The most reliable test for iodine is the 24-Hour Iodine Loading Test.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

There are four main options used for Iodine testing: Blood Serum Test: Most doctors check iodine through the blood. This is not accurate because iodine does not stay in the blood very long before it is absorbed by the body, so not reliable. Skin Patch Test: Chiropractors use this method...

Thyroid and Hormone Testing Direct To You Without A Prescription

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Thyroid and Hormone Testing can be expensive, especially if it requires making an appointment with your doctor in the hope that she will order the tests for you. Life's Healthiest at Rupa Lab has the lowest prices for thyroid and hormone testing that I have sourced to date, and the...

Iodine Affects A Woman's Body Hormonally In Four Ways, Thyroid, Ovaries, Brain, And Breasts.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Thyroid: Iodine is important for the functioning of the thyroid. It is needed for the production of thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Iodine is needed by the main thyroid hormone, Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), to release T3 and T4 and prevent the development of a goiter (an enlarged thyroid)....

Fibroids: Alternative Therapies To Avoid Surgery

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Recently on The Today Show, they ran a story about an NBC journalist with life long fibroids who had been to many doctors only to be dismissed by them. A familiar story for many of us. She ended up in the ER, then found a doctor who ultimately removed her...

Iodine and Cancer.....Current statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Let’s examine one of the most important minerals that can block breast cancer:  IODINE. It may surprise you to learn that a simple mineral, iodine, can not only protect against breast cancer, but can actually help fight it. Research has been done on animals using a substance that blocks iodine...

Iodine Is Not Just For Your Thyroid And There's Mass Confusion On This Topic.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Iodine is used all over your body, in all of your organs especially your breasts and prostate. Trillions of cells have a receptor site for iodine and need it — and, sadly, many people are starving themselves of iodine because they think it is radioactive or they think they are...

Your thyroid condition has a significant impact on oral health.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Certain health conditions like THYROID DISEASE, LYME DISEASE, DIABETES, CANCER, HIV AND OTHER VIRUSES, ANEMIA OR LOW IRON, EATING DISORDERS, are a risk factor for gum disease, especially gingivitis and periodontal diseases.   Poor oral health is also linked to heart disease and stroke. The gum tissues in your mouth are...

Who should use it? Thyroid Meds 101

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Natural Desiccated Thyroid. Who should use it? Anyone who does not feel better on T4 only If you are 10-20 lbs overweight If you have never been on thyroid meds If you have low fT3 and low fT4 and normal rT3 T3 only. Who should use it? Anyone with an...

Why Do You Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

You aren't getting the right labs. A complete thyroid panel is needed to tell you how your physiology is working. TSH is not enough to determine the health of your thyroid. Labs you need: TSH, Free T3, Free T3, Reverse T3.

ADRENALS.....These Glands Need Love Too.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

The adrenal glands release stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline in response to a stressor. If the stress continues for a long period of time, the adrenals can no longer meet the demands for putting out a continuous supply of stress hormones leaving the adrenals and you exhausted. What happens next is that this high level of adrenal stress hormones disrupt the normal functions of the thyroid gland which is why the adrenals need to be addressed prior to the thyroid.

Elevated levels of cholesterol are extremely common in people with thyroid dysfunction.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Several decades ago, normal cholesterol was 250-300. Then when statins came along the normal range was changed to 200 and keeps getting lower. Today, they have lowered it again to around 170.

The Body Needs Iodine, Here's Why....

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

IODINE....Helps With Weight Loss, Hormone Balancing, Cyst Reversal, Cancer Prevention, Brain Health, Energy PMS, Menopause and More!The Body Needs Iodine, Here's Why.... Iodine down-regulates estrogen receptors, thereby decreasing estrogen sensitivity. Iodine is also very effective at eliminating breast and ovarian cysts. It works for fibrocystic breast disease and ovarian cysts...

What Is Hormonal Weight Gain?

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

You suddenly start putting on extra pounds (especially around the belly and hips). Your weight refuses to budge no matter how much you exercise or cut back on calories. If any of the above resonates with you, then you’re most likely dealing with hormonal weight gain.   90% of weight gain is due to hormonal disregulation, it has very little to do with calories, and all to do with how your body is balancing its hormones. Although food is important it is secondary to hormones in controlling our weight.

Iodine Is Not Just For Your Thyroid And There's Mass Confusion On This Topic.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Iodine is used all over your body, in all of your organs especially your breasts and prostate. Trillions of cells have a receptor site for iodine and need it — and, sadly, many people are starving themselves of iodine because they think it is radioactive or they think they are allergic to it because of an allergy to shellfish which is not an iodine allergy, it's an allergy to a protein in shellfish.

Hormone therapy significantly lowers high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, insulin sensitivity and systemic inflammation.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

The American Heart Association published a study Menopause Transition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Early Prevention.  The study showed that during menopause, bad cholesterol drastically increases; however, in women who begin hormone therapy early in menopause - that would be the peri-menopausal stage - there is a cardiovascular benefit to being on hormone therapy. The study cited a 50% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.

And another thing....anti-depressants are not the answer to menopause symptoms.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Heart Palpitations are very common in menopause. For some women, they happen more frequently than hot flashes. Heart Palpitations can bring on strong feelings of anxiety.   And another thing....anti-depressants are not the answer to menopause symptoms. What helps these conditions improve and resolve? Hormone therapy. Bringing your hormones back into balance is key. You don't have to use prescription hormones and for many women, they are not an option.