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4 Conditions that make TSH Levels Inaccurate + “Optimal” Ranges & More

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the TSH including why it isn't always the best marker of thyroid function in the body and which conditions make the interpretation of TSH less accurate. You will also learn more reliable ways to test thyroid status in your body.

TSH might be one of the worst ways to evaluate thyroid function and yet it is probably the most widely used thyroid lab test out there. 


In an attempt to oversimplify thyroid function and management Doctors have become reliant upon TSH testing, but what if there was a better way?

A way that rectifies the fact that so many patients have a "normal" TSH but clearly have hypothyroid symptoms... 

Sound too good to be true? 

It isn't. 

And we are going to talk about it in detail below. 

In this post we will discuss why TSH levels are NOT the best way to evaluate your thyroid function, but more importantly we are going to talk about how to actually assess thyroid function and which lab tests you need...

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Beginner’s Guide to Vitamin B12 Shots: Weight Loss + Energy & More

Have you heard great things about B12 shots?

Maybe you want some of the benefits from B12 or maybe you have a neighbor or friend who swears that they help with weight loss and energy levels.

If so, this is the guide for you...

We are going to talk about everything you need to know about B12 shots including:

  • Who should take B12 shots
  • How to safely purchase B12 shots so you know you are getting high quality ingredients that will actually work
  • ALL of the benefits of B12 shots
  • Why B12 injections and shots are better than sublingual and tablet forms of B12
  • How to determine if B12 shots will work in YOUR body
  • How to safely inject and use B12 shots
  • The right dosage of B12 that you should be using
  • The right form of B12 to use (this is very important!)
  • How B12 can help with weight loss and increase energy levels

Believe it or not these B12 shots can really help certain people but only if they include high quality, pharmaceutical grade ingredients. 

Getting the right type of B12 can be the difference between experiencing many benefits and feeling no difference at all.​

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Why Synthroid isn’t Causing Weight Loss and How to Fix it

Are you on the thyroid medication Synthroid and not losing weight?

If so you aren't alone...

Synthroid is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for patients who have hypothyroidism but here's the problem:

Not everyone does well on this medication.

Their bodies don't absorb it, they don't convert T4 to T3 or they need more T3 due to other problems. 

​Despite this, almost every patient is given Synthroid, Levothyroxine or other T4 medications and many of you are still dealing with weight issues. 

​And I want to share with you some reasons why that may be the case. 

It turns out that the thyroid is certainly involved in maintaining your metabolism and can lead to weight gain if you are hypothyroid - that much is true.

But did you know that simply replacing thyroid hormone in your body with medications like levothyroxine and synthroid often isn't enough to help you lose weight?

In this post I'm going to talk about the reasons why Synthroid isn't helping you with weight loss and what to do about it.

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Insulin Resistance Diet Guide for Beginners + Advanced Weight Loss Tips

Is insulin resistance, diabetes or pre diabetes making it difficult or impossible for you to lose weight?

If you fall into this category you probably understand that for the most part insulin resistance is a DIETARY disease.

Meaning you most likely have this condition because of the food you've eaten (or are currently eating).

Understanding this concept is very important because if you understand that insulin resistance can be caused (and worsened) by diet it is also true that diet can actually help to lower insulin levels and reverse insulin resistance.

But hold on. 

I have some good news for you and some bad news...

First the bad news:

Most Doctors and patients approach insulin resistance all wrong which leads to higher insulin levels and more weight gain over time.

But, here's the good news:

I'm going to walk you through how to approach insulin resistance through diet, medications and supplements. 

Because the best way to treat and reverse insulin resistance is with a comprehensive approach: 

Let's talk about what foods to eat, what foods to avoid, how much food you should be eating, what type of macromolecules you should consume on a daily basis and much more...​

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Is the HCG Diet Safe? How it Damages your Thyroid + Metabolism

Are you thinking about doing the HCG diet for weight loss?

If so you are probably wondering...

Is the HCG Diet safe?

Will it harm my metabolism?

Will it cause thyroid damage or make my thyroid function worse?

​And you are right to ask these questions before you undergo the treatment!

The truth is that the HCG diet CAN cause damage to both your metabolism and your thyroid function and I will explain it in this post.

As a physician I've had the advantage of treating patients before, during and after undergoing the HCG diet.

​I know that so many of you out there are desperate to lose weight and you'll basically do anything to get there, but let me tell you this:

There is a better way to lose weight and it has nothing to do with the HCG diet and I will explain more about this in the post as well.

Let's dive in...​

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WP Thyroid Weight Loss Guide: How & When to Use this Medication

This post will teach you how and when to use WP thyroid to help you lose weight and feel better. It will walk you through a case study of a patient who used WP thyroid to lose 55+ pounds over 6 months. 

Is your thyroid making it impossible for you to lose weight?

If you have hypothyroidism and you are not getting adequate thyroid hormone (either because of absorption or because of conversion) it will be very difficult for you to obtain a normal metabolism and therefore lose weight

So where does WP thyroid fit in?

It turns out that each thyroid hormone replacement medication has advantages and disadvantages and some are better than others. 

WP thyroid happens to be one of the better formulations of NDT (natural desiccated thyroid hormone) for several reasons. 

Switching to this medication may result in a reduction in your hypothyroid symptoms and help you lose weight in the process. 

In this article I'm going to talk about all of this and more: 

Why and how to choose the right type of thyroid medication for your body...

What other medications you may need for weight loss...

And how to put it all together...

Sit tight and let's dive in: 

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Leptin Diet Guide: How to Treat and Reverse Leptin Resistance with Food

High Leptin levels leads to weight loss resistance, a ravenous appetite and constant weight gain (yes it can make weight loss almost impossible). 

That's the bad news...

The good news is that you can influence leptin levels through your diet (and other ways that we will discuss later).

One of the big problems with Leptin Resistance is that most Doctors aren't even looking for it

That puts you at a big disadvantage because not only aren't there very many treatments for leptin resistance, most cases are also missed.

​What I want to talk about today is what YOU can do about your leptin levels. 

Use this leptin diet guide to help lower your leptin levels:​

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Hypothyroidism and Acne + 6 Steps to Clear up your Skin

Acne can be tricky to treat unless you know exactly what is causing it. 

And figuring that out can be a problem - especially if your approach has been to just throw different kinds of lotions and creams all over your skin. 

You see:

Acne is a condition that usually reflects a problem that is happening INSIDE of your body, not what is happening to your skin directly.

So if you approach the problem as one that can be solved with topicals and creams, you may never actually treat the root cause of your acne. ​

In fact, one of the most common reasons for acne that I've seen is due to thyroid hormone imbalances. 

Yes other hormones can cause acne (we will talk about those as well) but thyroid problems tend to be more tricky to diagnose and treat so patients with this kind of acne tend to stick around for a while. 

​In this post I'm going to walk you through the best treatments that I've found to treat acne, from the inside and the outside...

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Thyroid Weight Loss Case Study: 42 Pounds Lost on Byetta + T3 + NDT

Once Kathy had the right diagnosis and treatment plan in place she was able to lose 42 pounds in a matter of months...

But the real question is:

Why did it take her 5+ Doctors to find and treat her and what does it take to help thyroid patients lose this kind of weight?

​The answer might surprise you. 

Most of the time it isn't thyroid issues holding back thyroid patients from losing weight. 

This is important so I will repeat it.

If you are a hypothyroid patient and you can't lose weight, the reason is most likely related to some other hormone problem - NOT your thyroid. ​

I'm going to explain why throughout this post but for a second lets jump back to Kathy.

By the way, here is a before and after picture of Kathy (42 pounds and 3 months later)...

As you go through this post I want you to ask yourself this question:

Is her story similar to yours? 

Kathy before and after thyroid weight loss
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6 Causes of High Testosterone in Women + How to Lower your Levels

Weight gain, acne and hair loss - are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

These are only a few of the symptoms of high testosterone in women, but the real question is this:

Why do women have high testosterone to begin with... and what can you do to lower them?

Unfortunately many Doctors may tell you that you have high testosterone but rarely ever will they offer any advice on how to lower your levels to help you feel better.

That's why it's important to ​have an understanding of what is going on in YOUR body so you can figure out how to get back to normal. 

The important thing to realize about high testosterone is that usually (95% of the time) it is caused by something ELSE like another hormone imbalance.

So the way to fix the problem is by tackling and reversing the issue causing your high testosterone...​

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