Vascular Dementia and Cardiovascular Disease – Part 2 – Thyroid & Gut Health

In Part 1 of Vascular Dementia and Cardiovascular Disease, we discussed how brain and cognitive health are important.  I explained why cognitive health is important to me and why I developed a passion for helping people preserve their brain health. We also discussed how high levels of the amino acid homocysteine can damage blood vessels … Read more

What is the Best Way to Lower Cholesterol Naturally – Thyroid & Gut Health

The debate about cholesterol is an interesting one.  I’ve had some patients tell me that their prescribing doctor told them that they weren’t going to be happy until they lowered their cholesterol to below 100.

I’ve had other patients tell me that their doctor wanted them to take the statin drug to lower their heart attack risk or risk of stroke.  They prescribed the statin lowering medication to limit the patient’s risk.

I understand wanting to limit risk of a possible stroke or a myocardial infarction.  No one wants to have a heart attack or a stroke.  But, the literature hasn’t shown a significant decrease in stroke and heart attack rates since cholesterol lowering medications began being prescribed.

Additionally, cholesterol below 140 is considered an ominous sign of poor health.  Ominous means bad.  I think of the word “ominous” as something that is going to cause impending doom.  It’s not good. 

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Foods that Lower Cholesterol – Thyroid & Gut Health

I have been seeing so many new patients with high cholesterol that I felt it was important to write an article on the natural approach for cholesterol control and regulation. I am going to include some dietary measures for helping lower cholesterol naturally.  However, as I’ve written about in other articles, I want to emphasize … Read more

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Gut Inflammation – Thyroid & Gut Health

A lot has happened since I began doing lab tests and working with patients nutritionally. I’m healthier, and my family is healthier. Some of the great joy that I have experienced are some of the wonderful patient experiences I’ve had have in treating my very own Mom and Dad. It was around 2 a.m. over … Read more

Is Good Digestion Dependent on Cholesterol? – Thyroid & Gut Health

Statin drugs are the most prescribed medication for high cholesterol and triglycerides. Cholesterol lowering medications will lower cholesterol but one of the most common side effects of statins is muscle and joint aches/pains. That is because statins can cause a potentially serious condition called rhabdomyolysis (a breakdown of muscle tissue). How does Digestion Work? Digestion … Read more

Stress vs. Sex – Thyroid & Gut Health

So, if we are going to be real about things, most of my patients are older than 45 years old.  Most of them are losing 1% of muscle mass annually which comes naturally with aging and lack of exercise/protein deficient diets. – and – Before coming to me, most of my patients were unhealthy and … Read more

Homocysteine and Poor Digestion – Thyroid & Gut Health

On a regular basis, I have the great pleasure and opportunity to perform lab tests and blood work on many patients which always gives (both my patients and myself) great insight into what is going on with their overall health. As I have been seeing trends, I thought that it would be really informative for … Read more

The Vitamin D Myth – Thyroid & Gut Health

A disturbing trend is that the vast majority of the patients that I test have low levels of Vitamin D.  Most people know that Vitamin D is important for bone strength (osteoporosis prevention), and cancer prevention. What about the role Vitamin D plays as a key agent in bolstering your immune system function? I’ve written … Read more