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Pregnancy or Postpartum Can Trigger Hypothyroidism

Pregnancy or Postpartum Can Trigger Hypothyroidism For many women, the onset of their hypothyroid symptoms began either during pregnancy or just after. Most of these women went on to be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. Pregnancy often triggers Hashimoto’s due to normal shifts in immunity that cause…

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Infertility

Pollutants Lower Sperm Counts in Dogs and Humans

Pollutants Lower Sperm Counts in Dogs and Humans Infertility has been a growing problem over the last three decades, with most of the attention focused on women’s reproduction. However, 40 to 50 percent of cases of infertility are caused by male infertility. Research shows sperm quality has dropped by 50 percent in the last 80…

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Chips

New Study Shows Processed Foods Shorten Your Life

New Study Shows Processed Foods Shorten Your Life A new study shows regularly eating processed foods — the staple of most western diets — can shorten your life. In functional medicine, we know from the published research that a diet based on processed foods also will significantly increase your chances of suffering from chronic disease.…

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Weight Loss

Gut Bacteria Play A Role in Anorexia; Eating Disorders

Gut Bacteria Play A Role in Anorexia; Eating Disorders People with eating disorders such as anorexia simply do not experience hunger and satiety in the same way people who have a healthy relationship with food do. New research suggests that the composition of gut bacteria, or the gut microbiome, may play a role in the…

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Woman in Distress

How To Support Your Brain’s “Happiness” Chemical

How To Support Your Brain’s “Happiness” Chemical Many people take SSRI antidepressants for depression. However, it’s important to ask why you are feeling depression in the first place. Many important research strides have been made linking chronic inflammation, poor gut health, gut bacteria, and general brain health with depression. However, we still need healthy serotonin…

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Computer

Is Chronic Stress Damaging You? Take An Adrenal Test

Is Chronic Stress Damaging You? Take An Adrenal Test Many of us are too stressed out these days and this can have negative consequences on our bodies and brains, promoting chronic disease and rapid brain degeneration. If you’re concerned about the effects of stress on your body and how to manage it, an adrenal salivary…

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Bread

Test for Gluten Intolerance If You Have Hashimoto’s

Test for Gluten Intolerance If You Have Hashimoto’s Numerous studies show a strong link between gluten intolerance and Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism. This is because gluten has a molecular structure that closely resembles thyroid tissue — gluten sensitivity triggers an attack on the thyroid gland. Gluten (technically,…

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Virus

Viruses Trigger Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmunities

Viruses Trigger Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmunities Autoimmune disease is a modern epidemic in which your body’s immune system, which normally helps defend you from pathogens, mistakenly attacks your own organs and tissues. Current research tells us multiple factors can play a role in causing autoimmunity, including viruses. More recently, a virus has been linked…

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Vitamin D

Don’t Overlook the Necessity of Vitamin D Cofactors

Don’t Overlook the Necessity of Vitamin D Cofactors Sufficient vitamin D levels requires more than a healthy diet and taking supplements—good vitamin D levels need the right cofactors too. A shocking three-quarters of the US population has too little vitamin D, even in sunny locales. Vitamin D is necessary to dampen inflammation and tame autoimmune…

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Vegetables

Bad Gut Bacteria Big Risks in Hardening Arteries

Bad Gut Bacteria Big Risks in Hardening Arteries Unhealthy gut bacteria are a bigger risk for atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries than smoking, cholesterol levels, obesity, or diabetes. Atherosclerosis is the leading cause of heart disease. That’s because the root cause of heart disease is inflammation. In fact, most modern health disorders are rooted…

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