Posts tagged stress
Immune Balance in Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is when your immune system attacks your own tissues. In Hashimoto's, the immune system attacks the thyroid. In multiple sclerosis, the nerves. In rheumatoid arthritis, the joints. But why does your immune system behave this way? What is the underlying immune imbalance that results in your immune system attacking your body?

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The Thyroid-Adrenal Connection

The hormones from your thyroid interact with the hormones from your adrenal gland. The hormones from your adrenal gland impact the way your thyroid functions. They exist in a balance. When one is out of balance, the other usually follows. So often to restore balance to the thyroid, we have to restore balance to the adrenal glands first. Or vice versa.

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Understanding Your Thyroid Labs through Integrative Medicine

You see, conventional medicine doesn't teach doctors how to properly assess thyroid function. They only teach doctors how to detect severe thyroid dysfunction. Because it is only when thyroid dysfunction is severe that conventional medicine can treat it (with drugs and surgery). Conventional medicine is not interested in knowing when your thyroid dysfunction is mild or moderate because they can do nothing to help you. So most doctors are not interested in looking for a problem if they can't fix it. So they don't run the right tests.

But lucky for you, there are doctors, such as myself, that know how to detect and treat all stages of thyroid dysfunction.

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Adrenal Fatigue is a Myth

Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that results from low functioning adrenal glands. Symptoms may include difficulty getting out of bed, low energy, sweet cravings, and difficulty falling asleep. Adrenal fatigue is a result of elevated and prolonged stress. The idea is that your adrenal glands get overtaxed and are unable to make adrenal hormones. This is a myth. Instead, we need to explore the HPA axis to explain these symptoms. 

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Restore Your Health with Schisandra

Schisandra chinensis is a herb that has been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. And for good reason. This herb might just do it all.

Schisandra is antibacterial, adaptogenic, liver protective, immune modulating, and antioxidant. IT can restore liver function, support the immune system, increase brain function, improve mental alertness, and build strength.

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A Little Known Tip to Reduce Stress

When we think about stress, most of us think about our job, our foot long to-do list, and money. These are the monuments to stress that cast a shadow across our lives. They are ever present and we are acutely, even painfully, aware of them. But what about the small things that slip under our stress radar? The criticism we received at work, the person who cut us off in traffic, or the glib, yet hurtful comment from our partner. While these are seemingly insignificant, they build up and add to our stress load. And most of us have no idea about how to handle this stress. Well, here is the answer. We need to practice forgiveness.

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