If you check your thyroid levels in the afternoon with a blood draw, results may come back normal even though you’re hypothyroid, according to a new study
. Checking your TSH in the morning can give you more accurate results.
Like other hormones in the body, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) follows a daily rhythm and is not consistent throughout the day. Researchers in the study evaluated untreated patients with subclinical hypothyroidism along with patients taking a T4 hormone. They tested the participants’ TSH before 8 a.m. and again between 2 and 4 p.m.
In both groups TSH dropped substantially during the afternoon test, which would have led to hypothyroidism not being diagnosed in about 50 percent of the untreated participants.
Their TSH was… Continue reading
When people hear that I'm a student of natural healing, one of the questions they ask is, "if you could tell me just one thing that would make me healthier, what would it be?" Of course they are hoping I will say something like, "Eat more veggies," or "Drink more water." Instead I hit them with: "Get your colon cleaned out!" It's not what they want to hear, but it's just good old-fashioned common sense.
Clean Out My What?
The fact is, there are two simple functions that every living thing has to be able to perform to survive on this planet. They are: take in nutrition and get rid of waste.
Needing nutrition is a no-brainer, but many people don't realize how important it is for our bodies to be able to… Continue reading
New film offers wisdom on struggling health care system: “Food Matters”
LOS ANGELES, California, March 30, 2009 – A provocative new documentary available in the U.S. and Canada today has a message for a struggling health care system and those who aim to reform it: food matters. The film “Food Matters” teaches viewers about foods, supplements and detoxification processes that have been proven to prevent, arrest, and even reverse diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and depression. “Food Matters” also addresses shortsighted agricultural practices, known pharmaceutical dangers, and lifestyle choices that impact our health, and reveals safe, affordable and effective natural approaches to treating the most common and chronic problems.
Nutritionists-turned-filmmakers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch have produced a bold new film featuring leaders in nutrition and medicine… Continue reading
When looking for ways to get healthier outside of the traditional western medicine world, it is common for people to go to a chiropractor or a naturopath for care. Both of these options are often great alternatives in regards to long term preventative care. So what makes us different? Well, where a chiropractor focuses on your back, we focus on your colon. Many people get ill because their colons are chalk full of toxins and waste that has been sitting in there for years. Because everyone with today's diet has these years of toxins built up, it does not take long to notice at least some difference after spending time removing them. If you live in the Spokane area, we can help you with this problem!
Similar to Naturopathic care, we… Continue reading
David S. Jones, MD (Textbook of Functional Medicine): “Our romance with ever newer and more expensive drugs, technology, and surgeries has not achieved what we have been led to expect”. “It appears undeniable that patients receive a lower quality of care than would be expected considering the high level of practitioner training and the huge body of research now available”.
“In addition to prevention strategies, many complex, chronic diseases are very responsive to dietary and various lifestyle interventions
. But clinicians without these skills are literally at the mercy of the pharmaceutical industry. Doctors are taught about drugs by agent of the pharmaceutical industry, which works hard to persuade them to select the newest and most expensive medications – even in the absence of scientific evidence Continue reading
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
It was not until the 18th century that physiologist, physicians and chemist began to critically examine the properties of blood. Much progress has been made in the field of diagnosing various disease processes since then. Today the more common tests include urinalysis, complete blood counts, hair analysis, saliva, blood chemistry and fortunately a non-invasive Nutritional Deficiency Screening test.
Because blood work does not always identify a dysfunction but rather a pathological condition many a person has been told that they are well or subclinical when in fact they are at the beginning or in some cases well into a condition or systems failure that has not fully manifested itself or yet to be diagnosed by their physician or health care practitioner.
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Are you Toxic?
Take the Quiz and find out. If you answer yes to three or more of these questions, you could be displaying signs of toxicity.
- Do you ever feel gassy or bloated?
- Are you sensitive to chemicals, car fumes, odors, perfumes, or fragrances?
- Do you often get sinusitus, yeast infections, candida, diverticulosis or diverticulitis?
- Do you suffer from fibromayalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, or an autoimmune disease? Do you have acne, eczema, hives, or unexplained itching?
- Do you suffer from fatigue, lethargy, joint pains, muscle aches, or weakness?
- Are you subject to irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, poor concentration, a "spacey" feeling, or restlessness?
- Do you suffer from nausea, bad breath, foul smelling stools, a bloated feeling, or intolerance to fatty or starchy foods?
- Do you keep getting sick?
- Do you have abdominal distention?
- Do you ever use over-the-counter