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The Significance of Thyroid Nodules

A thyroid nodule is an abnormal growth of thyroid cells that create a small lump in the thyroid gland. Oftentimes they go unnoticed, especially if they are small. Nodules are very common, in fact about half of the adults over 60 have them. Most are non-cancerous, but less than 10% contain cancerous cells and need to be removed. Rarely, nodules can increase production of thyroid hormone, in which case they have the potential to contribute to hyperthyroidism.

Nodules are often associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common cause of hypothyroidism). Nodules are believed to be caused […]

By |November 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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A Daily Dose of Sunshine Could Keep Your Brain Healthy

Could laying by the pool help prevent Parkinson’s disease (PD)? It may sound too good to be true, but a study has found a link between regular exposure to sunshine to having a lower risk of developing PD as an older adult.

This study was conducted in France in order to examine the association of sun exposure, which offers ultraviolet B (UV-B) light, to the risk of developing PD. They found that in adults under 70 years old, higher exposure to UV-B light is associated with a lower risk of developing PD. People under 50 years old with […]

By |November 21st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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B Vitamins for Better Brains

As the baby boomer generation ages, awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and poor cognitive function is progressively increasing. Over 4 million Americans currently suffer from AD, and the disease is beginning to cause a significant strain on the healthcare system. There are no effective medications to treat AD or dementia, so the rates are predicted to continue to progress over the next several decades. Our best hope for slowing the rates of dementia and AD is to focus seriously on prevention, as reversing cognitive impairment is a far more challenging task as compared to taking steps to maintain a […]

By |October 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Where does your daily iodine come from?

Iodine is an essential nutrient, especially for pregnant women, because it is required for producing thyroid hormone, and is critical for brain development in babies. Iodine is rich in seaweed and fish, foods which are not prominent in the American diet. Most Americans get iodine from iodine- fortified salt and dairy products, particularly milk.

Many people have switched from using iodized table salt to the more popular salt varieties which are not fortified with iodine, such as Himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt. And some people have intentionally reduced their salt consumption overall due to concerns about how […]

By |October 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Is our produce less nutritious than it was 50 years ago?

Sometimes discoveries are made in very unlikely ways…

Over a decade ago, a graduate student was doing research on zooplankton- microscopic animals that consume algae for their food source. The research scientists found that they could accelerate the growth of algae simply by exposing them to more light, and then better feed the zooplankton. But when the zooplankton ate that algae in abundance, the researchers were surprised to find that their growth actually was stunted. After deeper investigation, they discovered that because the algae grew so fast, it actually lessened the amount of nutrients they normally provided. The algae […]

By |September 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Health Risks for Kids with a Weight Problem

Childhood obesity in the US is at an all-time high; rates have more than tripled since the ‘70s, with one in five school-aged children being obese, and one in three are overweight or obese. WebMD blames the modern lifestyle of too much “screen time” with video games and computer activities, resulting in very little physical activity. Some experts point the finger at poor diet, with children consuming too much sugar and low nutrient, highly processed foods. World Health Organization (WHO) also blames diet, and recommends a program that encourages people to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables […]

By |September 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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A Good Night’s Sleep May be More Important Than You Think!

Most medical authorities agree that adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night
to be healthy, and teenagers need up to ten hours! Research shows that sleeping is an
important time for immune system activity, cell regeneration, healing, and renewing energy
stores. Most of us consider sleep to be important, but still, we do things that interfere with making
a good night’s sleep a priority. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that 30 – 40% of
Americans sleep less than seven hours per night on a regular basis. They also found that people
who don’t get adequate sleep are more likely […]

By |September 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Iodine Deficiency Related To Thyroid Disease

Iodine is a trace mineral which is required only in small doses. We may not need a lot of it, but it’s still incredibly important to the thyroid gland to aid in producing thyroid hormone. Iodine deficiency is strongly correlated to thyroid diseases, including goiter, thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules. A nodule is an abnormal cluster of cells on the thyroid gland; they can be completely benign, but a small percentage of the time they are linked to cancer. They can also be a sign of hypothyroidism when other symptoms are present, such as fatigue, weight gain, dry coarse […]

By |August 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Natural ingredients for enhancing thermogenesis

In the previous blog “Not all fats are equal”, we discussed “thermogenesis”, a process the body uses to burn fuel for generating heat. We reviewed a lengthy published study that discussed the difference between brown fat (BAT) and white fat, and how brown fat is better at thermogenesis. As a result, people with higher brown fat levels have an easier time with moderating their weight.
The article also reviewed natural ingredients which support thermogenesis in brown fat. In the last blog, we discussed capsaicin, one of the best-researched supplements is associated with increased BAT activity and decreased fat mass. In […]

By |July 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Not all fats are equal

Obesity and diabetes are reaching epidemic proportion in the US. Researchers are looking for answers to these closely associated problems, knowing that a single magic bullet is unlikely. Weight management and blood sugar control are complex issues that need to be tackled from many angles, including exercise, thyroid hormone optimization, daily food choices, stress management, detoxification and even psychological factors which individuals may struggle with.
Metabolism plays a major role in weight management. Metabolism is the rate at which your body uses energy- in other words- how fast your “motor” runs.

Hypothyroidism is a well-known cause of […]

By |June 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments