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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.

Hypothyroidism and the Gut Connection April 2, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Hypothyroidism.
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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.

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