Iodine

Most people are not aware of the importance of iodine to their health, and up to a few years ago that included myself.¬† All I remember is that when I was a kid my mom used iodine on me when I had a cut or scrape, and it BURNED! ūüôā

Now that I am a practitioner, I know the health effects and importance of using iodine as part of my daily food consumption and supplementation.

I learned much from listening to and reading ¬†Dr. David Brownstein he’s an obvious expert in the field of iodine and health.¬† We can’t live without it, and it’s used by every cell of our bodies!

There are other halides such as fluoride and bromide that  have no nutritional value and are common in many of our diets, that actually block the iodine receptors in our bodies!  Fluoride is in the water, and bromine is used in flour for bread.  Try to purchase unbromated flour and/or unbromated bread. So the general population is iodine deficient, due to the lack in our food.

Common symptoms of iodine deficiency include:

  • Swelling of the front of the neck (goiter)
  • Unexpected weight gain.
  • Fatigue and weakness.
  • Hair loss.
  • Dry flaky skin.
  • Feeling colder than usual.
  • Changes in heart rate.
  • Trouble learning and remembering.
  • Problems during pregnancy.
  • Heavy or irregular period.

The supplement that we use is Nascent Iodine which is the best form of iodine to supplement with.

So if you want to improve your health, start supplementing with iodine!

To Your Health!

The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is probably one of the least understood nutrients, and it’s level is very low in the population, especially for those living in the northern hemisphere!

Vitamin D deficiency is commonly indicated with autoimmune type conditions such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and type 1 diabetes, as well as muscle pain, neurodegenerative disorders, osteoporosis, impaired wound healing, depression, constant fatigue, and more.

Understanding the many roles of vitamin D, and proper testing (to assess your level), useful supplementation, will go a long way in maintaining a balanced immune system.

Main causes of Vitamin D deficiency are:

  • Modern diets (mostly lack Vitamin D foods)
  • Lack of sunshine (further complicated by the misinformed notion that the sun is bad)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders¬†( make absorbing Vitamin D more difficult)
  • High levels of cortisol or the use of cortisone.
  • Lack of mobility¬†(people confined to the house or in nursing homes reduce exposure to the sun)
  • Adrenal stress and obesity¬†(very common)
  • Aging makes us less efficient in converting sunlight.

D is very important when a woman is pregnant!  Deficiencies are associated with bone loss during pregnancy.

You should have y our levels tested, (periodically), and it should be as close to 100 as possible, we’ve had people come to us that have levels as low as 12!

Supplementation is usually required (especially in the northern latitudes) and we recommend it if you are low.  Use D3 not D2!

To Your Health!

Thyroid – Hypo and Autoimmune

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There is a thyroid epidemic in this country (actually the world!), and most people, and even most doctors, are unaware of it.¬† If they are aware…they don’t know how to treat it correctly!

According the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist (AACE) 27 million suffer from a thyroid condition!¬† Some sources say that up to 90% of women, age 40 and up, have sub clinical Hypothyroid (symptomatic but undiagnosed). A leading thyroid doctor, Dr. Broda Barnes MD of the Broda Barnes Institute, says it’s 90% of American men and women!¬† WOW!

There are many symptoms of thyroid dysfunction including:

  • Weight gain that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise
  • Sleep problems and/or fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Depression
  • Thinning of hair and/or loss of outer 1/3 of the eyebrows
  • Brain fog
  • Dry skin and/or thin and brittle nails
  • Infertility such as the hypothalmus
  • Constipation
  • AND ABOUT 300 MORE!

 

There are a number of factors involved including severe lack of iodine, but the main cause is Cellular Inflammation!

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This is the inflammation of the cells’ membrane, and it is the root cause of ALL chronic illness.¬† The inflammation of the membrane¬† is caused by 3 major influences – Bad Fats, Sugar and Toxins!¬† Briefly, when the membrane is inflamed, the cell does not function correctly, and eventually dies.¬† Depending on what cells are involved will determine your doctor’s diagnoses.

In the case of the thyroid, it may not even be the gland itself.  Other glands and organs are involved such as the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenals and even the liver!

Doctors often base their diagnosis on the lab tests they perform.¬† Usually the test does NOT look at the correct parameters and they base their results on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), which, if good, they tell you that your¬† test came back OK and you’re fine!¬† But you still feel like crap!¬† This is called “treating the labs, not the patient.”

However, with Cellular Inflammation involved it could be the cell is unable to respond to the TSH or any other hormone!

Autoimmune comes into play because the body attacks the thyroid tissue (or any other tissue) because of the inflammation involved.

Yes, we consider thyroid dysfunction to be an epidemic!¬† Possibly the most undiagnosed epidemic in history!¬† (You’d think big pharma would try to sell us a vaccine for it!)¬† The trick is to find the ACTUAL CAUSE, and not just assume it’s the thyroid!¬† We do this in our wellness center, in a completely¬† non-invasive way!¬† Heal the cell and get well!