Many of my readers know me personally from my years in retail in Murgon, some of you have known me a whole lot longer than that. I’d like to share with you a little of my own personal journey regarding hormonal health.
When I graduated high school in 1986 I thought I was very overweight, looking back, I probably wasn’t, but you know how young girls think and how they believe they need to be thinner, well that was me. I embarked on a strict low fat diet with fruit in the mornings and no combining starches with proteins... I rode my pushbike across town to my job and within 6 months of graduating year 12 I had lost 17 kilos and looked sensational.
At 18 years of age I weighed 59 kilos and it was so great to hear all the comments people made about how awesome I looked. Little did I know how I was setting myself up for major metabolic hardship in the following years.
My weight yo-yo’d for the next 20 years or so and despite eating a well balanced diet I would weigh anywhere between 72 and 82 kilos, until May of 2010 . It was at this time I noticed the numbers on the bathroom scales increasing which (like any woman) I found very frustrating. I ate properly so I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t budge this weight. At that time my life was becoming increasingly stressful and I began to experience anxiety and panic attacks. I had always been a poor sleeper but my insomnia was really beginning to be debilitating, and then I noticed my hair was falling out in alarming quantities.
As a naturopath I tried absolutely everything I could think off. I had access to all the information I should’ve needed but nothing I tried worked and I just became so very frustrated. I went to my GP with my concerns and was put through a barrage of tests which all came back ‘within normal ranges’ . Like so many others in a similar situation my options were anti-depressants and sleeping tablets. I felt depressed and frustrated and as a Naturopathic Health Practitioner, I felt like a failure. I felt so unwell I left my employment, I couldn’t stop gaining weight, I couldn’t sleep, I had lost about a third of my hair... I had gained 14 kilos in eight months...
I remember well a conversation I had with my doctor. I remember saying that there just HAS to be something wrong with me, why can't thy find out what it is? Then someone said to me “Dee, you’re a Naturopath, you should be able to fix yourself” so I decided to find out once and for all, what was going on. My research led me to realise the link between chronic stress and weight gain, the role that insulin resistance brought on by fad dieting in my youth plays and how my thyroid function had slowed to an almost dead stop. I also found out WHY it wasn’t picked up by standard tests, how to get specialised pathology done and how to treat the basic hormone deficiencies that are behind my long standing health issues.
To find out I had late stage 3 adrenal exhaustion and Hashimotos (an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland) as well as extremely low levels of cortisol and progesterone gave me the answers to why I felt so wretched, it explained the weight gain, insomnia, extreme exhaustion and the anxiety I was experiencing and opened up a whole new avenue of treatment. I finally knew it wasn't all in my head - it was my hormones.
Through my own experience with hormonal imbalances I have seen the need to bring this information out to others who have been in the same situation I’d found myself in. So many women and men tell me they know there must be something wrong but tests keep coming back ‘within normal ranges’ and they are left without explanation. Let me assure you, doctors are equally frustrated. It was once explained to me that in medical testing, you only find what you go out in search of and many times, you just aren’t looking for the right thing. Armed with more specialised pathology, we are able to proceed with treatments that bring great benefits, and follow up testing reveals that imbalances can be corrected.
As a Naturopath, a natural approach to health is always desirable, however it's important to recognise that there is a place for both traditional and modern day medical care. Now my aim is to combine the best from all areas of care to obtain the best possible health outcome for the client. Don’t continue to wonder whether I can help you or not, I can. It’s time to act now. Stay tuned and hear about MY results....
Dee the Naturopath
Time and time again I hear people ask "why do I feel so bad when they tell me there's nothing wrong?" My goal is to help solve your health problems, to get to the bottom of things, not just symptom control but to bring about a return to good health.