Hyperthyroidism: What You Need to Know

Overview of Hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism occurs in about 1.2% of Americans. Your thyroid gland produces two iodine-containing hormones – thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones control how your body uses the fats and carbs you eat, regulate your body temperature, affect your heart rate, and assist in protein production. T3 is much more biologically active…

Blame It On The Times – Stress and the Body (Free Handout)

You likely already know that stress is bad news for your body. But did you know that it might explain your chronic cough, itchy skin, and neck pain? Stress that is allowed to fester can cause damage to the body that is very difficult to repair. This is unfortunate because according to the Stress in…

The Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Insider

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis. Although there is no cure, many medications and non-pharmaceutical treatments can significantly improve the quality of life. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can push RA symptoms into remission. Biological therapies work even more quickly than DMARDs by suppressing the immune system. Scientists have also studied treating…

Rheumatoid Arthritis: There is Good News!

What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause pain, swelling, inflammation, and destruction of the joints. Initially, the smaller joints such as the fingers and feet are most likely to be affected. Over time, however, the disease may progress and affect larger joints, including the knees and shoulders. Usually, unlike…

Why the Term “Anti-Nutrients” is More Than A Little Misleading

Many people eat foods like white bread and white rice, which are refined low-nutrient foods, while avoiding healthful foods because they are afraid of the “anti-nutrients” in whole grains, beans, certain types of nuts, etc. This is upsetting to me because it’s absolutely unnecessary to avoid these foods. The notion that these foods are unhealthy…