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The Unbelievably Long List of Hypothyroidism Symptoms

Every person will present with a different combination of symptoms. The severity of each person’s hypothyroidism will also determine the severity and number of symptoms they experience. Untreated hypothyroidism worsens with age with worsening symptoms. 

Are you being treated with thyroid replacement medication but still suffering symptoms? You might need a "fine-tuning" of your treatment.

Click on each tab and find out, how many symptoms apply to you.

  • Energy Level and Sleep
  • Weight
  • Body Temperature
  • Slowness
  • Infections
  • Related Autoimmune or Endocrine Diseases
  • Swelling and Thickened Skin of
  • Mouth and Throat
  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Hair
  • Nails
  • Skin
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • pain
  • Digestion
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Reproductive Disorders and Pregnancy
  • Emotional
  • Other Related Conditions
  • Brain
  • Kidney and Bladder
  • Gallbladder
  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Less stamina than others
  • Long recovery period after any activity
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Need naps in the afternoon
  • Weakness
  • Wake feeling tired
  • Frequently oversleep
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    Covid-19

    Coronavirus – Protect yourself

    This is an unprecedented time, a once in 100-year pandemic. A time for us to be level-headed, open-hearted, and focused on what we can do to protect ourselves, our families, our communities, and our country, and be kind to each other.
    Control the host

    Source: Webinar "Health and Immunity: A Natural Perspective for a New Paradigm" by
    Robert G. Silverman, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, MS, CCN, CNS, CSCS, CIISN, CKTP, CES, HKC, SASTM

    It is best to act as if you have the infection and act to protect others!

    This is also an opportunity to spend time with family, to take care of ourselves, to cook and cherish the people and things we love. The more we can face the threat to our health and to our economy with calm and kindness, the better able we will be to survive and thrive.

    “Currently a lot of the care is focused on acute care, not on educating patients, protecting them, supporting them so that they never come to the hospital.” 

    Prof. Juliana Chan, director of the Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity

    We hope that the following information will help to bridge this gap.

    There was eight times reduction in the hospitalization in people who are getting this kind of functional medicine approach. Now, that’s all reported data. It’s not a randomized trial. 

    Dr. Patrick Hanaway

    • What is Covid-19?
    • How High is the risk?
    • Treatments
    • Lifestyle & Nutrition
    • Face Masks
    • Supplements
    • Take action
    • Vaccines
    • Post-Covid

    COVID-19: The Quintessential Example of a Planetary Lifestyle Disease

    Read this fascinating article written by 
    Jeffrey Bland, PhD,  known to many as the “father of Functional Medicine”. 

    Extensive Physical Distancing


    In order to get ill, you need to have the infectious organism AND you have to be receptive. So, the first step is to AVOID CONTACT WITH THE ORGANISM, IN THIS CASE COVID-19. This is best done - and now practised in more and more countries - via Extensive Physical Distancing. 


    Engage in real-time communication with loved ones. Those that are both with you in isolation and in your immediate network. Pick up the phone, call your mom, your sister, your cousin, anyone. 

    Don’t shake hands. Keep a 6-foot radius from others (unless they are healthy, uninfected people who live in your home). Cancel vacations, business trips. Restaurants, bars, schools, yoga classes, fitness clubs and more are shutting down. Work from home if you can.

    Extensive Physical Distancing is the most effective way to reduce the spreading of the virus. 


    Self-quarantine means avoiding contact with other people as much as possible by staying at home or in your hotel.


    You can still go outside for walks, runs or cycles on your own. But you should not spend time in close contact with other people.

    Strengthen your Immune System

    Food to support immune system

    * SMASH fish: Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines, Hering

    * EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil







    Let Food Be Your Medicine! Proper food = proper immunity

    Avoid Gluten, Processed Foods, and Sugar. 

    • It has never been a better time to be[come] gluten free: No one food trigger!
    • 300 kcal sugar decreases immune system by 50% for 2 hours!
    • No dairy - makes mucous, one of the 3 top food triggers
    It is a great time to check for food sensitivities!

    Eat a whole foods, nutrient-dense diet. Our immune system relies on nutrient-dense whole foods to function well. Death from infections in the developing world is often not due to the infection itself but the body’s inability to fight it because of nutrient deficiencies.

    “Nutrients play a vital role in the defense against infectious diseases and the regulation of inflammation.

    Vitamin D deficiency was shown in 76% of patients and selenium deficiency in 42% of patients with COVID-19.

    Among 12 patients with respiratory distress, 11 (91.7%) had one or more nutrient deficiency.”

    We can all improve the quality of our diet. This is a great opportunity to cut sugar and starch which suppress the immune system.


    Cut out sugar and refined starches. Now has never been a better time for a sugar and junk food detox.  Studies have shown that refined sugars can suppress your immune system for hours after ingesting. Limiting starch and sugar will help your immune system function better and your overall health improves. 


    Ensure adequate protein intake. Protein is critical for immune function and protein malnutrition is a big risk factor for death from infections. Eat approximately 1 gram/kg or about half your body weight in grams of protein a day, Plant-based proteins (legumes, nuts/seeds) are adequate if consumed in enough quantity. Try tofu and tempeh from non-GMO soy for the highest protein concentrations.  


    Add garlic, onions, ginger, and lots of spices (oregano, turmeric, rosemary) to your meals! Add these to your soups and vegetable dishes, as well as bean dips and sauces. Garlic and onions offer wide spectrum antimicrobial properties. 


    Garlic

    Source: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga) / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)


    Garlic is a plant has been used as a flavor, and anti-microbial and anti-diarrheal agent. Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is a coronavirus. A study from 2016 found that garlic extract had inhibitory effects on IBV. 


    Need some inspiration how to use garlic? Check out THIS WEBSITE


    Eat multiple servings of colorful fruits and vegetables high in vitamins C, A, and phytonutrients that support the immune system. Choose more leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower), peppers, sweet potatoes, and squashes. Aim for 2 servings of fruits and 8 or more servings of vegetables! A serving is half a cup. 


    Eat fermented foods to support your microbiome and immunity. Eat sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, miso, tempeh, unsweetened yogurt, kefir. They also keep well. 


    Drink plenty of fluids, especially warmer fluids. Consuming adequate fluids supports all your bodies’ functions including the immune system. Make soups and broths (from scratch with fresh vegetables is always best) and have them throughout the week. Drink herbal teas like ginger and turmeric tea. Keep a bottle of filtered water with you at all times. Avoid concentrated fruit juices and sweetened beverages, as the sugar content is harmful for the immune system. 

    Get sufficient sleep!


     We all know sleep restores and heals the body. Without adequate sleep, optimal immune function is next to impossible! Get in a better rhythm and head to bed earlier. Aim for seven to eight hours a night. Incorporating various relaxation and breathing techniques throughout the day to help with stress and allowing the mind to rest is also very helpful! 

    Get regular exercise. Mild to moderate exercise (for approximately 30-45 minutes) helps boost the immune system. Avoid overexertion such as training for endurance events when you are feeling run down. This will lower your immune defenses. If you are able to exercise outside in less populated areas, great. If not find workouts and yoga classes online. Try the 7-minute workout (see link above).

    Practice meditation and yoga.

    The data are clear. Increased levels of stress increase susceptibility to viral infections. In one study volunteers had cold viruses injected into their nasal passages. Only the ones who scored high on the stress questionnaire succumbed. Now is the time to learn meditation, double down on your practice, do yoga, take hot baths, do deep breathing, practice home massage with your loved ones. 

    Start a garden

    If you live in an area with a lawn or some access to land, grow some of your own food. 

    If you haven't got a garden,here is a simple way to make your own one. 

    Sauna therapy

    Picture: harvia.fi


    It has been studied that high temperatures and especially moist heat with water vapor can deactivate viruses effectively. Even at a temperature of 55-70 ° C (moist heat), the virus can be countered within a few minutes and thus there is a loss of infectivity via the destruction of the virus outer layer.


    A study from 2016 found that the effect of short-term heat shock, e.g. sauna therapy as a stressful condition,could induce the expression of heat shock proteins that function as molecular chaperones to protect cells against multiple stresses, increasing the survival rate of influenza-infected mice. 


    Please note: the strategies above are meant to be combined with any of the other common sense and personalized recommendations you may get from your healthcare providers or local public health authorities,

    This article is not intended to provide medical advice and any changes should be done in consultation with your healthcare provider.

    We hope that this information helps you to 

    Stay Safe and Healthy!

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    Leptin and Leptin Resistance: Everything You Need to Know

    Obesity is usually not caused by greed, laziness or a lack of willpower.

    Leptin resistance may be one of the main reasons people gain weight and have such a hard time losing it.

    If you’re concerned you may be resistant to leptin, there are several steps you can take to live a healthier lifestyle — and possibly improve or reverse your resistance.

    Many people are told that "eat less - exercise more" is the answer to losing weight. 

    Scientists discovered already over 25 years ago that a hormone called leptin is involved in obesity - and even breast cancer.  

    When our body does not respond to Leptin - called leptin resistance - we have a leading driver of fat gain in humans

    What is Leptin?

    Leptin is a hormone that is produced by your body's fat cells. It is often referred to as the "satiety hormone" or the "starvation hormone." It works directly on the brain — particularly an area called the hypothalamus. The more body fat we carry, the more leptin we produce

    Its main role is regulation of energy, like the number of calories we eat and expend, as well as how much fat we store in your body. Leptins job is to tell your brain that — when you have enough fat stored — we don't need to eat and can burn calories at a normal rate when our fat storage is full.

    Apart from this Leptin also has many other functions related to fertility, immunity and brain function.

    Leptin is a hormone produced by the fat cells in our body. Its main role is to regulate fat storage and how many calories we eat and burn.

    Impact on Our Brain

    High levels of leptin tell our brain that we have plenty of fat stored, while low levels tell our brain that fat stores are low and that we need to eat  When we eat, our body fat goes up and leptin levels go up, so we eat less and burn more.

    Conversely, when we don’t eat, our body fat goes down, our leptin levels drop, telling us toeat more and burn less.

    What Is Leptin Resistance?

    People who are obese have a lot of body fat in their fat cells - and very high levels of leptin. Logically, obese people should now naturally limit their food intake as leptin tells them via their brain to do so. 

    However, their leptin signaling may not work - the brain doesn't seem to see it and erroneously thinks that our body is starving — even though it has more than enough energy stored. This is known as leptin resistance and now believed to be one of the main biological contributors to obesity. 

    If you have leptin resistance your Resting Metabolic Rate [RMR] is likely to be below normal, making you burn 500 to 600 calories less each day than someone of equal body mass.

    Our brain then encourages us to:

    • Eating more: We must eat in order to prevent starvation.
    • Reduced energy expenditure: In an effort to conserve energy, our brain decreases our energy levels and makes us burn fewer calories at rest.
    Thus, eating more and exercising less is not the underlying cause of weight gain but rather a possible consequence of leptin resistance, a hormonal defect. Willing ourselves to overcome the leptin-driven starvation signal is next to impossible. 

    Impact on Dieting

    Leptin resistance may be one reason that many diets fail to promote long-term weight loss. 

    If you’re leptin-resistant, losing weight still reduces fat mass, which leads to a significant reduction in leptin levels — but your brain doesn't necessarily reverse its leptin resistance.

    When leptin goes down, this leads to hunger, increased appetite, reduced motivation to exercise and a decreased number of calories burned at rest Our brain then thinks that we are starving and initiates various powerful mechanisms to regain that lost body fat.

    This could be a main reason why so many people yo-yo diet — losing a significant amount of weight only to gain it back shortly thereafter.

    What Causes Leptin Resistance?

    Several potential mechanisms behind leptin resistance have been identified. These include 

    • Inflammation: Inflammatory signaling in our hypothalamus 
    • Free fatty acids: Having elevated free fatty acids in our bloodstream 
    • Having high leptin: Having elevated levels of leptin in the first place seems to cause leptin resistance.

    Most of these factors are amplified by obesity, meaning that we might be "trapped" in a vicious cycle of gaining weight and becoming increasingly leptin resistant over time.

    Can Leptin Resistance Be Reversed?

    The best way to know if you are leptin resistant is to look in the mirror.

    If you have a lot of body fat, especially in the belly area, then you are almost certainly leptin resistant.

    There are several things you can do:

    • Avoid processed food: Highly processed foods may compromise the integrity of your gut and drive inflammation
    • Eat soluble fiber: They can help improve your gut health as food for the microbiome. 
    • Exercise: Physical activity may help reverse leptin resistance
    • Sleep: Poor sleep is implicated in problems with leptin 
    • Lower your triglycerides: The best way to lower triglycerides is to reduce your carb intake 
    • Eat protein: Eating plenty of protein can cause automatic weight loss, which may result from an improvement in leptin sensitivity

    Though there is no simple way to eliminate leptin resistance, you can make long-term lifestyle changes that may improve your quality of life.

    Test your Leptin Levels

    If you want to know how high your leptin levels are - and to monitor the effect of changes you are making to your lifestyle, you can test them.

    Blood - venous - NOT a finger prick test!

    7 days turnaround time

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    Roundup and its potential links to coeliac disease, obesity, autism and many more

    Almost every week we identify patients in our practice with gluten intolerance, coeliac disease and autoimmune conditions. Our aim is always not only to identify and treat health conditions, but to search for root causes. By doing so we found research linking these and many other health conditions to Roundup®

    Roundup is the brand name of a systemic, broad-spectrum glyphosate-based herbicide originally produced by the U.S. company Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer in 2018, and contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the USA. Monsanto also produced seeds which grow into plants genetically engineered to be tolerant to glyphosate, which are known as Roundup Ready crops. 

    According to a paper published in 2013 Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup®, is the most important causal factor for Coeliac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance. Coeliac disease is associated with an increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

    Another paper from the same year described glyphosate as potentially a key contributor to the obesity and autism epidemic in the United States, as well as to several other diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, infertility, depression, and cancer.

    Glyphosate has been shown to disrupt gut bacteria in animals, preferentially killing beneficial forms and causing an overgrowth of pathogens. Coeliac disease is associated with a reduced presence in the gut of commensal [healthy] bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, which are known to be preferentially killed by glyphosate, and with an overabundance of C. difficile, which is known to be promoted by glyphosate exposure.

    Glyphosate leads to chelation [binding] of minerals such as iron - which might be causative to widespread iron deficiency. It has further been found to decrease the activity of the digestive enzymes protease [for protein digestion], lipase [for fat digestion], and amylase [for starch digestion] in the gastrointestinal tract. Evidence from this effect suggests that glyphosate may interfere with the breakdown of complex proteins in the human stomach, leaving larger fragments of wheat in the human gut that will then trigger an autoimmune response.

    Glyphosate is associated with an overgrowth of pathogens along with an inflammatory bowel disease in animal models.

    Several countries have responded to these concerns and either restricted or banned the use of glyphosate:

    • Belgium: In 2017, the Flemish government banned individual use of glyphosate and voted against re-licensing glyphosate in the EU. The country was one of six EU member states to sign a letter to the EU Commission calling for "an exit plan for glyphosate." 
    • Bermuda: The island outlawed the private and commercial sale of all glyphosate-based herbicides.
    • Colombia: In 2015, the country forbid the use of glyphosate to eliminate illegal plantations of coca, often used to make cocaine, due to concern that the herbicide causes cancer. However in 2017, the country re-instituted its controversial fumigation program. But instead of using aerial fumigation, glyphosate is now sprayed manually, from the ground.
    • Netherlands: Dutch officials have banned all non-commercial use of glyphosate.
    • Sri Lanka: In 2014, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa mandated an all-out ban on glyphosate, following a study linking Roundup to Fatal Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the second-leading cause of death among males in the country. Sri Lanka was the first country to issue a nationwide ban on glyphosate.
    • El Salvador: Passed a law banning glyphosate, citing the same study linking fatal chronic kidney disease to Roundup.
    • Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrainOman and the United Arab Emirates, have stopped glyphosate use.
    • France: President Emmanuel Macron announced in November 2017, an outright ban on glyphosate, to take effect "within three years."

    References:

    • Samsel A, Seneff S. Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance. Interdiscip Toxicol. 2013;6(4):159-84.
    • Samsel A, Seneff S. Glyphosate's suppression of cytochrome P450 enzymes and amino acid biosynthesis by the gut microbiome: Pathways to modern diseases. Entropy. 2013;15:1416–1463.
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundup_(herbicide)
    • https://www.politico.eu/article/monsanto-glyphosate-pesticide-is-here-to-stay-in-eu-at-least-for-now/
    • Risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in celiac disease. Catassi C, Fabiani E, Corrao G, Barbato M, De Renzo A, Carella AM, Gabrielli A, Leoni P, Carroccio A, Baldassarre M, Bertolani P, Caramaschi P, Sozzi M, Guariso G, Volta U, Corazza GR; Italian Working Group on Coeliac Disease and Non-Hodgkin's-Lymphoma. JAMA. 2002 Mar 20;287(11):1413-9.
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    Food Matters 2018

    CountryHealth spent two busy days at this years food matters LIVE in the London ExCel We made several excellent contacts.

    Many of our clients have food intolerances, especially to gluten. We were on the look-out for clever solutions and found two companies who can offer our clients an excellent alternative to bread, pasta and even waffles.


    BEST gluten free bread in the world ...

    We met the team from Davina Steel who has been winning prices for the BEST gluten free bread in the world for several years running - even in the gluten bread category. 

    Not only are the breads the best we tasted, we can even offer a 10% discount to our clients. 

    You can also make yummy and easy pizza ...


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    Thyroid Awareness week 20.-26.10.2018

    Thyroid Awareness Week is held to raise awareness of thyroid disease.

    Thyroid disorders are relatively rare in infants and children. Nevertheless, being aware of their symptoms is vital to allow early diagnosis and treatment.

    We found this very engaging child-friendly video from Thyroid Aware to look into thyroid problems in children:

     

    It is also available as a little e-book: Storybook for Children

    Resources: https://www.thyroidaware.com/en/resources/child_disorder.html

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    Is your Thyroid working with or against you?

    Hypothyroidism is one of the most common thyroid disorders. One recent analysis suggested that up to one in 10 women over age 60 has clinical or subclinical hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is characterised by mental slowing, depression, dementia, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, cold intolerance, hoarse voice, irregular menstruation, infertility, muscle stiffness and pain, and a wide range of other unpleasant symptoms. In fact, every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormone.

    Though not as common as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is often a more serious condition, because it is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include palpitations, rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, weight loss, diarrhoea, anxiety, feeling warm even when others are not, increased appetite, and insomnia.

    Should you identify a problem, we are happy to help!

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