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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid eventually leading to low thyroid function.  It is also the most overlooked thyroid condition because it is rarely tested for due to the perception that there is no treatment. Your thyroid is a small, but incredibly important gland located at the base of your neck.…

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Menopause without Estrogen

Transitioning into menopause can be challenging for many women.  The most common complaints arise from the drop in estrogen such as hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, foggy thinking, incontinence and bone loss. While bioidentical hormones may help many women deal with the symptoms associated with menopause they are not for everyone. …

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Triglycerides

What are triglycerides? A triglyceride is an energy storage molecule and biochemical name for fat.  When food is digested it is broken down and converted to energy, which is either used by the body or stored.  If there is more energy than the body needs, some of the remaining energy is converted into triglycerides for storage.…

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Acne

What is Acne? Acne is the most common skin condition, it can occur even after puberty for many men and women.  Our skin is a good reflection of what is going on within our bodies.  Adult acne can be caused by multiple factors including hormonal imbalances, elevated insulin, food sensitivities, certain medications, and poor hydration…

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Hair Loss in Women & Treating the Underlying Cause

Have you been experiencing hair loss or thinning of your locks? You’re not alone, in fact, 40% of hair loss sufferers are women.  Hair loss can be devastating, may affect self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.  Some of the most common causes for temporary hair loss are pregnancy, breastfeeding, medications, over-styling, or change in styling products. Common…

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Metabolic Disorders and Weight Gain

Weight gain is a common health problem among both adults and children in the United States with approximately 70% of adults being overweight, and 1 in 3 being classified as obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Although high-fat diets seem to be a part of the problem, excess carbohydrate intake…

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Wellness Exam After Hysterectomy?

So you’ve had a hysterectomy, now what? Many women think that they are done with pelvic exams and women’s health doctors once they have had a hysterectomy, especially a complete hysterectomy with removal of the ovaries as well as the uterus and cervix. Well.. not so.  There are many other variables to take into consideration,…

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Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. Endocrine disruptors can wreak havoc on our hormonal systems by increasing production of certain hormones and decreasing production of others.  They can imitate hormones, interfere with hormone signaling, compete…

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Top 10 Foods to Avoid If You Are Trying To Lose Weight

The foods listed below are foods that you should remove from your diet bring hormones into balance and control cravings. 1. Sugar Refined carbs (white starches) raise cortisol, the main stress hormone.  What does high cortisol mean? A slower metabolism, a messed-up sleep cycle, and a lagging sex drive.  Try following a no-white-stuff-diet for a…

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, (PCOS) is a complex metabolic disease affecting the pancreas, hypothalamic-pituitary-ovary axis, thyroid, and adrenals.  PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age and can cause fertility issues. PCOS is associated with the formation of benign cysts forming on the ovaries.  The ovaries are vital in the production…

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