Izabella Wentz became a pharmacist because she was fascinated by how tiny amounts of certain substances could have such a profound impact on us humans. Like the tiny substances found in medications, she rightly concluded much before she a pharmacist, tiny amounts of substances in foods we eat every day can have a profound effect on the body. Over 35 million Americans suffer from Hashimoto’s which has become the fastest-growing autoimmune disease in America. In Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology, Izabella Wentz says that food molecules send thousands of messages to our bodies every day. The right foods can send positive and nourishing messages, giving us plentiful energy, shiny hair, and flawless skin and allowing our bodies to function like the high-performance machines they’re meant to be. The wrong foods, on the other hands, can send negative signals causing inflammation, pain, and countless other symptoms. In the same way that we use pharmaceuticals to impact our biology, we can use food as our medicine. She calls is food pharmacology.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition, which means it is a disease characterized by the immune system’s attack on our own cells. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the neck below Adam’s apple. It produces thyroid hormones, which affect the function of just everything. In Hashimoto’s, the cells located in the thyroid gland come under attack while, in other autoimmune conditions, they are in different parts of the body. Izabella Wentz says that when the immune system attacks the thyroid the way it would attack a bacterium, virus pathogen, or other harmful invaders, it causes damage to the thyroid gland, which will likely result in a reduced ability of the thyroid hormones for the whole body. Hashimoto’s causes most cases of hypothyroidism in developed countries that add iodine to their salt supply. In developing counties that do not add iodine to salt supply, iodine deficiency is the primary cause of hypothyroidism. Yet very few of those who are diagnosed with hypothyroidism are ever tested for Hashimoto’s or even informed that they may have an autoimmune condition. Instead, they are usually advised to take medication to correct their underactive thyroid, although necessary and helpful, does not address or correct the underlying destruction of the thyroid gland. This oversight can allow the immune system’s attack on the thyroid to continue.
Although scientists say that there is no cure for Hashimoto’s, Izabella Wentz says that we have the capacity and knowledge to put the condition into remission for most people. Each autoimmune condition has a different definition of what remission may mean — remission not necessarily a destination. Remission to her is progress, not perfection. Where you are is an improvement over where you have been. She says that optimizing your nutrition can do wonders for your health. This is why following a nutrition-dense diet that is free of reactive food s is one of the first steps. Although dietary modifications are powerful, there are limitations to what they can accomplish, and although most will see improvement with nutrition, many may need to dig deeper into the other root causes and interventions to continue improving. Many people will be able to see a reduction in their thyroid antibodies, and some may no longer test positive for Hashimoto’s, a small subset may even be able to regenerate thyroid tissue and discontinue thyroid medications under a doctor’s supervision.
Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology is a beautifully-manufactured book with more than 100 tantalizing photographs of healing whole foods. Izabella Wentz tells you how to redo your kitchen to make it easy for you to work there. If you are suffering from thyroid conditions, Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology is a must for you. It is likely to have a positive effect on your autoimmune condition and general health. It is worth buying Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology just for the sake of delicious recipes. This is a cookbook that should be in every kitchen.