Thyroid and Adrenals: The Power Couple!

Always complaining that you’re tired? Is focusing hard, like in a perpetual fog? Is weight loss impossible? Do you stare at the ceiling wondering why you can’t sleep? Do you get sick often? You may be suffering from a thyroid deficiency and/or adrenal fatigue.

The adrenals are your “life saving” organs because they help you survive in stressful situations. They control “fight or flight” which in our ancestor’s time, saved them from being eaten by a tiger! They were never designed to deal with the chronic stress we experience today. As a result, adrenal fatigue and exhaustion have become widespread.
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Digestion- Where it all begins

Ever wondered why your friends can overindulge or eat junk food on occasion and be fine, but you can’t? Do you periodically get upset stomachs for no apparent reason? Are you tired of relying on antacids?

Why your digestion is so important:

Proper digestion is key to overall health. Our digestive tract is where we interact with the world. It is where we absorb nutrition, and how we remove wastes and toxins. Even with a good diet, our digestive tract is threatened by stress and environmental toxins which reduce our ability to properly digest foods.Over time this can lead to low level of inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, predisposing you to a leaky gut. This increases your risk for food sensitivities, immune reactions, dysbiosis (the wrong gut bugs), and total body inflammation.

Gastrointestinal conditions treated:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

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Enhancing Fertility

If you are thinking about getting pregnant, now is the time to ensure your body is ready and to optimize your health. Although infertility is defined by the medical establishment as the inability to conceive after trying for at least one year, do you really want to wait that long before doing testing to measure thyroid and sex hormones? Although some women easily get pregnant in their early 40s, many have difficulty in their 30s. Over 30 is when we start to see more unexplained infertility and lengthened luteal phases (which can be corrected). Fixing a sluggish thyroid can sometimes result in pregnancy. It’s not always the women though who have difficulty, men are half the equation. A sperm test can be easily ordered.

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Woman having fall allergies


I’ve been seeing a few bad cases come into the clinic lately. It may be Fall but weed pollen is high. If your garden is like mine, those weeds are seeding and blooming at the same time! So, don’t forget your allergy prevention 101:






I once suffered from allergies but no longer! I follow allergy prevention 101, take quercetin daily, and follow a clean diet of no sugar, dairy, or gluten. It works for me but if your allergies are raging, give me a call and I can recommend additional herbs and acupuncture. Acupuncture can clear a stuffy nose or clogged sinuses. And don’t forget nasal lavage; follow instructions and never do more than twice per day.



Natural Flu Prevention


You probably know someone who has had the flu this season. It’s been a very early flu season and a more severe one than we normally experience. With estimates of the vaccine only being 10 to 30% effective, support your immune system.


1. Reduce Sugar

Eating food high in sugar can depress the immune system for several hours. This opens the door for the flu virus.

2. Stress Less

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Poor Memory Curcumin Might Help


Memory complaints can sometimes begin as early as the 20s but for most, not until after age 60. Postpartum women and women going through menopause can also sometimes begin to experience memory problems which can last for years. I wrote before of the connection between estrogen and the stress hormone, norepinephrine, and hot flashes. This same stress hormone also adversely affects memory. It is true what they say, “stress makes everything worse”.

When treating mild memory complaints, I’ve typically used stress reduction techniques like acupuncture and adrenal supporting herbs. I’m excited to now begin using curcumin, otherwise known as turmeric. We’ve all heard of turmeric’s ability to decrease inflammation and ease joint pain and now new research is suggesting that turmeric may also improve memory.

The study, published online Jan. 19 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, examined the effects of a curcumin supplement on memory performance in 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 years. None of the participants had dementia but did have mild memory complaints. Participants were chosen to receive either a placebo or 90 milligrams of curcumin twice daily for 18 months.

The people who took curcumin experienced improvements in their memory and attention abilities, while the subjects who received placebo did not. When tested, the people taking curcumin showed memory improvement by 28 percent. They also reported mild improvements in mood. Two of the participants experienced mild side effects like abdominal pain and nausea. Because of the potential of side effects, it is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before starting this or any supplement regimen.

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Things are heating up and it’s not just the weather!


Warm flashes occur due to a narrowing of the core body temperature level array as a result of something called norepinephrine. HOT-FLASHESYet hang on, typically aren’t hot flashes due to estrogen? Yes as well as no. Regardless of amazing developments in medication, we do not know the specific mechanism behind a menopausal hot flash. We do understand that it can not be due to low estrogen alone. If that held true, every menstruating woman would experience warm flashes during their period when estrogen is extremely low.

It’s thought that just what might be the cause is the impact of high hair follicle stimulating hormone, FSH, as well as low estrogen enhancing the stress hormone as well as natural chemical, norepinephrine. Yes, stress and anxiety! Combine these all-natural hormonal changes with the stress of day-to-day life as well as your warm flash comes to be a volcanic eruption!

Soothe the anxiety to soothe the warm flashes. Regulating the stress reaction is a part of an all natural technique to managing warm flashes. For more information about things are heating up and it’s not just the weather go to