Heat, Rapid Heartbeats and Me

IMG_1917 (2)I wasn’t going to post anything this week because I am at my mountain retreat, or as one of my dentists called it, my compound. It’s no compound but it is a retreat, a small dollhouse cabin with a blue tin roof  in the middle of the National Forest in Fairfield, Idaho. When we hike around our land and look back at our tiny footprint of a house in the middle of this gigantic  mountain it always leaves me in wonder.

That said, this time it is hotter than I remember it ever being. It is a scorcher everywhere in the west, southwest. I read today that planes aren’t taking off from LAX because of the extreme heat. It seems planes can’t get aloft as easily when it is hot and must either take a much smaller load or not fly at all. I think I must be related to airplanes because this heat is grounding me.

The thyroid person and debauchery

Ever since I started the CT3M my oral temperatures have been coming up nicely but I am now always warm. I really don’t know if this means I am slightly hyper or if this is just the way people feel when their body temperature at the end of the day is 99. What I do know is even though I am better medicated I am still not as “normal” as I want to be nor able to handle what seems like normal activity to everyone else.

The past day we were really warm for a mountain location and by bedtime last night I was just miserable. During the day we went to an altitude of 9100 feet which may have had some effect. We took a two-hour hike early in the day and that left me feeling slightly drained. While we were at 9100 feet I had two drinks containing alcohol (gin and tonic to be exact) because they just seemed refreshing at the time but they may have had an effect.

When we got home (back to 6000 feet) from our day of play at a slightly higher altitude in Ketchum, Idaho we had another icy drink and that may have had some effect. Whatever the cause I think the effect is a bit of a storm for my body and it isn’t up to the upset. I knew it when I went to bed and  I know it now at midnight as I write this blog entry heat, debauchery, high altitude and thyroid disease do not make for a happy body.

What I do when I wake up with a rapid heartbeat

My main issue as I write is that I am up at midnight with an elevated heart beat. When I was eating gluten and not being particularly careful I would wake up with this horrible rapid heartbeat, a pounding head and the overwhelming feeling of sweatiness. In the past few months, after swearing off gluten entirely (not even in lotions or potions) I have managed to avoid these episodes.

What I have now is not that miserable. When I awoke I was sweaty and my heart beat was elevated but the pounding head wasn’t an issue and the rapid beat was only mildly elevated; perhaps as in a hot flash. I was having rather vivid dreams but nothing disturbing and when I finally got up I realized I had been dreaming the book I had read until I turned off the light, as in I was dreaming every word and every action of the pages I had been reading. I also needed to go to the bathroom and I won’t bore you with details but this type of evacuation is not abnormal when my heart is beating fast.

Anyway the only thing I can do when this happens is get up, drink 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt in water and wait to get tired again. Now, as I always do when I am awake and it seems the rest of the world is sleeping,  I wonder if anyone else has experienced this reaction and what they do when it happens.


There isn’t much insight from me at midnight on a too warm, too still night. I am guessing this bit of a storm my body is experiencing is a combination of factors, no one of which would be a problem but combined they add up to a sleepless night. Everyone has a sleepless night now and then and as my mother-in-law told my SU when he was a sleepless little boy, no one ever died of not sleeping one night.

Before I close (and hopefully go back to bed) I did want to share a snack idea with you that I think is really tasty and good for your thyroid.

Toasted Chips of Coconut

Heat your oven to 350°. Once the oven is hot place the coconut oil in a 9×13 pan and melt it in the oven. Add the coconut chips and toss well to coat the chips with coconut oil. If you are a thyroid person, salt liberally and toss again. If your adrenals don’t need salt, salt less liberally. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Watch carefully as the chips will brown very quickly. As soon as they are lightly golden remove from the oven and toss again, adding more salt if you want. Let cool in the pan and then store in an airtight container.

The taste is salty/sweet and satisfies that need for a snack such as chips or popcorn in a slightly more healthful way.

On that note, she says with a yawn, I think I will leave my garage (where we cook and have our computers) and head back to the dollhouse. Night, night.




5 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Kris,

    I’ve never commented before, but I began following your journal simply because the symptoms you describe are strikingly similar to mine. You always come across as very straightforward and honest about your health issues.The authors of many of the blogs I read seem to have it all figured out and after following (insert diet name here), their health problems magically disappeared. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one in the world who can’t seem to recover from some of those same health problems. The amount of research and the knowledge you have gained is obvious. I’ve learned about things here that I’ve questioned for years, but could never find anyone who addressed it in my own research and none of my doctors could answer me.

    Sometimes, I wish it could have been as simple as abstaining from a specific food and everything would have progressively improved, but that has just not been my experience. I have hypothyroidism that fluctuates wildly from one season to the next and although natural thyroid medication helped for some time, my thyroid eventually became impossible to treat. Many of my other hormone levels are either at extreme highs or lows (and some would not budge even with treatment).

    The short list would look something like, heart palpitations that lead to pounding migraines, hypertension, a major genetic disease, severe allergies, breathing difficulty, intolerance to all grains, hair loss, joint pain, muscle wasting…and on and on. I too awaken with a fast pulse/waves of heat and nausea…in my case, it’s primarily high cortisol, high aldosterone, high adrenaline and insulin resistance. I attempt to keep my cortisol in check most of the time by supplementing with phosphatidylserine and vitamins/minerals, eating whole foods and staying away from sugar, starches, grains and coffee, among other things. However, the slightest thing ticks it off and then I wake up wondering if things will ever change for me. It has been a long process and continues to be one.

    I’m not trying to be a downer (hopefully I have not), but I wanted to let you know that your posts have helped me so much and continue to do so and that you are not alone in your symptoms. I’m very thankful that you share your experience through your journal.

    Best wishes to you.


    • Thank you for your very kind words and thank you for commenting as it helps others to know they are not alone. I don’t find your comments discouraging and I know others will see themselves in your words and they will find comfort.

      I keep going back to your comment about your hormones and as you probably know from reading Krisinsight I just couldn’t get on top of my hormone levels. I couldn’t find a doctor who knew enough about estrogen replacement and T3 to help me and when I complained to my doctor’s office manager/wife she basically told me I was wrong, hormones would only make me feel better. It simply isn’t true with a high SHBG and mine is/was always really high as was my testosterone (yet he treated me with testosterone without testing my levels causing me to become some kind of she devil). I feel as good now as I felt taking bio-identical hormones (estradiol) and I do credit my homeopathic doctor with that as since starting with her my hormones are about as balanced as they have been in ages (I feel relatively peaceful and content). I do use OTC progesterone cream for half the month and it probably helps me sleep but not always. The RT3 forum on Yahoo! used to be moderated by a woman named Val and she always said that if you have an elevated Sex Hormone Binding Globulin you really need to take Premarin. I never wanted to go there, so I never did but my levels were never good either. She swore by Premarin and said the negative press was simply not deserved.

      I hope you are having a really nice Fourth of July and my wish for you is recovered health. We may never be as “healthy” as some claim to be but perhaps that is because we also have a different level of understanding of what being healthy means. I find most people accept things I won’t accept, like the sleepless night or the aches and pains. I know these things are not a normal part of aging they are inflammation, out of whack thyroid and adrenal hormones, electrolytes unbalanced, etc. so I refuse to accept and choose to continue the investigation. Please, feel free to share your journey anytime.

      Take care,


  2. Posted by Cindy on 10:11 at Monday, July 1, 2013


    Me again! Yes, I have the exact same thing happen, especially with certain types of alcohol. I should swear it off entirely, but I don’t. This weekend we had our class reunion, so I was enjoying some beverages…..too many beverages. In these cases, I usually take just a little bit of HC, as I have usually already taken my sea salt. I don’t get palps, just a fast heartbeat. You mentioned another drug that Paul had used in your last post. I have never heard of that. Have a great week!



    • Posted by Kris on 12:59 at Monday, July 1, 2013

      Hi Cindy, I am fascinated by your taking HC when this happens and thank you for letting me know I am not completely alone on this matter. If HC helps then it is adrenal, right? I have assumed it was adrenal but have never had confirmation of this. Yesterday, I took a lot of salt because it is hot and arid here in Idaho and we were active, so the salt I took at midnight was a little over the top (perhaps as much as 4 tsp yesterday. Yikes!) but it did help and I did go back to sleep eventually only to wake up about 45 minutes later to take my T3 at 2:45. After that I slept quietly and comfortably.
      There were no palps last night, in fact, the palps I have often have occurred in the afternoon and even those not recently. I tagged the blog last night with that one just to attract anyone who has heart irregularities of all kinds. The medication Paul mentioned was Propranolol (Inderal was its original name and my dad who has been dead for 13 years took it for the better part of his life for blood pressure control). One can get it without a prescription from out of the country but I am thinking I may talk to my homeopathic/MD about it to see what she thinks. I don’t like pharmaceuticals but I also know that as I age heart irregularities become more problematic.
      As for the issue of alcohol, I understand what you are saying. I was somewhat comforted recently by reading Cheeseslave’s blog. Do you ever read her blog? She lost 20 pounds recently more or less following a diet of just eating less but she confessed that she can’t give up her three glasses of wine at night. Most health oriented types are so down on any kind of indulgence but I find caffeine has a much more deleterious effect on me than a glass of wine (not three). I know I cannot overdo and in the “heat” of the day I know I did and I paid for it.
      You mentioned good docs in the Twin Cities last week and I wondered if you would share the names again just for the ease of it. I looked several places and could not find the names.
      Did you notice I corrected my blog from last week? Paul Robinson corrected me (very politely) on Facebook asking me to please refer to it as CT3M. I find that order very clumsy and I know why I started calling it T3CM (because that order comes out of my mouth more easily) but it is his baby and I need not give it a new name. LOL
      See you next week and have a fabulous Fourth of July!


      • Posted by Cindy on 13:42 at Monday, July 1, 2013


        Yes, mine is definately adrenal. My adrenals are SO sensitive. My cortisol results were nearly perfect, but if I get off track just a bit with my diet, sleep, alcohol or too much exercise, I can feel it! My hands get ghost white too….that is my sign. Weird, right??

        I have not read that blog. But I have lost 20 by following the Virgin Diet which is an elimination diet. Eggs were a BIG part of my AF issues, I think. I am now gluten, egg and mostly dairy free.

        I have always called it that too! At least we knew what we were talking about 😉 As far as good drs, I really haven’t found any. Dr. Susan Haddow was recommended on the NTH site and my husband just went to see her. He wouldn’t say much about his visit. I was a bit disappointed, as I noted his temp was recorded at 97.5 and she told him (based on current results) that he doesn’t have a thyroid issue. I have to agree with her that the labs are almost perfect……in fact almost TOO perfect. Can you tell I don’t trust his endo??? She did order a cortisol test for him, so that was good. I may make an appointment with her to see about switching back to NTH or a T3/t4 combo.

        Have a great 4th!!


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