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Do you feel like your body suddenly switched gears, morphing from a sensible sedan into a high-end race car, with an engine that won't stop running? We know, it’s a slight stretch, but that's sort of how it feels when your thyroid starts churning out too much T3 and T4 (aka thyroid hormones), which leads to an over-accelerated metabolism. Symptoms include rapid heartbeat, weight loss, nervousness and irritability, sensitivity to heat, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and more oh-so-fun stuff. While it might seem okay, even fun, to be revved up (for about 5 minutes), this inability to slow down takes a toll on your body and life. You may also be dealing with an autoimmune disorder like Graves’ disease, which is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Essentially, people with Graves’ disease produce an antibody that communicates with the thyroid gland and makes it produce too much thyroid hormone. Signs and symptoms of Graves' include bulging eyes, thinning bones, tremors, and even heart complications. With autoimmune thyroid disease, sometimes it’s not either/or—you might start out with symptoms of hyperthyroidism and then, later on, develop symptoms of hypothyroidism! As with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism can be diagnosed via blood tests and managed with a lot of different treatments. Daily medication is often the first suggestion a practitioner will make, but there are also holistic regimens—often used in combination with other approaches—that many people find incredibly healing. Some herbal remedies have been found to be effective; if your symptoms include palpitations and nervousness, you might ask an experienced herbalist about a blend of motherwort, bugleweed, and lemon balm. So, have hope!

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Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr

If you’re an avid reader of health books and articles and you think you’re aware of the latest thyroid health information, you’re going to be more than surprised—maybe even shocked—at how much more there is to know. Thyroid Healing is like nothing you have read or heard, and it will bring you true comprehension of the undiscovered inner mechanics of our thyroids for the first time ever.Experience the epic truth about your thyroid from the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Medical Medium series!The thyroid is the new hot topic in health. Across age groups, from baby boomers and their parents to millennials and even children, more and more people—women especially—are hearing that their thyroids are to blame for their fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory issues, aches and pains, tingles and numbness, insomnia, hair loss, hot flashes, sensitivity to cold, constipation, bloating, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, loss of libido, restless legs, and more. Everyone wants to know how to free themselves from the thyroid trap.As the thyroid has gotten more and more attention, though, these symptoms haven’t gone away—people aren’t healing. Labeling someone with "Hashimoto’s," "hypothyroidism," or the like doesn’t explain the myriad health issues that person may experience. That’s because there’s a pivotal truth that goes by unnoticed: A thyroid problem is not the ultimate reason for a person’s illness. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom of something much larger than this one small gland in the neck. It’s something much more pervasive in the body, something invasive, that’s responsible for the laundry list of symptoms and conditions attributed to thyroid disease.In Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, reveals an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. Empowering readers to become their own thyroid experts, he explains in detail what the source problem really is, including what’s going on with inflammation, autoimmune disease, and dozens more symptoms and conditions, then offers a life-changing toolkit and many new recipes to rescue the thyroid and bring readers back to health and vitality. It’s an approach unlike any other, and as his millions of fans and followers will tell you, it’s the approach that gets results.MORE on BOOK 3 of the MEDICAL MEDIUM SERIES:If you’ve struggled with any chronic health issue, you’re not alone—you are one among millions confronting the mysterious symptoms that medical communities have begun to connect with thyroid illness. Like so many, you want the greater truth about the thyroid.We’ve already waited 100-plus years for real insights from medical communities into thyroid problems, and they haven’t come. Even the most recent expert opinions don’t yet have a handle on what’s really behind your suffering. Hashimoto’s is not the body attacking itself. There’s more to thyroid cancer than we’re being told. You’re not hopeless if you don’t have a thyroid anymore. Thyroid illness should not be blamed on your genes. Today’s thyroid diagnoses do not explain your years of suffering with mystery symptoms.You shouldn’t have to wait another 10, 20, 30, or more years for scientific research to find the real answers. If you’re stuck in bed, dragging through your days, or feeling lost about your health, you shouldn’t have to go through one more day of it, let alone another decade. You shouldn’t have to watch your children go through it, either.The meaning behind today’s widespread thyroid illness is so much bigger than anyone has yet discovered—what you’re about to read is unlike any information you’ve ever seen. It’s time for you to take control and become a true thyroid expert. Discover the real reasons and the healing path for dozens of symptoms and conditions, including: •ACHES AND PAINS •ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION •AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE •BRAIN FOG AND FOCUS •CANCER •EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS •PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS •FATIGUE •MONONUCLEOSIS •FIBROMYALGIA AND CFS •HAIR THINNING AND LOSS •HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS •HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES •HEART PALPITATIONS •VERTIGO •HYPERTHYROIDISM •HYPOTHYROIDISM •MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS •MYSTERY WEIGHT GAIN •SLEEP DISORDERS •TINGLES AND NUMBNESS"Since reading Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, I have expanded my approach and treatments of thyroid disease and am seeing enormous value for patients. The results are rewarding and gratifying."— from the foreword by Prudence Hall, M.D., founder and medical director of The Hall Center

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Graves' Disease And Hyperthyroidism: What You Must Know Before They Zap Your Thyroid With Radioactive Iodine

Graves' disease is one of several causes of hyperthyroidism. In "Graves' Disease And Hyperthyroidism", Dr. Zaidi, a leading endocrinologist, describes how to accurately diagnose and treat Graves' disease as well as other causes of hyperthyroidism. The medical treatment of Graves' disease has not changed in over 50 years. Sad, but true! The standard, usual treatment with Radioactive iodine is a superficial, myopic approach. It almost always makes you hypothyroid (underactive thyroid state). Then, you need to be on thyroid pills for the rest of your life. In addition, radioactive iodine does not treat the underlying root cause of Graves' disease - autoimmune dysfunction, which continues to smolder and easily erupts into another autoimmune disease. Anti-thyroid drugs do not treat autoimmune dysfunction either. They provide only temporary relief. Often, symptoms return once you stop these drugs. Surgery also does not treat autoimmune dysfunction. It often leads to hypothyroidism as well as many other complications. Over the last ten years, Dr. Zaidi developed a truly breakthrough approach to get rid of Graves' disease at its roots - autoimmune dysfunction. His patients have benefited tremendously from this approach. Now, its time for you to learn about this ground breaking discovery. Dr. Zaidi reveals what really causes autoimmune dysfunction that ultimately leads to Graves' disease. His revolutionary treatment strategy consists of five components: His unique Diet for Graves' disease (including original recipes), the link between Vitamin D deficiency and Graves' disease, the connection between Graves' disease and Vitamin B12 deficiency, how Stress causes Graves' disease (and Dr. Zaidi's unique strategy to manage stress) and the Judicious use of Anti-Thyroid drugs. Dr. Zaidi also explains: What are thyroid antibodies? What are the tests to diagnose various causes of hyperthyroidism? What causes Graves' eye disease and what is its proper treatment? How do you accurately diagnose and manage Graves' disease during pregnancy?

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Stop the Thyroid Madness II: How Thyroid Experts Are Challenging Ineffective Treatments and Improving the Lives of Patients

The dawn of the 21st century brought with it one of the most profound and wide-reaching patient activist movements in history: Stop the Thyroid Madness (STTM). Created by the dynamic Janie A. Bowthorpe M.Ed, the patient-to-patient STTM revolution birthed life-changing hypothyroid treatment knowledge and protocols to counter decades of treatment mismanagement due to the use of inferior medications, the wrong lab work, and a poor understanding of symptoms. Now, as Editor, Ms. Bowthorpe brings the reader this acclaimed and brilliant second book, Stop the Thyroid Madness II, authored by over a dozen insightful medical professionals. Each practitioner brings years of excellence and insight into their chapters, not only complimenting what informed thyroid patients have learned, but offering deeper wisdom and knowledge. You'll read about the functional and holistic approach to thyroid disease, how stress affects the thyroid patient, the superior treatment of natural desiccated thyroid, why the TSH lab test is inadequate, what "normal" really doesn't mean when it comes to lab work, the importance of nutrition in regaining health and well-being, all about the autoimmune Hashimoto's version of hypothyroidism, why doctors are the way they are and how to relate to them, gluten and nutritional issues, thyroid toxicity and how to counter those toxins, the Reverse T3 problem, how MTHFR and methylation blockages can affect thyroid patients, and an understanding of why so many thyroid patients end up with low cortisol, aka hypocortisolism.

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Learn True Health: Holistically Healing your Thyroid

To heal your thyroid holistically is not as complicated as it seems. There have also been numerous opinions on whether iodine is good or bad for our health in the long run. To enlighten us about how to heal your thyroid holistically and other health issues linked to our thyroid, I’m so happy to have Dr. Alan Christianson back on the show. Dr. Alan Christianson has helped so many people over the years addressing thyroid and adrenal issues. A significant component of how to holistically heal your thyroid is through the right diet. That’s why Dr. Alan Christianson wrote the book, The Metabolism Reset Diet, which is launching on January 29. Thyroid Health Dr. Alan Christianson says thyroid health does affect a lot of systems in the body. Especially brain development on kids. And to date, he says it’s been estimated that there’s a lot of billion people on planet earth who didn’t get the brain function they deserve because they lacked iodine as they grew up. And whenever the topic is about how to heal your thyroid holistically, iodine often comes up. For those who are unaware, iodine is one of the first elements that is ever isolated. The name itself comes from the violet color the element has. “The thyroid medication contains active thyroid hormones. And they are built from iodine. And getting too much can seem a lot like too little regarding how it affects the body,” explains Dr. Alan Christianson. He adds, “The amount that you need is about a hundredfold of what you find in the bloodstream. So, the bloodstream concentrates iodine. And the concentrator is important because it’s a nutrient that you wouldn’t get on a consistent basis. But the pitfall about that concentrator is that if we get a lot of it, we shut down the factory.” Too Much or Too Little Iodine? Before you embark on the journey of how to heal your thyroid holistically, there’s a lot of tests available in the market to aid you in finding the best solution. There are spot urine tests, which means random samples of urine is analyzed. Dr. Alan Christianson also shares that there are the 24-hour urine test and a recent thing called iodine challenge test. The iodine challenge test is where you take a big dose and see how much you excrete in the time afterward. “A lot of those tests are decent to gauge how much iodine a population has. So, if you were to go to Central Africa and screen a thousand people with spot urinary iodine test, you get a good hunch,” said Dr. Alan Christianson. “But because there is so much variation in any one person’s random urine sample, you have to test thoroughly.” He adds, “Some of the best tests would only require about 200 tests for one person to have 90% of accuracy. So, there are no good tests, but thankfully there’s also no known human diversity regarding iodine absorption or excretion.” Diet Choices To heal your thyroid holistically, diet is a critical component. Dr. Alan Christianson reveals that one population can be at risk for getting low iodine if their food is more stringent and that’s pregnant women. And with the healthy intake of seafood and a good variety of produce in the diet, it’s easy not to become deficient. The other group that can be at risk are raw food vegans who don’t use any iodine-fortified salt. Dr. Alan Christianson likes sea salt for general use because this way, you get some magnesium. So, if someone was consuming no animal products and especially just raw foods, they can get low iodine. “Sea vegetables are rich in iodine. Most forms of sea vegetables have enough to be useful but not enough to throw your way out of the ballpark,” said Dr. Alan Christianson. “Kelp helps a lot. Tiny amounts could be useful. Nori has pretty reasonable amounts of iodine.” Dr. Alan Christianson also mentioned that by adding iodized salt to food, people could get reasonable amounts. He also said that pretty much all multi-vitamins will have between a hundred or two hundred micrograms. Too Much Iodine While On Medication Dr. Alan Christianson explains that if someone is between their supplements, their diet, and medication, it creates more overall resistance to thyroid hormones in their body. So, the amounts that we need regarding thyroid and iodine are a small quantity, like one to two hundred micrograms or a tenth of a grain of salt. “Some studies show that megadose iodine is an effective treatment for fibrocystic breast disease. We have to think through side effects, and thyroid complication as whether or not is it worth it overall,” said Dr. Alan Christianson. Hashimoto’s Disease A Japanese physician discovered Hashimoto’s because the Japanese have the highest rates of autoimmune thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. According to Dr. Alan Christianson, they also have the world’s highest iodine intake. In the U.S., Dr. Alan Christianson reveals that we have a lot of goiter cases especially in a lot of great lakes and areas where there is a lot of fresh water. But we didn’t have autoimmune thyroid disease. “The thing with Hashimoto’s as an autoimmune disease, if you don’t see it then you don’t know that it’s not there,” Dr. Alan Christianson said. “So, people have hypothyroidism, and sometimes the doctor may test for thyroid antibodies. Half the time, the thyroid antibodies are negative.” He adds, “But people who have Hashimoto’s disease, half the time their thyroid antibodies never show up. So, there are few cases of hypothyroidism that are not autoimmune.” Graves’ Disease Graves’ disease, on the other hand, is also known as toxic diffuse goiter. It is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. Based on numerous case studies, it often results in and is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Apart from that, it frequently results in an enlarged thyroid. “The part about being hyperthyroid perpetuates the autoimmune attack. You may see odd things that may not be helpful but seems to be effective for one person,” Dr. Alan Christianson explains. “And with more appropriate treatment, in pulling someone out of hyperthyroidism and getting iodine right, many can heal and stay stable again.” He adds, “It’s not about the pill. The question is always can I be vital and happy and thriving again. So, focus on that one. It’s really about how you’re going to feel and function.” Advocating For Ourselves Dr. Alan Christianson says the patient’s well-being is most important. But thyroid levels also affect health in ways that you wouldn’t know based on symptoms alone. Your TSH signal, for example, that’s a growth signal to the thyroid. And it can be a growth signal for something connected with health issues like heart disease and diabetes. “So, it’s important to monitor our thyroid levels annually, to make sure we’re not getting too much or too little. Cancer that’s growing the fastest among women is thyroid cancer. The rates have gone up since the end of the 90s. It has gone up three-fold,” shares Dr. Alan Christianson. Dr. Alan Christianson also believes that people with thyroid disease should have a minimum of a baseline ultrasound when the thyroid is down. The American College of Gynecology, in fact, recommends self-neck checks on a monthly basis as part of wanting to heal the thyroid holistically. Nutrient Deficiencies Dr. Alan Christianson stressed that selenium is essential for all things thyroid. Those who are low in selenium are more likely to have an iodine deficiency and vice versa. “So, it’s most important to get a screen for your TSH and your thyroid antibodies. And it’s important to know not just what’s normal but what should optimal look like,” said Dr. Alan Christianson. “There’s a certain amount of thyroid antibodies that are considered perfectly fine.” Other Measures Dr. Alan Christianson says the number of people who have thyroid problems is much higher than people who have perfect thyroid function. And when you look at the healthiest populations, their average scores of T4 and T3 pretty much are the average scores in the blood test. T3 and T4 are highly regulated by the body, and they only reflect the state when the body is off by extremes. On the other hand, T2 is not measurable. Dr. Alan Christianson says healthy people have reasonable amounts of that. People who are on thyroid treatment that does not include T2, tend to be lacking in it. He also said that T2 by itself seems to have the most significant roles to play in metabolic rates, and also would regulate ovarian function. Truth About Cortisol There have also been references wherein popularized the idea of how the adrenals are unable to produce cortisol. Dr. Alan Christianson mentions that there’s a disease called Addison’s disease. He went on to say that at a surface look, someone with Addison’s disease could have very similar cortisol levels to another. “If you assume the problem is low cortisol, somebody is likely to think of giving more cortisol. And a lot of cases like that where someone is giving you a lot of cortisol at your worst, you might feel a lot better short-term,” said Dr. Alan Christianson. “But you can also measure the brain talking to the adrenals, in the same way, the brain talks to the thyroid.” And the difference between Addison’s disease and adrenal fatigue is that in adrenal fatigue, the brain is telling you to slow down. That’s why Dr. Alan Christianson believes that prognosis can differ from person to person. Hence, in wanting to heal your thyroid holistically, one has to do the research apart from finding an excellent practitioner who is knowledgeable. Ultimately, it’s about how to become a self-advocate for your health. “Stay active with their work and hold on to it. You can radically transform the quality of your life by doing the right things with your lifestyle. Don’t give up on having that vision come through for you,” said Dr. Alan Christianson. Bio Dr. Alan Christianson is a Naturopathic Endocrinologist who focuses on Thyroid function, adrenal health, and metabolism. Dr. Alan Christianson has been actively practicing in Scottsdale since 1996 and is the founding physician behind Integrative Health. He is a NY Times bestselling author whose books include The Metabolism Reset Diet, The Adrenal Reset Diet, and the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.

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Learn True Health: Heal Your Thyroid with Dr Denis Wilson and Ashley James

In this episode, I travel to Bastyr University (a prominent Naturopathic Medical College) to interview Thyroid expert Dr. Denis Wilson. In our interview, Dr. Denis Wilson discusses how there are two different thyroid problems. You can have a thyroid, the gland, the noun, problem or you can have a thyroid adjective problem. Meaning the function of the thyroid hormone is not being utilized correctly by the cells in the body which leads to a low metabolic rate and a low body temperature. Dr. Denis Wilson says, "If you are on thyroid medication you do not have to be on it for the rest of your life!" He discusses how traditional MDs will have their patient on T4 for life when that does not help the body heal or address the root issue that caused the low thyroid in the first place. He also sees a lot of people who suffer from all of the symptoms of low thyroid function because their cells are not utilizing thyroid and yet on a blood test they appear to be normal. An indication, he shares, is low body temperature. Anything below 98F is a body temp that can point to having low thyroid function. In our interview, Dr. Wilson gives an action plan for healing your thyroid. If you have hypothyroid, meaning low thyroid function, Dr. Denis Wilson recommends that you do the following: 1. Avoid stress 2. Declutter and simplify your life 3. Create a regular active relaxation routine 4. Eat organic food 5. Avoid gluten (barley, wheat, rye and oats) 6. Do high-intensity interval exercise on a regular basis / get your heart rate up 7. Take high-quality supplements that include iodine, zinc, and selenium. 8. Take herbs that support thyroid function such as Guggul Myrrh, Blue Flag Root. 9. Sometimes those with low thyroid function also need adrenal support. Taking herbs that support adrenal function like ashwagandha, eleutherococcus, rhodiola, holy basil. Dr. Wilson says that after first trying everything on the above list if you still have low thyroid function he says you may temporarily need T3 therapy. He goes on to describe an fascinating process where he uses a combination of natural medicine along with T3 to reset the body. He describes it as "resetting the thyroid pathways in all the cells of the body." Dr. Wilson discovered that sometimes the issue isn't the thyroid but the receptors in the body that can be reset. Dr. Wilson successfully works with patients to get their thyroid functioning healthfully again and get them off their medication! You can have your doctor Dr. Wilson's office 800-420-5801 to place orders or to make appointments for free medical technical training so that your doctor can help you get on Dr. Wilson's thyroid protocol. You can also visit Dr. Wilson's website and find a doctor in your area that is already proficient in this way of healing. Dr. Wilson shared that after beginning, this protocol patients notice a difference from a few hours to a few days or weeks. On Dr. Wilson's protocol, you should see a difference within a few weeks. For those with Hashimoto's thyroiditis Dr. Wilson shares that there is great hope! He has helped them to heal using natural medicine and said that sometimes he had seen full recoveries. For healing your thyroid when it comes to hyperthyroidism, Dr. Wilson says that herbal support is the first thing you should do.

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Ultimate Health Podcast: Dr. Amy Myers - The Thyroid Connection

Dr. Amy Myers is a renowned leader in functional medicine and a New York Times bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from LSU Health Sciences Center and spent 5 years working in emergency medicine before training with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Amy has helped thousands around the world recover from chronic illness through her dietary-based program, The Myers Way®. Today's interview is focused on the thyroid, the topic of her new book, The Thyroid Connection. In this episode, we discuss: Before Amy was a thyroid doc, she was a thyroid patient Your thyroid regulates every cell in your body Hypothyroidism vs. hyperthyroidism The lab work Amy recommends for anyone suspecting they may have thyroid dysfunction If your conventional doctor says your thyroid is ok... they may be wrong What is functional medicine? The impact of stress on your thyroid gland Ways to combat psychological stress How infections can negatively impact your thyroid There isn't a great way to test your iodine level Two ways gluten can cause thyroid dysfunction The diet that supports a healthy thyroid gland Most people are vitamin D deficient The impact of goitrogens on your thyroid Amy's healthy morning routine Related links: CoreChair Sunwarrior Dr. Amy Myers' website Dr. Amy Myers - The Thyroid Connection (book)* Dr. Amy Myers - The Autoimmune Solution (book)* HeartMath Inner Balance* Dr. Terry Wahls Note: Links marked with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won't cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. How can you support our podcast? 1. Apple users, please subscribe and review our show on iTunes, we make sure to read them all. Android users, be sure to subscribe to our show on Google Play Music. Subscribers never miss any of the action ;) 2. Tell a friend about The Ultimate Health Podcast. They will surely thank you later. You can use the envelope button below to email a friend or tell them about TUHP in person. 3. Join TUHP Facebook group (FREE). This is where we all stay in touch and ask questions in between episodes. Join our community here. 4. Download our Habits app for iOS. You choose the healthy habits you want to implement and maintain and our app will help keep you on track

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The Functional Medicine Radio Show: Natural Healing for Hyperthyroidism with Andrea Beaman

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Andrea Beaman explains natural healing for hyperthyroidism. Andrea Beaman is a Natural Foods Chef, health educator, thyroid expert and holistic health coach dedicated to alternative healing, and sustainable eating and living. Andrea was a featured contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef and was recognized as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness from Greatist.com, received the Award For Excellence in Health Supportive Food Education from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, as well the Health Leadership Award from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Andrea is the author of “Happy Healthy Thyroid – The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally!” Main Questions Asked about Natural Healing for Hyperthyroidism: Did you have a thyroid issue? Why is thyroid disease so much more common at this point in time? What other types of foods do you recommend to support the endocrine system? What can people who have irradiated their thyroid do to support their endocrine system? Are there other types of natural treatments for your thyroid? Key Points Made by Andrea about Natural Healing for Hyperthyroidism: Andrea was diagnosed with a hyperthyroid and a goiter at the age of 28 and the doctor recommended that they radiate her thyroid and put her on medication for the rest of her life. She believed that her diet and lifestyle were the root cause and ignored the doctor’s advice. After correcting her diet and lifestyle, Andrea’s goiter and hyperthyroidism disappeared after 24 months and it turned out that she was suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, which was the real issue. If it is an autoimmune disease, the symptoms will change from day to day. We are not taught to slow down and observe the effects on our body, but the body works at a slower pace than we would like. One of the main reasons hyperthyroidism is more common today is that the majority of people were not breastfed as children. The colostrum from the mother’s milk is the installation of the immune system in a child’s body which many people are missing. Babies that are not breastfed have higher rates of disease. We are also surrounded by manmade non-ionizing and ionizing radiation and the thyroid is very sensitive to radiation. Without enough food grade iodine in our systems, the thyroid becomes more vulnerable. Andrea recommends seaweed to increase the amount of iodine in your system; the slimy texture of seaweed is what coats the digestive system and allows you to observe the iodine without inflaming your condition. Natural fats and proteins are also good for supporting your digestive and endocrine system. The human body is a complex system and we can’t isolate a single food type and create a diet around only that. When one system is out of balance, it indicates that the whole body is out of balance because everything is connected. Without a thyroid, your body still needs to process the hormone which means you have to rely on the liver. One of the most important ways to support the endocrine system is by reducing stress on the whole. A high amount of stress puts pressure on every system in the body. Allow yourself to wake up but then put your body back into a state of relaxation; stretch and breath before starting your day. Herbal medicine is another natural option for treating your thyroid. Herbs and foods that are extremely nutritive give the body the energy it needs to support the underlying systems.

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Dr. Westin Childs Podcast: Hypothyroidism vs Hyperthyroidism

What's the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism? These conditions represent polar opposites and it's important to realize this. Hyperthyroidism is a condition which results in too much thyroid hormone while hypothyroidism is a condition which results in too little thyroid hormone. Each medical condition presents differently in both symptoms and lab tests. Learn the difference below: Lab tests in hypothyroid patients: - TSH - The TSH is usually high in hypothyroidism. - Free T3 - Free T3 is usually low. - Free T4 - Free T4 is usually low. - Thyroid antibodies - Not always positive but Anti TPO antibodies and Thyroglobulin antibodies may be positive. Symptoms of hypothyroidism: - Weight gain - Fatigue - Constipation - Cold intolerance - Low body temperature - Chronic pain or joint pain - Depression Conditions that cause hypothyroidism: - Hashimoto's thyroiditis - Thyroidectomy - Radioactive iodine ablation - Pituitary damage or tumors - Congenital problems - Pregnancy Lab tests in hyperthyroid patients: - TSH - The TSH is usually very low in hyperthyroidism. - Free T3 - Free T3 is usually elevated. - Free T4 - Free T4 is either normal or low. - Thyroid antibodies - Thyroid antibodies such as thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin may be elevated. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism: - Heat intolerance - Weight loss - Rapid heart rate - Insomnia - Anxiety - Heart palpitations - Diarrhea Conditions that cause hyperthyroidism: - Graves' disease - Toxic multinodular goiter - Thyroiditis - Certain tumors Other questions answered in this video include: Can hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism exist at the same time? The answer is no, but it is possible to have medical conditions that cause both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism and which alter between the two conditions. In addition, it is possible to have too much thyroid hormone in certain tissues while others may not have enough. This can result in symptoms such as heart palpitations while you still have cold intolerance and weight gain. I'm Dr. Westin Childs and I focus on thyroid health, hormone balance, and weight loss. I write about thyroid disorders, weight loss, insulin resistance, estrogen/progesterone balance on my blog. I truly believe that hormone balance is the key to managing your weight, your mood and your quality of life which is why I'm so passionate about it.

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The Evan Brand: Dr. Eric Osansky: Hyperthyroidism and Graves (The Functional Approach)

Dr. Eric Osansky is a licensed healthcare professional who helps people recover from thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions through the use of natural thyroid treatment methods. He is a chiropractic physician, and while many people consider chiropractors to be neck and back pain doctors, some chiropractors receive special training that gives them the knowledge to focus on other conditions, such as endocrine disorders. Although Dr. Osansky focused on typical chiropractic conditions in his practice for 7 years, he gained a greater appreciation for endocrine disorders when he was personally diagnosed with the autoimmune thyroid condition Graves disease. After seeing how well natural treatment methods helped with his autoimmune thyroid condition, he began using these natural thyroid treatment protocols to help others with different types of thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions, such as hyperthyroidism and Graves Disease, and hypothyroidism and Hashimotos Thyroiditis. While he realizes that conventional medical treatment is necessary in some cases, there are millions of people with these conditions who have been told they need to be on prescription drugs on a long-term or permanent basis, or receive thyroid surgery or radioactive iodine, when this might not be the case. Dr. Osansky has obtained countless hours of postgraduate training in nutrition, functional endocrinology, immunology, detoxification, and phytotherapy. Dr. Osansky received a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. Dr. Osansky is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, as well as a Certified Nutrition Specialist, which requires advanced-degree education qualifications, completing and passing an examination, and substantial nutrition experience. Dr. Osansky is also a certified functional medicine practitioner from the Institute for Functional Medicine. Although hes not an herbalist, Dr. Osansky has received a certificate of herbal therapy through the Australian College of Phytotherapy. This program is run by Kerry Bone, who is a well-known herbalist with over 25 years of experience. Here is a breakdown of Dr. Osanskys credentials and special achievements: Doctor of chiropractic that focuses on endocrine conditions Masters of science degree in nutrition and functional medicine Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) Herbal Therapy Certification Attends numerous nutrition and functional medicine conferences each year Guest interview on Thyroid Nation Radio Featured speaker for Dr. Amy Myers Thyroid Connection Summit Presenter for Dr. Izabella Wentz Thyroid Secret Documentary In July of 2011 Dr. Osansky published the book Natural Treatment Solutions for Hyperthyroidism and Graves Disease, which is now in its second edition. He is currently working on a book on Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Over the years he has helped hundreds of people with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions. His goal is to detect and then remove the underlying cause of these conditions, which in many cases will restore the function of the thyroid gland, strengthen the adrenal glands, improve the health of the immune system, and address other affected areas of the body. As a result, many people with these conditions can avoid taking medication on a long-term basis, as well as avoid receiving surgery or radioactive iodine treatment. Although Dr. Osanskys goal is to help people through natural methods, he realizes that some people do need conventional medical treatment. As a result, he will not hesitate to refer patients to a different healthcare professional if for any reason they arent a good candidate for natural treatment methods. For those people with a thyroid or autoimmune thyroid condition who are interested in restoring their health back to normal, Dr. Osansky has written a free guide entitled The 6 Steps on How to Reverse Graves Disease and Hashimotos Thyroiditis Through Natural Methods. This guide consists of 52 pages of pure content that will show you how to restore your health naturally, and will help you decide whether you might benefit from following a natural thyroid treatment protocol.

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Go Wellness Radio: The Supplements That You Need To Help Combat Depression and Hyperthyroidism

Roy Krebs is the Co-founder and Head of Product for Natural Stacks, a supplement company that does not hide their ingredient list. This is Roy’s second guest appearance and you can find out more about his company from his first guest appearance (link in the show notes). On today’s episode, Roy and Regan discuss how to combat depression, improve gut health, and how to get rid of hyperthyroidism through the use of supplements and good old-fashioned foods. Key Takeaways: [2:05] In Regan’s state, Utah, they have the highest per capita usage of antidepressants. [2:30] What are some of the symptoms of having low serotonin? [4:00] What foods help build serotonin? [7:40] One of the fruits Regan recommends to help increase tryptophan production is avocados. [8:05] What other foods help increase tryptophan production? [11:20] Natural Stacks is one of the only supplement companies that does not hide their ingredients. [11:55] How do you know if you have a low thyroid? [14:00] How can you improve your gut health? [17:45] When does Roy recommend taking the Natural Stacks PreBiotic? [20:35] How are dopamine and the thyroid hormone related? [23:15] How can we help our body create dopamine? [32:20] How can GABA help combat hyperthyroidism? [39:00] Regan asks his patients who have thyroid issues to exercise every single day. It helps because it gets their blood moving, which means nitroxide gets produced.

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Mind Pump: The Hypothyroid Hoax

This this episode of Mind Pump, Sal, Adam & Justin speak with Dr. Michael Ruscio about thyroid health, the misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism and how to improve thyroid function. Measuring the success of live events and the value of ones like #PodcastHard. (5:11) The potential for Mind Pump & Friends Tour. (8:11) Getting the best bang for your buck, right dose when it comes to red light therapy and products like Joovv. (9:08) Is he finding that there are more zealots in the space? (14:45) The propensity to make things more complicated than they have to be. Why you should always cross reference with a clinician. (17:35)** The misdiagnosed epidemic of hyperthyroidism. (18:50) Does this group benefit from taking the medication that gets prescribed? (27:30) What does a low FODMAP diet look like? (31:35) Why the majority of hyperthyroidism is diagnosed as thyroid autoimmunity. (32:30) What do thyroid autoimmunity symptoms look like and how to go about treating it? (34:15) What are the connections with thyroid and progesterone? (40:56) Is there a negative feedback loop when you're on thyroid hormones? (43:13) Is there any evidence to show your thyroid may be normal but you have low receptor density? (46:23) Does he have cases where someone has hyperthyroidism and fixing their gut issue solves the problem? (49:12) Are there potential dangers with taking thyroid hormones when you haven’t been properly diagnosed? (50:29) How dangerous can this be for a competitor doing this? (54:20) What has the feedback been from his space on this subject? (57:22) Thyroid antibodies and their importance in the grand scheme of things. (1:03:50) Is hyperthyroidism a death sentence or can you reverse it? (1:09:19) How is Hashimoto's disease diagnosed? (1:11:25)

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The Anxiety Podcast: Elle Russ - The Paleo Thyroid Solution & Anxiety

Summary: In this episode, I talk to Elle Russ about how anxiety can be caused by hyperthyroidism. Elle Russ is a writer, health & life coach, and the main host of the top-rated Primal Blueprint Podcast. She is becoming the leading voice of thyroid health in the burgeoning Paleo, Primal, Ancestral Health Movements. We get into a variety of topics from working with your doctor, nutrition and changing your approach to life in order to heal. Find out more here: http://www.elleruss.com Get her book here: http://www.elleruss.com/books/ In this episode you will learn: Who is Elle Russ? (2:40) How hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety (4:00) Make sure your doctor is knowledgeable on thyroid tests (5:30) You need to own your own health Diet and exercise is related to anxiety (9:33) Adrenal and glucose management (10:10) Depression and hyperthyroidism (11:29) The difficulties of eating right when traveling (13:45) Sugar addiction (17:15) Participate in your own health (19:20) When will people change? (24:20) How Elle was able to work through her fear of flying (30:29) Cut ties with toxic relationships (33:40) Stop watching things that depress you (36:23) What are you consuming? (41:51) It takes practice to get rid of your negative thoughts (45:00) What are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism? (49:20) What are some symptoms? Do not let doctors patronize you Quotes: “An overactive thyroid can also cause anxiety." “It’s about how quickly do you want to get better.” “You cannot expect a doctor to fix you… you need to participate, you need to bio hack, you need to step up, you have to learn.” (19:33) “At what point at are you going to make this happen for you?” (22:14) “Anxiety is not a normal state of being for humans.” (25:11) “When you’re healing, you need to stay away from the negative.” (33:50)

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Doctor Thyroid: Pregnancy and Thyroid⎥Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism, with Dr. Angela Leung from UCLA

Dr. Angela M. Leung is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at both UCLA and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. After pursuing her undergraduate studies at Occidental College, Dr. Leung completed her internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship training at Boston University School of Medicine. She also studied at the Boston University School of Public Health and obtained a master's degree in Epidemiology. Dr. Leung has particular clinical and research interests in thyroid disorders, and she also sees patients regarding parathyroid and adrenal disorders. She has published widely and lectures frequently on thyroid disease, including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and thyroid disease during pregnancy. In this episode, the following topics are explained: Optimizing thyroid health prior to conception Thyroid issues that affect pregnancy Hypothyroid as result of surgery or Hashimotos Hyperthyroidism and pregnancy Adjusting current thyroid treatment, meaning optimizing thyroid levels by adjusting dosage of thyroid medication TSH levels in light of pregnancy Planned pregnancy usually means a dose increase What happens if someone does not get treatment during pregnancy? Hypothyroidism and the fetus Brain development for the fetus Lower IQ scores and hypothyroid in pregnancy CATS study from UK and Italy Iodine and pregnancy Iodine intake prior to pregnancy Armour thyroid and pregnancy Concerns regarding animal derived thyroid replacement TSH levels

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Dr. Westin Childs Podcast: Thyroid Storm Symptoms - How To Prevent and Treat This Condition

Today is all about the condition known as Thyroid Storm. But what exactly is a thyroid storm? It's best understood as a condition that results from hyperthyroidism but it's unique in that it is considered a medical emergency. A medical emergency is any condition which must be treated as soon as possible or it may lead to death in the person experiencing it. Thyroid storm is most commonly caused by the same conditions that cause hyperthyroidism, the most common being Graves' disease. But, it can also arise spontaneously in patients who have hyperthyroidism but also experience a dramatic illness or condition. Conditions such as having a heart attack, going into DKA, or becoming pregnant have all been known to trigger thyroid storm. The symptoms of thyroid storm include: - Fever (or thermoregulatory dysfunction) - Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) - The rapid development of heart conditions such as heart failure, heart attack or atrial fibrillation - Swelling or edema of the extremities - Neurological dysfunction ranging from agitation to seizures or coma - Gastrointestinal issues ranging from diarrhea to jaundice or liver failure This condition can be prevented in most cases with the proper treatment of conditions that cause hyperthyroidism. The treatment for this condition includes the 5 B's: #1. Block Synthesis (Use antithyroid drugs such as Methimazole or PTU which prevent your body from making more thyroid hormone). #2. Block release (Using high doses of iodine can prevent your thyroid gland from releasing more thyroid hormone through the Wolff-Chaikoff effect). #3. Block T4 to T3 conversion (By using high doses steroids or PTU. These medications prevent your body from "activating" thyroid hormone). #4. Beta-blockers (10) (Beta blockers are medications which can slow down the cellular effects of thyroid hormone and reduce heart rate and tremors). #5. Block gastrointestinal circulation (Using binders such as cholestyramine prevent your own body from activating and reabsorbing thyroid hormone). Thyroid storm has a mortality rate of about 10-20% so it is considered a very serious medical condition that must be treated as soon as possible.

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Learn True Health: The Paleo Thyroid Solution, Naturally Reversing Low Thyroid Function, Hashimoto's, Hypothyroidism with Elle Russ

Paleo Thyroid Solution And Its Benefits Paleo Thyroid Solution is practiced by more and more people with thyroid problems, even if it takes some time getting used to the diet plan. However, my guest, Elle Russ attests to the effectiveness of the Paleo Thyroid Solution because it addresses thyroid problems naturally. Discovering Paleo Thyroid Solution Elle Russ discovered the Paleo Thyroid Solution by accident. Before that, she followed the classic paradigm for a very long time. Being a carbohydrates-dependent, sugar burner who over-exercised, Elle Russ admitted that she gave essentially gave herself Hypothyroidism. In fact, she battled two bouts of Hypothyroidism in 10 years. In addition to her thyroid problems, Elle Russ got misdiagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. She suffered for two years undiagnosed and had to cope with medication which made it worse. What Is A Thyroid Gland Why can't we live without a thyroid gland? Well, Elle Russ explains that the thyroid gland is in charge of the production and regulation of all of your hormones, metabolic rate, temperature, heart rate and much more. Using iodine from the food we eat, the thyroid gland makes Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). Apparently, when one is stressed, thyroid issues arise. Over-exercising is one kind of stress, that's why Elle Russ eventually developed thyroid problems. The thyroid can also get shut down if you eat every two to three hours everyday. It is essential to keep your T3 and T4 levels balanced. Otherwise, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can develop. Hyperthyroidism When you have Hyperthyroidism, it means that your thyroid gland is overactive and producing too much thyroid hormones. Some symptoms include a fast heart rate, anxiety, nervousness, sweating, weight loss, sleep problems and many others. "People with Hyperthyroidism poo all the time, so they can't gain weight. They have bulging eyes or an eye disease that is sometimes immune-caused," explains Elle Russ. "And because they are in a hypermetabolic state, at the end of the day, it becomes inflammatory, and they can have a heart attack." Hypothyroidism On the other hand, Hypothyroidism is when your body's thyroid hormone isn't sufficient. Hypothyroidism is why some people have a slow metabolism. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is a form of thyroid inflammation. Another alarming cause of Hypothyroidism is surgical removal of the thyroid gland. Because of this, Elle Russ cautions against depending too much on the conventional treatments. Sometimes, surgery and medication can make thyroid problems worse. Elle Russ says that Hashimoto's is caused by eating grains and sugar. If you can shift your diet like staying away from gluten, it is possible to eliminate taking thyroid replacement drugs. "Someone with Hypothyroidism will often feel cold. The condition is also associated with accelerated aging and falling hair, so you always have to take hormones," said Elle Russ. "Unfortunately in Western Medicine, most doctors are uninformed on the best solution for thyroid problems." Primal Blueprint The Primal Blueprint, authored by Mark Sisson, primarily teaches you how to control your genes by understanding how your body works. It involves healthy food choices and lifestyle changes to reach your optimal health naturally. Sisson's research for the book showed that the modern diet laden with carbohydrates and sugars is different from our primal ancestors. Our food choices consequently are the reason behind our numerous health problems. "I started working for Mark Sisson about five years ago. The Primal Blueprint re-educates you about food and how to stop food addiction. I noticed so many changes when I shifted my food choices," Elle Russ said. Keto Reset Diet According to Elle Russ, Mark Sisson is also slated to come out with a new book this October called, 'The Keto Reset Diet.' It guides the individual through the 21-day process. However, shifting to a Keto diet is not a walk in the park, and Elle Russ advises anyone doing this diet to do it properly. Apparently, if you go into ketosis right away and your body starts making ketones, there are side effects like leg cramps, bad breath and body odor among others. This is because your body is not ready to process those ketones efficiently. However, if the diet is done right, it is known to reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Hyperthyroidism When you have Hyperthyroidism, it means that your thyroid gland is overactive and producing too much thyroid hormones. Some symptoms include a fast heart rate, anxiety, nervousness, sweating, weight loss, sleep problems and many others. "People with Hyperthyroidism poo all the time, so they can't gain weight. They have bulging eyes or an eye disease that is sometimes immune-caused," explains Elle Russ. "And because they are in a hypermetabolic state, at the end of the day, it becomes inflammatory, and they can have a heart attack." Hypothyroidism On the other hand, Hypothyroidism is when your body's thyroid hormone isn't sufficient. Hypothyroidism is why some people have a slow metabolism. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is a form of thyroid inflammation. Another alarming cause of Hypothyroidism is surgical removal of the thyroid gland. Because of this, Elle Russ cautions against depending too much on the conventional treatments. Sometimes, surgery and medication can make thyroid problems worse. Elle Russ says that Hashimoto's is caused by eating grains and sugar. If you can shift your diet like staying away from gluten, it is possible to eliminate taking thyroid replacement drugs. "Someone with Hypothyroidism will often feel cold. The condition is also associated with accelerated aging and falling hair, so you always have to take hormones," said Elle Russ. "Unfortunately in Western Medicine, most doctors are uninformed on the best solution for thyroid problems." Primal Blueprint The Primal Blueprint, authored by Mark Sisson, primarily teaches you how to control your genes by understanding how your body works. It involves healthy food choices and lifestyle changes to reach your optimal health naturally. Sisson's research for the book showed that the modern diet laden with carbohydrates and sugars is different from our primal ancestors. Our food choices consequently are the reason behind our numerous health problems. "I started working for Mark Sisson about five years ago. The Primal Blueprint re-educates you about food and how to stop food addiction. I noticed so many changes when I shifted my food choices," Elle Russ said. Keto Reset Diet According to Elle Russ, Mark Sisson is also slated to come out with a new book this October called, 'The Keto Reset Diet.' It guides the individual through the 21-day process. However, shifting to a Keto diet is not a walk in the park, and Elle Russ advises anyone doing this diet to do it properly. Apparently, if you go into ketosis right away and your body starts making ketones, there are side effects like leg cramps, bad breath and body odor among others. This is because your body is not ready to process those ketones efficiently. However, if the diet is done right, it is known to reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Paleo Thyroid Solution The Paleo Thyroid Solution is a lifestyle and weight loss plan. Its primary aim is to optimize thyroid function through a Paleo or Primal diet. Furthermore, Elle Russ also did her fair share of research about the Paleo Thyroid Solution. Among the things she discovered is that taking Selenium helps address thyroid problems. Consequently, Paleo Thyroid Solution is the ultimate in adrenal management and blood glucose management. Hence, people also go on this diet plan for emotional stability purposes and mental health reasons. Furthermore, Elle Russ says that it takes 21 days for the brain to stop depending on glucose. Hence, Paleo Thyroid Solution is about becoming metabolic-efficient and metabolic-flexible. "Paleo Thyroid Solution diet is low carb, moderate protein, and high fat. It is in line with our DNA as humans and what is expected of us," explains Elle Russ. "Part of that is not just certain foods, but rather part of that is the lifestyle. It's about getting the preferred fuel of the human body, getting off the carb dependency train and get more fat-adapted." Primal Blueprint Podcast Elle Russ is a writer, health/life coach, and host of the Primal Blueprint Podcast. She is becoming the leading voice of thyroid health in the burgeoning Paleo, Primal, Ancestral Health Movements. Elle Russ has a degree in Philosophy and is a certified Primal Health Coach, and she serves on the advisory board of The Primal Health Coach Program created by Mark Sisson, bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint. Originally from downtown Chicago, Elle Russ lives and plays in Malibu, CA. Elle Russ wrote The Paleo Thyroid Solution after consulting with over two dozen endocrinologists, internal medicine specialists, and general practice MDs, but her thyroid condition was only getting worse. Nothing from doctors resembled a solution or even hope. Exasperated and desperate, Elle Russ took control of her health and resolved two severe bouts of hypothyroidism on her own – including an acute Reverse T3 problem. Through a devoted paleo/primal lifestyle, intensive personal experimentation, and a radically modified approach to thyroid hormone replacement therapy, Elle Russ went from fat, foggy, and fatigued – to fit, focused, and full of life!

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Primal Blueprint Podcast: Dr. Gary Foresman

Elle Russ chats with Integrative Physician Gary E. Foresman MD about an often overlooked topic in thyroid discussion...HYPERthyroidism. While Hashimoto’s disease, hypothyroidism, and Reverse T3 hypothyroidism are widespread and on the rise, having hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland) can be even more dangerous and problematic than having an underactive thyroid. Too many doctors are uninformed on how to diagnose and treat the various nuances behind thyroid disorders—leaving millions of patients un-diagnosed or symptomatic. Dr. Gary E. Foresman, MD, is not only a Primal functional medicine doctor well-versed in all things paleo/primal, but also an informed integrative physician who Elle Russ chose to interview for her book, The Paleo Thyroid Solution. When Dr. Foresman opened a private practice, he quickly became dissatisfied with the inability of established Western medical treatments to effectively treat many of his patients—many of which suffered from thyroid disorders. Determined to help his patients, he began investigating alternative therapies and has since expanded his training in many systems of healing—not just through Ayurveda, meditation, and stress management, but also using botanical, orthomolecular and functional medicine systems. His precise, scientific mind, combined with a holistic integrative perspective, makes him not only an exceptional diagnostician, but also a skilled practitioner who can therapeutically synthesize optimal healing modalities for each individual. More in-depth commentary on thyroid issues by Dr. Gary Foresman can be found in The Paleo Thyroid Solution written by Elle Russ.

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