The Art of Lymph Support

Our lymphatic system plays a critical role in immune health, is a major factor in our ability to detoxify, and helps to keep us in an anti-inflammatory state. If this weren’t enough, it also impacts the health of our thyroid and hair follicles—it may be one of the factors in reversing alopecia and Hashimoto’s.

Hypothyroidism: Not Just a Women’s Issue

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism) are often thought of as a women’s health issue, but we cannot neglect the fact that many males also suffer from this life-altering condition. In fact, Hashimoto’s is on the rise for men and has been for a number of years.

Low Fiber: A Low-Carb Casualty

The importance of fiber in the diet is indisputable and has a profound impact on our digestive health and microbiome, our 100 trillion organism-strong “mini ecosystem.” Most Americans are fiber deficient—some experts in the functional medicine community claim that it’s the most clinically important dietary deficiency.

What’s Your Thyroid Telling You?

It starts out “innocently” enough. You’re feeling fatigued, but you chalk it up to the demands of life. You’re feeling down, but you tell yourself that we can all get down when we’re tired. Then, there’s a spare tire around your middle. You can’t poop. You get chilled more easily. And you’re shedding hair.

Do You Need a Biopsy for Alopecia?

While we understand the desire for a label or “official” diagnosis, it makes me scratch my head (no pun intended) that providers offer scalp biopsies because while they claim that they’ll help to determine an “accurate diagnosis,” they rarely change their treatment plan based on the results.

Reclaiming My Power: 11 Reasons I Left the Medical Matrix

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The medical matrix was developed to save you from the horror of being human. If you’re a machine, you can trust the experts to “fix” you and then you don’t have to get into all that “emotional human stuff.” That would be great if it worked.

My Personal Journey Beyond “Depression” and Hashimoto’s

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I’ve traveled this complicated path of undiagnosed autoimmune hypothyroidism and depression that was, perhaps, misdiagnosed. And as I look back over the last 20 years through a different lens, I see that I identify with all of these underlying issues that led to the overly simplistic diagnosis of “depression.”

Depression: Is it Undiagnosed Autoimmune Hypothyroidism?

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If you’re experiencing weight gain, sleep disturbance, brain fog, anxiety, exhaustion, forgetfulness, relationship issues, loss of libido, or lack of motivation, would it surprise you to know that these symptoms are present in both depression and hypothyroidism?

Habit Change: Stages of Change

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For years, when I made my New Year’s resolutions, I just stated the goals and that was that. I believed that if I had enough willpower, I’d accomplish the goal and when I didn’t, I felt as if I’d failed. I guess I did fail, but I wasn’t a failure. I needed a better understanding of the process of change.

My Reversing Alopecia Courses: Participant Testimonials

Here are stories of some of the incredible improvements seen by my Reversing Alopecia course participants, many of whom had been previously baffled and scared and whose conventional heathcare providers had said “this is untreatable.”

One-Pan Wild Salmon with Garlic Roasted Radishes & Asparagus (with optional Cumin-Lime Avocado Cream Sauce)

This dynamic duo is perfect for spring and were crafted with all of the same love, care, and attention to thyroid- and immune-supportive nutrients as the recipes in our best selling Essential Thyroid Cookbook.

It's Fall: The Kitchen is Calling

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As we transition to the milder autumn days and cooler nights, I’m feeling inspired to cook with what’s in season and I’m gravitating towards one-pot recipes. This time of year, our bodies can stay balanced and satisfied by incorporating more warming and grounding foods: root vegetables, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and beans.

Hashimoto's Prevention and Management

There are four overarching (and important) questions that we’ve been getting related to our Essential Thyroid Cookbook – all related to Hashimoto’s and autoimmunity prevention and management. We address all of them in this post, including…what if someone has had a thyroidectomy?

Be Kind to Yourself

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Being healthy is more than just eating well. Be mindful of how you treat yourself. Embrace your imperfections. You may be the only one who notices or cares about your so-called