I convinced him to get his T3 and T4 checked. His TSH was checked a few years ago and found to be normal, but I explained to him the TSH is just the hormone telling the Thyroid to work... he agreed to get it checked. Almost too willingly. lol He asked me to make him an appointment to get them checked.
In the world of MIL... guess what? She read Primal Blueprint and is willing to give it a shot. She said the Mayo Clinic has a DVD they gave her that pretty much says the same thing, but doesn't say anything about eliminating grains. She said it's interesting and she's gonna give it a shot, but part of me is skeptical considering the unconvincingly way she said it. I hope she goes into it wholeheartedly and doesn't try to half-arse it. Her words were "Yeah, I'm going to try to give up wheat, but it's going to be hard". I said in response that the hardest part is finding foods that don't contain wheat (and mentioned that even soy sauce contains wheat b/c wheat is EVERYWHERE) and told her that her surest bet to avoiding it is to get whole, fresh foods only and avoid anything that comes in a box. She told me the Mayo DVD teaches how to shop the perimeters and all that stuff. Well, that's fine and dandy, but eventually you WILL have to enter the center of the store for something, like say for spices or pasta sauce if you don't make your own, and she needs to be cognizant that wheat is infiltrated into just about everything. I mentioned that sugar is another serious offender, but she says that she's "giving up so much already, so sugar stays". Okie.... well, then. You won't experience the whole effect of what the PB can do for you, then. With any luck, eliminating grains will be enough for her to experience a difference, but I really think she's skeptical about whether or not this will work for her and as such she's going in little by little as opposed to going in with both feet, which I think will provide her with immediate feedback. She said it'll be difficult when they start going back to school, so I suggested just taking her own food, and she said she does, but it'll still be hard. I think if she's committed to making herself feel better, it won't be hard, but... I guess some people have commitment issues. lol
Anyhow, that's the update thus far. I suggested that she read It Starts with Food next b/c it really gets into how systemic inflammation causes (roughly) 90% of our problems, and even though she says the University of Iowa and Mayo both said that Fibro is not an inflammatory disease, It Starts with Food says that Fibro is essentially a symptom of systemic inflammation. Of course, maybe that's controversial in the medical field, I don't know... and that's why they say it's not a result of inflammation - or maybe they didn't consider systemic inflammation and only considered localized inflammation (like arthritis, sprained ankle type inflammatioin), because that's how she talked about it when she said they "tested" her for inflammation. who knows...
Either way, she's trying it, so hopefully she tries it well enough that it actually does something instead of feeding her skepticism.