Category Archives: Thyroid health

What tests are MORE important than cholesterol?

In the conventional practice of early heart disease prevention, cholesterol testing takes center stage. Rarely does it go any further, aside from questions about family history and obvious sources of modifiable risk such as smoking and sedentary lifestyle. So standard … Continue reading

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An iodine primer

What if your diet is perfect–no wheat, no junk carbohydrates like that from corn or sugars, you are physically active–yet you fail to lose weight? Or you hit a plateau after an initial loss? First think iodine. Iodine is an … Continue reading

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Paging Dr. Basedow

A 23-year old man came to my office having experienced weeks of extreme anxiety, palpitations, and 19 pounds of weight loss triggered by an overactive thyroid. It all happened because of a large dose of iodine received during a CT … Continue reading

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The happy homeotherm

If you were a “cold blooded” poikilotherm unable to regulate internal body temperature, you would have to sun yourself on rocks to raise your body temperature, just like turtles and snakes. When it got cold, your metabolic rate would slow … Continue reading

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Salvation from halogenation

Iodine is a halogen. On the periodic table of elements (remember the big chart of the elements in science class?), the ingenious table that lays out all known atomic elements, elements with similar characteristics are listed in the same column. … Continue reading

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Iodine update

As the iodine experience grows, I’ve made several unique observations. Up to several times per day, I see people who are responding in some positive way to iodine supplementation. (See previous Heart Scan Blog posts about iodine: Iodine deficiency is … Continue reading

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T3 for accelerating weight loss

Supplementation of the thyroid hormone, T3, is an underappreciated means to lose weight. Thyroid health, in general, is extremely important for weight control, since even subtle low thyroid hormone levels can result in weight gain. The first step in achieving … Continue reading

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Jimmy Moore’s thyroid adventure

My friend, Jimmy Moore of Living La Vida Low Carb, describes his thyroid experience here. As Jimmy points out, he was looking for a way to jump-start a 50-lb weight loss. In my experience, low thyroid hormone levels (“hypothyroidism”) are … Continue reading

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Life Extension article on iodine

Here’s a link to my recent article in Life Extension Magazine on iodine: Halt on Salt Sparks Iodine Deficiency Iodized salt, a concept introduced into the U.S. by the FDA in 1924, slowly eliminated goiter (enlarged thyroid glands), along with … Continue reading

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Test your own thyroid

134 people responded to the latest Heart Scan Blog poll: When I ask my doctor to test my thyroid, he/she: Accommodates me without question 45 (33%) Questions why, but orders the tests 49 (36%) Refuses because you seem “healthy” 20 … Continue reading

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