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The Problem with Allopathic Treatment of Hypothyroidism

The problem with most allopathic treatment of hypothyroidism is that the allopathic doctor sees lab results that show a high TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone, usually the only thyroid test MDs order) and reflexly prescribes levothyroxine, which is synthetic T4 (thyroxine). This approach may eventually result in pretty lab values, but often the person still feels […]

More on Bone Health and the Causes of Osteoporosis — and What to Do About It

In the post Bone Health and the Dark Side of Calcium Supplements, I argued that dietary calcium deficiency is seldom the cause of osteoporosis and that taking calcium supplements, either therapeutically or even just preventively, is liable to do more harm than good. In that piece we discussed some of the reasons osteoporosis can come […]

Bone Health and the Dark Side of Calcium Supplements

It’s become popular to take calcium supplements in the belief that they increase bone strength and help prevent osteoporosis. But not only do they not accomplish this goal, there is sobering evidence that calcium supplements significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack (by 31%) and stroke (by 20%), and the risk of […]

Vitamin A from Animal Foods

It’s a myth that fruits and vegetables contain vitamin A. They do not! There is not one fruit or vegetable that contains so much as a single molecule of vitamin A. What fruits and vegetables do contain are vitamin A precursors, carotenoids like beta-carotene. But the problem is that the conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin […]

Ticks and Such

Here’s a veterinary article about ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes and a natural repellent that doesn’t contain harsh, toxic chemicals. Note: Save your tick! The article I’ve linked to above contains a 25-second video on how to remove ticks. Once you’ve done this, you can save it in a container and have it evaluated for the […]

Autoimmunity: The Basics

Autoimmune processes — in which our immune system makes antibodies to our own tissues — are more common than we know, and they’re born in the gut. Other factors sometimes figure in, but the gut is definitely where the action is. Because all autoimmune processes spring (at least in large part) from this same etiology, it […]

Resisting Resistant Starch

“Resistant starch” has become fashionable! Two blog posts from the popular Mark’s Daily Apple were recently devoted to it, and bloggers Richard Nikoley, “Tatertot” Tim, and Dr. BG are reportedly writing a book about it. It seems resistant starch is on everyone’s lips! But I have to say I just don’t get it. Not at […]

Has Cancer Been Completely Misunderstood?

In his thought-provoking essay Has Cancer Been Completely Misunderstood?, Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo, discusses cancer as “an ancient survival program unmasked.” According to Arizona State University scientist Paul Davies, who, together with Australian National University scientist Charles Lineweaver has proposed “a brilliant new theory” about the very nature of this physiologic process, Cancer is not […]