Hashimoto’s Protocol Review

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Izabella Wentz is one of the leading pioneers in the movement to raise awareness and elevate the standard of care for thyroid diseases. From The Thyroid Secret, her 9-episode documentary series that reached half a million viewers earlier this year, to her bestselling book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause, this is one lady on a mission!

Her newest offering for the autoimmune thyroid community is a book called Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back. While her first book was focused more on science and theory, Izabella returns with an incredibly actionable protocol-based book for anyone who wants to do everything they can to manage their thyroid conditions with a combination of natural, conventional, and DIY approaches (you know we are big fans of this style of approach here at Autoimmune Wellness!).

In this new book, Izabella provides a framework for three foundational protocols (targeting the liver, adrenals, and the gut), which when applied consecutively take three months to complete. At that point, readers can take some self-assessments and dig into one or more of her advanced protocols that are meant to target specific areas of the healing journey and uncover some root causes.

Three things I love about Hashimoto’s Protocol:

  1. It is actionable. This book is for all the people that have already encountered the research (perhaps in Izabella’s first book, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Finding and Treating the Root Cause) and just want to get started. Izabella presents three foundational protocols to support the liver, adrenals, and gut, which take 90-days to complete. After the foundational protocols, you can choose to move on to various advanced protocols as indicated by handy assessments provided in the book.
  1. It is approachable. While there are a lot of protocols in this book, they are simple (while still being effective), safe, and gentle enough for those with autoimmune disease. I can’t stress this benefit enough – so many books have great tips and ideas for those guiding themselves on their own journey, but many of them miss the mark by creating protocols that really should be customized and supervised by a doctor. Izabella’s advice here covers areas that everyone with autoimmune thyroid disease should address, and can address, safely with her recommendations.
  1. It is flexible. It is kind of an anomaly to have a book that is both prescriptive as well as adaptable, but that is just what Izabella has created here. Within the framework of her protocols, you can customize and adapt to your unique situation.

Izabella has been an incredible pioneer and advocate in the world of thyroid disease, and I’m excited that she has produced another fantastic book for our community.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Hashimoto’s Protocol!

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness and a co-teacher of AIP Certified Coach. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Nutrition, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos by following her on Instagram.


  • Caron Walton says

    Hi Mickey!
    I did my first day of AIP yesterday (based on the 2 week meal plan that Izabella has sent out) and woke up this morning with a headache and chills, feeling really nauseous and weak. Is this normal?
    I am also breastfeeding my 10 month old. I added extra sweet potato and avocado to the meals, with larger portion sizes as well.
    Should I rather try a gentler approach? I’m very keen to get results as soon as possible, which is why I’ve gone for the cold turkey approach. I don’t want to jeoprodize my baby’s health though and was wondering if my body is detoxing, are the toxins going in to my breastmilk?
    Thank you!
    Caron x

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Caron! No, these results aren’t typical, and it does sound like you have tried to transition too quickly. I would recommend a slower elimination, for instance try gluten and dairy free first, then paleo, then AIP over the course of a month. Make sure you are eating enough starchy carbs like sweet potato, yam, winter squash, etc. And if in doubt, enlist the help of a practitioner – here is a great company! thepaleomom.com/consulting. Good luck!

  • Margaret A Alley says

    Hello, I am in process of reading the book and have just started the mild liver cleanse portion of the diet. I notice breakfast is strictly protein shake, lunch is salad and dinner meat and veggies. I am wondering if chick peas can be included with the salads and also hummus. Also wondering if dinner can include rice or white/sweet potatoes? Not sure if rice is gluten free. And finally, can berries be eaten on this portion of diet as an evening snack?

    Thank you

    Margaret Alley

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Margaret! Chickpeas are not included in the elimination phase, along with rice and potatoes, but you can have sweet potatoes. Hope it helps.

  • Berger says

    Hi I am French and bought Sarah ballantyne’s book in order to heal my Hashimoto. I want to start AIP soon, I hope I find all I need here in France .. but I don’t know now that I found there is Hashimoto s protocol .. what is best for that condition ? Is it almost the same ? Many thanks

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