(NaturalNews) I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I manage it completely naturally, and my thyroid is producing the proper amounts of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones on its own, without medication. However, since this is an autoimmune disease, the thyroid antibodies produced cause the immune system to attack the thyroid. Since my antibodies were high, my new doctor asked me if I'd like an ultrasound of my thyroid, and I agreed. It was the first ultrasound I had ever received of my thyroid, and it came back with disturbing results. My endocrinologist said I had two "nodules," and one was considered quite large at 1.3 centimeters. A thyroid nodule is a growth of thyroid cells that gravitate into a lump within one of the lobes of the thyroid. They can be either solid or filled with fluid (cystic). Most thyroid nodules are benign. However, the doctor created further worry on my part by stating that it had uneven edges, which meant the risk for cancer was higher. Instead of a 5-10% risk of cancer, it was 10-15%. The odds were in my favor, but I was still very worried.
After reviewing my ultrasound, the doctor ordered a biopsy. I asked him if I could wait a little while before getting the biopsy so that I could try some natural cancer cures. He agreed, so I went ahead with my program. I took a course of modified citrus pectin for two weeks. Then I slowed down on that and added zeolites. Concurrently, I was taking reishi mushroom extract. All three of these nutritional supplements have been shown to prevent cancer cell growth and reduce the size of tumors or cysts.
The day of the biopsy, I was nervous but knew I would be getting anesthetic. The needle with the anesthetic hurt, because that is a very sensitive part of the neck. Then the doctor proceeded to insert a needle about an inch deep into the bottom front of my neck, which I felt go all the way in. He stopped, leaving the needle in, and wiggled it to get cells out. He repeated this four times. It was torturous. Even with topical anesthetic, it was quite painful, and I was sore for about a week afterward.
Nodule shrunk from 12 x 12 mm to 0.8 x 1.0 mm
When the doctor called with the results, he said they were unable to get enough cells out of the nodules! At first, I was upset, thinking I would have to repeat that horrific experience because of some error on their part. But then he explained that the larger nodule they originally measured at 12x12 millimeters had shrunk to 0.8x1.0 millimeters! I was thrilled. It wasn't necessary to repeat the test, because they probably still wouldn't be able to get enough cells out of such a small nodule.
While I'm very grateful my nodules shrank, I'm annoyed because I had asked the ultrasound tech if my nodules had shrunk, and she indicated that they were still there and hadn't shrunk. How could she not see that they had shrunk to 1/12th their original size? Perhaps the biopsy wasn't even necessary because the nodules were too small! Of course, after remeasuring, they didn't even consider canceling the torturous procedure. After all, they billed about $3000 for it, and I have to pay $250 of that.
Still, I am thrilled that my efforts are working! I am sharing my story to provide hope and give an example of how one person was able to succeed. I am not a doctor, and I am not recommending this protocol for readers. I recommend that people facing challenging health issues should find a doctor, preferably a doctor trained in complementary medicine (ACAM certified) or a naturopathic doctor that your regular doctor is willing to work with. I am a certified nutritional health coach. I work with people on making changes in their diet and lifestyle, and teaching new ways of eating, cooking and preparing food that are delicious and nutritious.
My protocol included the following:
Modified Citrus Pectin - For two weeks, took six capsules, three times a day.
Zeolites - For two weeks, took two capsules every six hours and then slowed down to two-four caps a day. Later bought the powder and now add a scoop to my smoothie in the morning for maintenance.
Selenium - Increased intake by eating four-five Brazil nuts several mornings each week. I routinely take one 200mcg capsule of selenium per day.
Stopped eating gluten and dairy (with the exception of a few slips) and reduced sugar intake.
Added a daily breakfast porridge of pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, cashews, coconut and cinnamon.
Daily smoothie with coconut water, scoop of green powder (such as Tonic Alchemy), blueberries, banana, one dropper for goji berry and schizandra berry drops, one dropper for reishi mushroom extract, 1/2 tsp of maca powder, and stevia. It's delicious and energizes me through the whole morning and early afternoon.
Note: The protocol described above only includes the additions and changes to my standard daily supplement routine, not my entire daily protocol.
Skeptics may say any one of these things did it alone, or that it was pure coincidence, but I truly believe that, when you have a serious health condition, why take chances with only one option? And why give a doctor who has financial interest in billing your insurance company as much as possible control over your life and your future? Hit it with all you've got! Give yourself the best nutrition you can. Add more new superfoods into your diet, especially berries. Be sure to get enough healthy fats, such as coconut oil, avocado and extra virgin olive oil. Nuts and seeds can be kept on hand for healthy snacks or incorporated into delicious recipes. Invest in a high-quality water filter and an excellent blender for super smoothies. Small changes over time can add up to big benefits. Your body has tremendous ability to heal itself given the proper tools and nutrition.
About the author: Julie Diaz, CHC
Julie Diaz is a Certified Health Coach and the owner of Your Wellness Champion. Julie works with clients to help them improve their mood, gain more energy, heal naturally, and prevent illness by making healthy changes in their diet and lifestyle. Julie enjoys researching and writing on the topics of Longevity Science, Nutrition, Natural Medicine, Disease Prevention, Super Foods, and Detox Methods.
Julie is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a member of the Association of Drugless Practitioners. For more information, see yourwellnesschampion.com.