It is well known that stress can have a major impact on our health, but perhaps what is less well known is just how much our stress can impact not only our risk of autoimmune disease but our thyroid function as well. If you've been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, managing stress is ESSENTIAL to any holistic approach to improving your health. Read on to learn why and find out how!
One of the most common things I treat in clinical practice is missing periods - Perhaps more concerning though is just how tricky it can be to get an accurate diagnosis. Both PCOS and hypothalamic amenorrhoea can present with similar features, but require vastly different treatment approaches, so being able to address the issue requires an accurate diagnosis from the get go.
It is well-recognised that many drugs, foods and nutrients interfere with the absorption of thyroxine, and for this reason, most patients are instructed to take their thyroxine first thing in the morning, at least 30-60 minutes before any food or drinks. But is first thing in the morning really the best time to take your thyroid medication? The answer is, it really depends, so let’s explore a little deeper!
I’m excited to announce my next workshop, Coeliac Disease from A to Z! Coeliac disease is a topic that’s particularly close to my heart, not only as someone with an autoimmune disease myself, but as someone who has worked with many patients on gluten-free diets. Coeliac disease can be an overwhelming diagnosis, but with the right tools, information and advice, you can smooth the transition to a GF diet and put in place strategies to promote long-term health and wellbeing - Come along and learn how!
Period pain and cramping are often written off as a ‘normal’ part of being a woman - something you might come to expect after years of watching your mum or older sisters pop Panadol or Ibruprofen each time “that time” of the month rolls around. But did you know severe pain and cramping associated with your menstrual cycle is NOT normal? It’s a sign something else might be going on and needs to be investigated…
If you’ve been on the ‘thyroid path’ for a while now, you might be familiar with some of the big names in thyroid health. There’s TSH, T4, T3 and then there’s the thyroid antibodies. But have you heard about reverse T3? Put simply, reverse T3 is an inactive ‘thyroid hormone’, but one that can sometimes wreak havoc when everything else is seemingly functioning as it should be…
Winter - for many families, it’s a time of endless coughs and colds, recurrent chest infections and of course, a serious investment in tissue supplies! The reality though is it doesn’t have to be! Whilst a typical cough or cold once or twice a year is certainly normal, recurrent bouts of infection indicate the immune system is not functioning as well as it should be, leaving you susceptible to bugs and viruses…
Do you struggle with bloating? Perhaps you also suffer other digestive symptoms, like constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and nausea? If so, you’re not alone. Of the patients I see in clinical practice, I would estimate more than half struggle with bloating or digestive disturbance in one way or another, however many simply learn to put up with the discomfort! This is a sad reality, as persistent bloating is NOT NORMAL and means there is some form of underlying disturbance that needs to be addressed.
Vegan diets are more popular than ever now, and Australia is leading the way in regards to interest in vegan food and plant-based nutrition. Certainly in clinical practice, there has been a massive increase in the number of vegan and vegetarian patients we see coming through the clinic doors over the past few years, and at this stage, there’s no sign of it slowing…
When I treat patients with thyroid disorders, one of the first things we do is teach them what the various thyroid function tests mean, so they can be more involved and empowered in their health journey. In this article today, I want to do the same for my readers, as for patients with a thyroid condition, being able to understand your results enables better communication with your healthcare providers and a greater understanding of your health in general.
Are your kids about to start daycare or kindy? Are you worried about the never-ending bugs and germs they bring home from school? Whether your child is starting day-care, commencing pre-primary or just highly susceptible to coughs and colds…
If you, a family member or a friend were recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, you might be wondering what it is, what it means and where to go from here. I’ve written this blog as an attempt to answer some of these questions for you, as well as to enable you to share it with family or friends who might like to know more about your condition.
Many patients come into clinic feeling unwell, despite having been told their blood tests were “all fine”. To understand this, we need to recognise that blood test reference ranges are a measure of average, not optimal, so it is possible to be ‘within range’ and yet still not necessarily be healthy. Read on to learn more.
The thyroid is a hugely complex, yet incredibly important organ in the body, but sadly, there is a lot of misinformation and confusion about what it is and what it does. Consider this article your Thyroid 101 Guide, where I’ll be covering what the thyroid is, what is does and what it means when the thyroid is not working as it should.
If your Hashimoto’s diagnosis was anything like mine, it might have gone something like this: “We got your blood tests back. You’ve got Hashimoto’s and you’ll be on thyroxine for life”.
Cue full-blown panic! Hashimoto’s disease? Lifelong thyroid hormone replacement? These are pretty big terms to be confronted with, and sadly, a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s can be a scary, unfamiliar and bewildering situation. If this sounds familiar, welcome to my first of many posts on the topic: What to do when diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease.
In my first post on detox, I cleared up some misconceptions about what the word ‘detox’ really means, and gave some practical pointers of how you can reduce your chemical exposure and reduce the burden on your body’s detoxification systems. Here in Part Two, I discuss effective ways you can support your body’s detoxification processes, without jumping on the detox tea bandwagon!
Detox – it’s a bit of a buzz word in the health industry and it’s often thrown about by social media influencers, ‘health gurus’ and celebrities alike. Almost weekly we hear about a new detox tea, juice cleanse, ‘superfood’ or supplement. Its a vague term used in such a wide range of contexts and applications, its hard to know what people really mean when they use the ‘D’ word. This is exactly why before we jump aboard the Detox Train, we must ask ourselves, what does it really mean to detox and what are it’s benefits?