Why It Feels Like You’re Falling Apart and What You Can Do About It
Dr. Joni Labbe
Dr. Joni Labbe is a board-certified clinical nutritionist specializing in science-based nutrition with a focus on women’s health issues.
She has successfully helped pre-menopausal and menopausal women regain and maintain their health since 1995. Dr. Labbe is the author of Why Is Mid-Life Mooching Your Mojo and It’s Not Just Menopause: It’s Your Thyroid. She is also a professional speaker, radio personality, fitness expert, and former host of “Healthier Way With Dr. Labbe.”
Dr. Labbe is one of the country’s leading authorities on thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease. Dr. Labbe has also authored numerous articles and blogs on health, nutrition, and thyroid health, as seen in Naturally Savvy, Thyroid Nation, and Fox News. She is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Doctor of Chiropractic, and has post graduate training in Functional Neurology, Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, and earned a Diplomate and Fellow in Nutrition from the American Association of Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Labbe resides in San Diego, California. While Dr. Joni’s career helping women overcome thyroid issues spans over two decades, her personal passions are family, supporting worthy causes, traveling internationally and spending time in nature. She loves music, especially gospel, jazz and the blues; her favorites are Ray Charles, Billy Holiday, Etta James, and the great Eric Clapton. Laughing with friends and family over a great “tribal meal” is her idea of an evening well-spent. Dr. Labbe provides an excellent example of living vibrantly post-menopause, successfully managing her own symptoms of Hashimoto’s and Celiac disease. It’s her life’s mission to help others “lose that voice in your head telling you that you’re crazy, lazy, or finished!”
Your thyroid is screaming, your adrenals are wrecked, you can’t remember where you put your keys, and the only thing in your closet that fits is your shoes.
But your doctor says you’re FINE… Menopause sucks!
But it doesn’t have to.
You Are Not Lazy, Crazy, Or Finished!
Are you experiencing:
• Energy crashes
• Brain fog
• Memory loss
• Irregular cycles
• Hot flashes
• Night sweats
• Weight gain
The transition into menopause can take ten or more years, and be a wildly unpleasant ride at times.
Challenging? Yes. But, girlfriends, don’t let mid-life mooch your mojo. Instead, embrace this time as a wake-up call to win back your health and passion for life.
Dr. Labbe’s 9-step program offers powerful, science-based nutritional therapy and holistic lifestyle solutions to ease the mid-life transition, reclaim your mojo, and restore yourself to vibrant health.
This revolutionary book explains where your mojo went and empowers you with the knowledge and tools to get it back! It includes a detailed discussion of all the factors that may be causing your chronic fatigue and menopause-like symptoms, including a thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue, food allergies, and even a leaky gut!
THE FIRST PIECE OF THE PUZZLE:
You’re Not Lazy, Crazy or Finished
Michelle was a well-educated woman in her early 50s, and the mother of two college students. I knew right away that Michelle was a unique and special person, but her story was all too familiar. She was physically falling apart, having been to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, MD’s, and faith healers – all to no avail.
One doctor told Michelle she might have fibromyalgia. Others said she suffered from depression and anxiety, and that taking an antidepressant might help. She came to my office looking and feeling weary. Her skin was darkening, her hair thinning. She simply had no gas left in the tank.
“I have a good marriage,” Michelle said. “It seems like just yesterday I was full of life and energy. But I am terrified. It was all I could do to drag myself into your office today.” Michelle wiped at her big brown eyes. “Doctors can’t find anything wrong, and all of my blood work is normal. I really can’t point to anything causing my insomnia, depression, and weight gain. Yes, I have stress, but it’s not overwhelming. Simple tasks like getting dinner on the table are sometimes too much. The brain fog is unrelenting. I try to form sentences, but the words don’t come out.” Her hands trembled as she choked out her story. “I can’t remember why I walked into a room. I can’t remember my friends’ names. I’m falling apart.”
Michelle reported that whenever she talked about not feeling well her family changed the subject. Her poor health was beginning to strain her marriage. “I love my husband, but I have no libido. Intercourse is painful sometimes, and frankly I’m just not interested. I’m so tired all day, and my joints hurt. I know I’m too young to feel this way, but my friends and doctors chalk it all up to aging.”
Michelle’s confidence had been shattered by ongoing, unrelenting health problems, and her emotions were stretched to the breaking point. She felt like she was dying, but all her lab test results came back ‘normal,’ suggesting there was nothing medically wrong with her. Therefore, others concluded that she must be lazy, crazy, or finished. But Michelle, like the hundreds of women I talk to and work with across the country, is far from finished with her life. Yet because she could not be diagnosed with a disease or assigned an insurance code, doctors dismissed her complaints, or decided she was suffering from depression or anxiety.
We needed to get to the root of what was causing Michelle’s symptoms. By running blood tests to include a comprehensive metabolic panel, a complete thyroid panel (including T3, T4, T7), a CBC with differentials, plus thyroid antibodies (TPO and TBG), (I will share with you what all these tests mean later in the book) we learned that Michelle has Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune thyroid disease that affects more women than men, and is the most under-diagnosed autoimmune disease in the US. (I will talk about Hashimoto’s in more depth later in this book.) The tests revealed that she also has a “leaky gut,” which causes chronic inflammation in the body. Michelle followed a protocol I designed for her of science-based nutritional therapy, functional neurological treatments, and a gluten-free, dairy-free diet. Within six weeks the brain fog disappeared, her spirits lifted, and she felt sexual for the first time in years.