You may have seen or follow her page on Facebook: Thyroid Pharmacist, Dr. Izabella Wentz Facebook here. She’s been gaining lots of popularity among thyroid patients for her informative posts.
I was able to Skype with Izabella Wentz several weeks ago. We spoke about both of our journeys of being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and subsequently regaining our health. Izabella and I have traveled similar paths. While I chose to use my knowledge of autoimmune and thyroid health to go to nutrition school and become a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Izabella chose to use her pharmacist and patient experience to write her book, “Hashimotos Thyroiditis” which was released just a few moths ago.
I was able to read this book and I must say, it is a wealth of information! My reaction to reading it is, “she has nearly thought of everything!”. Reading through the pages of the book made me reminisce about all of the things I have done and tried over the years to improve my health. This book is great for the beginner — those people who are just venturing into natural health, but also those people who have been immersed in natural health for years but feel stagnant and unsure which health direction to go next. People who are self-starters and able to implement things quickly on their own will benefit from this tremendously!
I found the basic thyroid knowledge to be super helpful! One of the complaints I hear from clients alot is that they have no clue how to read their labs and don’t have a solid understanding of how the thyroid actually works. This chapter is a must-read for thyroid patients.
Another focus of this book is gut health. Leaky gut syndrome is at the root of autoimmune conditions. Izabella lays out varying perspectives on how to heal the gut. There will not be one approach that world for every thyroid patient, and therefore, learning different methods, or working with a health practitioner to bounce ideas off of is imperative. While many patients learn about gluten and go gluten free with mixed results, there is still much more digestive work that needs to be done. Izabella details several gut healing diets in her book — all of them beneficial for different people.
I also found the section on iodine to be helpful. I’ve worked with many thyroid patients who have been administered iodine by well meaning practitioners, which actually devastated their thyroid health. Izabella lays out the functions of iodine as well as warnings against it’s use. It helps to clear up the “iodine controversy”. The basic charts with iodine content are also helpful, either for someone with autoimmune thyroid disease or someone from thyroid cancer.
Personally I thought it was helpful to have lots of sources to back up the information. The natural health world is often criticized for not having information to back up the assertions that food can either help or hurt our bodies. In reality, there are studies and research, it just isn’t publicized as often as mainstream studies. Izabella cites lots of solid research to back up her information.
Included in the book is also a supplement guide and time-of-day checklist. This will be helpful for those unsure of which supplements to take, if any, and also what time during the day. Because sometimes supplements are helpful, when food changes are not enough our when someone is dealing with malabsorption. Having a list of supplements, their functions, their contradictions, and the best time to take them is going to be very helpful for someone who is working on their health alone.
Overall I’m really impressed with this book! Again, I think it would be especially helpful for those wanting basic thyroid knowledge, those just dipping their get in the waters of natural healing, those already immersed in a healing diet/lifestyle, those needing more direction after being at a plateau/standstill, and those who are self-starters. It truly is a wealth of information! From basic thyroid knowledge to in-depth dietary information, this book will not only help you understand the science and reasoning behind natural healing, but also help guide you on your own journey to healing.