There is a lot of controversy on the subject of soy — some people believe it’s a cheap, nutritious source of protein, as long as it’s organic or fermented; others believe it’s great for hormone balancing. However, soy may not be good for those with Hashimoto’s — in fact, it may actually be preventing you from healing.
During the first year of my pharmacy studies, I developed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea, which seemed to be triggered by soy lecithin.
After cutting out soy lecithin-containing foods for a period of time, I stopped having symptoms on a daily basis, and only experienced them once or twice a week! At the time, I didn’t know that I had a thyroid condition, and it wasn’t until many years later that I was able to connect foods to the rest of my symptoms. After pharmacy school, I moved to Los Angeles and frequented posh sushi places, consuming miso soup, soybeans, and tofu, because I thought they were healthy.
Over the years, I continued to struggle with IBS, acid reflux, carpal tunnel, and many other symptoms… then I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I decided to try going gluten and dairy free, and many of my symptoms improved within a few days of removing those foods. After a while, I lost more weight than intended, and needed to find more foods I could eat… So I decided to fully commit to the gluten/dairy free lifestyle, and discovered gluten/dairy free junk food! I started eating soy-based crackers, breads, chips, milks, yogurts, and cereals. My IBS and acid reflux didn’t come back, but I became more anxious. I tested my thyroid antibodies, and they jumped to 800 IU/mL (I had them down to around 300 IU/mL prior to that). After one month off soy products, my thyroid antibodies dropped from 800 IU/mL to 380 IU/mL! I believe that my thyroid condition became worse after I began eating soy-containing gluten free products.
Read on to learn more about soy, and how you can avoid it to help reduce your thyroid symptoms. In this article, I’ll debunk some myths about the benefits of soy, and cover:
What is soy, and what are the common symptoms of soy sensitivity?
How does soy affect Hashimoto’s?
Hidden sources of soy
Soy free alternatives
Read this, very interesting. Amy Thompson Austin wrote this.
Vaccines. They have been weighing heavily on my heart lately. So many people think that only “conspiracy theorists, hippies or the uneducated” question vaccines and that all of the caring, loving medical professionals are pro-vaccines.
I’m a nurse practitioner and here is my story. My dad is a pediatrician and I was raised as conventional as you can get. If we had a fever, we took Tylenol. Cough/congestion…we took cough medicine and often antibiotics. We went to every well visit and received all of our vaccines. It wasn’t even a question to not get them. Fast forward and now I’m a nurse with 2 babies and they are, of course, all vaccinated per CDC schedule. Didn’t even question what was being injected into my babies, didn’t bat an eyelash. Because the pediatricians are the good guys, they know what is best for my child. I remember even joking with my mom when it came time for each of their 4 year old shots (oh no, we have the 4 year old shots coming up, they don’t know what they are in for poor things). It honestly makes me nauseated just thinking about it. As a nurse I had to get a flu shot every year which I got the very first day it was offered and would fuss at my husband because he never got one. In fact, my nursing friends and I would make fun of anti-vaxxers, asking ourselves “how could they possibly be so stupid to think they shouldn’t get vaccines?”.
I went back to school in 2015 to become a nurse practitioner and halfway through was my pediatrics course…we learned about the vaccine schedule, we watched a pro-vax video (a mother was crying talking about how she didn’t give her baby the whooping cough vaccine and she was so sick for so long, etc…that type of video) and then, here’s the interesting part…the professor spent about an hour talking about how Dr. Andy Wakefield is a fraud, how vaccines are safe, even what to say and do if parents don’t want to vaccinate. We did NOT learn about side effects, we did NOT learn about the VAERS system or how to report a vaccine injury…heck, why would we because we were taught that there are no injuries from vaccines. Even though I still had my blinders on during this class (and oh man how I WISH i knew then what I know now…I would have politely and articulately dismantled everything that professor said), I remember thinking it was odd that she spent so much time talking about Andy Wakefield.
OK…so now not only do I have my years experience growing up with my dad’s advice, I now have learned all about vaccines from grad school and then “THE” conversation happens…a dear friend of mine, whose children are 12 and 10, for some reason brought up the fact that when her 12 year old was a baby, she delayed his vaccines…I immediately start with “Oh my goodness! WHY would you have done that? Don’t you know that all you were doing is increasing his chances of obtaining a deadly disease?” And she said that she couldn’t remember all of the details it was so long ago, but that she and her husband spent a lot of time researching what little info there was available back then. SOOO…I could try to paint myself in a positive light and say that because I respected my friend, I researched what she said because I thought she might be right. WRONG! I was basically being a huge jerk and thought “Ok, well I’m just going to prove her wrong…I’m going to find research that proves my point and then I will SHOW HER”…So the research began…I was trying to find studies showing that children who were on delayed schedules of vaccines had worse outcomes than children who received them on the CDC schedule. Well, no shocker…I COULDN’T FIND ANY!!
And you know how it goes, once you start researching it takes you down so many rabbit holes…some that you don’t even want to go down they are so dark. Vaccines became my new obsession and I would procrastinate doing my grad school work because I had found another amazing documentary to watch or book to read on vaccines. And it’s interesting, during my research for vaccines, I also came to believe many other things I had learned from western medicine were incorrect. So much so, that my friends in school lovingly called me the “voo doo nurse practitioner” and they would ask me all of the time on advice for natural solutions for peoples health problems. But interestingly enough, when the topic of vaccines came up, all of a sudden, I lost all of my credibility and my friends would say “well now you’ve taken this whole natural thing too far”.
I went from “all vaccines for everybody” to “well, maybe not everybody should get every vaccine” to “well, I think vaccines used to be safe, but now there are just too many and it’s not safe” to “How could ANYONE think that vaccines are a good idea? And I will NEVER give my children another vaccine and if that means we have to move or I need to home school them, then so be it”. If I could go back in time, my children would have gotten ZERO vaccines and I would have rejoiced knowing that I was doing the best thing I could to help protect my children. But it took me a full YEAR to get there. All of my family (except my husband) thinks I have totally lost my mind and I am perfectly okay with that.
So here are my 3 takeaways:
1) Let’s stop putting medical professionals on a pedestal. Because we don’t know jack about vaccines. I mean it…we are not taught ANYTHING about them. Even my dad, who is one of the sweetest and smartest doctors I know and is very pro vaccine even admits that he had “maybe an hour” of vaccine education in med school.
2) Research until you are 100% confident in your decision…whether it’s to give your kid every vaccine, or only a few, or none…but whatever your choice is, OWN that decision. You should not vaccinate out of fear, that is not being an empowered parent…it simply means you have not done enough research. If you’re saying “Oh my little one’s shots are coming up and I don’t know what to do! I’m scared to give them and I’m scared not to give them” That means you have NOT done enough research because you are not confident in your decision…keep going until you reach a place of confidence but in the meanwhile, don’t vaccinate…you can always vaccinate later, you can’t unvaccinated.
3) Lastly, don’t give up on people. If you know the truth, then keep speaking the truth. There is a time and a place to share what’s in your heart and there’s also a right and a wrong way to share it…but don’t stop sharing. When my children were babies, if ANY of my friends had come up to me and said “Amy, I know that you think vaccines are safe, but if you haven’t looked at the ingredients in them, I really think you should”, I would have listened. I may not have agreed with the person right then and there, but it would have planted a seed that “holy crud, there might be ingredients in there that aren’t safe?” and I would have researched. And yes, you will get people who think you’re crazy. That’s ok, just move on. There are people out there who are searching for the truth and will know it when they find it…but if you are not speaking the truth, they may never hear it.
If you have done five minutes on researching the ingredients and risks of vaccines you are more knowledgeable than the average Nurse or GP:
It’s been too long I have stayed silent. It’s time to share my story. To speak the truth in love. My adult career as a Registered Nurse has been centered on the NICU, PICU, & Pediatric populations.
Growing up I had all my vaccines, the 11 or so we got back in 1984, seemingly uneffected and happily moving forward in life.
Fast forward to nursing school. I remember watching a short video, the CDC schedule & the importance of our patients receiving the full schedule. The denial of the autism link – and that’s it. We did not study ingredients, we were not told about vaccine injury/death, or how to report to VAERS when an injury occurred. One class quickly spoonfed. And we moved on.
Upon graduating and securing my first job in the NICU, I thought nothing of the injections I pushed into the thighs of my screaming newborn patients, nor of the “poor feeding,” lethargy, high-pitched screams, & breathing abnormalities that would sometimes follow. This was all normalized as common for the short period after vaccines. I questioned nothing as my own belly grew and grew with my own first child. I was a nurse after all, and this was science.
I drove to my son’s 2 month well visit and a voice inside told me, “Don’t do it. You need to research first. “ And I actually listened to my gut and declined. Me, the nurse who injected other people’s babies…I told my pediatrician I just wanted to wait a bit and do some more research. I was made to sign a form acknowledging that I was putting my child at risk. I left feeling shamed, but relieved that there was still time to decide. Shortly after I received a phone call from my nurse manager that upon returning to work from my maternity leave, I would be joining the float pool which would place me returning to work in a brand new orientation to the pediatric and PICU units.
I returned to work reluctant to leave my newborn, also pregnant again with heavy morning sickness, and trying to learn a whole new patient population and 2 new units, with no time or leftover energy to do my vaccine research. And then the voices of my new nurse co-workers started sounding off: “You’re crazy to not vaccinate your baby! You are working in a PEDS unit, don’t you know how much risk you are putting him?!” They were well-intentioned, taught the same tiny tidbit as I was..
Well, I panicked. I dropped my resolve to research, left after work and called my son’s doctor. “I need an appointment as soon as possible for his vaccines, because I work in pediatrics now, I can’t put him at any further risk.” And I went. And he screamed. Back at home he was colicky, febrile, not feeding well, regurgitating large amounts of milk. I called the pediatricians office. This was normal I was assured. It will pass. Duh, I knew that! And it did. I returned again for more shots at 6 months, 9 months, each time with similar reactions. Each time brushing off that gut instinct that something was wrong, because, after all, the benefit of his protection outweighed the risk.
Time for the one year vaccines, the plethora, the dreaded, accused MMR. This time with a newborn daughter in tow. But this time, was just too much. How I wish I could go back to that day I declined at 2 months and start my research then! How different things would be had I stood firm and learned back then what I know now..The toxic load of aluminum, formaldehyde, human and animal tissues, etc and etc, were too much for my son’s neurological system and detoxification system. He lost his words & eye contact altogether, started flapping, spinning, walking on his toes, horrible GI symptoms, food limiting, had no desire for social interaction, etc. He was diagnosed with severe autism. And our world was turned upside down.
I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, before even starting my research, that the vaccines had triggered the autism. I had watched it happen before my very eyes. No one could ever convince me otherwise. How sad to have to learn the hard way, when I was SO close to sparing my son a life of difficulty. Yet thankfully, unlike so many others, I still had HIM.
As I researched, I became more and more enlightened to the corruption, the cover-up, the lack of safety studies over 30 years, the politicians in league with the pharmaceutical companies, the secret tax-funded vaccine court with no liability of the manufacturers, following the money-trail as they say, and further down the rabbit hole I went…Finding solace and comfort and support in those parents I met on this new journey who had also learned the hard way. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, educated professionals, now on a journey to try and recover their injured child, if they weren’t mourning their loss, only to be met with scorn and mockery from those within their family and professional circle.
I went from fully supporting vaccines and administering them to others and my own children, to fully rejecting them and warning everyone who would listen, including my patients’ parents, of the danger! I would even bribe my coworkers with snacks from the vending machine to administer vaccines to my patients that parents had signed for. I did not want any part in it, even if the parents wanted them given!
So my take home message is, I get that you only want to protect your child, just as I did. I really do and I respect you for it! Us pro-vaxxers & Ex-vaxxers are NOT enemies! We all want the same thing – safety for our babies. So I don’t want you to take my word for it. I hope that you’ll heed my pain and do the diligent research. It takes time. It is painful to uncover. But for every health professional reassuring you vaccines are okay, you now have another rising up and telling you they are unavoidably, unequivocally UNSAFE. Please let that be the red flag to you, even if it is the ONLY red flag that causes you to dig deeper for yourself and your family.
Do you know why we are suddenly, and in such great numbers, stepping out of hiding, bearing the mockery, insults, wishes of death on us and our children?? (Yes, this is happening A LOT!)
It’s because we can’t afford to remain silent any longer, there is TOO much at stake for ALL of us!
~ 29 states currently are pushing legislation, that will ultimately remove ALLLL exemptions. Your right to choose for your children will first be taken. All 72 doses, including the HPV and flu vaccine mandated, with 270+ currently in the pipeline. Those will follow as soon as you no longer have any say so. Then they will come after us, the Adults.
Oh, you’ve been skirting around that monstrous flu vaccine each year? You won’t be able to if you don’t find the will to fight back now. You will be caught up on the same schedule our children are subjected to, and ALL the new ones as well. They just approved the HPV vaccine for adults! Make NO mistake, this IS the agenda. And it is happening rapidly.
So while we still have a chance, let’s forget about pro-vaxx and anti-vaxx and stand together and fight for our right to CHOOSE ~ For autonomy over our own bodies and our children. Defend your CHOICE now, research later.
Where there is risk, no matter how small, there MUST be a choice. Please stand and fight with us. We are being censored all over social media platforms and soon our voices will be silenced. We must awaken Now and stop allowing them to pit us against one another. For the sake of our children, grandchildren, our future. Get involved in your state, in any way you can, and fight with us for the right to keep your CHOICE. This is a civil liberties issue, NOT simply a vaccine issue. If we allow this, what’s to stop them from force sterilizing or euthanizing, it’s been done in the past! Then it will be forcing a chip that tracks everything. God bless you all and empower you with boldness. I am available in my inbox to lovingly answer questions.
To Origin re their plan to frack the NT: I am very disappointed that Origin plan to frack the NT. Fracking is proven to be grossly destructive to the environment including aquifers and is a criminally irresponsible destructive practice that has devastating consequences for existing and future generations. Tom Grimshaw If you would like to add your voice to the protest, go to: https://www.originenergy.com.au/help-support.html#contact