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Welcome to Doctor Thyroid with your host, Philip James. This is a meeting place for you to hear from top thyroid doctors and healthcare professionals. Information here is intended to help those wanting to 'thrive' regardless of setbacks related to thyroid cancer. Seeking good health information can be a challenge, hopefully this resource provides you with better treatment alternatives as related to endocrinology, surgery, hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, functional medicine, pathology, and radiation treatment. Not seeing an episode that addresses your particular concern? Please send me an email with your interest, and I will request an interview with a leading expert to help address your questions. Philip James philipjames@docthyroid.com
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Sep 25, 2017

Dr. Lisa Sardinia is an associate professor in the Pacific University Biology Department. She received a B.S. in Biology from Whitworth College, a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Montana State University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  

Following graduate school, she was awarded a National Cancer Institute research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco studying molecular genetics.

At Pacific University, she teaches Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Basic Science for Optometry and Human Genetics for Physician Assistants. She has been the recipient of the Thomas J. and Joyce Holce Endowed Professorship in Science and the S.S. Johnson Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching at Pacific University.

In the episode, we discuss:

  • Microbiome
  • Microbes inside the gut
  • Gut microbe biota
  • 95% of serotonin manufactured in gut
  • Dark chocolate and bacteria in your gut
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics are food that we eat that has food for good bacteria
  • Soluble fiber
  • Eat food that feeds your gut bacteria
  • Whole grains, black beans, cruciferous vegetables
  • Dark chocolate benefit – the darker the better
  • Most disruptive to gut biome is antibiotics
  • Danger: antibiotics with children
  • Majority of antibiotics given to children under three are for upper respiratory issues, fact is antibiotics do not work for such issues
  • 85% of antibiotics used are given to food sources, and released into the environment including soil and water
  • Danger of consuming emulsifiers
  • Cow’s milk
  • US has low gut diversity — more diversity means more resilience
  • Autism and gut connection
  • Resetting your gut microbiota by changing diet
  • The importance of starting kids out with the right food
  • Inflammatory disease is seen less in underdeveloped countries
  • Avoid emulsifiers, additives, and artificial sweeteners


NOTES
The American Gut

Michael Pollan ‘Some of My Best Friends Are Germs’

An Epidemic of Absence

How Emulsifiers Are Messing with Our Guts (and Making Us Fat)

Sep 24, 2017

Dr. Susanne Breen is a board certified naturopathic physician. She completed her medical training at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) after initial medical studies at the Oregon Health Sciences University in conventional medicine.  Healing, she discovered, required more than medication or even natural remedies. Her inspiration came from her advanced studies at NUNM in gastroenterology, including Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), where she learned about the root causes of her personal health challenges. She read Breaking the Vicious Cycle, changed her diet, found direction from practitioners and started her path to health. She brings her personal experience and training to help others do the same.

Dr. Breen completed a residency with Dr. Gary Weiner at Pearl Natural Health and continues to see patients at this location.  Her training and expertise in the areas of IBD/IBS, thyroid health, bio-identical hormones, gynecology, IV therapy, herbal, nutritional and lifestyle changes offers people a holistic, integrative and comprehensive model of care.

Dr. Breen is a wife and mother of two children.  She enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest where she hikes, snow skis, and gardens.  She has a special love for animals, including her two cats, fermented foods and Tabata workouts.

In this episode, the following topics are discussed:

  • Fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, anxiety, and depression.
  • Sub-clinical hypothyroidism
  • Standard range for TSH has changed over the years, .5 - 1.5 TSH is optimal
  • Armour Thyroid vs Levothyroxine
  • If antibodies are involved than it is most likely related to the gut
  • Getting off thyroid medication
  • Testing: TSH, free T3 T4, TPO antibodies, reverse T3
  • Getting motivated and inspired by fixing thyroid
  • Selenium
  • Iodine
  • Thyroid supplements
  • Treating fertility
  • Hair loss and levothyoxine
  • Joint pain and levothyroxine 
  • Nature vs Armour
  • Magnesium interfering with T4
  • Analysis of gut and assessment: bad breath, burping, etc.
  • Stool testing for SIBO
  • Progesterone and testosterone
  • Testing for adrenal fatigue through saliva throughout the day
  • Cortisol secretion related to grief or stress
  • Desiccated bovine adrenal
  • Graves’ disease and testosterone fix
  • Breath tests and pathogens
  • Microflora
  • Digestive and thyroid health are connected
  • Bowel movement frequency and constipation
  • Whole foods and unprocessed foods
  • Sugar, inflammation, and heart disease
  • Homemade yogurt and cow’s milk and removing lactose, fixing bloating
  • Food allergy testing
  • Achy joints, painful feet, anemia, cramping, testosterone and estrogen, neuro-therapy, ozone therapy, acupuncture, blood flow, dizziness, hydration, lyme disease, and muscle spasms.

NOTES:

Mysymotoms.com

Susanne Breen, N.D.

Mar 10, 2017

In this episode, we hear from Elle Russ, Author of The Paleo Thyroid Solution, and former hypothyroidism sufferer.  Elle discusses:

  • Hypothyroidism symptoms — including physical, mental, and emotional.
  • How to find the right health professional.
  • Hypothyroidism treatment with T3.
  • The importance of iron and ferritin. 
  • The emotional toll of hypothyroidism. 
  • Nutrition strategies. 
  • Basal body temperature method for testing hypothyroidism.

Elle Russ is a writer, health/life coach, and host of the Primal Blueprint Podcast. She is becoming the leading voice of thyroid health in the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement (also referred to as Paleo, Primal, or Ancestral Health). Elle has a B.A in Philosophy from The University of California at Santa Cruz and is a certified Primal Health Coach. She sits on the advisory board of The Primal Health Coach Program created by Mark Sisson, bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint.  Exasperated and desperate, Elle took control of her own health and resolved two severe bouts of hypothyroidism on her own – including an acute Reverse T3 problem. Through a devoted paleo/primal lifestyle, intensive personal experimentation, and a radically modified approach to thyroid hormone replacement therapy…Elle went from fat, foggy, and fatigued – to fit, focused, and full of life!

 

NOTES:
Elle Russ web site

http://www.elleruss.com/

 

Primal Blueprint Podcast

http://blog.primalblueprint.com/

 

Yahoo Natural Thyroid Support Group

https://beta.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NaturalThyroidHormones/info

Jan 23, 2017

How well does your body make energy?

How does your body repair?

How well are your anti-oxidants working?

How well do you rid your body of free radicals?

Are you pre-conditioned to crisis?

The next generation of lab testing and diagnosis has arrived with resources such as Cyrex Labs and Nutreval. 

Thyroid health issues mimic other ailments, such as inflammation, gluten intolerance, and increased permeability (leaky gut).   

In this episode, hear from Dr. Engelman, recognized as one of the top doctors in functional integrative medicine, he has advanced degrees and certifications in functional, metabolic, anti-aging and stem cell medicine. Engelman Health Institute is advanced science, and personalized care. This "new medicine" incorporates the best of traditional practices and natural and alternative diagnostic modalities.

http://www.engelmanhealth.com/

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https://www.cyrexlabs.com/

Nov 21, 2016

In this episode our guest is Dr. Martin Milner.  Today's interview features information on optimizing medication with slow-release compounded thyroid replacement.  

Can adding adjusting your medication from T4 to slow release with T3 really make you feel better?  The answer is, yes!  And, could also be the key to losing weight.

We also discuss the following topics, painful feet, dizziness, fatigue, hair loss, iron deficiency, chronic pain, fibromylagia, adrenal connection to to inflammation, sleep problems, muscle spasms, caution with your morning smoothies, and why you should stand up when taking T3.

Want to find a compounding pharmacy that will make your slow release T3 and T4?  Start here:  http://www.pccarx.com/     

Dr. Milner has published several articles on new treatment protocols for hypothyroidism. Most recently, ” Hypothyroidism: Optimizing Medication with Slow-Release Compounded Thyroid Replacement” was published in the peer review journal of compounding pharmacists, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC) Vol. 9 No. 4 July/August 2005. In 2006 and 2007 he lectured around the United States guiding physicians and compounding pharmacists in the management of hypothyroidism using his protocol of slow released compounded thyroid replacement. Also to his credit are “Wilson’s Syndrome and T3 therapy – A Clinical Guide to Safe and Effective Patient Management” IJPC Vol. 3 No. 5, Sept/Oct 1999, p. 344-349 and Assessment and Management of Thermoregulation, IJPC Vol. 3 No. 5, Sept/Oct 1999, p. 350-351. Reprints of many of these and other Dr. Milner articles are available at CNMWellness.com, the medical education website of the Center for Natural Medicine. Dr. Milner co-authored chapter 14 in An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer by J. Diamond and W.L. Cowden, the most definitive text on alternative cancer therapies. He also served as the primary consulting physician for Judith Sach’s book Natural Medicine for Heart Disease. The has authored many articles over the years in cardiology.

Dr. Milner is well published with texts, medical journal articles and studies in cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, oncology, and environmental medicine. Dr. Milner published in May 2005, Menopause Revolution: Smashing the HRT Myth- Alternatives to Manufactured Drug Therapy , Agora Health Books. He enjoys what he calls practicing “integrated endocrinology” balancing all the endocrine hormones using bio-identical hormone replacement and amino acid neurotransmitter precursors.

Oct 19, 2016

This episode features Dr. Shawn Soszka.

Topics covered in today’s interview include, starting your day right, tendon issues due to thyroid disease, insomnia, dizziness, painful feet, temperature testing, hypothyroidism, low dose Naltrexone, selenomethionine, and why some people feel worse when exercising.   Also, discussed is adrenal function and optimal time of day for body temperature testing as related to the thyroid disease.

Dr. Soszka strives to integrate both systems of medicine. a focus on functional medicine, with emphasis on treating gastrointestinal, chronic disease, and endocrine based conditions. He specializes in: fatigue/adrenal exhaustion, thyroid disorders, digestion/gut health, autoimmune diseases.

Oct 12, 2016

In this episode hear from Dr. Greg Nigh, a Naturopath in Portland, OR.

Dr. Nigh will discuss the following topics:

  • Dangers of garlic and soy
  • Overcoming sugar cravings
  • Hashimotos and hypothyroidism
  • Specialty laboratories
  • The dangers of using TSH as the sole yardstick
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