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Your Health Is Your Wealth by Jen Wittman

 JenIt is a pleasure to have Holistic Health Care Expert Jen Wittman guest post here on zenthyroid.com.  I first met Jen on Twitter and love the knowledgeable and compassionate way which she shares advice.  Jen is a leader in our thyroid community who has a sincere desire to help others recover from illness.  She has healed her own Hashimoto’s (!!!!) and now coaches others to do the same.

Jen is the creator of The Radical TLC Solution, a home study program that teaches an effective and holistic approach on treating and reversing thyroid, autoimmune and inflammatory disease.  Jen offers step-by-step plans focused on nutrition, lifestyle and heaps of self-care.  I have personally done The Radical TLC Solution and it has changed the way I have approached my healing process.  I now see my thyroid disease in a different light – more as a symptom of a larger issue than just the main problem that I need to focus on.  I truly feel more empowered!  This is the first program that I have endorsed – I really believe this can help so many of us to feel better and have greater control of our health.

In this article, Jen shares the benefits that we can get by expanding our health care team and mindset beyond the doctor’s office.  Having a group of healers (including ourselves) approaching our disease from different angles provides us with more access points to wellness.

 

Don’t forget: Your Health IS Your Wealth.

If you’re a thyroid, autoimmune or inflammatory disease sufferer, it’s time to think outside the HMO/PPO box when it comes to your health.

The kind of health care that is the most impactful and long-term often comes from a team effort. Some practitioners on your health team will be covered by insurance—and that’s a great thing. Other extremely talented, complementary, functional and integrative physicians, practitioners, coaches and experts will not be covered by the health insurance companies’ wee little umbrella. But that doesn’t mean they should be left out of your health care.

When we take preventive measures to protect our health and stay energized and fulfilled, we don’t need to seek traditional medical care as often. We have to invest in our health—whether that means paying out of pocket for services, treatments, supplements or self-care like massage, fitness classes, reiki, etc.

Western medicine has its limits.

If you’re dealing with thyroid or autoimmune disease, chances are you’ve run smack into the limits of Western medicine. Don’t get me wrong: Western medicine can accomplish miraculous things and I definitely wouldn’t want to do without it. What I do want is for our doctors and medical schools to wake up to the fact that Western medicine isn’t all there is.

For example, complementary healing techniques can be powerful tools for reversing thyroid, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Incorporating a few of these techniques will balance your personal healing program and likely speed up the process of reversing these diseases.

Some of these techniques may be covered by your insurance, so it’s worth it to check it out. I know investing financially in your health can be tough sometimes, but many alternative healing practitioners work on a sliding scale or are open to trading their services if you have something to trade.

The great thing is that you get to choose how to invest in your health so you get the best, most efficient health care which, in the end, will pay you back by preventing or eliminating disease as well as cutting down on health care costs now and down the road.

Who’s on your healing team?

Here are the top 5 practitioners I would invite onto your healing team NOW rather than investing in hospital visits later:

  1. Health Coach or Nutritionist The number one key to healing thyroid and autoimmune problems is healing your gut, so a health coach, nutritionist, or other practitioner who can help guide you to getting your gut healed would be my absolute first priority if I were newly diagnosed.

  2. Acupuncturist I came to acupuncture after my husband and I were hit by a semi-truck. I had so many physical injuries and I was under a mountain of stress and health care bills. Luckily, my GP was at UCLA and the clinic next to his office was the UCLA East-West Medical Clinic. My doc referred me there to try to get a handle on my stress and my injuries. I am so glad he did. He recommended I get weekly acupuncture (which was covered by my insurance!), so for 3 years, I had acupuncture treatments a couple of times a month.  It really helped with so many things…and any new symptom that cropped up could be addressed in real-time with my beloved acupuncturist. He even helped me with nausea and other symptoms during my pregnancy. Acupuncture can be helpful for a host of things including thyroid.

  3. Massage Therapist Massage is more than just a luxury. It’s true that it’s something you have to invest in, but as with so many of these healing steps, it’s an investment in your long-term health and wellbeing. Medical studies have revealed that even a 10 or 20 minute massage (the kind you can get at the grocery store or the mall!) can have therapeutic benefits including improving immune function, boosting circulation, reducing stress, reducing the time it takes to recover from injury, and alleviating pain. It can also reduce depression and anxiety and promote restful sleep patterns. Massage also promotes circulation and the elimination of toxins from your body, which are key to improving your thyroid health. And, massage is making its way into “mainstream” medical treatment. Some insurance policies now cover massage, and some massage chains (like Massage Envy) are adept at filing claims with your insurance company for you.

  4. Reiki Practitioner I would have never believed that Reiki could work or even tried it if I wasn’t suffering so badly a few years ago. I read and read about it but was always worried that I’d waste money on a Reiki treatment because I wouldn’t be able to tell if it actually worked or not. Luckily, on a visit back home to Indiana, a friend of mine encouraged me to try out her Reiki practitioner when I was complaining of hip pain. The experience I had was life-changing. Not only could I feel this energetic massage, my nervous system felt relaxed, my thyroid felt vital and my body felt energized. I have not questioned the healing power of Reiki since and have incorporated it into my personal healing program.

  5. Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong Instructor Qi Gong, tai chi and yoga are all ancient forms of mindful, meditative and gentle exercise, and also happen to be easy ways to increase the circulation of your lymphatic system. The movements of all of these mind/body fitness techniques helps provide relief to the lymphatic system as well as assists with lymphatic drainage, which is important to detoxifying your body. These techniques also relax the nervous system while providing energy to the body. We all know we need to exercise, even when we’re dealing with thyroid symptoms, and a good yoga class can be gentle enough for even your tired days, while invigorating enough to be beneficial to your body.

I know, first hand, that we can take charge of our health and our bodies and heal ourselves with the right application of TLC.  If you’re ready to invite more healing into your life, I encourage you to check out my brand-new program, The Radical TLC Solution: Your simple, 6-week self-care strategy to turn around thyroid, autoimmune & inflammatory disease.

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About Jen Wittman:

Jen Wittman, creator of Thyroid Loving Care, is a Holistic Health Care Expert and compassionate thyroid/autoimmune coach providing one-of-a-kind, long-lasting healing programs with a heaping dose of joy and humor. She offers a FREE program to thyroid & autoimmune sufferers on how to love their body back to health as well as in-person, Skype and phone coaching for groups and healing programs you can do at home. Jen has degrees in psychology, nutrition, culinary arts, transformational coaching, and Italian.

She spent a year honing her cooking skills in Italy and is passionate about helping thyroid & autoimmune sufferers take back their lives and feel normal again. She works tirelessly as an advocate, resource and coach to help people reverse disease and eliminate thyroid & autoimmune symptoms so they can live a life full of energy, joy and fulfillment.

Jen created The Radical TLC Solution (Click Here!) a six week program that teaches participants the diet and lifestyle changes that improve thyroid, autoimmune, and inflammatory disease and sets them up for a healthy, vibrant life long-term.

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  1. Miss Diagnoses

    Hi, wow, another site redesign! This one is also very beautiful! I signed up for Jen’s newsletter. I do weekly acupuncture and massage (I have spent way too much money doing this, but I need it so there’s nothing I can do). I love love love acupuncture and I can’t function without massage. My gut is pretty much hopeless because of the Lyme antibiotics. I don’t know how long I’ll have to take them. I am taking three different probiotics and a couple of antifungal herbs prescribed by my doctor, and I hope they help.
    I have several Western doctors and my LLMD is integrative. Sometimes they all disagree. My endocrinologist is Western but he prescribes Armour in a heartbeat, so he isn’t THAT Western. I would love to do this program but I’m a little overwhelmed at the moment. However, since I’m signed up for the newsletter I guess I will find out more.
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    1. Mikelle

      Wow, your healing team is in place! It seems like you do so much to care for yourself. I have learned so much from reading your fantastic blog and am always amazed how you can make autoimmune diseases and insurance battles fun to read. You have a gift :) Anyway, I know you deal with many serious ailments and I’m guessing it wasn’t an easy path to get to the point you are at with your healing team. Maybe it still isn’t. Would love to read more about how your LLMD treats your Lyme’s. Your poor gut. I really hope you are able to get off of those antibiotics soon so it can heal. And hooray for your endo making things easier on you – you definitely deserve that!

      I have been drawn to acupuncture for a long time and I know that it can help me. Do you use it on a regular basis or just when you are feeling worse? (Have I asked you that before?) Thanks for the kind words about the site. You are so lovely.

  2. Danna

    Great information. Thank you for all you do for the Thyroid community, ladies.

    1. Mikelle

      Thanks, Danna! Everything that you do for the community is greatly appreciated. Your site is a wonderful resource of information and for thyroid warriors to share their stories. I am really looking forward to your Thyroid Yoga Series coming up!

  3. Miss Diagnoses

    Aww, no, you are lovely! Thanks for saying I am fun to read. Humor is my main coping mechanism. (Maybe my only coping mechanism.) But yeah, all humor comes from pain. I will definitely be writing more about Lyme when I understand it better. Lyme is like nothing else in terms of the learning curve and amount of information to take in. Oh, and it also causes brain fog, making it harder to take in all that information. So I have Lyme fog and hypothyroidism fog! Also, Lyme is poorly understood, people debate the best way to treat it, and it is much more common than people think. There’s a battle going between the Infectious Disease Society of America and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. People compare Lyme to the earliest days of AIDS because it is so poorly understood and patients get the runaround. Lyme can mimic all sorts of other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s.

    I love acupuncture! I go once a week. If I miss it, I feel like horrible. My acupuncturist went back to China last year to visit relatives, and I was so happy when he got back.
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    1. Mikelle

      Your blog is definitely one of my MOST favorite of all the blogs out there. Your beautiful positive energy shines through even when you are telling tales that would make most people run for cover. I definitely admire how strong you are.

      Fog upon fog is kinda incomprehensible. One layer is hard enough to navigate, can’t imagine two. Looking forward to learning more about Lyme with you.

      I spent the morning looking at articles on how acupuncture can really help with adrenal issues. I will be trying it for sure. In the meantime, I am treating myself to some serious care tomorrow with a 90-minute massage!

  4. Miss Diagnoses

    Thank you so much for saying that! I think you are the one with the beautiful positive energy! I am glad you are going to get acupuncture and that you are having an awesome 90-minute massage! Yay massage!
    The best thing, in my opinion, is to find an acupuncturist who will do a bit of acupressure massage after the treatment. It somehow makes the whole thing work better, because they first hit the acupuncture points with the needles and then they get thr acupressure points with the massage. My acupuncturist also does a few minutes of electroacupuncture, in which a current is sent through the muscles through the needles. It’s great for tight spots in the neck and shoulders. Some acupuncturists do moxibustion, in which Chinese herbs are burned, but I didn’t have great luck with that.
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    1. Mikelle

      Thank you for all the tips! The acupressure massage and the electroacupuncture are wonderful to know about. Hope your weekend is wonderful :)

  5. Miss Diagnoses

    You’re always welcome! :-) Yours too.
    Miss Diagnoses recently posted…Two Days in Insurance Hell: A Play in Hopefully Only One ActMy Profile

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