I was just fine on my thyroid medication for many years. However, first going gluten-free and then modifying my diet to have a better copper-zinc balance have caused quite a few struggles. So many symptoms and changes have made it hard to determine whether or not I truly need my medication, and the fact that some people have been able to go off their medication by making these changes doesn’t make it any easier. Now, I think I’m finally getting the message that I’ll be on levothyroxine for life. As much as it would be wonderful to be one of those who can go off medication because his/her thyroid is perfectly healthy, I don’t believe it’s meant to be in my case. Till death do us part! Read More →

A vitamin or mineral imbalance, such as a copper-zinc imbalance, can cause side effects that resemble malabsorption, a condition where damage to the gut prevents absorption of vitamins and minerals. In the case of a vitamin or mineral imbalance, however, the condition of the gut may be completely normal. The problem arises when a vitamin or mineral is extremely out-of-balance with others, causing deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals because your body requires them in higher amounts to compete with the vitamin or mineral being consumed in excess. The imbalance could be mistaken for absorption problems. Read More →

Beef patty (zinc), mashed sweet potatoes (copper), and okra

In order to prevent copper toxicity from recurring, intake of copper and zinc need to be balanced once excess copper has been removed from the body. Making sure there is sufficient intake of zinc to balance out copper intake should prevent excess copper from building back up in the body and causing a return of symptoms. Below, I outline how I’ve decided to approach keeping them in balance in my own diet. What you may have to do may be completely different. See a doctor or nutritionist for any specific questions about your own health. Try my ideas at your own risk. Read More →

When I switched multivitamins back in December, it allowed me to uncover another significant and hidden health issue, copper toxicity. My multivitamin was not the cause of my iron deficiency, and it was not out-of-balance. My diet was. I was consuming many high-copper foods and in excessive quantities. Even though I consumed foods rich in zinc, I didn’t do so often enough to counteract the amount of copper I was consuming, and I became zinc-deficient. Read More →

Compounded medications are prepared by pharmacists specially trained and are usually prepared for patients who have allergies or who need a medication in a certain form factor (e.g., liquid vs. tablet) or with a certain formulation. Since these medications are prepared for people with allergies, I certainly never expected to react to a compounded medication I was given! Read More →

NOTE: Please read my post Killing Myself with Copper after reading this one.

I recently discovered that my problems with iron deficiency were due to the multivitamin I was taking. It contained minerals in amounts that were preventing my body from absorbing iron. Switching to another brand of multivitamin has helped me greatly. This is something I want to share in the hopes it will help others, because I probably had the issues for years but didn’t realize them until recently. Read More →

Christmas luncheons and similar events at the workplace can lead someone with celiac disease, food allergies, or other food issues to feel less than festive. It can be difficult to figure out how to handle dealing with the food. Sometimes it may not even be possible to participate. Even then, things don’t have to turn into “bah humbug” experiences. It can still be possible to have a good time and do something enjoyable. Read More →

When I was trying to figure out how vinegar was making me react over two years ago, I did a lot of reading and research online about the gluten content of vinegar and whether or not it was gluten-free. All the information I turned up said that vinegar, even distilled vinegar from gluten grains, was gluten-free. Also, if “vinegar” appeared by itself on the food label, it was supposed to be apple cider vinegar. I saw this information provided in several places. Read More →