24 years ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroid disease, was given a drug called Synthroid and an antidepressant SSRI and sent on my way. I had given birth to a beautiful healthy girl about 9 months before and then became extremely ill and depressed. I had been a sensitive person before that and had also experienced depression and anxiety over the years so the diagnosis neither surprised me or caused me to question my doctor, in fact I was relieved to have an answer and hopeful I'd soon feel better. After taking synthroid and the antidepressant for a period of time I went back to my doctor often to tell her I was still feeling very ill and maybe we needed to alter my treatment. By my daughters first birthday I was in a deep depressive state, I was almost 200 lbs and my hair was a brittle disaster falling out in handfuls. Other symptoms were migrating pain, migraines, digestive distress, anxiety, mood swings..... I'll get back to this list.
At the time, as a young woman, I had no idea that this was the beginning of a course of treatment that would not go well for me for half my life. A course of treatment that was so harmful it almost took my life more than once.
As I write this I am just past to my 52nd birthday and I am fully symptomatic with Hashimoto's. A condition where your body attacks the thyroid gland, an autoimmune disease. I have recently discovered the condition has astonishingly similar symptoms to clinical depression, anxiety & bi-polar disorder, It can cause severe mental health and metabolic problems. It's evident that there is a gap in treating all autoimmune conditions not the least of which is Hashimoto's.
Having an autoimmune condition puts you in the club of gaining further autoimmune conditions. I have devoted the last year to learning as much as I can about my health issues and the foods that cause them. Last September I collapsed physically, mentally and emotionally to a point where I spent more time in bed than upright. I lost my life force, my ability to make art. In December my partner and I left Canada for 4 months to a Mexican village on the Pacific. I was so scared I wouldn't manage with the travel and being away from my environment. Mexico turned out to be a transformative time in many ways, one of which is the research I did in regards to a species appropriate diet for human beings.
It may seem that I'm digressing but as it turns out food and chronic dis-ease are in direct correlation with each other! We are, in fact, what we eat.
It is my belief that almost all current disease begins with food choices early in life and that the Standard American Diet: S.A.D. has made us generally fat and sick. I think on some level I knew it but I put all my faith in the Canadian Medical system, the Canada Food guide and the pharmaceutical industry. I've been scratching the surface of human metabolism since November 2017 and the results are transforming me into, quite literally, a new person. By process of elimination, over the course of the last year, I have been led to a diet of 99% carnivore. Once you pick up your jaw up off the floor check out this video!