One my mentors taught me that the strongest human drive is for a sense of purpose. I connected with one of mine while completing my medical internship in 1995.
There was a young woman I’ll call Jamie, who had chronic pain that was wrecking her life.
I wondered if she could have thyroid disease. I had recently read Hypothyroidism, The Unsuspected Illness, by Broda Barnes, MD and she seemed to fit many of the patterns. My instructor told me that her blood tests already ruled out thyroid disease. I countered with Dr. Barnes’ arguments about the shortcoming of blood tests.
My instructor raised an additional objection – risk of side effects. He had seen colleagues put many patients on high dose thyroid medicines with no diagnosis other than symptoms. Many had side effects like palpitations, anxiety, or insomnia.
It seemed to me that there must be something between ignoring the possibility of thyroid disease or putting anyone on mega dose prescription medicine.
We agreed to do further diagnostic work including thyroid antibody tests and an ultrasound. Turned out that Jamie had Hashimoto’s even though her thyroid had not shut down by lab criteria.
With my instructor’s guidance I recommended low dose thyroid replacement and dietary change. Jamie blossomed. Her pain all but vanished and she regained her enthusiasm for life.
This became my cause. I realized there were many people like Jamie who suffered from thyroid disease but did not have good options from conventional or alternative medicine as it was practiced.
In the last 21 years I’ve been honored to help hundreds of thousands of people like her through doctors I’ve trained, from my writing, and in person. Recently I was honored to be hosting the 8th annual World Thyroid Day event.
Purpose used to be something that was self evident and given. It was to serve your tribe, to survive, to marry, to carry on the family business. Modern life has given us more options, yet in some way this can make our purpose less clear.
Maybe one of your purposes right now is to get healthier. To have less pain, more energy so that you can do more for those who matter. Maybe it is to share what you’ve learned on your health journey with others so that they can also feel better.
How would it feel to be more clear on your purpose? Find it and don’t let the urgent but less important chaos of modern life hold you back from it.