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Archives for May 2014

How + Why to Start the GAPS Diet

What conditions is this diet best for? Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD,  author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS),  lists the following conditions as GAPS conditions: ADD/ADHD Allergies Asthma Autism Bipolar Disorder Depression Dyslexia Dyspraxia Eating disorders Eczema Obsessive-Compulsive disorder Schizophrenia Autoimmune disease Dr. McBride also discusses treatment of epilepsy and seizures with the GAPS Nutritional Program. The purpose of the

Should I Breastfeed As An Autoimmune Mom?

Breastfeeding offers many benefits, for both mother and child.  New moms get to experience the undeniable bonding that occurs between themselves and their newborns during each session; and their babies receive breast milk, a natural product that delivers not only sustenance, but also important vitamins, minerals and immune factors. For expectant mothers who carry one or more autoimmune disease diagnoses,

Hashimoto’s Treatment: Safety and Controversy Over Desiccated Thyroid Hormone :: Part 2

In Part 1 of our examination of natural thyroid hormone replacement as the treatment for Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, we reviewed the history of natural thyroid hormones (desiccated thyroid hormones such as Armour and NatureThroid, which include T4, T3, T2 and T1). We then looked at the reasons for the development of synthetic thyroid hormones (T4 and T3 are separate synthetic replacement

18 Months Postpartum: Hashimoto’s Seesaw Starts Stabilizing

At a year and a half postpartum I’m feeling more optimistic about balancing life as the mother of a toddler and coping with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I remember last year coping with this condition wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.  My thyroid levels were staying stubbornly stagnant – on the high end of the normal range.  I was dealing with

Hashimoto’s Treatment: Why Do We Have Natural and Synthetic Thyroid Hormone Replacement? :: Part I

Whether the cause is autoimmune – which is relatively common and is called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – or otherwise, hypothyroidism can be treated one of two ways:  with natural hormones or synthetic hormones. Examples of the former include supplements such as Armour, NatureThroid, and myriad others that are less well known.  Just search for “natural thyroid supplements” online and see for