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7 signs that you need a Health Coach

How many times you’ve said to yourself: I can’t do it, it’s too much, it’s overwhelming, I don’t know where to start, I need a plan and I can’t make one, and if I do, I can’t stick with it.   If you heard yourself saying that, I would suggest hiring a Health coach. These are your particular reasons:

  1. You feel like you’re chasing your tale. No matter what decision you make to change your life, your diet, your habits or anything that needs to be changed, you end up doing NOTHING. You need a Health coach, to create an action plan and walk you through the process.
  2. No matter how well you know you have to tell your husband to pick up his dirty dishes, to hire a baby sitter, or to spend less than 70 something hours in the office, or get rid of your constantly wining friend, ask for a raise, or just get a decent massage, or a manicure for that matter- and you are not doing it… You need a Health coach as a sounding board, a non-judgmental friend, and a partner to whom you can voice your concerns and fears, and even practice “how to say difficult things to loved and not so loved ones”.
  3. You continue to swear that this will be your last junk food, and you’ll eat healthy, nutritional foods only, and you’ll take your vitamins and supplements and drink 8 glasses of water with every meal- but you’re still not doing it. Well, you need a health coach, to create a diet plan for you, and help you stick with that plan, for your own sake.
  4. You promised yourself, and it’s also included in your New Year’s resolutions, that you’ll go to the gym at least 3 times a week, or run, or bike, or do meditation and  yoga, but you’re so tired to even get out of the bed or think about it. You need a Health Coach so you can find out what’s the best option for you, that will suite your health needs and goals.  The Health coach will hold your hand while you’re doing the small steps.
  5. You don’t know where to start, it all seems so overwhelming, and difficult, and challenging, and so you just drop off everything. You need a Health coach to keep you accountable and prioritize with you, and make plans with you and for you, until you can do that on your own.
  6. You want to be stress-free. You want to be healthy. You want to be better. You want to change your life style, once and forever. You need a Health Coach.
  7. Last but not least- you have a chronic disease, like Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism, and it’s not getting any better for the past few months, you definitely need a Health coach, to guide you through saving your own health. Health Coaching can help you change the destructive life style that led to the manifestation of this disease.

For sure, have in mind that Health coach is not any of the following:

A personal trainer, or:

  • A gym teacher
  • A yoga instructor
  • Someone barking orders at you

None of the above. And the coaching process is very simple, it will respond to all of these questions for you:

What do you want to accomplish?

  1. How your life will be different?
  2. What are you doing already in that direction?
  3. What’s on your way now?
  4. What small step you can make today, tomorrow, this week, this month that will move you toward your goal?
  5. What help and support you need today, from me, or anybody else?

In a CNN interview, Dr. Mehmet Oz reported that health coaches should be a part of every public clinic, medical office and hospital wellness center and should be reimbursed by insurance companies & corporate wellness programs.  But- they are not yet!

If you want to schedule your coaching session now, and move on, click here:

Health Coaching fro Graves’ Disease Patients

Grounding Energy for Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism

 Many of us, diagnosed with Graves’ Disease and hyperthyroidism suffer from different  debilitating symptoms such as loss of concentration, feeling vulnerable, mental impairment,  memory lapses, diminished attention span, irritability, fatigue, insomnia (inability to get enough  sleep), restlessness, tachycardia (rapid heart rate: 100-120 beats per minute, or higher),  increased energy, very emotional, or just feeling plain crazy. 

 There is a simple explanation of this phenomenon which includes our sympathetic and  parasympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic nervous system is responsible for Charging and  Expression, and Parasympathetic Nervous system is responsible for Winding Down and Rest.  This is called Vasomotoric Circle and is first discovered by the Norwegian psychologist Gerda  Boysen.  In the past the first was used usually to describe the “fight or flight” response, but today we simply use it for “hurry and worry”. In a few words when we experience excessive levels of stress–whether from internal worry or external circumstance–a bodily reaction is triggered, called the “fight or flight” (hurry and worry) response. 

Originally discovered by the Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon, this response is hard-wired into our brains and represents a genetic wisdom designed to protect us from bodily harm. This response actually corresponds to an area of our brain called the hypothalamus, which, when stimulated, initiates a sequence of nerve cell firing and chemical release that prepares our body for running or fighting. In many people diagnosed with hyperthyroidism this area- the sympathetic nervous system is actually overloaded. We never make it to the other cycle, winding down and rest. And we need something that will bring us to the equilibrium and harmony, with which we are initially born.

There are a few exercises that I usually suggest, especially of you are feeling restless, too energized or too “charged”, that may bring you close to the “winding and resting cycle”. I know how impossible is at this point to just sit and meditate, which will be the best scenario. However, there are other things that can be done to “slow” you down and keep you in the reality:

1.   Grounding exercise: Get on your knees and hands,  place your palms and knees on the ground. Imagine the excess energy flowing out of your palms and even pouring out of your head. You’ll release only the excess energy to the Earth, simply “grounding” yourself. As you release this energy you can place the intent that such energy is used for healing the Planet. If you cannot reach down (let’s say you are in your office and it will be a little weird to kneel down), you can just imagine the energy flowing out of your hands and feet into the ground.

2.  Hug a tree. If you are lucky enough to have a back yard, or a park nearby, you can do a similar exercise. Imagine the tree taking the excess energy for its own healing, grounding it through the roots. You can even imagine yourself as a tree and let the energy drain through your own roots.

3Keep it simple. Eat simple foods, do simple things, live simple. Be less complicated. Ask yourself: “Is this too complicated for me”, if it is, just drop it.

4.  Progressive muscle relaxation techniques, where you contract and then relax each muscle group moving progressively from the toes to the head. You can use some relaxing music.

5.  Mindfulness meditation- that’s simply noticing what you’re doing, and how are you doing it. Observing and noticing what surrounds you, and paying attention to details. “I’m stepping on the floor, the floor is cold, my left feet hurts, my right hand is touching the walls, they are smooth and pink”, etc.

6.   Finally- dance slowly..I am posting a poem, which I received from one of you, I believe it is written by a cancer  patient, but it says everything I ever wanted to say:


Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a
butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the
fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask : “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say, ‘Hi’

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry
through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.
Here are some other techniques for “slow dancing”
or yoga and breathing exercises:

Selenium and Grave’s Disease/ Other supplements

This is not a new information in fact, but I am mentioning it here because there was just another scientific research about Thyroid eye disease and Selenium that I feel I should share with all of you..

Recently conducted study titled Selenium and the course of mild Graves’ orbitopathy” was conducted by the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy. What happened: They  carried out a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to determine the effect of selenium (an antioxidant agent) or pentoxifylline (an antiinflammatory agent) in 159 patients with mild Graves’ orbitopathy. The patients were given selenium (100 μg twice daily), pentoxifylline (600 mg twice daily), or placebo (twice daily) orally for 6 months and were then followed for 6 months after treatment was withdrawn. Primary outcomes at 6 months were evaluated by means of an overall ophthalmic assessment, conducted by an ophthalmologist who was unaware of the treatment assignments, and a Graves’ orbitopathy-specific quality-of-life questionnaire, completed by the patient. Secondary outcomes were evaluated with the use of a Clinical Activity Score and a diplopia score.

CONCLUSIONS made by the scientists: Selenium administration significantly improved quality of life, reduced ocular involvement, and slowed progression of the disease in patients with mild Graves’ orbitopathy.

Another older information about selenium as well:

On June 22, 2001 Dr. Barbara Gasnier reported the findings at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society in Denver, Colorado that selenium supplementation may prevent progression of autoimmune thyroid disease, especially during the onset of the disease. According to the researchers, selenium deficiency appears to contribute to the development and maintenance of autoimmune thyroiditis because of its effect on the function of selenium-dependent enzymes, which can modulate the immune system.

Selenium supplementation with 200mcg of sodium selenite may improve the inflammatory activity seen in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis, but whether this effect is specific for autoimmune thyroiditis or may also be effective in other organ-specific autoimmune diseases remains to be investigated. Selenium supplementation may lower free radical activity, which contributes to inflammation.

It appears that taking selenium without iodine will result in a decrease in production of Thyroxine (T4), although there may be an initial transient increase in T4 to T3 conversion and hence higher T3 and seemingly worse hyperthyroidism.

Bottom line:  Selenium may be helpful for both- hyperthyroidism and thyroid eye disease (mild, but who knows). I know that almost any laboratory can measure if you need any vitamins and supplements. Better check that as well.

I also know that muscle cramps (I used to have a lot of these and they’ll wake me up during the night) are well administered by taking magnesium.

But again, I would just take vitamins and supplements on my own, check better with your family practitioner first.

Stay well,


Alternative methods by Sharon Levin, South Africa

As it became a practice, I’ll often share the comments and alternative methods sent to me by other subscribers.

Here is a new one by Sharon Levin, South Africa. She is a counselor, Life coach and a Head of the Fibromyalgia Support Network of Southern Africa. For more information about her, please visit her website:

Dear Svetla,

I have found personally and with patients, that a holistic protocol for Graves’  Disease and Hashimoto’ diseases, + for that matter,  all thyroid malfunctions (under or over-active newly diagnosed before either of the 2 auto immune diseases are definitely diagnosed by an Integrative endocrinologist), is imperative to slow down all symptoms:


1.    Clinical Nutrition:  ALL iodine in foods, all FLUORIDE and CHLORINE, ALL PRESERVATIVES in foods and drinks.

2.   Alcohol – fermentation processes encourage CANDIDA ALBICANS and further disrupt the cells (from tongue to insulin receptors, to pancreas and thyroid gland, upper and lower colon and Enteric Nervous System). Yeast growth/overgrowth is essential to halt at all costs. Wine, whiskey. Brandy – no different in conversions.

3.  SUGARS- all to go. Safe is Stevia nutraceutical and sucralose in smaller dosages. Zylatol has not been proven to be helpful. No other sweeteners allowed.

4.  In Graves Disease, asthma is shown to be prevalent.

HONEY+ PROPOLIS, is shown in all studies to affect the bronchioli + alvioli and the lungs’ systems as the queen bee leaves POLLEN in all captured honey – whether organic/creamed/etc. The pollen-filled honey disrupts the lung functions, and worsens  asthmatic Graves Disease thyroid function. Molasses is the better option.

5.  Non-organic MILK, non-organic LAMB, are anathemas in Graves Disease, as is all other MEAT, bar OSTRICH which is free-range.

6.   All colas disrupt the function of thyroxine, whether endogenous or given in tablet form. (Sugar, phynelanines, glucose etc and all preservatives and colourants with FIZZ) the problems. Pure apple and pear juices are 100%. Any other pure  fruit juices must not contain GRAPE JUICE for the same reason as the grapes in wine will ferment and cause havoc. Ciders – apple and pear again because they are pure will not effect the thyroid. Coming to the Festive Season, do not be lured into the ‘drinking with buddies alure’! Staying well all the time is, with knowledge, in our hands and intelligence must rule! Paying for an elusive ‘pleasure’ will only cause more pain and disruption for sufferers.

7.  Teas –  Chamomile FLOWERS tea, Cranberry, Raspberry, Elderberry flowers with apple and cinnamon are fantastic assistants for the endocrine system, drunk both hot and cooled!

8.  Water – never tap water due to high fluoride, heavy metals, toxins from river effluents world wide. Bottled water is NOT OK unless there is NO SULFUR, NO SODIUM, LOW POTASSIUM, CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM LEVELS. The latest studies show that MOST plastic bottled water hold much bacteria from materials used and are most harmful to the thyroid! Thus advise at worst double boiled water and then cool in GLASS and at best a good water filtration system. Drink a litre of water, plain or with the above teas a day.


10.   Keeping insulin low means keeping a glycaemic load and index ‘in-balance’ for the endocrine system to function better. Thus, when eating orange coloured veg eg pumpkin, use your hand as the diameter =’s a quarter of a palmful only, 3 times a week. Goes for all orange veggies.


1.  The best multi mineral and vitamin you can find, watch out that IODINE is very LOW or ELIMINATED within the mineral content of tablet.

2. Ester C, 2-4,000 grams to boost the immune system, divided into 2-3-4 times a day and night, depending on your overall health condition.

3.  Thyroid support formula WITHOUT TYROSINE (if one has Hashimoto’s there MUST be L-tyrosine).
4.  B Complex, +B5, and B12 specifically.

5. Protect eyes with the best NON –PRESERVATIVE drops and gels for DRY EYES, use hourly if needed, along with 900 UV protection sunglasses, + Solar Shields if necessary (ask optometrist to advise), and Transition lenses for COMPUTER work and MINOR sunlight photophobia. Change computer to color APPLE GREEN BACKGROUND OR SKY BLUE – light too bright on black and white!

6.  Take one a day capsule of Lutein, Zeaxathin, bilberry.

7. Ensure 2 am Flax seed capsules and 2 pm, either Krill oil seafood/Omega 3 pure Alaskan / Sardine fish oil/Vegetarian Algae capsules before sleep for optimal ‘oiling and greasing’ of the eyes, the brain systems, the body systems.

8.  If you are stressed take the amino acid L-Taurine, 1 am, 1 noon, 1 4pm, 1 before sleep.

The most nvb capsules for graves eye disease and for the continual organ and normal function at optimal levels are : 3,200 mg of pure flax seed omega 3 caps- ie 2 am and 2 pm, krill oil, 1 capsule with algae omega 3 2 am and 2 pm as well as pure omega 3 Alaskan salmon oil or sardine oil.

Eyes must be well lubricated hourly-2 hrly with non-preservative eye gels and drops. The best known to date are the highest viscosity with best drops from  ophthalmologists only.

Sharon Levin


Also, for many other Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism Remedies, check:

Free Articles on Graves’ Disease

Miracles happen every day..Doctors still don’t care..

Below I am posting one of the emails I’ve received, just because I think it may help somebody. Julie shares her personal experience and doesn’t mind if somebody writes to her. So here it is:
“Dear Svetla,
It has been three months since my initial blood tests ordered by my family doctor & the diagnosis of Hyperthyroid was given. I had ultrasound and thyroid scans done, with the diagnosis being Graves Disease. The endocrinologist wanted to start me on tapazole to trick the thyroid into producing less hormone, then follow with radioactive iodine treatment. I had already begun a regime of natural healing with vitamins, herbs, and diet taken from “Prescriptions for natural Healing”,a great reference manual for all conditions. The doctors were telling me it would not work and that supplements were not regulated and therefore probably would not work. They did not want to discuss diet (both doctors the same!!). Anyway, I said no meds and the endocrinologist agreed to recheck my blood work in 6 weeks, but she was sure I would need radioactive iodine. So, I found your site and got your book. I kept up all my supplements, a long list, and went on a liver cleansing diet for 2 months. I ate cruciferous veggies every day as well as carrot juice, beet juice and lots of fresh fruits. I will be happy to pass on the diet to anyone. My aching dry eyes (not protruding) totally cleared up after 4 days of sublingual b-12 drops from my chiropractor – 1000mcg 4 x’s a day!! I went back for my blood work and return visit to the endocrinologist after 7 weeks and my condition was gone…TSH and T4 are normal. She was amazed but still did not want to discuss my healing regime.
So, I will have the work done again in 3 months and continue my supplements and careful diet. I feel blessed, and thank you for the book and all the encouragement I got from it and your web site.
Please post my email address in case anyone wants to connect with me. I will continue to follow your techniques. God Bless.
Utah USA

New Blog about Graves’ Disease and open now

Welcome to my Blog about Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism. Many of my clients asked me thousands of times to create a support group or a blog, where they can discuss  different topics and questions about Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism or Thyroid Eye Disease.  Now this is a fact- and I really hope that this blog can help many people in the world with similar problems.

Now is the time to ask your questions and share your experience. Be my guest.

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