My Personal Health Journey and Experience With Functional Medicine

February 5th, 2013

After serving 2.5 years in the Peace Corps in rural Paraguay, I decided to become a doctor.  During my second year of medical school, I was having panic attacks, tremors, and insomnia.  I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease in which my thyroid was attacking itself and causing it to become overactive.

I first did nothing.  I then tried Chinese Medicine and was eating lots of fermented foods, whole grains, and terrible tasting powdered herbs.  That did not help at all.

I finally decided to do the conventional medicine called PTU, which inhibits my thyroid from making so much hormone.  After a few weeks, I felt terrible.  I returned to my doctor for lab testing and found that my liver was being damaged by the medication and I had something called toxic hepatitis.  I was ordered to stop the medication and to strict bed rest.  Fearing for my health, my life, and the possibility of having to drop out of medical school, I opted to have my thyroid ablated.

Watch the video above to hear how my journey unfolds….

 

Restore Thyroid Function & Take Your Health Back

In my new book, The Thyroid Connection, I cover everything you need to know about thyroid disease, including its true underlying causes, how to work with your doctor, how to choose the right medication, and a 28-day program to get your life back.

thyroidconnection_blogad-1

 

Get 35 Gut Recovery Recipes for Free!

Receive 74 pages of delicious recipes and tips to repair a leaky gut PLUS a $10 gift card when you join my free weekly newsletter

 
 

Your information is secure and will never be sold or rented to a third party.

Related Articles