Cherea BanikThychamp

Wow, thank you! I did see the video testimonials, and I wondered what my improvement can look like since I’ve been on thyroid hormone replacement for 13 years. I figure that even on a gluten free diet I likely may have to stay on it since I’ve had this for so long.

I do take selenium and it has helped lower my antibodies significantly. (from 1300 down to 186 on the peroxidase) I just last week started taking prolamine iodine, and yes my doctor found me deficient in magnesium, vitamin D, B12, ferritin, CoQ10, DHEA and testosterone and my nutritionist (homeopathic practitioner) said I’m deficient in Calcium as well. So I take all of those supplements right now, (except DHEA and test) plus adrenal support, B6 niacinimide, a heart supplement, vitamin F to help absorb the Vitamin D3, a multivitamin, a natural anti-fungal, two homeopathics for organ and emotional support and another for lymphatic drainage, digestive enzymes, maca powder for libido and endocrine support, and Terrain Factor with electrolytes and angstrom minerals to get water into my cells. It’s a lot of stuff. (Plus my thyroid medicine.) I do fine for a while with few supplements. After about 1-3 years, (it varies) I end up with everything in the tank again, and I go back to my homeopathic practitioner (who does bioenergy balancing) and I go through a few rounds of supplements and homeopathics like I am right now, then I do good for a while again, etc. So I’m wondering how the heck can I get off the natural merry-go-round too? Cause it’s really expensive and very stressful to schedule my day around when to take what supplement, on an empty or full stomach, apart from or with other supplements, etc, especially when I’m taking 20 things. Right now it costs me about $400 a month in addition to my medical expenses from my doctor who doesn’t accept insurance either.

My husband and I are hoping that a grain free diet can be the answer to all my deficiencies so I don’t have to take all of these supplements. We want to know what the root is of all of these problems. Gluten makes the most sense and I love the video seminars. But what I’m discouraged about, is why don’t I feel much difference on a gluten free diet over three months? I wish it could be where I had pain or weight or bathroom problems that I could measure in the short term but I don’t, so it’s hard to know what is helping because I don’t have short term symptoms. I was hoping for my libido to respond but it is just stuck in low gear, and so are my ovaries which consistently cause me pain just on one side every month. I have the genes for celiac disease but I have no major intestinal issues, so it seems weird that my gluten genes are the ones for celiac but I have every symptom EXCEPT intestinal ones. Of course I realize I could still have damage and not feel it.

Does anyone know about how Standard Process supplements rate in terms of gluten sensitivity? I have always done well on their supplements, but I just recently thought about how they are not gluten free. The one thing that has never responded to anything is my libido. Unless I supplement with DHEA (and then I get more acne) or maca powder (which tastes awful). So I don’t know if I should take those because I seem to respond to them, or stop taking them because they are not gluten free, and if I do that, what do I take in place of all that stuff? I love Standard Process because their supplements are whole-food.

Is it really possible to go from being deficient in everything, to getting enough vitamins from a healthy first, grain free diet? My body seems to be so bogged down in general, and you wouldn’t know it to look at me except for my skin, it just shows up in all the subtle ways. I guess I’m hoping that a gluten free diet really can be powerful enough to improve my libido, increase fertility and decrease my likelihood of postpartum depression (I’m scared to death of getting that–I have no kids yet), increase my muscle tone (I look a tad bit like Gumbi with hips), increase my color, stop my RT3 cycles (they are crazy scary to go through) and give me energy for the mornings. How long can it take to see those kinds of results?

So very sorry this got so long–maybe I’ll have to fly down to Town Center Wellness!Smile