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I have already discussed my disdain for gluten in previous articles, citing numerous research studies reporting its negative effects on the brain and digestive health. Gluten is a very hard protein found in wheat, barley, and rye products, and most individuals today are sensitive – if not downright intolerant – to its structure. One topic frequently overlooked is the relationship between gluten consumption and thyroid disease. Although the connection between nutrition and thyroid health has been circulating in the medical and nutrition literature for years, it's only recently that we're […]

More than likely, you are probably familiar with oats and may also be slightly aware of their many health benefits. Something you may not have heard of, however, is oat straw, or the green stem of the oat plant. Deriving itself from the Avena sativa plant, oat straw has been passed down from generation to generation as a natural herbal supporter for women’s health. The available literature hints to its health benefits, including female reproductive health, lifting mood, and supporting skeletal health. (more…)

Stereotypically, men are notoriously bad at addressing their health concerns. If something hurts, they opt to tough it out. If a preventative procedure is uncomfortable, they put it off. It seems that the more "embarrassing" a concern is, the more likely it is to be ignored. As a guy, I understand the phenomena but I don't recommend anyone follow it. Everyone needs to be in charge of his (or her) own health. Part of the reason for the shyness is the lack of dialogue about these things. Now, I've been […]

Doing the laundry is a simple, straightforward task for most people. However, have you actually thought about the chemicals contained in most laundry detergents? Most of this stuff doesn't wash out in the rinse and can be absorbed into your body through your skin. Knowing what we are putting on our clothes, and in our body, can be incredibly important for protecting our health. Detergents, for example, contain chemicals that can contribute to skin irritation. Not only that, many commercial detergents may mimic hormones and disrupt endocrine function, a concern […]

The prevalence of thyroid disorders in America has reached epidemic proportions and it's only getting worse. Hashimoto's disease, also known as lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis, is the most common thyroid disease. It's characterized by chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland, reducing the gland’s normal function. Reduced thyroid function is called hypothyroidism and is often associated with weight gain, lethargy, and inadequate growth in children. (more…)