What Your Doctor Might Not Tell You About Thyroid Disorder

Weight gain, cold hands and feet, low energy and fatigue, dry skin, brain fog, poor memory, depression, hair loss, and digestive issues are all classic symptoms of low thyroid output.  How can it be that so many people with these very symptoms show no clinical signs of a thyroid disorder?  Their lab results fall into normal reference ranges, and no visible tumors or abnormalities are present on their thyroid gland.  Some might receive medications to address their specific symptoms such as antidepressants or other medications, while others may simply be sent on their way with an the assurance that “everything looks fine,” or worse, the diagnosis that they are “simply getting older.” Don’t Always Blame the Thyroid The truth is, the “classic thyroid symptoms” mentioned above might not be caused by the thyroid at all. These symptoms can be the result of an imbalance in the gut, the liver, the brain, the adrenal glands, even the individual cells of your body – or any combination of those.  We really should not be so quick to blame one gland, organ, or system.  Western medical doctors are trained to diagnose, treat, prescribe, and operate on specific and isolated issues, and they are very good at doing that – when needed.  But what our body’s other needs?  That’s the stuff your doctor may not be telling you about. It is common practice in the clinical care model to treat symptoms and test results and to focus on one specific part of the body at a time.  In Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN), we do not treat symptoms or test results.  FDN practitioners do...

Debunking Diabetes

The diagnosis of diabetes can be devastating.  Type 2 Diabetes is a serious epidemic that afflicts more than 29 million people in the United States today.  It is the 7th most common cause of death.  Science has come a long way in helping us to understand the cause, treatment, and prevention of the disease, yet there is still a staggering amount of misleading, outdated, and incorrect information in circulation. It might sound horrible, but your OWN physician could be perpetuating this misinformation.  He or she, along with the media and various “trusted” health resources, like the American Diabetes Association, may be unintentionally leading you down the wrong path.  A very, dark, bumpy path, and one that does not bring you to where you want to go. The truth is that mainstream medicine deals with the disease all wrong.  Once diagnosed with diabetes, most patients are told that they will need to take blood sugar lowering medication for the rest of their life, and they can expect the condition to get worse as they age. This is one of several myths. Talk about doom and gloom!  A bleak future and a lifetime of popping pills is exactly what you will get if you listen to that kind of advice.  But what is a patient to do?  Most listen to their doctors, taking their medicine and following the recommended low-fat diet without realizing that they are sabotaging their potential for a healthy future. That’s right, everyone, even diabetics, have the potential for a healthy future. There are a few popular myths that we need to debunk regarding diabetes. Myth # 1 Diabetes...

Osteoporosis – It’s NOT a Bone Disease, Part 1

Bone is one of the strongest materials found in nature. Ounce for ounce, bone is stronger than steel, since a bar of steel of comparable size would weigh four or five times as much. One cubic inch of bone can in principle bear a load of 19,000 lbs. or more — roughly the weight of five standard pickup trucks — making it about four times as strong as concrete. With a substance so strong making up our skeleton, one would think that we would be unbreakable. Well, we used to be pretty close. Or at least a lot less fragile. Modern humans have a relatively lightly built skeleton compared with those of chimpanzees (the closest living relatives to humans) as well with those of extinct human lineages. It appears that our skeleton is only half as dense as those of our early ancestors. So what happened? How did our bones become weak? We’ll discuss this and more in Part 1 of our two part series on Osteoporosis.  Research has found that bone density remained relatively constant over the course of human evolution, but sharply declined in the modern era. The drop in bone density correlates with shift from hunting and foraging to agriculture and industrialization. It would appear that our modern lifestyles, food, and environment has taken a toll on our bones. Osteoporosis is a serious concern for our aging population. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates significant bone loss is a public health threat for 55 percent of people 50 years old and up in the United States. The good news is that problems with bone health can be prevented and...

Why Be A Functional Health Coach?

Why Be A Functional Health Coach? We’ve grown accustomed to conventional medicine. Spending a few minutes with a doctor and leaving with a script for a prescription, hoping it will alleviate a symptom. Or, perhaps leaving the office having heard that everything looks normal and you’re healthy! Only to be driving home with the nagging question, “If I’m healthy, why do I feel so lousy?” We’ve become a little numb, a little misguided in what we now accept as normal and healthy. Headaches, poor sleep, poor mood, and/or low energy are just a few of the common symptoms that often get ignored, or “managed” with medication. This is where functional differs from conventional. Symptoms are signals that the body has a malfunction somewhere. Often, by the time the symptom appears the malfunction has been going on for some time and is a much larger problem, on a much deeper level. Functional Medicine isn’t a widely known term. Many people don’t understand what it is, or how it differs from conventional or traditional medicine. What makes us different? Here are the top 7 reasons.  Functional Health Coaches address underlying, root causes. It looks at the big picture. It’s not about treating the visible symptoms; it’s about going deeper and finding the contributors that lead to and cause symptoms. Conventional practitioners often don’t have the training, time or desire to work in this way. In many cases doctors will focus on suppressing a symptom – such as inflammation, or pain, instead of going deeper to find the cause of the inflammation. The root cause of someone’s migraines may be a digestive...

The Surprising Stuff Hiding In Your Food

Food It fuels our bodies and minds, stimulates our senses, and keeps hunger at bay. Food has become so much more than a source of nutrition. Food can be a source of pleasure, but can also be a source of pain. When used correctly, food can be the most powerful medicine. Unfortunately, some foods can also be poisons. Wait a minute…poison in our food? Don’t we have government agencies to ensure that our food is safe? Yes and no. Before we get to that issue, let’s first take a look at how food has evolved over time, the connection between food and health, and whether the staples of our current diet are even really food at all. Diet – The first pillar of health Dialing in your diet can transform your health. Clear skin, healthy weight, high energy, mental clarity, physical fitness, and a balanced mind can be rewards of finding the right diet for you. The “right diet” will be different from person to person. The truth is there is no perfect diet for everyone. We all have our own bio-individuality, based on our genetics and lifestyle. Have you ever wondered how people in different parts of the world, with different cultures and environments, thrive on very different diets? Some consume high fat and high protein diets, while others eat mainly carbohydrates; some subsist mostly on animal products, and others largely vegetarian. Yet, as varied as these diets are, most native populations have very low rates of chronic disease in comparison to Americans and other Western cultures. Peoples in the far north thrive on diets rich in animal...

Osteoporosis – It’s NOT a Bone Disease, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how humans are naturally built with bones that rival even the strongest man made materials like steel and concrete. Yet today, over 45 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis – and its getting worse. Today, we’re going to look beyond the bones themselves to find out the cause of these brittle bones. Identifying the Real Problem From the FDN perspective, osteoporosis is not THE problem – rather, it is a response to a problem. You could even call it a symptom of deeper malfunction.  There are many potential factors that can contribute to the presentation of a bone density problem, and they can differ from one individual to the next.  Frequently, there will be not one, but several dysfunctions in the body that lead to the condition of osteoporosis.  Having said that, if we seek to prevent and correct osteoporosis, we must first seek to identify and correct the underlying dysfunction. While it is impossible to cover every possible area of dysfunction that could lead to a bone mineral deficit, the following are two of the most common reasons for the prevalence of osteoporosis in our modern society. Increased stress – Internal and External Stress, it’s everywhere!  Some stress, in small doses, is good.  It allows for us to grow and adapt, making us stronger, smarter, and healthier.  However, chronic stress is a silent killer, and is at the root of many debilitating illnesses. Stress response in the body can be initiated by either mental/emotional, physical, or biochemical threats.  Some are external, meaning they happen outside our bodies, while other stressors are internal, or hidden...

Drugs In Our Water

Did you know that every time you take a drink of tap water, you’re taking drugs? And I’m not just talking about fluoride here. Anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antibiotics…and that’s just a few of the A’s!! The AP published an article about pharmaceuticals found in municipal water supplies. Not just floating around in the reservoirs, but in the actual water you’re drinking, cooking with, and bathing in. And every time you connect with that water, you’re taking in low levels of drugs. Which drugs and how many – well, no one is being directly forthcoming about that. But count on this: It’s a lot of different drugs, and more than you should be getting. This is some seriously scary stuff – alarming, really. And it’s worse than it sounds, because not every municipality tested their water for drugs. And the ones that did, well only the drugs they’ve specifically tested for will be reported. Some water supplies contained dozens of different trace pharmaceuticals – Philadelphia, for example, turned up 56 different drugs in their drinking water. 56! Yes, this is scary, and overwhelming. But it does have its funny moments, as reported in the AP article. Here are a few of my favorite lines: Arlington, Texas, acknowledged that traces of a pharmaceutical were detected in its drinking water but cited post-9/11 security concerns in refusing to identify the drug. [O]fficials in Emporia, Kan. refused to answer AP’s questions, also citing post-9/11 issues. (Right…because Arlington, TX and Emporia, KS are known terrorist target cities, and not disclosing drug findings protects their citizens from…what exactly? ) Water sampled downstream of a Nebraska feedlot...