My Story: How I Cured My Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is the story of how I cured my rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic sinus infections, seasonal allergies, and gluten intolerance… naturally, with diet and supplements.

My Story: How I Cured My Rheumatoid Arthritis

I'm glad you found my website. If you're sick and in pain with , I know how you feel. I was just like you. When I was in my twenties, I was in pain all the time.

In this post, I'll also share with you how 20 years later, just this past year, I had the had the second biggest breakthrough of my life and helped my nanny and assistant cure her chronic migraine headaches and painful ovarian cysts.

This is a long post, because I had a lot to say, but buckle up, because it's totally gonna be worth it. Big revelations — stick with me! I believe this is the most important post I have ever written in my life, and I think it will positively impact more lives than my blog has impacted in almost a decade. Yes! This is THAT big! Read on…

Me, age 24

My Story: Arthritis at Age 25

My name is Ann Marie. I was only twenty-five when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I was about to graduate from college and getting ready to start my first job at a digital ad agency in Silicon Valley. And I couldn't get out of bed in the mornings. I wasn't sleeping well — the pain in my knees would wake me up at night. And the joint pain was spreading from my knees to my fingers and elbows. I was living on pain medication. I knew my problems were only going to get worse because arthritis is a degenerative disease.

College graduation at UT Austin, 1995 (in my John Fluevog platforms)

In addition to the arthritis, I also had chronic sinus infections and seasonal allergies. I was always sneezing and coughing, I had chronic itchy, watery eyes, and post-nasal drip, a white coat on my tongue, and I was always blowing my nose and rubbing my eyes.

To top it off, I had chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). I used to think these were made-up illnesses made up by lazy people. I found out the hard way that chronic fatigue syndrome is real and it's debilitating. Coffee was my best friend.

I was only twenty-five and I had the energy of a senior citizen. I never felt rested in the morning, felt exhausted all day long… and forget about going to the gym or going out swing dancing at night like all my friends (hey, this was the 1990s — swing dancing was in back then).

It was the spring of my senior year at college and I was getting ready to move across the country from Texas to California to start my new job. I had worked hard in school, pulled all-nighters, got straight As, graduated at the top of my class, and landed a job the most prestigious digital ad agency in the world. How was I gonna pull this off? I was really scared about how I would handle the stress and long hours in Silicon Valley with my failing health.

Searching for a Cure

Doctors didn't have answers for me. They told me that in time, I would end up having to take stronger painkillers and arthritis medication. Eventually, they said I would have to have surgery.

Age 25, college graduation party

I started spending time in the library, reading books about arthritis (this was before the internet; they had just invented the browser but there was very little information online yet).

All of the books I found talked about how to cope with arthritis, but none of the authors wrote about curing arthritis. They were just like my doctors, saying I'd just have to live on painkillers and eventually I would need surgery.

I remember one book talking about how many people with arthritis will end up in a wheelchair, and how to install railings in your home.

I threw that book across the room.

I knew there had to be a better way. I was only 25. My whole life was ahead of me. I was not about to give up and just accept this degenerative disease.

Nightshades

So I started trying to find books about “natural healing” for arthritis. There weren't a lot — this was the 1990s.

After many hours in the library, I found an article about arthritis in cattle. Ranchers found that nightshade vegetables caused arthritis in their cattle. Well, I thought to myself, what if I stopped eating nightshade vegetables? It was a crazy idea but I had nothing else to go on.

So then I had to look up what nightshade vegetables were. They include include five things: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, tobacco and peppers.

Giving up eggplant? No problem! I also figured I could do without peppers and tobacco (I didn't smoke). But living without pizza and French fries was going to be a challenge.

Nonetheless, I thought I'd give it a try.

One week later, my arthritis was 80% better. I was thrilled!

Why Was My Immune System Broken?

Excitedly, I told a good friend of mine about my success. “You shouldn't be reacting to nightshades,” he said. “If you're reacting to nightshades, you have a problem with your immune function. You should look into what's wrong with your immune system.”

Wow, I thought. He was right. Most people don't react to nightshades. If they did, nobody would be eating pizza or French fries. McDonald's and Domino's Pizza would go out of business.

So, what was wrong with my immune system?

I was glad I had tested the nightshade theory, because even though it wasn't the ultimate answer, it had convinced me that you can stop pain by changing your diet. This was huge!

I didn't know anything about the immune system, so I went back to the library.

I searched on the computer at the library computer for “immune system” and I found a book called The Yeast Connection  by Dr. William Crook.

I checked the book out from the library and read it cover to cover (instead of doing my homework). Dr. Crook said that to have a healthy immune system, you need a healthy gut. Dr. Crook said that in order to have a healthy gut, you need a healthy amount of good bacteria. Without enough good bacteria, your digestive tract gets overrun with yeast and other pathogenic bacteria (hence, the title, The Yeast Connection.) 

It all made sense. I had grown up on antibiotics and sugar. My good gut bacteria had been killed off by the antibiotics. And all the sugar had fed the bad bacteria and yeast.

30 Day Elimination Diet

Dr. Crook recommended that I follow an elimination diet for 30 days (forgive me if I'm getting any details wrong — it's been over 20 years since I read the book). Then after 3 or 4 weeks, you could start re-introducing foods.

For the first 30 days, I cut out all foods containing sugar, yeast, mold, starches and fermented foods. So, in other words… no bread, rice or any other grains, no cheese, no wine or beer, and no sugar or fruit of any kind. I was only allowed to eat meat, eggs, seafood, and non-starchy vegetables (no potatoes).

The first week or so was excruciating. I was ten times more exhausted than I usually was, and I felt like I had the flu. The flulike symptoms, I learned were caused by “die off,” which is what happens when the pathogenic bacteria dies off in large quantities (when you stop feeding it all the sugar and starch, it can't survive).

After the first several days, I started to feel better, and as the weeks wore on, my symptoms began to disappear. After about a month on the elimination diet, I was feeling 95% better.

However, I noticed that if I even ate one tiny little bite of gluten or sugar, my symptoms would all come back with a vengeance. Arthritis pain, mucus, itchy, watery eyes and itchy nose and throat, dizziness, brain fog, and exhaustion.

I found this out by testing different foods one by one.

Dr. Vikki, the Miracle Worker

Around that time had moved to Silicon Valley for my new job. A friend at work recommended I go see Dr. Vikki Peterson.

Believe it or not, 20 years later, Dr. Vikki and her husband Rick are still in practice. They do work with patients remotely (you just have to travel there once for the initial visit). If you're interested in working with them, please tell them I sent you.

I worked with Dr. Vikki for 2 years, and it was awesome. I am eternally grateful for her for helping me through my process of healing. It took two years for my gut to heal fully.

With my former roommate in San Francisco — feeling great on the gluten-free diet

I had to avoid gluten and sugar for 2 years. But those were really the only things I had to stay away from. I could eat honey in moderation, and all grains and starches. Fruit was fine, too, just not in excess. (I remember once going to the Juice Club and getting a giant fruit smoothie. I ended up with my head on my desk, dizzy and exhausted — too much sugar!)

Plenty of energy for swing dancing at the office Christmas party

During the 2 years I was healing, Dr. Vikki worked with me and gave me therapeutic grade probiotics (this is the brand of probiotic I recommend now: Smidge, formerly GutPro).

She also gave me supplements to help support my adrenal glands. When your body is fighting an illness, it taxes your adrenal glands. Being sick had really put my adrenal glands on overdrive, and getting the extra nutritional support made a huge difference. I felt energetic enough to get up early, work long hours at the office, and even go out dancing and on dates at night. Even though I had to avoid gluten and sugar, I was getting my life back!

How the Digestive Tract Heals

The digestive tract is made up of good bacteria and bad bacteria. One of the main jobs of the good bacteria is to keep the bad bacteria in check. You're always going to have some bad bacteria, but when you have too much bad bacteria in your gut, you get overrun with yeast and other pathogenic bacteria.

I always compare this to a city that gets overrun with gangs and violence. Neighborhoods explode with crime and drugs, and nobody wants to live there anymore. This is what happens when your gut gets taken over by pathogenic bacteria. You need to starve out the bad guys (by reducing and/or eliminating sugar, starches, fruit and anything you react to). And you have to bring in the good guys (probiotics — I recommend Smidge, formerly GutPro) to kill off the bad guys.

It can take a couple years for the gut to heal. I'll explain why… There's something called villi, which are tiny finger-like projections that grow along your small intestine. It's like grass or a brush lining.

One of the other jobs of good bacteria is to keep the wall of the gut healthy — kind of like fertilizer for a lawn. When you don't have enough good bacteria, the lawn dies and you end up with a bald digestive tract.

The villi is there to secrete enzymes that help you break down and digest carbohydrates. For example, your villi produces the enzyme lactase in order to help you digest lactose from dairy products.

It takes time for the villi to grow back, which is why it can take months or years before you can start eating the foods you are allergic to again.

Full Recovery

Two years later, totally cured!

After around two years of avoiding gluten and sugar and taking therapeutic-grade probiotics, I found that I could start eating gluten and sugar in moderation and not react. In other words, I didn't have any symptoms.

Happy to be able to eat gluten and sugar again

It's now 20 years later and I have been able to eat anything I want this entire time. That makes me very happy. As you can tell by the name of this blog, Cheeseslave, I really love food. And I hate not being able to eat the foods that I love!

Even more importantly, degenerative disease is just that, degenerative. And disease begets disease. If I had stayed on the course I was going, I would have gotten sicker and sicker. I would have ended up like my stepmother, who passed away a decade ago. My father came home to find her dead on the floor of their home. She had had rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia for a long time, and she just kept getting sicker and sicker. The doctors gave her more and more drugs. And they ended up killing her.

I feel so bad for my father and my stepmom and what they went through, and that's what drives me to continue to share information. I know there are so many people out there who are suffering. There is hope and recovery is possible!

Why Weren't People Getting Better?

Fast-forward 10 years later… In 2007, my baby girl was born and I started the Cheeseslave blog and started writing about health and nutrition. The blog allowed me to interact with lots and lots of people who had health challenges.

A couple years after I started the blog, I launched an online video class called Reversing Food Allergies to teach others what I had learned and help them start on the elimination diet. A lot of people were able to reverse their food allergies and recover. But as I would soon find out, not everyone was recovering…

In 2014, I took a hiatus from blogging after my million-dollar blog network that I built from scratch crashed and burned to the ground (you can read the whole story here).

Last summer (2016), after giving birth to my second child, I decided to resuscitate the blog and start rebuilding. I decided I wanted to relaunch the Reversing Food Allergies online class. Many of my readers have been asking for it. But I no longer wanted to use Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's GAPS Diet as the basis for the class as I originally had. This is because I strongly disagree with Dr. Natasha's position on FCLO.

So… I started looking around to see if there was another dietary plan I could build my class around. I looked into Auto Immune Paleo… I will share what I found out about AIP, and why I ultimately rejected the diet… because so many people were not getting better.

This is something I saw, interacting with my blog readers over the years, a number of people are just not recovering. Why?

But before I get into that, I need to share a little backstory about my assistant, Jennifer and her path to recovery.

Jennifer's Story

Jennifer started working for us as a nanny in 2013, the year before my company crashed. Right before the crash, she moved back to Arizona to get married. That ultimately didn't work out, so she came back to work for us in the fall of 2015 to take care of Kate and Oliver.

Jennifer and my son, Oliver

About a year ago, in early 2016, Jennifer, age 25 (the same age I was when I got sick) kept complaining of health problems. She was having migraines on a weekly basis. She also suffered from extremely painful ovarian cysts every month during her cycle, which would often burst and she would have to go to the hospital, since over-the-counter pain medication didn't help at all.

I wondered if maybe gluten was the problem. I talked to her and asked her if she had ever tried an elimination diet. She said, no she hadn't, but she was willing to give it a shot.

After 30 days on the elimination diet, Jennifer had had no change in her symptoms. She still suffered from migraines and the painful cysts. We started reintroducing foods one by one. No reaction to anything. And she was still experiencing chronic pain.

In other words, the elimination diet had been a failure. I had no answers for Jennifer. This made me very sad.

But for those of you who know me, I'm not one to give up easily. I said a prayer, knowing that my higher power would bring me an answer to help Jennifer.

Watching Jungle Jill Free to Be Unschooling Conference 2016

The Hidden Cause of Acne

A few months later, a friend of mine, Melissa Gardner emailed me a copy of her brand new book, [easyazon_link identifier=”1620557096″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]The Hidden Cause of Acne, [/easyazon_link]asking me if I'd consider reading it.

[easyazon_link identifier=”1620557096″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″][/easyazon_link]I had known Melissa (online at least) for nearly a decade. I met her in my earliest days of blogging. She had a blog called The Cellulite Investigation. On that blog, she was investigating cellulite and possible dietary and/or environmental causes. I always loved her blog and respected her as an investigative journalist.

[easyazon_link identifier=”1620557096″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]The Hidden Cause of Acne[/easyazon_link] was a revelation! It was the answer that I had been seeking for Jennifer.

This was the missing piece for so many people who were not recovering. The answer: fluoride.

In [easyazon_link identifier=”1620557096″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]The Hidden Cause of Acne, [/easyazon_link], Melissa Gardner explains how she discovered it was fluoride that was causing her chronic acne and cellulite.

You can watch my video interview with Melissa here:

I also wrote a review of the book, The Hidden Cause of Acne.

The Fluoride in Jennifer's Diet

As I was telling Jennifer about the book, she said, “I wonder if that can help me. I have chronic acne. I've had acne my whole life — since I was 16.”

All of a sudden, all of the pieces came together for us. I said, “How much kombucha are you drinking?”

“One or two bottles a day,” she shrugged. “Why?”

“So… 16-32 ounces per day?”

“Yes.”

I then explained that kombucha is really high in fluoride.

She then told me she had been on Prozac, which also contains fluoride, since she was a teenager. (Around the same time she started getting bad acne.)

She decided that day to stop drinking kombucha and tea. She phased herself off the Prozac (note: check with your doctor before you change anything re: medications).

Getting The Fluoride Out

She started eating a totally organic diet. For 30 days, she ate 100% all organic food. This was to avoid the cryolite, a fluoride-based pesticide that is sprayed on most fruits and vegetables.

She also only ate organic meat, drank organic wine and beer and pretty much followed Melissa's advice in [easyazon_link identifier=”1620557096″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]The Hidden Cause of Acne[/easyazon_link] to the letter.

She avoided eating anything cooked in Teflon (Teflon increases the fluoride in food three times.)

And she didn't eat any seafood or anything with animal bones (like bone broth) that was not organic — since fluoride is stored in the bones of animals.

I also got her a fluoride water filter for her birthday gift, so she could filter her water at home.

Jennifer's Results

One month later, her skin was completely clear of acne for the first time in a decade.

Seven months later, she's only had one migraine. Migraines she used to get weekly.

And her ovarian cysts have stopped forming. She hasn't had any pain with the cysts since she cut the fluoride out of her diet.

The only thing that didn't get better after the first 30 days was her acne. But we figured out why…

Right after the initial 30 days of her strict organic diet, we went on a trip to Arizona for a homeschool conference. This was September of 2016. We stayed in a hotel and we are eating hotel food, which is not organic, and it's all cooked in Teflon. Everything had fluoride.

We were swimming every day, too. Swimming pool water is not high in fluoride, but it is high in bromine, which like fluoride, is a halide and a hormone disrupter.

Within a few days, her perfect skin was covered with acne again.

Jennifer has found that unless is fanatical about eating an extremely clean, totally organic diet, doesn't eat out at all, and avoids ALL seafood, and if she only cooks without Teflon, that is the only way she can keep her skin clear of acne.

Even if she consumes a little fluoride, her skin will immediately break out.

This didn't surprise me, because Melissa Gardner described the exact same thing happening to her in [easyazon_link identifier=”1620557096″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]The Hidden Cause of Acne.[/easyazon_link] One slip up of fluoride, and her face would erupt with acne.

Fluoride Is Everywhere, And It's Hard to Get Rid Of

This just goes to show you how prevalent fluoride is in our food supply. Most people think they can just filter their water and stop using fluoride toothpaste and they'll be fine. Nothing could be further from the truth. In America, we are exposed to fluoride constantly — it's in almost everything we eat and drink.

Not only that, but fluoride is stored in your bones and teeth… and it acts as a “fake” for iodine so your body will store it in your breasts, your thyroid, your ovaries, and for men, the prostate. (Ever wonder why there's so much breast cancer, thyroid cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer these days?)

Even worse, fluoride has a 20 year half-life. What that means is… if you were to stop eating ALL fluoride right now and you never ate it again, 20 years from now, you would still have half the fluoride in your body.

Bottom line: once fluoride is stored in your body, it's very hard to remove get it out. And it will continue to cause problems — hormonal problems, bone loss, cancer, etc.

There is one way to get it out though, thank goodness… with the iodine protocol. (Which I haven't written about yet so I can't link to it — soon!)

Iodine to the Rescue

Iodine kicks fluorides butt. Just like probiotics work to heal the gut and wipe out pathogenic bacteria, iodine will open up a can of whoop a** on fluoride and kick it to the curb. (Haha can you tell I grew up in Texas?)

Problem is, just like with probiotics, you gotta go SLOW. When I started on probiotics back when I was recovering, if I took too much too fast, I would have really bad die-off reactions. Flu-like symptoms, exhaustion, etc.

When Jennifer first started trying to take iodine, she got a horrible rash. Melissa Gardner, too, would break out whenever she tried to take it. In [easyazon_link identifier=”1620557096″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]The Hidden Cause of Acne,[/easyazon_link] Melissa had to take micro amounts of iodine and slowly, slowly build up.

It was worth effort, though. A couple years after starting the iodine protocol, she is completely acne-free and cellulite-free. (And who doesn't want THAT?)

Why the GAPS and AIP Diets Don't Work for Everyone

Suddenly it all made sense to me why so many people haven't been getting better on the GAPS and Auto Immune Paleo diet.

On the GAPS Diet, you are consuming a lot of bone broth, and often kombucha as well. All kombucha is high in fluoride, and unless the bone broth is organic, it's also loaded with fluoride.

AIP is GAPS on steroids. People following AIP drink a lot of bone broth, but they don't usually specify that it needs to be made with organic bones and water filtered for fluoride.

AIP also prohibits coffee, which means they're usually switching to tea. All forms of tea are high in fluoride (unless it's herbal tea).

AIP also prohibits alcohol. So instead of drinking wine, people often switch to kombucha — or drink more than they normally would if they were on GAPS (which allows some forms of alcohol).

They also recommend that people eat seafood, particularly canned seafood like anchovies and sardines — super high in fluoride!

I also researched all of the AIP diet books I could find… none of them mentioned Teflon cookware or filtering your water for fluoride. They also don't require their adherents to buy only organic produce — so the fruits and vegetables they are consuming are likely sprayed with cryolite, the fluoride-based pesticide.

I realized that this is probably the reason some people don't get better on AIP or GAPS. This is why they are having hormonal problems why their auto-immune disorders get worse.

What people need is not only an elimination diet to avoid foods they react to, but also a diet that helps us to avoid all forms of fluoride.

Questions?

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I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Cheeseslave.com. Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

47 thoughts on “My Story: How I Cured My Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. There is a lot of controversy about iodine and thyroid issues like Hashi's, but it has been scientifically proven that iodine has to be in a very specific range in anyone to not disrupt thyroid function.

    If anyone is taking the class and has thyroid issues, please be very careful with iodine supplementation. Also keep in mind your daily iodine intake that goes towards your iodine range includes food consumption and other sources of iodine, not just supplementation.

    I am definitely all for getting rid of fluoride though!

  2. I'm curious if this would be appropriate for someone with Hashimoto's. I've read a lot about how iodine supplementation can make it worse, but I know flouride is toxic to the thyroid.

    1. Getting the fluoride out of your diet can only help your thyroid.

      Hashi's can definitely be helped with iodine — but there is a specific protocol (and you have to go very slow) according to Lynne Farrow, including companions nutrients such as selenium.

      “Originally, practitioners thought there might be a problem with Hashimoto's patients taking iodine. Now we’ve found that so-called problem is a myth perpetrated by those promoting an incomplete iodine protocol. After much study by the experienced iodine practitioners, it has become clear that iodine deficiency is often the most direct cause of Hashimoto’s combined with selenium deficiency.” — Lynne Farrow, The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life

      I asked Lynne when I interviewed her:

      Can people with Hashi's take iodine?

      "I had slight Hashi's myself, as did a lot of the iodine takers on the online groups who can vouch for iodine's success in their healing. After taking iodine for a while, my practitioner reported I had no detectible antibodies. Most people with Hashi's don't get any antibody flare-up from iodine. Those who do need to learn about the necessity of selenium and getting the iodine dose up high enough so that iodine protects the thyroid.

      For Hashi's people, I recommend working closely with an iodine literate practitioner who is familiar with Drs. Abraham and Brownstein on Hashi's. Also, reading Dr. Jeffrey Dach's articles on Hashi's will be helpful."

      1. Do you know any doctors in Southern California (Orange County) that are knowledgeable in the iodine field? About three weeks ago I noticed a large goiter on my husbands neck and immediately started researching. He used to make his own kombucha (stopped immediately that night) he would drink 16 oz a day, everyday after a batch was made and did this for a year. He is 35 and fit, not healthy per say but def not unhealthy. The last three weeks have consisted of useless dr appt (basically saying you have to take it out) and LOADS of online research on my part. We have learned all about the thyroid and iodine and deficiency BUT THE FLOURIDE connection didn't come until later. We stopped kombucha because I was under the impression he might of been drinking vinegar and hAd read it may block absorption of iodine. But the flouride make sense. We stopped gluten sugar and most dairy. He is trying to make a kefir from coconut milk. He got a gym membership to be able to use the sauna. He is on ashtwaganda, iodine, cq10, l glutamine, probiotics, Brazil nut for selenium, vitamin c and magnesium (calm tea at night). We have decided on these based on different drs recommendations online. Suzy something on you tube and dr axe. I am very interested in the fluoride detox class for him . His goiter is still very large but we have been managing his low energy and depression with some of the diet and life changes. He has an endocrinologist appt tomorrow. His bloodwork from three weeks ago for thyroid levels were all normal even with a goiter the size of an egg. From everyone I've talked to , they end up taking synthroid or getting their thyroid removed. There is very little specific information regarding goiter and goiter shrinkage . Most people follow their traditional dr advice to be on thyroid meds for the rest of your life and move on. We were by no means health enthusiasts but have been erring towards using food to heal. Anyways , thank you for sharing and looking forward to hearing from you

        1. OMG!!! I'm so sorry! I think kombucha is SUPER high in fluoride – much higher than tea. Because the SCOBY absorbs all the fluoride and stores it.

          I think the class will definitely help. Make sure you sign up for my email list because I'm going to be giving a special discount for everyone on the list: https://www.cheeseslave.com/subscribe/

          You might also want to give my doctor a call… she is not a fluoride/iodine expert per se, but she definitely works with thyroid disorders and has for decades.

          She and her husband work with patients in Silicon Valley (she worked with me when I was in my 20s) but they work with people remotely. They just worked miracles with my husband. You just have to go see them once in person and then they will work with you over the phone.

          Her name is Vikki Petersen.

          https://healthnowmedical.com/blog/profile/dr-vikki-petersen/

          1. Thank you ! Yes, he signed up for the class. We are double checking our reverse osmosis this weekend.

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  3. What if you are someone like me who cannot tolerate even the tiniest dose of iodine? I have been diagnosed with Hashi's, I know I am very fluoride toxic, and I've tried EVERYTHING for over a decade to heal my gut (Celiac, etc.), including GAPS and Gut Thrive. The missing piece in my healing is iodine, but I react violently with extreme hyper symptoms to even one sip of a full glass of water with one drop (400 mcg) of nascent iodine.

    I can't eat fish or take cod liver oil, and forget about seaweed. I've been stuck for 3 years in this impossible state. I suffer from fibrocystic breast disease now and I know what the cure is, but I can't have it. Even the smallest dose of homeopathic iodium sets off the hyper symptoms. I'm terrified I will die of breast or ovarian cancer, which are both in my family.

    I think the thing that set this off was when I got a really scary breast rash when I was pregnant with my last baby in 2013. It looked like cancer, but we were living in Chile, so I couldn't get supplements easily. I had my Iodoral with me, but no selenium or other companion nutrients that i had just read about in Lynne's book. I figured I should up my dose (was on 12.5 mg for a few years already) and went gradually to 50 mg. It turned out that it wasn't cancer (thank God!), so I reduced my dose again. Then about 7 months after my baby was born, my thyroid suddenly went totally crazy and it seemed like I had Graves' disease, but it later turned out to be an acute thyroid destruction phase of Hashimoto's. I have not been able to have iodine since that incident.

    All my research has led to dead ends. I keep reading everywhere that as long as a person takes 200-400 mcg of selenium each day for a few weeks, then it's OK to introduce iodine. Well, hello, I've been faithfully on selenium for 3 years now, and NO improvement!

    So, Anne Marie, I would love to know if you have ever heard of a case like mine! Do you have any ideas at all? No health practitioner knows what to do with me. I've had really great improvement of my gut over the past year or so with the help of a biological dentist (no more rotten cavitations, yay!), but I know my miserable thyroid is never going to be well and normal if I can't have iodine. How does one get one's body to quit reacting to something?

    Thanks, and sorry for the book. I appreciate your blog and I've been reading since 2008! You've really helped me a lot in my health journey. 🙂

  4. What if you are someone like me who cannot tolerate even the tiniest dose of iodine? I have been diagnosed with Hashi's, I know I am very fluoride toxic, and I've tried EVERYTHING for over a decade to heal my gut (Celiac, etc.), including GAPS and Gut Thrive. The missing piece in my healing is iodine, but I react violently with extreme hyper symptoms to even one sip of a full glass of water with one drop (400 mcg) of nascent iodine.

    I can't eat fish or take cod liver oil, and forget about seaweed. I've been stuck for 3 years in this impossible state. I suffer from fibrocystic breast disease now and I know what the cure is, but I can't have it. Even the smallest dose of homeopathic iodium sets off the hyper symptoms. I'm terrified I will die of breast or ovarian cancer, which are both in my family.

    I think the thing that set this off was when I got a really scary breast rash when I was pregnant with my last baby in 2013. It looked like cancer, but we were living in Chile, so I couldn't get supplements easily. I had my Iodoral with me, but no selenium or other companion nutrients that i had just read about in Lynne's book. I figured I should up my dose (was on 12.5 mg for a few years already) and went gradually to 50 mg. It turned out that it wasn't cancer (thank God!), so I reduced my dose again. Then about 7 months after my baby was born, my thyroid suddenly went totally crazy and it seemed like I had Graves' disease, but it later turned out to be an acute thyroid destruction phase of Hashimoto's. I have not been able to have iodine since that incident.

    All my research has led to dead ends. I keep reading everywhere that as long as a person takes 200-400 mcg of selenium each day for a few weeks, then it's OK to introduce iodine. Well, hello, I've been faithfully on selenium for 3 years now, and NO improvement!

    So, Ann Marie, I would love to know if you have ever heard of a case like mine! Do you have any ideas at all? No health practitioner knows what to do with me. I've had really great improvement of my gut over the past year or so with the help of a biological dentist (no more rotten cavitations, yay!), but I know my miserable thyroid is never going to be well and normal if I can't have iodine. How does one get one's body to quit reacting to something?

    Thanks, and sorry for the book. I appreciate your blog and I've been reading since 2008! You've really helped me a lot in my health journey. 🙂

    1. Hi, Laura,

      I'm so sorry – my blog software put your comment in the moderation queue. I will respond…

      "What if you are someone like me who cannot tolerate even the tiniest dose of iodine? I have been diagnosed with Hashi's, I know I am very fluoride toxic, and I've tried EVERYTHING for over a decade to heal my gut (Celiac, etc.), including GAPS and Gut Thrive. The missing piece in my healing is iodine, but I react violently with extreme hyper symptoms to even one sip of a full glass of water with one drop (400 mcg) of nascent iodine.

      I can't eat fish or take cod liver oil, and forget about seaweed. I've been stuck for 3 years in this impossible state. I suffer from fibrocystic breast disease now and I know what the cure is, but I can't have it. Even the smallest dose of homeopathic iodium sets off the hyper symptoms. I'm terrified I will die of breast or ovarian cancer, which are both in my family."

      OK you should read Melissa Gardner's book, "The End of Acne". In that book, she talks about how she can't eat any seafood or seaweed or anything with fluoride. Seafood and seaweed are high in iodine and fluoride.

      She talks about how she had to start by just going off all fluoride for a period of time — until she had no symptoms — and then when she finally did start on iodine, she started just the companion nutrients first and then stared with like 10 mcg of iodine and VERY SLOWLY worked her way up. She was working with a practitioner, too.

      "I think the thing that set this off was when I got a really scary breast rash when I was pregnant with my last baby in 2013. It looked like cancer, but we were living in Chile, so I couldn't get supplements easily. I had my Iodoral with me, but no selenium or other companion nutrients that i had just read about in Lynne's book. I figured I should up my dose (was on 12.5 mg for a few years already) and went gradually to 50 mg. It turned out that it wasn't cancer (thank God!), so I reduced my dose again. Then about 7 months after my baby was born, my thyroid suddenly went totally crazy and it seemed like I had Graves' disease, but it later turned out to be an acute thyroid destruction phase of Hashimoto's. I have not been able to have iodine since that incident."

      Yes, sounds like you were getting too much iodine I would guess — same thing happened to my assistant Jennifer when she tried to take iodine — she broke out in a rash all over.

      "All my research has led to dead ends. I keep reading everywhere that as long as a person takes 200-400 mcg of selenium each day for a few weeks, then it's OK to introduce iodine. Well, hello, I've been faithfully on selenium for 3 years now, and NO improvement!"

      Yeah, probably starting with away too much iodine — like 20-40 times too much.

      "So, Ann Marie, I would love to know if you have ever heard of a case like mine! Do you have any ideas at all? No health practitioner knows what to do with me. I've had really great improvement of my gut over the past year or so with the help of a biological dentist (no more rotten cavitations, yay!), but I know my miserable thyroid is never going to be well and normal if I can't have iodine. How does one get one's body to quit reacting to something?"

      Get a copy of "The End of Acne" on Amazon – she explains in detail how hard it was to start very slowly and how she had to very slowly increase.

      "Thanks, and sorry for the book. I appreciate your blog and I've been reading since 2008! You've really helped me a lot in my health journey. 🙂"

      I'm so glad! I will email this response to you since you may not see this due to the delay…

      1. Thanks so much for replying! I will get that book as soon as I can get the kids in bed.

        Your post about the sources of fluoride was a real eye-opener and I've been working on removing anything from my diet that has fluoride, even my very occasional GT Kombucha. Might even get fluoride filters for our Berkey even though we're on a well. I just found out this week that the water where we live (Idaho) is naturally high in fluoride. Not helpful!

        Really, really appreciate this!

        1. You are welcome! We are going to be announcing the Fluoride Detox Diet online course tomorrow or the next day – make sure you sign up for my email list and/or watch on Facebook and on the blog for announcements.

      2. Also, how on earth does one take only 10 mcg of iodine? Would that have to be specially compounded or something?

        I'm almost halfway through the book, and though I knew I was fluoride toxic, I didn't realize to what degree, right down to the acne around my mouth and the white spots on my fingernails! Also, I now know that I have still been consuming fluoride accidentally, even though I got rid of the major sources. For instance, I have resorted to cans of coconut milk when busy, rather than making my own. But even the coconut milk with no gums or other additives has "water" in the ingredients. How much you wanna bet it's not filtered water? There's water in the organic ketchup. The organic olives are in brine. There's water in so many things! And I cook almost entirely from scratch, but I do use a can of something here and there.

        Maybe it sounds like I'm going overboard, because it really seems crazy, but I'm going to eliminate everything I can think of that even MIGHT have fluoride.

        1. Melissa said she started with 1 DROP of dulse liquid per day which was about 11 mcg of iodine. She added 1 drop per day over 20 days, SLOWLY working her way up to the full dose of 225 mcg. She goes on to say how she then stayed there at 225 mcg for 2 weeks before switching to a pill that had 225 mcg of iodide. From there, she increased 1 pill each week until she got to 900 mcg per day.

          This is on location 3444 in the Kindle book (sorry I don't have the print book).

          I agree with you – so many things have fluoride! And because it is a compounded effect, it's hard to know how much you are getting. I'm so glad you are going to cut it all out – please keep me posted and consider taking the online class. The class will go on sale within the next few days and will officially kick off May 8th.

          1. Thanks, yeah, I read the rest of the book the next day. I am SO thankful for that recommendation, because I would never have picked up a book on acne. I don't have much acne, but my fluoride poisoning symptoms are legion. It was so good to get confirmation that I'm on the right track with the homeopathics. I reduced my homeopathic dose even further and am just going to slowly increase from there.

            Not sure I can do the class just yet. Finances. Ouch. And I'm in the middle of a homeopathy class to help my poor kids with their allergies. ( from Joette Calabrese … you may have heard of her.)

      1. Oh wow, my post finally showed up!

        Hyper symptoms: really fast heart rate, swollen thyroid, handfuls of hair falling out, overheating/profuse sweating, really bad insomnia. Pretty much everything! If it's one of the worse episodes, it lasts weeks before it calms down.

        1. Forgot to mention tinnitus and diarrhea. You can't help noticing it when your thyroid goes hyper. It kinda feels like your entire body is going to pieces, and you feel twitchy and easily panicked, too. You have what I call fake energy that makes it seem like you can get a lot done, then you try to do stuff and collapse in exhaustion, yet you can't sleep in order to get relief.

    1. OK I updated it. Thank you for pointing that out! Now if you get to the part just before I introduce the class (near the end) you can see what I added.

      Maybe I need to hire you as my editor! 🙂 Thank you so much!

      1. You're welcome!
        My husband calls it a flaw, but my kids get me to read their papers for school/college.
        While we're on the subject please don't take it personal buy you wrote this…

        "Dr. Crook recommended that I follow an elimination diet for 30 days (forgive me if I'm getting any details wrong — it's been over 20 years since I read the book). Then after 3 or 4, you could start re-introducing foods"

        Question: What is 3 to 4?
        Is it months? Years? Or 3 to 4 rounds of the elimination diet?

        Just got lost there.
        Thank you

  5. AnnMarie, Are Tulsi tea and green Rooibos tea high in fluoride?
    I also had the same question on the 3-4…I took it as 3-4 weeks based on past allergen elimination plans, but probably good to clarify.

    1. I do not know about Tulsi tea – I have not researched it. Rooibos does have fluoride… not as much as camellia sinensis teas but it does have fluoride.

      3-4 weeks – I will correct that.

  6. Cheeseslave, my old WAPF friend! We used to chat together on the old yahoo site, both of our children were born in 2007. In addition to curing yourself of these things which is awesome, you conceived naturally when you were 45? Yes! What do you attribute that success to and will you blog on that? Also, bummed to read that Rooibos contains fluoride. We drink it a lot. Wonder if Nettle tea does… Anyway, hoping you respond!

  7. My name is Ann Lee, i was doing very great until one morning i woke up with painful joints all over couldn't even move an inch, my mum called our family doctor for check-up and i was took to the hospital later did i found out that i was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, i bought lots of medicine as told but nothing worked out a friend of mine told me to contact Standard Herbs Home for herbal remedy which a friend of his also contacted when he was diagnosed of Rheumatoid Arthritis and they really helped him, so i contacted Standard Herbs Home and i purchased the herbal remedy and after 4 months i went for check-up and i was cured from Rheumatoid Arthritis, God bless you Standard Herbs Home.

    1. Hy I had AR can you please tell me what the name of the herbal Te I have a lot of pain thank you for your time God bless you

  8. Hi, thanks for this inspiring article, my wife has RA, for about a year now and she has to take more and more of the drugs and painkillers to keep the pain at a managable level. May I ask what adrenal supplements you were taking?

    thanks
    Sean

  9. Can you kindly leave the contact # for the doctor in a California? BTW, I clicked on the club link and it didn't work. I'd love to learn more and take a detox class

  10. I am trying to click on the link to the class and the community, but it send me to a page that says the page I am looking for no longer exists. Can you please help?

  11. Please when undergoing dietary changes as a severe RA patients, do you have to avoid the drugs (painkillers)?

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  13. After my Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis in 2009. I was put on Naprosyn and after some time i didn’t feel any different, so i started on a Natural RA Formula treatment protocol from RICH HERBS FOUNDATION (ww w. richherbsfoundation. com), the treatment effectively treated my Rheumatoid Arthritis condition. The swellings, stiffness, fatigue and joint/muscle/body pains has subsided, I feel better overall than i have felt in years. Its almost like a miracle!

  14. Hi Anne Marie,

    I was wondering, if someone is already taking arthritis medication, can they still achieve remission by diet + probiotics or would the medication prevent that from happening? Do you know anyone who has achieved remission this way?

  15. I have CFS/ME and my bdy temp is always very low 34.8. I have to wear so many layers thermals as im chilled to the bone. Any idea if iodine protocol would help this?

  16. Diagnosed R.A.25 years ago all dmards make me ill,just came across your column,have reall bad gut issues,can you help please.your column answers many of my issues,i am 77 years old female.

  17. Hi Ann Marie,

    Regarding COD liver oil supplements do you get that from Rosita ?

    https://www.rositausa.com/

    I just want to have the correct vitamin A and D to get proper nutrition to prevent any further tooth decay. Ofcourse, with proper oral hygiene.

    Appreciate your reply when you can. Thank you.

    – Ken

    1. You can reverse tooth decay by letting a long thick black penis ejaculate up your anus.

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