Fifty Shades of Midlife

I just saw Book Club, the movie. It’s about a group of mature women who chose Fifty Shades of Grey to be their book of the month. If you don’t know what Fifty Shades of Grey is by now, even if you haven’t read the books, you have probably been living in a closet. This month I want to talk about the effects on the body of a book like that. That means we are going to talk about libido. … Continued

Healthy-ish Cocktails

Happy 4th of July!! Alcohol is not a health food. It is, however, consumed anyway even by my most health conscious colleagues. I too indulge every now and then. Let’s cover the healthiest way to imbibe. Red Wine Chock full of polyphenols, quercetin, and resveratrol, red wine has shown to have properties that can protect the heart from damage. Antioxidants can help slow down the build-up of plaque in arteries, regulating blood pressure, decreasing inflammation and lowering oxidative stress. A … Continued

Stop a Hashimoto’s Attack

Now that you know how to test thyroid function and autoimmune thyroid disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, let’s cover what we can do about it. When you have a High TSH and a Low T4 (or a low free T3) you see your MD or DO to get thyroid medication to correct for this imbalance. When you have high TPO or TG antibody levels you come see me or your favorite functional health practitioner. Identify and Remove Triggers Identifying and removing triggers … Continued

Hashimoto’s: The Most Common Cause of Hypothyroidism in the US

Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism (low functioning thyroid) in the world. The autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Knowing this, don’t you agree that we should test for it? Wouldn’t you want to know if your symptoms of being tired, cold, and unable to lose weight are not just symptoms you are imagining? Nothing infuriates me more than a patient coming in with these symptoms having never … Continued

Tired, Cold, and Can’t Lose Weight

Are you tired, cold, and can’t lose weight? These symptoms together come through my office almost daily. The most common cause of these symptoms is a low functioning thyroid. Over the next few posts, we will talk about how the thyroid works, how to test it thoroughly and what options correct a low functioning thyroid. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that resides in the front of the throat. It is the power plant that gets a message from … Continued

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini and Brazil Nuts

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, to name just a few, are often avoided by hypothyroid and Hashimoto patients due to their thyroid suppressing effects but this only occurs if these vegetables are eaten raw. Cooking them decreases their goitrogenic effects. These are some of my favorite foods and since we need to avoid gluten and most grains while treating these conditions, roasting them is a healthy and recommended suggestion. This recipe is ridiculous in its simplicity and … Continued

Tweaking Keto To Work For You

Ketogenic Success Keto diets have shown to improve many conditions. I have had great success with prescribing a ketogenic diet. Especially for patients with migraines, closed head injuries and blood sugar or cholesterol imbalances. I recommend a plant heavy, healthy fat ketogenic diet. Whether you are following this kind of diet or contemplating it, here are some tweaks that can make your journey go smoothly. Avoid Toxins  Our bodies are brilliant. One way that the body shows it’s brilliance is … Continued

Why Do I Have High Blood Pressure And What Can I Do Naturally To Lower It?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is so common many people consider it (like diabetes and heart disease) a right of passage. It is actually a sign that you need to investigate and not something to just throw a pill at because one pill ultimately leads to another. The force of the blood pushing against the walls of the blood vessels, as your heart beats and blood is pushed through the circulatory system, is your blood pressure. It can be too … Continued

The Downside of Allergy Medication and Healthy Alternatives

Beware: Allergies Ahead If you live in Michigan there is a great possibility that you deal with seasonal allergies to the point that you use over-the-counter allergy medication. These medications come with a handful of side effects. One adverse effect may surprise you. There are many names and forms of over-the-counter seasonal allergy medication   A Patient’s Experience A patient brought to my attention a condition that, although not overly common, was concerning enough that I felt you all needed … Continued

Healthy Trader Joe’s Pairings

If you have been reading my posts you have come to realize that I love shopping at Trader Joe’s. I love the friendly staff in their tropical attire. The abundance of non-GMO choices of fruit and vegetables is appreciated. I love that they feed me samples (and not just the cold ones) and coffee. Most of all I love the healthy options. Don’t get me wrong, you can find plenty of unhealthy options and although delicious, I do not recommend … Continued