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How exercise decreases inflammation

Following our ongoing theme of inflammation, today I want to discuss how good old exercise decreases inflammation. Yes- another fabulous reason to get out there and take a walk or hop on your bike!

To start this discussion of inflammation, we should first recognize there are basically 2 categories of inflammation. One is the kind that occurs at the site of an injury/ wound, and this type is beneficial because it helps recruit immune cells to the area to help heal damaged tissue. Although initially beneficial, it can become a problem if it is ongoing and doesn’t resolve.

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By |January 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Inflammation Underlies Hypothyroidism and Diabetes

I’ve been talking about inflammation and the thyroid over the past few blogs, and this week I’d like to talk about a study related to another inflammatory/ autoimmune condition- diabetes. It seems there is significant evidence that links the development of diabetes to poor thyroid function.

You already know that thyroid hormone regulates metabolism, and a few months ago, I wrote about how it also controls insulin and can impact blood sugar level. These thyroid actions are the reasons why several research studies in the past have suggested that being hypothyroid can increase the risk […]

By |December 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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Selenium and Thyroid Hormone can Both Help Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

An autoimmune disease is a condition when the immune system malfunctions and the body produces antibodies which attack its own organs or tissues and causes inflammation. Scientists can measure systemic inflammation in the body by measuring the inflammatory chemicals secreted by immune cells such as monocytes, macrophages and lymphocytes. The degree of inflammation can correlate with the progress of an autoimmune disease.

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease which leads to hypothyroidism, but can show symptoms long before thyroid tests go outside the “normal” range. This condition is known as “euthyroid” Hashimoto’s disease. Typically doctors don’t prescribe thyroid treatment until […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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When Inflammation Leads to Autoimmune Disease

Over the next few blog posts, I’d like to talk about the important role of inflammation in causing thyroid dysfunction. Scientists are discovering that inflammation is at the root cause of many chronic illnesses. It can be triggered by foods you eat, such as sugar, acid forming foods, dairy, meat and allergenic foods, like soy. It also worsens with a common condition known as leaky gut syndrome. This is when the lining of the intestinal tract is damaged (by alcohol, medications, or poor food choices), causing gaps which allow oversized particles to leak through. When these particles fail to […]

By |November 14th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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The connection between headaches and thyroid function

It’s really amazing when you think about how the thyroid is connected to almost every system in the body. A new study supported the connection that I’ve talked about frequently, finding that possible risk factors for developing thyroid dysfunction may be headaches and migraines. Over the course of this twenty year study, researchers found that people who suffer from headache disorders have a 41% increased risk of developing hypothyroidism in the future. That’s significantly higher than the group people without headaches, who only had a 21% increased risk of developing hypothyroidism.

The majority of the people who […]

By |October 31st, 2016|Blog, Newsletter|0 Comments
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Is low thyroid function an important risk factor for diabetes?

Over 10% of the American population is diagnosed with diabetes (over 90% being type 2 diabetes, the kind that can be prevented) and many more go undiagnosed or are in the prediabetes stage. There are significant risk factors associated with being diabetic, including the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke), vision problems, and kidney disease.

Because diabetic complications can be serious and even life-threatening, researchers are focused on finding the root cause of this highly preventable disease. One of many possible causes of diabetes may be thyroid dysfunction.

To learn more, a […]

By |October 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Adrenal Connection

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long-lasting illness that can last years or a lifetime. As the name implies, a person with CFS usually feels very tired, regardless of how much he or she rests. Physical and mental overactivity can worsen the symptoms. Symptoms vary and may include depression, muscle pain, difficulty concentrating and insomnia, despite feeling very tired. It’s not clear what causes it, but there are likely multiple reasons it develops, including stress, infection or immune disorders.

Traditional medicine doesn’t have an effective treatment for CFS, beyond antidepressants and pain relievers for symptom relief. There is […]

By |September 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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A Checklist for Adrenals

Stress from modern life, chronic illness or endocrine imbalance can lead to adrenal fatigue. Adrenals are sensitive to stress just as the thyroid gland is, so if the thyroid is out of balance, it’s likely the adrenals are also. If you only support the thyroid and the adrenals are out of balance, it will be an uphill battle to resolve your symptoms. Fortunately, adaptogenic herbs can be very helpful. There isn’t a specific test for this condition, but if you have several of these symptoms, your adrenals may benefit from some support.

Adrenal Fatigue Symptom Checklist:

_ Fatigue, even after […]

By |September 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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Is the liver affected by thyroid function?

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (aka NAFLD) is a somewhat common liver condition that affects about 25% of Americans. A healthy liver naturally contains some fat, but NAFLD is a condition where there is an excessive build- up of fat. Alcohol consumption can be one reason for increased fat in the liver, but not in the case of NAFLD. Instead, it’s caused mainly by obesity, diabetes, elevated cholesterol or poor dietary choices.

NAFLD can be mild and symptomless, but it can also cause problems such as fatigue, swelling in legs, nausea and other non-fatal conditions. There is even the possibility […]

By |August 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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Vitamin D linked to thyroid health

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition that causes low thyroid function and symptoms of hypothyroidism. A blood test can diagnose this condition by measuring anti-TPO antibodies. These antibodies damage the enzymes involved in thyroid hormone production, causing typical low thyroid symptoms.

As with many autoimmune conditions, lifestyle factors, foods and nutrients can play a role in the triggering the disease. In patients with Hashimoto’s disease, vitamin D deficiency is quite common, but it’s not clear if it’s the cause or effect of the disease. More research is needed to explore this connection, especially since vitamin D deficiency is quite […]

By |August 6th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments