Hashimoto’s and AutoImmune Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s disease deserves a spot in the conversation about hormone balance, as it’s one of the most common conditions that can cause hormonal burnout and a host of vague symptoms you might attribute to other things. Before we delve into those, however, let’s recap what Hashimoto’s disease is: an autoimmune condition that involves thyroid dysfunction.…

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Ditch the Dairy

There’s a monster in your milk that could set off a chain reactions of inflammation, hormone issues, and dietary malfunction in your body. [1] Are you bothered by any of these health issues? Bloating Constipation Acne Dry skin Heartburn Food cravings Inflammation If so, dairy may be the culprit. I know: it seems illogical that…

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Thyroid Math: What Those Numbers Mean (and What Your Doc Probably Forgot to Tell You About Hypothyroidism)

Thyroid Math - What Those Stats Mean (and What Your Doc Probably Forgot)

You may have low thyroid function, also called HYPO-thyroidism, and not know it. But let’s face it… thyroid numbers are often counterintuitive and confusing. When you combine hypothyroidism with the common low-thyroid symptom of brain fog, maybe even a bit of depression, and you’ve got a perfect storm for feeling overwhelmed, and even worse, disempowered about…

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Thyroid Questionnaire

I love this questionnaire from Dr. Hotze, another integrative physician. It gets to the heart of whether you should be tested for thyroid dysregulation, even if your conventional doc has dismissed your concerns. I also like to use these questions to build a tracker for how you improve with different therapies, as trial-and-error continues to…

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Notes on an Organic Life, Week 2

I’m 2 weeks into my organic experiment of wearing, eating and schmearing only organic. Frankly it’s been difficult: cold, my options are rather limited and it’s been expensive. Yet I love it. Let’s start with cold. I bought organic wool yarn from a sweet sheep farm in Petaluma last October. I thought I’d pop out…

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Madonna My Thyroid, Please

One comment personal trainers hear daily from overweight, middle-aged women is: “I want Madonna arms.” It makes them want to shoot themselves. Actually, um, I want Madonna arms. While she is controversial, chameleonic and doesn’t always comment wisely on her art, she is arguably looking might fine for her age. In fact, I think she…

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Sake Bombs or Kale? Vacation Review

At the risk of sounding insufferable, I have to share some thoughts on two side-by-side vacations.   Let me preface our discussion with two disclosures:  I have adrenal dysregulation and two young kids. While I’m in adrenal “recovery,” as many of you know who are on this path with me — recovery takes a long,…

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