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Thyroid

Guest Heretic Jonny Bowden, the Nutrition Myth Buster, author of The Uncensored Truth about Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

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Jonny Bowden is on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast

Jonny Bowden is on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast

Vitamin A, magnesium, DHA…. what’s the difference between vitamins and minerals? And does it matter if we get them from food versus supplements? This week we talk with the man who wrote the book on The Uncensored Truth about Vitamins and Mineral Supplements — Dr. Jonny Bowden. Known as the Nutrition Myth Buster, Dr. Jonny dishes up facts about everything from fish oil to red wine heretic style with a side of bacon.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster” ™ is a nationally known board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. Dr. Jonny is the best-selling author of 15 books including Living Low Carb, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, and (with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra), the controversial best-seller, The Great Cholesterol Myth. He is a consultant with the Cenegenics Medical Institute.

Follow Jonny on Facebook and Twitter, as well as his website.

Great Resources From Jonny Bowden:

Highlights from today's episode:

02:01 ~ Potassium iodide - it's not for everyone; find out why.

06:53 ~The difference between vitamins and minerals and do they work differently in the body?

14:20 ~ How supplements differ from naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.

15:19 ~ Misconceptions about getting enough vitamins or minerals from either plant or animal sources.

20:21 ~ What fat soluble vitamins are and why there is such a focus on them.

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27:55 ~ The effect of cooking on vitamins vs. minerals.

35:35 ~ How to keep your sanity when it comes to the overwhelming array of supplements.

37:10 ~ The ultimate list of recommended supplements.

42:43 ~ The role of probiotics.

54:24 ~ What are some misconceptions about sodium?

57:35 ~ A special offer from Jonny.

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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and Coconut Water; What to Use It for, and More with Guest Heretic Coconut Guru Bruce Fife

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Bruce Fife on The Nutrition Heretic Podcast Today’s episode starts off with a discussion about why Fat is the new Black. We're more educated than ever about what causes obesity. So why is it on the rise?  Will simply changing the quality of fats make one healthier and even lose weight?

Welcome to Bruce Fife, CN and ND, author of over 20 books including The Coconut Oil Miracle, Coconut Cures, the Detox Book, Stop Vision Loss Now! and many, many more (Affiliate links are included in this post).  Bruce has been researching coconuts for 20 years and this week he chats to Adrienne about the differences in coconut oil and palm oil, how coconuts are farmed, reasonable expectations from coconut oil and water.

Coconut oil is being touted as a wonder-food, but why?  It’s known to have the following qualities:

  • Anti-bacterial—stops bacteria that cause gum disease, throat infections, urinary tract infections and ulcers in their tracks.
  • Anti-carcinogenic—keeps dangerous cancer cells from spreading while boosting immunity.
  • Anti-fungal—destroys infection-promoting fungus and yeast.
  • Anti-inflammatory—suppresses inflammation and repairs tissue.
  • Anti-microbial—inactivates harmful microbes and fights infection.
  • Anti-oxidant—protects from free radical damage.
  • Anti-retroviral/parasitic/protozoa/viral—destroys HIV and HTLV-1, rids the body of lice, tapeworms and other parasites, kills protozoan infection in the gut, kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, AIDS, hepatitis and more.
  • Stabilize blood sugar
  • Lower heart disease risk
  • Boost thyroid function
  • Lose weight/flat belly

Is coconut oil just a panacea? Is the coconut so perfect? Or can you overdo it like other foods? Is there any contraindication for coconuts?  How did coconut get such a bad rap?

Bruce and Adrienne discuss how coconut oil used to be common but how marketing by big companies changed this in the USA and how that has even affected the use of coconut oil in other countries such as Jamaica and Fiji.

What can you use coconut oil for?  Its usefulness goes beyond eating and drinking it.  Find out why it’s great for mechanics!  There's even talk about using coconut water as IV fluid -- Really!  And Bruce answers all our listener’s questions about Coconut oil.

Bruce’s website, Coconut Research Center is packed with information about everything coconut: articles, videos, news and information.

Coconut and its health benefits are many, and Bruce Fife is an expert in this field so why not learn more about what coconut can do for you by reading one of his books?

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Lose Your Veganity; Does My Thyroid Look Fat?; Surprising Use for Soylent

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Kaayla Daniel on The Nutrition Heretic Podcast As National Thyroid Month winds down, Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food, discusses the laundry list of disorders associated with heavy soy consumption in the health-conscious American diet — including thyroid disorders, infertility and lack of libido. Dr. Daniel also mentions one instance where the new meal replacement shake Soylent may not be so bad after all. And Adrienne looks back at how her own thyroid problems nearly destroyed her life.

You can get Dr. Daniel’s free report The Fats of Life free from the home page at Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel: The Naughty Nutritionist.   And Be Souper ( a bone broth primer) for free at her Nourishing Broth website.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel has authored two books which you may find useful for further information about topics discussed in today's podcast:

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Help for Hashimoto's Disease

Years ago, I studied with a guy by the name of Datis Kharrazian. Datis’s specialty is thyroid disorders and in particular Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s is the autoimmune version of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

According to Dr. Kharrazian, Hashimoto’s disease makes up some 90% of hypothyroid cases.

When the average person is diagnosed with hypothyroidism using a simple TSH test, they are simply put on a thyroid hormone replacement such as Synthroid or Armour. These may marginally help at the end point (the thyroid), but they don’t get to the root of the problem. As a holistic-minded practitioner, it is important to delve deeper than others so that the root cause can be supported and the body allowed to function unencumbered. Completely neglecting the underlying causes of a thyroid problem is the main reason why many people seeking thyroid therapy are unable to find complete relief or lose weight. Diagnosing Hashimoto’s is more than just performing the standard TSH test which most doctors look at. It involves a complete, expensive (sorry!) battery of test to look at other ways in which the thyroid functions, such as the T4 to T3 conversion test, as well as other supporting gland such as the pituitary and adrenal glands. But when it is diagnosed and treated properly, you can finally begin to feel like a normal human being again. The first thing any knowledgeable practitioner working in autoimmune diseases will tell you is that you MUST COMPLETELY eliminate gluten! This is because gluten closely resembles important hormones at their receptor sites therefore blocking hormones from engaging. At least half of all Hashimoto’s sufferers will notice remarkable improvement from just this, while others remain asymptomatic and/or need to dig further.

Where gluten intolerance is other food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies follow.

Dairy intolerance is a huge issue for most gluten intolerant people — even raw dairy, of which I am a huge proponent. Other foods that must be avoided by the Hashimoto’s sufferer are the nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and bell peppers), eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes (especially soy) and of course all processed vegetable oils and foods. Also be sure to avoid those foods which may contain these items. Lecithin, for example, is derived from egg in the US or sunflower seeds in Europe. Table salt and pre-ground pepper contain trace amounts of wheat.

Even one bite of bread can set you back 6 months in healing time

Instead, it is recommended to focus on the very diet I typically recommend: meats (including soups and stews), fermented vegetables, other fruits and vegetables, coconut and coconut oil, herbal teas and limited amounts of raw honey. When I met Datis, we butted heads over the soy issue. He was not convinced that it played such a significant role, while I knew it did — especially given the fact that Americans have been using it increasingly as a replacement for EVERYTHING. Seems that he (like so many others, to pat myself on the back) has finally recognized the connection. Interestingly enough, he himself appears to have shed several pounds since following this advice. Another win for the Nutrition Heretic! Following this diet seems expensive, restrictive and impossible, but to date, I have not seen anything else work nearly as effectively. Of course, it will take some time to get used to and your relatives and friends who survive mainly on junk food, soy and grains will give you a hard time, but it’s your health and you deserve a shot at feeling great all the time! So do what is necessary to get the wellness you deserve. Datis has published a very good book on the issue of Hashimoto’s disease. In it, he reveals darn near everything that I learned from him in weekend seminars including what kinds of tests to order, where to order from and how to interpret the results. If you have been suffering with thyroid disorders and are not satisfied with the results, then I highly suggest you pick this up. Got questions? Have comments? Leave them below!


ABOUT ADRIENNE HEW

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Modern Eating Disorders Part Three: Beware the Evil Grains... Really?

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In the previous installation of Modern Eating Disorders, we looked at how some people have become obsessed with the idea of clean food. Clean food being defined as any food that doesn’t come from an animal.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, many people are equally passionate about banning all grains as well as most dairy from the human diet. Enter the paleo diet.

Simply put, the paleo diet is characterized by striving to recreate the diet of our prehistoric ancestors. Meats (including fish and seafood), eggs, mostly non-starchy vegetables (depending on who you ask), nuts, seeds and berries are the stars of this menu. But grains are out and while some will permit goat milk products, cow’s milk is completely out.

In my experience, most people moving toward the paleo diet are 1) former vegans who failed miserably and became exceedingly allergic to grains as a result of relying too heavily on them or 2) fitness enthusiasts, who find that leaning towards more whole protein to the exclusion of grains and dairy have a positive effect on their results. The latter, unfortunately, often confuses this diet with conventional weight loss schemes and end up endorsing ultra-low fat versions of meat and eggs as they would never be found in nature.

While I do believe that the paleo diet has many virtues for health (I had to dive into a version of it, while recovering from illness — although at the time it didn’t have a name), for many adherents it unfortunately has taken on cult status. Paleo advocates rarely say “I don’t tolerate grains or milk.” They say “Everybody should avoid grains! We were never designed to eat them! People shouldn’t drink milk after weaning.”

The milk bias is clearly a holdover from the vegan agenda — a misunderstanding of the role of milk in the human diet as well as in the diet of other animals. Unbeknownst to most people, many mammals enjoy drinking the milk of other animals. Just ask any milk farmer and they will tell you that everybody tries to get in the barn during milking time.

As for grains, most people miss the importance that grains have played in the evolution of man. When woman (most likely) began planting and harvesting grain, it served as a form of sustaining energy from other sources (namely meat and fat) as well as a way of having something on hand to eat through months were other foods were scarce. What has changed is the way in which we eat grains today. First and foremost, in the modern era, grains bear very little resemblance to their forebears. With seed companies selectively breeding grains to influence certain traits, and hundreds of pesticides being sprayed on crops, it’s no wonder that our bodies have come to view grains as an enemy! For example, the return to ancient grains such as spelt, kamut and einkorn has been quite an eye-opener for many people who believed they were gluten intolerant (gluten being the main protein in wheat, rye, and barley). While spelt, kamut and einkorn also contain gluten, many “gluten intolerant” people are able to digest them without any ill effects.

Similarly, many people switching from conventionally produced puss and blood filled ultra-pasteurized milk available on most supermarket shelves to raw cow’s milk have found that all the health problems they associated with dairy completely disappeared.

Another change we have seen with grains over the past several decades is the way in which we prepare them. It is little secret that heavily refined, enriched white flour can wreak havoc on our bodies, but the sudden switch to whole grains is not necessarily the answer.

When I began doing research on grain cooking, I began collecting old cookbooks because they are the least influenced by popular dogma. What I found was quite curious. Old cookbooks, even those going back to the time of the American Revolution, used white flour! But in a few books where whole grains were used, they were soaked overnight before cooking.

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Indeed, after talking to many people in the 70 and older age group about their digestive problems and making the suggestion to soak their grains. They often reply “You mean like in the old days?”

Now, I’m not saying all this so much in defense of grains, but because of the imbalances that can be caused by avoiding grains. Many people following the paleo diet begin to eat copious amounts of nuts and seeds as well as thyroid suppressing green vegetables like kale, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. Cauliflower, kale, nuts and seeds appear in very many recipes meant to replace some bread product. Nuts are also used as a replacement for dairy products. Eating so much of these foods over several months is likely to backfire on those doing it for health reasons.

The bottom line here is that by trying to break out of the box of political correctness, many are finding themselves right back in the same box all over again. Vilifying grains and dairy sets up a scenario where we fall prone to throwing all common sense out the window. Remember that just because something doesn’t work for you now, it does not mean that it does not work for others. If grains and dairy were so bad for humans, then we would not have survived the past 10,000 years. Consuming such incompatible foods would create too many birth defects and diseases within just 2-3 generations for the species to survive.

So why don’t we try to gain a little perspective and not look at the food of our ancestors as bad and harmful, but strive to recreate the ideal conditions that enabled them to thrive on these foods? We have so much awesome technology available at this point in our development. Let’s use it to fuel enjoyment of food, not fear of it.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.