A while back I spoke about finding a Dr. that would take a more natural approach to my broken thyroid. Well, I found one. I had an appointment the other day with a general and alternative medicine Dr. that was all the rage on thyroid forums here. I’m unsure of my first impression. Initially, I liked the guy. He has no bedside manner, but I appreciate a straight-to-the-point attitude in my Dr. He knows his stuff about thyroid problems, and he explained to me what the cause could be, and what blood tests he would get to find it – since no one has found the cause yet. He said all of the other problems I have are likely related to my thyroid, or being deficient in certain vitamins. He also recommended a kidney flush to dissolve kidney stones that I know are bouncing around in there because I can feel it. *I know that may sound crazy, but I’ve had them now for 13 years and I know when I have some hanging out in my kidneys just waiting to rip their way out of my body*. So I have 4 new vitamins to buy, and had 8 blood tests ran. All was still going well. At my appointment, I told him I only had a few days of medication left – he told me to get my labs done the next day so he would have the results before he went out of town. So I did. By Friday the 10th, I hadn’t heard a word and my meds ran out on Saturday. When I called, the machine said the clinic was closed until the 21st. I was in panic mode. My body, and mind – mostly, does not do well when my thyroid meds are adjusted – or flat out not taken. I am not sure how I feel about a Dr. who takes all these labs and knows I am going to run out of medication, but doesn’t get back to me before he goes out of town for 10+ days! Luckily for me, I had another refill “on hold” at the pharmacy, so they gave that to me. I don’t know if he will be changing my meds or what at this point. He didn’t do the normal TSH test, he did test for Reverse T3, and Free T’s…which from what I read is better than testing your TSH. Who knows. I just want someone who can figure it out and not cost me a million dollars to do so.
Onto other natural topics…I’ve found a new use for coconut oil that I am llloovvvinng. I have always been blessed with pretty clear skin – as was my mother, and grandmother. But after I stopped BF’ing Tanami, I seemed to get under-the-skin blemishes on my chin that were generally hormonal as far I’ve read. They were not just ugly, they were very painful. So I started a new routine. Every night I boil some water and stand over the steam with a towel on my head. I usually keep the lights out in the kitchen and just use it as a moment to relax. Then I dry my face, and smooth coconut oil on it. (I usually keep some in a bowl mixed with a drop or two of tea tree oil on my bathroom vanity). Then I dip a towel into the water, wring it out with some tongs since it is so hot, and leave it on my face until it has turned cold. Then I wipe off the oil. I’ve been doing that for a while now and I can see an incredible difference in my skin! My skin is softer, lines have lessened, and I never had another break out – under the skin, or otherwise. I still use it internally, and I did have a slight concern about consuming it on such a regular basis, but the other day I had to do wellness blood work for Mat’s job incentive…and all of my levels are perfectly healthy – and my cholesterol is on the very low end of healthy (which could also have something to do with the thyroid)…so I don’t worry about eating too much coconut oil anymore. Did I mention how much I love this stuff?
And while I’m on the subject of updating on my favorite products…I’m still loving my home made laundry detergent. I can’t see myself ever going back to anything else. I wish I could figure out a recipe for dishwasher detergent that works just as well. Pretty soon I will need to replenish my bottle of Dr. Bronner’s that I have had now for over a year and it is still not empty…$12 and it has been used in so many applications! I think you can get it cheaper from Trader Joe’s, too. I haven’t bought body wash or baby soap in over a year…that alone is worth $12! Now it’s also being used in my laundry detergent, which is saving me tons – and saving our skin from chemicals. Not to mention the massive list of other uses. So glad I found that stuff! The difference in natural cleaners and chemical cleaners is HUGE! I noticed it today as I was on a cleaning rampage for my Mother because they are having out-of-state visitors for the next 2 weeks or so…and all she has in the house is chemical-filled store-bought cleaners. I felt horrible after using them and I smelled bleach for the rest of the day – even when I left her house. I came home and cleaned my own house with my all-natural cleaners, and my house is just as spotless with a whole lot less painful journey getting there!