[For those regular readers who’ve noticed my absence, please let me say, excuse me. I’m working on a bit bigger project. I haven’t abandoned this site, but I’ve been crazy busy, and I think you’re going to enjoy the fruits of this new endeavor. I, too, look forward to more regular posts here one day. Bear with me! In the meantime, this post ‘happened’ quite unexpectedly.]
The ‘Hashimoto’s Syndrome’ I speak of has nothing to do with antibodies to thyroid peroxidase, thyroid stimulating hormone, autoimmunity, or even glutathione recycling, for that matter. It describes an unfortunate cultural blindness which obstructs this country’s vision from perceiving good health. That’s right, we can’t even recognize good health, much less, get it and keep it.
‘Hashimoto’s Syndrome’ is the name I’ve given the phenomenon which makes my post, Hashimoto’s — Bigger Than Diabetes?, far and away the most visited post on this site. That popularity is driven by an uncanny subservience to a naive and dysfunctional health care industry, which, in turn, locks us into a substandard experience of health — and life in general. Even those who are looking beyond conventional medicine for help are still embracing the limited matrix which supports it.
Thanks to reader, Nels, for his/her comment to that popular post. It took me awhile to recognize that the response I was writing was actually an even more important post than the one he/she commented on. Here’s the conversation for the rest of you, and for all those whose search will land them here, because they’re so desperately focused on this diagnosis.
Nels’ complete comment on Hashimoto’s — Bigger Than Diabetes? [grammatically edited for smoother reading]:
Unfortunately it’s a chronic disease, and there is no cure.
Many websites/users mention that they were “cured” from Hashimoto’s but it’s highly unlikely.
The only solution for a balanced lifestyle is a healthy diet, maybe acupuncture and Chinese meds, plus the medication Levothyroxin. This will improve your symptoms but an over all cure is unlikely as of now.
I’m in the NY area, I’m getting the tests and treatments required but it’s a losing battle to find/reach a cure. Personally, I’m trying to have a gluten free and healthy diet, which is no easy task. On top of acupuncture and Chinese meds.
Good luck to all with Hash’s and stay healthy…
My response to Nels’ comment:
Thanks for your comment, Nels. May I offer some encouragement in the form of a very different perspective?
A perspective is the point from which we view our universe, and from where I’m viewing, truth doesn’t reside in black and white — as in, “Unfortunately it’s a chronic disease, and there is no cure”. Those are black and white opinions and viewpoints which nail the coffin shut. They leave no room for areas of grey, wherein truth does reside. If we believe such words, however, they become our reality, whether they are, in fact, true or not.
For the same reason, ‘cure’ is an illusory word which doesn’t get much use in my vocabulary. The word and the connotations it carries are part of a medical model I don’t subscribe to. It’s the conventional Western model of more black and white, frozen-in-time-and-space beliefs: patient/doctor; sick/healthy; curable/incurable; on/off; etc. Black and white, and it sets everything in stone. What happens when an individual is ‘cured’, but then “Oh, whoops, my cancer is back.”? Moreover, there is no allowance for a relatively high quality of life in the presence of a physical condition — a common reality for those experiencing real medicine.
For me, black and white has no place in a mature medical paradigm, nor in life as a whole.
I don’t consider Hashimoto’s a ‘disease’. In reality, it’s more of a symptom. Just the tip of an ominous iceberg, Hashimoto’s is an intricate imbalance, reflecting a plethora of factors in someone’s life which are out of kilter and have been so for a very long time. If not managed correctly, for a given individual and their unique imbalances, Hashimoto’s can mark the beginning of a downward health spiral of varying severity—simply more accumulated poor choices than the body can handle. The wisdom of a mature medical model, in conjunction with an individual’s appropriate attitude, is what’s required to alter that course, not a drug or any other ‘cure’.
There are individuals with Hashimoto’s who are living in balance and enjoying a very reasonable and productive life. Most of those are metaphorically gazing upward, not down. The quality of their life experience probably exceeds that of most individuals without Hashimoto’s.
On the opposite end of the thyroid spectrum, there are individuals with a confirmed diagnosis of Grave’s disease who are living normal lives — with an intact thyroid.
This post you’ve responded to, Nels, is the most visited on this site. Why is that? Is it the best or most important post I’ve written? Not even close! Here’s why: As the title suggests there are an awful lot of people with Hashimoto’s. But that’s not the only reason, is it? The real reason is that the vast majority of those individuals subscribe to the conventional model, and their beliefs and attention are focused, by cultural conditioning, on HASHIMOTO’S, DISEASE, THE CURE—with unwavering tunnel vision. They search high and low for ‘everything Hashimoto’s’. It doesn’t occur to them that many of the answers they need reside outside the narrow angle of that focus. Ironically, many of those answers are lurking in other posts on this site. But we’re focused on HASHIMOTO’S — and as long as that’s where we’re focused, that’s where we’ll remain.
It’s a huge cultural dilemma, Nels, and it’s why I write these posts.
Thanks for visiting! One more note for the road: we create our own ‘luck’.