My wife and I have been on a ketogenic diet for about eight weeks, for weight loss and to help us gain control over our diet again (perhaps I should just speak for myself on that last one). In the past we always did the homeopathic version of the hCG diet, the one from DesBio we put patients on while in practice. It always worked well for us and we knew it inside and out, but we decided to try something different.
It was a little tough for a couple of weeks, mainly because we didn’t supplement with enough electrolyte replacements, but we’re humming along now. We’re at the point where we’re starting to add more carbs from starchier but healthy sources, like sweet potatoes. (We’ve been eating plenty of vegetables but no fruit). I’m down 17 pounds, my wife about 10 (but she looks like she’s lost more).
Anyway, this isn’t a keto diet post, it’s a thyroid post. While researching for my upcoming SET-DB™ Thyroid Protocol, I ran across some interesting information regarding dietary fat and the thyroid gland.
“It turns out the linoleic acid suppresses thyroid signaling.”
Here are some highlights of the post I linked above (Mark’s Daily Apple—great site):
When I developed my highly effective fibromyalgia treatment program, I didn’t feel the need to include dietary recommendations, for a number of reasons.
One, getting people to change their diet is difficult. Most have to be backed into a corner, facing serious health problems, before they’ll give up their favorite fast food meals and daily quarts of sugary soft drinks.
Two, the program is very effective without a change of diet. This suggests that diet doesn’t cause or greatly contribute to fibromyalgia, but I realize that may not be completely true. While the average patient sees a 67% decrease in their overall symptom profile, the fact is most had some symptom(s) at the end of the program, albeit far less than they had when they began. Diet modification could well have resolved some of those residual symptoms.
Three, sometimes you have to pick your battles. Those who raised or are raising children understand this. Do you want to spend your energy getting patients to come in for their treatments (which actually isn’t difficult at all because we got the money issue out of the way at the start) and take the few supplements you give them, which proved to be effective, or spend your time begging and pleading with them to stop eating at Burger King every day?
This won’t be the case with my upcoming thyroid protocol. As you just read (and there’s more to come, diet-wise), there’s enough evidence that diet does affect thyroid and thyroid hormone function.
The most important part of the program will, of course, be eliminating a person’s sensitivities to things like iodine, thyroid tissue (80–90% of hypothyroid sufferers have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), T3, T4, TSH, adrenal hormones, certain amino acids, etc. If this isn’t done, it’s likely supplementation with hormones or nutritionals will not work as well as they could, or at all.
This was a fibromyalgia patient of mine from 2007. There's nothing "special" to be learned from this case. I only present it to once again demonstrate how quickly fibromyalgia patients can be feeling better with the SET-DB™ Fibromyalgia Treatment Program, and to lead into a discussion of why I sold the program as a series of treatments instead of allowing patients to pay visit-by-visit.
One thing different about this 41-year-old single mother was, she was still able to work full time. She had 2 or 3 kids (remember, this was 10 years ago) and lived with her mother. Speaking of her mother, as I recall she was so happy with her daughter's recovery that she offered to write a testimonial as well.
Here are the 2 testimonials:
Notice how the patient wrote "I wanted to die." It was obvious she wasn't suicidal, but felt she had very little quality of life. Yes, she was able to work full time, but you and I know that some people can push through pain better than others. And her job was the main source of for the household.
Here's her Symptom Intensity Graph:
We see here the typical free-fall in the graph from when the patient presented to when they completed their first symptom questionnaire, after their first 6 visits. She went from 7.07 to 2, nearly a 75% drop in her overall symptom pattern (I tracked the top 13 symptoms of fibromyalgia). She ended at .92, an 87% drop in her overall symptom profile.
Now, what might have happened if I didn't sell the treatment program as a package and the patient was paying visit-by-visit? She likely would have dropped out after 6 treatments, or earlier. I can see where some may argue in favor of her stopping the program early. After all, at 6 treatments in her symptoms had dropped 75%. (The FDA approved Lyrica for the treatment of fibromyalgia after a couple of trials where it dropped ONE symptom—pain—by about half that.)
It comes down to your treatment philosophy: how well do you want your patients to get? I wanted to help my patients get as well as possible. If you learn one thing from reading Dr. Nambudripad's first book, Say Goodbye to Illness, it should have been ANY sensitivity can cause ANY symptom. I wanted to get rid of as many of my patients' sensitivities as they'd let me.
Overall, the people who went through the SET-DB™ Fibromyalgia Treatment Program saw, on average, their symptom profile drop by 67% and 80% of the cases were successful, meaning both the patient and me were happy with their outcome.
Dr. Teryl Boothe and selected guests.