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Tired? Can't Lose weight? Make sure your Thyroid is Healthy

Dr. Sasha Fluss, ND at NatureMed Clinic Boulder/Denver

Thousands of people search “thyroid” each day on Google. What comes up is a confusing assortment of chat groups, conventional treatments, alternative treatments, a mix of symptoms and in general a lot of information but no real answers. The question is: Why are so many people searching for info on their thyroid health? Aren't they being treated? Cured? Shouldn't they feel better?

What is the Thyroid?

Role of Blood Viscosity (Do You Have Summer or Winter Oil in Your Engine?)

Evidence suggests that increased blood viscosity is an independent risk factor for atherosclerotic heart disease and its complications (Becker 1993). Blood behaves more like a solid at low speeds but behaves more like a liquid at fast speeds. Blood behaves much like ketchup coming out of a bottle. Once you get it moving, it really moves fast. When the heart is resting between beats it becomes more viscous (thick or solid), and then when the heart pumps blood through the body it becomes less viscous. Another analogy is the viscosity of summer- versus winter-grade oil.

What is Arterial Plaque?

Plaque is composed of lipids (fats and cholesterol), calcium, white blood cells, muscle cells, and connective tissue. It is metabolically active and can be hotter than surrounding tissues. White blood cells enter and modify the plaque by becoming part of its structure and by secreting enzymes that degrade the fibrous cap that covers the plaque. Plaque formation starts in early adulthood and progresses at varying rates depending on many factors. Generally, as plaque grows, more calcium accumulates within the plaque structure.

Dr. Steve Parcell's Personal Cardiovascular Story

Like most of us, I have a personal story that got me into this. I grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut, in the 1960s and 1970s. My father died tragically on May 11, 1974, at the age of forty-seven while on a family canoe trip. While we were attempting to navigate through a series of bridge pylons, our canoe capsized and the whole family was immersed in the frigid spring waters of the Farmington River. Although the stated cause of my father’s death was drowning, the coroner believed that a heart attack is what prevented him from swimming to shore.

Human Studies on Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer Show Promise

Intravenous (IV) vitamin C was studied in patients with breast cancer who were treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The study found that patients who received IV vitamin C had better quality of life and fewer side effects than those who did not. A study of IV vitamin C was done in patients with cancer that were not responding to conventional treatment. Vitamin C was shown to be a safe and effective therapy to improve physical, mental, and emotional functions.

hCG Diet Does Work

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Injections work with a low calorie diet to provide sustainable weight loss. We at NatureMed have been providing hCG injections along with comprehensive medical supervision, lab work and follow up for 6 years. We have helped hundreds of patients.

Fat loss occurs while sparing lean muscle because of the hCG. Injections are the only way to go and the only FDA approved method for administering hCG as well. Homeopathic hCG drops have been banned by the FDA.

What Role Does Cortisol Play in Heart Disease?

Cortisol is a stress hormone made by the adrenal glands. Cortisol levels are highest in the morning and normally go down during the day. Keeping balanced cortisol levels is important for optimal health. Low levels are associated with fatigue, low blood pressure, salt cravings, immune system dysfunction, and adrenal exhaustion. High levels are associated with hypertension, immune suppression, increased thirst, elevated blood sugar, abdominal weight gain, loss of verbal memory, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.

Understanding HDL: Superhero of Your Arteries

Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) is a major contributor to CAD, but not the only cause. Risk of getting CAD can be reduced by approximately 20 to 40 percent if you can get your LDL down to optimal range. This sounds good until your realize that we still have 60 to 80 percent available for further risk reduction. This is where the benefits of raising HDL come in. Cardiac risk is thought to drop by 2 to 3 percent for each 1 mg/dL increase in HDL.

Exercise and Why It’s Important for Heart Attack Prevention

Exercise is a prevention strategy as well as a treatment. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) statistics, more than 64 percent of the U.S. adult population is overweight, and roughly 31 percent of American adults are obese. That translates to approximately 59 million American adults that are obese. Incidence of adult obesity has increased sharply since the 1970s.

Chronic Fatigue is Common in Boulder, here are some ideas from the desk of Dr. Steve Parcell

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME 
 
 
Although newly defined and currently popular, CFS is not a new disease at all. References to a similar condition in the medical literature go back as far as
the 1860s. In the past, chronic fatigue syndrome has been known by a variety of names including, among many others:
 
•   chronic mononucleosis-like syndrome or chronic EBV syndrome
•   Yuppie flu
•   postviral fatigue syndrome
•   post-infectious neuromyasthenia
•   chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS)

The quickest, easiest way to measure blood vessel health

Endothelial Function Testing
Steve Parcell, ND

Endothelial function testing is an exciting new non­invasive approach to assessing the health of blood vessels. This test was primarily used at research centres untill now. The endothelium is the layer of cells on the artery wall that come into contact with the blood.

There are several ways to assess endothelial function; most involve testing the endothelium’s ability to relax the vessel wall or to make the vessel wall more compliant (flexible).

About coconut oil

Is coconut oil/ fat good for you or bad for you? Organic coconut oil is good for your immune system, is antiviral, is a good alternative to butter and handles high heat very well because it oxidizes at a higher temperature than most fats. In most but not all people though it will raise total cholesterol...including bad cholesterol. Regardless of your cholesterol ratio more LDL particles is bad thing for most of us. Get your particle number tested to see how coconut oil might affect you.

What you need to know about lead exposure

I have seen many patients with excessive lead levels. Often they have strange symptoms that have baffled their doctors and specialists, especially neurologists. How do we get exposed? Lead-based paint and the resulting dust and soil contamination is a main source. Other sources of exposure include the use of lead solder in canned food containers and in leaded water pipes providing domestic drinking water.

So you've had a heart scan…. now what?

You have had your heart scan by either referring yourself for a scan or you were referred by your another health care provider.  I have found that many medical providers do not know how to read these scans.

There are common medications that he repeated often such as:
1.      Calcified plaque does not rupture so do not worry about it (calcified plaque can rupture especially if it is mixed plaque and the point of the scan to track progression of disease and make sure your treatments are working)

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