Childhood thyroid issues
My mother used to joke that when puberty hit it knocked me out. She was right. It seemed I could not get enough sleep. On a typical day I’d drag myself out of bed in the morning. Somehow I’d managed to get through school without falling asleep. Come home sleep on the couch until dinner, take a bath and crawl back to bed where I’d sleep until morning when I’d do it all again. Sometime during the fifth grade my parents took me to a pediatrician and discovered my low functioning thyroid. The doctor prescribed thyroid medication, which she said I’d need for the rest of my life.
Life began to get interesting after I woke up. I faithfully took my little pill every day. I noticed even one day without my medication would bring on a brain fog along with the urge to sleep the day away. After giving birth to my daughter the brain fog was more dangerous. If I missed a dose I noticed I did not have the mental ability to keep up with my active toddler. She could wander away from me and I would not even know she had gone until a crash or some other heart stopping noise made me aware of her whereabouts. It began to bother me that I was only me when I took my pill.
Discovering the power of Kelp
Kelp came into my life though the suggestion of a trusted friend. She said kelp would safely provide me natural energy. I was very interested. Several years earlier I had experienced the consequences that follow over dosing on caffeine. The energy needed to maintain life as a single parent / full time student was enormous. I would have done anything short of taking illegal drugs for more energy. My friend shared that she had used kelp pills freely for years. This sounded too good to be true, but also too good not to check out. I began taking four or five kelp pills a couple times a day. Right away I noticed I did have more energy. This was great! I also did not experience the crash that usually followed after hopping myself up on caffeine.
After using kelp freely for over a year I experienced heart palpitations one morning after taking my normal thyroid medication. The emergency room doctor checked my blood levels and found my thyroid functioning within the normal range. This was shocking information; I had understood there was no healing my thyroid condition. At twenty five years old I had taken my last thyroid pill.
Kelp has continued to be an important part of my daily food program. After founding HEAL Marketplace I experimented combining the different kelps until I found a combination that suited me well. We call this our “Super Kelp Blend” a mix of: Iris Moss, Pacific Kelp and Purple Dulse. These herbs are excellent food for a malfunctioning thyroid; it does not matter if the thyroid is over producing or under producing. Kelp is God’s gift, His master herb for the thyroid gland.