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is hypothyroidism a chronic disease?

Why Treating Hypothyroidism as a Chronic Disease Is Incorrect

There’s no question that hypothyroidism is a complex disease but does it deserve the designation of chronic disease? A chronic disease implies that you may never be able to 100% treat or manage your condition.  And I’m here to tell you that hypothyroidism should NOT be evaluated in this way.  Why is this important? Because how you look at …

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how to use LDN for Hashimoto's thyroiditis

How to use LDN to Treat Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Dosing, Safety & More)

There are very few medications that you can use to treat Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and LDN is one of those medicines.  But how does it work? Will it work for you? Is it safe to use? And, if so, how should you dose it?  We are going to explore all of these questions and more.  I’ve been using LDN …

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can you get everything you need from a thyroid multvitamin_

Can You Get Everything You Need from a Thyroid Multivitamin?

Taking a multivitamin is an easy way to get the exact nutrients that your thyroid needs to function optimally.  You may be surprised to find out that many thyroid patients are walking around with suboptimal nutrients without even knowing it.  Suboptimal levels of each nutrient isn’t really a big deal but when you start to add several …

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5 costly mistakes thyroid patients make

5 Costly Mistakes Thyroid Patients Make (& How to Avoid Them)

As thyroid problems continue to become more and more common among patients of all ages, it’s important to have a complete understanding of what this means for your body.  Unfortunately, the standard approach to treating thyroid conditions is more focused on the benefits of the Doctor and not necessarily the patient.  But, with a little knowledge, you …

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Experimenting with 1 Trillion Probiotics: 10 Day Gut Cleanse

I’m a big fan of experimenting on my own health.  In fact, most of the strategies and therapies that I’ve developed have been as a result of testing them on myself and then family members.  Today, I’m going to explore my experience using high dose probiotics for 10 days straight.  I took 1 trillion CFU of my own …

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is synthroid gluten free?

Is Synthroid Gluten-Free?

Are you actively trying to avoid gluten-containing foods? Do you also have hypothyroidism? If so, then this article is perfect for you.  I’m going to jump the gun and tell you that Synthroid is indeed gluten-free, but it may contain other ingredients that can cause issues.  We are going to discuss the gluten content of the thyroid medication …

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Thyroid Deiodinase: How D1, D2 & D3 Enzymes Alter Your Thyroid

Thyroid deiodinase enzymes serve to manage thyroid hormone at every level of metabolism.  Even more important is the fact that these enzymes can become dysregulated by everyday common medical conditions.  Understanding the importance of these enzymes is critical to understanding how to further treatment, especially if you are taking thyroid medication such as levothyroxine or Synthroid.  This post …

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What Causes Thyroid Disease? 14 Common Reasons Listed

It is estimated that up to 10% of people have a thyroid problem (1).

But what is causing thyroid disease in all of these people?

It turns out that there are many causes of both reversible thyroid disease and irreversible thyroid disease. 

But which type do you have?

In this post you will learn the most common causes of thyroid disease, how to spot problems which may impact thyroid function in your body and what to do about these problems

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Is Natural Desiccated Thyroid (NDT) the Best Thyroid Medication?

Is Natural Desiccated Thyroid (NDT) the Best Thyroid Medication?

Natural desiccated thyroid is a thyroid medication that comes from pigs!

This medication contains a more "complete" profile of thyroid hormones when compared to almost all synthetic thyroid medications out there. 

This has lead many people to tout NDT as the "best" thyroid medication. 

In this article, we are going to explore this claim while also discussing the pros and cons of this medication. 

You'll learn who should use this medication, who should avoid it and the pitfalls of using it

Let's dive in: 

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