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Smart Plan for New Beginnings in Health

We have arrived at the dawn of a new year and the opportunity for new beginnings with or without resolutions.  This is a perfect time to start making plans to improve your health.

Our motto always is to keep it simple.

Three simple steps to keep in mind of as you set your goals:

#1.     The first step toward success in accomplishing your goals is to come up with a specific and well defined plan.  Clearly defined strategy not only brings success but also makes monitoring progress an easy task.

#2.     Taking nutritional supplements is an important part of a healthy strategy.  One of the challenges today is facing a mountain of potential products on the market.  There are literary thousands of supplements available on the market and careful research is needed to find the ones that meet your specific needs.  Don’t just go shopping and buy anything.  Finding the right supplements to best suit your personal needs has never been an easy task.  Allow us to assist you and your experience with our services will be a revarding one.

#3.     After you decided to begin your program stay focused and be patient.  Even the best supplements will not bring results overnight.  By making these new changes a significant part of your lifestyle you’ll find the actual journey be the most revarding part.

 Keep your goals!

 Wishing you a happy and prosperus year ahead in best of health!

Christmas Gift Certificate

Christmas season is not a typical time for nutritional supplements to make to the list of gift items for most people.  However who could argue with the fact that a true and most precious gift is the GIFT OF HEALTH.  Sure money can be spent on items that can end up tucked away in the closet, a cupboard, a corner of a room or even in a waste basket, but giving someone an item that can change their life and/or health condition is something that comes with a value beyond the pricetag.  Many people stuggle with health issues and have no idea where to even start to make a difference.  We look for experts when it comes to building our homes, fixing out car or repairing our roof.  How much more are we in need of a professional when it comes to taking care of our health…?    Setting someone on the path of health could be as simple as a gift certificate to a supplement store where dedicated and informed professionals can assist you in choosing the right nutritional supplement suited to your needs. Consider giving a supplement gift certificate to someone precious in your life. If health matters to you or to your loved ones ask for our gift certificate.

HYPOTHYROIDISM – Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been shown to benefit thyroid dysfunction especially in autoimmune-mediated dysfunction.

Vitamin D has many more important roles in the body besides being essential for optimal bone health.Research data shows that virtually every cell in the body has receptors for vitamin D and therefore much higher doses are required for adequate functioning than thought of before.  Unfortunately vitamin D deficiency is becoming a global epidemic with increased risk of a long list of chronic diseases that span all systems in the body.

Although humans can make some vitamin D, most require additional amounts from diet or supplements to maintain adequate levels.  It’s becoming evident that higher doses of vitamin D are vital to support brain, heart, muscle and other tissues activities.  Vitamin D also regulates genes that control cell growth, immune function and metabolic control.

 

Vitamin D facts:

  • deficiency has been associated with various autoimmune diseases
  • it regulates insulin secretion and sensitivity
  • absorption is compromised in leaky gut and inflamed gastrointestinal conditions
  • low levels are associated with excess cortisol
  • absorption is compromised by low-fat diet or in fat digestive disorders
  • absorption or biologic activity is reduced by certain prescription medications
  • synthesis triggered by sunlight is reduced with ageing
  • utilization is affected by inflammation
  • biological activity is reduced in obesity
  • environmental irritants more likely aggravate the thyroid to a greater extent in lack of vitamin D

 

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency:

  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • diarrhea
  • insomnia
  • vision problems
  • burning sensation in mouth or throat
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • low immunity
  • weaker bones
  • periodontal disease
  • low levels epidemiological studies confirmed  association between low levels of vitamin D and high blood pressure

 

IMPORTANT!  The interplay Between Vitamin D and Vitamin K2

According to Dr. Kate Rheume-Bleue, ND, author of the book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox, when opting for oral vitamin D, people also need to consider taking vitamin K2.  Taking mega doses of vitamin D can be harmful if one is lacking vitamin K2.  Through activating K2 dependent proteins vitamin K2 helps to move calcium into the bones and teeth, and helps to remove calcium from areas, where it shouldn’t be, such as in the arteries and soft tissues.  According to Dr. Mercola vitamin K2 is critical for the prevention of a number of chronic diseases, is also vital for women trying to conceive and who become pregnant.  It is particularly important during the third semester, as most women’s levels drop during that time.  Vitamin K2 has no known toxicity.

Part III – Hypothyroidism – Iodine: Crucial Nutrient or Harmful Toxin?

Iodine facts:
1. Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide and rates of iodine deficiency are now reaching epidemic levels.
2. In the developed world, iodine deficiency has increased more than fourfold over the past 40 years.
3. Nearly 70% of normal, “healthy “ adults may no longer consume enough iodine.
4. iodine deficiency disorders can produce symptoms of low thyroid function even without abnormalities in measured thyroid hormone levels.
5.  iodine deficiency is linked to obesity, cognitive impairment, disorders, fibromyalgia, various cancers.
6. one consequence of mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency can be hyperthyroidism, as a result of rapidly growing thyroid gland nodules that over-produce thyroid hormone.
7. iodine deficiency is rapidly emerging as a major risk factor for breast cancer – iodine deficiency increases estrogen receptors proteins and the risk of breast cancer.
8. animal studies have shown that fibrocystic breast disease can be induced by depriving breast tissue of iodine – women with fibrocystic breast disease can obtain substantial relief from oral iodine at doses of 3,000-6,000 mcg/day.
9. helps to regulate cortisol levels.
10. iodine protects against stomach cancer – people living in iodine deficient areas have higher rates of stomach cancer.
11. iodine in the body is displaced by bromide, fluoride, chlorine and perchlorate.
12. selenium works synergistically with iodine
Physicians specializing in treating hypothyroidism with iodine suggest to start with a low dose of iodine and increase it slowly.

HYPOTHYROIDISM – Hypothyroid Patterns That Don’t Show Up On Standard Lab Test


A standard thyroid panel include TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and T3 only.
When symptoms of hypothyroidism persist in spite of normal lab tests functional medicine consi…ders the following hypothyroid patterns:
1. Hashimoto’s or autoimmune thyroiditis – the cause is the abnormal reaction of the immune system.
2. pituitary gland dysfunction can be caused by chronic stress, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, infection and pregnancy – TSH is below the functional range (1.8-3.0) but within standard range (0.5-5.0), T4 will be low in both.
3. under-conversion of T4 to T3 – the inactive T4 must be converted to the active T3 in the liver and the gastrointestinal system.  Inflammation and elevated cortisol levels release inflammatory substances that damage cell membranes and supress the body’s ability of converting T4 to T3.
4. Thyroid resistance – thyroid gland function and lab test markers are normal but resistance is caused by high cortisol levels, chronic stress, high homocysteine levels and genetic predisposition.
5. Elevated TBG (thyroid hormone binding globulin) binds and transports thyroid hormone and levels of free thyroid hormone will be low.  TSH and T4 levels will be normal, but T3 will be low.  Elevated TBG is caused by high estrogen levels associated with hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills.
6. Decreased TBG –  free T3 levels are high in this case, but it will cause cells to develop resistance to it.  Decreased TBG levels are caused by high testosterone levels, type II diabetes, insulin resistance and in women with POCS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
Thyroid physiology is very complex and needs a comprehensive diagnosis to see why some people struggle with symptoms they have.

HYPOTHYROIDISM

HYPOTHYROIDISM

 

Some facts:

  • There is an estimated 20 million people in the US with some form of thyroid disease
  • Up to 60 percent of these people are unaware of their condition
  • One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime
  • A synthetic form of thyroid hormone is the 4th highest selling drug in the US
  • 13 of the top 50 selling drugs are either directly or indirectly related to hypothyroidism
  • up to 10% of women over 60 have clinical or subclinical hypothyroidism
  • every cell in the body has receptor sites for thyroid hormone

 

Common hypothyriodism symptoms:

  • mental slowing
  • depression
  • dementia
  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • hair loss
  • cold intolerance
  • hoarse voice
  • irregular menstruation
  • infertility and reproductive dysfunction
  • muscle stiffness and pain
  • bone fractures
  • elevated blood cholesterol
  • impaired phase II detoxification
  • blood sugar imbalances
  • anemia
  • arterial plaques
  • anemia
  • gallstone formation
  • decreased stomach acid production

 

Thyroid hormone affects:

  • brain
  • the gastrointestinal tract
  • cardiovascular system
  • bone metabolism
  • red blood cell metabolism
  • gall bladder and liver function
  • steroid hormone production
  • glucose metabolism
  • lipid and cholesterol metabolism
  • protein metabolism
  • body temperature

 

Credit is given to Chris Kesser, L. Ac, for the source of this information.

Next blog: Thyroid Lab Tests and Thyroid Patterns