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160419Hypothyroid-325The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck, just below the larynx, or voicebox. It produces two thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These two hormones regulate metabolism, which is how the body uses and stores energy. It also affects organs, from the digestive system to brain function and development.

The pituitary gland makes TSH, which regulates the amount of thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland.

What are the causes of hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism results from a variety of causes, and finding the cause determines the treatment. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to make antibodies that attack the thyroid and produces chronic inflammation of the thyroid, which decreases the gland’s ability to produce thyroid hormone. This is the most prevalent cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is more common in women and can run in families.

Inflammation of the thyroid, such as can happen in subacute, lymphocytic and postpartum thyroiditis, can also lead to hypothyroidism.


160405NutritionHaving recently struggled with breast cancer and treatment over the past year, one of my patients gave me a gift—a book titled, “Tripping Over the Truth” by Travis Christofferson, which many of my patients have heard me go on and on about.

How sugar feeds cancer
The book discusses the metabolic theory of cancer, and it boils down to the fact that sugar—glucose and carbohydrates (which break down into glucose)—is a BAD PLAYER when it comes to this disease. All, or rather almost all, cancer cells utilize glucose for metabolism through the anaerobic pathways, which yield lactic acid as a by-product. While our normal cells only go to anaerobic metabolism, when we are sprinting or exerting ourselves in some other form of heavy physical activity, cancer cells use the anaerobic pathway as a rule, whether there is oxygen or not (Warburg Effect). Cancer cells thrive on glucose—in fact, this is the basis for PET scanning, which uses this fact to detect cancer.


160322YogaSeries-325When I heard that Oak Street Medical was starting a new six-week yoga class, my first though was, “What a great idea for a medical facility to integrate the body and mind!”

The teachers of the class, Patty Nadel, MSW, LCSW and Michele Bulgatz, MS, 500RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), created the program for women in recovery. They believe that women who are healing from trauma, who may have PTSD or high anxiety, can benefit greatly from yoga.


160308Eoinophil 1-325White blood cells play an important role in you immune system. One, in particular, can help your allergist confirm a diagnosis to ensure you’re receiving the proper treatment for your condition.

Eosinophil (pronounced: EE–oh–SIN-oh-fill) is a type of white blood cell, known as a granulocyte, that is produced by the bone marrow. Granulocytes get their name from the small granules inside of the cell, similar to grains of sand.


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160223EczemaEczema is a chronic, itchy skin condition that affects around 10 percent of U.S. children* and 1 to 3 percent of adults. The term eczema is often used interchangeably with atopic dermatitis.  

What does eczema look like?