My Personal Health Journey and Experience With Functional Medicine
After serving 2.5 years in the Peace Corps in rural Paraguay, I decided to become a doctor. My second year of medical school I was having panic attacks, tremors and insomnia. I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease in which my thyroid was attacking itself and causing it to become overactive.
I first did nothing. I then tried Chinese Medicine and was eating lots of fermented foods, whole grains and terrible tasting powdered herbs. That did not help.
I finally decided to do the conventional medicine called PTU, which inhibits my thyroid from making so much hormone. After a few weeks I felt terrible. I returned to my doctor for lab testing and found that my liver was being damaged by the medication and I had something called toxic hepatitis. I was ordered to stop the medication and to strict bed rest. fearing my health, my life and the possibility of having to drop out of medical school, I opted to have my thyroid ablated.
Watch the video above to hear how my journey unfolds….