Simple Lifestyle Changes Help Heal Hyperthyroidism

By Carmel Reid, Somerset, UK

I am an engineer, and I have come to realise our bodies are amazing pieces of engineering, with extraordinary delicacy in the way our various systems keep our bodily functions in balance, and I have come to truly appreciate the exquisite instrument we live inside every single day!

In 2002 I was noticeably breathless at the smallest exertion, like climbing a flight of stairs, and my major muscles were weak – with my arms I could not lift my own body weight on parallel bars at a children’s playground and with my legs I could not stand up from a squatting position and my hands were very shaky. My GP checked me for asthma by inviting me to blow into a tube, but I had been attending singing workshops and my lung capacity was pretty good, so he suggested I might have a thyroid problem and gave me a blood test, thinking, as I was overweight at the time, that my thyroid was underactive.

As it turned out, my thyroid was hyperactive; I had a swelling on the right side of my neck and a radioactive iodine test showed a ‘hot nodule’ in the thyroid gland. Then in 2003 on a visit to the gym, my heart rate showed up at 166 on the cycle machine, and a further visit to the doctor gave me a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. He explained that hyperthyroidism can cause weakening of the major muscles (which explained my weak arms and legs) and can also cause atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm). This can lead to clots forming in the heart, which can then cause a stroke, and he recommended I take aspirin to thin my blood.

At the time I was into alternative medicine and didn’t take the aspirin he recommended, but looked at my lifestyle, i.e. what had caused the thyroid to be hyperactive in the first place. When the doctor agreed that it could be caused by stress, I decided then and there to de-stress my life. I stopped doing committee work and generally tried to get less stressed about everything. It took a while because living with stress had become my whole way of being.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough – I was still living in a stressful way and in 2004 I ended up in hospital with a cold right leg, due to an arterial clot that meant no blood was getting to my leg. Fortunately I didn’t lose my leg – but if I hadn’t sought medical help, I could have done. At that point I surrendered to whatever medication was recommended to me and after leaving the hospital feeling somewhat shaken and subdued, I obediently took both Warfarin to thin my blood and Carbimazole to suppress the thyroid. The other options were surgical intervention to remove the overactive nodule, or radioactive iodine to reduce the thyroid function and it would then mean I would be on Thyroxine for the rest of my life. Neither felt right and the doctor agreed for me to take the Carbimazole for two years, with various warnings about possible side effects, none of which I had.

In 2005 I was introduced to Serge Benhayon, founder of Universal Medicine, and inspired by his way of living, I have made several significant changes in my own life. These have included refining my diet and adopting a much more gentle approach to work, relationships and life in general. I used to do everything in a rush, I was very hard on myself and very critical of others – not a very pleasant way of being I can tell you – and it would seem, my body agreed!

By now eating predominantly what supports me to feel truly well and vital, I have developed far more awareness of how the things I choose to eat or drink affect me and my body – either supporting me to stay feeling clear and light, or making me feel heavier and unfocused.

Interestingly enough, as time goes by and I keep refining my diet, the more my ability to feel clearly and be aware increases – thereby showing me that my body is a fine instrument and that clearing it of junk food and food that numbs or dulls me has enabled it to work more effectively.

I have attended numerous courses and presentations with Universal Medicine over the last ten years and have had many individual Esoteric Healing sessions, many of which have helped me to observe how much my way of living affects my body. I can also feel how I am affected by my thoughts, and the tension and discomfort they can sometimes create.

When I look at what the body does – even just the glands and the way they monitor the blood, responding by releasing more or less hormones that are able to keep the body working in perfect condition – it is truly amazing! The body has an incredible, intelligent monitoring system and we can marvel at how delicately it adjusts its internal production of hormones in order to maintain balance and harmony where possible.

What I have come to learn by my own experience is these internal systems are so delicate that it seems they cannot work well if we treat our bodies roughly by living hard and ingesting food and drink which cause an imbalance.

I am finding the more I refine my diet and let go of my previously constant busy and stressed way of getting through life, the more I am able to feel just how much I have, in effect, been abusing my own body. I can feel the way I am affected by emotions and to some extent even by the actions of other people – or the way I feel drained at the end of a busy day at work if I get lost trying to ‘get it right’, as has been my tendency.

Through all this I am gradually learning to be more still (calm), to be more respectful of my body, to walk through life gently, moving my arms and legs with a greater degree of tenderness, and am finding myself naturally speaking more gently. I don’t get so anxious about getting things done and funnily enough, I’m getting more done because I am so steady. As a result I am far less exhausted at the end of my day and my body feels more relaxed and at ease with the world.

The vitality I now experience is far greater than it was twelve years ago. I stayed on the Warfarin and was allowed to continue beyond two years taking Carbimazole. Usually it is stopped at two years because of the risk of side effects, but I didn’t have any. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism gradually decreased, until in 2010 the endocrinologist agreed that I could come off the thyroid medication (I stayed on the Warfarin as the heart condition had not resolved). My muscle strength has returned and my hands no longer shake. My body regained its natural weight, shedding 41Kgs on the way.

My thyroid is now virtually back to normal, two out of the three measurements are within normal range (T3 and T4) but the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is still suppressed, so I am defined as ‘borderline hyperactive’. I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine, which can be caused by hyperthyroidism, so the consultant is still concerned and recommends radioactive iodine, but accepts that I still want to work on lifestyle changes before going down that route. At the moment I still feel there is more that I can do to improve my health, but will follow his advice if I am unable to get the thyroid function completely back to normal.

I am in effect my own medical experiment, with regular blood tests to support monitoring the changes I feel occurring: I will be continuing to take even more tender loving care of this amazing body as time goes on. Regular exercise to increase bone strength will help the osteoporosis, as well as looking at the deeper issues underlying these conditions as revealed by esoteric medicine, such as deep disregard.

The deep disregard rings a bell – I have not taken great care of me or my body – doing everything for others first. So I am working on more self-love, really taking care of my body first – rest, gentle exercise and nutritious food.

Many thanks to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for providing the inspiration for me to make these changes and as a result, turn around my health and vitality in the way that I have. It is astounding how much my body and life have benefitted by making simple lifestyle changes and caring for myself in a true way, and this shows me that there is much we can do to help ourselves, if we so choose.

969 thoughts on “Simple Lifestyle Changes Help Heal Hyperthyroidism

  1. Carmel – these changes in your Thyroid readings reflect the new choices you are making in your life are definitely a great marker of the body response when we treat it with a change in our movements attitudes and different food choices.

  2. It’s amazing how our bodies respond when we deeply care and look after them. I have been loving swimming and exercise routine, getting a good rhythm going and feeling how that naturally is supporting a more vital me. What I have clocked is the way I am going about it, I am doing it to support and nurture myself, that’s the focus. As opposed to the past when it was all about being fit and to look good. The out comes completely different and I know which one is medicine for my body and being.

  3. I love how the recognition of the delicacy of your body inspired you to be more gentle and delicate with yourself.

  4. What an inspiring blog to read as we can so often be led by the world of “fix it pharmacy’ to put a stop to the symptoms yet this examples show the marriage of western medicine and esoteric medicine where one is willing to get to the root cause to heal for good what has harmed for so long.

  5. I have found that there is a direct correlation between how we live and our health, mainly down to the choices that we make, the more loving our choices are the more supportive they are to our body.

  6. Sharing your experience Carmel is very inspiring and a great example that in taking true care of ourselves by listening to our body and making lifestyle changes it supports us to take a deeper level of responsibility for ourselves and appreciate how the body responds to realign to a natural harmony and true way of being.

  7. I am finding it is very, very supportive embracing conventional medicine alongside the esoteric. I have just been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) and been prescribed a low amount of carbimazole each day for a month which I am taking to reduce the amount of thyroxine my thyroid is producing. While blood tests and waiting for a scan to be carried out and being placed on a list to see an endocrinologist are taking place I am learning to work with the doctor and nurses but at the same time support the connection to myself by asking what supports Me in this moment.

  8. There is no question that our health and well being is our responsibility and when we do take charge we know that what is regarded as impossible by the medical profession is possible because of the truth lived as presented by The Way of the Livingness.

  9. The way that we live has an affect on our health. This is a very well established fact so why do we resist it so much. It can only be that we do not want to take responsibility for our actions. Having said that we cannot make it about “others” don’t want to but “we” do because there may be many areas in our own life that we may not want to be responsible for and it might look different or appear different than others.

  10. I don’t have a thyroid condition but so much of what is shared here is gold as I can see and feel how my ways of being (getting it right), living with stress impact on my body and reading this today brings a greater understanding to how in fact we have the most awesome fine tuned instrument, our body, a feat of engineering and how we treat it is key, and it’s a feedback loop constantly showing us the impact of our choices.

  11. “Living with stress had become my whole way of being.” How true this statement is for so many of us and living in such a manner is going to lead to serious illness either sooner or later. It is so important to recognise it and start to make changes to how we are living rather than sleep walking into the otherwise inevitable.

  12. This is indeed a great ‘medical experiment’ and case study which is real evidence of the power of taking responsibility for one’s own health and choosing to make the necessary lifestyle changes that were needed.

  13. The changes in your health are so significant Carmel. When living a life of disconnection and disregard, we can bring our bodies to a state of crisis, but how easy is it to turn it around once we realise the root cause and actually want to change it.

  14. The harder we are on ourselves, the harder we become with others. What a great blog to share that it all begins by making a simple step to choose a more loving approach and the same applies to others.

  15. Awesome sharing Carmel and one which shows how listening to Serge Benhayon’s teaching that everything is medicine and that changing how we live can be very healing indeed.

  16. It has been hugely supportive to learn from Serge Benhayon how my body is far more than the physical function taught in A&P and biology classes & offers far more than the ability to keep up with the demands of day to day life. The fact that though our body we can connect to an inner wisdom and awareness that far surpasses anything our mind can come up with in itself is huge.
    It is well worth our while observing the ways in which this exquisitely fine instrument can be compromised or supported and refining our choices so that we truly look after it.

  17. When we heal the energy underpinning our life then the diet, weight, lifestyle choices and the subsequent illnesses and diseases and our relationship with them change, greater than if the energy was not addressed.

  18. There is no doubt that when I eat food to support my body I feel so much more committed to myself and to life but could it be that when I commit to life and what is being asked of me that the food and quantity of food naturally becomes a means of support for my body? Becoming more aware in my life brings about a greater, more loving relationship with food.

  19. By choosing to care for ourselves in a true way we are more open and aware to refining our way of living and our lifestyle choices that with consistency support us to return to true health and a vital way of being.

  20. Great to read how you took responsibility for the stress levels in your life, by looking at where the stress was and why that was occurring. The way most of us relate to stress is that just ‘happens to us’, instead of feeling that it’s actually a choice, to get stressed or not. It might not feel like a choice to start with, if it’s been our go-to way of responding for so long that it feels automatic, but when we start to give ourselves a bit more space, and just observe the ways that we react to things, our choices and reactions become more obvious – and so does the moment to choose differently.

    1. Great advice Bryony. From my experience it was very hard to address stress in my life in a constructive way. Once I had chosen to use alcohol to address it which of course it does not really do so, I was lost to finding other ways to deal with it. The alcohol had to go first.

  21. I love the way that it is always possible to come back to the simple fact that we can take care of ourselves, and when there is illness or disease, this is a place of great holding, of great solace, where we have power and transformation.

  22. It’s phenomenal what can happen with the body when we start to look after it instead of running it into the ground. This blog is an excellent example of how things can be changed around.

  23. I love reading stories like this one Carmel as it shows us how well the body responds when it is cared for.

  24. ‘The body has an incredible, intelligent monitoring system and we can marvel at how delicately it adjusts its internal production of hormones in order to maintain balance and harmony where possible.’ When we stop to ponder the body it is rather magical as no matter how much abuse we throw at it, it’s natural setting is to always try and heal!

  25. These writings are case reports in themselves. It is great that you share about it in detail to let people know there is another way of healing, working together with medicine but also taking your own responsibility for how you are living.

  26. Super inspiring to read how making simple lifestyle choices by deciding you were ready to address something and committing to self-loving choices as consistently as possible, can have such a dramatic effect on your health. We can choose to be active agents in our own health and wellbeing, and not victims of fate.

  27. Feeling like we have to get things “right” leaves us feeling that there’s a potential for failure and in our society, failure is not welcomed. This raises our stress levels, feeling of insecurity, and can lead to even bigger mistakes, a rigidness in the body and so many other things which we may not even link to this righteous mentality.

  28. There is so much we can look at with how we live which in working with Western Medicine allows us to really support our bodies as we need. Being an active participant in our health and well being allows us to truly see and feel what works for us, and provides us with a feedback loop to see the impact of our life choices.

  29. ‘My thyroid is now back to normal.’ This is amazing and shows the power of making lifestyle changes. Taking responsibility for our health is important and can make a surprising difference.

  30. I would never have thought some basic simple choices that we make that are loving and caring towards ourselves would have such an impact on how we are and what we feel from that moment onwards. The moment we don’t appreciate what it is that we are choosing then we lose sight and feel on how powerful it really is.

  31. I love how Universal Medicine presentations and therapies are supporting people to observe how the way that we live affects our bodies, and that a way of living can be a form of medicine that either harms or heals our bodies.

  32. It’s amazing to feel how Carmel’s body exhibited signs of disharmony within the hormonal control system of her body that directly mirrored the disharmony that she experienced caused by the use of stress to deal with situations in her work life. Our bodies are living miracles during every breath we take.

  33. Our body is amazing with how it works to support us, yet we tend to push it to its limits by the choices we make such as stress, alcohol, lack of exercise or overeating, all of these choices we make that actually if the body could speak it would say no thanks to, yet the more we start to connect to our inner selves, the more we are able to hear what the body wants or doesn’t want, through simply changing our choices.

  34. The experiment continues, I am now living in a very hot country and was concerned that my body would not survive the heat. Most places are air-conditioned but ours is not, neither is the car, which is interesting because I am learning to move in a way that means I stay as cool as possible, timing of activities matters and paying attention to how my body feels is crucial. When it’s humid I sweat buckets and water runs down my face so at home I tend to walk around with a towel around my neck. I’m still having my thyroid readings checked and so far everything is still ok.

  35. What you are describing seems to be recovery from a serious illness that may not be easy to recover from. Well done!

  36. I agree Carmel, our body is a fine tuned instrument and asks us to be very precise and dedicated in how to care for it. While reading your blog I could feel how I can upgrade the appreciation I already have for my body by realising how we live inside this precious, or as you say, exquisite instrument every single day and night and to adjust my movements to how my body feels to move.

  37. Absolutely Carmel, living with a thyroid that’s either over or under-active is not a pleasant way to live. Yet I know from experience how strongly our beliefs and hurts drive us in certain behaviours, that then develop a condition due to that very unnatural way of being. Universal Medicine presentations by Serge Benhayon introduced a whole other way of being in life, which essentially I chose to experiment with – beginning as you say Carmel with ” learning to be more still (calm), to be more respectful of my body, to walk through life gently”.

  38. A very clear self consultation on the effects our lifestyle choices have on our physical body and our responsibility to make changes with the support of conventional medicine.

  39. ” It is astounding how much my body and life have benefitted by making simple lifestyle changes and caring for myself in a true way, and this shows me that there is much we can do to help ourselves, if we so choose.”
    This is wonderful Carmel and for sure we all have the possibility of making wiser choices if we want, and our body will verify if the choices are wise or not.

  40. It is such an interesting process when we start to bring attention and awareness to our diet when in the past it hasn’t really been on our radar. I know for me it has been all about trial and testing things out and then giving my body space to respond to what I choose to put into my system or not.

  41. The power to heal our bodies lies deep within the choices we make. As a humanity many choices should be revisited and looked at as to their benefit to the true wellness of our bodies, and minds, this article is about a thyroid condition, but how many that suffer from a thyroid condition also battle depression? The simpleness in choosing again to care for the body with gentleness and grace is there for each of us. The choice is ours.

  42. I can relate to creating a busy lifestyle for many years and regularly pushing my body and feeling stressed. Sometimes the only way to fully realise the way we are living in disharmony and disconnection with ourselves is to experience an event that makes us stop and allows us the opportunity to consider our current lifestyle choices and how we are treating our body and that we can change our choices to be far more loving and nurturing of ourselves.

  43. Universal Medicine is hugely inspiring and empowering in that “there is much we can do to help ourselves,” and it’s all within our ability to do so. Even if we can’t change our health completely free from a condition we can understand it to such a degree that our relationship with it is more accepting and less resistant and/or ignorant.

    1. This is true, Leigh, I have seen Universal Medicine students who have terminal illnesses defy the normal progression of their illness and go on to live several years more as a result of their healthy lifestyle choices and their attitude to the illness.

  44. “My body regained its natural weight, shedding 41Kgs on the way” – This is incredible, both in the sense that your weight loss wasn’t about achieving an image but a natural figure that was true for you, and also that this process wasn’t a struggle but a releasing of what never belonged in the first place.

      1. Yes.. that letting go of what doesn’t naturally belong applies to all our patterns really, things that we think are part of who we are, are often ways of behaving that we’ve taken on to protect ourselves. Our bodies naturally know their own baseline of harmony. Our job is to start paying attention to what and how we’re feeling, and act accordingly, instead of constantly dismissing, denying or overriding what we can feel.

  45. Carmel I remember always looking for the magic fix, something that can change everything for me and make life amazing without having to do anything for me and whilst allowing me to abuse myself. Funnily enough what I came to appreciate is that it simply not possible and therefore the route forward has been self loving choices, true responsibility and everything that goes with that.

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