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Thyroid Thicket – Part Three

How do I get to GOOD? Or, in other words, if my tests suggest something is amiss, what do I do? Let’s just talk about hypothyroidism, which raises the possibility of replacing, by prescription, thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism, whether overt or subclinical, takes a toll on normal physiology and will generally get worse if treatment is […]

Thyroid Thicket – Part Two

Which Lab Tests to Tackle the Thyroid Thicket? (Part Two of Three, see Part One here.) Here’s the million dollar question, because most large medical clinics have switched to “efficient” thyroid testing, which I would call perhaps efficient but in the long term, absolutely insufficient. Bare bones testing checks just the TSH (the messenger from […]

Thyroid Thicket – Part One

Thyroid – a Neolithic Disease (This is the first part of the presentation I made to the Physicians and Ancestral Health Meeting, January 2015) Thyroid – that little butterfly shaped gland at the base of your front neck (under the knot of your bow-tie?) produces thyroid hormones that impact and interact with every other hormonal […]

A Full Heart

Not news to you, perhaps, but saturated fat was never the problem with our diets! Many meta-analyses, op-ed’s and even popular books have detailed the misguided steps we took in 1977 when our federal nutritional guidelines steered us away from fat and towards (unthinkably) carbohydrates to make up the lost calories from trimmed fat. Just […]

Physicians and Ancestral Health

In January I was fortunate to spend three days in Scottsdale, Arizona, with a small group of physicians. We had traveled from the US, Canada, and Norway to participate in the third annual educational meeting of Physicians and Ancestral Health (PAH). I didn’t mind that Scottsdale didn’t warm as promised, because our meetings – and […]

Diseases of Modern Civilization: Autoimmune and Nutritional

Do you know anyone with an autoimmune illness? I imagine you do: Hashimoto’s or Graves Diseases of the thyroid, lupus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, and many diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system are autoimmune in origin. The rate of autoimmune illness is increasing, as the three conditions necessary for its emergence are […]

2015 Flu Season

The current flu season has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and is showing signs of the severity expected when the current flu strain was identified. Unfortunately for those who received the flu vaccine, the current flu’s variety of H3N2 virus is not well matched to the annual flu vaccine. Conventional authorities suggest that […]

Everything in Moderation

The first time I suggested to Stan that he might improve his obesity, diabetes, and irritable bowel by eliminating grains from his diet, he thought it over seriously. He took the suggestion home to his wife, somewhat of a gourmet chef, who dismissed the idea of eliminating an entire portion of the palate. “That’s ridiculous, […]

Too Many Supplements?

“I want to know how many of these capsules YOU take!” protested a patient recently, when she brought in a supplement list that I could not reasonably shorten for her. (I like to do a supplement review with patients – we commonly identify supplements that are no longer necessary.) I reassured her that she wasn’t […]