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Brith Control Pill and Weight Gain: A look at “Functional Hypothyroidsim” December 2, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Birth Control Pill, Hypothyroidism, Woman Issues.
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More Notes, More Info!

  • The birth control pill (BCP) contains small amounts of estrogen (female dominant hormones).
  • Estrogen can increase thyroid binding globulin (taxi service for thyroid hormones). The more thyroid hormones are bound to these taxis the slower the person’s metabolism= weight gain. If you do not have insurance you can order affordable thyroid blood test yourself along with thyroid binding globulin test.
  • This can cause “Functional Hypothyroidism” meaning that your laboratory test may look OK but you will not.
  • Excess estrogen from the BCP can build up in body tissue and “leak out” over time creating a hypothyroidism state even after quitting the BCP.
  • Excess estrogens can be detoxified by increasing phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification. However, blood sugar issues (functional or pathological (i.e. diabetes)) must be stabilized first. Many young women today are functional hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) which can alter thyroid function.
  • Those who refuse to quit the BCP, phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification must be supported
  • Those who are on the BCP for other feminine problems and want to minimize long term side effects, the cause of those underlying problems (acne, irregular periods, etc.) must be identified first. From there a comprehensive plan can be developed to restore normal function. That means a healthier you and not someone who becomes dependent on medication.

We encourage you to take action in your health goals whether it is addressing a chronic health problem or creating a wellness plan to prevent disease in the future. Become part of our team. True health is not easily achieved alone.

Our goal is to identify and address the “spider web” of biological dysfunctions that play a role in chronic diseases.   We do this through our clinic  in Atlanta, Georgia and around the world through our TeleHealth phone/video consultation service.

Dr. Brady Hurst
Clinic Director at True Health Labs


Dr. Brady on~ Functional Laboratory Testing August 19, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in breast cancer, Candida (yeast) Infections, Diabetes, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism, Lab Testing, prostate cancer, thyroid.
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The Adrenal / Thyroid Connection August 19, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Adrenal, Diabetes, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism, thyroid.
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Low Vitamin D Levels August 16, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in breast cancer, Candida (yeast) Infections, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism, Lab Testing, thyroid, Vitamin D.
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  • Low Vitamin D levels are very common in the United States because of diminished nutrition in our food supply, the overuse of sunscreen, and the overall lack of outdoor activity in the summer and in winter.
  • AT LEAST 15 minutes (30 minutes for African Americans) of direct sunlight or 30 minutes to 1 hour of shade time is required for adequate Vitamin D production. We have not yet evolved enough to produce more Vitamin D with less sunlight. Our prehistoric ancestors lived near the equator receiving direct UV rays and therefore receiving adequate amounts of Vitamin D…and sadly enough, their food supply was also more nutritious than ours today.
  • Low Vitamin D levels substantially increase the risk of a variety of diseases including several cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, infections (such as Candida), multiple sclerosis, and is linked to an increase of death FROM ALL CAUSES.
  • Low Vitamin D levels in children are linked to a higher risk of death from the H1N1 Swine Flu virus. Have your children’s vitamin d levels tested now.
  • Optimal levels of Vitamin D should read around 50-90 ng/ml. About 90% of my patients show less than 20 ng/ml which is considered an EXTREME DEFICIENCY.
  • Adults and children should be tested once each season. Our office can easily run this test.
  • The majority of us are Vitamin D deficient and should supplement. Vitamin D should be taking in a cod or flax based formula. Vitamin D works best when taken with its co-factors and synergist.

Our goal here at True Health is to identify the spider web of metabolic dysfunctions that occur in the chronically ill and those of us who are healthy and want to prevent chronic illnesses. We find these dysfunctions through objective laboratory tests. Your personalized plan includes lifestyle, environmental, and dietary changes with an individualized supplement plan.

Because our office has accounts with international laboratories, we are not only able to care for loved ones in-house but now across the world through our unique TeleHealth Service. Finding a good doctor is now made easy.

Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health Center for Advanced Alternative Medicine and Chiropractic.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and the Immune System- The Functional Medicine Approach April 8, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism.
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  • Thyroid Gland- Gland that sits just below your “Adams Apple”. It helps control rate of energy production and conservation.
  • Hypothyroidism- “Turning down the thermostat” for most of your biological activities.
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an auto-immune disease where your body attacks it’s own Thyroid tissue. Imbalances are seen in the immune system’s TH1 / TH2 responses, imbalances that typically come about when chronically exposed to an antigen (virus, bacteria, foods, everyday chemicals ect.) Immune Imbalances can lead to auto-immune diseases like Hashimoto’s.


  • Suspect Hashimoto’s if you are on medications for hypothyroidism like Synthroid and they “just don’t work”.
  • Functional Medicine Practitioners may test for Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO Antibodies) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TGA Antibodies), which are the white blood type cells that attack the Thyroid gland.
  • Most of people with Hashimoto’s have an inborn error in processing vitamin D, which is important in the stability of the immune system. One should conceder ordering a vitamin D test (25 Hydroxy D) to check for optimal vitamin D levels (50-70 ng/ml).
  • Situations that make Hashimoto’s worse:
    • Gluten Intolerance- 95% of symptoms will go away when gluten is eliminated!
    • Iodine- This can increase oxidative stress on the Thyroid (see Jodbasedow phenomenon).
    • Sugar handling issues (hypoglycemia/insulin resistance/diabetes).
    • Intestinal infections- Theses go undetected most of the time (AKA YOU CAN NOT FEEL THEM). Stool testing is crucial.
    • Unbalanced hormones.
    • Heavy metal burdens- We all have a degree of heavy metal burden, however, higher levels of metals like mercury, arsenic, and antimony can promote major immune system dysfunction. You yourself can test for heavy metal burden with a simple hair test.
  • Goals:
  1. To stabilize antibody spikes by balancing the immune system. Understand your imbalance by ordering two blood tests:
    1. TH1/TH2 Balance Panel
    2. CD4/CD8 Ratio Panel
  2. Reduce oxidative damage done by the auto-antibodies

The majority of today’s traditional healthcare practitioners would have stopped at step 1 and you would have been on the long, downward spiraling, road of medication. Dr. Brady see people suffering like you from all around the nation. Dr. Brady is a Functional Medicine Practitioner in Atlanta Georgia and uses cutting edge medical technology and knowledge to restore ones normal function in both the sick and the well. When there is no box, It CAN be done!

We have developed a TeleHealth Service designed to help people worldwide. Our use of advance laboratory testing helps identify any potential blockades that keep you from losing weight and being healthy in every moment.

If this information helped you, please pass it on to others so they may be helped in the same way.

Dr. Brady Hurst

Hypothyroidism and the Gut Connection April 2, 2008

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  • Vitamin A and D are needed to allow thyroid hormones to work.
  • Vitamin A has to be in the form of retinoic acid (still vitamin A). This is done by enzymes in the intestines.
  • Intestinal dysfunctions is the most overlooked condition in America.
  • As much at 70% (90% in my practice) are severely deficient in vitamin D when levels are checked in the blood.
  • What to we do? A few things:
    • How is your gut functioning? Specific lab tests can be done to find out. Find and build a relationship with a doctor that practices Functional Medicine. Most doctors are only concerned with disease therefore function will be overlooked.
    • Make it a point to go outside for AT LEAST 15 minutes a day WITHOUT sunscreen. Longer than 30 minutes? Combination of coconut oil and iodine (careful of iodine Hashimoto Hypothyroidism people). Commercial sunscreens are toxic and it’s compounds can easily be absorbed through the skin. Many of these compounds can alter thyroid function. Do your homework when using them.
    • Supplement vitamin D: At least 2500 IU/day, upwards of 4,000 IU/day for severe deficiencies (several months). Get your vitamin D levels checked to find out if you’re deficient. Buy vitamin D (all products) from a professional sources (doctors). Those companies are held to stricter standards. DO NOT PURCHASE FROM DISCOUNT STORES ECT.
    • Since these suggestions are very simplistic, getting thoroughly checked out by a Functional Medicine practitioner will expose the web of factors that is driving your hypothyroidism.

We have developed a TeleHealth Service designed to help people worldwide. Our use of advance laboratory testing helps identify any potential blockades that keep you from losing weight and being healthy in every moment.

If you mention this blog post, we will grant a %10 discount off your initial consultation.

If this information helped you, please pass it on to others so they may be helped in the same way.

Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health: Functional Medicine + Chiropractic.