From the Author: New Book: The HypothyroidismChick’s Protocol:  How to get out of survival mode Tip #2

How to get out of survival mode Tip #2

Having the proper tests performed:

I understand not everyone has health insurance nor can everyone manage the extra cost that it may take to see a knowledgeable holistic health practitioner or one might not even be in your area locally.  Therefore, the information within the pages of this book can help guide you. Don’t worry you did not purchase another “quick fit it “book nor a book that is suggesting you buy “certain” products.  

Roll your sleeves up, Sweet Cheeks, because you’ve got some work to do.

In order to start fighting hypothyroidism head on you need to know what you’re working with when it comes to your body. Where it is lacking, what are its strengths and the steps you need to take to begin the healing process.

This is just a basic run down of tests that need to be performed. If you “ARE” working with a Skilled Knowledgeable Holistic Health Practitioner they will know exactly what tests to run to begin figuring out what if any health issues you may have, how to treat it and where to start you on the road to wellness.  Again, if you aren’t working with one then this book will help to certainly guide you but you have to do the work.

You see it is very important to know if your body is lacking because for example if your iron, ferritin, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 are too low, your body may have trouble with absorbing and utilizing the thyroid hormone replacement pill that you may be taking daily. At the present moment I am no longer on any medications for my thyroid because I have healed my Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism naturally. I have learned how to read my blood work, pay attention to the signals that my body gives me and most importantly LISTEN to my body. From all of this I can adjust what I need to fine-tune myself. There are also other daily habits and techniques that I have developed over time and learned that are written within the pages of this book for you to discover and become enlightened.   

I know, the reason why you purchased this book is because you have the courage, strength and desire to start making a difference in your own health. Thank you for making that leap for bettering your health.

What tests should I have run for my thyroid?

A full thyroid panel for hypothyroidism should at least include these key thyroid lab tests:


-Free T4

-Free T3

-Reverse T3

-Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies-Hashimoto’s

-Thyroglobulin Antibodies- Hashimoto’s

-TSI & TRAb for Graves; You can have antibodies for both illnesses

A Thyroid DNA Panel that includes DIO2

Listen TSH alone does not give a full picture of thyroid health.

Normal Ranges for you blood work

-TSH- (range .034 – 4.82)

-Free- T4 (range 0.59 – 1.17)

-Total -T4 (range 4.5 – 12.0)

-Total- T3 (range 71 – 180)

These are additional tests that your doctor may want to run. These other tests may be vital to predetermining how to start your healing process. I shall repeat again that you are not sitting in front of me with the history of your health chart, nor do I have a recent rundown of your blood work or can I ask you many, many other vital important questions. For example: your medical history, your recent and past blood work, your daily activities, your food journal, your daily stress factors, your exercise habits, your sleep patterns or what chemical toxins that you allow in your life. (example: shampoo’s, lotions, deodorants, cleaning supplies, other medications, etc.) There are so many other vital questions too that I would ask you to help you begin your healing journey if you were working with me or a knowledgeable holistic health practitioner.          

2.- Four iron labs: Ferritin, % Saturation, TIBC and serum iron (sometimes the test will just say Iron, or total iron).

*A high ferritin can also point to inflammation and is often elevated with people who have hypothyroidism. It is suggested that you should not take your iron supplement for up to five days because this will give you a clearer picture of what your body is holding onto but again I would advise you to get your doctors approval beforehand.

Lower than normal hemoglobin levels indicate anemia. The normal hemoglobin range is generally defined as 13.5 to 17.5 grams (g) of hemoglobin per deciliter (dL) of blood for men and 12.0 to 15.5 g/dL for women. The normal ranges for children vary depending on the child’s age and sex. Ferritin.

3.-A full vitamin and mineral MOT

Believe it or not something a simple a mineral or vitamin deficiency can have a major impact on your life.

Nutrient deficiencies are a very common and often over looked. Your thyroid is dependent upon many different vitamins and minerals that work together for it to properly function. Maintaining adequate levels of protein, vitamin D, vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), cobalamin (B12), iodine, selenium, iron, zinc, Omega-3 fats, vitamin C, and magnesium are all important nutrients when it comes to helping your thyroid work properly or it can initiate thyroid dysfunction.

*The body also depends heavily on micronutrients like calcium, vitamin B12, magnesium, Vitamin D, potassium and omega 3s.

I promise you the answer to this test is well worth knowing.

When your body has the correct normal levels of vitamins and minerals your metabolism will also work like it should.     

Below are two examples of a very important vitamin and a very important mineral.   

According to a November 2017 study conducted at the University of Birmingham in the U.K., maintaining sufficient vitamin D intake may help prevent or delay the onset of inflammatory health conditions.

Vitamin D3 (25-hydroxyvitamin D lab test)

Vitamin D (25 (OH)D) is usually measured on a scale of 30” 100 ng/ml. Below 30 is often considered deficient.

Vitamin D is important to the immune system and without adequate amount of vitamin d it blocks the receptors that tell your thyroid to process properly.

Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be more common among people with Hashimoto’s, [an autoimmune disorder related to hypothyroidism]

*Low vitamin D also increases TSH levels, people who were deficient in vitamin D were much more likely to have TPO-Ab positive tests, [which is related to having Hashimoto’s- an autoimmune disorder related to hypothyroidism].

Extremely fatigued? Selenium. This trace mineral, although rare, has been linked to impaired immune function, recurrent miscarriages, hypothyroidism and extreme fatigue.

Magnesium is necessary for metabolizing estrogen in the liver. Magnesium is a mineral that plays an important part in our health and well-being. It’s one of the forgotten minerals and it’s vital for many processes within the body. Magnesium helps to keep the nervous system healthy and to calm your nerves when you are stressed. In fact, did you know that magnesium is the first mineral depleted when you are stressed? So if you have any type of stress in your life magnesium is the first mineral that goes out the window. Magnesium is also an important mineral co-factor for enzymes that have biochemical reactions in the body. In other words, it plays a large role in digestive system health as it helps enzymes do their job as well as to loosen the body to relax and ease to support the metabolic processes. 

Many of us are deficient in magnesium and we don’t even know it. Magnesium is the second most abundant element in our cells, helps to regulate our bodies 325 enzymes, and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production, and the elimination of harmful toxins. According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s magnesium deficiency helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments. Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and sulfate in which are easily absorbed through the skin. Per Sulfates help to form brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also help detoxify the body of medicines and environmental contaminants. The Epsom Salt Industry Council has listed many reasons why we should take an Epsom bath three times a week. Here are some other health benefits and different recipes for a relaxing, unwinding, and “wash the day off” detox bath. Be creative; find the scents that you like and mix your very special detox bath blends. Improves heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering your blood pressure. Improves ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes. Flushes toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain, and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Improves nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood. Relieves stress. Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps. Improves oxygen use. Improves absorption of nutrients. Prevents or eases of migraine headaches.

Calming Magnesium Body Butter

My homemade magnesium body butter will help replace the magnesium that our bodies need to thrive to survive.  I always try to apply a little to my feet and shoulders before bed. This helps me relax and also get a fantastic night’s sleep.  It’s pretty easy to make and the benefits are overwhelming. Magnesium deficiency is very common and it mimics other common symptoms and many other conditions like, being tired and felling run down, not sleeping well, getting headaches, gut issues, and even feeling stressed and anxious. Here is a list of things that can lower our magnesium levels:

    Too much caffeine

    Processed food and Sugar

    Too much stress

    Poor sleep habits

Calming Magnesium Body Butter

    1/2 cup cocoa butter

    1/2 cup of coconut oil and melt

    1/4 cup magnesium oil

    Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil

    Add 10 drops cedar wood essential oil

    Add 10 drops frankincense essential oil

    Place a heat-safe glass measuring cup/bowl inside a pot that has 1-2 inches of simmering water over medium heat. Add the cocoa butter and melt it in your double boiler until it’s completely melted.

    Remove the cocoa butter from heat, and add 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil to the melted cocoa butter and stir until completely the coconut oil has melted. Next add 1/4 cup magnesium oil to the mixture and combine. Place the mixture in the refrigerator to cool for about 30-60 minutes (until it is cooled completely). After the mixture has completely cooled and became a solid. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to whip it.  Start on low and increase speed slowly.  Whip for about 3-5 minutes. Next add the 10 drops each of lavender essential oil, the 10 drops of cedar wood essential oil, and the 10 drops of frankincense essential oil.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue whipping for another 5 minutes or so, until the magnesium body butter is light and fluffy.  The color of the magnesium body butter will change from yellow to a pale ivory and almost white color. Lastly put the magnesium body butter into mason jars and seal tightly with a lid. Make sure to label and date the top of the lid. This recipe makes enough for two 4 oz. glass jars.

What is the slim and sassy essential oil blend? It’s a blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon. This metabolic blend can be used for weight loss, increased energy, increased metabolism, appetite suppression, and fighting those nasty, overwhelming cravings. You can purchase this essential oil pretty much anywhere or go to my blog website and follow me on twitter @thyroidismchick.

DIY Skin Smoother Detox Bath

2 cups Epsom salt

2 cups baking soda

 2 cups sea salt

1 cup vinegar

1/4 cup of organic coconut oil (this will melt in the hot bath) Combine the dry ingredients; store in a closed container. When you are ready to take a bath, add 1 cup of dry ingredients, 1 cup of vinegar, and 1/4 cup of coconut oil. (Kids can use up to a 1/2 cup of the mixture.) Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

Soothing Lavender Detox Bath

2 cups Epsom salt

2 cups baking soda

5–10 drops of lavender oil

 Combine the dry ingredients; store in a closed container. When you are ready to take a bath, add 1 cup of dry ingredients. (Kids can use up to 1/2 cup of the mixture.) Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

Soothing Oatmeal Bath Salt Recipe

2 cups of Epsom salt

1 cup of sea salt

1.5 cups of finely pulverized oatmeal

10 drops of lavender essential oil

Grind the oatmeal finely in a food processor or spice grinder. You want it about the consistency of sugar or salt. Add the salts and lavender oil. Mix everything together well. Add 1 cup of the oatmeal-salt mixture under the running water and give a good stir. Store in a closed container. (Kids can use up to 1/2 cup of the mixture.) Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

Goats Milk Bath

2 cups of powdered goat’s milk

2 cup of Epsom salt

1 cup of sea salt 2 cup of baking soda

10 drops of lavender essential oil

Combine the dry ingredients and the lavender essential oil. Store in a closed container. When you are ready to take a bath, add 1 cup of dry ingredients. (Kids can use up to 1/2 cup of the mixture.) Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

Sugar Scrub for Dry skin

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup raw honey

2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix all your all ingredients in a mason jar and label Sugar Scrub on the container. Wet your sponge, but not dripping wet, and scoop out an adequate amount of the sugar scrub on it. Exfoliate your skin gently using your bath sponge. Be careful not to scrub too hard. You want to scrub gently, just enough to remove the dead skin cells but not so it irritates your skin. Rinse the mixture off in your shower. Pat dry your skin with your towel.

What to do if I have a mineral or vitamin deficiency?

First of all, let me say that I support you changing your food patterns and getting what your body is lacking through the consumption of whole organic foods if at all possible. I am in no way trying to “sell” you any vitamin supplements or as I like to call some vitamins, “expensive urine” but if for some reason, if you can’t get what you need through organic whole foods then I want you to be smart about what you are swallowing and not wasting your money on what will ultimately turn into “expensive urine”.     

This is really a difficult topic to cover because we are all ‘again” not created the same.

In order to get the correct daily dosage is not like as simple as putting gas in your tank. You just simply can’t swallow a pill and call it a day. A recommendation is just that a recommendation. What you may need from the absorption rates, elimination rates, assessing what the vitamin or mineral even does in your body can mean something totally different to you verses the next person that is given the same recommendation. It seems we may be getting just enough to survive but it’s not unreasonable to get enough to thrive! We must pay attention to our diet and blood work, add extra to what we need and pay major attention to what we are lacking.

 For example, if you are low on Vitamin D.

The Reference Daily Intake (RDI) is 600 IU of vitamin D per day from foods and closer to 1,000 IU per day from sunlight.

There are three ways to get vitamin D. 1. The most natural way would be exposing your bare skin to sunlight like your arms, legs and face for 20 minutes (No, you do NOT need sunscreen. I absolutely urge you to look at your sunscreen ingredients and see how harmful the ingredients are actually. There are plenty of natural way to make sunscreen or several companies who make great organic sunscreen. I prefer to just apply raw, unrefined, organic coconut oil) 2. Taking a quality vitamin D3 supplement. 3. Eating foods that are rich in vitamin D such as

Cod liver oil — 1 teaspoon has 453 IU of vitamin D

Wild Alaskan Salmon — 3 ounces has 447 IU

Tuna — 3 ounces has 154 IU

Sardines — 2 fillets have 46 IU

Pasture Raised Eggs — 1 large egg has 41 IU

Mushrooms — 1 cup has 2 IU

(Mushrooms are a nightshade. In this book, I urge you to avoid nightshades but I only showed this as an example of foods that are high in vitamin D. Later in the book, I will go into more detail about the foods that will cater to healing your thyroid along with recipes)  

 Not all vitamins and mineral supplements are created equal.

This is what I mean when I say. “expensive urine”.

I am sure there are many companies who sell quality vitamins but I’ve found that Garden of Life Multivitamin for Women – Vitamin Code Women’s Raw Whole Food Vitamin Supplement with Probiotics work best for me because a women’s body is very complex. The company promises that this vitamin has no fillers or binders, it’s made from raw whole foods and nothing synthetic (made from fake chemicals acting like the real thing). This multivitamin also has live probiotics and enzymes plus antioxidants. It is also gluten and dairy free which are issues with people with hypothyroidism and food intolerances. 

This vitamin hits all areas of my female body.  It’s a comprehensive vitamin for breast health, reproductive health, bone strength, skin health, heart health, and digestive support.

Yes, I may sound as if I am advertising for them but I can assure you I am not and I get no kickbacks if you decide to purchase the same brand that I use. I am only sharing with you what I use and why I use it. How would they even know that you purchased their product because I wrote it in my book? There is no way that this company even knows that am on this planet.

When you are searching for a quality vitamin and mineral supplement to take please make sure it’s not filled with fake crap and has no hidden fillers, binders, gluten, soy lecithin, palm oil, basically read the fine print and make sure there are no hidden added extra things. Also, make sure it has everything your body needs for that extra support that you might not be getting with your food intake. I also like to read the reviews that other people have written about the product that tends to help me make my decision as well.

Whatever your body is lacking you can always google, if you don’t have access to the internet at home, you can freely go to the nearest library and do a little research to see what you need to do the adjustments to whatever you are lacking and begin to build it back up again. There is no reason for you not to have access to the most powerful information tool created in the history of mankind. I am referring to the internet along with search engine tools such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Internet Archive, Baidu,, and DuckDuckGo.   

I also found it beneficial for me to fast before my blood work. I wouldn’t have anything to eat or drink other than water for 8 to 10 hours before my test. Fasting helps ensure that the blood test records an accurate measurement of many things. If I was checking to see if I had a vitamin or mineral deficiency. I also would skip out on taking any mineral/vitamins supplements for several days so my body could be accurately measured to what it is holding on too or what it is truly lacking. 

You see my friend, you certainly don’t want your blood work test results could come back flawed, leading to the wrong diagnosis and treatment.

*** Always check with your Primary Care Physician for approval to fast prior to fasting for your blood work***

Here is a little piece that I wrote in my book: Awareness has Magic that I am sharing with you.

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This book is meant to help you sift through some of the noise to get the information you need.

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your ThyroidThe Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.   This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement. is dedicated to covering health and science news that matters most to our generation. We cover a wide range of stories, but ultimately we are driven by two core values: first, to contribute to our readers’ understanding of what is a very complex and constantly changing field of information, and second, to keep in mind the ultimate “smell test” — we want our stories to be the kind of things you talk about at a bar with your friends. determines coverage based on relevance, clinical significance, and editorial integrity. We give no priority to commercial considerations, and will always clearly distinguish between factual content, commentary, and opinions to avoid misleading readers with institutional propaganda. and speculation.

There is a war raging against humanity and our earth.  We have been passively indoctrinated and so utterly pre-programmed that we do not ask the questions that need to ask. We have laid our trust completely in those in power or someone with a title behind their name. People conditioned blindly believing in things simply because enough people assured us it was true. Infectious diseases have been irradiated but chronic diseases are the new black plague of our modern time. This book is profoundly personal as it represents a mission brimming with meaning.  As I reflect on extraordinary truths about our nation’s health history, current, and future, I also offer you wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. We must stop the atrocities if we want to become a healthier nation in the future. We must stop the atrocities if we want the human race to survive. I hope my voice and advocacy will continue to help lead the way and this book will make changes for current and future generations to come. No, I simply do not have all the answers but I have written plenty in this book to make you start questioning EVERYTHING.

What you are about to discover is terrifying.

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Please follow along with me on this journey of discovery as I share with you my brush of madness with exquisite clarity. Luckily, I was never a quick fix-it junkie where I said no to many suggestions from board certified or certifiable doctors because I felt it in my soul that it was merely a banaide being placed on my issues. The names of certain doctors have been changed because frankly, I don’t want to be sued for proven their lack in their field. 

Hippocrates was right when he said: Let they food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.


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