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I'm a sixty-two year old white male.
For the past eight to twelve months I made and drank one or two kale smoothies per day.
I thought I was doing something good for myself. Stupid me, as it turns out.
I thought I had read everything about kale, but I hadn't ever heard about goitrogenic foods.
During that time the only water I drank was 'reverse osmosis' water, to the exclusion of any other water.
Again, stupid me; I didn't know that RO water is referred to as 'hungry water', and that it leaches minerals out of anything it touches.
Now I've been diagnosed with hypothyroid. Due to my damned ignorance, it seems that I've permanently ruined my health...and my life.
My TSH has been determined to be 5.4. Standard range is supposedly 0.550 - 4.780.
My free T4 is rated as 'normal' at 1.06. Standard range is supposedly 0.89 - 1.76.
The prescribed Levothyroxine gave me chest flutter and rapid heart rate. Unsettling.
I stopped taking it after only a week, but my hypothyroid symptoms are so bad that I'm tempted to take a second chance with Levothyroxine just to get some relief.
I don't know what my options are, but none of them seem good.
One last thing: There may be auto-immune causality; I have numerous crumbling amalgam fillings, as well as a chronically inflamed knee.
I'm returning to the doctor on July 6th. I wish it were sooner.
My questions are:
Have any of you been the author of your own thyroid's demise in this way?
What should I do now?
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