Lookin’ heavy but feeling light,
A spring in her step because she feels alright.
More on her middle and less junk on her face,
It drives many women crazy, this acceptance of age.
That pursuit of youth, it’s a really huge business,
Keeps the doctors working – fills hospitals and clinics.
But chemical free is HER way, and she feels
It will keep her away from autoimmune disease.
2016 was a good year.
It’s the year I decided to go chemical free with home and personal care products, after I was diagnosed with an inflamed thyroid and treated with steroids for a few months, until my tests went back to normal.
My decision to make these lifestyle changes came about after I read The Thyroid Cure by Michelle Corey.
- I replaced body lotions and face creams with water and extra-virgin coconut oil.
- Chemical home cleaners with diluted vinegar mixed with regular dish detergent.
- My regular shampoo with home made reetha shampoo.
- Hair dye wasn’t an issue, because I don’t dye my hair.
- I later replaced deodorants with sodabicarb powder after a very bad experience when had difficulty breathing after using a deodorant spray.
The diet recommended in ‘The Thyroid Cure’ was very similar to the diet I’d grown up on, and preferred, so this was easy. I already knew I had a problem with gluten, and anyway, I prefer eating rice to wheat. We had already started to eat simple and easy to cook, so the diet recommended in the book wasn’t all that hard to stick with.
About a year after this change, I needed to visit the doctor a lot less for coughs and colds, as they were so mild that they went away on their own, except for once in a way. I can’t prove with certainty that the above lifestyle changes were the reason for this, but it is my belief that they are.
I believe that we can help our immune system function better, and if not prevent, then certainly reduce the severity of health issues, or delay their onset.