Category Archives: Thyroid

Is Thyroid Medication Dangerous?

I was recently asked this question by a potential patient and her husband. She had just been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and they were considering alternative treatment options. This sounds like a very simple straightforward question, and from the perspective of most doctors, the answer to whether or not thyroid medication is dangerous is a simple … Continue reading

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The 257 Names for Sugar

  There are quite a number of reasons that I may suggest patients dramatically reduce or even eliminate their intake of sugar. They may be following my Anti-Inflammatory Paleo Diet; they’re in the process of detoxing from mold, yeast overgrowth, or a fungal infection; they’re looking for relief from symptoms of Leaky Gut; their thyroid, … Continue reading

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Spring Detox: Water

We’ve all heard that our bodies are made up primarily of water. It’s a crazy, but true fact: about 60% of your body is composed entirely of water molecules! You probably know that water is important in maintaining good kidney function and beautiful skin. It is needed to carry waste out of the body in … Continue reading

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The Thyroid Part 7 – Nutrition for Thyroid Health

I hope you’ve been learning a lot of new information about the importance of the thyroid and thyroid health through this series of blogs. We’ve gone over the basics, talked about optimal blood tests to determine the health of the thyroid gland, discussed when medication is necessary long-term versus short-term, how non-autoimmune  hypothyroidism differs from … Continue reading

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The Thyroid Part 6 – Graves’ Disease: My 3 Recommendations

Last week we talked about autoimmune hypothyroidism (called Hashimoto’s) and this week we’ll be discussing autoimmune hyperthyroidism (called Graves’ disease).  There are certain conditions that I absolutely want to shout from the rooftops about and share the solutions that naturopathic medicine has to offer for them.  This is not only because the solutions are so … Continue reading

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The Thyroid Part 5 – Hashimoto’s: It’s More Than Just Your Thyroid

Hashimoto’s is the most common autoimmune disease around.  It is so common that it’s probably more often though of first as a thyroid condition and secondarily as an autoimmune issue.  If you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, you’ll have much greater success in reversing the disease process and feeling awesome if you think of it first … Continue reading

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The Thyroid Part 4 – Non-Autoimmune Hypothyroidism: When the Thyroid is Actually the Cause of Symptoms of Thyroid Disease

From the previous blog posts in this series (The Basics and Do I Have to Stay on Thyroid Medication for My Whole Life?), you can see that I’ve said over and over that symptoms of thyroid disease are rarely what needs to be treated. I’ve used the analogy of a fire (underlying problem) and a … Continue reading

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The Thyroid Part 3 – Why Over-Medicating Thyroid Disease Masks the Underlying Problem

…or Do I Have to Stay on Thyroid Medication for My Whole Life? It wasn’t long ago that someone referred a patient to me who had been on thyroid medication for several years.  The most important thing she wanted to know from me was whether or not she would ever be able to stop taking … Continue reading

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The Thyroid Part 2 – Five Reasons Why Testing Only TSH Isn’t Enough

Thyroid disease is incredibly common.  If you haven’t been diagnosed with thyroid disease yourself, you probably have at least a dozen friends and relatives who have been.  The American Thyroid Association (ATA) estimates that nearly 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition. However, I believe many more people suffer from uncomfortable thyroid symptoms and it … Continue reading

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The Thyroid Part 1 – The Basics

There is often a paradox in the conventional medicine’s dealing with thyroid disease. What I see from my perspective as a Naturopathic Doctor is that thyroid conditions are largely under-diagnosed and over-medicated. It is my goal over the next series of blogs to help you understand how this is by educating you on all things … Continue reading

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