While the nutritional bureaucrats at the United States Department of Agriculture mull over the 2010 Dietary Guidelines with their predictable recommendations pushing a low-fat, high-carb, plant-based diet on Americans over the next few months, some individual states have decided to go a different route in educating the public about what healthy eating looks like. In the state of Maryland, they have been doing something since 2008 called the “Buy Local Challenge” where real local foods produced by farmers and sold at farmer’s markets are highlighted for an entire week in July annually to give them an opportunity to connect with their local consumers. Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Earl Hance with Governor Martin O’Malley’s blessing is urging the people of his state to include one local real whole food in each meal from July 17-25, 2010. Of course, the goal is to make this change permanent thing to alter the food culture forever in Maryland with people purchasing fresh local pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, fresh organic produce, and more from the local farms and to instill in children the importance of knowing where food comes from (and it’s not from grocery stores). Over the weekend, I had the privilege of speaking with Secretary Hance for a 7-minute chat to ask him about why the governor there is so enthusiastic about this “Buy Local Challenge” and what they hope to have happen as a result of this awareness campaign. Take a listen to what he had to say at the beginning of today’s podcast because these are the kind of efforts that warrant our attention and support!
One of the most popular subjects of interest within the low-carb community is on the thyroid. Disorders related to thyroid (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, etc.) are commonplace among many people dealing with obesity and chronic disease. It seems a damaged thyroid leads to so many typical symptoms, but when your doctor tests your thyroid function he tells you everything is okay. But you know everything is NOT okay and that something serious is happening with you that cannot be explained by a “normal” diagnosis. This is why we’re featuring The Truth About Thyroid Week on the podcast with bona fide experts about thyroid who can answer the questions you may have about diagnosing and treating disorders associated with it. Today’s podcast interview guest is arguably the most knowledgable experts on Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism in the world.
In Episode 382 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Dr. Datis Kharrazian, author of the definitive book on thyroid called Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism. Listen to Dr. Kharrazian discuss his foray into nutrition and natural medicine, his frustration with the pharmaceutical model of treating disease, why the prescription drug industry is leading to a shutdown of various bodily functions, how the food solution is oftentimes ignored by mainstream medical professionals although the public is beginning to educate themselves more, what the thyroid gland is and the function it serves, the current problems with the way thyroid issues are being conventionally treated, the most common symptoms of a thyroid disorder, the two antibody tests that are essential to have checked if you exhibit problems, the inefficiency and archaic nature of measuring your temperature for determining thyroid issues in modern society, his analysis of my thyroid test results, why hypothyroidism and metabolic syndrome exhibit similar symptoms, the hypoglycemia connection to thyroid disorders, why blood sugar problems are a precursor to thyroid issues, the specific diet plan he uses to treat patients dealing with an autoimmune reaction in the thyroid, the role gluten plays in thyroid complications, the individualization of carbohydrate tolerance, supplements that are helpful to support thyroid function, why taking iodine is like throwing gasoline on a fire for people with thyroid disorders, the TH1 and TH2 dominance factor, the essential role that Vitamin D plays in stimulating thyroid pathways and why the RDA for it go back to the World War II era, his unique fasting program using a sugar water solution for improving insulin resistance (why a hypoglycemic should NEVER do this), the anti-inflammatory diet that he recommends for patients to fix the metabolic problems, why even organic sources of food can be problematic for people with blood sugar disorders, the medicinal solutions like Levothroxine, Synthroid, and Armour that exist for people needing thyroid replacement therapy and why they fail so many people, how the fillers they put in thyroid drugs are what leads to temporary improvements, and the story behind why there have been problems with the Armour medication. This is a power-packed podcast episode for anything and everything you could ever want to know about thyroid.
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What did you think about what you heard from Dr. Datis Kharrazian regarding thyroid abnormalities? Respond to his interview by telling us your reaction in the show notes section of Episode 382. You are going to want to grab your own copy of his book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal (read my review here) and I encourage you to learn more about the work Dr. Kharrazian is doing on this subject at his official web site ThyroidBook.com. We’re not finished with the subject of thyroid just yet, though. The Truth About Thyroid Week continues on Thursday with Janie Bowthorpe from StopTheThyroidMadness.com who will continue the theme that Dr. Kharrazian began in today’s podcast to help people find out what they can do about their ailing thyroid. Bowthorpe comes at it from the educated layperson perspective because she became so frustrated with the gross misinformation that exists out there. Spread the word to everyone you know dealing with thyroid problems about The Truth About Thyroid Week.