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Episode #1 – My Health Journey

The Unskilled Cavewoman Podcast is actually happening now! 

I’m so excited to finally be able to bring this resource to the table for y’all. I’ve been doing Instagram Stories for a couple of years now, and always wondered, “How can I keep all of this information that I share on IG (which only stays up for 24 hours then disappears) as a permanent resource?”

The answer was to start a podcast! So I bought me a microphone, downloaded some groovy recording software and here we are. Let’s do this.

My goal is to share all of the information I come across as I trek along this wellness path with you. This wellness community as a whole, along with countless hours of researching ever-evolving new information are ways that I’ve come across ways to heal my body.

In my first episode, I dive deep into my health history, including some things that I’ve never shared before about myself and my life that I truly believe have contributed to my overall well-being.  I wanted to be candid in sharing this with you, because I want you to know that you are not alone. Not everyone has a perfect past, and that’s perfectly OK. We were where we were meant to be then, and we are where we are meant to be now.

My Hashimoto’s, Hypogammaglobulinemia and suspected Celiac are a huge part of my life, and I believe a natural approach to reversing my diseases is what has gotten me this far. I still have a ways to go, but with this community I foresee a bright and healed future.

Thank you for joining me on this journey of mine. May this podcast help you to travel empowered along yours as well!

(Be sure to tune in to the next episode, “We are All The Unskilled Cavewoman”)

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Show Notes:

00:29 My childhood health: Antibiotic usage. Missing lots of school. Standard American Diet.

2:53 Teenage years in the 90’s: Going vegetarian. Smoking. Birth control and side effects. Antibiotic usage and chronic yeast infections.

5:59 Low-fat, high carb SAD diet and excessive fitness routine. Fear of dietary fats.

7:47 Social anxiety. Panic attacks and agoraphobia. Different medications and doctors for anxiety. Using alcohol to ease symptoms.

10:45 Increase in antibiotics due to chronic sinusitis. Tonsillectomy.

11:33 Discontinuing birth control, my body’s response and medication for the aftermath.

12:28 Abusive relationship, pregnancy.

13:59 Severe gastrointestinal issues and gallbladder removal.

15:11 Single motherhood and re-entering the workforce.

18:21 Custody battle. Worsening anxiety and insomnia. Alcohol and Xanax dependency, and getting help. Quitting smoking through vaping.

20:29 Worsening health due to side effects of anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and antihistamines. Raynaud’s.

21:37 Weaning off of mental health medications. Gluten intolerance & fibromyalgia manifestations.

25:34 Problems with Celiac testing. Dismissive doctor. Self-advocacy with lab results & discovering IgA Deficiency. Prescribed gluten free diet.

29:49 Continuing food intolerances. Easing into Paleo with some improvement. Discovering and implementing AIP and learning about leaky gut. Eczema improvement.

33:00 Natural SIBO treatment. Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). GAPS Diet. Worsening food intolerance, fibromyalgia, fatigue and digestive health. Parasite and candida treatments with improved food tolerances. Cholesterol stones.

36:39 Overlooking and then consuming / overindulging in unsuccessful Autoimmune Protocol reintroductions. Gut pain, and elemental diet trial.

38:12 Troubleshooting diagnosis of dysmenorrhea and possible endometriosis / ovarian cysts / uterine fibroids. Maya abdominal massage.

39:08 Self-discovering of Hashimoto’s disease. Natural desiccated thyroid. Lessened anxiety.

39:56 Self-discovering of Hypogammaglobulinemia and potential Common Variable Immunodeficiency through IgG testing. Seeking immunoglobulin replacement therapy. Linking all symptoms together. Bovine serum immunoglobulins trial and keeping therapies natural.

45:33 Continuing wellness research and podcast goals for the chronic illness and autoimmune disease community.

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2 Comments

  • Madlynn

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are the first person I know of -beside myself- that has Hashimoto’s and Hypogammaglobulinemia and Fibromyalgia. Our lives run parallel at many points, with my story being long and painful as well.
    Although I’m being treated for Hashi’s and Hypogamma, I still struggle daily with the myriad secondary effects of the illnesses. Not to mention the emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences that result from the relentless fatigue and brain fog….
    Please continue the podcasts- your experiences and determination to live a healthier life are encouraging.

    • Samantha Jo Teague

      Hi there Madlynn,

      You are very welcome. I am inspired by your journey, as well as others who are trying to find answers. The connection between Hashi’s and Hypogamma is something I plan to keep digging in to as well!

      I, too, struggle with those secondary effects daily. My hope is to spread the word about managing symptoms naturally (which in my experience has given me the most progress, and the most hope). Big, huge hugs to you. Keep going! <3 <3 <3