From the Author: New Book: The HypothyroidismChick’s Protocol:  Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins – What’s the Big Difference?

Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins – What’s the Big Difference?

Our food is getting less and less nutritious. Fields that grow our foods are depleted by overuse. Pesticides limit the action of beneficial microbes in the soil that help plants draw in nutrients. Fertilizers focus on certain key chemicals and don’t take into account all the trace minerals, organic components, or beneficial microbes that go into good nutrition. Genetically modified foods have made their way into our food supply when we don’t know how they may affect us in the long term.

Our food is refined and processed where it will have a longer shelf life because its less expensive to make, more convenient, tastes better, and is even made to be more addictive. Companies have stripped out and destroyed vital nutrients as they are processed.  Much of the food we find in grocery stores outside the produce section barely resembles what humanity has been eating for thousands of years. There’s no wonder we have so many auto-immune disorders, food allergies, and the growing epidemics of obesity. Our bodies don’t know what we’re ingesting, they aren’t finding the nutrients they need, and they’re begging for us to eat more and more so we might manage to give ourselves what we’re missing.

We all know we need a steady supply of nutrients from our food sources where our bodies can function properly. Scientists and food companies create cheap vitamins in labs. The problem is these synthetic vitamins are not what our bodies are looking for either.

Almost all multivitamins are from synthetics. The same goes for fortified foods. There’s a good reason for this. Synthetic vitamins are cheaper to make and usually more stable. This means they can last on shelves for months or years, be added to foods in high doses, and create small dense tablets packed with insane amounts of every type of vitamin. These vitamins are allowed to call themselves “natural” even when they are actually synthetic because scientists say the synthetics are virtually identical to the ones found in food. Which is far from the truth.

We know that vitamins and minerals are essential for life, and vitamin deficiencies can definitely hurt you. Always read your labels and stay clear of supplements that contain artificial colorings, sodium benzoate, propylene glycol, aluminum silicate and High fructose corn syrup.      

4.-Food Sensitivity Test:

 This is a must.

 Undiagnosed food sensitivities are very common and sometimes difficult to diagnose. 

 If you have a food sensitivity and are unaware that you do eating these certain foods will cause inflammation within your body, become a burden on the IMMUNE SYSTEM and is difficult for your digestive tract to break them down.

 Inflammation can stall your healing efforts especially when your immune system is having to concentrate on responding to these food invaders by creating specific disease-fighting antibodies (called immunoglobulin E or IgE).  

 MRT blood work can tell you what foods if any that your body may be fighting as though they were poison and causing major inflammation. MRT means Mediator Release Test. It’s for food sensitivity, the single common component of diet-induced inflammatory reactions is proinflammatory and proalgesic mediator release from white cells.

It turns out that there were MANY foods that tested bad for me.

We are all biochemically wired different and we won’t all have the same inflammation triggers. Most people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You see, if you are allergic to certain foods it will involve your immune system. The immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body sees inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses when you ingest that certain food.  

 There is so much confusion to which is the best diet for hypothyroidism but the REAL truth is the foods we eat have a major impact on our lives. It affects your gut health along with decreasing or increasing inflammation within your body. There are foods that will do more harm than good to your thyroid even if you DON’T have a food intolerance to them and I will discuss it later in this book. We must begin to eat to cater to healing our thyroid, healing our bodies and avoid those foods that hinder both.

Food allergies verses food sensitivities are two very different things.

 A food allergy triggers an extreme and potentially life-threatening reaction, known as an IgE-mediated immune response, whenever you are exposed to a certain type of food or foods.

 Most allergic reactions happen within minutes and can range from mild—think hives or stomach cramping—to severe, such as anaphylaxis, which can impair your breathing, cause a dramatic drop in blood pressure, and affect your heart rate.  Due to the severity of food allergies, most people already know but there is that small percentage who don’t.

A food sensitivity triggers a digestive system response rather than an immune system. Food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest, or break down, the food.

It can take up to 72 hours for any symptoms of a food sensitivity to present. The issue with a food sensitivity is by the time the delayed response happens you have probably already ate a wide range of foods in the time it takes for symptoms to appear and this makes it more difficult to pin point a pattern between the specific foods you eat. 

This is also why I suggest that you should keep a food journal.

5.-Lipid panel. This test looks at the lipids, or fats, in your blood.

People with hypothyroidism may have elevated cholesterol levels. The research has associated higher levels with heart disease but when we are “artificially” lowering the levels with statin drugs we aren’t fixing the root of the issue. Please do your research. Statin drugs do more harm than good and they do have an anti-inflammatory side effect that is why people do see very slight drop in heart attack rates (about 1%). Just think if a person were to start eating right and concentrate on lowering their inflammation what could happen naturally?

Prescription medications and medical errors are in the top 3 leading cause of death in the US.

6.-Total cholesterols, which includes your good HDL cholesterol, should be below 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol below 130 mg/dL. If your cholesterol is high when you start thyroid treatment, your doctor might test again after thyroid hormone levels stabilize.

 “A lot of patients with high cholesterol can have their cholesterol reduced just by treating their thyroid,” says David Borenstein, MD, an integrative medicine physician in private practice at Manhattan Integrative Medicine in New York City.

7.-A full heavy metal test panel.

Your doctor CAN test your blood, urine, and hair to measure metals toxicity.

If you have heavy metals in your body that can block iodine uptake and halt the conversion from T4-T3. Heavy metals build up in your body over time because your body doesn’t know how to get rid of it. A heavy metal build can lead to your body slowly breaking down and allowing certain sicknesses to start to develop.  If you find out that you have a heavy metal buildup in your body you can start including foods that naturally help to detoxify your body from a heavy metal buildup. For example, you can begin with adding some cilantro to a smoothie, drink some lemon water and decaffeinated green tea. There are several other natural remedies that are easily accessible to start adding to your daily routine if you find this to be true for you. I have written a blog that you can find @ website that goes into detail about How to detox from a heavy metal buildup. 

8.- Check for celiac disease with a celiac panel.

Celiac disease is a lifelong serious medical condition that has no none cure. Eating gluten will trigger an immune response in the body, causing the immune system to attack the small intestine in response when gluten is consumed. It also causes inflammation and damage to the small intestine.

If left untreated, celiac disease can result in many adverse side effects, including digestive issues, nutritional deficiencies, weight loss and tiredness.

The HypothyroidismChick’s Protocol: How I beat Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s using clean Keto principles and Holistic functional Medicine

Navigating Medicare should not be feel like a maze but it can be a complicated and confusing process. The amount of anecdotal information concerning choices for Medicare coverage can be difficult to filter.  I want to help you learn and understand the basic Medicare benefits from the federal government that you are entitled to and have earned as a worker here in the United States. Medicare is complex, and it can often feel overwhelming when you’re learning about Medicare and shopping around for coverage for the first time.  Medicare faces a number of important issues and challenges, perhaps none greater than providing affordable, quality care to an aging population while keeping the program financially secure for future generations. My goal is always the same with everyone or when I am simply writing an article for publication.  I want to provide helpful information about Medicare and protect you from unnecessary spending costs. Those already in Medicare or aging into Medicare should be treated with courtesy, dignity and respect at all times. Of course, I won’t be able to answer all the questions in one simple book with only 25 of the most commonly asked questions.

This book is meant to help you sift through some of the noise to get the information you need.

The best overall quick reference guide to understanding your Medicare options.
In this book, you will learn numerous need-to-know gems. Many people are unaware of the dangers that fall at their feet when they decide to retire. If you are not prepared, you can be penalized tremendously. It is shocking what may lay ahead after you have worked all these years paying your taxes as a good American citizen. Try not to be fooled or dismayed! As a licensed agent, I was absolutely shocked at what may lie ahead for our precious seniors. The snowballing effect of these penalties for Part A, Part B, and Part D can really add up to a lot of money. If you do not figure out a plan, it can consume an entire chunk of your social security benefit payment.

BONUS ADD-ON **** Hilarious Jokes for the Elderly

Telling jokes to friends is a great way to get a laugh if the joke is funny enough and reaches the right audience. I certainly hope these jokes tickle your funny bones because the experience of aging is universal.

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your ThyroidThe Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.   This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement. is dedicated to covering health and science news that matters most to our generation. We cover a wide range of stories, but ultimately we are driven by two core values: first, to contribute to our readers’ understanding of what is a very complex and constantly changing field of information, and second, to keep in mind the ultimate “smell test” — we want our stories to be the kind of things you talk about at a bar with your friends. determines coverage based on relevance, clinical significance, and editorial integrity. We give no priority to commercial considerations, and will always clearly distinguish between factual content, commentary, and opinions to avoid misleading readers with institutional propaganda. and speculation.

There is a war raging against humanity and our earth.  We have been passively indoctrinated and so utterly pre-programmed that we do not ask the questions that need to ask. We have laid our trust completely in those in power or someone with a title behind their name. People conditioned blindly believing in things simply because enough people assured us it was true. Infectious diseases have been irradiated but chronic diseases are the new black plague of our modern time. This book is profoundly personal as it represents a mission brimming with meaning.  As I reflect on extraordinary truths about our nation’s health history, current, and future, I also offer you wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. We must stop the atrocities if we want to become a healthier nation in the future. We must stop the atrocities if we want the human race to survive. I hope my voice and advocacy will continue to help lead the way and this book will make changes for current and future generations to come. No, I simply do not have all the answers but I have written plenty in this book to make you start questioning EVERYTHING.

What you are about to discover is terrifying.

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I hoped you’ve been enlightened and not frightened by my latest blog — A tale of recovery to save a woman who caught OCD, Hypothyroidism and an Autoimmune Disorder –

Please follow along with me on this journey of discovery as I share with you my brush of madness with exquisite clarity. Luckily, I was never a quick fix-it junkie where I said no to many suggestions from board certified or certifiable doctors because I felt it in my soul that it was merely a banaide being placed on my issues. The names of certain doctors have been changed because frankly, I don’t want to be sued for proven their lack in their field. 

Hippocrates was right when he said: Let they food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.


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