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Top 5 Causes of Your Fatigue

1. Low or high thyroid function (thyroid dysfunction)The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland located in your neck. Thyroid hormone regulates your metabolism. Fatigue is a major symptom your thyroid is out of balance, it can happen in both hypo and hyperthyroidism. Getting a thorough thyroid panel will help you to determine if this is cause of your fatigue. Ask for the following labs: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, TPO, Thyroid autoantibody, Reverse T3. Also ask for a test of the nutrients that help your thyroid to function better such as: ferritin, vitamin D, B12. If these nutrients are low they are another reason for fatigue. 2. Low or high iron levels (iron dysfunction)Having too much or too little iron can cause fatigue. Low iron is often referred to as anemia. Often a CBC (complete blood count) is ran to screen for this but by the time this shows up in lab work the person is usually severely anemic. Thus ferritin is a better indicator for the need for iron supplementation because it measures the storage fo ...

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Is a Leaky Gut Contributing to Your Health Problems?

The gut is the gateway to health. If your gut is healthy, chances are that you're in good health. However, there's a condition called leaky gut that can lead to a host of health problems. What is a leaky gut? The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. Regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, things such as infections, toxins, stress, sugar, medications and gluten can also cause these tight junctions to break apart. Common medications that contribute to leaky gut are motrin, advil, steroids, antibiotics, and antacids. Common infections that contribute to leaky gut are candida overgrowth, parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via ...

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Have you hit a wall in your Type 2 Diabetes Management?

Over the years, my patients and I have found that a few simple steps really make a huge difference in improving blood sugar control, overall health, and how you feel throughout the day. Here are three you can take now:

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How Cupping Therapy Can Improve Your Health by: Dr. Pamela Langenderfer

Cupping therapy is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine.

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Metabolic Syndrome: Chronic Disease of todays lifestyle.

Metabolic syndrome is combination of issues that occur together and increase your risk of heart disease, cancer and early death.

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Crossfit Paleo/Zone Meal Plans

Our recommendation to "eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar" is adequate to the task of preventing the scourges of diet-induced disease, but more accurate and precise prescription is necessary to optimize physical performance.

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Do You Know Your Risk for Breast Cancer?

Did you know breast cancer is the second most common cause of death in women? Did you know that there is an easy way to assess your risk for breast cancer and other estrogen sensitive cancers such as uterine, ovarian, cervical, and prostate? Did you know that you can decrease your risk with diet, herbs, and vitamins? Estrogens are anabolic hormones that produce tissue growth. Since these hormones exert great biological activity in small doses, it is very important that the body effectively eliminates them.

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The Vaccine Balancing Act

I often have patients come in with questions about vaccinations: should they vaccinate their child and if so when, what are the alternatives to vaccination, what happens if their child gets one of the diseases? I must admit I have been unsure myself about what the best answer is. I usually advise patients that if they don't vaccinate they must breastfeed for a minimum of 2 yrs along with doing immune support. I also tell parents that if their child gets one of the childhood diseases they need to be comfortable with that and have a game plan.

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PLAC Testing: Better Indicator of Stroke or Heart Attack

The PLAC test is the only blood test cleared by the FDA to aid in assessing risk for coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke. The PLAC test is a blood test that measures the level of Lp- PLA2, an enzyme associated with inflammation of the arteries. Increased levels of Lp-PLA2 increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

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