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  • Lidia

    December 3, 2023 at 5:03 am

    Hi, my name is Lidia Palcu. I’ve been working as a computer analyst for about 15 years. In 2010 I was put on Levothyroxine and sent on my way. I felt better for a bit but managed to get off the medication about 3 years later due to starting on smoothies, I called them green drinks because I used lots of leafy greens and veggies in them. I was doing better for a few years continuing to see the regular MDs and limited testing, of course. But then in 2016 I lost my father, suddenly.

    The grief, and the stress of the new job, coupled with nutritional deficiencies, made my health spiraling down into the autoimmune Hashimotos Thyroiditis soon thereafter. As a child, I wanted to become a doctor, but as I got older I realized people bleed, and I was not okay with seeing blood, my dolls didn’t bleed when I would give them their shots. 😊 So blood put an end to my medical career and I started studying computer science instead.

    Because I always had this deep curiosity about how the body functions and wanted to understand when something was wrong, I would dig and study everything I could find medically. The search for knowledge, coupled with conventional medicine discrepancies, pushed me to keep on searching. I kept my eyes and ears open and in a chiropractor’s office, I have learned about alternative medicine. I started seeing a naturopath who started me with lots of testing where I found out I had thyroid antibodies, MTHFR polymorphism, Lyme, prediabetes, and can’t remember what else but she told me I was exposed to a lot.

    Not much has changed in terms of the protocol to get healthy, very similar to conventional medicine, back to levothyroxine and B12. After months of this, I didn’t feel better. I kept on digging and learning how the thyroid is secondary to the adrenals or something else that can push it over the limit. I’ve learned about methylation and how nutrition/minerals play a big role in keeping the thyroid healthy. I’ve learned how multiple antibiotic courses destroyed my gut. However, I noticed that my naturopath seemed to have felt that I was too complex of a case to solve and was not very interested in solving it, she would only read me the test results.

    The scientist and analyst in me were trying to connect the dots and figure out the systems that are malfunctioning so I could start restoring my health. The fatigue, lack of energy, the body pain, the anxiety was unbearable, couldn’t sleep, I felt helpless, I had to do something different. Became obsessed with searching and learning every second available was used for that. Learned about Iodoral started that for a while, got off the medication, again, and from there I started looking at my adrenal function. Did a DUTCH test and found out I had a reversed cortisol curve, big-time adrenal insufficiency, and insomnia, and worked on that. My diet was always good, that’s what made it so puzzling, but then I’ve learned about mindset and perfectionism, and how it doesn’t serve the body the right way. Little by little the more I’ve learned, the more I implemented.

    I’ve struggled with bone pain for several years and shared it with several doctors but no one has been able to provide any insight other than suspecting and testing for rheumatoid arthritis. The pain was debilitating for days, with each episode, especially since leafy greens, avocados, nuts, and veggies were my diet. Eventually, I was led to learn about oxalates and how they impact my health. As I’ve been studying Dr. Andrew’s material I am so grateful to find out even more on the subject and how they impact my health. Besides that, I got to the place where I feel good, again.

    In the process of learning and trying to find solutions for my health conditions, I developed this love and passion for understanding how this miraculous body we have been given works, and how all the systems connect and depend upon each other. I’ve learned how the body speaks out when it’s trying to alert us about the abuse we are putting it through. My quest, my WHY is that I like to deepen my knowledge so that I can be of help to myself, my family, and other people around me. I feel I am being drawn back to my first love and who knows what the future holds.