For the past couple of months I decided to select Hay House titles that move away from the esoteric realm and go in a direction a little more towards science. After last month’s review of Dr. Mercola’s new book “Fat for Fuel”, I had the pleasure to read Marc Ryan’s book – “How to Heal Hashimoto’s”.
Hypothyroidism is on the rise and most people are not quite sure they have Hashimoto’s for a long time as its symptoms can mimic many other illnesses being, after all, an autoimmune disease.
However, Marc Ryan, took the time, wisdom and knowledge of his own journey and scientific research and shared it a simple way in this book, endorsing allopathic medical tests to identify whether someone is affected by Hasminoto’s or not, as well as incorporating Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy.
Marc is an Acupuncturist and Herbalist who practices Functional Medicine. His knowledge of the body is clear, as he works with it daily, as well as having studied what any other doctor does; but with a different wisdom coming from a health angle as seen in Functional Medicine.
What I truly found interesting and inspiring is that Marc Ryan suffered from Hashimoto’s and went through the pain most people with this disease go through.
I have seen clients and in my own family, people who have thyroid issues and as usual, doctors will mostly suggest what pills to take (when they realize what it is, which may take some time) and that is all.
Diet and lifestyle, or understanding the interactions of each organ in the body does not make it on the medical records at all, most times.
I personally gravitate much more towards functional medicine and, as much as conventional “scientists” have tried to make this sound like quackery, it makes a lot of sense to me and it is based on a lot of research (just not sponsored by Big Pharma)
Allopathic medicine is phenomenal and helps a lot of people, but the way doctors almost separate the body without considering the holistic interaction of it all, is worrying.
This is why I truly love this book and I would suggest to anyone who may be facing thyroid issues or is unsure of what is happening to their body, to read it.
At the beginning of the book, Marc Ryan shares that he had no idea what was happening to him before realizing he had Hashimoto’s. He was feeling tired, his memory was foggy, he had joints pain and gained 20 lbs.
As most logical people would, he went to see a doctor but nothing was found and although antibodies were present in his tests as well as inflammation markers found in Crohn’s, he was told to sit and wait.
You just can’t wait and see what will happen if you don’t feel well. Who would? So he decided to take matters into his own hands and heal the entire body and then wrote about it.
This book explains in details what Hashimoto’s is all about as well as focusing on one of the most difficult things you need to know, if you are not medically trained;what to look for in blood tests.
It not only goes on to tackle diet, lifestyle but also Chinese methods and looking at elements connected to the Thyroid and key Organs. There are five elements carefully explained :Metal, Fire, Earth, Wood and Water and their connection to organs that , of course, depend on the thyroid to work (be it hormones or metabolism). This part is probably the most fascinating as it shows the disconnect in modern medicine , unless a doctor steps away from managing diseases and looking for health. In the end this is the secret or key: how to heal, vs. manage illness.
This is not the fist time I read about a practitioner healing their Thyroid problems with diet , lifestyle and understanding their body better, but often their experiences are unavailable as they are not commercial.
As mentioned, modern medicine is great in so many ways, but the monopoly around what is defined as science and what is not affects what people are “allowed” to learn . There is certainly a dogma around the “science” in medicine to perhaps keep control of those affected by disease and transforming them in long-term “Big Pharma” clients, which would not be the case if those same people could actually heal.
Are drugs helpful? Of course they can be, but as this book shows; there are alternatives that are just not explored by doctors and this book is a great way to start asking the right question when seeing a medical practitioner.
“How to Heal Hashimoto’s” is not a replacement for allopathic medical care, but it is based on research, science and alternatives that are not available in all doctors offices and I feel that the knowledge it shares gives a lot more power to those who are affected by Thyroid issues to understand their disease, explore understanding their bodies and work in a more holistic manner to solve their problem(s) rather than living without knowing what is happening to them or relying on either drugs or sometimes a misdiagnosis (which can happen in Hashimoto’s). I feel this is real medicine; the science of healing , not just treating disease.
I am grateful to Hay House for such an awesome read. It is worth investing the time going though each page and exploring Marc’s journey in his own healing path.