, I found her gut diet to be the most difficult diet I've ever been on, not to mention gross, and *unnecessary*.

Having said all of this, I totally believe that the key to health is changing lifestyle factors such as diet! I loudly applaud anyone who strives to become healthier and wish you well!
5

May 19, 2016

This Book Saved My Life!!!
This book saved my life! Seriously, if you have any type of thyroid dysfunction, this book helps you determine the root cause. And, then it doesn't stop there. Additionally, it walks you through what treatments you can try to help you recover and function properly. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and had thyroid surgery to remove 1/2 my thyroid 5 years ago. I started reading this book, and just in the past 3 months, started taking the recommended supplements, in addition to my Armour Thyroid medication. I can't tell you how awesome I feel. My energy is through the roof!! Recently, I got my blood work done and my doctor said, "I don't know what you're doing, but keep doing it!!" All my levels are adjusting nicely and there's a noticeable difference in the way I feel. I'm even exercising regularly now. Thank you Izabella Wentz for helping me through this difficult time. I am strong and on my way to becoming super healthy and active! Knowledge is power!
5

July 16, 2017

Taking your own life in your own hands.
This book has been a life saver, I have developed a heighten sense of smell along with Hashimoto's these last three years. Given the information she provided I am currently digging deep and trying to find my root causes. I have removed several triggers and working on healing. 5 people in my work space have developed Hypothyroid, Hashimotos or Thyroid cancer, this leads me to believe there are environmental toxins as well as what we put on and in our bodies. Given what my doctors said take a pill and deal with the dizziness or become disabled for the rest of my life. I am taking things in my hands and trying to find a solution. Thank you Dr. Wentz for fighting for your life and taking things in your own hands.
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August 2, 2016

This book changed my life. Think I have had ...
This book changed my life. Think I have had thyroid issues all my life but in 1997 my thyroid "blew out"! I went extremely Hypo and it took years to get my levels correct. I know I was told I have Hashimoto's but I didn't understand what that meant until I read this book. I thought for years all I was feeling and dealing with, was from my thyroid levels. They were on a roller coaster but I didn't know the Hashimoto's was causing some much nasty stuff going on inside my body. By the time I finished this book, I had a whole new out look of what I was experiencing. Such a relief to know I wasn't crazy or a hypochondriac! Changed my diet completely and have continued to educate myself. A must read for anyone experiencing Hashimoto's!
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May 8, 2017

The Root Cause - Hashimoto's
Having been recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's, I am on a journey to find out all I can. This book was very helpful and to know this author endured years of seeking an answer to her condition helps me know she is on track with the facts. I would recommend it to anyone with Hashimoto's.
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November 23, 2016

Absolutely life saving!
Well written, thoughtful & easy to grasp. If not for Izabella's advisements on exactly what tests I needed my doctors to run ( and exactly why), I would have never known that I'd been suffering from Hashimoto's, and I would have continued to limp my way through my 40's with a young daughter. A couple of my doctors have (wrongly) suggested increasing minerals that would have worsened my condition. I would have taken them, and never known better, and I would have never asked for these tests. My energy is returning, recommend this to anyone diagnosed with hypothyroid, but still not feeling well.
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Sep 17, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this book. It is extremely informative and well-researched. I totally appreciate that the author herself struggled with Hashimotos and stubbornly worked to put it in remission. I actually think that's paramount. In my mind, that gives her writing more weight and sympathy.
However, all that being said, I found the advice to be contradictory and overwhelming. I understand that part of that is the nature of the disease. It is extremely difficult to pin down solutions, and I have mixed feelings about this book. It is extremely informative and well-researched. I totally appreciate that the author herself struggled with Hashimotos and stubbornly worked to put it in remission. I actually think that's paramount. In my mind, that gives her writing more weight and sympathy.
However, all that being said, I found the advice to be contradictory and overwhelming. I understand that part of that is the nature of the disease. It is extremely difficult to pin down solutions, and any solutions cannot be applied to everyone.
But one page she'd be recommending a certain diet; the next page she'd be admitting that a lot of hashimotos-ers would have difficulty with that diet. That happened repeatedly and made it hard for me to feel empowered to find a solution.
Thankfully, I have a good doctor that has brought me halfway down her recommended path of healing. I think it would be even more difficult for someone just starting out to swallow all the options.
Overall it's a good resource, but a little overwhelming. ...more
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Dec 05, 2016

Hashimotos Thyroiditis: Lifestyles Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz is a book to help people who are suffering from Hashimoto's thyroid disease, an autoimmune disorder that destroys the thyroid gland.

I definitely learned a few more things, but in a nutshell, it always seems to boil down to diet and stress. Supplements and probiotics are also important. Find out what you're sensitive to, like gluten and dairy, etc.

The absolute hardest part to me is the Hashimotos Thyroiditis: Lifestyles Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz is a book to help people who are suffering from Hashimoto's thyroid disease, an autoimmune disorder that destroys the thyroid gland.

I definitely learned a few more things, but in a nutshell, it always seems to boil down to diet and stress. Supplements and probiotics are also important. Find out what you're sensitive to, like gluten and dairy, etc.

The absolute hardest part to me is the diet. Food to many is the last good drug and if you need to heal, you'll have to give a lot of it up, probably most of what you're used to eating and enjoying.

Overall, the book is worth reading and keeping for reference.

5***** ...more
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Jan 27, 2015

EDIT 9.17.2017: people keep seeing this and liking it. So I feel that I need to address here, not just in the comments, that this was all crap. What I wrote was true--that I found myself and my symptoms on page after page of Wentz's book. And it was true that her story of health in response to her measured actions as detailed on the pages of her book gave me hope.

The problem, however, is that after following all of the protocol it didn't work. At all. I spent hundreds and hundreds of extra EDIT 9.17.2017: people keep seeing this and liking it. So I feel that I need to address here, not just in the comments, that this was all crap. What I wrote was true--that I found myself and my symptoms on page after page of Wentz's book. And it was true that her story of health in response to her measured actions as detailed on the pages of her book gave me hope.

The problem, however, is that after following all of the protocol it didn't work. At all. I spent hundreds and hundreds of extra dollars on her special vitamin requirements and followed the diet regimen; basically I did all the things to no avail.

So maybe this will work for some people, but it didn't for me. What I know is that my body carries massive amounts of inflammation due to severe childhood trauma, and my body is simply incredibly unresponsive to attempts at treatment. What I eat or don't eat doesn't much matter. Supplements and exercise and prescriptions, while I keep trying and I listen to doctors, never help me feel better nor lose weight. So that is my experience, and maybe this helps you.

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As someone who was told by a nutritionist that I had severe adrenal fatigue in January 2014, I thought I just had to figure out how to manage. The primary source of my stress is managing the exhausting therapy schedule of two special needs children, and I can't stop being their mom (not would I ever want to). I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in October 2014, despite eating a mostly paleo and low carb diet, and thought I just won the unlucky genetic lottery.

But I had no idea that things like an average body temperature of mid-96 to low-97, or my constant lower back pain, or my seemingly random thyroid issues during pregnancy, or the fact that I follow every weight loss rule to a at and I never works like it is "supposed" to, or the fact that my sex drive went to -1000% post kids, or that I haven't woken up feeling rested since pre-puberty (I'm 33) and no amount of sleep is EVER enough, not even when sleep monitors say my quality was 100%, or that I can't stay asleep without Unisom, or that I feel exhausted all day but cannot sleep until 2-3am no matter what I do (including no screens for 3 hours before attempting to sleep), or that if I don't get enough sleep (more than 7 hours) I don't digest my dinner and will throw up, or only having BM every 2-3 days despite eating very healthy, or that raw vegetables never seem to digest and feel like a rotten rock in my stomach, or never feeling energy from food (not even when doing a strict Whole 30), or that 1 bagel will literally shoot the scale up 3-4 pounds and they don't just come back off as water weight after a few days, or INTENSE PMS, or incessant headaches, or sensitivity to bright lights, or that I am constantly on the verge of yelling-out-loud anger and I cannot figure out why (and am generally annoyingly optimistic and pleasant-minded), or myriad other symptoms are all interconnected.

This book had me constantly going, "Wait--what? That, too?" So many things just felt normal to me. I assumed everyone never feels rested or energetic. Or that I am just lazy. Some things I know aren't normal--being constantly dizzy and seeing black spots--but I thought that I just can't heal. Nothing has worked. NOTHING.

The fact that Wentz and so many others have been able to put all of this into remission gives me hope. I am not assured that I'll get to the root of my autoimmune illnesses and magically heal, but fur the first time I have more tools in my belt than "eat better, move more, sleep more, and take thyroid meds." Once my thyroid is gone it's GONE. I refuse to accept that. So thank you, Isabella Wentz, for writing this book so I have a falsity concise bit of information to meet with my naturopath and lay out exactly how I need her assistance in attacking this, from strict Autoimmune Paleo diet, pursuing gut health, testing for food sensitivities, parasites, and genetic mutations, to what supplements to take and not take, etc. THANK YOU.

I hope that one day people are able to read my story of going from sickness to health, from simply being alive to LIVING, and are inspired that they, too, can find a way out from under disease that makes simply waking up and keeping your eyes open feel like a burden to great to bear. This book will always be a huge catalyst in that journey; Lord, that it may come to pass. ...more
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July 11, 2016

Overwhelming program recommendation
The writer is very passionate about hashimoto and her struggles and while I found some of the information she shared helpful I found the 'program' of supplements recommended by the author overwhelming. It felt like the herbal supplements and rxs would dominate my life and as such didn't feel sustainable. I am going to continue my research and will find the right balance between diet and Rx for me.
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January 4, 2017

Too much information!
This book had so much information I was overwhelmed and confused! This condition is so frustrating, everything you read gives you a different set of information! Going back!
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April 3, 2017

Not correct information!
I read this book several years ago but have now found out the truth behind thyroid issues. If you want the truth on how to heal and what is causing your problems read all of Anthony Williams books especially Medical Medium Thyroid Healing.
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Jan 02, 2016

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's a few years ago. Since then, it's been a roller-coaster, as I continually work to feel better. I'm also a scientist by training, and the idea of finding and treating a root cause of a disease, rather than just the symptoms, is really, really attractive to me. Hence, buying and reading this book.

Aaaaaaand... I have a lot of problems with it. I fully respect that Dr. Wentz knows her own life, process, and body, and I completely believe that what she did worked for I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's a few years ago. Since then, it's been a roller-coaster, as I continually work to feel better. I'm also a scientist by training, and the idea of finding and treating a root cause of a disease, rather than just the symptoms, is really, really attractive to me. Hence, buying and reading this book.

Aaaaaaand... I have a lot of problems with it. I fully respect that Dr. Wentz knows her own life, process, and body, and I completely believe that what she did worked for her. I have problems when she tries to generalize it to everyone, saying that she really recommends this and it is so sure to work, and then in the next paragraph contradicting her own recommendation and saying that everyone is different and will respond differently.

I respect that there isn't a lot of solid research being done with autoimmune diseases, specifically Hashi's, and especially not with the therapeutic modalities she recommends, but I have problems when she gets *basic science* wrong. For example: I promise you are not vaporizing the mercury in your dental fillings as you chew, because the vaporization temperature of mercury is over 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Your body temperature is about 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Even with chewing, your mouth is maybe 100 degrees Fahrenheit? It's just not happening.

I respect that changing her diet worked for her, and that what we eat can affect how we feel, but I have problems with the fact that she recommends what are outright starvation diets as a way of healing. First off, starving is not good for you. Second off, that is incredibly triggering just to read about for anyone with a history of disordered eating, like anorexia, and would be virtually impossible for anyone with that history to actually implement.

As for the very short section at the end where she actually discusses what to do to get better, one, it doesn't actually walk you through half of what was promised in the introduction, and two, it's mostly those starvation diets and contradictions and errors in basic science again. Contradictions are kind of the nature of the beast, but there are ways to make this more clear. Perhaps a chart, with recommendations of what to try first, and then what to try if that doesn't work? I know some of this information exists, because I have seen it.

At any rate, I did discuss this with my doctor - a functional medicine specialist, so she's also all about treating root causes - and she also agrees that it may very well work for some people, but not for me. I'm returning this, and hey, if Amazon is going to give me nearly the full price back on it, so much the better. ...more
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Sep 01, 2014

Normally, I'm not one to write reviews, but this is the book I've been waiting for! I have been searching and searching and I feel like I just stumbled onto a gold mine. I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's in May 2014 not knowing anything about this disease and I ordered this book. It is my go-to reference book. I have highlighted, put notations in margins, stuck sticky notes on pages, and copied quotes.

Following all of the advice on nutrition and supplements from her book on Hashimoto's has Normally, I'm not one to write reviews, but this is the book I've been waiting for! I have been searching and searching and I feel like I just stumbled onto a gold mine. I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's in May 2014 not knowing anything about this disease and I ordered this book. It is my go-to reference book. I have highlighted, put notations in margins, stuck sticky notes on pages, and copied quotes.

Following all of the advice on nutrition and supplements from her book on Hashimoto's has completely transformed my life for the better. I feel clear headed, no longer suffer debilitating aches and pains in muscles and joints, my headaches and jaw-clenching have lifted, my lymph nodes are no longer swollen, my hair is healthy, and I have lost so many pounds that my grown-up children tell me I look more and more like myself, when they were young.

I started with antibodies at 1854 and a TSH of 78.7. I am now current at 2.6 TSH and antibodies at 504. I owe this to this amazing book. This book has saved my life. I cannot begin to express my gratitude. ...more
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June 5, 2017

Hashimoto's Thryoiditis: Lifestyle
Terrible! Bad advice for real sufferers. Takes advantage of folks looking for REAL, solid information.Save your money.
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March 1, 2017

I ordered the book because the author's symptoms matched my ...
I ordered the book because the author's symptoms matched my 20 years living with Hashimoto's. New food sensitivities, digestive problems, and long periods of deep fatigue. She is correct on many issues especially about how primary care physicians only rely on testing TSH. However because she bases her recommendations on pseudo-science--Chiropractors, DHEA, and WAY too many supplements--the book is not worth buying, and her solutions could damage kidneys and liver.
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August 1, 2017

Pseudo-medicine, imaginary treatments
Pseudoscience and pseudo-medicine. Aside from the first part which reviews basic thyroid physiology, the book is full of nonsensical theories about what causes autoimmune thyroiditis and how to treat it. It is not worth wasting the time or money to read this and try any of the purely imagined approaches to managing this condition. You might as well make up your own diet, your own therapies. It is purely fiction, and has nothing whatsoever to do with actual medical practice.
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August 22, 2018

lot of information
There is a lot of information, if you understand medical terminology, which i do not. I've had this book for over a year, and pick it back up every now and then, and still have trouble following it. I need it in black and white, no gray areas. One time is says take pepsin for acid reflux and then not to b/c it depletes vitamins in our body. I'm so over this book. Save you money and chat with google.
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August 12, 2017

There is good Info to grab on to in that diet is ...
There are some gaps on her story. Did she get her sliding hiatal hernia from binging? There is good Info to grab on to in that diet is the primary causative factor, but at the end of the book I needed more take away.
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April 12, 2017

Protocols should be clear, not sloppy.
I was officially diagnosed with Hashimotos two days after the book came out. I had done a good deal of reading in other various places before the diagnosis, as I had extremely high TPO numbers and knew the diagnosis was forthcoming.I am a school teacher and an athlete who has run six full marathons; and was looking for concrete ways to get back on track. I purchased the electronic version of the book understooding that this was to be used as a reference guide, and not read through like a novel. The book actually started out okay, Bjut it got bogged down with a lot unnecessarily technical jargon; then ended up in a puddle of wackadoodoo, It had the feel of " I need to rush to get this wrapped up before a looming deadline." As someone stated earlier, a PROTOCOL by definition should be clear, direct,, and authoritative, and in this regard, the book fell short of the standard set by it's own title. A lot of this info is not new, and overall I feel it was poorly organized and presented. The dieting advice piece was particularly disorganized., and don't trust people who hawk their own supplements. Although there were a few different supplement brands listed, all but two token supplement offerings (manufactured by the NOW brand ) appear to be financial concerns of the author. I didn't like that at all; it struck me as being infomercialistic at best and deceptive at worst. On a positive note, on the advise of this book I did give up all gluten and all dairy; In addition to starting levothyroxine I was prescribed. I am beginning to feel a little better, even though its only been three weeks. I do admire the passion of the author, and appreciate her knowledge base; but she needs to bring her writing up to an acceptable level before she attempts to turn out any more books. She also needs to be more forthcoming about her financial interests in the supplemments she recommends.

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