Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Helicobacter Pylori

Discovered in 1982 in those with gastritis and ulcers, Helicobacter pylori or “H. pylori” is one of the most common infections connected to Hashimoto’s disease and also Graves’ disease for that matter. Like Yersinia enterocolitica and Epstein-Barr Virus infections, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be triggered by H. pylori through a process called molecular mimicry which basically means that the infection looks similar to your thyroid tissue so the immune system attacks the infection and the thyroid gland.

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Simple Supplements for Hypothyroidism

Simple Supplements for Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland, like any gland in your body, requires a number of basic nutrients to function properly. Every day your thyroid gland produces a certain amount of thyroid hormone that requires specific building blocks. If any of those building blocks are missing, your thyroid may not make enough thyroid hormone and you may suffer from common symptoms of hypothyroidism such as: Read more

How to Improve Digestion

How to Improve Digestion

“All disease begins in the gut.” –Hippocrates

Was Hippocrates right over 2,000 years ago?  I would have to agree with him a majority of the time when it comes to chronic diseases.  A healthy digestive system begins with excellent digestion so let’s go over some tips to help you improve your digestion.  Firstly, I’d like to briefly cover the reason why your digestion may be out of balance.

What causes bad digestion?

Eating very quickly while on the run and not completely focusing on your meal will result in poor digestion.  You must be in a parasympathetic dominant state which is your “rest and digest” branch of your nervous system.  Many people are sympathetic dominant when they eat which is the “fight or flight” branch of your nervous system.

When your sympathetic nervous is revved up, your body produces adrenaline which takes blood away from your stomach and lowers stomach acid so you won’t digest food very well.  Watching television, reading, texting, checking Facebook etc. while you’re eating will draw you out of your rest and digest state resulting in poor digestion. Read more

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease Podcast

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease Podcast

In this interview I discuss Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease with Linda Lizotte.

Linda: This Linda Lizotte, I’m the co-founder of Designs for Health, nutritionist and I’m happy to interview Dr. Nikolas Hedberg tonight. Let me tell you a little bit more about his background. Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, he’s a D.C., D.A.B.C.I. He’s a board certified chiropractic internist by the American Board of Chiropractic Internist. His practice is in Asheville, North Carolina where he focuses on Lyme disease. A matter of fact if that’s a topic of interest to you, go into the library at www.designsforhealth.com. And if you put in Lyme or H-E-D-B-E-R-G, it will bring up Dr. Hedberg’s other calls. So he is fantastic. So you’re going to want to go back and listen to those if you missed them. Read more