Defining MTHFR and how it impacts Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and brain issues

Those who have searched online for ways to improve their hypothyroid or brain condition have most likely come across suggestions to test MTHFR. 60 percent of people have a genetic defect in the MTHFR gene which can affect their ability to successfully manage Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism or brain-based symptoms. MTHFR is the acronym for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase,…

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Avoid “toxic positivity” by practicing mindfulness

For those managing a chronic autoimmune disorder such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, it is important to nurture a positive attitude. Thinking positively, practicing gratitude, and socializing regularly have all been linked to better health outcomes. However, focusing exclusively on the positive can have its own negative impact. While common advice like “just think positive,” “focus on the…

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How to get enough of this dementia-preventing nutrient on a vegan or vegetarian diet

Eating a vegetable-based diet has been shown to benefit health in many ways including enriching gut bacteria diversity, increasing plant vitamins and minerals, and loading up on fiber. However, a strictly vegan or vegetarian plant-based diet could still be missing this essential dementia-fighting nutrient: choline. Choline is an essential building block of cell membranes both…

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Research reveals new clues about PANDAS

Some children develop PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) after a recent strep infection which suddenly develops into symptoms that can include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette’s, tics, odd behaviors, emotional instability, and other psychiatric and neurological disorders. It seems that a strep infection can trigger an autoimmune attack against the brain in…

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Avoid Google censorship; use alternative search engines for valid health information

Those who have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, or another autoimmune condition, have most likely learned to manage their condition on their own. Most conventional medical doctors either do not test for or do not know how to adequately treat Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that attacks and damages the thyroid gland, causing weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression,…

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Mixed food recommendations from American Diabetes Association promote low carb while still promoting diabetes

While it will take the American Diabetes Association (ADA) a couple of decades to catch up to functional medicine, their new recommendations are finally advising people with diabetes to eat a lower carbohydrate diet. Functional medicine practitioners have long known the damaging effects of high carb consumption not only on blood sugar, but also on chronic…

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Daily flossing reduces risk of stroke

Well known strategies for preventing stroke include exercising regularly, eating plenty of vegetables, minimizing stress, and keeping inflammation down. Another critical habit that lowers stroke risk is taking good care of teeth and gums. Oral bacteria has been strongly linked with a stroke in a new study of 75 ischemic stroke patients. Analyzing blood clots…

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Volunteering reduces depression and anxiety

Millions of Americans today are searching for relief from depression and anxiety. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate symptoms, especially by functional medicine protocols that reduce chronic inflammation. In addition to addressing the underlying physical causes, it is equally important to tend to the health of the psyche. One powerful but often overlooked way…

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Hidden gut and health problems caused by gallbladder

Most people don’t think about their gallbladder unless painful gallstones require them to have surgery. However, even if there are no obvious symptoms, the gallbladder can still cause gut problems or chronic inflammatory issues. In fact, when people have chronic gastrointestinal symptoms that are difficult to resolve, gallbladder issues are one of the most common…

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